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January 14, 2021
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Only God is truly good! We need the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us to become more like Him! | TBN Prayer Line: 714-731-1000

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Better Together LIVE | Episode 174

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  • - God is good, perfect and holy.
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  • Apart from Him,
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  • we cannot be good enoughin our own strength.
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  • We need the power of theHoly spirit working in us
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  • and through us.
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  • Come on, let's talk about it.
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  • (bright music)
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  • - You know, Mama Joyce,
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  • of course, we alllove Mama Joyce,
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  • she's all of our spiritualmother that is watching this.
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  • I remember when I was
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  • young in ministry
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  • and I met her and you know, she,
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  • if anyone tells it how it is,
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  • it's Mama J.
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  • And
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  • I remember right up front,
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  • she used to say to me, "Chris,
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  • just go out and do some good."
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  • Just go here and do somegood for some people.
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  • She goes, the Bible,one of her life
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  • scriptures out ofthe book of acts,
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  • when they talk about
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  • Jesus of Nazareth, whowent about doing good.
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  • Now, when we talk aboutthe fruit of the spirit,
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  • of course, goodness
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  • is one of those fruits.
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  • And I love it because
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  • goodness, it's not onlyabout moral virtue,
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  • though that's really,really important.
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  • You know, there's goodbehavior and bad behavior.
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  • If you have children,
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  • you constantly aretelling your children
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  • what is good and what is not so.
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  • I know we live ina cray cray world.
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  • Our world thinks you canjust determine what is good,
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  • but let me just tell you,
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  • God's word is whattells us what is good.
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  • And thank God we've gotthe word of God because
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  • our world has lost its mind.
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  • And the Bible saysin the last days,
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  • people will be calling good evil
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  • and evil good,
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  • and that is exactly whatis happening in our world.
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  • People do not knowwhich way is up.
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  • And if my children try totell me something's good
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  • that the Biblesays it's not good,
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  • guess who wins in our house,
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  • it's called the word of God.
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  • But anyway,
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  • so there's that moral virtue,
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  • and we'll be talkingabout both of these things
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  • just throughout thecourse of the day.
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  • What's good and what's not.
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  • And so we need,
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  • in 2021 and going intothe whole 21st century,
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  • good and evil asso being redefined
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  • that again, here we go,
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  • you would've thoughtthat the Lord
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  • wrote the fruit of thespirit for this time,
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  • because it's like, wow,
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  • maybe Christians
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  • who are living good
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  • are gonna be able toshare with the world
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  • what actually is good
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  • based on the word of God,
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  • but it's also connectedwith good works.
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  • And I think the one thingour world all agrees on
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  • that there are works that aregood and works that are bad.
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  • When the scripture talks
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  • about the spiritualgifting of good,
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  • I'm not,
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  • I'm saying on a macro level,
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  • we gotta be about doinggood works in the world.
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  • That means in our sphereof influence, of course,
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  • Nick and I areinvolved with A21.
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  • So we're talkingabout doing the good
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  • of abolishing slaveryeverywhere, forever.
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  • That's a huge good work.
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  • But then in our localcommunities being involved
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  • in different outreachesin our churches,
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  • being involved,
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  • especially,
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  • I know last year during COVID,
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  • so many churches were giving
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  • away so much food,
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  • helping people in waysthat they could be helped,
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  • every week in communities,
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  • in local churches peopleare doing good works.
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  • It is important for Christians
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  • as we exhibit thefruit of the spirit
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  • to be involved in good work,
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  • in our communities,
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  • in the world around us
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  • and also to be involvedin good behavior
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  • which is moral, upright
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  • behavior.
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  • So
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  • two things we'regonna talk about,
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  • B, where do we go?
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  • 'Cause this word in this context
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  • refers to both things,
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  • personal integrity and goodness,
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  • and doing good works
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  • in a lost and a broken world.
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  • - And I love that Paul
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  • who wrote,
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  • encouraged us with thefruit of the spirit,
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  • also wrote to the Galatiansand said, "Do not weary
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  • in doing good."
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  • Well, what does that indicate?
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  • It's gonna at timesfeel exhausting.
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  • So Chris, as you were listingout what you did at A21
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  • and also like localchurch initiatives
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  • or what we're doingin our communities,
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  • you can be weary.
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  • Your soul could be
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  • tired.
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  • And maybe you might be watchingthis and you're in a season,
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  • whether you are watchingthis online or on television
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  • or someone sent you a link,
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  • and you just feel tired,
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  • you felt like Lord, "Ihave been doing good
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  • and I'm not seeing the fruit."
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  • Well, Paul speaks to that.
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  • He says, "Don't growweary in doing good,
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  • for in due season,
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  • in due season, youwill reap a harvest."
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  • So Paul is really using a lotof agricultural terms that
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  • maybe if you were in
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  • urban or suburban environments,
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  • it's not something that we
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  • understand fundamentally,
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  • but he knows that there's aprocess to inherit that fruit.
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  • And so he says, hey,
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  • Paul also when he wrote toTimothy sending the faith,
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  • he gave him these threedifferent examples.
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  • Hey, pressing like an athlete,
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  • go hard like an athlete,
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  • hey, don't giveup like a soldier.
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  • And my favorite one
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  • in regards to theconversation at hand is
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  • like a farmer.
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  • You will reap a harvestand due seasons.
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  • And so we're gonna have
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  • moments where we justreally feel exhausted.
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  • And I want us to kind of pause,
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  • I want us to recognizethat feeling,
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  • acknowledge the feeling
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  • and then darn it, get backup and keep on doing good.
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  • Do not grow weary in doing good
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  • for in due seasonwe'll reap a harvest.
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  • And I'm taking that word for,
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  • as a church planner inorange County, California,
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  • I'm taking that word as a wife,
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  • I'm taking thatword as a step mum,
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  • I'm taking that word as
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  • a teacher and a leader,
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  • I'm not gonna growweary in doing good.
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  • And when we do that,
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  • we're also exhibiting
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  • this sense ofendurance that Paul's
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  • writing to the Galatiansand having them not forget.
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  • Oneka what doesthis mean to you?
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  • This goodness mean to you?
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  • - Yes I,
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  • just as I'm hearingboth of y'all talk,
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  • it's making me think about
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  • the differencebetween our own good,
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  • you know, checking thebox of like, I'm good,
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  • my kids are good,my family's good,
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  • but versus the greater good.
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  • And I think sometimeswhen we're just good
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  • but we're not concernedabout the greater good,
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  • then we're doing our communitiesand our world a disservice.
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  • And it's easy whenwe have, you know,
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  • two refrigerators witheverything stopped
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  • and we have all the things
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  • that, you know, weneed in this season,
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  • but to forgetabout our neighbors
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  • who might not havewhat they need.
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  • And so sometimes we think,
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  • well, we're doing good because
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  • we're watching church online
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  • or we're going tochurch in person
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  • and we're checkingall of our boxes,
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  • but to not forget aboutour brothers and sisters
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  • who might not be doing good
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  • and feeling good,
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  • even though everyonearound us seems good.
