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Revelation Revealed: The 7 Churches of Revelation

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  • - Pastor Bil Cornelius: Guys,
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  • let me ask you a question.
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  • I'm glad you're here today.
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  • But are you here today
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  • because you're
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  • an inspirational junkie,
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  • or are you here today
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  • because you want to be
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  • a true disciple of Christ?
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  • See, a true disciple of Christ
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  • doesn't go, "Well, it was
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  • a good sermon, got me
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  • all motivated."
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  • Well, that's great.
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  • But a true disciple of Christ,
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  • sometimes your motivations go
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  • home and sacrifice.
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  • Everybody wants to win trophies.
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  • People don't want
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  • - Bil: You are the church,
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  • - Bil: Welcome, great to have
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  • you here today.
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  • Thanks for joining us.
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  • Pull out your notes if you will.
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  • We're talking today again
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  • about the seven churches.
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  • Glad you guys are here today.
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  • You know, as we talk
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  • about the church, God has
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  • some harsh words to say
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  • to his church, actually.
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  • Talking to us, his people,
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  • he has some pretty harsh things
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  • to say.
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  • We're gonna go
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  • over some of that today.
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  • And so it's pretty strong.
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  • I'm not gonna lie.
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  • But it's great content too.
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  • God is really trying to speak
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  • to us in a powerful way.
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  • And I think if you'll really let
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  • it soak in, it'll really change
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  • who you are.
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  • And so, let's look at Scripture
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  • today in Revelation chapter 3.
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  • Check this out.
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  • It says, "I know
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  • all the things you do.
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  • I have seen your love,
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  • your faith, and your service,
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  • and your patient endurance.
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  • I can see
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  • your constant improvement
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  • in all these things."
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  • So he's saying, "Hey, you're
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  • doing a great job at serving
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  • people," right?
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  • He's saying, "You're doing
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  • a great job at really being
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  • the church in the community.
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  • You're making a difference."
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  • So what is he saying?
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  • He's saying, "Man, you're
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  • feeding the homeless.
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  • You're helping people
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  • out that are hurting.
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  • You're there for people
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  • when they need a funeral,
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  • or a wedding, or need
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  • counseling, or need help.
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  • I mean, you're there
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  • for crises."
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  • He's saying,
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  • "You're doing a good job
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  • at those things," right?
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  • And that's good.
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  • And so oftentimes people think
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  • of churches and think we should
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  • all be doing social justice.
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  • And there's a lot of truth
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  • to that, that we should be
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  • making a difference with people
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  • who are hurting financially,
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  • for people who are hurting
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  • around the world, what we're
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  • doing missions-wise.
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  • All those things.
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  • And those are all great things.
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  • And God says,
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  • "I commend you in that."
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  • But then he turns the table
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  • and says, "That's great,
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  • but," and he's got a big,
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  • "But," here.
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  • He turns it on us, right?
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  • And this is what he says.
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  • He says, "But I have
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  • this complaint against you.
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  • You are permitting
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  • that woman, that Jezebel
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  • who calls herself a prophet,
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  • to lead the servants astray.
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  • She teaches them to commit
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  • sexual sin and to eat food
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  • offered to idols."
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  • Now, the whole
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  • "food offered to idols" thing,
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  • let me explain what that means.
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  • That is really not about food.
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  • That is about being insensitive
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  • to others.
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  • Because see, in their culture,
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  • Christianity started
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  • with Jewish people.
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  • So they were taught,
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  • as good Jewish people,
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  • to not eat unclean meats, right?
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  • For example, pork, right?
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  • Don't eat pork, right?
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  • That's not clean.
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  • Well, then you got
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  • all these--they all became
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  • Christ followers.
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  • Then there's a whole group
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  • of people that became
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  • Christ followers
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  • that were Gentiles.
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  • They were not Jewish at all.
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  • And they didn't care.
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  • You know, they were like,
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  • "Hey, come on over.
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  • Let's have dinner.
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  • We're gonna have, you know,
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  • hot dogs.
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  • And we're gonna, you know, have
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  • some pork."
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  • And they're like, "Oh, no, we're
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  • not doin' that.
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  • We can't do that.
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  • That's not right."
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  • And they're like, "There's
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  • nothin' wrong with that."
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  • And they're like,
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  • "Yes, there is."
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  • So they had this battle, right?
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  • Because in their upbringing,
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  • that was wrong.
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  • But there was a whole group,
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  • they were like,
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  • "It's not a big deal at all.
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  • I don't know what you're hung up
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  • about."
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  • So, you know, who was right,
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  • who was wrong?
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  • Well, really, there's a point
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  • to both.
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  • And it's not a right or wrong.
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  • It's more about your preference,
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  • and what you grew up with.
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  • And I know you may feel
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  • passionate about it.
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  • But you know, really, if you
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  • didn't grow up Jewish, it's not
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  • a big deal.
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  • If you grew up Jewish,
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  • very big deal, right?
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  • "It's about honoring God,"
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  • they would say.
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  • "This is not right."
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  • Well, we don't have a problem
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  • with that.
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  • Much like today, there are
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  • certain key issues
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  • that there would be Christians
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  • who just have a disagreement
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  • on that we just say,
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  • "We both love God.
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  • We both read the Bible.
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  • We both want to honor the Lord.
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  • But we just disagree on."
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  • For example, maybe politically.
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  • You love God.
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  • You've been in church
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  • your whole life.
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  • You want to honor God.
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  • But you vote this way.
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  • And then someone else says,
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  • "Well, I love God.
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  • Been to church my whole life.
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  • And been honoring God.
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  • But I vote that way."
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  • How can that be?
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  • How can you have two believers,
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  • both love God?
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  • Well, that happens
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  • all the time, right?
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  • What we are is, though, is we're
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  • sensitive to each other
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  • about it.
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  • Now, does that make sense?
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  • So being sensitive
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  • to another person.
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  • If you're insensitive
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  • towards someone,
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  • you're probably insensitive
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  • towards the things of God too.
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  • But he does say very clearly,
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  • Jezebel wasn't just leading them
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  • to be insensitive.
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  • She was leading them
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  • into sexual sin.
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  • Clearly, that's wrong.
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  • Now, we don't know if this lady
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  • was literally named Jezebel,
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  • or whether he was saying,
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  • "That Jezebel," like saying,
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  • "You're just like the Jezebel
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  • in Isaiah," which was
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  • one of the most horrible queens
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  • of all of Israel.
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  • She was a terrible person.
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  • She led people astray.
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  • So I happen to believe
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  • that probably the lady wasn't
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  • named Jezebel.
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  • She was just like,
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  • "That Jezebel."
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  • Like, "That woman who is
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  • like Jezebel."
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  • So, but we don't really know.
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  • So, but basically, we know
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  • that they were leading people
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  • astray.
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  • Verse 21 says,
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  • "I gave her time to repent,
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  • but she does not want to turn
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  • away from her immorality."
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  • So the immorality's clear.
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  • Now, there's some unclear stuff
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  • that we just have disagreements
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  • on, right?
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  • "No, man, all Christians should
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  • vote Republican."
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  • "No, all Christians should vote
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  • Democrat."
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  • "No, all Christians should be
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  • Libertarian."
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  • "No, all Chri--"
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  • I mean, that's just, you know,
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  • people are gonna disagree
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  • on that.
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  • "No, all Christians
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  • shouldn't drink."
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  • "All Christians--some--you can,
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  • or what, I'm--"
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  • You know, that's, we're
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  • just gonna disagree on that.
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  • You know, I personally believe
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  • that all Christians should be
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  • Texas fans.
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  • But that's
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  • a whole 'nother issue too.
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  • And I keep waiting
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  • for you Cowboy fans to repent,
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  • but you will not do it.
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  • Okay, look, Scripture goes
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  • on to say this.
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  • "I gave here time to repent,
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  • but she does not want
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  • to turn away,"
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  • just like you will not turn
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  • away from the star.
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  • Okay, so, "She would not turn
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  • away from her immorality.
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  • Therefore, I will throw her
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  • on a bed of suffering
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  • and those who commit adultery
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  • with her will suffer greatly
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  • unless they repent and turn
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  • away from her evil deeds."
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  • So, this is very strong
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  • Scripture.
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  • And so this church we're talking
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  • to is called Thyatira.
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  • Say that with me, "Thyatira."
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  • Nice fat word there.
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  • So Thyatira was great
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  • at social justice.
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  • They were very caring people.
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  • But they were not
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  • taking God serious when it comes
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  • to sexual sin, right?
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  • They were immoral.
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  • They were making
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  • some wrong choices, okay?
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  • That's compromising your life
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  • and he's saying,
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  • "That will hurt you."
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  • In fact, it's so strong,
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  • he says, "Don't do it.
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  • And if you do it, you're gonna
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  • be--you're hoppin' in bed,
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  • you know, thinkin' that you're
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  • honoring this false god.
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  • But really, you're gonna hop
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  • in bed.
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  • You're gonna get what?
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  • You're gonna get
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  • the consequence.
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  • Just hop in the bed.
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  • You're gonna have a bed
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  • of suffering."
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  • Whew, that is strong.
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  • That does refer to getting
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  • diseases.
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  • That refers to pain, heartache,
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  • difficulty.
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  • And you may look
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  • at this Scripture and think,
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  • "Man, Pastor, do you know it's
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  • 2016?
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  • Are you aware of who you're
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  • preachin' this to?
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  • Do you understand the culture we
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  • live in?"
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  • Yes, I do.
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  • And I know this sounds crazy.
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  • And it even seems like God is
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  • a little harsh here.
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  • You're like, "Well, God's
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  • just bein' mean.
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  • He don't want me to have sex.
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  • God's just bein' mean.
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  • He wants to limit my fun."
