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Meaning Before Happiness

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July 27, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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  • Ed Arnold: Hello, I'm Ed Arnold.
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  • I've been a proud member of the "Hour of Power" ministry
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  • for almost 50 years.
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  • Over ten years ago, I had the honor to speak about
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  • the God's Minute devotionals right here
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  • on the "Hour of Power."
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  • No books have been more heartfelt and warmly received
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  • than these wonderful little devotionals simply entitled
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  • "God's Minute."
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  • Today, thanks to requests by many of you,
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  • we are offering an exclusive reprint of the bestselling
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  • "God's Minute Volume III."
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  • With your generous gift of $20 or more we will send you
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  • the exclusive bestseller, pocket-sized
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  • "God's Minute Volume III," filled with 365 prayers taken
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  • from the private prayer life of Dr. Robert H. Schuller,
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  • the founding pastor of this ministry.
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  • But act fast, we are only offering a limited quantity
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  • of these cherished devotionals.
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  • I invite you to take part of the legacy of spiritual growth,
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  • hope, and love that the "Hour of Power"
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  • has meant to me personally and so many others
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  • by requesting your devotional today
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  • and supporting this ministry.
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  • And as we always say, remember always God loves you
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  • and so do we.
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  • Now, let's watch the service.
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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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  • If you don't consider yourself a Christian or you're not sure,
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  • you picked a great week to join us.
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  • Thank you for being here. You are loved.
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  • Bobby: And truly you are, and we wanna begin this morning
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  • with a word of prayer.
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  • I believe that the Holy Spirit and his power can refresh us,
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  • renew us, restore our souls, so, Lord,
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  • we come to you in Jesus's name.
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  • Thank you for your Holy Spirit.
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  • Thank you for your power to heal, your power to relax,
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  • your power to help us grow.
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  • Help us to have fresh vision and new ideas and to grow
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  • in our character and integrity, grow in our hope and become
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  • more loving people.
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  • Father, we pray all of those things and more.
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  • That we would be more and more like your son Jesus,
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  • and it's in his 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: We all face mountains in our lives,
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  • situations that seem impossible to overcome.
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  • But there's hope.
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  • Every mountain we face is an opportunity for God
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  • to do something amazing.
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  • Today with your generous gift of any size,
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  • request Pastor Bobby's two-message audio collection,
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  • "Move Your Mountain: The Power of Big Faith."
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  • Be encouraged to face the mountains in your life
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  • with power and authority.
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  • You'll also receive the booklet, "Faith Comes by Hearing,"
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  • filled with Scriptures on key topics
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  • like anxiety, finances, and healing.
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  • This booklet will help you build your faith
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  • for whatever mountain you're facing in your life.
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  • Call or go online today,
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  • and for your generous gift of any size,
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  • we'll send you Bobby's two-message CD series,
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  • "Move Your Mountain," plus the Scripture-filled booklet,
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  • "Faith Comes by Hearing."
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  • Request these empowering resources today and learn
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  • how to face the mountains in your life with bold faith.
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  • Bobby: We all face various mountains in our lives.
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  • For some the mountain is debt,
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  • for others it's sickness or pain.
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  • Whatever your mountain, it can seem imposing,
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  • defeating, and demoralizing.
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  • God's solution isn't to just stare up at the mountain
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  • or run away from it.
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  • He wants us to speak to that mountain
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  • and to watch it move.
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  • When we speak to the mountains in our lives,
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  • it releases faith.
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  • So we've created these resources to help you build your faith
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  • so you can experience the incredible,
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  • wonder-working power of God in your life.
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  • Bless the Lord, O my soul
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  • O my soul
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  • Worship his holy name
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  • Sing like never before, O my soul
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  • I'll worship your holy name
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  • The sun comes up
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  • It's a new day dawning
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  • It's time to sing your song again
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  • Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
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  • let me be singing when the evening comes
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  • Bless the Lord, O my soul
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  • O my soul
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  • Worship his holy name
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  • Sing like never before, O my soul
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  • I'll worship your holy name
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  • You're rich in love, and you're slow to anger
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  • Your name is great, and your heart is kind
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  • For all your goodness I will keep on singing
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  • Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find
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  • Bless the Lord, O my soul
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  • O my soul
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  • Worship his holy name
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  • Sing like never before, O my soul
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  • I'll worship your holy name
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  • And on that day when my strength is failing
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  • the end draws near and my time has come
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  • but still my soul will sing your praise unending
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  • Ten thousand years and then forevermore
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  • So, bless the Lord, O my soul
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  • O my soul
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  • Worship his holy name
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  • Sing like never before, O my soul
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  • I'll worship your holy name
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  • I'll worship your holy name
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  • I'll worship your holy name
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: In preparation for the message, Exodus 3:1-8.
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  • "Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law,
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  • the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the
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  • wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
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  • There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames
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  • of fire from within a bush.
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  • Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.
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  • So Moses thought, 'I will go over and see
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  • this strange sight-- why the bush does not burn up.'
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  • When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look,
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  • God called to him from within the bush, 'Moses! Moses!'
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  • And Moses said, 'Here I am.'
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  • 'Do not come any closer,' God said.
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  • 'Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing
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  • is holy ground.'
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  • Then he said, 'I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham,
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  • the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.'
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  • At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid
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  • to look at God.
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  • The Lord said, 'I have indeed seen the misery
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  • of my people in Egypt.
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  • I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers,
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  • and I am concerned about their suffering.
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  • So I have come down to rescue them from the hand
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  • of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land
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  • into a good and spacious land,
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  • a land flowing with milk and honey.'"
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  • Church family, just as God called Moses to be responsible
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  • for leading his people out of Egypt, he has called us
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  • to responsibilities that are meaningful and worthy
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  • of our time, amen?
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  • How great the chasm that lay between us
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  • How high the mountain I could not climb
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  • In desperation I turned to heaven
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  • and called your name into the night
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  • Then through the darkness your lovingkindness
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  • tore through the shadows of my soul
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  • The work is finished. The end is written
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  • Jesus Christ my living hope
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  • Who could imagine so great a mercy?
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  • What heart could fathom such boundless grace?
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  • The God of ages stepped down from glory
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  • to wear my sin and bear my shame
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  • The cross has spoken
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  • I am forgiven
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  • The King of kings calls me his own
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  • Beautiful Savior, I'm yours forever
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  • Jesus Christ my living hope
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  • Hallelujah
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  • Praise the one who set me free
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  • Hallelujah
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  • Death has lost its grip on me
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  • You have broken every chain
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  • There's salvation in your name
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  • Jesus Christ my living hope
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  • Then came the morning that sealed the promise
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  • Your buried body began to breathe
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  • Out of the silence the roaring lion
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  • declared the grave has no claim on me
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  • O Jesus, yours is the victory
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  • Jesus Christ my victory
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  • Hallelujah
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  • Praise the one who set me free
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  • Hallelujah
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  • Death has lost its grip on me
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  • You have broken every chain
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  • There's salvation in your name
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  • Jesus Christ my living hope
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  • Jesus Christ my living hope
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  • Jesus Christ my living hope
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Well, our guest today is Amanda Auer.
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  • She's a mom with a truly inspirational story.
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  • In 2018, her 3-year-old daughter, Rowen, fell very ill,
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  • and it took doctors months to figure out that she was
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  • experiencing heart failure.
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  • Rowen's health journey and Amanda's unwavering faith was
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  • documented on Instagram, garnering the attention and
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  • prayers of tens of thousands of people all over the world.
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  • Would you please welcome with me Amanda Auer?
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  • Hi, Amanda.
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  • Amanda Auer: Nice to meet you.
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  • Bobby: So nice to meet you too.
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  • So, a year ago Rowen completely healthy.
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  • Your 3-year-old daughter just kinda living a normal life,
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  • and all of a sudden she's not feeling well.
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  • Tell us what happened.
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  • Amanda: Well, right after her third birthday she just was
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  • a little bit off, and it started to progress more and more
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  • to where I remember text messaging my friends and saying,
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  • "Hey, guys.
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  • I need you to pray. Something is wrong.
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  • Something is different about this illness.
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  • It's not just a cold."
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  • And it took three doctor visits, two ER visits before they
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  • finally checked her in.
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  • Did a chest X-ray and noticed that it was heart failure,
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  • and she had been normal before that.
