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Better Together LIVE | Episode 101

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September 7, 2020
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In a noisy world full of distractions; chaos; and confusion we seek an anchor. Let's talk about the real source of truth. | TBN Prayer Line: 1-888-731-1000

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  • - God's quietest voice
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  • is still louder thanthe noise of the world.
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  • He is the source of truth andour anchor in times of chaos.
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  • Today, we're learning howto silence the distractions
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  • and focus on thehope of the gospel.
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  • Come on, join us.
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  • (light upbeat music)
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  • - I don't know how, I don'tknow how you've all been doing
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  • during this pandemicand being at home.
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  • I mean, for the first coupleof, well, maybe a first month,
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  • I just thought,"This is amazing."
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  • I mean, I'm used to beingon the road all the time,
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  • like most of you.
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  • I stayed in my jammies,
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  • I binged watched "TheGreat British Baking Show"
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  • on Netflix,
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  • and then I found myselfgetting really discouraged,
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  • and really, feeling really down.
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  • And, you know, allsorts of feelings,
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  • and some mornings,honestly, I would wake up
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  • with a feeling ofdread in my spirit,
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  • which I'm really not used to.
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  • And so, I began reallyasking the Holy Spirit,
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  • how do I live in these days?
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  • I know how to live in thedays that I'm used to,
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  • but how do I live in these days?
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  • And one of the thingsthat has been helping me
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  • stay focused on what's true,
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  • no matter what I mightfeel is true at the moment,
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  • is I've begun prayingthe Psalms out loud.
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  • You know, I'll goout every morning,
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  • we live in a townhome andwe have a little balcony,
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  • and I'll just goout on the balcony
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  • and I will praya Psalm out loud.
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  • And I discovered, it's so good
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  • for my ears to hear whatmy eyes are reading.
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  • And I've found thatduring this season,
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  • and honestly, I think Iwill continue to do this,
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  • but I think it was, who was it?
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  • Yeah, Ambrose, the Bishopof Milan, said that,
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  • "The Psalms are like agymnasium for your soul.
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  • If you want to know how to pray
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  • and how to work out your soul,
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  • then the Psalmsare a great way."
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  • You know, it's like,
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  • I feel like God gave thePsalms to the people of God
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  • so that they couldpray them back to God.
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  • And I found that whatever I'mfeeling during that season,
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  • I'll find myself in the Psalms.
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  • You know, there's lament,
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  • there's joy, there'sdespair, there's hope,
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  • that is helping me stayfocused on what's true
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  • during a season whereeverything seems to be shifting.
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  • What about you Loriann?
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  • - Yeah, I love that Sheila.
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  • The Psalms have beenincredibly powerful for me
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  • my entire life.
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  • Psalms 91 is something thatI've been speaking over my life
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  • every single day.
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  • So that's how I start my day,then go to Ephesians six,
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  • and then I go into the Proverbs,
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  • because I find in thisseason, I need wisdom,
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  • wisdom unlike anyother time in my life.
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  • Having been throughSeptember 11th,
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  • having been throughthe 2008, 2009 crisis,
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  • this has been differentthan anything else
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  • that I have ever experienced.
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  • All of those things haveprepared me for this,
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  • but I've never been prepared
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  • for the amount of isolationthrough this season.
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  • I'm so accustomed, as you said,
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  • to being on a planeand in boardrooms,
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  • and now I'm, what Iwould call, zoomed out.
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  • I'm so tired of being onthe Zoom conference calls.
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  • The only benefit of beingon Zoom conference calls
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  • is that I don't have towear very painful shoes,
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  • which I did for thefirst time this morning,
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  • and I thought, whathave we been thinking
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  • wearing high heelsall of our lives?
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  • But nevertheless, thePsalms opens our heart
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  • and the Proverbs embedswisdom in our heart.
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  • Stephanie, how are youfeeling in this season?
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  • - I love that you eventalked about wisdom,
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  • because I just think about thescripture that talks about,
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  • "You shall know the truth andthe truth shall set you free,"
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  • but then prior tothat, it talks about,
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  • "When we abide in the Lord,then we would know the truth,"
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  • 'cause in that place of abiding,
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  • we become thedisciples of Jesus.
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  • And in that intimacy withhim, now we know the truth.
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  • And I think in thistime, you know,
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  • there is the bondage of,even the false perception,
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  • because just likeyou've mentioned,
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  • you talked about isolation,
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  • and if we don't seeisolation properly
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  • then it could looklike rejection,
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  • it could look like abandonment,
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  • it could look like beingforsaken, being alone.
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  • And so, a false perception
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  • can actually even keep youin the wrong type of bondage.
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  • And so, for me, "Youshall know the truth
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  • and the truth shallset you free,"
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  • is knowing that Jesus is wisdom
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  • for every season and every time.
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  • And so, in a time thatwe did not expect,
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  • in a time that is nothing likeany of us would have said,
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  • "You know what?
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  • In 2020, we're gonnabe in a pandemic."
