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That's Not How This Works: I Want to Keep It Real

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July 5, 2017
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The Basics with Beth

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That's Not How This Works: I Want to Keep It Real

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  • - Beth Jones: If the salt loses
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  • its saltiness, what effect do we
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  • have on the culture?
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  • Jesus said, "You are the salt,
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  • you are the salt of the earth."
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  • And you can do it, I can do it.
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  • How does this work?
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  • It works by you and I sharing
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  • - male: On today's episode of
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  • "The Basics with Beth," Beth
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  • Jones teaches how we can keep it
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  • real with people by speaking
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  • both truth and love.
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  • Let's check it out.
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  • - female announcer: Beth Jones
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  • has been teaching the basics of
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  • the Christian faith for over 30
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  • years.
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  • As a pastor, author, wife, and
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  • mom, she loves to connect with
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  • people of all generations with
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  • relevant, practical teaching of
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  • God's Word.
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  • Through "The Basics with Beth,"
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  • you'll begin to master the
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  • basics of your faith so that you
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  • [music]
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  • - Beth: That's not how this
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  • works, that's not how any of
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  • this works.
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  • And so, today we're going to
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  • talk about, how do we keep it
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  • real?
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  • How do we balance this whole
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  • idea of walking in love and in
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  • truth?
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  • Because who knows both are
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  • important?
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  • You need friends cheering you
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  • on, friends who believe in you,
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  • who have your back, they're in
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  • your corner.
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  • You need those kind of friends,
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  • but you also need, we also need
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  • those kind of friends, those
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  • kinds of people in our life that
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  • are going to tell us the truth,
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  • even when it might be a little
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  • uncomfortable.
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  • How do we do it?
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  • How do we keep it real with
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  • truth and in love, all right?
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  • So, let me have you grab your
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  • Bibles and go to John chapter 1.
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  • This idea of walking in love and
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  • in truth, maybe you've had
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  • conversations like I have with
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  • different people over the years,
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  • and you've found yourself
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  • tilting one way or the other.
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  • You found yourself being so
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  • loving, but then you kind of
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  • walked away from that
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  • conversation, you're like, "Oh
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  • man, I didn't really tell them
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  • the truth.
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  • Like, I set them up, you know,
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  • for a disappointing end."
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  • Or maybe there were other times
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  • you were so truthful, you told
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  • them so much truth, and it came
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  • across abrasive, or came across
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  • harsh, or the love that you felt
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  • didn't come across, and so they
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  • left hurt or wounded from the
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  • conversation.
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  • I know I've had both kinds of
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  • conversations.
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  • I remember one time talking to a
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  • friend from high school years
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  • ago, I was a new Christian,
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  • super on fire, zealous, just
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  • wanted everybody to know the
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  • Lord.
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  • And you know, sometimes you have
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  • to take note of the fruit
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  • hanging on the tree.
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  • Is the fruit ripe?
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  • Is it ripe for the picking, or
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  • is it still developing?
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  • And I just went in there, you
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  • know, gangbusters with truth
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  • because it's like, "You've got
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  • to know this."
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  • Now, my heart intention was
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  • love, but the way that it was
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  • communicated, I think it did
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  • more harm than good.
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  • I think I bruised the fruit by
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  • speaking so much truth, which
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  • was true, but it wasn't coached
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  • and couched in love and mercy,
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  • in grace, in compassion.
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  • Then there have been other
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  • situations where it was so
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  • lovey-dovey, so mushy, so
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  • vanilla, so nothing that I might
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  • have talked to somebody that we
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  • were on polar opposite ends of
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  • the spectrum on a lot of things
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  • that--and that things that would
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  • have even potentially been
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  • devastating to that person
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  • eternally for sure.
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  • You know, talking about the
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  • Lord, about spiritual things,
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  • and sometimes you leave a
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  • conversation and it's like,
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  • "They think that you think and
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  • that we all think and we all
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  • believe the same thing.
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  • Well, you know, it's the same
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  • God.
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  • We all--you call him Coca-Cola,
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  • I call him Pepsi.
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  • You call Jesus, I call him this.
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  • But we all believe the same
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  • thing."
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  • And you kind of walk away and
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  • you're like, "But no, we don't.
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  • And no, it's not what the Bible
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  • says, and why didn't I tell you
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  • the truth?
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  • Why did I just wimp out?"
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  • I was trying to be loving, I was
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  • trying to be kind, but it didn't
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  • benefit them."
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  • So, that's what we're going to
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  • talk about, this balance, how
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  • does this work?
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  • And all the people said?
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  • Okay, so go over, like I said,
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  • in your Bibles to John 1, verse
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  • 14.
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  • Jesus was the master at doing
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  • this, he was the master of
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  • balancing love and truth, and
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  • here's what it says about him.
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  • "And the Word became flesh and
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  • dwelt among us, and we beheld
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  • his glory," speaking of Jesus,
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  • "the glory as of the only
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  • begotten of the Father, full of
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  • grace and truth."
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  • So, when we talk about grace and
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  • truth, we're talking about love
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  • and truth, mercy and truth,
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  • compassion and truth, both of
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  • those things go together.
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  • With Jesus, it was not
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  • either/or.
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  • I think sometimes for, you know,
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  • us as Christians, sometimes we
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  • tilt either/or.
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  • With Jesus, it was both/and.
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  • Both were necessary to get
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  • people to their destination,
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  • their destiny, their eternal
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  • purpose, their eternal life.
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  • Both/and.
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  • All right, so some of you may
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  • remember having seen the famous
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  • tightrope walker Nik Wallenda.
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  • Anybody remember seeing him do
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  • his famous walk a number of
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  • years ago across the Little
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  • Colorado River gorge near the
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  • Grand Canyon?
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  • This was in 2013, he was 1.500
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  • feet above the canyon floor,
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  • about a quarter of a mile,
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  • trying to keep his balance as
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  • the winds blew against him at 30
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  • miles an hour.
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  • This was a 22-minute trip.
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  • Some of you remember watching
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  • that on TV?
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  • He was walking across this
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  • canyon with his balancing bar,
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  • on the tightrope, 22 minutes,
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  • 1.500 feet above, and he
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  • couldn't tip either way too much
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  • left or right or he'd plunge to
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  • his death.
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  • With you and I walking in love
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  • and in truth, it's a lot like
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  • that.
