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  • Allen Jackson: God expects humanbeings to comply with his will,
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  • that's the design imperative, hedesigned us to flourish if we
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  • cooperate with him, and if werefuse to cooperate,
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  • everything unravels.
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  • "Allen Jackson Ministries'"broadcast: together, we are
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  • making a difference.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, it's good tobe with you again.
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  • We've changed our process is alittle bit, we're having church
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  • outside these days, it's thesafest way for us to
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  • be together.
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  • But we felt it was important forall of us, across our nation and
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  • around the world, to be standingtogether so we're showing you
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  • these services much closer toreal time then would be normal
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  • for us.
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  • So if it looks like we'reworshiping outside, you're very
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  • observant, we are, I'm gratefulyou can join us.
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  • We're doing a series right nowcalled, "Whatever Happened
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  • To Sin."
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  • Our nation is in turmoil,conflict, confusion, we're not
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  • united, we can agree on hardly--we can't hardly agree on
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  • anything, we are torn apart.
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  • Well it's not a politicalproblem, it's not a science
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  • problem, I don't believe it'seven about our ethnicity or our
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  • education, I believe the root ofthe problem we have is a sin
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  • problem, and we're gonna unpackthis.
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  • This isn't somebody else'sissue, this is about you and me
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  • inviting God into our lives, tobe as clean before the Lord as
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  • we know how to be.
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  • When God gave us his directions,he said we had to listen and
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  • fully obey, and to be completelyhonest, I think we've all been a
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  • little bit comfortable andcasual in our church settings
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  • and even in our livestreamsettings or our
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  • broadcast settings.
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  • God expects of us obedience.
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  • If we will be his people, Godwill bring healing to our nation
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  • and unity to us and restore usto a place better than we
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  • can imagine.
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  • Get your bibles, get out apencil, open your heart, listen
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  • to God, he's got something forus today.
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  • Allen Jackson: The title forthis week, and we're gonna work
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  • through it in three sessions, isreally more of a question, and
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  • that's, "What's Happened ToSin?"
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  • S-I-N, what's happened to that?
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  • We've kind of lost thatperspective I think, and you
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  • know, we're not outside reallybecause of a virus, I believe
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  • we're outside because there's aspiritual struggle taking place
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  • and God needed to shake thechurch a bit to get our
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  • attention, because we need topray.
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  • We have to be the church in waysthat we weren't three months
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  • ago, we need an awareness of histruth and a commitment to his
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  • truth in ways beyond what wehave held in previous times,
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  • because the challenges of thetime we're in now require a
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  • different response from us.
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  • And we want to be back in thebuilding when we need to and I'm
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  • confident God will show us that,but I'm not really anxious to
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  • get there because I think thoseof us that are sitting out here
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  • in God's cathedral are awarethat God's doing something.
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  • And while we carry our chairs toservice, we want to participate
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  • with him in what he's doing, sothe question on the table this
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  • week is what's happened to sin?
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  • I feel like every week there'sanother seismic shift in our
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  • world, some of them are clearGod-events, some of them are
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  • clear expressions of evil.
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  • And I've watched a video tape,you know, there are no sports on
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  • television, and I watched an AliFrazier fight the other day, I
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  • was way too young to have everwatched it when it really
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  • happened, and I was-- I'llrepent, okay?
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  • But as I watched the tape ofthat, I was amazed that round
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  • after round after round, theyhad the intensity to compete
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  • like they did.
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  • And what we're living throughright now feels like one of
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  • those Ali-Frazier bouts, whereevery week we get together,
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  • there's another fresh set ofchallenges that need to be
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  • prayed about or need to beaddressed; this week the Supreme
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  • Court weighed in.
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  • But what has happened to sin?
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  • That's a church topic, that'snot a secular topic or a medical
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  • topic or a political topic or anideological topic, that's a
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  • church topic.
