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Hands of a Servant Leader

Watch Hands of a Servant Leader
January 30, 2021
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  • male announcer: The followingprogram is made possible in part
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  • by the ministry partnersof the "Hour of Power"
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  • and viewers like you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Joyful, joyful,we adore you ♪
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  • ♪ God of glory,Lord of love ♪
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  • ♪ Hearts unfold likeflow'rs before you ♪
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  • ♪ op'ning to the sun above ♪
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  • ♪ Melt the cloudsof sin and sadness ♪
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  • ♪ drive the darkof doubt away ♪
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  • ♪ Giver of immortal gladness,fill us with the light of day ♪
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  • ♪ Amen,Amen ♪
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  • ♪ Amen! ♪
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  • Bobby Schuller: This isthe day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoiceand be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah is not here today.
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  • She had a minor dental surgery,
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  • so she's takingthe old day off.
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  • And we're so glad, though, thatyou're with us wherever you are.
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  • Haven's gonna be assisting me inworship today, so thank you Hay.
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  • Always nice to have, like,a friend ready to help.
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  • But anyway, let's beginwith a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you.
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  • So much that you love usand you care for us.
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  • And we pray in Jesus's name thattoday your Holy Spirit will do a
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  • good work in our hearts.
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  • We gather here for you to liftup your name.
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  • We also know, God, that youwanna encourage us.
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  • Teach us what it means to walkin your ways.
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  • So we ask for all these things.
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  • It's in Jesus's namewe pray, amen.
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  • Haven Schuller: Amen.
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  • Turn to the person nextto you and say
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  • God loves you and so do I.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ In the morningwhen I rise ♪
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  • ♪ in the morningwhen I rise ♪
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  • ♪ in the morningwhen I rise ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ You may haveall this world ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Dark midnightwas my cry ♪
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  • ♪ dark midnightwas my cry ♪
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  • ♪ dark midnightwas my cry ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ You may haveall this world ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ And when I come to die ♪
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  • ♪ and when I come to die ♪
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  • ♪ and when I come to die ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ You can haveall this world ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Nobody but Jesus ♪
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  • ♪ Oh! ♪
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  • ♪ You may haveall this world ♪
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  • ♪ give me Jesus ♪♪
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  • Haven Schuller: In preparationfor the message, Mark 2,
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  • 15 through 17, "While Jesus washaving dinner at Levi's house,
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  • many tax collectors and sinnerswith him and his disciples, for
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  • they were who followed him.
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  • When the teacher of law who werePharisees saw him eating with
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  • sinners and tax collectors, theyasked his disciples, 'Why does
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  • he eat with tax collectorsand sinners?'
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  • On hearing this, Jesus said tothem, 'It is not the healthy who
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  • need a doctor, but the sick.
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  • I have not come tocall the righteous,
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  • but the sinners,'" amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ You who dwell inthe shelter of the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ who abide in hisshadow for life ♪
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  • ♪ say to the Lord, "My refuge,my rock in whom I trust!" ♪
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  • ♪ And he will raise you upon eagles' wings ♪
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  • ♪ bear you onthe breath of dawn ♪
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  • ♪ make you to shinelike the sun ♪
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  • ♪ and hold you inthe palm of his hand ♪
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  • ♪ You need not fearthe terror of the night ♪
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  • ♪ nor the arrowthat flies by day ♪
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  • ♪ Under his wings,your refuge; ♪
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  • ♪ his faithfulness,your shield ♪
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  • ♪ For to his angelshe's given a command ♪
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  • ♪ to guard you inall of your ways ♪
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  • ♪ Upon their handsthey will bear you up ♪
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  • ♪ lest you dash your footagainst a stone ♪
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  • ♪ For he will raise you upon eagles' wings ♪
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  • ♪ bear you onthe breath of dawn ♪
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  • ♪ make you to shinelike the sun ♪
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  • ♪ and hold you ♪
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  • ♪ And hold you ♪
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  • ♪ And hold you ♪
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  • ♪ Hold you in the palm ♪
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  • ♪ of his hand ♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller:Thank you for joining us
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  • on "Hour of Power" today.
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  • We hope you've foundincredible hope
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  • and inspirationfrom this program.
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  • As we embrace the new year,Hannah and I want to say
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  • thank you for your continuedgenerosity that carries us
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  • through every season.
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  • Even in the faceof a global pandemic,
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  • your unfailing supporthas lifted this ministry
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  • up on eagle's wingsand empowered us
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  • to take the renewing strengthof Christ's love
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  • to millions around the world.
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  • Hannah Schuller:Isaiah 40:31 says,
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  • "But those who hope in the Lordwill renew their strength.
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  • They will soar on wingslike eagles.
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  • They will runand not grow weary.
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  • They will walkand not be faint."
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  • Friends, no matter how unsettledthings look around us,
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  • Jesus is all that we need.
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  • Whether you're in the valleyor on the mountaintop,
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  • his Spirit gives uswings to fly.
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  • As we rest in his strengthand sufficiency,
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  • our Savior suppliesdivine energy
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  • and profound endurancethat inspire us
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  • to soar above uncertainty.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's right,and since the 1980s,
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  • our Eagle Partners have beena living reflection
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  • of God's faithfulnessand renewing strength to us.
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  • When viewers like you chooseto uphold "Hour of Power"
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  • with recurring monthly donation,it enables us to build a solid
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  • foundation from whichbig dreams are born
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  • and great heights are reached.
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  • As we move boldlyinto our next 50 years,
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  • we are committed to sendingthe liberating love of Jesus
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  • of the world.
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  • This is why Eagle Partnershipsis so important,
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  • Bobby Schuller: If you've beenan Eagle Partner in the past,
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  • and thriving in 2021.
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  • and I'm certain that the impact
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  • of your generositywill be great.
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  • Thank youand remember as always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • male announcer: Deidre Pujols isan activist and founder of the
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  • Pujols Family Foundation, whichserves the Down Syndrome
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  • community in very tangible ways.
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  • In 2016, she founded Open GateInternational, which stemmed
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  • from her passion for cooking andher desire to make an impact in
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  • the world.
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  • The organization teachesculinary skills and provides
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  • invaluable job training tosurvivors of human trafficking,
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  • while also helping them to getinto the workforce.
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  • Open Gate is not only operatingin the US, but is expanding in
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  • other parts of the world.
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  • Please welcome Deidre Pujols.
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  • Bobby Schuller: So glad to haveyou in the house.
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  • Thank you very, very much.
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  • Well, for those who don't know alot about how you started at all
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  • of this, can you tell us alittle bit about your story?
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  • Deidre Pujols: Sure.
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  • Well, in 2016 I was invited totake a trip to Mexico City and
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  • visit an organization called ElPozo de Vida.
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  • And it's run by a friend of minenamed Benny, and he has safe
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  • homes for young ladies who werebeing rescued from trafficking,
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  • and he has several otherprograms as well for ladies.
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  • So I went and there was a seedplanted in me that I just had
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  • to, you know, find out more.
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  • So I was learning about humantrafficking for the first time
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  • and I was seeing things that Ihad never seen before, and it
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  • was a problem for me so I wantedto learn more.
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  • So I took all of 2016 to reallytravel around the world, and
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  • study, and learn as much as Icould about human trafficking.
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  • Bobby Schuller: We hear aboutit, of course, but you actually
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  • saw these things.
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  • What were some of the thingsthat you saw that, you know, as
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  • a believer, you were just like,"I have to do something
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  • about this"?
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  • Deidre Pujols: That's a greatquestion because one of the
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  • most--like, moments that--or multiple times
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  • that I've had this experience,but watching the women
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  • who prostitute in Mexico.
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  • In an area, there's hundredsif not thousands of women
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  • that kind of like line upon multiple blocks.
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  • And when I looked at the womenand I know what God says about
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  • them and what he thinks aboutthem, like, your heart will
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  • break for them.
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  • And so that really was like--Iremember that kind of a moment
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  • for me was just not--it was just wrong.
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  • Like, I can't lether stand there.
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  • But the interesting thing aboutthat is no matter how much you
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  • tell them how great they are,even pray with them there on the
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  • street, even maybe they shed atear, you'll see them right back
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  • there the next night.
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  • So you start to realize, okay,wait, you can't just pat
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  • somebody on the back and tellthem they're great.
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  • Like, we have to do somethingdifferent that gets their heart
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  • to change, not just theirbehavior.
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  • So that's kind of the things forme that really was, you know,
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  • impressed upon my heart.
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  • Bobby Schuller: It's interestinghow often I've actually met or
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  • gotten letters from prostituteswho are Christians that watch
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  • "Hour of Power."
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  • And for me, the first time thathappened, it was a disconnect,
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  • you know?
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  • Like, how can you--how can itbe both?
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  • And what you're seeing is theydon't have a way out and so they
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  • really feel stuck or they feeltoo scared to leave.
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  • A lot of times they're indanger, and so your organization
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  • really is trying to help, andyou are helping in a big way
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  • with that.
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  • Tell us a little bit about it.
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  • Deidre Pujols: Yeah, so let mepack, like, the last four years
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  • in a really short time.
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  • Basically, what happened is, asI traveled, one of the things
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  • that I saw that was missing fromthe efforts fighting human
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  • trafficking was an opportunityto get individuals who have been
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  • rescued and who have beenrehabilitated back into a
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  • sustainable and thriving life.
