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November 1, 2020
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  • Ed Young: The church should bethe most creative entity in
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  • the world.
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  • The church is where it happens.
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  • The church is where we findpurpose, and meaning, and power.
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  • The church is the living,breathing body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing lifethrough the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyes withsomeone that Jesus did not
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  • die for.
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  • Ed Young: Thanks so much forwatching "Ed Young Television."
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  • You know, the next 30 minutes Ibelieve can change the course of
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  • your life.
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  • So sit back and lean in becauseI believe God is going to do
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  • some amazing things in your lifeand mine.
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  • Ed Young: Today, we're gonnatalk about the seven churches.
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  • You might be going, "Why sevenchurches, Ed?
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  • Seven churches?
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  • You mean there are sevenchurches?"
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  • Back when Revelation waswritten, there were seven
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  • churches, the seven churches ofAsia Minor.
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  • These churches, several thousandyears ago, were in existence.
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  • Today, they're not.
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  • However, as we study them, wecan discover individually what
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  • kind of people that we are to bein the church.
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  • Because the Bible says themoment we become followers of
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  • Christ, we're a part of theuniversal church.
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  • Also when we become believers,the Bible commands us to become
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  • a part of a specific localchurch.
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  • I love how Jesus is so specificabout these seven churches.
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  • He names them.
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  • He even names church members.
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  • So as I talk about this, I wantyou to consider the question,
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  • "What kind of member am I?"
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  • And that kinda sounds weird.
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  • Member?
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  • Well, the church is called thebody of Christ.
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  • The Bible says in 1 Corinthianschapter 12, verse 12, "The human
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  • body has many parts, but themany parts make up one
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  • whole body.
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  • So it is with the body ofChrist."
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  • Think about our bodies.
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  • Every member of our bodymatters.
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  • Sometimes I meet people that go,"Well, I'm not a member of
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  • a church.
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  • I'm just a Christian."
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  • Huh, that'd be like me going,"Well, I'm a part of the NCAA
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  • basketball program."
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  • Well, what team are you on?
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  • No, I just kinda skip around.
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  • Villanova, The U, A&M, Texas.
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  • No, no, no, you're going to bepart of a specific team.
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  • So Jesus, again, is underscoringand highlighting the importance
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  • of the church.
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  • So as I delve into the sevenchurches, and I'm gonna do a
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  • flyover, a panoramic view ofthem, I want you to think
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  • about something.
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  • I want you to think about theword "surrender."
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  • Say that with me, "surrender."
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  • That's what it's about.
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  • The Christian life is not, "Igotta try harder.
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  • I gotta pull myself up my ownbootstraps.
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  • I gotta work.
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  • I gotta get on the treadmill."
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  • It's not about that.
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  • It's about surrender, becausesurrender is a position
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  • of strength.
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  • So in these seven churches,we're gonna see surrender.
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  • Now, the first church I want usto talk about--and the churches
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  • took the book of Revelation,they circulated them in a
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  • clockwise fashion throughoutAsia Minor.
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  • The churches, the sevenchurches, were in effect.
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  • Also, Revelation was written toChristians everywhere.
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  • The first church is the churchof Ephesus.
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  • Ephesus was a unique church.
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  • It was a big church.
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  • It was a mega church.
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  • It was a good church, but Jesussaid, "Guys, you've lost that
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  • loving feeling."
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  • So he said, "Return to romance."
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  • Say it with me, "Return toromance."
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  • You might wanna write in yourmargin the word "heart."
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  • Heart.Surrender your heart.
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  • Revelation chapter 2, verses 1and 2, "To the angel of the
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  • church in Ephesus."
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  • The angel, this term "angel"means messenger.
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  • It's translated "pastor."
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  • You probably didn't know I wasan angel, did you?
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  • Lisa calls me angel.
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  • I'm an angel.
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  • No, really the word "angel" is"messenger" as used in this
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  • context, not a literal angellike Michael or Gabriel.
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  • It's kinda a little joke, alittle biblical humor.
