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Backstage Commandments Part 2

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March 21, 2018
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - Hello and welcome to Church By The Glades,
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  • for the next few moments, we're going to hear from
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  • Pastor David Hughes as he shares about
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  • how to live life to the fullest.
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  • It's going to be a ton of fun and you're going
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  • to be encouraged, so stick around.
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  • - At Church By The Glades, we like to say,
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  • no perfect people allowed.
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  • Which means that no matter where you are in life,
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  • you'll be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So just in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek of some of what
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  • you can expect at Church By The Glades.
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  • Solid rock you're the hope of our lives
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  • Almighty God you're our shield in the fight
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  • We're not gonna fear, you're forever near
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  • King of glory you're the strength in our hearts
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  • Light of the world turn our scars into stars
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  • For eternity you're our victory
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  • Whether near or far, everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low, you'll never let us go
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  • We're not gonna hide with you in our lives
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  • With you on our side
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  • You are with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Holy Spirit you're alive in our hearts
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  • Shine your light, light a fire in the dark
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  • Like a mighty wind, we do life again
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  • We do life again
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  • Whether near or far, everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low, you'll never let us go
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  • We're not gonna hide, with you in our lives
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  • With you on our side
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  • You are with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Sing oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • - Come on every hand up
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  • you sing
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  • Whether near or far, everywhere you are
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  • Whether high or low, you'll never let us go
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  • We're not gonna hide, with you in our lives
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  • With you on our side
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  • You are with us
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  • You are with us
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  • Jesus
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • We're singing Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
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  • God is with us
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  • You are with us
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  • - So that was just a quick look of what it's like
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  • to experience Church By The Glades on a weekend.
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  • We would love for you to come see us sometime
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  • and we have several locations right here
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  • in South Florida that you can visit.
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  • Just go to www.cbglades.com
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  • for all the times and directions.
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  • - Just a head's up, today we are continuing
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  • a teaching we started last week,
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  • if you want to catch the entire message,
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  • you can find it at www.cbglades.com,
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  • now go ahead and grab your Bible and something
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  • to take notes with and let's dive into the teaching.
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  • - He picks the environment of Caesarea Philippi,
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  • to be the place he goes public with the church.
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  • Jesus, this church thing is going to be big,
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  • shouldn't you pick a place more spiritual?
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  • Jerusalem, let's talk about the church thing in Jerusalem,
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  • that is like God central right, the temples there,
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  • that's the main, or Bethlehem, Bethlehem is cute, quaint
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  • the city of David, has great history,
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  • oh Jesus you were born there, oh the angles,
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  • and the star, the shepherds, Bethlehem.
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  • But Jesus chooses Caesarea Philippi, it is the darkest,
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  • most disturbed, most spiritually twisted village
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  • He would ever go to and that's the place
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  • He comes out with this thing called the church.
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  • He's clearly making a statement, hey disciples,
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  • you think these people in this village are too far gone
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  • for my Father, you think they're too broken,
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  • they're too sinful, they're too sexually perverse,
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  • you think all that, guess what?
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  • You don't have a heart for them,
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  • but my Heavenly Father has a heart for them.
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  • He loves them the same way He loves you.
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  • So based on the environment, clearly I think
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  • the church is open for everyone,
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  • if you do have it all together, I admire you,
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  • please hang out with us, I hope you become very contagious.
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  • But if are so messed up you're afraid the walls
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  • are gonna collapse because you're inside the church,
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  • the church was built exactly for you.
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  • The church is for the messed up,
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  • shacked up and jacked up people of the world.
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  • Now, the disciples understand,
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  • man this backstage conversation is gonna be big,
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  • this thing called the church is gonna be a movement,
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  • it's gonna be seismic, it's gonna be
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  • substantial, it's gonna be big.
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  • So Jesus, help us understand,
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  • what's the foundation of this gonna be?
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  • What's the fuel to drive it forward?
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  • And I think that's pretty clear,
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  • what's gonna be the thing that you build this church on
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  • Jesus and His word, Jesus and His word
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  • Have I ever mentioned I'm big on Jesus and His
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  • - [Congregation] word
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  • You've heard that, and I could not bypass a series
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  • with the biggest LED in Broward County without
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  • putting up here in giant letters,
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  • in case you're a little slow and you missed it before,
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  • that Church By The Glades, our two main values,
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  • that drive everything around here are what?
