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September 5, 2016
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  • Tristen: Good morning, everybody, and welcome to Church
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  • by the Glades with Pastor David Hughes.
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  • My name is Tristen, and we are absolutely thrilled
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  • that you're here.
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  • Today, we've got an empowering message that we know will bring
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  • you hope and encouragement to the start of your week.
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  • So, stick around, it's going to be great.
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  • female: 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 will be welcome when you visit.
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  • So, in case you haven't checked us out yet, here's a sneak peek
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  • at some of what you can expect at Church by the Glades.
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  • Welcome to a place where rejoicing reigns.
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  • 'Cause our God--
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  • Tristen: All right, guys, so that was just a glimpse of what
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  • it's like to experience Church by the Glades on a weekend, and
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  • we would love for you to come and 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 www.cbglades.com for all the times and directions.
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  • We'll see you soon.
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  • female: Just a heads-up.
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  • Today, we're finishing a teaching we started last week.
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  • So, to catch the entire message, go to cbglades.com,
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  • and click on the media link.
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  • Now, go ahead and grab your Bible and something
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  • to take notes with.
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  • Let's dive into the teaching.
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  • David Hughes: God had a dream for Joseph.
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  • I believe God had a dream for Dr. King, and I believe God
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  • has a dream for you.
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  • God has a dream for your life.
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  • And that's exciting, you know why?
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  • Because listen, God loves to make dreams come true.
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  • God loves, he has passion to make--God loves
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  • to make dreams come true.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "Isn't that great God loves
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  • to make dreams come true?"
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  • Turn to your neighbor, say,
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  • "Isn't that great and wonderful?"
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  • Oh, what a warm, fuzzy thought,
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  • God loves to make dreams come true.
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  • Now, let me qualify this.
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  • When I say God loves to make dreams come true,
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  • he could care less about your dream.
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  • Doesn't care about my dreams.
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  • I have dreams and plans and stuff, but let's be honest,
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  • our dreams are what?
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  • Selfish. Aren't they?
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  • Kind of self-promoting, me, me, me, more for this of me, more
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  • popularity for me, more fame for me, more stuff for me,
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  • more blah blah, me me me.
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  • They tend to be selfish, let's be honest,
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  • and tend to be kind of small.
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  • And God is never selfish, and God is never small.
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  • So, God has a dream.
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  • It's probably a different dream than you have,
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  • but God has this dream.
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  • And someone's like, "Oh, but man, I like my dream.
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  • I'm a teenager, I have these big dreams
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  • and plans and aspirations.
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  • So, you're saying God makes no promise to make
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  • my dream come true?"
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  • That's right.
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  • But God promises that he has a dream.
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  • "I'm a little sad." Guess what, don't be sad.
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  • God's dream is much bigger and better than your dream.
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  • God's dream is such an upgrade over your dream.
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  • God's dream is exponentially more powerful, more exciting
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  • than whatever you could come up with.
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  • You want to go with God's dream.
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  • Our dreams are mundane and selfish.
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  • Example, Joseph. Here's a question.
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  • It's not in the Bible, we can make an educated guess.
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  • What do you think, career-wise when he's 17 in Canaan,
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  • his biggest dream was?
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  • His biggest dream was, answer, sheep.
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  • He's a shepherd.
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  • It's all he's ever known is a shepherd because his daddy
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  • was a shepherd, and his daddy's daddy, Isaac, was a shepherd.
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  • And his daddy's daddy's daddy, Abraham, was a shepherd,
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  • so just generation after generation of shepherds.
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  • What was his dream? Sheep.
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  • As a punk 17-year-old at night, like laying there, "Oh, I dream
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  • that someday, I'll be a more successful shepherd than my dad.
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  • I dream if he has 1.000 sheep, that someday
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  • I have 2.000 sheep," right?
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  • That's his biggest dream.
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  • When you have a limited exposure in life, we're not exposed to
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  • bigger and better things, you tend to have small dreams.
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  • "If my dad has 2.000 sheep, I dream, I pray that someday I'd
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  • have 4.000 sheep, and maybe even diversify into
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  • the up and coming donkey market."