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  • Sometimes you canjust look down your
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  • neighborhood streetand think, "Oh yeah,
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  • our world is good,
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  • everybody's doing good."
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  • But to ask God,to give ourselves
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  • eyes to see those thataren't doing good,
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  • and even when we growweary in doing well,
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  • I think we're energized
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  • when we're making sure andensuring that other people
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  • are doing well.
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  • - Yeah, that's really good,
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  • 'cause I think even especiallyin the year that we were in,
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  • you know, the pandemic hashit everyone very differently.
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  • Now, in my life,
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  • sometimes I feel like I haven't
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  • felt the impact of it,
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  • because,
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  • you know,
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  • I'm seeing the faithfulnessof God in certain areas.
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  • And sometimes you easily,just like you mentioned Oneka,
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  • you easily forget that
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  • just because
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  • in this area of your lifeGod has been faithful,
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  • it doesn't mean that thisis the world's experience.
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  • And I rememberthere was a moment
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  • where I was seeking theLord and I said, Lord,
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  • what is even,
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  • you know, just evenunderstand, like,
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  • why am I not feelingthe impact of this?
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  • And then the Lord began tojust teach me something that,
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  • you know, there is a timeand a season for everything
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  • under the sun likethe Bible tells us.
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  • Everyone would always gothrough a wilderness process.
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  • Now, your wilderness seasonmay have not been this year,
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  • it was the years prior.
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  • Now, this may be a collectivewilderness period for others.
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  • But at the end of the day
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  • is having this heart
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  • that says, "Lord give methis heart of empathy.
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  • Let me understand what myneighbor is going through."
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  • Because again,
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  • you know, even when itcomes to a lot of people
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  • dealing with loneliness,
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  • I'm like anextroverted introvert.
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  • So when I seepeople, it's amazing,
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  • but when I'm at home, Ireally love being at home.
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  • You know, but then thereare people who are,
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  • that is not their norm,
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  • they need to bearound the community.
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  • And so in this season I foundmyself even praying more.
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  • Lord, give me your heartconcerning the nation.
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  • Not what is happeningto me as an individual
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  • but what is happeningto the nations.
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  • So that I can partout myself and
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  • be my brother's keeper,be my sister's keeper,
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  • understand what myneighbor is going through,
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  • that I can revealthe goodness of God.
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  • Because at the end of the day,
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  • when God wants to answera person's prayer,
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  • he uses people.
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  • And so
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  • my prayers are, "Lord,let me be the person,
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  • let me be a person
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  • that you can showyourself mighty through,
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  • for your goodness on the earth.
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  • - So good.
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  • You know, the goodness of God
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  • reflects the character of God.
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  • And so the goodness and us
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  • wants to see the goodness
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  • for another person.
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  • I wrote this down last night,
  • 00:08:56.359 --> 00:08:58.027
  • the supernatural urge in aperson to reach beyond himself,
  • 00:08:58.027 --> 00:09:02.765
  • to meet the natural needsof those around him,
  • 00:09:02.765 --> 00:09:06.068
  • and thus showing forthe goodness of God
  • 00:09:06.068 --> 00:09:09.472
  • is when we go past ourselves,
  • 00:09:09.472 --> 00:09:11.807
  • we get past that selfishness,
  • 00:09:11.807 --> 00:09:13.409
  • and this has been agood year for that.
  • 00:09:13.409 --> 00:09:14.877
  • And I think a lot of people
  • 00:09:14.877 --> 00:09:16.779
  • in 2020
  • 00:09:16.779 --> 00:09:18.381
  • have reached beyond themselves
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  • to show good, and in 2021,I think we're gonna see
  • 00:09:21.117 --> 00:09:24.620
  • a harvest of that inour own life Chris,
  • 00:09:24.620 --> 00:09:27.456
  • because that is afruit of the spirit
  • 00:09:27.456 --> 00:09:29.859
  • that we just don't wantthe good all for ourselves,
  • 00:09:29.859 --> 00:09:33.496
  • but we want to seeother people blessed.
  • 00:09:33.496 --> 00:09:36.599
  • We wanna reach out,
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  • we want to see thegoodness of others.
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  • - Well,
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  • you're 100%, right, you know.
  • 00:09:42.905 --> 00:09:44.907
  • In fact,
  • 00:09:44.907 --> 00:09:46.442
  • when you talked about it beingpart of the character of God,
  • 00:09:46.442 --> 00:09:48.511
  • Psalm 119 says, youknow, you are good
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  • and you do good,
  • 00:09:51.914 --> 00:09:53.182
  • and you and I wannabe Christ followers,
  • 00:09:53.182 --> 00:09:55.051
  • so we want to,
  • 00:09:55.051 --> 00:09:56.352
  • the two things go together,
  • 00:09:56.352 --> 00:09:57.420
  • you are good,
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  • you do good.
  • 00:09:58.354 --> 00:09:59.288
  • The doing flows from the being.
  • 00:09:59.288 --> 00:10:02.158
  • And so in our own selves,
  • 00:10:02.158 --> 00:10:04.860
  • we need to allow the Holyspirit to say, "Okay, show me
  • 00:10:04.860 --> 00:10:08.130
  • what is good and what is evil."
  • 00:10:08.130 --> 00:10:09.665
  • Because I can't go to the world
  • 00:10:09.665 --> 00:10:11.667
  • to find out anymore
  • 00:10:11.667 --> 00:10:13.169
  • what really is goodand what is evil?
  • 00:10:13.169 --> 00:10:14.970
  • 'Cause in the world,
  • 00:10:14.970 --> 00:10:15.938
  • the world's calling evil, good
  • 00:10:15.938 --> 00:10:17.473
  • and it's calling good, evil.
  • 00:10:17.473 --> 00:10:18.574
  • So I need to go to the scripture
  • 00:10:18.574 --> 00:10:20.409
  • and go, "Okay, God,what do you say?
  • 00:10:20.409 --> 00:10:22.611
  • What patterns of behavior,
  • 00:10:22.611 --> 00:10:24.480
  • what lifestyle habits
  • 00:10:24.480 --> 00:10:27.083
  • to do with everyarea of my life,
  • 00:10:27.083 --> 00:10:29.552
  • what is good and what is not?"
  • 00:10:29.552 --> 00:10:31.487
  • And so I want to be goodbecause God is good,
  • 00:10:31.487 --> 00:10:34.724
  • and I wanna be like God,
  • 00:10:34.724 --> 00:10:36.125
  • and then I want to do good.
  • 00:10:36.125 --> 00:10:38.194
  • And I think at that reps rightinto the great commandment,
  • 00:10:38.194 --> 00:10:41.897
  • where we're taught tolove the Lord, your God,
  • 00:10:41.897 --> 00:10:43.132
  • with all your heart,mind and strength and
  • 00:10:43.132 --> 00:10:45.000
  • love your neighboras you love yourself.
  • 00:10:45.000 --> 00:10:46.535
  • And that's what I love
  • 00:10:46.535 --> 00:10:47.770
  • what you just readout Lori because
  • 00:10:47.770 --> 00:10:50.139
  • we should want to love yourneighbors you love yourself.