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  • Jesus and
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  • [Congregation] His word
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  • - Now look, I'm grateful for campuses and programs
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  • and musicians and cameras and LED's
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  • but what makes the church the church,
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  • is fidelity to Jesus and the word of God.
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  • Now where is that, okay, most scholars think
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  • the climactic verse, in Matthew's gospel is,
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  • excuse me chapter, is chapter 16,
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  • but the climactic verse is verse 16.
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  • When Jesus says, what does the crowd say about me?
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  • They don't really know they think maybe you're
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  • John the Baptist come back from the dead, it's kinda spooky,
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  • maybe you're Jeremiah or one of the prophets come back.
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  • He said, now what do you say, what do say?
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  • And look what Simon, and by the way Peter typically says
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  • the wrong thing, he's the wrong thing guy isn't he?
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  • He's like the guy, open up mouth,
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  • insert foot every single, but this time Peter nails it.
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  • I want to take this apart with you,
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  • 'cause this is the foundation of the church right here.
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  • You are the Christ,
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  • Christ is an English transliteration
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  • of the Greek word christos, say the word christos
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  • one, two, three, christos.
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  • Christos is a translation of the Hebrew
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  • which we say in English, messiah.
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  • Let me take another step, what's messiah?
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  • That word shows up a lot though, what's messiah mean?
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  • Shows up a lot in the Bible, messiah means anointed one.
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  • Anointed one, now take a journey with me.
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  • Who did you anoint in the Old Testament?
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  • Three people, kings, priests, prophets.
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  • Now, now, now occasionally, there was a king
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  • who would prophesy, and there's a couple examples
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  • of priests that became prophets,
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  • but no one did all three jobs, until Jesus.
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  • Until messiah, He's the first one to be all three
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  • king, priest, and prophet.
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  • He's not any normal king, He's clearly a divine king.
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  • That's remarkable, oh my gosh, see you gotta be clear
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  • on who Jesus is, if you don't know
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  • who Jesus is you're not really a church.
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  • If you're shaky on Jesus, see the crowd was shaky on Jesus,
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  • maybe he's a prophet, insightful religious leader,
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  • great guy, no, no, no, He is way more than that.
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  • He is the savior and the Son of the living God.
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  • Wow what a radical statement,
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  • for a fiercely monotheistic Jew to make.
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  • He journeyed to Isiah chapter nine, where it said
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  • a child will be born and it will be called Almighty God.
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  • Jesus you're a divine king, divine king,
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  • so one component is it has to built on Jesus
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  • then the next component is His word,
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  • so you check out His word where in verse 21
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  • there's a change of His word, He teaches a new part
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  • of the gospel, never shared before.
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  • He says this, they're gonna arrest me
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  • and I will suffer and they're gonna crucify me.
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  • Now, now where do churches start to drift?
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  • Where do churches step outside
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  • of God's will and outside of God's favor?
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  • Typically, it's not the Jesus thing, it's the Bible thing.
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  • When they start to compromise on the Bible.
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  • Hey the Bible, it's a good book, it's helpful,
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  • some parts are probably inspired by God,
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  • but other parts are, no, no, no, no.
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  • We believe this is God's word, but listen the attacks
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  • on the word are as old as the church itself.
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  • In fact this idea of the church is 90 seconds old
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  • and the word of Jesus comes under attack.
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  • And by the way the attack is not from the outside,
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  • the Romans don't ride up and interrupt the meeting right?
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  • The attack on the word of God typically happens
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  • from the inside, it's an insider that does it
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  • and not an evil person, a well-meaning person.
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  • So Jesus says, so what's gonna happen,
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  • here's part of my gospel, they're gonna arrest me
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  • and they're gonna crucify me and I'll be dead.
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  • Who steps up?
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  • Peter steps up, he pushes back and says oh Jesus,
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  • that would never happen to you, that's not...