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  • Right, that's the biggest dream that poor kid had.
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  • You read all of chapter 37, and you'll see that God
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  • has this epic dream.
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  • It's a dream to exalt this young man, position him.
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  • It's not about sheep, or goats, or donkeys.
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  • It's about rescuing his weird family, and resourcing millions
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  • of people, and saving them from starvation.
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  • Wow, it's huge.
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  • So, here's what you should do, 2016, decide, decide.
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  • Make a new set of choices. Life is all about decisions.
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  • We've all been making bad decisions for years.
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  • Let's make a new decision, let's decide to chase God's dream.
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  • Not let me drag around my tired little dreams and desires.
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  • No, I want to go hard after God's dream.
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  • Let's choose, let's decide together, 2016, that we chase
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  • hard after God's dream.
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  • "But David, I don't know what God's dream is for my life."
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  • I'll help you figure it out. Here's a couple of qualifiers.
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  • One happy person. Thank you, happy person.
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  • Here's some qualifiers.
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  • God's dream will always align with the Bible.
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  • God's dream will be biblical.
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  • God's dream for your life personally will never violate
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  • the values of the Scripture, all right?
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  • So, if you're there thinking, "Okay, okay, my dream is to be
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  • the most successful crack cocaine dealer in Florida,"
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  • that's not God's dream.
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  • You with me?
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  • Always align with the values of the Scripture.
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  • And then there's somebody here, like you're depressed because
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  • I just said God doesn't give a rip about your dreams.
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  • See how sad that person is?
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  • And you're like, you're like, "Well, I like my dreams.
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  • My dreams are, my dream, my dream."
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  • Listen, God doesn't want to make you miserable.
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  • He's a good dad.
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  • In fact, I think he wants you to do something in your life that
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  • you'll really, really enjoy, and you'll find very satisfying.
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  • So, here's my though.
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  • Probably God's dream will not just be biblical,
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  • it'd be something you're passionate about.
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  • God's wired you up in certain ways, given you certain desires.
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  • Certain things make your heart beat faster, right?
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  • There are certain things you really, really care about.
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  • And my guess is it'll be something you are passionate
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  • about that God wants you to do.
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  • And I don't mean, "Hey, I'm passionate about my hobby,
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  • I love the NBA, I love to fly-fish."
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  • That's fine. I mean bigger things than that.
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  • What are you passionate about?
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  • "David, I really don't know what I'm passionate about
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  • in a supreme way."
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  • Okay, I'll help you figure it out.
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  • I have never bought a lottery ticket in my life.
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  • But man, it was like $1.5 billion, right?
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  • Never bought one. Not because the morality.
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  • I've never bought one because you lose.
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  • A lottery is a self-imposed tax upon dumb people.
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  • But a lot of us played the lottery, didn't we?
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  • A lot of us love Powerball. Whoo, buy me a ticket, whoo.
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  • And everybody thought they were going to win on Wednesday,
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  • "I'm going to win."
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  • Well, people talk about it, even fighting about what are they
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  • going to do with the money, who gets the money?
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  • "Well, you put in a dollar, I put in a dollar, but I bought
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  • the ticket, so I should--aw, I was going to win,
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  • I was going to win.
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  • Just question, one person, one in Florida, are you here,
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  • are you here?
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  • If you're here, if you're raising your hand,
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  • I'm checking your tithe, I'm just saying.
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  • I'm checking what you've giving.
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  • But here, let's imagine you did win.
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  • If you did win, because remember we're talking about what you're
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  • passionate for, if you won all of a sudden, if you want to,
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  • you can quit your job.
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  • Maybe you wouldn't, but you could.
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  • So, you have, like, total control over your time.
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  • You have all this discretionary time,
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  • and then you get all this money.
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  • What would you do?
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  • "Oh, well, David, if I won the lottery, I'd quit my job, and
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  • I'd buy me a big mansion in east Fort Lauderdale, and I'd buy me
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  • a condo in Aruba, and I'd get me a different color Bentley
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  • for every day of the week."
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  • No, no, I don't mean stupid stuff.
