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He Takes Away To Establish

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  • - Brian Houston: He takes away
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  • to establish.
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  • What does that really mean?
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  • It's Hebrews chapter 10,
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  • verse 9, "And then He said,
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  • 'Behold, I have come to do
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  • Your will, O God.'
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  • He takes away the first that
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  • He may establish the second."
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  • He takes away the first that
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  • he may establish the second.
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  • In 2001, Joel, my oldest son
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  • was 21.
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  • He had just turned 21
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  • and I thought it'd be awesome--
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  • my life had been busy
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  • and I don't know, there were
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  • just dynamics going on.
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  • And so I thought I'd be awesome
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  • if he could come with me
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  • to New York.
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  • I was gonna be going
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  • to New York.
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  • In fact, we were going with
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  • the worship team.
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  • And so, kind of as part of his
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  • 21st birthday, I took him
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  • to New York City
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  • and while we were there,
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  • the big thing we were gonna do
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  • was go and watch a couple
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  • of days of the U.S. tennis open.
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  • But our seats, if you think
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  • I always get the good seats,
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  • our seats were in the absolute
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  • back row at the absolute top
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  • of that outdoor stadium.
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  • But we could look across
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  • the back and we could see
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  • the skyline of Manhattan, that
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  • incredible, impressive skyline.
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  • Well, we started talking about
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  • some of the stories
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  • and conspiracies that related
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  • to the World Trade Towers.
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  • The date was 6/11
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  • so it was 3 days before 9/11.
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  • We had no idea what was gonna
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  • come up 3 days later.
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  • But I think about that and
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  • I think about the devastation,
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  • and the death, and the horror.
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  • And you know what made me
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  • the maddest?
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  • There's some Christians who said
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  • it was the judgment of God
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  • on America.
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  • That's not the God I serve.
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  • God takes a way,
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  • but he doesn't take way with
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  • that kind of demonic activity.
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  • That is one thing
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  • and it's a force right out
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  • of the pit of hell.
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  • Just like all terrorism
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  • is today still,
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  • it's from the pit of hell.
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  • But we sing a song,
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  • "He gives and takes away."
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  • I don't know but somehow there's
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  • something about that song
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  • I'm like, I love the idea
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  • of God giving.
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  • I just don't kind of like the
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  • idea of him taking away.
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  • And I always think,
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  • he gives and takes away.
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  • Is that a positive thing for us
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  • to be singing in church?
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  • He gives and takes away?
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  • What does God take away?
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  • And why would God take away?
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  • Do you think that maybe when God
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  • takes away, it's only because
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  • he wants to establish something
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  • better, better in quality,
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  • better in quantity,
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  • and better in kind?
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  • That's what I believe.
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  • And there are times in our life
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  • when it seems like God takes
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  • away, takes something from out
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  • and under us and we don't always
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  • understand it.
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  • But I'll tell you this, at that
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  • same time in New York City, I
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  • also kind of lost my son in this
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  • sense, it was there and then
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  • that he started a love affair
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  • with New York.
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  • And so, I lost my son
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  • to America.
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  • And God, yes, in a sense
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  • has taken away, but I don't have
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  • a sense of loss because
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  • I know he's established
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  • something so much better.
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  • And so, when we think about God
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  • taking away, I'll tell you, we
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  • can so easily--it sort of points
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  • straight to two human tendencies
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  • and one of those is start
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  • hankering after the past.
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  • "The good old days."
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  • The good old days aren't as good
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  • as you think but we always
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  • get this hankering for past.
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  • They did it in Moses' time.
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  • God called Moses to lead his
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  • people out of bondage
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  • and out of Egypt
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  • and the first time they reached
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  • an obstacle--which was a big
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  • obstacle.
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  • They got the ocean,
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  • the Red Sea in front
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  • of the mountains on this side,
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  • the desert that side.
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  • Only strong currents
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  • are passable in front of them.
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  • And so, but you know it wasn't
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  • very long before the children
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  • of Israel with a hankering after
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  • the past, "We were better off
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  • in Egypt than we are here."
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  • And God opens the sea.
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  • It's a mighty miracle.
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  • They're all praising God.
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  • The horse and rider
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  • are being thrown into the sea.
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  • The Lord has triumphed
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  • gloriously.
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  • But then it's not long in the
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  • desert before they start again.
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  • "We were better off back
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  • in Egypt."
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  • Hankering after the past.
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  • The disciples, when Jesus
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  • was crucified, same thing.
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  • Peter, he was a fisherman,
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  • of course, that's what he had
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  • left behind to follow
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • He left the nets
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  • and followed him.
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  • But here's Peter, same thing,
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  • he says, "I'm going fishing."
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  • And the others said,
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  • "We're coming with you."
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  • And so, they wanted to go back
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  • to their past.
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  • When you lose your vision
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  • for the future,
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  • you always return to your past.
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  • And so, there's that tendency in
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  • people to keep trying to hold on
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  • to the old thing, to the last
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  • thing, to the past thing.
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  • And then the other thing is
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  • it's amazing how we can believe,
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  • we can actually believe,
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  • that God wants to take from us.
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  • Listen to
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  • Ecclesiastes chapter 7, verse 8
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  • and then verse 10.
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  • In verse 8 it says,
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  • "The end of a thing is better
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  • than its beginning;
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  • The patient in spirit is better
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  • than the proud in spirit.
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  • The end of a thing is better
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  • than the beginning."
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  • And in verse 10, "Do not say,
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  • 'Why were the former days
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  • better than these days?'
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  • For you do not inquire wisely
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  • concerning this."
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  • Sometimes, as we get older,
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  • we can start looking at those
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  • good old days and we can start
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  • building up the--just how good
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  • those old days.
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  • Then the Bible says, "Don't say
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  • that those former things were
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  • better than what God's doing
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  • today."
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  • 'Cause the Scripture is
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  • absolutely filled with promise
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  • that God will do a new thing.
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  • So, we believe and oftentimes
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  • we hanker after the past.
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  • And the other thing is that we
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  • tend to believe that God wants
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  • to take from us.
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  • But if God ever takes from you,
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  • it's because he wants to do
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  • something better in quality,
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  • in quantity, and in kind.
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  • It's not God who's gonna
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  • destroy a marriage.
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  • It's not God who's gonna rob you
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  • of your peace of mind.
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  • It's not God who is going to
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  • cause you to live your life
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  • broke and bankrupt.
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  • That's not what God does.
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  • So, what does he take away?
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  • Why do we always glorify,
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  • it seems, the low side?
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  • So, for example, the Bible says
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  • that if you sow in tears,
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  • you'll reap in joy.
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  • And so, many people,
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  • they glorify the sowing in tears
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  • and it's always the tears,
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  • the tears, the tears.
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  • And life is hard.
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  • And they're always living
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  • in the tears.
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  • But what do ya think
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  • God's will is?