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  • We'd never had a history of anything heart in our family,
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  • and so it took us by surprise, and we ended up living
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  • in the ICU for 3 months before she ultimately got
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  • a heart transplant.
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  • Bobby: But what a nightmare, right?
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  • I mean, like, when you have--people don't--
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  • I mean, people do understand who have kids.
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  • It's like when you hear that your child is, like, having
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  • heart failure, it's not like a cold or, you know, something.
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  • It's incredibly scary for you and your husband,
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  • puts an incredible stress on your marriage, your family,
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  • your life, your everything and literally everything just
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  • stopped for you, didn't it?
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  • Amanda: Yes.
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  • We actually had our church move us out of our home because we
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  • didn't know at the time--you know, we were taken to a local
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  • ICU, and she was there about four days before they said,
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  • "Hey, we need to take her to a transplant center
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  • 'cause this is not going well."
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  • And ultimately she was at that transplant center about another
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  • week before they had to take her in for open-heart surgery
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  • and give her an LVAD device to help pump her heart.
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  • And that device was external,
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  • meaning we could not go anywhere.
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  • She was strapped to a mini fridge for three months, so--
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  • Bobby: Yeah, so she's actually in this facility,
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  • like living there.
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  • She's having a machine basically be her heart.
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  • I mean, I can't imagine how scary that was for you.
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  • Amanda: Totally overwhelming and, you know,
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  • of course, unprepared.
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  • Unprepared in every way.
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  • We have four children, so she was just one of our four,
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  • and the logistics of it was--we are thankful for the community
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  • that jumped in by our side.
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  • We would not have been able to do it.
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  • Bobby: So, you're a disciple of Jesus, you're Christian,
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  • and that was an important part of this for you.
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  • You know, a lot of people would say, you know, this is one
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  • of the big, you know, moral claims against God.
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  • "How can you let bad things happen, in particular to
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  • children like this, you know?"
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  • And for--was that ever an issue for you?
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  • Were you doubting?
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  • Did you get or did it--like, how did your faith work through
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  • all of that for you?
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  • Amanda: I feel like for me, you know, both my husband
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  • and I were born and raised in the Christian church,
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  • and so for us it was like a call to the carpet of is this
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  • what you believe or is it not?
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  • Is God who he says he is?
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  • Is he the promise keeper we know him to be?
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  • And we never once for a day or a minute felt
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  • that he left our side.
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  • We knew that he was near, and so if you're starting at the basis
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  • of knowing God's character and you're seeing him fulfill that,
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  • you don't worry about the life of Rowen, and I don't worry
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  • about the life of my other children.
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  • We know that they're his, they're borrowed to us,
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  • and we know that their eternity is sealed, you know,
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  • just as ours is, and so we walked in that faith.
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  • Bobby: That's good and, of course,
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  • God was also gracious to you through your church.
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  • Sounds like you have a great church.
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  • They moved you out and supported you.
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  • So, how is Rowen today? Is she okay?
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  • I mean, after all of that did you guys come out the other
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  • end all right, or--
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  • Amanda: We sure did.
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  • You know, with transplants there is a lot of adjustments made to
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  • life, and so we're learning to live with a different type of
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  • caution, but that's okay too.
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:39.230
  • You know, God sometimes calls us into hard things and our family
  • 00:18:39.240 --> 00:18:42.050
  • has had our share of that, and so we're willing to adjust,
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  • and we're just so thankful, so blessed that she's
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  • still here with us.
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  • Bobby: That's great. Thank the Lord for that.
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  • One question.
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  • So, your daughter had a heart transplant.
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  • What kind of thoughts and feelings do you have?
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  • I mean, forgive me for asking this, but you think about
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  • another child's heart is in Rowen right now
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  • keeping her alive.
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  • What are your thoughts and feelings about that?
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  • Amanda: I mean, I've said very frequently, like,
  • 00:19:06.290 --> 00:19:08.130
  • she's given the gift of life twice now from God himself.
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  • You know, everything aligned very perfectly in our situation
  • 00:19:11.290 --> 00:19:15.080
  • for her to be provided with a second chance at living.
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  • We pray fervently for the family who gave us this gift
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  • because the other end of it seems insurmountable.
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  • My husband and I have said we know for sure we would have felt
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  • called to do the same should we have been given the chance,
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  • but at the end of the day it's hard to accept as a Christian.
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  • You feel like you wanna be the one that gives,
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  • and we don't know the faith of this family.
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  • We don't know their story or what led up to this,
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  • but we do feel like in the same way we have to accept
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  • a free gift from Jesus.
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  • We're called to accept the free gift here on Earth and proclaim
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  • this is what God had for Rowen, and so we have to stand tall
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  • and walk in that, walk in that assurance.
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  • Bobby: I feel like if I was the parent of the child who was
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  • the donor there would be something comforting about that,
  • 00:20:00.130 --> 00:20:02.260
  • actually, but what a powerful story, and this has really
  • 00:20:02.270 --> 00:20:07.040
  • struck the hearts of a lot of people online.
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  • I think probably a big part of that is how hopeful and strong
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  • you have been able to stay because of the Lord,
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  • and I think it's been an inspiration to a lot of people.
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  • What would you say to somebody who's watching now and maybe
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:21.210
  • they're going through that, or they're really going through
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  • a season of doubt and trial in their faith or with God?
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  • What do you say to encourage somebody going through
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  • that valley right now?
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  • Amanda: For me it comes back to the character of God.
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  • If we open the Scriptures and we see, you know,
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  • from Old Testament to new, the lineage that he has shown us
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  • of himself, he's near, he's close by.
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  • He pays attention to the details.
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  • He wants to come with us and partner with us to solve
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  • all these problems in our lives.
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  • Our circumstances sometimes feel different and unrelatable from
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  • the text we're reading, but at the end of the day God is
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  • unchanged, and so we are called to view him as that
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  • and live in that peace and in that hope.
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  • Bobby: Amen. Thank you.
  • 00:20:58.170 --> 00:21:00.160
  • Well, we're so glad to hear that Rowen is doing great, and people
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  • can continue to follow your story on Instagram
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  • on Amanda Auer, is it @amandaauer?
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  • Amanda: Yes, it is.
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  • Bobby: With A-U-E-R, not H.
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  • So, Amanda, thank you so much and thanks
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  • for telling us your story.
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  • We appreciate you. God bless you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: We all face various mountains in our lives.
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  • For some the mountain is debt,
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  • for others it's sickness or pain.
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  • Whatever your mountain, it can seem imposing,
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  • defeating, and demoralizing.
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  • I want to encourage you today.
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  • Every single mountain you face is an opportunity
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  • to draw closer to God and watch him do something
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  • miraculous and wonderful.
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  • Scripture is filled with examples of people who faced
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  • seemingly impossible situations with great faith.
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  • They spoke to their mountain
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  • and saw God move on their behalf.
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  • Hannah: That is right.
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  • A great example is David facing Goliath.
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  • He faced Goliath head on and said,
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  • "I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.
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  • This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands."
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  • David stepped out in bold faith and spoke to his mountain.
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  • announcer: We all face mountains in our lives,
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  • situations that seem impossible to overcome.
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  • But there's hope.
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  • Every mountain we face is an opportunity for God
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  • to do something amazing.
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  • Be encouraged to face the mountains in your life
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  • with power and authority.
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  • like anxiety, finances, and healing.
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  • This booklet will help you build your faith
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  • for whatever mountain you're facing in your life.
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  • "Move Your Mountain," plus the Scripture-filled booklet,
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  • Bobby: Our ministry is in the midst
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  • In fact, we're facing our own mountain.
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  • We wanna continue being a blessing and minister
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  • to as many people as possible,
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  • That's why we must rely on friends like you to keep
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  • You know, there are people who have never heard
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  • about the love of Jesus Christ, but because of you they can.
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  • So thank you for prayerfully standing with us
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  • and supporting us during this urgent time.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Thank you for joining us.
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  • We want you to know that we just appreciate you so much, and we
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  • hope that you'll come down to the Shepherd's Grove Pres.
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  • If you're ever in the Southern California area we'd love
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  • to meet you, give you a big hug, and welcome you.
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  • Thank you for watching today.
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  • Friends, would you hold your hands out like this
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  • a a way of receiving from the Lord?
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  • Let's say this together: I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me. I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • Well, today we're in the middle of a series
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  • called "Serenity in the Storm," and we're talking about
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  • the tools, methods, things that the Scriptures give us
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  • in order that we can be like Jesus in the manner
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  • that he took a nap in a storm, in the way that he was relaxed.