  • 00:10:50.139 --> 00:10:52.708
  • It doesn't say
  • 00:10:52.708 --> 00:10:53.943
  • love your neighborinstead of yourself.
  • 00:10:53.943 --> 00:10:56.045
  • So you've gotta loveyourself, your family,
  • 00:10:56.045 --> 00:10:58.514
  • in terms of like,
  • 00:10:58.514 --> 00:10:59.448
  • because you willonly love others
  • 00:11:00.449 --> 00:11:02.084
  • to the degree that you love you.
  • 00:11:02.084 --> 00:11:03.552
  • But what it means is that,
  • 00:11:03.552 --> 00:11:05.054
  • what you want for you,
  • 00:11:05.054 --> 00:11:06.655
  • love your neighbor as yourself.
  • 00:11:06.655 --> 00:11:07.990
  • So what do I want for me,
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  • what do I want for my family,
  • 00:11:09.925 --> 00:11:11.761
  • what do I want for,
  • 00:11:11.761 --> 00:11:13.195
  • you know, my sphereof influence?
  • 00:11:13.195 --> 00:11:14.463
  • Well, then I shouldwant that for everybody.
  • 00:11:14.463 --> 00:11:16.298
  • So do I want, and do I wantmy family to have food?
  • 00:11:16.298 --> 00:11:20.236
  • Yes.
  • 00:11:20.236 --> 00:11:21.437
  • Oh, we should wanteverybody to have food.
  • 00:11:21.437 --> 00:11:22.872
  • Do I want everybody,
  • 00:11:22.872 --> 00:11:24.406
  • do I wanna have water?
  • 00:11:24.406 --> 00:11:25.641
  • Yes, I should wanteveryone to have that.
  • 00:11:25.641 --> 00:11:27.843
  • Do I want housing?
  • 00:11:27.843 --> 00:11:29.111
  • Yes,
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  • I should want myneighbor to have that.
  • 00:11:30.279 --> 00:11:32.381
  • Do I want education,
  • 00:11:32.381 --> 00:11:33.783
  • do I want protection,
  • 00:11:33.783 --> 00:11:35.084
  • do I want medical care?
  • 00:11:35.084 --> 00:11:36.552
  • So what we're saying is
  • 00:11:36.552 --> 00:11:38.387
  • doing good is going withwhat I've been given.
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  • I know it's not all for me.
  • 00:11:41.323 --> 00:11:42.758
  • The Bible says, youknow, some is seed to sow
  • 00:11:42.758 --> 00:11:45.294
  • and some is bread for food.
  • 00:11:45.294 --> 00:11:47.229
  • The problem is when Christians
  • 00:11:47.229 --> 00:11:49.598
  • eat the seed
  • 00:11:49.598 --> 00:11:50.833
  • rather than understand,this is my bread
  • 00:11:50.833 --> 00:11:53.068
  • and then this is seed.
  • 00:11:53.068 --> 00:11:54.336
  • And I'm talking aboutevery sphere of life.
  • 00:11:54.336 --> 00:11:55.404
  • You do good with your time,
  • 00:11:55.404 --> 00:11:56.872
  • you do good with your talent,
  • 00:11:56.872 --> 00:11:58.340
  • you do good with your treasure.
  • 00:11:58.340 --> 00:11:59.642
  • That's what we haveto give back to God.
  • 00:11:59.642 --> 00:12:01.710
  • And so we're sayingwe're not living
  • 00:12:01.710 --> 00:12:03.612
  • like the world,
  • 00:12:03.612 --> 00:12:04.513
  • the world,
  • 00:12:04.513 --> 00:12:05.714
  • it's all about me.
  • 00:12:05.714 --> 00:12:06.949
  • I want more,
  • 00:12:06.949 --> 00:12:08.017
  • I wanna accumulate more,
  • 00:12:08.017 --> 00:12:09.118
  • I wanna acquire more,
  • 00:12:09.118 --> 00:12:10.052
  • I wanna amass more,
  • 00:12:10.052 --> 00:12:10.986
  • I wanna make it all about me.
  • 00:12:10.986 --> 00:12:12.521
  • I'm saying no,
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  • I wanna fulfill thegreat commandment
  • 00:12:14.190 --> 00:12:15.758
  • and I wanna, like God,
  • 00:12:15.758 --> 00:12:17.092
  • I wanna be good andI wanna do good,
  • 00:12:17.092 --> 00:12:19.295
  • and I want myneighbor to be blessed
  • 00:12:19.295 --> 00:12:21.063
  • just like I'm blessed.
  • 00:12:21.063 --> 00:12:22.064
  • So I'm gonna know
  • 00:12:22.064 --> 00:12:22.998
  • what is bread for food,
  • 00:12:22.998 --> 00:12:24.133
  • what is seed to sow,
  • 00:12:24.133 --> 00:12:25.367
  • and I'm gonna takepersonal responsibility
  • 00:12:25.367 --> 00:12:28.070
  • in my sphere of influence
  • 00:12:28.070 --> 00:12:29.839
  • to do good.
  • 00:12:29.839 --> 00:12:31.207
  • So with Nick and I,
  • 00:12:31.207 --> 00:12:32.942
  • that has meant
  • 00:12:32.942 --> 00:12:34.143
  • having the privilegeand opportunity
  • 00:12:34.143 --> 00:12:36.612
  • to be able to run a globalanti-trafficking organization
  • 00:12:36.612 --> 00:12:39.215
  • in 22 cities at thispoint around the world.
  • 00:12:39.215 --> 00:12:41.984
  • But you know,
  • 00:12:41.984 --> 00:12:42.885
  • that all sounds amazing.
  • 00:12:42.885 --> 00:12:44.887
  • But before I ever did that,
  • 00:12:44.887 --> 00:12:47.389
  • 'cause that's, you know,
  • 00:12:47.389 --> 00:12:48.324
  • that's only the last 15 years,
  • 00:12:48.324 --> 00:12:50.159
  • in my own local backyard,
  • 00:12:50.159 --> 00:12:52.194
  • whether it was like at thetime when I had no money,
  • 00:12:52.194 --> 00:12:54.730
  • I would just go to church
  • 00:12:54.730 --> 00:12:56.799
  • and sign up and serve forwhatever needed to happen, man.
  • 00:12:56.799 --> 00:12:59.902
  • I didn't have anythingto give like that,
  • 00:12:59.902 --> 00:13:01.403
  • I didn't sat, but I would go
  • 00:13:01.403 --> 00:13:02.872
  • and I would give my time.
  • 00:13:02.872 --> 00:13:04.173
  • And I'd go, man, Ican sweep floors,
  • 00:13:04.173 --> 00:13:05.641
  • I can pick up,
  • 00:13:05.641 --> 00:13:07.076
  • so we can all do somethingis what I'm saying,
  • 00:13:07.076 --> 00:13:08.544
  • 'cause most people think
  • 00:13:08.544 --> 00:13:09.812
  • I can't really dogood until I had more.
