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July 27, 2020
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Don Wilton presents a strong expository preaching from God's Word.

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  • Don Wilton: Whoo,man, that was fantastic.
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  • Let's give it up for theLord today, guys, come on.
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  • Come on, let'sgive it up for Jesus.
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  • Let's do it, let's do ittoday, praise his name.
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  • Let's taste and seethe goodness of God.
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  • Please be seated today.
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  • Lydia, come up hereand stand with me.
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  • Well, I'll tell you, folks,I've got so much on my heart.
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  • It's--I'm sitting here praisingthe Lord and saying wow.
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  • Lydia, how do we bringall of this together?
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  • What do we say?
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  • And I turned to her just aminute ago and I said,
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  • "Lydia, see what I do,what I experience?"
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  • I mean, it's like it's just soprecious, it's so wonderful.
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  • I've given her an impossible jobtoday 'cause I've asked her to
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  • come and, Lydia,just open your heart.
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  • Share with us, give us anutshell of what God put in your
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  • heart that caused a realsense of revival to break out,
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  • challenged us.
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  • And I don't believe Godis through with us yet.
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  • Thank you, Lydia.
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  • Let's give Lydiaa hand, shall we?
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  • Lydia Blackstone: Thank youso much for letting me come.
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  • It's a joy toshare, it always is.
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  • And you said you gaveme an impossible job.
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  • And it is impossible to talk ofthe things of the Lord and how
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  • great he is, but God says,"If you do the possible,
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  • I'll do the impossible."
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  • So, I'm going to share my story,just a little bit of it because
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  • I don't have that much time.
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  • But I want to say to you justhow important it is that we do
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  • the possible, you know?
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  • So, my story is, yes, I'ma college student, I go to
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  • University of South Carolina,which I see some boos out there,
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  • Davis Welch.
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  • Oh well.
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  • I do go to University ofSouth Carolina, so it was--it's
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  • actually my fifth year to go onKentucky, and I got to go in the
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  • Sebeski group, the same groupthat I had gone to
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  • in previous years.
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  • But this year is differentfor me,
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  • it was different for all of us.
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  • Yes, we had challenges we hadto face, but it was different in
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  • the way that God showed up.
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  • He shows up every year, but thisyear, it's like we just noticed
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  • it more, you know?
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  • So, my story is before the firstsemester of college, I really
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  • spent it what Isay is all about me.
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  • I got into all sorts of thingsthat I could stand up here for
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  • 30 minutes and tell you the badthings that I've done,
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  • but it's not about that.
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  • It's about what he does after,which is what
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  • I want to tell you.
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  • Is that I got this crazyopportunity to go to the Holy
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  • Land with Dr. Don and a bunch ofother you out here in the crowd.
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  • And everybody asked me,"What's your favorite spot?
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  • What's your favoriteplace that you went?"
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  • It was so busy, craziness,you know,
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  • it was filled with tourists.
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  • But my favorite spot was onlyour group was up there, was the
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  • mount of beatitudes.
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  • I was sitting up there verybroken from the way that I had
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  • lived my life.
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  • I broke my own heart.
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  • And I was sitting up there just,you know, completely broken.
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  • You know, we haveto get like that.
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  • And I heard these words spokenby Dr. Don, but it was like in
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  • the moment, it was likehearing Jesus's voice say it.
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  • So, right now, as it is abeautiful picture that we are
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  • outdoors, this is amountain of sorts.
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  • This is our mountof beatitudes today.
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  • Look around and hear the sounds,and I want a picture to be shown
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  • of the mount of beatitudes onthe screen just so that y'all
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  • can see what I sawwhen I heard this.
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  • But I want you tohear Jesus's voice.
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  • In no way am I trying to portrayhim at all, I'm so unworthy.
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  • But just as I say these words,hear Jesus saying them to you.
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  • "Now, when Jesus saw the crowds,he went up on
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  • a mountainside and sat down.
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  • His disciples came near tohim, and he began to teach them.
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  • He said, 'Blessed are the poorin spirit, for theirs is the
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  • kingdom of heaven.
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  • Blessed are those who mourn,for they will be comforted.
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  • Blessed are the meek, forthey will inherit the earth.
