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November 2, 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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  • And I'm honored to be a member of this life-changing ministry.
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  • It's hard to believe, but next year
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  • we will celebrate 50 years of "Hour of Power."
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  • In 1970 the "Hour of Power" began broadcasting
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  • its positive message of hope,
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  • and today, "Hour of Power" with Bobby Schuller
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  • continues to make an impact all around the world.
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  • To celebrate our heritage, we're thrilled to offer
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  • the new 2020 wall calendar,
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  • "Our Living Legacy: 50 Years of 'Hour of Power.'"
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  • Filled with historic photographs,
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  • encouraging Scriptures, and descriptive captions,
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  • this 13-month calendar will remind you
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  • of the vital role you play in our past, present, and future.
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request your 2020
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  • "Hour of Power" wall calendar.
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  • We're asking for your gift of $30 or more.
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  • Thank you for watching the "Hour of Power"
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  • and for your ongoing generous support
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  • to help keep this program on the air.
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  • Now, let's join 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: Welcome, visitors and church family.
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  • We are so happy to be with you.
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  • And today I declare over you that you will never let fear
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  • decide your fate.
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  • God is with you, and you are so loved.
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  • Bobby: We're so excited that you're here in this building
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  • and watching on television.
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  • We just believe that God has something in store for you right
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  • now and we're gonna just trust that whatever it is that you're
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  • going through, God has a breakthrough coming.
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  • He is an amazing God who is deeply involved in our lives.
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  • So let's begin with a word of prayer
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  • and fix our hearts on God.
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  • And, Lord, we say to you we love you and we thank you
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  • that you've called us, you've forgiven us.
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  • You've lifted us up, that the best is yet to come.
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  • Lord, thank you for all you're doing in our lives and help us,
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  • God, to understand that whether we have a lot or a little,
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  • it's all yours.
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  • Lord, you provide everything we need and we trust in you.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen.
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  • Turn around and shake the hand of the person next to you
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  • and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • announcer: As the "Hour of Power" celebrates
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  • 50 years of broadcast television in the New Year,
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  • we're excited to offer the brand-new one-of-a-kind
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  • "Our Living Legacy: 50 Years of 'Hour of Power'"
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  • 2020 wall calendar.
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  • Filled with historic photos, encouraging Scriptures,
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  • and an encapsulated history, this 13-month calendar
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  • is yours with a gift of $30 or more.
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  • As you enjoy it throughout the year,
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  • we pray it reminds you of the vital role you play
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  • in the past, present, and future of this ministry
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  • and of our gratitude for you.
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  • For your gift of $60 or more, we'll include
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  • our uniquely designed "Thankful Heart" stoneware mug.
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  • This 16-ounce artisan mug is designed for wrapping your hands
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  • around for comforting warmth.
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  • We've embossed the word "thankful" on the exterior
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  • as a reminder of how grateful we are
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  • for your continued prayers and support.
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  • Call, write, or go online today
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  • and request these one-of-a-kind resources
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  • designed to uplift and inspire you in the New Year.
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  • Bobby: Your generous financial gift will ensure
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  • that our legacy continues to unfold
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  • for another 50 years so that new generations
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  • can know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
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  • In this season of gratitude and joy,
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  • I'm so thankful for your love and support.
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  • We can't do this without you,
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  • so thank you, thank you, thank you.
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  • Thanks be to God, He reviveth the thirsty land
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: In preparation for the message, Luke 12:13:
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  • "Someone in the crowd said to him, 'Teacher,
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  • tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.'
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  • Jesus replied, 'Man, who appointed me a judge
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  • or an arbiter between you?'
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  • Then he said to them, 'Watch out!
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  • Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not
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  • consist in an abundance of possessions.'
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  • And he told them this parable: 'The ground of a certain rich
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  • man yielded an abundant harvest.
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  • He thought to himself, "What shall I do?
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  • I have no place to store my crops."
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  • Then he said, "This is what I'll do.
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  • I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I
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  • will store my surplus grain.
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  • And I'll say to myself, 'You have plenty of grain laid up
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  • for many years.
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  • Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.'"
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  • But God said to him, "You fool!
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  • This very night your life will be demanded from you.
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  • Then you will get what you have prepared--
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  • then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?"
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  • This is how it will be with whoever stores up things
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  • for themselves but is not rich toward God.'"
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  • Church family, when we give to others we get to move
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  • from insatiability to abundance, amen.
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  • El Shaddai, El Shaddai
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  • El-Elyon Na Adonai
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  • Age to age you're still the same
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  • by the power of the name
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  • El Shaddai, El Shaddai
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  • Erkamka Na Adonai
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  • We will praise and lift you high, El Shaddai
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  • Through your love and through the ram
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  • you saved the son of Abraham;
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  • through the power of your hand
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  • you turned the sea into dry land
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  • To the outcast on her knees
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  • you were the God who really sees
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  • and by your might, you set your children free
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  • El Shaddai, El Shaddai
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  • El-Elyon Na Adonai
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  • Age to age you're still the same
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  • by the power of the name
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  • El Shaddai, El Shaddai
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  • Erkamka Na Adonai
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  • We will praise and lift you high, El Shaddai
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  • Through the years you've made it clear
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  • that the time of Christ was near
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  • though the people couldn't see
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  • what Messiah ought to be
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  • Though your Word contained the plan
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  • they just could not understand
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  • your most awesome work was done
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  • through the frailty of your Son
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  • El Shaddai, El Shaddai
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  • El-Elyon Na Adonai
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  • Age to age you're still the same
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  • by the power of a name
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  • El Shaddai, El Shaddai
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  • Erkamka Na Adonai
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  • I will praise you til I die
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  • El Shaddai
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  • We will praise and lift you high
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  • El Shaddai
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • announcer: Barry Zito is a former pitcher who played
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  • for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.
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  • He's a Cy Young Award winner, a gifted musician, and now author.
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  • His new book, "Curveball," highlights his life story
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  • and how fame and fortune could not fulfill him the way
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  • that Jesus ultimately could.
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  • Please welcome Barry Zito.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Barry, hi. Barry Zito: How are you?
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  • Bobby: Great, it's such a joy and honor for me to meet you.
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  • I'm a big baseball fan.
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  • You got a lot of baseball fans in the church today.
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  • I know you play--
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • you played for Oakland and San Francisco
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  • and we have a lot of Angels and Dodgers fans here,
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  • so I hope you make it out alive.
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  • I think you will.
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  • Barry: Dodgers fans, I'm sorry.
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  • We dealt with that too, don't worry.
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  • Bobby: That's great.
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  • Well, we're just, I mean, we're just so excited
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  • to have you here.
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  • World Series champion, Cy Young winner, accomplished musician.
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  • It's--you've really done a lot with your life but one--
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  • the thing we wanna hear about the most is that--
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  • is who your life belongs to.
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  • It belongs to Jesus Christ.
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  • Barry: It does.
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  • Bobby: And tell us a little bit about that.
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  • You've had this amazing career, incredible success, wealth,
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  • fame, and yet it wasn't enough for you.
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  • Barry: It wasn't, yeah, and I think, you know, foundationally,
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  • I didn't really have anything that was more important than
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  • baseball growing up, and of course, we know there's a lot
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  • of parents out there that, you know, including me that really
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  • want my kids to work hard and do that but, for me,
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  • the message I got from my parents was baseball
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  • was the--that was it.
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  • And I didn't have a foundation of, really, a higher power,
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  • a God, that was more important than what I do here
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  • in the world.
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  • And so I started to define myself by my performance on the
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  • field so when I would win I thought I was a good person,
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  • when I would lose I literally wouldn't leave the house.
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  • And this was as an adult.
