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What Is Ahead? Part 1

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February 8, 2021
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: So I havea question for you.
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  • Do you want the baby?
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  • It's easy to snicker, but 3.000times a day, every day
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  • in our nation, we answer,that's too inconvenient.
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  • And that's as much a realitywithin the church as without.
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  • So it's a more sobering questionto me.
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  • I'm going to ask it in terms ofunfolding events and the role
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  • that we're gonna be asked toplay in that, but when I see
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  • the degree that our selfishnessimpacts our much more
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  • private decisions,it gives me concern.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: It's goodto be together again,
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  • what an honor to stand togetherwith God's people.
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  • We have a new administration,a new president, we're beginning
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  • a new season as a nation.
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  • But the church is still intact,nothing's changed for us,
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  • same King, same Lord, sameassignment, same mission.
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  • In fact, our role as theconscience in our culture is
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  • as important as it's ever been.
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  • You know, a consciencethat's silent is no help.
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  • So we have an assignment tospeak the truth to one another
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  • in our churches, in ourcommunities, in our cities,
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  • across our nation.
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  • We have a call from Almighty Godthat whatever
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  • your political alignment,whether you're celebrating today
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  • the new administration orwhether you are saddened by it,
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  • we look to the King.
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  • Stand tall, lift up your head,open your Bibles and
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  • your hearts, and know thatwe're on a mission
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  • for the kingdom of Almighty God.
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  • I'm excited aboutwhat's ahead of us.
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  • I'm excited about theopportunity of standing with you
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  • in this season to see the nameof Jesus exalted in our nation.
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  • There's some interesting timesahead of us.
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  • We have much information fromthe Word of God so we know how
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  • to be prepared, what toanticipate, so that we can
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  • behave in such a way thatwe will be rewarded richly
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  • by our Lord when we see him.
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  • Grab your Bible, maybe anotepad, most of all open your
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  • heart and ask the Spirit of Godwhat he has for you today.
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  • Enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: There'soverwhelming evidence, much
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  • of it provided by Jesus himself,that before he would return
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  • there would be increasingintolerance of his story.
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  • Intolerance of his people.
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  • An intolerance of his name.
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  • It's not a new thing.
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  • Unfortunately, we haven't takenour Bible all that seriously.
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  • Amen, or oh, me.
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  • We've accepted churchattendance, embraced the idea of
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  • salvation, but we didn't reallyaccept as fully the notion
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  • of laying down our livesin service of the King.
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  • I mean, you want me to dothat beyond attending
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  • a worship service?
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  • We prefer more convenientpresentations of faith,
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  • ones that don't encroach uponour more selfish tendencies.
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  • And we all have them.
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  • Ideas like perseverance,self-denial, and sacrifice,
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  • those might mess withwhat we want to do.
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  • But they're gonna be necessarycomponents of our future
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  • if we're to sustain our faith.
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  • The topic for this session is,"What's Ahead."
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  • And I would like to, and I'mgoing to do it rather quickly,
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  • so buckle up and listen fast,I'm gonna try to give you
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  • a broad perspective of whatI understand is ahead
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  • from a biblical point of view.
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  • There's a verse I wanna sharewith you that is a significant
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  • insight to what's ahead of usas this age closes.
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  • It's in Revelation 22,in verse 10.
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  • It's very near the endof your New Testament.
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  • "He said to me, do not seal upthe words of the prophecy
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  • of this book, becausethe time is near.
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  • Let him who does wrong continueto do wrong, and with him who is
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  • vile continue to be vile, lethim who does right continue to
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  • do right, and let him who isholy continue to be holy.
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  • Behold, I'm coming soon!
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  • My reward is with me, and I willgive to everyone according
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  • to what he has done.
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  • I'm the Alpha and the Omega,the First and the Last,
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  • the Beginning and the End."
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  • God is saying to us, it'sshocking really, if you didn't
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  • know it came from the Bibleyou wouldn't believe it.
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  • God is saying to us,you need to fully commit.
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  • If you want to be filthy, be asfilthy as you know how to be,
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  • stop pretending.
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  • And if you want to be righteous,be righteous
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  • with your whole heart.
