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  • female: Good morning and welcome to "Church
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  • by the Glades" with Pastor David Hughes.
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  • We are so glad that you're here.
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  • We've got a great show for you today that I know is going to
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  • encourage you so stick around.
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  • It's going to be awesome.
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  • male: At "Church by the Glades," we like to say no
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  • perfect people allowed which means that no matter where you
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  • are in life, you'll be welcomed when you visit.
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  • So, in case you haven't checked us out yet,
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  • here's a sneak peek at some of what you can expect at "Church
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • And 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, 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, Breathe New Life Again,
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  • Breathe New 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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  • And 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, Jesus.
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  • Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
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  • Oh, 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, oh.
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  • Oh, 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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  • We sing, 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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  • And We're Not Gonna Hide.
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  • female: So, that was just a quick look of what it's like to
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  • experience "Church by the Glades."
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  • We would love for you to come see us sometime,
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  • and we have two locations here in south Florida
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  • that you can visit.
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  • Just go to cbglades.com for all the times and directions.
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  • See you soon.
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  • male: If you've got a Bible nearby,
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  • go ahead and grab it or pull it up on your mobile device.
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  • You might want to also take some notes too.
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  • We really believe that the next few moments can make a big
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  • impact on your life.
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  • Let's watch together.
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  • David Hughes: We're all trying to figure out relationships.
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  • We're all trying to figure out.
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  • You got someone in your life, you love them
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  • but they're making you crazy.
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  • How do you figure out and maximize
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  • interpersonal relationships?
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  • I want to talk to kids, parents, and grandparents
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  • but if you're not that kind of person, if you're not a parent,
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  • you know, not a grandparent, stay focused.
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  • Stay focused 'cause the Bible's relationship principles are very
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  • broad in application and they will apply a great many
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  • to all your valued interpersonal relationships.
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  • But a little word for mom, and dad,
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  • and the kids right now, the best verse in the Bible on
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  • parenting's down in the Book of Proverbs, Book of Proverbs.
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  • Now, you take your Bibles and you turn
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  • to Luke chapter 1, Luke chapter 1.
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  • In fact, I want all campuses to say that
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  • text together loudly, ready?
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  • Luke chapter?
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  • All right, you find Luke chapter 1,
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  • but here is the principle or the promise.
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  • Proverbs 22, verse 6 and probably the most famous verse
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  • in the Bible about parenting, all right?
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  • The first word is highlighted.
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  • When I say three, read the first word loudly.
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  • Ready, one, two, three.
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  • "Train up a child in the way he should go;
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  • and when he is old he will not depart from it."
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  • Famous, famous verse, famous principle.
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  • It says as a parent, I'm called to train my children,
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  • train up my children.
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  • Does that mean to teach?
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  • Well, teach is a component, but it's more than teaching.
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  • It's more than just looking at those moments when the kids are
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  • teachable and trying to get them advice,
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  • or wisdom, or be a good example for them.
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  • But to train is more holistic, it's more intentional.
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  • In fact, here's the difference between training and teaching.
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  • My son Charlie, he's 16 and Charlie is really serious about
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  • playing football this next year and so,
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  • as he wants to improve his abilities on the field,
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  • I could have gave him a book on football.
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  • I could have said, "Here, let me show you some sites on YouTube
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  • and you can watch tutorials on YouTube.
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  • Let's just play Madden more often,
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  • that will help you be a better football player."
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  • No. What I love about Charlie is he's not just learning,
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  • he's not just availing himself to teaching,
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  • he's training.
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  • So, 3 days a week, he rides a different bus from school.
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  • He goes to Weston.
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  • There's this place here called Fit Speed and they train elite
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  • athletes, not just high school athletes but college guys
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  • getting ready for the combines, pro athletes.
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  • And Charlie is not just learning,
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  • he's working his butt off.
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  • He's practicing, he's drilling, he's training,
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  • repetition, putting in the sweat.
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • As a good parent, it's about application,
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  • not just information.