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  • We're the only voices that'regonna pick that idea up, and if
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  • we lay that idea down it willdisappear, it will no longer be
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  • a point of conversation or apoint of perspective.
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  • And today's reading is reallywhat ignited this particular
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  • session for me, we're finishingthe book of Joshua, and Joshua
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  • gives some final instructions tohis friends.
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  • Now, before I read what he hadto say, I think it's important
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  • to remember a bit of Joshua'sstory.
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  • When we meet Joshua, he's aslave in Egypt.
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  • He began his life as a slave inEgypt on the tail end of
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  • hundreds of years of Hebrewslaves in Egypt, and a rather
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  • unknown character walks in outof the desert one day by the
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  • name of Moses, and said, "We'releaving, you need to begin to
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  • prepare," and that encounterchanges the entire course of
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  • Joshua's life.
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  • He becomes Moses's aid,assistant, and he's with him
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  • from that journey from the brickpits of Egypt all the way until
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  • the point of Moses's death, andthen Joshua takes the children
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  • of Israel into the promisedland; begins the conquest of the
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  • promised land.
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  • So his lifespan starts as aslave in Egypt, it goes through
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  • all of the plagues, thePassover, the death that came to
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  • the Egyptians, the parting ofthe Red Sea, the manna in the
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  • desert, Mount Sinai and the 10Commandments, and a golden calf,
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  • the building of the Tabernacle,the implementation of worship.
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  • Think of all the things thatJoshua experienced, I mean, it
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  • is a remarkable menu of things.
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  • Then he becomes a general,leading an Israelite army to
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  • conquer the Canaanite cities,it's a remarkable story.
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  • He sees the walls of Jerichofall, the waters of the Jordan
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  • River pile up and we get the RedSea crossing part two.
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  • He sees miracle after miracle,his life is defined by the
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  • supernatural activity of God,and now his life is about done
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  • and he knows it, and he gathersthe leaders of Israel together
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  • to give them some finalinstructions, what a voice
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  • of authority.
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  • How many of you think peoplemight have listened a little bit
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  • to Joshua?
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  • I would hope so.
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  • Joshua 24, and 20, he said, "'Ifyou forsake the Lord and you
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  • serve foreign gods, he will turnand bring disaster on you and
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  • he'll make an end of you, afterhe's been good to you.'
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  • But the people said to Joshua,'No, we'll serve the Lord.'
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  • Joshua said, 'You're witnessesagainst yourselves that you've
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  • chosen to serve the Lord,' andthey replied, 'Yes, we
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  • are witnesses.'
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  • Then Joshua said, Now then,throw away the foreign gods that
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  • are among you and yield yourhearts to the Lord, the God
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  • of Israel."
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  • Did you hear that?
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  • After the wilderness and themanna, and Cora's rebellion, and
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  • all those intermittentexpressions of God's power and
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  • judgment, after conqueringJericho and the other cities,
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  • and after being established inthe land that God promised to
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  • them, Joshua has to say to them,you need to throw away
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  • your idols.
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  • Some of you, he said, arelistening to me today and you're
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  • still worshiping foreign godsand you've got to stop.
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  • The persistence of ungodlinessin our lives is almost
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  • impossible to explain, it'sunyielding.
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  • What we're facing in this seasonis not something new
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  • to humankind.
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  • "And the people said to Joshua,'We will serve the Lord our God
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  • and we'll obey him.'"
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  • It was that first verse thatreally exploded in my heart when
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  • I read it this morning as I wasbeginning my day: "If you
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  • forsake the Lord and you serveforeign gods, he'll turn and
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  • bring disaster on you, he'llmake an end of you."
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  • Joshua his final instructions tothe people are if you don't stay
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  • in the pathway that you know towalk in, the same power that put
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  • you in this place will turn onyou.
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  • The Bible; most of us read ourBible to learn Bible facts.
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  • What are the 12 tribes ofIsrael?
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  • What's Isaiah's middle name?
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  • Who were the disciples?
