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Heart of A Servant Leader

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January 16, 2021
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  • ♪♪♪
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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 Schuller:And welcome visitorsand welcome church family.
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  • We are so happythat you're here.
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  • You know, the age of miracleshas not passed.
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  • God is still on the throne.
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  • Whatever impossible miracle youneed today is possible for God.
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  • You are so loved.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Amen, so much ofmiracles, too, is just believing
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  • something is possible and notkilling a miracle before it
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  • happens in your mindand your heart.
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  • So we're praying with all of youwho are going through a tough
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  • time and believing Godfor something that will--
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  • I'll just align my heart withyours, Hannah, and let's begin
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  • with a word of prayer.
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  • Father, we thank you so much foreverything you've given us, and
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  • we thank you, Lord, that you area God who loves us and you are a
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  • God who is at work in the world.
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  • You are a God who loves tosometimes break the rules of
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  • nature and help us.
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  • And so we just ask, God, inJesus's name for anybody who
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  • needs a miracle this morning orevening, wherever they are, that
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  • your Holy Spirit would do a goodwork in their body, in their
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  • mind, or in any other aspect oftheir life that we need
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  • your help.
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  • Father, more than anything, weask that you'd fill us with your
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  • Holy Spirit and help us to betrue disciples of you, Jesus.
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  • And it's in yourname we pray, amen.
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  • Haven Schuller: Amen.
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  • Turn to the personnext to you and say,
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  • "God loves you and so do I."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ God is our refugeand strength ♪
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  • Hannah Schuller: In preparationfor the message, Philippians
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  • 2:1, "Therefore, if you have anyencouragement from being united
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  • with Christ, if any comfort fromhis love, if any common sharing
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  • in the Spirit, if any tendernessand compassion, then make my joy
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  • complete by being likeminded andhaving the same love, being one
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  • in spirit and of one mind.
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  • Do nothing out of selfishambition or vain conceit.
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  • Rather, in humility value othersabove yourselves, not looking to
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  • your own interests, but each ofyou to the interests of others."
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  • Church family, God has called usto the heart of Jesus through
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  • his servant leadership, amen.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Comforterand Friend ♪
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  • ♪ how we needyour touch again ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Let your power fall ♪
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  • ♪ Let your voice be heard ♪
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  • ♪ Come and changeour hearts ♪
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  • ♪ as we standon your Word ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, Comforterand Friend ♪
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  • ♪ how we needyour touch again ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Let your power fall ♪
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  • ♪ Let your voice be heard ♪
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  • ♪ Come and changeour hearts ♪
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  • ♪ as we standon your Word ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit ♪
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  • ♪ Holy Spirit,rain down ♪
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  • ♪ rain down ♪
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  • ♪ Rain down,rain down ♪♪
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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,
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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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  • and great heights are reached.
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  • As we move boldlyinto our next 50 years,
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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: Zim Flores is anentrepreneur, podcast host,
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  • and author.
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  • She founded Travel Noire, a highend online travel company that
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  • reaches millions of travelersevery month.
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  • After selling Travel Noire in2017, she founded the website,
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  • Italicist, a platform that helpswomen shop for modest
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  • clothing online.
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  • By finding her true identity inChrist and pursuing what he has
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  • called her to do, she wasinspired to write her latest
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  • book, "Dare to Bloom: TrustingGod through Painful Endings and
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  • New Beginnings."
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  • In the book, she explains howthe Lord is the true holder of
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  • our identity in anycircumstance.
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  • Please welcome Zim Flores.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Zim, hi,welcome.
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  • Hey, for those who have notmaybe heard what I think is an
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  • amazing story, can you pleaseshare a little bit about your
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  • business, and your life,and sort of how you got
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  • to where you are?
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  • Zim Flores: Yeah, absolutely.
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  • So I grew up in a small townin Minnesota.
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  • There weren't very many kids wholooked like me, so I was forced
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  • to kind of thinkoutside the box.
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  • So my life very much revolvedaround being able to talk to
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  • different people from differentbackgrounds and move in between
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  • different circles, and so I wasalways feeling different.
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  • I was always this weird kid.
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  • Moved to North Carolina, cloneda gene when I was 19 years old,
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  • and so that kinda catapulted mein the biology world.
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  • I was a freshman in college andso it all started there.
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  • After I graduated college, Isold everything that I owned
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  • and I moved to India,and I worked there.
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  • And so my life has just beena series of these really
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  • interesting,beautiful experiences.
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  • And so when I started my travelcompany, it was in the summer of
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  • 2017 that I felt the Lordnudging me to give this thing
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  • up, this thing that I had verymuch tied to my own identity.
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  • And it was the most painfulexperience that I had ever kind
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  • of experienced in my life, butwhat I took away from that was
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  • that there are these beautifulthings that God has for us, but
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  • first we have to let go of whatwe're holding on to.
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  • And so that for me has been sucha beautiful lesson.
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  • So right now, my husband and I,we run six different businesses.
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  • We do a lot of reallyinteresting things, but all of
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  • that would not have beenpossible had I not leaned into
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  • what God was sayingand really obeyed him.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's awesome.
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  • For those who don't know, Imean, I feel like you're really
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  • well-known for this travelbusiness you started.
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  • And I think you sold it, right?
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  • And tell me a little bitabout that business.
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  • I mean, to me it seemslike a dream job.
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  • I mean, I'm living my dream job,but to have a travel blog
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  • or to be able to travel and tellpeople where to go, I mean,
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  • I think my wife and Iwould love that.
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  • That must have been tons of funfor you.
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  • Zim Flores: You know, it wasborn out of my own experience.
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  • When I was livingin India, I was--
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  • at the time, we wouldhave $8 flights
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  • from India to Malaysiato Cambodia,
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  • and so I was alwayshopping around.
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  • And so I wanted other people tohave that same kind of
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  • experience, so it really was adream job like you say, but my
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  • identity got lost in that.
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  • And I think that was one of thebiggest lessons.
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  • Or the biggest thing that I tookaway was that there is the
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  • thing-- there are the thingsthat we do, but who we are is
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  • not attached to what we do.
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  • Bobby Schuller: What do you meanyour identity was lost in that?
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  • What does that mean?
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  • Zim Flores: So I was knownas a travel girl, right?
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  • Everybody would come to me fortravel advice, and literally
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  • anything that had to do withtravel, people came to me.
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  • And it got to a point where Iwas like, you know, I don't want
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  • to be a travel girl anymore.
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  • I want to be God's girl.
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  • And so what does that look like?
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  • It means that I have to becomfortable with living a life
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  • of sacrifice, and not sacrificein the way where, like, life
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  • isn't abundantly joyful, becauseI believe that that's what God
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  • wants for us, but sacrificial inthat we know that whatever God
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  • calls us to give up, there issomething better on the other
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  • side of that.
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  • Bobby Schuller: Yeah,that's awesome.
  • 00:17:29.164 --> 00:17:30.499
  • Well, and that reallyleads you to your book.
  • 00:17:30.532 --> 00:17:31.834
  • I mean, it sounds like whatyou've really struck is a nice
  • 00:17:31.867 --> 00:17:34.269
  • balance because obviously youand your husband are doing well.
  • 00:17:34.303 --> 00:17:37.906
  • You said you have six companies.
  • 00:17:37.940 --> 00:17:39.274
  • I mean, obviously you believe inbuilding things.
  • 00:17:39.308 --> 00:17:41.977
  • You believe in having a bigvision.
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:43.879
  • But on the flip side of that isyou can get tied up in that and
  • 00:17:43.912 --> 00:17:47.950
  • there's nobody to celebrate withwhen you cross the line.
  • 00:17:47.983 --> 00:17:50.486
  • You have a sort of emptiness onthe inside, and so you really
  • 00:17:50.519 --> 00:17:54.456
  • want people to strike both thosethings, don't you, with the most
  • 00:17:54.490 --> 00:17:57.192
  • important thing being thatdiscipleship factor to the Lord.
  • 00:17:57.226 --> 00:18:00.863
  • So that leads us to your newbook called, "Dare to Bloom."
  • 00:18:00.896 --> 00:18:03.098
  • Tell us a little bit about whyyou-- why did you write this
  • 00:18:03.132 --> 00:18:04.867
  • book, and what are you hopingpeople take away from it?
  • 00:18:04.900 --> 00:18:08.370
  • Zim Flores: So I wrote the bookright after-- well, I wrote the
  • 00:18:08.403 --> 00:18:12.474
  • book after the period that I hadwhen I was dealing with the
  • 00:18:12.508 --> 00:18:17.045
  • company that purchasedTravel Noire.
  • 00:18:17.079 --> 00:18:19.281
  • So I sold Travel Noire inSeptember 2017 and I stayed on
  • 00:18:19.314 --> 00:18:23.919
  • with our acquiring company forabout 18 months.
  • 00:18:23.952 --> 00:18:26.588
  • And during that period of time,everything changed.
  • 00:18:26.622 --> 00:18:30.159
  • The company that I started wasno longer the company that I
  • 00:18:30.192 --> 00:18:32.861
  • knew once I left, and it washeartbreaking, right?