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  • He was able to endure difficult times with a peaceful mind.
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  • Maybe you're going through a storm right now.
  • 00:30:18.000 --> 00:30:19.170
  • Anybody in the house going through a difficult time?
  • 00:30:19.180 --> 00:30:22.220
  • Maybe you're going through a valley.
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  • Don't feel like you have to raise your hand, but, you know,
  • 00:30:24.040 --> 00:30:26.000
  • when we're going through those valleys of the shadow of death,
  • 00:30:26.010 --> 00:30:29.260
  • we wanna panic sometimes.
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  • We wanna be afraid. We wanna run.
  • 00:30:31.130 --> 00:30:33.040
  • We wanna withdraw, but one of the best things we can do when
  • 00:30:33.050 --> 00:30:36.010
  • we're going through a difficult situation is to have a relaxed
  • 00:30:36.020 --> 00:30:39.050
  • mind, because it's from that place, a place of peace,
  • 00:30:39.060 --> 00:30:43.110
  • that we're gonna make our best decisions.
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  • We're gonna think the most clearly about where we are,
  • 00:30:45.030 --> 00:30:48.210
  • and we're gonna be the smartest when we're thinking like that.
  • 00:30:48.220 --> 00:30:52.070
  • And so, we're talking about these different methods, and
  • 00:30:52.080 --> 00:30:54.120
  • today I'm actually gonna talk about something that might be
  • 00:30:54.130 --> 00:30:56.020
  • a little more esoteric.
  • 00:30:56.030 --> 00:30:57.240
  • It's something that philosophers and theologians and the
  • 00:30:57.250 --> 00:31:00.030
  • Scripture have dealt with a lot, but that is that we have to have
  • 00:31:00.040 --> 00:31:05.040
  • a meaningful life in order to have a peaceful life.
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  • That if we wanna have a peaceful, relaxed mind,
  • 00:31:09.050 --> 00:31:12.080
  • especially in our difficult times, we need to pursue
  • 00:31:12.090 --> 00:31:15.210
  • a life first that's meaningful before a happy life.
  • 00:31:15.220 --> 00:31:19.270
  • Yes, we should as, you know, as American Orthodoxy says,
  • 00:31:19.280 --> 00:31:25.210
  • you know, we are-- we should pursue happiness,
  • 00:31:25.220 --> 00:31:27.280
  • and I think pursuing happiness is a good thing,
  • 00:31:27.290 --> 00:31:30.100
  • but remember that if all you pursue is happiness,
  • 00:31:30.110 --> 00:31:32.190
  • you'll never find it.
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  • That we have to pursue a meaningful life,
  • 00:31:34.150 --> 00:31:37.130
  • a responsible life in order to have the happy life
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  • that so many of us want to achieve,
  • 00:31:41.160 --> 00:31:43.200
  • and I am concerned, when I look at our country and I
  • 00:31:43.210 --> 00:31:46.270
  • look at our society that that ancient wisdom, the value of
  • 00:31:46.280 --> 00:31:50.170
  • a meaningful life as the foundation for a happy life,
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  • that that wisdom is being diluted
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  • and actually may be lost.
  • 00:31:56.020 --> 00:31:58.280
  • As I look around I see--and I don't say this to be judgmental.
  • 00:31:58.290 --> 00:32:04.200
  • It would be ironic if I did, because I feel like our country
  • 00:32:04.210 --> 00:32:08.170
  • people are becoming less responsible every day
  • 00:32:08.180 --> 00:32:11.030
  • and at the same time becoming more judgmental.
  • 00:32:11.040 --> 00:32:14.230
  • People are becoming judgmental about being judgmental.
  • 00:32:14.240 --> 00:32:17.060
  • Maybe I'm even doing it now. I hope not.
  • 00:32:17.070 --> 00:32:20.090
  • But you find that people are not taking responsibility
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  • for their own life.
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  • That they're casting judgment and critique on anything
  • 00:32:24.110 --> 00:32:28.050
  • and everyone around them, whatever political affiliation
  • 00:32:28.060 --> 00:32:31.160
  • as you're thinking of the opposite party of you,
  • 00:32:31.170 --> 00:32:34.220
  • but I guarantee you that both conservatives
  • 00:32:34.230 --> 00:32:36.250
  • and liberals do this.
  • 00:32:36.260 --> 00:32:38.250
  • That religious people do this, that everyone does this,
  • 00:32:38.260 --> 00:32:40.270
  • and I think that undergirding it is this angst about
  • 00:32:40.280 --> 00:32:44.080
  • not having a meaningful life.
  • 00:32:44.090 --> 00:32:46.240
  • I see it everywhere.
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  • I see that people become less responsible and more judgmental.
  • 00:32:48.130 --> 00:32:51.010
  • Maybe you have a friend in your group of friends, or maybe you
  • 00:32:51.020 --> 00:32:53.190
  • know somebody who's sort of the grand inquisitor.
  • 00:32:53.200 --> 00:32:57.050
  • They're always the one telling everybody what they can say
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  • or can't say, telling people what they can do and can't do.
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  • You have lots of these people in religion.
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  • You have lots of these people in politics.
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  • Maybe it's an aunt, maybe it's a grandparent or a kid, even,
  • 00:33:07.120 --> 00:33:11.140
  • that, you know, you're like don't want them to come to
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  • Thanksgiving or Christmas or 4th of July, because everybody is
  • 00:33:14.130 --> 00:33:17.130
  • gonna be walking on eggshells around this person, being like,
  • 00:33:17.140 --> 00:33:19.290
  • "Oh, make sure you don't say that around this person
  • 00:33:20.000 --> 00:33:22.010
  • or this around her."
  • 00:33:22.020 --> 00:33:24.060
  • And although, of course, we never wanna be rude or mean
  • 00:33:24.070 --> 00:33:26.110
  • or offensive to other people, we also don't wanna walk on
  • 00:33:26.120 --> 00:33:28.170
  • eggshells, and the only reason I bring this up is I think that
  • 00:33:28.180 --> 00:33:32.070
  • the sign of a slogan society, the sign of a society
  • 00:33:32.080 --> 00:33:35.270
  • that's more judgmental and less responsible,
  • 00:33:35.280 --> 00:33:38.050
  • that I think undergirding all of that is a need
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  • for something meaningful in your life.
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  • And that's good.
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  • We all have this need to live a meaningful life
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  • and meaning is--
  • 00:33:49.160 --> 00:33:51.170
  • and this is where the rubber meets the road.
  • 00:33:51.180 --> 00:33:53.230
  • The place of greatest meaning in your life are usually located in
  • 00:33:53.240 --> 00:33:57.190
  • your responsibilities, and it's responsibility that brings the
  • 00:33:57.200 --> 00:34:02.230
  • most meaning in our life: care for another person,
  • 00:34:02.240 --> 00:34:05.080
  • care for something important, care to accomplish
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  • something that matters.
  • 00:34:07.280 --> 00:34:09.270
  • Responsibility and responsibility always,
  • 00:34:09.280 --> 00:34:12.030
  • always involves sacrifice.
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  • That I have to give up something--
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  • my time, my energy, sometimes even my life--
  • 00:34:16.120 --> 00:34:18.180
  • in order that something else may live or succeed
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  • or thrive, and this is at the heart of human existence.
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  • That we pursue a meaningful life, and this is the life
  • 00:34:24.280 --> 00:34:27.240
  • that Jesus calls us to.
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  • This is the life that Jesus draws us out into.
  • 00:34:29.250 --> 00:34:33.090
  • Dallas Willard was a professor at USC, and he wrote
  • 00:34:33.100 --> 00:34:36.090
  • a lot about this idea.
  • 00:34:36.100 --> 00:34:38.210
  • He was not a judgmental person at all, was always on
  • 00:34:38.220 --> 00:34:41.060
  • everybody's side, you know, but he wrote a lot about
  • 00:34:41.070 --> 00:34:44.010
  • this slogan-driven society.
  • 00:34:44.020 --> 00:34:47.230
  • He said we are smothered in slogans, and that, you know,
  • 00:34:47.240 --> 00:34:51.290
  • the other slogans in particular he loved to pick on, bumper
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  • stickers, you know?