  • 00:13:09.812 --> 00:13:12.181
  • Chris, it's okay for you, man.
  • 00:13:12.181 --> 00:13:13.582
  • If I just had more
  • 00:13:13.582 --> 00:13:14.984
  • and right now I lostmy job during COVID,
  • 00:13:14.984 --> 00:13:17.019
  • I don't even have enough.
  • 00:13:17.019 --> 00:13:18.787
  • And another Mama Joyce,
  • 00:13:18.787 --> 00:13:20.923
  • this is for free everyone,
  • 00:13:20.923 --> 00:13:22.224
  • Mama Joyce gold.
  • 00:13:22.224 --> 00:13:23.792
  • She said, "Listen,
  • 00:13:23.792 --> 00:13:24.960
  • best way to getyourself off your mind
  • 00:13:24.960 --> 00:13:26.528
  • is to go do some good
  • 00:13:26.528 --> 00:13:28.564
  • for somebody else."
  • 00:13:28.564 --> 00:13:30.132
  • - I think it's wisdom.
  • 00:13:30.132 --> 00:13:31.367
  • I absolutely thinkit's wisdom and it's
  • 00:13:31.367 --> 00:13:33.135
  • applicable wisdom,which is beautiful.
  • 00:13:33.135 --> 00:13:34.570
  • James,
  • 00:13:34.570 --> 00:13:35.504
  • in James 1, it talks about,
  • 00:13:35.504 --> 00:13:36.772
  • "For us not to simplybe hearers of the word
  • 00:13:36.772 --> 00:13:39.275
  • but doers of the word.
  • 00:13:39.275 --> 00:13:40.542
  • And in this entire week,Monday through Thursday,
  • 00:13:40.542 --> 00:13:42.745
  • we've been speaking aboutthe fruit of the spirit.
  • 00:13:42.745 --> 00:13:44.079
  • Now, my fear is
  • 00:13:44.079 --> 00:13:45.848
  • we're gonna watch this program
  • 00:13:45.848 --> 00:13:47.316
  • and then we're gonnaturn off the television,
  • 00:13:47.316 --> 00:13:49.485
  • we're gonna walk away
  • 00:13:49.485 --> 00:13:50.519
  • and forget what we just learned.
  • 00:13:50.519 --> 00:13:52.254
  • And so this is my encouragement.
  • 00:13:52.254 --> 00:13:54.523
  • I want us,
  • 00:13:54.523 --> 00:13:56.091
  • James, after hesays, "don't just be
  • 00:13:56.091 --> 00:13:57.793
  • hearers of the word butbe doerers of the word,
  • 00:13:57.793 --> 00:13:59.795
  • he says that
  • 00:13:59.795 --> 00:14:00.796
  • the person who reads the word
  • 00:14:00.796 --> 00:14:02.598
  • and walks away and doesnot do anything with it
  • 00:14:02.598 --> 00:14:04.800
  • is like the man who looksat himself in the mirror,
  • 00:14:04.800 --> 00:14:07.169
  • walks away and forgetwhat he looks like.
  • 00:14:07.169 --> 00:14:09.338
  • I want us to be menand women of the word,
  • 00:14:09.338 --> 00:14:11.340
  • when we hear this, do good,
  • 00:14:11.340 --> 00:14:13.142
  • and we take these principles.
  • 00:14:13.142 --> 00:14:14.743
  • Whether it's our speech,
  • 00:14:14.743 --> 00:14:16.111
  • whether it's our action,
  • 00:14:16.111 --> 00:14:16.912
  • whether it's our time,
  • 00:14:16.912 --> 00:14:18.280
  • whether it's ourresource or our finances.
  • 00:14:18.280 --> 00:14:19.882
  • So everyone who iswatching right now,
  • 00:14:19.882 --> 00:14:21.884
  • whatever time zone,
  • 00:14:21.884 --> 00:14:23.118
  • whatever country,whatever continent,
  • 00:14:23.118 --> 00:14:24.286
  • whatever city,whatever community,
  • 00:14:24.286 --> 00:14:25.387
  • this is what I want us to do,
  • 00:14:25.387 --> 00:14:26.855
  • I want us to bedoers of the word.
  • 00:14:26.855 --> 00:14:29.224
  • Like Chris said,
  • 00:14:29.224 --> 00:14:30.893
  • you don't need tobe a millionaire tomake a big impact.
  • 00:14:30.893 --> 00:14:32.094
  • What does it look like
  • 00:14:32.094 --> 00:14:33.629
  • to stand outside and holdthe door open for someone?
  • 00:14:33.629 --> 00:14:36.065
  • What does it looked like
  • 00:14:36.065 --> 00:14:37.599
  • to buy a cup of coffee forthe homeless man outside,
  • 00:14:37.599 --> 00:14:39.201
  • what does it look like tomake a meal for your neighbor
  • 00:14:39.201 --> 00:14:41.770
  • or to financially bless asingle mom in this season?
  • 00:14:41.770 --> 00:14:44.907
  • I want us to be doersof the word of God,
  • 00:14:44.907 --> 00:14:47.876
  • and y'all, we'vebeen sitting here
  • 00:14:47.876 --> 00:14:49.111
  • talking about thefruit of the spirit,
  • 00:14:49.111 --> 00:14:50.646
  • I think it's high time weare harvesting some fruit
  • 00:14:50.646 --> 00:14:52.414
  • and start sharingwith our neighbors.
  • 00:14:52.414 --> 00:14:54.183
  • So I got some love,
  • 00:14:54.183 --> 00:14:55.451
  • but I also got alot of challenges.
  • 00:14:55.451 --> 00:14:56.885
  • May we not behearers of the word
  • 00:14:56.885 --> 00:14:58.487
  • or talkers about the word,
  • 00:14:58.487 --> 00:15:00.322
  • but may we actuallygo out and do
  • 00:15:00.322 --> 00:15:02.491
  • what the word tells us to do.
  • 00:15:02.491 --> 00:15:04.593
  • Ms. Oneka what do you think?
  • 00:15:04.593 --> 00:15:06.061
  • - Practically speaking,
  • 00:15:06.061 --> 00:15:07.296
  • tagging off of whatyou just said, Bianca,
  • 00:15:07.296 --> 00:15:08.998
  • I know for me,
  • 00:15:08.998 --> 00:15:10.366
  • when I was in college,
  • 00:15:10.366 --> 00:15:11.533
  • it was actually asimple act of doing good
  • 00:15:11.533 --> 00:15:14.970
  • that led me to the Lord.
  • 00:15:14.970 --> 00:15:16.538
  • And so I think wediscount ourselves
  • 00:15:16.538 --> 00:15:18.374
  • or sell ourselvesshort when we think,
  • 00:15:18.374 --> 00:15:20.009
  • oh, when I'm marriedand I have resources,
  • 00:15:20.009 --> 00:15:21.810
  • like Chris said,
  • 00:15:21.810 --> 00:15:22.745
  • then I can do good.
