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July 16, 2019
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  • - You know, we've been taught to avoid
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  • talking about money and finances,
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  • but that's exactly what we're gonna do today.
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  • So many of us struggle to reach our financial goals
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  • but what if you could pay off all of your debt,
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  • save for the future, and turn your money into a tool
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  • that helps you bring joy, freedom, and blessings
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  • to other people that are around you?
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  • I'm Pastor Robert Morris and over the last 30 years,
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  • I've seen that God has a perfect plan
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  • to overcome all financial stress.
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  • I believe that generosity is the key
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  • to living a blessed life.
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  • But before we can be generous,
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  • we have to learn to be wise and faithful stewards
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  • of the resources that God entrusts to us
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  • and the Bible is full of practical lessons
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  • that show us how to do just that.
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  • I want to equip you to bless others
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  • and to experience the fullness of God's blessings
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  • in your own life.
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  • Wherever you are today, you can start living Beyond Blessed.
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  • (exciting music)
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  • (applause)
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  • - Thank you, thanks guys, thanks so much
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  • for joining us here in the studio.
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  • Thanks so much for joining us at home.
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  • Thanks and welcome to Beyond Blessed
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  • and we're talking about being blessed
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  • so that we can be a blessing.
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  • And years ago, I wrote a book called The Blessed Life
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  • and that book was basically about giving and generosity
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  • and now I've written another book,
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  • a companion book with that called Beyond Blessed
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  • and that book is about stewardship
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  • and stewardship is very, very, very important.
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  • So many people want God to bless them
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  • but I want you to think about this,
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  • they're asking God to bless chaos
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  • and God doesn't bless chaos.
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  • They're asking God to bless wastefulness
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  • and God doesn't bless wastefulness.
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  • God blesses good stewards.
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  • And it's all through scripture.
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  • We're gonna look at a very, very famous passage today,
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  • Matthew 25, the parable of the talents
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  • and I just want you to understand
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  • that this is talking about your particular
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  • and my particular stewardship of money,
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  • even though the word talent,
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  • sometimes we use it for ability,
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  • we say that's a talented person.
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  • We're gonna find out in this passage,
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  • this is talking about a sum of money
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  • and Jesus is going to come back
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  • and see how you handled his money.
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  • So that's what we're gonna be talking about, all right?
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  • Now let me just take a little poll, here.
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  • Years ago, this couple in our church
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  • let us use, Debbie and me,
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  • they let us use their vacation home
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  • and Debbie wouldn't let me touch anything in the house.
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  • I mean, it was just, the house was off limits to me.
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  • I wanted to put my feet on the coffee table,
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  • she wouldn't let me do that.
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  • I wanted to take a nap on the couch,
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  • she wouldn't let me do it
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  • because it might mess up the pillows.
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  • It was just--
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  • I like to eat in front of the TV.
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  • I don't know how many of you like to eat in front of the TV,
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  • especially when there's a football game on
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  • and she wouldn't let me do that.
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  • She made me sit in the kitchen
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  • and look around the corner at the TV.
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  • But what she was doing was constantly reminding me
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  • we are not the owners.
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  • This is not our house.
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  • We're just the stewards, and we're gonna be
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  • good stewards of it.
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  • And I was thinking about how many Christians
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  • don't think that way.
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  • They just literally don't think, this is not mine.
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  • This car is not mine, this house is not mine,
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  • these clothes are not mine.
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  • If God were to ask for this,
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  • for me to give this to some other family,
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  • this is his.
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  • I am not the owner, I'm the steward.
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  • So, let me look at a passage.
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  • It's a long passage, but just stay with me.
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  • Matthew 25, verse 14.
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  • For the kingdom of heaven is like--
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  • That's Jesus' starts words, this is the 11th time in Matthew
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  • that Jesus used these words,
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  • for the kingdom in heaven is like,
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  • It's like a man traveling to a far country,
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  • the man represents Jesus here,
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  • who called his own servants, that would represent us,
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  • and delivered his goods to them.
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  • I just want you to notice whose goods they are,
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  • his goods to them.
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  • And to one he gave five talents,
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  • and again, a talent is a sum of money,
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  • I'll prove it to you in a moment,
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  • to another two, to another one,
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  • to each according to his own ability,
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  • so that's where ability comes in,
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  • it's the ability to handle finances,
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  • that's why he gave different amounts
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  • and immediately he went on a journey.
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  • That's just like Jesus going away
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  • and saying, I'm coming back.
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  • Then he who had received the five talents
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  • went and traded with them, that means he did business,
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  • and made another five talents.
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  • Likewise, he who had received two gained two more also.