  • 00:34:54.210 --> 00:34:56.230
  • He really hated the phrase "random act of kindness"
  • 00:34:56.240 --> 00:35:00.060
  • and "senseless act of beauty."
  • 00:35:00.070 --> 00:35:02.070
  • You know, as a philosopher he says no act of kindness
  • 00:35:02.080 --> 00:35:04.050
  • is random.
  • 00:35:04.060 --> 00:35:06.040
  • It's always intentional and thoughtful and no act
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  • of beauty is senseless.
  • 00:35:08.120 --> 00:35:10.120
  • It's always--how about pursuing intelligent acts of beauty?
  • 00:35:10.130 --> 00:35:15.060
  • He didn't like the-- everything I learned in life,
  • 00:35:15.070 --> 00:35:18.100
  • I learned in kindergarten and things like this
  • 00:35:18.110 --> 00:35:20.260
  • they bugged him, you know?
  • 00:35:20.270 --> 00:35:22.290
  • And one of the ones that he really hated was the "get up,
  • 00:35:23.000 --> 00:35:26.100
  • stand up for your rights."
  • 00:35:26.110 --> 00:35:28.230
  • He said we need to change that bumper to
  • 00:35:28.240 --> 00:35:30.280
  • "get up, stand up for your responsibilities."
  • 00:35:30.290 --> 00:35:35.040
  • Somebody make this bumper sticker for me.
  • 00:35:35.050 --> 00:35:37.270
  • And he said the reason is, you know, Americans are very fixed
  • 00:35:37.280 --> 00:35:40.290
  • on their rights, their rights to do this, to have this,
  • 00:35:41.000 --> 00:35:44.080
  • to own this, to be this, and that's fine and all.
  • 00:35:44.090 --> 00:35:46.200
  • You know, we have rights, and we ought to uphold those rights,
  • 00:35:46.210 --> 00:35:49.110
  • but your rights are worthless if people in your society
  • 00:35:49.120 --> 00:35:52.170
  • are not responsible.
  • 00:35:52.180 --> 00:35:55.010
  • How are you gonna uphold your rights if you live
  • 00:35:55.020 --> 00:35:57.200
  • in a society that only believes in their own self
  • 00:35:57.210 --> 00:36:00.260
  • and not in the rights of other people?
  • 00:36:00.270 --> 00:36:03.240
  • And so, this was at the heart of it, is that we need
  • 00:36:03.250 --> 00:36:06.040
  • to create--and this is at the heart of discipleship.
  • 00:36:06.050 --> 00:36:08.110
  • We need to create people who are moral, responsible,
  • 00:36:08.120 --> 00:36:11.000
  • who want to be and do good with their life even when it comes
  • 00:36:11.010 --> 00:36:15.000
  • at personal cost.
  • 00:36:15.010 --> 00:36:16.240
  • And so, for--it's a very long-winded way of saying
  • 00:36:16.250 --> 00:36:20.290
  • that this is what Dallas Willard calls the cost
  • 00:36:21.000 --> 00:36:23.070
  • of non-discipleship.
  • 00:36:23.080 --> 00:36:25.030
  • That in so many churches today you can be a Christian
  • 00:36:25.040 --> 00:36:27.190
  • without being a disciple.
  • 00:36:27.200 --> 00:36:29.120
  • You can be a Christian without walking the narrow road,
  • 00:36:29.130 --> 00:36:31.090
  • without paying the price,
  • 00:36:31.100 --> 00:36:33.010
  • without sacrificing for your neighbor,
  • 00:36:33.020 --> 00:36:34.140
  • without serving people, as long as--
  • 00:36:34.150 --> 00:36:36.110
  • there is this idea that as long as you pray a prayer
  • 00:36:36.120 --> 00:36:38.070
  • everything is fine.
  • 00:36:38.080 --> 00:36:39.290
  • And although that the prayer of salvation is so important
  • 00:36:40.000 --> 00:36:43.160
  • and the belief in it, there is also a calling to be
  • 00:36:43.170 --> 00:36:46.140
  • a responsible and moral person, so all of this to say,
  • 00:36:46.150 --> 00:36:49.290
  • if you hear anything I say today,
  • 00:36:50.000 --> 00:36:51.290
  • this is my theory, and that is that you can't be
  • 00:36:52.000 --> 00:36:54.090
  • happy without meaningful responsibilities.
  • 00:36:54.100 --> 00:36:59.060
  • You know, maybe you can for two or three weeks,
  • 00:36:59.070 --> 00:37:01.180
  • especially if you're exhausted,
  • 00:37:01.190 --> 00:37:03.250
  • but eventually your soul will just begin to eat itself,
  • 00:37:03.260 --> 00:37:06.030
  • and you'll need something to do with your life.
  • 00:37:06.040 --> 00:37:09.180
  • And I grow concerned, especially for my own generation,
  • 00:37:09.190 --> 00:37:12.000
  • that the purpose of life is entertainment.
  • 00:37:12.010 --> 00:37:14.230
  • The purpose of life is fun experience,
  • 00:37:14.240 --> 00:37:17.270
  • but very often those experiences don't really lack meaning
  • 00:37:17.280 --> 00:37:21.200
  • because they don't require sacrifice.
  • 00:37:21.210 --> 00:37:25.050
  • They don't require laying down some aspect of my life
  • 00:37:25.060 --> 00:37:28.200
  • for someone else and if they do there is some
  • 00:37:28.210 --> 00:37:32.180
  • showboating going on.
  • 00:37:32.190 --> 00:37:34.140
  • "Look at how I laid my life down for someone else," and so we
  • 00:37:34.150 --> 00:37:37.070
  • wanna become types of people that understand that when we
  • 00:37:37.080 --> 00:37:41.090
  • trust our lives to Jesus we're also trusting our ways to him,
  • 00:37:41.100 --> 00:37:46.090
  • our decisions to him, our behavior to him.
  • 00:37:46.100 --> 00:37:49.060
  • Not in a judgmental, legalistic, religious way,
  • 00:37:49.070 --> 00:37:52.000
  • but simply saying that loving my enemy,
  • 00:37:52.010 --> 00:37:55.090
  • being an honest person, growing, learning,
  • 00:37:55.100 --> 00:37:58.120
  • and becoming from the inside out a loving person
  • 00:37:58.130 --> 00:38:00.260
  • is the best thing I can do.
  • 00:38:00.270 --> 00:38:03.030
  • And the proof is in the pudding.
  • 00:38:03.040 --> 00:38:05.100
  • It's with my kids, my grandkids, my neighbor, my enemies,
  • 00:38:05.110 --> 00:38:09.070
  • the guy that cut me off in traffic.
  • 00:38:09.080 --> 00:38:12.280
  • It's a good test.
  • 00:38:12.290 --> 00:38:14.250
  • Thanksgiving when the grand inquisitor comes around.
  • 00:38:14.260 --> 00:38:17.270
  • How am I gonna treat that person?
  • 00:38:17.280 --> 00:38:19.290
  • And so, today I wanna look at squarely this idea
  • 00:38:20.000 --> 00:38:23.010
  • of responsibility and the sacrificing of a comfortable
  • 00:38:23.020 --> 00:38:26.090
  • life for a meaningful life.
  • 00:38:26.100 --> 00:38:28.110
  • I see it very clearly in the origin story of Moses,
  • 00:38:28.120 --> 00:38:32.140
  • so we talked last week about Moses and Mount Sinai
  • 00:38:32.150 --> 00:38:35.240
  • and how Moses really had a David heart.
  • 00:38:35.250 --> 00:38:37.260
  • You know, he just wanted to be with the Lord.
  • 00:38:37.270 --> 00:38:39.260
  • He wanted to be before the Lord at all times and wanted to be
  • 00:38:39.270 --> 00:38:42.260
  • close to him and didn't wanna live a life without him,
  • 00:38:42.270 --> 00:38:45.090
  • but Moses wasn't always this way and in fact sort of
  • 00:38:45.100 --> 00:38:48.210
  • discovered God, and this is sort of his story.
  • 00:38:48.220 --> 00:38:51.210
  • So, Moses's life is captured in the book of Exodus.
  • 00:38:51.220 --> 00:38:56.080
  • Exodus is kinda the heart of the Torah.