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  • God's will is for you to reap
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  • in joy.
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  • In the same way the Bible says,
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  • "Blessed are the meek,"
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  • Matthew chapter 5,
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  • Jesus speaking.
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  • "For they shall inherit
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  • the earth."
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  • We can so easily just always
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  • try to hold on to, I don't know,
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  • if you wanna be great,
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  • learn to be a servant.
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  • There's only one way to be great
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  • in the kingdom of God
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  • and that's through servanthood.
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  • But many people, they don't--
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  • they don't even have any,
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  • any awareness or even any want
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  • for the great.
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  • They just wanna be servants.
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  • But if you wanna be great,
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  • learn to be a servant.
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  • God wants to do something great
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  • in you.
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  • God wants to do something great
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  • through you.
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  • Again, if you humble yourself,
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  • you'll be exalted.
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  • Does God just want you to walk
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  • around in this false humility?
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  • Is that what he wants?
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  • I don't think so.
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  • God wants to exalt, not just
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  • you, but the purpose of God
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  • in you.
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  • He wants to lift you up and into
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  • his purpose, and his promise,
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  • and his plan.
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  • But the way up is down.
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  • If we humble ourselves,
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  • God will exalt us.
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  • And it's same with the kingdom
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  • of God.
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  • Seek first the kingdom of God,
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  • and what happens?
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  • All these things shall be added.
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  • And what do you think
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  • the will of God is?
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  • He wants to add into your life,
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  • pressed down, shaken together,
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  • and running out all over.
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  • That's what God wants to do
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  • in your life.
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  • If you lose your life,
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  • you shall surely find it
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  • and on and on I could go.
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  • You see, if God takes, it's
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  • because he wants to establish
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  • something better.
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  • He takes away the first so
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  • he could establish the second.
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  • So, what kind of things does
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  • God take from us?
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  • Let me give you a list of them.
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  • One is old things.
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  • I mean, he does,
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  • he takes old things.
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  • In Hebrews chapter 8, verse 6,
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  • talking about the New Covenant.
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  • It says--well, I'll just read
  • 00:08:08.290 --> 00:08:09.290
  • verse 13 for time's sake.
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  • "In that He says,
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  • 'A new covenant,'
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  • He has made the first obsolete.
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  • Now what is becoming obsolete
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  • and," what?
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  • "Growing old is ready to
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  • vanish away."
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  • See, God's wanting to do
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  • a new thing.
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  • The Bible says he'll give you
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  • a new heart.
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  • The Scripture talks about
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  • God giving new life.
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  • The Bible says old things
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  • are passed away, behold,
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  • all things have become new.
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  • Many people wanna hold on
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  • to the old things but sometimes
  • 00:08:36.290 --> 00:08:38.270
  • the old thing is not what's
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  • gonna be used to take you
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  • into the new thing.
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  • So, let's not just be trying
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  • to hold on to old things.
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  • People try to hold on to
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  • all sorts of things that,
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  • well, to be honest with you,
  • 00:08:50.060 --> 00:08:52.000
  • they represent a day gone by.
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  • "Why don't we still sing
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  • the old songs?"
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  • Hey, people wanna hold on
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  • to the old but all of life
  • 00:08:57.280 --> 00:08:59.200
  • is in the new.
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  • And so, I think sometimes God
  • 00:09:01.200 --> 00:09:03.010
  • takes away dead things.
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  • It's amazing, people can try to
  • 00:09:05.260 --> 00:09:07.180
  • keep CPR and keep alive things
  • 00:09:07.180 --> 00:09:10.090
  • that they're just dead.
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  • Do you know when I was younger,
  • 00:09:12.090 --> 00:09:14.060
  • a teenager, our church had
  • 00:09:14.060 --> 00:09:15.120
  • a cafe, a Christian cafe,
  • 00:09:15.120 --> 00:09:17.290
  • if a cafe could become
  • 00:09:17.290 --> 00:09:18.270
  • a Christian.
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  • And so, God did good things
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  • in that place, I mean, really.
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  • It was amazing.
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  • It was great.
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  • A lot of people came to Christ
  • 00:09:26.260 --> 00:09:28.030
  • in that place.
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  • It was called Shiloh.
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  • But the day came when
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  • it was dead.
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  • It was just a memory of days
  • 00:09:34.130 --> 00:09:35.120
  • gone by and I can remember
  • 00:09:35.120 --> 00:09:37.030
  • the time the leaders doing
  • 00:09:37.030 --> 00:09:38.080
  • everything to try to keep it
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  • alive, trying to give it CPR,
  • 00:09:39.090 --> 00:09:41.150
  • but it was dead.
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  • It served its purpose.
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  • Sometimes there are things in
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  • our lives we wanna keep alive.
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  • It might be old alliances,
  • 00:09:47.080 --> 00:09:48.270
  • old allegiances, old programs,
  • 00:09:48.270 --> 00:09:50.230
  • old ministries,
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  • but if something's dead,
  • 00:09:51.220 --> 00:09:53.070
  • put it out of its misery.
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  • Amen.
  • 00:09:55.190 --> 00:09:56.220
  • So, God takes away flawed
  • 00:09:56.220 --> 00:09:58.220
  • things.
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  • What do I mean by flawed things?
  • 00:10:00.080 --> 00:10:01.270
  • Well, I'll tell you right now,
  • 00:10:01.270 --> 00:10:03.080
  • the law, you know,
  • 00:10:03.080 --> 00:10:04.220
  • it served its purpose
  • 00:10:04.220 --> 00:10:06.170
  • but Jesus fulfilled the law
  • 00:10:06.170 --> 00:10:09.070
  • because the law could not do
  • 00:10:09.070 --> 00:10:11.250
  • what only Jesus could do
  • 00:10:11.250 --> 00:10:13.290
  • by taking that sacrifice upon
  • 00:10:13.290 --> 00:10:15.230
  • himself.
  • 00:10:15.230 --> 00:10:16.220
  • And the law was full of holes.
  • 00:10:16.220 --> 00:10:18.120
  • And so, there was laws upon laws
  • 00:10:18.120 --> 00:10:19.220
  • and laws that tried to plug
  • 00:10:19.220 --> 00:10:21.100
  • every gap with new laws and
  • 00:10:21.100 --> 00:10:22.220
  • that's the thing about the law,
  • 00:10:22.220 --> 00:10:24.080
  • even today, constitutions,
  • 00:10:24.080 --> 00:10:25.290
  • people are always having to put
  • 00:10:25.290 --> 00:10:27.000
  • new laws and new bypasses.
  • 00:10:27.000 --> 00:10:29.010
  • That's a good thing I'm talking
  • 00:10:29.010 --> 00:10:30.050
  • about dead things.
  • 00:10:30.050 --> 00:10:31.010
  • Have to put all these--
  • 00:10:31.010 --> 00:10:32.000
  • you know, that didn't work.