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  • Where did Timothy live?
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  • You know, we learn Bible facts,and I don't think that's a bad
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  • thing, but the point of theBible is a revelation of God,
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  • and the real question, I think,to be asked, is what's the point
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  • of the book?
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  • What is the message?
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  • And I would submit to you thatthrough Scripture, God's
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  • character is made known to us.
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  • That the purpose for readingyour Bible, for starting in
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  • Genesis-- we started this yearin the New Testament, we've read
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  • through the New Testament andwe're working our way through
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  • the Old Testament, we'll startthe book of Judges this week--
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  • but the purpose of your Bibleand the reason you read it isn't
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  • to learn Bible facts or Biblestories, but to gain a
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  • revelation of the character ofGod.
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  • You see, the premise is: thereis a God and he can be known,
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  • that the Bible is a book ofrevelation, it's an unveiling.
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  • It's not presented as a menu sothat you can choose the parts
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  • you like and skip over the partsthat you don't, it's been given
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  • to us so that we can know God'scharacter and we can prepare
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  • ourselves to interact with him.
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  • There's an informationalcomponent we have to learn but
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  • there's also a part that's aboutillumination and Illumines us,
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  • there's a part that'srevelatory, God gives us
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  • insight, because the goal of allthat reading and interaction and
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  • prayer is that you and I mightunderstand the character of the
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  • creator of heaven and earth.
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  • And I think Joshua is giving ussome powerful insight, he has
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  • walked uniquely with the Lord.
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  • He's seen the deliverance ofGod, the supernatural hand of
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  • God, on a daily basis, almostthroughout the whole course of
  • 00:11:21.896 --> 00:11:26.101
  • his life.
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  • He's known as the greatestleader that we meet in Scripture
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  • until we get to Jesus, he workedclosely with Moses, and now his
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  • final instructions are, "If youforsake the Lord, he'll turn on
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  • you and bring disaster to you."
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  • He's got my attention, becausehe knows something of the
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  • character of God, that, to becompletely candid with you, I
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  • think we've turned loose of.
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  • So, if you'll allow me, I justwant to take that passage and
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  • suggest there's some essentialcomponents of this revelation
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  • that Joshua is pointing us to.
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  • I could amplify it with manymore Scriptures but our time
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  • is brief.
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  • The first is that obedience is apart of God's plan, God intends
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  • for you and for me to beobedient to him.
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  • That was the commitment Joshuaelicited from the people, they
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  • said, "We will serve the Lordand we'll obey him."
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  • And just so we're clear,obedience is not optional.
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  • Well, you have a choice, Godcreated us with a free will, you
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  • can choose to honor God, you canchoose to dishonor God, but
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  • obedience is the part of theplan.
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  • Think of the part of the bookyou know from the very
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  • beginning, Adam and Eve, Godcreated a beautiful garden, gave
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  • them everything they needed, hesaid, "It's all yours, you have
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  • authority over everything.
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  • Just a couple of things here youdon't want to do," and they did,
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  • and God put them out of thegarden.
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  • He didn't say, "Oh shucks,
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  • try harder next week,"
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  • ooh, he expelled them,
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  • the consequences of thatdisobedience change the
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  • rest of their days under thesun.
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  • And it's not a subtle lesson, itgoes right on into their
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  • families, it emerges, Cain andAbel, two brothers: one was
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  • obedient, the other wasdisobedient.
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  • One was angry and murderous andkilled his brother, and God
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  • intervened, and said, "What haveyou done?"
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  • God pronounced a curse on Cain.
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  • And it continues right throughthe story, you know the story,
  • 00:13:36.865 --> 00:13:39.067
  • you know the big stories, youlearned them early as children.
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  • Noah and the Ark, it's awonderful story, we like the
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  • artwork and the animals and thegiraffe with his head sticking
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  • out of the shelter; it won't befun to see the picture in heaven
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  • if the giraffe really had hishead sticking out.