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  • We just have to keep that
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  • balancing bar and determine, in
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  • this situation, in this
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  • conversation, in this
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  • environment, how do I balance my
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  • behavior, my conversation, the
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  • things I say, the things I don't
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  • say?
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  • How do I balance that?
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  • And in his case, he had winds
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  • blowing against him at 30 miles
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  • an hour, so you have to
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  • compensate for wind.
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  • And you know, in our experiences
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  • with people, oftentimes if
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  • you're talking to someone, the
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  • winds of hurt, grief, loss,
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  • wounds, difficulties are blowing
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  • against them, then you want to
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  • tilt towards love.
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  • They need love, they need
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  • compassion, they need mercy,
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  • they need grace.
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  • But at the very same time, we
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  • live in a culture--as you know,
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  • we live in a culture where the
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  • winds of political correctness,
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  • of polarization,
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  • of anti-everything,
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  • of relativism,
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  • of moral decay, of you fill in
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  • your own blank, is blowing
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  • against us oftentimes.
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  • And so, in that case, you have
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  • to tilt towards truth.
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  • The way to compensate for the
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  • winds, so to speak, either
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  • direction, is love and/or truth.
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  • So, that's what we're going to
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  • talk about.
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  • And I want us to look at Matthew
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  • 5, verse 13.
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  • Jesus gave us a great metaphor,
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  • great example that I think we
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  • can all get our heads around.
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  • Matthew 5:13, he said, "You are
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  • the salt of the earth."
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  • You are, you and I, we are.
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  • Believers, you are the salt of
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  • the earth.
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  • "But if salt has lost its taste
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  • (its strength, its quality), how
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  • can its saltness be restored?
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  • It is not good for anything any
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  • longer but to be thrown out and
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  • trodden underfoot by men."
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  • You are, you and I, we are the
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  • salt of the earth.
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  • And we know from our
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  • experiences, all of us, we know
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  • salt is good for flavor, good
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  • for seasoning, brings out
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  • flavors, it's a good
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  • preservative.
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  • We know all the different things
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  • that salt can do, all the
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  • benefits of salt.
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  • And Jesus is saying you are
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  • salt.
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  • And so, I think this is an
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  • interesting--more on the
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  • chemical side as a chemist, you
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  • know, if somebody--some of you
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  • have a chemistry background,
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  • you'll appreciate this.
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  • I think this is an interesting
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  • metaphor because salt is made up
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  • of sodium chloride, or sodium
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  • and chlorine, sodium chloride
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  • makes up salt.
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  • Two elements make up salt.
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  • So, I have a little--I have a
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  • little sample thing here, a
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  • little test tube.
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  • Somebody sent this to us for
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  • Christmas one year, and it's all
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  • different kinds of salt.
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  • And so, this one's Alderwoods
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  • smoked, Seneca salt flakes, Utah
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  • red, vintage merlot, Sonoma
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  • county.
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  • We've got Hawaiian citrus, this
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  • one's jalapeño pepper.
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  • All these different flavors, but
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  • it's all salt.
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  • It's all sodium chloride, it
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  • just has some flavors, different
  • 00:07:59.230 --> 00:08:01.070
  • flavors to it, and it brings out
  • 00:08:01.070 --> 00:08:02.130
  • different flavors in the fish,
  • 00:08:02.130 --> 00:08:03.110
  • or the chicken, or the meat.
  • 00:08:03.110 --> 00:08:05.030
  • And so, you and I with our
  • 00:08:05.030 --> 00:08:06.020
  • personalities, with the way
  • 00:08:06.020 --> 00:08:07.120
  • God's wired us, with our
  • 00:08:07.120 --> 00:08:09.070
  • particular bent and just the way
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  • we communicate with people,
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  • we're going to have different
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  • flavors in how we communicate
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  • love and how we communicate
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  • truth.
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  • But when it comes to being salt,
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  • being the salt that Jesus told
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  • us to be, it's got these two
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  • elements, sodium and chloride.
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  • Both of those separate from one
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  • another are toxic and can kill
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  • people.
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  • But, what's interesting about
  • 00:08:31.280 --> 00:08:32.280
  • them both is sodium is never
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  • found in nature alone.
  • 00:08:35.180 --> 00:08:38.080
  • It's always found in a compound,
  • 00:08:38.080 --> 00:08:40.050
  • coupled up with something else.
  • 00:08:40.050 --> 00:08:42.000
  • They call it the gregarious
  • 00:08:42.000 --> 00:08:43.130
  • element, it's an includer.
  • 00:08:43.130 --> 00:08:45.280
  • Like, it always wants to be with
  • 00:08:45.280 --> 00:08:47.140
  • other compounds.
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  • It's the nice element.
  • 00:08:48.230 --> 00:08:51.010
  • It's the loving, merciful,
  • 00:08:51.010 --> 00:08:53.180
  • compassionate element, sodium
  • 00:08:53.180 --> 00:08:54.220
  • is.
  • 00:08:54.220 --> 00:08:55.110
  • It wants to be with other
  • 00:08:55.110 --> 00:08:56.070
  • compounds and create something.
  • 00:08:56.070 --> 00:08:58.190
  • It's always reaching out to
  • 00:08:58.190 --> 00:08:59.280
  • other compounds, accepting all
  • 00:08:59.280 --> 00:09:01.250
  • the other compounds.
  • 00:09:01.250 --> 00:09:03.200
  • Sodium is a lot like love.
  • 00:09:03.230 --> 00:09:06.230
  • But sodium alone is deadly.
  • 00:09:06.250 --> 00:09:09.250
  • When it's combined with
  • 00:09:09.250 --> 00:09:11.050
  • chlorine, we get salt.
  • 00:09:11.050 --> 00:09:12.100
  • Now, chlorine on the other hand,
  • 00:09:12.100 --> 00:09:13.280
  • chloride or chlorine, we know
  • 00:09:13.280 --> 00:09:15.090
  • that it's what makes up that
  • 00:09:15.090 --> 00:09:17.240
  • super strong smell of bleach.
  • 00:09:17.240 --> 00:09:20.180
  • It's a toxic gas, and it makes
  • 00:09:20.180 --> 00:09:23.110
  • bleach smell like bleach smells.
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  • It cleans swimming pools, it
  • 00:09:24.250 --> 00:09:26.060
  • takes all the nasty germs out of
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  • a swimming pool.
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  • Chlorine will bleach your
  • 00:09:29.120 --> 00:09:30.110
  • clothes.