  • 00:10:32.000 --> 00:10:33.230
  • It was flawed.
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  • I wonder what we're trying
  • 00:10:35.170 --> 00:10:36.110
  • to hold on to that is flawed.
  • 00:10:36.110 --> 00:10:38.220
  • I wonder what relationship,
  • 00:10:38.220 --> 00:10:39.290
  • young ladies, you're trying
  • 00:10:39.290 --> 00:10:41.130
  • to hold on to.
  • 00:10:41.130 --> 00:10:42.220
  • I'm not saying he's got pimples,
  • 00:10:42.220 --> 00:10:44.160
  • not that kind of flaw.
  • 00:10:44.160 --> 00:10:45.280
  • I'm just saying this guy is not
  • 00:10:45.280 --> 00:10:47.230
  • what God wants for you when it
  • 00:10:47.230 --> 00:10:49.180
  • comes to your God-given future.
  • 00:10:49.180 --> 00:10:51.160
  • So, don't try to hold on to
  • 00:10:51.160 --> 00:10:53.060
  • flawed relationships,
  • 00:10:53.060 --> 00:10:55.070
  • flawed things.
  • 00:10:55.070 --> 00:10:56.190
  • You see, sometimes things
  • 00:10:56.190 --> 00:10:57.230
  • are flawed and God actually
  • 00:10:57.230 --> 00:10:59.270
  • rescues us from flawed things.
  • 00:10:59.270 --> 00:11:01.290
  • Some things, there's nothing
  • 00:11:01.290 --> 00:11:03.120
  • wrong with them in their own,
  • 00:11:03.120 --> 00:11:05.160
  • but it's not just the vehicle
  • 00:11:05.160 --> 00:11:07.090
  • he wants to use for you.
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  • It might be good,
  • 00:11:09.120 --> 00:11:10.190
  • but God's got something better.
  • 00:11:10.190 --> 00:11:12.190
  • Sometimes things are just
  • 00:11:12.190 --> 00:11:13.290
  • the wrong vehicle.
  • 00:11:13.290 --> 00:11:15.130
  • Nothing wrong with it in itself,
  • 00:11:15.130 --> 00:11:17.000
  • it's just not what God wants
  • 00:11:17.000 --> 00:11:18.100
  • to use for you to take you where
  • 00:11:18.100 --> 00:11:20.040
  • he wants you to go.
  • 00:11:20.040 --> 00:11:22.090
  • And then sometimes support
  • 00:11:22.090 --> 00:11:23.270
  • systems.
  • 00:11:23.270 --> 00:11:25.070
  • In other words, we have our
  • 00:11:25.070 --> 00:11:26.170
  • dependencies in all the wrong
  • 00:11:26.170 --> 00:11:28.020
  • things.
  • 00:11:28.020 --> 00:11:28.200
  • If you're depending on your
  • 00:11:28.200 --> 00:11:29.180
  • own ability to rationalize,
  • 00:11:29.180 --> 00:11:31.040
  • if you're depending
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  • when it comes to moving forward
  • 00:11:32.110 --> 00:11:34.050
  • on just all the wrong people,
  • 00:11:34.050 --> 00:11:35.260
  • if you somehow are building
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:37.070
  • a dependence on yourself,
  • 00:11:37.070 --> 00:11:38.290
  • rather than depending on God,
  • 00:11:38.290 --> 00:11:40.260
  • God can sweep the carpet out
  • 00:11:40.260 --> 00:11:42.130
  • from underneath you.
  • 00:11:42.130 --> 00:11:43.190
  • Psalm 127, verse 1,
  • 00:11:43.190 --> 00:11:45.200
  • "Unless the Lord builds
  • 00:11:45.200 --> 00:11:47.000
  • the house, they labor in vain
  • 00:11:47.000 --> 00:11:49.010
  • who build it; unless the Lord
  • 00:11:49.010 --> 00:11:50.250
  • guards the city, the watchman
  • 00:11:50.250 --> 00:11:52.160
  • stays awake in vain,"
  • 00:11:52.160 --> 00:11:54.190
  • the Scripture says.
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  • What are you leading on rather
  • 00:11:55.270 --> 00:11:57.250
  • than leaning on and depending
  • 00:11:57.250 --> 00:11:59.100
  • on Jesus Christ?
  • 00:11:59.100 --> 00:12:01.020
  • 'Cause sometimes we need the rug
  • 00:12:01.020 --> 00:12:02.160
  • pulled off us and under us
  • 00:12:02.160 --> 00:12:04.080
  • so that we put our faith,
  • 00:12:04.080 --> 00:12:05.190
  • and put our dependence, and
  • 00:12:05.190 --> 00:12:06.290
  • our trust where it needs to be.
  • 00:12:06.290 --> 00:12:09.090
  • Well, sometimes God just takes
  • 00:12:09.090 --> 00:12:11.040
  • away things that have run
  • 00:12:11.040 --> 00:12:12.070
  • their course.
  • 00:12:12.070 --> 00:12:13.290
  • It was good at its time,
  • 00:12:13.290 --> 00:12:15.070
  • it's just run its course.
  • 00:12:15.070 --> 00:12:16.240
  • From the age of 43 to 55,
  • 00:12:16.240 --> 00:12:19.150
  • I oversaw a movement,
  • 00:12:19.150 --> 00:12:21.270
  • a denomination about
  • 00:12:21.270 --> 00:12:22.280
  • 1100 churches.
  • 00:12:22.280 --> 00:12:24.100
  • It was a great time
  • 00:12:24.100 --> 00:12:25.210
  • but I was getting busier.
  • 00:12:25.210 --> 00:12:26.220
  • The church obviously was growing
  • 00:12:26.220 --> 00:12:27.270
  • and other demands and other
  • 00:12:27.270 --> 00:12:29.150
  • needs and someone came
  • 00:12:29.150 --> 00:12:31.030
  • and spoke like a Word from God
  • 00:12:31.030 --> 00:12:32.150
  • to me which I accepted saying,
  • 00:12:32.150 --> 00:12:34.270
  • "It's time to let that go."
  • 00:12:34.270 --> 00:12:36.140
  • And, you know,
  • 00:12:36.140 --> 00:12:37.080
  • first I kind of resisted
  • 00:12:37.080 --> 00:12:38.120
  • because, well, I liked it.
  • 00:12:38.120 --> 00:12:40.210
  • I liked doing it.
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:41.190
  • And I had so much felt like my
  • 00:12:41.190 --> 00:12:42.290
  • time wasn't done but then I felt
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:44.290
  • like the Holy Spirit moved.
  • 00:12:44.290 --> 00:12:46.170
  • And so, I walked away from
  • 00:12:46.170 --> 00:12:48.000
  • that and it's the best thing
  • 00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:49.070
  • I ever did.
