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The Call to Go

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June 24, 2019
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Don Wilton

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The Call to Go

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  • male announcer: We can all use some encouragement,
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  • and today you'll find it in the Bible-based preaching
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  • of Dr. Don Wilton right here on "The Encouraging Word."
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  • Don Wilton: When I stand alongside these who have
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  • sacrificed so much, it provokes questions in my own heart and in
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  • my own soul, and so it is when it comes to the Apostle Paul.
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  • I ask not that we board the ship with him, just simply to set
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  • sail across an angry sea.
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  • But I ask of the Lord Jesus Christ that as we do so,
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  • you will find and I will find in our own heart and soul spirit
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  • that God would so grip our own hearts because these are
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  • the words of the Lord.
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  • This is my story.
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  • In Acts chapter 13 it began, the Bible tells us, "Now there were
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  • in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers.
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  • Barnabas, Simeon, who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrus, Manaen
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  • a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and of course Saul.
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  • While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy
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  • Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work
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  • to which I have called them.'
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  • Then after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them
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  • and they sent them off.
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  • So being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down
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  • to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.
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  • And when they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the
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  • Word of God in the synagogues of the Jews,
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  • and they had John to assist.
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  • And when they'd gone through the whole island as far as Paphos,"
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  • on the island of Cyprus, "they came upon a certain magician,
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  • a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus.
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  • He was with the proconsul, Sergio Paulus, a man
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  • of intelligence who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought
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  • to hear the Word of God.
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  • But Elymas the magician, for that is the meaning
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  • of his name," Bar-Jesus, "opposed them,
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  • seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith.
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  • But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with
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  • the Holy Spirit looked intently on him and said,
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  • 'You son of the devil, you enemy of all
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  • righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy,
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  • will you not stop making crooked the straight paths
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  • of the Lord?
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  • And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you,
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  • and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.'
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  • Immediately, mist and darkness fell upon him and he went
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  • about seeking people to lead him by the hand.
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  • Then the proconsul," Sergio Paulus, "believed,"
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  • in Jesus.
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  • "When he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished
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  • at the teaching of the Lord."
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  • I want you to look at this map with me here for just a second,
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  • and I'm sorry our big screen is not operational.
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  • But just to kind of orient us a little bit, and I'm going to be
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  • showing you different pictures of this as time goes by
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  • in the following weeks.
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  • But if you were to come over to this side, this is what you and
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  • I would call modern day Syria going up to where Turkey--
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  • modern day Turkey begins right about here.
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  • So this is all Syria.
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  • So if I was to put my finger about there, I'm pointing at
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  • Damascus, the capital city of Syria which was also known
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  • as Damascus back in the time of Paul.
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  • Remember, he was on his way to Damascus when he
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  • encountered the Lord Jesus.
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  • So right over here, just the other side of the sea here
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  • is the town of Tarsus.
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  • Anybody remember where Paul actually came from--Saul?
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  • By the way, the passage I've just read to you is
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  • when he became known as Paul.
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  • You don't hear him referred to as Saul again
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  • after Acts chapter 13.
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  • He's Paul the Apostle.
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  • That's his hometown.
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  • And in fact, what you and I might not realize is that after
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  • he had done a whole lot of things, including coming to know
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  • Jesus, that Saul went back to his hometown and he did
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  • a whole lot of nothing; probably continued his tent making,
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  • but he was waiting.
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  • And it was from Tarsus that Barnabas and some of the others
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  • came to get him to take him to this place called Antioch.
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  • I'm going to tell you some things about Antioch because
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  • unbeknownst to Paul when he left his hometown and he traveled to
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  • Antioch and encountered the Christians there and they began
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  • to pray for him and they were worshiping the Lord and God
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  • called him, he was going to leave there and the very first
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  • part of his journey was just what you and I would consider
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  • to be a short little trip across the sea in a canoe, right?
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  • Don't think that.
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  • This was a treacherous journey.
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  • And Cyprus, of course, is this island right here that lies off
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  • the coast of Turkey, and Cyprus is quite a formidable Island.
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  • And he landed right in this place called Salamis
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  • and he ended up in this place on the other side
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  • of Cyprus called Paphos.
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  • Now, there are a couple of things here
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  • that I'm going to tell you about this.
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  • Very--just some interesting things about Paul
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  • that we need to understand.
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  • This town called Antioch, that's Antioch in Syria:
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  • modern day Turkey.
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  • It's called Antakya in Turkish. Antakya.
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  • So for those of you that have been there,
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  • that's where you went to: Antakya.