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  • In fact, before I let this verse and this word "train" go,
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  • this is a word you already know in the original Hebrew,
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  • by the way.
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  • You know this Hebrew word.
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  • You're like, "David, I don't know any Hebrew,
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  • what do you mean?"
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  • You know this one.
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  • Now, it's a verb in verse 6, Proverbs 22
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  • but if you take its parallel noun equivalent,
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  • it is this word on the screen right now.
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  • You recognize that word? Anybody recognize that word?
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  • If you lived in south Florida more than 15 minutes
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  • you know this word.
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  • Hanukkah, Hanukkah.
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  • You're like, "Yeah, I know the word Hanukkah.
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  • It's that nice celebration.
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  • The festival of lights.
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  • My Jewish neighbors enjoy Hanukkah around
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  • the end of the year."
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  • All right, that is the word translated train
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  • in verse 6, Proverbs 22.
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  • But every other time this word shows up it's translated
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  • to dedicate, to dedicate, to consecrate.
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  • So, what the Bible's saying, don't just teach your kids
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  • and don't just drill your kids and practice,
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  • you need to infuse God into every part of your parenting.
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  • Consecrate this whole activity to God.
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  • Dedicate that child. Dedicate your parenting to God.
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  • Now, that's the principle, train up a child in the way he shall
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  • go and when he's older--now listen,
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  • anybody here with a adult kids, adult kids?
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  • When he's older, all right, did your kids anywhere along
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  • the way hit a few bumps in the road? Come on, right?
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  • It's not saying that you won't have some drama and some bumps
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  • in the road, but when they're older if you lay the right
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  • foundation, they'll be fine, they'll be fine.
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  • Now, that's the principle but I love anytime I can,
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  • not just to show you the promise or the principle but to show you
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  • an example in the Bible of some like real live flesh and blood
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  • person trying to wrestle this principle to the ground.
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  • So, Luke chapter, chapter what, what? Chapter?
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  • Luke chapter 1 is a story of some parents.
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  • Now, it's a story of Mary and Joseph but before that,
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  • there's another couple less famous,
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  • Zechariah and Elizabeth.
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  • Elizabeth is Mary's cousin but their story stands alone.
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  • They want to have kids.
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  • They've become surprising parents.
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  • Let me just jump right into the story.
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  • So, Luke chapter 1, we'll start in verse 5.
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  • I've highlighted a couple of words in verse 5.
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  • Look what it says on the screen.
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  • Now in the time of Herod king of Judea,
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  • there was a priest, a priest, and the priest's name is
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  • Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah."
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  • There's 24 priestly divisions.
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  • They kind of rotate through service.
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  • His wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of?
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  • And Aaron's the most famous priest. That's Moses' brother.
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  • You recall he's the first high priest.
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  • So, what the Bible's saying is both the couple,
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  • Elizabeth and Zechariah, they have these priestly backgrounds.
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  • In fact, they come from a long line of priests,
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  • like their dads, and their grandads,
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  • and their--everybody's been a priest
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  • in both sides of the family.
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  • Why do I want to belabor that?
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  • Just to get you thinking with their mindset,
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  • you know, the way they process what God is about to do
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  • so they're priests.
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  • She's from a priestly family.
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  • He serves as a priest in the temple.
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  • Verse 6, "Both of them were upright in the sight of God."
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  • You're gonna see that they're cool people.
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  • It almost sounds like they're sinless.
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  • They're not sinless, but they're blameless.
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  • They're very sincere and no doubt when you live that way,
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  • they're very blessed.
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  • They have a great relationship with each other.
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  • They have a great relationship with God. I'll keep reading.
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  • "Both of them were upright in the sight of God,
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  • observing all the Lord's commandments
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  • and regulations blamelessly. But--" Good reading.
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  • "But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren;
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  • and they were both well on in years."
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  • They were both older. All right, so always good things.
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  • They have a great relationship with each other.
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  • They have a great marriage, great relationship with God.
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  • They're sincere, but they have no kids.