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  • Peter's not a bad guy, he's a well-meaning guy,
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  • but he's trying to water it down
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  • and soften the edge on the word.
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  • He wants to compromise what Jesus is saying,
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  • and so he pushes back gently, he's basically saying,
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  • hey all this savior stuff and forgiveness stuff
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  • and grace stuff and messiah stuff, that's gonna sell,
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  • but this cross stuff, people aren't gonna buy that,
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  • let's rethink how we present the church.
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  • And so Peter pushes back, Jesus pushes back hard.
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  • He doesn't say Peter, Peter you misspoke,
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  • hey bro you're a little off, no, no.
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  • Get thee behind me
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  • - [Congregation] Satan
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  • - Satan, Peter got it right for like a minute and a half.
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  • He's the hero for like 90 seconds, now he's like,
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  • oh my gosh, he just called me Satan, Jesus called me Satan.
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  • Jesus was defending His word,
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  • that's what makes the church the church.
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  • So the rest of the thing, if you take a step back
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  • I'm surprised you guys clapped, if you clapped,
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  • that's awesome, you love the word of God,
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  • but what Jesus is saying, He's talking about crosses,
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  • for Himself and for us, He's talking about suffering,
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  • He's talking about, this is heavy.
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  • He didn't share this with the crowd, the multitude,
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  • it would have freaked them out, this is for the insiders.
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  • So I thought I would do this, this is the entourage,
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  • this is the 12 disciples, these are the guys
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  • in the green room, these guys had the
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  • all-access backstage pass, but Jesus said you want
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  • to roll with me and be backstage with me, I got some rules.
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  • I got some rules for my entourage, I have some backstage
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  • commandments, I'd like to frame the rest of this passage,
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  • I want to give you three or four backstage commandments.
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  • Write these down, 'cause I think this is what Jesus
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  • is saying, and this is powerful, it is strong,
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  • and I want to make sure we understand the impact of this.
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  • So here's the first one, commandment number one
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  • if you want to be backstage and part of Jesus entourage
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  • and change the world, number one, thou shalt have haters.
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  • See the disciples I think were surprised,
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  • 'cause they'd been very popular, Jesus was popular
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  • people followed Jesus, He's awesome, look at the sermons,
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  • listen to the sermons, look at the miracles, He's great.
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  • They were hoping Jesus would become an earthly king.
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  • A divine king, but a king, He'd get like the crown,
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  • a big crown and a throne in the middle,
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  • but he'd have 12 smaller crowns for them,
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  • 12 thrones for them, right.
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  • They'd be in the limo, they'd be in the spotlight,
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  • they'd have all the perks 'cause they're hanging out
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  • with the king, and Jesus isn't talking
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  • about crowns, He's talking about crosses.
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  • This is the first conversation ever about the church.
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  • He didn't talk about the joy of membership,
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  • the beauty of fellowship, the church is going to be amazing,
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  • as we sing the kumbaya and hug it out, the church.
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  • No, crosses and suffering.
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  • That's why I'm surprised whenever I see a Christian
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  • who's surprised that there's resistance in their life.
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  • The math is too simple, well you know I gave my heart
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  • to Jesus last week and I got baptized,
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  • and I still have to pay my mortgage, what is that,
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  • am I right, my kids still have pimples,
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  • why, where's God's love?
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  • Grandma, grandma still got sick, what happened?
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  • Push back, y'all get they killed our king?
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  • They bumped off the boss.
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  • And that's what the sinless Son of God got
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  • in this broken world, we're gonna have resistance,
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  • we have a hater, the hater's name is Satan.
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  • By the way, sidebar, again, the enemy is Satan,
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  • the enemy is never another church,
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  • it's never another church that does ministry unlike us,
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  • it's not even another church that criticizes us.
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  • In fact let me stop right there 'cause one way
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  • hate takes shape, you know sometimes in America,
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:29.050
  • is not someone punched you in the grill,
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  • it's someone criticizing you, someone hopping
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  • on social media or something, or somebody speaking
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  • into your life you did not invite to speak into your life,
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  • and they critique you and criticize you
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  • as you're trying to improve your life,
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  • as you're trying to get better, work on your education,
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  • you're trying to make a difference right.