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  • No, God knows that if you play
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  • relationships like the world
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  • does, it can destroy your life.
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  • So I would rather you not have
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  • fun for tonight and not be
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  • jacked up for the next 10 years.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • That's God loving you, okay?
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  • Move on.
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  • Would you write this down?
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  • Thyatira, he says,
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  • "Walk away from immorality
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  • before it hurts you deeply."
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  • I call this a decade delay.
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  • You can do this.
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  • You can date
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  • how everyone else dates.
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  • And it's just gonna cost you
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  • about a decade.
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  • Some, 2 decades.
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  • You can play ball.
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  • Just play ball in the right time
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  • and the right way."
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  • God's saying, "I'm not trying
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  • to limit you.
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  • I'm trying to bless you."
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  • Make sense?
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  • "I want you to play all the ball
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  • you want.
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  • But you run in that street,
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  • you're gonna get killed.
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  • And then you're not gonna be
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  • playin' ball as a teenager.
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  • I want you to have
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  • lots of ball time.
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  • Not once, then you're done."
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  • I don't know how else to explain
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  • How do I get myself into this?
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  • I do not know what I do.
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  • Okay, verse 24, he goes
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  • on to say this, "But I also have
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  • a message for the rest of you
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  • in Thyatira who have not
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  • followed this false teaching."
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  • He's saying, "Not everyone's
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  • doing this," right?
  • 00:07:34.240 --> 00:07:35.140
  • And then he says, "I will ask
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  • nothing more of you,"
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  • I love that.
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  • God is saying,
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  • "I'm just proud of you."
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  • He's saying,
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  • "You're doing great," right?
  • 00:07:41.100 --> 00:07:42.220
  • He's saying, "Those of you
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  • that didn't do this, you're
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  • honoring me," praise God, right?
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  • He says, "Good job."
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  • He says in verse 25,
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  • "Except that you hold tightly
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  • to what you have until I come."
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  • He's saying, "Just keep being
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  • faithful," right?
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  • He says, "To all who are
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  • victorious, who obey me
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  • to the very end, to them
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  • I will give authority
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  • over all the nations."
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  • Would you underline "authority?"
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  • We're gonna talk
  • 00:07:59.110 --> 00:07:59.260
  • about what that means.
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  • "They will rule the nations.
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  • They will have
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  • the same authority I received
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  • from my Father," wow, that's
  • 00:08:03.170 --> 00:08:05.000
  • a lot of authority,
  • 00:08:05.000 --> 00:08:06.290
  • "and I will also give them
  • 00:08:06.290 --> 00:08:07.250
  • the morning star!"
  • 00:08:07.250 --> 00:08:09.060
  • The morning star represents
  • 00:08:09.060 --> 00:08:09.290
  • Jesus, right?
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  • And so, I think it's interesting
  • 00:08:11.020 --> 00:08:11.210
  • that it talks
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  • about sexual immorality,
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  • and then it talks
  • 00:08:13.010 --> 00:08:13.220
  • about the morning star
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  • in the same section.
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  • I wonder if there is a tie
  • 00:08:15.070 --> 00:08:16.160
  • in there because most
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  • sexual immorality happens when?
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  • Really late at night, right?
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  • Think about it.
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  • The dumb decisions you made
  • 00:08:21.250 --> 00:08:22.240
  • probably were
  • 00:08:22.240 --> 00:08:23.130
  • 2 in the morning, right?
  • 00:08:23.130 --> 00:08:24.170
  • Or maybe for you it's not
  • 00:08:24.170 --> 00:08:25.220
  • even a relationship.
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  • Maybe it's like, you know, it's
  • 00:08:26.290 --> 00:08:28.230
  • fine to have the TV on,
  • 00:08:28.230 --> 00:08:29.270
  • but you know those channels
  • 00:08:29.270 --> 00:08:30.250
  • about 2 in the morning don't
  • 00:08:30.250 --> 00:08:32.010
  • have things on you need
  • 00:08:32.010 --> 00:08:32.230
  • to be watchin', right?
  • 00:08:32.230 --> 00:08:34.060
  • You know, where do you go
  • 00:08:34.060 --> 00:08:35.080
  • on the Internet?
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  • Not during the day,
  • 00:08:35.230 --> 00:08:36.100
  • but maybe late at night, right?
  • 00:08:36.100 --> 00:08:37.290
  • And so, he's saying, "You know,
  • 00:08:37.290 --> 00:08:39.100
  • what you choose to do
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  • in your dark moments determine
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  • whether God gives you
  • 00:08:44.120 --> 00:08:45.070
  • further authority."
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  • But the bottom line is that who
  • 00:08:48.250 --> 00:08:49.270
  • are you when you're alone?
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  • Who you are when you're alone is
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  • who you really are.
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  • Does that make sense?
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  • So we gotta learn to honor God
  • 00:08:58.090 --> 00:08:59.050
  • in those moments.
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  • And it's not easy.
  • 00:09:00.030 --> 00:09:01.070
  • I don't always get it right
  • 00:09:01.070 --> 00:09:02.070
  • either.
  • 00:09:02.070 --> 00:09:02.270
  • It's very difficult to do this.
  • 00:09:02.270 --> 00:09:03.290
  • But that's what God wants
  • 00:09:03.290 --> 00:09:05.060
  • from us.
  • 00:09:05.060 --> 00:09:05.290
  • He wants us to walk
  • 00:09:05.290 --> 00:09:06.240
  • away from immorality
  • 00:09:06.240 --> 00:09:07.220
  • before it hurts us deeply.
  • 00:09:07.220 --> 00:09:09.220
  • He was speaking
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  • to the immoral church.
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  • Would you write this
  • 00:09:11.010 --> 00:09:11.190
  • down under point number one?
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  • If you stay faithful, you will
  • 00:09:12.150 --> 00:09:14.010
  • be given leadership
  • 00:09:14.010 --> 00:09:14.270
  • opportunities.
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  • Truly true, if you stay
  • 00:09:16.180 --> 00:09:17.180
  • faithful, you'll be given
  • 00:09:17.180 --> 00:09:18.160
  • leadership opportunities.
  • 00:09:18.160 --> 00:09:19.210
  • Now, quickly, I want to shift
  • 00:09:19.210 --> 00:09:20.110
  • gears and I want to talk
  • 00:09:20.110 --> 00:09:21.080
  • about the Antichrist
  • 00:09:21.080 --> 00:09:22.030
  • a little bit.
  • 00:09:22.030 --> 00:09:22.180
  • I promised you guys I would talk
  • 00:09:22.180 --> 00:09:23.080
  • about that this week.
  • 00:09:23.080 --> 00:09:24.060
  • It says in Daniel 7:25,
  • 00:09:24.060 --> 00:09:25.200
  • "He shall speak
  • 00:09:25.200 --> 00:09:26.240
  • pompous words
  • 00:09:26.240 --> 00:09:27.100
  • against the Most High, shall
  • 00:09:27.100 --> 00:09:28.230
  • persecute the saints
  • 00:09:28.230 --> 00:09:29.190
  • of the Most High,
  • 00:09:29.190 --> 00:09:30.100
  • and shall intend to change
  • 00:09:30.100 --> 00:09:31.140
  • times and law.
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  • Then the saints will be given
  • 00:09:32.230 --> 00:09:34.000
  • into his hand for a time
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  • and times and a half of time."
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  • I wanna tell you I don't believe
  • 00:09:37.030 --> 00:09:38.040
  • that one of our presidents is
  • 00:09:38.040 --> 00:09:38.280
  • the Antichrist.
  • 00:09:38.280 --> 00:09:40.000
  • First of all, that's extremely
  • 00:09:40.000 --> 00:09:40.180
  • disrespectful to our president
  • 00:09:40.180 --> 00:09:41.160
  • to believe that.
  • 00:09:41.160 --> 00:09:43.090
  • But, having said that,
  • 00:09:43.090 --> 00:09:44.160
  • if one day they really are
  • 00:09:44.160 --> 00:09:45.050
  • the Antichrist, then it's
  • 00:09:45.050 --> 00:09:46.060
  • all good to be disrespectful
  • 00:09:46.060 --> 00:09:47.140
  • towards them if they really are.
  • 00:09:47.140 --> 00:09:48.150
  • But I don't believe they are.
  • 00:09:48.150 --> 00:09:49.120
  • And here's why.
  • 00:09:49.120 --> 00:09:50.080
  • Not enough people love them.
  • 00:09:50.080 --> 00:09:52.280
  • 'Cause an Antichrist
  • 00:09:52.280 --> 00:09:54.160
  • everyone loves.
  • 00:09:54.160 --> 00:09:57.150
  • They're all fooled.
  • 00:09:57.150 --> 00:09:59.180
  • Now, you may be sayin', "Well,
  • 00:09:59.180 --> 00:10:00.080
  • how am I gonna be fooled?"
  • 00:10:00.080 --> 00:10:00.290
  • That's just it.
  • 00:10:00.290 --> 00:10:01.160
  • I don't think you and I are
  • 00:10:01.160 --> 00:10:02.140
  • gonna be here.
  • 00:10:02.140 --> 00:10:04.150
  • I think we're gonna be Raptured
  • 00:10:04.150 --> 00:10:05.080
  • up before that happens.
  • 00:10:05.080 --> 00:10:06.110
  • 'Cause I think there's
  • 00:10:06.110 --> 00:10:07.050
  • too many truth finders
  • 00:10:07.050 --> 00:10:09.060
  • among us to be fooled.
  • 00:10:09.060 --> 00:10:12.000
  • I just think we'd be
  • 00:10:12.000 --> 00:10:12.200
  • like "Nah, I'm not buyin'
  • 00:10:12.200 --> 00:10:13.280
  • that," right?
