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August 17, 2019
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Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller

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  • male: Back by popular demand.
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  • We are now offering an exclusive reprint of volume III of "God's
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  • Minute: 365 Daily Affirmations for Positive Prayer."
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  • This unique devotional contains 365 prayers taken from the
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  • private prayer life of Dr. Robert H. Schuller,
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  • the founding pastor of this ministry.
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  • of "God's Minute, Volume III."
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  • Now let's join the worship 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 flowers before you
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  • opening 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,
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  • 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, first-time
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  • visitors and church family.
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  • It is such a joy to be with you, and it is also an extra special
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  • day because my favorite man in the world has a birthday today.
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  • Bobby: Oh, thank you.
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  • Oh, yeah.
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  • Oh, it's a real--
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  • Hannah: I think I speak for all of us when we say,
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  • Bobby, we are so grateful you were born 38 years ago today.
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  • Bobby: Oh, thank you. Thanks, that's so nice.
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  • Hannah: And as Haven said in her birthday card happy
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  • birthday, golden-hearted guy.
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  • Bobby: Ha ha, okay.
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  • Ah!
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  • Happy birthday to you.
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  • Happy birthday to you.
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  • Happy birthday, dear Bobby.
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  • Happy birthday
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  • to you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Well, that was a surprise in the first service,
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  • and it was actually a surprise in this service because I
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  • forgot, so it's--anyway, it's--today actually is my
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  • birthday, and I can't think of anybody else that honestly that
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  • I'd rather spend my birthday with than this church.
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  • Just the best people, greatest spirits,
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  • I just love you guys so much and thank you.
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  • Can I take my hat off to pray? Is that okay?
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  • All right, all right. Let's pray.
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  • Father, thank you so much that you've called us into your
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  • house, and we pray in Jesus's name that your Holy Spirit would
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  • move in a profound way.
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  • Lord, I'm asking that you would speak directly to people.
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  • Lord, use the music, use my words, use Hannah's words,
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  • and anybody else in this space, but we pray most of all
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  • that somehow people would hear directly from you.
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  • We're asking this in Jesus's name, amen.
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  • Hannah: Amen; turn around and shake the hand of the person
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  • next to you and say, "God loves you and so do I."
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  • Bobby: We all go through circumstances
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  • and seasons that are difficult.
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  • You might even feel like you're in the middle of one right now.
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  • If so, I really hope you receive this truth.
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  • God has made a way for you to experience peace in your life.
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  • He will get you to the other side of your storm.
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  • announcer: If you feel like you're experiencing a storm in
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  • your life, whether in your health,
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  • finances, or relationships, you can have hope today knowing that
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  • God sees what you're going through,
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  • and he wants to calm the storms of your life.
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  • Today, with your generous gift of any size, you can
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  • request Pastor Bobby's new message, "Peace in Your Storms."
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  • This powerful message will remind you that you are not
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  • alone and that God is aware of the storm you're facing.
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  • He wants to protect you and keep you safe and secure.
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  • No matter how great the storm, God is with you,
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  • and he will get you through it.
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  • Hannah: You may be seated.
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  • The writing of Moses found in Genesis 25:27.
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  • "The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter,
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  • a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay
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  • at home among the tents.
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  • Isaac, who had a taste for wild game,
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  • loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob.
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  • Once when Jacob was cooking some stew,
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  • Esau came in from the open country, famished.
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  • He said to Jacob, 'Quick, let me have some of that red stew!
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  • I'm famished!'
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  • Jacob replied, 'First sell me your birthright.'
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  • 'Look, I am about to die,' Esau said.
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  • 'What good is a birthright to me?'
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  • But Jacob said, 'Swear to me first.'
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  • So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
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  • Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew.
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  • He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
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  • So Esau despised his birthright."
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  • Church family, we are striving to walk in the
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  • Spirit and not in our flesh.
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  • Amen.
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  • Oh, they tell me of a home
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  • far beyond the skies.
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  • They tell me of a home far away.
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  • And they tell me of a home
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Well, our guest today is Bruno Serato,
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  • a celebrity chef, restauranteur, philanthropist,
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  • and he's the owner of the Anaheim White House Restaurant,
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  • and the founder of the Caterina's Club.
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  • Any of you who've been there it's a great
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  • restaurant here in town.
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  • He's the founder of the Caterina's Club, which serves
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  • meals to underprivileged children, take a look.
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  • Bruno Serato: And they love my pasta.
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  • With the pasta, I have the power to win the war against hunger.
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  • As they use--I don't need missile.
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  • I don't need gun. I don't need stuff like that.
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  • I just need pasta to win the war.
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  • We go to the moon, we go to Mars,
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  • even though people hungry.
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  • It doesn't make sense to me.
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  • We should take care of our won people before
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  • we go somewhere else.
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  • I believe that that is a major issue not only in this
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  • country, but a lot of country.
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  • They take care a lot of things, but they don't take care the
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  • most important things, which is our children.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Great.
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  • Hi, Bruno. Great to see you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: So, Bruno Serato, I think one reason you got a standing
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  • ovation here is so many people wanna eat your
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  • pasta, and it's really good.
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  • But number two, and number two, people in town know what you do
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  • for children in Orange County for hungry kids, and I think
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  • it means the world to all of us, it means the world
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  • to God, and I know it means the world to you, doesn't it?
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  • Bruno: Well, yes; I mean, I guess it's what God
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  • told me to do on the earth.
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  • Here's my mission. That is my mission.
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  • You make me work a lot, I'll be honest with you,
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  • but it's okay, you know?
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  • When you make children happy
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  • that's what counts, you know?
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  • Bobby: So, how did you get started, first of all, in the
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  • restaurant world and hospitality and all that?
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  • Bruno: Well, I was 14 years old from Verona, city
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  • of Romeo and Juliet in Italy.
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  • Mum and dad had a small mom-and-pop place,
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  • and I was a dishwasher.
