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September 15, 2019
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Dr. Tony Evans

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  • - Tony Evans: You see, for many
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  • of us, the problem of us getting
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  • along with other people is
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  • our inability to get along
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  • with ourself.
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  • Everything visible and physical
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  • is preceded by something
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  • invisible and spiritual.
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  • The consequences we are dealing
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  • with in our lives, in our homes,
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  • in our culture, we are dealing
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  • with them because there is a gap
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  • between where God is
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  • and where we are.
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  • He wants to know that you want
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  • him and not just want his stuff.
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  • See, a lot of folk go to church
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  • to get God's stuff, but who
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  • don't want the God who gives it.
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  • So, if you're in distress,
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  • don't let that drive you away,
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  • draw you near.
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  • When you get close and want
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  • to live for him, want to please
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  • him, want to honor him, want
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  • to exalt him, want to draw near
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  • to him, then heaven opens up
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  • and he lets you find him.
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  • - Tony: I want to begin our
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  • time by going over today how
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  • the world works.
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  • Because many Christians do not
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  • understand how the world works.
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  • Because we do not understand how
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  • the world works, we approach
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  • issues in an illegitimate way
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  • because we're operating
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  • on a faulty frame of reference.
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  • It is in understanding how the
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  • world works that allows us
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  • to be able to approach
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  • the struggles, stresses, needs
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  • in an appropriate way.
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  • Many of us are trying to mop up
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  • messes in our lives.
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  • And every time we try to mop it,
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  • there's more mess to mop up
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  • because we haven't gotten
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  • to the root of the problem.
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  • If you will understand the
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  • theology, I am going to attempt
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  • to communicate with you today
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  • of how the world works, then it
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  • will shift how you approach
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  • living and especially shift how
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  • you approach challenges
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  • in living.
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  • In 2 Chronicles 15,
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  • we're told in verse 3,
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  • "For many days, Israel
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  • was without the true God,
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  • without a teaching priest,
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  • and without law."
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  • Verse 5 says, "In those times,
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  • there was no peace to him who
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  • went out or to him who came in.
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  • For many disturbances afflicted
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  • all the inhabitants
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  • of the lands.
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  • Nation was crushed by nation
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  • and city by city, for God
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  • troubled them with every kind
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  • of distress."
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  • It says, "There was no peace
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  • to him who went in or to him
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  • who came out."
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  • No peace means they were living
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  • in conflict.
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  • There was conflict.
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  • It says first of all there was
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  • personal conflict,
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  • "No peace to him."
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  • Many of the problems of coping
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  • today are people unable to live
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  • with themselves.
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  • That's why they often go
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  • to devices to help them to cope.
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  • That's why they become
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  • dependent, because they can't
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  • live with themselves,
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  • and so they are dealing
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  • with inner conflict.
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  • But not only was there no peace
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  • to him, it says there was
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  • no peace to him who came out
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  • or who went in.
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  • That is, when he left home
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  • and when he came back home.
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  • So, there was conflict in
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  • the family.
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  • When you look at the amount
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  • of divorces, when you look at
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  • how many times people have been
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  • divorced, when you look
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  • at the way people talk about
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  • each other, the way
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  • couples curse at each other,
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  • the way they demean
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  • one another, then you see the
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  • parent-child conflict, and it
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  • goes on and on while the mops
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  • keeps slinging and swinging.
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  • And there was conflict not only
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  • when the individual left,
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  • but he says when he came back
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  • in, when he entered back into
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  • his home, there was more
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  • conflict or disturbances.
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  • It says, "City rose up against
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  • city and nation rose up
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  • against nation."
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  • There was cultural conflict.
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  • We'll say city, urban conflict,
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  • international conflict.
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  • Many disturbances,
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  • that was the situation.
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  • Ah, but here's where it
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  • gets interesting.
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  • The end of verse 6 says,
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  • "For God troubled them,"
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  • for God troubled them,
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  • "with their distresses."
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  • End of verse 6.
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  • Now, wait a minute, I would've
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  • thought with all that chaos,
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  • it would've said the devil
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  • troubled them.
