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August 31, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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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: And welcome, visitors and church family.
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  • I love the Christine Caine quote that says: "God does not call
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  • the qualified; he qualifies the called."
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  • If you are breathing right now, God has callings for your life.
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  • And thank you so much for being here today.
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  • We love you.
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  • Bobby: Let's pray.
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  • Father, we thank you that you have called us into your house.
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  • Lord, for us, this is like a party, a celebration.
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  • And one of the fruits of the Spirit or part of the fruit
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  • of the Spirit is joy, to live in your joy, Lord.
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  • We wanna do that today and we pray, Father, that today people
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  • who need rest, need to relax both here and at home,
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  • we pray for your Holy Spirit, Father, to bring a sense
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  • of peace and trust.
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  • Lord, we love you, and we trust you.
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  • We thank you for the cross.
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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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  • 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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  • Hannah: In preparation for the message, the writings
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  • of the apostle Matthew found in Matthew 28:16.
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  • "Then the 11 disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where
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  • Jesus had told them to go.
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  • When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.
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  • Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven
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  • and on earth has been given to me.
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  • Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them
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  • in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, and
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  • teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you;
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  • and surely, I am with you always,
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  • to the very end of the age.'"
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  • Church family, God has called us to be a part of his powerful
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  • ministry here and now, amen.
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  • All to Jesus I surrender,
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  • all to him I freely give.
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  • I will ever love and trust him;
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  • in his presence daily live.
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  • All to Jesus I surrender,
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  • humbly at his feet I bow.
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  • Worldly pleasures all forsaken.
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  • Take me, Jesus, take me now.
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  • I surrender all.
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  • I surrender all.
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  • All to thee, my blessed Savior.
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  • I surrender all.
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  • Hallelujah,
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • All to Jesus I surrender.
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  • Make me, Savior, wholly thine.
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  • Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
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  • truly know that thou art mine.
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  • I surrender all.
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  • I surrender all praise to you, Jesus.
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  • All to Jesus, my blessed Savior,
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  • I surrender all.
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  • I surrender all.
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  • I surrender all.
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  • All to Jesus, my blessed Savior,
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  • Oh, I surrender all.
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  • Oh, I surrender all.
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  • Oh, I surrender all.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Well, our guest today is Autumn Miles.
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  • She's a wife, she's a mom, an author, a radio host,
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  • and runs Autumn Miles Ministries.
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  • Her book, "Gangster Prayer," shows readers how
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  • to passionately pray and relentlessly pursue God
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  • through prayer.
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  • Please welcome with me, Autumn Miles.
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  • Hi, Autumn. So nice to meet you.
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  • Autumn Miles: Thank you for having me.
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  • Bobby: Thanks for being here. Autumn: Yes.
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  • Bobby: Well, you know, one of the first rules in book
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  • marketing is to have a title that stands out and this is one:
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  • "Gangster Prayer."
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  • I mean, a lot of people, they hear that and they're like,
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  • "That's a--is she a gangster?
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  • It's like what's going on here?"
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  • Tell us a little bit about your book.
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  • Autumn: Well, it's meant to be bold, but God gave me
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  • the title so I thought, "I'm not gonna try to come up
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  • with one myself.
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  • God gave me "Gangster Prayer," and I'm gonna go with that."
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  • And it came.
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  • I was watching a documentary on real-life gangsters
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  • and mobsters, and I was intrigued by it.
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  • I watched it for weeks, and I watched their loyalty
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  • to their evil cause and I was watching it,
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  • intrigued by that characteristic and God said,
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  • "Those gangsters are more passionate about their mission
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  • of evil than you are of prayer."
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  • And as soon as the Holy Spirit said that to me,
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  • it convicted me deeply, and he was right.
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  • I was a professional Christian with an amateur prayer life.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, and it's interesting you say that.
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  • There is a Latin American saint who wrote a book called
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  • "The Violence of Love," and it kind of reminds me of that,
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  • that there's supposed to be this push, this like drive
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  • in your prayer, almost like when you see Jesus talking
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  • about the woman who, you know, comes to the judge
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  • or the neighbor who knocks on the door,
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  • just keep pressing, keep pushing in.
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  • Is that really what you're--
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  • is it kind of what you're getting at?
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  • Autumn: Relentless.
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  • I think prayer is the number-one resource
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  • that we have as believers.
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  • We have the opportunity to engage heaven and see miracles.
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  • The Holy Spirit told me one day, "What is a miracle to them,
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  • Autumn, can be your everyday life."
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  • And look at the life of Jesus and how he walked through
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  • and miracles were a part of everything that he did.
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  • I want to partake in that inheritance.
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  • So, yes, it is relentlessly pursuing the Lord,
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  • no matter how long it takes and no matter what that means.
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  • Bobby: I feel like one challenge is that our private
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  • personal prayer life oftentimes should be different
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  • than what we see in the public sphere of prayer.
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  • It was actually Juan Carlos who helped me understand prayer that
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  • my prayer life, he jokingly said my prayer life was liturgy,
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  • that I wasn't really praying and it taught me that a big part of
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  • praying is listening and taking time to really dive in
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  • and even at times be a little weird in my prayer life.
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  • I mean, David danced naked before the Lord.
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  • I mean, what if we had that sort of drive in our prayer life?
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  • That's really what you're getting at, right?
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  • Is how do we become the kind of people where we're just seeing
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  • prayer utterly change everything in our life?
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  • Autumn: Well, that's exactly what happened to me.
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  • I had to--I was a pastor's daughter,
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  • raised in the church.
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  • Bobby: Welcome to the family. Me too.
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  • Autumn: Oh, thank you.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, we have a club. You got your pen too?
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  • Autumn: Yes, I got my pen. Bobby: Secret handshake.
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  • Autumn: And I was raised around a bunch of extra rules
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  • when it came to prayer, and I had to realize that some of the
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  • religious things I picked up, I needed to unlearn
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  • and stop doing.
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  • I was scared to ask God for miracles because what if
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  • he didn't, what would that do to my faith?
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  • And so I became really bold when I began to unlearn
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  • what I'd picked up that wasn't even a principle of prayer
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  • in the Bible.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, so what is probably the biggest piece of
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  • advice you can give to someone who's a new Christian and they
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  • don't really get what you're saying or maybe someone that
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  • they pray at dinner or maybe they pray before they go to bed
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  • at night but they haven't had the kind of prayer experience
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  • that you're talking about?
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  • What kind of advice would you give to that person?
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  • Autumn: Take an honest audit of your prayer life.
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  • I think right now in the church--
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  • in the church culture, not just regular culture,
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  • we have got to start taking an honest audit
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  • of our prayer lives.
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  • Are we actually relentlessly pursuing God?
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  • Do we expect him to come through?
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  • And a lot of the feedback that we've got from the book is,
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  • "Wow, I thought I had a prayer life but,"
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  • like you said earlier, "I was just talking at God.
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  • I wasn't talking to God."
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  • It's time right now in our culture to be bold to ask
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  • and see what God--he promises to answer.
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  • He promises to come through, and see what he'll do for us.