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  • So I thought, "Well, what can wedo to help that?"
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  • At the end of my travels aroundthe world, I shared with you
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  • before that I really sat downwith God and had to have him
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  • show me what would I do, becausethis is global.
  • 00:16:05.914 --> 00:16:08.050
  • It's everywhere.
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  • How can my one little lifeimpact in this effort?
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  • And I began to put my passionsof culinary arts and my love for
  • 00:16:12.554 --> 00:16:16.358
  • business together and createdthis culinary school.
  • 00:16:16.358 --> 00:16:19.862
  • But what happened was there wasthis gap that needed to be
  • 00:16:19.862 --> 00:16:23.465
  • filled out there in the field,and that was with job training
  • 00:16:23.465 --> 00:16:27.236
  • and workforce reintegration,getting people back into jobs.
  • 00:16:27.236 --> 00:16:30.572
  • In addition, because people arecoming from traumatic
  • 00:16:30.572 --> 00:16:33.208
  • backgrounds and just brokenness,we have to be able to put the
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  • person back together first.
  • 00:16:38.580 --> 00:16:40.916
  • Well, Jesus really does that,but we help them
  • 00:16:40.916 --> 00:16:42.985
  • navigate to that.
  • 00:16:42.985 --> 00:16:44.319
  • So we created a life skillsprogram, and we created a
  • 00:16:44.319 --> 00:16:47.156
  • culinary program, and together,we try to holistically bring the
  • 00:16:47.156 --> 00:16:51.560
  • person back into identity, intopurpose, into value, and teach
  • 00:16:51.560 --> 00:16:56.665
  • them culinary skills, and thenwe put them back into work.
  • 00:16:56.665 --> 00:17:00.035
  • So that's what Open GateInternational is.
  • 00:17:00.035 --> 00:17:02.805
  • Bobby Schuller: It's amazing.
  • 00:17:02.805 --> 00:17:04.139
  • So you help them get workand you help them learn
  • 00:17:04.139 --> 00:17:05.707
  • how to cook good food.
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  • Deidre Pujols: Right.Bobby Schuller: That's awesome.
  • 00:17:07.042 --> 00:17:08.377
  • I love it.
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  • One thing a lot of people forgetis that people who are in the
  • 00:17:09.845 --> 00:17:14.316
  • sex industry a lot of times havekids, and they don't want to be
  • 00:17:14.316 --> 00:17:18.554
  • doing what they're doing, butthey're like, "I have to meet my
  • 00:17:18.554 --> 00:17:20.722
  • kids' needs.
  • 00:17:20.722 --> 00:17:22.057
  • I don't know how to do thisother stuff," and so you're
  • 00:17:22.057 --> 00:17:23.692
  • helping them realize that therecan be another path for them,
  • 00:17:23.692 --> 00:17:27.529
  • and I think that's--I don'tknow, it's just really awesome.
  • 00:17:27.529 --> 00:17:31.400
  • What encouragement can you give,like, even if there's people
  • 00:17:31.400 --> 00:17:35.471
  • right now who are watching thatare being trafficked?
  • 00:17:35.471 --> 00:17:38.373
  • I was surprised to learn a lot--I always think of human
  • 00:17:38.373 --> 00:17:40.375
  • trafficking as a sexual thing,but a lot of times, in other
  • 00:17:40.375 --> 00:17:43.879
  • countries especially, it'sworkers, workers that are just
  • 00:17:43.879 --> 00:17:46.415
  • not paid, that are, like,basically slaves.
  • 00:17:46.415 --> 00:17:49.118
  • What encouragement do you giveto anybody who's watching right
  • 00:17:49.118 --> 00:17:51.353
  • now and they feel justcompletely trapped in something
  • 00:17:51.353 --> 00:17:54.256
  • like that?
  • 00:17:54.256 --> 00:17:55.591
  • Deidre Pujols: Yeah, well, firstof all, vulnerability.
  • 00:17:55.591 --> 00:17:59.728
  • People in poverty, people in badfamily situations, bad finance
  • 00:17:59.728 --> 00:18:05.501
  • situations, will oftentimes feellike their only option is to do
  • 00:18:05.501 --> 00:18:10.806
  • something like trafficking inwhatever.
  • 00:18:10.806 --> 00:18:13.575
  • There's 27 different types ofcategories of trafficking, so it
  • 00:18:13.575 --> 00:18:16.778
  • just tells you how vast thatindustry can be, and they look--
  • 00:18:16.778 --> 00:18:21.016
  • they're all different forms.
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  • So I think if somebody iswatching and they're stuck,
  • 00:18:22.351 --> 00:18:27.022
  • first, the most important thingI can tell you is I promise you
  • 00:18:27.022 --> 00:18:30.392
  • that is not the life that Godmade you to have.
  • 00:18:30.392 --> 00:18:34.730
  • He's a good God, and by my owntestimony and where I came--how
  • 00:18:34.730 --> 00:18:39.001
  • I came up and how my husbandcame up, I know that I know that
  • 00:18:39.001 --> 00:18:43.305
  • God has something better.
  • 00:18:43.305 --> 00:18:45.207
  • So there is help out there.
  • 00:18:45.207 --> 00:18:47.176
  • We have national hotlines thathelp people these days and
  • 00:18:47.176 --> 00:18:50.679
  • different ways to help, sogetting ahold of the help is the
  • 00:18:50.679 --> 00:18:53.482
  • most important thing.
  • 00:18:53.482 --> 00:18:54.850
  • But making sure that you knowhow incredibly important, out of
  • 00:18:54.850 --> 00:18:57.553
  • 8 billion people, that your lifeis is the first thing.
  • 00:18:57.553 --> 00:19:01.390
  • So that among--that would be,like, where I would help.
  • 00:19:01.390 --> 00:19:05.427
  • The Holy Spirit would come inand do the rest of the work, but
  • 00:19:05.427 --> 00:19:09.331
  • I mean, I have watched lives betransformed before my very eyes
  • 00:19:09.331 --> 00:19:14.336
  • of people who didn't value theirlife before and how they felt
  • 00:19:14.336 --> 00:19:17.773
  • about themselves after we gotahold of them.
  • 00:19:17.773 --> 00:19:19.975
  • And I know that I knowtransformation can be real.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's right,amen.
  • 00:19:23.946 --> 00:19:25.314
  • Well, and I love what you saidtoo, that at the heart of it is
  • 00:19:25.314 --> 00:19:29.251
  • believing that in that mix of 8billion people that God sees me.
  • 00:19:29.251 --> 00:19:33.755
  • He sees you.He loves you.
  • 00:19:33.755 --> 00:19:36.458
  • He calls you his kid, his child.
  • 00:19:36.458 --> 00:19:37.826
  • And he doesn't holdthose things against us.
  • 00:19:37.826 --> 00:19:40.395
  • Well, if you want to know moreabout this organization, I wanna
  • 00:19:40.395 --> 00:19:42.664
  • encourage you to check outopengateintl.org.
  • 00:19:42.664 --> 00:19:46.668
  • Open Gate International.
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  • Hey, thank you so muchDeidre Pujols.
  • 00:19:48.503 --> 00:19:50.505
  • What a joy it was to speak withyou today and thanks for
  • 00:19:50.505 --> 00:19:52.841
  • encouraging people today whofeel like they're out of
  • 00:19:52.841 --> 00:19:56.111
  • the kingdom.
  • 00:19:56.111 --> 00:19:57.479
  • You're reminding us that Godloves us all.
  • 00:19:57.479 --> 00:19:59.481
  • Deidre Pujols: Yeah, I'm just sograteful to be here and that
  • 00:19:59.481 --> 00:20:01.617
  • your church is sharing thiskinda information, so thank you.
  • 00:20:01.617 --> 00:20:03.752
  • Bobby Schuller: Amen,thank you so much.
  • 00:20:03.752 --> 00:20:05.087
  • Appreciate you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Bobby Schuller:Thank you for joining us
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  • on "Hour of Power" today.
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  • We hope you've foundincredible hope
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  • and inspirationfrom this program.
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  • As we embrace the new year,Hannah and I want to say
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  • thank you for your continuedgenerosity that carries us
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  • through every season.
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  • Even in the faceof a global pandemic,
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  • your unfailing supporthas lifted this ministry
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  • up on eagle's wingsand empowered us
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  • to take the renewing strengthof Christ's love
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  • to millions around the world.
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  • Hannah Schuller:Isaiah 40:31 says,
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  • "But those who hope in the Lordwill renew their strength.
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  • They will soar on wingslike eagles.
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  • They will runand not grow weary.
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  • They will walkand not be faint."
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  • Friends, no matter how unsettledthings look around us,
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  • Jesus is all that we need.
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  • Whether you're in the valleyor on the mountaintop,
  • 00:23:29.057 --> 00:23:31.793
  • his Spirit gives uswings to fly.
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  • As we rest in his strengthand sufficiency,
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  • our Savior suppliesdivine energy
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  • and profound endurancethat inspire us
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  • to soar above uncertainty.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's right,and since the 1980s,
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  • our Eagle Partners have beena living reflection
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  • of God's faithfulnessand renewing strength to us.