  • 00:15:22.745 --> 00:15:23.912
  • Or when I get thatpromotion at my company,
  • 00:15:23.912 --> 00:15:25.614
  • then I can do good.
  • 00:15:25.614 --> 00:15:26.448
  • When I write that book,
  • 00:15:26.448 --> 00:15:27.916
  • then I can do good orwhen I go to high school,
  • 00:15:27.916 --> 00:15:29.618
  • then I can do good.
  • 00:15:29.618 --> 00:15:30.853
  • But I remember whenI was in college,
  • 00:15:30.853 --> 00:15:32.054
  • it was one of my coworkers
  • 00:15:32.054 --> 00:15:33.589
  • who kept inviting me to church.
  • 00:15:33.589 --> 00:15:35.691
  • And finally I said, yes.
  • 00:15:35.691 --> 00:15:37.860
  • And for her, that was doing good
  • 00:15:37.860 --> 00:15:39.661
  • that had an eternalimpact on my life
  • 00:15:39.661 --> 00:15:42.131
  • and the familythat I have today,
  • 00:15:42.131 --> 00:15:43.866
  • and so I just wanna remind
  • 00:15:43.866 --> 00:15:45.367
  • all the girls and guys thatare watching with us today
  • 00:15:45.367 --> 00:15:47.469
  • that your do gooddoes not have to be
  • 00:15:47.469 --> 00:15:49.838
  • just this like huge thingthat is paralyzing you
  • 00:15:49.838 --> 00:15:52.674
  • because you haven'tdone this huge thing,
  • 00:15:52.674 --> 00:15:54.476
  • it can be a simple actof inviting someone
  • 00:15:54.476 --> 00:15:57.379
  • to church online with you
  • 00:15:57.379 --> 00:15:59.081
  • or paying for someone'smeal like we said earlier
  • 00:15:59.081 --> 00:16:01.617
  • or buying someone'scoffee or paying
  • 00:16:01.617 --> 00:16:03.352
  • for someone's electric bill,
  • 00:16:03.352 --> 00:16:05.020
  • whatever we can do, itdoesn't have to be great.
  • 00:16:05.020 --> 00:16:07.389
  • It can be small, buthave a great impact.
  • 00:16:07.389 --> 00:16:09.758
  • - So powerful.
  • 00:16:09.758 --> 00:16:10.692
  • I definitely agree with that.
  • 00:16:10.692 --> 00:16:11.927
  • You know, it remindsme of a friend of mine
  • 00:16:11.927 --> 00:16:14.196
  • who now lives in San Diego,
  • 00:16:14.196 --> 00:16:16.065
  • but when I had met him,
  • 00:16:16.065 --> 00:16:17.733
  • so he was a,
  • 00:16:17.733 --> 00:16:18.934
  • he came from aMuslim background,
  • 00:16:18.934 --> 00:16:20.202
  • you know, and he was aMuslim for many years,
  • 00:16:20.202 --> 00:16:22.071
  • and we would just havethese conversations
  • 00:16:22.071 --> 00:16:24.406
  • just to even show thesimplicity of doing good.
  • 00:16:24.406 --> 00:16:26.975
  • Because he would have these,
  • 00:16:26.975 --> 00:16:28.477
  • he would wanna have this hardconversations and I'm like,
  • 00:16:28.477 --> 00:16:30.112
  • I just, I'm here to listen.
  • 00:16:30.112 --> 00:16:31.713
  • You know, sometimesit's just about even
  • 00:16:31.713 --> 00:16:33.549
  • being there for people,showing up for people,
  • 00:16:33.549 --> 00:16:35.984
  • and he understood that we have,
  • 00:16:35.984 --> 00:16:37.753
  • our beliefs are very different,
  • 00:16:37.753 --> 00:16:39.388
  • but when he had,
  • 00:16:39.388 --> 00:16:40.589
  • you know, when he wouldhave events or plays
  • 00:16:40.589 --> 00:16:42.424
  • or different things like that,
  • 00:16:42.424 --> 00:16:43.625
  • and he would askme if I could come,
  • 00:16:43.625 --> 00:16:45.127
  • I'm like, "Of course, youknow, I'll show up for you."
  • 00:16:45.127 --> 00:16:47.162
  • And just by showing up,
  • 00:16:47.162 --> 00:16:49.231
  • there was one particular day
  • 00:16:49.231 --> 00:16:50.732
  • that we had a conversation andhe was like, you know what?
  • 00:16:50.732 --> 00:16:53.001
  • I wanna know about your Jesus.
  • 00:16:53.001 --> 00:16:54.970
  • And I started talkingto him about the Lord,
  • 00:16:54.970 --> 00:16:57.306
  • and in that moment hesaid he started shaking.
  • 00:16:57.306 --> 00:17:00.275
  • And he was like, "I don'tknow what's happening to me."
  • 00:17:00.275 --> 00:17:02.277
  • And all of a suddenhe starts crying.
  • 00:17:02.277 --> 00:17:04.513
  • And I said, "You know what?
  • 00:17:04.513 --> 00:17:05.747
  • That is the powerof the Holy spirit."
  • 00:17:05.747 --> 00:17:07.249
  • I'm like, "Why don't youcome to church with me?"
  • 00:17:07.249 --> 00:17:09.051
  • And so because I had shownup for him at his events,
  • 00:17:09.051 --> 00:17:11.887
  • he thought churchwas just an event.
  • 00:17:11.887 --> 00:17:14.823
  • So he was like, "You know what?
  • 00:17:14.823 --> 00:17:16.058
  • Yeah, I'm gonna toshow up at church."
  • 00:17:16.058 --> 00:17:17.326
  • He's like, "Are youspeaking that day?"
  • 00:17:17.326 --> 00:17:18.594
  • So he called it the talk,
  • 00:17:18.594 --> 00:17:19.628
  • "Are you doing a talk?"
  • 00:17:19.628 --> 00:17:21.063
  • I said, "I'm sure doing a talk."
  • 00:17:21.063 --> 00:17:23.198
  • So he shows up,
  • 00:17:24.099 --> 00:17:25.300
  • but that very day hegave his life to Jesus.
  • 00:17:25.300 --> 00:17:28.203
  • When there was an altar call,
  • 00:17:28.203 --> 00:17:29.705
  • he came right down to the altar
  • 00:17:29.705 --> 00:17:31.840
  • and we just loved onhim and hugged on him,
  • 00:17:31.840 --> 00:17:34.543
  • and it was such abeautiful thing.
  • 00:17:34.543 --> 00:17:36.678
  • And so just what we're saying,
  • 00:17:36.678 --> 00:17:38.247
  • doing good, it goes from just,
  • 00:17:38.247 --> 00:17:40.282
  • it's very simple,
  • 00:17:40.282 --> 00:17:42.184
  • it's the simple things in life.