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  • (laughs) But the beautiful thing
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  • is knowing that Jesus iswisdom, Jesus is truth,
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  • and in the momentswhere I could be bound
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  • by the false perception of whatis happening in this times,
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  • that I can seek him for wisdom,
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  • and that wisdom can set me free
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  • to really see and grab whatthe season has for all of us.
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  • What about you, Elaine?
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  • - Yeah, that is so good.
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  • It has been so true in mylife to sing out the Psalms,
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  • just like Sheila said.
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  • I've actually been in a season
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  • where I'm rereading the gospels.
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  • I'm going back to Jesus'time here on earth
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  • and saying, "What are youteaching me today in your word?"
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  • And I've been in this, justlike you said Stephanie,
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  • about being a disciple.
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  • I've been in this, I knewhow to be a disciple,
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  • like Sheila said,in that season.
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  • I knew how to do it whenI was traveling a lot,
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  • or I was doing a lot,
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  • but how do I be a disciple
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  • when there's no one butmy four kids in my home.
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  • And I just felt lost.
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  • And so, for me, I've beenback in those gospels,
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  • of reading Matthew,and Mark, and Luke,
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  • and just really divinginto God's journey,
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  • and his teachings,
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  • and asking the Lord toteach me in those seasons,
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  • and really be, draw mecloser in what he's teaching.
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  • And so, I've beensoaking those up
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  • in this season of relivingsome of those moments.
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  • So that's really, it'sso true to say, you know,
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  • I feel so lost.
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  • And I feel like I can lookat social media for truth,
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  • I can look at my friends,what their truth is,
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  • but when I just soak andabide in the presence of God,
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  • and in his word, and I doexactly what Sheila says.
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  • I speak it out over mylife, over my family,
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  • over my situations,over my anxiety,
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  • and my fears ofwhat we're facing,
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  • I see that I began tochange from the inside out.
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  • What's that like for you Lisa?
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  • - Well, I'm gonna backpedal
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  • because I have to framewhere I'm going next
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  • with what a yeah,who I am sometimes.
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  • My great delight every summer,even this pandemic summer,
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  • is Shark Week on Discovery,
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  • and I love Shark Week.
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  • So Sheila goesstraight to God's word.
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  • I have to start at Shark Week,
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  • I'll get to God'sword in just second,
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  • but Missy doesn't likewatching the shark shows.
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  • My little girl, she's 11,
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  • she grew up realclose to the water
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  • when she was baby in Haiti,
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  • but never went to the water.
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  • And so, sharks scare her, theykind of scare and thrill me.
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  • Well the other night Iwas watching a shark show
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  • and right as Missy walkedupstairs it cut to commercial.
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  • And the commercialwas of a movie
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  • with a really badcomputer generated shark.
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  • It was very obvious thiswas not a real shark
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  • in the movie promo.
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  • And Missy walked in startled,
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  • and then she went,
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  • "Oh mama, we don't have to beafraid of that shark, do we?
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  • It's not real."
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  • And I thought, youknow, boy, truer words
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  • have never been spokenabout this season we're in.
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  • I feel like everywhere welook, we're seeing sharks.
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  • We're seeing sharksdepending on,
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  • and it doesn't matter what newschannel is your preference,
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  • it's like there's thesescary sharks everywhere.
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  • And I felt the Holy Spirit
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  • just kind of almost gentlyjab me with a grin and say,
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  • "They aren't real Lisa.
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  • These sharks that everybodyis trying to scare you with,
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  • they aren't real.
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  • That's not me, that's not theworld I've created you for,
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  • that's not the mindI've given you,
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  • that's not where I wantyour heart calibrated."
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  • And I found myself,it's so interesting
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  • that we've all beentalking about the Psalms,
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  • 'cause I found myself
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  • right back at thebeginning of this altar,
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  • and the Psalms, which Ialways say, Sheila said.
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  • - Better, but it's like thejournal of God's people,
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  • it records the dancingand the weeping.
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  • And at the verybeginning, Psalm 1:1,
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  • it says, "Blessed,"
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  • and that word inHebrew is "asher",
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  • it's actually, "happy",
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  • is a great translation.
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  • "Happy is the onewho does not walk
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  • in the counsel of the wicked,
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  • nor stand in the way of sinners,
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  • nor sit in the seat of scoffers.
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  • But his delight is in the law,of the truth, of the Lord,
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  • and on God's truth hemeditates day and night."
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  • So I've just foundmyself going back to,
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  • okay, I cannot be distractedby what is seemingly scary
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  • or disheartening, oreven confusing around me.
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  • I have to go back to the truth.
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  • And God's word existoutside of time and space.
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  • Our God is good.
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  • Our God is always for us.
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  • And, Sheila, you toldme something years ago.
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  • Sheila and I,
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  • I used to get to travel withSheila all around the country.
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  • We spent 25 weekendstogether every year.
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  • But, Sheila, I remember youtelling me a quote from Spurgeon
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  • that said, "Show me someonewho's Bible is falling apart,
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  • and I can almost promiseyou their life isn't."