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  • When viewers like you chooseto uphold "Hour of Power"
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  • with recurring monthly donation,it enables us to build a solid
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  • foundation from whichbig dreams are born
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  • and great heights are reached.
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  • As we move boldlyinto our next 50 years,
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  • we are committed to sendingthe liberating love of Jesus
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  • around the globeby embracing new technology,
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  • expanding our online outreach,
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  • and establishing operationsin hard-to-reach parts
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  • of the world.
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  • This is why Eagle Partnershipsis so important,
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  • and it's why weinvite you to join
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  • this very special groupof friends today.
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  • This one-of-a-kind keepsakewas designed to remind you
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  • of the renewing powerof Christ in your life.
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  • I ask you to join us again so wecan keep "Hour of Power" alive
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  • and thriving in 2021.
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  • And if you've never beenan Eagle Partner,
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  • I encourage you to spreadyour wings today.
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  • Give God the chance to bless youfor your commitment to his work
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  • and his kingdom hereand around the world,
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  • and I'm certain that the impact
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  • of your generositywill be great.
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  • Thank youand remember as always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Would youstand with us?
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  • We're gonna say this creedtogether as we do every
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  • single Sunday.
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  • Hold your hands out like this asa way of receiving from the
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  • Holy Spirit.
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do.I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what peoplesay about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus andshare his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • I remember, I believeit was 1994.
  • 00:26:36.511 --> 00:26:41.549
  • Our family was living in thevalley in Los Angeles.
  • 00:26:41.549 --> 00:26:46.254
  • And it was in the early, earlymorning hours, maybe late
  • 00:26:46.254 --> 00:26:50.959
  • evening, maybe 2:00 in themorning, something like that,
  • 00:26:50.959 --> 00:26:53.962
  • and all of a sudden there was abrutal shake that came
  • 00:26:53.962 --> 00:26:58.800
  • from nowhere.
  • 00:26:58.800 --> 00:27:00.135
  • It started pretty small, like atremor, and then turned into
  • 00:27:00.135 --> 00:27:04.205
  • just a boom, boom, boom typething, and it was a major,
  • 00:27:04.205 --> 00:27:08.677
  • major earthquake.
  • 00:27:08.677 --> 00:27:10.045
  • Well, it would later be calledthe Northridge Earthquake.
  • 00:27:10.045 --> 00:27:12.247
  • Lots of buildings fell down.
  • 00:27:12.247 --> 00:27:14.215
  • I believe a couple hundredpeople died.
  • 00:27:14.215 --> 00:27:16.518
  • I don't know if that's right,but I know a number of people
  • 00:27:16.518 --> 00:27:19.187
  • did die.
  • 00:27:19.187 --> 00:27:20.755
  • And I know for me as a kid, Iwas maybe 12 years old, 13,
  • 00:27:20.755 --> 00:27:24.759
  • it was kind of an experienceI'll never forget.
  • 00:27:24.759 --> 00:27:28.196
  • At the time, my parents--mystepdad and my mom, and they
  • 00:27:28.196 --> 00:27:31.966
  • still do, by the way, had a realestate appraisal business.
  • 00:27:31.966 --> 00:27:35.437
  • And after the earthquake, therejust was no work.
  • 00:27:35.437 --> 00:27:40.709
  • Something happened to the realestate market where nobody was
  • 00:27:40.709 --> 00:27:43.778
  • getting loans for awhile, andvery few people were buying
  • 00:27:43.778 --> 00:27:46.581
  • houses, and there was some kindof a weird shake down where I
  • 00:27:46.581 --> 00:27:49.784
  • remember just--they weregetting no work at all.
  • 00:27:49.784 --> 00:27:52.387
  • I remember we were lucky, my momsaid, if once or twice a week
  • 00:27:52.387 --> 00:27:57.392
  • they got an order, and an orderwould only be about $200.
  • 00:27:57.392 --> 00:28:01.696
  • "An order" means an order toappraise a property.
  • 00:28:01.696 --> 00:28:05.033
  • After a couple of years ofreally bad and sometimes no
  • 00:28:05.033 --> 00:28:08.203
  • business, lots of nights ofpotato soup, or breakfast for
  • 00:28:08.203 --> 00:28:12.474
  • dinner, or these types ofthings, our family, as many
  • 00:28:12.474 --> 00:28:16.511
  • families today are doing, leftCalifornia to try and find a
  • 00:28:16.511 --> 00:28:21.449
  • less expensive way of living andto find a better place to live.
  • 00:28:21.449 --> 00:28:25.086
  • And we moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma,and this was in 1996 I believe.
  • 00:28:25.086 --> 00:28:30.759
  • And it's interesting because theother day, maybe like--well,
  • 00:28:30.759 --> 00:28:32.894
  • like, about a year ago, I heardmy mom refer to the first couple
  • 00:28:32.894 --> 00:28:36.664
  • of months we were in Tulsa ashomeless.
  • 00:28:36.664 --> 00:28:40.101
  • I didn't experience it that way,but when she said that, it
  • 00:28:40.101 --> 00:28:43.304
  • really struck me to think, Iguess in a way we were.
  • 00:28:43.304 --> 00:28:46.074
  • We bounced around in motels, mysisters and I, my mom.
  • 00:28:46.074 --> 00:28:50.044
  • My stepdad stayedback here in California.
  • 00:28:50.044 --> 00:28:52.881
  • And it was just rightbefore we moved--
  • 00:28:52.881 --> 00:28:55.383
  • I've told youthis story before--
  • 00:28:55.383 --> 00:28:56.818
  • that I had made a personaldecision to follow Christ.
  • 00:28:56.818 --> 00:29:00.955
  • Now, I grew up in a Christianhome, and obviously my parents--
  • 00:29:00.955 --> 00:29:03.558
  • you know, my dad andgrandparents are--
  • 00:29:03.558 --> 00:29:05.260
  • my whole family's Christian,but for me in that season
  • 00:29:05.260 --> 00:29:07.829
  • in my life as a teenager,it wasn't a personal thing.
  • 00:29:07.829 --> 00:29:11.099
  • It was a label, and I had made adecision just before then that I
  • 00:29:11.099 --> 00:29:15.336
  • was gonna follow Christ.
  • 00:29:15.336 --> 00:29:16.771
  • I didn't go downto an altar call.
  • 00:29:16.771 --> 00:29:19.040
  • I didn't pray a prayer.
  • 00:29:19.040 --> 00:29:20.375
  • I just, sort of sitting in mychair at a convention actually,
  • 00:29:20.375 --> 00:29:24.312
  • that I went to with my familyacross the street from
  • 00:29:24.312 --> 00:29:27.482
  • Disneyland, at the AnaheimConvention Center,
  • 00:29:27.482 --> 00:29:29.117
  • I just made a decision,"I'm going to follow Christ."
  • 00:29:29.117 --> 00:29:31.286
  • And it was only not that longafter that that we moved.
  • 00:29:31.286 --> 00:29:35.757
  • When I look back at that seasonin my life, those first couple
  • 00:29:35.757 --> 00:29:38.293
  • of months when I was in Tulsa,I feel very fortunate that
  • 00:29:38.293 --> 00:29:43.464
  • according to God's providence,Satan was not able to pluck the
  • 00:29:43.464 --> 00:29:49.304
  • seed that Godhad put in my heart.
  • 00:29:49.304 --> 00:29:53.541
  • And he very easily could have.
  • 00:29:53.541 --> 00:29:56.911
  • I didn't find gangs.I didn't find drugs.
  • 00:29:56.911 --> 00:30:01.482
  • I didn't find a skateboardingcrew or some of the things I was
  • 00:30:01.482 --> 00:30:05.486
  • actually looking for.
  • 00:30:05.486 --> 00:30:07.455
  • I found a youth group, and itwas just the exact youth group
  • 00:30:07.455 --> 00:30:11.426
  • I needed.
  • 00:30:11.426 --> 00:30:12.794
  • It was called 180.
  • 00:30:12.794 --> 00:30:14.128
  • It was the youth ministry forChurch on the Move, and I
  • 00:30:14.128 --> 00:30:16.331
  • believe at the time might havebeen the largest youth ministry
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  • in the world or in the country.
  • 00:30:19.400 --> 00:30:21.336
  • When I went, there were easily2.000 kids every Wednesday.
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  • I still remember going into thisyouth group.
  • 00:30:25.206 --> 00:30:30.245
  • The building was actually almosta half a mile from the
  • 00:30:30.245 --> 00:30:33.147
  • church itself.
  • 00:30:33.147 --> 00:30:34.515
  • It had its own big,big building.
  • 00:30:34.515 --> 00:30:36.584
  • And I remember walking in andseeing the most amazing
  • 00:30:36.584 --> 00:30:40.755
  • thing ever.
  • 00:30:40.755 --> 00:30:42.090
  • I thought, "This is a church?"
  • 00:30:42.090 --> 00:30:43.524
  • The first thing you saw was bigindustrial cages with guys
  • 00:30:43.524 --> 00:30:49.264
  • playing three-on-threehalf-court basketball in the
  • 00:30:49.264 --> 00:30:51.766
  • cage with referees.
  • 00:30:51.766 --> 00:30:53.902
  • There was a DJ up top playing--it was Christian rap music,
  • 00:30:53.902 --> 00:30:57.338
  • but it was still music.