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  • Bobby: I think there's also sort of a milieu in the modern
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  • age that, like, people don't really think prayer's
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  • gonna make a difference.
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  • It's almost like a duty or it's something Christians do.
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  • They don't really believe it will move the needle.
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  • And you always hear that from people
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  • who have never prayed, though.
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  • You never hear it from people who have--
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  • like, I've never known somebody who had a really deep
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  • prayer life and then later on was like,
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  • "I stopped praying 'cause it didn't do anything,"
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  • or like it didn't help, don't you think?
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  • Don't you think that's a big part of it?
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  • Autumn: It's--I love that you just said that because one of
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  • the things that I talk about in the book is I'll go
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  • and I'll travel and I'll speak everywhere and they're like,
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  • "But Autumn, how did you write a book?"
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  • Or "How did you get to this position?
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  • How are you doing this?"
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  • And they want something more, bigger than prayer.
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  • And one of the major themes of this book is prayer
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  • is the insight.
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  • Prayer--it's not the connections.
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  • The connections come through prayer.
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  • The finances come through prayer.
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  • Prayer is the insight.
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  • And that's what we need to get back to as the--
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  • with the church as a whole.
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  • Prayer is the insight.
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  • Nothing else really matters except engaging
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  • the most high on our behalf.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, that's awesome.
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  • Autumn Miles, thank you for your book, "Gangster Prayer."
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  • I wanna recommend it to you.
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  • It will make a big difference in your prayer life,
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  • and she will give you the tools you need to bring your prayer
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  • to that level you want it to be at.
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  • Autumn: Amen. Bobby: Thank you so much.
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  • Autumn, love you, appreciate you.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Autumn: God bless you. Thank you so much.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • As I lay me down, heaven hear me now.
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  • I'm lost without a cause, after giving it my all.
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  • Winter storms have come and darkened my sun.
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  • After all that I've been through,
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  • who on earth can I turn to?
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  • I look to you. I look to you.
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  • After all my strength is gone,
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  • in you I can be strong.
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  • I look to you. I look to you.
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  • And when melodies are gone,
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  • in you I hear a song.
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  • I look to you.
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  • After losing my breath, there's no more fighting left.
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  • Sinking to rise no more, searching for that open door.
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  • And every road that I've taken led to my regret.
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  • I don't know if I'm gonna make it.
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  • Nothing to do but lift my head.
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  • I look to you. I look to you.
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  • After all my strength is gone,
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  • in you I can be strong.
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  • I look to you. I look to you.
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  • And when melodies are gone,
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  • in you I hear a song.
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  • I look to you.
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  • When the levees are broken,
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  • my world has come crumbling down on me.
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  • When the rain is falling, defeat is calling,
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  • I need you to set me free.
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  • Take me far away from the battle.
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  • I need you.
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  • Shine on me.
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  • I look to you. I look to you.
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  • After all my strength has gone,
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  • in you I can be strong.
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  • I look to you. I look to you.
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  • And when melodies are gone,
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  • in you I hear a song.
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  • I look to you.
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  • I look to you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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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,
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  • "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 wanna send you the beautiful Creed of the Beloved suncatcher.
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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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  • announcer: Call, write, or go online today
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  • and request 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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  • As you read and say aloud the affirmations
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  • that you are not what you do, not what you have,
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  • and not what people say about you,
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  • your true identity as God's beloved will take root
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  • in your heart, and you will be transformed.
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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
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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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  • 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
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  • valuable resources and learn to reestablish
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  • and strengthen the relationships in your life.
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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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  • We simply just can't do it without you.
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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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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you for joining us today.
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  • If you're ever in Orange County, come on down
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  • to Shepherd's Grove Pres, we'd love to meet you
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  • and pray with you and give you a big hug
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  • and worship with you.
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  • If you live in the area, bring your kids.
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  • We'll teach 'em the things of God.
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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 creed together.
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  • Let's say this together:
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  • "I'm not what I do. I am 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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  • Well, can you believe it?
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  • We're already in a series about "Back to School" in August
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  • and, you know, a lot of schools in Oklahoma where I went
  • 00:28:58.090 --> 00:29:01.020
  • to high school for part of my high school tenure,
  • 00:29:01.030 --> 00:29:03.180
  • we start school in August.
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  • I know it's that way in parts of the Midwest and the South.
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  • A lot of other schools here in California start in September.
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  • And it's a great opportunity to take the next three weeks
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  • and talk about the value of investing in children,
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  • the value of investing in teenagers and in young people
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  • and this is something that we're gonna do the next three weeks
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  • in a series called "Disciples Making Disciples."
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  • Now, if that sounds familiar to you, that was the vision of
  • 00:29:27.160 --> 00:29:31.010
  • Irvine Presbyterian Church, the other half of this community,
  • 00:29:31.020 --> 00:29:34.150
  • the church that we merged with.
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  • It was a thing they lived by.
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  • I've always thought that's a perfect description
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  • of what Jesus wants us to be.
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  • He wants us to be disciples and he wants us to make disciples.
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  • So we're gonna talk about that and especially about how
  • 00:29:45.160 --> 00:29:47.290
  • disciple-making in the New Testament Scriptures
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  • was mostly geared towards children and teenagers.
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  • Okay, so before we get into that,
  • 00:29:55.120 --> 00:29:57.100
  • I wanna share with you one of my favorite quotes of all time.
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  • It's a Greek proverb, and it says this,
  • 00:30:02.030 --> 00:30:05.120
  • "A society becomes great when its elders plant trees
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  • under whose shade they know they will never sit."
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  • Isn't that beautiful?
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  • Every great society is the result of that happening.
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  • My guess is everybody sitting in this room, everybody watching
  • 00:30:19.160 --> 00:30:22.270
  • on television, you can think of people in your life, maybe
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  • they're not here any longer, and they did things,
  • 00:30:26.110 --> 00:30:28.290
  • made sacrifices, so that you could enjoy the life
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  • you're experiencing now.
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  • All the fruit in our life that we experience as a society is
  • 00:30:34.240 --> 00:30:38.030
  • the result of sometimes hundreds of years of women and men
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  • making these kinds of sacrifices for us.
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  • Therefore, it is our responsibility to do the same,
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  • to be planting trees that our posterity will be sitting under.
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  • Trees that we'll never see fully grown.
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  • That's a good, good thing to do, amen?
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  • To believe in the next generation
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  • and the generation after that.
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  • I'm thankful that God put people in my life that I stand
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  • completely on the shoulders of other giants
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  • who have come before me.
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  • I thank God that I had parents in my life
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  • who taught me about my-- about the faith,
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  • about the Scriptures, and gave me wisdom.
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  • And Hannah's family, too, same thing, you know.
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  • Hannah's family, one of the great things,
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  • they really live this out.
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  • Hannah's--Hannah has five brothers,
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  • I don't know if you guys know that.
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  • She has five brothers.
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  • She's the only girl, the princess.
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  • Princess Presley. Her maiden name is Presley.
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  • And she probably hates that I said that, but it's great,
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  • she--and one of the things I love about her parents,
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  • both of them, they said, "For us, parenting was our hobby.
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  • It was more important to us than any of the other things we did
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  • because we knew that window was so short."
