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Building a Vision for Your Life

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September 21, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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Building a Vision for Your Life

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  • and viewers like you.
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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 like flow'rs before you
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  • op'ning to the sun above
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  • Melt the clouds of sin and sadness
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  • drive the dark of 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 is the day the Lord has made.
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  • We will rejoice and be glad in it.
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  • Good morning.
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  • Hannah Schuller: Hello, visitors and church family.
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  • It is a joy to be with you.
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  • And did you know that God is the only one who can see
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  • the big picture of your life?
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  • You can trust him.
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  • You really can.
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  • Thank you so much for being here today.
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  • You are so loved.
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  • Bobby: That's right. Let's pray.
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  • Father, we thank you so much that you've called us
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  • into your house.
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  • Lord, we pray that we'd be sensitive to the moves
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  • of your Holy Spirit.
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  • Lord, that as you're calling us to be faithful in our work,
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  • in our parenting, in our being a friend, and the things
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  • that we do, Lord, that you would continue to show us
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  • that it's exactly where we need to be.
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  • Help us to be where you are.
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  • That's the best place to be, Lord, and we thank you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As a daily reminder of who you are in Christ,
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  • Pastor Bobby wants to send you
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  • the Creed of the Beloved suncatcher.
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  • With the words of the creed etched in glass,
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  • this floral-adorned ornament will be a stunning addition
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  • to your home or patio.
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  • This 7 1/2 by 7-inch metal-framed suncatcher
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  • is secured with a twine hanger for easy display.
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  • We'll send you this one-of-a-kind decoration
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  • with your generous financial gift of $25 or more.
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  • For your gift of $50 or more, we'll include Pastor Bobby's
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  • "Connect to Cultivate: Leading the Way" DVD.
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  • In this special sermon, Bobby explains how to develop
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  • meaningful connections, the kind that enable you
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  • to lead by putting other people first.
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  • We'll also include this two-sided "Connect to Cultivate"
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  • reminder card with Proverbs 22:6 on the front and reminders
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  • of ways to cultivate relationships on the back.
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request these valuable
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  • resources and learn to reestablish and strengthen
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  • the relationships in your life.
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  • Bobby: There has never been a greater need
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  • for real relationships with God, with our spouses,
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  • our children, and our grandchildren
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  • than there is today.
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  • Our fast-paced culture, the demands placed on our time,
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  • and the pressures of social media,
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  • have led to a breakdown in genuine connection.
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  • That is why it's important that we learn to cultivate
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  • true authentic relationships,
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  • the kind that are grounded in Christ.
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  • Nothing has the power to transform generations
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  • like knowing their worth in Jesus.
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  • In these days so dark and faithless
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  • as the plan of God unfolds
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  • Christian, won't you help the helpless?
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  • Won't you feed the hungry souls?
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  • Brother, sister, time is short now
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  • Serve in love, live by faith
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  • for the things of earth are passing
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  • This could be the day
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  • This could be the day
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  • that the Lord returns in glory
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  • This could be the day
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  • that he calls his children home
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  • So, be faithful in service as you watch and pray
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  • for this, oh, this
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  • this could be the day
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  • In these days of desperation
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  • when it's so hard to live right
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  • turn away from all temptation
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  • You must fight against the night
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  • Brother, sister, time is short now
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  • Serve in love, live by faith
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  • for the things of earth are passing
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  • This could be the day
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  • This could be the day
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  • that the Lord returns in glory
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  • This could be the day
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  • that he calls his children home
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  • So, be faithful in service as you watch and pray
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  • for this, oh, this
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  • this could be the day
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  • This could be the day
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  • We must give our lives
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  • for in the blink of an eye he will come
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  • he will come for his bride
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  • This could be the day
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  • that the Lord returns in glory
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  • This could be the day
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  • that he calls his children home
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  • So, be faithful in service as you watch and pray
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  • for this, oh, this
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  • this could be the day
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  • This, oh, this
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  • this could be the day
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: In preparation for the message, Isaiah 6:1:
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  • "In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord,
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  • high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train
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  • of his robe filled the temple.
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  • Above him were seraphim, each with six wings:
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  • With two wings they covered their faces,
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  • with two they covered their feet, and with two
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  • they were flying.
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  • And they were calling to one another: 'Holy, holy, holy
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  • is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.'
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  • At the sound of their voices the doorpost and the thresholds
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  • shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
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  • 'Woe to me!' I cried.
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  • 'I am ruined!
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  • For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people
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  • of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King,
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  • the Lord Almighty.'
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  • Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand,
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  • which he had taken with tongs from the altar.
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  • With it he touched my mouth and said, 'See, this has touched
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  • your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin
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  • is atoned for.'
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  • Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send?
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  • And who will go for us?'
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  • And I said, 'Here am I. Send me!'"
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  • Church family, we are allowing God's goodness to spur us
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  • to deeper faithfulness, amen.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bruce Cramer: Will you stand with me as we pray?
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  • Father, we come to you today.
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  • We stand in reverence and awe of you.
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  • You truly are holy, God, and we are not.
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  • We are people of unclean lips and unclean hearts
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  • and unclean actions.
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  • We need the purity and the life and the holiness that you bring
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  • to us in your Son Jesus.
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  • Only he deserves to be our Good Shepherd, the one who directs
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  • our lives and our paths.
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  • Father, we are humbled by your presence today and just ask
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  • for your blessing and your anointing.
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  • Direct us by your Spirit, we pray, in Jesus's name.
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  • And all God's people said amen.
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  • You may be seated.
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  • As we come to our time of offering, I'm taken back
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  • to being a little kid when my dad would give me a quarter
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  • for the offering.
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  • And then I got a little older and I started getting jobs and
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  • making some money so he started teaching me what a tithe was,
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  • what it is to give 10%, and that everything we have is from God.
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  • And it was great.
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  • So when I earned $5 for a lawn, giving 50 cents was pretty easy.
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  • When I got my first paycheck in, like, high school and college
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  • of, you know, $100, $10 didn't seem like much.
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  • But then I got my first "real" job after college and it was
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  • a ministry job so I didn't make a lot but my first check came
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  • and I still remember it was, like, 490-some dollars
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  • and I was all excited.
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  • "Look at all that money."
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  • And then I thought about, "Wait, what is a tithe?
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  • Well, I can't just give $49, you know, I have to kind of
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  • round up for God.
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  • So I have to give him $50," and I'm like,
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  • "That seems like a lot of money now."
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  • But you know, I wrote that check anyway
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  • on Saturday night for Sunday.
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  • And then I started thinking about it.
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  • "Wait, my rent is due here this week.
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  • It's $420.
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  • I only have $20 left for two weeks.
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  • Food, gas, $20."
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  • Now, it was a long time ago so you could do a lot with that.
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  • But still, my spiritual gift is eating, okay?
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  • So I was in trouble.
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  • So I went to church, I gave my offering.
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  • I was busy that day and that night,
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  • so I didn't really think about it til the next morning.
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  • I was driving to the office,
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  • and I started to get concerned again.
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  • "Lord, how's that $20 gonna stretch for two weeks?"
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  • I walked into the office and Marsha, the secretary, said,
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  • "Oh, Bruce, I need to catch you
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  • and go over something with you."
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  • She said, "Since you're new here to the church,
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  • people wanna get to know you.
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  • They wanna have you over for dinner so I've scheduled you
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  • pretty much every night for the next month,"
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  • that ended up being two months, "for dinners."
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  • Not only did the Lord provide for me and feed me,
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  • but I had so much leftovers, I had to invite other people
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  • over to eat all of that food.