  • 00:38:56.090 --> 00:38:59.260
  • There is a lot of Jewish people who will say--
  • 00:38:59.270 --> 00:39:02.080
  • and Jewish rabbis who will say, you know,
  • 00:39:02.090 --> 00:39:04.050
  • the Torah, the first five books of the Bible,
  • 00:39:04.060 --> 00:39:05.280
  • is the most important part of the Bible, right?
  • 00:39:05.290 --> 00:39:08.000
  • As Christians we don't affirm that, but Jewish people would
  • 00:39:08.010 --> 00:39:10.170
  • say the most important part is the first five books
  • 00:39:10.180 --> 00:39:12.180
  • of the Bible and that the most important book
  • 00:39:12.190 --> 00:39:14.180
  • is probably Exodus.
  • 00:39:14.190 --> 00:39:16.120
  • That almost in a way Genesis is sort of like teeing up
  • 00:39:16.130 --> 00:39:19.130
  • to get people to come to Exodus.
  • 00:39:19.140 --> 00:39:22.040
  • Genesis tells the story about the garden and the flood and all
  • 00:39:22.050 --> 00:39:25.170
  • of these things and the evil of mankind, and God calling out
  • 00:39:25.180 --> 00:39:31.070
  • Abraham from these people, building through Abraham a
  • 00:39:31.080 --> 00:39:35.000
  • covenant through Isaac and Jacob and choosing a family, a tribe,
  • 00:39:35.010 --> 00:39:39.220
  • that would change the world and save the world, you know,
  • 00:39:39.230 --> 00:39:43.250
  • through this covenant.
  • 00:39:43.260 --> 00:39:45.290
  • And so, there is this story about, at the very end
  • 00:39:46.000 --> 00:39:48.030
  • of Genesis, this guy Joseph.
  • 00:39:48.040 --> 00:39:50.110
  • Joseph, you know, the "Technicolor Dreamcoat."
  • 00:39:50.120 --> 00:39:52.290
  • Anybody?
  • 00:39:53.000 --> 00:39:54.290
  • And this is how Joseph ends up in Egypt a very powerful man,
  • 00:39:55.000 --> 00:39:59.230
  • wealthy man, and he brings his whole family, his whole tribe
  • 00:39:59.240 --> 00:40:03.160
  • to Egypt to live in harmony with the Egyptian people.
  • 00:40:03.170 --> 00:40:07.250
  • Here is a very interesting work of art that was found in the--
  • 00:40:07.260 --> 00:40:14.140
  • at the tomb at Beni Hasan, which is an ancient tomb
  • 00:40:14.150 --> 00:40:17.050
  • during the Patriarchal Period.
  • 00:40:17.060 --> 00:40:19.200
  • What you see there is on the far right
  • 00:40:19.210 --> 00:40:22.030
  • are two Egyptian officials.
  • 00:40:22.040 --> 00:40:25.060
  • So, they kind of look like slaves in this picture.
  • 00:40:25.070 --> 00:40:27.030
  • It's the opposite.
  • 00:40:27.040 --> 00:40:29.010
  • They're the wealthy, important officials, and they are leading
  • 00:40:29.020 --> 00:40:32.200
  • a group of Hebrews, so Semitics you can tell by the change
  • 00:40:32.210 --> 00:40:35.180
  • of the skin color and the accoutrement on their--
  • 00:40:35.190 --> 00:40:38.030
  • in their clothing that the two men
  • 00:40:38.040 --> 00:40:41.200
  • on the right are Egyptian,
  • 00:40:41.210 --> 00:40:43.210
  • and the ones behind them are Semitic.
  • 00:40:43.220 --> 00:40:45.130
  • They're probably Hebrews and even more interestingly is this
  • 00:40:45.140 --> 00:40:49.270
  • work of art, which is carbon dated to be 1900 BCE,
  • 00:40:49.280 --> 00:40:54.200
  • is led by a Hebrew man in a coat of many colors.
  • 00:40:54.210 --> 00:41:00.100
  • You know, Thomas Cahill, I don't know if he says it outright,
  • 00:41:00.110 --> 00:41:05.120
  • but he is alluding to the idea that maybe this is
  • 00:41:05.130 --> 00:41:08.120
  • an actual work of art made about this character Joseph.
  • 00:41:08.130 --> 00:41:14.200
  • Maybe not. Who knows?
  • 00:41:14.210 --> 00:41:17.000
  • But anyway, it's an important part of the Jewish people's
  • 00:41:17.010 --> 00:41:19.170
  • minds and actually a part of the Egyptian story.
  • 00:41:19.180 --> 00:41:22.070
  • That Joseph's family begins in Egypt, and they grow,
  • 00:41:22.080 --> 00:41:25.120
  • and they--as you can even see in this work of art
  • 00:41:25.130 --> 00:41:28.130
  • they look very different, right?
  • 00:41:28.140 --> 00:41:30.120
  • So, there is probably some racism involved, some things
  • 00:41:30.130 --> 00:41:32.270
  • going on, but as they're growing into a people, Egypt,
  • 00:41:32.280 --> 00:41:38.140
  • which is the wealthiest, most powerful--
  • 00:41:38.150 --> 00:41:41.100
  • one of the most powerful empires it's ever been,
  • 00:41:41.110 --> 00:41:43.240
  • but at the time it's like at the height of its empire,
  • 00:41:43.250 --> 00:41:46.090
  • began feeling nervous about these Hebrew people
  • 00:41:46.100 --> 00:41:49.190
  • that are living among them.
  • 00:41:49.200 --> 00:41:52.180
  • And as generations go by and Joseph dies and the pharaoh that
  • 00:41:52.190 --> 00:41:56.110
  • knew Joseph dies, there is a new pharaoh and there are new
  • 00:41:56.120 --> 00:41:59.250
  • leaders of this Hebrew group, and tension begins
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  • to smolder between them.
  • 00:42:02.120 --> 00:42:04.250
  • And Pharaoh sees these people is growing and the Scripture
  • 00:42:04.260 --> 00:42:08.110
  • says that they're, "If they continue to grow they're gonna
  • 00:42:08.120 --> 00:42:11.000
  • overthrow us and essentially take Egypt from us,"
  • 00:42:11.010 --> 00:42:13.200
  • and so fear begins to grow.
  • 00:42:13.210 --> 00:42:16.090
  • And finally, Pharaoh begins to pass unjust laws and decrees
  • 00:42:16.100 --> 00:42:20.230
  • to begin to press down the Hebrew people,
  • 00:42:20.240 --> 00:42:23.250
  • and this eventually-- and as he does it
  • 00:42:23.260 --> 00:42:26.090
  • they continue to thrive and grow more,
  • 00:42:26.100 --> 00:42:29.070
  • and so eventually he has these people in chains,
  • 00:42:29.080 --> 00:42:32.150
  • and 400 years goes by from Jacob to the story
  • 00:42:32.160 --> 00:42:37.010
  • we get to in Exodus, and now the people
  • 00:42:37.020 --> 00:42:39.150
  • have been enslaved for generations.
  • 00:42:39.160 --> 00:42:43.010
  • It's during this time that Pharaoh continues to press upon
  • 00:42:43.020 --> 00:42:46.160
  • these Hebrew people and even though they're being--
  • 00:42:46.170 --> 00:42:49.240
  • he decides that the men, or the boys rather,
  • 00:42:49.250 --> 00:42:53.060
  • that are born to Hebrew families should all be killed,
  • 00:42:53.070 --> 00:42:56.270
  • so every baby boy should be thrown into the Nile.
  • 00:42:56.280 --> 00:43:00.150
  • And in the story there is two Levites who get married.
  • 00:43:00.160 --> 00:43:03.180
  • It's important later because Levites become the priestly
  • 00:43:03.190 --> 00:43:07.170
  • line, but they have this baby boy, and they take this baby
  • 00:43:07.180 --> 00:43:11.250
  • boy, and they do throw him--the mother does throw him into the
  • 00:43:11.260 --> 00:43:15.180
  • Nile but--and so, she obeys the law, but with one caveat:
  • 00:43:15.190 --> 00:43:19.200
  • she puts him in a basket.
  • 00:43:19.210 --> 00:43:22.150
  • So, they take this baby, and they put him in a basket and put
  • 00:43:22.160 --> 00:43:25.130
  • him down the river, and the--
  • 00:43:25.140 --> 00:43:28.220
  • his sister, this baby's sister,
  • 00:43:28.230 --> 00:43:31.030
  • follows the basket kind of as it goes down the river
  • 00:43:31.040 --> 00:43:33.190
  • to see what will happen to her brother.