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  • And one of the things they did to their kids, is not only
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  • taught them how to live a godly life and how to make good
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  • and right decisions, they also taught their kids
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  • to teach their kids.
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  • In other words, when Hannah was 14, 15, 17, she and her brothers
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  • were hearing from their parents, "When you're parents someday,
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  • here's how you teach your own children.
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  • When you're a parent someday, here are the things
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  • that worked for us."
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  • So they not only were teaching them the things they needed
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  • to learn but teaching them how to teach others.
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  • Isn't that great?
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  • It's the belief, the firm belief,
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  • that the next generation matters.
  • 00:32:27.290 --> 00:32:30.010
  • Now, many of us watching on TV or here are not called
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  • to be parents.
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  • We don't have kids, and that's great, that's fine.
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  • I mean, Paul himself said, "I'm not called to be married,
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  • I'm not called to have kids," and I would suggest
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  • that Paul would say what I'm gonna say to you
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  • and that is that all of us can have spiritual children.
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  • That means all of us can have kids, young people, teens,
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  • or others in our lives whom we can mentor, help,
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  • come alongside, and guide for the Lord's purposes.
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  • And that's what we're gonna talk about today.
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  • How do we disciple our own children but we're also gonna
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  • talk about how do we disciple our neighbor and how do we
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  • change our view so that we care very, very much about the next
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  • generation, particularly youth.
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  • Now, in Jewish tradition, Jews love kids and Jews
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  • have loved kids forever.
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  • It's, like, one of their big things.
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  • I know we all say we love kids but we're--
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  • I'm gonna unpack this a little bit.
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  • First of all, open your Bibles
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  • to Matthew chapter 28, 16 through 20.
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  • Before you read, we're gonna read what's famously known
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  • as the Great Commission.
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  • And if you've gone to church for a long time and I were to ask
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  • you, "What does the Great Commission say?"
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  • you would probably say something along the lines of,
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  • "Go into all the world and preach the gospel,
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  • Judea, Samaria, outermost parts of the earth,
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  • and baptize them," or something like that.
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  • Almost everybody gets this wrong.
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  • The Great Commission does not say to go out into all the world
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  • and preach the gospel, did you know that?
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  • It says it in Mark, but the part in Mark you'll see is
  • 00:33:54.160 --> 00:33:57.060
  • in italics, that's because it's not a part
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  • of the original Gospel of Mark.
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  • It actually wasn't there.
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  • So if you look in Matthew, the only place this is located,
  • 00:34:03.040 --> 00:34:05.060
  • it says--we'll bring it up on the screen
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  • or you can read in your Bible:
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  • "Then the 11 disciples went to Galilee,
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  • to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
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  • When they saw Him, they worshiped Him;
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  • but some doubted.
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  • Then Jesus came to them and said,
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  • 'All authority in heaven and on earth
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  • has been given to me.
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  • Therefore go and preach the gospel."
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  • Is that what it says?
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  • No, it doesn't.
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  • "Therefore go into the world and make disciples."
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  • See, there is actually no difference between preaching
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  • the gospel and making disciples.
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  • In the 1st century view, it's the same thing.
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  • To preach the gospel is to say the kingdom of God is here.
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  • You can be a disciple. Kids can be disciples.
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  • Women can be disciples. Old people can be disciples.
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  • Sinners can be disciples.
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  • Anyone, Gentiles, everyone, can be disciples.
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  • Everyone is now invited to follow Rabbi Jesus.
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • And we forget sometimes that that is--
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  • when we talk about preaching the gospel,
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  • that's what we're talking about.
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  • We're talking about going to people and making disciples.
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  • And it continues: "Making disciples of all nations,"
  • 00:35:13.270 --> 00:35:18.070
  • actually, that word there is ethnos, of all ethnicities and
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  • people groups and languages, "baptizing them in the name
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  • of the Father and of the Son, of the Holy Spirit,"
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  • or the Trinitarian Reality, one translation says,
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  • and teaching them to what?
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  • Obey.
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  • "Obey everything I have commanded you; and surely,
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  • I am with you always, until the very end of the age."
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  • Now, this word "disciple" is not a word Jesus invented.
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  • In fact, it was a part of a greater educational structure
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  • that was already in place.
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  • The Hebrew and Aramaic word for rabbi is the word "talmid."
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  • Everyone say "talmid."
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  • And a group of disciples is called the talmidim.
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  • Everybody say "talmidim."
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  • A talmid is not necessarily one who confesses certain Greek
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  • theological ideas, although we do that.
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  • We're Presbyterian, right? We gotta do that.
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  • But rather--that was a Presbyterian joke.
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  • Only Tim got it, but anyway.
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  • We're creedal, we are creedal, you know, but that's
  • 00:36:19.240 --> 00:36:22.070
  • not necessarily what discipleship means.
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  • A disciple is an apprentice.
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  • Just like any other skill for plumbers or carpenters or any
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  • other practice, you have to apprentice to someone.
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  • And this discipleship thing had been in place for 400
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  • or 500 years by the time this thing came about.
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  • So what is a disciple?
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  • It begins first of all, when Jesus is saying this,
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  • is it's not for everyone.
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  • You know, in--we often think, you know, as Christians
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  • everybody's a disciple, right?
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  • But in Jesus's day, not all Jews were disciples.
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  • Only the best of the best, only men, and only those who were
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  • in training to become rabbis themselves.
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  • So to give you some context for a disciple,
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  • we're gonna look to our favorite book, "The Mishnah."
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  • Mishnah is a commentary in the Old Testament
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  • from Jewish orthodoxy and the Mishnah says this.
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  • See if you recognize the characters that are described
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  • in this ancient document.
  • 00:37:22.200 --> 00:37:25.090
  • Okay, "Moses received the Torah at Sinai," right?
  • 00:37:25.100 --> 00:37:28.160
  • We know that.
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  • "And transmitted that to Joshua."
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  • Who's Joshua?
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  • That's his disciple, right, the general that leads
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  • the Jewish people into the Promised Land.
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  • And Joshua gives it to who?
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  • "The elders, and the elders to the prophets," the Nevi'im,
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  • "and the prophets to the Men of the Great Assembly."
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  • Who here knows what the Men of the Great Assembly is?
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  • Okay, we'll come back to that.
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  • "They," that is the Great Assembly.
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  • "They said three things:
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  • Be patient in justice, raise many--"
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  • congregation: "Disciples."
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  • Bobby: Okay, so here's one
  • 00:38:09.110 --> 00:38:11.040
  • of the earliest places it's taking--
  • 00:38:11.050 --> 00:38:12.290
  • "raise many disciples, and make a fence around the Torah," okay.
  • 00:38:13.000 --> 00:38:17.070
  • Now, the Men of the Great Assembly is so important
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  • for us to know.
  • 00:38:21.090 --> 00:38:23.060
  • This is a group of people that was gathered together at the end
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  • of the Old Testament in 410 BC.
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  • It was 120 men.
  • 00:38:29.050 --> 00:38:31.090
  • They were sages, prophets, and scribes, and they got together
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  • and they decided we need to define who we are as a people
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  • and what we believe.