  • 00:18:32.895 --> 00:18:36.698
  • You have this thing you builtfrom the ground up and it's
  • 00:18:36.732 --> 00:18:39.034
  • somehow unrecognizable anymore.
  • 00:18:39.067 --> 00:18:41.870
  • It's just unrecognizable.
  • 00:18:41.904 --> 00:18:43.539
  • And so for me, I knew that therewere some lessons that God had
  • 00:18:43.572 --> 00:18:47.576
  • for me.
  • 00:18:47.609 --> 00:18:49.244
  • During the period of time whereI just wanted to leave, there
  • 00:18:49.278 --> 00:18:53.515
  • was a concept that I thoughtabout a lot called gutting
  • 00:18:53.549 --> 00:18:57.819
  • the fish.
  • 00:18:57.853 --> 00:18:59.154
  • And when we think about the bookof Jonah and how Jonah was
  • 00:18:59.188 --> 00:19:01.823
  • swallowed by a fish, he-- Icould imagine that Jonah perhaps
  • 00:19:01.857 --> 00:19:05.827
  • had a knife on him, and he had,like, a belt or something where
  • 00:19:05.861 --> 00:19:08.797
  • he could have gut his way out ofthe fish.
  • 00:19:08.830 --> 00:19:11.867
  • But the fish could've been 500feet below water, or 500 miles
  • 00:19:11.900 --> 00:19:14.970
  • from the shore.
  • 00:19:15.003 --> 00:19:16.305
  • If he would've cut himself outof the fish, he
  • 00:19:16.338 --> 00:19:17.673
  • could've drowned.
  • 00:19:17.706 --> 00:19:19.007
  • And so when I think about my ownlife and my own circumstance,
  • 00:19:19.041 --> 00:19:21.877
  • I could have said,"You know what, God?
  • 00:19:21.910 --> 00:19:23.946
  • I tap out.
  • 00:19:23.979 --> 00:19:25.280
  • Like, I just want to go back tomy normal life and do the
  • 00:19:25.314 --> 00:19:27.716
  • normal things."
  • 00:19:27.749 --> 00:19:29.051
  • But the Bible says that Jonahwas delivered unto dry land.
  • 00:19:29.084 --> 00:19:33.288
  • So that reminded me of how muchGod cares about where we
  • 00:19:33.322 --> 00:19:36.925
  • actually land.
  • 00:19:36.959 --> 00:19:38.293
  • If we just stay in the belly ofthe fish, or we stay where God
  • 00:19:38.327 --> 00:19:41.029
  • wants us to be, then he willalways deliver us unto dry land.
  • 00:19:41.063 --> 00:19:46.068
  • Bobby Schuller: That sounds likea good sermon.
  • 00:19:46.101 --> 00:19:47.402
  • We should have youcome preach sometime.
  • 00:19:47.436 --> 00:19:48.770
  • That's very, verysolid reflection.
  • 00:19:48.804 --> 00:19:50.405
  • I agree, and it's-- I think oneof the hard things is really
  • 00:19:50.439 --> 00:19:53.508
  • trying to sort out when,you know?
  • 00:19:53.542 --> 00:19:55.811
  • Because they're clearly aretimes when you're supposed to
  • 00:19:55.844 --> 00:19:58.814
  • wrap things up, but I guess whatyou're saying is God will show
  • 00:19:58.847 --> 00:20:01.183
  • it to you.
  • 00:20:01.216 --> 00:20:02.551
  • When the time comes,he'll make it plain.
  • 00:20:02.584 --> 00:20:03.885
  • And that's what I reallyappreciate about your voice
  • 00:20:03.919 --> 00:20:06.421
  • and your writing.
  • 00:20:06.455 --> 00:20:07.756
  • I think you're really justhelping people clearly
  • 00:20:07.789 --> 00:20:10.192
  • understand in these tough times.
  • 00:20:10.225 --> 00:20:11.627
  • Like with COVID and everything,it's like the idea of thriving.
  • 00:20:11.660 --> 00:20:15.397
  • Talk about good timing sellingyour travel business,
  • 00:20:15.430 --> 00:20:17.499
  • by the way.
  • 00:20:17.532 --> 00:20:18.867
  • I mean, with COVIDyou can't travel.
  • 00:20:18.900 --> 00:20:20.202
  • Zim Flores: Thank God.
  • 00:20:20.235 --> 00:20:22.271
  • I mean, it's really God'stiming, you know?
  • 00:20:22.304 --> 00:20:24.039
  • It's pretty great.
  • 00:20:24.072 --> 00:20:25.407
  • So, but I just want to say thankyou so much, Zim.
  • 00:20:25.440 --> 00:20:28.043
  • And if you want to knowmore about Zim,
  • 00:20:28.076 --> 00:20:31.113
  • you can check outher website, Zimism.
  • 00:20:31.146 --> 00:20:32.447
  • So Z-I-M-I-S-M dot com.
  • 00:20:32.481 --> 00:20:35.250
  • And get this new book,"Dare to Bloom."
  • 00:20:35.284 --> 00:20:37.586
  • I think it's really gonna havea big impact on your life,
  • 00:20:37.619 --> 00:20:39.621
  • especially when you go into thenew year really centered.
  • 00:20:39.655 --> 00:20:43.292
  • Like, maybe you're a go-getter,you like to build things,
  • 00:20:43.325 --> 00:20:45.460
  • but you really want to becentered in the Lord.
  • 00:20:45.494 --> 00:20:46.828
  • Check out this book.
  • 00:20:46.862 --> 00:20:48.163
  • It'll really help you walkthat balance well.
  • 00:20:48.196 --> 00:20:49.531
  • Zim, thank you so muchfor joining us today.
  • 00:20:49.564 --> 00:20:50.932
  • Zim Flores: Thank youfor having me.
  • 00:20:50.966 --> 00:20:53.669
  • Bobby Schuller:Thank you for joining us
  • 00:20:54.936 --> 00:20:56.238
  • on "Hour of Power" today.
  • 00:20:56.271 --> 00:20:57.773
  • We hope you've foundincredible hope
  • 00:20:57.806 --> 00:20:59.941
  • and inspirationfrom this program.
  • 00:20:59.975 --> 00:21:02.377
  • As we embrace the new year,Hannah and I want to say
  • 00:21:02.411 --> 00:21:05.314
  • thank you for your continuedgenerosity that carries us
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  • through every season.
  • 00:21:09.151 --> 00:21:10.919
  • Even in the faceof a global pandemic,
  • 00:21:10.952 --> 00:21:13.055
  • 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.
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:24.499
  • Hannah Schuller:Isaiah 40:31 says,
  • 00:21:24.533 --> 00:21:27.035
  • "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,
  • 00:21:46.188 --> 00:21:48.890
  • 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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  • your hands out like this as away of receiving from the Lord?
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  • We're gonna say this together.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • 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.
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  • It's who I am.No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.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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  • You know, I am an avidfan of history.
  • 00:24:50.939 --> 00:24:54.342
  • I love teaching the Bible,looking at it through the lens
  • 00:24:54.376 --> 00:24:57.712
  • of history because, well, theBible is written in a historic
  • 00:24:57.746 --> 00:25:01.449
  • language in a historic placefrom a historic people, and God
  • 00:25:01.483 --> 00:25:04.819
  • used them to bring his Word andhis revelation to us.
  • 00:25:04.853 --> 00:25:09.958
  • And so I always think tounderstand it rightly we have to
  • 00:25:09.991 --> 00:25:13.461
  • understand where it came from,and that's what we taught--
  • 00:25:13.495 --> 00:25:16.331
  • that that's what we're taughtin seminary too.
  • 00:25:16.364 --> 00:25:17.933
  • But when I study history, onething is that history just ruins
  • 00:25:17.966 --> 00:25:23.471
  • fiction for me, because some ofthese stories are incredible.
  • 00:25:23.505 --> 00:25:28.376
  • And when I read history andstudy it, I feel like I get in
  • 00:25:28.410 --> 00:25:33.281
  • some way the opportunity or weget the opportunity to see
  • 00:25:33.315 --> 00:25:37.752
  • things the way the Lord sees it,you know?
  • 00:25:37.786 --> 00:25:40.789
  • When God sees us, he sees uswithin this giant arc, this
  • 00:25:40.822 --> 00:25:48.196
  • elongated story that has beengoing on for a long time, will
  • 00:25:48.229 --> 00:25:52.601
  • go on for much longer hopefully,has a beginning and an end, and
  • 00:25:52.634 --> 00:25:57.105
  • he knows where we are in it.
  • 00:25:57.138 --> 00:25:58.473
  • But when you're in the story,it's so hard to know what's
  • 00:25:58.506 --> 00:26:02.444
  • gonna happen next.
  • 00:26:02.477 --> 00:26:03.778
  • So when you read something thathappened 2.000, 3.000, or even
  • 00:26:03.812 --> 00:26:07.515
  • 100 years ago, you always knowwhat's gonna come next and it's
  • 00:26:07.549 --> 00:26:12.287
  • always interesting to think,"Why did he do that?"
  • 00:26:12.320 --> 00:26:15.557
  • And yet you know if I was inthat position, I would do that,
  • 00:26:15.590 --> 00:26:18.026
  • you know?