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  • But you know, that's a story ofGod dealing with the
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  • disobedience, with thewickedness, of humanity.
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  • This is not a subtle theme ofthe Bible, this isn't some
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  • finicky theological idea thatyou've got to parse very
  • 00:14:04.792 --> 00:14:08.162
  • carefully, it comes at you inchapter after chapter, book
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  • after book; that God expectshuman beings to comply with
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  • his will.
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  • That's the design imperative, hedesigned us to flourish if we
  • 00:14:19.073 --> 00:14:25.079
  • cooperate with him, and if werefuse to cooperate,
  • 00:14:25.113 --> 00:14:28.449
  • everything unravels.
  • 00:14:28.483 --> 00:14:31.486
  • It unravels personally, itunravels relationally, in
  • 00:14:31.519 --> 00:14:34.656
  • unravels culturally, itunravels, everything unravels if
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  • we refuse to obey.
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  • So if we're gonna start with onebig rock idea that Joshua is
  • 00:14:44.065 --> 00:14:46.834
  • pushing towards the people andtowards us, it's that obedience
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  • is a part of the plan.
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  • Now another piece is thatthere's blessings included.
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  • If you choose to cooperate andbe obedient, God will bring good
  • 00:14:54.475 --> 00:14:57.478
  • things to you.
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  • I like blessings, how about you?
  • 00:14:58.846 --> 00:15:01.816
  • You know, people say to me, "Areyou one of those
  • 00:15:01.849 --> 00:15:03.184
  • blessings people?
  • 00:15:03.217 --> 00:15:04.552
  • Well," yeah, what are you?
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  • One of those cursing people?
  • 00:15:07.822 --> 00:15:11.359
  • Yeah, I'm for blessings, andit's a very clear principle of
  • 00:15:11.392 --> 00:15:14.228
  • Scripture that if you'llcooperate with God better things
  • 00:15:14.262 --> 00:15:17.465
  • come to you.
  • 00:15:17.498 --> 00:15:18.833
  • It's an equally clear principlethat discipline and judgment are
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  • a part of the journey; that ifyou choose not to be obedient.
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  • Even if you have a strongargument, if you choose
  • 00:15:31.012 --> 00:15:35.483
  • disobedience, that disciplineand judgment are a response from
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  • the creator of heaven and earth.
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  • Now, here's where I think wewaffle a little bit.
  • 00:15:42.657 --> 00:15:45.226
  • People say, "You know, I don'tbelieve that," and I respect
  • 00:15:45.259 --> 00:15:48.396
  • your right to not believe it butwhat you believe doesn't change
  • 00:15:48.429 --> 00:15:51.833
  • reality, if it did, we'd justdecide we don't believe in
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  • gravity and we'd look younger.
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  • I don't believe cake isfattening, I'll have more, but
  • 00:16:02.143 --> 00:16:07.215
  • my statement of belief wouldn'tchange the truth, it's what
  • 00:16:07.248 --> 00:16:11.219
  • makes truth such a high-valueitem.
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  • The Bible says, "Buy the truthand don't sell it."
  • 00:16:14.155 --> 00:16:17.525
  • To purchase something means youtrade something that you value
  • 00:16:17.558 --> 00:16:21.863
  • for something that you valuemore, you buy it, you think it's
  • 00:16:21.896 --> 00:16:24.632
  • a good exchange.
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  • I value what you have more, soI'll give you what I have to
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  • have that.
  • 00:16:28.236 --> 00:16:29.570
  • And it says, "Buy the truth,whatever you have, exchange it
  • 00:16:29.604 --> 00:16:33.041
  • for the truth, and when you getthe truth never sell it because
  • 00:16:33.074 --> 00:16:35.410
  • there's nothing more valuable."