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  • So Jesus is talking to John,he's saying, "John, check this
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  • church out at Ephesus."
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  • And he says in verse 2, "I knowyour deeds, your hard work,"
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  • et cetera, et cetera.
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  • Then in verse 4, he gets up inour grill.
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  • "Okay, I hold this against you.
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  • You've forsaken the first loveyou had at first.
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  • Consider how far you've fallen.
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  • Repent and do the things you didat first."
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  • Isn't it easy once you become aChrist follower?
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  • You're fired up.I'm a new believer.
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  • Yeah, I'm in love!
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  • And then after a while, youknow, you can lose that
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  • loving feeling.
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  • It's like marriage, thehoneymoon.
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  • Someone said the honeymoon isthat time period between "I do"
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  • and "You'd better."
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  • Matthew 22, Matthew 28, Jesussaid, "Love God with all your
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  • heart, then if you do that,you'll love people."
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  • And then he said, "Tell peopleabout it."
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  • Even as a pastor, I sometimesstruggle with this.
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  • And the other day, I got thistext.
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  • And this really meant the worldto me because this guy, he said,
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  • "Thank you for leading me to ourSavior and Lord Jesus Christ
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  • exactly 28 years ago today."
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  • He signed his name, Phil Elders.
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  • That meant so much to me becausein the midst of studying for the
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  • book of Revelation, in the midstof tryin' to lead this massive
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  • church, it's easy to get lost,you know, in the trees and
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  • forget the forest.
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  • And like, whoa, that's what it'sabout.
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  • That's what it's about.
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  • So where's your heart?
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  • Where's my heart?It's a great question.
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  • Have you surrendered your heart?
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  • Return to romance.
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  • The church at Smyrna, that's thesecond church.
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  • Face your fear.Face your fear.
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  • They were dealing with fear.
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  • Now, I want you to write theword "feet" by that.
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  • Feet, feet, surrender your feet.
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  • Now, this is the only churchthat Jesus didn't really give a
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  • challenge to.
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  • He just applauded them.
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  • And this church is what I call apoor, little, rich church.
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  • A poor, little, rich church.
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  • Revelation chapter 2, verses 9and 10, "I know your afflictions
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  • and your poverty, yet you'rerich.
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  • I know about the slander ofthose who say they're Jews and
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  • are not, but are a synagogue ofSatan."
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  • There was a sect of Jews thatwere after these believers.
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  • I mean, they were all up intheir grill.
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  • "Do not be afraid of what youare about to suffer."
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  • They were going through somesuffering.
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  • In the Christian life, we'regonna get persecuted some.
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  • People sometimes willmisunderstand us.
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  • Persecution purifies.
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  • Let me say it again.Persecution purifies.
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  • Part of the will of God is goingthrough tough times.
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  • God doesn't cause tough times.
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  • He allows tough times to purifyus.
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  • Maybe you've been overlooked fora promotion because of your
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  • stand for Christ.
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  • Maybe just maybe you're not apart of the clique, or the
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  • squad, or the in crowd becauseof your stand for Christ.
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  • That's okay.God is purifying you.
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  • I remember back to my juniorhigh school days, my high school
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  • days, my college days.
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  • I remember that I didn't alwaysget invited to all the parties.
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  • I didn't always get included inthis group or that group.
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  • That's okay.God is using that to purify.
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  • Purify.
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  • So which way are your feetpointed?
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  • They should be pointed towardJesus.
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  • Surrender your feet.
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  • Lord, I don't know which way togo.
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  • Whenever I go my way, I trip up.
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  • I surrender my feet.
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  • So face your fear, because whenyou face your fear, it will
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  • falter and you'll grow and go tothe next level.
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  • Number three, Pergamum.
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  • That's a unique name for a placeand a church.
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  • Pergamum.How specific was Jesus here?
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  • Cancel your compromise.
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  • Cancel your compromise.
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  • Now, write the word "ears"there.
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  • We need to surrender our ears.
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  • What are you listening to?