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  • And so today, as the ushers come to take up our tithes
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  • and offerings, may you feel the bountiful blessing of God
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  • as you freely give to him.
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  • Bobby: Hannah and I are so happy
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  • you've joined us in worship today,
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  • and we'd like to say thank you for all the ways
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  • you continue to support "Hour of Power" worldwide
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  • on its mission.
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  • God is on the move, and great things are happening.
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  • You know, I love the Greek proverb that says,
  • 00:18:19.130 --> 00:18:22.010
  • "Society grows great when old men plant trees
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  • whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
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  • How many of us are sitting in the shade of trees
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  • that were planted by a parent, a grandparent,
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  • a teacher, or a mentor?
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  • I don't know about you, but I wanna be a person like that,
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  • someone who is so rooted in Christ
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  • that their witness will transform future generations
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  • and enable them to know their worth in Jesus.
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  • Hannah: Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child
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  • in the way he should go and when he is old
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  • he will not depart from it."
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  • In our own parenting, Bobby and I believe it's so important
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  • to connect with them and teach them how to connect with others.
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  • By affirming the dignity of those around us
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  • and agreeing with what Jesus says about them,
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  • we change the world one relationship at a time.
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  • Bobby: As a daily reminder of who you are in Christ,
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  • We believe that internalizing the powerful truths
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  • in this creed can transform your life.
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  • "Connect to Cultivate: Leading the Way" DVD.
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  • In this special sermon, Bobby explains how
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  • to develop meaningful connections,
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  • the kind that enable you to lead by putting other people first.
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  • Bobby: The "Hour of Power" would not be on the air today
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  • if it weren't for you and people like you who bless us
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  • with their generous gifts.
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  • Your financial support keeps the "Hour of Power" on the air
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  • and enables us to make a positive difference
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  • in the lives of viewers around the world.
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  • So please call, write, or go online
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  • with your generous gift today.
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  • God loves you, and so do we.
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  • Bobby: Well, our guest today is Tully Wilkinson,
  • 00:21:09.270 --> 00:21:11.230
  • who's been our modern worship pastor for the last few years,
  • 00:21:11.240 --> 00:21:15.050
  • actually seven years almost.
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  • And he's a husband, father, a gifted musician,
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  • and we're so blessed to have him as a part of our church family.
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  • Would you welcome with me Tully Wilkinson?
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  • Tully Wilkinson: Thank you, guys.
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  • Bobby: You are someone that people
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  • in this church truly love.
  • 00:21:31.150 --> 00:21:33.060
  • People that are your friends love being your friends.
  • 00:21:33.070 --> 00:21:35.230
  • And Tully let us know at the beginning of this summer
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:38.150
  • that he and his wife, Stephanie, were feeling called to leave
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  • Shepherd's Grove to do something new.
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  • And so we have been sort of talking about how that would
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  • happen but one thing we wanted to do was get a chance before
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  • Tully moves on to this new call to just bless him and hear his
  • 00:21:52.210 --> 00:21:56.210
  • story and hear his heart and so, Tully, thank you for taking
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  • the time to be with us.
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  • Tully: Yeah, of course.
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  • Bobby: I just wanna say, first of all, well,
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  • first of all, tell me--let's talk a little bit about our
  • 00:22:05.140 --> 00:22:07.070
  • journey 'cause a lot of people don't know, I mean,
  • 00:22:07.080 --> 00:22:09.190
  • we didn't start together at, you know, "Hour of Power."
  • 00:22:09.200 --> 00:22:13.020
  • We started at "Tree of Life."
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  • People--some people don't even know what Tree of Life is.
  • 00:22:15.020 --> 00:22:17.040
  • Maybe you can tell us a little about that.
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  • Tully: Yeah, and Chad came to me originally.
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  • He was asking me if I knew anybody who'd wanna take the
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  • position so he was picking-- so I listened to him for, like,
  • 00:22:22.000 --> 00:22:24.220
  • two hours and he kind of showed me all of his cards
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  • and at the end I was, like, "I think I would like to do this."
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  • And he said, "Oh, man, I just told you everything."
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  • And then we end up-- one thing led to a next
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  • and we end up working together which was awesome.
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  • Bobby: It was cool and when you signed up for this,
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  • you weren't signing up for this.
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  • You were signing up for a little church plant called Tree of Life
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  • at the American Legion and we were talking about moving over
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  • to Shepherd's Grove but we were asking how do we, you know,
  • 00:22:46.230 --> 00:22:50.130
  • shepherd this small group of, really, a lot of young people
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  • and young families and how do we just lead them to worship?
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  • You were actually our first full-time hire,
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  • even before none of the pastors were even full-time.
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  • So we were, like, "We want a worship leader who can really
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  • make great music so it was a--"
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  • Did you have any idea that all of this stuff would happen?
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  • Tully: No, it's crazy. I was--it's funny.
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  • I remember talking with Bobby in the interview process
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  • and I understood, like, Shepherd's Grove, you'd recently
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:16.040
  • kind of stepped in as the teaching pastor
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  • and were leaning towards going over everything.
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  • And I think I asked you, it was like, "Do you think the church
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  • will ever merge," 'cause that seemed like a natural thing.
  • 00:23:23.070 --> 00:23:25.040
  • And he was, like, "Ha, I think we're, like, five,
  • 00:23:25.050 --> 00:23:26.240
  • ten years out of that."
  • 00:23:26.250 --> 00:23:28.080
  • And then, like, I think it was probably within the year,
  • 00:23:28.090 --> 00:23:30.160
  • you started talking about merging and stuff.
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  • But it's been a blast.
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  • I've learned so much--so much from working with Irene,
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  • working with Mark, and it's a blast.
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  • And it's been a fun, fun seven years, I would say.
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  • Bobby: One thing that we discovered is you just have such
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  • a natural gift for preaching and I think there's something
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  • about bringing a worshiper's heart to preaching.
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  • You've preached for us, I think, twice now and every time you
  • 00:23:52.060 --> 00:23:56.020
  • really bring with you a depth of knowledge, a clear love for the
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  • Word but also you're just interesting to listen to
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  • and you really preach from the heart.
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  • Do you enjoy preaching?
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  • Tully: I do.
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  • I actually think I enjoy it a little bit more than leading
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  • worship which was something-- as a kid, I was the kid
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  • in presentation time that'd wait til I was the last
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  • so I stressed the whole class period and then, finally,
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  • we'd go to do my oral presentation.
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  • So speaking in front of people isn't always the most enjoyable
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  • thing but, for some reason, the context of preaching,
  • 00:24:21.240 --> 00:24:24.170
  • it just makes more sense to me, and it's easier for me
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  • to step into that.
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  • Bobby: One of the things that--
  • 00:24:29.050 --> 00:24:30.160
  • we have a meeting where we plan worship.
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  • It's amazing how much effort this church puts into this
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  • one hour experience for this community.
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  • I mean, it's just an incredible--
  • 00:24:37.190 --> 00:24:39.020
  • look at all this-- these people here who,
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  • all of them, are practicing,
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  • rehearsing, memorizing, doing things so that this experience
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  • can be a profound experience for everyone who comes through these
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  • doors and you're a part of that team, a big part of that team.
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  • And when there's ten of us that plan everything and we meet
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  • every week and then we have this thing once a month called
  • 00:24:53.080 --> 00:24:55.060
  • a Worship Palooza where we look way ahead
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  • at what we're gonna be doing through the calendar.