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  • Do you remember when you told me
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  • how important it is to havea Bible that's falling apart,
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  • so that your mindwould stay together?
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  • - I do, I do remember that.
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  • And, gosh, I mean, I thinkwe mentored each other,
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  • honestly, I think it wassomething that we were just,
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  • we were always indifferent seasons,
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  • and we just encouragedeach other along the way.
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  • But I am going togo from Shark Week
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  • to The National Geographic.
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  • (laughing)
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  • I was watching somethingthe other night,
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  • and it was a lion that was,
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  • it was prowling, it was chasing,
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  • it was tracking an impala
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  • that had got separatedfrom the rest of the flock,
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  • which is very unusual.
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  • But I watched it.
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  • And here was a thingthat blew me away.
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  • It did not blink.
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  • It just kept it's focusand it didn't blink.
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  • And I thought of 1 Peter5:9, where we're told
  • 00:10:29.819 --> 00:10:32.955
  • that our enemy is likea lion prowling around,
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  • seeking whom he may devour.
  • 00:10:37.126 --> 00:10:39.161
  • And I think when we have afocused, intentional enemy,
  • 00:10:39.161 --> 00:10:43.566
  • that's where the strengthof the word of God,
  • 00:10:43.566 --> 00:10:47.002
  • that's where we needa well-worn Bible,
  • 00:10:47.002 --> 00:10:49.705
  • because that truth is deep,deep, deep inside of us.
  • 00:10:49.705 --> 00:10:53.175
  • And that's beenlife-giving for me.
  • 00:10:53.175 --> 00:10:55.578
  • And interestingly enough,
  • 00:10:55.578 --> 00:10:57.079
  • I discovered an impala canrun faster than a lion,
  • 00:10:57.079 --> 00:11:00.382
  • but it becomes frozen in fear.
  • 00:11:00.382 --> 00:11:02.852
  • - Oh, wow.- And I think that that's one,
  • 00:11:02.852 --> 00:11:04.787
  • I don't want us tobe frozen in fear.
  • 00:11:04.787 --> 00:11:07.356
  • I want us to befilled with faith,
  • 00:11:07.356 --> 00:11:09.825
  • so that we know whose we are.
  • 00:11:09.825 --> 00:11:12.194
  • - That's such agood word, Sheila.
  • 00:11:12.194 --> 00:11:14.630
  • We're gonna go fromNational Geographic
  • 00:11:14.630 --> 00:11:16.298
  • to "Encyclopedia Britannica".
  • 00:11:16.298 --> 00:11:18.434
  • (laughing)
  • 00:11:18.434 --> 00:11:19.935
  • So, when I was a littlegirl there was no Google.
  • 00:11:19.935 --> 00:11:23.038
  • And I was a voracious reader.
  • 00:11:23.038 --> 00:11:25.541
  • So my mother bought me the"Encyclopedia Britannica".
  • 00:11:25.541 --> 00:11:28.944
  • Now, Elaine, you'retoo young for this,
  • 00:11:28.944 --> 00:11:30.946
  • but they don't start you at A.
  • 00:11:30.946 --> 00:11:33.682
  • They start you with Y.
  • 00:11:34.650 --> 00:11:36.952
  • So, within a shortperiod of time
  • 00:11:36.952 --> 00:11:39.288
  • I knew everything aboutYugoslavia and yaks and yams,
  • 00:11:39.288 --> 00:11:42.558
  • and everything else in between.
  • 00:11:42.558 --> 00:11:45.427
  • The situation todayreminds me a lot
  • 00:11:45.427 --> 00:11:48.864
  • of us needing to go back tothe "Encyclopedia Britannica",
  • 00:11:48.864 --> 00:11:51.867
  • because it is absolute.
  • 00:11:51.867 --> 00:11:53.869
  • It is truth.
  • 00:11:53.869 --> 00:11:55.604
  • It is what is stated.
  • 00:11:55.604 --> 00:11:57.339
  • Now we have Google.
  • 00:11:57.339 --> 00:11:59.175
  • Now we have social media.
  • 00:11:59.175 --> 00:12:01.177
  • All of those things aredistractions and deceptions.
  • 00:12:01.177 --> 00:12:04.847
  • So, instead of usgoing to Google,
  • 00:12:04.847 --> 00:12:08.450
  • we should be going backto the word of God,
  • 00:12:08.450 --> 00:12:11.153
  • the unbelievable foundationof where we should
  • 00:12:11.153 --> 00:12:15.124
  • be getting our truthand our strength from.
  • 00:12:15.124 --> 00:12:17.960
  • - You know what?
  • 00:12:17.960 --> 00:12:19.195
  • What's so amazing aboutwhat you just shared,
  • 00:12:19.195 --> 00:12:20.729
  • and I might take it back
  • 00:12:20.729 --> 00:12:21.964
  • to the Animal Planetfor a little bit.