  • 00:12:49.070 --> 00:12:51.000
  • It's the best thing I ever did.
  • 00:12:51.000 --> 00:12:52.290
  • I mean, the 7 years since then,
  • 00:12:52.290 --> 00:12:55.030
  • 55 to 62, I believe the Lord
  • 00:12:55.030 --> 00:12:57.120
  • spoke about a new season.
  • 00:12:57.120 --> 00:12:59.010
  • And I look at all of the
  • 00:12:59.010 --> 00:13:00.050
  • opportunity, and all the new
  • 00:13:00.050 --> 00:13:02.050
  • horizons, and all the things
  • 00:13:02.050 --> 00:13:03.180
  • God's done for us as a church
  • 00:13:03.180 --> 00:13:05.090
  • and for Bobbie and I personally.
  • 00:13:05.090 --> 00:13:07.020
  • And so, I'm so grateful that
  • 00:13:07.020 --> 00:13:08.260
  • I didn't hold on to something
  • 00:13:08.260 --> 00:13:10.080
  • that for me, had run its course.
  • 00:13:10.080 --> 00:13:13.060
  • And then God takes away
  • 00:13:13.060 --> 00:13:14.200
  • first things.
  • 00:13:14.200 --> 00:13:15.260
  • He takes away the first so
  • 00:13:15.260 --> 00:13:18.070
  • he can establish the second.
  • 00:13:18.070 --> 00:13:20.280
  • That's what the Bible says.
  • 00:13:20.280 --> 00:13:22.210
  • I believe God wants to take from
  • 00:13:22.210 --> 00:13:25.070
  • you but when he wants to take
  • 00:13:25.070 --> 00:13:27.120
  • from you, there's something in
  • 00:13:27.120 --> 00:13:28.270
  • your life he wants to establish.
  • 00:13:28.270 --> 00:13:30.210
  • And the great news is even
  • 00:13:30.210 --> 00:13:32.070
  • when the devil plunders you--
  • 00:13:32.070 --> 00:13:34.050
  • and let's be honest,
  • 00:13:34.050 --> 00:13:34.270
  • sometimes he does everything
  • 00:13:34.270 --> 00:13:36.060
  • he can to plunder you
  • 00:13:36.060 --> 00:13:38.020
  • but what he means for evil,
  • 00:13:38.020 --> 00:13:40.030
  • God'll use for good.
  • 00:13:40.030 --> 00:13:41.220
  • With Joseph, what his brothers
  • 00:13:41.220 --> 00:13:43.190
  • meant for evil, God was able
  • 00:13:43.190 --> 00:13:45.200
  • to use for good.
  • 00:13:45.200 --> 00:13:47.290
  • And so, even when the devil
  • 00:13:47.290 --> 00:13:50.110
  • plunders, I believe God can
  • 00:13:50.110 --> 00:13:51.280
  • use it to establish.
  • 00:13:51.280 --> 00:13:53.240
  • And, you know, there is some
  • 00:13:53.240 --> 00:13:54.240
  • loss that will always stay
  • 00:13:54.240 --> 00:13:56.030
  • people.
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  • It involves grief and pain
  • 00:13:57.000 --> 00:13:58.140
  • if it relates to the loss
  • 00:13:58.140 --> 00:13:59.210
  • of a loved one.
  • 00:13:59.210 --> 00:14:00.290
  • I mean, even a child, of course,
  • 00:14:00.290 --> 00:14:03.160
  • that'll be a scar you carry for
  • 00:14:03.160 --> 00:14:04.180
  • all of your days and maybe never
  • 00:14:04.180 --> 00:14:06.100
  • fully understand it.
  • 00:14:06.100 --> 00:14:08.080
  • But I believe God can take loss,
  • 00:14:08.080 --> 00:14:10.190
  • even when something is stolen
  • 00:14:10.190 --> 00:14:12.180
  • from you, in a way that
  • 00:14:12.180 --> 00:14:15.010
  • establishes something.
  • 00:14:15.010 --> 00:14:16.130
  • Something valuable can come out
  • 00:14:16.130 --> 00:14:18.270
  • of it in your life.
  • 00:14:18.270 --> 00:14:20.200
  • And so many things God
  • 00:14:20.200 --> 00:14:21.290
  • establishes by taking away.
  • 00:14:22.010 --> 00:14:25.010
  • And I believe tonight again
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:26.150
  • that things in our lives
  • 00:14:26.150 --> 00:14:28.020
  • that God can establish.
  • 00:14:28.020 --> 00:14:29.180
  • If I look in the Scripture,
  • 00:14:29.180 --> 00:14:30.180
  • one of the things that God
  • 00:14:30.180 --> 00:14:31.140
  • establishes by taking away,
  • 00:14:31.140 --> 00:14:33.220
  • it's just right foundations,
  • 00:14:33.220 --> 00:14:35.060
  • proper foundations.
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  • You may know the story
  • 00:14:36.250 --> 00:14:37.100
  • of the rich, young ruler.
  • 00:14:37.100 --> 00:14:38.290
  • It's in Mark chapter 10
  • 00:14:38.290 --> 00:14:40.050
  • and the rich, young ruler,
  • 00:14:40.050 --> 00:14:41.210
  • he's a guy who's rich,
  • 00:14:41.210 --> 00:14:42.190
  • he's young, and he's a ruler,
  • 00:14:42.190 --> 00:14:44.060
  • and that's a hard guy to lead
  • 00:14:44.060 --> 00:14:45.110
  • right there.
  • 00:14:45.110 --> 00:14:46.070
  • And he comes to Jesus
  • 00:14:46.070 --> 00:14:47.130
  • and he says to Jesus, he said,
  • 00:14:47.130 --> 00:14:49.030
  • "What do I need to do
  • 00:14:49.030 --> 00:14:49.260
  • to be saved?"
  • 00:14:49.260 --> 00:14:50.230
  • And I kind of feel my
  • 00:14:50.230 --> 00:14:51.270
  • paraphrased version that he felt
  • 00:14:51.270 --> 00:14:54.210
  • because he was rich, and young,
  • 00:14:54.210 --> 00:14:56.030
  • and a ruler that it would be
  • 00:14:56.030 --> 00:14:57.110
  • different for him than everyone
  • 00:14:57.110 --> 00:14:58.140
  • else.
  • 00:14:58.140 --> 00:14:59.060
  • But Jesus said, "You know
  • 00:14:59.060 --> 00:15:00.050
  • the Ten Commandments."
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  • And he said, "I've done that
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  • since I was a young man."
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  • And then Jesus told him
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  • what he didn't wanna hear.
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  • Listen to Mark chapter 10,
  • 00:15:06.140 --> 00:15:07.160
  • verse 21.
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  • "Jesus, looking at him,
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  • loved him, and said to him."
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  • He looked at him, he loved him,
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  • and said to him.
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  • I've got a whole message
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  • on this.