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  • As you're trying to do something and someone critiques you,
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  • now I would say just consider the source,
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  • constructive criticism is helpful from a practitioner.
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  • Like I love to receive criticism from people
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  • that know more than me, that's a lot of people.
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  • And also people who love me and believe in me,
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  • I can learn so much from them,
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  • I want them to speak into my life, I want their correction.
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  • But random, negative people as I'm trying
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  • to do something and they're not doing jack,
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  • they'll want to hop on social media or online
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  • and rip me and critique me, look if that's
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  • happening to you, just consider the source.
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  • We have people in this church right now,
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  • you're very high-profile, you're in politics,
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  • you're in the public eye, we have professional athletes
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  • and coaches that go to this church,
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  • man talk radio and people that don't know jack
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  • about sports will rip you, just
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  • go on about your business.
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  • Consider the source, for your criticism to hurt me,
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  • I must first value your opinion.
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  • And if you're not doing anything,
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  • God bless you, I'm not really worried about your opinion.
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  • Alright, related to this, thou shalt, second commandment,
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  • thou shalt refuse to play it safe,
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  • thou shalt refuse to play it safe.
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  • Again this conversation is shocking and surprising
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  • with the disciples 'cause this whole kingdom thing
  • 00:15:59.110 --> 00:16:01.290
  • they're expecting, now they hear about the church,
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  • this movement, this bride, this body,
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  • this hope of the world, they're thinking crowns and limos,
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  • and Jesus is talking crosses and suffering,
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  • on top of that He talks about the gates of hell.
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  • We're going up against what?
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  • The gates of hell, sounds pretty serious, it's kinda scary.
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  • The gates of hell, hell no really, the gates of hell?
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  • Wow, the gates of hell.
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  • And I think if our opposition is truly the gates of hell,
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  • we can't just sit here and play it safe.
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  • We can't be cute and be afraid to offend,
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  • if the stakes are so high, it's literally heaven and hell,
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  • the church can not afford the luxury of playing it safe.
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  • We gotta be risk takers, not sin but anything short of sin,
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  • to reach people to rescue people from the gates of hell.
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  • 'Cause that's what the church is,
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  • we're redeemed people, we are rescued people
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  • and rescued people rescue other people.
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  • And the stakes, the gates of hell,
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  • so that's why we can't play it safe,
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  • that's why he gotta be risk takers, Jesus was a risk taker,
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  • I mean His risk took Him all the way
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  • to a mountain called Calvary, so we are gonna take risks.
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:14.050
  • So some of us we live lives that are unproductive,
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  • we live lives that are unspecial,
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  • we live lives at the level of mediocrity, why?
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  • You play it too safe, don't be reckless, be prayerful,
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  • and once in a while take a step of faith
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  • and take a risk and God will bless that decision,
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  • we are risk takers at Church By The Glades.
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  • I get it, we're not the typical church.
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  • We're not the normal church, but we're here doing church
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  • in Broward County, Florida, we have campuses
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  • in West Palm and campuses in Dade and in Broward County.
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  • And when I came to town here in Broward County
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:44.050
  • many years ago, I found this survey and the survey said
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:46.160
  • that Broward County is one of the
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  • most unchurched areas in America.
  • 00:17:47.230 --> 00:17:49.240
  • And they said that, what was the percentage,
  • 00:17:49.240 --> 00:17:51.170
  • 93% of Broward County did not attend a church.
  • 00:17:51.170 --> 00:17:55.080
  • Attending a church was going to a church four times a year.
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  • Yeah, that's a low bar right, Christmas, Easter,
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  • a wedding, and a funeral and you banged out the four.
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  • And 93% of our county had not done that.
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  • So that tells me man, we're doing
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  • church in Caesarea Philippi.
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  • We're not in Jerusalem, we're not in Bethlehem,
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  • we're not in the Bible Belt, so guess what,
  • 00:18:20.270 --> 00:18:22.180
  • man we can't afford the luxury of playing it safe
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  • so we do some things other churches wouldn't do.
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  • I'm not saying we're right and they're wrong,
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  • I'm just saying, we'll take a risk.