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  • I was a waiter. I was a bartender.
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  • Yeah, I was assistant to mum the chef.
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  • Bobby: Yeah, who was mama, yeah.
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  • Bruno: She was Mama Caterina, which the foundation is named
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  • after her, and we all know why, 'cause she's the first one who
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  • told me, "Feed the kids some pasta."
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  • Bobby: Ah, that's great.
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  • And, of course, White House has amazing food and yours.
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  • You already succeeded well in, you know, business, in
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  • restaurants, but you wanted to do more with your life.
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  • How did you--when was the first time you started this foundation
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  • and you started actually having big groups
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  • of kids that you're feeding?
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  • Bruno: Well, April 18, 2005 Mom came to visit me from Italy.
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  • Cold in Europe, sunshine California.
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  • She love it here, and we went to a boys
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  • and girls club in Anaheim.
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  • About 4 o'clock afternoon a little kid eating potato chips.
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  • Something normal, but the director told me, "Do you know,
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  • Bruno, that is most probably his own dinner tonight?"
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  • I say, "Why?"
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  • He say, "We have a lot of motel kids and Section 8
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  • underprivileged kids, kids in need.
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  • A lot of kids go home at night.
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  • There's nobody to cook for them, or mom can't or
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  • don't have the money, or she's not there."
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  • My mom has seven kids, her own, love children.
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  • She say, "But, Bruno, why don't you feed pasta to that kid?"
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  • That was the first kid 14 years ago,
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  • you know, 1 city, 1 location.
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  • Now we are at 5.000 kids a day.
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  • We are in 30 city in Orange County and 90 location, and just
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  • recently we celebrated the 3 million meals served
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  • to kids right here in--
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  • Bobby: Wow! Amazing.
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  • I love it.
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  • So, this is it, like, you think, "Wow!
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  • All this amazing stuff is happening," and you're helping
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  • all these people, and then isn't it crazy how
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  • sometimes this can happen?
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  • It's like, your restaurant, which you love, it's a landmark.
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  • It's been around forever and there was an electrical fire,
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  • and it burned to the ground a few years ago.
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  • Bruno: Yeah, people were shocked because, like,
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  • how can that happen to Bruno and he's feeding
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  • thousands of kids a day?
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  • But accident happen all over the world,
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  • and I was working at the restaurant till midnight,
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  • prepare for my 30 years anniversary,
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  • and when I get home I get phone call at 4 a.m.
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  • that the restaurant was on fire.
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  • I honestly thought it was a joke of some--like, something like
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  • that, and go back to the White House and saw it on fire.
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  • I was poorly devastated.
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  • First of all, because 30 years of love that I put on my
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  • business, but at the same time I didn't have any more kitchen to
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  • cook for the kids, and I had 50, 60 employee looking
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  • for a job the next day.
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  • I mean, I was--I was cry.
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  • I cry a lot, but I receive one phone call in the morning from
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  • Bishop Vann from the Christ Cathedral and say,
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  • "Chef Bruno, I just hear the news."
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  • And say, "Do you need a kitchen?"
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  • I say that was like a gift of God.
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  • "Do you need a kitchen?" I say, "Yes."
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  • "Starting tomorrow you have your own kitchen
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  • over here at the cathedral."
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  • I say, "Thank you."
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  • That was great help because the next day I
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  • was cooking for the kids.
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  • Completely forget that the restaurant was gone because I
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  • was with kids and doing what I love the most: cooking
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  • pasta for the children.
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  • I mean, we never lost a day, and right after I start to call
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  • friends in hospitality industry to hire my crew because I didn't
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  • have anything left, but my crew also they have a family to
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  • support, a payment, and we were able to find a job to everybody
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  • in 20, 45 days, so--
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  • Bobby: Oh, and it's so great that you care about your
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  • employees that much, too, I love that.
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  • Isn't it amazing when, you know, you're going through one of the
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  • greatest tragedies of your life, but then you
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  • continue to do what you love?
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  • You take your eyes off yourself, and you start helping kids.
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  • How much that can help you through a difficult time.
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  • It's probably a lesson for all of us.
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  • Bruno: Yeah, yeah, one of the things which I share because
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  • we're in a house of God, when the firemen let me go into the
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  • restaurant that afternoon, they say,
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  • "Is there anything you're looking for?"
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  • I say, "Well, everything is gone."
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  • Five thousand debris.
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  • I say, "Was only one item that I was caring about.
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  • It was a rosary given to me by Pope Francis."
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  • And he say, "Well, let me look for it."
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  • I say, "It's impossible;" it was a little cross, but guess what?
  • 00:19:14.100 --> 00:19:18.060
  • After a few minutes, the cross came up on the
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  • middle of thousands of ashes.
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  • I say, "Okay, that is a sign of God I must keep going and worse
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  • things happen in life, and I can't give up."
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  • And that's what--the moment that make me keep going.
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  • Bobby: It's amazing. Bruno Serato, thank you so much.
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  • You can find out more on Caterina's Club,
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  • and we're just so thankful to have somebody like you in our
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  • life and three-and-a-half million meals so far.
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  • We're gonna believe for 350 million more.
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  • Bruno: Thank you. That's exactly what I like.
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  • Bobby: Great. Appreciate you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Russ Jacobson: We get lots of letters around here,
  • 00:20:03.190 --> 00:20:06.030
  • and I wanna share one with you today, and it's about
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  • a family who's estranged from one of their children.
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  • And she ran away from home and cut communication and her
  • 00:20:12.190 --> 00:20:17.260
  • parents didn't hear from her for a while,
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  • and then they were listening to the program on TBN,
  • 00:20:19.250 --> 00:20:21.290
  • they heard us and Bobby pray for children who are lost and
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  • for families who are estranged.
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  • And that prayer on that TV program back in 2018,
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:32.200
  • it helped to work a miracle in this family,
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  • and they were reunited.