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  • Always wanted kids, but they couldn't have kids.
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  • I was just thinking about that, if you really survey carefully
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  • their relational grid, there's probably
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  • a "but" in your relational grid.
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  • There's probably a "but," probably a "but."
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  • Like a lot of good things, a lot of good people,
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  • "But I got this relational issue."
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  • I'm amazed how many people you look at your relationships
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  • you got a "but."
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  • There's a "but" in your relationships,
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  • probably big, probably ugly, and embarrassing
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  • but you got a "but" in your relationships.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "He may be talking about you."
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  • No, only B-U-T-T, B-U-T is what I mean.
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  • I mean like this, you have nice people,
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  • you have nice things, "But I got this relationship issue."
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  • Maybe it's the way you make and process relational decisions.
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  • Maybe you would say, "Look, look,
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  • I'm smart. I'm smart.
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  • I make good decisions over all my life.
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  • I make good professional decisions.
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  • I make good financial decisions, but I can't pick
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  • a man for the life of me.
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  • I choose one loser after another.
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  • Today, oh my gosh, I just can't pick a good man."
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  • I'm preaching to somebody over there, yes.
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  • Might be you're a young person, you're a young person and you're
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  • like, "You know, like I try to make good chases too.
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  • I'm making good choices about my academics.
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  • I'm choosing not to drink. I don't drug.
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  • You know, I go to Church by the Glades. I'm involved there.
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  • I know what the Bible says about my parents,
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  • but I can't honor my mom and dad.
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  • They're making me crazy right now.
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  • They're so annoying. Oh, they just don't get it.
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  • But I get--" Right?
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  • Sometimes the "but's" not a decision.
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  • It's actually someone you have a relationship with.
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  • Who has a "but" in their relationships? You got a "but"?
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  • Yeah, that's that person like,
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  • "Hey, Thanksgiving to your house this year?
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  • That'll be great oh but Uncle Edwardo is coming.
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  • I mean, he'll be drunk in the first 15 minutes,
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  • cussin' like a sailor.
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  • But Aunt Thelma's coming with what,
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  • is this like her seventh husband? So awkward."
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  • What I'm trying to say is this, we all have something
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  • in our relationships.
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  • We all have something.
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  • We all have someplace relationally we've known
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  • disappointment, frustration, right?
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  • There's something, or some decision, or somebody.
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  • We all got a "but" in our relationships big,
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  • ugly, and embarrassing, amen?
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  • Families, all of us are screwed up.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "He's talking about you.
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  • You are screwed up. We are screwed up."
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  • All right, so anyways, Zechariah and Elizabeth,
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  • they have a lot of great things, a lot of great blessings but
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  • they always wanted to have kids and it never happened for them.
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  • Verse 8, look at this here's where
  • 00:13:15.240 --> 00:13:17.060
  • the plot clots in this story.
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  • Look at this turn. "Once when Zechariah's division--"
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  • There's 24 priestly divisions, a whole bunch of priests.
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  • "Was on duty he was serving as priest before God,
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  • he was chosen by Lot, according to the custom of the priesthood,
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  • to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense."
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  • This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so dozens or
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  • hundreds of priests would serve at any given time but one guy
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  • was chosen each day to go to the holy place the way Moses taught
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  • and burned incense, really a cool thing.
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  • This is his big day.
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  • And it says verse 10, "And when the time came for the burning of
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  • the incense, the assembled worshipers were praying outside.
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  • Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him,
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  • standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
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  • When Zechariah saw him, he was startled."
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  • Get ready to read. "Startled and gripped with fear."
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  • Yeah. But the angel said to? Man, good reading.
  • 00:14:06.080 --> 00:14:10.260
  • Him, here's what the angel said, "Do not be afraid."
  • 00:14:10.270 --> 00:14:14.130
  • God's always saying that to people.
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  • And the news the angel's about to bring is good news but if
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  • something's just different and outside of your experience,
  • 00:14:19.020 --> 00:14:21.160
  • it's always a little awkward, maybe a little anxious.