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  • I would've thought with all this
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  • confusion, verse 6 would end by
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  • saying, "The devil troubled them
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  • with every kind of distress,"
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  • but it says,
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  • "God troubled them."
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  • So, now we're going to mess
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  • with your thinking a little bit
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  • because a lot of things you're
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  • blaming on the devil is God.
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  • There was no peace, the family
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  • disintegration, conflict,
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  • urban conflict, international
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  • conflict, and God says,
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  • "If you're going to blame
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  • somebody, blame me."
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  • See, a lot of us are blaming
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  • the wrong person.
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  • 'Cause here's how it works
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  • in the world.
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  • If God is your problem,
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  • only God is your solution.
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  • If God is the cause,
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  • only God is the cure.
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  • You say, "But wait a minute,
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  • how can all this evil be given
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  • over to God?"
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  • Because God uses the devil
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  • to carry out his dirty work.
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  • 'Cause even the devil is not the
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  • devil, the devil is God's devil
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  • 'cause the devil can only do
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  • what God allows him to do.
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  • So, even if the devil is
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  • messing with you,
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  • it's by divine permission.
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  • For God troubled them
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  • with every kind of distress.
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  • Let me put it another way.
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  • The spiritual always precedes
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  • the natural.
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  • The spiritual governs
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  • the natural.
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  • The heavenly determines
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  • the earthly.
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  • So, if you have an issue on
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  • earth that has been caused
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  • by heaven, trying to solve it on
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  • earth is a waste of time.
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  • If it's an issue on earth caused
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  • by heaven, God troubled them,
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  • then you need heaven to come to
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  • earth to fix the issue on earth
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  • that heaven is responsible for,
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  • even if it's a problem because
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  • they were living in distress.
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  • What most people do is spend
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  • all their time on earth trying
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  • to fix earth when the problem
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  • didn't originate in earth
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  • or on earth.
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  • For God troubled them
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  • with every kind of distress.
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  • In the Old Testament, you ran
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  • into the active wrath of God,
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  • when God would directly bring
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  • pain about.
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  • He would rain down fire and
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  • brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah.
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  • He would flood the earth
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  • with water.
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  • He would open up the earth and
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  • swallow up rebellious people.
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  • That would be the active wrath
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  • of God, when God directly
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  • addressed things on earth,
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  • bringing about distress.
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  • When Jesus died on the cross,
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  • God's relationship
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  • to the world shifted.
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  • The Bible says
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  • that with the death of Christ,
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  • the world was reconciled to God.
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  • So, some people believe the God
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  • of the Old Testament has
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  • to be different than the God
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  • of the New Testament.
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  • 'Cause the God
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  • of the Old Testament
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  • they say seems so mean
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  • and judgmental, while the God
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  • of the New Testament seems
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  • so nice and full of love.
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  • Well, there aren't two gods,
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  • but there are two relationships.
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  • In the Old Testament, before the
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  • permanent solution to sin was
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  • addressed, there was only
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  • a temporary solution,
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  • and God directly dealt
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  • with things.
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  • In the New Testament, because
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  • the death of Christ reconciled
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  • the whole world to God,
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  • God could now relate
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  • to the world differently.
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  • Not because he changed,
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  • but because his relationship
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  • to the world changed,
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  • but predicated on the death
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  • of Christ, which is why
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  • Jesus Christ is the key
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  • and the center of all of life.
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  • So, now you do not face the
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  • active wrath of God, you face
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  • the passive wrath of God.
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  • Now, that's spoken of in
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  • Romans chapter 1, verse 18
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  • to the end of the chapter,
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  • where it says,
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  • "The wrath of God is revealed
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  • against all unrighteousness
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  • of men who don't want to retain
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  • the knowledge of God."
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  • And then Romans 1,
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  • verse 24, 26, and 28
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  • say the same thing, it says,
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  • "Therefore God turned them over.
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  • Therefore God turned them over.
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  • Therefore God turned them over."
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  • That means God released them
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  • to life without him.
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  • Stay with me here because you'll
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  • discover how the world works.
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  • It says because they did not
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  • want to retain the
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  • knowledge of God,
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  • God, like dog on a leash,
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  • let the leash go so the dog
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  • could run away.