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  • And everything is not perfect, but communication was
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  • reestablished, so what a blessing that people hear these
  • 00:20:39.290 --> 00:20:43.160
  • prayers and they respond across the world,
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  • so this morning let's pray.
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  • Heavenly Father, we come before you this morning and we are so
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  • grateful for the gift of our children.
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  • We remember the first words, the first steps, the first day
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  • of school, the pictures, the photos, the family vacations
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  • and as they get older we remember the driver's license
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  • and the high school graduations and college.
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  • And these are such warm memories,
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  • and we're so thankful for the time that we get to spend with
  • 00:21:09.080 --> 00:21:11.230
  • our children, but these same strong emotional connections
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  • that we have, Lord, they have the power to break the other way
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  • on us sometime, and so we are mourning for this particular
  • 00:21:19.030 --> 00:21:23.050
  • family that's struggling with estrangement issues in their own
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  • lives, and we just pray your intervention and your
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:28.290
  • blessing upon them, Lord.
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  • Be with them, guide them, bring them peace and wholeness and,
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  • Lord, we lift up and we pray for everybody who is here at the
  • 00:21:34.180 --> 00:21:37.210
  • church or watching on TV, Lord, that are suffering with this
  • 00:21:37.220 --> 00:21:42.130
  • issue that's so common in our society.
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  • That people get angry and they break off contact,
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  • and they weaponize these emotions,
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  • Lord, and we just speak against it,
  • 00:21:51.160 --> 00:21:53.090
  • and I just pray for healing and wholeness and restoration.
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  • And, Lord, I know that you can and want to bring healing to
  • 00:21:57.260 --> 00:22:01.160
  • these broken relationships, so it's our fervent prayer this
  • 00:22:01.170 --> 00:22:04.190
  • morning that families will be reunited and restored,
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  • so this morning we say these words that Jesus himself said.
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  • Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name.
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  • Thy kingdom come.
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  • Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in heaven.
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  • Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts,
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  • as we forgive our debtors.
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  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
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  • for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
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  • Amen.
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  • Bobby: Hannah and I are so happy
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  • you've joined us in worship today.
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  • We hope that you have found incredible hope and
  • 00:22:50.070 --> 00:22:53.010
  • inspiration from this program.
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  • We can all go through circumstances
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  • and seasons that are difficult.
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  • You might even feel like you're in the middle of one right now.
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  • If so, I really hope you receive this truth.
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  • God has made a way for you to experience his dynamic
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  • power and live in peace.
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  • The reason I can confidently share this is because God's
  • 00:23:10.120 --> 00:23:13.150
  • Word confidently tells it.
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  • In fact, there is one specific story that comes to mind.
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  • In Luke chapter 8, Jesus and his disciples were crossing a lake
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  • when a storm suddenly arose.
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  • As you can imagine, the disciples freaked out and looked
  • 00:23:23.290 --> 00:23:26.200
  • to Jesus for a solution, only to discover he was sleeping.
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  • After they woke him up, Jesus simply spoke peace to the
  • 00:23:30.190 --> 00:23:33.230
  • storm and instantly it stopped.
  • 00:23:33.240 --> 00:23:36.280
  • Just like the peace and deliverance Jesus brought to his
  • 00:23:36.290 --> 00:23:39.170
  • disciples that day, I just know he wants to do the same
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  • for you in your life.
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  • Hannah: In John 16:33, Jesus gives us this amazing promise.
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  • "I have told you these things, so that in me
  • 00:23:50.050 --> 00:23:53.110
  • you may have peace.
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  • In this world you will have trouble.
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  • But take heart! I have overcome the world."
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  • Yes, there are moments when you might feel alone,
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  • with no clear vision that things are ever going to change,
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  • but as you stand in faith you can believe God is with you no
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  • matter what kinda storm you face,
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  • and you can trust that he will bring you through it.
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  • announcer: If you feel like you're experiencing a storm in
  • 00:24:21.000 --> 00:24:23.260
  • your life, whether in your health,
  • 00:24:23.270 --> 00:24:26.000
  • finances, or relationships, you can have hope today knowing that
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  • God sees what you're going through,
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  • and he wants to calm the storms of your life.
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  • Today, with your generous gift of any size, you can
  • 00:24:36.150 --> 00:24:39.130
  • request Pastor Bobby's new message, "Peace in Your Storms."
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  • This powerful message will remind you that you are not
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  • alone and that God is aware of the storm you're facing.
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  • He wants to protect you and keep you safe and secure.
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  • We'll also send you this set of four Perfect Peace Scripture
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  • cards, with desktop display easel.
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  • These 4 by 4 cards will inspire you with God's perfect peace.
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  • Call, write, or go online today to request these
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  • inspiring life-changing resources.
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  • No matter how great the storm, God is with you,
  • 00:25:12.240 --> 00:25:16.040
  • and he will get you through it.
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  • Bobby: This is something both Hannah and I
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  • actively do every single day.
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  • We remember and remind ourselves that those storms may happen.
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  • Jesus is in the boat with us.
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  • He's called us to the other side.
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  • He gives us peace in the storm while helping us to get through,
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  • and he's going to do the same for you.
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  • He's going to get you to the other side.
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  • We'd love to help you with some resources to encourage you,
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  • so with your financial support today we're going to send you my
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  • message, "Peace in Your Storms," as well as the Perfect
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  • Peace Scripture card set.
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  • Thank you for all you do to support this ministry.
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  • Your gifts, prayers, and words of encouragement mean the world
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  • to us, and we could not do it without you.
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  • Thank you and remember always God loves you, and so do we.
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  • Preston Parker: Good morning, family.
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  • Do me a favor today and repeat after me.
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  • Say, "I'm free.
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  • Praise the Lord I'm free."
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  • Now, come on. We gotta say it one more time.
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  • Say it like you've been through something,
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  • like you're stuck in the middle of something and you're waiting
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  • for God to help you through, but claim your freedom today.