  • 00:17:42.184 --> 00:17:44.119
  • And then because of that,
  • 00:17:44.119 --> 00:17:45.354
  • on that platform,
  • 00:17:45.354 --> 00:17:46.622
  • God can use you to doa lot of grand things,
  • 00:17:46.622 --> 00:17:48.457
  • but it starts with theseed of simplicity,
  • 00:17:48.457 --> 00:17:50.559
  • showing up for people,
  • 00:17:50.559 --> 00:17:52.027
  • being there for people,
  • 00:17:52.027 --> 00:17:53.529
  • helping paying forsomeone's groceries,
  • 00:17:53.529 --> 00:17:55.898
  • any simple thing, becauseat the end of the day,
  • 00:17:55.898 --> 00:17:58.333
  • our good works,
  • 00:17:58.333 --> 00:17:59.568
  • it points peopleback to the Lord,
  • 00:17:59.568 --> 00:18:01.236
  • it points people back to Jesus.
  • 00:18:01.236 --> 00:18:03.105
  • And all of a sudden,
  • 00:18:03.105 --> 00:18:04.339
  • now they're interested to say,
  • 00:18:04.339 --> 00:18:05.941
  • "Who do you serve,
  • 00:18:05.941 --> 00:18:07.276
  • and what is it about Him?'
  • 00:18:07.276 --> 00:18:08.710
  • - Yeah, you know,
  • 00:18:08.710 --> 00:18:10.212
  • what I think is that,
  • 00:18:10.212 --> 00:18:12.181
  • if we're waitingfor a certain time
  • 00:18:12.181 --> 00:18:14.883
  • to go ahead anddo something good
  • 00:18:14.883 --> 00:18:17.786
  • or making sure thatyou've got enough finances
  • 00:18:17.786 --> 00:18:20.923
  • to do good or
  • 00:18:20.923 --> 00:18:22.591
  • I don't think you'llever have it, Chris.
  • 00:18:22.591 --> 00:18:24.493
  • I don't think the timingwill ever be good for you
  • 00:18:24.493 --> 00:18:28.163
  • if you think that way.
  • 00:18:28.163 --> 00:18:29.631
  • - A hundred percent,
  • 00:18:29.631 --> 00:18:30.866
  • and, you know, youstart being good
  • 00:18:30.866 --> 00:18:32.935
  • right where you are.
  • 00:18:32.935 --> 00:18:34.503
  • That's, you know,
  • 00:18:34.503 --> 00:18:35.437
  • and it could be a small thing.
  • 00:18:35.437 --> 00:18:36.471
  • I remember with,
  • 00:18:36.471 --> 00:18:37.606
  • when I got saved,
  • 00:18:39.007 --> 00:18:40.209
  • I mean, imagine me everyone,
  • 00:18:40.209 --> 00:18:41.843
  • you all know I'm soradical about everything.
  • 00:18:41.843 --> 00:18:43.579
  • So of course, I have a pool,
  • 00:18:43.579 --> 00:18:45.747
  • you know, on the roadto Damascus salvation.
  • 00:18:45.747 --> 00:18:48.116
  • So I'm this way,
  • 00:18:48.116 --> 00:18:49.284
  • you know, I'm killingpeople one day,
  • 00:18:49.284 --> 00:18:50.452
  • the next day I'm saved.
  • 00:18:50.452 --> 00:18:51.787
  • Like, you know,
  • 00:18:51.787 --> 00:18:52.721
  • and no, I wasn't like really,
  • 00:18:52.721 --> 00:18:53.755
  • I'm just thinking that's, okay.
  • 00:18:53.755 --> 00:18:55.290
  • But the thing is I hadthis radical salvation.
  • 00:18:55.290 --> 00:18:58.427
  • But I came from a verystaunch Orthodox family.
  • 00:18:58.427 --> 00:19:01.697
  • So, you know,
  • 00:19:01.697 --> 00:19:02.731
  • I basically go home,
  • 00:19:02.731 --> 00:19:04.433
  • I start ripping downthe icons off the wall,
  • 00:19:04.433 --> 00:19:07.069
  • saying this is idolatry,everyone's goingto hell, you know?
  • 00:19:07.069 --> 00:19:09.671
  • No wonder my family wasn't,like, getting to saved.
  • 00:19:09.671 --> 00:19:12.140
  • I'm like, everyone'sgoing to hell,
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:13.575
  • this is all idolatry.
  • 00:19:13.575 --> 00:19:14.743
  • It's like,
  • 00:19:14.743 --> 00:19:15.644
  • I'm like so radical.
  • 00:19:15.644 --> 00:19:16.878
  • I didn't even know whatI was talking about.
  • 00:19:16.878 --> 00:19:19.915
  • But there was a season where
  • 00:19:19.915 --> 00:19:22.684
  • my mom and I,
  • 00:19:22.684 --> 00:19:23.852
  • it was not good.
  • 00:19:24.753 --> 00:19:26.088
  • And so there wasa couple of years
  • 00:19:26.088 --> 00:19:28.090
  • almost, that she, like,barely spoke to me,
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:30.459
  • and I felt
  • 00:19:30.459 --> 00:19:31.793
  • the Holy spirit just said to me,
  • 00:19:31.793 --> 00:19:32.961
  • "This is what I want you to do.
  • 00:19:32.961 --> 00:19:34.329
  • I want you to stay homeon a Tuesday nights."
  • 00:19:34.329 --> 00:19:37.633
  • And like, my life andministry was kind of,
  • 00:19:37.633 --> 00:19:40.535
  • you know, reallytaking off and it's
  • 00:19:40.535 --> 00:19:42.871
  • just before I was married.
  • 00:19:42.871 --> 00:19:43.872
  • "And all I want you to do,
  • 00:19:43.872 --> 00:19:45.574
  • I want you to cook dinner,
  • 00:19:45.574 --> 00:19:47.209
  • I want you to wash up,
  • 00:19:47.209 --> 00:19:48.377
  • I want you to wipe up,
  • 00:19:48.377 --> 00:19:49.511
  • I want you to just
  • 00:19:49.511 --> 00:19:51.280
  • take all that nightfrom your mom and do."
  • 00:19:51.280 --> 00:19:53.515
  • And I'm like, "God, whywould I even stay there?
  • 00:19:53.515 --> 00:19:55.684
  • She doesn't, hardly talk to me,
  • 00:19:55.684 --> 00:19:57.152
  • she doesn't barelyacknowledges my presence,
  • 00:19:57.152 --> 00:19:59.421
  • says really mean things tome at the time, you know?
  • 00:19:59.421 --> 00:20:01.957
  • It just,
  • 00:20:01.957 --> 00:20:03.191
  • ridicules me for my faith,
  • 00:20:03.191 --> 00:20:04.960
  • like why would I do this?
  • 00:20:04.960 --> 00:20:07.129
  • And He was,
  • 00:20:07.129 --> 00:20:08.664
  • I don't want youto say anything,
  • 00:20:08.664 --> 00:20:09.865
  • I don't want you tosay anything about me",
  • 00:20:09.865 --> 00:20:11.033
  • the Lord saying to me,
  • 00:20:11.033 --> 00:20:12.567
  • "I don't want you to sayanything about the Bible,
  • 00:20:12.567 --> 00:20:14.369
  • I don't want you,
  • 00:20:14.369 --> 00:20:15.671
  • I want you to watch, andthere was this like dumb
  • 00:20:15.671 --> 00:20:17.639
  • TV series at the time,
  • 00:20:19.207 --> 00:20:20.776
  • and look at my personality type.