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  • Blessed are those who hunger andthirst for righteousness,
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  • for they will be filled.
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  • Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.
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  • Blessed are those pure ofheart, for they will see God.
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  • Blessed are the peacemakers, forthey will be called children
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  • of God.
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  • Blessed are you when theypersecute you, insult you, and
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  • say all kinds of evilagainst you because my name.
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  • Rejoice and be glad, forgreat is your reward in heaven.
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  • For just as they persecute you,they persecuted the prophets
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  • that went before you.
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  • You are the salt of the earth.
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  • But if the salt loses itssaltiness, it is of no use
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  • except to be thrown out andtrampled under man's foot.
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  • You are the light of the world.
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  • A city on a hillcannot be hidden.
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  • Neither do you light a lampand place it under a bowl.
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  • Instead, you place it on itsstand so it gives light to
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  • everyone in the room.
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  • In the same way, let your lightshine before others so that
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  • he--they may see your goodworks and glorify your Father
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  • in heaven."
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  • Those words, I want them tospeak to each and every one of
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  • you the way that they spoketo me that day sitting there,
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  • broken over my sin, mortifiedby my sin in front of a holy God
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  • that we areunworthy to glorify today.
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  • But he lets us because of Jesus,that he came down to earth and
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  • he spoke those words.
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  • And you look throughout allof his ministry,
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  • the loving kindness.
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  • And in that moment, I feltthe kindness of the Lord.
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  • Feel that today because itchanged my life and the way
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  • I lived it after then.
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  • I said, "How can I--how canI--how can I emulate that, the
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  • blessed are, blessed are?
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  • I want to be that.I want to be blessed."
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  • My story is a greatstory of blessing.
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  • My dream is to be a newsreporter, that's my dream.
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  • And it may change and it's allup to God in that, but he opened
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  • so many doors.
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  • When I got my feet on the groundback in South Carolina after
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  • being in the Holy Land, I knewmy life couldn't be
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  • the same at all.
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  • I wanted to beblessed like he said there.
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  • And so, he opened wonderfuldoors, and I got to start doing
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  • the school news, SGTV News 4.
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  • I got the opportunity to go anddo crazy things, awesome things
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  • that a 19-year-old doesnot get to do, you know?
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  • So, people would ask me, "Howdid you get that opportunity?"
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  • And then I love the song, "Everyblessing you pour out
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  • I'll turn back to praise."
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  • It's a praise.
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  • So, when you receive thatblessing, turn it back to praise
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  • 'cause people willask you how you got it.
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  • But be looking for the blessing.
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  • This week in Kentucky, we haveall these amazing stories
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  • of how God showed up.
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  • You know, we werelooking for them.
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  • You know, my van mom, Deandra,this week would have us on the
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  • van to say our highs of the day,just kind of how God showed up
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  • that day.
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  • And it got us the whole daythinking, "What's my high gonna
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  • be?
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  • What's my good thing of the daythat God showed up gonna be?"
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  • Let's live like that every day,saying, "How are you going to
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  • show up?"
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  • How do we get to that pointis we tell others, you know?
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  • That's the most importantcalling of us here on earth is
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  • to glorify God.
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  • That's why we're here is toglorify God, praise his name,
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  • and to tell others.
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  • I think as believers, sometimeswe forget what it's like
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  • to be lost.
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  • I have not forgotten what itfelt like to not have him.
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  • We can't forget that 'cause thatwill give us an urgency more
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  • than ever to tell, to tell, tolook into somebody's eyes and
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  • see how much they need him.
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  • 'Cause I don't forget whatit felt like to need him.
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  • So, I'm going to keep telling,and I'm going to keep--I'm going
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  • to keep glorifying his nameuntil everybody can feel the way
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  • I feel, which isutter peace and joy.
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  • So today, my call to you is--I'mgoing to unpack just a little
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  • bit of the rest of that inbeatitudes was you're the salt
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  • of the earth.
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  • If the salt loses its saltiness,it is of no use but to be thrown
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  • out and trampledunder man's foot.
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  • And I said this in the last timethat I spoke this was the way
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  • that my life before Christwas trampled under man's foot
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  • because I lost my saltiness.