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  • Say, "I'm free.
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  • Praise the Lord I'm free."
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  • Amen.
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  • I push and pull, go back and forth
  • 00:26:31.020 --> 00:26:33.080
  • finding myself pounding on a locked door.
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  • I try to make it out alone
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  • without your help,
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  • but I know I'll never win this war.
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  • I can never be, never be free
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  • without you, God.
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  • No, I can never be, never be me
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  • without you, God.
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  • Oh, this is the sound of chains breaking.
  • 00:26:55.220 --> 00:26:59.190
  • This is the beat of a heart changing.
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  • This is the song of a soul forgiven.
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  • This is my freedom hymn.
  • 00:27:07.290 --> 00:27:10.090
  • Oh, this is my freedom hymn,
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  • my freedom hymn.
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  • Yes, this is my freedom hymn,
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  • my freedom hymn.
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  • I breathe the air of freedom in
  • 00:27:22.050 --> 00:27:24.120
  • knowing my life is better off in your hands.
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  • The past is gone and what's done is done.
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  • Now I'm alive,
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  • and I'm never gonna look back.
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  • I can never be, never be free
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  • without you, God.
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  • You know my story.
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  • And I can never be, never be me
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  • without you.
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  • Oh, this is the sound of chains breaking.
  • 00:27:46.250 --> 00:27:50.210
  • This is the beat of a heart changing.
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  • This is the song of my soul forgiven.
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  • This is my freedom hymn.
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  • Oh, this is my freedom hymn,
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  • my freedom hymn.
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  • Yes, God, this is my freedom hymn,
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  • my freedom hymn.
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  • Oh.
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  • Who the Son sets free
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  • is free, yeah.
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  • Who the Son sets free
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  • is free, yeah.
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  • Who the Son sets free
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  • is free.
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  • I'm free, yeah.
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  • Chains breaking, yeah.
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  • God's telling you he's heard you crying.
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  • But he wants you to step out in faith
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  • and claim your freedom.
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  • So just claim it, just receive it.
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  • Just claim it.
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  • Oh, receive your freedom today
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  • of a soul forgiven and saying you're free.
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  • Praise the Lord I'm free.
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  • No longer bound
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  • and no more chains holding me.
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  • My soul is resting.
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  • It's just a blessing.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Bobby: Welcome. Thank you for joining us.
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  • Wherever you are, we want you to know that we love you; and if
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  • you've ever in Orange County, please come down to this
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  • church and worship with us.
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  • Shepherd's Grove in Irvine.
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  • We'd love to see you, pray with you,
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  • give you a big hug, and welcome you here.
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  • Friends, will you hold your hands out like
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  • this as a way of receiving?
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  • Let's say this creed together.
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  • I'm not what I do.
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  • I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God.
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  • It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry.
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  • I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks. You can be seated.
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  • You know, all of us are born in this world with a great calling.
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  • I believe that about you.
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  • I think that all of us have this sense of angst in us that we
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  • believe we're supposed to do something special with our
  • 00:30:34.030 --> 00:30:37.070
  • lives, that our lives have purpose,
  • 00:30:37.080 --> 00:30:39.190
  • that it has a meaning, that we're called to do something
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  • great, and I believe that the greatest way to
  • 00:30:42.010 --> 00:30:46.020
  • unlock that greatness in your life is to devote your life to
  • 00:30:46.030 --> 00:30:51.050
  • following Jesus Christ and to dedicate your life
  • 00:30:51.060 --> 00:30:54.220
  • to being more like him.
  • 00:30:54.230 --> 00:30:57.000
  • I think all of us as Christians truly believe that, that Christ
  • 00:30:57.010 --> 00:31:00.170
  • calls us to do great things, but we have to do those things
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  • on a narrow, difficult road; and that means if you're a believer
  • 00:31:04.110 --> 00:31:08.250
  • or if you're a Christian, that you're oftentimes called to make
  • 00:31:08.260 --> 00:31:12.080
  • difficult choices for your integrity.
  • 00:31:12.090 --> 00:31:16.030
  • You're called to do what's meaningful or sacrificial now,
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  • even though it doesn't necessarily benefit you in the
  • 00:31:20.260 --> 00:31:23.150
  • short run; and today we're gonna talk about the importance of
  • 00:31:23.160 --> 00:31:27.180
  • achieving the greatness in our lives by not giving up
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  • our birthright, our birthright.
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  • That's not just a blessing. It's the double blessing.
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  • It's the power of God, it's the life of the
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  • gospel in you, it's heaven.
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  • It's a whole bunch of things for you.
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  • That when we endure hardship, when we refuse to take a
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  • shortcut, when we decide to always do the next right thing,
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  • we are plowing towards a birthright outcome,
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  • a huge double portion, and that's what I want for you and
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  • that's what the Lord wants for you today.
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  • I think one of the greatest threats to this in your life,
  • 00:32:05.000 --> 00:32:09.150
  • in my life is the way in which so many of us are getting
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  • used to instant gratification.
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  • First of all, I'm a big believer in delayed gratification.
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  • I think that if you're just not sure, it's almost always better
  • 00:32:20.160 --> 00:32:24.060
  • to practice delayed gratification,
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  • just to remind yourself that you're in control,
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  • not the chocolate cake, you know?
  • 00:32:29.180 --> 00:32:31.250
  • You're in control, or whatever it is that you might struggle
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  • with, and it teaches us, by practicing delayed
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  • gratification, it teaches us that sometimes the best
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  • thing in life takes sacrifice.
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  • Sometimes it means we don't do what's expedient.
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  • We do what matters.
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  • We do what's important, even though it doesn't always
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  • benefit, you know, us right away.
  • 00:32:52.230 --> 00:32:56.100
  • We live in a culture of instant gratification, don't we?
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  • We really do, and it's an amazing,
  • 00:32:59.150 --> 00:33:01.290
  • amazing time to be alive.