  • 00:10:13.280 --> 00:10:15.280
  • I think there's just too much
  • 00:10:15.280 --> 00:10:16.160
  • of that.
  • 00:10:16.160 --> 00:10:17.030
  • But if we're not all here,
  • 00:10:17.030 --> 00:10:18.220
  • then I can see that.
  • 00:10:18.220 --> 00:10:20.090
  • If we've all been zapped
  • 00:10:20.090 --> 00:10:20.290
  • up to heaven already,
  • 00:10:20.290 --> 00:10:21.260
  • if we've already been Raptured,
  • 00:10:21.260 --> 00:10:22.210
  • then sure, I could see
  • 00:10:22.210 --> 00:10:23.150
  • the masses bein'
  • 00:10:23.150 --> 00:10:24.040
  • like, "Pfft, man, he's awesome.
  • 00:10:24.040 --> 00:10:25.280
  • He must be the real deal.
  • 00:10:25.280 --> 00:10:26.240
  • Let's worship him."
  • 00:10:26.240 --> 00:10:27.280
  • I could totally see that
  • 00:10:27.280 --> 00:10:28.160
  • happening.
  • 00:10:28.160 --> 00:10:29.170
  • But I don't see that happening
  • 00:10:29.170 --> 00:10:30.070
  • right now with all of us
  • 00:10:30.070 --> 00:10:31.010
  • still here.
  • 00:10:31.010 --> 00:10:31.180
  • Does that makes sense?
  • 00:10:31.180 --> 00:10:32.210
  • I'm gonna show you a Scripture
  • 00:10:32.210 --> 00:10:33.090
  • in a moment as to why I believe
  • 00:10:33.090 --> 00:10:34.160
  • in what's called
  • 00:10:34.160 --> 00:10:35.030
  • "The pre-millennial view
  • 00:10:35.030 --> 00:10:36.100
  • of Revelation,"
  • 00:10:36.100 --> 00:10:37.040
  • which means that, "pre,"
  • 00:10:37.040 --> 00:10:37.260
  • which means
  • 00:10:37.260 --> 00:10:38.140
  • before all the crazy stuff
  • 00:10:38.140 --> 00:10:39.160
  • happens we're gone, m'kay?
  • 00:10:39.160 --> 00:10:41.290
  • Then there's
  • 00:10:41.290 --> 00:10:42.190
  • the pre-millennial view,
  • 00:10:42.190 --> 00:10:43.110
  • which I happen to believe.
  • 00:10:43.110 --> 00:10:45.020
  • But there are theologians
  • 00:10:45.020 --> 00:10:45.220
  • and pastors who disagree
  • 00:10:45.220 --> 00:10:46.180
  • with me.
  • 00:10:46.180 --> 00:10:47.180
  • But, the majority do agree
  • 00:10:47.180 --> 00:10:49.200
  • with me on this one.
  • 00:10:49.200 --> 00:10:50.240
  • Most people do take
  • 00:10:50.240 --> 00:10:51.130
  • this viewpoint.
  • 00:10:51.130 --> 00:10:52.070
  • There are those who believe
  • 00:10:52.070 --> 00:10:53.000
  • in an amillennial viewpoint,
  • 00:10:53.000 --> 00:10:54.030
  • so somewhere in the middle
  • 00:10:54.030 --> 00:10:55.100
  • of the 1.000-year reign
  • 00:10:55.100 --> 00:10:56.000
  • of the Antichrist, we'll be
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:56.200
  • zapped up.
  • 00:10:56.200 --> 00:10:57.080
  • And then there's
  • 00:10:57.080 --> 00:10:57.230
  • the post-millennial, which is
  • 00:10:57.230 --> 00:10:58.160
  • really a dark view.
  • 00:10:58.160 --> 00:11:00.180
  • Man, I hope not.
  • 00:11:00.180 --> 00:11:01.230
  • That we go
  • 00:11:01.230 --> 00:11:02.170
  • through every bad thing,
  • 00:11:02.170 --> 00:11:04.040
  • and then we get taken
  • 00:11:04.040 --> 00:11:04.220
  • to heaven.
  • 00:11:04.220 --> 00:11:05.140
  • Which sounds really horrible.
  • 00:11:05.140 --> 00:11:07.020
  • But I don't believe that's
  • 00:11:07.020 --> 00:11:08.020
  • the case.
  • 00:11:08.020 --> 00:11:08.170
  • Okay, so a couple more things
  • 00:11:08.170 --> 00:11:09.100
  • about the Antichrist.
  • 00:11:09.100 --> 00:11:10.030
  • Revelation 13, verse 3 through 4
  • 00:11:10.030 --> 00:11:11.260
  • says, "I saw one of his heads
  • 00:11:11.260 --> 00:11:13.230
  • as if it had been
  • 00:11:13.230 --> 00:11:15.130
  • mortally wounded," some people
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:16.250
  • think his head's literally is
  • 00:11:16.250 --> 00:11:17.130
  • like a beast.
  • 00:11:17.130 --> 00:11:18.080
  • I don't believe that's the case.
  • 00:11:18.080 --> 00:11:19.060
  • I believe this is
  • 00:11:19.060 --> 00:11:19.260
  • the different sides
  • 00:11:19.260 --> 00:11:20.290
  • of the Antichrist,
  • 00:11:20.290 --> 00:11:21.220
  • the different faces of someone.
  • 00:11:21.220 --> 00:11:23.260
  • We all have different faces.
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  • You have an angry face,
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  • a nice face, a sweet face,
  • 00:11:25.090 --> 00:11:26.130
  • a politically correct face,
  • 00:11:26.130 --> 00:11:27.260
  • a not politically correct.
  • 00:11:27.260 --> 00:11:28.180
  • We all have
  • 00:11:28.180 --> 00:11:29.080
  • different faces, right?
  • 00:11:29.080 --> 00:11:30.080
  • And so, this is one of the sides
  • 00:11:30.080 --> 00:11:32.040
  • of that face, I believe.
  • 00:11:32.040 --> 00:11:33.070
  • He says, "I saw one of his heads
  • 00:11:33.070 --> 00:11:34.110
  • as it had been mortally wounded,
  • 00:11:34.110 --> 00:11:36.130
  • and his deadly wound was healed.
  • 00:11:36.130 --> 00:11:38.250
  • And all the world marveled
  • 00:11:38.250 --> 00:11:39.200
  • and followed the beast."
  • 00:11:39.200 --> 00:11:41.000
  • See, one of the reasons
  • 00:11:41.000 --> 00:11:41.270
  • why I don't believe
  • 00:11:41.270 --> 00:11:42.150
  • the Antichrist is alive yet,
  • 00:11:42.150 --> 00:11:43.290
  • or if they're alive,
  • 00:11:43.290 --> 00:11:44.170
  • they haven't done
  • 00:11:44.170 --> 00:11:45.020
  • their big move,
  • 00:11:45.020 --> 00:11:45.210
  • is because the Antichrist
  • 00:11:45.210 --> 00:11:47.080
  • will fake a resurrection.
  • 00:11:47.080 --> 00:11:49.160
  • We don't know.
  • 00:11:49.160 --> 00:11:50.010
  • But somehow, there's
  • 00:11:50.010 --> 00:11:50.170
  • some kind of faked resurrection.
  • 00:11:50.170 --> 00:11:51.120
  • That's why I don't think it's
  • 00:11:51.120 --> 00:11:52.000
  • the case yet.
  • 00:11:52.000 --> 00:11:52.140
  • 1 John 2:22 says, "Who is a liar
  • 00:11:53.040 --> 00:11:56.040
  • but he who denies that Jesus is
  • 00:11:56.040 --> 00:11:57.170
  • the Christ?
  • 00:11:57.170 --> 00:11:58.050
  • He is antichrist who denies
  • 00:11:58.050 --> 00:12:00.020
  • the Father and the Son."
  • 00:12:00.020 --> 00:12:01.030
  • Also, the Antichrist will deny
  • 00:12:01.030 --> 00:12:01.280
  • God and Jesus.
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:03.020
  • They will not believe in God
  • 00:12:03.020 --> 00:12:04.020
  • and Jesus.
  • 00:12:04.020 --> 00:12:05.000
  • They will be clearly an atheist.
  • 00:12:05.000 --> 00:12:06.170
  • And Revelation 13:5 says,
  • 00:12:06.170 --> 00:12:07.260
  • "And he was given
  • 00:12:07.260 --> 00:12:08.180
  • a mouth speaking great things
  • 00:12:08.180 --> 00:12:09.190
  • and blasphemies."
  • 00:12:09.190 --> 00:12:10.160
  • Part of the problem
  • 00:12:10.160 --> 00:12:11.190
  • with an Antichrist is
  • 00:12:11.190 --> 00:12:12.240
  • that they're gonna have
  • 00:12:12.240 --> 00:12:13.240
  • phenomenal principles
  • 00:12:13.240 --> 00:12:15.140
  • and truth to live by mixed
  • 00:12:15.140 --> 00:12:17.040
  • with lies.
  • 00:12:17.040 --> 00:12:18.270
  • So they'll be
  • 00:12:18.270 --> 00:12:19.250
  • like a great teacher, and people
  • 00:12:19.250 --> 00:12:21.100
  • go, "Oh, they're amazing."
  • 00:12:21.100 --> 00:12:23.250
  • Unfortunately, they're
  • 00:12:23.250 --> 00:12:24.190
  • brilliantly wrong.
  • 00:12:24.190 --> 00:12:27.130
  • And so, you gotta be aware
  • 00:12:27.130 --> 00:12:28.160
  • of that.
  • 00:12:28.160 --> 00:12:29.080
  • So Revelation 13:5 says that's
  • 00:12:29.080 --> 00:12:31.090
  • gonna be common.