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  • Again, it's not a message thatwe have dwelt upon a great deal.
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  • Immediately before the return ofthe Lord, the Scripture tells us
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  • that the wicked will become morewicked, more brazen, no shame.
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  • What's been whispered about indark corners will be brought
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  • forward into the public square.
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  • But it also says, the righteouswill be becoming more righteous.
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  • You see I think we've had alittle misunderstanding,
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  • and I'm a part of the system,so I'm not throwing any stones
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  • about the Christian life.
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  • We thought that if you checked acouple of boxes around a prayer
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  • and perhaps a bit of water thatthe rest of your life was yours
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  • to pursue on your own terms.
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  • But the reality from a biblicalperspective is that as we mature
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  • in the Lord, as we grow up inthe Lord, we're either moving
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  • forward or we're regressing.
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  • You don't stand still.
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  • You don't achieve completionand then wait to hear
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  • the trumpet blow.
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  • I had the good fortune to growup in the country, I learned
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  • this in the most pragmatic ways.
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  • The cows don't stay milked andthe grass didn't stay cut,
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  • the stalls didn't stay clean,the effort of yesterday,
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  • no matter how stellar, neededto be given attention today.
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  • We had to stay focused.
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  • I don't want you to live in fearof losing your salvation,
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  • but neither do I want you tolive in it with a presumptive
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  • attitude that it doesn't requireyour attention.
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  • And then Jesus gives us somewords of comfort, and I don't
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  • want you to miss them.
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  • in Luke 21, describing the endof the age, he said,
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  • "There'll be signs in the sun,the moon, and the stars.
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  • And on the earth, nations willbe in anguish and perplexity
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  • at the roaring and tossingof the sea.
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  • Men will faint from terror."
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  • We've seen more fear in thepublic square in the recent
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  • months than anytimeI can remember.
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  • It will escalate,it's not going away.
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  • "Men will faint from terror,apprehensive of what is coming
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  • on the world, for the heavenlybodies will be shaken.
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  • At that time, they'll see theSon of Man coming in a cloud
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  • with power and great glory.
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  • When these things begin to takeplace, stand up, lift up
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  • your heads, because yourredemption is drawing near."
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  • Now Jesus gave us--Are we listening to him?
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  • If you heard the last session,we talked about how challenging
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  • it is, how difficult it is,to process widespread change.
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  • Don't imagine it's going to beeasy, it isn't.
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  • We will need one another.
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  • We all need the encouragementand the strength and the help
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  • and the perspectiveof one another.
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  • Jesus said, when these thingsbegin to happen.
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  • What did he say?
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  • How are we supposed to react?
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  • Are we to be depressed,discouraged?
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  • No, he said, we should praiseGod, for our redemption
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  • is very near.
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  • Our reaction to these events isa very clear indicator
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  • of where our heart is invested.
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  • So if you don't like yourreaction, don't be angry
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  • at yourself, begin to talkto the Lord.
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  • Say, Lord, help me to see youmore fully, help me to
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  • understand you more fully.
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  • One conversation I have hadrepeatedly in recent weeks and
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  • months is people that have someanguish about what's ahead.
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  • If they're young people, theysay, I think I'm going to miss
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  • some things.
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  • That God's interrupting my lifeand my plans.
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  • If you're somewhere else in yourlife stations, you're no doubt
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  • conscious of what you wouldforfeit.
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  • In your imagination, in yourplace, I want to assure you that
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  • whatever purposes God has foryour life, when he steps into
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  • time, God's plan will exceedyour imagination in ways
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  • beyond description.
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  • Amen!
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  • [clapping]
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  • That sense of loss, that senseof forfeiture, is an expression,
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  • it's an indicator of a lack ofawareness of the glory
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  • of our Lord.
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  • Jesus isn't intruding in timeto rob us of something,
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  • he's coming to rescue usfrom something.
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  • [clapping]
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  • Now in Matthew 24, Jesusdescribed it as birth pains.
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  • Again, I've never had thatexperience, but I've watched
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  • many things being born,my dad was a vet.
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  • So I have a question for you.Do you want the baby?