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  • The modern or the ancient name for Antakya, Turkey is the name
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  • Antioch, and Antioch was really founded back in about 300 B.C.,
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  • that's before Christ, by the Seleucids
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  • who were of Greek origin.
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  • So this town here was a Hellenistic town.
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  • And when Seleucid founded Antioch,
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  • he called it Antioch or Antiochus.
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  • His father's name was Antiochus. Isn't that nice?
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  • I'm hoping that my sons are going to call at least
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  • one town in America Donald.
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  • It sounds really nice, all right?
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  • It was named after Seleucid's father.
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  • And just historically, I don't want to bog us down,
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  • it became the ancient port city of Syria.
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  • Now why?
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  • Two reasons why: there's the Orontes River, the Orontes River
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  • which our troops know a lot about in our day and age.
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  • The Orontes River goes all the way down toward Damascus,
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  • and coming up from under the map here is the River Jordan.
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  • River Jordan stops on Mount Hermon just south of Damascus.
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  • The Orontes River comes down and stops north of Damascus,
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  • but these rivers were very important.
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  • Why?
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  • Because of the need for water.
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  • The other thing about Antioch here is the Orontes River flowed
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  • into the Mediterranean Sea here, and so Seleucid said,
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  • "Ah, we need ships," and he built a port.
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  • Very important, the port city, and it's even talked about
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  • right there, of Seleucia.
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  • You can read about it in verse 4.
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  • Are you getting all the dots together, all right?
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  • Barnabas who accompanied Paul everywhere,
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  • Barnabas actually came from Cyprus,
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  • and they were a lot of Christians who lived in Cyprus.
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  • So when they came across to this place over here,
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  • it was a Hellenistic or Greek city.
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  • There were a lot of things that happened in Antioch of Syria.
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  • It was the place where the first Christian church was
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  • established, it was the place where Christians first became
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  • known as Christians in Acts chapter 11, and it's the place
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  • that launched, that began, that sent out this man by the name
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  • of Paul to go into all the world.
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  • And a lot of things happened, even like after
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  • the stoning of Stephen.
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  • They all went back in.
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  • In Acts chapter 11, verse 19, they came from all over after
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  • the stoning of Stephen, which was cataclysmic.
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  • It was a huge thing, the martyrdom of Stephen.
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  • They left Cyprus, they came up from Jerusalem, they came down
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  • from Tarsus, and the Christians all gathered together
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  • and something happened.
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  • You know what happens when people who believe in Jesus
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  • just gather together.
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  • It's the church.
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  • When people who love Jesus get together,
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  • something amazing happens.
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  • Something's happening right now. God speaks.
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  • God will speak to you everywhere.
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  • I can be a testimony, and you and I can do that.
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  • The Lord Jesus speaks to us everywhere also
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  • because he is everywhere.
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  • But when Christians get together, God does something.
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  • He makes himself known, and I want to just highlight
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  • "The Call to Go."
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  • This is what happened because this call to go will always be
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  • accompanied by some things that you can take to the bank.
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  • Those who have served in the military,
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  • would you identify with what I'm saying?
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  • You know, it was one thing to stand by yourself,
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  • but it was another thing to be surrounded by your buddies.
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  • Most of you know I did a wonderful series of interviews
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  • with Colonel Ballard.
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  • It's making its way around the nation now.
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  • It had that kind of impact.
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  • As I was interviewing Colonel Ballard; yes,
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  • it was about his courage and his valor,
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  • but when he spoke about his wingmen,
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  • those who were with him, when he spoke about being in a POW
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  • confinement plaque, the Hanoi Hilton, there was always that
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  • man in the cell next to him.
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  • These were the men who tapped out the Lord's Prayer on walls.
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  • These were the people who at Christmastime in their solitary
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  • confinement tapped out on walls for fear of their lives.
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  • They couldn't even see one another, but they knew they
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  • were there for one another.
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  • What is it about the call to go?
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  • What happened here, this meeting place called Antioch?
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  • We're going to encounter another Antioch later on.
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  • We'll get there.
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  • I'll talk about the other Antioch not to confuse things.
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  • But this Antioch in Syria, God's called it go was made known
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  • and a man stood up and said, "I'll do it."
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  • So what is this call accompanied by?
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  • Let me just share a couple of thoughts straight
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  • from God's Word.
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  • First of all, it will always be accompanied
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  • by spiritual leadership.
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  • Bible tells us in Acts chapter 13 that there was a Morse code
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  • going around amongst a group of people,
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  • each one of whom was a leader.
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  • You know, I thank the Lord for your leadership.
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  • I'm looking at you.