  • 00:12:31.090 --> 00:12:31.280
  • So the Antichrist will be
  • 00:12:31.280 --> 00:12:32.250
  • very persuasive and have
  • 00:12:32.250 --> 00:12:34.110
  • great authority, be very, very
  • 00:12:34.110 --> 00:12:36.030
  • persuasive.
  • 00:12:36.030 --> 00:12:37.070
  • And then the last one here
  • 00:12:37.070 --> 00:12:38.120
  • that I wanted to mention was
  • 00:12:38.120 --> 00:12:39.130
  • 2 Thessalonians 2, verse 3,
  • 00:12:39.130 --> 00:12:40.250
  • it says, "Let no one deceive
  • 00:12:40.250 --> 00:12:41.220
  • you by any means; for that Day
  • 00:12:41.220 --> 00:12:43.050
  • will not come unless the falling
  • 00:12:43.050 --> 00:12:44.110
  • away comes first, and the man
  • 00:12:44.110 --> 00:12:46.080
  • of sin is revealed, the son
  • 00:12:46.080 --> 00:12:48.200
  • of perdition, who opposes
  • 00:12:48.200 --> 00:12:50.010
  • and exalts himself
  • 00:12:50.010 --> 00:12:51.090
  • above all that is called God
  • 00:12:51.090 --> 00:12:52.090
  • and all that is worshiped."
  • 00:12:52.090 --> 00:12:53.190
  • So, at this point,
  • 00:12:53.190 --> 00:12:54.180
  • this Antichrist will call
  • 00:12:54.180 --> 00:12:56.260
  • themselves, "God," and people
  • 00:12:56.260 --> 00:12:58.130
  • will worship him like they're
  • 00:12:58.130 --> 00:12:59.140
  • a god.
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:00.160
  • So, again, I know some people
  • 00:13:00.160 --> 00:13:02.030
  • that argue certain politicians.
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:02.270
  • But I've never heard
  • 00:13:02.270 --> 00:13:04.200
  • a politician say, "Worship me."
  • 00:13:04.200 --> 00:13:06.170
  • I do believe, however,
  • 00:13:06.170 --> 00:13:07.140
  • that the Antichrist
  • 00:13:07.140 --> 00:13:08.220
  • probably will be
  • 00:13:08.220 --> 00:13:09.170
  • a phenomenal politician.
  • 00:13:09.170 --> 00:13:11.030
  • 'Cause other Scripture talks
  • 00:13:11.030 --> 00:13:11.240
  • about how they're gonna lead
  • 00:13:11.240 --> 00:13:12.240
  • ten different nations,
  • 00:13:12.240 --> 00:13:14.050
  • and they'll destroy three,
  • 00:13:14.050 --> 00:13:14.290
  • and so they will be
  • 00:13:14.290 --> 00:13:15.280
  • very powerful.
  • 00:13:15.280 --> 00:13:16.190
  • This is why people did think
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:17.090
  • Hitler could be it
  • 00:13:17.090 --> 00:13:18.140
  • because he did take
  • 00:13:18.140 --> 00:13:19.140
  • over quite a few nations, okay?
  • 00:13:19.140 --> 00:13:21.160
  • Napoleon, same argument,
  • 00:13:21.160 --> 00:13:22.110
  • you know?
  • 00:13:22.110 --> 00:13:22.260
  • But again,
  • 00:13:22.260 --> 00:13:23.120
  • all throughout history people
  • 00:13:23.120 --> 00:13:24.060
  • have said that, but it hasn't
  • 00:13:24.060 --> 00:13:25.060
  • been the case.
  • 00:13:25.060 --> 00:13:25.290
  • So I still, I think
  • 00:13:25.290 --> 00:13:26.240
  • the Antichrist is
  • 00:13:26.240 --> 00:13:27.230
  • still out there.
  • 00:13:27.230 --> 00:13:28.100
  • I don't think we're in that day
  • 00:13:28.100 --> 00:13:29.040
  • yet, okay?
  • 00:13:29.040 --> 00:13:29.290
  • Revelation 3 goes on to talk
  • 00:13:29.290 --> 00:13:31.020
  • about another church called
  • 00:13:31.020 --> 00:13:32.080
  • the church at Sardis.
  • 00:13:32.080 --> 00:13:33.190
  • He says, "You have a reputation
  • 00:13:33.190 --> 00:13:35.110
  • of being alive--but you
  • 00:13:35.110 --> 00:13:36.030
  • are dead.
  • 00:13:36.030 --> 00:13:37.180
  • Wake up!
  • 00:13:37.180 --> 00:13:38.180
  • Strengthen what little remains,
  • 00:13:38.180 --> 00:13:39.130
  • for even what is left is
  • 00:13:39.130 --> 00:13:40.110
  • almost dead.
  • 00:13:40.110 --> 00:13:41.060
  • I find that your actions do not
  • 00:13:41.060 --> 00:13:42.180
  • meet the requirements
  • 00:13:42.180 --> 00:13:43.120
  • of my God."
  • 00:13:43.120 --> 00:13:44.110
  • Wow, God's goin'
  • 00:13:44.110 --> 00:13:46.040
  • off at this point.
  • 00:13:46.040 --> 00:13:47.130
  • And then he says this, "Go back
  • 00:13:47.130 --> 00:13:48.080
  • to what you heard and believed
  • 00:13:48.080 --> 00:13:49.190
  • at first; hold to it firmly.
  • 00:13:49.190 --> 00:13:51.120
  • Repent and turn to me again.
  • 00:13:51.120 --> 00:13:53.050
  • If you don't wake up, I will
  • 00:13:53.050 --> 00:13:54.080
  • come to you suddenly,
  • 00:13:54.080 --> 00:13:55.080
  • as unexpected as a thief.
  • 00:13:55.080 --> 00:13:57.200
  • Yet there are some in the church
  • 00:13:57.200 --> 00:13:59.020
  • in Sardis who have not soiled
  • 00:13:59.020 --> 00:14:00.240
  • their clothes with evil.
  • 00:14:00.240 --> 00:14:02.010
  • They will walk with me in white,
  • 00:14:02.010 --> 00:14:03.160
  • for they are worthy.
  • 00:14:03.160 --> 00:14:04.130
  • All who are victorious will be
  • 00:14:04.130 --> 00:14:05.270
  • clothed in white."
  • 00:14:05.270 --> 00:14:06.200
  • Now, the whole white thing has
  • 00:14:06.200 --> 00:14:07.200
  • nothing to do
  • 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:08.050
  • with your skin color.
  • 00:14:08.050 --> 00:14:09.080
  • White refers to not being
  • 00:14:09.080 --> 00:14:11.080
  • soiled.
  • 00:14:11.080 --> 00:14:12.050
  • That's what we're talkin' about.
  • 00:14:12.050 --> 00:14:13.050
  • So I'm wearing a white shirt
  • 00:14:13.050 --> 00:14:13.220
  • right now.
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:14.110
  • And so, like, I just had a snack
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:15.200
  • earlier.
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:16.050
  • And I was like, "Ooh, let me be
  • 00:14:16.050 --> 00:14:16.260
  • real careful."
  • 00:14:16.260 --> 00:14:18.030
  • 'Cause it's easy
  • 00:14:18.030 --> 00:14:18.180
  • to stain, right?
  • 00:14:18.180 --> 00:14:19.110
  • And so that's what we're talkin'
  • 00:14:19.110 --> 00:14:20.110
  • about, is that we're
  • 00:14:20.110 --> 00:14:21.010
  • easily stained, right.
  • 00:14:21.010 --> 00:14:22.160
  • So he's saying, "If you will
  • 00:14:22.160 --> 00:14:23.210
  • just be pure before God."
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:25.150
  • Which is not easy to do, right?
  • 00:14:25.150 --> 00:14:26.200
  • And so he's saying, "You need
  • 00:14:26.200 --> 00:14:27.190
  • to honor God with your life.
  • 00:14:27.190 --> 00:14:29.050
  • But it says here
  • 00:14:29.050 --> 00:14:30.030
  • that, "You're soiled."
  • 00:14:30.030 --> 00:14:31.110
  • That's what makes you dead.
  • 00:14:31.110 --> 00:14:32.140
  • He says to the church at Sardis,
  • 00:14:32.140 --> 00:14:34.140
  • "You're a dead church."
  • 00:14:34.140 --> 00:14:35.220
  • And he says, "I'm gonna come
  • 00:14:35.220 --> 00:14:36.160
  • like a thief in the night."
  • 00:14:36.160 --> 00:14:37.170
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:14:37.170 --> 00:14:38.020
  • It means, "Suddenly, I'm gonna
  • 00:14:38.020 --> 00:14:38.250
  • show up."
  • 00:14:38.250 --> 00:14:39.100
  • In other words, like, if you are
  • 00:14:39.100 --> 00:14:40.000
  • about to die, the problem
  • 00:14:40.000 --> 00:14:41.150
  • with being someone's who
  • 00:14:41.150 --> 00:14:42.220
  • about to die is you probably
  • 00:14:42.220 --> 00:14:43.160
  • don't know it, right?
  • 00:14:43.160 --> 00:14:44.230
  • Now, if you're like me, I don't
  • 00:14:44.230 --> 00:14:45.120
  • really want to know when I'm
  • 00:14:45.120 --> 00:14:46.020
  • gonna die.
  • 00:14:46.020 --> 00:14:46.170
  • That sounds
  • 00:14:46.170 --> 00:14:47.020
  • like a terrible thing to know.
  • 00:14:47.020 --> 00:14:47.280
  • Like, I don't want God to send
  • 00:14:47.280 --> 00:14:48.230
  • me an email that says,
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:49.110
  • "You're gonna die on this date."
  • 00:14:49.110 --> 00:14:50.120
  • Can you imagine that?