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  • Now, what does salt do?
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  • 'Cause salt doesa lot of things.
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  • It preserves, it heals,but it makes you thirsty.
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  • When you eat a bunch of popcornat the movies, that's the reason
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  • they jack up the price of thesoda because you need it,
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  • 'cause it makes you thirsty.
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  • And that was a call that I'mgiving y'all to that day that I
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  • felt, was am I making peoplethirsty for the things of the
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  • Lord?
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  • Are we?
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  • Are we salt and are we light?
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  • And the other part of that isyou are the light of the world.
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  • We have a light in us.
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  • It should show up in our face.
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  • It should show up in ourkindness when people aren't
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  • watching you, 'cause peoplealways are when
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  • you think they're not.
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  • And they need to see that lightbecause they know that you're a
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  • believer.
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  • They need to knowthat you're a believer.
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  • So many people in my life didnot know that I was a Christian
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  • down at USC, no idea.
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  • I didn't go to church.
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  • It's not just going tochurch, that doesn't make you
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  • a Christian.
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  • It's by the way you liveyour life, which we've heard a
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  • million times, but I thinkwe need to hear it again.
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  • Is that live your life in such away that it glorifies the Lord
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  • so people ask you.
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  • 'Cause the best part aboutbeing a believer is telling.
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  • It's my favoritething to do, I say that.
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  • And today, I'm getting todo that to more than one.
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  • I've prayed--I've been makingthis prayer a regular thing in
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  • my life, I pray for aperson a day to tell.
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  • This is a whole lot more thanone, so thank you that you're my
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  • person of the day,whoever hears this.
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  • An honor it is toshare with you.
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  • But I want to leave youwith my--not being my story.
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  • 'Cause it's not ourstory, it's his story.
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  • But I hope that in my story, thecontrast of who I used to be and
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  • who I am now shows the glory ofGod, that he can do miracles.
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  • That he, like in Kentuckythis week, can move mountains.
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  • Believe that, don't let it justbe some cute little saying that
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  • we say on the videoor--make it real.
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  • Because God has movedmountains in my life.
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  • The girl that I used tobe standing here,
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  • this is different.
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  • This is so different, and it'sone reason that it's different,
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  • and that's Jesus Christ.
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  • So, I love you all.
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  • Thank you for letting me share,and I'll give it back
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  • to Dr. Don.
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  • Don: You take that.
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  • I am so moved by her testimonythat I'm changing direction
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  • this morning completely.
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  • I invite you to open yourbook, Bibles to Acts chapter 9.
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  • Just a few verses in thebook of Acts chapter 9.
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  • This is whathappened to Saul, Paul.
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  • This is my story,it's your story.
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  • The Bible says in Acts chapter9 and verse 1, "Meanwhile,
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  • Saul was still breathing outmurderous threats against
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  • the Lord's disciples.
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  • And he went to the high priestand he asked him for letters to
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  • the synagogues in Damascus, sothat if he found any there who
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  • belonged to the Way, thatwhether they be men or women,
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  • that he might take themas prisoners to Jerusalem.
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  • As he neared Damascus on hisjourney, suddenly a light from
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  • heaven flashed around him.
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  • And he fell to the ground, andhe heard a voice say to him,
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  • 'Saul, why are you persecutingyou?'
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  • And Saul looked up into theface of God and said to him,
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  • 'Who are you,Lord?'
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  • And Jesus said, 'I am he,I am Jesus,
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  • whom you arepersecuting.
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  • Now get up and go into the city,and there I will make it clear
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  • to you what must be told ofyou.'"
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  • Four things I wantedto share with you
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  • from my heart today.
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  • Number one, you and I havegot to acknowledge who God is.
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  • We're living in a day and agetoday where even the very name
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  • of Jesus has become a watch wordand a byword, a cuss word,
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  • a word of blasphemy.
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  • We're living in a day and agetoday where people scoff
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  • at the very name of theLord Jesus Christ.
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  • And it was Jesus who looked uponhis disciples, and he said to
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  • them, "I am the Lord your God.
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  • Thou shalt have noother gods before me.
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  • I'm the God of your fathers, theGod of Abraham, and the God of
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  • Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
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  • Bow down and worship me."