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  • So, when men don't want God,
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  • he lets you not want him
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  • and he lets go of the leash,
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  • and you can go your own way.
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  • But when you do that, you also
  • 00:10:49.110 --> 00:10:51.270
  • invite in the space between
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  • where God is and between where
  • 00:10:54.150 --> 00:10:56.230
  • you want to go, that space
  • 00:10:56.230 --> 00:10:58.150
  • becomes occupied
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  • with consequences.
  • 00:11:00.290 --> 00:11:02.280
  • And so, the consequences we are
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  • dealing with in our lives,
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  • in our homes, in our culture,
  • 00:11:07.000 --> 00:11:09.130
  • we are dealing with them because
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  • there is a gap between where God
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  • is and where we are.
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  • Because they no longer wanted
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  • to retain the knowledge of God,
  • 00:11:18.180 --> 00:11:21.100
  • it says God turned them over
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  • or released them to the
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  • consequences of their decision
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  • to be separated from him
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  • and the built-in side effects
  • 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:34.080
  • that are the result.
  • 00:11:35.050 --> 00:11:38.050
  • So, the problems that people
  • 00:11:38.050 --> 00:11:39.250
  • were facing on earth were
  • 00:11:39.250 --> 00:11:42.210
  • predicated on what God
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  • was allowing to happen.
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  • Now, the question is why.
  • 00:11:52.050 --> 00:11:55.050
  • They were in distress,
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  • in other words,
  • 00:11:55.250 --> 00:11:56.120
  • troubles they couldn't fix.
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  • And I know in this house today
  • 00:11:59.010 --> 00:12:00.180
  • there are troubles we can't fix.
  • 00:12:01.020 --> 00:12:04.020
  • And you know you can't fix them
  • 00:12:04.020 --> 00:12:05.020
  • 'cause you've been trying to fix
  • 00:12:05.020 --> 00:12:06.010
  • them for a long time, and they
  • 00:12:06.010 --> 00:12:07.130
  • either stay broke or look like
  • 00:12:07.130 --> 00:12:09.050
  • they're fixed but still break.
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  • He gives three reasons in
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  • verse 3 for this calamity.
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  • For many days, that is for an
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  • extended period of time,
  • 00:12:22.250 --> 00:12:25.130
  • Israel was without the true God.
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  • Okay, problem number one.
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  • For many days,
  • 00:12:31.030 --> 00:12:32.230
  • an extended period of time,
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  • an extended period of time,
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  • - Tony: One of the great offers
  • 00:12:40.090 --> 00:12:43.090
  • of our Savior Jesus Christ is
  • 00:12:43.090 --> 00:12:44.260
  • life plus abundant life.
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  • That means a fulfilled life.
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  • So many people are existing
  • 00:12:48.290 --> 00:12:51.100
  • because they don't possess
  • 00:12:51.100 --> 00:12:52.260
  • the life of God.
  • 00:12:52.260 --> 00:12:54.290
  • If you don't know that you
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  • possess the life of God,
  • 00:12:56.230 --> 00:12:58.120
  • let's get that fixed right now.
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  • Jesus Christ is offering you
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  • his life.
  • 00:13:02.090 --> 00:13:03.270
  • The Bible says he that hath
  • 00:13:03.270 --> 00:13:05.050
  • the Son hath life.
  • 00:13:05.050 --> 00:13:07.260
  • So, if you want life,
  • 00:13:07.260 --> 00:13:09.000
  • not existence,
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  • the forgiveness of sins,
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  • the guarantee of heaven,
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  • and having Jesus Christ involved
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  • with your life on earth,
  • 00:13:16.210 --> 00:13:18.080
  • all of that is in this package
  • 00:13:18.080 --> 00:13:19.160
  • called life.
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  • And he's offering it to you
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  • for free.
  • 00:13:21.180 --> 00:13:22.250
  • Now, not a lot is for free
  • 00:13:22.250 --> 00:13:24.090
  • today, but this is,
  • 00:13:24.090 --> 00:13:26.080
  • life for free.
  • 00:13:26.080 --> 00:13:27.230
  • How do you get it?