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  • But he who had received one went
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  • and dug it in the ground and hid,
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  • watch this phrase, his Lord's money.
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  • Again, it's not his money.
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  • It's the Lord's money.
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  • After a long time, the Lord of those servants
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  • came and settled accounts with them.
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  • That's the second coming and the judgment right there,
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  • settled accounts with them.
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  • So he who had received five talents
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  • came and brought five other talents,
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  • saying Lord, you delivered to me five talents,
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  • look, I've gained five more talents besides them.
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  • His Lord said to him, now this is very important,
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  • well done, good and faithful servant.
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  • Now we have all heard that expression
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  • and we've even said stuff like,
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  • I want the Lord to say that to me one day.
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  • Where that is in the Bible is talking about
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  • how you handle money.
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  • So I want you to think about something,
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  • this is kind of a soul searching question.
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  • If the Lord comes back right now,
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  • and he looks at how you handled money,
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  • Would you hear well done, good and faithful servant?
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  • Because that's where this phrase comes from in the Bible.
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  • Well done, good and faithful servant,
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  • you were faithful over a few things,
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  • I will make you ruler over many things.
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  • Enter into the joy of the lord.
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  • He who had received two talents
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  • came and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents,
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  • I've gained two more talents beside them.
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  • His Lord said to him, well done, good and faithful servant.
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  • So it didn't matter how much you made,
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  • it mattered that you did something with what God gave you.
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  • You've been faithful over a few things,
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  • I'll make you ruler over many things.
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  • Enter into the joy of your Lord.
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  • Then he who had received the one talent
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  • came and said, Lord, now this is important to me,
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  • he said, I knew you to be a hard man.
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  • In other words, this was my perception of you.
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  • Reaping where you have not sown,
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  • gathering where you have not scattered seed,
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  • and I was afraid and I went and hid your talent,
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  • and I was afraid and I went and hid your talent,
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  • your money, your piece of gold,
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  • your piece of silver, in the ground.
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  • Look, there you have what is yours.
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  • Notice, it's always the Lord's.
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  • But his Lord answered and said to him,
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  • you're a wicked and a lazy servant.
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  • You knew that I reap where I have not sown
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  • and gather where I have not scattered seed.
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  • Now by the way, notice he said,
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  • I do reap where I didn't personally gather
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  • or scatter seed, but he never said,
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  • you knew I was a hard man.
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  • He didn't agree with that part, okay.
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  • So you ought to have at least deposited my money,
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  • that's where I told you, the Bible's gonna prove
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  • he's talking about money.
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  • He said you should've deposited my money,
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  • not my skill or not my ability,
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  • so that's not what talent's talking about here,
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  • it's talking about money.
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  • You should've at least deposited my money with the bankers,
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  • and at my coming I would have received back
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  • my own with interest.
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  • So take the talent from him and give it to him
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  • who has ten talents.
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  • So here we got this
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  • where Jesus is talking about stewardship.
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  • Now here's what stewardship is.
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  • Stewardship, a simple definition,
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  • is the management of the property
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  • and the resources of another.
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  • That's a simple definition.
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  • Stewardship is the management of the property
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  • and the resources of someone else.
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  • So, we're not the owners, we're the stewards.
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  • So, here are three points that I want to share with you.
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  • Here's number one.
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  • I am not the owner.
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  • I am not the owner.
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  • Psalm 24:1 says the Earth is the Lord's,
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  • and the fullness thereof, the world,
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  • and all those who dwell in it.
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  • Psalm 50, listen to this, I wanted to--
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  • This is such a good passage.
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  • Psalm 50:10 says every beast of the forest is mine.
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  • And the cattle on a thousand hills.
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  • I know all the birds of the mountains
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  • and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
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  • If I were hungry, I would not tell you.
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  • I think that's hilarious.
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  • God's saying, if I were hungry,
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  • I wouldn't ask you for something to eat
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  • 'cause I own everything.
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  • For the world is mine and all its fullness.
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  • Now, so I'm gonna just have a little fun with this.
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  • God says, you know, if I were hungry,
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  • I'll eat one of my cows.
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  • Those cows out there on those hills,
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  • those are my cows.
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  • You might call them your cows, but they're my cows.
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  • They're also my hills.
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  • I own it all.
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  • We could just take this all sorts of illustrations.
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  • God could say your car is my car.
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  • Some of you say, well you can have my car.
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  • (laughter)
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  • So again, you can take this, use all sorts of illustration.
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  • Your dog is my dog and you might say,
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  • you can have my dog.
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  • My son had a demonized dog, there's no doubt about it.
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  • He called him Luke.