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  • But at one of those meetings, Tully let us know what--that he
  • 00:25:00.060 --> 00:25:03.240
  • was gonna be leaving, and you could just feel in the room
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:07.150
  • the sort of just grief, just sadness, that Tully is leaving
  • 00:25:07.160 --> 00:25:11.140
  • because you really are a pastor everywhere you go,
  • 00:25:11.150 --> 00:25:14.130
  • to a lot of people.
  • 00:25:14.140 --> 00:25:16.110
  • And one of the things, I think, you always reminded us of was
  • 00:25:16.120 --> 00:25:19.030
  • the importance, like, because this team really focuses on
  • 00:25:19.040 --> 00:25:20.290
  • excellence a lot, doing things well, doing them right, doing
  • 00:25:21.000 --> 00:25:24.030
  • things appropriately, in a context of worship but you're
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  • always the one that's, like, "Guys, this is worship.
  • 00:25:27.000 --> 00:25:29.090
  • We need to make sure that this is worshipful.
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  • Not a performance.
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  • We're performing for one.
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  • We're performance for Jesus Christ."
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  • And I think you've really left that imprint on our whole team
  • 00:25:36.240 --> 00:25:40.060
  • and I think it will stay after you leave but I am gonna--
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  • I think we're all gonna really miss your voice in that place.
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  • What is worship to you?
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  • Tully: Oh, man. Worship is everything.
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  • Worship, I think, we so easily-- and I've said this before.
  • 00:25:51.250 --> 00:25:54.140
  • I think, both times I've preached I've said this:
  • 00:25:54.150 --> 00:25:56.120
  • we limit worship to right here.
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  • We limit to worship right there.
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  • We limit to worship to him right there.
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  • Worship is everything, guys.
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  • Worship is you sitting in that seat, right now.
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  • Worship is the conversations you're gonna have.
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  • It's everything.
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  • It's every breath you take.
  • 00:26:08.110 --> 00:26:10.000
  • And that's a different mentality,
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  • so when you take that posture, it begins to shape you.
  • 00:26:11.230 --> 00:26:14.130
  • It begins to form you and it's like aligning your life.
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  • It's like going to a good chiropractor.
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  • When you worship and take on that posture, God becomes
  • 00:26:18.250 --> 00:26:21.100
  • that center that everything balances off of.
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  • So that's a little ambiguous, but it's everything.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: We'd just like to pray for you and bless you and
  • 00:26:30.100 --> 00:26:32.050
  • Stephanie and your whole family so, Lord, we come to you in
  • 00:26:32.060 --> 00:26:35.090
  • Jesus's name and we thank you for this man of God who you
  • 00:26:35.100 --> 00:26:38.290
  • placed among us according to your will to bless us,
  • 00:26:39.000 --> 00:26:41.280
  • to teach us, to rebuke us, to counsel us, to encourage us.
  • 00:26:41.290 --> 00:26:45.260
  • We pray, Father, that the Spirit that is upon him would be given
  • 00:26:45.270 --> 00:26:48.160
  • to him in a double portion just it was given to Elisha.
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  • We ask, Father, that it be overflowing with your passion,
  • 00:26:52.060 --> 00:26:54.200
  • your power, your clarity, prudence, and wisdom,
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  • and we ask all these things in Jesus's name.
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  • Thank you that you're gonna make his path straight,
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  • that you're gonna make them--
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  • you're gonna clear the way ahead of him and show him
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  • where he needs to go.
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  • And Father, as he takes one step forward
  • 00:27:06.170 --> 00:27:08.000
  • you will be alongside him.
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  • We pray a blessing over him and his wife Stephanie
  • 00:27:09.160 --> 00:27:11.010
  • and his three children and your children's children
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  • for many generations to come.
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  • You see his heart, and you call it good
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  • and we thank you for that.
  • 00:27:17.090 --> 00:27:18.230
  • And it's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Tully: Amen.
  • 00:27:20.160 --> 00:27:22.010
  • Bobby: Thank you, Tully. We love you, man.
  • 00:27:22.020 --> 00:27:23.120
  • God bless you.
  • 00:27:23.130 --> 00:27:25.050
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:27:25.060 --> 00:27:29.020
  • 00:27:30.230 --> 00:27:40.220
  • 00:27:40.230 --> 00:27:49.170
  • The Lord is my Shepherd
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  • and I shall not want
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  • 'cause in green pastures he makes me lie down
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  • He restores my soul
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  • and he leads me on for his name
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  • for his great name
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  • Surely goodness, surely mercy
  • 00:28:23.120 --> 00:28:31.280
  • right beside me all my days
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  • and I will dwell in your house forever
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  • and bless your holy name
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  • You prepare a table right before me
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  • in the presence of my enemies
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  • Yes, you do
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  • Though the arrow flies
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  • and the terror of night is at my door
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  • I'll trust you, Lord
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  • Surely goodness, surely mercy
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  • right beside me all my days
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  • and I will dwell in your house forever
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  • and bless your holy name
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  • Even though I walk
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  • through the valley of the shadow of death
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  • I will fear no evil
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  • Even though I walk
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  • through the valley of the shadow of death
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  • you are on my side
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  • Even though I walk
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  • through the valley of the shadow of death
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  • I will fear no evil
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  • Even though I walk
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  • through the valley of the shadow of death
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  • you are on my side
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  • Surely goodness and surely mercy
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  • right beside me all my days
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  • and I will dwell in your house forever
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  • and bless your holy name
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you for joining us today.
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  • God bless you.
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  • If you're ever in Irvine, come down to Shepherd's Grove.
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  • We would love to meet you.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a way of receiving?
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  • We're gonna 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 people say 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 and share his love with the world."
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • You ever feel like you are surviving?
  • 00:32:49.270 --> 00:32:53.130
  • Like, you're treading water?
  • 00:32:53.140 --> 00:32:56.050
  • It's very easy in life when we're just trying to obey God,
  • 00:32:56.060 --> 00:33:01.230
  • we're just trying to be a good person, we're just--
  • 00:33:01.240 --> 00:33:03.280
  • we're trying to be faithful, to feel like life is
  • 00:33:03.290 --> 00:33:07.130
  • just this cycle or treadmill, that we can't seem to get ahead.
  • 00:33:07.140 --> 00:33:13.090
  • Very often it's in those times we wonder has God abandoned us?
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  • Has God left us?
  • 00:33:17.280 --> 00:33:19.230
  • And very often in those times, in our fear, in our
  • 00:33:19.240 --> 00:33:22.150
  • disappointment, in our anguish, we think maybe
  • 00:33:22.160 --> 00:33:26.280
  • God's far from us.
  • 00:33:26.290 --> 00:33:29.040
  • Well, today I wanna talk about the importance if that's where
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  • God has you, if you truly believe where it is, to trust
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  • that God can use that place to make you into
  • 00:33:37.030 --> 00:33:41.270
  • the best version of you.
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  • Today, my recommendation to you is to be faithful
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  • to what God has called us to.
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  • You wonder, "Is this where God really has me?"
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  • Sometimes he doesn't have you there but sometimes he does.
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  • Sometimes he's called you to be faithful right where you are.
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  • Sometimes he's called you to the desert.
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  • Sometimes he calls you to the fire.
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  • Maybe you're going through suffering even right now.
  • 00:34:05.270 --> 00:34:07.270
  • Maybe things are harder than they've ever been.
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  • You think, "Has God abandoned me?"
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  • He'll never abandon you.
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  • And I want you to know that whatever it is you're going
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  • through, if you continue to be faithful and trust in the Lord
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  • and just do the next right thing, do what he's called you
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  • to do, your fire will become a crucible.
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  • You know what a crucible is, right?