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  • And so I took it that seriously and so eventually I got the news
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  • after a lot of struggle and pain that, you know, in these four
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  • years of this contract with the Giants that I was getting paid
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  • all this money, I got the bad news from my manager
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  • that I couldn't be on this play-off roster,
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  • and so I sat in the dugout and I watched them win
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  • the 2010 World Series without me.
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  • And I was actually hired to lead them there.
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  • And that just destroyed this kind of idea that it was all
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  • about me and my strength alone is gonna get me
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  • where I need to go.
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  • And so, you know, I was always going to Barnes & Noble looking
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  • at the self-help section and had probably every book
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  • in there for years.
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  • And my wife came up to me, my now-wife, and said,
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  • "Hey, you gotta check this book out.
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  • It's just one book but I need you to lock your books up."
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  • And she handed me a Bible and that kind of planted
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  • the seed for me.
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  • Bobby: It's The Book.
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  • Barry: The Book, the bestseller of all time.
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  • Bobby: It actually is, by far, the bestselling book
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  • of all time.
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  • And it is amazing how someone can go through
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  • their whole life--
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  • I mean, it's one reason we love the Bible here.
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  • It's just like people just think it's gonna be boring and a big
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  • part of what we're trying to do is show people this is exciting.
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  • These are the words of life, the very words of God.
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  • Barry: Yes, exactly.
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  • And I think we don't realize how really lucky we are to be able
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  • to read the Word of God.
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  • I mean, years and years ago, you know,
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  • that wasn't available to people.
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  • And you know, so for me, to really understand that--
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  • you know, I had prayed to a force my whole life.
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  • I was raised in a New Age church and words like--
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  • Bobby: Is that what you called it?
  • 00:18:07.240 --> 00:18:09.080
  • The Force, like "Star Wars"?
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  • Barry: It was literally the Force, yeah.
  • 00:18:10.190 --> 00:18:12.040
  • And you know, what we think and what comes out of our mouth,
  • 00:18:12.050 --> 00:18:15.100
  • as we know from the Bible, is very important
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:17.060
  • but I was taught that I was almost my own god,
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  • that my will alone was gonna determine my life.
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  • And so I never deferred to anything higher.
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  • And so once, you know, my wife handed me this Bible,
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  • and I was ready to hear the idea that there's a plan for my life
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  • and it actually is not all about what I want, it's what he wants,
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  • that was, like, life-changing and I've never been the same.
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  • Bobby: That's awesome.
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  • Is that why you call your book "Curve--"
  • 00:18:40.200 --> 00:18:41.290
  • So curveball was your big pitch.
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  • I mean, you had an amazing curveball and you still do,
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  • I'm sure.
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  • But is that why you called your book "Curveball"?
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  • Barry: So the "Curveball" came from, you know, I got
  • 00:18:48.280 --> 00:18:51.250
  • thrown a curveball thinking that, you know, these successes
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  • and this money and the fame and all the things that came in life
  • 00:18:55.140 --> 00:18:58.280
  • was going to fulfill me and complete me and give me
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  • that thing I needed most.
  • 00:19:01.140 --> 00:19:03.090
  • So I was running around the streets of Hollywood, you know,
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  • chasing the fastest cars, you know, I owned these big houses
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  • and cars and trying to chase women and doing all these things
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  • that I thought, "This is what I'm supposed to do.
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  • This is what's gonna make me happy," right?
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  • And eventually I realized, you know, that actually is never
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  • gonna work 'cause if it did, it would have happened.
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  • And peace in my heart and contentment that, you know,
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  • Jesus loves me regardless of how screwed I up--
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  • screwed up I am, that, what a concept.
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  • I mean, amazing.
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  • Bobby: And what do you hope people get
  • 00:19:31.110 --> 00:19:33.080
  • when they read your book?
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:34.220
  • I mean, it's a tearjerker.
  • 00:19:34.230 --> 00:19:36.020
  • There are times, it's a dramatic book.
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  • I mean, it's--it really sucks you in.
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  • What do you hope that people really leave after--
  • 00:19:40.070 --> 00:19:42.090
  • leave with after they read your book?
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  • Barry: You know, I think that we all share the same struggles
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  • and pain in life, really.
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  • I think, you know, it's--we always think that the next thing
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  • we're going for is gonna complete us or make us happy.
  • 00:19:52.280 --> 00:19:56.170
  • It's, you know, "Once I get here, then--"
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  • and it's like there's always that next thing.
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  • So maybe it's actually not where we're looking and if we can
  • 00:20:00.220 --> 00:20:04.080
  • align with God's will, in my opinion, that's what happened
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:07.090
  • for me, then the peace and contentment comes
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  • and then everything else is just icing at that point.
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  • Bobby: Mm-hmm, that's awesome.
  • 00:20:12.170 --> 00:20:14.010
  • Well, Barry, thank you so much and it's such a great word in
  • 00:20:14.020 --> 00:20:16.040
  • today's day with the age of Instagram and everything else
  • 00:20:16.050 --> 00:20:18.270
  • where people are more than ever showing off luxuries and
  • 00:20:18.280 --> 00:20:23.020
  • traveling and great meals and sometimes when you're
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  • not doing well, it can feel like, "I wish I had that life."
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:29.200
  • And you're someone to just say, "Look, the greatest life you're
  • 00:20:29.210 --> 00:20:32.090
  • gonna find is in Jesus Christ."
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  • It's an awesome message.
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:36.020
  • And the book is called "Curveball."
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  • Christmas is actually not too far away so if you, you know,
  • 00:20:37.140 --> 00:20:41.190
  • are thinking of getting a gift, especially for somebody who
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  • likes baseball or, really, anyone who is kind of just
  • 00:20:43.250 --> 00:20:47.050
  • seeking and maybe believes in a higher power or something like
  • 00:20:47.060 --> 00:20:49.290
  • that but you really want them to understand the value
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  • of following Christ, I wanna recommend you get this book.
  • 00:20:52.250 --> 00:20:56.090
  • Wow, Barry Zito, this is really exciting for me and for us.
  • 00:20:56.100 --> 00:20:58.240
  • We're so grateful to have you here sharing this story with us.
  • 00:20:58.250 --> 00:21:01.060
  • Thank you.
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  • Barry: Thank you so much for having me.
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  • Bobby: God bless you. Thanks.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Hannah: Hi, friends.
  • 00:21:12.130 --> 00:21:13.220
  • We're so happy to have you join us in worship today.
  • 00:21:13.230 --> 00:21:16.200
  • You are the beloved of God, and we love you.
  • 00:21:16.210 --> 00:21:20.100
  • Bobby: As the end of the year approaches,
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:22.000
  • and we gather with friends and family
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  • to remember and express the gift of gratitude,
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  • we can choose to embrace God's goodness, regardless
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  • of challenging circumstances or difficult times.
  • 00:21:29.240 --> 00:21:33.050
  • Hannah: Psalm 107 says: "Give thanks to the Lord
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  • for he is good.
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  • His love endures forever."
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  • Because of who God is, we can grow
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  • through every season knowing that everything will work out
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  • according to his good plan and purpose.
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  • Bobby: That's right.
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  • As the "Hour of Power" enters its 50th year
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  • of broadcasting the good news of Jesus,
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  • our legacy is a testimony to his unfading faithfulness
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  • through times of trial and triumph.
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  • And your continued support makes it all possible.
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  • As a thank you for your friendship,
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  • we'd love to send you
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  • "Our Living Legacy: 50 Years of 'Hour of Power'"
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  • 2020 wall calendar.
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  • announcer: Call, write, or go online to request this
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  • we pray it reminds you of the vital role you play
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  • in the past, present, and future of this ministry
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  • and of our gratitude for you.
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  • For your gift of $60 or more, we'll include
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  • as a reminder of how grateful we are
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  • for your continued prayers and support.