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  • Think about all the amazing things you can
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  • get cheaply all the time.
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  • Some guy in the '80s decided that people shouldn't have to
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  • put shoes on to eat pizza, and he created pizza delivery.
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  • Maybe it was the '70s, was it?
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  • How long has it been around?
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  • This was--we don't think--we don't realize how big of a deal
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  • delivering pizzas was for us.
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  • It was the first step to a whole industry.
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  • Later, some guy at a Chinese restaurant thought,
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  • "Well, if people shouldn't put on shoes to eat pizza,
  • 00:33:35.030 --> 00:33:37.220
  • they shouldn't have to put on, you know, shoes
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  • to eat Chinese food," and so started delivering and today
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  • we have Postmates and Uber Eats.
  • 00:33:43.020 --> 00:33:44.290
  • You can get food anywhere, any time.
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  • When we were in the hospital once, I paid $12 and
  • 00:33:47.260 --> 00:33:50.190
  • had Chick-fil-A brought up to the 5th floor of a
  • 00:33:50.200 --> 00:33:53.220
  • hospital for my son Cohen.
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  • It's incredible, and I think, "I did this on my phone."
  • 00:33:55.210 --> 00:33:59.260
  • You remember back in the day when you used to have to go
  • 00:33:59.270 --> 00:34:02.070
  • to a record store to buy music?
  • 00:34:02.080 --> 00:34:04.250
  • You just buy it on your phone now.
  • 00:34:04.260 --> 00:34:06.150
  • Remember when you used to have to go to this--there was this
  • 00:34:06.160 --> 00:34:08.220
  • store called Blockbuster, where you'd have,
  • 00:34:08.230 --> 00:34:11.180
  • like, a little card, a little blue card,
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  • and you had to go there to rent a tape.
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  • Who does that anymore?
  • 00:34:16.130 --> 00:34:17.220
  • You just download it or you just watch it on YouTube.
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  • You think about flying.
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  • Commercial flight is one of the safest things you can do.
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  • It's one of the least expensive things.
  • 00:34:26.160 --> 00:34:28.040
  • You can get to anywhere in the world in less than a day for
  • 00:34:28.050 --> 00:34:31.210
  • under a thousand dollars.
  • 00:34:31.220 --> 00:34:33.010
  • That's incredible, when you think about how dangerous it
  • 00:34:33.020 --> 00:34:35.130
  • used to be to simply go from France to England.
  • 00:34:35.140 --> 00:34:38.200
  • That today you can cross the country.
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  • You can go to the other side of the planet.
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  • You can go almost anywhere in the world that the government
  • 00:34:42.130 --> 00:34:44.280
  • permits for under a thousand bucks and sometimes you can
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  • go--I actually was thinking of sailing to Cuba not that long
  • 00:34:48.240 --> 00:34:52.040
  • ago, but Hannah wouldn't let me and now--and don't even
  • 00:34:52.050 --> 00:34:56.050
  • get me started on Amazon.
  • 00:34:56.060 --> 00:34:59.010
  • I mean, you know, if you want pencils or binder clips or
  • 00:34:59.020 --> 00:35:03.010
  • there's this thing I really want called a Bug-A-Salt.
  • 00:35:03.020 --> 00:35:06.040
  • It's a gun that you fill with salt, and you shoot that.
  • 00:35:06.050 --> 00:35:08.160
  • If I want that, I can whip out my phone and when I get home
  • 00:35:08.170 --> 00:35:11.010
  • later today, it will be in a brown box waiting
  • 00:35:11.020 --> 00:35:13.200
  • for me at my door.
  • 00:35:13.210 --> 00:35:15.060
  • That's incredible.
  • 00:35:15.070 --> 00:35:17.140
  • In fact, Amazon is working on this drone called Amazon Air
  • 00:35:17.150 --> 00:35:21.210
  • in order to cut hours off.
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  • Same day isn't good enough anymore.
  • 00:35:23.060 --> 00:35:24.240
  • We want same hour, so this thing's gonna come and your
  • 00:35:24.250 --> 00:35:29.010
  • cookbook is gonna land right at your door.
  • 00:35:29.020 --> 00:35:31.090
  • That's incredible, so
  • 00:35:31.100 --> 00:35:32.190
  • all of these things are good things, right?
  • 00:35:32.200 --> 00:35:33.290
  • I mean, they're amazing things, but I believe--as a pastor,
  • 00:35:34.000 --> 00:35:37.170
  • as a spiritual teacher, as a thinker, I wonder if there's
  • 00:35:37.180 --> 00:35:41.060
  • a negative side to this.
  • 00:35:41.070 --> 00:35:44.230
  • I wonder if there's something bad about always being able to
  • 00:35:44.240 --> 00:35:48.000
  • get what we want whenever we want it.
  • 00:35:48.010 --> 00:35:51.260
  • What if being able to get whatever I want whenever I want
  • 00:35:51.270 --> 00:35:55.160
  • it is sometimes bad for me?
  • 00:35:55.170 --> 00:35:59.120
  • What if it's teaching me that I'm the most important
  • 00:35:59.130 --> 00:36:01.170
  • thing in the world?
  • 00:36:01.180 --> 00:36:03.130
  • What if that's having an effect on my relationships?
  • 00:36:03.140 --> 00:36:06.150
  • What if that's having an effect on the way I view sex?
  • 00:36:06.160 --> 00:36:09.190
  • What about the effect it's having on our health?
  • 00:36:09.200 --> 00:36:12.150
  • For the first time in, like, a hundred years, the life
  • 00:36:12.160 --> 00:36:15.240
  • expectancy of people is dropping, not going up.
  • 00:36:15.250 --> 00:36:20.010
  • What about the effect it's having on our
  • 00:36:20.020 --> 00:36:21.140
  • mind, in our psychology?