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  • How do you spell "relief"?
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  • Well, there was this guy who wasa member of Pergamum Fellowship
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  • named Antipas, and Antipas wasmartyred for his faith.
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  • He was killed because of hiscommitment to Jesus.
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  • I read a couple of days ago thatin 2015, there were more martyrs
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  • and more recorded persecution ofChristians than in any other
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  • time period in the history ofthe world.
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  • So people are like, "Oh, youknow, Revelation, that's when
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  • everything is gonna get chaosand chaotic, and that's when
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  • people are gonna get killed forfollowing Jesus, and that's when
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  • the church is going to bepersecuted."
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  • Over the last century, we've hadmore martyrs than in all of the
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  • other 1.900 years combined.
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  • So it's happening now.
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  • It's happening now.
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  • Go online, read the paper.
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  • So this Antipas guy wasmartyred, but then Jesus is
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  • saying, "Now, some of you arecompromising.
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  • On one hand, you've got this guydying for me, and then on the
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  • other hand, you guys are holdingto the teaching of Balaam."
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  • Not to get too historical or toohysterical, Balaam was this
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  • false prophet that tried totempt and test Israel.
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  • It didn't work.
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  • It's a unique story that I'vespoken about before.
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  • Basically the big idea iscompromise.
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  • What does "compromise" mean?
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  • It's not about cooperation.
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  • I mean, we cooperate witheverybody, but we
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  • can't compromise.
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  • We can't have a blending of twothings.
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  • I'm talking about compromise inthe negative sense.
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  • I'm not talkin' about whereyou're doing a deal in the
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  • business world, you gottacompromise, not that.
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  • I'm just talkin' about where youcompromise morally, where you
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  • compromise your speech, whereyou compromise your stance,
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  • where you compromise the truth.
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  • That's what I'm talkin' aboutbecause Jesus wants us to live
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  • pure lives, not because of somelegalistic stuff, because at the
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  • end of the day, I'm a sinner, soare you.
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  • Jesus wants us to live purelives because he commands it, he
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  • knows what's best for us and hecan use us in the greatest way,
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  • and we're showing our love tohim.
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  • So it's not like, "Oh, can'tdrink, can't smoke, can't cuss,
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  • can't chew, can't run aroundwith girls who do."
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  • It's not that.
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  • No, it's out of a loverelationship.
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  • I live a pure life, a lovinglife because I choose to love
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  • Lisa and I make decisions basedon that love.
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  • The same is true in thisrelationship we have with Jesus.
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  • Now, here's what Jesus says, andhe uses the R word a
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  • lot: "repent."
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  • That's an about face, right?Repentance.
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  • So he says in verse 16, "Repent,therefore.
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  • Otherwise," he's talking toPergamum again, "and I will soon
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  • come to you and will fightagainst them with the sword of
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  • my mouth."
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  • Wow, so Jesus when he came firstwas our Savior and is our
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  • Savior, and he says, "When Icome again, I'm gonna be
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  • sovereign King of kings and Lordof lords."
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  • So the sword, the Word of God.
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  • The Bible is the sword.Isn't that great?
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  • It's a defensive weapon and anoffensive weapon as well.
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  • The sword.
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  • The sword of judgment.
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  • It's not popular to talk about,but the Bible talks
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  • about judgment.
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  • I hear people all the time say,"Oh, don't judge me, man.
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  • You're judging me.
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  • Don't judge me."
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Because no one can--I can'tjudge you.
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  • You can't judge me.I'm like God.
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  • You're not God.
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  • When people say that, here'swhat we're saying: "Don't point
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  • out anything wrong in my life."
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  • Don't point out that, okay?
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  • Okay, okay.
  • 00:12:52.084 --> 00:12:53.786
  • So what's wrong with pointingout stuff and just saying,
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  • "Okay, here's what the Biblesays"?
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  • I mean, you know, "You'rejudging me, man."
  • 00:12:58.490 --> 00:13:01.160
  • No, we're not judging you.God's gonna judge.