  • 00:16:35.443 --> 00:16:36.778
  • And when you have a picture,when you have an insight or an
  • 00:16:36.811 --> 00:16:41.382
  • understanding of a bit of God'struth, then what we want to do,
  • 00:16:41.416 --> 00:16:45.253
  • from a biblical perspective, iseverything in our power to bring
  • 00:16:45.286 --> 00:16:48.456
  • alignment with our lives andthat truth.
  • 00:16:48.489 --> 00:16:52.860
  • It's not really complicated,it's not easy but it's
  • 00:16:52.894 --> 00:16:56.197
  • not complicated.
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  • Now just for clarity's sake, wehave a choice, it's one of the
  • 00:16:57.565 --> 00:17:03.604
  • inexplicable parts of the story.
  • 00:17:03.638 --> 00:17:05.206
  • God created you and me with thechoice, we're not just creatures
  • 00:17:05.239 --> 00:17:07.642
  • of instinct, we're not like theswallows that return to
  • 00:17:07.675 --> 00:17:11.979
  • Capistrano, or the salmon thatmigrate upstream, we have
  • 00:17:12.013 --> 00:17:18.319
  • a choice.
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  • But God, in his grace and hismercy, has given us
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  • instructions, and in fact, heuses some words real
  • 00:17:22.890 --> 00:17:26.627
  • consistently through the storyof Scripture.
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  • Phrases like, "Pay attention,"and, "Listen carefully," and,
  • 00:17:28.663 --> 00:17:31.132
  • "Fully obey."
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  • I brought you just a sampling, Icould have, we could have done
  • 00:17:32.500 --> 00:17:36.070
  • page after page, but Isaiah28:23, says, "Listen and hear my
  • 00:17:36.104 --> 00:17:40.408
  • voice, pay attention, hear whatI say."
  • 00:17:40.441 --> 00:17:45.379
  • Exodus 15:26, "If you listencarefully to the voice of the
  • 00:17:45.413 --> 00:17:48.616
  • Lord and you do what's right inhis eyes, if you pay attention
  • 00:17:48.649 --> 00:17:52.253
  • to his commands and you keep allof his decrees."
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  • Exodus 15, they're just threedays or so, there's just a few
  • 00:17:56.858 --> 00:17:59.760
  • days on the other side of theRed Sea parting, they're just a
  • 00:17:59.794 --> 00:18:05.800
  • few days away from death passingover the land of Egypt where the
  • 00:18:05.833 --> 00:18:09.837
  • blood of the lamb was on thedoorpost of the houses.
  • 00:18:09.871 --> 00:18:12.039
  • They were spared, they have somevery vivid memories of some
  • 00:18:12.073 --> 00:18:15.843
  • remarkable interactions of God.
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  • And the message that God isdelivering to them is that, if
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  • you'll pay attention, if you'lllisten carefully and you'll do
  • 00:18:21.282 --> 00:18:23.818
  • what's right...
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  • And if you'll pay attention,what's the subtext?
  • 00:18:25.186 --> 00:18:30.558
  • It doesn't take us long todrift, it doesn't take us long,
  • 00:18:30.591 --> 00:18:38.466
  • we can have the dust of themiracles still in our hair.
  • 00:18:38.499 --> 00:18:43.037
  • Deuteronomy 15, "If only you'llfully obey the Lord your God and
  • 00:18:43.070 --> 00:18:48.743
  • be careful to follow all ofthese commands I'm giving
  • 00:18:48.776 --> 00:18:51.078
  • you today."
  • 00:18:51.112 --> 00:18:52.446
  • What kind of obedience?
  • 00:18:52.480 --> 00:18:53.781
  • Full obedience, not partial, notthe part that's convenient or
  • 00:18:53.814 --> 00:18:58.619
  • easy or comfortable, nor thepart that makes sense to you;
  • 00:18:58.653 --> 00:19:01.189
  • obedience to everything God hasmade known to you.
  • 00:19:01.222 --> 00:19:06.694
  • Isaiah 1, verse 19, "If you'rewilling and obedient, you'll eat
  • 00:19:06.727 --> 00:19:09.430
  • the best from the land."