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  • We're growing, we're thriving, we're--this is after the second
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  • temple is sort of being reestablished and so Ezra,
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  • Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, these are all great men that are
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  • in this group, and the--one of the first things they do is they
  • 00:38:54.190 --> 00:38:58.010
  • organize the Old Testament.
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  • You know, there's hundreds of thousands of prophets that had
  • 00:39:00.020 --> 00:39:02.090
  • existed in the life of Jews so they had to pick which writings
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  • do we believe are really from God that can bless,
  • 00:39:05.280 --> 00:39:08.130
  • you know, generations.
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  • So this is where the Old Testament
  • 00:39:10.010 --> 00:39:11.130
  • comes together and becomes canon.
  • 00:39:11.140 --> 00:39:13.110
  • The second thing they do is they define synagogue.
  • 00:39:13.120 --> 00:39:15.030
  • Synagogues kind of emerge that when you have ten or more Jews
  • 00:39:15.040 --> 00:39:18.210
  • in a place, they form what's called a minyan and they can
  • 00:39:18.220 --> 00:39:21.250
  • worship together and they celebrate Torah and study Torah.
  • 00:39:21.260 --> 00:39:25.150
  • And then, third, they decided this is what oral tradition is.
  • 00:39:25.160 --> 00:39:30.050
  • So oral tradition becomes a very important part of Judaism
  • 00:39:30.060 --> 00:39:34.020
  • and that is how do we preach on this Bible?
  • 00:39:34.030 --> 00:39:36.210
  • You know, we do that in denominations, don't we?
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  • That's what our creeds and confessions are.
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  • It's our oral tradition as well in a way.
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  • It's when we say adultery, what does that mean?
  • 00:39:42.120 --> 00:39:44.210
  • When we say, murder, do not murder, what does that mean?
  • 00:39:44.220 --> 00:39:47.160
  • When we say, do not covet, what does that mean?
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  • It is a commentary on what this Torah means.
  • 00:39:49.250 --> 00:39:53.210
  • But at the heart of this was this firm belief by the Jewish
  • 00:39:53.220 --> 00:39:58.070
  • people that this story that God has given us that is the Tanakh
  • 00:39:58.080 --> 00:40:02.280
  • that we call the Old Testament, the story God has given us,
  • 00:40:02.290 --> 00:40:06.010
  • must never, ever, ever be forgotten.
  • 00:40:06.020 --> 00:40:09.140
  • And they said all the time, if one generation forgets,
  • 00:40:09.150 --> 00:40:13.090
  • if one generation forgets the Bible, it might as well
  • 00:40:13.100 --> 00:40:16.110
  • have never happened.
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  • It will matter for nothing.
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  • Therefore, it is our duty as a people to make sure that every
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  • generation and every generation after it knows
  • 00:40:24.100 --> 00:40:28.020
  • the Bible, loves the Bible, can quote the Bible,
  • 00:40:28.030 --> 00:40:32.030
  • understands the Bible, and lives the Bible.
  • 00:40:32.040 --> 00:40:34.110
  • Isn't that beautiful?
  • 00:40:34.120 --> 00:40:36.050
  • And so out of this emerges this synagogue style of worship where
  • 00:40:36.060 --> 00:40:39.200
  • the Torah is taught and oral tradition is celebrated
  • 00:40:39.210 --> 00:40:42.230
  • and how do we pick rabbis to teach that thing?
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  • One of the things that I love about, like, these synagogues is
  • 00:40:45.060 --> 00:40:47.230
  • sometimes in a celebration they'll go and take a Torah
  • 00:40:47.240 --> 00:40:50.070
  • scroll and they'll walk around and everybody will jump up and
  • 00:40:50.080 --> 00:40:52.280
  • down and celebrate and they'll play music, you know,
  • 00:40:52.290 --> 00:40:56.030
  • like violins and people will reach and kiss it
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  • and touch it because this is God's Word.
  • 00:40:58.180 --> 00:41:01.260
  • God chose us, the Jewish people, to give his Word.
  • 00:41:01.270 --> 00:41:06.170
  • Don't you wish when I said, "Open your Bibles,"
  • 00:41:06.180 --> 00:41:08.110
  • everybody was like, "Yeah!
  • 00:41:08.120 --> 00:41:10.230
  • [singing]
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  • And just music started breaking out and confetti
  • 00:41:14.050 --> 00:41:16.050
  • falls from the ceiling and fireworks go off.
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  • This is how--this is how first century Jewish people and today
  • 00:41:19.210 --> 00:41:24.140
  • orthodox Jewish people view the Torah, view the Bible.
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  • It's just this amazing gift, God's Word to us,
  • 00:41:27.260 --> 00:41:32.130
  • and who needs it more than anybody?
  • 00:41:32.140 --> 00:41:34.060
  • Not me.
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  • My kids, my posterity, generation after generation.
  • 00:41:36.130 --> 00:41:41.140
  • And so what emerges is this school of rabbis and students
  • 00:41:41.150 --> 00:41:45.140
  • and synagogues and Torah memorization and education.
  • 00:41:45.150 --> 00:41:49.100
  • And by the second century BC, there's a guy named
  • 00:41:49.110 --> 00:41:52.150
  • Shimon ben Shetach who's considered
  • 00:41:52.160 --> 00:41:54.180
  • one of the great sages, and he establishes
  • 00:41:54.190 --> 00:41:57.090
  • what's called Yeshiva, which is the process
  • 00:41:57.100 --> 00:41:59.190
  • of helping children memorize, learn, and understand Torah.
  • 00:41:59.200 --> 00:42:05.120
  • Now this gets really good.
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  • By the time Jesus is on the scene, there have been many
  • 00:42:07.020 --> 00:42:09.000
  • great teachers of Torah, many great rabbis,
  • 00:42:09.010 --> 00:42:12.040
  • but one of the most interesting thing is that every child
  • 00:42:12.050 --> 00:42:14.250
  • can read and every child has Torah memorized.
  • 00:42:14.260 --> 00:42:18.280
  • When you're five years old--and I feel so bad for five year olds
  • 00:42:18.290 --> 00:42:21.040
  • when I think about this.
  • 00:42:21.050 --> 00:42:22.230
  • Every--when you're five years old, every boy and every girl
  • 00:42:22.240 --> 00:42:25.200
  • goes to a school, goes to yeshiva,
  • 00:42:25.210 --> 00:42:28.240
  • and in that time they begin the process of memorizing
  • 00:42:28.250 --> 00:42:32.120
  • the Torah, which isn't just Genesis and Exodus.
  • 00:42:32.130 --> 00:42:35.090
  • You kind of wish it was.
  • 00:42:35.100 --> 00:42:37.080
  • That's also Numbers, Leviticus, Deuteronomy.
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  • That'd be a bummer, wouldn't it?
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  • Not for them.
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  • For them, it's this great thing, and it becomes the center
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  • of their education.
  • 00:42:47.240 --> 00:42:50.140
  • And in those days as they continued to learn,
  • 00:42:50.150 --> 00:42:53.000
  • by the time they're like 9, 10, or 11,
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  • almost every kid who doesn't have a disability or something
  • 00:42:56.120 --> 00:42:59.210
  • has the Torah memorized.