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  • One day, Jesus will judge.
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  • And here's something that is nottalked about very much.
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  • You'll not find this ont-shirts, or coffee mugs, or if
  • 00:13:08.434 --> 00:13:11.704
  • you go to some Christianbookstore and look in the Jesus
  • 00:13:11.737 --> 00:13:15.307
  • junk section, you're not gonnasee this.
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  • Christians will be judged.
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  • Wait a minute, I thought we'regoin' to heaven.
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  • We are.We're goin' to heaven.
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  • I'm goin' to heaven, so are you.
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  • If you're a believer, we'regoin' to heaven.
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  • Yeah, we win.
  • 00:13:33.325 --> 00:13:34.660
  • But, again, it's not talkedabout very much, Christians, and
  • 00:13:34.693 --> 00:13:39.198
  • I'll talk about this during thebook of Revelation, Christians
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  • will be judged based on what wedid with what God has bestowed
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  • upon us.
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  • My man, Eric Clapton, who, in myopinion, one of the great
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  • guitarists of all time.
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  • I mean, many people would saythat.
  • 00:13:52.678 --> 00:13:54.213
  • Clapton talks about the song,"Tears in Heaven."
  • 00:13:54.246 --> 00:13:56.949
  • There will be tears in heaven,though, because a lot of us will
  • 00:13:56.982 --> 00:14:00.486
  • go, "Ugh!
  • 00:14:00.519 --> 00:14:02.688
  • Wow, I should have takenadvantage of that.
  • 00:14:02.721 --> 00:14:05.257
  • God, you put that family in mypath for a reason in that
  • 00:14:05.291 --> 00:14:08.861
  • situation and I could do thatunique thing.
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  • I could write and I didn't.
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  • Ugh!"You know?
  • 00:14:14.566 --> 00:14:17.202
  • We're gonna talk about that.
  • 00:14:17.236 --> 00:14:18.837
  • We're still goin' to heaven, butthat should cause you and me to
  • 00:14:18.871 --> 00:14:21.373
  • go, "Whoa, man, the clock iswinding down.
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  • I'm gonna do the best I can.
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  • I'm gonna sink every shot.
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  • I'm going to try to make everyputt."
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  • You see what I'm saying to you?
  • 00:14:29.815 --> 00:14:31.317
  • Not out of legalism, but becauseone day we'll be
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  • held accountable.
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  • I'm not again talking aboutpunishment.
  • 00:14:35.754 --> 00:14:38.724
  • Jesus took our punishment on thecross.
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  • I'm just talking aboutaccountability.
  • 00:14:41.493 --> 00:14:44.263
  • Now, the next aspect ofjudgment, I'm just talking Bible
  • 00:14:44.296 --> 00:14:48.300
  • here, Bible 101, will be thosepeople who are not believers.
  • 00:14:48.334 --> 00:14:54.540
  • And I'm doing a whole talk onthis.
  • 00:14:54.573 --> 00:14:56.575
  • That's why you gotta be here forthis.
  • 00:14:56.608 --> 00:14:59.011
  • Well, sometimes I talk topeople, "I just can't follow a
  • 00:14:59.044 --> 00:15:02.581
  • God who slam dunks people tohell, man.
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  • You know.
  • 00:15:07.619 --> 00:15:09.388
  • I just can't dig that.
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  • I don't know."
  • 00:15:10.889 --> 00:15:12.458
  • Well, here's the good news.
  • 00:15:12.491 --> 00:15:14.460
  • God doesn't slam dunk anybody tohell.
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  • Hell, read about hell, is noteven made for people.
  • 00:15:16.996 --> 00:15:20.499
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:15:20.532 --> 00:15:21.834
  • It's made for the devil and thedemons.
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  • So if I go there, if you gothere, we go against the will
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  • of God.
  • 00:15:27.339 --> 00:15:29.308
  • We make that choice.
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  • So at the end of the hunt orwhen we clock out, we'll face
  • 00:15:30.843 --> 00:15:37.249
  • God and God will say, "You knowwhat?