  • 00:36:21.150 --> 00:36:23.240
  • There's a new, new-ish, crisis called anhedonia,
  • 00:36:23.250 --> 00:36:29.070
  • which is not depression.
  • 00:36:29.080 --> 00:36:30.170
  • Anhedonia is a clinical problem with the brain where people
  • 00:36:30.180 --> 00:36:33.140
  • can't experience pleasure anymore because their brain has
  • 00:36:33.150 --> 00:36:36.210
  • been so affected by loud music, bright videos,
  • 00:36:36.220 --> 00:36:40.120
  • and constant video games and things like this.
  • 00:36:40.130 --> 00:36:42.270
  • That a lot of young people today are unable to experience any
  • 00:36:42.280 --> 00:36:46.120
  • sort of emotion, so I wonder, as a pastor,
  • 00:36:46.130 --> 00:36:50.210
  • if discipleship is about taking up my cross and following Jesus
  • 00:36:50.220 --> 00:36:55.070
  • so I can attain eternal life.
  • 00:36:55.080 --> 00:36:57.120
  • That's an--that's not just going to heaven.
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  • That's an amazing life today.
  • 00:36:58.270 --> 00:37:00.090
  • That's the life I was born to live.
  • 00:37:00.100 --> 00:37:02.120
  • That is living out in the fullness of the kingdom of God.
  • 00:37:02.130 --> 00:37:05.210
  • If the price of that is a narrow road and a rugged cross,
  • 00:37:05.220 --> 00:37:09.030
  • what is instant gratification teaching me to do?
  • 00:37:09.040 --> 00:37:12.170
  • What's it teaching our culture to do?
  • 00:37:12.180 --> 00:37:15.000
  • And I look and I see so many organizations,
  • 00:37:15.010 --> 00:37:17.130
  • churches, pastors, athletes, all sorts of leaders who are giving
  • 00:37:17.140 --> 00:37:22.230
  • up their birthright for a bowl of soup.
  • 00:37:22.240 --> 00:37:26.290
  • They're giving up what could have been utter greatness
  • 00:37:27.000 --> 00:37:31.050
  • because they took a shortcut.
  • 00:37:31.060 --> 00:37:33.090
  • Forgive me for going to baseball, but I love baseball.
  • 00:37:33.100 --> 00:37:35.240
  • Barry Bonds is a great example of this.
  • 00:37:35.250 --> 00:37:38.180
  • I don't mean to judge, he was an amazing athlete,
  • 00:37:38.190 --> 00:37:41.040
  • probably the--considered maybe one of the greatest,
  • 00:37:41.050 --> 00:37:43.060
  • maybe the greatest baseball player of all time.
  • 00:37:43.070 --> 00:37:45.040
  • Certainly if you look at the numbers.
  • 00:37:45.050 --> 00:37:47.120
  • When Barry Bonds broke Hank Aaron's record almost nobody was
  • 00:37:47.130 --> 00:37:50.250
  • watching because at the time there was a case
  • 00:37:50.260 --> 00:37:53.180
  • at--in Congress about the effects of
  • 00:37:53.190 --> 00:37:56.220
  • performance-enhancing drugs in sports.
  • 00:37:56.230 --> 00:37:59.110
  • When Hank Aaron broke the same record that belonged to Babe
  • 00:37:59.120 --> 00:38:03.020
  • Ruth, 16 million people watched around the world and celebrated.
  • 00:38:03.030 --> 00:38:07.150
  • What happened between the two?
  • 00:38:07.160 --> 00:38:09.100
  • The first was, you know, the world was amazed
  • 00:38:09.110 --> 00:38:11.280
  • that an athlete could do this.
  • 00:38:11.290 --> 00:38:13.080
  • Hank Aaron, who was an honest athlete, did it the honest
  • 00:38:13.090 --> 00:38:15.160
  • way, but Barry Bonds, who used steroids, it was a
  • 00:38:15.170 --> 00:38:19.030
  • disillusionment, and it wasn't just about baseball, I think.
  • 00:38:19.040 --> 00:38:23.050
  • I think it was more about our culture,
  • 00:38:23.060 --> 00:38:25.260
  • the way in which we're taking shortcuts.
  • 00:38:25.270 --> 00:38:28.120
  • We're breaking the rules.
  • 00:38:28.130 --> 00:38:29.270
  • That we want greatness at any cost,
  • 00:38:29.280 --> 00:38:32.000
  • and it's that very thing that causes us to lose it.
  • 00:38:32.010 --> 00:38:35.090
  • This picture you see behind me is the actual baseball that
  • 00:38:35.100 --> 00:38:38.050
  • broke that record, 756, but nobody cared, and forever there
  • 00:38:38.060 --> 00:38:43.130
  • will be an asterisk carved into that ball.
  • 00:38:43.140 --> 00:38:47.050
  • I imagine if Barry Bonds had not taken steroids, he still would
  • 00:38:47.060 --> 00:38:50.060
  • have been in the hall of fame and still would have been one of
  • 00:38:50.070 --> 00:38:52.210
  • the greatest, but because he and so many people took a shortcut,
  • 00:38:52.220 --> 00:38:56.000
  • they gave up what could have been an amazing birthright.
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  • Instead, he's an embarrassment.
  • 00:39:00.020 --> 00:39:02.110
  • When we look at Wells Fargo, that was another great example
  • 00:39:02.120 --> 00:39:05.190
  • of how this happens in corporate culture.
  • 00:39:05.200 --> 00:39:07.200
  • Wells Fargo, took 'em a hundred years to build an amazing brand.
  • 00:39:07.210 --> 00:39:10.170
  • I did all of my payroll through Wells Fargo back in the day.
  • 00:39:10.180 --> 00:39:13.100
  • I loved working through--with them and, of course, in 2016,
  • 00:39:13.110 --> 00:39:16.220
  • it was uncovered that they had created 3 1/2 million fake
  • 00:39:16.230 --> 00:39:19.210
  • accounts and embezzled money from people
  • 00:39:19.220 --> 00:39:21.170
  • all across the country.