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  • Yeah, buy some things for yourself, but what would you do
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  • with all that money, all that time to change the world?
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  • What would you--what calls out there, man,
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  • makes your heart race?
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  • Maybe you're like, "David, it's kids.
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  • When I hear that Church by the Glades takes care of orphans in
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  • Haiti, and orphans in Nicaragua, and rescues babies in Guatemala,
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  • and we got these kids now in Colombia, and they all have
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  • cancer, they all have cancer, and their families abandoned
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  • them," you're like, "That's it.
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  • I would give all this money, man.
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  • I would volunteer because I love the work we do."
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  • Or maybe you're like, "No, no, I love when we feed the city.
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  • We feed thousands of people right here in Broward County.
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  • I would make sure we do that in a bigger and better way."
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  • Or maybe, "David, here's what I'm passionate for.
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  • We keep talking about an eastside campus,
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  • and we don't have a place yet.
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  • I'm going to take millions of dollars, and I'm going to build
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  • everything we have here in the west in the east.
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  • I'mma buy a property, the newest one, and build this
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  • thing, and Church by the Glades takes more turf
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  • because I'm passionate for that."
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  • That's great.
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  • Why wait till you win the lottery to do
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  • what you're passionate for?
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  • But take the money and the time you do have,
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  • and go after that purpose of God.
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  • It is such a joy to pursue God's calling,
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  • to do something you're passionate.
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  • So, make the decision, make the decision.
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  • Some of y'all make bad decisions, let's stop that.
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  • In 2016, make the decisions that will make you.
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  • Make the decisions that will make you, all right?
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  • So, one component is, where am I called?
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  • Quickly, a second one is, where are you gifted?
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  • Where are you gifted?
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  • That's a big idea because God will always align with his
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  • calling certain aptitudes, God-given abilities, talent,
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  • and then spiritual gifting that will coincide
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  • with God's calling in your life.
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  • You tracking with me?
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  • Joseph's a very talented young man, his gifting's in the area
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  • of wisdom and dreams later on, so there will always be a
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  • gifting to align with God's dream or calling in your life.
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  • Always, every single time.
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  • God would never call you to something and not equip you
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  • to be successful.
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  • So, "David, how do I discover what my gifts are,
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  • what my talents are?"
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  • Easy, jump in. Jump in, start serving, man.
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  • Start, volunteer probably in the church.
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  • You know, find something that you really think is cool, jump
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  • in, and as you serve, you'll discover some talents
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  • and gifts you probably never knew you even had.
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  • Like, as a young man, I had no idea I had any aptitude
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  • for public speaking, no idea at all.
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  • I had stage fright.
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  • When I began to discover this in college, I began
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  • to volunteer and teach a fifth-grade Sunday school class.
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  • And kids, you got to work to keep kids' attention.
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  • And I realized I was pretty good at digging into God's Word,
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  • and finding ways to present spiritual truth.
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  • I didn't know I had this gift until I jumped in.
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  • So, it's simple. Where do you find your gifts?
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  • Jump in. Get involved.
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  • Serve in some area you find interesting, right?
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  • You know, whatever it is, creativity, building bridges on
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  • the stage, you know, working with the teenagers.
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  • You find something, jump in.
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  • And then--and then after you start to serve, ask someone that
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  • loves you, who's a positive person, to give you feedback.
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  • Invite them to watch you do what you're doing, and ask them
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  • to give you feedback.
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  • Now, don't ask a negative, critical person, right?
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  • That wants to hate on you, don't ask that person.
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  • But ask somebody that loves you to give you some feedback
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  • because, occasionally, you don't have a talent where you might
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  • think you had a talent.
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  • If we've learned anything from the first round of "American
  • 00:11:39.020 --> 00:11:40.250
  • Idol," some people have no idea they can't sing, right?
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  • So, you need some feedback, but there'll be gifting,
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  • there'll be gifting.
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  • Okay, here's the third thing in our framework in our--you know,
  • 00:11:49.280 --> 00:11:51.250
  • my "I can" zone is where are you called, where are you gifted?
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  • This will surprise you, where are you challenged?
