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Look It In The Eye And Step Into It

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  • - Brian Houston: Father, we're
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  • so grateful for your presence;
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  • there's nothing like
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  • the presence of Jesus.
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  • Lord, I thank you for every
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  • person gathered in our church.
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  • Lord, we just thank you that
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  • we are standing on the edge
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  • of something significant.
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  • What a beautiful thing it is
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  • to put our trust in you.
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  • No matter what's going on in
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  • the world around and about us,
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  • Father, we have confidence
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  • because of you.
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  • Have your way in this service,
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  • Lord.
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  • Thank you for what's already
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  • happened.
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  • Thank you for what's about
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  • to happen.
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  • Lord, we commit
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  • this time to you.
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  • In Jesus' name.
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  • And a faith-filled people
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  • said together...
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  • "Amen, amen."
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  • You guys can all be seated.
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  • "Look It in the Eye
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  • and Step Into It."
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  • That's the name of this message.
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  • "Look It in the Eye
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  • and Step Into It."
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  • And so, I'm just gonna start
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  • by reading Acts chapter 13,
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  • verses 1 to 3.
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  • It says, "Now in the church
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  • that was at Antioch there were
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  • certain prophets and teachers:
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  • Barnabas, Simeon who was called
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  • Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen
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  • who had been brought up with
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  • Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
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  • As they ministered to the Lord
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  • and fasted, the Holy Spirit
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  • said, 'Now separate to Me
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  • Barnabas and Saul for the work
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  • to which I have called them.'"
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  • They were called to work
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  • together.
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  • "Then, having fasted and prayed,
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  • and laid hands on them,
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  • they sent them away."
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  • Huge difference between
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  • being sent and just having went.
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  • Huge difference.
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  • Well, the whole point is,
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  • Antioch,
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  • their friends were there,
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  • their colleagues were there,
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  • their fellow prophets,
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  • and teachers, and apostles
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  • were all there.
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  • It was kind of, I guess,
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  • comfortable to some degree.
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  • And they were called,
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  • and so the Scripture says
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  • that they sent them away.
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  • And I don't think it was
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  • a holiday vacation.
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  • I don't think for one second
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  • that this was just gonna be
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  • a walk in the park.
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  • I don't think this was just
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  • gonna be an easy ride.
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  • This was tough terrain.
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  • There were challenging times
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  • ahead.
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  • They were leaving their comfort
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  • and they were going towards
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  • the uncomfortable,
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  • towards discomfort.
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  • And I don't know about you,
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  • but I don't like
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  • being uncomfortable.
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  • But you know, I've got a sense
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  • this year that God is calling us
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  • out of the comfortable
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  • and into the uncomfortable.
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  • And I want to start off right up
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  • front here by giving you
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  • seven specific goals, seven
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  • achievable goals that relate to
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  • the extra mile.
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  • So, in other words,
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  • going beyond the comfortable
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  • into the uncomfortable.
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  • In Matthew 5:41, you know that
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  • Jesus said, "Whoever compels you
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  • to go one mile,
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  • go with them two."
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  • Write these things down.
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  • Seven specific achievable goals.
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  • The first one is,
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  • do more than you're paid to.
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  • And I look at all our volunteers
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  • around here, and all the hosts,
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  • and all the production people,
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  • and a huge majority of them
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  • aren't paid at all.
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  • They're all doing more than
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  • they're paid to,
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  • and we're grateful for it,
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  • for wherever you people all are.
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  • It's a blessing, amen.
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  • We should give them
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  • a great big hand.
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  • Number two, give a little more
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  • than you need to, or rather,
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  • give a little more
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  • than you have to.
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  • I don't think giving ever should
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  • be a "have to," but the truth
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  • is, I think it's a great,
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  • great thing to decide we're
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  • going--we're taking this up
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  • a level.
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  • I'm just gonna give
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  • a little more.
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  • We're gonna give a little more
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  • than we have to.
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  • It's another extra mile.
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  • Step number three,
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  • try harder than you want to.
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  • That sounds to me like
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  • discipline.
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  • That sounds to me like
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  • going the extra mile.
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  • That sounds to me like you're
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  • gonna get off your rusty dusty,
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  • and just get out there,
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  • and maybe try a little harder.
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  • Number four, this one's
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  • a good one, consume less
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  • than you desire to.
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  • What you eat, what you drink.
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  • Number five,
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  • help more than you need to.
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  • I'm talking about volunteering.
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  • I'm talking about
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  • helping your neighbor.
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  • I'm talking about the good
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  • Samaritan, rather than the ones
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  • who crossed on the other side of
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  • the road.
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  • Wouldn't it be amazing
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  • if all of us decided we're
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  • going to put ourselves out there
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  • to help, whether it's here,
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  • whether it's
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  • in some other service,
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  • that we are gonna help
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  • just a little more
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  • than we need to.
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  • Number five, waste less time
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  • than you like to.
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  • I can be a master
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  • at procrastinating,
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  • and just wasting time.
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  • I missed one here, didn't I?
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  • Just wasting a little time.
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  • I can be a master
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  • at just sitting in front
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  • of the television, especially
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  • when I've got some time
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  • to do it, which isn't always.
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  • And there's nothing wrong
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  • with that, sometimes it's great,
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  • feeds your soul.
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  • But I think there's times
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  • where we're just wasting a whole
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  • lot more of our God-given days
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  • on earth than we need to.
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  • Number seven, God time
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  • more than you used to.
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  • More time in the Word, more time
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  • in prayer, more time in study,
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  • more time in the house of God.
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  • Just give God a whole lot more
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  • of your time than you used to.
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  • Who's in for that.
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  • Seven easy, achievable goals.
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  • All right, well,
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  • there's a lot of things in life
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  • that make you uncomfortable.
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  • You ever had someone
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  • just staring at you?
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  • And you're like,
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  • "What are you staring at?"
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  • You know, it's uncomfortable.
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  • And sometimes for us to stare
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  • at things that maybe for us
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  • represent opposition,
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  • or impossibility,
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  • or even God-given possibility,
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  • it's much more comfortable
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  • not to look at it,
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  • much more comfortable
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  • just to look away.