  • 00:43:33.200 --> 00:43:36.160
  • And this basket arrives at somehow
  • 00:43:36.170 --> 00:43:40.270
  • to the princess of Egypt.
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  • Amazing story.
  • 00:43:43.130 --> 00:43:45.140
  • The daughter of Pharaoh finds this basket with this baby,
  • 00:43:45.150 --> 00:43:47.260
  • falls in love with this baby, and decides she's going
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  • to adopt this baby.
  • 00:43:50.250 --> 00:43:52.270
  • She takes this baby out of the basket and says,
  • 00:43:52.280 --> 00:43:54.270
  • "This is my baby.
  • 00:43:54.280 --> 00:43:56.220
  • I'm gonna raise this baby."
  • 00:43:56.230 --> 00:43:58.130
  • And she looks around and sees a little Hebrew girl,
  • 00:43:58.140 --> 00:44:00.190
  • has no idea who she is, and she says,
  • 00:44:00.200 --> 00:44:02.150
  • "Little girl, do you know any midwives
  • 00:44:02.160 --> 00:44:04.160
  • who can help me raise this baby?"
  • 00:44:04.170 --> 00:44:07.060
  • And the sister says, "Yeah, I know a perfect one,"
  • 00:44:07.070 --> 00:44:10.110
  • and unbeknownst to the princess it's this baby's mother,
  • 00:44:10.120 --> 00:44:14.100
  • so the baby-- so, Moses--this is Moses.
  • 00:44:14.110 --> 00:44:17.280
  • The name Moses incidentally means "to be drawn out,"
  • 00:44:17.290 --> 00:44:21.030
  • because Moses was drawn out of death into life.
  • 00:44:21.040 --> 00:44:23.100
  • He was drawn out of the Nile and how great is it that Moses is
  • 00:44:23.110 --> 00:44:29.000
  • raised both by his adoptive mother, this princess, and by
  • 00:44:29.010 --> 00:44:33.190
  • his actual biological Hebrew mother, who I don't even think
  • 00:44:33.200 --> 00:44:37.120
  • was a midwife, but pretends to be, obviously, to raise her boy.
  • 00:44:37.130 --> 00:44:42.250
  • And this is important when you wanna understand the story of
  • 00:44:42.260 --> 00:44:45.200
  • Moses, because Moses grows up basically as two people.
  • 00:44:45.210 --> 00:44:52.010
  • On the one hand, he is Pharaoh's rich, popular,
  • 00:44:52.020 --> 00:44:57.090
  • good-looking grandson.
  • 00:44:57.100 --> 00:44:59.220
  • He is a superstar.
  • 00:44:59.230 --> 00:45:01.280
  • I mean, growing up as a teenager I guarantee Moses
  • 00:45:01.290 --> 00:45:05.110
  • was, like, awesome, right?
  • 00:45:05.120 --> 00:45:07.160
  • I mean, here is Moses, he grows up, and Pharaoh is his grandpa
  • 00:45:07.170 --> 00:45:12.230
  • and yet on the other side his mother,
  • 00:45:12.240 --> 00:45:15.080
  • biological mother, is Hebrew.
  • 00:45:15.090 --> 00:45:17.250
  • She looks like him.
  • 00:45:17.260 --> 00:45:19.100
  • They're the same race, and you know that he knew growing up
  • 00:45:19.110 --> 00:45:23.010
  • that he's truly ethnically a Hebrew, and so he's got
  • 00:45:23.020 --> 00:45:27.040
  • on the one hand this ethnic thing
  • 00:45:27.050 --> 00:45:29.000
  • that "I'm a Hebrew and their religion,
  • 00:45:29.010 --> 00:45:30.290
  • but on this other hand I'm Egyptian and their religion
  • 00:45:31.000 --> 00:45:33.220
  • and their politics," and this becomes a source
  • 00:45:33.230 --> 00:45:37.140
  • of turmoil for Moses.
  • 00:45:37.150 --> 00:45:39.280
  • Later on in life, I think as he begins to sort of wrestle with
  • 00:45:39.290 --> 00:45:43.260
  • what all of this means, he looks upon his own people, the Hebrew,
  • 00:45:43.270 --> 00:45:47.230
  • and he sees them in chains, and his heart begins
  • 00:45:47.240 --> 00:45:50.250
  • to swell for them.
  • 00:45:50.260 --> 00:45:52.200
  • And he sees one of his own people, an Egyptian official,
  • 00:45:52.210 --> 00:45:54.240
  • that is a guy working for his grandpa,
  • 00:45:54.250 --> 00:45:57.080
  • beating up one of his own people, a Hebrew,
  • 00:45:57.090 --> 00:45:59.290
  • and this is like a moment--
  • 00:46:00.020 --> 00:46:01.290
  • this is like a moment of decision for Moses.
  • 00:46:02.000 --> 00:46:04.250
  • It's a defining moment in his life and watching--
  • 00:46:04.260 --> 00:46:07.240
  • and he has a choice to make, and instead of--
  • 00:46:07.250 --> 00:46:10.050
  • it's interesting because in the movies you always see
  • 00:46:10.060 --> 00:46:12.020
  • Moses sort of jump in between the two,
  • 00:46:12.030 --> 00:46:14.190
  • kind of like heroic, "Stop," you know?
  • 00:46:14.200 --> 00:46:16.090
  • But when you read the text it's not that way.
  • 00:46:16.100 --> 00:46:19.100
  • It looks like Moses--he says he looks to the right, looks to the
  • 00:46:19.110 --> 00:46:22.140
  • left, looks around, and seeing nobody murders the Egyptian.
  • 00:46:22.150 --> 00:46:27.210
  • In other words, he probably either waited until after it was
  • 00:46:27.220 --> 00:46:30.290
  • over to kill him in secret or snuck behind him and slit his
  • 00:46:31.000 --> 00:46:34.130
  • throat or something like that, so it's a very cowardly act
  • 00:46:34.140 --> 00:46:38.000
  • of murder against, in a way, and this is the way kings think,
  • 00:46:38.010 --> 00:46:42.180
  • against his grandfather, against his own family.
  • 00:46:42.190 --> 00:46:47.280
  • Of course, everybody finds out, and Moses runs for his life,
  • 00:46:47.290 --> 00:46:52.080
  • and he leaves this whole life behind him.
  • 00:46:52.090 --> 00:46:55.260
  • Not only his mother, who is a Hebrew, and his brother Aaron
  • 00:46:55.270 --> 00:46:59.180
  • and this whole Hebrew side of his family, but all of his
  • 00:46:59.190 --> 00:47:02.180
  • wealth and his money and his comfort and his popularity
  • 00:47:02.190 --> 00:47:06.070
  • and his great--his Ferrari, everything.
  • 00:47:06.080 --> 00:47:09.040
  • He has to leave it all, and he goes out into--
  • 00:47:09.050 --> 00:47:14.220
  • it says he runs to the land of Midian,
  • 00:47:14.230 --> 00:47:16.240
  • which is a nearby land, which is not Hebrew
  • 00:47:16.250 --> 00:47:20.060
  • or Egyptian, and he meets this guy Jethro
  • 00:47:20.070 --> 00:47:22.290
  • who takes him in, who is himself a priest.
  • 00:47:23.000 --> 00:47:25.180
  • And he marries Jethro's daughter, Zipporah,
  • 00:47:25.190 --> 00:47:28.110
  • and he just begins to live kind of a secret,
  • 00:47:28.120 --> 00:47:32.220
  • hidden life as a fugitive.
  • 00:47:32.230 --> 00:47:36.070
  • He's Moses the shepherd.
  • 00:47:36.080 --> 00:47:38.090
  • He's taking care of his flock, he's doing his thing,
  • 00:47:38.100 --> 00:47:41.030
  • and one day after-- I picture after years of this
  • 00:47:41.040 --> 00:47:44.270
  • he wanders onto Mount Horeb.
  • 00:47:44.280 --> 00:47:47.150
  • Anybody else know the other name for Mount Horeb?
  • 00:47:47.160 --> 00:47:50.190
  • It's Mount Sinai, so he wanders onto Mount Sinai, Mount Horeb.
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  • It's the first time, and he sees in the distance a bush that's on
  • 00:47:55.090 --> 00:48:00.220
  • fire and that's not very weird in the desert to see a bush
  • 00:48:00.230 --> 00:48:04.070
  • that's on fire, but he thinks, "Huh, a bush on fire."