  • 00:14:50.120 --> 00:14:50.270
  • Every day getting closer
  • 00:14:50.270 --> 00:14:52.090
  • to that day you're just gonna be
  • 00:14:52.090 --> 00:14:53.100
  • sweatin' it, right?
  • 00:14:53.100 --> 00:14:53.270
  • Be like, that's
  • 00:14:53.270 --> 00:14:54.190
  • a terrifying thing, to know
  • 00:14:54.190 --> 00:14:55.210
  • when you're going
  • 00:14:55.210 --> 00:14:56.210
  • to die, right?
  • 00:14:56.210 --> 00:14:57.150
  • But at the same, how many of you
  • 00:14:57.150 --> 00:14:59.150
  • guys have known someone
  • 00:14:59.150 --> 00:15:00.160
  • that seemed perfectly healthy
  • 00:15:00.160 --> 00:15:01.210
  • and then one day, boom,
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:02.260
  • they're gone?
  • 00:15:02.260 --> 00:15:04.010
  • You ever known that?
  • 00:15:04.010 --> 00:15:05.000
  • You're like, "Wow, what if they
  • 00:15:05.000 --> 00:15:05.260
  • would have known?
  • 00:15:05.260 --> 00:15:07.000
  • How would change how they live
  • 00:15:07.000 --> 00:15:08.040
  • if they would have known they're
  • 00:15:08.040 --> 00:15:09.030
  • gonna die?"
  • 00:15:09.030 --> 00:15:10.160
  • Well, which one of us doesn't
  • 00:15:10.160 --> 00:15:11.150
  • know we're gonna die?
  • 00:15:11.150 --> 00:15:14.040
  • We don't know when, but we know
  • 00:15:14.040 --> 00:15:15.220
  • we're going to die.
  • 00:15:15.220 --> 00:15:18.010
  • I mean, everyone, if you don't
  • 00:15:18.010 --> 00:15:18.220
  • know that, let me just let you
  • 00:15:18.220 --> 00:15:19.120
  • in on something.
  • 00:15:19.120 --> 00:15:21.260
  • This is a really bad day
  • 00:15:21.260 --> 00:15:22.250
  • for you.
  • 00:15:22.250 --> 00:15:23.100
  • I'm sorry to break it to you.
  • 00:15:23.100 --> 00:15:25.240
  • Here's what happens.
  • 00:15:25.240 --> 00:15:26.140
  • When your body is dying,
  • 00:15:26.140 --> 00:15:28.200
  • your body is no longer listening
  • 00:15:28.200 --> 00:15:30.070
  • to the head.
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:31.220
  • So there's this brain stem
  • 00:15:31.220 --> 00:15:33.270
  • that it's the breathing center
  • 00:15:33.270 --> 00:15:35.050
  • of your body that tells
  • 00:15:35.050 --> 00:15:35.270
  • your body to breathe.
  • 00:15:35.270 --> 00:15:37.060
  • Even when your chest is not
  • 00:15:37.060 --> 00:15:38.190
  • cooperating, you will be
  • 00:15:38.190 --> 00:15:40.030
  • breathing like this.
  • 00:15:40.030 --> 00:15:41.090
  • [wheezing]
  • 00:15:41.290 --> 00:15:44.290
  • Notice, my chest is not
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:45.140
  • goin' up.
  • 00:15:45.140 --> 00:15:45.290
  • Try and breathe without puffin'
  • 00:15:45.290 --> 00:15:46.280
  • your chest.
  • 00:15:46.280 --> 00:15:47.130
  • Go ahead and do it.
  • 00:15:47.130 --> 00:15:47.280
  • Just try to breathe
  • 00:15:47.280 --> 00:15:48.130
  • without puffin' your chest out.
  • 00:15:48.130 --> 00:15:49.020
  • [wheezing]
  • 00:15:49.170 --> 00:15:52.170
  • It's hard, isn't it?
  • 00:15:52.170 --> 00:15:53.280
  • It's so much easier if you
  • 00:15:53.280 --> 00:15:54.150
  • just cooperate, right?
  • 00:15:54.150 --> 00:15:56.270
  • And so one of the signs of death
  • 00:15:56.270 --> 00:15:58.280
  • is that the body quits listening
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:01.010
  • to the head.
  • 00:16:02.000 --> 00:16:05.000
  • One of the signs of death,
  • 00:16:05.000 --> 00:16:07.260
  • forgive me, but I gotta step
  • 00:16:07.260 --> 00:16:09.000
  • into some authority that God has
  • 00:16:09.000 --> 00:16:10.060
  • given me as your pastor, is when
  • 00:16:10.060 --> 00:16:11.280
  • you quit listening to what I'm
  • 00:16:11.280 --> 00:16:12.280
  • preaching, is when the body
  • 00:16:12.280 --> 00:16:15.260
  • becomes unresponsive
  • 00:16:16.130 --> 00:16:19.130
  • to the leadership.
  • 00:16:19.130 --> 00:16:21.040
  • "Now, hold on, Pastor, I know
  • 00:16:21.040 --> 00:16:22.170
  • some pastors that are
  • 00:16:22.170 --> 00:16:23.100
  • not honoring God."
  • 00:16:23.100 --> 00:16:24.010
  • Couldn't agree more with you,
  • 00:16:24.010 --> 00:16:26.080
  • that the head can be the problem
  • 00:16:26.080 --> 00:16:27.180
  • too to kill our body, right?
  • 00:16:27.180 --> 00:16:29.180
  • This is why it's called
  • 00:16:29.180 --> 00:16:30.170
  • a "head shot," if you're
  • 00:16:30.170 --> 00:16:31.180
  • in warfare, right?
  • 00:16:31.180 --> 00:16:33.130
  • Take out the head, body's done.
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:36.000
  • This is why I got a target
  • 00:16:36.000 --> 00:16:36.230
  • on my back that the devil wants
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:38.050
  • to attack me and I need
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:39.010
  • your prayers.
  • 00:16:39.010 --> 00:16:40.040
  • Make sense?
  • 00:16:40.040 --> 00:16:41.290
  • But at the same time, if I go
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  • to the Father and God gives me
  • 00:16:42.230 --> 00:16:44.160
  • something fresh and new,
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:45.200
  • a fresh revelation, and I bring
  • 00:16:45.200 --> 00:16:46.130
  • it to you, and you don't
  • 00:16:46.130 --> 00:16:47.040
  • respond, then I hate to break it
  • 00:16:47.040 --> 00:16:48.160
  • to ya.
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:49.070
  • That's not a sign that you
  • 00:16:49.070 --> 00:16:50.110
  • just didn't like the sermon.
  • 00:16:50.110 --> 00:16:51.150
  • It's a sign you're dead.
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  • You need to come alive
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  • in Christ.
  • 00:16:56.100 --> 00:16:58.110
  • Very clear in Scripture.
  • 00:16:58.110 --> 00:16:59.250
  • Now, let me tie
  • 00:16:59.250 --> 00:17:00.200
  • one of these other churches
  • 00:17:00.200 --> 00:17:02.020
  • to the church at Sardis,
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  • which is a dead church.
  • 00:17:03.040 --> 00:17:04.040
  • Because here's what leads
  • 00:17:04.040 --> 00:17:04.280
  • to death, it's the church
  • 00:17:04.280 --> 00:17:06.140
  • at Laodicea.
  • 00:17:06.140 --> 00:17:07.130
  • Now, I pulled these out of order
  • 00:17:07.130 --> 00:17:08.030
  • a little bit.
  • 00:17:08.030 --> 00:17:08.280
  • Laodicea's the last one covered.
  • 00:17:08.280 --> 00:17:09.270
  • But let me just share this
  • 00:17:09.270 --> 00:17:10.250
  • 'cause it's the reason why God
  • 00:17:10.250 --> 00:17:12.070
  • talked to this one last
  • 00:17:12.070 --> 00:17:13.150
  • 'cause he was building
  • 00:17:13.150 --> 00:17:14.080
  • up to, like, his biggest mmm,
  • 00:17:14.080 --> 00:17:16.000
  • biggest punch, right?
  • 00:17:16.000 --> 00:17:17.070
  • So here's what he said.
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  • And this is
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:18.130
  • some of the harshest Word God
  • 00:17:18.130 --> 00:17:19.130
  • ever gives in the Bible.
  • 00:17:19.130 --> 00:17:21.010
  • He says this about Laodicea,
  • 00:17:21.010 --> 00:17:22.160
  • "I know all the things you do,
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:23.200
  • that you are neither hot
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:24.230
  • nor cold.
  • 00:17:24.230 --> 00:17:26.060
  • I wish that you were one
  • 00:17:26.060 --> 00:17:27.000
  • or the other!
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:28.120
  • But since you are
  • 00:17:28.120 --> 00:17:29.020
  • like lukewarm water, neither hot
  • 00:17:29.020 --> 00:17:30.050
  • nor cold, I will spit you
  • 00:17:30.050 --> 00:17:31.090
  • out of my mouth!"
  • 00:17:31.090 --> 00:17:33.010
  • He's sayin',
  • 00:17:33.010 --> 00:17:33.160
  • "You're makin' me sick."
  • 00:17:33.200 --> 00:17:36.200
  • He said, "I'm gonna get you
  • 00:17:36.200 --> 00:17:37.090
  • to respond.
  • 00:17:37.090 --> 00:17:38.070
  • You're either gonna be mad at me
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:39.030
  • and walk out, or you're gonna
  • 00:17:39.030 --> 00:17:40.100
  • worship me.
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:41.030
  • But you're not gonna just sit
  • 00:17:41.030 --> 00:17:41.280
  • there and be lukewarm anymore.
  • 00:17:41.280 --> 00:17:42.250
  • We're done with that."
  • 00:17:43.020 --> 00:17:46.020
  • That's what God's saying.