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  • I think sometimes when it comes
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  • to opposition, it's much easier
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  • to look away than actually
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  • stare it down.
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  • What about impossibility?
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  • What about those things that
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  • just cannot happen?
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  • The key thing about
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  • impossibility is
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  • it's impossible, and so I think
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  • it's easier sometimes to stop
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  • believing for your son that
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  • you've prayed and cried over for
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  • so long, to actually lay down
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  • that idea you had of pursuing
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  • a ministry or pursuing a dream.
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  • Sometimes impossibilities
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  • seem so far removed,
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  • we're afraid to look at it.
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  • What about possibility, when
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  • it is gonna cost you something,
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  • when you are leaving something
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  • behind, where it does mean
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  • moving forward?
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  • I wonder if you're prepared
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  • to stare possibility down?
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  • Well, Acts chapter 13,
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  • the Apostle Paul and Barnabas,
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  • they were sent out from Antioch.
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  • And from that moment, I will
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  • tell you right now, it was
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  • a journey, it was an adventure,
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  • and it was uncomfortable, but
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  • the one thing the Apostle Paul
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  • was not afraid to do was
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  • look challenge in the eye
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  • and stare it down.
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  • So, I'm gonna read you
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  • some verses.
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  • Acts chapter 13, verse 4,
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  • it says, "Sent off on their new
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  • assignment by the Holy Spirit,
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  • Barnabas and Saul went down
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  • to Seleucia and caught a ship
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  • to Cyprus.
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  • The first thing they did
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  • when they put in at Salamis
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  • was preach God's Word in
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  • the Jewish meeting place.
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  • They had John along to help out
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  • as needed.
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  • They traveled the length
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  • of the island,
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  • and at Paphos came upon
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  • a Jewish wizard who had worked
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  • himself into the confidence
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  • of the governor, Sergius Paulus,
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  • an intelligent man not easily
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  • taken in by charlatans.
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  • The wizard's name was
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  • Bar-Jesus."
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  • Listen to this, "He was
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  • as crooked as a corkscrew."
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  • He was as crooked
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  • as the corkscrew.
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  • "The governor invited Barnabas
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  • and Saul in, wanting to hear
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  • God's Word firsthand from them.
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  • But Dr. Know-It-All
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  • (that's the wizard's name
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  • in plain English)
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  • stirred up a ruckus,
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  • trying to divert the governor
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  • from becoming a believer.
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  • But Saul (or Paul),
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  • full of the Holy Spirit
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  • and looking him," what?
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  • Look at it!
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  • "And looking him straight
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  • in the eye," the Scripture says,
  • 00:08:27.110 --> 00:08:29.230
  • "he said, 'You bag of wind,
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  • you parody of a devil."
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  • A parody is an imitation,
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  • often a poor imitation.
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  • "You parody of a devil--why,
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  • you stay up nights inventing
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  • schemes to cheat people
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  • out of God.
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  • But now you've come up against
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  • God himself,
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  • and your game is up.
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  • You're about to go blind--
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  • no sunlight for you for a good
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  • long stretch.'
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  • He was plunged immediately
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  • into a shadowy mist
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  • and stumbled around,
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  • begging people to take his hand
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  • and show him the way.
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  • When the governor saw what
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  • happened, he became a believer,
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  • full of enthusiasm over what
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  • they were saying about Jesus,
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  • the Master."
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  • There was this wizard,
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  • this sorcerer.
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  • Eugene Peterson describes
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  • as crookeder than a corkscrew,
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  • a parody of the devil.
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  • The governor,
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  • the most influential man
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  • in the region, was hungry
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  • for the things of God.
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  • And for some reason, Bar-Jesus,
  • 00:09:25.130 --> 00:09:27.050
  • this wizard, was threatened
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  • by that, so it brought
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  • all sorts of opposition.
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  • And I love the fact the Bible
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  • says, "Full of the Holy Spirit."
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  • That's our key,
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  • full the Holy Spirit.
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  • He looked him
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  • straight in the eye and he
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  • stared him down
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  • until the opposition became
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  • misty-eyed.
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  • No matter whether your
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  • opposition is people, whether
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  • it's circumstance, whether
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  • perhaps it's just this great,
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  • great wall that seems to be
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  • standing against you, can
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  • I tell you, it's never people,
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  • it's always the spirit
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  • that's behind the people.
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  • Often everything you represent
  • 00:09:59.000 --> 00:10:00.100
  • is a threat to the devil.
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  • It's always a threat
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  • to the devil, but a threat
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  • to people around and about you.
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  • And the purpose of opposition,
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  • often it comes in the form
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  • of persecution.
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  • Sometimes it comes in the form
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  • of anger.
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  • It can come in all sorts of
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  • ways, but its purpose is
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  • to intimidate you, to get you
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  • to look away, to get you
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  • to be the one that shrinks,
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  • to make you feel small.
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  • That's what the enemy would love
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  • to do with you this year.
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  • He would love you, rather than
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  • look straight at the opposition,
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  • to run, to make a choice to
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  • maybe just look away, and deny
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  • it, and pretend it's not there.
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  • How about through
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  • the Holy Spirit, you decide this
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  • year you're gonna stare your
  • 00:10:39.160 --> 00:10:40.280
  • opposition down, you're gonna
  • 00:10:40.280 --> 00:10:42.140
  • look it straight in the eye,
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  • you're gonna understand that
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  • greater is he that is in you
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  • than he that is working
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  • against you?
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  • Why don't we, as a church,
  • 00:10:48.270 --> 00:10:50.100
  • wherever we're meeting
  • 00:10:50.100 --> 00:10:51.230
  • right now, decide this is a year
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  • where I'm not gonna run from
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  • my opposition, I'm not gonna be
  • 00:10:54.180 --> 00:10:55.250
  • threatened by it, I'm not gonna
  • 00:10:55.250 --> 00:10:57.080
  • be intimidated by it?
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  • I'm gonna look it
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  • straight in the eye.