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  • I said that's short for Lucifer.
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  • I said your dog is demon possessed, son.
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  • I said the only think that will help your dog
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  • is a priest, holy water, and a cross,
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  • that's the only thing gonna help your dog.
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  • Now, by the way, one of the top five questions
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  • that pastors get asked is will my pets be in heaven.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • It's one of the top five questions.
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  • So if you want a theological answer,
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  • I'll just throw this in for free,
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  • I'll give you the theological answer.
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  • Yours will, mine, won't, so, it's just--
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  • (laughter)
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  • Mine are going to hell, there's no doubt about it.
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  • So, okay.
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  • But God owns everything.
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  • And somehow, we forget that God owns it all
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  • and we think--
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  • Here's a New Testament scripture.
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  • I read you two in the Old Testament.
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  • 1 Corinthians, 10:26, For the Earth is the Lord's
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  • and all it contains, that's all.
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  • So again, let's just get to the bottom line.
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  • If you have, many of you ladies here,
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  • have diamonds, that diamond came from God's coal.
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  • Yeah, it came from God's coal.
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  • Whatever you drove here today came from God's ore
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  • and his minerals, the metal that you drove.
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  • It doesn't matter whether it says Chevy or Mercedes on it.
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  • That came from God's earth.
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  • The home you live in, the stone, the brick, the wood
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  • all came from God's forest, all came from God's earth.
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  • If you have a pearl, it happened, it came from,
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  • If you have a pearl, it happened, it came from,
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  • because of one of God's oysters
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  • got irritated by some of God's sand.
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  • (laughter)
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  • It all belongs to God.
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  • So here's a question.
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  • If it all belongs to God, how much of it belongs to you?
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  • None of it.
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  • But actually, this is good news.
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  • This is good news because I don't know,
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  • many of you, some of you own, some of you rent.
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  • But here's the good thing about renting.
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  • When something breaks,
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  • (laughter)
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  • you call the landlord, right?
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  • When you own it, you have to fix it.
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  • All right?
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  • And think about that term.
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  • You call, now think, y'all are gonna love it,
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  • you call the landlord.
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  • The lord of the land.
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  • Now wouldn't it be great if we stopped
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  • thinking of ourselves as owners
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  • and started thinking of ourselves as stewards
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  • and when something breaks in our lives,
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  • we call the Lord of the land.
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  • The Lord of the land.
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  • It changes everything when you think of
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  • stewardship and ownership.
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  • So I decided to name this problem that we have
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  • with stewardship and ownership,
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  • I call it the teenager problem.
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  • If you've ever had a teenager in your home,
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  • you have had this thought like this.
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  • This not your home.
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  • (laughter)
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  • This is not your home.
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  • Matter of fact, you're on loan.
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  • Come 18, you're out of here.
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  • And it could be before that,
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  • you keep acting like this, right?
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  • But a teenager thinks it belongs to them
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  • but they don't pay any, they don't pay for it.
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  • It's not their name, they don't do anything.
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  • And it's hard to get them to contribute.
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  • And the reason is, by the way,
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  • they're making a transition from childhood to adulthood.
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  • I want you to think now.
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  • We're called the children of God
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  • but God tells us to mature.
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  • Paul says by now, you should've been adults.
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  • I should've been able to talk to you as adults
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  • but I still have to talk to you as babies.
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  • This is why I call it the teenager problem
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  • 'cause they're trying to start
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  • to act like owners but they're not owners
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  • 'cause they're not taking responsibility
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  • for what they do and for what they have.
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  • There are a whole lot of Christians
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  • that are just like this.
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  • Now I'm gonna say a shocking statement.
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  • The difference between mature and immature believers
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  • is how you handle money.
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  • Because once you start understanding
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  • that it belongs to God, you'll start handling it different,
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  • differently, I promise.
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  • When Debbie and I decided to get out of debt,
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  • we said we're not buying anything
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  • unless it's an absolute emergency.
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  • It's gotta be an emergency for us to buy it.
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  • And I actually used the word necessity.
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  • It has to be a necessity.
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  • And one day she came to me and she said,
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  • she had the hair dryer in her hand
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  • and she said the hair dryer broke
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  • and this is a necessity.
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  • Now, see it's not a necessity for me.
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  • Watch this. (laughter)
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  • That's the way I dry my hair right there.
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  • That's it, that's what I do.
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  • But it's a necessity for her.
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  • And I understood that so I said,
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  • do you need one right now?
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  • Because I'll go get you one right now.
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  • It's true, you're the number one thing in my life
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  • that the Lord has given me, number one gift,
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  • you need it, I'll go get it.
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  • I said, but, can I say this?