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  • Memorized!
  • 00:43:04.100 --> 00:43:06.080
  • That way, if they burn every Torah,
  • 00:43:06.090 --> 00:43:09.120
  • if they burn every school, if they kill every rabbi,
  • 00:43:09.130 --> 00:43:12.190
  • still every single Jewish person can recite the Bible
  • 00:43:12.200 --> 00:43:16.290
  • from beginning to end.
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  • The only way the Bible dies is if we die.
  • 00:43:19.190 --> 00:43:23.080
  • Wow, isn't that great?
  • 00:43:23.090 --> 00:43:25.110
  • They wanted their kids to have this.
  • 00:43:25.120 --> 00:43:27.050
  • And not only that, because the Torah doesn't just tell us
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  • what to do and it's not just religious,
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  • but it also tells us who we are as a people.
  • 00:43:31.140 --> 00:43:34.110
  • It tells us why we exist, to be blessed
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  • and be a blessing to others, right?
  • 00:43:37.090 --> 00:43:40.070
  • And on and on it goes.
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  • And then in that school, some of the kids that would graduate
  • 00:43:42.010 --> 00:43:45.020
  • from that school, some were the best of the best, and they would
  • 00:43:45.030 --> 00:43:49.280
  • then go on to memorize the rest of the whole Old Testament.
  • 00:43:49.290 --> 00:43:53.020
  • Can you imagine that?
  • 00:43:53.030 --> 00:43:54.280
  • So then, you know, Joshua and the writings and chronicles
  • 00:43:54.290 --> 00:43:57.060
  • and psalms and proverbs and all that,
  • 00:43:57.070 --> 00:43:59.020
  • they would have it all memorized.
  • 00:43:59.030 --> 00:44:01.070
  • And some of those ones then would go on
  • 00:44:01.080 --> 00:44:04.050
  • and would then try and become rabbis.
  • 00:44:04.060 --> 00:44:07.160
  • So I just love that the Hebrew people in the first century,
  • 00:44:07.170 --> 00:44:10.090
  • all of them, they were just obsessed with their kids
  • 00:44:10.100 --> 00:44:14.210
  • not only knowing the Bible but memorizing it.
  • 00:44:14.220 --> 00:44:18.180
  • Can you imagine if all of the kids in this church had the
  • 00:44:18.190 --> 00:44:21.140
  • first, you know, had the four Gospels memorized?
  • 00:44:21.150 --> 00:44:24.270
  • That would not be near as hard as memorizing the Old Testament.
  • 00:44:24.280 --> 00:44:27.250
  • Actually, there's a great story.
  • 00:44:27.260 --> 00:44:29.280
  • Ray Vander Laan tells a story about being in Israel he would
  • 00:44:29.290 --> 00:44:32.140
  • give tours, you know, to Christians
  • 00:44:32.150 --> 00:44:34.120
  • and talk about our Jewish roots.
  • 00:44:34.130 --> 00:44:36.150
  • And one day they were coming out of a bookstore that sold
  • 00:44:36.160 --> 00:44:38.210
  • different crafts and things, and a school bus full of orthodox
  • 00:44:38.220 --> 00:44:42.090
  • children had stopped and it had, like, broken down in front
  • 00:44:42.100 --> 00:44:47.000
  • of the place and he was just telling them earlier that day
  • 00:44:47.010 --> 00:44:49.230
  • about how even today, orthodox children do this memorization.
  • 00:44:49.240 --> 00:44:54.040
  • And when the bus broke down, what do you think they did?
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  • First, let me ask you if you saw a bus full of kids,
  • 00:44:56.140 --> 00:44:59.130
  • eighth graders or something, break down out here,
  • 00:44:59.140 --> 00:45:01.180
  • what do you think every kid would do?
  • 00:45:01.190 --> 00:45:03.230
  • Yeah, right, time to do this, right?
  • 00:45:03.240 --> 00:45:06.260
  • Every single kid pulled out their Bible.
  • 00:45:06.270 --> 00:45:10.180
  • Everyone, and they just-- and they started studying
  • 00:45:10.190 --> 00:45:13.040
  • and talking to each other and laughing and going back
  • 00:45:13.050 --> 00:45:15.030
  • and reciting.
  • 00:45:15.040 --> 00:45:17.080
  • And they said, "Hey, Ray, do these kids, do they have the
  • 00:45:17.090 --> 00:45:19.220
  • Torah memorized?"
  • 00:45:19.230 --> 00:45:21.090
  • He said, "Absolutely."
  • 00:45:21.100 --> 00:45:22.290
  • He said, "Ask 'em a question about anything."
  • 00:45:23.000 --> 00:45:24.230
  • So they went and they talked to these kids and they said, "Hey,
  • 00:45:24.240 --> 00:45:26.260
  • kids, what was Aaron's wife's name?"
  • 00:45:26.270 --> 00:45:29.280
  • And like, they all laughed, like, "Ah, her name is--"
  • 00:45:29.290 --> 00:45:32.080
  • Actually, I don't know Aaron's wife's name.
  • 00:45:32.090 --> 00:45:34.100
  • I don't.
  • 00:45:34.110 --> 00:45:36.000
  • I'm an ordained pastor.
  • 00:45:36.010 --> 00:45:37.240
  • Anybody know?
  • 00:45:37.250 --> 00:45:39.160
  • No, okay, anyway, they spouted it out, like, in unison.
  • 00:45:39.170 --> 00:45:41.090
  • "What are Aaron's kids' names?"
  • 00:45:41.100 --> 00:45:43.050
  • Everybody's like, "bop, bop, bop, bop, bop," all the kids.
  • 00:45:43.060 --> 00:45:45.220
  • I think if you asked one of our kids, you know, in--at school or
  • 00:45:45.230 --> 00:45:49.170
  • one of--you know, if you asked my daughter or something,
  • 00:45:49.180 --> 00:45:51.220
  • "What's Aaron's wife's name?"
  • 00:45:51.230 --> 00:45:53.160
  • It's like, "Oh, Aaron's my friend at school."
  • 00:45:53.170 --> 00:45:57.150
  • And then Ray says, "Come on, guys, ask 'em a bigger question.
  • 00:45:57.160 --> 00:46:00.170
  • Ask 'em something about their story or something off the wall,
  • 00:46:00.180 --> 00:46:04.070
  • you think there's no way they would know."
  • 00:46:04.080 --> 00:46:06.170
  • And they said--somebody said, "How many birds are mentioned in
  • 00:46:06.180 --> 00:46:10.070
  • the Bible?"
  • 00:46:10.080 --> 00:46:12.030
  • And one by one, all these kids began to recite every word
  • 00:46:12.040 --> 00:46:14.280
  • starting with pigeon at the beginning and they cited every
  • 00:46:14.290 --> 00:46:18.120
  • single verse in the Torah that had a bird in it.
  • 00:46:18.130 --> 00:46:21.160
  • Whoa!
  • 00:46:21.170 --> 00:46:23.170
  • All I'm trying to say is that in the first century, this is the
  • 00:46:23.180 --> 00:46:26.240
  • world that Jesus grew up in.