  • 00:19:09.463 --> 00:19:10.798
  • What's the alternative to beingwilling and obedient?
  • 00:19:10.831 --> 00:19:15.102
  • "If you resist and you rebel,you'll be devoured, the mouth of
  • 00:19:15.136 --> 00:19:19.840
  • the Lord have spoken."
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  • Do you have room for a God likethat?
  • 00:19:21.242 --> 00:19:24.912
  • I mean, I know how frequentlyit's said that, you know, that
  • 00:19:24.946 --> 00:19:27.615
  • Jesus said, "The greatestcommandment is to love one
  • 00:19:27.648 --> 00:19:29.617
  • another," and that God's a Godof love, and we've tried to
  • 00:19:29.650 --> 00:19:31.652
  • kinda take the Old Testament andpush it aside, it's a little
  • 00:19:31.686 --> 00:19:34.222
  • awkward and uncomfortable.
  • 00:19:34.255 --> 00:19:39.260
  • Well, in Acts chapter 13, inverse 22, there's a remarkable
  • 00:19:39.293 --> 00:19:42.797
  • commentary on David.
  • 00:19:42.830 --> 00:19:46.601
  • It says, "After God removedSaul, he made David king, and he
  • 00:19:46.634 --> 00:19:51.305
  • testified concerning David, 'Ihave found David, the son of
  • 00:19:51.339 --> 00:19:55.042
  • Jesse, a man after my own heart,he'll do everything I want him
  • 00:19:55.076 --> 00:19:58.913
  • to do.'"
  • 00:19:58.946 --> 00:20:00.248
  • Wow, how would you like to getto heaven and read God's
  • 00:20:00.281 --> 00:20:05.019
  • commentary on you?
  • 00:20:05.052 --> 00:20:06.387
  • I could trust them to dowhatever I ask them to do, how
  • 00:20:06.420 --> 00:20:10.658
  • many of you'd like to have thatlabel from God?
  • 00:20:10.691 --> 00:20:13.494
  • Me too, but that's not somethingthat comes to you accidentally,
  • 00:20:13.527 --> 00:20:18.065
  • that's not something bestowedupon you or me.
  • 00:20:18.099 --> 00:20:20.668
  • We've gotta decide if we intendto be obedient to God or we're
  • 00:20:20.701 --> 00:20:24.071
  • going to just give ourselvessome latitude?
  • 00:20:24.105 --> 00:20:25.706
  • After all, he'll probably gradeon a curve.
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  • If you've read the book, Iwouldn't bet on that, I wouldn't
  • 00:20:29.744 --> 00:20:34.849
  • bet on that.
  • 00:20:34.882 --> 00:20:36.217
  • If he was gonna grade on acurve, I think he'd have graded
  • 00:20:36.250 --> 00:20:37.585
  • the curve on Jesus.
  • 00:20:37.618 --> 00:20:38.919
  • No, we have a universal problem,the biblical word for it is sin.
  • 00:20:38.953 --> 00:20:46.227
  • Romans 3, for those of you whoprefer New Testament,
  • 00:20:46.260 --> 00:20:48.396
  • Romans 3:23.
  • 00:20:48.429 --> 00:20:49.730
  • He says, "We've all sinned andfallen short of the glory
  • 00:20:49.764 --> 00:20:52.700
  • of God."
  • 00:20:52.733 --> 00:20:54.068
  • Universal, every human being hasthis problem, it's not easier
  • 00:20:54.101 --> 00:20:57.405
  • for some of us than others,ungodliness touches all of us;
  • 00:20:57.438 --> 00:21:01.742
  • we are born with a tendencytowards sin.
  • 00:21:01.776 --> 00:21:06.981
  • And in Romans 6, in verse 23, itgives us the outcome, it says,
  • 00:21:07.014 --> 00:21:11.085
  • "The wages of sin is death."