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  • It's that clay thing that you put metal into, alloys,
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  • to separate the metal.
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  • It's purifying, it's what you use to purify gold, to purify
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  • silver, so that only the best comes out.
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  • Perhaps God is doing that in your life today.
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  • Let me tell you something, God cares more about
  • 00:34:42.170 --> 00:34:45.040
  • who you're becoming than where you're going.
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  • God cares more about your character than your success.
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  • God cares more about making you who you need to be
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  • than he does about getting you where you need to go.
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  • The stories tell us this all over the place
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  • in the Old Testament, and this is just who God is.
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  • And by the way, God is never in a hurry.
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  • How old was Abraham before we hear anything about his life?
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  • Seventy.
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  • How old is Abraham when he receives the promise from God?
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  • Seventy.
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  • Now, 70 today, it's not that old.
  • 00:35:25.110 --> 00:35:31.020
  • But in his day, 70 was, like, really old.
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  • If you lived to be 70--if you lived to be 50 or 60 in a world
  • 00:35:34.280 --> 00:35:39.190
  • of sickness and pestilence and war, you were a lucky,
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  • blessed man.
  • 00:35:44.020 --> 00:35:45.220
  • So here he is, a 70-year-old man
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  • in the twilight of what he thinks is the twilight
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  • of his life, and God makes him this promise
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  • that he's gonna have kids who are gonna bless the whole world.
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  • It's crazy.
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  • And you know what the Bible says?
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  • It says that Abraham believed God and it was accredited
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  • to him as faith.
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  • He trusted God.
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  • I serve the kind of God that will let me do the life I'm
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  • having and just be the person I am and then, at 70,
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  • call me to something great.
  • 00:36:12.020 --> 00:36:14.070
  • Oh, by the way, how long was it
  • 00:36:14.080 --> 00:36:15.280
  • before God fulfilled that promise?
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  • Anybody know?
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  • Thirty years.
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  • So how long was Abraham faithful to God's promise
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  • before it was fulfilled?
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  • Thirty years.
  • 00:36:29.280 --> 00:36:31.220
  • Now, 30 years when you're 70 is a lot scarier than 30 years
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  • when you're, say, 20.
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  • He was 100 years old when God fulfilled the promise.
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  • I just want to let you know, stay faithful
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  • to what you're doing.
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  • God still does great things in your life.
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  • It doesn't matter how old you are, how young you are,
  • 00:36:53.060 --> 00:36:55.230
  • be faithful where you are.
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  • Trust God.
  • 00:36:57.200 --> 00:36:59.030
  • Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all
  • 00:36:59.040 --> 00:37:01.130
  • your mind, and he will get you where you need to go
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  • because he will make you who you need to become.
  • 00:37:03.240 --> 00:37:08.110
  • And this is the message of Isaiah 6,
  • 00:37:08.120 --> 00:37:11.120
  • which is such a great story.
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  • It is the calling of the prophet Isaiah to prophesy against the
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  • wickedness of Israel, and Israel truly was wicked at this time.
  • 00:37:20.160 --> 00:37:25.130
  • You know, Israel is supposed to be God's people,
  • 00:37:25.140 --> 00:37:29.040
  • called to be a blessing to the whole world.
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  • When Israel builds the temple, the temple is supposed to be
  • 00:37:32.210 --> 00:37:35.220
  • like a new Eden, a new garden.
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  • In fact, all the symbolism is garden images to show that the
  • 00:37:38.090 --> 00:37:41.180
  • garden is being remade in God's people as they pursue
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  • righteousness and goodness and love of God
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  • and love of their neighbor.
  • 00:37:48.150 --> 00:37:50.290
  • And by the time Isaiah begins to prophesy, Israel has bowed down
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  • to Baal which is the satanic God, they've turned their back
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  • on widows and orphans and the most vulnerable in their
  • 00:38:00.280 --> 00:38:06.220
  • communities, and they've even gotten so evil as to offer child
  • 00:38:06.230 --> 00:38:10.280
  • sacrifices to these Baal idols and these Asherah poles.
  • 00:38:10.290 --> 00:38:16.220
  • And God finally says, "Enough.
  • 00:38:16.230 --> 00:38:18.290
  • Enough!
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  • My people would do this!"
  • 00:38:21.110 --> 00:38:25.180
  • And so Isaiah begins to prophesy against the people of Israel
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  • and the message is this theme: purifying fire.
  • 00:38:32.080 --> 00:38:36.070
  • Everybody say, "Purifying fire."
  • 00:38:36.080 --> 00:38:38.180
  • You see it all through Isaiah,
  • 00:38:38.190 --> 00:38:41.090
  • this idea of this crucible-type fire.
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  • Not a fire that kills, but a fire that purifies.
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  • A fire that burns, that hurts, that's hot, that you don't like,
  • 00:38:49.060 --> 00:38:54.290
  • but a fire that makes you who you're supposed to be.
  • 00:38:55.000 --> 00:38:58.240
  • And this is the theme that Isaiah is saying,
  • 00:38:58.250 --> 00:39:01.260
  • this fire is going to come and, actually,
  • 00:39:01.270 --> 00:39:04.250
  • the fire is God himself, that God himself
  • 00:39:04.260 --> 00:39:07.230
  • is going to be among them and that his holiness
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  • and his love and compassion will be so illuminating
  • 00:39:12.260 --> 00:39:16.080
  • and hot and powerful that it will, in a burning way,
  • 00:39:16.090 --> 00:39:20.030
  • burn away the sins of Israel.
  • 00:39:20.040 --> 00:39:23.090
  • Fire is always a symbol for God in the Old Testament,
  • 00:39:23.100 --> 00:39:25.090
  • almost always.
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  • You think of Abraham who walks in a covenant with a fire.
  • 00:39:27.070 --> 00:39:30.130
  • You think of the pillar of fire in the wilderness,
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  • or the fire on Sinai, and the chariot of fire,
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  • and the fire that comes down with Elijah.
  • 00:39:38.020 --> 00:39:40.080
  • You go on and on, a million examples.
  • 00:39:40.090 --> 00:39:42.090
  • But fire is God.
  • 00:39:42.100 --> 00:39:43.230
  • It's the real presence of God.
  • 00:39:43.240 --> 00:39:45.120
  • And so this is--this idea for Isaiah is that God as fire will
  • 00:39:45.130 --> 00:39:48.180
  • be among us and it will hurt, but it will not destroy us.
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  • It will bring us life.
  • 00:39:53.220 --> 00:39:55.220
  • It will make us who we're supposed to be.
  • 00:39:55.230 --> 00:39:57.110
  • And so this all comes to the calling of Isaiah
  • 00:39:57.120 --> 00:40:00.160
  • in Isaiah chapter 6.
  • 00:40:00.170 --> 00:40:02.080
  • Now, in Isaiah 6, he begins by saying,
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  • "In the year King Uzziah died.
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  • Any of his contemporaries reading this,
  • 00:40:11.070 --> 00:40:13.080
  • they know who King Uzziah was.
  • 00:40:13.090 --> 00:40:15.250
  • King Uzziah was the one who led Israel for 50 years
  • 00:40:15.260 --> 00:40:20.220
  • and brought 50 years of peace and righteousness, goodness.
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  • He was one of the few really good kings.
  • 00:40:24.270 --> 00:40:28.250
  • He did not turn his back on the widow and the orphan.
  • 00:40:28.260 --> 00:40:31.220
  • He did not bow down to idols and he loved the Lord
  • 00:40:31.230 --> 00:40:34.060
  • with all of his heart.