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  • Who do you allow to love you
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  • enough to look you in the eye
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  • and tell you what you need to
  • 00:15:23.190 --> 00:15:25.050
  • hear, not what you want to hear?
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  • 'Cause Jesus wasn't about to
  • 00:15:28.040 --> 00:15:29.110
  • tell him what he wanted to hear.
  • 00:15:29.110 --> 00:15:31.100
  • Jesus looking at him, loved him,
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  • and said to him, "One thing you
  • 00:15:32.190 --> 00:15:35.000
  • lack: go your way, sell whatever
  • 00:15:35.000 --> 00:15:37.030
  • you have and give to the poor,
  • 00:15:37.030 --> 00:15:39.080
  • and you will have treasure
  • 00:15:39.080 --> 00:15:40.090
  • in heaven; and come, take up
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:42.090
  • the cross, and follow Me."
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  • The only other people Jesus
  • 00:15:43.270 --> 00:15:45.080
  • encouraged to take up
  • 00:15:45.080 --> 00:15:46.090
  • their cross and follow him
  • 00:15:46.090 --> 00:15:47.280
  • were his disciples.
  • 00:15:47.280 --> 00:15:49.140
  • So, who knows who Jesus had
  • 00:15:49.140 --> 00:15:50.200
  • in store for that rich, young
  • 00:15:50.200 --> 00:15:52.070
  • ruler.
  • 00:15:52.070 --> 00:15:53.050
  • But the Bible says he was sad
  • 00:15:53.050 --> 00:15:55.170
  • at that Word and went away
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  • sorrowful.
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:15:58.130
  • Do you know with loss,
  • 00:15:58.130 --> 00:15:59.090
  • it's one thing to be sad.
  • 00:15:59.090 --> 00:16:01.040
  • It's an entirely different thing
  • 00:16:01.040 --> 00:16:02.120
  • to take that sorrow with you
  • 00:16:02.120 --> 00:16:04.030
  • into the future.
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  • He was sad and went away
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  • sorrowful.
  • 00:16:06.240 --> 00:16:08.160
  • Some people, they get hurt.
  • 00:16:08.160 --> 00:16:09.200
  • They get offended.
  • 00:16:09.200 --> 00:16:10.170
  • And they're sad.
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:11.150
  • And that's understandable.
  • 00:16:11.150 --> 00:16:12.250
  • But if you somehow have
  • 00:16:12.250 --> 00:16:15.010
  • something like that happen in
  • 00:16:15.010 --> 00:16:16.050
  • your life and you take it
  • 00:16:16.050 --> 00:16:17.290
  • with you into your future,
  • 00:16:17.290 --> 00:16:19.230
  • it will mark your future
  • 00:16:19.230 --> 00:16:21.110
  • whereas you can leave
  • 00:16:21.110 --> 00:16:22.220
  • that back there.
  • 00:16:22.220 --> 00:16:24.040
  • He was being told to do
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  • something he wouldn't wanna do
  • 00:16:25.090 --> 00:16:27.010
  • and he was told to let go
  • 00:16:27.010 --> 00:16:28.060
  • of things he didn't wanna let go
  • 00:16:28.060 --> 00:16:29.290
  • of because those were the things
  • 00:16:29.290 --> 00:16:31.200
  • that he was trying to build his
  • 00:16:31.200 --> 00:16:33.000
  • foundations in his life.
  • 00:16:33.000 --> 00:16:34.270
  • But Jesus had a better plan,
  • 00:16:34.270 --> 00:16:36.090
  • a better plan.
  • 00:16:36.090 --> 00:16:38.110
  • So, eventually, of course,
  • 00:16:38.110 --> 00:16:39.230
  • he goes away sorrowful
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:41.010
  • and the disciples,
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:42.070
  • they can't understand it.
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:43.120
  • And they say, "Well, who can
  • 00:16:43.120 --> 00:16:44.090
  • enter into the kingdom of God?"
  • 00:16:44.090 --> 00:16:46.000
  • And Jesus starts talking about
  • 00:16:46.000 --> 00:16:47.000
  • a camel and fitting through
  • 00:16:47.000 --> 00:16:48.270
  • the eye of the needle and starts
  • 00:16:48.270 --> 00:16:50.280
  • talking about things that relate
  • 00:16:50.280 --> 00:16:52.120
  • to a camel trying to get through
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:53.260
  • a little hole that's far, far
  • 00:16:53.260 --> 00:16:55.040
  • too big to get in.
  • 00:16:55.040 --> 00:16:56.120
  • And they're saying, you know,
  • 00:16:56.120 --> 00:16:58.100
  • "Whoever could make it?"
  • 00:16:58.100 --> 00:16:59.160
  • And God's saying,
  • 00:16:59.160 --> 00:17:00.210
  • "Well, to man's it's impossible.
  • 00:17:00.210 --> 00:17:01.250
  • To God, all things are
  • 00:17:01.250 --> 00:17:03.020
  • possible."
  • 00:17:03.020 --> 00:17:03.250
  • Then Peter says something like
  • 00:17:03.250 --> 00:17:04.210
  • this, Peter says, "We've given
  • 00:17:04.210 --> 00:17:07.040
  • all we have to follow you."
  • 00:17:07.040 --> 00:17:10.020
  • And I love what Jesus said.
  • 00:17:10.020 --> 00:17:12.040
  • Let's look at these next verses.
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  • "Jesus answered and said,
  • 00:17:13.220 --> 00:17:14.290
  • 'Assuredly, I say to you,
  • 00:17:14.290 --> 00:17:16.000
  • there's no one who has left
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  • house or brothers or sisters
  • 00:17:17.150 --> 00:17:19.070
  • or father or mother or wife
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:21.160
  • or children or lands,
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  • for My sake and the gospel's,
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:25.110
  • who shall not receive a
  • 00:17:25.110 --> 00:17:26.160
  • hundredfold--" I love this part,
  • 00:17:26.160 --> 00:17:29.020
  • "Now in this time."
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  • If you think, you know,
  • 00:17:31.080 --> 00:17:32.130
  • all of this is in heaven,
  • 00:17:32.130 --> 00:17:34.060
  • you look at it carefully.
  • 00:17:34.060 --> 00:17:35.080
  • "Now in this time."
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:35.280
  • Now, look at the last verse,
  • 00:17:35.280 --> 00:17:38.080
  • "And in the age to come,
  • 00:17:38.080 --> 00:17:39.130
  • eternal life."
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:40.220
  • There's a distinction between
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  • what God can do in this time
  • 00:17:41.190 --> 00:17:43.070
  • and what God can do in eternity.
  • 00:17:43.070 --> 00:17:45.050
  • Don't attribute everything that
  • 00:17:45.050 --> 00:17:47.000
  • relates to what God wants to
  • 00:17:47.000 --> 00:17:48.090
  • bring to your life to eternity.