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  • And it says, "Do not be afraid, your prayer has been heard.
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  • Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
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  • and you're to give him the name John."
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  • It's a cool story, John the Baptist,
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  • the parents of John the Baptist, famous hero in the Bible.
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  • Now, here what I'm thinking about.
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  • The reason I want to belabor the part that he was a priest and
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  • his wife was from a priestly family,
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  • what he hears about this boy in the verse to come is remarkable.
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  • What God says about this young boy and how special he is gonna
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  • be is gonna be really, really, really a very cool thing.
  • 00:14:53.160 --> 00:14:57.090
  • He's gonna have this son.
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  • The son's gonna be a really cool kid.
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  • But I was thinking about this, isn't it funny how there are
  • 00:15:00.090 --> 00:15:03.260
  • probably thousands of people at the temple and the angel speaks
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  • to one individual?
  • 00:15:07.170 --> 00:15:10.050
  • Why hold that up?
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  • Maybe he spoke just to Zechariah.
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  • He appear just to Zechariah but there are thousands.
  • 00:15:13.040 --> 00:15:15.090
  • The temple was a massive structure and every single day,
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  • not just high holy days, thousands of pilgrims
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  • would come to worship and pray.
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  • In verse 10 it says there was a multitude.
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  • New American Standard, a multitude of people coming but
  • 00:15:23.280 --> 00:15:26.230
  • God speaks to an individual. Why do I point that out?
  • 00:15:26.240 --> 00:15:30.140
  • Here, you might be in a room like this with hundreds or
  • 00:15:30.150 --> 00:15:33.040
  • thousands of people, but God is so crazy relational,
  • 00:15:33.050 --> 00:15:38.000
  • if you are open, he will speak to you in a powerful
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  • and personal way.
  • 00:15:41.260 --> 00:15:44.270
  • "All these people around me are telling me
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  • God's gonna speak to me."
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  • Yeah, in fact, there've been lots of guests this week and
  • 00:15:48.160 --> 00:15:50.210
  • maybe you are a guest.
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  • Thank you for being here.
  • 00:15:52.020 --> 00:15:53.110
  • Maybe church is not your normal routine.
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:54.210
  • In fact, if you and I had a candid conversation and I would
  • 00:15:54.220 --> 00:15:57.180
  • say to you, "Hey, why don't you do church more often?"
  • 00:15:57.190 --> 00:15:59.100
  • And maybe you feel comfortable enough to say,
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  • "Well, David, I don't want to hurt your feelings.
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  • I know you're like a church guy but the few times I've been to
  • 00:16:02.280 --> 00:16:06.110
  • church, it's just not done it for me.
  • 00:16:06.120 --> 00:16:10.060
  • When I go to church, yeah, it's nice and everything but as far
  • 00:16:10.070 --> 00:16:13.030
  • as being, I don't know, moved, or remotely inspired,
  • 00:16:13.040 --> 00:16:16.080
  • or challenged, or changed, please.
  • 00:16:16.090 --> 00:16:20.260
  • Never happened."
  • 00:16:20.270 --> 00:16:22.200
  • Well, if that's kind of your thought process right now and
  • 00:16:22.210 --> 00:16:24.280
  • you're here, again, thank you so much for being here.
  • 00:16:24.290 --> 00:16:27.110
  • But can I politely challenge you not to waste the next 15 minutes
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  • of your life and maybe just as an experiment
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  • to pray a prayer, pray a prayer?
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  • If you'll just say this to God even right now where you sit
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  • say, "Hey God, I'm open. I'm open."
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  • And then you be open.
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  • Then you have an open mind, open heart.
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  • I'm not saying take all your objections and your questions
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  • and put them on the shelf but if you will just say,
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  • "Hey God, I'm open. Speak to me. Communicate to me.
  • 00:16:53.030 --> 00:16:57.170
  • In fact, God, there's thousands of people that speak to me
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  • in a personal way."