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  • Acknowledge the Lord JesusChrist in your life,
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  • will you do that today?
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  • I'm going to encourage you rightnow where you are, right there
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  • from the depths of your heart, Iwant you to look into the face
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  • of our God and our Saviorbecause God so loved the world
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  • that he gave his only begottenSon, that whosoever believes in
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  • him should not perish,but have everlasting life.
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  • This week in Kentucky, there arelittle, little children who came
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  • to know Jesus because a groupof people bothered to go to
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  • Kentucky and share thelove of Christ with them.
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  • And they will neverbe the same again.
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  • They will neverbe the same again.
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  • Acknowledge who God is.
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  • When I heard Lydia's testimony,what struck me so much in this
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  • beautiful young lady's heart isshe told the story, I can see
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  • her sitting on the mount ofbeatitudes, right there in that
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  • beautiful spot overlookingthe magnificence of the Sea of
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  • Galilee, that same placewhere Jesus of Nazareth sat down
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  • before his disciples.
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  • And he looked them in the face,and he began to love them, and
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  • he began to teach them.
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  • And as Lydia has said in herown words, it was right there in
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  • that very place, at that veryspot, that all of a sudden she
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  • realized who Jesus really is.
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  • Do you know that he loves you?
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  • Acknowledge him.
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  • Number two,confess your sin to him.
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  • All of us have sinned andcome short of the glory of God.
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  • I was profoundly moved as Lydiashared her testimony not only
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  • this morning, but as I'velistened to it a number of times
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  • on YouTube, as Lydia spoke as ayoung Christian person
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  • about the sin in her life, thatshe was living far from God.
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  • And today, you'reliving far from God.
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  • And the Bible says that yoursin separates you from God.
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  • And the Bible tells us that allof us have sinned and come short
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  • of the glory of God.
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  • Confess your sin tothe Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • He's the one who said that if weconfess our sin, he is faithful
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  • and just to forgive us oursin, and to cleanse us
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  • from all unrighteousness.
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  • Friends, there is nothinggreater than confessing your sin
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  • to Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you do that right now?
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  • The Bible says that whatwe've got to do is we've got to
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  • confess our sin to the LordJesus because he's the one who's
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  • faithful and just to forgive us.
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  • But there's a second group here.
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  • By far in the park here inSpartanburg, all across the
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  • country, there arewonderful people.
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  • I know you, I'm one of you, butI need to confess my sin to him
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  • because I'm a sinner by natureand I'm a sinner by choice.
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  • And just like Lydia, I know thatmy sin causes great grief in the
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  • heart of a God who loves me.
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  • And because my sin is everbefore me, I come before my
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  • Savior today and I confess mysin not unto my salvation, but
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  • unto the joy of mysalvation in Christ.
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  • Can I tell yousomething today very lovingly?
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  • If you're a believer and you'reliving in sin, unconfessed sin,
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  • you are beingrobbed of your joy.
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  • That's what Lydia was saying.
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  • Lydia spent--I've known Lydiafor years and years and years,
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  • both she and her sisters and thebeautiful family
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  • from which she comes.
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  • I've watched them grow up.
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  • And Lydia stood here today andshe said, "I want you to know I
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  • had all of these things going,and I was about life, and I know
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  • Christ as my Savior, butin my heart, I had no joy."
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  • And sitting there on the mountof beatitudes in the face of
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  • Jesus, God began to revealhimself to her, as she shared
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  • with all those whogathered in Kentucky.
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  • And I'm going to encourageyou today to confess your sin.
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  • Number three, are youready to trust Jesus?
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  • Are you willing to do thattoday, put your trust in him?
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  • You say, "Wait a minute now,pastor,
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  • how am I going to do this?"
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  • Just trust him.
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  • Just trust God.
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  • Some of you have been up in thehollows of Kentucky and sitting
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  • right there in that chapel,God got ahold of your heart.
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  • And you're beginning to say,"But how can I bring that home?"
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  • Trust God.
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  • Put your hands in thehands of the master.
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  • He's going to lead you, he'sgoing to guide you, he's going
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  • to fill you with his spirit.
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  • He's going to counsel you,he's going to uplift you.
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  • He's going to encourage you.