  • 00:21:11.118 --> 00:21:14.388
  • So we're born with a conditionthat leads to destruction and
  • 00:21:14.422 --> 00:21:17.024
  • alienation from God and we arepowerless to deliver ourselves,
  • 00:21:17.058 --> 00:21:22.029
  • that's what makes the Jesusstory good news: there's a power
  • 00:21:22.063 --> 00:21:24.999
  • that can deliver us, not onlyfrom the consequences of sin but
  • 00:21:25.032 --> 00:21:28.903
  • from the bondage of ungodliness,and it's available to every
  • 00:21:28.936 --> 00:21:34.041
  • person regardless of our height,our race, our gender, our
  • 00:21:34.075 --> 00:21:37.812
  • education, our IQ, our income.
  • 00:21:37.845 --> 00:21:40.381
  • Everybody's welcome at the footof the cross and the bondage of
  • 00:21:40.414 --> 00:21:45.186
  • sin is broken over our lives,and then the best things of
  • 00:21:45.219 --> 00:21:49.290
  • humanity can begin to emerge.
  • 00:21:49.323 --> 00:21:51.225
  • Without addressing the sinproblem, the worst parts of us
  • 00:21:51.258 --> 00:21:54.829
  • will continue to ravage oneanother.
  • 00:21:54.862 --> 00:21:59.834
  • It's inconvenient, it's awkward,it forces us to deal with the
  • 00:21:59.867 --> 00:22:02.837
  • fact that there's a creator andit's not us.
  • 00:22:02.870 --> 00:22:06.040
  • It forces us to acknowledge thatwe are not the measure of all
  • 00:22:06.073 --> 00:22:08.743
  • things, that there's a powergreater than ourselves.
  • 00:22:08.776 --> 00:22:14.048
  • Now, if we have a universalproblem of sin, I think we need
  • 00:22:14.081 --> 00:22:17.084
  • to pay attention to therevelation of Scripture around
  • 00:22:17.118 --> 00:22:20.187
  • what that means; the Bible givesus some categories, some
  • 00:22:20.221 --> 00:22:22.690
  • consequences to sin.
  • 00:22:22.723 --> 00:22:24.458
  • We just finished readingGalatians and Ephesians and
  • 00:22:24.492 --> 00:22:26.694
  • Philippians, so I pulled somepassages from there, we've
  • 00:22:26.727 --> 00:22:28.863
  • looked at Corinthians already.
  • 00:22:28.896 --> 00:22:30.231
  • In 1 Corinthians 6, and verse 9,listen to the punchline.
  • 00:22:30.264 --> 00:22:36.370
  • It says, "Do you not know?"
  • 00:22:36.404 --> 00:22:37.705
  • When the Bible starts the phrasewith that, what's is the answer?
  • 00:22:37.738 --> 00:22:41.876
  • No, we probably forgot.
  • 00:22:41.909 --> 00:22:43.244
  • "Do you not know?
  • 00:22:43.277 --> 00:22:46.647
  • Have you forgotten that thewicked will not inherit the
  • 00:22:46.680 --> 00:22:50.618
  • kingdom of God?"
  • 00:22:50.651 --> 00:22:51.952
  • Now before you rock back in yourchair and say, "Well thank God
  • 00:22:51.986 --> 00:22:55.489
  • that's not me," I remind youthis is being written to a
  • 00:22:55.523 --> 00:22:58.125
  • church, and then Paul lists thecharacteristics that he's
  • 00:22:58.159 --> 00:23:02.630
  • talking about, he's not aninclusive list, it's a sampling.
  • 00:23:02.663 --> 00:23:06.033
  • He said, "Do not be deceived,neither the sexually immoral,
  • 00:23:06.066 --> 00:23:11.038
  • nor idolaters, nor adulterers,nor male prostitutes, nor
  • 00:23:11.071 --> 00:23:14.341
  • homosexual offenders, northieves, nor the greedy, nor
  • 00:23:14.375 --> 00:23:17.044
  • drunkards, nor slanderers, norswindlers, will inherit the
  • 00:23:17.077 --> 00:23:20.681
  • kingdom of God."