  • 00:40:34.070 --> 00:40:36.000
  • And God blessed his people because of the leadership
  • 00:40:36.010 --> 00:40:38.010
  • of their king.
  • 00:40:38.020 --> 00:40:39.200
  • He's known as the leper king, because though he was a good
  • 00:40:39.210 --> 00:40:43.010
  • king, he was certainly flawed and his great flaw was that he
  • 00:40:43.020 --> 00:40:45.190
  • saw himself as super-righteous and so one day he wanted to go
  • 00:40:45.200 --> 00:40:49.250
  • into the temple to burn incense and this is something that only
  • 00:40:49.260 --> 00:40:53.040
  • the priests are allowed to do but I think--
  • 00:40:53.050 --> 00:40:55.110
  • this is me talking--
  • 00:40:55.120 --> 00:40:57.030
  • that maybe he thought he was so holy and so righteous
  • 00:40:57.040 --> 00:40:59.040
  • that he himself could make this offering,
  • 00:40:59.050 --> 00:41:01.230
  • even though he wasn't a priest.
  • 00:41:01.240 --> 00:41:03.240
  • And just as he's about to lay the incense on the altar,
  • 00:41:03.250 --> 00:41:07.040
  • there's this earthquake and a crack breaks in the temple
  • 00:41:07.050 --> 00:41:10.210
  • and a little bit of light comes through and the beam of light
  • 00:41:10.220 --> 00:41:14.170
  • that goes across the middle of his face becomes leprosy.
  • 00:41:14.180 --> 00:41:18.220
  • It's a symbol of him being unclean.
  • 00:41:18.230 --> 00:41:21.200
  • And so for the rest of his life, King Uzziah rules from his home,
  • 00:41:21.210 --> 00:41:25.170
  • because to be kosher, you're not allowed to,
  • 00:41:25.180 --> 00:41:28.110
  • you know, be in the temple, you're not allowed to be
  • 00:41:28.120 --> 00:41:30.270
  • in these different places.
  • 00:41:30.280 --> 00:41:33.120
  • Okay, so the year King Uzziah dies is just right when Israel
  • 00:41:33.130 --> 00:41:39.050
  • begins to turn its back on God, and five years after his death,
  • 00:41:39.060 --> 00:41:43.110
  • Assyria begins to invade.
  • 00:41:43.120 --> 00:41:45.030
  • Okay, so he says, "The year King Uzziah died," he says,
  • 00:41:45.040 --> 00:41:48.290
  • "I was in the temple."
  • 00:41:49.000 --> 00:41:52.150
  • Now, picture this temple.
  • 00:41:52.160 --> 00:41:54.200
  • It's not a lot larger, the actual temple part,
  • 00:41:54.210 --> 00:41:57.160
  • than the sanctuary we're in now, made of stone, cubic kind
  • 00:41:57.170 --> 00:42:01.200
  • of a shape, and dark on the inside.
  • 00:42:01.210 --> 00:42:04.240
  • Some windows but they're small and they have curtains over them
  • 00:42:04.250 --> 00:42:07.070
  • so picture a dark space with oil lamps and candles so there's,
  • 00:42:07.080 --> 00:42:12.260
  • you know, dim light going against the thing and there's
  • 00:42:12.270 --> 00:42:15.250
  • people in there and they're worshiping and they're having
  • 00:42:15.260 --> 00:42:17.260
  • some kind of a, maybe, temple sacrifice
  • 00:42:17.270 --> 00:42:19.260
  • or something like that.
  • 00:42:19.270 --> 00:42:21.180
  • And it's a normal day and they're worshiping and Isaiah
  • 00:42:21.190 --> 00:42:25.150
  • is a normal guy, and all of a sudden,
  • 00:42:25.160 --> 00:42:28.140
  • I picture that there begins to be a trembling
  • 00:42:28.150 --> 00:42:32.290
  • and that a dark-- a dark, scary feeling
  • 00:42:33.000 --> 00:42:37.130
  • comes over the place.
  • 00:42:37.140 --> 00:42:39.070
  • Maybe some of the candles flicker out and then all of a
  • 00:42:39.080 --> 00:42:42.100
  • sudden, there's smoke that begins to fill the temple.
  • 00:42:42.110 --> 00:42:48.280
  • The word for holy in Hebrew is qadosh.
  • 00:42:48.290 --> 00:42:51.110
  • Everybody say, "qadosh."
  • 00:42:51.120 --> 00:42:53.240
  • And all of a sudden, you start to hear,
  • 00:42:53.250 --> 00:42:55.250
  • "Qadosh, qadosh, qadosh, qadosh."
  • 00:42:55.260 --> 00:43:02.150
  • And then out of the smoke, boom!
  • 00:43:02.160 --> 00:43:05.110
  • This big, bright light with beams coming through the smoke,
  • 00:43:05.120 --> 00:43:09.270
  • comes and the whole temple is filled with the train that comes
  • 00:43:09.280 --> 00:43:14.170
  • off of the robe of a king and glory fills the whole temple.
  • 00:43:14.180 --> 00:43:19.140
  • And then as Isaiah looks up and all the people look up,
  • 00:43:19.150 --> 00:43:22.280
  • above this thing that is God, this fiery light in smoke,
  • 00:43:22.290 --> 00:43:28.040
  • there are these angels called seraphim.
  • 00:43:28.050 --> 00:43:31.210
  • Everybody say, "seraphim."
  • 00:43:31.220 --> 00:43:34.180
  • Hebrew, in seraphim, it literally means
  • 00:43:34.190 --> 00:43:37.090
  • "the burning ones."
  • 00:43:37.100 --> 00:43:40.080
  • Tradition says that their wings or their whole bodies
  • 00:43:40.090 --> 00:43:43.200
  • were on fire, that purifying fire, right?
  • 00:43:43.210 --> 00:43:46.240
  • And they're flying around these beams of fire in this
  • 00:43:46.250 --> 00:43:50.000
  • dark space, light shooting out, and they say,
  • 00:43:50.010 --> 00:43:53.150
  • "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty;
  • 00:43:53.160 --> 00:43:58.080
  • the whole earth is full of his glory."
  • 00:43:58.090 --> 00:44:01.090
  • In Hebrew, it's, "Qadosh, qadosh, qadosh."
  • 00:44:01.100 --> 00:44:06.210
  • And it says that every time they say this word, "qadosh,"
  • 00:44:06.220 --> 00:44:10.100
  • the pillars tremble, dust comes from the ceiling, cracks form.
  • 00:44:10.110 --> 00:44:15.050
  • Everything is trembling as it goes, "Qadosh, qadosh, qadosh,
  • 00:44:15.060 --> 00:44:22.050
  • Adonai Elohim tzevaot."
  • 00:44:22.060 --> 00:44:27.110
  • That word "tzevaot" is armies.
  • 00:44:27.120 --> 00:44:29.140
  • God of armies, God of war, God of fire, God of wrath, right?
  • 00:44:29.150 --> 00:44:34.280
  • So there's this boom, boom, and everybody
  • 00:44:34.290 --> 00:44:39.130
  • is scared out of their mind.
  • 00:44:39.140 --> 00:44:42.070
  • I'm trying to say is it was very freaky.
  • 00:44:42.080 --> 00:44:44.290
  • It's a theophany, it's a theophany.
  • 00:44:45.000 --> 00:44:46.250
  • Not a vision.
  • 00:44:46.260 --> 00:44:48.140
  • It's a total revelation of God's presence.
  • 00:44:48.150 --> 00:44:51.280
  • And everybody is terrified.