  • 00:10:59.140 --> 00:11:00.230
  • As a believer, so much of
  • 00:11:01.010 --> 00:11:04.010
  • what you hold onto, so many of
  • 00:11:04.010 --> 00:11:05.290
  • the values you have
  • 00:11:05.290 --> 00:11:08.080
  • will come against assailing,
  • 00:11:08.080 --> 00:11:10.250
  • and opposition, and persecution.
  • 00:11:10.250 --> 00:11:13.100
  • And we can sorta draw back
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  • and just become
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  • a little less outspoken.
  • 00:11:15.290 --> 00:11:17.080
  • As the church of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:11:17.080 --> 00:11:19.090
  • we can feel like we are lepers
  • 00:11:19.090 --> 00:11:21.290
  • or marginalized because of
  • 00:11:21.290 --> 00:11:23.100
  • who and what we believe.
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  • And can I tell you right now,
  • 00:11:24.200 --> 00:11:26.080
  • you have nothing to be ashamed
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  • of when it comes to the good
  • 00:11:28.050 --> 00:11:29.190
  • news of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:11:29.190 --> 00:11:31.090
  • You have nothing to be ashamed
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  • of when it comes to the gospel.
  • 00:11:33.030 --> 00:11:35.050
  • You know, Romans chapter 1,
  • 00:11:35.050 --> 00:11:36.180
  • verse 16-17, it says, "I am not
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  • ashamed of the gospel of Christ,
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  • it is the power of God
  • 00:11:40.150 --> 00:11:41.230
  • to salvation for everyone
  • 00:11:41.230 --> 00:11:43.210
  • who believes, for the Jew first
  • 00:11:43.210 --> 00:11:45.110
  • and also for the Greek.
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  • For in it the righteousness
  • 00:11:47.090 --> 00:11:48.200
  • of God is revealed from faith
  • 00:11:48.200 --> 00:11:50.110
  • to faith; as it is written,
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  • 'The just shall live by faith.'"
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  • I am not ashamed.
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  • Don't ever forget it.
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  • When it comes
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  • to the great message
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  • that we have the blessing
  • 00:11:58.140 --> 00:12:00.070
  • to be able to share we have
  • 00:12:00.070 --> 00:12:02.010
  • nothing to be ashamed of.
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  • When it comes to the teachings
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  • of Jesus, when it comes
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  • to the teachings
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  • of the apostle Paul,
  • 00:12:06.230 --> 00:12:08.010
  • when it comes to the teachings
  • 00:12:08.010 --> 00:12:09.140
  • of the Word of God, where you
  • 00:12:09.140 --> 00:12:10.260
  • have nothing to be ashamed of.
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  • So, stand up tall, have
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  • the godly confidence, remember
  • 00:12:14.260 --> 00:12:16.100
  • you are full of the Holy Spirit,
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  • and stand that opposition down.
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  • Amen!
  • 00:12:19.250 --> 00:12:21.040
  • Hey, so that's opposition.
  • 00:12:21.040 --> 00:12:23.100
  • What about impossibility?
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  • I already mentioned that,
  • 00:12:25.150 --> 00:12:27.040
  • you see, the Apostle Paul, he
  • 00:12:27.040 --> 00:12:28.210
  • stared impossibility down too.
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:31.050
  • It says in verse 8 of
  • 00:12:31.050 --> 00:12:32.200
  • Acts chapter 14, same missionary
  • 00:12:32.200 --> 00:12:34.290
  • journey, in verse 8 to 10,
  • 00:12:34.290 --> 00:12:37.270
  • "There was a man in Lystra
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  • who couldn't walk.
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  • He sat there, crippled
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  • since the day of his birth.
  • 00:12:42.120 --> 00:12:44.030
  • He heard Paul talking,
  • 00:12:44.030 --> 00:12:45.050
  • and Paul," what?
  • 00:12:45.050 --> 00:12:47.080
  • And Paul...
  • 00:12:47.080 --> 00:12:49.030
  • And Paul...
  • 00:12:49.030 --> 00:12:50.170
  • And Paul...
  • 00:12:50.170 --> 00:12:52.160
  • And Paul...
  • 00:12:52.160 --> 00:12:54.070
  • "And Paul, looking him in
  • 00:12:54.070 --> 00:12:56.210
  • the eye," what did he see?
  • 00:12:56.210 --> 00:12:58.120
  • "He saw that he was ripe for
  • 00:12:58.120 --> 00:13:00.120
  • God's work, ready to believe.
  • 00:13:00.120 --> 00:13:02.280
  • So he said, loud enough
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  • for everyone to hear."
  • 00:13:04.050 --> 00:13:05.070
  • He didn't hide it.
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  • He didn't whisper it.
  • 00:13:06.260 --> 00:13:08.010
  • He said it
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  • so everyone could hear.
  • 00:13:08.220 --> 00:13:10.090
  • "'Up on your feet!'
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:11.100
  • The man was up in a flash--
  • 00:13:11.100 --> 00:13:12.290
  • jumped up and walked around
  • 00:13:12.290 --> 00:13:13.290
  • as if he'd been walking
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  • all his life."
  • 00:13:15.140 --> 00:13:16.290
  • What did Jesus see
  • 00:13:16.290 --> 00:13:17.260
  • when he looked impossibility
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  • in the eye?
  • 00:13:19.010 --> 00:13:19.270
  • He saw something that was right
  • 00:13:19.270 --> 00:13:21.290
  • for God's work.
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:23.060
  • Do you know there are things in
  • 00:13:23.060 --> 00:13:24.220
  • our lives and your life that are
  • 00:13:24.220 --> 00:13:26.090
  • just ripe, dropping off the tree
  • 00:13:26.090 --> 00:13:28.260
  • ripe for God's work?
  • 00:13:28.260 --> 00:13:31.060
  • But many times, we can't see it
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:32.240
  • because we're afraid
  • 00:13:32.240 --> 00:13:34.050
  • to look at it.
  • 00:13:34.050 --> 00:13:35.040
  • Paul looked impossibility
  • 00:13:35.040 --> 00:13:37.000
  • directly in the face,
  • 00:13:37.000 --> 00:13:38.160
  • and what he saw just established
  • 00:13:38.160 --> 00:13:40.210
  • and built up his faith
  • 00:13:40.210 --> 00:13:42.110
  • and confidence in what God
  • 00:13:42.110 --> 00:13:43.170
  • was about to do.