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  • Where are you trying to do something positive out there,
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  • but you're hitting resistance?
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  • You're trying to make a difference in some way in your
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  • life or the lives of others, and you're getting pushback?
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  • Where are you being challenged?
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  • If you're surprised you'll be challenged, do you really think
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  • the devil is just going to sit back and watch something as
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  • powerful as God's dream just unfold in your life unopposed?
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  • He'll try to mess with you. He will try to jack with you.
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  • In fact, even when the dream's in its fledgling, early days,
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  • he'll attack it.
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  • Let's go back to Genesis chapter 37, look at verse 5, verse 5.
  • 00:12:33.130 --> 00:12:36.030
  • So, verse 5, he has this weird, dysfunctional family.
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  • Things aren't cool with his brothers, but verse 5,
  • 00:12:38.270 --> 00:12:41.000
  • he has a dream.
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  • And the dream is a God dream.
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  • And his family should be supportive.
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  • His family should celebrate what God wants to do in his life.
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  • But it doesn't happen.
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  • It says, "Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his
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  • brothers, they hated him all--"
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  • They hated him even more.
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  • Like, the jacket thing made them kind of crazy,
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  • the special, cool jacket.
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  • Right, Members Only, whatever it was, Versace, I don't know.
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  • Whatever the jacket was, made them kind of crazy.
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  • Can I just stop right there, do a little extra something?
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  • If you think about that coat the dad gave him, and the brothers
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  • being so hateful and despising, what was that coat?
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  • Here's what it was.
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  • It was an indicator of the father's favor.
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  • As you walk with Jesus and align your life with the Word of God,
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  • God begins to bless you, and show up and show off in your
  • 00:13:25.280 --> 00:13:28.120
  • life, and God's favor is on you.
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  • Insecure people will start to hate on what
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  • God is doing in your life.
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  • When you see the favor of God in your career, in your academics,
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  • in your--insecure people, man, can't deal with it.
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  • It's like, "Oh my gosh.
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  • Well, if God's dream is so big for that person, it must be
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  • taking away something he wants me to have."
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  • No, God doesn't have, like, a pie, and if you get a big piece,
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  • I get a small piece.
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  • God's unlimited.
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  • So, his dream for you will never adversely affect me,
  • 00:13:52.260 --> 00:13:54.190
  • and vice versa.
  • 00:13:54.200 --> 00:13:56.190
  • But insecure people, insecure people, right?
  • 00:13:56.200 --> 00:13:58.180
  • So, he's challenged, he's challenged.
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  • If we had time, we'd read all his challenges.
  • 00:14:00.170 --> 00:14:02.050
  • But chapters 37 to 41, 13 years of pain,
  • 00:14:02.060 --> 00:14:06.040
  • betrayal, setback, hardship.
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  • Someone's going, "Wow, that's how it works?
  • 00:14:09.160 --> 00:14:14.090
  • To have God's dream, be an I can kind of person, I might have to
  • 00:14:14.100 --> 00:14:17.020
  • go through some heat and difficulty?
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  • I don't want that.
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  • In fact, I'm not sure if I'm strong enough.
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  • In fact, I'm afraid. I'm afraid of that.
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  • I'm just being honest, fear, I battle.
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  • I feel like God wants my life to be bigger and better,
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  • but I'm just afraid to make those decisions."
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  • Listen, let's deal with your fear.
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  • Fear never comes from God, never.
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  • "How do you know that?" I read my Bible.
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  • The Bible says God never gives a spirit of fear,
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  • but of power, love, and a sound mind.
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  • But the enemy will attach a fear around what God wants to do
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  • all the time, all kinds of fear.
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  • So guess what?
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  • Let's deal with your fear this year.
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  • Let's deal with your fear. Let's push past the fear.
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  • I know you have those emotions.
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  • Be stronger and better than your emotions.
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  • So, here's 2016, make the decisions that make you.
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  • Shake the fears that shake you.
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  • Let's have some courage, let's grow a backbone,
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  • let's be intrepid.
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  • Let's man up or woman up, and make those decisions
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  • and those commitments to chase God's dream.