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  • Are you willing to faith him?
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  • We walk by faithand not by sight.
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  • That's an operative action,it's a daily action
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  • that we have as Christians.
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  • I try to wake up so many times,say, "Lord,
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  • I just want to trust you.
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  • I give myself to you."
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  • I don't know whattomorrow holds.
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  • I don't know what'sgoing on in America.
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  • I don't know wherethis virus is going.
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  • I don't know what'sgoing to happen politically.
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  • People are in turmoil, peopleare fighting, arguing, fussing.
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  • People are hating one another,they're throwing stones
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  • at one another.
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  • They're blaspheming,they're tearing down history.
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  • They're doingeverything they possibly can.
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  • People are getting in oneanother's face, but oh God,
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  • I'm going to trust you.
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  • I'm going to trust you.
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  • I'm going to give myself to you.
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  • Have you lost your job recentlyand your heart is broken?
  • 00:20:17.455 --> 00:20:20.558
  • Would you trust God today?
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  • That little word "trust,"oh it's not all that easy.
  • 00:20:26.264 --> 00:20:29.634
  • You don't roll out of bed in themorning and say,
  • 00:20:29.667 --> 00:20:31.669
  • "Well, I'm just going to trust."
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  • This is not fly by yourpants like just making
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  • a cup of coffee.
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  • It's an operative, it's anaction, it's a Holy Spirit given
  • 00:20:37.675 --> 00:20:41.112
  • dynamic.
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  • Just trust God, wouldyou trust him today?
  • 00:20:42.813 --> 00:20:45.950
  • So, what have we--what have Itold you today from God's Word?
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  • Number one,acknowledge who God is.
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  • Take into account theLord Jesus, my friend.
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  • Think about who he is.
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  • He loves you that much.
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  • Confess your sin to him.
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  • If you don't confess your sinto him, it is a requirement.
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  • Confess your sin unto salvation.
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  • Confess your sin untothe joy of your salvation.
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  • Trust him.
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  • Entrust yourself, handyourself over to him.
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  • Give up on yourself.
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  • Take your hands off yourself,say, "Lord, I'm giving it
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  • all to you."
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  • Just like Lydia has said,I'm giving it to you, Lord.
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  • From now on, I'm in your hands.
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  • I want to be a broadcaster.
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  • I want to have a career.
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  • I believe I'm going to beblessed, but I'm putting it
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  • in your hands, Lord.
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  • I'm entrusting you.
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  • I don't know if school is goingto open in a couple of weeks,
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  • but I'm going to trust you.
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  • I don't know if I'm goingto be able to go to college.
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  • I'm going to trust you.
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  • I don't know where I'm going toget another job so that I can
  • 00:21:54.985 --> 00:21:58.155
  • provide for my family.
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  • I'm going to trust you, Lord.
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  • I'm going to trust you.
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  • I'm going to trust you,God, because you're God.
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  • And one more, obey him.
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  • Obey him.
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  • Are you willing tosay, "Yes, Lord"?
  • 00:22:17.608 --> 00:22:21.145
  • Are you willing to obey himtoday, do what he tells you
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  • to do?
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  • That's the operative ofChristian discipleship,
  • 00:22:27.251 --> 00:22:29.687
  • trust and obey, forthere is no other way.
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  • When you follow Jesus, he callsus to trust him and to obey him.
  • 00:22:35.426 --> 00:22:40.164
  • And to obey him means thatwe obey his every command.
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  • What God says to us, we do it.
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  • We take him at his Word,we follow his instructions.
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  • We step out in faith and wesay, "Lord, this is what
  • 00:22:50.708 --> 00:22:53.477
  • you're showing me."
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  • I'll show you the way to walk.
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  • Walk in it, walk in itbecause God knows it.
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  • God knows you, he loves you.
  • 00:22:59.850 --> 00:23:02.386
  • Trust him and obey him.
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  • Don't question God.
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  • Look to him forwisdom, obey him.
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  • When all this virus startedback in March, we gathered our
  • 00:23:12.696 --> 00:23:17.735
  • ministry team together, and Ilooked at this most precious
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  • group of people, notknowing what the future held.