  • 00:12:21.964 --> 00:12:23.699
  • (laughing)
  • 00:12:23.699 --> 00:12:25.201
  • You know, when I think aboutthese times that we're in,
  • 00:12:25.201 --> 00:12:29.772
  • there was a dreamthat the Lord gave me,
  • 00:12:29.772 --> 00:12:31.707
  • and it was somethingthat really moved me.
  • 00:12:31.707 --> 00:12:33.442
  • So, the whole earthwas flooded with water.
  • 00:12:33.442 --> 00:12:37.213
  • And in the water therewere these dolphins,
  • 00:12:37.213 --> 00:12:40.249
  • just having fun and playing,
  • 00:12:40.249 --> 00:12:42.451
  • and just having aparty (laughing).
  • 00:12:42.451 --> 00:12:44.687
  • And when I got out fromthe dream I asked the Lord,
  • 00:12:44.687 --> 00:12:47.256
  • I said, "Lord, whatdoes this mean?"
  • 00:12:47.256 --> 00:12:49.225
  • And He said, "The times thatyou're in, they're not..."
  • 00:12:49.225 --> 00:12:51.493
  • First of all, it's not like Godis bringing the flood again,
  • 00:12:51.493 --> 00:12:53.829
  • but it was that this is atime of purging and cleansing.
  • 00:12:53.829 --> 00:12:56.932
  • And he said, "Thedolphins represent
  • 00:12:56.932 --> 00:12:58.434
  • that what is in thisis not to bring harm."
  • 00:12:58.434 --> 00:13:02.137
  • And so I love that whenyou talked about the shark,
  • 00:13:02.137 --> 00:13:05.007
  • and it's like,
  • 00:13:05.007 --> 00:13:06.175
  • no, that's not ashark to be afraid of,
  • 00:13:06.175 --> 00:13:07.343
  • there's what appearslike a shark.
  • 00:13:07.343 --> 00:13:09.078
  • And so when the Lordshowed me these dolphins,
  • 00:13:09.078 --> 00:13:11.180
  • it was like, wow, this season,
  • 00:13:11.180 --> 00:13:12.781
  • it's to bring good,it's not of evil.
  • 00:13:12.781 --> 00:13:14.950
  • And what I love thatwe are talking about
  • 00:13:14.950 --> 00:13:16.652
  • getting back to the word of God,
  • 00:13:16.652 --> 00:13:18.220
  • because when we arerooted in the word of God
  • 00:13:18.220 --> 00:13:20.422
  • and the foundation of truth,
  • 00:13:20.422 --> 00:13:22.157
  • then we realize, justlike the word of God says,
  • 00:13:22.157 --> 00:13:24.460
  • that even what seemsthat is coming as evil,
  • 00:13:24.460 --> 00:13:28.230
  • God can use it for his good.
  • 00:13:28.230 --> 00:13:29.865
  • And so what I love about that
  • 00:13:29.865 --> 00:13:31.467
  • is that now we are rootedin a place of love,
  • 00:13:31.467 --> 00:13:34.236
  • because when welook at the times
  • 00:13:34.236 --> 00:13:36.038
  • and we don't understandwhat God is doing,
  • 00:13:36.038 --> 00:13:38.140
  • because we may not havethe rhema word of God,
  • 00:13:38.140 --> 00:13:40.876
  • like, God, this is exactly whatyou're doing in this season,
  • 00:13:40.876 --> 00:13:43.646
  • but when we trustthe heart of God
  • 00:13:43.646 --> 00:13:45.748
  • and we say, "But thisis what your word says.
  • 00:13:45.748 --> 00:13:47.650
  • Your word says that you willnever leave nor forsake us.
  • 00:13:47.650 --> 00:13:50.119
  • Your word says that you willuse all things for our good,
  • 00:13:50.119 --> 00:13:53.155
  • for those that are calledaccording to your purpose."
  • 00:13:53.155 --> 00:13:55.658
  • And so when we arerooted in that,
  • 00:13:55.658 --> 00:13:57.226
  • then I am approaching thisseason from a place of love,
  • 00:13:57.226 --> 00:14:00.462
  • from a place of victory,
  • 00:14:00.462 --> 00:14:01.964
  • from a place of knowingthat we've conquered this.
  • 00:14:01.964 --> 00:14:04.099
  • I'm not approachingthis from fear.
  • 00:14:04.099 --> 00:14:06.201
  • And I think thatwhen we approach life
  • 00:14:06.201 --> 00:14:08.103
  • from that place of fear,
  • 00:14:08.103 --> 00:14:09.538
  • now the enemy gets involvedand the enemy reigns,
  • 00:14:09.538 --> 00:14:11.974
  • because fear says there'signorance about the situation,
  • 00:14:11.974 --> 00:14:15.277
  • and there is ignorance aboutmy safety in this situation.
  • 00:14:15.277 --> 00:14:18.314
  • There's ignorance about
  • 00:14:18.314 --> 00:14:19.615
  • what is this goingto bring to my life.