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  • Shake the fears that shake you. So Joseph, all these challenges.
  • 00:15:19.050 --> 00:15:24.020
  • In fact, let me just segue here.
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  • So, back in chapter 37, you read what's going on, but his
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  • brothers go, like, to shepherd some sheep in a faraway region,
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  • and I guess they're out of cellphone service.
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  • Dad can't reach them by text, and says, "Hey Joe, go check
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  • on your brothers, these brothers that don't like you."
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  • And so, he goes to a place called Dothan, Alabama, Dothan.
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  • And in Dothan, he finds his brothers.
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  • And in verse 19, his brothers see him, look at verse 19, his
  • 00:15:44.170 --> 00:15:47.260
  • brothers see him coming at a distance.
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  • Look what they say, "Here comes that--here comes old dream boy."
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  • Isn't it funny that people that loved him and people that
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  • loathed him all knew him by the dream?
  • 00:15:57.170 --> 00:16:00.080
  • So, "'Here comes the dreamer,'
  • 00:16:00.090 --> 00:16:01.200
  • they say to each other," verse 20.
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  • "Hey, come now, let's kill him.
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  • Let's kill our own brother, throw him into one of these
  • 00:16:06.050 --> 00:16:08.100
  • cisterns, and say that a ferocious animal devoured him,
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  • and then we'll see what comes of his big dreams."
  • 00:16:11.170 --> 00:16:15.150
  • So, when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him
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  • of his robe, his richly ornamented robe.
  • 00:16:17.150 --> 00:16:19.190
  • Maybe they have an issue with this jacket he was wearing.
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  • "And they took him and threw him into a cistern, and the cistern
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  • was a dry well, it had no water."
  • 00:16:23.190 --> 00:16:25.210
  • And then verse 25, "As they sat down
  • 00:16:25.220 --> 00:16:28.010
  • to eat their meal," seriously?
  • 00:16:28.020 --> 00:16:30.290
  • They just brutalized their brother.
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  • We learn in a later narrative that he's crying as a young man,
  • 00:16:34.050 --> 00:16:36.210
  • just begging for his life, he's weeping.
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  • They throw him into the cistern, they plan to kill him,
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  • and then they eat lunch.
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  • They are so cold-blooded, they abuse their brother,
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  • then they start chowing down on their footlongs
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  • from Subway, seriously?
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  • Cold dudes.
  • 00:16:49.260 --> 00:16:51.270
  • And then it says, "They looked up and a caravan of Ishmaelites
  • 00:16:51.280 --> 00:16:53.240
  • was coming from Gilead.
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  • Their camels were loaded with spices and balm and myrrh, and
  • 00:16:56.070 --> 00:16:59.120
  • they were on their way to take them down to Egypt.
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  • Judah," one of the 12 brothers, "said to his brothers, 'What
  • 00:17:02.050 --> 00:17:05.080
  • will we gain if we kill our brother and cover up his blood?
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  • Come, let's sell him, let's sell him to the Ishmaelites,'"
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  • human trafficking.
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  • "Let's sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay hands
  • 00:17:15.230 --> 00:17:17.270
  • on him; after all, he is our bother,
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:20.240
  • our own flesh and blood."
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  • It's the compassionate guy here.
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  • "Let's not kill him. Let's sell him as a slave."
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:27.290
  • And verse 28, "So, when the Midianite merchants came by his
  • 00:17:28.000 --> 00:17:31.260
  • brothers, the brothers pulled Joseph out of the cistern and
  • 00:17:31.270 --> 00:17:34.190
  • sold him for 20 shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites."
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  • Afraid to read that word? The Ishmaelites.
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  • Now, highlight that word.
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:43.270
  • And just a little detail here that's going to resonate
  • 00:17:43.280 --> 00:17:45.200
  • I think with somebody.
  • 00:17:45.210 --> 00:17:47.100
  • I highlighted this word because I think every time a word shows
  • 00:17:47.110 --> 00:17:49.070
  • up in your Bible, God put it there on purpose.
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:52.020
  • I believe in the divine inspiration of the Word of God.