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  • Call, write, or go online today
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  • for even greater growth.
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  • Bobby: This year has been challenging for "Hour of Power,"
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  • but because of your willingness to come alongside us,
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  • we are walking by faith into our 50th year of ministry.
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  • Your generous financial gift will ensure that our legacy
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  • continues to unfold for another 50 years so new generations
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  • can know Jesus Christ as their Savior.
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  • Thank you, and remember as always,
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  • God loves you and so do we.
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  • 00:23:37.150 --> 00:23:47.140
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  • I sought the Lord and he answered me
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  • and delivered me from every fear
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  • Those who look on him are radiant
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  • They'll never be ashamed
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  • They'll never be ashamed
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  • This poor man cried and the Lord heard me
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  • and saved me from my enemies
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  • The Son of God surrounds his saints
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  • He will deliver them
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  • He will deliver them
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  • Oh, magnify the Lord with me
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  • and come exalt his name forever, together
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  • Glorify the Lord with me
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  • Yes, come exalt his name forever
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  • Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good
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  • Oh, blessed is he, yeah, who hides in him
  • 00:25:34.020 --> 00:25:41.160
  • Oh, fear the Lord, oh, all you saints
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  • He'll give you everything
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  • He'll give you everything
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  • Magnify the Lord Jesus in this place today, yeah
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  • And come exalt his name together
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  • Glorify the Lord with me
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  • And come exalt his name forever
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  • Let us bless the Lord every day and night
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  • never-ending praise, may our incense rise
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  • Bless the Lord every day and night
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  • Never-ending praise, may our incense rise
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  • Bless the Lord every day and night
  • 00:27:03.040 --> 00:27:10.050
  • Never-ending praise, may our incense rise
  • 00:27:10.060 --> 00:27:20.060
  • Magnify the Lord with me
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  • Exalt his name forever
  • 00:27:29.260 --> 00:27:37.020
  • Glorify the Lord with me
  • 00:27:37.030 --> 00:27:44.020
  • and come exalt his name forever
  • 00:27:44.030 --> 00:27:54.030
  • Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good
  • 00:27:55.050 --> 00:28:02.210
  • He'll give you everything
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  • He'll give you everything
  • 00:28:07.010 --> 00:28:14.020
  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Welcome.
  • 00:28:27.160 --> 00:28:29.020
  • We're so glad you're watching.
  • 00:28:29.030 --> 00:28:32.050
  • Really, we are.
  • 00:28:32.060 --> 00:28:34.050
  • And if you are ever in the Greater Los Angeles area,
  • 00:28:34.060 --> 00:28:37.270
  • please come down to Shepherd's Grove.
  • 00:28:37.280 --> 00:28:39.240
  • We'd love to meet you.
  • 00:28:39.250 --> 00:28:41.100
  • If you have kids, bring 'em.
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  • We'll teach 'em the things of God.
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  • We'll make you feel right at home.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like this as a way
  • 00:28:46.270 --> 00:28:48.250
  • of receiving from the Lord?
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  • Let's say this together.
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  • "I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what 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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  • Wanna tell you a story.
  • 00:29:18.230 --> 00:29:21.040
  • Years ago, Hannah and I were attending this great church in
  • 00:29:21.050 --> 00:29:26.030
  • Tulsa by a pastor named Eastman Curtis who was really
  • 00:29:26.040 --> 00:29:31.190
  • a great pastor for the season that we're in,
  • 00:29:31.200 --> 00:29:33.220
  • but most of his life he wasn't a pastor.
  • 00:29:33.230 --> 00:29:36.100
  • He was actually an itinerant minister, and as a young man
  • 00:29:36.110 --> 00:29:40.190
  • and a young father, he and his wife would travel the country
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  • in their car and they would preach at churches.
  • 00:29:44.120 --> 00:29:47.080
  • Now, we're Presbyterian and we're probably unfamiliar with
  • 00:29:47.090 --> 00:29:50.110
  • this style of thing but if you're from the South or you're
  • 00:29:50.120 --> 00:29:53.010
  • Baptist or Pentecostal maybe, you might be familiar with how
  • 00:29:53.020 --> 00:29:57.180
  • itinerant preachers are paid and how they sort of eat
  • 00:29:57.190 --> 00:30:00.230
  • and get along.
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  • And the way they do it is they would preach,
  • 00:30:02.290 --> 00:30:04.280
  • typically, at a small southern church.
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  • You'd have your normal tithes and offerings for the church but
  • 00:30:06.240 --> 00:30:09.130
  • after the sermon, the senior pastor would get up for the
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  • evangelist or the preacher or whatever and would take
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  • what's called a love offering.
  • 00:30:14.260 --> 00:30:17.080
  • And that love offering was almost a vote of support for
  • 00:30:17.090 --> 00:30:21.070
  • this itinerant preacher.
  • 00:30:21.080 --> 00:30:23.100
  • It was like a way of saying how much you liked him.
  • 00:30:23.110 --> 00:30:25.200
  • And always, that love offering, the total amount in almost every
  • 00:30:25.210 --> 00:30:30.050
  • case would be given to the preacher and then usually
  • 00:30:30.060 --> 00:30:32.220
  • the church would add a little extra to say thank you.
  • 00:30:32.230 --> 00:30:36.100
  • So Eastman and his wife, they had just had a baby and they
  • 00:30:36.110 --> 00:30:39.290
  • preached at this fairly large church and it went really well.
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  • Everyone was super-excited and afterwards, same thing,
  • 00:30:43.280 --> 00:30:47.140
  • senior pastor takes a love offering and this huge amount
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  • of money comes in.
  • 00:30:52.120 --> 00:30:54.110
  • I mean, there was just an outpouring of love for Eastman
  • 00:30:54.120 --> 00:30:57.090
  • and his family, and at the end of the service, everybody went
  • 00:30:57.100 --> 00:31:01.060
  • home and the senior pastor came to our pastor, Eastman,
  • 00:31:01.070 --> 00:31:06.210
  • and said, "The amount of money that came in was just too much.
  • 00:31:06.220 --> 00:31:11.060
  • We have too many needs.
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  • We can't give you this money but here's $100.
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  • It'll give you enough gas to get to your next town.
  • 00:31:18.060 --> 00:31:22.000
  • And he and his wife, they were heartbroken that they would be
  • 00:31:22.010 --> 00:31:25.000
  • effectively betrayed, cheated, that the money would be stolen,
  • 00:31:25.010 --> 00:31:28.170
  • almost definitely the church would not be told that
  • 00:31:28.180 --> 00:31:31.200
  • the money had been taken.
  • 00:31:31.210 --> 00:31:34.020
  • And as they literally were sitting there brokenhearted,
  • 00:31:34.030 --> 00:31:36.170
  • I think even crying, they made a decision in their heart.
  • 00:31:36.180 --> 00:31:40.070
  • That money is not his, and it's not ours.
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  • It's God's money.
  • 00:31:43.150 --> 00:31:45.100
  • And they said, "We're gonna view this differently.
  • 00:31:45.110 --> 00:31:47.080
  • Instead of being victims in this moment, even though we were
  • 00:31:47.090 --> 00:31:49.270
  • victimized, we are going to see that money as seed and we're
  • 00:31:49.280 --> 00:31:54.250
  • gonna believe that that money going into that church will be
  • 00:31:54.260 --> 00:31:59.110
  • like seed we're planting not just into that church
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  • but into God's kingdom.
  • 00:32:02.160 --> 00:32:04.130
  • And we're gonna believe that God will do
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  • something great with it."
  • 00:32:06.170 --> 00:32:08.140
  • For me, as a 19-year-old young man hearing that story, I was
  • 00:32:08.150 --> 00:32:13.130
  • deeply touched that someone who, you know, I'm half-Irish.