  • 00:26:18.059 --> 00:26:19.361
  • And so you kinda see yourself onthe villain, you see yourself on
  • 00:26:19.394 --> 00:26:22.263
  • the hero, and so I love historyfor that because it helps me
  • 00:26:22.297 --> 00:26:28.203
  • sort of understand not onlyScripture, but understand myself
  • 00:26:28.236 --> 00:26:31.873
  • and understand we as a people.
  • 00:26:31.906 --> 00:26:34.576
  • Well, one of the things that Ifind super interesting as a fan
  • 00:26:34.609 --> 00:26:38.713
  • of history--
  • 00:26:38.747 --> 00:26:40.081
  • I'm no historian or whatever,but as a fan of history, I love
  • 00:26:40.115 --> 00:26:45.353
  • to hear revisions by certaingroups who benefit by doing so.
  • 00:26:45.387 --> 00:26:51.426
  • Today, I'm specifically talkingabout the so-called Blue Bloods.
  • 00:26:51.459 --> 00:26:56.498
  • That's a hard phrase to say,Blue Bloods.
  • 00:26:56.531 --> 00:26:59.434
  • You know, the aristocrats, thosewho say, you know, "I am a king,
  • 00:26:59.467 --> 00:27:03.838
  • or a queen, or whatever," andhave this very strict lineage
  • 00:27:03.872 --> 00:27:08.209
  • that sort of goes back,and a lot of pride
  • 00:27:08.243 --> 00:27:10.745
  • that is found in that.
  • 00:27:10.779 --> 00:27:12.747
  • And there's sort of a cleaningup of the historic line when, as
  • 00:27:12.781 --> 00:27:15.784
  • a fan of history with regularred blood, you know, you read
  • 00:27:15.817 --> 00:27:20.488
  • back and you're like, well, manyof these queens, we don't know
  • 00:27:20.522 --> 00:27:24.225
  • if their kids were actuallysired by their kings,
  • 00:27:24.259 --> 00:27:27.028
  • first of all.
  • 00:27:27.062 --> 00:27:28.563
  • But two, there was a lot of--what's another word
  • 00:27:28.596 --> 00:27:31.599
  • for inbreeding.
  • 00:27:31.633 --> 00:27:32.934
  • That sounds bad.
  • 00:27:32.967 --> 00:27:34.302
  • Whatever, inbreeding.
  • 00:27:34.335 --> 00:27:35.870
  • And there's all sorts of stufflike this, but most of all when
  • 00:27:35.904 --> 00:27:38.707
  • you look back, these people camefrom very often the same
  • 00:27:38.740 --> 00:27:44.846
  • barbarians you came from.
  • 00:27:44.879 --> 00:27:47.749
  • Recently, my sister overChristmas bought me a great
  • 00:27:47.782 --> 00:27:52.821
  • gift, and I didn't know thatthis was possible, but
  • 00:27:52.854 --> 00:27:55.957
  • apparently there's anorganization in Scotland that is
  • 00:27:55.990 --> 00:27:59.894
  • trying to save the Highlands inAberdeen-- parts of Aberdeen
  • 00:27:59.928 --> 00:28:04.466
  • from development.
  • 00:28:04.499 --> 00:28:05.934
  • I've never been to Scotland, sokeep in mind I don't really know
  • 00:28:05.967 --> 00:28:08.403
  • what I'm talking about, butbasically they're trying to keep
  • 00:28:08.436 --> 00:28:11.372
  • it from development, and one waythat they're doing that is
  • 00:28:11.406 --> 00:28:13.808
  • they're parceling out land thatcan never be developed because
  • 00:28:13.842 --> 00:28:18.213
  • it's only a square or 2 meters,maybe 8 feet or so in a square.
  • 00:28:18.246 --> 00:28:22.450
  • And then they're selling it toanyone who would buy it because
  • 00:28:22.484 --> 00:28:25.954
  • Scottish law says if you ownland in Scotland, you can be a
  • 00:28:25.987 --> 00:28:33.261
  • lord or a lady.
  • 00:28:33.294 --> 00:28:35.630
  • So my sister took advantage ofthis and Hannah and I have now
  • 00:28:35.663 --> 00:28:40.268
  • been proclaimed, according tothe laws of Scotland, Lord
  • 00:28:40.301 --> 00:28:43.972
  • Robert Vernon Schuller and LadyHannah Rose Schuller, which is
  • 00:28:44.005 --> 00:28:48.443
  • pretty serious.
  • 00:28:48.476 --> 00:28:49.811
  • So now you have to call me LordPastor when you see me.
  • 00:28:49.844 --> 00:28:53.715
  • And I had to really look it upand see, like, is this legit?
  • 00:28:53.748 --> 00:28:57.118
  • Is this law really in place?
  • 00:28:57.152 --> 00:28:59.521
  • And I found a news article from,of course, a British journalist
  • 00:28:59.554 --> 00:29:04.959
  • who seemed very annoyed thatthis was happening because it's
  • 00:29:04.993 --> 00:29:08.163
  • really messing things up,you know?
  • 00:29:08.196 --> 00:29:09.864
  • And it seems silly, and it issilly, of course, but-- and I
  • 00:29:09.898 --> 00:29:13.268
  • just want to say I'm sorry toall of my British, Canadian,
  • 00:29:13.301 --> 00:29:16.437
  • or others who are in theCommonwealth of the
  • 00:29:16.471 --> 00:29:18.439
  • United Kingdom.
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  • I mean, no offense at allto the Royal family
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  • or anything like that.
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  • They're wonderful.
  • 00:29:23.945 --> 00:29:25.246
  • They seem like wonderful people,but I think all of this is very
  • 00:29:25.280 --> 00:29:27.315
  • funny and silly.
  • 00:29:27.348 --> 00:29:28.683
  • And he was writing and saidabout this thing--
  • 00:29:28.716 --> 00:29:32.253
  • I had to google it.
  • 00:29:32.287 --> 00:29:33.955
  • Like, am I really a Lord?
  • 00:29:33.988 --> 00:29:35.290
  • Is Hannah really like a legitScottish Lady now?
  • 00:29:35.323 --> 00:29:37.025
  • And the answer is kinda.
  • 00:29:37.058 --> 00:29:40.195
  • Kinda.
  • 00:29:40.228 --> 00:29:41.529
  • He said yes, you can put yourname on-- you know, "Lord"
  • 00:29:41.563 --> 00:29:46.601
  • on your credit card, which I'mtotally gonna do now.
  • 00:29:46.634 --> 00:29:49.971
  • I didn't even knowyou could do that.
  • 00:29:50.004 --> 00:29:51.506
  • I was like, "Oh yeah, 'LordRobert Schuller' on my Visa."
  • 00:29:51.539 --> 00:29:57.779
  • He said yes, you can use it toget a better table when you make
  • 00:29:57.812 --> 00:30:00.915
  • a reservation.
  • 00:30:00.949 --> 00:30:02.383
  • So technically you can use thetitle, but then, and I picture
  • 00:30:02.417 --> 00:30:06.154
  • it in this voice, "But what doesit truly mean?
  • 00:30:06.187 --> 00:30:10.825
  • It means that you are a weirdfraud with ideas far above
  • 00:30:10.859 --> 00:30:15.930
  • your station."
  • 00:30:15.964 --> 00:30:18.800
  • I hear it in that voice, maybepicture a monocle*.
  • 00:30:18.833 --> 00:30:21.269
  • "Far above your station."
  • 00:30:21.302 --> 00:30:23.638
  • That phrase, as an American, youknow, who, you know, we were
  • 00:30:23.671 --> 00:30:28.977
  • like, "Death to King George.
  • 00:30:29.010 --> 00:30:30.979
  • Down with the--"
  • 00:30:31.012 --> 00:30:32.780
  • As an American, justgrinded my gears so much
  • 00:30:32.814 --> 00:30:36.517
  • that I cannot wait to putthat "Lord Robert Schuller"
  • 00:30:36.551 --> 00:30:42.123
  • behind my desk in my office.
  • 00:30:42.156 --> 00:30:45.059
  • No, but all of this to simplysay that in the aristocracy and
  • 00:30:45.093 --> 00:30:50.465
  • aristocracies of Europe, all ofthese families, especially in
  • 00:30:50.498 --> 00:30:56.371
  • the northern parts of Europe,most of them all go back to the
  • 00:30:56.404 --> 00:31:00.875
  • Franks and they all go back topeople like this guy, Clovis I,
  • 00:31:00.909 --> 00:31:07.682
  • who was the founder of theMerovingian Dynasty.
  • 00:31:07.715 --> 00:31:11.819
  • Now, when this painting was madeprobably hundreds of years after
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  • King Clovis of the Franks, theydefinitely cleaned this guy up.
  • 00:31:15.223 --> 00:31:19.394
  • The Franks and the Germans ingeneral in those days were like
  • 00:31:19.427 --> 00:31:24.532
  • an outlaw biker gang.
  • 00:31:24.565 --> 00:31:26.467
  • Picture that.
  • 00:31:26.501 --> 00:31:27.802
  • I mean, just picture a 5thcentury outlaw biker gang and
  • 00:31:27.835 --> 00:31:31.739
  • you are seeing the Queen'sgreat-great-great-great-grandpa.