  • 00:15:37.282 --> 00:15:40.652
  • You kept me at a distance onplanet earth and I'll give you a
  • 00:15:40.686 --> 00:15:44.923
  • greater measure of that ineternity."
  • 00:15:44.957 --> 00:15:47.826
  • That's hell, separation fromGod.
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  • That's what the Scripture says.
  • 00:15:53.565 --> 00:15:55.467
  • Now, the Bible also says, "Everyknee will bow, every tongue
  • 00:15:55.501 --> 00:15:58.137
  • confess that Jesus is Lord."
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  • Ed, how do you square that withwhat you just said?
  • 00:15:59.671 --> 00:16:03.575
  • Very simple.
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  • The last sight that the peoplewho go to hell will have will be
  • 00:16:05.411 --> 00:16:11.417
  • Jesus as King of kings and Lordof lords.
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  • So you either bow now or bowlater.
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  • The judgment of God.Again, it's not popular.
  • 00:16:19.158 --> 00:16:21.593
  • It's popular to talk about let'sbe happy, and peppy, and
  • 00:16:21.627 --> 00:16:25.297
  • bursting with love, and I'm justhappy.
  • 00:16:25.330 --> 00:16:27.232
  • I just wanna be happy all thetime.
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  • I mean, that's great to behappy.
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  • I'm all about being happy.
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  • Happiness is not mentioned inthe Bible.
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  • It's obedience.
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  • And then when we're obedient,then we're gonna be happy.
  • 00:16:36.208 --> 00:16:39.711
  • Let's talk about the fourthchurch.
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  • I gotta fly now, vroom!
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  • Thyatira.Thyatira.
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  • If I pronounced any of thesewords wrong, just cut me slack.
  • 00:16:46.185 --> 00:16:48.554
  • There are many, many hard words.
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  • Thyatira, or Thyatira, whatever.Thyatira.
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  • Revelation chapter 2, verses 18through 21, here's the blank:
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  • Inspect for immorality.
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  • Inspect for immorality.
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  • "To the angel of the church ofThyatira write: 'These are the
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  • words of the Son of God, whoseeyes are like blazing fire and
  • 00:17:03.168 --> 00:17:06.638
  • whose feet are like burnishedbronze.
  • 00:17:06.672 --> 00:17:09.308
  • I know your deeds.'"
  • 00:17:09.341 --> 00:17:10.709
  • And talkin' about the gooddeeds, love and faith.
  • 00:17:10.742 --> 00:17:12.845
  • Then he says, "You tolerate thatwoman Jezebel."
  • 00:17:12.878 --> 00:17:16.515
  • And if you know your Bible--ifyou don't, it's cool 'cause I'll
  • 00:17:16.548 --> 00:17:19.084
  • explain it to you.
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  • Jezebel was the most evil womanwho ever lived, [hissing]
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  • pit viper.
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  • And here she is.
  • 00:17:25.624 --> 00:17:27.159
  • This girl was in the churchteaching people, "Yeah, sexual
  • 00:17:27.192 --> 00:17:31.597
  • immorality is cool."
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  • And if you study what she wasabout, Baal worship, they had
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  • these ungodly temples.
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  • They would have these Asherahpoles, these platforms where
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  • when you would go to worship,naked women would walk out and
  • 00:17:45.177 --> 00:17:49.915
  • dance around the poles and guyswould put money at their feet.
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  • Man, I'm glad that happened2.000 years ago and not in
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  • today's world.
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  • That was good, wasn't it?That was really funny.
  • 00:18:04.963 --> 00:18:07.499
  • It's true.It's true.
  • 00:18:07.533 --> 00:18:09.434
  • It's true.
  • 00:18:09.468 --> 00:18:13.005
  • So anyway, that's what Jezebelwas into.
  • 00:18:13.038 --> 00:18:15.407
  • And Jesus is like, "What?