  • 00:32:13.140 --> 00:32:18.200
  • Is that enough to say, oh man, there would have been bloody
  • 00:32:18.210 --> 00:32:23.010
  • knuckles and screaming, and so to think about resources
  • 00:32:23.020 --> 00:32:29.200
  • and money that way was a good thing to learn from my pastor.
  • 00:32:29.210 --> 00:32:32.210
  • And this is a phrase he used a lot.
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  • I don't know if it was original to him but it's one that will
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  • change your life if you can see your money whether you're rich
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  • or poor, if you can see your money this way it will change
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  • your life: "My money is not mine; it's God's.
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  • I am not an owner; I am a manager."
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  • You know, just like good managers and bad managers, God
  • 00:32:56.170 --> 00:33:00.100
  • will give a certain amount for certain people to manage.
  • 00:33:00.110 --> 00:33:04.070
  • Just because you don't have a lot doesn't mean you're a fool
  • 00:33:04.080 --> 00:33:06.120
  • or unwise but I do think over time God does entrust his
  • 00:33:06.130 --> 00:33:11.190
  • resources to people with wisdom and to people who are generous.
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  • We're sure talked a lot about wisdom but today we're gonna
  • 00:33:17.250 --> 00:33:20.100
  • talk about the wisdom that is found in generosity.
  • 00:33:20.110 --> 00:33:24.160
  • Now, typically, if you haven't grown up in church and you get
  • 00:33:24.170 --> 00:33:27.110
  • to a church, if there is a discussion about giving or about
  • 00:33:27.120 --> 00:33:31.080
  • the management of resources, the word that is typically used
  • 00:33:31.090 --> 00:33:35.080
  • is this word called stewardship.
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  • Stewardship means the management of God's resources.
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  • We are managers, not owners. Can I get an amen?
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  • Let's see how loud this is.
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  • Yeah, I don't know. I don't know.
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  • Let me see if I can convince you.
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  • The first thing, let me appeal to the selfish side
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  • of all of us that's there.
  • 00:34:05.210 --> 00:34:08.030
  • I know this message has been over-played, okay?
  • 00:34:08.040 --> 00:34:11.200
  • But we cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater.
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  • God blesses generous people.
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  • It's in the Bible.
  • 00:34:17.050 --> 00:34:18.280
  • It's either true or it's not true.
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  • And if you go to Whole Foods for a lunch after church today,
  • 00:34:21.130 --> 00:34:25.170
  • I might see you there, I don't know, and you find the
  • 00:34:25.180 --> 00:34:28.060
  • crunchiest, hippiest person, you know, around and you go up to
  • 00:34:28.070 --> 00:34:31.150
  • 'em and you listen to what they're saying, you might hear
  • 00:34:31.160 --> 00:34:34.060
  • them say something like, "You know what, bro?
  • 00:34:34.070 --> 00:34:36.220
  • Bro, bro, whatever you put into the universe,
  • 00:34:36.230 --> 00:34:41.280
  • you're gonna get back, bro."
  • 00:34:41.290 --> 00:34:44.030
  • And though this isn't always true, I love that society is
  • 00:34:44.040 --> 00:34:47.080
  • beginning to say and notice things like this because I do
  • 00:34:47.090 --> 00:34:50.260
  • think that is true in part, that when we are generous, what we
  • 00:34:50.270 --> 00:34:56.070
  • give away we get back very often, and more when we serve
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  • God and trust him with faith.
  • 00:35:01.240 --> 00:35:04.080
  • In other words, the more resources you commit to God,
  • 00:35:04.090 --> 00:35:08.270
  • the more resources God will commit to you.
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  • I believe that. I believe it with all my heart.
  • 00:35:12.110 --> 00:35:15.130
  • And I believe no matter how rich you are, how poor you are,
  • 00:35:15.140 --> 00:35:18.210
  • whether you're in abundance or whether you're struggling, give!
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  • Give.
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  • Give to people in need. Give to the poor.
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  • Give to young people.
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  • Give to students who can't afford a meal.
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  • Give to people who are struggling.
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  • Give to your church.
  • 00:35:33.190 --> 00:35:35.080
  • Give to ministries and watch as just all of heaven opens up and
  • 00:35:35.090 --> 00:35:40.110
  • God begins to bless you in ways not just financially but so many
  • 00:35:40.120 --> 00:35:44.140
  • ways that he begins to bless you because you're
  • 00:35:44.150 --> 00:35:47.030
  • becoming a generous person.
  • 00:35:47.040 --> 00:35:50.120
  • When we experience financial abundance in life, as disciples
  • 00:35:50.130 --> 00:35:54.140
  • and followers of Jesus Christ, the first thing we should think
  • 00:35:54.150 --> 00:35:57.270
  • to ourself is not, "Ooh, all the nice things I'm gonna get,"
  • 00:35:57.280 --> 00:36:01.080
  • and it's great to have nice things.
  • 00:36:01.090 --> 00:36:03.000
  • There's nothing wrong with it but we should think,
  • 00:36:03.010 --> 00:36:04.230
  • "Who can I help with this?"
  • 00:36:04.240 --> 00:36:06.130
  • I just believe that's the kind of heart that God wants
  • 00:36:06.140 --> 00:36:08.230
  • to build into all of us.
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  • Just a deep love of our neighbor and reflecting
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  • that love through generosity.
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  • Give, give, give.
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  • You won't regret it.
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  • This is in the end what really matters.
  • 00:36:20.100 --> 00:36:22.250
  • We all know the axiom, "You can't take it with you."
  • 00:36:22.260 --> 00:36:26.110
  • That it's not what you make in life, it's what you give away.
  • 00:36:26.120 --> 00:36:30.260
  • And you know, in life we really struggle with this
  • 00:36:30.270 --> 00:36:33.190
  • and there's this great story.
  • 00:36:33.200 --> 00:36:35.220
  • In fact, I wanna tell you two stories today.
  • 00:36:35.230 --> 00:36:37.270
  • One is this very dark parable that Jesus tells about the barn
  • 00:36:37.280 --> 00:36:40.290
  • and the second is the rich young ruler.
  • 00:36:41.000 --> 00:36:43.250
  • Okay, so the first, Jesus has this grand following of people
  • 00:36:43.260 --> 00:36:49.090
  • with him, thousands of people.
  • 00:36:49.100 --> 00:36:51.210
  • And he's an orthodox Jewish rabbi.
  • 00:36:51.220 --> 00:36:54.080
  • He begins teaching and preaching and, all of a sudden, these two
  • 00:36:54.090 --> 00:36:58.130
  • brothers come up and they've been fighting and arguing.
  • 00:36:58.140 --> 00:37:02.060
  • And one of them says to Jesus, he says,
  • 00:37:02.070 --> 00:37:05.020
  • "Lord, tell my brother to share our father's inheritance
  • 00:37:05.030 --> 00:37:09.170
  • with me," or tell him to give me the rightful amount
  • 00:37:09.180 --> 00:37:13.260
  • that he owes me, something like that.
  • 00:37:13.270 --> 00:37:16.160
  • Have you, by the way, ever seen the children of a well-to-do
  • 00:37:16.170 --> 00:37:22.030
  • or wealthy person after he or she has passed,
  • 00:37:22.040 --> 00:37:25.030
  • fighting over inheritance?
  • 00:37:25.040 --> 00:37:27.240
  • It's a very sad thing to see.
  • 00:37:27.250 --> 00:37:31.000
  • That someone--if you think about your mother or your father, one
  • 00:37:31.010 --> 00:37:34.100
  • of the most important people in your life, someone who raised
  • 00:37:34.110 --> 00:37:37.030
  • you, fed you, cared for you, loved you, and within a week of
  • 00:37:37.040 --> 00:37:40.270
  • their passing, you're arguing with your sibling
  • 00:37:40.280 --> 00:37:43.000
  • about who gets more.