  • 00:14:19.615 --> 00:14:21.684
  • But when we are standingon the word of God,
  • 00:14:21.684 --> 00:14:23.852
  • we know that thoughI walk through,
  • 00:14:23.852 --> 00:14:26.388
  • you know, the shadow of death,
  • 00:14:26.388 --> 00:14:29.925
  • that, God, you are with me.
  • 00:14:29.925 --> 00:14:31.627
  • You are with me.
  • 00:14:31.627 --> 00:14:32.861
  • And I think that is themost powerful thing,
  • 00:14:32.861 --> 00:14:34.697
  • because it's so crazy.
  • 00:14:34.697 --> 00:14:36.398
  • I think about thestart of the pandemic,
  • 00:14:36.398 --> 00:14:38.434
  • and the first time I wentto the grocery store,
  • 00:14:38.434 --> 00:14:41.503
  • you could feel the fear,
  • 00:14:41.503 --> 00:14:43.439
  • it was so tangible in the store.
  • 00:14:44.340 --> 00:14:46.909
  • And I was like, thisis not my reality,
  • 00:14:46.909 --> 00:14:49.078
  • because I know that, despitewhatever is happening,
  • 00:14:49.078 --> 00:14:51.680
  • that God is with me.
  • 00:14:51.680 --> 00:14:52.948
  • And so, you know, Elaine,
  • 00:14:52.948 --> 00:14:54.984
  • I wanna hear yourthoughts on just even like
  • 00:14:54.984 --> 00:14:57.052
  • the importance of us meditating
  • 00:14:57.052 --> 00:14:59.054
  • on the word of God right now.
  • 00:14:59.054 --> 00:15:01.056
  • - Yeah.
  • 00:15:01.056 --> 00:15:02.458
  • Yeah, I think it's huge.
  • 00:15:02.458 --> 00:15:03.792
  • And, you know, Iwanna just share.
  • 00:15:03.792 --> 00:15:05.527
  • I just have thisburden in my heart
  • 00:15:05.527 --> 00:15:06.962
  • that maybe the Biblefeels overwhelming.
  • 00:15:06.962 --> 00:15:09.298
  • You feel so broken,
  • 00:15:09.298 --> 00:15:10.532
  • but you're like, theBible's overwhelming.
  • 00:15:10.532 --> 00:15:12.034
  • There's this, "Wheredo I even start?"
  • 00:15:12.034 --> 00:15:14.603
  • And I love that todaywe're telling you
  • 00:15:14.603 --> 00:15:16.638
  • there's a whole lot of lovein there for you to find.
  • 00:15:16.638 --> 00:15:19.274
  • And I think that in this season,
  • 00:15:19.274 --> 00:15:20.976
  • we can go back to,
  • 00:15:20.976 --> 00:15:22.177
  • "I'm so afraid.
  • 00:15:22.177 --> 00:15:23.379
  • I'll just open thisand let it speak to me.
  • 00:15:23.379 --> 00:15:25.347
  • I'll just begin to speakit out over my heart."
  • 00:15:25.347 --> 00:15:28.017
  • And we're in a seasonwhere fear is rising up
  • 00:15:28.017 --> 00:15:30.552
  • in our nation, fordifferent reasons,
  • 00:15:30.552 --> 00:15:32.421
  • for different things,
  • 00:15:32.421 --> 00:15:33.889
  • and, like Loriann said, thereare a lot of distractions.
  • 00:15:33.889 --> 00:15:37.192
  • You can get theologyfrom a lot of places,
  • 00:15:37.192 --> 00:15:39.695
  • but if you'll justopen your word of God
  • 00:15:39.695 --> 00:15:41.730
  • and you'll open yourBible and you'll say,
  • 00:15:41.730 --> 00:15:43.799
  • "God, I'm just gonnadeclare this over my life.
  • 00:15:43.799 --> 00:15:46.635
  • I'm gonna declarethis over my heart.
  • 00:15:46.635 --> 00:15:48.504
  • I'm gonna declare this in me,"
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  • I think you'll begin tosee the fruit of that.
  • 00:15:50.172 --> 00:15:52.241
  • And I think that'swhat it's been for me.
  • 00:15:52.241 --> 00:15:54.076
  • I grew up, obviously,in a Christian home,
  • 00:15:54.076 --> 00:15:56.512
  • and I grew up where theBible was a well-known book
  • 00:15:56.512 --> 00:15:59.581
  • in our home.
  • 00:15:59.581 --> 00:16:00.516
  • You know, we had lots of Bibles.
  • 00:16:00.516 --> 00:16:02.051
  • And I love what youjust said, Lisa,
  • 00:16:02.051 --> 00:16:04.686
  • because I remember the dayI saw Jack Hayford's Bible.
  • 00:16:04.686 --> 00:16:07.523
  • And I remember he is
  • 00:16:07.523 --> 00:16:09.091
  • what I believe is an apostleof our generation, you know?