  • 00:13:43.170 --> 00:13:44.140
  • He saw something ripe
  • 00:13:44.140 --> 00:13:45.210
  • for God's work.
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  • I know for people everywhere
  • 00:13:47.000 --> 00:13:48.160
  • that there are things in your
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:49.280
  • life, if you would just stare
  • 00:13:49.280 --> 00:13:51.140
  • it down, if you would not look
  • 00:13:51.140 --> 00:13:52.290
  • afraid, if you would just hold
  • 00:13:52.290 --> 00:13:54.030
  • on to the promise of God, don't
  • 00:13:54.030 --> 00:13:56.040
  • ever, ever, ever stop believing
  • 00:13:56.040 --> 00:13:58.180
  • that God is God, and his Word
  • 00:13:58.180 --> 00:14:00.090
  • is his Word, and what he says
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  • he can do is what he will do.
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  • Let's believe in Jesus' name
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  • that there are things in our
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  • life that are ripe, just ripe,
  • 00:14:06.130 --> 00:14:08.160
  • ready, ripe for God's work.
  • 00:14:08.160 --> 00:14:11.040
  • I wonder what those things are
  • 00:14:11.040 --> 00:14:12.140
  • in your life.
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  • Hey, what about those things
  • 00:14:13.180 --> 00:14:15.090
  • that you know
  • 00:14:15.090 --> 00:14:18.030
  • that it's possible?
  • 00:14:18.030 --> 00:14:19.150
  • You're just not prepared
  • 00:14:19.150 --> 00:14:20.160
  • to count that cost.
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:22.030
  • You're just not prepared
  • 00:14:22.030 --> 00:14:22.250
  • to make that step.
  • 00:14:22.250 --> 00:14:24.200
  • You're not prepared to leave
  • 00:14:24.200 --> 00:14:25.230
  • that crew behind or to make that
  • 00:14:25.230 --> 00:14:28.210
  • choice that will put you out
  • 00:14:28.210 --> 00:14:30.010
  • there, out there where maybe it
  • 00:14:30.010 --> 00:14:32.180
  • feels like there's no way back.
  • 00:14:32.180 --> 00:14:35.000
  • I believe that God can do
  • 00:14:35.000 --> 00:14:36.230
  • the possible as well as
  • 00:14:36.230 --> 00:14:38.050
  • the impossible.
  • 00:14:38.050 --> 00:14:39.040
  • Listen, Paul, when it came
  • 00:14:39.040 --> 00:14:40.270
  • to Acts chapter 13,
  • 00:14:40.270 --> 00:14:42.290
  • he preaches a 25-verse sermon.
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  • He's in the synagogue, and in
  • 00:14:45.160 --> 00:14:47.170
  • the synagogue he was asked
  • 00:14:47.170 --> 00:14:50.150
  • if he had anything to share,
  • 00:14:50.150 --> 00:14:51.260
  • and share he did.
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  • He went all the way back
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  • and started in Egypt.
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  • He talked about how God
  • 00:14:56.050 --> 00:14:57.130
  • delivered them in Egypt, brought
  • 00:14:57.130 --> 00:14:59.180
  • them to the wilderness, and how
  • 00:14:59.180 --> 00:15:01.020
  • even though they tempted God
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:02.210
  • in the wilderness,
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  • he stayed with them.
  • 00:15:03.170 --> 00:15:04.270
  • And then it talks about
  • 00:15:04.270 --> 00:15:06.080
  • how God lifted his hands and
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  • how he brought them through.
  • 00:15:07.210 --> 00:15:09.210
  • And it goes on and talks from
  • 00:15:09.210 --> 00:15:11.190
  • there about all sorts of things,
  • 00:15:11.190 --> 00:15:13.170
  • goes on through the various
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  • characters of the Scripture.
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  • Eventually, it goes to David and
  • 00:15:17.160 --> 00:15:19.090
  • talks about David, talks about
  • 00:15:19.090 --> 00:15:20.270
  • how David served God's purposes
  • 00:15:20.270 --> 00:15:22.120
  • in his own generation, goes on
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  • and talks about that in the seed
  • 00:15:25.010 --> 00:15:26.190
  • of David, there was a Savior.
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  • Then it points to Jesus, talks
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  • about his birth, talks about
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  • his life, talks about his death.
  • 00:15:31.000 --> 00:15:32.290
  • And then, ultimately,
  • 00:15:32.290 --> 00:15:34.070
  • it talks about
  • 00:15:34.070 --> 00:15:35.060
  • those New Testament believers.
  • 00:15:35.060 --> 00:15:36.190
  • And then, through them, talking
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  • to us, and he's really saying,
  • 00:15:39.040 --> 00:15:41.260
  • "It's now your time.
  • 00:15:41.260 --> 00:15:44.030
  • This is your day.
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  • You are ripe for God's work.
  • 00:15:45.130 --> 00:15:46.270
  • This is your time.
  • 00:15:46.270 --> 00:15:48.120
  • This is your year.
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  • This is the time for you to have
  • 00:15:49.220 --> 00:15:51.070
  • this idea that you should not be
  • 00:15:51.070 --> 00:15:53.130
  • stared down by anything
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  • or anyone, but you are
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  • gonna look it in the eye.
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  • Hey, it doesn't mean you go
  • 00:15:57.290 --> 00:15:59.090
  • around to your enemy's house
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  • tonight, and knock on their
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  • door, and then just
  • 00:16:01.120 --> 00:16:02.080
  • stare at them.
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  • It's not talking about that, but
  • 00:16:03.100 --> 00:16:05.040
  • I do think sometimes we have to
  • 00:16:05.040 --> 00:16:07.060
  • understand what God has for us.
  • 00:16:07.060 --> 00:16:09.050
  • So, listen to what he says in
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  • Acts 13, verse 41.
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  • "Watch out, cynics;
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  • Look hard--watch your world
  • 00:16:14.040 --> 00:16:17.040
  • fall to pieces."
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  • I have never seen cynicism
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  • build anything.