  • 00:31:31.773 --> 00:31:35.443
  • They're called the Franks afterthe axe he's holding in his
  • 00:31:35.476 --> 00:31:39.180
  • right hand called a franca.
  • 00:31:39.213 --> 00:31:41.416
  • It's a type of skull-splittingaxe that you throw at people.
  • 00:31:41.449 --> 00:31:45.386
  • And they-- you know, if you wereto see the real King Clovis walk
  • 00:31:45.420 --> 00:31:49.190
  • in here, he'd be covered intattoos.
  • 00:31:49.223 --> 00:31:51.960
  • He'd have wraps around his armsof this thing.
  • 00:31:51.993 --> 00:31:54.195
  • He'd have mud and grease in hishair or his-- he might have been
  • 00:31:54.228 --> 00:31:58.032
  • shaved up to the crown of hishead and then had a long hair
  • 00:31:58.066 --> 00:32:01.369
  • turned into, like, a ponytail,which then he would wrap around
  • 00:32:01.402 --> 00:32:04.439
  • his head.
  • 00:32:04.472 --> 00:32:05.773
  • He would've looked like a legitBarbarian.
  • 00:32:05.807 --> 00:32:09.410
  • The only reason I say all ofthis is because these kings who
  • 00:32:09.444 --> 00:32:14.382
  • come from people, like evenCharlemagne, and Pepin the
  • 00:32:14.415 --> 00:32:17.785
  • Short, and others like that,these were just really
  • 00:32:17.819 --> 00:32:22.390
  • good gangsters.
  • 00:32:22.423 --> 00:32:25.860
  • There's no such thingas blue blood.
  • 00:32:25.893 --> 00:32:29.464
  • And when a king dies, he bleedsred like the rest of us.
  • 00:32:29.497 --> 00:32:34.102
  • All of this to simply say youare a daughter of the King
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  • of kings.
  • 00:32:39.974 --> 00:32:41.275
  • You are the son ofthe King of kings.
  • 00:32:41.309 --> 00:32:44.645
  • These other kings don't make youmore or less fit for anything.
  • 00:32:44.679 --> 00:32:52.787
  • And believe it or not, in thestory we're gonna read today,
  • 00:32:52.820 --> 00:32:54.822
  • all of this is relevant.
  • 00:32:54.856 --> 00:32:57.291
  • When we are the children of theKing of kings, we are not to
  • 00:32:57.325 --> 00:33:03.264
  • look for glory, office,prestige.
  • 00:33:03.297 --> 00:33:09.604
  • And though I have mycertificate, at the end of the
  • 00:33:09.637 --> 00:33:12.373
  • day, it's for fun and it's in away to make fun of these things
  • 00:33:12.407 --> 00:33:16.177
  • because I believe though officesare are important, when we find
  • 00:33:16.210 --> 00:33:21.282
  • our identity in our offices asleaders, it begins to erode our
  • 00:33:21.315 --> 00:33:27.255
  • ability to lead, as crazy asthat sounds.
  • 00:33:27.288 --> 00:33:30.925
  • Today, we're gonna talk about,"Lead like Jesus," which is an
  • 00:33:30.958 --> 00:33:35.563
  • actual seminar that is taughtall around the world.
  • 00:33:35.596 --> 00:33:39.700
  • It was done by Blanchard andHodges.
  • 00:33:39.734 --> 00:33:41.335
  • It's a wonderful seminar and wedo it internally for our staff
  • 00:33:41.369 --> 00:33:44.639
  • and volunteers, but I reallythink it's important to teach
  • 00:33:44.672 --> 00:33:48.876
  • throughout the whole churchand on "Hour of Power"
  • 00:33:48.910 --> 00:33:53.214
  • because at the end of the day,you are a leader.
  • 00:33:53.247 --> 00:33:57.218
  • You're a leader.
  • 00:33:57.251 --> 00:33:59.253
  • Now, a leader, I define asanyone who wants to impute
  • 00:33:59.287 --> 00:34:03.624
  • influence on the waysomething is going.
  • 00:34:03.658 --> 00:34:06.627
  • You might think, "Bobby, I'm notmuch of a leader at all," but if
  • 00:34:06.661 --> 00:34:09.530
  • you're a parent, you're leadingyour children.
  • 00:34:09.564 --> 00:34:12.033
  • If you're trying to influenceyour spouse, you're leading
  • 00:34:12.066 --> 00:34:14.735
  • your spouse.
  • 00:34:14.769 --> 00:34:16.104
  • If you're in a team meeting atwork and you say or do something
  • 00:34:16.137 --> 00:34:20.208
  • in that meeting, you are a partof the leadership of
  • 00:34:20.241 --> 00:34:23.611
  • that meeting.
  • 00:34:23.644 --> 00:34:25.480
  • In church, when you go outsideand talk to people, if you give
  • 00:34:25.513 --> 00:34:28.716
  • someone advice or you offer todo something for someone, you're
  • 00:34:28.749 --> 00:34:32.286
  • leading them.
  • 00:34:32.320 --> 00:34:33.621
  • So I want to begin with the ideaof admitting that all of us are
  • 00:34:33.654 --> 00:34:37.959
  • leading, but not all of us areleading well, and that we need
  • 00:34:37.992 --> 00:34:42.263
  • to take responsibilityfor leading.
  • 00:34:42.296 --> 00:34:45.533
  • Sometimes we need to step outand lead more, but most of all
  • 00:34:45.566 --> 00:34:49.604
  • when we lead, we need to leadfrom a place of discipleship.
  • 00:34:49.637 --> 00:34:53.808
  • We need to lead like Jesus.
  • 00:34:53.841 --> 00:34:56.110
  • And although I'm gonna followthe ethos of the "Lead like
  • 00:34:56.144 --> 00:34:59.113
  • Jesus" seminar, I'm gonna, like,de-Microsoft it a little bit.
  • 00:34:59.147 --> 00:35:01.949
  • You know I mean by that?
  • 00:35:01.983 --> 00:35:03.284
  • It's a little bit likecorporate language, which I
  • 00:35:03.317 --> 00:35:05.386
  • don't love.
  • 00:35:05.419 --> 00:35:06.754
  • I like historic and theologicallanguage, and so I'm gonna dial
  • 00:35:06.787 --> 00:35:10.458
  • back some of the language, butI'm not gonna veer at all from
  • 00:35:10.491 --> 00:35:14.562
  • the actual message.
  • 00:35:14.595 --> 00:35:15.930
  • In the next four weeks, we'regonna talk about the heart of
  • 00:35:15.963 --> 00:35:18.499
  • Jesus, the head of Jesus, thehands of Jesus, and the habits
  • 00:35:18.533 --> 00:35:23.204
  • of Jesus.
  • 00:35:23.237 --> 00:35:24.572
  • And so today, we'll be talkingabout the heart of Jesus.
  • 00:35:24.605 --> 00:35:27.408
  • And the heart of Jesus is thatthe last will be first and the
  • 00:35:27.441 --> 00:35:30.978
  • first will be last.
  • 00:35:31.012 --> 00:35:32.580
  • As disciples of Jesus andChristians in general, we are
  • 00:35:32.613 --> 00:35:37.351
  • called not to look first at theoutside results, but to first
  • 00:35:37.385 --> 00:35:42.390
  • look at the heart, at the will.
  • 00:35:42.423 --> 00:35:45.059
  • What is it I desire?
  • 00:35:45.092 --> 00:35:47.895
  • What is it I'm moving towards?
  • 00:35:47.929 --> 00:35:50.531
  • What is it I care most about?
  • 00:35:50.565 --> 00:35:53.301
  • Jesus, when he teaches morals,he always begins with what's
  • 00:35:53.334 --> 00:35:57.838
  • happening on the inside, in theinvisible parts, the stuff that
  • 00:35:57.872 --> 00:36:02.443
  • nobody else sees, the stuff thatonly you can see when you stare
  • 00:36:02.476 --> 00:36:06.781
  • at yourself in the mirror, whichI did the other day with my
  • 00:36:06.814 --> 00:36:10.351
  • certificate and went, "Bobby,you are Lord Bobby."
  • 00:36:10.384 --> 00:36:13.854
  • That sounds hilarious,Lord Bobby.
  • 00:36:13.888 --> 00:36:15.556
  • That's enough of that.
  • 00:36:15.590 --> 00:36:16.924
  • Anyway, but no, at the end ofthe day, Christ cares the most
  • 00:36:16.958 --> 00:36:20.061
  • about what's happeningin our hearts.
  • 00:36:20.094 --> 00:36:22.763
  • It's an inside-outtransformation.
  • 00:36:22.797 --> 00:36:24.565
  • We change what's going on herebefore we change what's going on
  • 00:36:24.599 --> 00:36:27.668
  • out there.
  • 00:36:27.702 --> 00:36:29.003
  • So this idea that the Europeanmedieval kings and queens took
  • 00:36:29.036 --> 00:36:33.641
  • in terms of aristocracy and allof these things were effectively
  • 00:36:33.674 --> 00:36:38.713
  • inherited by the Roman Empire.