  • 00:37:43.010 --> 00:37:45.230
  • There's a lot to that and that's not to judge anyone.
  • 00:37:45.240 --> 00:37:48.050
  • It's just to simply say that very often we get caught up
  • 00:37:48.060 --> 00:37:51.210
  • in the things that don't truly matter in life.
  • 00:37:51.220 --> 00:37:54.030
  • There was a musician who died about ten years ago and I read
  • 00:37:54.040 --> 00:37:57.090
  • in the newspaper that as he was dying, on the day he died, his
  • 00:37:57.100 --> 00:38:01.170
  • family members standing around his hospital bed were arguing
  • 00:38:01.180 --> 00:38:05.190
  • over how much each was gonna get after he died.
  • 00:38:05.200 --> 00:38:09.270
  • This is, I think, what Jesus sees when these two guys are
  • 00:38:09.280 --> 00:38:13.030
  • fighting with each other.
  • 00:38:13.040 --> 00:38:15.080
  • And he looks at them and he snaps and rebukes 'em and says,
  • 00:38:15.090 --> 00:38:17.200
  • "Who made me the judge of you?"
  • 00:38:17.210 --> 00:38:21.260
  • And he actually says, "Watch out."
  • 00:38:21.270 --> 00:38:24.080
  • And he looks at everybody, he says, "Watch out for greed."
  • 00:38:24.090 --> 00:38:28.190
  • And he says, "Because life does not consist in
  • 00:38:28.200 --> 00:38:32.220
  • an abundance of possessions."
  • 00:38:32.230 --> 00:38:35.290
  • Now, you're--I'm sure you're not surprised to hear
  • 00:38:36.000 --> 00:38:38.020
  • that in church.
  • 00:38:38.030 --> 00:38:39.260
  • And people will say that all the time but it sure does seem
  • 00:38:39.270 --> 00:38:42.070
  • like our culture thinks that life exists
  • 00:38:42.080 --> 00:38:46.030
  • in an abundance of possessions.
  • 00:38:46.040 --> 00:38:49.230
  • But if you ask somebody who has an abundance of possessions
  • 00:38:49.240 --> 00:38:54.030
  • if they have life because of those possessions,
  • 00:38:54.040 --> 00:38:58.150
  • most of them will tell you no.
  • 00:38:58.160 --> 00:39:03.000
  • They have life because of something else
  • 00:39:03.010 --> 00:39:05.160
  • or they don't have life at all.
  • 00:39:05.170 --> 00:39:08.090
  • Jesus tells this story then and he says, "There once was a man
  • 00:39:08.100 --> 00:39:12.220
  • who had this great harvest and he pulled in all of this grain
  • 00:39:12.230 --> 00:39:17.280
  • and it was too much for his barns to fill.
  • 00:39:17.290 --> 00:39:21.040
  • So he built a bigger barn and filled it to the top with grain
  • 00:39:21.050 --> 00:39:25.120
  • and said to himself, 'Now I will eat, drink,
  • 00:39:25.130 --> 00:39:28.230
  • and be merry for the rest of my life.
  • 00:39:28.240 --> 00:39:31.140
  • I can relax.'
  • 00:39:31.150 --> 00:39:34.010
  • And God said unto the man, 'You fool.
  • 00:39:34.020 --> 00:39:37.210
  • This day you will die.'
  • 00:39:37.220 --> 00:39:43.030
  • And it was all taken from him."
  • 00:39:43.040 --> 00:39:46.000
  • When I read this story, you know, I began to think,
  • 00:39:46.010 --> 00:39:49.120
  • if I were Jesus and I wanted to give a version two,
  • 00:39:49.130 --> 00:39:52.220
  • you know, very often rabbis will tell two stories.
  • 00:39:52.230 --> 00:39:55.220
  • One--two men had an abundance and two men had barns and the
  • 00:39:55.230 --> 00:39:59.060
  • first man did this and the second man did that.
  • 00:39:59.070 --> 00:40:02.190
  • If I were--I think if I were trying to guess how Jesus would
  • 00:40:02.200 --> 00:40:06.100
  • tell that sermon, he would say, "But the second man had
  • 00:40:06.110 --> 00:40:10.020
  • an abundant harvest and he built a great barn and he filled it
  • 00:40:10.030 --> 00:40:14.190
  • to the top and he invited the poor and the widows
  • 00:40:14.200 --> 00:40:19.020
  • and the hungry to come and have a banquet with him
  • 00:40:19.030 --> 00:40:22.020
  • and celebrate, and he gave."
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  • I just believe giving is the only thing that is
  • 00:40:24.210 --> 00:40:28.240
  • the difference between abundance and greed.
  • 00:40:28.250 --> 00:40:32.250
  • It's the only difference.
  • 00:40:32.260 --> 00:40:35.120
  • Can I tell you being a pastor, you know a lot of people,
  • 00:40:35.130 --> 00:40:39.040
  • a lot of poor people, a lot of rich people.
  • 00:40:39.050 --> 00:40:41.200
  • There are rich people who give and there are rich people
  • 00:40:41.210 --> 00:40:44.250
  • who never give.
  • 00:40:44.260 --> 00:40:46.280
  • There are poor people who give all the time and there are poor
  • 00:40:46.290 --> 00:40:49.210
  • people who never give.
  • 00:40:49.220 --> 00:40:52.110
  • And the rich people and the poor people who give are more like
  • 00:40:52.120 --> 00:40:56.020
  • each other than the rich people and the rich people, and the
  • 00:40:56.030 --> 00:40:59.110
  • poor people and the poor people because almost in every case,
  • 00:40:59.120 --> 00:41:03.140
  • people who give are joyful people.
  • 00:41:03.150 --> 00:41:07.000
  • You're a joyful person when you give and you give out of
  • 00:41:07.010 --> 00:41:10.130
  • abundance, when you give out of lack, no matter how you're
  • 00:41:10.140 --> 00:41:13.110
  • giving, God will bless you.
  • 00:41:13.120 --> 00:41:15.100
  • And I've even seen--actually, you know, we've worked a lot
  • 00:41:15.110 --> 00:41:17.190
  • with the homeless, and homeless people are generous.
  • 00:41:17.200 --> 00:41:22.000
  • It is such a wonderful thing to see, especially when you're
  • 00:41:22.010 --> 00:41:24.140
  • feeling stingy and you don't know if you should share.
  • 00:41:24.150 --> 00:41:27.250
  • I remember seeing a video once of a homeless man and they sort
  • 00:41:27.260 --> 00:41:31.220
  • of had a hidden camera and a guy gave him $100 and then secretly
  • 00:41:31.230 --> 00:41:35.120
  • filmed what he would do with that money.
  • 00:41:35.130 --> 00:41:38.070
  • A lot of people think, "Oh, he went and bought drugs
  • 00:41:38.080 --> 00:41:40.100
  • and alcohol," but he didn't.
  • 00:41:40.110 --> 00:41:42.020
  • He went to a grocery store.
  • 00:41:42.030 --> 00:41:43.210
  • He bought a bunch of food and then he went down to a place
  • 00:41:43.220 --> 00:41:45.180
  • where there were a bunch of other homeless people
  • 00:41:45.190 --> 00:41:48.000
  • and he shared the food with them.
  • 00:41:48.010 --> 00:41:49.280
  • Now, that's not always the case but I can tell you with the time
  • 00:41:49.290 --> 00:41:53.180
  • that we have spent personally getting to know our homeless
  • 00:41:53.190 --> 00:41:56.200
  • neighbors, in many cases, they're very, very generous.