  • 00:30:57.338 --> 00:30:58.673
  • You know, this was cool.
  • 00:30:58.673 --> 00:31:00.041
  • There was an arcade, and a pooltable, and pizza, and food.
  • 00:31:00.041 --> 00:31:04.946
  • And half of them were girls, andhalf of those were pretty, so it
  • 00:31:04.946 --> 00:31:10.985
  • was an awesome thing for me.
  • 00:31:11.686 --> 00:31:14.989
  • And I remember just feeling likeinstantly I was getting sucked
  • 00:31:14.989 --> 00:31:21.129
  • in, like I belonged.
  • 00:31:21.195 --> 00:31:23.164
  • They instantly started to drawme into things.
  • 00:31:23.164 --> 00:31:25.333
  • Like, I became an altarcounselor.
  • 00:31:25.333 --> 00:31:27.201
  • Altar counselor, if you don'tknow, it means, like, in some
  • 00:31:27.201 --> 00:31:29.304
  • churches you'll have an altarcall and people will come down
  • 00:31:29.304 --> 00:31:31.572
  • to receive Christ, and thenthere will be another person of
  • 00:31:31.572 --> 00:31:33.908
  • the same gender that will standbehind them.
  • 00:31:33.908 --> 00:31:37.211
  • And then afterwards, they'll gointo another room, and pray with
  • 00:31:37.211 --> 00:31:39.280
  • that person, and talk to themabout what it means to be saved.
  • 00:31:39.280 --> 00:31:42.650
  • I had no business being an altarcounselor and they made me one.
  • 00:31:42.650 --> 00:31:46.854
  • And they had me do all theseother things, and it just
  • 00:31:46.854 --> 00:31:49.490
  • instantly felt likeI had a purpose.
  • 00:31:49.490 --> 00:31:52.627
  • I had a calling.
  • 00:31:52.627 --> 00:31:53.962
  • But most importantly, they neverasked me if I believed the
  • 00:31:53.962 --> 00:31:58.833
  • right stuff.
  • 00:31:58.833 --> 00:32:00.168
  • They never asked meif I drank or did drugs.
  • 00:32:00.168 --> 00:32:02.203
  • I didn't, but they'd ever asked.
  • 00:32:02.203 --> 00:32:03.638
  • They didn't askanything about my past.
  • 00:32:03.638 --> 00:32:07.041
  • It was just the second you gotto there, you belonged.
  • 00:32:07.041 --> 00:32:11.112
  • And I believe and I want to makethe argument today, this is
  • 00:32:11.112 --> 00:32:14.182
  • precisely, precisely howchurches ought to be, not just
  • 00:32:14.182 --> 00:32:18.186
  • with teenagers, but witheverybody; that the question we
  • 00:32:18.186 --> 00:32:21.556
  • ought to be asking ourselves is,"How can we make someone, when
  • 00:32:21.556 --> 00:32:26.060
  • they're with me, not just whenthey come to church, but when
  • 00:32:26.060 --> 00:32:28.029
  • they're with me, get a sensethat they belong?
  • 00:32:28.029 --> 00:32:32.000
  • Even though they may notbelieve, or behave, or do the
  • 00:32:32.000 --> 00:32:35.003
  • things that I think they oughtto do, or think the things that
  • 00:32:35.003 --> 00:32:37.538
  • they ought to think, how canthey get a sense of belonging
  • 00:32:37.538 --> 00:32:41.342
  • from a person like me?"
  • 00:32:41.342 --> 00:32:43.444
  • Well, today I wantto talk about--
  • 00:32:43.444 --> 00:32:45.246
  • so the hands ofa servant leader.
  • 00:32:45.246 --> 00:32:47.281
  • The hands of a servant leader.
  • 00:32:47.281 --> 00:32:50.218
  • When you look at somebody'shands, you can tell a lot about
  • 00:32:50.218 --> 00:32:53.654
  • them actually.
  • 00:32:53.654 --> 00:32:55.957
  • In this picture behind me, justlooking at these pictures, you
  • 00:32:55.957 --> 00:32:59.627
  • can know a lot about thesefour people or five people.
  • 00:32:59.627 --> 00:33:05.266
  • One is probably a farmeror something,
  • 00:33:05.266 --> 00:33:07.935
  • some kind of a laborer.
  • 00:33:07.935 --> 00:33:10.004
  • Another maybe a well-to-do girlthat just got her nails did.
  • 00:33:10.004 --> 00:33:14.742
  • Another is a kid.
  • 00:33:14.742 --> 00:33:16.644
  • There's a couple of corporatebusinesspeople making a deal.
  • 00:33:16.644 --> 00:33:22.383
  • It's weird how you can learn alot about the hands because the
  • 00:33:22.383 --> 00:33:24.919
  • hands are a reflection of what aperson does.
  • 00:33:24.919 --> 00:33:29.557
  • When you see these hands, yousee what we're supposed to do.
  • 00:33:29.557 --> 00:33:36.397
  • Now, the hands of God,through a Christian lens,
  • 00:33:36.464 --> 00:33:42.503
  • are hands that are pierced,hands that are crucified.
  • 00:33:43.638 --> 00:33:50.144
  • When we think about what itmeans to live a life, and to
  • 00:33:50.211 --> 00:33:53.781
  • serve, and to lead like Jesus.
  • 00:33:53.781 --> 00:33:56.250
  • We're asking, "What do thesehands do?"
  • 00:33:56.250 --> 00:33:59.520
  • We all know about the cross.
  • 00:33:59.520 --> 00:34:01.689
  • What we may not know is thatthese hands did a lot more than
  • 00:34:01.689 --> 00:34:06.060
  • just sacrificing themselves forour sins.
  • 00:34:06.060 --> 00:34:09.330
  • These hands healed, and thesehands reached out, and these
  • 00:34:09.330 --> 00:34:13.935
  • hands touched the ones that werenot supposed to be touched.
  • 00:34:13.935 --> 00:34:19.974
  • These are rabbis hands, and noservant is greater than
  • 00:34:21.375 --> 00:34:24.979
  • his master.
  • 00:34:24.979 --> 00:34:26.347
  • We're supposed to do what theMaster does, and the Master
  • 00:34:26.347 --> 00:34:28.516
  • breaks the rules in orderto reach the lost.
  • 00:34:28.516 --> 00:34:31.986
  • What do you meanhe breaks the rules?
  • 00:34:31.986 --> 00:34:33.321
  • Well, he does exactly that.
  • 00:34:33.321 --> 00:34:34.689
  • He had rules he wassupposed to follow,
  • 00:34:34.689 --> 00:34:36.290
  • and he broke 'em constantly,and it's actually fun to watch.
  • 00:34:36.290 --> 00:34:40.094
  • One of the most famous,I've talked about this a lot,
  • 00:34:40.094 --> 00:34:41.963
  • is the account of Jesushealing a leper.
  • 00:34:41.963 --> 00:34:48.269
  • Now, in Levitical law, a leper--remember in Jesus's day, not
  • 00:34:48.269 --> 00:34:55.076
  • only did Jesus have the Biblememorized, but kids would grow
  • 00:34:55.076 --> 00:34:58.880
  • up in a school that was builtaround Bible memorization.
  • 00:34:58.880 --> 00:35:04.285
  • So most young people, especiallythe boys, would have the first
  • 00:35:04.285 --> 00:35:10.424
  • five books of the Biblememorized.
  • 00:35:10.491 --> 00:35:14.095
  • And in places like Leviticus 13,there are 59 verses, the whole
  • 00:35:14.095 --> 00:35:20.034
  • thing, where when you'rememorizing it, it would take
  • 00:35:20.034 --> 00:35:23.838
  • probably several weeks tomemorize that one chapter,
  • 00:35:23.838 --> 00:35:26.874
  • you're saying to yourselfthe Word of God,
  • 00:35:26.874 --> 00:35:31.846
  • "Lepers are unclean.
  • 00:35:31.846 --> 00:35:33.948
  • Lepers are unclean.
  • 00:35:33.948 --> 00:35:36.017
  • Here's how you treat lepers.
  • 00:35:36.017 --> 00:35:37.785
  • Here's what you doif a leper touches you.
  • 00:35:37.785 --> 00:35:40.087
  • Here's what you do when a lepercomes into your community.
  • 00:35:40.087 --> 00:35:43.124
  • A leper could never get outunless this happens or
  • 00:35:43.124 --> 00:35:45.526
  • that happens."
  • 00:35:45.526 --> 00:35:46.894
  • So imagine every single personin Israel has memorized this and
  • 00:35:46.894 --> 00:35:51.532
  • learned this, and they know thatyou cannot touch a leper, that
  • 00:35:51.532 --> 00:35:57.238
  • lepers are outsiders.
  • 00:35:57.238 --> 00:35:59.607
  • If you touch a leper, youyourself become unclean,
  • 00:35:59.607 --> 00:36:03.978
  • and it's like you touchedCOVID-19.
  • 00:36:03.978 --> 00:36:05.880
  • You have to go awayfor seven days.
  • 00:36:05.880 --> 00:36:10.418
  • You have to be, you know,inoculated, or isolated, rather.