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  • Stakes are the gates of hell, so throughout the years,
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  • we've done stuff we probably, I don't know,
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  • maybe if I was smarter I wouldn't do,
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  • we've risked it, we start campuses in prions,
  • 00:18:40.250 --> 00:18:43.250
  • gotta just say this, I love our prison campuses, yes.
  • 00:18:43.250 --> 00:18:47.090
  • But from a financial point of view,
  • 00:18:48.210 --> 00:18:50.050
  • prison campuses can't tithe, they tithe in what?
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  • Cigarettes and shanks, not much help,
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  • but thank you for that, I'm just kidding.
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  • We just opened Lake Worth, Lake Worth the building
  • 00:18:58.240 --> 00:19:01.230
  • was given to us, but it was an old building,
  • 00:19:01.230 --> 00:19:03.070
  • we put two million dollars into it
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  • and we own it free and clear.
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  • Sample road is paid for free and clear.
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  • Downtown Fort Lauderdale we lease the building,
  • 00:19:09.250 --> 00:19:13.110
  • but we dropped $300.000 worth of technologies into it to
  • 00:19:13.110 --> 00:19:15.290
  • make it usable, the sound system, so all that was paid for.
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  • This building you're in right now, we're at Sawgrass campus,
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  • this building, we began the building campaign
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  • for this back in 2008, 2009, you all
  • 00:19:24.260 --> 00:19:27.150
  • remember the economy in 2008, 2009?
  • 00:19:27.150 --> 00:19:29.150
  • Yeah my timing's phenomenal, but we needed the building,
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:32.150
  • and so the church pledged, we had like this thing we prayed,
  • 00:19:32.150 --> 00:19:35.150
  • pledged to give 12 million dollars over normal giving,
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  • 12 million dollars as the church family
  • 00:19:38.030 --> 00:19:40.000
  • and then the economy got worse.
  • 00:19:40.000 --> 00:19:42.180
  • And though you pledged 12 million dollars
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:44.040
  • you gave like 36 bucks.
  • 00:19:44.040 --> 00:19:45.120
  • And like we're like what do we do?
  • 00:19:45.120 --> 00:19:47.020
  • Do throw the brakes on this?
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  • No we got people, people who need Jesus, and so we borrowed,
  • 00:19:48.160 --> 00:19:53.070
  • we don't own this building free and clear.
  • 00:19:54.100 --> 00:19:56.100
  • We went to the bank and borrowed all the flipping money
  • 00:19:56.100 --> 00:19:58.210
  • they would give us, and they gave us no money
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:00.230
  • for your seats and the lights,
  • 00:20:00.230 --> 00:20:02.090
  • so we borrowed some money from the denomination,
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  • I don't know I think I borrowed some money
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  • from Guito from the mob, he's looking for me now.
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  • Whatever we could do, all the technology we put in back
  • 00:20:07.180 --> 00:20:10.080
  • in the day, were borrowed, were used, we bartered for stuff.
  • 00:20:10.080 --> 00:20:14.230
  • We didn't lay off any staff,
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  • we cut every expenditure we could.
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  • Why would we do that, that's terrible business, what answer?
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  • Gates of hell,
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  • we are up against the gates of hell,
  • 00:20:24.040 --> 00:20:27.010
  • now don't run your family's finances
  • 00:20:28.260 --> 00:20:30.120
  • the way we run the church's finances.
  • 00:20:30.120 --> 00:20:32.070
  • But the stakes are so high, this is not paid for,
  • 00:20:33.250 --> 00:20:37.170
  • thank you for tithing and giving,
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  • 'cause we have a mortgage like you do.
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  • This building's owned by Jesus and a big bunch by the bank.
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  • We're working on that, but the reason
  • 00:20:44.120 --> 00:20:46.160
  • we risk, gates of hell.
  • 00:20:46.160 --> 00:20:48.290
  • And by the way, Jesus said the gates of hell are going down.
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  • They're going down, and quickly, third commandment.