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  • I have never, ever, ever seen
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:22.240
  • cynicism--it can creep up on you
  • 00:16:22.240 --> 00:16:25.110
  • so easily.
  • 00:16:25.110 --> 00:16:26.290
  • I have never, ever seen cynicism
  • 00:16:26.290 --> 00:16:28.270
  • build anything.
  • 00:16:28.270 --> 00:16:30.120
  • Well, listen, he says,
  • 00:16:30.120 --> 00:16:31.290
  • "Look hard--watch your world
  • 00:16:31.290 --> 00:16:33.090
  • fall to pieces," and that's
  • 00:16:33.090 --> 00:16:34.070
  • what cynicism will tend to do.
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:36.150
  • It actually will bring
  • 00:16:36.150 --> 00:16:37.250
  • devastation, and destruction,
  • 00:16:37.250 --> 00:16:39.120
  • and cut you off from
  • 00:16:39.120 --> 00:16:40.200
  • the blessing that God has
  • 00:16:40.200 --> 00:16:42.010
  • for you.
  • 00:16:42.010 --> 00:16:42.250
  • Well, he goes on and says,
  • 00:16:42.250 --> 00:16:44.050
  • "I'm doing something right
  • 00:16:44.050 --> 00:16:45.040
  • before your eyes that you
  • 00:16:45.040 --> 00:16:46.240
  • won't believe, though," what?
  • 00:16:46.240 --> 00:16:48.220
  • "It is staring you in the face."
  • 00:16:48.220 --> 00:16:51.220
  • You know, Paul, he knew
  • 00:16:51.220 --> 00:16:53.130
  • how to stare things down.
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:54.220
  • He knew how to look opposition,
  • 00:16:54.220 --> 00:16:56.070
  • to look people in the eye.
  • 00:16:56.070 --> 00:16:57.270
  • He wasn't easily turned away.
  • 00:16:57.270 --> 00:16:59.280
  • He wasn't easily intimidated
  • 00:16:59.280 --> 00:17:01.160
  • or made small.
  • 00:17:01.160 --> 00:17:03.010
  • But do you know, sometimes
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:04.090
  • there's things right there
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:05.150
  • before us and they're staring
  • 00:17:05.150 --> 00:17:07.220
  • you, things you wouldn't believe
  • 00:17:07.220 --> 00:17:09.270
  • even if you saw it.
  • 00:17:09.270 --> 00:17:11.080
  • That's the thing with cynics.
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:12.160
  • Do you know, what God was about
  • 00:17:12.160 --> 00:17:14.150
  • to do, it was bad news for
  • 00:17:14.150 --> 00:17:16.130
  • the cynics in the synagogue,
  • 00:17:16.130 --> 00:17:17.180
  • but great news as the gospel
  • 00:17:17.180 --> 00:17:19.160
  • went out to the Gentiles.
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  • Hey, I wanna tell you this.
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:22.200
  • You've got things looking you
  • 00:17:22.200 --> 00:17:24.020
  • straight in the eye.
  • 00:17:24.020 --> 00:17:25.130
  • You've got things that you don't
  • 00:17:25.130 --> 00:17:26.190
  • even see, things that you could
  • 00:17:26.190 --> 00:17:28.170
  • not believe if it came to
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:30.180
  • your natural man, if it came to
  • 00:17:30.180 --> 00:17:32.050
  • your natural person.
  • 00:17:32.050 --> 00:17:33.270
  • I wanna read it one more time.
  • 00:17:33.270 --> 00:17:35.060
  • "Look hard--watch your world
  • 00:17:35.060 --> 00:17:37.010
  • fall to pieces."
  • 00:17:37.010 --> 00:17:37.280
  • That's the word for cynics.
  • 00:17:37.280 --> 00:17:39.110
  • "I'm doing something right
  • 00:17:39.110 --> 00:17:40.160
  • before your eyes that you won't
  • 00:17:40.160 --> 00:17:42.050
  • believe, though it's staring you
  • 00:17:42.050 --> 00:17:44.080
  • in the face."
  • 00:17:44.080 --> 00:17:45.240
  • What miracle's
  • 00:17:45.240 --> 00:17:46.160
  • staring you in the face?
  • 00:17:46.160 --> 00:17:48.020
  • What possibility
  • 00:17:48.020 --> 00:17:49.110
  • is staring you in the face?
  • 00:17:49.110 --> 00:17:51.100
  • What opportunity
  • 00:17:51.100 --> 00:17:52.080
  • is staring you in the face?
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:54.200
  • You know, I think sometimes
  • 00:17:54.200 --> 00:17:56.100
  • if we would just tune in to
  • 00:17:56.100 --> 00:17:57.130
  • the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:17:57.130 --> 00:17:58.130
  • if we would spend more time
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:00.060
  • in the Word of God
  • 00:18:00.060 --> 00:18:01.160
  • and more time in meditation,
  • 00:18:01.160 --> 00:18:03.160
  • we would start seeing things
  • 00:18:03.160 --> 00:18:04.230
  • we cannot see.
  • 00:18:04.230 --> 00:18:05.280
  • The Bible says, "An eye has not
  • 00:18:05.280 --> 00:18:07.000
  • seen, nor ear heard, nor has it
  • 00:18:07.000 --> 00:18:09.210
  • entered into the heart of people
  • 00:18:09.210 --> 00:18:11.100
  • those great things that God
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:12.230
  • has for them."
  • 00:18:12.230 --> 00:18:13.250
  • It goes on, really
  • 00:18:13.250 --> 00:18:14.280
  • and what it's saying is,
  • 00:18:14.280 --> 00:18:15.250
  • "You will see."
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:17.010
  • There are things
  • 00:18:17.010 --> 00:18:17.260
  • staring you in the face
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:19.070
  • this year, things that maybe
  • 00:18:19.070 --> 00:18:20.250
  • you haven't really looked toward
  • 00:18:20.250 --> 00:18:22.080
  • for a long, long time.
  • 00:18:22.080 --> 00:18:23.170
  • There are things staring you,
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:24.220
  • possibility,
  • 00:18:24.220 --> 00:18:26.060
  • God-given breakthroughs,
  • 00:18:26.060 --> 00:18:27.100
  • new opportunities.