  • 00:18:15.440 --> 00:18:18.043
  • That's not--" and then he says,Revelation 2:26, "To the one who
  • 00:18:18.076 --> 00:18:23.048
  • is victorious and does my willto the end, I will give
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  • authority over the nations."
  • 00:18:25.384 --> 00:18:26.885
  • Isn't that interesting?
  • 00:18:26.919 --> 00:18:28.854
  • So as we live pure lives, as wedo sex God's way, he's gonna
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  • give us leadership.
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  • Ed Young: I just want to sayagain, a huge thanks for your
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  • generosity and for youpartnering with us.
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  • No matter where you are, nomatter what age or stage you
  • 00:18:41.433 --> 00:18:45.237
  • find yourself in life, we havetools, we have books, we have
  • 00:18:45.270 --> 00:18:49.141
  • resources to help you in thisendeavor.
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  • So if you're not a part of ourfamily here, we'd love for you
  • 00:18:52.511 --> 00:18:56.848
  • to become a part.
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  • You can see what to do on thescreen.
  • 00:18:58.250 --> 00:19:00.352
  • So again, thanks for yourgenerosity and let's go back to
  • 00:19:00.385 --> 00:19:04.623
  • the message.
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  • Ed Young: So we need to inspectour immorality.
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  • And right there, mind.
  • 00:19:12.598 --> 00:19:15.133
  • The battlefield is in the mind.
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  • The mind.
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  • As you've heard me say, youknow, we can appreciate someone
  • 00:19:18.604 --> 00:19:21.273
  • beautiful or someone handsome ofthe opposite sex.
  • 00:19:21.306 --> 00:19:24.309
  • It's not the first look thatgets you into trouble.
  • 00:19:24.343 --> 00:19:26.411
  • It's the second, third, fourthone that'll mess you up.
  • 00:19:26.445 --> 00:19:31.083
  • People are like, "Well, yeah, Iguess, you know, I just
  • 00:19:31.116 --> 00:19:33.385
  • shouldn't even, 'Oh, that girlis beautiful,' or I'm a girl,
  • 00:19:33.418 --> 00:19:35.554
  • 'That guy's hot,'" or whateveryou say.
  • 00:19:35.587 --> 00:19:37.856
  • I mean, yeah, you're gonna saythat.
  • 00:19:37.889 --> 00:19:39.725
  • What's wrong with that?
  • 00:19:39.758 --> 00:19:41.793
  • But it's that--
  • 00:19:41.827 --> 00:19:45.697
  • that's where it gets y'allmessed up.
  • 00:19:45.731 --> 00:19:49.034
  • So anyway, inspect forimmorality.
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  • That's your mind.
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  • Surrender your mind.
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  • God, I wanna think what you wantme to think.
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  • I wanna feed on this stuff.
  • 00:19:57.142 --> 00:19:58.644
  • I wanna feed on righteousnessand encouragement.
  • 00:19:58.677 --> 00:20:00.979
  • It's amazing.Okay, number five, Sardis.
  • 00:20:01.013 --> 00:20:04.349
  • In other words, Sardis, Sardis,Sardis.
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  • Stop your slumber.
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  • It--this church was asleep,basically.
  • 00:20:08.086 --> 00:20:11.857
  • They were asleep.
  • 00:20:11.890 --> 00:20:13.191
  • Have you ever been into a churchand you're like, [snoring].
  • 00:20:13.225 --> 00:20:19.665
  • I have.
  • 00:20:19.698 --> 00:20:22.301
  • When you get tired, my eyesstart doing like this...
  • 00:20:22.334 --> 00:20:28.140
  • You know what my friends tellme?
  • 00:20:28.173 --> 00:20:29.675
  • My friends tell me this.
  • 00:20:29.708 --> 00:20:31.043
  • They'll go, "Ed, whenever I'mwith you and you start rubbing
  • 00:20:31.076 --> 00:20:34.146
  • your hair, it's time to go."
  • 00:20:34.179 --> 00:20:37.649
  • For some reason, when I gettired, I start doing that.