  • 00:36:10.418 --> 00:36:14.722
  • And so Jesus, seeing this leperwho is an outcast and unloved,
  • 00:36:14.722 --> 00:36:19.393
  • he cries out to be healed, andthe Bible goes out of its way to
  • 00:36:19.393 --> 00:36:22.597
  • say first, Jesus touches him.
  • 00:36:22.597 --> 00:36:25.166
  • Jesus himself becomes uncleanlike the leper.
  • 00:36:25.166 --> 00:36:28.736
  • Isn't that great?
  • 00:36:28.736 --> 00:36:30.104
  • I know I've talked about thisbefore, but he touches and
  • 00:36:30.104 --> 00:36:32.206
  • becomes unclean himself, and theman is instantly healed.
  • 00:36:32.206 --> 00:36:36.310
  • And Jesus tells him, "Go andshow yourself to the priest, and
  • 00:36:36.310 --> 00:36:39.480
  • make an offering."
  • 00:36:39.480 --> 00:36:41.749
  • Jesus touches the untouchableand Jesus eats with those who
  • 00:36:41.749 --> 00:36:45.453
  • we're not supposed to givehospitality to.
  • 00:36:45.453 --> 00:36:48.155
  • He eats with the outsiders.
  • 00:36:48.155 --> 00:36:50.591
  • Samaritans werefor sure outsiders.
  • 00:36:50.591 --> 00:36:54.195
  • They were the half-brothers,half-sisters of the Jews.
  • 00:36:54.195 --> 00:36:58.366
  • They were considered hereticsbecause they had a Samaritan
  • 00:36:58.366 --> 00:37:01.235
  • Torah that wasn'tthe Jewish Torah.
  • 00:37:01.235 --> 00:37:02.737
  • It was a little different.
  • 00:37:02.737 --> 00:37:04.071
  • And a Samaritan temple,not the Jerusalem Temple.
  • 00:37:04.071 --> 00:37:08.075
  • And they hated each other.
  • 00:37:08.075 --> 00:37:09.844
  • If you went into Samariaas a Jew, you--
  • 00:37:09.844 --> 00:37:11.779
  • there's a good chanceyou'd be murdered
  • 00:37:11.779 --> 00:37:13.147
  • or robbed and vice versa.
  • 00:37:13.147 --> 00:37:14.582
  • If a Samaritan came into Judea,he'd be assaulted.
  • 00:37:14.582 --> 00:37:18.986
  • So they hated each other, liketwo clans fighting, but Jesus
  • 00:37:18.986 --> 00:37:23.691
  • ate with Samaritans.
  • 00:37:23.691 --> 00:37:25.026
  • You're not supposed to do that.
  • 00:37:25.026 --> 00:37:26.394
  • Eating with someone is likecalling them an honored guest.
  • 00:37:26.394 --> 00:37:28.195
  • That's like saying they're afamily member, and they come
  • 00:37:28.195 --> 00:37:30.197
  • under your protection, and theybelong.
  • 00:37:30.197 --> 00:37:33.467
  • Jesus ate with insiders, thePharisees, the pastors of the
  • 00:37:33.467 --> 00:37:37.605
  • day, the ones that we think arethe bad guys in the Bible,
  • 00:37:37.605 --> 00:37:40.875
  • you know?
  • 00:37:40.875 --> 00:37:42.243
  • Jesus certainly has some harshthings to say to them, but he
  • 00:37:42.243 --> 00:37:44.045
  • still eats with them, and honorsthem, and spends time with them,
  • 00:37:44.045 --> 00:37:46.747
  • and teaches them.
  • 00:37:46.747 --> 00:37:48.949
  • But most shockingly, Jesuseating with the sinners.
  • 00:37:48.949 --> 00:37:52.520
  • That's really not somethingyou're supposed to do.
  • 00:37:52.520 --> 00:37:54.855
  • With the prostitutes, and thetax collectors, and maybe we
  • 00:37:54.855 --> 00:37:58.192
  • could say the gang members, andthe drug addicts, and the
  • 00:37:58.192 --> 00:38:01.128
  • cussers, and the drinkers, andthe swearers, and the violent,
  • 00:38:01.128 --> 00:38:05.566
  • and the whatever, and he eatswith them.
  • 00:38:05.566 --> 00:38:09.170
  • And one of the most shockingones is the story in which Jesus
  • 00:38:09.170 --> 00:38:14.608
  • meets with Zacchaeus.
  • 00:38:14.608 --> 00:38:16.344
  • If you have your Bibles,you can read it with me.
  • 00:38:16.344 --> 00:38:18.012
  • Luke chapter 19, it says,"Jesus entered Jericho."
  • 00:38:18.012 --> 00:38:23.451
  • So Jericho is a wealthy townon the border of Israel.
  • 00:38:23.451 --> 00:38:27.388
  • It says, "He was passingthrough, a man was there by the
  • 00:38:27.388 --> 00:38:30.991
  • name of Zacchaeus.
  • 00:38:30.991 --> 00:38:36.063
  • He was a chief tax collector."
  • 00:38:36.063 --> 00:38:39.800
  • Now, I think I've told you thisbefore, but you know, a tax
  • 00:38:39.800 --> 00:38:41.969
  • collector in Jesus's day isactually a bad guy.
  • 00:38:41.969 --> 00:38:45.239
  • Samaritans, lepers, they werenot actually bad guys.
  • 00:38:45.239 --> 00:38:47.775
  • Tax collectors really were.
  • 00:38:47.775 --> 00:38:49.810
  • In the Roman world, when theyoccupied Israel, they employed
  • 00:38:49.810 --> 00:38:53.614
  • Jewish tax collectors to collecttaxes, right?
  • 00:38:53.614 --> 00:38:56.684
  • And one of the things they woulddo is you could, as a tax
  • 00:38:56.684 --> 00:38:59.653
  • collector, know the secretamount that Rome is charging and
  • 00:38:59.653 --> 00:39:04.458
  • then you yourself add a littleextra, just a little bit of
  • 00:39:04.458 --> 00:39:09.230
  • dough, whatever percentage youwanted on top of that,
  • 00:39:09.230 --> 00:39:12.133
  • and that's how you tookhome your own pay.
  • 00:39:12.133 --> 00:39:14.368
  • So for example, let's say theset amount was 10% and you were
  • 00:39:14.368 --> 00:39:19.373
  • gonna make it 12%, and that'sthe little, like, you know, the
  • 00:39:19.373 --> 00:39:22.276
  • little extra, little smoochysmoochy you're going to take
  • 00:39:22.276 --> 00:39:24.745
  • for yourself.
  • 00:39:24.745 --> 00:39:26.080
  • And everybody knows thisand so they're saying,
  • 00:39:26.080 --> 00:39:28.649
  • "You're scouring me."
  • 00:39:28.649 --> 00:39:30.384
  • He was like, "Oh no, this--Iknow that I'm not taking any,"
  • 00:39:30.384 --> 00:39:32.820
  • and you have this negotiation.
  • 00:39:32.820 --> 00:39:34.155
  • So tax collectors went around.
  • 00:39:34.155 --> 00:39:36.857
  • They were not only seen asthieves because they would
  • 00:39:36.857 --> 00:39:39.593
  • arbitrarily take whatever theycould from you, but they were
  • 00:39:39.593 --> 00:39:42.563
  • also turncoats in a time whichIsrael wanted Rome out.
  • 00:39:42.563 --> 00:39:46.066
  • They're raising moneyfor the Romans.
  • 00:39:46.066 --> 00:39:49.069
  • So Zacchaeus isn't just a taxcollector, he's a chief
  • 00:39:49.069 --> 00:39:53.507
  • tax collector.
  • 00:39:53.507 --> 00:39:54.875
  • That means he's the one who setsthe extra amount.
  • 00:39:54.875 --> 00:39:58.846
  • He's the one who is in charge ofall the little guys that go
  • 00:39:58.846 --> 00:40:03.517
  • around, you know, knocking onyour door, asking you to pay up.
  • 00:40:03.517 --> 00:40:08.456
  • He is not a good guy.
  • 00:40:08.456 --> 00:40:10.791
  • He is for sure a thief.He's for sure a bad guy.
  • 00:40:10.791 --> 00:40:13.494
  • And the Bible says he was achief collector, tax collector,
  • 00:40:13.494 --> 00:40:16.130
  • and he was wealthy.
  • 00:40:16.130 --> 00:40:19.400
  • How did he get wealthy?
  • 00:40:19.400 --> 00:40:21.435
  • Well, not honestly.
  • 00:40:21.435 --> 00:40:25.372
  • He wanted to see--
  • 00:40:25.372 --> 00:40:26.707
  • "He, Zacchaeus, wanted to seewho Jesus was, but because he
  • 00:40:26.707 --> 00:40:30.511
  • was short, he could not see overthe crowd."
  • 00:40:30.511 --> 00:40:33.380
  • You guys know the song.Who here knows the song?
  • 00:40:33.380 --> 00:40:37.585
  • Should I sing it for you?
  • 00:40:37.585 --> 00:40:39.386
  • I'm not going to,but just trust me.
  • 00:40:39.386 --> 00:40:42.656
  • Zacchaeus wasa wee little man.