  • 00:41:56.210 --> 00:42:01.070
  • And that in so doing, they're inheriting the kingdom of God.
  • 00:42:01.080 --> 00:42:06.240
  • So maybe you're here today and something great just happened
  • 00:42:06.250 --> 00:42:10.200
  • in your life or you have some big thing that happened
  • 00:42:10.210 --> 00:42:14.240
  • and I want you to enjoy luxuries.
  • 00:42:14.250 --> 00:42:16.270
  • I want you to have good things but I want you to think about
  • 00:42:16.280 --> 00:42:19.180
  • the needs of your neighbor, your church, your charities.
  • 00:42:19.190 --> 00:42:22.200
  • If you have a couple that's next door that has little kids,
  • 00:42:22.210 --> 00:42:26.190
  • maybe buy them dinner and a movie or if you're having dinner
  • 00:42:26.200 --> 00:42:31.260
  • or lunch and you have a server that seems like a single mom
  • 00:42:31.270 --> 00:42:35.010
  • or a student, maybe give her a $100 tip and write
  • 00:42:35.020 --> 00:42:38.260
  • on the ticket, "God loves you and so do I."
  • 00:42:38.270 --> 00:42:41.160
  • Watch what God can do when you become a more generous person
  • 00:42:41.170 --> 00:42:45.110
  • with the little that you have or the lot that you have.
  • 00:42:45.120 --> 00:42:48.000
  • You just see that God will pour out abundant blessing
  • 00:42:48.010 --> 00:42:51.220
  • in your life.
  • 00:42:51.230 --> 00:42:53.180
  • And in fact, it is generosity that is the only thing that
  • 00:42:53.190 --> 00:42:56.030
  • draws the difference between abundance and greed.
  • 00:42:56.040 --> 00:43:00.220
  • Abundance becomes greed the day you stop giving.
  • 00:43:00.230 --> 00:43:05.020
  • Greed becomes abundance the day you start giving.
  • 00:43:05.030 --> 00:43:10.200
  • And I'm so thankful to be in a church full of generous people,
  • 00:43:10.210 --> 00:43:14.080
  • not only people who support this church but people
  • 00:43:14.090 --> 00:43:16.140
  • who support each other.
  • 00:43:16.150 --> 00:43:18.160
  • The more generous you are, no matter how poor or rich you are,
  • 00:43:18.170 --> 00:43:21.120
  • the more life you will have and the more joy you will have.
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  • Listen to the Lord and ask him to give you wisdom
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  • and to give you a generous heart.
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  • Now don't be foolish, right?
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  • You're still a manager. It's still not your money.
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  • It's God's money, right?
  • 00:43:34.180 --> 00:43:36.110
  • What makes a great manager of a household?
  • 00:43:36.120 --> 00:43:38.260
  • Is it someone who just foolishly throws it all away?
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  • Is it someone who never gives at all?
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  • No, you--there is wisdom always in what makes a good manager.
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  • So be wise.
  • 00:43:47.130 --> 00:43:49.080
  • Okay, the second story I wanna tell you about is a more famous
  • 00:43:49.090 --> 00:43:51.130
  • story about the rich young ruler.
  • 00:43:51.140 --> 00:43:54.090
  • And before we do rich young ruler we're gonna do a quick
  • 00:43:54.100 --> 00:43:56.140
  • review of the Ten Commandments.
  • 00:43:56.150 --> 00:43:58.120
  • I know everyone in this room and everybody watching on TV has the
  • 00:43:58.130 --> 00:44:01.190
  • Ten Commandments memorized in order from beginning to end,
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  • but just in case you don't, I have included them
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  • in the slide behind me.
  • 00:44:08.250 --> 00:44:11.150
  • Now before we read this--these commandments, and just look over
  • 00:44:11.160 --> 00:44:14.170
  • them briefly, we have to understand that in Jesus's day
  • 00:44:14.180 --> 00:44:19.040
  • anyone, anyone could name these word for word from beginning to
  • 00:44:19.050 --> 00:44:24.190
  • end, not just the easy way that we have it here, but actually
  • 00:44:24.200 --> 00:44:27.140
  • the way it's listed in Exodus from beginning to end with all
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  • of its context.
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  • Every single five year old or older
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  • knew the Ten Commandments and the Shema.
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  • Every kid that was 12 or older had the whole Torah memorized
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  • and probably Psalms and Proverbs.
  • 00:44:42.150 --> 00:44:45.030
  • So when Jesus is talking to this young man,
  • 00:44:45.040 --> 00:44:47.190
  • he's about to cite the Ten Commandments, everyone
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  • in that group has the Ten Commandments memorized.
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  • We got it?
  • 00:44:52.270 --> 00:44:54.220
  • Here they are. It's a quick review.
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  • Jesus is teaching and a very good man that everyone admires,
  • 00:44:57.080 --> 00:45:03.020
  • who is young and wealthy, comes to the Lord.
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  • We don't know how he got his wealth.
  • 00:45:06.230 --> 00:45:08.180
  • Perhaps he inherited it.
  • 00:45:08.190 --> 00:45:10.100
  • Perhaps he was like a, you know, Silicon Valley tycoon who,
  • 00:45:10.110 --> 00:45:13.170
  • you know, sold his website or created some tech thing.
  • 00:45:13.180 --> 00:45:16.280
  • For whatever reason, he was shrewd, he was wealthy,
  • 00:45:16.290 --> 00:45:20.060
  • he was well-to-do but he was also a godly man.
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  • And he comes before Jesus and he asks this question:
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  • "Good teacher, how do I inherit eternal life?"
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  • You hear the yearning there?
  • 00:45:33.020 --> 00:45:35.110
  • "I've got everything in the world.
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  • I've got all I could want."
  • 00:45:37.060 --> 00:45:38.240
  • Reminds me of Barry Zito's story: "I've got everything
  • 00:45:38.250 --> 00:45:41.240
  • I could want in life, and something is missing.
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  • What do I need?"
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  • And here is what Jesus says.
  • 00:45:48.110 --> 00:45:50.080
  • Can we show the Ten Commandments slide?
  • 00:45:50.090 --> 00:45:52.080
  • Here are the ones that he doesn't say.
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  • So he says-- everybody's listening.
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  • He says, "Honor your father and mother.
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  • You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery.
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  • You shall not steal.
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  • And you shall not bear false witness."
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  • Those are the five that he says.
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  • Now this is a classic Rabbinic means of teaching.
  • 00:46:09.030 --> 00:46:13.100
  • When you say part of a Scripture and you leave another part out.
  • 00:46:13.110 --> 00:46:16.120
  • You're supposed--it's a genius way of teaching and everybody
  • 00:46:16.130 --> 00:46:19.260
  • goes, "Ah, I get it.
  • 00:46:19.270 --> 00:46:22.140
  • I get what you're saying."
  • 00:46:22.150 --> 00:46:24.170
  • Because look at what he's leaving out:
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  • "I am the Lord your God.
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  • You shall have no other gods before me.
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  • You shall not take the Lord's name in vain.
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  • Remember the Sabbath and you shall not covet."
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  • Those are the ones he doesn't say.
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  • So everybody goes, "Ooh, very bold."
  • 00:46:39.160 --> 00:46:43.070
  • But notice, this young man in all of his passion for God, his
  • 00:46:43.080 --> 00:46:47.150
  • deep desire to get something, just something from Jesus,
  • 00:46:47.160 --> 00:46:51.030
  • "How do I have true life?
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  • How do I have it, Lord?
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  • I've got everything but something is missing."
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  • Jesus says this, the five, but not the ten.
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  • Everybody goes, "Ooh."