  • 00:36:38.746 --> 00:36:42.083
  • And of course, the Romansweren't the first to do it
  • 00:36:42.116 --> 00:36:43.818
  • either, but by the time we gotto Jesus's day, there was
  • 00:36:43.851 --> 00:36:47.154
  • definitely a hierarchy in place.
  • 00:36:47.188 --> 00:36:49.724
  • It's interesting when you lookat the Roman Empire that this
  • 00:36:49.757 --> 00:36:52.793
  • one little town that became abig town, that became a city in
  • 00:36:52.827 --> 00:36:57.665
  • the middle of central Italy,swallowed up the whole
  • 00:36:57.698 --> 00:37:01.302
  • known world.
  • 00:37:01.335 --> 00:37:02.637
  • It's incredible the way thatthey did this.
  • 00:37:02.670 --> 00:37:05.406
  • In Italy, the Roman Conquestreally began as, like,
  • 00:37:05.439 --> 00:37:10.511
  • safety measures.
  • 00:37:10.544 --> 00:37:11.846
  • They kept getting attacked bytheir neighbors, so they would
  • 00:37:11.879 --> 00:37:14.582
  • adapt, and change, and conquertheir neighbors so they would
  • 00:37:14.615 --> 00:37:18.052
  • just be left alone.
  • 00:37:18.085 --> 00:37:19.754
  • And this began a process ofongoing, never-ending conquest
  • 00:37:19.787 --> 00:37:25.593
  • by the Republic.
  • 00:37:25.626 --> 00:37:26.927
  • This, paired with an ethos of aneed for fame and glory, caused
  • 00:37:26.961 --> 00:37:30.765
  • many soldiers and generals torise up and want to
  • 00:37:30.798 --> 00:37:33.034
  • conquer more.
  • 00:37:33.067 --> 00:37:34.368
  • Early on in the Roman Republic,all the soldiers were land
  • 00:37:34.402 --> 00:37:37.371
  • owners, but as the Republic grewand grew and eventually became
  • 00:37:37.405 --> 00:37:41.776
  • an empire with an emperor, witha Caesar, soldiers now could be
  • 00:37:41.809 --> 00:37:46.681
  • from anywhere.
  • 00:37:46.714 --> 00:37:48.249
  • And the population, and itsaristocracy, and its caste
  • 00:37:48.282 --> 00:37:51.852
  • system were changingdramatically over the years,
  • 00:37:51.886 --> 00:37:55.690
  • where now you had a very clearsystem that looked a bit
  • 00:37:55.723 --> 00:37:59.327
  • like this.
  • 00:37:59.360 --> 00:38:00.695
  • I think we have a pyramid herewhere you have this guy here.
  • 00:38:00.728 --> 00:38:05.900
  • Of course at the top is Caesar,and then you have the Patricians
  • 00:38:05.933 --> 00:38:08.969
  • and the senators.
  • 00:38:09.003 --> 00:38:10.304
  • Those are the old aristocracy,the old families that go way
  • 00:38:10.338 --> 00:38:13.607
  • back in Rome.
  • 00:38:13.641 --> 00:38:14.942
  • The equestrians,which are like knights.
  • 00:38:14.975 --> 00:38:16.344
  • Plebeians, which isthe everyday guy.
  • 00:38:16.377 --> 00:38:18.512
  • Freemans and soldiers.
  • 00:38:18.546 --> 00:38:19.880
  • The freemans are slaves thathad been freed.
  • 00:38:19.914 --> 00:38:21.816
  • And finally, the very lowest ofthe low, slaves.
  • 00:38:21.849 --> 00:38:25.653
  • And if you were to go in Jesus'sday into the Roman Empire, you
  • 00:38:25.686 --> 00:38:28.789
  • would see slaves everywhere fromeverywhere.
  • 00:38:28.823 --> 00:38:33.661
  • So the Romans-- you know, whenwe study American slavery or
  • 00:38:33.694 --> 00:38:36.931
  • European slavery in the earlyEnlightenment, late medieval
  • 00:38:36.964 --> 00:38:40.434
  • eras, predominantly most slaveswere taken from--
  • 00:38:40.468 --> 00:38:44.972
  • as indigenous peoplesor especially from Africa.
  • 00:38:45.005 --> 00:38:47.742
  • And and in those days, though,Romans didn't care.
  • 00:38:47.775 --> 00:38:50.611
  • They enslaved everybody.
  • 00:38:50.644 --> 00:38:51.946
  • Anybody they conqueredcould be a slave.
  • 00:38:51.979 --> 00:38:54.181
  • Women, children.
  • 00:38:54.215 --> 00:38:55.683
  • Many of those slaveswere actually--
  • 00:38:55.716 --> 00:38:58.152
  • were white, so like, if Iwould have been, you know--
  • 00:38:58.185 --> 00:39:01.956
  • if you were to take meand throw me in the Empire,
  • 00:39:01.989 --> 00:39:04.325
  • a 6' 3" half-Dutch, half-Irishwhatever guy,
  • 00:39:04.358 --> 00:39:08.462
  • I would be, you know, inthose days, a Celt, or I would
  • 00:39:08.496 --> 00:39:12.333
  • be from Gaul, or something likethat, or German, and I would
  • 00:39:12.366 --> 00:39:16.871
  • be paraded.
  • 00:39:16.904 --> 00:39:18.239
  • You'd see me walkin' around inthe Middle East around people
  • 00:39:18.272 --> 00:39:20.841
  • whose average height was about 5feet tall, and I would have a
  • 00:39:20.875 --> 00:39:23.711
  • long mustache going down likethis, and long hair, and I would
  • 00:39:23.744 --> 00:39:27.448
  • have my tattoos, you know.
  • 00:39:27.481 --> 00:39:28.916
  • And I'd probably be a soldier,or a worker, or something like
  • 00:39:28.949 --> 00:39:31.919
  • that, but I would be a slave.
  • 00:39:31.952 --> 00:39:33.854
  • And in those days, there wasnothing lower than a slave.
  • 00:39:33.888 --> 00:39:37.425
  • A slave was property, valuableproperty, but at the end of the
  • 00:39:37.458 --> 00:39:41.562
  • day, was property.
  • 00:39:41.595 --> 00:39:43.731
  • And so what you had in the RomanEmpire in those days was a huge
  • 00:39:43.764 --> 00:39:47.568
  • swath of the population thatcould be used, exploited
  • 00:39:47.601 --> 00:39:52.072
  • for anything.
  • 00:39:52.106 --> 00:39:53.741
  • Many of the children and most ofthe slaves who were women were
  • 00:39:53.774 --> 00:39:58.379
  • sexually exploited,among other things.
  • 00:39:58.412 --> 00:40:01.348
  • Horrible.
  • 00:40:01.382 --> 00:40:02.983
  • And this of course existsin Jesus's day.
  • 00:40:03.017 --> 00:40:06.020
  • This hierarchy is in place.
  • 00:40:06.053 --> 00:40:08.756
  • And while this is happening,Jesus is preaching about this
  • 00:40:08.789 --> 00:40:14.028
  • thing that he talks aboutconstantly, I think it's in
  • 00:40:14.061 --> 00:40:17.331
  • every chapter of the gospels,called the kingdom of God or the
  • 00:40:17.364 --> 00:40:21.302
  • kingdom of heaven.
  • 00:40:21.335 --> 00:40:22.903
  • And no matter how much Jesususes parables and tries to
  • 00:40:22.937 --> 00:40:26.240
  • explain to his disciples thatthe kingdom of God is something
  • 00:40:26.273 --> 00:40:30.978
  • that comes from the inside out,that the kingdom of God is God's
  • 00:40:31.011 --> 00:40:35.382
  • influence happening whereverit's happening, they are hearing
  • 00:40:35.416 --> 00:40:39.320
  • an actual government.
  • 00:40:39.353 --> 00:40:41.856
  • His disciples for sure arehearing what would sound like
  • 00:40:41.889 --> 00:40:45.593
  • today a small room in a barsomewhere in some block of
  • 00:40:45.626 --> 00:40:50.531
  • Europe, a group of Communiststalking about overthrowing the
  • 00:40:50.564 --> 00:40:53.400
  • government and who's gonna dowhat when the
  • 00:40:53.434 --> 00:40:56.203
  • revolution happens.
  • 00:40:56.237 --> 00:40:58.172
  • In the wake of the Hasmoneanreign, for sure, Jesus's
  • 00:40:58.205 --> 00:41:02.610
  • disciples think he's going to bea literal king in a room in
  • 00:41:02.643 --> 00:41:08.115
  • Jerusalem and he's going toreign over a kingdom that's
  • 00:41:08.148 --> 00:41:11.619
  • gonna conquer not only Rome,but the whole world.
  • 00:41:11.652 --> 00:41:14.522
  • We see this everywhere, butthere's this funny story where
  • 00:41:14.555 --> 00:41:18.592
  • this the sons of Zebedee,their mother--
  • 00:41:18.626 --> 00:41:21.829
  • it sounds like somethingmy mom would do.
  • 00:41:21.862 --> 00:41:24.365
  • Their mother goes to Jesus andsays to him, "Jesus.
  • 00:41:24.398 --> 00:41:30.638
  • Hey, Jesus.
  • 00:41:30.671 --> 00:41:31.972
  • Hey, when you come into yourkingdom, make my sons sit
  • 00:41:32.006 --> 00:41:36.877
  • at your right handand your left hand."