  • 00:18:27.100 --> 00:18:28.220
  • I believe it for the
  • 00:18:28.220 --> 00:18:29.240
  • businesspeople of our church.
  • 00:18:29.240 --> 00:18:31.030
  • I believe it for the families
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:32.150
  • of our church.
  • 00:18:32.150 --> 00:18:33.090
  • I believe it for people
  • 00:18:33.090 --> 00:18:34.210
  • who are still being educated
  • 00:18:34.210 --> 00:18:36.030
  • in our church.
  • 00:18:36.030 --> 00:18:36.270
  • I really do.
  • 00:18:36.270 --> 00:18:37.290
  • What's staring you in the face?
  • 00:18:37.290 --> 00:18:40.170
  • What possibility is there
  • 00:18:40.170 --> 00:18:41.110
  • right now?
  • 00:18:41.110 --> 00:18:42.200
  • It's so long since you dared
  • 00:18:42.200 --> 00:18:44.110
  • look up with a hope and a faith
  • 00:18:44.210 --> 00:18:47.210
  • in your heart.
  • 00:18:47.210 --> 00:18:48.270
  • And we don't even see it though
  • 00:18:48.270 --> 00:18:50.140
  • it's right there.
  • 00:18:50.140 --> 00:18:52.030
  • So, all of these things, yes,
  • 00:18:52.170 --> 00:18:55.170
  • it's talking about looking in
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:57.040
  • the eye, but ultimately, it's
  • 00:18:57.040 --> 00:18:59.060
  • talking about not settling for
  • 00:18:59.060 --> 00:19:01.140
  • the comfortable, but looking up
  • 00:19:01.140 --> 00:19:03.250
  • and looking to
  • 00:19:03.250 --> 00:19:04.190
  • the uncomfortable.
  • 00:19:04.190 --> 00:19:05.210
  • What does stepping out of your
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:06.180
  • comfort zone look like to you?
  • 00:19:06.180 --> 00:19:09.070
  • I've never played baseball much.
  • 00:19:09.070 --> 00:19:10.260
  • I did play softball at school,
  • 00:19:10.260 --> 00:19:12.270
  • but I do know enough about
  • 00:19:12.270 --> 00:19:13.280
  • baseball.
  • 00:19:13.280 --> 00:19:14.170
  • I've been to Wrigley Field in
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:15.140
  • Chicago, I've been to
  • 00:19:15.140 --> 00:19:16.180
  • Yankee Stadium in New York City
  • 00:19:16.180 --> 00:19:19.050
  • and so I've seen it.
  • 00:19:19.050 --> 00:19:20.130
  • And it's a funny thing because
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:22.080
  • the bases--if you're a batsman,
  • 00:19:22.080 --> 00:19:24.100
  • you make it to a base,
  • 00:19:24.100 --> 00:19:25.150
  • that's safe ground.
  • 00:19:25.150 --> 00:19:26.290
  • You're never gonna go out
  • 00:19:26.290 --> 00:19:28.040
  • on the base.
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:29.070
  • But the crazy thing is they get
  • 00:19:29.070 --> 00:19:31.040
  • safe, and then all of a sudden,
  • 00:19:31.040 --> 00:19:33.260
  • they start doing this.
  • 00:19:33.260 --> 00:19:36.080
  • They're way, way, way
  • 00:19:36.080 --> 00:19:37.150
  • out of their comfort zone.
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:38.180
  • Why do they do that?
  • 00:19:38.180 --> 00:19:39.190
  • Because you're never gonna win
  • 00:19:39.190 --> 00:19:40.200
  • the game from first base.
  • 00:19:40.200 --> 00:19:42.140
  • Besides, no one else
  • 00:19:42.140 --> 00:19:44.010
  • is ever gonna be able to run
  • 00:19:44.010 --> 00:19:45.050
  • if they don't start running.
  • 00:19:45.050 --> 00:19:46.270
  • But it's dangerous.
  • 00:19:46.270 --> 00:19:48.070
  • It's positively uncomfortable.
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:49.280
  • If all of a sudden someone's got
  • 00:19:49.280 --> 00:19:51.230
  • the ball there, and they pass it
  • 00:19:51.230 --> 00:19:53.030
  • to someone who's got the ball
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:54.030
  • there, and they start closing
  • 00:19:54.030 --> 00:19:55.090
  • you in, it's literally
  • 00:19:55.090 --> 00:19:56.150
  • called a "pickle."
  • 00:19:56.150 --> 00:19:58.080
  • That's what it's called.
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:19:59.230
  • Well, do you know something?
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:01.020
  • The truth is it is easy for us
  • 00:20:01.020 --> 00:20:03.110
  • to just stay comfortable, but
  • 00:20:03.110 --> 00:20:05.030
  • you're never, ever gonna get to
  • 00:20:05.030 --> 00:20:06.230
  • second, third, and home, fourth
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:08.290
  • base, if you're never gonna
  • 00:20:08.290 --> 00:20:10.090
  • step out of your comfort zone.
  • 00:20:10.090 --> 00:20:11.290
  • Because, can I tell you
  • 00:20:11.290 --> 00:20:12.290
  • right now, the faith life,
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:18.030
  • it's out there.
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:19.140
  • You gotta step into it.
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:21.060
  • The grace life, it's out there.
  • 00:20:21.060 --> 00:20:23.120
  • It's not so safe.
  • 00:20:23.120 --> 00:20:24.250
  • Why grace?
  • 00:20:24.250 --> 00:20:26.010
  • Grace sound beautiful,
  • 00:20:26.010 --> 00:20:27.270
  • it's simple, but do you know,
  • 00:20:27.270 --> 00:20:29.020
  • we're more comfortable
  • 00:20:29.020 --> 00:20:30.050
  • with condemnation, our religious
  • 00:20:30.050 --> 00:20:32.080
  • backgrounds, our way of
  • 00:20:32.080 --> 00:20:33.260
  • thinking, and the fact that we
  • 00:20:33.260 --> 00:20:35.270
  • know what we actually deserve.