  • 00:23:20.714 --> 00:23:22.016
  • It will not happen, and that iswhat some of you were, that's
  • 00:23:22.049 --> 00:23:27.855
  • where God recruited from, that'swhere we came from, we used to
  • 00:23:27.888 --> 00:23:31.425
  • live in that list.
  • 00:23:31.459 --> 00:23:34.762
  • So it's not a condemnation, it'snot an expression of hate, it's
  • 00:23:34.795 --> 00:23:38.199
  • an acknowledgement that thatpractice will separate you from
  • 00:23:38.232 --> 00:23:42.369
  • the creator of heaven and earth,and the next sentence is filled
  • 00:23:42.403 --> 00:23:47.374
  • with good news.
  • 00:23:47.408 --> 00:23:48.709
  • "That's what you were but youwere washed, you were
  • 00:23:48.742 --> 00:23:52.480
  • sanctified, you were justifiedin the name of the Lord Jesus
  • 00:23:52.513 --> 00:23:57.051
  • Christ and by the Spirit ofGod."
  • 00:23:57.084 --> 00:24:01.722
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  • Allen Jackson: I want to praywith you before we go but before
  • 00:24:56.577 --> 00:25:00.481
  • we start the prayer, I want tobe certain you understand you're
  • 00:25:00.514 --> 00:25:03.250
  • not alone.
  • 00:25:03.284 --> 00:25:04.618
  • Maybe you've been more isolatedsocially, maybe you haven't been
  • 00:25:04.652 --> 00:25:07.021
  • back in church and your normalroutine, maybe your life is much
  • 00:25:07.054 --> 00:25:10.758
  • different than it was a fewmonths ago, but Almighty God is
  • 00:25:10.791 --> 00:25:14.028
  • watching over us, the spirit ofthe living God is within us.
  • 00:25:14.061 --> 00:25:17.131
  • We do not have to respond withfear and anxiety to this season,
  • 00:25:17.164 --> 00:25:21.802
  • we're the church of JesusChrist, the spirit of God is
  • 00:25:21.835 --> 00:25:24.672
  • within us.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Father, I thank you for everyperson, that we've had this time
  • 00:25:27.441 --> 00:25:29.176
  • together today, but we need yourhelp.
  • 00:25:29.209 --> 00:25:31.679
  • If there's anything within usthat separates us from your
  • 00:25:31.712 --> 00:25:34.181
  • best, Holy Spirit, we ask you tohelp us see it.
  • 00:25:34.214 --> 00:25:37.284
  • We don't want to excuse it orjustify it, we don't want to
  • 00:25:37.318 --> 00:25:39.753
  • explain it away, in humility wewanna repent, we want to lay it
  • 00:25:39.787 --> 00:25:43.357
  • down, any thought, any attitude,any behavior, any habit.
  • 00:25:43.390 --> 00:25:48.629
  • I thank you, that through theblood of Jesus, we have been
  • 00:25:48.662 --> 00:25:51.165
  • delivered out of the hand of theenemy, that the redemptive work
  • 00:25:51.198 --> 00:25:54.435
  • of Jesus is complete and inentire, and no expression of
  • 00:25:54.468 --> 00:25:58.372
  • evil can stand before the powerof Jesus's blood in our lives.
  • 00:25:58.405 --> 00:26:02.443
  • I thank you for it and I thankyou now for our freedom, for our
  • 00:26:02.476 --> 00:26:05.713
  • peace of mind and our hope.
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  • In Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Allen Jackson: This isn't amessage somebody else needs,
  • 00:26:12.086 --> 00:26:16.056
  • this is the message the churchhas to hear.
  • 00:26:16.090 --> 00:26:20.027
  • What has happened to our idea ofsin?
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