  • 00:17:52.030 --> 00:17:54.050
  • So, if there's a word one time, it's there on purpose.
  • 00:17:54.060 --> 00:17:56.180
  • But this word "Ishmaelites" shows up three times
  • 00:17:56.190 --> 00:17:58.260
  • in these few verses, three times.
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:00.180
  • Obviously, the author's trying to say something, that the
  • 00:18:00.190 --> 00:18:03.010
  • Ishmaelites are these people who buy Joseph,
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  • and they take Joseph to Egypt.
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  • They are the transportation to Egypt.
  • 00:18:07.260 --> 00:18:09.250
  • Now, Egypt for 13 years is going to be really bad, and really
  • 00:18:09.260 --> 00:18:11.280
  • harsh, and really difficult.
  • 00:18:11.290 --> 00:18:13.280
  • But eventually, Egypt will be the place of his exaltation.
  • 00:18:13.290 --> 00:18:16.050
  • Eventually, Egypt's the place the miracle happens.
  • 00:18:16.060 --> 00:18:19.050
  • But the author tells us it's a group of Ishmaelites
  • 00:18:19.060 --> 00:18:22.180
  • that take him to Egypt.
  • 00:18:22.190 --> 00:18:25.100
  • Ishmaelites, Ishmaelites, Ishmaelites.
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:27.060
  • Okay, a little logic here, Ishmaelites must be
  • 00:18:27.070 --> 00:18:29.160
  • the descendants of, I don't know, a guy named Ishmael?
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  • Ishmael, that's ringing a bell.
  • 00:18:31.170 --> 00:18:34.030
  • Ishmael, I've read that name in my Bible somewhere.
  • 00:18:34.040 --> 00:18:36.080
  • I've read Ishmael.
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  • Here in the book of Genesis, I read it.
  • 00:18:37.290 --> 00:18:39.210
  • Who was Ishmael? He was that dude.
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  • He was that son of Abraham, but not the son of Abraham's wife.
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  • Abraham, you know, normally a really faithful guy,
  • 00:18:50.080 --> 00:18:53.250
  • kind of hooked up with the maid, Hagar.
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  • And she got pregnant, and that boy's name was Ishmael.
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  • Abraham, otherwise very faithful guy, but this was a mistake.
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  • Not saying that Ishmael's an illegitimate child,
  • 00:19:04.190 --> 00:19:07.050
  • there's no such thing as illegitimate children.
  • 00:19:07.060 --> 00:19:09.060
  • There are illegitimate parents.
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  • And oh, he caused all kinds of drama for Abraham,
  • 00:19:11.120 --> 00:19:15.210
  • all kinds of frustration because later on, Isaac is born.
  • 00:19:15.220 --> 00:19:18.190
  • And then, through the generations, Isaac becomes
  • 00:19:18.200 --> 00:19:20.280
  • the father of the Jews.
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:23.040
  • Ishmael is the father of the Arab peoples of the world.
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  • Look at all the drama and the pain and the warfare and
  • 00:19:25.160 --> 00:19:28.110
  • violence because Abraham made this mistake with his maid.
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  • And the child, God blessed the child Ishmael, but Ishmael was
  • 00:19:32.290 --> 00:19:35.140
  • the boy, and these are the descendants of Ishmael that take
  • 00:19:35.150 --> 00:19:37.180
  • Joseph to Egypt, where good things will eventually
  • 00:19:37.190 --> 00:19:40.110
  • happen in Egypt.
  • 00:19:40.120 --> 00:19:42.050
  • Now, here's the cool thing. Ishmael was a mistake.
  • 00:19:42.060 --> 00:19:45.160
  • These are the results, these descendants of a mistake.
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:48.190
  • But who but our God can use a mistake from your past
  • 00:19:48.200 --> 00:19:54.030
  • as the means to get you to your miracle?
  • 00:19:54.040 --> 00:19:58.280
  • See, there's somebody thinking, "Man, David, there's no dream
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:01.120
  • for my life, no divine calling.
  • 00:20:01.130 --> 00:20:03.060
  • I've messed up so much, I have so many regrets,
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:05.000
  • there's no way God can use you."