  • 00:09:30.110 --> 00:09:30.290
  • You know, chlorine has a lot of
  • 00:09:30.290 --> 00:09:32.170
  • disinfectant properties.
  • 00:09:32.170 --> 00:09:33.090
  • It cleans out the dirt, it
  • 00:09:33.090 --> 00:09:34.280
  • cleans out the nasty, it cleans
  • 00:09:34.280 --> 00:09:36.230
  • things up, it disinfects.
  • 00:09:36.250 --> 00:09:39.250
  • And so, chorine or chloride,
  • 00:09:39.250 --> 00:09:41.010
  • it's a lot like truth.
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  • You've got the love, you've got
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  • the truth.
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  • You've got the sodium, you've
  • 00:09:45.140 --> 00:09:46.110
  • got the chlorine.
  • 00:09:46.110 --> 00:09:48.070
  • Separate from one another,
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  • they're actually toxic, which is
  • 00:09:49.220 --> 00:09:51.010
  • interesting.
  • 00:09:51.010 --> 00:09:51.270
  • Just all by themselves, it's not
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  • the best.
  • 00:09:53.240 --> 00:09:54.170
  • But you put them together and
  • 00:09:54.170 --> 00:09:56.150
  • you have salt, something that
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  • brings great flavor out of your
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  • food.
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  • And Jesus said you are the salt,
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  • you are the salt of the world.
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  • And if the salt loses its
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  • saltness, what's going to happen
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  • to the world?
  • 00:10:07.150 --> 00:10:08.050
  • Well, flavor, preservation, I
  • 00:10:08.050 --> 00:10:10.110
  • mean, a lot of things are going
  • 00:10:10.110 --> 00:10:11.160
  • to be missing from the culture.
  • 00:10:11.160 --> 00:10:13.030
  • Who thinks the church, and
  • 00:10:13.030 --> 00:10:14.230
  • believers, and Christians, who
  • 00:10:14.230 --> 00:10:16.150
  • believes we all need to be a lot
  • 00:10:16.150 --> 00:10:18.120
  • saltier?
  • 00:10:18.120 --> 00:10:20.070
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:10:20.070 --> 00:10:21.060
  • It means we need to be more
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  • engaged in speaking and living
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  • truth and love, both.
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  • And as we go through this today,
  • 00:10:27.180 --> 00:10:29.040
  • I want you to be thinking of it
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  • in three different ways.
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  • In your own life, how are you
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  • doing, how am I doing?
  • 00:10:32.230 --> 00:10:33.270
  • If I assess my own life, how am
  • 00:10:33.270 --> 00:10:35.070
  • I doing?
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  • How honest am I being in living
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  • in truth and love in my own
  • 00:10:38.050 --> 00:10:40.110
  • life?
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  • How am I receiving it?
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  • If somebody's speaking love or
  • 00:10:43.070 --> 00:10:44.080
  • truth to me, how am I receiving
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  • it?
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  • Do my defenses get up?
  • 00:10:47.020 --> 00:10:48.260
  • Do I push it away?
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  • How do I receive love and truth?
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  • And then how do I speak it to
  • 00:10:52.000 --> 00:10:53.050
  • others?
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  • How do I give it to others, love
  • 00:10:53.290 --> 00:10:54.260
  • and truth?
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  • Do I tilt one way because I
  • 00:10:55.200 --> 00:10:57.170
  • don't want people to not like
  • 00:10:57.170 --> 00:10:58.220
  • me, or because I don't want to
  • 00:10:58.220 --> 00:10:59.270
  • hurt people's feelings, so I
  • 00:10:59.270 --> 00:11:01.000
  • always tilt towards love and I
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  • never tell truth?
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  • Or am I always just beating
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  • people up with truth and I'm
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  • just, you know, battering them
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  • with truth, and I can't figure
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  • out why they don't want to be
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  • around me, and why they don't
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  • want to hear from me, and why my
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  • witness for Christ is not that
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  • effective?
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  • Where am I in speaking love and
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  • truth?
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  • - female: Do you want to go
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  • deeper in your relationship with
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  • the Lord?
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  • [music]
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  • - Beth: We're going to look at
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  • a story in Acts 17 about the
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  • Apostle Paul, who became salty.
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  • How is it that, in the culture
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  • in which you and I live, how
  • 00:12:36.110 --> 00:12:37.160
  • does this work?
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  • How can we--in this culture, how
  • 00:12:38.190 --> 00:12:40.260
  • can we be salty?
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:42.050
  • How can we balance love and
  • 00:12:42.050 --> 00:12:43.140
  • truth?
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  • Well, let's look at Paul's
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:45.020
  • example in Acts 17.
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  • Let's start with verse 16,
  • 00:12:47.190 --> 00:12:50.190
  • "Now while Paul was waiting for
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  • them in Athens, his spirit was
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  • provoked within him and when he
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  • saw that the city was given over
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  • to idols."
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  • We'll stop right there, just
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:00.140
  • verse 16.
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  • Paul was waiting for Timothy and
  • 00:13:01.200 --> 00:13:03.010
  • some others in Athens.
  • 00:13:03.010 --> 00:13:03.260
  • He didn't really want to be in
  • 00:13:03.260 --> 00:13:04.290
  • Athens, but he happened to be in
  • 00:13:04.290 --> 00:13:06.050
  • Athens at the moment.
  • 00:13:06.050 --> 00:13:07.090
  • And while he was there, he saw
  • 00:13:07.090 --> 00:13:08.270
  • some things, he felt some
  • 00:13:08.270 --> 00:13:09.260
  • things, and he did some things.
  • 00:13:09.260 --> 00:13:11.140
  • So, first Paul went, then he
  • 00:13:11.140 --> 00:13:13.210
  • felt, then he saw, then he did.
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  • And that's what we're going to
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  • talk about.
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  • Can we in love and truth, can we
  • 00:13:16.080 --> 00:13:18.240
  • go where Paul went, can we feel
  • 00:13:18.240 --> 00:13:20.090
  • what Paul felt, can we see what
  • 00:13:20.090 --> 00:13:21.260
  • Paul saw, and can we do what
  • 00:13:21.260 --> 00:13:23.070
  • Paul did?
  • 00:13:23.070 --> 00:13:24.130
  • So, he went to Athens.
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  • So, back in the day, it was a
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  • cultural hub.
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  • It was the capital for so many
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  • things culturally.
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  • For example, the government,
  • 00:13:32.180 --> 00:13:33.260
  • seat of government was there.