  • 00:17:48.090 --> 00:17:50.070
  • Yes, eternity is eternity
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:52.120
  • and what a wonderful reward
  • 00:17:52.120 --> 00:17:53.190
  • it will be.
  • 00:17:53.190 --> 00:17:54.190
  • And so much will be answered
  • 00:17:54.190 --> 00:17:56.000
  • in heaven but there are things
  • 00:17:56.000 --> 00:17:57.100
  • God can do right here on earth.
  • 00:17:57.100 --> 00:17:59.190
  • So, no sacrifice, or no cost is
  • 00:17:59.190 --> 00:18:02.060
  • wasted when it comes to putting
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:03.250
  • the kingdom of God first.
  • 00:18:03.250 --> 00:18:05.140
  • And sometimes, God takes away
  • 00:18:05.140 --> 00:18:07.080
  • so he can establish the kind of
  • 00:18:07.080 --> 00:18:08.240
  • foundation, the kind of platform
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:12.020
  • which you can build
  • 00:18:12.020 --> 00:18:13.060
  • your life on.
  • 00:18:13.060 --> 00:18:13.280
  • Praise God for that.
  • 00:18:13.280 --> 00:18:15.140
  • I think God takes away
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:16.150
  • to build foundations.
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  • He takes away to bring
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:18.220
  • multiplication.
  • 00:18:18.220 --> 00:18:20.160
  • Everybody say, "multiplication."
  • 00:18:22.220 --> 00:18:25.220
  • God wants to establish
  • 00:18:25.220 --> 00:18:26.220
  • multiplication and what better
  • 00:18:26.220 --> 00:18:27.290
  • story can I tell than Jesus made
  • 00:18:27.290 --> 00:18:29.260
  • the disciples steal a little
  • 00:18:29.260 --> 00:18:31.010
  • boy's lunch?
  • 00:18:31.010 --> 00:18:32.140
  • Just two fish
  • 00:18:32.140 --> 00:18:34.010
  • and five barley loaves.
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:35.270
  • If you thought that life with
  • 00:18:35.270 --> 00:18:37.010
  • Jesus was boring, I'm telling
  • 00:18:37.010 --> 00:18:38.120
  • you again, it was an adventure.
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:40.050
  • How'd you like to be a disciple
  • 00:18:40.050 --> 00:18:41.090
  • that Jesus starts talking about
  • 00:18:41.090 --> 00:18:42.260
  • buying food and he did that
  • 00:18:42.260 --> 00:18:44.280
  • to trap them or trick them.
  • 00:18:44.280 --> 00:18:46.140
  • And so, one of them says, "Look,
  • 00:18:46.140 --> 00:18:48.070
  • we've only got 200 denarii.
  • 00:18:48.070 --> 00:18:49.250
  • That's not gonna feed this great
  • 00:18:49.250 --> 00:18:50.220
  • big crowd."
  • 00:18:50.220 --> 00:18:51.270
  • And so Jesus said,
  • 00:18:51.270 --> 00:18:52.280
  • "Just go around and see what
  • 00:18:52.280 --> 00:18:54.050
  • you can find."
  • 00:18:54.050 --> 00:18:54.290
  • "All I could find is one little
  • 00:18:54.290 --> 00:18:55.240
  • boy's lunch, two fish,
  • 00:18:55.240 --> 00:18:57.090
  • five loaves of bread."
  • 00:18:57.090 --> 00:18:59.090
  • And Jesus, of course,
  • 00:18:59.090 --> 00:19:00.120
  • as he took from the boy--
  • 00:19:00.120 --> 00:19:01.270
  • so the boy now, it had been
  • 00:19:01.270 --> 00:19:03.070
  • taken from him but it was
  • 00:19:03.070 --> 00:19:04.230
  • a principle happening,
  • 00:19:04.230 --> 00:19:06.010
  • the principle of multiplication.
  • 00:19:06.010 --> 00:19:07.200
  • In the end, not only did
  • 00:19:07.200 --> 00:19:08.250
  • Jesus feed the little boy,
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:10.170
  • but he fed a crowd of thousands
  • 00:19:10.170 --> 00:19:12.160
  • of people at the same time.
  • 00:19:12.160 --> 00:19:14.150
  • He fed thousands of people.
  • 00:19:14.150 --> 00:19:15.230
  • That's the principle
  • 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:16.200
  • of multiplication.
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:17.240
  • Sometimes God takes from your
  • 00:19:17.240 --> 00:19:19.150
  • life because he wants to bring
  • 00:19:19.150 --> 00:19:21.000
  • multiplication into your life.
  • 00:19:21.000 --> 00:19:23.070
  • And that's how so many
  • 00:19:23.070 --> 00:19:24.060
  • things--it's how tithing works.
  • 00:19:24.060 --> 00:19:25.110
  • It's how giving works.
  • 00:19:25.110 --> 00:19:26.220
  • We give, not to get,
  • 00:19:26.220 --> 00:19:28.070
  • we give out of obedience
  • 00:19:28.070 --> 00:19:29.110
  • to Christ, and out of our love
  • 00:19:29.110 --> 00:19:30.220
  • for him, and our commitment
  • 00:19:30.220 --> 00:19:31.260
  • to putting him first.
  • 00:19:31.260 --> 00:19:33.090
  • We never in our church preach
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:34.280
  • tithing as though if you don't
  • 00:19:34.280 --> 00:19:36.050
  • do it, God's gonna curse ya.
  • 00:19:36.050 --> 00:19:38.160
  • You give and you tithe
  • 00:19:38.160 --> 00:19:39.170
  • because you just wanna honor him
  • 00:19:39.170 --> 00:19:40.180
  • and put him first.
  • 00:19:40.180 --> 00:19:41.220
  • And do what the Word says,
  • 00:19:41.220 --> 00:19:42.260
  • "Try me now in this.
  • 00:19:42.260 --> 00:19:43.250
  • Prove me now in this
  • 00:19:43.250 --> 00:19:45.100
  • and see if I'll not multiply."
  • 00:19:45.100 --> 00:19:47.050
  • So, when people honor God,
  • 00:19:47.050 --> 00:19:48.150
  • they put him first.
  • 00:19:48.150 --> 00:19:49.160
  • God's saying, "See if I not
  • 00:19:49.160 --> 00:19:51.060
  • open the windows of heaven and
  • 00:19:51.060 --> 00:19:52.180
  • pour out such blessing for you.
  • 00:19:52.180 --> 00:19:54.060
  • You won't have room
  • 00:19:54.060 --> 00:19:55.060
  • to contain it."
  • 00:19:55.060 --> 00:19:56.100
  • That's multiplication right
  • 00:19:56.100 --> 00:19:57.150
  • there 'cause we were never
  • 00:19:57.150 --> 00:19:59.080
  • called to contain the blessing
  • 00:19:59.080 --> 00:20:00.210
  • of God.