  • 00:48:04.080 --> 00:48:06.100
  • But for whatever reason he keeps looking, and he wonders,
  • 00:48:06.110 --> 00:48:10.220
  • "Why is this bush on fire?"
  • 00:48:10.230 --> 00:48:12.180
  • And he keeps watching.
  • 00:48:12.190 --> 00:48:14.090
  • By the way, how long does it take for a bush to burn
  • 00:48:14.100 --> 00:48:15.280
  • and to be totally consumed?
  • 00:48:15.290 --> 00:48:17.130
  • If I had a bush here on stage and I were to light it on fire,
  • 00:48:17.140 --> 00:48:18.290
  • how long would it take?
  • 00:48:19.000 --> 00:48:20.130
  • Ten minutes. Fifteen minutes.
  • 00:48:20.140 --> 00:48:23.200
  • If only I had a dried Christmas tree.
  • 00:48:23.210 --> 00:48:25.050
  • We can try it right now, but the short answer is
  • 00:48:25.060 --> 00:48:29.270
  • it takes a while.
  • 00:48:29.280 --> 00:48:31.160
  • You know, it burns, it smolders, and the Hebrew rabbis go crazy
  • 00:48:31.170 --> 00:48:37.140
  • over this idea that this--
  • 00:48:37.150 --> 00:48:39.230
  • you know, bushes burn in the wilderness all the time,
  • 00:48:39.240 --> 00:48:42.130
  • but something about Moses took a long time
  • 00:48:42.140 --> 00:48:45.160
  • to keep watching this bush to eventually notice,
  • 00:48:45.170 --> 00:48:48.250
  • "Hey, hold on now.
  • 00:48:48.260 --> 00:48:50.260
  • This bush is on fire, but it's not being consumed."
  • 00:48:50.270 --> 00:48:54.220
  • And it's only after he notices 10, 15 minutes of watching
  • 00:48:54.230 --> 00:48:59.070
  • a bush burn and not being consumed, it's only after that
  • 00:48:59.080 --> 00:49:03.000
  • that God finally speaks to him,
  • 00:49:03.010 --> 00:49:05.040
  • so it's quite a while that passes.
  • 00:49:05.050 --> 00:49:07.060
  • And many of the old rabbis say that God was looking
  • 00:49:07.070 --> 00:49:09.140
  • for someone who pays attention.
  • 00:49:09.150 --> 00:49:13.150
  • God would--or maybe I would say God was looking for someone
  • 00:49:13.160 --> 00:49:16.020
  • not in a hurry, and there is--
  • 00:49:16.030 --> 00:49:19.210
  • you know, and God says, "Moses, Moses," and calls.
  • 00:49:19.220 --> 00:49:23.150
  • He says, "I've heard the cry of my people, and I want you
  • 00:49:23.160 --> 00:49:26.210
  • to lead out of the land of Egypt, out of bondage," right?
  • 00:49:26.220 --> 00:49:30.200
  • And what's Moses's response?
  • 00:49:30.210 --> 00:49:33.200
  • Just a list of excuses.
  • 00:49:33.210 --> 00:49:35.160
  • The first thing he says is,
  • 00:49:35.170 --> 00:49:37.230
  • "There is no way they're gonna believe me," right?
  • 00:49:37.240 --> 00:49:40.100
  • Like, "There is no way they're gonna believe that you who's
  • 00:49:40.110 --> 00:49:44.030
  • been gone for 400 years now showed up to me and chose me,
  • 00:49:44.040 --> 00:49:47.040
  • you know, Pharaoh's grandson, to lead them out of Egypt."
  • 00:49:47.050 --> 00:49:51.160
  • And God does all these miracles.
  • 00:49:51.170 --> 00:49:53.280
  • He turns his leprosy hand into a normal hand.
  • 00:49:53.290 --> 00:49:56.150
  • He turns his staff into a snake, et cetera, and so he gets all
  • 00:49:56.160 --> 00:50:00.220
  • these amazing miracles and then still--
  • 00:50:00.230 --> 00:50:03.040
  • you'd think his mind would be blown,
  • 00:50:03.050 --> 00:50:05.020
  • but it says still-- now he goes,
  • 00:50:05.030 --> 00:50:07.040
  • now excuse number two, "God, I am not eloquent.
  • 00:50:07.050 --> 00:50:10.130
  • I am slow of speech."
  • 00:50:10.140 --> 00:50:12.270
  • Tradition says maybe he stuttered.
  • 00:50:12.280 --> 00:50:15.150
  • He's like, "I can't speak to these people," he said, "I--
  • 00:50:15.160 --> 00:50:18.230
  • so I can't do it."
  • 00:50:18.240 --> 00:50:20.170
  • And then God says, "I will help you.
  • 00:50:20.180 --> 00:50:22.030
  • I'll help you.
  • 00:50:22.040 --> 00:50:23.150
  • I'm gonna teach you how to speak.
  • 00:50:23.160 --> 00:50:25.040
  • I'm gonna teach you to get through it."
  • 00:50:25.050 --> 00:50:26.240
  • And then, finally, the third time, Moses just says,
  • 00:50:26.250 --> 00:50:28.280
  • "Please just send someone else.
  • 00:50:28.290 --> 00:50:32.100
  • Send someone else."
  • 00:50:32.110 --> 00:50:35.080
  • And this is interesting because it says that the Lord's anger
  • 00:50:35.090 --> 00:50:39.050
  • was kindled at this finally, because it's clear Moses
  • 00:50:39.060 --> 00:50:42.090
  • is pretty much saying, "I can't do this.
  • 00:50:42.100 --> 00:50:44.200
  • I won't do this."
  • 00:50:44.210 --> 00:50:46.130
  • Why?
  • 00:50:46.140 --> 00:50:48.040
  • Why doesn't Moses wanna do this?
  • 00:50:48.050 --> 00:50:50.010
  • Well, one, he's been hiding like a coward from Egypt
  • 00:50:50.020 --> 00:50:51.250
  • for a long time.
  • 00:50:51.260 --> 00:50:53.130
  • He's a fugitive, a murderer.
  • 00:50:53.140 --> 00:50:54.260
  • He has to go back and face his family.
  • 00:50:54.270 --> 00:50:57.010
  • He has to face his adoptive Egyptian mother.
  • 00:50:57.020 --> 00:51:00.060
  • He has to face his grandpa, all this scary stuff, right?
  • 00:51:00.070 --> 00:51:03.200
  • And his life is fine. He's married.
  • 00:51:03.210 --> 00:51:07.150
  • He's taking care of his sheep.
  • 00:51:07.160 --> 00:51:09.040
  • He's in Midian, and things are good.
  • 00:51:09.050 --> 00:51:10.210
  • It's almost like, "God, why are you doing this now?
  • 00:51:10.220 --> 00:51:12.100
  • My life just got normal.
  • 00:51:12.110 --> 00:51:13.260
  • Please leave me alone."
  • 00:51:13.270 --> 00:51:16.140
  • And this is a question I wanna ask.
  • 00:51:16.150 --> 00:51:18.120
  • Just it's a literary question.
  • 00:51:18.130 --> 00:51:20.100
  • What if the story ended there?
  • 00:51:20.110 --> 00:51:22.070
  • What would have happened if Moses just was like okay--
  • 00:51:22.080 --> 00:51:27.050
  • just like if God was like, "Okay, fine, Moses.
  • 00:51:27.060 --> 00:51:29.010
  • You don't have to do it"?
  • 00:51:29.020 --> 00:51:31.070
  • What if he would have said, "I'm letting you off the hook.
  • 00:51:31.080 --> 00:51:33.030
  • No problem. Go back to Midian.
  • 00:51:33.040 --> 00:51:34.260
  • Raise your family. Do your thing"?
  • 00:51:34.270 --> 00:51:36.080
  • What would have happened to Moses?
  • 00:51:36.090 --> 00:51:37.200
  • I can tell you what I would have done.
  • 00:51:37.210 --> 00:51:39.070
  • I would have spent the rest of my life wondering
  • 00:51:39.080 --> 00:51:40.220
  • what I missed out on.
  • 00:51:40.230 --> 00:51:42.080
  • I would have spent the rest of my life being like--
  • 00:51:42.090 --> 00:51:43.200
  • telling people about this burning bush.