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  • It was a place where the
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  • philosophers met, ideas were
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  • exchanged.
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  • It was the place where this
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  • particular--Athens and this area
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  • where we were there, where the
  • 00:13:42.150 --> 00:13:44.170
  • gymnasium was, the concert
  • 00:13:44.170 --> 00:13:46.040
  • halls, the theaters.
  • 00:13:46.040 --> 00:13:47.240
  • This is where people gathered to
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  • sell their wares.
  • 00:13:49.150 --> 00:13:50.130
  • Literally, it was a marketplace,
  • 00:13:50.130 --> 00:13:51.100
  • they sold stuff.
  • 00:13:51.100 --> 00:13:52.060
  • But the word "marketplace" when
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  • it talks about Athens in the
  • 00:13:53.240 --> 00:13:54.200
  • Bible, it doesn't mean, like,
  • 00:13:54.200 --> 00:13:55.200
  • marketplace like you and I
  • 00:13:55.200 --> 00:13:56.130
  • think, like the mall.
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  • It means literally it was the
  • 00:13:57.140 --> 00:13:58.260
  • marketplace for everything, for
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  • ideas, for theater, for artists,
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  • for the heralds.
  • 00:14:02.170 --> 00:14:03.180
  • The heralds would come and give
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  • the news.
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  • They didn't have newspapers.
  • 00:14:05.150 --> 00:14:07.050
  • They obviously didn't have the
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  • Internet, they didn't have
  • 00:14:08.020 --> 00:14:08.280
  • Google, they didn't have
  • 00:14:08.280 --> 00:14:09.210
  • Twitter, they didn't have, you
  • 00:14:09.210 --> 00:14:10.140
  • know, Fox or CNN.
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  • They had no way of knowing
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:12.230
  • what's going on in the world
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  • other than we all go to the city
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  • center and let's find out.
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  • What's the latest and greatest
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  • thought, what's the latest
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  • discovery, the latest invention?
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  • What's the--what's the
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  • newsmakers telling us?
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  • What are the heralds saying?
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  • And this is where they would
  • 00:14:25.280 --> 00:14:26.190
  • have debates, and they would
  • 00:14:26.190 --> 00:14:27.230
  • talk about thought and
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  • philosophies.
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  • And two big philosophical
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  • leaders and ways of thinking
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  • were these, the epicureans and
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  • the stoics.
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  • Now, the reason this is
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  • important is because it's very
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  • similar today.
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  • "There's nothing new under the
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  • sun," Ecclesiastes told us.
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  • It's just a rebranding of it, if
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  • you will.
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  • So, the epicureans, they were
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  • the ones that loved pleasure.
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  • They felt their chief purpose in
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  • life was pleasure.
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  • It was a peaceful life free from
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  • pain, free from fear, and in
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  • particular the fear of death.
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  • It was sort of one of those
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  • mindsets of like, "Hey, if it
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  • feels good, do it.
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  • Whatever works for you, if it
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  • feels good, do it."
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  • A life of just total pleasure.
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  • They believed in God, the gods,
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  • but they didn't believe God was
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  • connected to man.
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  • Then you had the stoics.
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  • And of course, who knows, we
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  • have those kinds of mindsets
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  • these days?
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  • "Hey, whatever feels good, do
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  • it.
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  • You know, it's whatever works
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  • for you."
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  • Relativism, "It's all relative.
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  • You know, however it works for
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  • you, it's cool."
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  • Then the others were the stoics.
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  • The stoics were pantheist.
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  • They had a theology that God was
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  • in everything.
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  • In everything, good or bad, God
  • 00:15:34.050 --> 00:15:35.130
  • was in everything.
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  • He's in the chair, he's in the
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  • ceiling, he's in the dirt, he's
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  • in the building, he's in you,
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  • he's in the bad guy, he's in
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  • everybody.
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  • He's in everything.
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  • Their motto might have been
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  • something like, "It's all good.
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  • It's all good.
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  • It's all good, God's in
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  • everything.
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  • He's everywhere, he's in control
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  • of it all."
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  • And they wouldn't say he as in,
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  • like, one God.
  • 00:15:54.160 --> 00:15:55.150
  • The gods are, like, in
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  • everything.
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  • They did believe in all the
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  • gods, but that there was no
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  • personal connection or personal
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  • destiny for mankind.
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  • They're just kind of like, "Hey,
  • 00:16:05.140 --> 00:16:06.080
  • it's all good."
  • 00:16:06.080 --> 00:16:07.210
  • So, they would debate up on the
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  • hill.
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  • And so, then along comes Paul.
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  • Well, we'll read a little bit
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:12.180
  • later here, but along comes
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  • Paul, and Paul, they called him
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  • a babbler.
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  • They said, "What about this
  • 00:16:16.250 --> 00:16:17.250
  • babbler?
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  • He's bringing us news of a
  • 00:16:18.140 --> 00:16:19.100
  • foreign God."
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  • It's not a babbler like you and
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:21.110
  • I would think, they were
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  • actually impressed with Paul.
  • 00:16:22.100 --> 00:16:23.270
  • Because Paul comes along, and
  • 00:16:23.270 --> 00:16:25.100
  • he's preaching this gospel, he's
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  • preaching this Jesus, he's
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  • preaching this resurrection,
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  • he's preaching this
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  • righteousness thing.
  • 00:16:30.260 --> 00:16:31.270
  • And they're like, "Okay, who is
  • 00:16:31.270 --> 00:16:33.130
  • this guy, and what is this?
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  • Because with us, it's all good.
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  • And whatever feels good, do it."
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  • And this guy's coming along
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  • talking about the one God, the
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  • Jesus who said, "I am the way,
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  • and the truth, and the life.
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  • No one goes to the Father except
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  • through me."
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  • He's coming with this Jesus, who
  • 00:16:45.220 --> 00:16:47.180
  • the Bible says and who Paul
  • 00:16:47.180 --> 00:16:49.000
  • preached was the one who went to
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  • the cross.
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  • He who knew no sin became sin so
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  • that you could become the
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  • righteousness of God in Christ.
  • 00:16:54.140 --> 00:16:56.040
  • And they're like, "What kind of
  • 00:16:56.040 --> 00:16:57.100
  • message is this?"
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:16:58.120
  • So, they were impressed enough
  • 00:16:58.120 --> 00:16:59.260
  • with Paul that they invited him
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  • up to Mars Hill to debate with
  • 00:17:01.220 --> 00:17:04.150
  • the top philosophers.