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  • Paul, Barnabas, John Mark, all year they went, but, boy,
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  • were they lifted up by just an amazing group
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  • of spiritual leaders.
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  • This call will always be accompanied
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  • by great worship and prayer.
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  • Verse 2 tells us these people gathered together in what Paul
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  • and Barnabas and John Mark and with all of these people.
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  • You know all they did?
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  • They just worshipped the Lord and gave to themselves over
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  • to prayer and fasting.
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  • They made Christ the center of everything they did.
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  • Very focused, very specific.
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  • The call to go is always accompanied by worship,
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  • by prayer, by fasting, by men and women who inspire others,
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  • but there's a third thing.
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  • This call will always be accompanied
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  • by very clear marching orders.
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  • I remember saying to Colonel Ballard one time,
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  • "Colonel, why did you serve?"
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  • If you beg my pardon, almost somewhat rather silly question
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  • to ask Colonel Ballard.
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  • "Why?" he said over lunch one day at Ruby Tuesday's.
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  • "Why?" "Yes, sir. Why did you serve?"
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  • "Because I love my country. Any further questions?"
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  • Colonel Ballard had such a way of just telling us like it is.
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  • Clear marching orders.
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  • The Holy Spirit spoke, Paul and Barnabas said, "We'll do it."
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  • So they set them apart by laying their hands on them
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  • and off they went.
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  • Clear marching orders, but I must say this to you.
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  • I don't like this next point, but I can't avoid it.
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  • I tried to.
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  • I said, "Well, what I'm going to do is I'm just going to skip
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  • over certain parts of chapter 13 and get on to some
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  • of the better stuff."
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  • This call will always be accompanied
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  • by satanic opposition.
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  • You know, as I read this account of what took place at Salamis
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  • here with the proconsul, Sergio Paulus, can you imagine that
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  • they would have been one man who made it his business to put
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  • an end to all this quote unquote nonsense about God?
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  • It's amazing, even in the Greek text here, you know, Paul filled
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  • with the Holy Spirit looked intently at him and said to him,
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  • "You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness."
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  • The more you serve the Lord, the more that old devil
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  • will come after you.
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  • The more you proclaim Jesus, the more the devil is going
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  • to come after you and try to tell you not to.
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  • The more you say, "Lord, I'll go," the more the devil
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  • is going to try and stop you from going.
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  • It's hard to explain why someone would behave so badly
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  • when everything about Jesus is love and peace
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  • and forgiveness and joy.
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  • It's hard to figure it out, but the Bible says that the devil
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  • is a roaring lion.
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  • It was there, satanic opposition,
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  • but you know something happened.
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  • Just listen to this, this call to go.
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  • When you begin to consider what happened to the Apostle Paul,
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  • right at the beginning what was it accompanied by?
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  • Spiritual leadership, they were there: men and women of just
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  • incredible Christian character and fortitude, insight, wisdom,
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  • great worship, and prayer.
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  • Don't forsake the assembling of yourself together.
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  • Never minimize what is happening right now.
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  • Don't push it into the confines of an unnecessary necessity.
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  • You, my friend, have done well to worship the Lord.
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  • It will always be accompanied by clear marching orders.
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  • God is speaking to you, and some right now,
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  • the Lord is speaking to you.
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  • He's telling you something.
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  • You might say to me, "Pastor, what exactly?"
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  • I may not know, but I promise you God is tapping
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  • on your shoulder.
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  • He's calling you out.
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  • Remember that call to go, just like Paul,
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  • will always be accompanied by satanic opposition.
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  • Do you think for 1 minute the devil likes the fact
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  • that you're worshiping him today?
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  • If I was to ask for a show of hands,
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  • how many of us would identify--
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  • if we just picked on Sundays, how many of us can identify
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  • that it's just an amazing thing how on Sunday
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  • mornings something happens?
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  • Something tries to stop us gathering together.
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  • Something says, "Don't go to church."
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  • Something says, "You deserve better."
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  • Something says, "Take me out before I yell the church down."
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  • Something says, "I thought I heard a help me
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  • in one of those."
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  • But you know that fifth point, the call to go is always
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  • accompanied by indescribable victories.
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  • I love that, indescribable victories.
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  • I mean, look what happened to the proconsul.
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  • In the middle of all of this, he came to know Jesus.
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  • I tell you, for those who love the Lord Jesus,
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  • you always come back to that ultimate victory.
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  • Paul put it like this.
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  • He said, "Praise be to God who has given us the victory
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  • through Christ Jesus."
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  • from my heart to yours.
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  • for us to respond to our world by standing up
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  • cross currents that you and I know full well are challenging
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  • the very fabric of our faith.
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