  • 00:46:26.250 --> 00:46:29.060
  • Jesus did this.
  • 00:46:29.070 --> 00:46:31.040
  • His disciples did this.
  • 00:46:31.050 --> 00:46:32.230
  • Every single boy and girl could do this in Jesus's day.
  • 00:46:32.240 --> 00:46:35.280
  • And when you're talking about the chaos and violence of the
  • 00:46:35.290 --> 00:46:39.090
  • ancient world, this is utterly and historically remarkable.
  • 00:46:39.100 --> 00:46:44.120
  • That there is this small tribe of people who loved children so
  • 00:46:44.130 --> 00:46:47.280
  • much and wanted them to be educated and to know the Bible
  • 00:46:47.290 --> 00:46:52.100
  • and to carry it not just in their heads,
  • 00:46:52.110 --> 00:46:54.150
  • but in their hearts.
  • 00:46:54.160 --> 00:46:57.070
  • Out of this then comes this thing where some of those kids
  • 00:46:57.080 --> 00:47:00.050
  • are so excelled, so good, so smart, that they themselves can
  • 00:47:00.060 --> 00:47:04.110
  • become rabbis, teachers of the Torah.
  • 00:47:04.120 --> 00:47:06.200
  • And the way they do that is they find a famous rabbi or sage and
  • 00:47:06.210 --> 00:47:09.270
  • they go to that person and they say, "Rabbi,
  • 00:47:09.280 --> 00:47:12.080
  • I wanna become your talmid.
  • 00:47:12.090 --> 00:47:14.000
  • I wanna become a disciple, a student of you.
  • 00:47:14.010 --> 00:47:15.280
  • I wanna enroll in rabbi seminary."
  • 00:47:15.290 --> 00:47:18.280
  • And the rabbi would ask 'em a series of questions and they'd
  • 00:47:18.290 --> 00:47:21.010
  • go back and forth and this or that.
  • 00:47:21.020 --> 00:47:23.020
  • And then in most cases, 99%, I know this is review, we've
  • 00:47:23.030 --> 00:47:26.020
  • talked about this before but, and in most cases, the rabbi
  • 00:47:26.030 --> 00:47:28.160
  • would say to them, "Go and ply your trade."
  • 00:47:28.170 --> 00:47:32.280
  • It's a polite way of rejecting them.
  • 00:47:32.290 --> 00:47:34.290
  • He's saying, "Go and be a fisherman, go and be a
  • 00:47:35.000 --> 00:47:37.180
  • carpenter, go and be a tax collector."
  • 00:47:37.190 --> 00:47:41.060
  • And so in this way, with their head hanging, this 14-, 15-, or
  • 00:47:41.070 --> 00:47:44.150
  • 16-year-old boy would walk away and go be a fisherman or go do
  • 00:47:44.160 --> 00:47:48.090
  • what his dad does.
  • 00:47:48.100 --> 00:47:50.010
  • But every once in a while, if the kid was smart enough and
  • 00:47:50.020 --> 00:47:53.170
  • knew the Torah well enough and just had a great mind that the
  • 00:47:53.180 --> 00:47:57.070
  • rabbi wanted them in his little group, he would say to them,
  • 00:47:57.080 --> 00:48:00.130
  • these famous words, "Follow me."
  • 00:48:00.140 --> 00:48:04.190
  • These were famous words.
  • 00:48:04.200 --> 00:48:06.130
  • Everybody in their world knew that these two words are great.
  • 00:48:06.140 --> 00:48:09.040
  • And like, the dad, if he finds out--the dad of a boy finds out
  • 00:48:09.050 --> 00:48:12.130
  • that a rabbi said, "Follow me" to him, he'd be like, "My boy.
  • 00:48:12.140 --> 00:48:16.050
  • My boy, he's gonna be a rabbi.
  • 00:48:16.060 --> 00:48:19.030
  • He knows Torah better than anyone.
  • 00:48:19.040 --> 00:48:21.010
  • He's been called."
  • 00:48:21.020 --> 00:48:22.210
  • It's like getting into Harvard or something, just incredible,
  • 00:48:22.220 --> 00:48:24.210
  • like whatever that is times ten, this is what it would feel like
  • 00:48:24.220 --> 00:48:28.030
  • for a dad.
  • 00:48:28.040 --> 00:48:30.060
  • And in fact, the dad was always the--in the highest position of
  • 00:48:30.070 --> 00:48:34.120
  • honor for any child but there was only one person that was
  • 00:48:34.130 --> 00:48:37.270
  • honored more than a child's father and that was the child's
  • 00:48:37.280 --> 00:48:41.040
  • spiritual father, the rabbi.
  • 00:48:41.050 --> 00:48:43.180
  • In fact, the Mishnah says that "greater honor is ascribed to
  • 00:48:43.190 --> 00:48:47.040
  • the rabbi than the father because," it says, "for his
  • 00:48:47.050 --> 00:48:51.000
  • father brought him into this world, but his rabbi who taught
  • 00:48:51.010 --> 00:48:55.220
  • him wisdom, brings him into the world to come."
  • 00:48:55.230 --> 00:49:00.180
  • Isn't that great?
  • 00:49:00.190 --> 00:49:02.190
  • Many of you, you're thinking, "I don't have kids.
  • 00:49:02.200 --> 00:49:04.170
  • I'm never gonna have kids, I don't have grandkids,"
  • 00:49:04.180 --> 00:49:06.120
  • or "my kids moved out a long time ago."
  • 00:49:06.130 --> 00:49:08.080
  • What if you became like that to someone?
  • 00:49:08.090 --> 00:49:10.250
  • What if you became the kind of person that decided, "I'm going
  • 00:49:10.260 --> 00:49:13.190
  • to find people in my life where maybe they didn't have a dad or
  • 00:49:13.200 --> 00:49:18.230
  • maybe they didn't have someone to teach them wisdom, they don't
  • 00:49:18.240 --> 00:49:21.040
  • have somebody supporting them.
  • 00:49:21.050 --> 00:49:22.210
  • They don't have somebody loving them, caring for them.
  • 00:49:22.220 --> 00:49:24.090
  • And I'm going to make a disciple of this person.
  • 00:49:24.100 --> 00:49:26.080
  • What I mean by that is I'm going to teach them
  • 00:49:26.090 --> 00:49:28.060
  • that God loves them.
  • 00:49:28.070 --> 00:49:29.220
  • I'm gonna teach them how to walk in Christ's way.
  • 00:49:29.230 --> 00:49:31.060
  • I'm gonna teach them how to love their enemies.
  • 00:49:31.070 --> 00:49:32.210
  • I'm gonna teach them God's Word and God's wisdom."
  • 00:49:32.220 --> 00:49:35.120
  • I think that'd be amazing--an amazing thing for all of us to
  • 00:49:35.130 --> 00:49:38.190
  • get in our hearts, that we--we wanna be like this.
  • 00:49:38.200 --> 00:49:42.000
  • And so what happened is this boy, if he got into, you know,
  • 00:49:42.010 --> 00:49:45.110
  • this rabbinic school, he'd be called a talmid, a disciple.