  • 00:20:35.270 --> 00:20:37.180
  • We can feel so much more
  • 00:20:37.180 --> 00:20:38.270
  • comfortable about feeling like
  • 00:20:38.270 --> 00:20:41.020
  • we've gotta work something off
  • 00:20:41.020 --> 00:20:42.150
  • or do something, and not being
  • 00:20:42.150 --> 00:20:44.030
  • able to really accept the fact
  • 00:20:44.030 --> 00:20:45.100
  • that there's nothing we could do
  • 00:20:45.100 --> 00:20:47.040
  • for Jesus to love us more and
  • 00:20:47.040 --> 00:20:48.200
  • there's nothing we could do
  • 00:20:48.200 --> 00:20:49.230
  • for Jesus to love us less.
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:51.210
  • And so, even grace, it's out
  • 00:20:51.210 --> 00:20:53.220
  • there, you have to step into it.
  • 00:20:53.220 --> 00:20:55.220
  • What about the changed life?
  • 00:20:55.220 --> 00:20:57.150
  • You're not gonna change
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:20:58.160
  • by getting up in the morning
  • 00:20:58.160 --> 00:20:59.250
  • and doing everything the same.
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:01.150
  • You've gotta step into it.
  • 00:21:01.150 --> 00:21:03.000
  • It's out there.
  • 00:21:03.000 --> 00:21:04.000
  • What else?
  • 00:21:04.000 --> 00:21:04.240
  • What about the growth life?
  • 00:21:04.240 --> 00:21:06.100
  • you've gotta step into it, make
  • 00:21:06.100 --> 00:21:08.000
  • some choices, study more, do
  • 00:21:08.000 --> 00:21:09.250
  • something that is actually gonna
  • 00:21:09.250 --> 00:21:11.240
  • keep on contributing to seeing
  • 00:21:11.240 --> 00:21:13.150
  • your spiritual growth and
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:14.260
  • your growth when it comes
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:16.020
  • to the Word of God.
  • 00:21:16.020 --> 00:21:17.070
  • What about the overcoming life?
  • 00:21:17.070 --> 00:21:19.070
  • The overcoming life,
  • 00:21:19.070 --> 00:21:20.170
  • it's out there.
  • 00:21:20.170 --> 00:21:21.270
  • You have to step into it,
  • 00:21:21.270 --> 00:21:23.030
  • and it's dangerous.
  • 00:21:23.030 --> 00:21:25.000
  • What about--what about the--
  • 00:21:25.030 --> 00:21:28.030
  • any life, your life?
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:29.200
  • Hey, it's out there.
  • 00:21:29.200 --> 00:21:31.120
  • You have to step into it.
  • 00:21:31.120 --> 00:21:33.230
  • I do believe with all my heart
  • 00:21:33.230 --> 00:21:35.210
  • that God's calling you, not to
  • 00:21:35.210 --> 00:21:37.190
  • live comfortably, just to make
  • 00:21:37.190 --> 00:21:40.070
  • choices, good choices that
  • 00:21:40.070 --> 00:21:42.160
  • actually put you a little
  • 00:21:42.160 --> 00:21:44.100
  • more into the uncomfortable.
  • 00:21:44.100 --> 00:21:46.260
  • Watch what God's doing.
  • 00:21:46.260 --> 00:21:48.090
  • Just see how you start staring
  • 00:21:48.090 --> 00:21:50.130
  • down opposition and you can
  • 00:21:50.130 --> 00:21:52.120
  • turn it misty-eyed, just like
  • 00:21:52.120 --> 00:21:54.160
  • Bar-Jesus, that sorcerer,
  • 00:21:54.160 --> 00:21:56.040
  • was turned misty-eyed.
  • 00:21:56.040 --> 00:21:58.070
  • What a powerful thing when
  • 00:21:58.070 --> 00:21:59.200
  • all of a sudden you've got
  • 00:21:59.200 --> 00:22:01.050
  • the devil, the opposition,
  • 00:22:01.050 --> 00:22:03.050
  • turning away, going misty-eyed,
  • 00:22:03.050 --> 00:22:05.140
  • all of a sudden confused.
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:07.070
  • That's what happens
  • 00:22:07.070 --> 00:22:07.270
  • when you stand in faith.
  • 00:22:07.270 --> 00:22:09.060
  • Impossibility--there's so many
  • 00:22:09.060 --> 00:22:10.200
  • things in our life that are just
  • 00:22:10.200 --> 00:22:12.070
  • impossible, but why don't
  • 00:22:12.070 --> 00:22:14.250
  • we understand you are ripe.
  • 00:22:14.250 --> 00:22:16.250
  • You are ripe.
  • 00:22:16.250 --> 00:22:18.010
  • You are ready.
  • 00:22:18.010 --> 00:22:19.050
  • You are ripe for God's work.
  • 00:22:19.050 --> 00:22:21.090
  • Let's live our lives
  • 00:22:21.090 --> 00:22:22.170
  • understanding that, yes, it
  • 00:22:22.170 --> 00:22:24.070
  • does mean maybe making changes,
  • 00:22:24.070 --> 00:22:26.090
  • leaving someone, leaving
  • 00:22:26.090 --> 00:22:27.220
  • something, doing something
  • 00:22:27.220 --> 00:22:29.060
  • that's actually gonna cause you
  • 00:22:29.060 --> 00:22:30.190
  • to step into the great unknown.
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:32.220
  • But the wonderful thing about
  • 00:22:32.220 --> 00:22:34.030
  • it is that's where God works.
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:36.250
  • That's where you actually
  • 00:22:36.250 --> 00:22:38.140
  • see the transformation.
  • 00:22:38.140 --> 00:22:39.250
  • That's where you actually
  • 00:22:39.250 --> 00:22:40.230
  • see the new day dawn.
  • 00:22:40.230 --> 00:22:42.080
  • What is it for you?