  • 00:20:37.683 --> 00:20:43.055
  • But here's the thing aboutsleep.
  • 00:20:43.088 --> 00:20:44.690
  • You don't know you're asleepwhen you're asleep.
  • 00:20:44.723 --> 00:20:48.760
  • You only know you're awake whenyou're awake.
  • 00:20:48.794 --> 00:20:51.029
  • So when I'm awake, I realizeI've been asleep, but when I'm
  • 00:20:51.063 --> 00:20:53.665
  • asleep, I don't know I'm asleep.
  • 00:20:53.699 --> 00:20:55.500
  • And I've gone to a lot ofchurches and I thought to
  • 00:20:55.534 --> 00:20:57.536
  • myself, "These people aresleeping.
  • 00:20:57.569 --> 00:20:58.970
  • It's so boring."
  • 00:20:59.004 --> 00:21:00.305
  • [snoring]
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  • It's all about the eyes.
  • 00:21:04.910 --> 00:21:06.411
  • It's all about the eyes, right?
  • 00:21:06.445 --> 00:21:08.647
  • Keep your eyes wide awake.
  • 00:21:08.680 --> 00:21:09.981
  • You know, the devil loves to putus asleep, sing lullabies to us.
  • 00:21:10.015 --> 00:21:14.219
  • ♪ Rockabye, Christian, inthe treetop. ♪
  • 00:21:14.252 --> 00:21:17.589
  • ♪ Snoozing will cause yourgrowth to stop. ♪
  • 00:21:17.622 --> 00:21:20.292
  • ♪ Ignore the alarm andstay in bed. ♪
  • 00:21:20.325 --> 00:21:22.994
  • ♪ You won'taccomplish jack, ♪
  • 00:21:23.028 --> 00:21:25.030
  • ♪ you sleepyheaduntil you're dead. ♪
  • 00:21:25.063 --> 00:21:29.935
  • ♪ My name's Ed. ♪
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  • Revelation 3:1-3, Jesus istalking about this and he says,
  • 00:21:33.839 --> 00:21:36.975
  • "You have a reputation for beingalive, but you're dead, man.
  • 00:21:37.008 --> 00:21:40.579
  • Wake up.
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  • I will come like a thief andyou'll not know at what time I
  • 00:21:42.381 --> 00:21:45.450
  • will come to you."
  • 00:21:45.484 --> 00:21:46.785
  • Another thing I'm going to talkabout is, and this is freaky,
  • 00:21:46.818 --> 00:21:49.988
  • the rapture of the church, theinstantaneous snatching away
  • 00:21:50.021 --> 00:21:55.293
  • of believers.
  • 00:21:55.327 --> 00:21:56.762
  • In other words, conversationswill end in mid-sentence.
  • 00:21:56.795 --> 00:22:00.565
  • Somebody's flying a 777.
  • 00:22:00.599 --> 00:22:02.234
  • He'll look over or she'll lookover to the co-pilot seat,
  • 00:22:02.267 --> 00:22:04.503
  • it's empty.
  • 00:22:04.536 --> 00:22:06.037
  • Quarterback goes back to pass,receiver is gone.
  • 00:22:06.071 --> 00:22:10.475
  • The instantaneous snatchingaway.
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  • And we're gonna try to see andpeople will try to explain it,
  • 00:22:12.711 --> 00:22:16.281
  • all the talking heads andeverybody will try to go, "Yeah,
  • 00:22:16.314 --> 00:22:20.452
  • why have all these people left?"
  • 00:22:20.485 --> 00:22:22.421
  • We're gonna talk about therapture of the church.
  • 00:22:22.454 --> 00:22:26.224
  • So Jesus will come like a thiefat night, the Bible says.
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  • We don't know.That's why we gotta be ready.
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  • Number six, the church ofPhiladelphia.
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  • Operate in obedience.
  • 00:22:34.633 --> 00:22:36.468
  • As I said a second ago, thesecret of the Christian life
  • 00:22:36.501 --> 00:22:39.337
  • is obedience.