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  • You simply go to Jesus Christ
  • 00:13:28.180 --> 00:13:30.030
  • and trust him alone for it.
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  • You don't work for it,
  • 00:13:32.270 --> 00:13:34.090
  • you don't earn it,
  • 00:13:34.090 --> 00:13:35.090
  • you don't go to church for it.
  • 00:13:35.090 --> 00:13:37.090
  • None of that can give you life.
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  • Only the person of Christ
  • 00:13:39.040 --> 00:13:40.220
  • can give you life.
  • 00:13:40.220 --> 00:13:41.210
  • So, I'm going to pray a prayer,
  • 00:13:41.210 --> 00:13:43.040
  • you pray it after me.
  • 00:13:43.040 --> 00:13:44.070
  • You just have to mean it
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  • for yourself.
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  • Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner.
  • 00:13:46.150 --> 00:13:49.080
  • I know I can't save myself.
  • 00:13:49.080 --> 00:13:52.060
  • But you've offered me the free
  • 00:13:52.060 --> 00:13:54.090
  • gift of eternal life in exchange
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  • for my sin.
  • 00:13:58.250 --> 00:14:00.140
  • So, I place my sin next to your
  • 00:14:00.140 --> 00:14:02.290
  • cross, believing you died
  • 00:14:02.290 --> 00:14:05.280
  • as my substitute.
  • 00:14:05.280 --> 00:14:08.040
  • And I receive now the eternal
  • 00:14:08.040 --> 00:14:09.160
  • life that you said you would
  • 00:14:09.160 --> 00:14:11.280
  • give me for free if I came
  • 00:14:11.280 --> 00:14:14.160
  • to you for it.
  • 00:14:14.160 --> 00:14:17.090
  • So, I receive that now, and
  • 00:14:17.090 --> 00:14:18.190
  • thank you for my new salvation.
  • 00:14:19.080 --> 00:14:22.080
  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless.
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  • - Tony: Israel was not
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  • without religion.
  • 00:14:28.040 --> 00:14:30.190
  • Israel was not without
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  • church attendance.
  • 00:14:31.190 --> 00:14:33.230
  • Israel was not without
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  • quiet singing.
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:36.220
  • Israel was not without religious
  • 00:14:36.220 --> 00:14:38.150
  • programming.
  • 00:14:38.150 --> 00:14:40.230
  • It says Israel was without
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  • the true God.
  • 00:14:42.180 --> 00:14:45.180
  • The key word is the word "true."
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  • They kept the name of God.
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:52.070
  • They kept praying to God.
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  • They kept religious activity.
  • 00:14:55.280 --> 00:14:58.080
  • They were doing all of that
  • 00:14:58.080 --> 00:14:59.170
  • without the true God.
  • 00:14:59.170 --> 00:15:02.110
  • So, evidently you can have
  • 00:15:02.110 --> 00:15:03.120
  • church without God.
  • 00:15:03.220 --> 00:15:06.220
  • The biblical word for a false
  • 00:15:06.220 --> 00:15:08.170
  • God is idol.
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  • That's the biblical word
  • 00:15:11.140 --> 00:15:12.090
  • for a false God.
  • 00:15:12.090 --> 00:15:13.250
  • An idol is any noun, person,
  • 00:15:13.250 --> 00:15:15.270
  • place, thing, or thought
  • 00:15:15.270 --> 00:15:18.090
  • that you look to as your source.
  • 00:15:18.170 --> 00:15:21.170
  • Now, in third world countries,
  • 00:15:21.180 --> 00:15:24.180
  • we would condemn their idolatry.
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  • In third world countries
  • 00:15:27.280 --> 00:15:29.110
  • and in backward nations
  • 00:15:29.280 --> 00:15:32.280
  • that haven't come into
  • 00:15:32.280 --> 00:15:33.250
  • the 20th and the 21st century,
  • 00:15:35.010 --> 00:15:38.010
  • they may worship trees,
  • 00:15:38.010 --> 00:15:39.150
  • or rocks, or nature, or the sun.
  • 00:15:43.040 --> 00:15:46.040
  • Okay, we would condemn that.