  • 00:17:04.150 --> 00:17:06.260
  • And so, we're going to sort of
  • 00:17:06.260 --> 00:17:07.190
  • pick up the story then.
  • 00:17:07.190 --> 00:17:08.270
  • Paul's now in Athens, he's gone
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  • there, and he's feeling
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  • something.
  • 00:17:11.290 --> 00:17:12.200
  • He sees a bunch of stuff, now he
  • 00:17:12.200 --> 00:17:14.080
  • feels something.
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  • Let's keep reading.
  • 00:17:15.030 --> 00:17:16.150
  • "Paul waited for them in Athens.
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  • His spirit was provoked within
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  • him."
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  • He felt something.
  • 00:17:20.250 --> 00:17:22.180
  • And then we'll see in just a
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:23.090
  • minute he saw something.
  • 00:17:23.090 --> 00:17:24.120
  • But he felt something, his
  • 00:17:24.120 --> 00:17:25.080
  • spirit was provoked within him.
  • 00:17:25.080 --> 00:17:27.060
  • That doesn't mean provoked like
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  • to anger.
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  • It means that his spirit was
  • 00:17:29.200 --> 00:17:31.030
  • moved within him, it was stirred
  • 00:17:31.030 --> 00:17:32.200
  • up within him, like how God is
  • 00:17:32.200 --> 00:17:34.000
  • jealous for us because he knows
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  • that he always has our best
  • 00:17:35.220 --> 00:17:37.070
  • interest in mind.
  • 00:17:37.070 --> 00:17:39.000
  • And then the Lord, the Bible
  • 00:17:39.000 --> 00:17:40.090
  • says, is jealous for us.
  • 00:17:40.090 --> 00:17:42.020
  • If something comes in to
  • 00:17:42.020 --> 00:17:43.050
  • distract us from his goodness,
  • 00:17:43.050 --> 00:17:45.190
  • it provokes him to jealousy
  • 00:17:45.190 --> 00:17:47.230
  • because he loves us, he cares
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:48.290
  • about us, and he wants truth and
  • 00:17:48.290 --> 00:17:50.080
  • love to flourish in our lives.
  • 00:17:50.080 --> 00:17:51.240
  • This is what Paul was
  • 00:17:51.240 --> 00:17:53.010
  • experiencing.
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:53.220
  • He doesn't want to be in Athens.
  • 00:17:53.220 --> 00:17:55.260
  • He's there, he looks around, he
  • 00:17:55.260 --> 00:17:57.100
  • goes to Athens, he looks around,
  • 00:17:57.100 --> 00:17:58.230
  • he sees what's going on, and
  • 00:17:58.230 --> 00:18:00.030
  • then his spirit was provoked
  • 00:18:00.030 --> 00:18:01.200
  • within.
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:02.100
  • He's like--he's like, "No, God
  • 00:18:02.100 --> 00:18:03.130
  • has better for you.
  • 00:18:03.130 --> 00:18:05.010
  • God has more for you."
  • 00:18:05.010 --> 00:18:06.140
  • Love within him was stirred up.
  • 00:18:06.170 --> 00:18:09.170
  • And we'll find out truth was
  • 00:18:09.170 --> 00:18:10.180
  • too.
  • 00:18:10.180 --> 00:18:11.240
  • He felt something.
  • 00:18:11.240 --> 00:18:13.080
  • He felt compassion, he felt a
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:15.110
  • stirring.
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:16.010
  • And this kind of compassion is
  • 00:18:16.010 --> 00:18:17.170
  • the kind of compassion that
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:18.150
  • moves you.
  • 00:18:18.150 --> 00:18:20.130
  • It's one thing to feel sympathy,
  • 00:18:20.130 --> 00:18:23.050
  • to feel bad for people, but
  • 00:18:23.050 --> 00:18:25.040
  • compassion moves you.
  • 00:18:25.040 --> 00:18:27.210
  • Paul felt that, he got stirred
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  • up.
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  • And listen, that's the challenge
  • 00:18:29.140 --> 00:18:30.050
  • to you and I, what do you feel?
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  • In your world, you have to go
  • 00:18:33.090 --> 00:18:34.220
  • into your world and you have to
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:35.180
  • look.
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  • "Okay, Lord, I'm not in Athens,
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:37.200
  • but I'm working at this company.
  • 00:18:37.200 --> 00:18:39.060
  • I'm a stay at home mom.
  • 00:18:39.060 --> 00:18:40.170
  • I'm volunteering at this school.
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:42.060
  • I'm attending classes at one of
  • 00:18:42.060 --> 00:18:43.140
  • the universities.
  • 00:18:43.140 --> 00:18:45.000
  • I'm on the road, I'm traveling
  • 00:18:45.000 --> 00:18:46.080
  • in airplanes.
  • 00:18:46.080 --> 00:18:47.000
  • Okay, this is where I'm going."
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  • I got to pay attention to the
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:50.040
  • things around me, got to just
  • 00:18:50.040 --> 00:18:52.100
  • pay attention to where I am.
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:53.170
  • And then, "Lord, what am I
  • 00:18:53.170 --> 00:18:54.170
  • feeling?
  • 00:18:54.170 --> 00:18:55.050
  • What do you want me to be
  • 00:18:55.050 --> 00:18:55.280
  • feeling, sensing about this
  • 00:18:55.280 --> 00:18:58.140
  • world in which--am I stirred up
  • 00:18:58.140 --> 00:18:59.220
  • about anything?"
  • 00:18:59.220 --> 00:19:01.260
  • Or, because we live in a culture
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:03.090
  • that's so desensitizing us,
  • 00:19:03.100 --> 00:19:06.100
  • there's so much stuff we see, so
  • 00:19:06.100 --> 00:19:07.190
  • many things come at us.
  • 00:19:07.190 --> 00:19:09.050
  • It's information overload, for
  • 00:19:09.050 --> 00:19:10.110
  • one thing, but then it's also an
  • 00:19:10.110 --> 00:19:13.030
  • emotional detachment and
  • 00:19:13.100 --> 00:19:16.100
  • desensitization that's
  • 00:19:16.100 --> 00:19:18.200
  • happening.
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  • How many of you would agree?
  • 00:19:20.120 --> 00:19:22.030
  • I mean, it's--there's so much
  • 00:19:22.030 --> 00:19:23.120
  • coming at us all the time, but
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:24.140
  • just be mindful of it.