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  • It's easy to snicker, but 3.000times a day, every day
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  • in our nation, we answer,that's too inconvenient.
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  • And that's as much a realitywithin the church as without.
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  • So it's a more sobering questionto me.
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  • I'm going to ask it in terms ofunfolding events and the role
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  • that we're gonna be asked toplay in that, but when I see
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  • the degree that our selfishnessimpacts our much more private
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  • decisions, it gives me concern.
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  • Do we want the baby?
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  • He said, so, if you wantthe child, you'll put up
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  • with the changes of pregnancy.
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  • You're gonna get stretched outof shape.
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  • Your wardrobe is gonna have tochange.
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  • Your sideview is going to bedramatically different.
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  • Discomfort is coming, longbefore the birth pains begin.
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  • Again, I know that moreas an observer.
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  • And then the birth pains.
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  • No changes, no discomfort,no alterations,
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  • no birth pains, no baby.
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  • We have a choice.
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  • What's the baby thatJesus described?
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  • It's the birth of the kingdomof God on earth.
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  • Again, if we don't appreciatethat, if we're not longing for
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  • that, if we don't attach valueto that, if we don't believe
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  • that's better than the kingdomsof this present order, we won't
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  • be interested, we'll preferanother presentation,
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  • we'll ignore portions of theScripture, we'll talk more in
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  • terms of our salvation and howwe can avoid everything else.
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  • Birth pains are guaranteed.
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  • The question that's on the tableis how we're going to respond.
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  • A good part of this story isthat the church
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  • has an assignment.
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  • Matthew 24, Jesus is talkingabout all these things.
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  • I'm not gonna dwell on 'em,but I'll read you a few verses.
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  • It's Matthew 24, in verse 7.Jesus said,
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  • "Nation will rise againstnation."
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  • And in the original languageit's ethnos, ethnic group
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  • against ethnic group,imagine that.
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  • "Kingdom against kingdom.
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  • There'll be famines andearthquakes in various places.
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  • All these are the beginningof birth pains.
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  • Then you will be handed over tobe persecuted and put to death."
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  • Who's the you in that sentence?
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  • You.
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  • You is you.
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  • I can't find a Greek word toget me out from under that.
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  • [laughter]
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  • Again, we try to avoid it, weread quickly past it, maybe it's
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  • some season so far in the futurewe don't have to deal with it.
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  • One of the reasons we don't leanvery carefully into this is
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  • we hope they're so many decadesaway from us we just don't
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  • pay attention, much like thedisciples when Jesus said,
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  • in Jerusalem I'll be arrestedand betrayed, crucified,
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  • you'll all abandon me.
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  • They went, oh, bother.
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  • Maybe someday,but not this week.
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  • And before the week was out itdescribed their experiences.
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  • Then you'll be handed over to bepersecuted and put to death,
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  • and you'll be hated by allnations because of me.
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  • And at that time many will turnaway from the faith and will
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  • betray and hate each other.
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  • Who's gonna betray us?
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  • One another.
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  • Many false prophets will appearand deceive many people.
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  • Because of the increaseof wickedness.
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  • A better translation I think islawlessness, because
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  • of the increase of lawlessness.
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  • That's not just acts ofviolence, it's a refusal to be
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  • encumbered by the law.
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  • We've been watching thisescalate around us
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  • for many years now.
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  • Sanctuary cities we won'tacknowledge federal law, borders
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  • that we don't want to enforceour own immigration laws upon.
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  • Case after case after casewe set our laws aside.
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  • Jesus told us it was coming.
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  • The love of most will grow cold.
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  • He's not talkingabout the pagans.
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  • It's very clear from the contextin the original language,
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  • it's God's love in our heartsthat will grow cold.
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  • He who stands firm to the endwill be saved.
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  • And this gospel of the kingdomwill be preached in the whole
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  • world as a testimony to allnations, and the end will come.
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  • The wheat and the tares, all theweeds are growing, there's gonna
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  • be a global proclamation ofthe gospel unprecedented
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  • in human history.
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  • But endurance is demandedfor salvation.
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  • Do you know how you maintainyour salvation?
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  • You endure.