  • 00:15:47.010 --> 00:15:50.010
  • But in the west, we have
  • 00:15:50.010 --> 00:15:52.020
  • designer idols.
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:56.070
  • We don't worship trees
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:57.030
  • and rocks.
  • 00:15:57.030 --> 00:15:58.270
  • We have American idols.
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  • Let me look at some of the idols
  • 00:16:04.050 --> 00:16:05.160
  • that we have that have replaced
  • 00:16:05.160 --> 00:16:07.050
  • the true God.
  • 00:16:07.050 --> 00:16:08.080
  • We got the idol of oh,
  • 00:16:08.080 --> 00:16:09.010
  • let's see, race, where my color
  • 00:16:13.000 --> 00:16:16.000
  • trumps God.
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:18.100
  • Where people get offended when
  • 00:16:19.130 --> 00:16:22.130
  • you correct their blackness
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:25.050
  • with the Bible.
  • 00:16:25.080 --> 00:16:28.080
  • When folk get offended when you
  • 00:16:28.080 --> 00:16:30.050
  • correct their whiteness
  • 00:16:30.050 --> 00:16:31.030
  • with the Bible.
  • 00:16:31.030 --> 00:16:33.130
  • Because their race is more
  • 00:16:33.130 --> 00:16:34.280
  • important than God's rules.
  • 00:16:35.050 --> 00:16:38.050
  • Where they wind up worshiping
  • 00:16:38.050 --> 00:16:39.230
  • black being beautiful or white
  • 00:16:39.230 --> 00:16:42.070
  • being right, rather than both
  • 00:16:42.070 --> 00:16:43.230
  • having to be biblical.
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  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:16:45.180 --> 00:16:48.180
  • - Tony: Whenever your race is
  • 00:16:49.120 --> 00:16:52.120
  • your source of your ultimate
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:54.170
  • identity, your race is an idol
  • 00:16:54.170 --> 00:16:57.040
  • and you are a false worshiper.
  • 00:16:59.080 --> 00:17:02.100
  • Let's look at another
  • 00:17:02.100 --> 00:17:04.170
  • designer idol.
  • 00:17:05.120 --> 00:17:08.120
  • Politics is a designer idol,
  • 00:17:09.100 --> 00:17:12.100
  • where you think God rides the
  • 00:17:12.120 --> 00:17:15.120
  • back of a donkey or an elephant.
  • 00:17:16.260 --> 00:17:19.260
  • Politics is a designer idol when
  • 00:17:19.260 --> 00:17:21.160
  • you're more Democrat than godly,
  • 00:17:22.240 --> 00:17:25.240
  • when you're more Republican
  • 00:17:25.240 --> 00:17:27.000
  • than God.
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:29.000
  • When God says one thing,
  • 00:17:29.000 --> 00:17:30.070
  • but you're still talking about
  • 00:17:30.070 --> 00:17:31.120
  • what your party says.
  • 00:17:31.120 --> 00:17:34.010
  • In Ezekiel 43, God says,
  • 00:17:34.010 --> 00:17:36.030
  • "How dare you bring the throne
  • 00:17:36.030 --> 00:17:38.070
  • of your king and set it next
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:40.010
  • to my throne like
  • 00:17:40.010 --> 00:17:42.200
  • we are equals?"
  • 00:17:42.200 --> 00:17:44.140
  • When God speaks, elephants got
  • 00:17:44.140 --> 00:17:47.100
  • to sit down and donkeys got
  • 00:17:47.100 --> 00:17:48.280
  • to back up.
  • 00:17:48.280 --> 00:17:50.260
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:17:51.210 --> 00:17:54.210
  • - Tony: It's okay
  • 00:17:54.210 --> 00:17:55.130
  • to be a Democrat.
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:56.160
  • It's okay to be a Republican
  • 00:17:56.160 --> 00:17:57.280
  • as long as the Bible can
  • 00:17:57.280 --> 00:17:59.160
  • overrule either or both.
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:03.090
  • That's why, ultimately,
  • 00:18:03.090 --> 00:18:04.080
  • you should be an independent
  • 00:18:04.080 --> 00:18:05.130
  • because nobody should own you
  • 00:18:05.130 --> 00:18:06.200
  • but the kingdom of God.