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:25.190
  • Parents, be mindful of what your
  • 00:19:25.190 --> 00:19:27.010
  • kids are watching.
  • 00:19:27.010 --> 00:19:28.080
  • They get so desensitized to even
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:30.060
  • video games, and it's like, "Oh,
  • 00:19:30.060 --> 00:19:31.040
  • it's no big deal just to do this
  • 00:19:31.040 --> 00:19:32.200
  • or that."
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:34.050
  • They're desensitized to it.
  • 00:19:34.050 --> 00:19:35.110
  • Don't allow yourself, don't
  • 00:19:35.110 --> 00:19:36.140
  • allow yourself to get
  • 00:19:36.140 --> 00:19:37.170
  • desensitized to things.
  • 00:19:37.170 --> 00:19:38.080
  • God needs us to still feel
  • 00:19:38.080 --> 00:19:40.040
  • compassion, and care, and love,
  • 00:19:40.040 --> 00:19:41.210
  • to the point that we're even
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:43.030
  • willing to share truth with
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:46.150
  • people.
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  • [music]
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  • - Meghan: The Basics
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  • University online platform is an
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  • amazing opportunity to really
  • 00:19:57.040 --> 00:19:58.120
  • take this big picture idea
  • 00:19:58.120 --> 00:20:00.020
  • of what am I called to,
  • 00:20:00.020 --> 00:20:01.030
  • what am I here for,
  • 00:20:01.030 --> 00:20:02.060
  • and to get practical tools to
  • 00:20:02.060 --> 00:20:04.230
  • discover my purpose.
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:05.250
  • - Avery: One thing I really
  • 00:20:05.250 --> 00:20:06.170
  • loved about the online format is
  • 00:20:06.170 --> 00:20:08.040
  • that you can go about it at your
  • 00:20:08.040 --> 00:20:09.160
  • own pace.
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:10.090
  • - Eric: The downloadable PDFs
  • 00:20:10.090 --> 00:20:11.120
  • have been phenomenal in this
  • 00:20:11.120 --> 00:20:13.100
  • curriculum.
  • 00:20:13.100 --> 00:20:14.010
  • - Madeline: It was so cool to
  • 00:20:14.010 --> 00:20:14.290
  • have Pastor Beth.
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:15.250
  • It was like you were sitting
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  • down, having a cup of coffee
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:17.210
  • with her at her kitchen table.
  • 00:20:17.210 --> 00:20:19.040
  • - Amiq: I love that it's all in
  • 00:20:19.040 --> 00:20:20.040
  • one place.
  • 00:20:20.040 --> 00:20:20.290
  • I love that the video and my
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:23.040
  • worksheets just go hand in hand.
  • 00:20:23.040 --> 00:20:24.170
  • - Jennifer: The Basics
  • 00:20:24.170 --> 00:20:25.050
  • University being at your
  • 00:20:25.050 --> 00:20:26.100
  • fingertips whenever it works for
  • 00:20:26.100 --> 00:20:27.240
  • you, there's nothing that stops
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:29.210
  • you from being able to grow.
  • 00:20:29.210 --> 00:20:30.290
  • - Matt: Here I am in the middle
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:32.050
  • of my life, to now go, "Okay,
  • 00:20:32.050 --> 00:20:34.020
  • what inspires me, and what do I
  • 00:20:34.020 --> 00:20:36.080
  • want to do about it?"
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  • - Eric: That has just reignited
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  • God's passion for my life, and
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  • I'm excited, I'm taking some
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  • [music]
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  • - Beth: Number three, what did
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  • he do?
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  • He saw.
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  • He saw the idols, he saw their
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  • emptiness.
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  • Couple things he did, he saw
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  • between the lines.
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  • It looked like--these were smart
  • 00:21:03.160 --> 00:21:04.210
  • guys, they were.
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  • They're academics, they're
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  • intellectuals, it's a thriving
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  • city, they're a bit arrogant.
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  • He sees all of that, it looks
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:12.140
  • like they have it all together.
  • 00:21:12.140 --> 00:21:13.260
  • And yet, because of the Holy
  • 00:21:13.260 --> 00:21:15.070
  • Spirit helping Paul, he could
  • 00:21:15.070 --> 00:21:16.080
  • see right through it.
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  • He could see between the lines,
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  • he could see what was
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  • underneath.
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  • He saw that they were given over
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  • to idols.
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  • He saw that they were under the
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  • control of idols.
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  • Literally, the Bible says
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  • swamped with idols.
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  • Which what does that mean,
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  • idols?
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  • You know, an idol is anything
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  • that people worship.
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  • And in that day, they worshipped
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  • everything.
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  • There was all kinds of idols.
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  • But in our time, what is it
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  • mean?
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  • Because there's still idols,
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  • right?
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  • You ever heard of "American
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  • Idol"?
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  • There are still idols, people
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  • still worship things.
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  • They worship money, they worship
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  • their job, they worship sports,
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  • they worship fashion, they
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  • worship things, they worship
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  • their kids.
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  • A lot of things people worship.
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  • And so, Paul saw between the
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  • lines, he saw these people are
  • 00:22:01.050 --> 00:22:02.110
  • idolizing all kinds of things,
  • 00:22:02.110 --> 00:22:03.080
  • but they're still empty.
  • 00:22:03.080 --> 00:22:05.060
  • He also saw this, he also
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  • noticed they were created to
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  • worship.
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  • They were worshippers, and
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  • that's by God's design.
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  • God's made all of us to worship.
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  • It's a God given part of our
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  • DNA.
  • 00:22:17.260 --> 00:22:19.120
  • We are created to--we're going
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  • to worship something.
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  • We're going to worship the idol.
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  • We're going to worship
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  • something.
  • 00:22:24.250 --> 00:22:25.210
  • And they were worshipping, even
  • 00:22:25.210 --> 00:22:26.200
  • to the point they were
  • 00:22:26.200 --> 00:22:27.130
  • worshipping the unknown god.
  • 00:22:27.130 --> 00:22:29.230
  • It's almost comical.
  • 00:22:29.230 --> 00:22:30.210
  • It's like, "Well, we don't know
  • 00:22:30.210 --> 00:22:31.100
  • what to worship, so let's just
  • 00:22:31.100 --> 00:22:32.050
  • worship the unknown god."
  • 00:22:32.050 --> 00:22:34.160
  • Like, Paul recognized, "You guys
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  • are worshippers.
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  • I can see, I can see what's
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  • going on here.