  • 00:22:42.080 --> 00:22:43.080
  • What is it for you that you need
  • 00:22:43.080 --> 00:22:45.250
  • to stop looking away from,
  • 00:22:45.250 --> 00:22:47.140
  • having given up on, stop being
  • 00:22:47.140 --> 00:22:49.270
  • threatened by, and start
  • 00:22:49.270 --> 00:22:51.290
  • staring it down, looking it
  • 00:22:51.290 --> 00:22:53.120
  • straight in the eye?
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:54.230
  • Paul followed the Holy Spirit,
  • 00:22:54.230 --> 00:22:56.030
  • looked it straight in the eye.
  • 00:22:56.070 --> 00:22:59.070
  • Paul, looking him in the eye,
  • 00:22:59.070 --> 00:23:01.060
  • saw what was ripe
  • 00:23:01.060 --> 00:23:02.160
  • for God's work.
  • 00:23:02.160 --> 00:23:04.080
  • Those cynics in the temple, in
  • 00:23:04.080 --> 00:23:07.080
  • the synagogue, the crazy thing
  • 00:23:07.080 --> 00:23:09.000
  • for them is there were things
  • 00:23:09.000 --> 00:23:11.020
  • that they wouldn't believe that
  • 00:23:11.020 --> 00:23:13.050
  • they were told even if they saw
  • 00:23:13.050 --> 00:23:16.010
  • it because of what was in
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:17.180
  • their own heart.
  • 00:23:17.180 --> 00:23:18.240
  • There are things right now
  • 00:23:18.240 --> 00:23:20.030
  • in your life, they're staring
  • 00:23:20.030 --> 00:23:21.260
  • you right in the face,
  • 00:23:21.260 --> 00:23:23.270
  • wonderful possibilities.
  • 00:23:23.270 --> 00:23:25.180
  • I want everyone
  • 00:23:25.180 --> 00:23:27.010
  • to take a moment.
  • 00:23:27.010 --> 00:23:27.270
  • Why don't we stand everywhere
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  • across the church?
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  • Just lift your--don't lift your
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  • hands necessarily, unless
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  • you want to, way in the air,
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  • but just hold them in front
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  • What is it?
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  • What is it?
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  • What is it where God's called
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  • you to step out of your
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  • comfort zone, to get into
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  • the uncomfortable,
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  • to go the extra mile?
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  • What is it?
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  • Father, we thank you.
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  • Holy Spirit, we thank you.
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  • You're talking into
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  • people's spirits right now.
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  • Give us the courage.
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  • Give us the guts to trust you,
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  • to take you at your Word.
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  • Help us not to shrivel
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  • and shrink.
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  • Help us to stand tall
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  • when it comes to your promise
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  • in our lives.
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  • Help us to look straight in
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  • the eye at those things that,
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  • well, they just cause fear
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  • inside of us.
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  • Help us, Lord, to make those
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  • strong choices, those
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  • God choices, the choices that
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  • are only ever gonna take us on
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  • and lead us into better ground.
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  • Help us, Father, I pray.
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  • If you know there's things in
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  • your life where you feel, "This
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  • is the year, I'm gonna stare
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  • it down, I believe it's ripe
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  • for God's work,
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  • I believe this is the year.
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  • I'm believing for
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  • the Holy Spirit in me
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  • to enable me to look it
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  • in the eye and see all
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  • that you are wanting to do,"
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  • lift your hand up if there
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  • are things in your life
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  • where you can see that.
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  • Father, I thank you again.
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  • Lord, I just thank you
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  • right now.
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  • Lord, I just believe you'll do
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  • a work even here in this
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  • service, settling things
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  • in people's hearts.
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  • Lord, I just ask right now that
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  • our anticipation level, our
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  • expectation will grow, that our
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  • faith will rise, that we will be
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  • people who understand that it's
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  • not just for the next person,
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  • that you are the one,
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  • I am the one,
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  • that we are the ones
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  • that you wanna work through
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  • to bring your purpose to bear,
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  • to fulfill your promise.
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  • Lord, we just thank you for it.
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  • Help us, Father,
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  • to grow in expectation.
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  • We don't build on
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  • old disappointments.
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  • We don't build on old cynicism.
  • 00:25:34.110 --> 00:25:36.090
  • We build on a freshness, and
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  • an openness, and a readiness for
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  • all that you are wanting to do.
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  • Lord, I just pray this year
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  • for all the people
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  • at Hillsong Church,
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  • for all the visitors,
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  • all the people who are
  • 00:25:46.280 --> 00:25:47.290
  • standing with us tonight.
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  • And I believe, Lord,
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  • your will be done here on earth
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  • as it's already done in heaven.
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  • Lord, I'm believing for a year
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  • of testimony, and stories,
  • 00:25:55.260 --> 00:25:57.150
  • and new things,
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  • and great beginnings.
  • 00:25:58.210 --> 00:25:59.180
  • - Brian: I love getting
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  • the chance to speak to you
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  • the things of God.
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  • What a privilege.
  • 00:26:07.160 --> 00:26:08.150
  • And if you can't join in at
  • 00:26:08.150 --> 00:26:09.210
  • the time that we're on,
  • 00:26:09.210 --> 00:26:10.220
  • don't forget, you can push
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  • that record button,
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  • bring your friends,
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  • watch it with other people.
  • 00:26:13.130 --> 00:26:15.100
  • You know, in Fiji--amazingly our
  • 00:26:15.100 --> 00:26:17.220
  • program reaches a lot of people
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  • in Fiji, and I hear stories
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  • about whole villages gathering
  • 00:26:21.000 --> 00:26:22.070
  • around one television in Fiji
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  • to watch this program.
  • 00:26:24.160 --> 00:26:25.230
  • So, I hope you'll keep inviting
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  • your friends as well and that
  • 00:26:26.230 --> 00:26:28.260
  • we can continue together to see
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  • the Word of God go forward
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  • and people's lives changed.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Thanks for being a part
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  • of what we do.
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  • All my failures
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  • Could not erase
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  • Now I walk
  • 00:26:42.280 --> 00:26:44.170
  • within your favour
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  • Grace unending
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  • My salvation
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  • Come on, let's declare this
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  • tonight.
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  • I will boast
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  • in Christ alone
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  • His righteousness
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  • and not my own
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  • I will cling to Christ
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  • my hope
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  • His mercy reigns
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