  • 00:18:07.090 --> 00:18:10.090
  • [applauding]
  • 00:18:10.090 --> 00:18:12.160
  • - Tony: Now let's see, do we
  • 00:18:12.160 --> 00:18:14.020
  • have another designer idol?
  • 00:18:14.020 --> 00:18:15.110
  • Let's see.
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:16.100
  • Oh yeah, science.
  • 00:18:17.010 --> 00:18:20.010
  • Science is a designer idol.
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:22.260
  • 'Cause science teaches your kids
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:27.110
  • not an evolutionary theory,
  • 00:18:27.110 --> 00:18:29.100
  • but an evolutionary fact.
  • 00:18:29.100 --> 00:18:31.100
  • Atheistic evolution is
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:34.110
  • fairytales for adults.
  • 00:18:34.220 --> 00:18:37.220
  • It's a fairytale for adults.
  • 00:18:37.220 --> 00:18:40.120
  • Because in the name of science,
  • 00:18:40.120 --> 00:18:42.160
  • they deny God.
  • 00:18:42.160 --> 00:18:44.050
  • And they set up a whole system
  • 00:18:44.050 --> 00:18:45.170
  • of divine denial based on
  • 00:18:45.170 --> 00:18:47.280
  • that science.
  • 00:18:47.280 --> 00:18:49.170
  • So, because of that science,
  • 00:18:49.170 --> 00:18:52.160
  • man becomes the ultimate definer
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:55.080
  • of life.
  • 00:18:55.080 --> 00:18:57.010
  • Man becomes the ultimate definer
  • 00:18:57.010 --> 00:18:58.190
  • of meaning.
  • 00:18:58.190 --> 00:19:00.030
  • Man becomes the ultimate definer
  • 00:19:00.030 --> 00:19:02.130
  • of where God should be placed
  • 00:19:02.130 --> 00:19:04.210
  • in the culture.
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:06.150
  • When people elevate
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:08.210
  • science--science is a beautiful
  • 00:19:08.210 --> 00:19:10.100
  • thing, but all science does is
  • 00:19:10.100 --> 00:19:11.270
  • show how God does stuff.
  • 00:19:11.270 --> 00:19:14.190
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:19:16.000 --> 00:19:19.000
  • - Tony: He says there were
  • 00:19:19.000 --> 00:19:21.230
  • idols.
  • 00:19:21.230 --> 00:19:24.200
  • Their economic idols,
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:26.040
  • their class idols.
  • 00:19:26.040 --> 00:19:28.150
  • Because of a certain amount
  • 00:19:28.150 --> 00:19:29.290
  • of money or where a person lives
  • 00:19:29.290 --> 00:19:31.080
  • or the car they drive, they have
  • 00:19:31.080 --> 00:19:33.230
  • elevated themselves to the
  • 00:19:33.230 --> 00:19:35.060
  • height of pride, where they're
  • 00:19:35.060 --> 00:19:37.250
  • better than other people who
  • 00:19:37.250 --> 00:19:39.260
  • have been equally created in the
  • 00:19:39.260 --> 00:19:41.170
  • image of God.
  • 00:19:41.170 --> 00:19:43.280
  • So, it can come in shapes
  • 00:19:43.280 --> 00:19:45.010
  • and forms, so you don't have
  • 00:19:45.010 --> 00:19:46.080
  • to be an overt God denier
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:47.230
  • to be an idolater.
  • 00:19:47.230 --> 00:19:50.060
  • All you've got to do is place
  • 00:19:50.060 --> 00:19:51.140
  • anything or anybody in the place
  • 00:19:51.140 --> 00:19:53.240
  • of the position of being the
  • 00:19:53.240 --> 00:19:56.020
  • source of your identity.
  • 00:19:57.020 --> 00:20:00.020
  • Then it doesn't matter how much
  • 00:20:00.020 --> 00:20:00.270
  • you pray 'cause you're praying
  • 00:20:00.270 --> 00:20:02.040
  • to a false God, not the real God
  • 00:20:02.040 --> 00:20:04.230
  • 'cause the real God not
  • 00:20:04.230 --> 00:20:05.240
  • listening if you have
  • 00:20:05.240 --> 00:20:07.140
  • another idol.