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  • I gotta read this one it's kind of wordy,
  • 00:20:55.250 --> 00:20:57.080
  • third commandment, here's my third commandment
  • 00:20:57.080 --> 00:20:59.020
  • for the backstage people, the insiders,
  • 00:20:59.020 --> 00:21:00.260
  • all-access VIP Jesus people here alright,
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  • thou shalt be understanding, kind, compassionate, loving,
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  • forgiving, non-judgemental, unselfish, and encouraging.
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  • I basically took everything else Jesus said about the church
  • 00:21:13.290 --> 00:21:16.170
  • and put it in one big point here, one big commandment,
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  • basically be nice, play nice, be kind, be loving, in fact
  • 00:21:18.240 --> 00:21:23.170
  • Jesus said the way you can identify the church
  • 00:21:23.170 --> 00:21:26.060
  • as the church is not in the buildings or the programs
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  • or even the orthodoxy and theology,
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  • the way you'll know they're my peeps,
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  • is the way they love each other.
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  • You shall know them by the love, when we love each other
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  • and love the world, so as a church man we don't do politics,
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  • if you're a messy person we're not gonna judge you
  • 00:21:42.040 --> 00:21:44.170
  • when you fall down, we'll hold up the standard for you,
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  • we want your life to grow and for you to strive
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  • for excellence, but if you mess up,
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  • we're not gonna kick you while you're down,
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  • we'll help you find your feet.
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  • The reason I want to hold up this is who we are
  • 00:21:53.020 --> 00:21:54.280
  • we're gonna be loving and kind and compassionate
  • 00:21:54.280 --> 00:21:57.040
  • and all these things is you don't know at your campus,
  • 00:21:57.040 --> 00:22:00.290
  • what the person sitting next you has been through this week.
  • 00:22:00.290 --> 00:22:03.210
  • Man some people have some really hard weeks
  • 00:22:04.260 --> 00:22:07.000
  • in our church family, and maybe that person next to you
  • 00:22:07.000 --> 00:22:10.000
  • is about to quit, about to give up on marriage, or school,
  • 00:22:10.000 --> 00:22:13.180
  • or taking chemistry for the third time, or give up on God,
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:17.260
  • and they don't need your judgment they need your love.
  • 00:22:17.260 --> 00:22:20.280
  • They need your help, I mean we have such hurt
  • 00:22:20.280 --> 00:22:24.260
  • and brokenness every week, we had a couple here
  • 00:22:24.260 --> 00:22:27.030
  • this week and their baby died after three hours,
  • 00:22:27.030 --> 00:22:31.150
  • and they'll be a single mom here who's dealing
  • 00:22:31.150 --> 00:22:33.120
  • with cancer today, and her son's in college
  • 00:22:33.120 --> 00:22:36.000
  • choosing whether or not he should come home,
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:38.020
  • and man they need compassion, they need wisdom,
  • 00:22:38.020 --> 00:22:40.190
  • every week there's somebody that's lost their job,
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:44.050
  • there's somebody that had to file bankruptcy,
  • 00:22:44.050 --> 00:22:45.190
  • there's somebody who's spouse said hey I'm out,
  • 00:22:45.190 --> 00:22:48.050
  • I'm done with this marriage, there's a kid
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:50.040
  • that just went to rehab every week,
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  • we have so much hurt and someone's going,
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:53.110
  • you guys are messed up at Church By The Glades,
  • 00:22:53.110 --> 00:22:55.050
  • you got all that stuff going on, oh yeah, oh yeah.
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:57.230
  • But Jesus followers have always been a little messy,
  • 00:22:57.230 --> 00:22:59.170
  • we want to grow, we want to get better, sanctification,
  • 00:22:59.170 --> 00:23:01.220
  • that's our goal, but always messy,
  • 00:23:01.220 --> 00:23:04.020
  • really, really, I don't know if that's true.
  • 00:23:04.020 --> 00:23:06.060
  • The disciples right, Jesus thought the disciples
  • 00:23:06.060 --> 00:23:08.030
  • were spiritual, well you're saying that not
  • 00:23:08.030 --> 00:23:10.210
  • because you read your Bible, you've seen a painting.
  • 00:23:10.210 --> 00:23:13.140
  • In fact every painting, that's how they look,
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:14.210
  • paintings, they do look spiritual, oh my gosh,
  • 00:23:14.210 --> 00:23:17.200
  • they're so spiritual, they're praying and stuff
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  • and they're not even eating the bread, they're just praying.