  • 00:20:05.010 --> 00:20:06.160
  • God is so creative, he didn't ordain your mistakes,
  • 00:20:06.170 --> 00:20:08.260
  • but he'll use your mistakes.
  • 00:20:08.270 --> 00:20:10.210
  • He uses the betrayal and the violence of the brothers
  • 00:20:10.220 --> 00:20:12.150
  • to position him in Egypt.
  • 00:20:12.160 --> 00:20:14.020
  • He uses the Ishmaelites as the transportation.
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  • They're the result of a transgression.
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:19.030
  • But a transgression becomes the transportation for the
  • 00:20:19.040 --> 00:20:21.240
  • transformation in Joseph's life.
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  • God will use your mistake as the means
  • 00:20:24.180 --> 00:20:27.100
  • to get you to your miracle.
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  • I might be preaching a little better than you're responding
  • 00:20:31.290 --> 00:20:34.060
  • today, I'm just saying here in the new year.
  • 00:20:34.070 --> 00:20:38.140
  • Where are you called? Where are you gifted?
  • 00:20:39.120 --> 00:20:43.130
  • Where are you getting resistance?
  • 00:20:43.140 --> 00:20:46.130
  • The devil's not going to just sit back and watch this happen.
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:49.000
  • Finally, and to close with this one, where can I grow?
  • 00:20:49.010 --> 00:20:53.150
  • Where can you grow?
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:56.010
  • See, the reason the dream doesn't happen in chapter 37,
  • 00:20:56.020 --> 00:20:59.240
  • it begins to happen in chapter 41, 13 years later,
  • 00:20:59.250 --> 00:21:02.210
  • is that that 17-year-old boy, he's not ready.
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  • I mean, he's smart, he's gifted, but he's naive, he's cocky,
  • 00:21:05.110 --> 00:21:09.000
  • he's not discerning, right?
  • 00:21:09.010 --> 00:21:11.080
  • He's immature, he's not ready. God had to grow him.
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  • And my guess is, I don't know you,
  • 00:21:14.160 --> 00:21:16.130
  • but God's dream is so big, you're not ready.
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  • You need to grow.
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  • You need to get better, you need to get smarter,
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  • you need to get stronger, you need to grow.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "I think he's talking about you.
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  • You need to grow. You need to get smarter."
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  • Okay, okay.
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  • Because he had these--he had these issues.
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  • He's this cocky kid, he's tattling on people.
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  • All right, all right, you're self-sabotaging.
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  • Make the decisions that make you, shake the fears
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  • that shake you, break the habits that break you.
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  • So, how does God grow him?
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  • Really quickly, God sends him to school.
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  • School's the environment where you grow
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  • and mature and you learn.
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  • You get better at school, goes to school.
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  • Well, where did he go to school, University of Egypt?
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  • Nope. He spends 10 years as a slave.
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  • Then 3 years, though innocent, in a dungeon.
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  • And that's the school. He goes to school in jail.
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  • You went to a Big Ten university; he went
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  • to the big house university.
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  • And God taught him all these cool things.
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  • God refined him, God grew him, God made him.
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  • Now, right away you're pushing back, "I don't want that.
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  • Those are horrible environments. Those are limited, marginal."
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  • You're right, you're right.
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  • But I think there's something in human nature, any environment we
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  • don't think is big, we deem any environment or opportunity as
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  • small, we disdain the small, we get all up in your stuff.
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  • There's somebody here and you're--I don't know
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  • what your job is right now.
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  • You sell shoes at Foot Locker.
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  • Or you're the assistant night manager at Mickey D's, right?
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  • Or you're a student, and your job is making good grades, but
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  • you don't want to study for your bio exam next week, right?
  • 00:22:48.230 --> 00:22:51.020
  • You're like, "Who cares?
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  • Algebra, algebra, I'll never use algebra," right?
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  • And so, you mail it in.
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  • You're half-hearted, you come late.
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  • You're like, "It's like a small position.
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  • It's a small part-time job.
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  • It's this little thing, this test that won't matter.
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  • It's little, it's little."