  • 00:40:42.656 --> 00:40:45.292
  • In the first century, theaverage Jewish Middle Eastern
  • 00:40:45.292 --> 00:40:48.229
  • person was about 5'1", so ifthose people say that he was a
  • 00:40:48.229 --> 00:40:52.600
  • wee little man, we're talkinghobbit tall, or short.
  • 00:40:52.600 --> 00:40:56.604
  • He was not--and this was alsoin an era where, even more so
  • 00:40:56.604 --> 00:40:59.974
  • than today, there was a realprejudice towards little people
  • 00:40:59.974 --> 00:41:03.344
  • like this.
  • 00:41:03.344 --> 00:41:04.678
  • So he was this little guy.
  • 00:41:04.678 --> 00:41:06.046
  • And it says, "So he ran aheadand climbed a sycamore fig tree
  • 00:41:06.046 --> 00:41:09.717
  • to see him since Jesus wascoming that way.
  • 00:41:09.717 --> 00:41:14.688
  • When Jesus reached the spot, helooked up to him and said,
  • 00:41:14.688 --> 00:41:19.960
  • 'Zacchaeus, come downimmediately.
  • 00:41:19.960 --> 00:41:23.097
  • I must stay at your housetoday.'
  • 00:41:23.097 --> 00:41:27.201
  • So he came down at once andwelcomed him gladly.
  • 00:41:27.201 --> 00:41:31.038
  • And all the people that sawthis began to mutter,
  • 00:41:31.038 --> 00:41:34.241
  • 'He has gone to theguest of a sinner.'"
  • 00:41:34.241 --> 00:41:37.044
  • And boy, were they right.
  • 00:41:37.044 --> 00:41:38.913
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:41:38.913 --> 00:41:42.182
  • For Jesus to, one, invitehimself is already, like, a
  • 00:41:42.182 --> 00:41:46.053
  • surprise 'cause you're kinda notsupposed to do that.
  • 00:41:46.053 --> 00:41:48.255
  • It's like now if I was like,"Hey, can I come over to your
  • 00:41:48.255 --> 00:41:50.324
  • house for lunch?"
  • 00:41:50.324 --> 00:41:51.659
  • It was like, "Okay," you know,but it was a little bit off.
  • 00:41:51.659 --> 00:41:54.562
  • But two, to invite himself tothis person's house--
  • 00:41:54.562 --> 00:41:58.699
  • I said it this way once.
  • 00:41:58.699 --> 00:42:00.034
  • Imagine that Billy Graham cameto your town, you know, and you
  • 00:42:00.034 --> 00:42:06.206
  • live in a small town orwhatever, and there was a
  • 00:42:06.273 --> 00:42:08.108
  • gathering of famous, amazingpeople.
  • 00:42:08.108 --> 00:42:12.680
  • And let's say--we're just goingto throw these names out.
  • 00:42:12.680 --> 00:42:14.915
  • Let's say these peopleare still alive.
  • 00:42:14.915 --> 00:42:16.317
  • And in the crowd to see BillyGraham is Dr. King, and Mother
  • 00:42:16.317 --> 00:42:21.922
  • Teresa, and maybe Dr. Schuller,or maybe some other person you
  • 00:42:21.922 --> 00:42:26.226
  • really admire that you thinkis--did a lot for people.
  • 00:42:26.226 --> 00:42:30.230
  • And Billy Graham is looking forsomeone to invite to dinner, and
  • 00:42:30.230 --> 00:42:36.937
  • in the crowd is also BernieMadoff.
  • 00:42:37.004 --> 00:42:40.941
  • But Bernie Madoff in this storygot away with it.
  • 00:42:40.941 --> 00:42:43.844
  • Everybody knows what BernieMadoff did, but because he had
  • 00:42:43.844 --> 00:42:47.014
  • the right attorneys, he wasacquitted and got out scot-free,
  • 00:42:47.014 --> 00:42:50.751
  • and still has all those people'smoney and hasn't paid it back.
  • 00:42:50.751 --> 00:42:54.555
  • And Billy Graham looks around,and he's tryin' to find who he's
  • 00:42:54.555 --> 00:42:58.025
  • going to honor with today'smeal, who is he gonna spend time
  • 00:42:58.025 --> 00:43:00.661
  • with, and looking past Dr. Kingand Mother Teresa, and your
  • 00:43:00.661 --> 00:43:05.199
  • favorite holy person thateverybody loves and admires,
  • 00:43:05.199 --> 00:43:08.002
  • he goes, "Bernie Madoff, I'meating at your house today."
  • 00:43:08.002 --> 00:43:14.041
  • That's how shocking it wasto these folks.
  • 00:43:16.043 --> 00:43:21.782
  • They're looking at Zacchaeus andgoing, "That guy stole my
  • 00:43:21.782 --> 00:43:25.185
  • grandma's medical money and shecouldn't get her pills.
  • 00:43:25.185 --> 00:43:31.825
  • That guy, do you--Rabbi, do youknow what that guy has done?
  • 00:43:31.892 --> 00:43:37.931
  • Are you serious?
  • 00:43:38.999 --> 00:43:40.768
  • You're going to eat with him?"
  • 00:43:40.768 --> 00:43:46.006
  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:43:46.006 --> 00:43:48.609
  • Okay, so what'sZacchaeus's response?
  • 00:43:48.609 --> 00:43:51.145
  • Obviously, surprise.
  • 00:43:51.145 --> 00:43:53.013
  • It says, Zacchaeus stood up andsaid to the Lord, "Look, Lord!
  • 00:43:53.013 --> 00:43:58.852
  • Here and now I give half of mypossessions to the poor.
  • 00:43:58.852 --> 00:44:04.658
  • And if I have cheated anybodyout of anything, I will pay back
  • 00:44:04.658 --> 00:44:10.931
  • four times the amount."
  • 00:44:10.998 --> 00:44:13.667
  • By the way, that is--that'swhat the Torah requires
  • 00:44:13.667 --> 00:44:16.003
  • to thieves.
  • 00:44:16.003 --> 00:44:17.371
  • If you steal $10,you have to return $40.
  • 00:44:17.371 --> 00:44:20.874
  • Jesus said to him, "Salvationhas come to this house,
  • 00:44:20.874 --> 00:44:25.746
  • because this man, too,is a son of Abraham.
  • 00:44:25.746 --> 00:44:29.783
  • For the Son of Man came to seekand save the lost."
  • 00:44:29.783 --> 00:44:35.956
  • You know, Jesus Christ is thesmartest person who's
  • 00:44:36.023 --> 00:44:38.325
  • ever lived.
  • 00:44:38.325 --> 00:44:39.827
  • The reason he did it this way isbecause it works.
  • 00:44:39.827 --> 00:44:45.866
  • It actually works.It's practical, it's wise.
  • 00:44:45.933 --> 00:44:50.170
  • Can I tell you--how many peopledo you think banged on
  • 00:44:50.170 --> 00:44:56.210
  • Zacchaeus's door over the years?
  • 00:44:56.276 --> 00:44:59.012
  • "Zacchaeus, you son of a gun.
  • 00:44:59.012 --> 00:45:04.251
  • You son of a gun.
  • 00:45:04.251 --> 00:45:06.286
  • You robbed my--you pay it back now.
  • 00:45:06.286 --> 00:45:10.290
  • I'm gonna murder you.
  • 00:45:10.290 --> 00:45:12.059
  • We're coming for you."
  • 00:45:12.059 --> 00:45:13.527
  • How many times do youthink that happened?
  • 00:45:13.527 --> 00:45:14.928
  • And you know what Zacchaeus'sresponse was almost every time?
  • 00:45:14.928 --> 00:45:17.464
  • I guarantee you,"Go pound sand."
  • 00:45:17.464 --> 00:45:23.270
  • Am I right?
  • 00:45:23.270 --> 00:45:25.239
  • And here a righteous man looksat Zacchaeus and all he does is
  • 00:45:25.239 --> 00:45:31.278
  • say, "Hey, Zacchaeus, can I eatwith you?
  • 00:45:33.547 --> 00:45:39.586
  • Can I spend some time with you?
  • 00:45:41.722 --> 00:45:45.058
  • Can we be friends?"
  • 00:45:45.058 --> 00:45:49.630
  • I am so glad that in a room ofperfect pastors, of great
  • 00:45:49.630 --> 00:45:55.669
  • achievers, perfect parents,amazing people, Jesus would look
  • 00:45:57.037 --> 00:46:02.576
  • at me and say, "Hey, Bobby, canI eat with you?
  • 00:46:02.576 --> 00:46:08.615
  • Can I spend some time with you?"
  • 00:46:09.416 --> 00:46:12.619
  • It's so easy in life to not onlyfeel but know that I am not up
  • 00:46:12.619 --> 00:46:19.393
  • to snuff with so many greatpeople, or I am a sinner, or I
  • 00:46:19.459 --> 00:46:25.232
  • am an outsider.
  • 00:46:25.232 --> 00:46:26.633
  • But even then, Jesus just looksat you and says, "Hey, can I
  • 00:46:26.633 --> 00:46:31.205
  • come to your house today?"
  • 00:46:31.205 --> 00:46:33.874
  • Friend, I can tell you there isno powerful--there's no more
  • 00:46:33.874 --> 00:46:37.744
  • powerful, or more beneficial, ormore practical way to turn a
  • 00:46:37.744 --> 00:46:41.281
  • heart than that, than to say tosomeone, "You belong.