  • 00:49:45.120 --> 00:49:48.200
  • And he would begin--and these are four things that a talmid
  • 00:49:48.210 --> 00:49:50.280
  • has to do.
  • 00:49:50.290 --> 00:49:52.130
  • Number one, a talmid has to memorize the teacher's words.
  • 00:49:52.140 --> 00:49:56.090
  • That happened.
  • 00:49:56.100 --> 00:49:57.270
  • That's why we have the Gospels.
  • 00:49:57.280 --> 00:49:59.160
  • Number two, the disciple, the talmid, has to learn the
  • 00:49:59.170 --> 00:50:04.060
  • teacher's or rabbi's interpretations and traditions.
  • 00:50:04.070 --> 00:50:08.030
  • So what does he mean by when he says to do this or to do that?
  • 00:50:08.040 --> 00:50:11.020
  • Number three, and this is really key.
  • 00:50:11.030 --> 00:50:13.230
  • That the disciple, this teenager or this young kid, has to
  • 00:50:13.240 --> 00:50:17.040
  • imitate the rabbi.
  • 00:50:17.050 --> 00:50:19.250
  • If the rabbi's left-handed, you gotta write left-handed.
  • 00:50:19.260 --> 00:50:22.160
  • If he tells jokes about this thing,
  • 00:50:22.170 --> 00:50:24.110
  • you gotta learn those jokes.
  • 00:50:24.120 --> 00:50:26.010
  • So you know everything the rabbi says, you know everything the
  • 00:50:26.020 --> 00:50:28.110
  • rabbi believes, and you act the way the rabbi acts.
  • 00:50:28.120 --> 00:50:32.030
  • That's what it means to be a disciple and, in fact, that's
  • 00:50:32.040 --> 00:50:34.240
  • what it means to be a Christian.
  • 00:50:34.250 --> 00:50:37.010
  • Means that our whole life is geared around memorizing what
  • 00:50:37.020 --> 00:50:41.250
  • the rabbi has said, seeing the world through the lens that the
  • 00:50:41.260 --> 00:50:45.130
  • rabbi sees, imitating the rabbi in our behavior, and finally,
  • 00:50:45.140 --> 00:50:50.160
  • number four, when you've reached the place to make disciples.
  • 00:50:50.170 --> 00:50:54.240
  • To do for young people what the rabbi did for you.
  • 00:50:54.250 --> 00:51:00.240
  • I just love how the Jewish people loved children.
  • 00:51:00.250 --> 00:51:04.090
  • I love that one phrase they say.
  • 00:51:04.100 --> 00:51:06.120
  • There was a saying that said, "We stuff our children with
  • 00:51:06.130 --> 00:51:09.120
  • Torah as you would stuff an ox."
  • 00:51:09.130 --> 00:51:13.110
  • And that's what we should do.
  • 00:51:13.120 --> 00:51:15.070
  • We should become the kinds of people that, like Jesus, we have
  • 00:51:15.080 --> 00:51:18.070
  • our eyes fixed on disciple-making of children, of
  • 00:51:18.080 --> 00:51:21.160
  • teenagers, and of young people.
  • 00:51:21.170 --> 00:51:24.050
  • Anyway, Jesus totally models in his own life the fact
  • 00:51:24.060 --> 00:51:28.040
  • that he loves kids.
  • 00:51:28.050 --> 00:51:29.270
  • I mean, most of the people that were standing there hearing the
  • 00:51:29.280 --> 00:51:32.250
  • Great Commission, when Jesus called them, they were--like,
  • 00:51:32.260 --> 00:51:35.270
  • John was probably the youngest between 13 and 15,
  • 00:51:35.280 --> 00:51:38.180
  • scholars believe.
  • 00:51:38.190 --> 00:51:40.080
  • So he would have been, like, a young teenager.
  • 00:51:40.090 --> 00:51:42.050
  • Think eighth grade, ninth grade, something like that.
  • 00:51:42.060 --> 00:51:45.130
  • And Peter, who was probably the oldest, he was married so he had
  • 00:51:45.140 --> 00:51:48.080
  • to be over 18 but scholars believe he was somewhere at the
  • 00:51:48.090 --> 00:51:51.040
  • high point of 23 to 27, in that range.
  • 00:51:51.050 --> 00:51:54.130
  • Matthew was a little bit older too.
  • 00:51:54.140 --> 00:51:56.180
  • But most of these guys were teenagers
  • 00:51:56.190 --> 00:51:58.260
  • and college student age.
  • 00:51:58.270 --> 00:52:00.160
  • So they're--you're talking 15 to 25, something around that.
  • 00:52:00.170 --> 00:52:05.020
  • Isn't that amazing?
  • 00:52:05.030 --> 00:52:06.180
  • And we think, for some of us, you hear that and you're, like,
  • 00:52:06.190 --> 00:52:08.140
  • "Wait, is this credible that this went--that he did this
  • 00:52:08.150 --> 00:52:12.240
  • through young people?"
  • 00:52:12.250 --> 00:52:14.140
  • And let me tell you, every single person who's sitting in
  • 00:52:14.150 --> 00:52:17.100
  • this room is here because of one of those 12 kids.
  • 00:52:17.110 --> 00:52:22.100
  • Listen to me.
  • 00:52:22.110 --> 00:52:24.010
  • Those 12 kids changed the world.
  • 00:52:24.020 --> 00:52:26.050
  • Those 12 kids changed everything.
  • 00:52:26.060 --> 00:52:30.130
  • That is amazing, that Jesus picked young people.
  • 00:52:30.140 --> 00:52:36.090
  • And then remember what he says about children.
  • 00:52:36.100 --> 00:52:38.130
  • That when there's these kids that are trying to press
  • 00:52:38.140 --> 00:52:41.120
  • and get close to him, what does Jesus--
  • 00:52:41.130 --> 00:52:43.250
  • and the disciples tried to push, so the teenagers
  • 00:52:43.260 --> 00:52:46.130
  • are pushing away the little kids, right?
  • 00:52:46.140 --> 00:52:48.180
  • What does Jesus say to them?
  • 00:52:48.190 --> 00:52:50.140
  • "Hinder not the children come to me.
  • 00:52:50.150 --> 00:52:52.120
  • The kingdom of God is made of these.
  • 00:52:52.130 --> 00:52:54.150
  • Become like these children."
  • 00:52:54.160 --> 00:52:56.270
  • Remember the other thing that seems like the greatest sin that
  • 00:52:56.280 --> 00:52:59.270
  • you can commit almost to Jesus is this idea that if you harm a
  • 00:52:59.280 --> 00:53:03.170
  • child, Jesus says, "Anyone who causes a little child to sin,"
  • 00:53:03.180 --> 00:53:09.150
  • so notice, it's the opposite of making disciples of children.
  • 00:53:09.160 --> 00:53:12.190
  • "Anyone who causes one of these little children to sin should
  • 00:53:12.200 --> 00:53:16.050
  • tie a millstone around their neck
  • 00:53:16.060 --> 00:53:18.030
  • and throw themselves into the sea."