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:11.080
  • Now why, why, why were they
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:18.030
  • worshiping a false God?
  • 00:20:18.030 --> 00:20:20.290
  • Well, verse 3 tells us 'cause
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:22.120
  • the second thing it tells us is
  • 00:20:22.120 --> 00:20:24.200
  • there was not a teaching priest.
  • 00:20:25.020 --> 00:20:28.020
  • There was no teaching priest.
  • 00:20:28.020 --> 00:20:29.070
  • It didn't say there were
  • 00:20:29.070 --> 00:20:29.280
  • no preachers.
  • 00:20:29.280 --> 00:20:31.110
  • He just said they weren't
  • 00:20:31.110 --> 00:20:32.120
  • talking about nothing.
  • 00:20:32.120 --> 00:20:34.290
  • They were talking smack.
  • 00:20:37.140 --> 00:20:40.140
  • A lot of these problems that we
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:41.130
  • have in our culture is because
  • 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:42.240
  • the church, Christians, have not
  • 00:20:42.240 --> 00:20:44.280
  • risen to the occasion to be what
  • 00:20:44.280 --> 00:20:46.280
  • God has called us to be,
  • 00:20:46.280 --> 00:20:48.250
  • and it's just showing up in
  • 00:20:48.250 --> 00:20:49.190
  • the public square.
  • 00:20:50.120 --> 00:20:53.120
  • If your life is falling apart
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:57.230
  • and you're in personal distress,
  • 00:20:58.010 --> 00:21:01.030
  • then my responsibility,
  • 00:21:01.030 --> 00:21:02.190
  • a leader's responsibility,
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:03.210
  • even another believer's
  • 00:21:03.210 --> 00:21:04.130
  • responsibility is to take
  • 00:21:04.130 --> 00:21:06.180
  • the Word, show you what
  • 00:21:06.180 --> 00:21:09.070
  • God says about whatever you're
  • 00:21:09.070 --> 00:21:10.220
  • dealing with, then give you
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:12.130
  • practical steps to apply
  • 00:21:12.130 --> 00:21:13.270
  • what God said,
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:15.230
  • then ask the Holy Spirit
  • 00:21:15.230 --> 00:21:17.020
  • to take your practical
  • 00:21:17.020 --> 00:21:18.020
  • steps of obedience based on what
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:19.240
  • God said to bring change in
  • 00:21:19.240 --> 00:21:21.140
  • your life.
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  • But what we got is a generation
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  • of folk who change books.
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  • They use this book for some
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  • things, they use human
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  • understanding for other things.
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  • they use popular opinion
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  • for other things, and they
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  • wind up living in distress.
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  • The third thing it says is there
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  • was no law.
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  • There was no law.
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  • You see, when there's no
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  • true God, no teaching priests,
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  • there are no rules.
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  • People make up their own rules,
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  • you see?
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  • They either have no rules
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  • or they have their own
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  • made-up rules.
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  • You know, people come up
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  • with their own--you know,
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  • they walk around saying,
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  • "I know my truth."
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  • You know your truth?
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  • No, it's either truth
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  • or it's not truth.
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  • But we want our just truth, we
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  • want to make truth relevant.
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  • It's okay to be relevant as long
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  • as you're not changing truth.
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  • And truth is whatever God says
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  • on any subject about what
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  • he speaks.
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  • That's truth.
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  • So, if God says it, that is
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  • the word about it.
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  • Science just has to catch up.
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  • No rules, wrong rules, your own
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  • rules, no standard.
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  • Was there a solution?
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  • Now that you understand how the
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  • world works, the spiritual
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  • governs it.
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  • If God has caused it, you don't
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  • know anybody who can fix it
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  • unless it's God using
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  • that person.
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  • Verse 4 gives us a solution.
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  • 'Cause verse 4 says,
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  • "But in their distress,
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  • they turned to the Lord God
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  • of Israel.
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  • They sought him and he let them
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  • find him."
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  • Ah, key word "distress."