  • 00:46:41.281 --> 00:46:47.321
  • You matter.
  • 00:46:47.955 --> 00:46:50.490
  • You will go--you're my friend.
  • 00:46:50.490 --> 00:46:52.960
  • I'm on your side."
  • 00:46:52.960 --> 00:46:56.096
  • You see, there is an incrediblepower in belonging.
  • 00:46:56.096 --> 00:47:01.268
  • And can I just tell you thatSatan knows this.
  • 00:47:01.268 --> 00:47:04.404
  • Satan knows this, and this isone of the greatest ways that
  • 00:47:04.404 --> 00:47:08.642
  • Satan is stealing our kids,our teenagers.
  • 00:47:08.642 --> 00:47:12.512
  • If you go into Los Angeles inDowntown and you see these
  • 00:47:12.512 --> 00:47:16.216
  • gangs, you will see these kidswho are very often grew up
  • 00:47:16.216 --> 00:47:20.954
  • without a dad, who found acommunity, that even though they
  • 00:47:20.954 --> 00:47:24.658
  • kill people and sell drugs, andeven though they're rough, this
  • 00:47:24.658 --> 00:47:28.228
  • community has a set of rules,has a way you can get respect,
  • 00:47:28.228 --> 00:47:32.266
  • has a way that you can be in anda way that you can be out.
  • 00:47:32.266 --> 00:47:35.702
  • And when they point to thosekids and they say, "You belong
  • 00:47:35.702 --> 00:47:38.972
  • with us.
  • 00:47:38.972 --> 00:47:40.307
  • You belong here," those kidsfind a home.
  • 00:47:40.307 --> 00:47:44.578
  • As a pastor, I have seen howhell uses the power of belonging
  • 00:47:44.578 --> 00:47:51.618
  • to seduce, in particular, youngpeople into lifestyles we would
  • 00:47:51.685 --> 00:47:56.256
  • never, ever think they would bea part of, simply because it's
  • 00:47:56.256 --> 00:48:01.962
  • the place where they feel themost belonging.
  • 00:48:01.962 --> 00:48:07.701
  • Whether it's gangs, or drugs, orprostitution, or any of the
  • 00:48:07.701 --> 00:48:12.606
  • other things that you think ofwith your niece or nephew, or
  • 00:48:12.606 --> 00:48:18.145
  • your friends' kids, or you, orwhatever, or looking back on
  • 00:48:18.145 --> 00:48:22.015
  • your own life when you did thosethings, you know the power
  • 00:48:22.015 --> 00:48:25.619
  • of belonging.
  • 00:48:25.619 --> 00:48:27.087
  • I remember when I was in highschool and there was a young
  • 00:48:27.087 --> 00:48:29.890
  • girl that came to faith.
  • 00:48:29.890 --> 00:48:32.326
  • She told me, "Bobby, I'm--"she's like, "I'm giving up weed.
  • 00:48:32.326 --> 00:48:35.662
  • I'm not gonna smoke weedanymore."
  • 00:48:35.662 --> 00:48:37.331
  • And she came to me and she said,"But I gotta be honest with you
  • 00:48:37.331 --> 00:48:40.467
  • about this.
  • 00:48:40.467 --> 00:48:41.802
  • I feel sad about it.
  • 00:48:41.802 --> 00:48:43.170
  • It's something I really enjoy.
  • 00:48:43.170 --> 00:48:44.805
  • Not just the weed, but I reallyenjoy sitting around with my
  • 00:48:44.805 --> 00:48:48.408
  • friends, sitting in a circle,and telling stories,
  • 00:48:48.408 --> 00:48:51.678
  • and smoking a bowl.
  • 00:48:51.678 --> 00:48:53.680
  • But I'm gonna give it upfor the Lord."
  • 00:48:53.680 --> 00:48:55.349
  • See, what I could hear in hervoice is she knew she was giving
  • 00:48:55.349 --> 00:48:59.119
  • up one place where she knew forsure that she belonged to go to
  • 00:48:59.119 --> 00:49:04.091
  • another place that she wasn'tsure if she would belong.
  • 00:49:04.091 --> 00:49:08.161
  • She'd never been there.
  • 00:49:08.161 --> 00:49:11.064
  • She was trusting that thekingdom of God would be a place
  • 00:49:11.064 --> 00:49:14.534
  • where she would find friends,and love, and kindness, even
  • 00:49:14.534 --> 00:49:18.772
  • though she doesn't know thedoctrine of the Trinity, or even
  • 00:49:18.772 --> 00:49:22.676
  • though she hasn't read theGospel of Luke, or even though
  • 00:49:22.676 --> 00:49:26.279
  • she might still have some someseed burns on her legs.
  • 00:49:26.279 --> 00:49:31.118
  • She wants to know that there isa place where she belongs.
  • 00:49:31.118 --> 00:49:36.723
  • This is the gospel, the gospelof Jesus.
  • 00:49:36.723 --> 00:49:39.793
  • The hands of a servant leaderare the hands that touch the
  • 00:49:39.793 --> 00:49:43.196
  • untouchable; that say not onlyI love you
  • 00:49:43.196 --> 00:49:45.932
  • but you belong here.
  • 00:49:45.932 --> 00:49:47.667
  • You're home.
  • 00:49:47.667 --> 00:49:49.002
  • Can I have a meal with you?Welcome.
  • 00:49:49.002 --> 00:49:51.705
  • The gospel is a message thatsinners are touched by grace.
  • 00:49:51.705 --> 00:49:57.744
  • Grace means that you can't do itthrough your works.
  • 00:49:58.812 --> 00:50:00.881
  • Grace means that youcan't save yourself.
  • 00:50:00.881 --> 00:50:03.683
  • So what I believe is not onlythe right way and best way to do
  • 00:50:03.683 --> 00:50:09.556
  • ministry as a person and as achurch is to make sure people
  • 00:50:09.556 --> 00:50:16.229
  • know what Jesus taught us, thatyou belong before you believe,
  • 00:50:16.296 --> 00:50:21.635
  • you belong before you behave,and you belong before you become
  • 00:50:21.635 --> 00:50:26.540
  • the person God hascalled you to be.
  • 00:50:26.540 --> 00:50:29.209
  • And this is what we learn fromZacchaeus, that even someone
  • 00:50:29.209 --> 00:50:32.913
  • like Bernie Madoff could find ahome in the kingdom of God.
  • 00:50:32.913 --> 00:50:37.517
  • Bernie, if you're out there, Iwant you to know God loves you
  • 00:50:37.517 --> 00:50:39.252
  • and so do I.
  • 00:50:39.252 --> 00:50:42.122
  • That'd be cool.
  • 00:50:42.122 --> 00:50:43.457
  • Send me a letterif you saw that.
  • 00:50:43.457 --> 00:50:45.559
  • Well, this is my final question.
  • 00:50:45.559 --> 00:50:48.261
  • I'll just kinda close with this.
  • 00:50:48.261 --> 00:50:50.097
  • I want to ask you who are theuntouchables in your life?
  • 00:50:50.097 --> 00:50:55.235
  • Many of us, we're quick to thinkof the obvious untouchables,
  • 00:50:55.235 --> 00:50:58.472
  • and these these maybeuntouchables for you.
  • 00:50:58.472 --> 00:50:59.973
  • We often think of the gangmember, the drug dealer,
  • 00:50:59.973 --> 00:51:03.877
  • or the homeless personor the prostitute.
  • 00:51:03.877 --> 00:51:06.279
  • We think those are theuntouchables, but I just want
  • 00:51:06.279 --> 00:51:08.982
  • to challenge you very gently tothink realistically about who's
  • 00:51:08.982 --> 00:51:13.253
  • truly an untouchablein your life.
  • 00:51:13.253 --> 00:51:17.090
  • See, I know this church and Iknow the people of God.
  • 00:51:17.090 --> 00:51:21.428
  • I know--I believe that for manyof you, it would be much easier
  • 00:51:21.428 --> 00:51:26.399
  • to spend time with a homelessperson than it would be for a
  • 00:51:26.399 --> 00:51:31.204
  • kid that's a part of Antifa.
  • 00:51:31.204 --> 00:51:34.608
  • For some of you, it would bea lot--it would be a lot easier
  • 00:51:34.608 --> 00:51:38.512
  • to spend time with a drugdealer than it would be
  • 00:51:38.512 --> 00:51:41.848
  • with a Trump supporteror a Biden supporter
  • 00:51:41.848 --> 00:51:45.952
  • or a racist or any of theseother villains that--
  • 00:51:45.952 --> 00:51:50.724
  • in your mind--
  • 00:51:50.724 --> 00:51:52.225
  • that you think arevillains, right?
  • 00:51:52.225 --> 00:51:53.693
  • I'm not calling anybody avillain, I'm just sayin' that in
  • 00:51:53.693 --> 00:51:55.762
  • life we become very tribal wherewe feel like there's some type
  • 00:51:55.762 --> 00:52:01.668
  • of political person on the rightor the left that we just--
  • 00:52:03.403 --> 00:52:09.109
  • that is your untouchable.