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  • I have good news, if you're inthe midst of a circumstance
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  • right now that's requiringof you endurance,
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  • you're in trainingfor what's ahead.
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: You know, one ofthe great things about the Bible
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  • is you don't need to have theknowledge of a Jeopardy champ
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  • to be able to jump in.
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  • Just a quick reviewof the story, and boom,
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  • you're right there with it.
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  • And sometimes it's those of uswho think we know everything
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  • about God's story that are theones who really need the review.
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  • So as a way to help all of us,we're gonna recap
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  • the entire story so farin under 60 seconds.
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  • Sixty seconds, you say?
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  • Impossible!
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  • To which I say, well, maybe.
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  • But let's give this a shot,okay?
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  • Go!
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  • The story starts atthe beginning of the
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  • whole enchilada, when God spokethe universe into existence,
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  • including creating the world'sfirst man and woman.
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  • At first life was perfect,but soon after these folks
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  • and their kids and grandkidsdecided they didn't want to live
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  • the way God had told them to,
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  • and pretty much everybodyon earth got
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  • into some kind of evilor another.
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  • So God decided to hit the resetbutton and wiped out
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  • all of earth with a flood.
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  • Except for a man named Noahand his family.
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  • The population started to growagain, and eventually God chose
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  • a group of people to starta new nation called Israel.
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  • Israel went through some prettyrough stuff early on,
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  • like bein' slaves in Egypt.
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  • But eventually God rescued themand brought them
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  • into a giant piece of land Godhad promised to them.
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  • Later, God raised up a kingnamed David to rule Israel,
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  • David was an amazing guy,helping people live
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  • the way God wanted.
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  • The people of Israel were unitedand living at peace.
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  • But when David's son, Solomon,became king,
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  • he sorta forgot about God andstarted to worship other gods.
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  • As you can imagine, that wasabout to spell great trouble
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  • not only for Solomon,but for all of Israel.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: The truthis, the Bible is intimidating.
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  • Sixty-six books writtenover a long period of time,
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  • dozens of authors, differentcultures, words we don't know
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  • how to pronounce, places wedon't know where they are,
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  • and we're supposedto understand it.
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  • Most of us have just given up.
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  • Well I built a tool to help.
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  • It starts with a timeline,12 points that'll arrange
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  • the whole Bible for youin a chronological way
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  • so you'll know where Abrahamfits in relation to Isaiah.
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  • It'll help ya.
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  • And I found some crazy talentedillustrators to do
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  • You can do it as an individualstudy, you can do it as a group,
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  • you get your softball teamtogether and do it,
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  • you get your neighborsaround the kitchen table.
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  • And churches are strugglinga bit.
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  • You're the church, you andyour Bible, open your heart,
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: You know,people say me, when times get
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  • easier, when things level out,when we get back to a new
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  • normal, then we will preachthe gospel.
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  • Uh-uh, it's gonna get harder.
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  • Not bad news, not beingnegative, it's gonna take
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  • courageous believers to seethis age through.
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  • Jesus' church will not bedeterred by opposition
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  • or difficulty.
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  • Decide, make a decision.
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  • The day is done when we pickedchurches by how convenient the
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  • parking was and if the seatingsuited us and the music met
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  • my personal preference.
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  • We have lived in that world, butwe weren't strengthened by it.
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  • We have to make new choices.
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  • Now I want to take a few minutesand see if I can identify
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  • for you some events associatedwith the return of Jesus.
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  • If that's the circumstance andthe world that we're going to
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  • see increasingly emerge, whatare some of the events that the
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  • Bible tells us are associatedwith Jesus' return?
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  • Now I haven't arranged themin order, to be honest,
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  • because I don't know.
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  • I don't have a chart.
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  • If I built a chart I'd have tospend the rest of my life
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  • defending my chart.
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  • And I have been on the journeylong enough that today
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  • my perspective is, I want to letthe Holy Spirit focus
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  • my attention on what he wantsto show me now.
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  • And I trust him to show mewhat is needed next.
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  • I'm quite content to followhis leading.
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  • And if you've been invited intoa circumstance where you have
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  • the entire formula completelyfigured out, I appreciate
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  • the certainty that that bringsto you.