  • 00:39:21.180 --> 00:39:22.270
  • Not only did they have to pay back that money and they were
  • 00:39:22.280 --> 00:39:24.250
  • fined billions of dollars, but they lost their reputation.
  • 00:39:24.260 --> 00:39:28.230
  • How much do you think they would pay to get that reputation back,
  • 00:39:28.240 --> 00:39:31.110
  • to wipe that from history?
  • 00:39:31.120 --> 00:39:33.100
  • Three times that? Ten times that?
  • 00:39:33.110 --> 00:39:34.270
  • A hundred times that?
  • 00:39:34.280 --> 00:39:36.220
  • And, see, that's what happens when it's gone.
  • 00:39:36.230 --> 00:39:38.260
  • When our birthright is gone, we look back,
  • 00:39:38.270 --> 00:39:40.240
  • and we say, "I would do anything to get that back."
  • 00:39:40.250 --> 00:39:44.110
  • Let's make a choice today that we won't give up our birthright.
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  • That we'll do the next right thing.
  • 00:39:47.170 --> 00:39:49.060
  • Even when it costs us, even when there is sacrifice,
  • 00:39:49.070 --> 00:39:51.280
  • even when it's difficult, we recognize that the gospel in our
  • 00:39:51.290 --> 00:39:55.020
  • lives, that the kingdom of God, that the fullness of eternal
  • 00:39:55.030 --> 00:39:57.130
  • life, which is our promise, our birthright,
  • 00:39:57.140 --> 00:39:59.270
  • that we will not lose it.
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  • That we will attain it, that we will keep it, and that we will
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  • guard it all the days of our lives, amen?
  • 00:40:04.150 --> 00:40:07.060
  • And even if we do mess up, that we will decide to do the best we
  • 00:40:07.070 --> 00:40:10.110
  • can to get back on track.
  • 00:40:10.120 --> 00:40:11.230
  • Some of you, you feel like, "I could never
  • 00:40:11.240 --> 00:40:13.030
  • get back to where I was."
  • 00:40:13.040 --> 00:40:14.130
  • I want you to know we also serve--unlike our culture, we
  • 00:40:14.140 --> 00:40:17.120
  • serve a God who's forgiving, who's loving,
  • 00:40:17.130 --> 00:40:19.130
  • who's always on your side, and you can always get back on track
  • 00:40:19.140 --> 00:40:23.050
  • to where you need to go.
  • 00:40:23.060 --> 00:40:24.200
  • That's the good thing about God. He's so gracious.
  • 00:40:24.210 --> 00:40:27.170
  • It reminds me of a quote from G.K. Chesterton
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  • who wrote a hundred years ago,
  • 00:40:29.290 --> 00:40:31.240
  • he said he loved fairy stories, and he learned some of the best
  • 00:40:31.250 --> 00:40:34.280
  • things in his life from fairy tales.
  • 00:40:34.290 --> 00:40:38.020
  • He said one of the things you notice when you read fairy tales
  • 00:40:38.030 --> 00:40:40.150
  • is how much glass there is in fairy tales.
  • 00:40:40.160 --> 00:40:43.090
  • Like, Cinderella's glass slipper.
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  • You have glass slippers, glass castles,
  • 00:40:47.160 --> 00:40:50.110
  • glass halls and mirrors, and he said the symbol of glass is
  • 00:40:50.120 --> 00:40:54.140
  • something that is bright and beautiful and transparent and
  • 00:40:54.150 --> 00:40:59.080
  • unperishable, yet fragile and breakable.
  • 00:40:59.090 --> 00:41:04.060
  • He says of glass in his book, "Strike glass,
  • 00:41:04.070 --> 00:41:06.210
  • and it will not endure an instant.
  • 00:41:06.220 --> 00:41:09.070
  • Simply do not strike it, and it will endure a thousand years.
  • 00:41:09.080 --> 00:41:13.290
  • Such, it seemed, was the joy of man,
  • 00:41:14.000 --> 00:41:16.020
  • either in elfland or on earth, that happiness depended on not
  • 00:41:16.030 --> 00:41:20.280
  • doing something which you could at any moment do and which,
  • 00:41:20.290 --> 00:41:24.020
  • very often, it was not obvious why you should not do it."
  • 00:41:24.030 --> 00:41:28.210
  • That's a good line, and this leads me to the story of today,
  • 00:41:28.220 --> 00:41:32.270
  • Jacob and Esau, the great despising of one's birthright,
  • 00:41:32.280 --> 00:41:38.080
  • the great selling of a great treasure because one lives in
  • 00:41:38.090 --> 00:41:41.230
  • the moment rather than the future, because one sees
  • 00:41:41.240 --> 00:41:44.260
  • only the needs now, rather than what they're losing.
  • 00:41:44.270 --> 00:41:48.170
  • This is from Genesis chapter 25:27 through 34.
  • 00:41:48.180 --> 00:41:52.150
  • So, in the Bible there is this story.
  • 00:41:52.160 --> 00:41:54.070
  • Rebekah is pregnant with twins.
  • 00:41:54.080 --> 00:41:56.170
  • Have you ever seen somebody pregnant with twins before?
  • 00:41:56.180 --> 00:41:58.090
  • It's amazing.
  • 00:41:58.100 --> 00:41:59.260
  • You think you've seen pregnant people before, a pregnant woman.
  • 00:41:59.270 --> 00:42:02.270
  • You haven't--if you haven't seen someone
  • 00:42:02.280 --> 00:42:04.070
  • with twins, you've just not seen it.
  • 00:42:04.080 --> 00:42:05.170
  • It's like--imagine people knocking things over or a woman
  • 00:42:05.180 --> 00:42:09.150
  • knocking things over with her belly,
  • 00:42:09.160 --> 00:42:12.160
  • and so she's nine months pregnant with twins,
  • 00:42:12.170 --> 00:42:15.140
  • and these two twins inside of her are fighting each other,
  • 00:42:15.150 --> 00:42:20.030
  • and she says aloud, "What is going on?"