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  • We had never been in church,I'd never been in a church
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  • that closed its doors.
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  • It never happened to me.
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  • I don't know, I didn't knowwhat was going to happen.
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  • And I remember us looking as weprayed together, and I said to
  • 00:23:42.293 --> 00:23:45.429
  • them, "The one thing God isimpressing upon my heart, the
  • 00:23:45.463 --> 00:23:49.300
  • most important thing we need todo, is we need to seek God
  • 00:23:49.333 --> 00:23:53.170
  • for his wisdom.
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  • And then when God tells us, wejust simply need to obey him
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  • because God knows.
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  • God knows and he loves us."
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  • Would you bow yourheads with me this morning?
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  • I'm going to ask every headbowed and every eye closed.
  • 00:24:07.751 --> 00:24:12.556
  • If you've given your life toChrist, would you do that now?
  • 00:24:12.590 --> 00:24:17.228
  • Would you pray this prayer?
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  • Lord, I acknowledge you today.
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  • I believe you are God.
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  • I believe Jesus is the Son ofGod, and that he's alive, that
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  • you've raised him from the dead.
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  • I confess my sin toyou, Jesus, all of my sin.
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  • And I trust you.
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  • I receive you into my heart,trusting you by faith, giving my
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  • life over to you 'cause you mademe, you know me, you love me,
  • 00:24:51.695 --> 00:24:56.734
  • you've forgiven me.
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  • You're forgiving me right now,Lord, and I know that because
  • 00:24:58.936 --> 00:25:01.939
  • your Word says that.
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  • I believe this.
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  • I trust you today.
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  • If you prayed that prayer, likeLydia today, have you made
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  • a commitment to Christ?
  • 00:25:19.423 --> 00:25:22.326
  • male: You may be like Lydiaand like I have been in the past
  • 00:25:25.296 --> 00:25:27.665
  • of getting to a crossroadswhere you go, "I can't do this
  • 00:25:27.698 --> 00:25:30.334
  • anymore.
  • 00:25:30.367 --> 00:25:31.735
  • I need you, Jesus, to takeme to a new level of love and
  • 00:25:31.769 --> 00:25:34.872
  • commitment and passion," firstand foremost for God, and then
  • 00:25:34.905 --> 00:25:38.075
  • for those around us.
  • 00:25:38.108 --> 00:25:39.610
  • You know, we'd love to pray foryou about the next step for you,
  • 00:25:39.643 --> 00:25:41.946
  • whatever that might be.
  • 00:25:41.979 --> 00:25:43.280
  • We'd also love to put someresources in your hands like the
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  • daily encouragingword Bible guide.
  • 00:25:45.249 --> 00:25:47.117
  • You can even signup for that email.
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  • Just know this, God'sencouraging word is not just
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  • something we receive through agreat pastor like Dr. Don, but
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  • it's a way that welive out our life.
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  • We want to be a partof your daily life.
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  • Jot the number down,store it in your cell.
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  • We're availableanytime, day or night.
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  • As Dr. Don would say, we'd behappy to be one of your 2 a.m.
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  • friends to praywith you and for you.
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  • Or meet us onlineat tewonline.org.
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  • This week, let us walk togetherwith you with whatever you're
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  • going through, knowing thatGod will take
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  • us through it together.
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  • Don: Now, just before we gotoday, I want you to know that
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  • all the things that you've heardtoday, all the preaching, the
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  • teaching, the things that we'resuggesting that you take and
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  • make your own, the means bywhich you would grow in your
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  • Christian faith are all part ofwhat we believe in because we
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  • believe in the encouraging word,this word about God
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  • and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • That's why we've got thatnumber on the television screen.
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  • I've got friends standing by24/7 to talk with you, pray with
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  • you, counsel you, listen to you.
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  • Isn't it wonderful tohave friends like that 24/7?
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  • So, take that number, you mightwant to jot it down, store it in
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  • your phone, keep it.
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  • Anytime night or day,people standing by to be
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  • a blessing to you.
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  • We are "The Encouraging Word"because that's who God is, and
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  • we love you, so be encouraged.
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  • male announcer: Ourtime's gone, but in this time of
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  • separation, we canstay connected online at
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  • tewonline.org.
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