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:49.210
  • He's saying, "Fish or cut bait."
  • 00:17:49.210 --> 00:17:51.160
  • What do we doin' here?
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:52.050
  • Why are we playin' church?
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  • You're supposed to be
  • 00:17:54.070 --> 00:17:54.220
  • the church, not come
  • 00:17:54.220 --> 00:17:55.190
  • to church.
  • 00:17:55.190 --> 00:17:57.020
  • And look what it says.
  • 00:17:57.020 --> 00:17:57.190
  • Look, it goes on to say this.
  • 00:17:57.190 --> 00:17:58.220
  • He says, "You say, 'I am rich.
  • 00:17:58.220 --> 00:18:00.190
  • I have everything I want.
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:01.200
  • I don't need a thing!'"
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:03.120
  • See, the more stuff we
  • 00:18:03.120 --> 00:18:04.140
  • accumulate, the more that stuff
  • 00:18:04.140 --> 00:18:05.280
  • can get between us and God.
  • 00:18:05.280 --> 00:18:07.280
  • That's the problem with stuff.
  • 00:18:07.280 --> 00:18:09.230
  • Nothin' wrong with havin' stuff.
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:12.010
  • The problem is when the stuff
  • 00:18:12.010 --> 00:18:12.230
  • has you.
  • 00:18:12.230 --> 00:18:14.230
  • That's when the problem
  • 00:18:14.230 --> 00:18:15.120
  • comes in.
  • 00:18:15.120 --> 00:18:15.280
  • It's fine to own a house.
  • 00:18:15.280 --> 00:18:16.220
  • Does the house own you?
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:18.240
  • It's fine to own stuff.
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:19.110
  • Does the stuff own you?
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:20.020
  • It goes on to say this, "And you
  • 00:18:20.020 --> 00:18:21.020
  • don't realize that you are
  • 00:18:21.020 --> 00:18:21.280
  • wretched and miserable and poor
  • 00:18:21.280 --> 00:18:23.090
  • and blind and naked.
  • 00:18:23.090 --> 00:18:24.070
  • So I advise you to buy gold
  • 00:18:24.070 --> 00:18:25.000
  • from me--gold that has been
  • 00:18:25.000 --> 00:18:26.170
  • purified by fire."
  • 00:18:26.170 --> 00:18:27.200
  • What is gold purified by fire?
  • 00:18:27.200 --> 00:18:28.290
  • What does that mean?
  • 00:18:28.290 --> 00:18:29.150
  • Gold purified by fire means
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:30.220
  • that you are gold, right?
  • 00:18:30.220 --> 00:18:32.090
  • He's saying,
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:33.010
  • "You are that," right?
  • 00:18:33.010 --> 00:18:33.260
  • "You are my creation."
  • 00:18:33.260 --> 00:18:34.150
  • But he's sayin',
  • 00:18:34.150 --> 00:18:35.070
  • "But when you're purified
  • 00:18:35.070 --> 00:18:35.250
  • by fire," what?
  • 00:18:35.250 --> 00:18:36.100
  • "It makes you more pure."
  • 00:18:36.100 --> 00:18:37.270
  • Right?
  • 00:18:37.270 --> 00:18:38.150
  • "A pure gold that is purified
  • 00:18:38.150 --> 00:18:39.200
  • by," what?
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:40.170
  • "Fire," heat.
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:41.040
  • What God's saying is, "If you
  • 00:18:41.040 --> 00:18:42.260
  • really want to become alive
  • 00:18:42.260 --> 00:18:44.100
  • in Christ, I need you to pick
  • 00:18:44.100 --> 00:18:46.000
  • a fight."
  • 00:18:46.000 --> 00:18:48.010
  • Say, "If this is gonna be
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:49.070
  • my problem, it's not gonna be
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:49.250
  • very long.
  • 00:18:49.250 --> 00:18:50.090
  • I'm gonna fight it.
  • 00:18:50.090 --> 00:18:51.130
  • Either I'm goin' down or it's
  • 00:18:51.130 --> 00:18:52.070
  • goin' down.
  • 00:18:52.070 --> 00:18:52.220
  • But we're not stayin'
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:53.100
  • in this fight.
  • 00:18:53.100 --> 00:18:55.100
  • We're gonna win this thing."
  • 00:18:55.100 --> 00:18:57.290
  • Goes on to say this.
  • 00:18:57.290 --> 00:18:59.210
  • It says, "Then you will be rich.
  • 00:18:59.210 --> 00:19:01.080
  • Also buy white garments from me
  • 00:19:01.080 --> 00:19:02.200
  • so that you will not be shamed
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:03.280
  • by your nakedness, and ointment
  • 00:19:03.280 --> 00:19:05.130
  • for your eyes so you will be
  • 00:19:05.130 --> 00:19:06.100
  • able to see."
  • 00:19:06.100 --> 00:19:06.280
  • He's saying, "Wipe your eyes.
  • 00:19:06.280 --> 00:19:07.210
  • You see what's goin' on
  • 00:19:07.210 --> 00:19:08.140
  • in the world today?"
  • 00:19:08.140 --> 00:19:09.180
  • That's what it's saying.
  • 00:19:09.180 --> 00:19:10.030
  • It's saying, "And also wipe
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:10.250
  • your," it says, "Clothe
  • 00:19:10.250 --> 00:19:12.140
  • yourself in white."
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:13.060
  • Well, what does that mean?
  • 00:19:13.060 --> 00:19:13.240
  • Purity.
  • 00:19:13.240 --> 00:19:15.050
  • It means that your righteousness
  • 00:19:15.050 --> 00:19:16.100
  • matters, your purity matters.
  • 00:19:16.100 --> 00:19:17.070
  • It really does.
  • 00:19:17.070 --> 00:19:18.010
  • It goes on to say, "I correct
  • 00:19:18.010 --> 00:19:18.190
  • and discipline everyone I love.
  • 00:19:18.190 --> 00:19:19.280
  • So be diligent and turn
  • 00:19:19.280 --> 00:19:20.290
  • from your," what?
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:22.090
  • "Indifference."
  • 00:19:22.090 --> 00:19:23.190
  • He's saying, "Respond."
  • 00:19:23.190 --> 00:19:24.250
  • You know, one of the signs
  • 00:19:24.250 --> 00:19:25.180
  • that someone's dying is they
  • 00:19:25.180 --> 00:19:26.220
  • quit responding, right?
  • 00:19:26.220 --> 00:19:28.220
  • And so if someone gets
  • 00:19:28.220 --> 00:19:29.240
  • in a really bad car accident
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:30.260
  • and they're just layin' there,
  • 00:19:30.260 --> 00:19:31.230
  • the doctor comes
  • 00:19:31.230 --> 00:19:32.210
  • in and what does he say?
  • 00:19:32.210 --> 00:19:33.150
  • He says--what does he
  • 00:19:33.150 --> 00:19:34.080
  • or she say?
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:34.280
  • They say,
  • 00:19:34.280 --> 00:19:35.130
  • "Is there any movement?"
  • 00:19:35.130 --> 00:19:37.120
  • You know, if they're like, "Agh!
  • 00:19:37.120 --> 00:19:39.170
  • Hey, doc, I think it's my neck.
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:41.140
  • Somethin's wrong
  • 00:19:41.140 --> 00:19:42.080
  • with my leg too."
  • 00:19:42.080 --> 00:19:43.080
  • Doctor's like, "No problem."
  • 00:19:43.080 --> 00:19:44.280
  • 'Cause you're movin'
  • 00:19:44.280 --> 00:19:45.150
  • and talkin'.
  • 00:19:45.150 --> 00:19:46.030
  • We're good.
  • 00:19:46.030 --> 00:19:47.070
  • We're good.
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:47.220
  • That's huge.
  • 00:19:47.220 --> 00:19:48.270
  • It's when someone comes
  • 00:19:48.270 --> 00:19:49.120
  • in and they're not movin',
  • 00:19:49.120 --> 00:19:50.220
  • there's no movement,
  • 00:19:50.220 --> 00:19:51.190
  • barely breathing,
  • 00:19:51.190 --> 00:19:52.210
  • and it's just the stem makin
  • 00:19:52.210 --> 00:19:53.140
  • 'em breathe.
  • 00:19:53.140 --> 00:19:54.040
  • They're like, "Oh, this is
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:55.050
  • not good.
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:55.240
  • There's no movement," right?
  • 00:19:55.240 --> 00:19:56.250
  • But then one day, right, they go
  • 00:19:56.250 --> 00:19:58.080
  • into a coma, right,
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:19:59.110
  • self-induced, right,
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:00.090
  • or even medically induced.
  • 00:20:00.090 --> 00:20:01.160
  • They go into a coma,
  • 00:20:01.160 --> 00:20:02.050
  • and all of a sudden,
  • 00:20:02.050 --> 00:20:02.290
  • they see a little hand
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:04.060
  • just all of a sudden,
  • 00:20:04.060 --> 00:20:04.270
  • it's twitching.
  • 00:20:04.270 --> 00:20:05.210
  • They go, "Oh.
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:06.150
  • Oh, look at that!
  • 00:20:06.150 --> 00:20:07.010
  • There's movement!
  • 00:20:07.010 --> 00:20:07.210
  • There's movement.
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:08.060
  • We have a sign of life," right?
  • 00:20:08.060 --> 00:20:10.200
  • Or the person opens their eyes.
  • 00:20:10.200 --> 00:20:11.260
  • They're not movin' anywhere.
  • 00:20:11.260 --> 00:20:12.220
  • And the doctor says,
  • 00:20:12.220 --> 00:20:13.120
  • "Okay, can you hear me?"
  • 00:20:13.120 --> 00:20:15.030
  • And they're just lookin' at 'em.
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:15.260
  • They go, "Okay, if you can hear
  • 00:20:15.260 --> 00:20:16.230
  • me, blink."