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  • But I would invite you to allowthe Spirit of God to provide the
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  • daily instruction that you need.
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  • If you cling to your formulamore certainly than you listen
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  • to him, it's possible you couldmiss the direction.
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  • The disciples weren't preparedfor the Messiah to be crucified
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  • by the Romans, so they weren'table to provide much support.
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  • Now they learned a lesson,and the rest of their lives
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  • were radically different.
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  • But it is a glaring expressionhow tradition and religious
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  • training kept them from beingprepared for what God was doing
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  • before their very eyes.
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  • And they were good people,commissioned
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  • by the Lord himself.
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  • The place I'll begin is with theresurrection and the judgment
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  • of true Christians.
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  • And the word that's associatedwith that we've got to mention
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  • is rapture.
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  • The question I'm asked 100 to 1,above any else, somebody
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  • will walk up, they just saythree words, pre, mid, or post?
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  • [laughter]
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  • And they're quite contentwith a one-word response.
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  • If you've lived around churchworld you know what I mean,
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  • is the rapture going to takeplace before the tribulation, in
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  • the middle of the tribulation,or after the tribulation?
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  • Know my answer?
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  • I could argue convincingly fromScripture that it could take
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  • place in any oneof those places.
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  • Here's my counsel.
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  • Be ready for the first load up.
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  • [clapping]
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  • But train as if you haveto see it through.
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  • 1 Thessalonians 4, "According tothe Lord's own word, we tell you
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  • that we who are still alive, whoare left till the coming of the
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  • Lord, will certainly not precedethose who have fallen asleep.
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  • For the Lord himself will comedown from heaven, with a loud
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  • command, and the voice of thearchangel and the trumpet call
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  • of God, and the dead in Christwill rise first.
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  • After that, we who are stillalive and are left will be
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  • caught up together with themin a cloud to meet the Lord
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  • in the air.
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  • And so we will be with the Lordforever.
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  • Therefore encourage one anotherwith these words."
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  • Now, if you need to beencouraged, it's because
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  • circumstances could cause youto be discouraged.
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  • Now there are some scholars thatwill say, well, the word rapture
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  • isn't in the New Testament.
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  • And I smile a bit at that 'causeI can find you a translation
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  • where it is there.
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  • The phrase we just read was thatwe who are still alive and are
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  • left will be caught up togetherwith them in the clouds.
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  • Clearly, it's not some secretrapture, because it says there's
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  • a blast of the heavenly trumpet,the voice of the archangel,
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  • and a loud command.
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  • That doesn't soundvery secretive to me.
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  • That word caught up, however youtranslate it, originates as
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  • a Latin word and it meansto see something forcibly.
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  • The Greek equivalent meansa sudden, forceful grab.
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  • It's used in the context of theway a wolf would come into
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  • a pack of sheep and seize oneof the sheep, or a thief would
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  • break into a houseand seize property,
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  • suddenly, unexpectedly.
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  • Jesus is going to reach intotime and grab us forcefully.
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  • Now here's the good news.
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  • The thief takes what doesn'tbelong to him.
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  • Jesus is only going to takewhat's his.
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  • Amen?
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  • [clapping]
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  • I've heard that verse sinceI was a child,
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  • around church and Christians.
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  • Honestly I've never given it--It wasn't that I didn't believe
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  • it, I just imagined it's so fardistant that it wasn't relevant
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  • to me.
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  • And if I got painfully honest,I think I dismissed it because
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  • I really wasn't certain that Godhad the power to do
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  • what was described.
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  • After all, the graves breakingopen and those that have been
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  • long dead being brought to lifeis beyond us.
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  • Even Silicon Valleycan't do that.
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  • And I think those of us in thechurch have read it with kind
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  • of a Disney-esque attitude,that maybe sometime in
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  • the far distant future or long,long ago and far, far away.
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  • And if we're going to fulfillthe assignment in front of us,
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  • we have a decision to make.
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  • We have to decide if the God weworship is capable and able of
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  • bringing the dead to life again.
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  • If he isn't, our faith isno good,
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  • it's deceptive and dishonest.