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  • Wait a minute, wait, you pray that and mean that,
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  • watch out.
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  • Just watch out.
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  • I doubt God will send you an angel.
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:11.180
  • I doubt it will be an audible word but if you pray that and
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  • then you're really open, it might take more than once.
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  • I met a smart guy this past 2 weeks ago named Dennis,
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  • and Dennis has been coming to our church and he loves it.
  • 00:17:20.140 --> 00:17:22.140
  • And Dennis wanted to invite his girlfriend
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  • but she had no interest.
  • 00:17:23.260 --> 00:17:25.050
  • She's from like a different religious tradition.
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:26.270
  • But, you know, the gospel travels along relational lines.
  • 00:17:26.280 --> 00:17:29.140
  • And finally he said, "Hey, hey, hey, honey, how about this?
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  • If you'll come to Church by the Glades three times,
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  • if you'll come three times, and you don't like it,
  • 00:17:33.280 --> 00:17:36.150
  • don't dig it, I will never, never ask you again.
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  • We'll just agree to disagree on this three times."
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  • She came the first time she's like,
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:44.050
  • "It's nice. Music was really good."
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  • Second time her response was,
  • 00:17:46.280 --> 00:17:49.020
  • "Wow. I don't know what's happening, but wow."
  • 00:17:49.030 --> 00:17:56.050
  • Third time, she was, "I'm in. I'm in.
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  • I have questions I haven't all figured out but I'm in,"
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  • 'cause she was open.
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  • I'm telling you there might be, there'll be maybe 9.000 people
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  • probably this weekend in Church by the Glades but if you are
  • 00:18:07.200 --> 00:18:09.220
  • open and you are intelligent, God will speak to you in a
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:12.270
  • personal way and it will be so real in your life you'll walk
  • 00:18:12.280 --> 00:18:17.070
  • out of church going, "How do they know? How do they know?
  • 00:18:17.080 --> 00:18:19.170
  • Man, God is stalking me on Facebook." He is, by the way.
  • 00:18:19.180 --> 00:18:22.230
  • "Man, God has hacked into my email account."
  • 00:18:22.240 --> 00:18:25.160
  • God will get so personal--let me just show you one example.
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  • Were you here last week? Were you here last week?
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  • If you weren't here last week, I feel bad for you.
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  • Last week was amazing, and I did something last week
  • 00:18:31.120 --> 00:18:35.170
  • I almost never, ever do.
  • 00:18:35.180 --> 00:18:36.270
  • I did and old school, very churchy come forward altar call.
  • 00:18:36.280 --> 00:18:40.220
  • At the end of the sermon, I invited people who wanted to
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  • make a Jesus decision or a God decision come
  • 00:18:42.160 --> 00:18:44.110
  • right down here to the front.
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  • And during the six services at this campus,
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:48.210
  • twice I had young men that came forward who were so
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  • enthusiastic, they didn't just stay here,
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:52.260
  • they jumped on the stage next to me.
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  • I can't remember if it happened in this service or not
  • 00:18:54.170 --> 00:18:56.210
  • and it wasn't bad.
  • 00:18:56.220 --> 00:18:58.010
  • Number one, they have great vertical leap but number two,
  • 00:18:58.020 --> 00:19:00.080
  • I was like, man, they're excited.
  • 00:19:00.090 --> 00:19:02.100
  • They're enthusiastic.
  • 00:19:02.110 --> 00:19:04.000
  • Well, I'm in the gym Tuesday after last weekend and a lady
  • 00:19:04.010 --> 00:19:08.010
  • I know who goes to our church, she stops me.
  • 00:19:08.020 --> 00:19:09.180
  • She says, "David, I don't want to interrupt your workout
  • 00:19:09.190 --> 00:19:11.100
  • but I gotta tell you a brief story.
  • 00:19:11.110 --> 00:19:12.230
  • My grandson Billy was in town visiting me.
  • 00:19:12.240 --> 00:19:16.160
  • He knows I'm a Christian.