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:18.290
  • And they go.
  • 00:20:18.290 --> 00:20:21.110
  • "Yes!"
  • 00:20:21.110 --> 00:20:22.140
  • And you see nurses and family
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:23.220
  • freaking out.
  • 00:20:23.220 --> 00:20:24.260
  • And they're over a blink.
  • 00:20:24.260 --> 00:20:25.280
  • And you're like,
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:26.130
  • "It's just a blink."
  • 00:20:26.130 --> 00:20:27.000
  • "But no, we didn't have a blink.
  • 00:20:27.000 --> 00:20:28.230
  • And now we have a blink.
  • 00:20:28.230 --> 00:20:29.250
  • We have a sign of life.
  • 00:20:29.250 --> 00:20:31.080
  • We have a response."
  • 00:20:31.080 --> 00:20:34.070
  • And so, if you want to know,
  • 00:20:34.070 --> 00:20:35.060
  • this is important, if you want
  • 00:20:35.060 --> 00:20:36.050
  • to know how to not become dead
  • 00:20:36.050 --> 00:20:37.130
  • in Christ, you gotta do what?
  • 00:20:37.130 --> 00:20:39.060
  • You gotta show me some response.
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:42.020
  • Is this message speaking to you?
  • 00:20:42.020 --> 00:20:43.200
  • Then I need to see
  • 00:20:43.200 --> 00:20:44.080
  • some response.
  • 00:20:44.080 --> 00:20:45.120
  • I mean, oh, I see a clap there.
  • 00:20:45.120 --> 00:20:46.200
  • I see one here.
  • 00:20:46.200 --> 00:20:47.200
  • Oh, I see that.
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:48.170
  • Oh, yeah.
  • 00:20:48.170 --> 00:20:49.100
  • Will someone give me a response?
  • 00:20:49.100 --> 00:20:50.060
  • Will someone stand to their feet
  • 00:20:50.060 --> 00:20:51.050
  • and say, "Oh, God, I love ya.
  • 00:20:51.050 --> 00:20:52.020
  • I just want to honor you."
  • 00:20:52.020 --> 00:20:53.130
  • See, this is an--oh!
  • 00:20:53.130 --> 00:20:55.110
  • This is an alive church!
  • 00:20:55.110 --> 00:20:56.020
  • Lookin' for people to respond.
  • 00:20:56.020 --> 00:20:57.070
  • And God, they're honoring God.
  • 00:20:57.070 --> 00:20:58.160
  • There's movement.
  • 00:20:58.160 --> 00:20:59.120
  • There's movement.
  • 00:20:59.120 --> 00:21:00.170
  • God's alive here.
  • 00:21:00.170 --> 00:21:01.240
  • You're responding to the things
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:03.170
  • of God.
  • 00:21:03.170 --> 00:21:04.150
  • He wants you to move.
  • 00:21:04.150 --> 00:21:06.020
  • He wants to see something
  • 00:21:06.020 --> 00:21:07.150
  • from your life, that you love
  • 00:21:07.150 --> 00:21:08.180
  • him, that you honor him.
  • 00:21:08.180 --> 00:21:10.000
  • You're responding to God.
  • 00:21:10.070 --> 00:21:13.070
  • I see you through that camera,
  • 00:21:13.070 --> 00:21:14.050
  • all of our campuses,
  • 00:21:14.050 --> 00:21:15.030
  • people honoring God.
  • 00:21:15.030 --> 00:21:16.180
  • There's a response.
  • 00:21:16.180 --> 00:21:17.220
  • We're alive.
  • 00:21:17.220 --> 00:21:20.000
  • We're alive in Christ.
  • 00:21:20.000 --> 00:21:22.000
  • We're alive.
  • 00:21:22.000 --> 00:21:24.200
  • A response, a response,
  • 00:21:24.250 --> 00:21:27.250
  • a response.
  • 00:21:27.250 --> 00:21:29.130
  • This isn't about what we don't
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:30.060
  • do, guys.
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:31.170
  • We're known too much for what we
  • 00:21:31.170 --> 00:21:32.210
  • don't do, and what we don't
  • 00:21:32.210 --> 00:21:34.010
  • believe, and what we're against.
  • 00:21:34.010 --> 00:21:35.130
  • What are we for?
  • 00:21:35.130 --> 00:21:36.260
  • What are we believing God for?
  • 00:21:36.260 --> 00:21:38.170
  • Where are we taking new ground?
  • 00:21:38.170 --> 00:21:40.080
  • How are we expressing our love
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:41.170
  • for God?
  • 00:21:41.170 --> 00:21:43.140
  • That's what God wants us to be
  • 00:21:43.140 --> 00:21:44.070
  • all about.
  • 00:21:44.070 --> 00:21:45.200
  • He's talking to Sardis
  • 00:21:45.200 --> 00:21:46.060
  • and Laodicea.
  • 00:21:46.060 --> 00:21:46.210
  • What's he saying?
  • 00:21:46.210 --> 00:21:47.190
  • Number two, would you write
  • 00:21:47.190 --> 00:21:48.100
  • this down?
  • 00:21:48.100 --> 00:21:48.280
  • He's saying, "Come alive
  • 00:21:48.280 --> 00:21:50.070
  • in Christ and quit being
  • 00:21:50.070 --> 00:21:51.080
  • unresponsive."
  • 00:21:51.080 --> 00:21:53.220
  • Come alive in Christ and quit
  • 00:21:53.220 --> 00:21:54.270
  • being unresponsive.
  • 00:21:54.270 --> 00:21:57.090
  • Guys, let me ask you a question.
  • 00:21:57.090 --> 00:21:58.200
  • I'm glad you're here today.
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:21:59.100
  • But are you here today
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:21:59.280
  • because you're
  • 00:21:59.280 --> 00:22:00.170
  • an inspirational junkie,
  • 00:22:00.170 --> 00:22:01.140
  • or are you here today
  • 00:22:01.140 --> 00:22:02.070
  • because you want to be
  • 00:22:02.070 --> 00:22:02.280
  • a true disciple of Christ?
  • 00:22:03.030 --> 00:22:06.030
  • See, a true disciple of Christ
  • 00:22:06.030 --> 00:22:06.250
  • doesn't go, "Well, it was
  • 00:22:06.250 --> 00:22:07.150
  • a good sermon, got me
  • 00:22:07.150 --> 00:22:08.030
  • all motivated."
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:09.060
  • Well, that's great.
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:10.190
  • But a true disciple of Christ,
  • 00:22:10.190 --> 00:22:11.090
  • sometimes your motivations go
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:13.010
  • home and sacrifice.
  • 00:22:13.010 --> 00:22:15.140
  • I'm gonna go home
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  • and do the hard thing.
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  • Why?
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  • 'Cause it honor Jesus.
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  • And sometimes that's not easy.
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  • Everybody wants to win trophies.
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  • People don't want
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  • to run sprints.
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  • But that's how you get trophies.
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  • You gotta do the hard things.
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  • You gotta do
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  • the character building.
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  • You just gotta do
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  • the tough stuff.
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  • And if we'll do that, oh,
  • 00:22:35.170 --> 00:22:36.210
  • what God can do
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  • through us if we'll do that.
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  • Look what he says
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  • in Revelation chapter 3,
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  • verse 7, " This is the message
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  • from the one who is holy
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  • and true, the one who has
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  • the key of David."
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  • Would you underline
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  • "the key of David?"
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  • We're gonna talk
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  • about what that is
  • 00:22:47.140 --> 00:22:47.290
  • in just a moment.
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  • "What he opens, no one can
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  • close; and what he closes,
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  • no one can open: 'I know
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  • all the things you do,
  • 00:22:52.060 --> 00:22:53.080
  • and I have opened a door
  • 00:22:53.080 --> 00:22:53.270
  • for you that no one can close.'"
  • 00:22:53.270 --> 00:22:55.200
  • Would you underline,
  • 00:22:55.200 --> 00:22:56.070
  • "I have opened a door for you?"
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  • When God wants to promote you,
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  • no one can get in the way.
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  • Isn't that good to know that?
  • 00:23:04.030 --> 00:23:06.060
  • Goes on to say this, "You have
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  • little strength, yet you obeyed
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  • my word and did not deny me.
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  • Look, I will force those
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  • who belong to Satan's
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  • synagogue, those liars who say
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  • they are Jews but are not,
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  • to come and bow
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  • down at your feet.
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  • They will acknowledge that you
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  • are the ones I love.
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  • Because you have obeyed
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  • my command to persevere, I will
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  • protect you from the great time
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  • of testing that will come
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  • upon the whole world
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  • to test those who belong
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  • to this world.
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  • I am coming soon."
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  • Okay, you see the urgency again?
  • 00:23:27.170 --> 00:23:29.170
  • Says, "I'm coming soon."
  • 00:23:29.170 --> 00:23:30.020
  • But before that, he said,
  • 00:23:30.020 --> 00:23:31.070
  • "I will protect you
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  • from the great time of testing
  • 00:23:31.260 --> 00:23:32.260
  • that will come
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  • upon the whole world."
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  • That's why I believe we're gonna
  • 00:23:34.050 --> 00:23:35.270
  • be zapped up before this.
  • 00:23:35.270 --> 00:23:37.270
  • This is why I'm what you call
  • 00:23:37.270 --> 00:23:39.080
  • a, "Pre-millennialist."
  • 00:23:39.080 --> 00:23:40.080
  • I believe that we are gonna be
  • 00:23:40.080 --> 00:23:41.010
  • taken, or Raptured, to heaven
  • 00:23:41.010 --> 00:23:42.040
  • before the 1.000-year reign
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  • of the Antichrist
  • 00:23:43.260 --> 00:23:44.180
  • 'cause of this verse
  • 00:23:44.180 --> 00:23:45.050
  • right there.