  • 00:47:02.000 --> 00:47:04.060
  • And instead of the man getting it, he looks and he says,
  • 00:47:04.070 --> 00:47:06.050
  • "I've done all that.
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  • I've done it since I was a kid.
  • 00:47:07.250 --> 00:47:09.200
  • Then there's an even longer pause.
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  • And Jesus looks at him and-- now there's something else
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  • I want you to know the context.
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  • You've heard this before but in Jesus's day the greatest honor
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  • is to be called to follow a rabbi.
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  • Was usually done with young men, and in those days,
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  • if you were asked to follow a rabbi, it would be like
  • 00:47:26.280 --> 00:47:29.290
  • the greatest thing that could ever happen to a person.
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  • And it says when this young man said this, it was almost like
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  • Jesus could see his heart for God.
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  • And he looks at him and he says, "One thing you lack.
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  • Sell everything you have and give it to the poor
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  • and to those who are in need.
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  • Then come and follow me."
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  • In other words, he's offered this man to be one
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  • of the 12 disciples.
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  • Did you catch that?
  • 00:47:56.110 --> 00:47:58.160
  • This is the one person in the whole Gospels that's invited
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  • to become one of the 12 disciples and says,
  • 00:48:02.250 --> 00:48:06.210
  • "No, I'll take the money instead."
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  • I think in his heart he knew.
  • 00:48:11.060 --> 00:48:13.030
  • And in fact, if this man had said yes and had given his money
  • 00:48:13.040 --> 00:48:16.030
  • away and had followed Christ, we would know his name.
  • 00:48:16.040 --> 00:48:20.070
  • There would be churches all around the world
  • 00:48:20.080 --> 00:48:21.270
  • named after him.
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  • There might be a Gospel named after him
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  • or a letter named after him.
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  • And by the way, he still might have been wealthy.
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  • John Mark was wealthy.
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  • There were other disciples among them who were wealthy.
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  • Why did he ask this man to sell everything
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  • and give it to the poor?
  • 00:48:36.200 --> 00:48:38.260
  • Because in Judaism, you don't get rid of some of your idols,
  • 00:48:38.270 --> 00:48:41.120
  • you get rid of all of 'em.
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  • And I believe that if this man had decided to sell everything
  • 00:48:44.240 --> 00:48:48.020
  • and give it to the poor, if he had taken that leap of faith in
  • 00:48:48.030 --> 00:48:50.280
  • obedience to Jesus, this is not true of everybody, but if this
  • 00:48:50.290 --> 00:48:53.200
  • man had done that I think God would have given him even more
  • 00:48:53.210 --> 00:48:56.090
  • back in abundance and in many other ways.
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  • I just believe that.
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  • God loves generosity.
  • 00:49:01.180 --> 00:49:03.140
  • And he asks this man to be generous but instead it says
  • 00:49:03.150 --> 00:49:07.120
  • that the man turned and walked away sadly
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  • because he had great wealth.
  • 00:49:10.260 --> 00:49:14.090
  • And Jesus was actually--it seems like he's surprised.
  • 00:49:14.100 --> 00:49:18.210
  • He looks at the young man walking away and he says,
  • 00:49:18.220 --> 00:49:22.070
  • "Surely, it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
  • 00:49:22.080 --> 00:49:27.250
  • needle than for a wealthy person to enter the kingdom of God."
  • 00:49:27.260 --> 00:49:33.030
  • You know what everybody's response is?
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  • "Then Lord, who can be saved?
  • 00:49:35.140 --> 00:49:38.220
  • Because you have great men and women of God who are wealthy,
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  • you have those amidst them that are wealthy."
  • 00:49:41.210 --> 00:49:44.030
  • And Jesus says, "All things are possible."
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  • Did you catch that, by the way?
  • 00:49:49.000 --> 00:49:50.270
  • One of the most quoted Bible verses in the Bible,
  • 00:49:50.280 --> 00:49:52.240
  • "All things are possible," is in reference to the idea
  • 00:49:52.250 --> 00:49:55.240
  • that wealthy people can go to heaven.
  • 00:49:55.250 --> 00:49:58.040
  • But the reason they say "Who can be saved?"
  • 00:49:58.050 --> 00:50:00.160
  • is because many among them viewed themselves
  • 00:50:00.170 --> 00:50:03.170
  • as in some way wealthy.
  • 00:50:03.180 --> 00:50:05.250
  • Well, Jesus gives us the answer.
  • 00:50:05.260 --> 00:50:07.120
  • The answer is not about having or being poor or having a lot.
  • 00:50:07.130 --> 00:50:10.270
  • The answer's how--it's how you view your resources.
  • 00:50:10.280 --> 00:50:14.160
  • And he goes on and he says, "Seek first."
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  • All right, he says, "Don't worry about all these things.
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  • Don't worry about what you'll wear or what you have.
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  • But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,"
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  • and what?
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  • All.
  • 00:50:26.170 --> 00:50:28.140
  • Everybody say, "All these things."
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  • All these things.
  • 00:50:30.090 --> 00:50:32.030
  • Look, it's not that God doesn't want you to have
  • 00:50:32.040 --> 00:50:33.220
  • all these things.
  • 00:50:33.230 --> 00:50:35.070
  • It's about first things first, second things second.
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  • It's about being a generous person.
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  • It's about recognizing that when your church is in need,
  • 00:50:40.090 --> 00:50:43.040
  • you help it.
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  • When your neighbor's in need, you help them.
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  • You do it with wisdom but that you look at the abundance
  • 00:50:46.220 --> 00:50:49.050
  • you've been given as a manager, not an owner.
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  • Many of you do that, and I am so thankful for you.
  • 00:50:53.230 --> 00:50:56.080
  • And I bet if I got any of you up on this stage and I have you a
  • 00:50:56.090 --> 00:50:59.040
  • mic you would testify to the fact that in your abundance
  • 00:50:59.050 --> 00:51:02.150
  • or in your lack you've never regretted being a generous
  • 00:51:02.160 --> 00:51:05.060
  • person and loving your neighbor with your resources.
  • 00:51:05.070 --> 00:51:09.010
  • Can I get an amen?
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  • That's it, man.
  • 00:51:11.000 --> 00:51:12.220
  • You know, many of us here, we say, "I'm gonna give
  • 00:51:12.230 --> 00:51:14.280
  • when I get--when I get rich, Bobby, I'm--
  • 00:51:14.290 --> 00:51:17.170
  • that's when I'm gonna give.
  • 00:51:17.180 --> 00:51:19.090
  • When I get wealthy, that's when I'm gonna give."
  • 00:51:19.100 --> 00:51:21.030
  • And by the way, studies show that's just not true.
  • 00:51:21.040 --> 00:51:24.130
  • It's just not how people are.
  • 00:51:24.140 --> 00:51:26.100
  • People who are generous when they're poor are generous
  • 00:51:26.110 --> 00:51:28.080
  • when they're wealthy.
  • 00:51:28.090 --> 00:51:29.290
  • People who are stingy when they're poor
  • 00:51:30.000 --> 00:51:31.130
  • are stingy when they're wealthy.
  • 00:51:31.140 --> 00:51:33.000
  • It's almost always true.
  • 00:51:33.010 --> 00:51:35.010
  • You know, maybe you're here and you think, "I'm not rich, Bobby.
  • 00:51:35.020 --> 00:51:37.080
  • I'm not the 1%."
  • 00:51:37.090 --> 00:51:40.090
  • Look, there's plenty of things on Wall Street that need to be
  • 00:51:40.100 --> 00:51:42.270
  • fixed and I understand a lot of the anger with the Occupy Wall
  • 00:51:42.280 --> 00:51:46.160
  • Street movement that happened a while back, but I found it funny
  • 00:51:46.170 --> 00:51:49.250
  • how many people met--when they talked about 1%, they were like,
  • 00:51:49.260 --> 00:51:54.050
  • "But only Americans, not everybody else."