  • 00:19:16.170 --> 00:19:17.260
  • So he's like bombing me with all these God questions like,
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:20.060
  • 'Hey, grandma, can you even know if certain
  • 00:19:20.070 --> 00:19:22.160
  • you're going to heaven?' Great question.
  • 00:19:22.170 --> 00:19:24.140
  • 'How else am I saved?
  • 00:19:24.150 --> 00:19:26.070
  • How does somebody, I don't know, become a Christian?'
  • 00:19:26.080 --> 00:19:28.040
  • Great question.
  • 00:19:28.050 --> 00:19:29.140
  • 'A baptism, grandma, I don't understand baptism.
  • 00:19:29.150 --> 00:19:30.260
  • People getting like fulling wet in front
  • 00:19:30.270 --> 00:19:32.190
  • of other people, right? That's weird.
  • 00:19:32.200 --> 00:19:34.070
  • What does that mean?'" Were you here last week?
  • 00:19:34.080 --> 00:19:37.140
  • Billy was here last week.
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:38.240
  • The three things I talked about was how is somebody saved,
  • 00:19:38.250 --> 00:19:43.290
  • how can you know you're saved, and what does baptism mean?
  • 00:19:44.000 --> 00:19:48.250
  • Obviously, he was open, and intelligent,
  • 00:19:48.260 --> 00:19:51.130
  • and responded to what God said to him as he came forward and
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:55.020
  • jumped on the stage.
  • 00:19:55.030 --> 00:19:56.120
  • But I thought, God, how personal is that?
  • 00:19:56.130 --> 00:19:59.140
  • It's like you had this personal encounter with Billy and you
  • 00:19:59.150 --> 00:20:02.100
  • invited 9.000 other people to attend when it happened.
  • 00:20:02.110 --> 00:20:05.270
  • God will do that to you.
  • 00:20:05.280 --> 00:20:07.070
  • And here's the crazy thing, sometimes it is so all up in
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:12.060
  • your stuff, you'll be like, "You called him, didn't you?
  • 00:20:12.070 --> 00:20:16.200
  • You called the church, you left a message that we're going
  • 00:20:16.210 --> 00:20:19.070
  • through this issue 'cause he talked about this issue.
  • 00:20:19.080 --> 00:20:21.000
  • You told--" Other times even cooler,
  • 00:20:21.010 --> 00:20:24.060
  • I'm talking about this issue but you're hearing something on this
  • 00:20:24.070 --> 00:20:27.230
  • issue, a totally different thing and God's impressing something
  • 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:30.020
  • very different on your heart 'cause the Holy Spirit
  • 00:20:30.030 --> 00:20:32.090
  • can do that.
  • 00:20:32.100 --> 00:20:33.190
  • I'm just telling you this, it's a beautifully dangerous prayer
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:36.280
  • to pray as you walk through these tunnels,
  • 00:20:36.290 --> 00:20:39.030
  • "I'm open. Speak to me.
  • 00:20:39.040 --> 00:20:41.280
  • I mean, whatever God, inspire me,
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:44.220
  • direct me, correct me. I'm open."
  • 00:20:44.230 --> 00:20:50.020
  • Pray that prayer, watch out. Watch out.
  • 00:20:50.030 --> 00:20:55.050
  • God is very relational.
  • 00:20:55.060 --> 00:20:58.170
  • So anyways, so, Zechariah has this like,
  • 00:20:58.180 --> 00:21:02.060
  • you know, vision and God speaks to him by way of an angel
  • 00:21:02.070 --> 00:21:05.050
  • personally though there's thousands of people.
  • 00:21:05.060 --> 00:21:07.230
  • But what does the angel say?
  • 00:21:07.240 --> 00:21:09.040
  • This is really, really, really cool.
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:11.270
  • The angel says, verse 14, "Not only are you gonna have a son,
  • 00:21:11.280 --> 00:21:16.030
  • name him John, he'll be a joy and a delight to you.