  • 00:41:36.911 --> 00:41:40.014
  • You know whatshe means by that?
  • 00:41:40.047 --> 00:41:41.382
  • She doesn't mean, "When you goto heaven, let them in heaven
  • 00:41:41.415 --> 00:41:43.551
  • and sit at your right hand."
  • 00:41:43.584 --> 00:41:44.919
  • No, she's saying, "Let them bethe number two guy with power in
  • 00:41:44.952 --> 00:41:49.423
  • your new Jesus theocracy andyour new Jesus government."
  • 00:41:49.456 --> 00:41:53.027
  • And the other disciples getsuper upset by this.
  • 00:41:53.060 --> 00:41:57.298
  • Why?
  • 00:41:57.331 --> 00:41:58.632
  • Not because what she's doing istotally against what Jesus is
  • 00:41:58.666 --> 00:42:01.302
  • preaching, but becausethey want that job.
  • 00:42:01.335 --> 00:42:04.838
  • I want to be at the top.
  • 00:42:04.872 --> 00:42:06.373
  • I've done most ofthe work for you, Lord.
  • 00:42:06.407 --> 00:42:08.242
  • Let me sit at the right.
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  • Let me do the works.
  • 00:42:09.643 --> 00:42:10.945
  • Let me be governor, lord,whatever it is, so-and-so
  • 00:42:10.978 --> 00:42:15.249
  • in your--
  • 00:42:15.282 --> 00:42:16.584
  • Haven't I been faithful?
  • 00:42:16.617 --> 00:42:17.952
  • And you see all of this.
  • 00:42:17.985 --> 00:42:19.286
  • They're arguing and they'refighting, and finally Jesus
  • 00:42:19.320 --> 00:42:21.221
  • interrupts them and he says thisfrom Matthew chapter 20,
  • 00:42:21.255 --> 00:42:24.992
  • verse 25.
  • 00:42:25.025 --> 00:42:26.327
  • It says, "Jesus called themtogether and said, 'You know
  • 00:42:26.360 --> 00:42:29.396
  • that the rulers of the Gentileslord it over them,'" meaning
  • 00:42:29.430 --> 00:42:33.634
  • they dominate them, "and theirhigh officials exercise
  • 00:42:33.667 --> 00:42:37.938
  • authority over them.
  • 00:42:37.972 --> 00:42:40.007
  • Not so with you."
  • 00:42:40.040 --> 00:42:42.543
  • See, Jesus usually is teachingin parables and stuff, but here
  • 00:42:42.576 --> 00:42:45.879
  • he's like, "I'm done with this.
  • 00:42:45.913 --> 00:42:47.247
  • I'm just makingthis plain to you."
  • 00:42:47.281 --> 00:42:48.582
  • "Not so with you.
  • 00:42:48.616 --> 00:42:49.950
  • Whoever wants to become greatamong you must be your servant
  • 00:42:49.984 --> 00:42:57.591
  • and whoever wants to be firstamong you," and here comes this
  • 00:42:57.625 --> 00:43:01.061
  • very weighty, political word.
  • 00:43:01.095 --> 00:43:02.563
  • Remember, he's-- this is a partof the social class.
  • 00:43:02.596 --> 00:43:05.399
  • "Whoever wants to be first,whoever wants to be at the top,
  • 00:43:05.432 --> 00:43:08.669
  • must be your slave, just as theSon of Man did not come to be
  • 00:43:08.702 --> 00:43:15.709
  • served but to serve and to givehis life as a ransom for many."
  • 00:43:15.743 --> 00:43:21.448
  • Can you bring that pyramid upagain real quick?
  • 00:43:21.482 --> 00:43:24.418
  • Jesus is saying--okay, they're probably here.
  • 00:43:24.451 --> 00:43:26.687
  • They're Plebs, right?
  • 00:43:26.720 --> 00:43:28.022
  • They're everyday workers,fishermen, carpenters,
  • 00:43:28.055 --> 00:43:29.790
  • construction workers.
  • 00:43:29.823 --> 00:43:31.125
  • Today, you might say they'rehere and they want to be like--
  • 00:43:31.158 --> 00:43:34.261
  • Jesus is going to be up here.
  • 00:43:34.294 --> 00:43:35.596
  • They want to be these guys.
  • 00:43:35.629 --> 00:43:36.997
  • They wanna be, like-- 'cause allthat work, all that effort,
  • 00:43:37.031 --> 00:43:39.933
  • they're gonna be fighting.
  • 00:43:39.967 --> 00:43:41.268
  • They wanna be up here.
  • 00:43:41.301 --> 00:43:42.603
  • And Jesus says, "No, no, no.
  • 00:43:42.636 --> 00:43:43.971
  • If you want to be like me andyou think it's up here, you need
  • 00:43:44.004 --> 00:43:47.641
  • to move from here to down here."
  • 00:43:47.675 --> 00:43:50.110
  • You need to move from middleclass to the most disgraced,
  • 00:43:50.144 --> 00:43:55.949
  • unliked, un-aristocraticgroup there is.
  • 00:43:55.983 --> 00:43:59.720
  • You need to be like a slave.
  • 00:43:59.753 --> 00:44:01.755
  • You need-- basically he's sayingyou need to let go of your ego,
  • 00:44:01.789 --> 00:44:08.295
  • your desire for glory, andrecognition, and power.
  • 00:44:08.328 --> 00:44:14.034
  • If you want to lead like Jesus,you can lead, but you have to
  • 00:44:14.068 --> 00:44:18.405
  • let go of this need to befamous, this need to be a big
  • 00:44:18.439 --> 00:44:24.845
  • deal, this need to be thankedall the time.
  • 00:44:24.878 --> 00:44:28.816
  • And although all of those thingscan be enjoyable, at the end of
  • 00:44:28.849 --> 00:44:32.519
  • the day, if you want to leadlike Jesus, you need to become
  • 00:44:32.553 --> 00:44:35.456
  • like the least of these, not thegreatest of these.
  • 00:44:35.489 --> 00:44:39.693
  • This is constantly in Jesus'steaching.
  • 00:44:39.727 --> 00:44:41.361
  • We're gonna talk more and moreabout it, but it's not--
  • 00:44:41.395 --> 00:44:43.964
  • it's totally inescapable that tolead like Christ means to serve.
  • 00:44:43.997 --> 00:44:50.070
  • It means you let go of your ego.
  • 00:44:50.104 --> 00:44:51.972
  • The "Lead like Jesus" seminarsays "EGO" is an acronym for
  • 00:44:52.005 --> 00:44:55.843
  • "Edging God Out."
  • 00:44:55.876 --> 00:44:57.411
  • The more my ego grows, the moreI push out my real calling, the
  • 00:44:57.444 --> 00:45:01.815
  • more I push out God'sleadership, the more I push out
  • 00:45:01.849 --> 00:45:04.852
  • the ultimate call of whyI'm here and what
  • 00:45:04.885 --> 00:45:08.055
  • I'm supposed to do.
  • 00:45:08.088 --> 00:45:09.423
  • And I would add to that, thesadder you'll get; that even
  • 00:45:09.456 --> 00:45:11.625
  • if you succeed in all of that,the more empty you'll feel,
  • 00:45:11.658 --> 00:45:14.495
  • the more you'll feel likeyou need another--
  • 00:45:14.528 --> 00:45:16.864
  • and at the end of the day,we need that.
  • 00:45:16.897 --> 00:45:19.066
  • We need to be where Christ is.
  • 00:45:19.099 --> 00:45:21.502
  • To double down on this, there'sanother story and you've
  • 00:45:21.535 --> 00:45:24.204
  • probably-- if you've gone tochurch at all in your life, you
  • 00:45:24.238 --> 00:45:26.073
  • for sure heard at least onesermon on this.
  • 00:45:26.106 --> 00:45:27.741
  • And that's probably better thananything I would preach, but
  • 00:45:27.775 --> 00:45:29.810
  • there's this story about whenJesus washes the feet of
  • 00:45:29.843 --> 00:45:32.780
  • the disciples.
  • 00:45:32.813 --> 00:45:34.815
  • And John the Evangelist goes along way to show you that Jesus
  • 00:45:34.848 --> 00:45:39.019
  • dresses like a slave.
  • 00:45:39.052 --> 00:45:40.821
  • It's interesting because Jesusdid have this tunic that doesn't
  • 00:45:40.854 --> 00:45:44.057
  • have a seam in it, which in hisday would have been
  • 00:45:44.091 --> 00:45:46.360
  • very expensive.
  • 00:45:46.393 --> 00:45:47.694
  • There's no explanationabout how he got it.
  • 00:45:47.728 --> 00:45:49.062
  • It would have been super rareand very difficult to make, but
  • 00:45:49.096 --> 00:45:51.532
  • basically an artisan tailorwould have measured your body
  • 00:45:51.565 --> 00:45:54.468
  • and made the whole thing andweaved it so that it would slip
  • 00:45:54.501 --> 00:45:58.705
  • over your head and it would fityou perfectly with no
  • 00:45:58.739 --> 00:46:02.242
  • seams anywhere.