  • 00:44:51.290 --> 00:44:55.080
  • Imagine what you would do.
  • 00:44:55.090 --> 00:44:56.240
  • What would you do?
  • 00:44:56.250 --> 00:44:59.140
  • Well, I'll tell you what Isaiah did.
  • 00:44:59.150 --> 00:45:01.020
  • He freaked out.
  • 00:45:01.030 --> 00:45:03.030
  • And he, on--I imagine him on his knees in total submission,
  • 00:45:03.040 --> 00:45:07.240
  • says out loud, "Woe is me," for I am what?
  • 00:45:07.250 --> 00:45:13.230
  • Ruined. I'm gonna die.
  • 00:45:13.240 --> 00:45:16.240
  • "For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people
  • 00:45:16.250 --> 00:45:21.010
  • of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King,
  • 00:45:21.020 --> 00:45:25.210
  • the Lord Almighty."
  • 00:45:25.220 --> 00:45:27.120
  • Nobody sees God and lives.
  • 00:45:27.130 --> 00:45:29.270
  • He is scared out of his mind and one of these fiery beings that
  • 00:45:29.280 --> 00:45:34.050
  • has six wings, six over its eyes so that they won't see the glory
  • 00:45:34.060 --> 00:45:38.090
  • of the Lord, six on its back, and six on its feet, and totally
  • 00:45:38.100 --> 00:45:43.090
  • aflame like a ball of fire, goes and takes tongs and pulls a coal
  • 00:45:43.100 --> 00:45:49.040
  • out of the fire, holds it in his hand, and this seraph
  • 00:45:49.050 --> 00:45:53.010
  • starts flying right at Isaiah.
  • 00:45:53.020 --> 00:45:56.250
  • You know, this thing hissing at the end.
  • 00:45:56.260 --> 00:45:59.080
  • And Isaiah's, like, "I'm gonna die!"
  • 00:45:59.090 --> 00:46:03.190
  • And this angel comes up to him and takes this coal
  • 00:46:03.200 --> 00:46:07.120
  • and presses it, you know, think of it as like a light.
  • 00:46:07.130 --> 00:46:10.210
  • Like, just goes, bzzz, right on his mouth.
  • 00:46:10.220 --> 00:46:16.050
  • Do you think it hurt?
  • 00:46:16.060 --> 00:46:18.280
  • I think it did.
  • 00:46:18.290 --> 00:46:21.240
  • I don't think he was fireproof, do you?
  • 00:46:21.250 --> 00:46:25.280
  • That wasn't a heavenly coal.
  • 00:46:25.290 --> 00:46:27.230
  • That was a coal from the actual temple altar that was used
  • 00:46:27.240 --> 00:46:31.200
  • to burn and melt things.
  • 00:46:31.210 --> 00:46:35.000
  • And this angel presses it on his mouth.
  • 00:46:35.010 --> 00:46:37.120
  • Do you think it scarred his mouth?
  • 00:46:37.130 --> 00:46:39.090
  • I hope it did.
  • 00:46:39.100 --> 00:46:41.140
  • I remember once, talking with my buddies about that we were
  • 00:46:41.150 --> 00:46:44.100
  • joking and talking about the difference between,
  • 00:46:44.110 --> 00:46:46.140
  • like, embarrassing scars and cool scars,
  • 00:46:46.150 --> 00:46:50.130
  • and we had created this whole scale.
  • 00:46:50.140 --> 00:46:52.140
  • I forget there was one that was really bad, but like,
  • 00:46:52.150 --> 00:46:54.250
  • at the bottom, like, the ones that are most embarrassing,
  • 00:46:54.260 --> 00:46:56.200
  • maybe acne scars.
  • 00:46:56.210 --> 00:46:58.030
  • I've got some of those.
  • 00:46:58.040 --> 00:46:59.190
  • And then we had, like, medium scars, you know,
  • 00:46:59.200 --> 00:47:01.120
  • surgery scars, things like that.
  • 00:47:01.130 --> 00:47:03.040
  • And at the top was shark bite.
  • 00:47:03.050 --> 00:47:06.130
  • We couldn't think of anything cooler than a shark bite scar.
  • 00:47:06.140 --> 00:47:09.110
  • One guy suggested maybe a gun wound from, like, a veteran.
  • 00:47:09.120 --> 00:47:13.030
  • And we're like, "Oh, that's probably tied."
  • 00:47:13.040 --> 00:47:15.290
  • And then I think of this.
  • 00:47:16.000 --> 00:47:17.280
  • Imagine how cool a scarred face from a seraph who's pressed
  • 00:47:17.290 --> 00:47:23.140
  • a coal on your face.
  • 00:47:23.150 --> 00:47:25.080
  • That would be very cool.
  • 00:47:25.090 --> 00:47:29.080
  • Anyway, so this angel presses a coal on his lips
  • 00:47:31.000 --> 00:47:36.170
  • and then throws the coal aside.
  • 00:47:36.180 --> 00:47:39.130
  • And he looks at him and he says, "By doing this,
  • 00:47:39.140 --> 00:47:43.150
  • your guilt is taken away.
  • 00:47:43.160 --> 00:47:46.040
  • Your sin is atoned for."
  • 00:47:46.050 --> 00:47:49.190
  • What do you think happens in his mind there?
  • 00:47:49.200 --> 00:47:51.230
  • "Whoa, what?"
  • 00:47:51.240 --> 00:47:53.170
  • What does unclean lips mean, by the way?
  • 00:47:53.180 --> 00:47:55.150
  • We often think cussing but really,
  • 00:47:55.160 --> 00:47:57.130
  • in the Jewish mind, that's not it.
  • 00:47:57.140 --> 00:47:59.110
  • Unclean lips is gonna be something like lying,
  • 00:47:59.120 --> 00:48:05.100
  • abolishing the law, maybe bearing false witness
  • 00:48:05.110 --> 00:48:08.250
  • or dishonoring his parents.
  • 00:48:08.260 --> 00:48:10.190
  • He probably did something that was really harmful to someone
  • 00:48:10.200 --> 00:48:13.000
  • through speaking and it was something that he carried a lot,
  • 00:48:13.010 --> 00:48:16.170
  • a weight, a shame.
  • 00:48:16.180 --> 00:48:18.160
  • Maybe it's something that he couldn't fix.
  • 00:48:18.170 --> 00:48:20.210
  • Maybe it was something that was done to somebody
  • 00:48:20.220 --> 00:48:22.170
  • who already died and he couldn't say he was sorry.
  • 00:48:22.180 --> 00:48:25.040
  • For whatever reason, Isaiah carried around this guilt and he
  • 00:48:25.050 --> 00:48:28.220
  • knew that to be in the presence of the God of fire that he would
  • 00:48:28.230 --> 00:48:34.190
  • be consumed, he would be the chaff that would be burned away.
  • 00:48:34.200 --> 00:48:38.040
  • He would not remain.
  • 00:48:38.050 --> 00:48:40.000
  • But God revealed himself not as a fire that destroys
  • 00:48:40.010 --> 00:48:43.000
  • but a purifying fire.
  • 00:48:43.010 --> 00:48:45.000
  • Isaiah was the first one to receive that purifying,
  • 00:48:45.010 --> 00:48:48.210
  • cleansing fire.
  • 00:48:48.220 --> 00:48:50.100
  • Yes, it hurt. Yes, it burned.
  • 00:48:50.110 --> 00:48:52.050
  • Maybe it scarred.
  • 00:48:52.060 --> 00:48:53.210
  • But it took away his sin, it took away his shame,
  • 00:48:53.220 --> 00:48:56.160
  • and in that moment he was a new man.