  • 00:16:09.091 --> 00:16:12.361
  • And I remember he waskneeling down in worship,
  • 00:16:12.361 --> 00:16:14.897
  • and I was so distractedby his Bible,
  • 00:16:14.897 --> 00:16:17.232
  • 'cause you couldsee it had tears
  • 00:16:17.232 --> 00:16:18.767
  • that had dried on the pages.
  • 00:16:18.767 --> 00:16:20.302
  • You could see it had momentswhen he was angry with God,
  • 00:16:20.302 --> 00:16:23.705
  • or he was joyful,
  • 00:16:23.705 --> 00:16:24.873
  • or he had all these feelings.
  • 00:16:24.873 --> 00:16:27.076
  • And I remember thinking,
  • 00:16:27.076 --> 00:16:28.644
  • "I want to experiencewhat you've experienced
  • 00:16:28.644 --> 00:16:30.946
  • in the word of God."
  • 00:16:30.946 --> 00:16:32.014
  • I was so hungry for that moment,
  • 00:16:32.014 --> 00:16:34.149
  • that I just opened my Bible.
  • 00:16:34.149 --> 00:16:35.384
  • I said, "God, I don'tknow what's in this word
  • 00:16:35.384 --> 00:16:37.753
  • that he's experienced,
  • 00:16:37.753 --> 00:16:38.687
  • but I want to experience it."
  • 00:16:38.687 --> 00:16:40.322
  • And now I have oneof those Bibles.
  • 00:16:40.322 --> 00:16:41.890
  • I have one of thoseBibles with dried tears.
  • 00:16:41.890 --> 00:16:43.659
  • And it just started fromopening the word of God
  • 00:16:43.659 --> 00:16:46.728
  • and saying, "Lord,teach me this,
  • 00:16:46.728 --> 00:16:48.730
  • because I'm afraidand I'm overwhelmed,
  • 00:16:48.730 --> 00:16:50.799
  • or I'm burdened by this."
  • 00:16:50.799 --> 00:16:52.367
  • And, Lisa, you're one ofthe best people I know
  • 00:16:52.367 --> 00:16:55.137
  • at teaching us tolove the word of God.
  • 00:16:55.137 --> 00:16:57.005
  • And your Bible's onethat inspired me as well,
  • 00:16:57.005 --> 00:16:59.708
  • 'cause it is well-worn.
  • 00:16:59.708 --> 00:17:01.310
  • And I look at yourlife, and you aren't.
  • 00:17:01.310 --> 00:17:03.112
  • You are strong and steadfast.
  • 00:17:03.112 --> 00:17:04.880
  • So, tell us, how didyou get to that point?
  • 00:17:04.880 --> 00:17:06.982
  • How did the Biblebecome that for you?
  • 00:17:06.982 --> 00:17:08.684
  • - Yeah, you know, forme, it was desperation.
  • 00:17:08.684 --> 00:17:10.786
  • I mean, just like you,Elaine, I grew up in church.
  • 00:17:10.786 --> 00:17:13.355
  • I think I heard my firsthymns when I was in utero.
  • 00:17:13.355 --> 00:17:16.358
  • You know, we were in churchevery time the doors were open.
  • 00:17:16.358 --> 00:17:18.794
  • But when I was a little girl
  • 00:17:18.794 --> 00:17:21.330
  • I thought of theBible as punitive.
  • 00:17:21.330 --> 00:17:24.266
  • I thought this waskind of this rule book,
  • 00:17:24.266 --> 00:17:26.735
  • and if I stepped out of line,
  • 00:17:26.735 --> 00:17:28.537
  • you know, God was just gonnasmack me over the head with it.
  • 00:17:28.537 --> 00:17:32.374
  • And it wasn't until years later,
  • 00:17:32.374 --> 00:17:34.743
  • when I went through a realdoubting season in college,
  • 00:17:34.743 --> 00:17:37.112
  • because I thought,
  • 00:17:37.112 --> 00:17:38.747
  • "What does this mean thatwe're actually loved by God?"
  • 00:17:38.747 --> 00:17:41.984
  • Because I envisioned God askind of a unibrowed librarian
  • 00:17:41.984 --> 00:17:45.154
  • just waiting to disciplineme if I step out of line.
  • 00:17:45.154 --> 00:17:49.324
  • And I began this long search of,
  • 00:17:49.324 --> 00:17:52.394
  • "Does God really love me?"
  • 00:17:52.394 --> 00:17:54.129
  • I know I needed salvation.
  • 00:17:54.129 --> 00:17:55.531
  • I know I'm a sinner.
  • 00:17:55.531 --> 00:17:57.132
  • But does He love meor did He just save me
  • 00:17:57.132 --> 00:17:58.901
  • 'cause He felt sorry for me?
  • 00:17:58.901 --> 00:18:01.103
  • And that's when I reallypicked up my Bible
  • 00:18:01.103 --> 00:18:03.372
  • with something Iwanted to learn.
  • 00:18:03.372 --> 00:18:06.108
  • You know, sometimes Ithink we read our Bibles
  • 00:18:06.108 --> 00:18:08.177
  • like it's a textbook,or a rule book,
  • 00:18:08.177 --> 00:18:10.679
  • or maybe a collectionof morality tales.