  • 00:46:02.276 --> 00:46:03.677
  • So he had one of those, and heremoved that.
  • 00:46:03.710 --> 00:46:06.013
  • He removed that wealthy piece ofclothing.
  • 00:46:06.046 --> 00:46:09.116
  • He removed whatever rabbinic andOrthodox Jewish accoutrement he
  • 00:46:09.149 --> 00:46:13.754
  • might have been wearing and heput on the sash of a slave and
  • 00:46:13.787 --> 00:46:19.159
  • began to do one of the mostembarrassing things a slave
  • 00:46:19.193 --> 00:46:23.630
  • can do.
  • 00:46:23.664 --> 00:46:24.998
  • He began to wash the feet, washthe mud and animal stuff off of
  • 00:46:25.032 --> 00:46:30.370
  • the feet of his disciples,which would've been filthy.
  • 00:46:30.404 --> 00:46:33.674
  • And not only filthy,it's humiliating.
  • 00:46:33.707 --> 00:46:35.275
  • It's humiliating.
  • 00:46:35.309 --> 00:46:37.311
  • And he didn't care.
  • 00:46:37.344 --> 00:46:38.679
  • And he says when he finishesthis in John chapter 13, "You
  • 00:46:38.712 --> 00:46:43.250
  • call me," we'll say "Rabbi" sothe context is right.
  • 00:46:43.283 --> 00:46:46.753
  • "You call me Rabbi and Lord,and rightly so,
  • 00:46:46.787 --> 00:46:50.858
  • for that is what I am.
  • 00:46:50.891 --> 00:46:53.293
  • Now that I, your Rabbi--
  • 00:46:53.327 --> 00:46:56.063
  • Now that I, your Lord and Rabbi,have washed your feet, you also
  • 00:46:56.096 --> 00:46:59.933
  • should wash one another's feet.
  • 00:46:59.967 --> 00:47:02.169
  • I have set you an example thatyou should do as I have done
  • 00:47:02.202 --> 00:47:05.939
  • for you.
  • 00:47:05.973 --> 00:47:07.274
  • Very truly I tell you, noservant is greater than his
  • 00:47:07.307 --> 00:47:11.044
  • master, nor is a messengergreater than the one who
  • 00:47:11.078 --> 00:47:15.015
  • sent him.
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  • Now that you know these things,you'll be totally blessed."
  • 00:47:16.450 --> 00:47:19.820
  • I added "Totally blessed."
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  • You will be blessedif you do them.
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  • Blessed.
  • 00:47:23.523 --> 00:47:24.825
  • You want to be blessed?
  • 00:47:24.858 --> 00:47:26.193
  • You want to be a joyful person?
  • 00:47:26.226 --> 00:47:27.527
  • Then when we lead, theleadership should not come from
  • 00:47:27.561 --> 00:47:30.898
  • a place of self-aggrandizementand ego.
  • 00:47:30.931 --> 00:47:34.368
  • It should come from a desire toplease the Lord and to bless
  • 00:47:34.401 --> 00:47:38.105
  • other people, to be a servantleader, to lead with
  • 00:47:38.138 --> 00:47:40.941
  • Jesus's heart.
  • 00:47:40.974 --> 00:47:42.309
  • That's a heart of compassion,of joy, of love, not of
  • 00:47:42.342 --> 00:47:46.446
  • self-promotion, not of theseother things that we see so
  • 00:47:46.480 --> 00:47:50.450
  • often in leadership today.
  • 00:47:50.484 --> 00:47:53.153
  • So when you lead, and you dolead, lead with Jesus's heart.
  • 00:47:53.186 --> 00:47:58.725
  • We see all kinds of leaders inthe world today, but as leaders,
  • 00:47:58.759 --> 00:48:02.496
  • we ought to show what it meansto lead like Rabbi Jesus.
  • 00:48:02.529 --> 00:48:07.200
  • In your business meetings, or inpolitics, or wherever you look,
  • 00:48:07.234 --> 00:48:10.270
  • you're gonna find leaders thatare domineering.
  • 00:48:10.304 --> 00:48:13.440
  • You're gonna find leaders thatare cowards.
  • 00:48:13.473 --> 00:48:15.809
  • You're gonna find leaders thatare passive-aggressive.
  • 00:48:15.842 --> 00:48:18.512
  • You're gonna find leaders thatare leading from the shadows,
  • 00:48:18.545 --> 00:48:20.914
  • but they're still leading.
  • 00:48:20.948 --> 00:48:22.716
  • But not so with you.
  • 00:48:22.749 --> 00:48:24.785
  • You lead like Jesus, which isboth confidence and humility.
  • 00:48:24.818 --> 00:48:30.324
  • Not pride, not ego, not gettingyour feelings hurt all the time,
  • 00:48:30.357 --> 00:48:35.162
  • but leading from a place toserve others.
  • 00:48:35.195 --> 00:48:39.266
  • The "Lead like Jesus" groupcalls it a servant leader versus
  • 00:48:39.299 --> 00:48:42.936
  • a self-serving leader, oranother way of saying it is a
  • 00:48:42.970 --> 00:48:46.039
  • called leader versus a drivenleader.
  • 00:48:46.073 --> 00:48:49.276
  • And they think, and I agree withthem, that the-- really the only
  • 00:48:49.309 --> 00:48:52.412
  • difference between those twothings is who owns what's
  • 00:48:52.446 --> 00:48:56.683
  • being led.
  • 00:48:56.717 --> 00:48:58.285
  • You know, obviously as a pastorI need to know I don't own
  • 00:48:58.318 --> 00:49:02.723
  • this ministry.
  • 00:49:02.756 --> 00:49:04.191
  • That's easy for me becauseI didn't start this ministry.
  • 00:49:04.224 --> 00:49:06.193
  • I inherited it.
  • 00:49:06.226 --> 00:49:07.527
  • I'm a curator of it until itgoes to the next person who
  • 00:49:07.561 --> 00:49:09.529
  • leads after I'm here.
  • 00:49:09.563 --> 00:49:11.531
  • And it's not eventotally led by me.
  • 00:49:11.565 --> 00:49:13.333
  • It's also led by our-- I keepwanting to say classes, but this
  • 00:49:13.367 --> 00:49:18.171
  • is Presbyterian.
  • 00:49:18.205 --> 00:49:19.539
  • Our session, and that'simportant.
  • 00:49:19.573 --> 00:49:23.010
  • But all of us in leadership, wesee the responsibilities, or we
  • 00:49:23.043 --> 00:49:26.380
  • ought to see our responsibilitynot as something we own.
  • 00:49:26.413 --> 00:49:29.683
  • But if you're a driven leaderversus a called leader, it's
  • 00:49:29.716 --> 00:49:32.352
  • easy to see everything that I'mleading as mine, it's mine, and
  • 00:49:32.386 --> 00:49:38.258
  • to feel threatened and bothered.
  • 00:49:38.291 --> 00:49:40.594
  • But everything, even our bodies,is on loan from God.
  • 00:49:40.627 --> 00:49:43.730
  • We're gonna lose everythingin this world.
  • 00:49:43.764 --> 00:49:45.098
  • We can't take anythingout of here.
  • 00:49:45.132 --> 00:49:47.200
  • And the Lord shows us that if weare trustworthy managing and
  • 00:49:47.234 --> 00:49:52.072
  • curating his things, he'llentrust more to us.
  • 00:49:52.105 --> 00:49:56.543
  • But if we try and hoard itand do all this,
  • 00:49:56.576 --> 00:49:59.146
  • it'll be worthless*.
  • 00:49:59.179 --> 00:50:00.647
  • So here's three questions andI'll finish with this.
  • 00:50:00.680 --> 00:50:03.083
  • I'll go through this quickly.
  • 00:50:03.116 --> 00:50:04.551
  • If you want to know if you're aservant leader versus a
  • 00:50:04.584 --> 00:50:07.054
  • self-serving leader, these aregood questions to ask yourself.
  • 00:50:07.087 --> 00:50:10.957
  • Try not to think aboutyour boss, by the way,
  • 00:50:10.991 --> 00:50:12.959
  • while I'm saying this, okay,or something like this.
  • 00:50:12.993 --> 00:50:16.129
  • Remember, as a leader, and thinkabout this as a parent, at work,
  • 00:50:16.163 --> 00:50:21.368
  • if you're in ministry, whenyou're leading your ministry, if
  • 00:50:21.401 --> 00:50:23.203
  • you're volunteering here in thechurch and you're leading a
  • 00:50:23.236 --> 00:50:25.539
  • group or involved in group, howyou're leading those groups, ask
  • 00:50:25.572 --> 00:50:28.809
  • yourself these three questions,okay?
  • 00:50:28.842 --> 00:50:30.811
  • The first is, how do I respondto feedback?
  • 00:50:30.844 --> 00:50:36.550
  • How do I respond to feedback?
  • 00:50:36.583 --> 00:50:39.553
  • If you're married, when yourspouse gives you feedback,
  • 00:50:39.586 --> 00:50:43.757
  • how do you respond?
  • 00:50:43.790 --> 00:50:45.926
  • Husbands, your wife isa marriage book.
  • 00:50:45.959 --> 00:50:50.664
  • She will be happy to tell youhow to improve your marriage.