  • 00:22:38.040 --> 00:22:38.260
  • You've got a God shaped vacuum.
  • 00:22:38.260 --> 00:22:40.060
  • There's something on the inside
  • 00:22:40.060 --> 00:22:41.070
  • of you that wants to worship,
  • 00:22:41.070 --> 00:22:42.210
  • but you're just misplacing your
  • 00:22:42.210 --> 00:22:45.190
  • trust, and you're misplacing
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  • that very thing that God
  • 00:22:47.070 --> 00:22:48.130
  • designed to give you to bring
  • 00:22:48.130 --> 00:22:49.140
  • you great fulfillment."
  • 00:22:49.140 --> 00:22:51.120
  • That love and truth balance,
  • 00:22:51.120 --> 00:22:52.130
  • okay Paul, how are you going to
  • 00:22:52.130 --> 00:22:53.080
  • get it to them?
  • 00:22:53.080 --> 00:22:54.030
  • How are you going to help them?
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  • Number four, then what does he
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  • do?
  • 00:22:57.130 --> 00:22:58.010
  • He goes, he feels, he sees, but
  • 00:22:58.010 --> 00:22:59.050
  • then what does he do?
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  • He does something.
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  • He goes into the synagogues with
  • 00:23:01.220 --> 00:23:04.050
  • the Jews, and with the Gentile
  • 00:23:04.050 --> 00:23:05.180
  • worshippers, into the
  • 00:23:05.180 --> 00:23:06.210
  • marketplace daily to be with
  • 00:23:06.280 --> 00:23:09.280
  • those who happened to be there.
  • 00:23:09.280 --> 00:23:10.280
  • So listen, for us here, you
  • 00:23:10.280 --> 00:23:13.000
  • know, there's a certain
  • 00:23:13.000 --> 00:23:14.130
  • responsibility we have amongst
  • 00:23:14.130 --> 00:23:16.220
  • our fellow believers as
  • 00:23:16.220 --> 00:23:18.060
  • Christians.
  • 00:23:18.060 --> 00:23:19.120
  • We have a responsibility to go,
  • 00:23:19.120 --> 00:23:21.020
  • to see, and to feel the people
  • 00:23:21.020 --> 00:23:22.290
  • around us.
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:23.160
  • Like, how are they doing?
  • 00:23:23.160 --> 00:23:26.060
  • How are they doing?
  • 00:23:26.060 --> 00:23:26.250
  • Are we just going to let them go
  • 00:23:26.250 --> 00:23:27.220
  • off into some crazy direction,
  • 00:23:28.010 --> 00:23:31.010
  • and just say, "Hey, yay bro, we
  • 00:23:31.010 --> 00:23:32.270
  • cheer you on, rock on, be you,"
  • 00:23:32.270 --> 00:23:35.050
  • instead of sharing truth when
  • 00:23:35.050 --> 00:23:37.240
  • it's appropriate?
  • 00:23:37.240 --> 00:23:40.230
  • So, amongst believers, we do
  • 00:23:40.230 --> 00:23:41.230
  • have a responsibility.
  • 00:23:41.230 --> 00:23:42.250
  • I mean, these days, it's super
  • 00:23:42.250 --> 00:23:43.260
  • important.
  • 00:23:43.260 --> 00:23:44.180
  • In the church world, it's really
  • 00:23:44.180 --> 00:23:45.170
  • important.
  • 00:23:45.170 --> 00:23:46.230
  • It's important to love each
  • 00:23:46.230 --> 00:23:47.220
  • other, but it's important to
  • 00:23:47.220 --> 00:23:49.020
  • share truth and make sure you're
  • 00:23:49.020 --> 00:23:50.060
  • helping people stay walking on
  • 00:23:50.060 --> 00:23:52.270
  • the straight and narrow.
  • 00:23:52.270 --> 00:23:53.250
  • The Bible talks about in the
  • 00:23:53.250 --> 00:23:54.160
  • last days, there's going to be
  • 00:23:54.160 --> 00:23:55.090
  • all kinds of itching ears, all
  • 00:23:55.090 --> 00:23:56.250
  • kinds of itching ears and
  • 00:23:56.250 --> 00:23:59.000
  • doctrines in the wind, if you
  • 00:23:59.000 --> 00:24:01.100
  • will, that people are going to
  • 00:24:01.100 --> 00:24:02.120
  • run after that will get them off
  • 00:24:02.120 --> 00:24:05.120
  • their course.
  • 00:24:05.120 --> 00:24:06.070
  • The enemy's always working, just
  • 00:24:06.070 --> 00:24:07.260
  • like the Bible says, like a
  • 00:24:07.260 --> 00:24:08.290
  • roaring lion, seeking whom he
  • 00:24:08.290 --> 00:24:10.190
  • may devour.
  • 00:24:10.190 --> 00:24:11.100
  • Don't be misled to think that's
  • 00:24:11.100 --> 00:24:13.170
  • not happening.
  • 00:24:13.170 --> 00:24:15.150
  • That's what the enemy does, he's
  • 00:24:15.150 --> 00:24:16.190
  • always seeking to mislead, and
  • 00:24:16.190 --> 00:24:18.180
  • to deceive, and to draw people
  • 00:24:18.180 --> 00:24:20.020
  • off from truth into things that
  • 00:24:20.020 --> 00:24:22.080
  • are fiction, or manmade, or man
  • 00:24:22.080 --> 00:24:24.010
  • invented.
  • 00:24:24.010 --> 00:24:24.190
  • And that was what Paul was
  • 00:24:24.190 --> 00:24:25.120
  • rebuking.
  • 00:24:25.120 --> 00:24:26.010
  • He said, "Hey, you don't need to
  • 00:24:26.010 --> 00:24:26.210
  • worship a man invented god,
  • 00:24:26.210 --> 00:24:28.020
  • there is the real God."
  • 00:24:28.020 --> 00:24:29.280
  • So, amongst believers, we have a
  • 00:24:29.280 --> 00:24:31.230
  • responsibility to care for one
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:32.200
  • another, to love one another,
  • 00:24:32.200 --> 00:24:34.010
  • and to speak truth.
  • 00:24:34.010 --> 00:24:34.290
  • But then Paul also went into the
  • 00:24:34.290 --> 00:24:36.150
  • marketplace.
  • 00:24:36.150 --> 00:24:38.050
  • He went into that cultural
  • 00:24:38.050 --> 00:24:39.080
  • center where there was
  • 00:24:39.080 --> 00:24:40.130
  • everything going on.