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  • And I would encourage you to dosome personal reflection.
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  • If you have treated God as ifhe was not capable enough
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  • at providing guidance for yourlife, that he needed your wisdom
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  • and your strength and thereforeyou've relegated him to
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  • a secondary or a tertiary place,I want to invite you to spend
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  • some time this week reflectingon what the Scripture tells us,
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  • that the God who created theheavens and the earth will bring
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  • the dead to life again.
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  • Those who are alive at thatpoint in time when the Lord
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  • returns will be caught up tomeet him in the air.
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  • We have dismissed spiritualthings for far too long,
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  • we've played at church, wequibble about whether or not we
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  • pray for the sick or we believein miracles and we try to find
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  • reasons to discourage them,now we have education
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  • and medical care.
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  • Well I'm grateful for educationand healthcare,
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  • but God didn't get weaker.
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  • It's not an either/or choice.
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  • We've ignored it because wedon't believe in God's power.
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  • Matthew chapter 27, this isright around the events of
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  • Jesus' resurrection.
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  • We celebrate Easter every year,we don't celebrate this little
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  • bit quite as much.
  • 00:23:38.309 --> 00:23:39.910
  • It says, "At that moment thecurtain of the temple was torn
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  • in two from top to bottom."
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  • When Jesus said,it is finished.
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  • The curtain that separatedthe Holy of Holies from
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  • the holy place was torn in twofrom the top to the bottom.
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  • God initiated.
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  • And it wasn't some thin, sheerpiece of drapery, it was a very
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  • heavy piece of fabric.
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  • "The earth shookand the rocks split.
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  • The tombs broke open and thebodies of many holy people who
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  • had died were raised to life.
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  • And they came out of the tombsafter Jesus' resurrection.
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  • After Jesus' resurrection theywent into the holy city
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  • and appeared to many people."
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  • Where do you suppose they wentbetween the point where he died
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  • until he was resurrected?
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  • They play cards in the cemetery?
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  • [laughter]
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  • You know what?
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  • We don't know.
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  • That makes me smile.
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  • We don't have all the facts.
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  • We're given information ona need-to-know basis.
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  • We're given enough informationthat we know how to respond,
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  • to be prepared for what's ahead.
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  • Don't spend your time trying todiscern what we're not told.
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  • Well, I'd like to know.
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  • Duly noted.
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  • When you see the boss,take it up with him
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  • if you still want to.
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  • [laughter]
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  • But until you are fullycompliant and totally consumed
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  • with adhering to the informationthat's been made known,
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  • I wouldn't quibble over thethings that haven't been.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Far toooften when we talk about the end
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  • of the age and the thingsthat the Bible describes,
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  • I think our response is fear,maybe even regret.
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  • And I don't thinkthat's helpful.
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  • We have the information so thatwe can be prepared to take our
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  • place, just like the disciples,that information to take
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  • their place around Jesusand his ministry.
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  • We've been given an assignmentat the end of the age.
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  • We don't have to respondwith fear.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, I thank you that youcalled our name for this unique
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  • time in history, and I believeyou've given us everything
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  • we need for lifeand for godliness.
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  • Now I pray, Holy Spirit, you'lldirect our steps, give us your
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  • boldness, your confidence, yourauthority, to take our place.
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  • In Jesus' name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Butthere's a life lesson for us.
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  • We don't win by violence orby hatred or being tough
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  • and rugged.
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  • We're not gonna John Wayne orRambo our way through this.
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  • We win by laying our lives down,as Jesus did.
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  • It's an important lesson.
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  • It's not a position of weakness.
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  • Jesus didn't go to the crossbecause he was powerless,
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  • he didn't go to the crossbecause he was intimidated
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  • by Roman soldiers,I promise you.
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  • When they blindfolded him andbegan to beat him about the head
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  • and say, if you're the sonof God tell us who hit you.
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  • Only his love for you and mekept in silent.
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  • exciting message fromPastor Allen Jackson.
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  • And until then, visit us onlineand discover remarkable
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  • see you at World Outreach Churchin Murfreesboro.
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part
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  • of this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter
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  • with Pastor Allen Jackson.
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