  • 00:48:56.170 --> 00:48:58.170
  • I believe that angel looked at him with love,
  • 00:48:58.180 --> 00:49:01.150
  • the love that comes from the heart of the Father.
  • 00:49:01.160 --> 00:49:04.090
  • He didn't say, "It's okay, what you did."
  • 00:49:04.100 --> 00:49:06.190
  • He said, "It's been atoned for," through pain.
  • 00:49:06.200 --> 00:49:10.130
  • And then Isaiah goes from, "I'm going to die,"
  • 00:49:10.140 --> 00:49:14.180
  • to "I've been totally redeemed and forgiven."
  • 00:49:14.190 --> 00:49:21.280
  • That's an amazing feeling.
  • 00:49:21.290 --> 00:49:23.240
  • If you've never been forgiven of something horrible,
  • 00:49:23.250 --> 00:49:26.160
  • there's nothing quite like it.
  • 00:49:26.170 --> 00:49:29.000
  • In fact, Jesus once tells a story when he's ministering
  • 00:49:29.010 --> 00:49:33.220
  • to teachers of the law and religious leaders in his
  • 00:49:33.230 --> 00:49:36.110
  • community and a prostitute comes in and begins to wash his feet.
  • 00:49:36.120 --> 00:49:39.210
  • He basically ignores her and he does it as a teaching element,
  • 00:49:39.220 --> 00:49:45.000
  • and people say, "If Jesus knew who this woman was,
  • 00:49:45.010 --> 00:49:49.170
  • he would not-- and he was a prophet,
  • 00:49:49.180 --> 00:49:51.120
  • he would not let her wash his feet."
  • 00:49:51.130 --> 00:49:53.270
  • And they begin snickering, and then, knowing all of this
  • 00:49:53.280 --> 00:49:56.120
  • is happening, Jesus asked Peter a question.
  • 00:49:56.130 --> 00:49:58.120
  • He says, "Peter, there was a man who was owed 5 denari
  • 00:49:58.130 --> 00:50:03.020
  • and another man who was owed 500 denari,
  • 00:50:03.030 --> 00:50:05.130
  • and he forgave both men.
  • 00:50:05.140 --> 00:50:07.130
  • Who do you think loved him more?"
  • 00:50:07.140 --> 00:50:10.170
  • And Peter looks at Jesus and he says,
  • 00:50:10.180 --> 00:50:13.180
  • "The one who was forgiven of the great sum,"
  • 00:50:13.190 --> 00:50:16.100
  • and he says, "That's right.
  • 00:50:16.110 --> 00:50:18.130
  • He who has been forgiven of little loves little;
  • 00:50:18.140 --> 00:50:20.150
  • he who has been forgiven of much loves much."
  • 00:50:20.160 --> 00:50:24.120
  • I think when Isaiah's mouth, when his sin was atoned for by
  • 00:50:24.130 --> 00:50:28.170
  • the purifying fire that he will prophesy about later,
  • 00:50:28.180 --> 00:50:32.040
  • his heart is full of love for God and I believe he goes
  • 00:50:32.050 --> 00:50:37.060
  • from absolute terror to absolute adoration of the throne of God.
  • 00:50:37.070 --> 00:50:43.250
  • He goes from, "I'm going to die," to "I'm redeemed,
  • 00:50:43.260 --> 00:50:46.160
  • I'm forgiven, I'm saved."
  • 00:50:46.170 --> 00:50:49.010
  • Maybe he begins to say, "Qadosh, qadosh, qadosh,
  • 00:50:49.020 --> 00:50:53.230
  • Adonai Elohim Adonai tzevaot."
  • 00:50:53.240 --> 00:50:58.260
  • And then God finally speaks for the first time and in the
  • 00:50:58.270 --> 00:51:03.270
  • temple, remember, there's a bunch of people there.
  • 00:51:03.280 --> 00:51:06.090
  • They're all standing around witnessing this amazing thing,
  • 00:51:06.100 --> 00:51:10.240
  • and God says aloud, "Who will go for us?
  • 00:51:10.250 --> 00:51:19.000
  • Whom shall we send?"
  • 00:51:19.010 --> 00:51:23.280
  • Doesn't say where they're going.
  • 00:51:23.290 --> 00:51:26.140
  • Doesn't say why. Doesn't say when.
  • 00:51:26.150 --> 00:51:30.110
  • He's just asking for obedience. He's asking for a hero.
  • 00:51:30.120 --> 00:51:34.130
  • He's asking for someone that will do whatever this thing is.
  • 00:51:34.140 --> 00:51:36.230
  • And I believe nobody said anything because they were
  • 00:51:36.240 --> 00:51:39.160
  • scared out of their mind but Isaiah whose heart had been
  • 00:51:39.170 --> 00:51:42.160
  • changed through this act from this angel, full of joy and love
  • 00:51:42.170 --> 00:51:48.210
  • for God, says, "I will do anything for you."
  • 00:51:48.220 --> 00:51:52.050
  • And he just raises his hand.
  • 00:51:52.060 --> 00:51:53.290
  • Maybe he stands up.
  • 00:51:54.000 --> 00:51:55.100
  • And he says, "Here I am.
  • 00:51:55.110 --> 00:51:57.290
  • Send me. Send me.
  • 00:51:58.000 --> 00:52:00.110
  • I'll go."
  • 00:52:00.120 --> 00:52:03.230
  • And then God says to him, "I'm sending you to your people
  • 00:52:03.240 --> 00:52:07.250
  • Israel, and they're not gonna listen to you."
  • 00:52:07.260 --> 00:52:13.020
  • You're going to preach to them about the poor,
  • 00:52:13.030 --> 00:52:16.060
  • and they're gonna shut their ears.
  • 00:52:16.070 --> 00:52:18.140
  • You're gonna preach to them about the orphans and the
  • 00:52:18.150 --> 00:52:21.050
  • widows, and they're gonna calcify and harden their hearts.
  • 00:52:21.060 --> 00:52:25.170
  • You're gonna preach to them against idolatry and against
  • 00:52:25.180 --> 00:52:29.170
  • child sacrifice, and they're going to hate you, and not one
  • 00:52:29.180 --> 00:52:34.080
  • person is gonna listen to you and not one person
  • 00:52:34.090 --> 00:52:37.080
  • is going to repent ever."
  • 00:52:37.090 --> 00:52:41.070
  • I don't know about you but, to me, that sounds like
  • 00:52:41.080 --> 00:52:42.280
  • a call to failure.
  • 00:52:42.290 --> 00:52:44.180
  • If God called me to plant a church no one would attend,
  • 00:52:44.190 --> 00:52:47.220
  • to preach sermons no one would listen to,
  • 00:52:47.230 --> 00:52:49.290
  • to go on missionary trips where no one would be saved,
  • 00:52:50.000 --> 00:52:52.240
  • would I really wanna do that?
  • 00:52:52.250 --> 00:52:54.080
  • Could I do that? Would you?
  • 00:52:54.090 --> 00:52:57.040
  • If God called you to fail, would you obey?
  • 00:52:57.050 --> 00:53:01.030
  • Some of us say yes, but why?
  • 00:53:01.040 --> 00:53:03.000
  • Why?
  • 00:53:03.010 --> 00:53:05.180
  • I can tell you why Isaiah did it.
  • 00:53:05.190 --> 00:53:07.100
  • Because he loved God with all his heart, with all his soul,
  • 00:53:07.110 --> 00:53:12.020
  • with all his strength.