  • 00:20:00.210 --> 00:20:01.210
  • We were called to be a blessing
  • 00:20:01.210 --> 00:20:03.110
  • with his blessing in our life.
  • 00:20:03.110 --> 00:20:04.290
  • And so, that's the principle.
  • 00:20:04.290 --> 00:20:06.140
  • So God, sometimes,
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:07.210
  • he wants to take
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:09.020
  • but only so he can establish
  • 00:20:09.020 --> 00:20:10.120
  • something so much better.
  • 00:20:10.120 --> 00:20:12.000
  • He brings multiplication
  • 00:20:12.000 --> 00:20:13.130
  • into our lives.
  • 00:20:13.130 --> 00:20:15.060
  • And it's just so good.
  • 00:20:15.060 --> 00:20:17.070
  • Sometimes, over the years,
  • 00:20:17.070 --> 00:20:18.090
  • people have moved on.
  • 00:20:18.090 --> 00:20:19.240
  • Here at our church and at times
  • 00:20:19.240 --> 00:20:21.250
  • I haven't been able to
  • 00:20:21.250 --> 00:20:22.250
  • understand it and even at times
  • 00:20:22.250 --> 00:20:24.020
  • I felt so vulnerable
  • 00:20:24.020 --> 00:20:25.200
  • 'cause I'm like, well,
  • 00:20:25.200 --> 00:20:26.200
  • we were so dependent on them.
  • 00:20:26.200 --> 00:20:28.210
  • Never forget one time when
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:30.050
  • Pastor Ray McCauley--
  • 00:20:30.050 --> 00:20:31.110
  • I was a much younger pastor
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:33.130
  • and gone through a pretty
  • 00:20:33.130 --> 00:20:34.100
  • hurtful time and Ray McCauley,
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:35.290
  • he turned around to me and says,
  • 00:20:35.290 --> 00:20:37.040
  • "Brian, the cork is out
  • 00:20:37.040 --> 00:20:38.130
  • of the bottle.
  • 00:20:38.130 --> 00:20:39.170
  • You just wait and see."
  • 00:20:39.170 --> 00:20:41.000
  • At that time, I couldn't see it
  • 00:20:41.000 --> 00:20:41.290
  • like that.
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:42.200
  • All I could feel was loss.
  • 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:44.210
  • I didn't see it like that
  • 00:20:44.210 --> 00:20:45.210
  • but it was absolutely,
  • 00:20:45.210 --> 00:20:47.110
  • absolutely a Word from God.
  • 00:20:47.140 --> 00:20:50.140
  • The cork was out of the bottle.
  • 00:20:50.140 --> 00:20:52.090
  • Multiplication came.
  • 00:20:52.090 --> 00:20:53.230
  • Multiplication of ministries,
  • 00:20:53.230 --> 00:20:55.100
  • multiplication of opportunity,
  • 00:20:55.100 --> 00:20:57.130
  • multiplication of blessing
  • 00:20:57.130 --> 00:20:58.250
  • and I think God sometimes
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:00.050
  • takes from your life.
  • 00:21:00.050 --> 00:21:01.030
  • Don't be discouraged
  • 00:21:01.030 --> 00:21:02.000
  • by it 'cause he wants to
  • 00:21:02.000 --> 00:21:03.030
  • bring blessing.
  • 00:21:03.030 --> 00:21:04.010
  • He wants to bring multiplication
  • 00:21:04.010 --> 00:21:05.110
  • into your life in the name
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:07.020
  • of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:21:07.020 --> 00:21:08.250
  • And God takes away
  • 00:21:08.250 --> 00:21:10.040
  • in our lives to establish
  • 00:21:10.040 --> 00:21:11.180
  • the Word of the Lord.
  • 00:21:11.180 --> 00:21:13.280
  • He wants to--what about the--
  • 00:21:13.280 --> 00:21:14.290
  • you know again,
  • 00:21:14.290 --> 00:21:16.080
  • here's Jesus at it again,
  • 00:21:16.080 --> 00:21:17.110
  • keeping the disciples on edge.
  • 00:21:17.110 --> 00:21:19.160
  • It's at that big moment.
  • 00:21:19.160 --> 00:21:21.000
  • He's about to ride a donkey over
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:22.060
  • the Mount of Olives
  • 00:21:22.060 --> 00:21:23.150
  • and into Jerusalem
  • 00:21:23.150 --> 00:21:24.270
  • and there'll be people waving
  • 00:21:24.270 --> 00:21:25.250
  • palm trees.
  • 00:21:25.250 --> 00:21:27.020
  • And they were praising
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:28.100
  • and glorifying God as he rides
  • 00:21:28.100 --> 00:21:30.250
  • this donkey.
  • 00:21:30.250 --> 00:21:31.260
  • The donkey was the carriage
  • 00:21:31.260 --> 00:21:33.030
  • that God was going to use.
  • 00:21:33.030 --> 00:21:35.020
  • And again sadly,
  • 00:21:35.020 --> 00:21:36.130
  • it was many of those same people
  • 00:21:36.130 --> 00:21:39.120
  • or those same people represented
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:41.080
  • who just a few days later
  • 00:21:41.080 --> 00:21:42.130
  • were crying,
  • 00:21:42.130 --> 00:21:43.100
  • "Crucify him, crucify him."
  • 00:21:43.100 --> 00:21:45.060
  • But here's what Jesus says,
  • 00:21:45.060 --> 00:21:46.190
  • he says to a couple of the
  • 00:21:46.190 --> 00:21:47.150
  • disciples, "Hey, I want you to
  • 00:21:47.150 --> 00:21:48.190
  • go to such and such a village
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:50.020
  • and you'll see there a donkey.
  • 00:21:50.020 --> 00:21:51.110
  • I want you to take the donkey."
  • 00:21:51.110 --> 00:21:52.190
  • And if someone says,
  • 00:21:52.190 --> 00:21:53.130
  • "Why are you taking my donkey?"
  • 00:21:53.130 --> 00:21:54.290
  • Tell them the Lord has need
  • 00:21:54.290 --> 00:21:56.060
  • of it.
  • 00:21:56.060 --> 00:21:57.030
  • How'd you like to be
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:21:57.290
  • one of those disciples?
  • 00:21:57.290 --> 00:21:59.000
  • You get--Jesus just told you
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  • to steal someone's donkey.
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  • I mean, that's what
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  • the Bible--read it for yourself.
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  • And so, they go on there
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  • and they find the donkey.
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  • And they're taking the donkey.
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  • "Hey, what are you doing
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  • with my donkey?"
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  • "My Lord has need of it."
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  • And for some reason,
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  • he lets them take the donkey.
  • 00:22:12.290 --> 00:22:15.010
  • And so, what's happening here?
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  • Jesus was about to enter into
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  • what was the subject of more
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  • prophecies than anything else,
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  • that is the cross,
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  • the resurrection,
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  • the pivotal moment in history.