  • 00:51:43.210 --> 00:51:45.020
  • Everybody calling me crazy.
  • 00:51:45.030 --> 00:51:46.210
  • I'd probably wander up there and see if I can find another
  • 00:51:46.220 --> 00:51:49.070
  • burning bush, talk to God about it some more.
  • 00:51:49.080 --> 00:51:52.220
  • It was actually God's mercy that he didn't let Moses off the
  • 00:51:52.230 --> 00:51:57.070
  • hook, and I think in our life we have these moments in our life
  • 00:51:57.080 --> 00:52:02.120
  • where we're asked to sacrifice.
  • 00:52:02.130 --> 00:52:04.220
  • We're asked to do something scary, we're asked to do what's
  • 00:52:04.230 --> 00:52:07.170
  • uncomfortable, but what is meaningful and responsible,
  • 00:52:07.180 --> 00:52:11.230
  • and I fear that we are getting into an age where people
  • 00:52:11.240 --> 00:52:14.110
  • are picking what's safe and what's selfish versus
  • 00:52:14.120 --> 00:52:17.270
  • what actually helps my neighbor
  • 00:52:17.280 --> 00:52:20.060
  • versus what God has actually called me to do.
  • 00:52:20.070 --> 00:52:22.180
  • And it makes me sad not for just our society, but for that
  • 00:52:22.190 --> 00:52:25.230
  • person, to understand that when God calls us he calls us
  • 00:52:25.240 --> 00:52:30.050
  • to a narrow road, not an easy road.
  • 00:52:30.060 --> 00:52:32.010
  • That when he calls us he calls us to do difficult things.
  • 00:52:32.020 --> 00:52:35.090
  • He calls us to serve others.
  • 00:52:35.100 --> 00:52:37.140
  • He calls us to be responsible and to care for people in need.
  • 00:52:37.150 --> 00:52:43.250
  • When you have a moment in your life like this
  • 00:52:43.260 --> 00:52:45.280
  • do the next right thing.
  • 00:52:45.290 --> 00:52:47.150
  • Do what's right, because you don't wanna spend the rest of
  • 00:52:47.160 --> 00:52:49.290
  • your life wondering, "What would have happened
  • 00:52:50.000 --> 00:52:52.160
  • if I had done what was difficult?"
  • 00:52:52.170 --> 00:52:55.220
  • This is what Jesus promises us.
  • 00:52:55.230 --> 00:52:57.110
  • Jesus promises us a happy life.
  • 00:52:57.120 --> 00:53:00.110
  • Don't let any preacher tell you otherwise.
  • 00:53:00.120 --> 00:53:02.220
  • It's squarely there in the Scripture.
  • 00:53:02.230 --> 00:53:04.120
  • If you read it in Greek the Sermon on the Mount begins
  • 00:53:04.130 --> 00:53:06.290
  • with the promise and an invitation to a happy life.
  • 00:53:07.000 --> 00:53:09.290
  • That's what that word "blessed" actually means, makarios.
  • 00:53:10.000 --> 00:53:12.290
  • It means happy, but it's with a caveat.
  • 00:53:13.000 --> 00:53:15.180
  • That happy life comes through living a life the way Jesus
  • 00:53:15.190 --> 00:53:20.200
  • calls us to live, for others, for our neighbor, a responsible
  • 00:53:20.210 --> 00:53:24.120
  • life, and that without that caveat you'll never be happy.
  • 00:53:24.130 --> 00:53:29.260
  • You'll never be happy without meaningful responsibilities,
  • 00:53:29.270 --> 00:53:34.170
  • and so this is not a judgmental thing but an invitation.
  • 00:53:34.180 --> 00:53:37.180
  • That maybe if you've been feeling sad or depressed or
  • 00:53:37.190 --> 00:53:41.060
  • frustrated with life, maybe God will lay before you very soon
  • 00:53:41.070 --> 00:53:46.030
  • the opportunity to do something very scary but very responsible
  • 00:53:46.040 --> 00:53:49.140
  • and very meaningful.
  • 00:53:49.150 --> 00:53:51.280
  • I want you to really consider asking the Lord if that is for
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  • you and really consider doing it, because it may be that's the
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  • thing you need to find the peace of heart and peace of mind
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  • that you've been looking for.
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  • As a pastor I've seen this played out so many times.
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  • I had a very good friend years ago who was an alcoholic
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  • and an atheist, and we were very good friends,
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  • and we would talk all the time,
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  • and I would be like, "Dude, you need to know the Lord.
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  • He will help you with your alcoholism."
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  • And he would always say all the stuff that atheists say about
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  • why there is no God and all this stuff, and I remember once we
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  • had this homeless shelter that we made pancakes for kids,
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  • and I gave him the responsibility.
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  • I was like, "I want you to lead this,"
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  • so he had to get up at-- he did it.
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  • He had to get up at 5:30 in the morning and organize a team
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  • to make breakfast for homeless families, and I watched as how
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  • giving him that meaningful responsibility that came
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  • at a great cost.
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  • An alcoholic waking up at 5:30 on a Saturday
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  • is a hard thing, Irene.
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  • It's a hard thing to do.
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  • It's, like, it's really hard, and he did it.
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  • He did it week after week. He got up hung over maybe.
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  • I don't know.
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  • He would show up, and he would do it,
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  • and he would help these kids.
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  • He started living a life for someone else,
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  • and I watched as it transformed his life.
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  • It not only freed him ultimately from his alcoholism,
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  • but I ended up baptizing him a year and a half later,
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  • because God called him through that.
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  • I have another--I also remember before I had kids I used to see
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  • how miserable parents were, and I would think--
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  • parents would talk about how happy kids make them, I'm like,
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  • "Are they really happy?
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  • They don't look happy. They look tired.
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  • They look tired, and they look poor, and they look like they
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  • don't have any time to hang out with me anymore."
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  • And yet at the same time I watched as every single friends
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  • that were couples of ours had children.
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  • As long as they both stuck it out I watched as how every
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  • single one of them grew in character, every one of them.
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  • They're more patient, more kind, more loving.
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  • We had this friend who also was a pastor.
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  • He didn't have kids, and he was the meanest,
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  • most judgmental guy ever,
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  • and we used to always say, "Watch.
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  • After he has kids he'll chill out."
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  • And he did.
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  • He became--all of a sudden he became a nice pastor, why?
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  • Because having children is suffering, and it--
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  • we need it, man.
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  • We need it.
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  • And by the way, yes, having children is--
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  • there are these moments that are very difficult,
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  • but it is really fun and great,
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  • and it's not like you need to be a parent, you know, to grow up,
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  • but these things, these responsibilities.
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  • I also remember I had a friend.
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  • We used to email back and forth.
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  • He struggled terribly with depression and suicidal
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  • thoughts, and I remember--
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  • I'll never forget this one time where he said,
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  • "You know why when I'm really at the lowest point ever
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  • I don't kill myself?
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  • It's 'cause of my cat.
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  • I love my cat and who would care for my cat if I was gone?"
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  • And it seems on some--on one hand silly, but on the other
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  • hand it's utterly profound, isn't it?
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  • That his reason to live is for someone else.
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  • It's a cat, but it matters to him, and it matter--
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  • and that cat matters to God, and so he's doing something
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  • that matters, so I wanna say to all of us
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  • and to everyone that God wants us to live a happy life.
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  • God wants us to be full of joy and full of life,
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  • but the foundation of all the fun you wanna have,
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  • all the entertainment, all the parties,
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  • whatever it is that you wanna do that's fun,
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  • if under that you don't have foundation
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  • of responsibility of doing the right thing,
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  • of living a life for something bigger than yourself,
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  • for someone else, of being a disciple of Jesus,
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  • you won't really enjoy that happiness.
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  • So, I want you to begin to look at your responsibilities
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  • through a fresh lens.
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  • That these very often are the things that give us meaning.
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  • Yes, we should have boundaries.
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  • Yes, we should be--you know, have times of rest,
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  • but we should also remember that these
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  • are the things that make life interesting and joyful,
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  • and the Lord uses it to grow us,
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  • so we thank you, Lord.
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  • So, Father, I pray for this, for anybody who's here
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  • who's having to make a tough decision.
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  • We pray that you'd help us to understand the power
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  • of meaningful responsibilities in our life.
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  • Lord, we love you so much,
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  • and it's in Jesus's name we pray, amen?
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