  • 00:53:12.030 --> 00:53:13.240
  • He loved God and trusted God, and it was accredited to him
  • 00:53:13.250 --> 00:53:16.180
  • as righteousness.
  • 00:53:16.190 --> 00:53:20.100
  • And so Isaiah says, "Okay, I'll go.
  • 00:53:20.110 --> 00:53:23.200
  • I'll preach to people and no one will listen."
  • 00:53:23.210 --> 00:53:26.220
  • And then he asks a question with chutzpah, which is this great
  • 00:53:26.230 --> 00:53:31.070
  • Hebrew word that's taken on a weird thing today,
  • 00:53:31.080 --> 00:53:33.150
  • but it's faith, and he says, "How long?"
  • 00:53:33.160 --> 00:53:36.140
  • And God basically says forever: "Until the Babylonian exile."
  • 00:53:36.150 --> 00:53:44.040
  • And Isaiah says, "All right, I'm going."
  • 00:53:44.050 --> 00:53:47.010
  • And this is Isaiah's call.
  • 00:53:47.020 --> 00:53:50.030
  • It is a call to be faithful, to trust that if I am going
  • 00:53:50.040 --> 00:53:55.120
  • somewhere where people are gonna hate me or no one's going to
  • 00:53:55.130 --> 00:53:58.120
  • listen to me, where according to the world standard,
  • 00:53:58.130 --> 00:54:01.110
  • I'm going to achieve nothing, I'm going to trust
  • 00:54:01.120 --> 00:54:05.050
  • that it's okay because my life is for an audience of one.
  • 00:54:05.060 --> 00:54:11.280
  • I don't want the applause of anyone else.
  • 00:54:11.290 --> 00:54:13.290
  • I just want his applause.
  • 00:54:14.000 --> 00:54:16.230
  • And I trust that if I live for him, then in the end I will know
  • 00:54:16.240 --> 00:54:23.120
  • it was worth it, and I'll be glad that I didn't pursue all
  • 00:54:23.130 --> 00:54:29.050
  • the vain, lifeless things that promise so much
  • 00:54:29.060 --> 00:54:34.000
  • and deliver so little."
  • 00:54:34.010 --> 00:54:37.270
  • There's nothing like following the Lord in the desert.
  • 00:54:37.280 --> 00:54:42.230
  • There's nothing like being with God in the fire.
  • 00:54:42.240 --> 00:54:46.220
  • There's nothing like being totally isolated and feeling
  • 00:54:46.230 --> 00:54:49.250
  • completely alone but right there Jesus Christ meets you and puts
  • 00:54:49.260 --> 00:54:54.050
  • his arm around you and says, "I'm your brother.
  • 00:54:54.060 --> 00:54:57.230
  • You're never alone when you're with me.
  • 00:54:57.240 --> 00:54:59.230
  • I'll protect you, my sister. I'll protect you, my brother.
  • 00:54:59.240 --> 00:55:03.240
  • I love you."
  • 00:55:03.250 --> 00:55:05.180
  • See, that's what God does when we go through tough times.
  • 00:55:05.190 --> 00:55:09.250
  • You know, in the Old Testament Egypt is rarely called Egypt.
  • 00:55:09.260 --> 00:55:14.210
  • It's always called Pharaoh's land.
  • 00:55:14.220 --> 00:55:16.270
  • Everybody say, "Pharaoh's land."
  • 00:55:16.280 --> 00:55:20.070
  • And then the lush part of Israel, Galilee, you'd think
  • 00:55:20.080 --> 00:55:24.050
  • that would be called God's land, right?
  • 00:55:24.060 --> 00:55:26.280
  • No, it's called Israel's land. Everybody say, "Israel's land."
  • 00:55:26.290 --> 00:55:31.130
  • Guess what the desert is called.
  • 00:55:31.140 --> 00:55:33.180
  • Guess what the desert is called.
  • 00:55:34.120 --> 00:55:36.270
  • God's land.
  • 00:55:36.280 --> 00:55:39.280
  • The desert is God's land.
  • 00:55:39.290 --> 00:55:43.230
  • The place where without him you'll die.
  • 00:55:43.240 --> 00:55:48.010
  • This is where the law is given.
  • 00:55:48.020 --> 00:55:51.050
  • This is where Jesus goes when he's tempted.
  • 00:55:51.060 --> 00:55:54.090
  • And some of you are in the desert right now.
  • 00:55:54.100 --> 00:55:57.000
  • You're there right now and you wanna get out of there.
  • 00:55:57.010 --> 00:56:00.170
  • You're hot, you're dying, you're in danger.
  • 00:56:00.180 --> 00:56:02.230
  • There's scorpions, you're completely alone,
  • 00:56:02.240 --> 00:56:05.010
  • you're out of water, you don't know what's coming next.
  • 00:56:05.020 --> 00:56:08.150
  • And God is telling you, "Stay faithful.
  • 00:56:08.160 --> 00:56:12.240
  • Let the sun in this desert be unto you as a purifying fire.
  • 00:56:12.250 --> 00:56:17.290
  • Let it bring something to you that you
  • 00:56:18.000 --> 00:56:20.090
  • can only get here in this place.
  • 00:56:20.100 --> 00:56:23.110
  • Don't endure all the suffering and return back to Judea
  • 00:56:23.120 --> 00:56:27.140
  • or Galilee empty-handed.
  • 00:56:27.150 --> 00:56:30.130
  • Wait long enough for me to fulfill my promise."
  • 00:56:30.140 --> 00:56:35.180
  • And so that's my encouragement to you, friends, is get--
  • 00:56:35.190 --> 00:56:38.290
  • that whatever you're going through, you know,
  • 00:56:39.000 --> 00:56:41.260
  • it's in those times of difficulty that we recognize
  • 00:56:41.270 --> 00:56:44.170
  • God is with us.
  • 00:56:44.180 --> 00:56:46.020
  • You might think that everything you're doing
  • 00:56:46.030 --> 00:56:47.210
  • with your kids is a failure.
  • 00:56:47.220 --> 00:56:49.060
  • You might think everything you do in your business,
  • 00:56:49.070 --> 00:56:50.250
  • your ministry, or all these things, you're like,
  • 00:56:50.260 --> 00:56:53.180
  • "I've just been on this treadmill for so long."
  • 00:56:53.190 --> 00:56:56.130
  • God is saying, "Stay faithful, my daughter.
  • 00:56:56.140 --> 00:56:59.210
  • Stay faithful, my son.
  • 00:56:59.220 --> 00:57:01.260
  • Do what I've called you to do.
  • 00:57:01.270 --> 00:57:04.080
  • Become who I've called you to become,
  • 00:57:04.090 --> 00:57:06.170
  • and I will get you where you need to be."
  • 00:57:06.180 --> 00:57:10.000
  • So Lord, we ask it in Jesus's name.
  • 00:57:10.010 --> 00:57:12.190
  • You say when we lack faith ask for it, so we ask for it, Lord.
  • 00:57:12.200 --> 00:57:15.160
  • Give us faith.
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  • Help us, Lord, to be like Abraham, that at the year--
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  • age of 70, for 30 years in the desert he endured difficulty.
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  • Help is to be like Isaiah when he's called to fail almost and
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  • we see Isaiah was such a great success, actually, that even now
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  • we look at his words and we're inspired and he's maybe
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  • the most quoted prophet by Jesus.
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  • He changed the whole world because you know--
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  • he knew you didn't call him to failure,
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  • the world's standards, but he knows,
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  • Lord, that you always call us, even though
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  • it doesn't look like it, to greatness.
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  • Lord, we thank you, and we love you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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