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  • But wait, especially young people, "Wait till someday,
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  • when I have big, when I get big opportunity, when I get a big
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  • stage, or I'm in the spot--oh, when I get big, I'll show them
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  • how good I really am."
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  • Why are you waiting to be great? Be excellent at your level.
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  • Be excellent at your level right now.
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  • It's been said the art of life is knowing what you're doing
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  • right now matters.
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  • God's preparing you, preparing.
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  • He didn't have a pity party when he's a slave.
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  • He thought, "You know, a slave, that's a small opportunity.
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  • That's a marginalized job. I'll be the best slave I can.
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  • I'm gonna work hard and faithful."
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  • And the master, Potiphar, noticed his ability, began
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  • to promote him, give him more opportunity.
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  • After a while, after a decade, he's in charge
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  • of the entire estate.
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  • What's he learning right there?
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  • Administration, organization, meeting deadlines,
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  • working with a difficult boss.
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  • He ends up in prison again, no fault of his own.
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  • What's he learn there?
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  • Same thing, he gets promoted because he's so talented
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  • and so willing to work hard.
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  • After a while, the warden puts him in charge
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  • of all the prisoners.
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  • He's learning there perseverance,
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  • sticking with the task, working with weird people.
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  • No matter where you are, learn, grow, get better.
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  • We have two campuses in prisons.
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  • I know you don't want to be there.
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  • But while you're there, let God grow you.
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  • While you're there, there are literacy classes,
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  • there are classes to help you get your GED.
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  • If you're there, read every book they have.
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  • Make sure when you're freed someday, you're a lot better
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  • and smarter than when you came in.
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  • Don't just languish there. Let God grow you in the small.
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  • Man, some of you guys get frustrated because,
  • 00:24:45.280 --> 00:24:48.070
  • "Oh, my opportunity is small. I'm frustrated.
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  • I'm bigger than that. I'm under-challenged."
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  • Don't be frustrated with the small, be faithful with
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  • the small, and God will entrust you with more.
  • 00:24:54.030 --> 00:24:56.050
  • Let me show you a verse that's very powerful.
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  • In Colossians chapter 3, verse 23, I want you to read
  • 00:24:58.230 --> 00:25:03.070
  • just one word, but really read it.
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  • Bring it, ready, here we go. One, two, three.
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  • Excellent, "Whatever you do."
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  • In the original Greek, that word "whatever" means whatever.
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  • Whatever that thing is you're doing right now, that job,
  • 00:25:16.070 --> 00:25:20.120
  • that academic pursuit, whatever it is,
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  • "Work at it with all your heart, all your might."
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  • Because here's your new boss, Jesus.
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  • Be excellent at your level.
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  • "I want to be promoted, I want to be promoted."
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  • Fine, okay, look, be excellent at your level, and promotion
  • 00:25:41.040 --> 00:25:44.070
  • will come fighting for you.
  • 00:25:44.080 --> 00:25:48.090
  • Dr. King said this about being faithful to small.
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  • This is--this is so rich.
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  • He was so brilliant in so many areas.
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  • He said, "If a man is called to be a street sweeper," that's not
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  • a job, that's a small job, right?
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  • "He should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
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  • or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
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  • He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and
  • 00:26:08.030 --> 00:26:12.170
  • earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper
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  • who did his job well.'"
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  • So, man, stop sitting there and waiting.
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  • Stop being lazy. Get busy.
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  • Let's do something. Let's grow.
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  • Let's work at that small task.
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  • Jesus never called anybody who is sitting
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  • on a rock doing nothing.
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  • He called people who were busy working
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  • the opportunity they had.
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  • He called fishermen when they were mending their nets.
  • 00:26:36.220 --> 00:26:38.070
  • He called tax collectors when they're gathering their taxes.
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  • Even the Apostle Paul, when he starts out as Saul,
  • 00:26:40.160 --> 00:26:43.170
  • he's doing the whole wrong thing with his life,
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  • but he's working really hard at it.
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  • Don't despise the small.
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  • Get busy, be excellent at your level right now.
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  • And in due time, God will promote you.
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  • Tristen: Thanks so much, everybody, for checking out
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