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  • So stop your slumber.
  • 00:22:41.807 --> 00:22:43.308
  • Surrender your eyes to God.
  • 00:22:43.341 --> 00:22:45.010
  • Operate in obedience.
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  • Surrender your hands to God.
  • 00:22:46.478 --> 00:22:49.147
  • And this is a cool verse,Revelation chapter 3, last part
  • 00:22:49.181 --> 00:22:53.251
  • of verse 7. It says, "What heopens no one can shut, and what
  • 00:22:53.285 --> 00:22:55.921
  • he shuts no one can open."
  • 00:22:55.954 --> 00:22:57.456
  • That's how to become aChristian.
  • 00:22:57.489 --> 00:22:59.124
  • The door is open, and when it'sopen, you can't shut it.
  • 00:22:59.157 --> 00:23:01.860
  • But once the door is shut, youcan't open it.
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  • We have an opportunity to becomea follower of Christ.
  • 00:23:04.896 --> 00:23:09.201
  • The door's open.We gotta run through it, right?
  • 00:23:09.234 --> 00:23:11.837
  • That's an open door.Boom, I gotta hit it.
  • 00:23:11.870 --> 00:23:15.006
  • How do you become a Christian?
  • 00:23:15.040 --> 00:23:16.508
  • By being a good guy or a goodgirl?
  • 00:23:16.541 --> 00:23:18.176
  • By keeping your nose clean?
  • 00:23:18.210 --> 00:23:19.511
  • By paying your taxes?
  • 00:23:19.544 --> 00:23:21.213
  • Those are great things, but thatdoes not make you a Christian
  • 00:23:21.246 --> 00:23:24.616
  • because good isn't good enough,but God is God enough.
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  • God sent Jesus to live a perfectlife, die a sacrificial death to
  • 00:23:27.285 --> 00:23:30.822
  • rise again.
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  • We become a Christian by makinga decision.
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  • 33 years ago, I said,"I do" to Lisa.
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  • I made the decision.
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  • As I say all the time, I'm stillrealizing the implications of
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  • that decision each and everyday.
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  • The same is true.Some of you just got that.
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  • The same is true when you becomea Christian.
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  • You say, "I do," then yourealize the implications.
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  • But it starts with a decision.
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  • The seventh church, the churchof Laodicea.
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  • Turn up the temperature.
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  • Turn it up.
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  • And that's the mouth, the mouth,the mouth.
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  • Jesus--this is kind of a grosssection of Scripture because
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  • Jesus says in Revelation3:15-16, and verse 19, he says,
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  • "You're neither hot nor cold,"talkin' about this church.
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  • "You're lukewarm."
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  • He says, "I wanna just...
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  • spit you out of my mouth."
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  • Lukewarm coffee.
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  • Lukewarm espresso.
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  • Lukewarm soup.
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  • Lukewarm steak.
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  • Lukewarm soft drink.
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  • Lukewarm?
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  • Lukewarm?
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  • Don't you know people who arekinda just there.
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  • "Yeah, I'm a Christian."
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  • It's just totally apathetic.
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  • Uhh, you know?
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  • I would rather--I'd rather talkto somebody that hates God or
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  • has all these questions thatare, augh, than somebody who's
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  • like, "Yeah, whatever.
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  • I don't know.
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  • It's okay."
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  • You know what I'm saying to you?
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  • So that's what Jesus is saying.
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  • The big, overarching principlethat I want you to take home,
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  • your handle is surrender.
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  • Surrender your mouth.
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  • Surrender your hands.
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  • Surrender your eyes.
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  • Surrender your mind.
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  • Surrender your ears.Surrender your feet.
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  • Surrender your heart.
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  • Just think, God wants you to bethe ultimate, ultimate believer.
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  • And the Scripture says inRevelation 3:19, this is Jesus
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  • talking, "Those whom I love, Irebuke and discipline."
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  • Not punish.
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  • Not punish, discipline.
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  • "So be earnest and repent."
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