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  • We have been learning to pray about every expense.
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  • So let's just pray for a moment.
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  • I will never forget this as long as I live.
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  • We sat down and held hands and prayed
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  • and I said to her, did you hear anything,
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  • do you feel anything?
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  • And she said, I felt like the Lord said,
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  • wait until tomorrow afternoon.
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  • Just like that.
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  • I said, you know, I felt the same thing.
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  • We get up, go to church the next day,
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  • come home, there's a package on our house,
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  • on the front door, on the front porch,
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  • and it's got a little note in it
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  • and it says I was at Wal-Mart yesterday
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  • and felt led to buy you this and it was a hair dryer.
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  • Now here's what I want you to hear more than anything.
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  • When I talk about being beyond blessed,
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  • it's to bless others.
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  • And we're talking about stewardship,
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  • getting our finances in order.
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  • The first book I wrote was on the Blessed Life.
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  • And what I said in The Blessed Life was
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  • when we give with the right motive, God blesses us.
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  • And we've all heard stories and we all have stories
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  • about how we gave and God blessed us.
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  • What I want you to know is
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  • when you set your heart to get your finances in order,
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  • God blesses you.
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  • God blesses you.
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  • It is more than just a budget and that the numbers add up.
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  • There's a supernatural blessing that comes on your finances
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  • when you decide to put your finances in order.
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  • So, by the way, just one other thing
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  • I want you to notice about this passage
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  • before I go to the next point,
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  • it says that after a long time,
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  • the owner came back and settled accounts.
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  • I just want to remind you that the owner is coming back.
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  • It may seem like it's been a long time,
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  • but he is coming back and he's gonna settle accounts.
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  • So number one, I'm not the owner.
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  • Number two, I'm a steward.
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  • Okay, many of you may not have ever thought about this,
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  • but God started this whole thing with stewardship.
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  • He took Adam and Eve and he put them in a garden
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  • and he told them, steward it.
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  • Now he uses the word, tend, tend the garden,
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  • but he told them steward it.
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  • But he put a reminder of who was the owner
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  • right in the middle of it.
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  • He put a tree right in the middle of it
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  • and he said to them, you don't eat from that tree.
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  • That's the only tree you can't eat from.
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  • You can eat from any other tree.
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  • Here's what he was saying.
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  • Every time you walk by that tree,
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  • I want you to remember that you're stewards, not owners.
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  • I want you to remember that I'm the owner.
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  • That's what I want you to remember.
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  • Now, the first lie Satan ever said,
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  • if you remember, he said God knows when you eat it,
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  • you'll be like him.
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  • But remember what God is, who God is.
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  • God's the owner, right?
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  • He is the owner.
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  • So here's what Satan was saying.
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  • Satan was saying to them, if you will eat from this tree,
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  • you'll get to be owners.
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  • That's the first lie that ever came.
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  • You won't be stewards anymore.
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  • You'll be owners.
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  • Of course, here's what happened.
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  • They actually lost it all.
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  • They lost the stewardship.
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  • So I told you that a talent is a sum of money.
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  • So let's just talk about that.
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  • We talked about how much a denari is.
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  • A denarius is a day's wage.
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  • 300 denari is a year's wage.
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  • Okay, a talent is 10.000 denari.
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  • A talent of silver.
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  • There's also a talent of gold.
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  • Let me tell you what that is.
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  • That's a lifetime of wages.
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  • That's what they referred to.
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  • It was 33 and one third years,
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  • which by the way is how long Jesus lived.
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  • You started working, you started apprenticing
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  • with your father when you were 12.
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  • You started working as a full-time laborer at 17
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  • and you worked from 17 until 50, 33 years,
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  • and then you actually retired at 50 in Jesus's day.
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  • But lifespan was about 55 to 65.
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  • So literally, even the guy that only got one talent
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  • got a full whole lifetime of salary.
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  • He got a lifetime of salary and he hid it in the ground.
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  • Now some people though, make twice as much
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  • as a normal, regular salary.
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  • Some make five times as much.
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  • By the way, a talent of gold is ten times.
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  • So in other words, five talents would be five lifetimes,
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  • a talent of gold would be 50 times
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  • what average people make.
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  • We have those today, they're called professional athletes.
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  • (laughter)
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  • But stewardship, remember,
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  • is the management and resources
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  • of another but let me say it another way.
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  • It is to protect and expand the resources of another.
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  • Do you know why the guy didn't bury it in the ground?
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  • Because there's a record of it.
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  • There's no record, let me say that, there's no record.
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  • If he'd have put it in the bank,
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  • there would've been a record.
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  • People don't like records.