  • 00:52:09.109 --> 00:52:10.810
  • If you're--even hearing one ofthese things, your fists start
  • 00:52:10.810 --> 00:52:14.648
  • to get tight, that's theuntouchable.
  • 00:52:14.648 --> 00:52:17.551
  • Maybe you're not into politicsor you don't really care about
  • 00:52:17.551 --> 00:52:19.953
  • any of that.
  • 00:52:19.953 --> 00:52:21.288
  • For some of you, it's at yourworkplace.
  • 00:52:21.288 --> 00:52:24.057
  • There's a competitor, maybesomebody who's in your same
  • 00:52:24.057 --> 00:52:27.127
  • market that's outselling you oris trying to outsell you, or
  • 00:52:27.127 --> 00:52:30.397
  • somebody who's trying to takeyour position.
  • 00:52:30.397 --> 00:52:33.633
  • You know, you both are vying forpromotion and only one of you is
  • 00:52:33.633 --> 00:52:36.503
  • gonna get it, and you feel likethey've been playing
  • 00:52:36.503 --> 00:52:38.672
  • dirty tricks.
  • 00:52:38.672 --> 00:52:40.207
  • Or maybe it's not dirty tricks,you just can't get yourself to
  • 00:52:40.207 --> 00:52:44.177
  • like them.
  • 00:52:44.177 --> 00:52:45.845
  • Or maybe it's a mean neighborwhose dog barks all the time and
  • 00:52:45.845 --> 00:52:50.684
  • poops on your lawn.
  • 00:52:50.684 --> 00:52:52.052
  • And how many times do you haveto ask them to stop parking in
  • 00:52:52.052 --> 00:52:54.554
  • front of your driveway?
  • 00:52:54.554 --> 00:52:56.223
  • Or dumps his trash on your lawn,or is too loud.
  • 00:52:56.223 --> 00:52:59.693
  • Or maybe it's the kids, youknow, next to you that are
  • 00:52:59.693 --> 00:53:02.295
  • always having parties anddrinking on your lawn.
  • 00:53:02.295 --> 00:53:05.465
  • You see, I think the trueuntouchables are those--
  • 00:53:05.465 --> 00:53:10.070
  • these kinda folks.
  • 00:53:10.070 --> 00:53:11.738
  • It's the kind of person that ifa friend of yours helped them
  • 00:53:11.738 --> 00:53:17.010
  • out, loved them, or was kind tothem, you would feel betrayed.
  • 00:53:17.010 --> 00:53:22.382
  • You would feel like,"How could you do that?
  • 00:53:22.382 --> 00:53:24.985
  • I thought you were my friend.
  • 00:53:24.985 --> 00:53:26.786
  • I thought we were kin.
  • 00:53:26.786 --> 00:53:28.154
  • I thought we were family.
  • 00:53:28.154 --> 00:53:29.522
  • How could you supportthat person?
  • 00:53:29.522 --> 00:53:31.491
  • How could you lovethat person?
  • 00:53:31.491 --> 00:53:33.193
  • Do you knowwhat they believe?
  • 00:53:33.193 --> 00:53:34.527
  • Do you knowwhat they do?
  • 00:53:34.527 --> 00:53:35.895
  • Do you know whatthey did to me?
  • 00:53:35.895 --> 00:53:38.598
  • They're trying to destroythis country.
  • 00:53:38.598 --> 00:53:41.001
  • They're trying to destroy mychurch.
  • 00:53:41.001 --> 00:53:43.036
  • They're trying to destroy mybusiness or our company.
  • 00:53:43.036 --> 00:53:46.206
  • They're no good."
  • 00:53:46.206 --> 00:53:48.875
  • You see, in the kingdom of God,all that stuff, right out
  • 00:53:48.875 --> 00:53:52.579
  • the window.
  • 00:53:52.579 --> 00:53:53.947
  • That's where it goes.
  • 00:53:53.947 --> 00:53:55.815
  • We let God sortthose things out.
  • 00:53:55.815 --> 00:53:58.151
  • We can judge good from evil.
  • 00:53:58.151 --> 00:54:00.287
  • We will judge right from wrong.
  • 00:54:00.287 --> 00:54:02.422
  • But the end of the day, I wantto be like Jesus, and I want to
  • 00:54:02.422 --> 00:54:05.458
  • look at the person in that treeand say, "Can I eat with you?"
  • 00:54:05.458 --> 00:54:09.996
  • And that's what kind of peoplewe are and that's what kind of
  • 00:54:09.996 --> 00:54:11.765
  • person you are.
  • 00:54:11.765 --> 00:54:13.867
  • You're not a bitter,angry person, right?
  • 00:54:13.867 --> 00:54:17.737
  • We're not gonna hold thesethings against people when we
  • 00:54:17.737 --> 00:54:20.974
  • disagree with them and when wethink they're bad.
  • 00:54:20.974 --> 00:54:23.543
  • We love people justas they are and help--
  • 00:54:23.543 --> 00:54:28.948
  • and we understandthe power of belonging.
  • 00:54:28.948 --> 00:54:32.919
  • Nothin' turns a heart likethe power of belonging.
  • 00:54:32.919 --> 00:54:36.189
  • Learn from the storyof Zacchaeus.
  • 00:54:36.189 --> 00:54:38.825
  • Pounding on the door and saying,"Zacchaeus, you jerk!
  • 00:54:38.825 --> 00:54:43.530
  • You robber!You low life!"
  • 00:54:43.530 --> 00:54:46.499
  • That will get you nowhere.We learn from the Lord.
  • 00:54:46.499 --> 00:54:49.869
  • We learn from the Lord that whenwe love people, we're also
  • 00:54:49.869 --> 00:54:53.773
  • understanding and rememberingthat he loved us even when we
  • 00:54:53.773 --> 00:54:56.910
  • didn't have it all together.
  • 00:54:56.910 --> 00:54:58.244
  • He loved us even when we weren'tright about everything.
  • 00:54:58.244 --> 00:55:00.980
  • And so friends, I want you tothink about that and I want you
  • 00:55:00.980 --> 00:55:03.650
  • to know you're doin' better thanyou thought.
  • 00:55:03.650 --> 00:55:06.052
  • And for those of you who feellike you're an untouchable,
  • 00:55:06.052 --> 00:55:08.855
  • maybe you're watching on TVright now.
  • 00:55:08.855 --> 00:55:11.124
  • Maybe you feel like, "I would--nobody would ever--"
  • 00:55:11.124 --> 00:55:14.027
  • I remember I had a friend once.
  • 00:55:14.027 --> 00:55:15.395
  • I invited him to church.
  • 00:55:15.395 --> 00:55:16.730
  • He said, "I can't cometo church.
  • 00:55:16.730 --> 00:55:18.064
  • My horns would getcaught on the door."
  • 00:55:18.064 --> 00:55:20.200
  • I know there are peoplethat feel that way.
  • 00:55:20.200 --> 00:55:21.935
  • I want you to know that that'sthe best kind of person
  • 00:55:21.935 --> 00:55:24.571
  • sometimes, that Jesus can usesomeone like you not only to
  • 00:55:24.571 --> 00:55:30.043
  • live a healthier life, but tochange the world.
  • 00:55:30.043 --> 00:55:33.012
  • And so I just wanna encourageyou that God loves you.
  • 00:55:33.012 --> 00:55:35.348
  • He does call us to be different.
  • 00:55:35.348 --> 00:55:36.716
  • He calls us to change ourbehavior.
  • 00:55:36.716 --> 00:55:38.084
  • He calls us to act differently.
  • 00:55:38.084 --> 00:55:39.919
  • And the end of the day, he lovesus before we behave, and he
  • 00:55:39.919 --> 00:55:42.355
  • loves us before we believe, andhe loves us before we become the
  • 00:55:42.355 --> 00:55:46.326
  • person he's called us to be.
  • 00:55:46.326 --> 00:55:49.496
  • Father, we love you,and we thank you for grace.
  • 00:55:49.496 --> 00:55:52.665
  • We pray for our country.
  • 00:55:52.665 --> 00:55:55.001
  • There's a lot of anger andfighting, a lot of confusion
  • 00:55:55.001 --> 00:55:58.938
  • and deception.
  • 00:55:58.938 --> 00:56:00.940
  • It comes from every side,in all directions.
  • 00:56:00.940 --> 00:56:06.413
  • We pray for our family membersand friends who disagree with us
  • 00:56:06.413 --> 00:56:10.583
  • on things.
  • 00:56:10.583 --> 00:56:11.918
  • And we thank you, God,that we have friends
  • 00:56:11.918 --> 00:56:13.987
  • and that we have family.
  • 00:56:13.987 --> 00:56:15.955
  • We pray for our neighbors andour competitors, and even
  • 00:56:15.955 --> 00:56:18.258
  • sometimes our enemies.
  • 00:56:18.258 --> 00:56:20.360
  • Thank you that our enemies canshow us what our friends can't
  • 00:56:20.360 --> 00:56:23.296
  • show us.
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  • And we pray that you bless themand we forgive them.
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  • And Lord, we ask in Jesus's namethat you'd forgive us in the
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  • same way we forgave them and tothe same degree that we
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  • forgive them.
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  • And we ask, Father, that youfill our hearts with compassion
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  • and mercy and kindnessand peace.
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  • And we ask it all in the verystrong name of Jesus, amen.
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