  • 00:23:45.050 --> 00:23:46.070
  • Make sense?
  • 00:23:46.070 --> 00:23:47.150
  • So, again, some people say,
  • 00:23:47.150 --> 00:23:48.210
  • "Well, I disagree 'cause this is
  • 00:23:48.210 --> 00:23:49.160
  • the first--"
  • 00:23:49.160 --> 00:23:50.010
  • I'll give ya that.
  • 00:23:50.010 --> 00:23:50.290
  • We may just disagree.
  • 00:23:50.290 --> 00:23:52.010
  • It's okay.
  • 00:23:52.010 --> 00:23:52.160
  • But that's why I believe we'll
  • 00:23:52.160 --> 00:23:53.180
  • all be Raptured
  • 00:23:53.180 --> 00:23:54.240
  • before that happens.
  • 00:23:54.240 --> 00:23:55.170
  • Let's talk about the key
  • 00:23:55.170 --> 00:23:56.180
  • of David, though.
  • 00:23:56.180 --> 00:23:57.250
  • This is important.
  • 00:23:57.250 --> 00:23:58.140
  • What's he saying?
  • 00:23:58.140 --> 00:23:58.290
  • God's saying, "You know what?
  • 00:23:58.290 --> 00:23:59.270
  • You've obeyed me
  • 00:23:59.270 --> 00:24:00.210
  • on what you know."
  • 00:24:00.210 --> 00:24:01.070
  • He says,
  • 00:24:01.070 --> 00:24:01.220
  • "You don't have a lot," right?
  • 00:24:01.220 --> 00:24:03.030
  • But he said,
  • 00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:03.230
  • "But you did," what?
  • 00:24:03.230 --> 00:24:04.230
  • "You have little strength,
  • 00:24:04.230 --> 00:24:05.160
  • but you obeyed my Word."
  • 00:24:05.160 --> 00:24:07.240
  • This is important.
  • 00:24:07.240 --> 00:24:08.170
  • He's saying, "I know you may not
  • 00:24:08.170 --> 00:24:10.040
  • know all of the Scripture,
  • 00:24:10.040 --> 00:24:11.170
  • but what you do know,
  • 00:24:11.170 --> 00:24:12.260
  • you're doing."
  • 00:24:12.260 --> 00:24:14.270
  • Isn't that good?
  • 00:24:14.270 --> 00:24:16.260
  • Start there.
  • 00:24:16.260 --> 00:24:19.040
  • And then what happens if you
  • 00:24:19.040 --> 00:24:19.270
  • do that?
  • 00:24:19.270 --> 00:24:20.140
  • Number three, message
  • 00:24:20.140 --> 00:24:22.000
  • to Philadelphia is this.
  • 00:24:22.000 --> 00:24:22.280
  • Obey God and he will open doors
  • 00:24:22.280 --> 00:24:24.260
  • for you.
  • 00:24:24.260 --> 00:24:26.140
  • Obey God and he will open doors
  • 00:24:26.140 --> 00:24:27.260
  • for you.
  • 00:24:27.260 --> 00:24:28.110
  • Here's the key of David,
  • 00:24:28.110 --> 00:24:29.180
  • Isaiah 22, verse 22,
  • 00:24:29.180 --> 00:24:31.070
  • "I will give him the key
  • 00:24:31.070 --> 00:24:32.040
  • to the house of David,
  • 00:24:32.040 --> 00:24:32.270
  • the highest position
  • 00:24:32.270 --> 00:24:33.290
  • in the royal court.
  • 00:24:33.290 --> 00:24:34.250
  • When he opens doors, no one will
  • 00:24:34.250 --> 00:24:36.080
  • be able to close them.
  • 00:24:36.080 --> 00:24:37.030
  • When he closes doors, no one
  • 00:24:37.030 --> 00:24:38.120
  • will be able to open them."
  • 00:24:38.120 --> 00:24:40.020
  • What does this mean?
  • 00:24:40.020 --> 00:24:40.200
  • He's saying,
  • 00:24:40.200 --> 00:24:41.070
  • "The key of David is," what?
  • 00:24:41.070 --> 00:24:41.280
  • It's the master key.
  • 00:24:41.280 --> 00:24:44.140
  • So God is saying, "If you will
  • 00:24:44.140 --> 00:24:46.000
  • obey me, you'll get the key
  • 00:24:46.000 --> 00:24:47.240
  • of David."
  • 00:24:47.240 --> 00:24:48.110
  • Why is it called,
  • 00:24:48.110 --> 00:24:48.260
  • "The key of David?"
  • 00:24:48.260 --> 00:24:49.130
  • He was quick to repent, and he
  • 00:24:49.130 --> 00:24:50.270
  • always honored the Lord.
  • 00:24:50.270 --> 00:24:53.040
  • That's what God said
  • 00:24:53.040 --> 00:24:54.090
  • about David.
  • 00:24:54.090 --> 00:24:55.160
  • "He's a man after my own," what?
  • 00:24:55.160 --> 00:24:57.250
  • "Heart."
  • 00:24:57.250 --> 00:24:59.160
  • So this is what God's tryin'
  • 00:24:59.160 --> 00:25:00.150
  • to tell you and me today.
  • 00:25:00.150 --> 00:25:01.100
  • He's sayin', "If you will honor
  • 00:25:01.100 --> 00:25:02.250
  • me and obey me, if you will do
  • 00:25:02.250 --> 00:25:05.100
  • that," God says this, "I'll open
  • 00:25:05.100 --> 00:25:07.110
  • doors for you.
  • 00:25:07.110 --> 00:25:09.110
  • I'll fling 'em open for you.
  • 00:25:09.110 --> 00:25:11.110
  • In fact, if you show
  • 00:25:11.110 --> 00:25:11.270
  • up and the door is closed,
  • 00:25:11.270 --> 00:25:13.070
  • and you're really honoring me,
  • 00:25:13.070 --> 00:25:14.140
  • you'll be able to unlock it.
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:15.280
  • I'll give you the key."
  • 00:25:15.280 --> 00:25:18.000
  • Now, this is important.
  • 00:25:18.000 --> 00:25:19.100
  • Your job is not to open doors
  • 00:25:19.100 --> 00:25:21.030
  • in your life.
  • 00:25:21.030 --> 00:25:21.210
  • Your job is to step
  • 00:25:21.210 --> 00:25:22.180
  • through the doors God opens
  • 00:25:22.180 --> 00:25:24.000
  • for you.
  • 00:25:24.000 --> 00:25:25.200
  • It's not your job to determine
  • 00:25:25.200 --> 00:25:26.130
  • those doors.
  • 00:25:26.130 --> 00:25:27.270
  • It's your job to open
  • 00:25:27.270 --> 00:25:28.240
  • those doors, okay?
  • 00:25:28.240 --> 00:25:31.140
  • But listen, here's
  • 00:25:31.140 --> 00:25:32.040
  • the other message.
  • 00:25:32.040 --> 00:25:33.010
  • If you're not honoring God,
  • 00:25:33.010 --> 00:25:34.110
  • even the doors that's
  • 00:25:34.110 --> 00:25:34.280
  • supposed to open for you,
  • 00:25:34.280 --> 00:25:35.230
  • God says, "I'll close it."
  • 00:25:36.010 --> 00:25:39.010
  • - Bil: Wow, God is awesome.
  • 00:25:46.280 --> 00:25:49.100
  • He is clearly moving today.
  • 00:25:49.100 --> 00:25:51.030
  • I got a question
  • 00:25:51.030 --> 00:25:51.270
  • I'd like to ask you.
  • 00:25:51.270 --> 00:25:52.250
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:52.250 --> 00:25:54.100
  • to receive Christ
  • 00:25:54.100 --> 00:25:55.030
  • as your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:55.030 --> 00:25:56.200
  • If you've never done so,
  • 00:25:56.200 --> 00:25:58.030
  • would you pray
  • 00:25:58.030 --> 00:25:58.190
  • this simple prayer with me?
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:25:59.180
  • This is actually how you
  • 00:25:59.180 --> 00:26:00.200
  • become a Christian.
  • 00:26:00.200 --> 00:26:02.060
  • You can pray with me right now.
  • 00:26:02.060 --> 00:26:03.180
  • You can say, "Dear Jesus,
  • 00:26:03.180 --> 00:26:04.210
  • I realize I need you in my life.
  • 00:26:04.210 --> 00:26:07.090
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:07.090 --> 00:26:08.240
  • to the pay the price
  • 00:26:08.240 --> 00:26:09.150
  • for all my sins, and that you
  • 00:26:09.150 --> 00:26:11.040
  • rose again from the grave,
  • 00:26:11.040 --> 00:26:12.200
  • proving that you're God.
  • 00:26:12.200 --> 00:26:14.030
  • And now I ask you,
  • 00:26:14.030 --> 00:26:15.010
  • I invite you to come
  • 00:26:15.010 --> 00:26:16.020
  • into my life, change me
  • 00:26:16.020 --> 00:26:17.200
  • from within, be my Lord
  • 00:26:17.200 --> 00:26:19.010
  • and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:19.010 --> 00:26:21.010
  • Thank you, Jesus,
  • 00:26:21.010 --> 00:26:21.250
  • for saving me."
  • 00:26:21.250 --> 00:26:23.180
  • If you just prayed that prayer,
  • 00:26:23.180 --> 00:26:24.170
  • we believe that Christ has come
  • 00:26:24.170 --> 00:26:25.180
  • into your life.
  • 00:26:25.180 --> 00:26:26.150
  • And that's what it means
  • 00:26:26.150 --> 00:26:27.140
  • to become a Christian.
  • 00:26:27.140 --> 00:26:28.160
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  • a part of our program today.
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