  • 00:18:10.679 --> 00:18:13.248
  • It's a love story.
  • 00:18:13.248 --> 00:18:17.085
  • - I love that you mentionedtheology, because I think
  • 00:18:18.587 --> 00:18:20.088
  • oftentimes one of the mistakeswe make as Christ followers,
  • 00:18:20.088 --> 00:18:22.991
  • we think it's just a bunchof smart, mostly dead guys
  • 00:18:22.991 --> 00:18:27.162
  • who made up theology and that'snot at all what theology is.
  • 00:18:27.162 --> 00:18:30.866
  • but all of us are theologians.
  • 00:18:30.866 --> 00:18:32.367
  • We have thoughts,words about God.
  • 00:18:32.367 --> 00:18:35.871
  • We have to take all thosewords from social media
  • 00:18:35.871 --> 00:18:38.273
  • and your favorite podcast,spiritual podcasts.
  • 00:18:38.273 --> 00:18:42.110
  • And we have to runthem through this grid.
  • 00:18:42.110 --> 00:18:44.947
  • Otherwise, it's notgoing to be truth.
  • 00:18:44.947 --> 00:18:47.583
  • When you talk about truth,that has to be filtered
  • 00:18:47.583 --> 00:18:49.785
  • through the word of God,God is for us, He loves us.
  • 00:18:49.785 --> 00:18:52.955
  • This is a love story,but all too often,
  • 00:18:52.955 --> 00:18:55.457
  • I hear people say thingslike, well, the Bible says,
  • 00:18:55.457 --> 00:18:59.161
  • and I'll think, yeah,actually that's not in there.
  • 00:18:59.161 --> 00:19:03.165
  • We had a little
  • 00:19:03.165 --> 00:19:05.334
  • tragedy at our house this week.
  • 00:19:05.334 --> 00:19:08.370
  • My HVAC system went out and itwas 81 degrees in our house,
  • 00:19:08.370 --> 00:19:13.375
  • which was a little toasty,
  • 00:19:14.243 --> 00:19:15.744
  • and so the HVAC guy came andwe have a system upstairs
  • 00:19:15.744 --> 00:19:20.482
  • and a systemdownstairs, and he said,
  • 00:19:20.482 --> 00:19:22.317
  • where's your filterfor your upstairs HPAC?
  • 00:19:22.317 --> 00:19:25.153
  • And I was like, oh,it's right over here.
  • 00:19:25.153 --> 00:19:27.089
  • And he said, no, that's yourfilter for your downstairs
  • 00:19:27.089 --> 00:19:30.592
  • system.
  • 00:19:30.592 --> 00:19:32.094
  • He said, where's your filterfor your upstairs system?
  • 00:19:32.094 --> 00:19:33.362
  • I was like, oh, I'velived in this house
  • 00:19:33.362 --> 00:19:35.530
  • five and a half years, Ididn't know there was a filter
  • 00:19:35.530 --> 00:19:38.967
  • for the upstairs system.
  • 00:19:38.967 --> 00:19:40.602
  • Let's suffice to say, I'm notgreat with mechanical things.
  • 00:19:40.602 --> 00:19:43.739
  • So anyway, long storyshort, this stranger,
  • 00:19:43.739 --> 00:19:46.275
  • this HVAC man who was very nice,
  • 00:19:46.275 --> 00:19:48.910
  • but he finds where the filteris in my little girl's closet.
  • 00:19:48.910 --> 00:19:53.348
  • And y'all, I was mortified.
  • 00:19:53.348 --> 00:19:55.751
  • Cause when he bringsthat filter out,
  • 00:19:55.751 --> 00:19:58.153
  • I mean, there was dog fur,
  • 00:19:58.153 --> 00:19:59.888
  • there was variousassundry of decorations,
  • 00:19:59.888 --> 00:20:03.392
  • filthy decorationson the filter.
  • 00:20:03.392 --> 00:20:04.993
  • And he said, youhaven't changed this
  • 00:20:04.993 --> 00:20:07.162
  • in five and a halfyears, have you?
  • 00:20:07.162 --> 00:20:08.497
  • And I was like, no, sir.
  • 00:20:08.497 --> 00:20:10.332
  • And he said, well, I'vegot to hand it to you.
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  • This is probably the dirtiestfilter I've ever seen,
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  • and I've been doingthis for 20 years.
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  • And I thought, you know,that's why half the time
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  • we walk around in fear,you know, Stephanie,
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  • you mentioned just sensingother people's fear
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  • in the grocery store, and it'sbecause we aren't filtering
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  • truth through thisperfect, clean,
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  • loving filter of God's word.
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  • We're hearing somebodyrepeat something,
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  • we're looking atsomething on social media
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  • and we're saying well, that'swhat God says about me.
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  • And I'm like, did you runthat through this filter?
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  • Because this filter willclean out all the impurities
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  • and you'll be leftwith the truth.