  • 00:24:40.130 --> 00:24:41.280
  • And there it says he preached
  • 00:24:41.280 --> 00:24:43.010
  • daily.
  • 00:24:43.010 --> 00:24:45.220
  • So, in your marketplace world,
  • 00:24:45.220 --> 00:24:48.060
  • your school, your job, your
  • 00:24:48.060 --> 00:24:50.060
  • neighborhood, the things you do
  • 00:24:50.060 --> 00:24:51.250
  • in the marketplace, the things
  • 00:24:51.250 --> 00:24:53.020
  • you do outside of church life,
  • 00:24:53.020 --> 00:24:55.210
  • who are those people?
  • 00:24:55.210 --> 00:24:57.040
  • What do they know about God,
  • 00:24:57.040 --> 00:24:58.250
  • about your faith?
  • 00:24:58.250 --> 00:25:00.130
  • What do they--what do they need
  • 00:25:00.130 --> 00:25:01.150
  • to know?
  • 00:25:01.150 --> 00:25:02.170
  • Do you have a sense of
  • 00:25:02.170 --> 00:25:03.160
  • compassion for them?
  • 00:25:03.160 --> 00:25:05.100
  • Do you see they're struggling in
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:06.120
  • an area of life?
  • 00:25:06.120 --> 00:25:07.030
  • Do you see that they're
  • 00:25:07.030 --> 00:25:08.110
  • troubled, they have a broken
  • 00:25:08.110 --> 00:25:09.060
  • heart?
  • 00:25:09.060 --> 00:25:09.240
  • Yes, they might look successful
  • 00:25:09.240 --> 00:25:10.200
  • and like everything's great on
  • 00:25:10.200 --> 00:25:11.180
  • the outside, just like the
  • 00:25:11.180 --> 00:25:13.010
  • epicureans, just like the
  • 00:25:13.010 --> 00:25:14.030
  • stoics.
  • 00:25:14.030 --> 00:25:14.210
  • But deep down inside, they're a
  • 00:25:14.210 --> 00:25:15.180
  • broken mess.
  • 00:25:15.180 --> 00:25:17.030
  • Deep down inside, they're
  • 00:25:17.030 --> 00:25:18.020
  • depressed, and they're lonely,
  • 00:25:18.020 --> 00:25:19.230
  • and they're bored, and they
  • 00:25:19.230 --> 00:25:21.190
  • wonder, "Is this all there is?
  • 00:25:21.190 --> 00:25:22.200
  • Isn't there more to life?"
  • 00:25:22.200 --> 00:25:24.080
  • And they're wondering, "What
  • 00:25:24.080 --> 00:25:24.280
  • happens after I die?
  • 00:25:24.280 --> 00:25:26.050
  • I mean, another day just went
  • 00:25:26.050 --> 00:25:27.000
  • by, another sun just set, now
  • 00:25:27.000 --> 00:25:29.030
  • what?
  • 00:25:29.030 --> 00:25:30.190
  • How many more of these do I
  • 00:25:30.190 --> 00:25:31.120
  • have?"
  • 00:25:31.120 --> 00:25:33.030
  • Those are the people in your
  • 00:25:33.030 --> 00:25:34.090
  • world, they're in my world.
  • 00:25:34.090 --> 00:25:36.060
  • Do you have conversations with
  • 00:25:36.060 --> 00:25:37.040
  • people and you're mindful,
  • 00:25:37.040 --> 00:25:38.050
  • "Lord, I'm going to be salt,
  • 00:25:38.050 --> 00:25:39.070
  • help me."
  • 00:25:39.070 --> 00:25:39.240
  • Love, love, love, connect,
  • 00:25:39.240 --> 00:25:40.230
  • connect, connect, find
  • 00:25:40.230 --> 00:25:41.230
  • connecting points, encourage,
  • 00:25:41.230 --> 00:25:43.100
  • see good things, truth, truth.
  • 00:25:44.070 --> 00:25:47.070
  • Those winds of the culture are
  • 00:25:47.070 --> 00:25:48.160
  • blowing, truth.
  • 00:25:48.160 --> 00:25:50.250
  • Yeah, but they're hurting,
  • 00:25:50.250 --> 00:25:51.200
  • they're wounded, they've been
  • 00:25:51.200 --> 00:25:52.230
  • abused, they've been beat up,
  • 00:25:52.230 --> 00:25:53.230
  • they've been through stuff.
  • 00:25:53.230 --> 00:25:54.140
  • Love, love, love.
  • 00:25:54.140 --> 00:25:56.130
  • But then the winds of the
  • 00:25:56.130 --> 00:25:57.190
  • culture are saying they can just
  • 00:25:57.190 --> 00:25:59.030
  • stay in depression and defeat.
  • 00:25:59.030 --> 00:26:00.090
  • Okay, we need truth, truth,
  • 00:26:00.090 --> 00:26:01.090
  • truth.
  • 00:26:01.090 --> 00:26:03.090
  • Love, truth, love, salt, salt,
  • 00:26:03.090 --> 00:26:05.000
  • salt, salt, salt.
  • 00:26:05.070 --> 00:26:08.070
  • Amen?
  • 00:26:08.070 --> 00:26:09.150
  • You say, "Isn't there--is
  • 00:26:09.150 --> 00:26:10.110
  • there--like, give me the magic
  • 00:26:10.110 --> 00:26:11.080
  • formula."
  • 00:26:11.080 --> 00:26:11.280
  • There is no magic formula.
  • 00:26:11.280 --> 00:26:13.280
  • There's a balancing bar, you're
  • 00:26:13.280 --> 00:26:15.210
  • on a tightrope, you're in the
  • 00:26:15.210 --> 00:26:17.100
  • culture.
  • 00:26:17.100 --> 00:26:18.180
  • If the salt loses its saltiness,
  • 00:26:18.180 --> 00:26:21.170
  • what effect do we have on the
  • 00:26:21.170 --> 00:26:22.110
  • culture?
  • 00:26:22.110 --> 00:26:23.090
  • Jesus said, "You are the salt.
  • 00:26:23.180 --> 00:26:26.180
  • You are the salt of the earth."
  • 00:26:27.080 --> 00:26:30.080
  • And you can do it, I can do it.
  • 00:26:30.080 --> 00:26:32.000
  • How does this work?
  • 00:26:32.000 --> 00:26:33.120
  • It works by you and I sharing
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