  • 00:50:50.697 --> 00:50:53.533
  • And at the end of the day, mostof us are gonna see every bit of
  • 00:50:53.567 --> 00:50:57.337
  • feedback we get as either a giftor as a threat.
  • 00:50:57.370 --> 00:51:02.709
  • We're gonna see it as aninsight, a blessing, especially
  • 00:51:02.742 --> 00:51:07.380
  • when it comes from our enemies.
  • 00:51:07.414 --> 00:51:08.715
  • Your enemies are gonna bethe most honest with you.
  • 00:51:08.748 --> 00:51:10.350
  • They're not gonna tell youwhat your friends--
  • 00:51:10.383 --> 00:51:12.119
  • Your friends won't tell you whatyour enemies will be happy
  • 00:51:12.152 --> 00:51:13.954
  • to tell you.
  • 00:51:13.987 --> 00:51:15.422
  • There's a gift in that.
  • 00:51:15.455 --> 00:51:16.790
  • Or are we gonna take it as anoffense?
  • 00:51:16.823 --> 00:51:19.693
  • Are we gonna take it as anattack on our authority, an
  • 00:51:19.726 --> 00:51:22.729
  • attack on our office?
  • 00:51:22.762 --> 00:51:24.798
  • So to lead like Jesus is firstto see feedback, even and
  • 00:51:24.831 --> 00:51:30.170
  • especially negative feedback,as a gift.
  • 00:51:30.203 --> 00:51:33.140
  • Number two, how is yoursuccessor planning?
  • 00:51:33.173 --> 00:51:37.978
  • Jesus from the very beginningwas designing successors.
  • 00:51:38.011 --> 00:51:43.150
  • He said, "Greater workswill you do."
  • 00:51:43.183 --> 00:51:45.152
  • From the very beginning, hewanted the 12 to effectively
  • 00:51:45.185 --> 00:51:48.688
  • replace him in leadership onEarth, and they too
  • 00:51:48.722 --> 00:51:52.792
  • developed successors.
  • 00:51:52.826 --> 00:51:55.061
  • When you are in your job, youneed to be developing leaders.
  • 00:51:55.095 --> 00:52:00.867
  • You need to be a leaderof leaders.
  • 00:52:00.901 --> 00:52:03.904
  • With your kids, you want to beraising your kids to be--
  • 00:52:03.937 --> 00:52:09.309
  • it's more important that youraise your kids to be strong
  • 00:52:09.342 --> 00:52:11.778
  • than it is that you raisethem to be safe.
  • 00:52:11.811 --> 00:52:14.414
  • You need them as soon aspossible to become the kind
  • 00:52:14.447 --> 00:52:18.318
  • of people that don't needyou anymore.
  • 00:52:18.351 --> 00:52:20.020
  • You'll always be there for them,you'll always love them,
  • 00:52:20.053 --> 00:52:21.888
  • you'll always comfort them,but what if you died?
  • 00:52:21.922 --> 00:52:25.158
  • You will someday, and when youdo, you want to know that I did
  • 00:52:25.192 --> 00:52:29.196
  • a good job of training mychildren to lead good lives the
  • 00:52:29.229 --> 00:52:35.001
  • way I want them to lead.
  • 00:52:35.035 --> 00:52:36.503
  • "Train up a child they shouldgo," as the Scripture says, "and
  • 00:52:36.536 --> 00:52:38.672
  • they won't depart from it."
  • 00:52:38.705 --> 00:52:40.473
  • As a pastor, I need to betraining up other pastors,
  • 00:52:40.507 --> 00:52:44.044
  • preachers, leaders, churchplanters.
  • 00:52:44.077 --> 00:52:46.813
  • In your job, you need to betraining people to fill
  • 00:52:46.846 --> 00:52:49.616
  • your role.
  • 00:52:49.649 --> 00:52:50.951
  • And as you do this, you're gonnabe learning a lot
  • 00:52:50.984 --> 00:52:52.419
  • about yourself.
  • 00:52:52.452 --> 00:52:53.753
  • People that-- especiallyfounding people, founding past--
  • 00:52:53.787 --> 00:52:56.056
  • there's an old saying thatfounding pastors don't retire,
  • 00:52:56.089 --> 00:52:58.992
  • founding pastors die.
  • 00:52:59.025 --> 00:53:00.760
  • That's a sad thing to hear, thatsome of these gigantic,
  • 00:53:00.794 --> 00:53:05.098
  • influential ministries that havedone so much, they have no
  • 00:53:05.131 --> 00:53:09.202
  • successor plan and there's nogroup of people that can come up
  • 00:53:09.236 --> 00:53:12.772
  • from the rear and take over.
  • 00:53:12.806 --> 00:53:14.140
  • There's a lot of old legendsthat are going out that have no
  • 00:53:14.174 --> 00:53:17.677
  • plan of what's gonna happen whenthey're gone.
  • 00:53:17.711 --> 00:53:19.613
  • Okay, so you always, always needto be training leaders to lead
  • 00:53:19.646 --> 00:53:24.317
  • like Jesus.
  • 00:53:24.351 --> 00:53:25.652
  • That's what he--that's how he led.
  • 00:53:25.685 --> 00:53:27.020
  • And number three-- so numberone, how do you respond
  • 00:53:27.053 --> 00:53:29.489
  • to feedback?
  • 00:53:29.522 --> 00:53:30.857
  • Number two, are you trainingleaders?
  • 00:53:30.890 --> 00:53:32.192
  • Are you training successors?
  • 00:53:32.225 --> 00:53:33.560
  • And number three, who leadsand who follows?
  • 00:53:33.593 --> 00:53:37.597
  • It should be, ideally, if you'releading like Christ, that
  • 00:53:37.631 --> 00:53:40.734
  • everything you're doing, you'redoing first as a follower, then
  • 00:53:40.767 --> 00:53:44.371
  • as a leader.
  • 00:53:44.404 --> 00:53:46.239
  • Paul said, "Follow me as Ifollow Christ."
  • 00:53:46.273 --> 00:53:49.342
  • That the first question you'reasking anytime you're making a
  • 00:53:49.376 --> 00:53:52.679
  • decision, anytime you're tryin'to give influence, is, what
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  • direction is the Lord going?
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  • How can I move this corporatemeeting, how can I move this
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  • family, how can I move thisministry, or this group that I'm
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  • in, or my classroom, if you'rein school or university?
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  • How do I find a way-- wherewould Christ be leading this?
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  • And do your bestto follow that way.
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  • And then you say, "Follow meas I follow Christ."
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  • So it's not about your personal,big vision of what you want to
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  • do, it's aboutwhat does Christ--
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  • How is Christ gonna bless thisgroup, and how's he gonna carry
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  • this group?
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  • And you'll find that it's muchmore endearing, first of all,
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  • and you'll find that you'll finda lot more joy because it's not
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  • about your vision, it's aboutthe vision that Christ has that
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  • he has put in you.
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  • All of this to simply say--actually, I want to challenge
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  • you if you're listening tothe sermon on television or
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  • wherever, and maybe you'renot a believer or a Christian.
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  • I want to encourage you toemploy these principles, because
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  • we not only trust Jesus as thespiritual Savior of our life,
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  • but we trust his wisdom, thatwhat he's teaching us is
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  • actually smart and good for us,that this is actually gonna be
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  • beneficial to you as a leader.
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  • Not only are you going to bemore successful in the long run
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  • if you lead like Jesus, butyou're gonna be a more joyful
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  • leader, and you might even cometo find out that Jesus is
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  • exactly who he said he was, thathe's the smartest person who's
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  • ever lived.
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  • He didn't say that, but I'msaying that.
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  • He is the smartest person who'sever lived, that he knows more
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  • than anybody's ever known, andthen, and that he truly is the
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  • way that we can come before theFather redeemed and rescued, and
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  • we thank him for that.
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  • Friends, I just think you'redoing much better than you think
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  • you are.
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  • You're a better parentthan you are.
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  • You're a better leaderthan you are.
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  • And continue to allow the Lordto do good work in you.
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  • Father, we thank you so much forall that you've given to us, all
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  • the ways that you entrusted us.
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  • And we pray, God, that we wouldlet go of our egos and our need
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  • to be recognized, and loved, andadmired, or titles, or offices;
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  • to let go of those things and tojust go where you want us to go.
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  • We're not afraid of beingembarrassed, Lord.
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  • We're not afraid of beingashamed.
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  • We're not afraid of not beingthanked or not
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  • getting recognition.
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  • We're not worried about beingtotally unique and special.
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  • Lord, we just gotta-- we'regonna let go of all of
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  • that stuff.
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  • We know that in your eyes, youtreasure us, and love us,
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  • and care for us.
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  • That's enough for us, Lord.
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  • What a gift that is that theKing of kings and the Lord
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  • of lords, he smiles over you.
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  • He blesses you.He calls you.
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  • He loves you.
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  • We don't needanybody else's love.
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  • Lord, we can serve, and trust,and do what you called us to do.
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  • We thank you.
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  • It's in Jesus's namewe pray, amen.
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  • And now, the Lord bless youand keep you.
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  • The Lord make his faceto shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenanceupon you and give you peace.
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  • In the name of the Father,and of the Son,
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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