  • 00:20:20.776 --> 00:20:22.678
  • It was like "Neighbors",
  • 00:20:22.678 --> 00:20:24.212
  • and I'm like, I could have read
  • 00:20:24.212 --> 00:20:25.480
  • three Bible commentariesand written 15 sermons
  • 00:20:25.480 --> 00:20:27.616
  • by that time,
  • 00:20:27.616 --> 00:20:28.884
  • but, you know, soI'm like, Lord,
  • 00:20:28.884 --> 00:20:30.285
  • but it's, like, literally,
  • 00:20:30.285 --> 00:20:31.520
  • the Lord's like, "Iwant you to sit down,
  • 00:20:31.520 --> 00:20:34.056
  • I want you to cook dinner,
  • 00:20:34.056 --> 00:20:35.824
  • which she probablywon't even acknowledge,
  • 00:20:35.824 --> 00:20:38.260
  • I want you to watchthat dumb TV series,
  • 00:20:38.260 --> 00:20:41.563
  • kind of days of our livesdumb TV series thing,
  • 00:20:41.563 --> 00:20:44.399
  • then
  • 00:20:44.399 --> 00:20:45.634
  • I want you to getup and wash the
  • 00:20:45.634 --> 00:20:48.370
  • dishes,
  • 00:20:48.370 --> 00:20:49.604
  • dry everything upand ask your mom
  • 00:20:49.604 --> 00:20:50.739
  • if she wants a cup of coffee."
  • 00:20:50.739 --> 00:20:52.474
  • Now, I did this possibly for,
  • 00:20:52.474 --> 00:20:55.010
  • I would say almost six months
  • 00:20:55.010 --> 00:20:57.379
  • with not even a word,
  • 00:20:57.379 --> 00:20:58.547
  • like, not even a,
  • 00:20:58.547 --> 00:20:59.481
  • "Mum, do you want a coffee?"
  • 00:20:59.481 --> 00:21:00.449
  • Like not even an answer.
  • 00:21:00.449 --> 00:21:01.883
  • It was like, what,why are you even,
  • 00:21:01.883 --> 00:21:03.018
  • and I remember it was like,
  • 00:21:03.018 --> 00:21:04.720
  • killing me,
  • 00:21:04.720 --> 00:21:05.554
  • and that was the purpose of it,
  • 00:21:06.822 --> 00:21:08.323
  • I'm trying to bepractical in this one,
  • 00:21:08.323 --> 00:21:09.825
  • it was crucifying my flesh.
  • 00:21:09.825 --> 00:21:12.260
  • It was killing
  • 00:21:12.260 --> 00:21:13.528
  • my ego,
  • 00:21:14.529 --> 00:21:15.964
  • and it was just, keep doingthis, keep doing this.
  • 00:21:15.964 --> 00:21:18.333
  • And then I just remember,
  • 00:21:19.334 --> 00:21:20.302
  • maybe it was about nine months,
  • 00:21:20.302 --> 00:21:21.837
  • I can't remember exactly, butit was quite a long time in.
  • 00:21:21.837 --> 00:21:24.172
  • I just remember I could cry,you know, saying to my mum,
  • 00:21:24.172 --> 00:21:27.676
  • you know, would youlike a cup of coffee?
  • 00:21:28.877 --> 00:21:30.145
  • And
  • 00:21:30.145 --> 00:21:31.613
  • she just nodded her head.
  • 00:21:31.613 --> 00:21:33.315
  • And then maybe it wasabout another month,
  • 00:21:33.315 --> 00:21:35.283
  • and she just walkedinto the kitchen
  • 00:21:35.283 --> 00:21:36.752
  • and picked up a tea toweland began to wipe up.
  • 00:21:36.752 --> 00:21:39.388
  • All I'm trying to say is,
  • 00:21:40.555 --> 00:21:41.623
  • just those simple
  • 00:21:41.623 --> 00:21:43.392
  • acts of kindness,acts of goodness,
  • 00:21:43.392 --> 00:21:45.594
  • and in the fruit of the spirit
  • 00:21:45.594 --> 00:21:46.862
  • goodness and kindnessare so tied together,
  • 00:21:46.862 --> 00:21:49.097
  • it began to break
  • 00:21:49.097 --> 00:21:51.433
  • something in my homewithin, one by one,
  • 00:21:51.433 --> 00:21:54.403
  • my family startedto get saved and
  • 00:21:54.403 --> 00:21:56.705
  • everything startedto turn around.
  • 00:21:56.705 --> 00:21:59.241
  • But what I'm trying to,
  • 00:21:59.241 --> 00:22:00.175
  • it wasn't any of my sermons,
  • 00:22:00.175 --> 00:22:01.376
  • and my mum
  • 00:22:01.376 --> 00:22:02.844
  • went home eventually to be withthe Lord, she got saved, but
  • 00:22:02.844 --> 00:22:06.047
  • my mum had only everheard me speak once
  • 00:22:06.047 --> 00:22:08.283
  • in 30 years of preaching, once.
  • 00:22:08.283 --> 00:22:10.852
  • But my mom,
  • 00:22:10.852 --> 00:22:12.087
  • but it was thissolid almost year
  • 00:22:12.087 --> 00:22:14.823
  • of this constant act of goodness
  • 00:22:14.823 --> 00:22:17.626
  • and kindness thateventually turned her heart
  • 00:22:17.626 --> 00:22:21.630
  • towards so many other thingsand turned my family around.
  • 00:22:21.630 --> 00:22:25.000
  • And so what I needyou to know is
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:26.668
  • my preaching will win
  • 00:22:26.668 --> 00:22:28.670
  • some people, I pray the Holyspirit will work through it,
  • 00:22:28.670 --> 00:22:31.573
  • but acts of goodness
  • 00:22:31.573 --> 00:22:33.241
  • and being good anddoing good works
  • 00:22:33.241 --> 00:22:35.944
  • are actually gonna reacha whole lot more people.
  • 00:22:35.944 --> 00:22:38.313
  • So you don't need to think,
  • 00:22:38.313 --> 00:22:39.815
  • I'm gonna be a preacherlike Chris Caine, no, no,
  • 00:22:39.815 --> 00:22:41.216
  • I'm saying quite the contrary.
  • 00:22:41.216 --> 00:22:42.684
  • It was never my preaching thatwon my mother to the Lord,
  • 00:22:42.684 --> 00:22:45.053
  • it was my acts of goodness.
  • 00:22:45.053 --> 00:22:46.788
  • And all of us can do that.
  • 00:22:46.788 --> 00:22:48.790
  • - Absolutely.
  • 00:22:48.790 --> 00:22:50.158
  • You know,
  • 00:22:50.158 --> 00:22:51.426
  • Chris was speaking aboutnot watching television
  • 00:22:51.426 --> 00:22:53.128
  • so she can readbiblical commentaries,
  • 00:22:53.128 --> 00:22:55.297
  • I watch television for
  • 00:22:55.297 --> 00:22:56.865
  • cultural commentary.- That's right.