  • 00:53:18.040 --> 00:53:20.210
  • Wow, powerful words from the Prince of peace.
  • 00:53:20.220 --> 00:53:24.210
  • Jesus cares about kids.
  • 00:53:24.220 --> 00:53:26.280
  • Jesus cares about teens.
  • 00:53:26.290 --> 00:53:29.030
  • I think Jesus believes in this phrase, "A society becomes great
  • 00:53:29.040 --> 00:53:32.120
  • when its elders plant trees under whose shade they know they
  • 00:53:32.130 --> 00:53:35.190
  • will never sit."
  • 00:53:35.200 --> 00:53:37.240
  • It--when we go after the next generation and the generation
  • 00:53:37.250 --> 00:53:40.220
  • after that, when we think--when we're not always obsessed with
  • 00:53:40.230 --> 00:53:43.280
  • ourselves and what we want to accomplish and what we wanna
  • 00:53:43.290 --> 00:53:47.070
  • have, but instead we think about how to reach children, youth,
  • 00:53:47.080 --> 00:53:51.060
  • college students, young people, people who are thirsty for life,
  • 00:53:51.070 --> 00:53:54.140
  • people who have a fire and show them to use that fire for good
  • 00:53:54.150 --> 00:53:57.220
  • and not for evil, to use that fire to bless their neighbor, to
  • 00:53:57.230 --> 00:54:01.000
  • use that fire to chase after God with all their heart, we begin
  • 00:54:01.010 --> 00:54:04.010
  • to make a huge difference in the world.
  • 00:54:04.020 --> 00:54:07.270
  • When ministries go after young people, they're going after
  • 00:54:07.280 --> 00:54:10.230
  • Jesus's heart.
  • 00:54:10.240 --> 00:54:13.050
  • I remember there's this one story about Smith Wigglesworth,
  • 00:54:13.060 --> 00:54:15.190
  • a famous evangelist, and he gave a Billy Graham-style altar call,
  • 00:54:15.200 --> 00:54:19.230
  • and a reporter came to him afterwards and said, "Pastor
  • 00:54:19.240 --> 00:54:23.000
  • Smith Wigglesworth, how many salvations did you have?"
  • 00:54:23.010 --> 00:54:25.250
  • And he said, "Three and a half."
  • 00:54:25.260 --> 00:54:27.270
  • And the reporter laughed, and said, "Oh, you mean three adults
  • 00:54:27.280 --> 00:54:30.020
  • and one child?"
  • 00:54:30.030 --> 00:54:31.230
  • And he said, "No, three children and one adult."
  • 00:54:31.240 --> 00:54:35.200
  • He said, "When you get a kid, you get 'em their whole lives."
  • 00:54:35.210 --> 00:54:39.090
  • I love this idea.
  • 00:54:39.100 --> 00:54:41.040
  • So the Great Commission in context, one, means that anybody
  • 00:54:41.050 --> 00:54:44.120
  • can be a rabbi.
  • 00:54:44.130 --> 00:54:46.070
  • Isn't that great?
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  • That children can be rabbis, that old people can be rabbis,
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  • that women can be rabbis.
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  • Anyone that is a student of Jesus can also be a rabbi.
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  • They can be a teacher, they can be a minister.
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  • This was revolutionary and amazing in the first century,
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  • that you might be hearing and you think, "I don't have
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  • anything to offer, I don't have anything to say to anyone."
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  • God is saying to you, "I want you to make disciples.
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  • I want you to teach.
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  • I want you to lead."
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  • As Hannah said earlier in the quote, that God doesn't call the
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  • qualified, he what?
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  • Qualifies the called.
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  • That's right, he will call you and he will give you what you
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  • need to do to be a spiritual parent to somebody today.
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  • Who's somebody in your life that needs a spiritual parent or
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  • spiritual friend or guide in their life?
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  • I remember when I was a kid, we had this total change on my
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  • mom's side of the family.
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  • We weren't really going to church much and we were all
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  • Christians but it just wasn't--and there was this
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  • couple, old couple behind us, in their 80s called--
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  • named the Meechams.
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  • And they were so full of the Holy Spirit.
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  • And the first person to get to know them was my sister, Angie,
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  • and she started going over there when she was 17 and all of a
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  • sudden she got filled with this fire and, like, it caught fire
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  • in our whole family where because of this old couple that
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  • lived behind us, that just greeted us with warm cookies and
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  • prayed for us, any time we hit something we were like, "We
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  • need the Meechams to pray."
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  • It was their prayer life and their devotion to God and their
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  • love for him that drew us to them and it's had an effect on
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  • this ministry.
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  • It's had an effect on our whole family's life.
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  • You could be that to someone.
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  • Maybe you're here today, and you're like,
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  • "Well, I'm a teenager.
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  • I'm young, I'm a kid, you know, I'm 11, I'm 12."
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  • I can't tell you how many times I have also seen kids--it
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  • doesn't matter, kids can make a difference too.
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  • My favorite story is, of course, my own daughter, Haven.
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  • When she was seven years old, the children's pastor here at
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  • the time invited kids to invite their friends to come to this
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  • Christmas thing that we were doing so that their friends can
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  • hear about Jesus.
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  • So she printed out for her first grade class,
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  • printed out 23 invitations.
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  • That's how many kids were in her class and, with the teacher's
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  • permission, went desk to desk and said, "Come to church to
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  • hear about Jesus."
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  • Just did this, you know, in her class.
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  • And one of the families that comes here, the Walties, we met
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  • them because their kids came to that Christmas thing
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  • three years ago, back when we were in Garden Grove,
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  • because Haven invited them.
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  • And they were Christians but the mom always says like, "Little
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  • Haven was an evangelist.
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  • She was evangelizing the kids at the school."
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  • Look, God can use anyone.
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  • That's what's so awesome about God is he wants to use you.
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  • He wants to use you, no matter how--you're not too old, you're
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  • not too young.
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  • Look, the older you are, the more wisdom you have.
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  • The younger you are, the more fire you have.
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  • You have something about you that nobody else has and it's
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  • unique to you and there's gonna be someone in your life that
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  • needs just exactly whatever that thing is.
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  • So I wanna encourage you today that God has called us to do
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  • more than just enjoy our faith but to believe and to design our
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  • faith as our--the mother of our faith, the Jews, have.
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  • That we train and teach children and young people
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  • the Word of God.
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  • Not just dogma and all this, but we really teach them how to live
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  • with the wisdom of the Scriptures, that we invest in
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  • the next generation.
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  • And that will make all the difference in the world.
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  • Father, we thank you.
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  • We love you and we thank you that you've called every single
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  • person in this place to be a disciple and to make disciples.
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  • Lord, we will follow you.
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  • We wanna be more like you in everything we do.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Thank you guys for being here.
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  • We love you so, so much and just appreciate you having--
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  • having you in the house.
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  • Don't forget, too, that inviting people to church is one of those
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  • ways that you can make disciples.
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  • It's an easy thing to do so it's a full house but it's--it can
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  • always get fuller, right?
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  • Lord, we thank you that you invited us here,
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  • and we bless your name.
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  • And now the Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his 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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