  • 00:51:54.060 --> 00:51:59.050
  • Credit Suisse just released a study that if you take the whole
  • 00:51:59.060 --> 00:52:02.090
  • global market and you narrowed it to the top 1% of income
  • 00:52:02.100 --> 00:52:06.080
  • earners, it's those making $32.400 a year.
  • 00:52:06.090 --> 00:52:11.040
  • If you make more than $32.400 a year, you are the 1%.
  • 00:52:11.050 --> 00:52:16.280
  • I'm just saying.
  • 00:52:16.290 --> 00:52:19.130
  • Is it getting-- is it getting hot in here?
  • 00:52:19.140 --> 00:52:22.140
  • It's getting hot in here.
  • 00:52:22.150 --> 00:52:25.110
  • And this is what missionary trips and humanitarian trips
  • 00:52:25.120 --> 00:52:29.020
  • helped me realize as a young man.
  • 00:52:29.030 --> 00:52:31.050
  • When you go to Nepal and you know that the average income--
  • 00:52:31.060 --> 00:52:34.130
  • a white-collar person there is making $12 a month
  • 00:52:34.140 --> 00:52:38.290
  • and you're flipping $20 bills to buy lunch.
  • 00:52:39.000 --> 00:52:43.070
  • You look to them the way Wall Street types look to you.
  • 00:52:43.080 --> 00:52:47.270
  • All this to say you should join with the apostles and say,
  • 00:52:47.280 --> 00:52:51.070
  • "Well, then, Lord, who might be saved?"
  • 00:52:51.080 --> 00:52:55.070
  • And he will look right at you and he'll say, "You."
  • 00:52:55.080 --> 00:52:58.140
  • You know, God doesn't--there are plenty of wealthy people
  • 00:52:58.150 --> 00:53:00.280
  • in the midst of Jesus.
  • 00:53:00.290 --> 00:53:03.040
  • I think this is the only one that Jesus tells
  • 00:53:03.050 --> 00:53:05.050
  • to sell everything and give it to the poor.
  • 00:53:05.060 --> 00:53:07.150
  • But there are others too.
  • 00:53:07.160 --> 00:53:09.150
  • In other words, it's okay to manage a lot,
  • 00:53:09.160 --> 00:53:12.020
  • just be a manager, not an owner.
  • 00:53:12.030 --> 00:53:15.090
  • It's okay to have a lot and to be wealthy but use it to the
  • 00:53:15.100 --> 00:53:19.280
  • best of your ability and with the wisdom that you have to
  • 00:53:19.290 --> 00:53:23.110
  • bless charities, your church, your neighbor, poor people,
  • 00:53:23.120 --> 00:53:26.230
  • and those who are in need.
  • 00:53:26.240 --> 00:53:28.280
  • Just some examples: Zacchaeus was a wealthy guy who got his
  • 00:53:28.290 --> 00:53:32.120
  • money and Jesus didn't tell him to sell everything.
  • 00:53:32.130 --> 00:53:35.180
  • And John Mark was wealthy, his mother was wealthy.
  • 00:53:35.190 --> 00:53:38.040
  • In fact, John Mark's mother's house was a palace where
  • 00:53:38.050 --> 00:53:41.150
  • the church had became their headquarters in Jerusalem.
  • 00:53:41.160 --> 00:53:44.110
  • I think I mentioned that last week.
  • 00:53:44.120 --> 00:53:46.100
  • There was a woman named Susanna who was wealthy
  • 00:53:46.110 --> 00:53:48.080
  • that supported Jesus's ministry.
  • 00:53:48.090 --> 00:53:50.070
  • But the wealthiest among them was Joanna, the wife of Chuza.
  • 00:53:50.080 --> 00:53:55.020
  • This is great.
  • 00:53:55.030 --> 00:53:57.030
  • So Chuza, historically, was the manager of Herod's estate,
  • 00:53:57.040 --> 00:54:01.070
  • and his job, I don't know how to say this.
  • 00:54:01.080 --> 00:54:04.200
  • His job was to peddle their version of Viagra.
  • 00:54:04.210 --> 00:54:09.120
  • I'm not joking.
  • 00:54:09.130 --> 00:54:11.190
  • There was a plant that was used to do the same thing
  • 00:54:11.200 --> 00:54:16.070
  • that Viagra does.
  • 00:54:16.080 --> 00:54:18.120
  • Chuza sold the stuff.
  • 00:54:18.130 --> 00:54:20.120
  • He had--he sold it exclusively to people as a--
  • 00:54:20.130 --> 00:54:23.030
  • like an ointment that they could use for what--that.
  • 00:54:23.040 --> 00:54:30.030
  • And that's how Chuza and his wife became incredibly wealthy
  • 00:54:30.040 --> 00:54:34.270
  • and it was that money that was used to support the bulk
  • 00:54:34.280 --> 00:54:39.010
  • of Jesus's traveling, food, and everything else he did.
  • 00:54:39.020 --> 00:54:42.170
  • Tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor.
  • 00:54:42.180 --> 00:54:44.270
  • That's amazing.
  • 00:54:44.280 --> 00:54:47.100
  • And at no point did Jesus judge her or tell her to sell all
  • 00:54:47.110 --> 00:54:51.210
  • of her Viagra and give it to the poor or anything like that.
  • 00:54:51.220 --> 00:54:55.180
  • So every person's heart is different.
  • 00:54:55.190 --> 00:54:57.250
  • Everybody's in a different place.
  • 00:54:57.260 --> 00:55:00.160
  • But what the Lord wants to see in all of us,
  • 00:55:00.170 --> 00:55:03.000
  • whether we're rich or poor, is a desire to help,
  • 00:55:03.010 --> 00:55:05.130
  • to love, and to be generous.
  • 00:55:05.140 --> 00:55:07.210
  • To be giving people.
  • 00:55:07.220 --> 00:55:09.230
  • Not because he needs the money but because we need
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  • to be letting go of our need for all this stuff.
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  • All--you think it'll save you?
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  • Man, all it takes is one lawsuit, one health problem,
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  • one bad business decision, and it's all gone.
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  • You can't put your faith in something like that.
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  • And all of us are gonna face the reaper, right?
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  • All of us will die, and none of this will come with us.
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  • So what then?
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  • And the answer is we live to give.
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  • We live to give as managers, to support, to help,
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  • and to see the kingdom of God flourish.
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  • And by the way, you'll--
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  • that'll be the happiest life you could ever live.
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  • So I wanna encourage you, no matter where you are,
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  • whether you're struggling or whether you're doing great,
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  • give to your neighbor and give to people that are in need
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  • and watch as God pours out incredible abundance
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  • in your life.
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  • Lord, we thank you and we trust you with our resources.
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  • Lord, we know that at the end--
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  • like, I actually just believe that many here are gonna
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  • be challenged this week to give.
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  • They're gonna feel it on their heart.
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  • Maybe someone in their life is gonna be in need and I'm gonna
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  • ask, Lord, that you give us the courage to hold things loosely
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  • and to give to people who are in need, to give to our neighbor.
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  • Lord, we love you so much and we thank you that you're the most
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  • generous person in the universe.
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  • You so loved the world that you gave us your only Son
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  • and it's in his name we pray, amen.
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  • Thank you for coming today, guys.
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  • You are so loved.
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  • You're doing better than you think, and God is on your side.
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  • And now the Lord bless you and keep you.
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  • The Lord make his face to shine upon you
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  • and be gracious unto you.
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  • The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you his peace,
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  • in the name of the Father and of the Son
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  • and of the Holy Spirit, amen.
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