  • 00:21:16.040 --> 00:21:19.210
  • He's not just gonna be any kid, he's gonna be a good kid
  • 00:21:19.220 --> 00:21:22.000
  • and a delightful kid.
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  • And many will rejoice his birth."
  • 00:21:23.110 --> 00:21:25.110
  • So, he's thinking Zechariah no doubt like,
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:27.030
  • "Wow, I'm not just gonna have a kid.
  • 00:21:27.040 --> 00:21:28.260
  • I'm an old man but I'm gonna have a kid finally.
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:30.150
  • I'll gonna have a great kid and have great joy,
  • 00:21:30.160 --> 00:21:32.090
  • and be a great man of God.
  • 00:21:32.100 --> 00:21:34.040
  • And look what the angel says next,
  • 00:21:34.050 --> 00:21:35.220
  • verse 16, "Many of the people of Israel he will bring back to the
  • 00:21:35.230 --> 00:21:40.120
  • Lord their God."
  • 00:21:40.130 --> 00:21:41.220
  • This is a priest hearing this going, "Oh, my gosh."
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:44.020
  • "And he will go on before the Lord in the spirit and power of
  • 00:21:44.030 --> 00:21:47.070
  • Elijah," Famous, famous, Old Testament prophet,
  • 00:21:47.080 --> 00:21:49.200
  • "to turn the hearts of the fathers,
  • 00:21:49.210 --> 00:21:51.240
  • relational family, to their children and the disobedient to
  • 00:21:51.250 --> 00:21:55.020
  • the wisdom of the righteous to make ready
  • 00:21:55.030 --> 00:21:58.010
  • a people prepared for the Lord." Man.
  • 00:21:58.020 --> 00:22:00.220
  • And Zechariah asked one question.
  • 00:22:00.230 --> 00:22:03.180
  • The angel's done he's like, "Um, no disrespect, but how?
  • 00:22:03.190 --> 00:22:09.130
  • I'm like really old.
  • 00:22:09.140 --> 00:22:10.230
  • We've been praying this prayer for years.
  • 00:22:10.240 --> 00:22:12.030
  • I'm really old. My wife's old.
  • 00:22:12.040 --> 00:22:13.130
  • She's postmenopausal. This can't happen."
  • 00:22:13.140 --> 00:22:16.050
  • And the angel says, "My name is Gabriel and I stand
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:19.120
  • in the presence of the living God, and God has spoken
  • 00:22:19.130 --> 00:22:24.290
  • and when God speaks, it happens guaranteed.
  • 00:22:25.000 --> 00:22:29.060
  • And God has spoken this over you.
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  • Now, because you're questioning God, this will be a sign.
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  • You'll be without speech until the boy is born."
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  • And you can read the rest of it, chapter 1,
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  • Zechariah comes out of the holy place,
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  • right, where he's been burning incense and all the thousands
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  • of worshipers are there.
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  • And he's like trying to do impromptu sign language like,
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  • you know, what happened in there?
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  • They're like, they already seen a vision.
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  • And then it says this, "He finished his volunteer."
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  • He's a volunteer priest, no paycheck.
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  • He's finished his volunteer service,
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  • several days, without the ability to speak.
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  • We got people at Church by the Glades,
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  • they get a slight case of the sniffles,
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  • they don't show up.
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  • This volunteer is gonna finish his commitment, responsible.
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  • And then he goes home and so kind of share God's plan
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  • with his wife Elizabeth but he can't talk.
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  • My brothers, I'm wondering what that looked like.
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  • Did he just come home like pour a little cabernet,
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  • light a couple candles, put on the Marvin Gaye,
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  • look her in the eye thinking, "Baby,
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  • we gots to do God's will."
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  • Whatever he did, it works, and worked
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  • and she conceives and she's pregnant.
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  • She's old but she's pregnant.
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  • The Bible says she kept herself in seclusion for 5 months.
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  • You know why that is?
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  • 'Cause it's weird when a 85-year-old woman's walking
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  • around the maternity section at Walmart.