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  • Jesus has a small frisbee, that's really I don't know,
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  • they have halos, oh you're right man,
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  • I'm wrong man, they are so spiritual
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  • and godly and so together they have halos.
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  • No, no, no you don't crucify people with halos.
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  • Come on think that through, you're the Roman guy,
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  • okay I know the boss said I need to crucify you,
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  • but you're wearing a halo, I can't do it.
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  • You're so spiritual, no let the text
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  • tell you about the disciples.
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  • Matthew was a crooked IRS agent, Peter was what?
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  • Obnoxious, loud, had an issue with cussing, denied Jesus.
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  • James and John were shameless self-promoters,
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  • their mama was pushy and obnoxious.
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  • Simon the zealot was racist, Thomas has issues with doubt,
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  • don't even get me started on Judas.
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  • They were messy and Jesus took these messy men
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  • and made the church and changed the world.
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  • (congregation applause)
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  • So the person next to you is messy,
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  • so is the person you meet in the mirror, be kind, be loving,
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  • be non-judgemental, be compassionate
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  • we're all a work in progress right here.
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  • And then quickly, quickly final one thou shalt give,
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  • number four and five, thou shalt give all glory
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  • for all that is good to Jesus.
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  • Anything in the church that is worthwhile
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  • or of value, all the credit goes clearly
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  • to the king of kings, it's all about Him.
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  • Now all the many things that don't work, all the fails,
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  • I will own those, if you're looking for a perfect church,
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  • please run for the exits as fast as you can.
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  • I've been her next week, gosh 19 years,
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  • how the flip did that happen?
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  • But wait, wait, we have made so many mistakes,
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  • we have done things we probably shouldn't do, you know,
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  • I don't mean moral mistakes, I don't mean,
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  • but I mean just trying to reach people
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  • and probably missed it and probably did something
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  • you thought that was stupid or offensive.
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  • Listen all of the mistakes, that's me, that's on me.
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  • But all the so much that's good, that's Jesus.
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  • When I came here those years ago,
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  • our church ran a little less than 500 people,
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  • that's not a bad sized church,
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  • decent church, not growing at all,
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  • hadn't grown in years, winning some people.
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  • I was notified this past week,
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  • there are 35.000 churches in America,
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  • Evangelical churches, and we're now
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  • the 40th largest in the land, we're one of the 100 fastest
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  • growing churches again this year.
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  • And I'm not saying that to brag on anyone except Jesus,
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  • because that is remarkable especially where we do life.
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  • We're in Broward County, when I came here 93% unchurched,
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  • I was just exposed to the same survey a month ago,
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  • now it's 97% unchurched.
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  • It's even tougher now, it's tougher now.
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  • We're not doing church in Jerusalem,
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  • we're not doing church in cute little Bethlehem,
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  • we're in Caesarea Philippi, we're this amazing culture,
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  • I love the South Florida culture,
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  • it's a great place to do family and raise kids
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  • and an amazing place to do this thing
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  • called church, but it's not easy here.
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  • So we're not trying to be the typical church
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  • or the normal church 'cause South Florida
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  • doesn't need another one of those.
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  • It needs a crazy church, it needs a Navy SEAL kinda church,
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  • it needs a Special Forces kinda church,
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  • let me go old school, needs an easy company
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  • storming the beaches at Normandy,
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  • taking turf kinda church, that's what we want to be.
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  • I don't want to be normal, I want to speak into this culture
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  • with clarity and see people come to Jesus, why?
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  • The gates of hell, the gates of hell,
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  • we stand against the gates of hell in the name
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  • of the king of kings but the gates of hell are going down,
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  • the gates of hell are gonna fall.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and look them in the eye
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  • and say the gates of hell are going down,
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  • the gates of hell of my life, my addiction,
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  • my frustration, my sin, my guilt.
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  • - Thanks for so much for checking out the show today,
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  • we are honored that you would tune in
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  • and we hope that today's message would continue
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  • to be a source of inspiration and encouragement
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  • as you go forward into your week.
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