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  • He was about to enter into
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  • the Word of Lord that had been
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  • spoken by the prophets of old.
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  • And I believe sometimes God
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  • takes because he wants to
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  • establish the Word of the Lord
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  • in your life.
  • 00:22:38.250 --> 00:22:40.130
  • And so, that's why it's not
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  • always a bad thing.
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  • We try to hanker on to the past.
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  • We try to hold on to old things.
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  • Maybe someone did break
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  • your heart.
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  • You're trying to hold on
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  • to that.
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  • But can you believe for a moment
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  • that maybe what God wants to
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:52.070
  • bring into your life is better
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  • in quality, in quantity,
  • 00:22:53.240 --> 00:22:55.180
  • and in kind?
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  • Can you believe that God
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  • actually wants to add
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  • to your life?
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  • You've been--I couldn't tell ya
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  • how many people in our church
  • 00:23:00.190 --> 00:23:01.250
  • over the years,
  • 00:23:01.250 --> 00:23:03.020
  • maybe they got retrenched.
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  • They lost their job.
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  • And it didn't seem to make sense
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  • and then they couldn't get work
  • 00:23:06.290 --> 00:23:08.190
  • so they're in that process.
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:10.030
  • They're in that period where
  • 00:23:10.030 --> 00:23:11.050
  • they just--and so almost out
  • 00:23:11.050 --> 00:23:12.200
  • of necessity, they've started
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  • a business and amazingly, God
  • 00:23:14.160 --> 00:23:16.110
  • starts blessing their business
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  • that they didn't even
  • 00:23:17.150 --> 00:23:18.150
  • necessarily want to start
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  • or they had to be pushed
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  • into starting.
  • 00:23:20.270 --> 00:23:22.040
  • And yet God has blessed it
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  • and I brought multiplication
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  • and the Word of the Lord
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  • was established in their lives.
  • 00:23:26.040 --> 00:23:28.090
  • And so, that's what God
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  • can do for you.
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  • He can.
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  • I believe he gives and he takes
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  • away, but if he takes away,
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  • there's no negatives in
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  • that if you just believe God,
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  • and you trust him,
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  • and you hold on to him.
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  • And even in the gap,
  • 00:23:40.290 --> 00:23:42.050
  • in the space, in that time,
  • 00:23:42.050 --> 00:23:43.120
  • in the waiting, just trust God
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  • because if he takes away the--
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  • he will take old things.
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  • He will take dead things.
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  • He will take flawed things.
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  • He will take support system.
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  • He will take the wrong vehicles.
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  • He will take things that maybe
  • 00:23:52.240 --> 00:23:54.090
  • have just run their course
  • 00:23:54.090 --> 00:23:55.200
  • and he'll pull them out from
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  • underneath you but only
  • 00:23:57.030 --> 00:23:58.090
  • because he's got more for you.
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  • Anyone in the house believe it
  • 00:24:00.050 --> 00:24:01.040
  • tonight?
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  • - Brian: I love getting
  • 00:24:07.030 --> 00:24:07.290
  • the chance to speak to you
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:09.170
  • the things of God.
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  • What a privilege.
  • 00:24:10.110 --> 00:24:11.160
  • And if you can't join in
  • 00:24:11.160 --> 00:24:12.140
  • at the time that we're on,
  • 00:24:12.140 --> 00:24:13.200
  • don't forget, you can push
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  • that record button,
  • 00:24:14.200 --> 00:24:15.230
  • bring your friends,
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:16.210
  • watch with other people.
  • 00:24:16.210 --> 00:24:17.170
  • You know in Fiji, amazingly our
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:20.200
  • program reaches a lot of people
  • 00:24:20.200 --> 00:24:22.020
  • in Fiji and I hear stories about
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  • whole villages gathering around
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  • one television in Fiji
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  • to watch this program.
  • 00:24:27.140 --> 00:24:28.160
  • So, I hope you'll keep inviting
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  • your friends as well and that we
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  • 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 ya.
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  • Thanks for being a part
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  • of what we do.
  • 00:24:37.150 --> 00:24:38.150
  • What can make me
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  • whole again
  • 00:24:45.040 --> 00:24:48.040
  • Nothing but the blood
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  • of Jesus
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  • - male: Come on, let's fill
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  • this place with singing.
  • 00:24:53.110 --> 00:24:55.060
  • What can wash away my sin?
  • 00:24:58.060 --> 00:25:01.080
  • of Jesus
  • 00:25:05.010 --> 00:25:08.010
  • What can make me
  • 00:25:08.100 --> 00:25:11.100
  • whole again?
  • 00:25:11.110 --> 00:25:14.110
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:25:14.110 --> 00:25:17.020
  • of Jesus
  • 00:25:18.070 --> 00:25:21.070
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:25:21.070 --> 00:25:23.220
  • of Jesus
  • 00:25:27.060 --> 00:25:30.060
  • I will boast!
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:32.000
  • I will boast
  • 00:25:32.000 --> 00:25:34.130
  • in Christ alone
  • 00:25:35.230 --> 00:25:38.230
  • His righteousness
  • 00:25:39.010 --> 00:25:42.010
  • And not my own
  • 00:25:42.290 --> 00:25:45.290
  • I will cling to Christ
  • 00:25:46.140 --> 00:25:49.140
  • my hope
  • 00:25:49.140 --> 00:25:52.040
  • His mercy reigns
  • 00:25:52.080 --> 00:25:55.080
  • Now and forever
  • 00:25:56.180 --> 00:25:59.180
  • I will boast
  • 00:25:59.180 --> 00:26:01.110
  • in Christ alone
  • 00:26:02.140 --> 00:26:05.140
  • His righteousness
  • 00:26:05.200 --> 00:26:08.200
  • And not my own
  • 00:26:09.120 --> 00:26:12.120
  • I will cling to Christ
  • 00:26:13.050 --> 00:26:16.050
  • my hope
  • 00:26:16.050 --> 00:26:18.250
  • His mercy reigns
  • 00:26:19.010 --> 00:26:22.010
  • What can wash away my sin?
  • 00:26:30.080 --> 00:26:33.080
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:26:33.080 --> 00:26:35.250
  • What can make me
  • 00:26:40.060 --> 00:26:43.060
  • whole again?
  • 00:26:43.100 --> 00:26:46.100
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:26:46.100 --> 00:26:49.040
  • of Jesus
  • 00:26:50.110 --> 00:26:53.110
  • O precious is the flow
  • 00:26:56.260 --> 00:26:59.260
  • No other fount I know
  • 00:27:10.110 --> 00:27:13.110
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:27:13.110 --> 00:27:16.000
  • of Jesus
  • 00:27:17.040 --> 00:27:20.040
  • Nothing but the blood
  • 00:27:20.040 --> 00:27:22.200