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  • And the truth is that wedon't serve a far away God.
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  • We are absolutely adored bythis up close personal savior.
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  • And this isn't a rulebook, it is this love story
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  • just permeated with truthsabout how much he loves us,
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  • how he delights in us.
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  • I was reading thismorning and second Samuel,
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  • and there's this little verseI'd never noticed before.
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  • It's in second Samuelchapter 22 verse 19.
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  • And it says, "butGod stuck by me".
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  • And I thought, wow.
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  • And I really neededto hear that,
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  • I had a hard night last night.
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  • I was less than patientwith my daughter.
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  • I didn't like myselfvery much last night.
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  • And I opened this book thismorning in this love story,
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  • and the first thing I seeis, but God stuck by me.
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  • And I just sensed him sayLisa, on your worst day,
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  • I love you.
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  • So Sheila, you were one ofmy favorite Bible teachers
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  • as far as mining outjewels of God's love.
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  • I'd love for youto share with us
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  • and to everybody who's listening
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  • some of your favorite truths,
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  • because I bet you a nickelsome of the people watching
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  • Better Together today we'rejust scrolling channels
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  • and Shark Week wasn't on, sothey landed on Better Together,
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  • and some of them are thinkingwhat Elaine just thought,
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  • "oh the Bible's kind of obscure,
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  • I'm not sure how to evenunderstand the Bible".
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  • And so we want todemystify truth for you
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  • and tell you it's actually anamazing love story to peruse.
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  • So tell us some of your favoritetruths, absolute truths,
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  • that you've gottenout of God's word.
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  • - Well, you know,it's interesting.
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  • I've been writingrecently on prayer
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  • and then writing foryounger girls on prayer.
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  • And I found myself, I wasrecording an audio book
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  • and I found myself reading them
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  • with tears rolling down my face
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  • because there werethings I wish I'd known
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  • when I was 10, 11, 12,
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  • that you get to cometo God as you are,
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  • not as you wish you were.
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  • That God is not lookingfor perfect words,
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  • He's just inviting our presence.
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  • And Sunday I was watching,
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  • our church is kind ofsemi-open, and some online.
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  • And so I was watching onlineand our teaching pastor
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  • was talking about whatLorianne mentioned, you know,
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  • going from the Psalmsto Ephesians six.
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  • I mean, it was talking aboutEphesians six that Paul wrote
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  • that he was probablychained to a Roman guard.
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  • So he has this picture ofwhat that would look like
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  • while he's writing aboutfull spiritual armor,
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  • putting on thewhole armor of God.
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  • But you know, that first piece,the belt of truth, you know,
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  • he was showing anillustration of how the belt,
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  • even though itmight not look like
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  • the most significant piece,
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  • is the thing that holdsall the armor together.
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  • That that belt holdsthe breastplate ofrighteousness on it,
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  • holds everything together.
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  • And so truth holdseverything together.
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  • And I'm just thinking of anyof you watching right now,
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  • and maybe you justtuned in and you think,
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  • what are they yacking on about?
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  • I just want you to know thatthere is a God in heaven
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  • who loves you, who seesyou and maybe you think,
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  • well, lady, you don't know me.
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  • Nope, nope, here's the deal,God has seen your whole movie
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  • and he loves youjust the way you are.
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  • And I don't know where you findyourself, right this moment,
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  • maybe on a place whereyou're just thinking,
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  • I don't know what to do.
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  • Maybe you feel despair orfear, or maybe you're angry.
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  • Do you know what you get tobring all of that to God?
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  • You don't have toclean yourself up.
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  • That's one of thethings I said to my son
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  • when he was just a little boy,
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  • you don't clean yourselfup to come to your mother,
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  • because you don't clean yourselfup to come to your father.
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  • And maybe you're a believertoo and during these days
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  • you're like, you know what Idon't know about this anymore.
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  • And scripture says in thelast day, some will fall away,
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  • but not you, not you.
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  • It's no accident thatyou're watching right now.
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  • So I would justabsolutely love the power,
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  • the privilege ofpraying over you.
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  • Father, I ask rightnow, for everyone
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  • who has somehow stumbledacross this program,
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  • Lord, we can share ourhearts and our words,
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  • but I ask that youthrough your Holy spirit
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  • would touch each lifeso that they would know
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  • that they are seen,that they are known,
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  • that they are loved and theyget to come just as they are.
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  • I pray that in the powerfulname of Jesus Christ.
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  • Amen.
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  • - Amen.
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  • Thank you so much, Sheila.
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  • Our better together communityis always here for you.
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  • Thank you so muchfor joining us today.
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  • And we sure hope you willcontinue all week with us.
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  • Perfection is overrated, y'all.
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  • God did not designus to be foolproof,
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  • He created us forrelationship with him.
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  • Tomorrow we're going tobe talking about that,
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  • how it feels to be fullyseen, warts and all,
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  • maybe I should say Spanx andall, by our Creator, Redeemer,
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  • and still be perfectlyloved by God.
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  • We hope to see you then.
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