  • 00:22:56.865 --> 00:22:58.600
  • So I think both of us together,
  • 00:22:58.600 --> 00:23:00.836
  • we add to it,
  • 00:23:00.836 --> 00:23:01.903
  • but this is one thing that
  • 00:23:01.903 --> 00:23:03.405
  • I do want us to hold onto that I've been, again,
  • 00:23:03.405 --> 00:23:05.040
  • just listening to everyone's
  • 00:23:05.040 --> 00:23:06.274
  • bits and piecesof their stories,
  • 00:23:06.274 --> 00:23:08.310
  • is I think sometimes wegrossly underestimate
  • 00:23:08.310 --> 00:23:11.847
  • a small act of kindness
  • 00:23:11.847 --> 00:23:13.949
  • can impact someone's eternity.
  • 00:23:13.949 --> 00:23:16.685
  • Nicolaus Von Zinzendorfsaid, preach the gospel
  • 00:23:16.685 --> 00:23:20.021
  • and when necessary use words.
  • 00:23:20.021 --> 00:23:22.624
  • Now, that quote
  • 00:23:22.624 --> 00:23:23.859
  • is usually attributed toSt. Francis of Assisi,
  • 00:23:23.859 --> 00:23:25.427
  • but it's not him.
  • 00:23:25.427 --> 00:23:26.561
  • He jacked it from somebody else.
  • 00:23:26.561 --> 00:23:28.997
  • So Nicolaus Von Zinzendorf.
  • 00:23:28.997 --> 00:23:30.599
  • And I feel like it'ssuper important, because
  • 00:23:30.599 --> 00:23:32.934
  • we just don't know
  • 00:23:32.934 --> 00:23:35.070
  • how people are reading us
  • 00:23:35.070 --> 00:23:36.605
  • like we read the epistles,
  • 00:23:36.605 --> 00:23:38.173
  • how people are reading ourlife and our compartment,
  • 00:23:38.173 --> 00:23:40.775
  • like we would read the gospels.
  • 00:23:40.775 --> 00:23:42.777
  • Like, people are reading us
  • 00:23:42.777 --> 00:23:44.179
  • the way that we readthe New Testament.
  • 00:23:44.179 --> 00:23:46.348
  • So what would itlook like this week
  • 00:23:46.348 --> 00:23:48.049
  • brothers and sisters to letgoodness reign in our life,
  • 00:23:48.049 --> 00:23:51.887
  • to let us be people ofaction not just thought.
  • 00:23:51.887 --> 00:23:55.790
  • action not just word,
  • 00:23:55.790 --> 00:23:57.292
  • action not just reading a text.
  • 00:23:57.292 --> 00:23:59.427
  • So this is my encouragementover us today,
  • 00:23:59.427 --> 00:24:01.196
  • I'm gonna pray a bold prayer
  • 00:24:01.196 --> 00:24:03.231
  • that the spirit of God
  • 00:24:03.231 --> 00:24:04.666
  • would bring to mindsomeone that we can love,
  • 00:24:04.666 --> 00:24:07.636
  • someone that we can encourage,
  • 00:24:07.636 --> 00:24:08.970
  • someone of that wecan bless this week,
  • 00:24:08.970 --> 00:24:10.572
  • and then we get torevel in the joy.
  • 00:24:10.572 --> 00:24:13.041
  • This is what I call a doubledip of the fruit of the spirit,
  • 00:24:13.041 --> 00:24:15.877
  • that our goodness
  • 00:24:15.877 --> 00:24:17.112
  • will bring us the sense of joy,
  • 00:24:17.112 --> 00:24:18.914
  • to bring us a sense ofeven love for someone else.
  • 00:24:18.914 --> 00:24:21.182
  • And so I'm gonna pray us outand believe with much faith
  • 00:24:21.182 --> 00:24:24.219
  • that God, that the earthis gonna shake and be shook
  • 00:24:24.219 --> 00:24:27.689
  • by the goodness thatcomes out of His saints.
  • 00:24:27.689 --> 00:24:29.691
  • So spirit of God,
  • 00:24:29.691 --> 00:24:31.192
  • I pray for every single earlistening to this moment,
  • 00:24:31.192 --> 00:24:33.762
  • I pray Lord thatyou begin even now
  • 00:24:33.762 --> 00:24:36.298
  • to quicken in our spirit,
  • 00:24:36.298 --> 00:24:37.866
  • the name,
  • 00:24:37.866 --> 00:24:39.134
  • the face of someonethat we get to love,
  • 00:24:39.134 --> 00:24:40.936
  • that someone that we getto express goodness over
  • 00:24:40.936 --> 00:24:43.204
  • and goodness to.
  • 00:24:43.204 --> 00:24:44.272
  • I pray Lord God,
  • 00:24:44.272 --> 00:24:45.507
  • that our metrics and ourbarometer of goodness
  • 00:24:45.507 --> 00:24:47.676
  • is based on how goodyou have been to us.
  • 00:24:47.676 --> 00:24:50.178
  • You were good, you are good
  • 00:24:50.178 --> 00:24:51.513
  • and you willcontinue to be good.
  • 00:24:51.513 --> 00:24:53.081
  • May we model thatgoodness right now, God.
  • 00:24:53.081 --> 00:24:55.283
  • I'm believing,
  • 00:24:55.283 --> 00:24:56.484
  • I'm believing thateven on social media,
  • 00:24:56.484 --> 00:24:57.886
  • there's gonna be DMs into
  • 00:24:57.886 --> 00:24:59.321
  • bettertogether.tv oftestimony stories, God
  • 00:24:59.321 --> 00:25:03.058
  • of how your goodness
  • 00:25:03.058 --> 00:25:04.526
  • manifested goodness intothe life of those around us,
  • 00:25:04.526 --> 00:25:07.629
  • may lives forever be changed.
  • 00:25:07.629 --> 00:25:09.397
  • My bold big prayer isthat people will encounter
  • 00:25:09.397 --> 00:25:11.967
  • like Oneka,
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  • like Chris's mom,
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  • salvation through us, justloving to the act of goodness,
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  • in your mighty name we pray,
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  • Amen.
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  • - Amen, Amen, Amen.- Amen.
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  • I love that,
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  • preach the gospel at alltimes and if necessary,
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  • use words.- Use words.
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  • I love it.
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  • You know, the Bible tellsus to pray for one another
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  • and that's exactly whatour Better Together team
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  • wants to do for you.
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  • You can connect withus @bettertogethertv,
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  • we wanna hear yourprayer requests
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  • and your praise reports.
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  • Thank you for joining us today.
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  • Tomorrow,
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  • we will wrap up the week
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  • by talking about thefruit of faithfulness.
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  • How can we expressour commitment to God
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  • no matter whatseason we are facing?
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  • We'll see you then,we love y'all.
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  • We'll see you later.
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  • Bye-bye.
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  • (soothing music)
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