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  • I've had people say, well I give to the church in cash.
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  • They really just don't want a record
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  • of how little they give.
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  • That's the problem.
  • 00:21:21.240 --> 00:21:23.090
  • But God expected them to protect and expand his resources.
  • 00:21:23.090 --> 00:21:27.060
  • And then the third point that I wanna share with you
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  • is am I a good steward?
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  • Now, I said good because you're already a steward.
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  • You're just either a good one or a bad one.
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  • But you are a steward.
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  • And in the Bible, there's the story about the rich man
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  • that says I'm gonna pull down my barns
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  • and build bigger ones and do all this
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  • and he dies that night.
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  • Okay, that man did not get reprimanded
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  • for making a lot of money.
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  • He did not get reprimanded for building bigger barns,
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  • none of that, he got reprimanded
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  • for not living for the kingdom,
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  • for living only for himself.
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  • So, let's think about this.
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  • If you're a five talent person,
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  • God expects five talents out of you.
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  • If you're a two talent, he expects two.
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  • If you're one talent, he expects one.
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  • By the way, it says each according to his ability.
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  • You can increase your ability.
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  • When Debbie and I got married,
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  • we were making 600 dollars a month.
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  • And as I increased my knowledge and my ability
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  • and my skill, then I was able to make more.
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  • So you're not stuck as a one talent person.
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  • You can increase your ability.
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  • But let's talk about faithfulness and expanding.
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  • The five got five, the two got two,
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  • the one didn't get anything.
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  • Let's say there's a person that has the ability
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  • to give a million dollars and he gives 100.000.
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  • And there's another person, a single mom
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  • that has the ability to give 100 dollars,
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  • but she gives 200 dollars.
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  • Tell me who's gonna hear,
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  • well done and good and faithful servant.
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  • So it's not the amount, it's what you do.
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  • We have a widow in our church that she came to my son,
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  • my son was helping in our stewardship department.
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  • Our stewardship department is to
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  • help people manage their finances
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  • and she could not pay her bills,
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  • she was 10.000 dollars in debt,
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  • she was tithing, and this is why this is so important,
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  • 'cause there are people who are giving and tithing
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  • but still can't pay their bills
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  • because no one's ever taught 'em
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  • how to manage their finances.
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  • So she came to try to just figure it out
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  • so my son started helping her.
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  • He looked at her electric bill,
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  • she was paying three times what she should've paid
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  • because they actually change it.
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  • They give you about a rate and it lasts
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  • about six to 12 months and most people don't know that.
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  • So if you're a good steward, you can shop that rate
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  • about every 12 months and get a better rate.
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  • So my son started changing some things
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  • and helping her, but here's the amazing thing,
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  • remember I said to you that God blesses you when you give.
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  • There's a supernatural blessing.
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  • Well, her house was on a reverse mortgage.
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  • That's how she was living.
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  • She was a widow.
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  • So her income came where for the next 30 years of her life,
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  • which'll probably outlive her,
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  • she would get a check every month
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  • and that's the best way for her to have done it.
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  • She gets a call one day and the guy says,
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  • ma'am, I represent the company
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  • that does your reverse mortgage,
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  • we've reevaluated your house,
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  • and my son really doesn't remember the amount,
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  • it was either 24.000 or 30.000,
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  • but they said your house is worth this much more
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  • and we're just gonna send you a check.
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  • This happened when she decided to get her finances in order.
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  • My son actually called to see if it was a scam
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  • because sometimes, you know, people try to scam older people
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  • which is the lowest of low, by the way.
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  • And he started talking to this guy
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  • and he finds out that this guy's a Christian
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  • and he tells my son well because you're a pastor,
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  • I'm gonna tell you this.
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  • He says the owner of our company is a Christian
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  • and he had a dream about this woman
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  • and he's doing this just to bless her.
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  • See, that's God.
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  • I wish every person in the world would understand,
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  • it's like everybody gets it if I give, God blesses me.
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  • But somehow they don't get it,
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  • if I get my finances in order,
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  • God also supernaturally, miraculously,
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  • blesses us.
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  • And I want you to get it, and I want you to get it.
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  • So let me pray for you.
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  • Lord, I pray that every person watching
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  • would catch this and understand
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  • that you desire to open the windows of heaven over us
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  • and pour out such blessing,
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  • there's not room enough to receive it.
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  • To me, what that means is that we have enough
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  • to help other people, too.
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  • And I pray, Lord, that you'll cause us to be generous
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  • and good stewards, in Jesus' name, amen.
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  • I wanna say thank you for watching
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  • and I hope you watch next time.
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  • God bless you.
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