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  • "Does she was a baby bump?
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  • Does that old woman have a baby bump?
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  • That's just awkward. That's weird."
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  • So, she waited to be clear that God had blessed her in the
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  • latter part of her life in a supernatural way.
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  • And then they had the baby.
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  • The neighbor's like, "Well, name him Zechariah Jr.
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  • That'd be a great name."
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  • No, that's a terrible name.
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  • And then ask the dad, "Dad, what do you think
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  • we should name him?"
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  • He can't talk so he gets out the iPad says, "Name him John."
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  • As soon as he says that, his voice comes back
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  • and he sings praises to God.
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  • And they have this remarkable, remarkable,
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  • remarkable kid that God uses in a huge way.
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  • God answers their prayer.
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  • Now, now, listen, I was thinking about,
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  • was Zechariah and Elizabeth, were they thinking about
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  • as they watched the boy grow.
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  • I was just thinking about that, right?
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  • What were they thinking watching--'cause they have a
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  • promise he's gonna be a delight, and a joy,
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  • and bring many people to God.
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  • What are they thinking about?
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  • Well, they're probably thinking like this,
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  • Zechariah's processing, "I come from a long line of priests.
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  • I'm a priest.
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  • My daddy was a priest. My granddaddy was a priest.
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  • I got priests, priests, priests and Elizabeth also all the way
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  • back to Aaron, priest, priest, priest.
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  • So, the angel told me that John's gonna be a great man
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  • of God so I'm a priest, no doubt he's gonna grow up
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  • and be a priest.
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  • I'm a Levite, he'll be a Levite.
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  • I serve in the beautiful temple, he will serve God
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  • and do ministry in a beautiful temple.
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  • He'll be in Jerusalem 'cause I serve in Jerusalem.
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  • I have these cool priestly robes.
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  • He'll wear cool clothes like me and, man,
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  • God's gonna use him. He's gonna be a priest."
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  • That's not what happens if you read the story.
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  • John grows up, does become a mighty man of God,
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  • but he never does ministry as a priest.
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  • He never does ministry in Jerusalem.
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  • He never does ministry in the temple.
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  • In fact, the Bible says he lives in the wilderness.
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  • He's homeless. He doesn't wear priestly robes.
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  • He wears weird clothes and on top of that,
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  • the Bible says he eats bugs, an insectatarian.
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  • Right, now God's gonna use him in a powerful way but this kid
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  • is not turning out any way his parents imagined.
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  • This kid's a total surprise. He's an absolute nonconformist.
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  • He wears strange clothes, has a big,
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  • bushy beard, has long hair, he's a Hebrew hipster
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  • who lives in the wilderness.
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  • And no doubt, his mom and dad thought he'd be a priest,
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  • and be normal, and live in Jerusalem,
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  • and do ministry in the temple.
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  • Do your kids ever surprise you?
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  • You know, 'cause we, we're parents, man.
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  • We have dreams and goals for our kids.
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  • Now, sometimes we don't mean to, we make the mistake that we
  • 00:26:36.130 --> 00:26:39.040
  • superimpose upon our kids' unfulfilled dreams in our life
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  • and we put that on them like, you know,
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  • I was never a great athlete but, man,
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  • I want my boy to be a great athlete,
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  • so he's in organized sports.
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  • He's only 3 years old and, you know,
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  • I'm gonna make sure he's a great athlete 'cause I never was or,
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  • man, I never made a lot of money.
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  • I was not successful.
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  • I hope my kids marry into a lot of money,
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  • and this right, and all that kind of--" And we don't mean to
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  • lay that on our kids.
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  • Proverbs 22:6 said, "Train up in a child in the
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  • way he should go."
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  • female: Thanks so much for checking out
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  • the show this morning.
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  • We are honored that you tuned in and we hope that today's message
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  • would continue to encourage you this week.
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  • male: Well, that's it for the show today.
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  • Thanks again for being here and we look forward to seeing you
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  • next time on "Church by the Glades."
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