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  • In their distress, they turned
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  • to the Lord God of Israel.
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  • That's the same word of verse 6,
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  • "God caused their distress."
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  • Verse 4 says, "But in their
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  • distress, they turned to the
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  • Lord God."
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  • Which means God will let it get
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  • bad enough long enough till
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  • you wake up.
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  • 'Cause it was in their distress.
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  • See, God will let it get what?
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  • He'll let us get addicted.
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  • He'll let us get into all the
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  • consequences of our sin.
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  • He will let you go down
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  • and down and down and down
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  • till the only way you can look
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  • is up.
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  • He won't let anybody fix it,
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  • any money be able to get you
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  • out of it.
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  • He will let the distress
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  • go down.
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  • But in their distress,
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  • when things got deep enough,
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  • bad enough, long enough,
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  • it says they called on,
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  • hear this, the Lord God.
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  • Oh, watch this now.
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  • When they returned to the Lord
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  • God, he let them find him, ah.
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  • So, God created distress.
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  • I told you about, you know,
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  • sister Evans when I met
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  • her and she was not
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  • responding at the rate to which
  • 00:24:55.180 --> 00:24:56.250
  • I was accustomed.
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  • A girlfriend was moving a little
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  • slow, so I had to help
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  • a sister out.
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  • So, in Baltimore, there's this
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  • amusement park called Gwynn Oaks
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  • amusement park.
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  • Had a roller coaster that did
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  • this, but the roller coaster
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  • would, like, go out to the end
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  • like it was going to jump off
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  • and turn real quick.
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  • I said, "Give me two tickets."
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  • We got on the roller coaster
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  • for two.
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  • The wilder the ride got,
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  • the closer she got.
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  • By the time the ride was over,
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  • you thought only one person
  • 00:25:27.270 --> 00:25:28.240
  • got on it.
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  • Why did I buy two tickets?
  • 00:25:33.130 --> 00:25:35.010
  • I bought two tickets to create
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  • distress.
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  • Because I knew the worse things
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  • got, the closer she'd get,
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  • you see?
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  • Sometimes, God has to put us on
  • 00:25:43.130 --> 00:25:44.250
  • a roller coaster ride so that we
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  • move over, and we slide over,
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  • and we get a little closer,
  • 00:25:49.030 --> 00:25:50.080
  • and we get a little closer.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • - Tony: So, if you're in
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  • distress, don't let that
  • 00:25:56.080 --> 00:25:58.110
  • drive you away.
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  • Draw you near closer so that
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  • you're like Jacob and say,
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  • "I'm not going to let you
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  • go until you answer me."
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  • And when you do that, and when
  • 00:26:10.290 --> 00:26:13.290
  • you get close and want to live
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  • for him, want to please him,
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  • want to honor him, want to exalt
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  • him, want to draw near to him,
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  • then heaven opens up and he
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  • lets you find him.
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  • lets you find him.
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  • - Tony: We often go to earth
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  • to fix earth.
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  • When things in our physical
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  • world begin to shatter,
  • 00:26:40.270 --> 00:26:43.130
  • fall apart, we look
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  • for physical solutions.
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  • That's our natural tendency
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  • since we're physical beings.
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  • But we're not just physical
  • 00:26:50.170 --> 00:26:51.140
  • beings if we're Christians.
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  • We're spiritual beings as well.
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  • And that means that we have the
  • 00:26:56.000 --> 00:26:58.000
  • privilege and opportunity
  • 00:26:58.000 --> 00:26:59.160
  • to contact heaven in order
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  • to see things change on earth.
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  • You know what our problem is?
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  • We often go to heaven last
  • 00:27:06.120 --> 00:27:07.170
  • rather than to go to heaven
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  • first because earth is so
  • 00:27:09.280 --> 00:27:12.070
  • tangible and touchable,
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  • we can grab it quickly.
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  • 'Cause spiritual seems
  • 00:27:16.120 --> 00:27:17.060
  • to be often esoteric
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  • and we can't grab it.
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  • Well, try going to heaven first
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  • and then let's see what happens
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  • on earth.
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  • Because heaven is situated
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  • to invade and transform
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  • to invade and transform
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