  • 00:42:20.040 --> 00:42:22.230
  • And she hears from the Lord, and the Lord says, "Inside of
  • 00:42:22.240 --> 00:42:25.190
  • you there are two nations and even now they're struggling,"
  • 00:42:25.200 --> 00:42:30.140
  • and something like the younger will lord over the older.
  • 00:42:30.150 --> 00:42:34.060
  • She doesn't understand what this means, so this is the
  • 00:42:34.070 --> 00:42:37.070
  • beginning of a great rivalry between two brothers.
  • 00:42:37.080 --> 00:42:40.010
  • Do you have any rivalry with your siblings?
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  • I'm just curious.
  • 00:42:41.270 --> 00:42:43.150
  • I have four sisters and a brother, and I'm thankful to say
  • 00:42:43.160 --> 00:42:46.180
  • that I don't actually have any rivalry with any of them.
  • 00:42:46.190 --> 00:42:49.050
  • They're all pretty sweet.
  • 00:42:49.060 --> 00:42:50.150
  • Hannah, you don't have, really, rivalry in your family,
  • 00:42:50.160 --> 00:42:52.020
  • either, so we're very lucky.
  • 00:42:52.030 --> 00:42:53.270
  • But you do see it, though, in families, don't you?
  • 00:42:53.280 --> 00:42:55.140
  • Brother against brother, sister against sister,
  • 00:42:55.150 --> 00:42:57.170
  • sister against brother, brother and sister.
  • 00:42:57.180 --> 00:43:00.100
  • Well, this is one of the great ones of all time.
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  • When Rebekah gives birth, the first one to come out is Esau,
  • 00:43:02.230 --> 00:43:07.020
  • and it's a baby--a super-hairy baby.
  • 00:43:07.030 --> 00:43:11.080
  • Can you imagine that?
  • 00:43:11.090 --> 00:43:12.190
  • So, this baby comes out, and I don't know if it just means a
  • 00:43:12.200 --> 00:43:15.030
  • lot of hair on his head or if maybe he had a little back hair
  • 00:43:15.040 --> 00:43:17.230
  • already at such a young age, but this hair, it was enough
  • 00:43:17.240 --> 00:43:21.230
  • that this baby was so hairy.
  • 00:43:21.240 --> 00:43:23.150
  • The Hebrew Word "Esau" means "hairy," so they're
  • 00:43:23.160 --> 00:43:28.110
  • just like, "Oh, he's hairy, let's just call him Hairy."
  • 00:43:28.120 --> 00:43:30.150
  • And so, they pull the baby out and then attached to the baby's
  • 00:43:30.160 --> 00:43:33.230
  • foot is a hand of Jacob holding on.
  • 00:43:33.240 --> 00:43:37.040
  • He's holding on to the heel of Esau,
  • 00:43:37.050 --> 00:43:39.060
  • and so just imagine that.
  • 00:43:39.070 --> 00:43:40.160
  • This arm is kinda sticking out.
  • 00:43:40.170 --> 00:43:42.110
  • Like, what on earth? Whoa, you know?
  • 00:43:42.120 --> 00:43:45.220
  • So then, Jacob is born and "Jacob" means "the one who grabs
  • 00:43:45.230 --> 00:43:48.250
  • the heel," so they're literally just,
  • 00:43:48.260 --> 00:43:50.250
  • like, hairy and the one who grabs the heel, I guess.
  • 00:43:50.260 --> 00:43:53.270
  • That's amazing.
  • 00:43:53.280 --> 00:43:55.270
  • This would be a symbol of their relationship.
  • 00:43:55.280 --> 00:43:58.000
  • Jacob always trying to overtake and catch his big brother Esau,
  • 00:43:58.010 --> 00:44:02.120
  • and you'll see that as they get older, this rivalry, sort
  • 00:44:02.130 --> 00:44:05.110
  • of, smolders, becomes exasperated because Esau is the
  • 00:44:05.120 --> 00:44:10.050
  • favorite of the father and Jacob is the favorite
  • 00:44:10.060 --> 00:44:12.250
  • of the mother, and this causes them to, sort of,
  • 00:44:12.260 --> 00:44:15.030
  • hate each other even more.
  • 00:44:15.040 --> 00:44:17.180
  • They're fraternal twins. They don't look like each other.
  • 00:44:17.190 --> 00:44:19.150
  • They don't like the same things.
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  • Esau is kind of the jock of the group.
  • 00:44:21.180 --> 00:44:24.170
  • Bible says that he was a skilled hunter, a man of the field.
  • 00:44:24.180 --> 00:44:29.160
  • You might be picturing Gaston from "Beauty and the Beast."
  • 00:44:29.170 --> 00:44:32.270
  • Just like a dude, you know?
  • 00:44:32.280 --> 00:44:34.150
  • A man, you know?
  • 00:44:34.160 --> 00:44:36.060
  • And probably, through Jacob's eyes, viewed as probably
  • 00:44:36.070 --> 00:44:39.120
  • arrogant and boorish and maybe a little stupid,
  • 00:44:39.130 --> 00:44:44.050
  • you know, who knows?
  • 00:44:44.060 --> 00:44:45.150
  • But he's got this view of his brother as this,
  • 00:44:45.160 --> 00:44:48.200
  • you know, this guy, and he's the one who's supposed
  • 00:44:48.210 --> 00:44:51.160
  • to someday lead the family.
  • 00:44:51.170 --> 00:44:54.180
  • Now, it says that Jacob was not like this.
  • 00:44:54.190 --> 00:44:57.100
  • Jacob was a mild man dwelling in tents,
  • 00:44:57.110 --> 00:45:01.180
  • so picture just a nerd.
  • 00:45:01.190 --> 00:45:03.190
  • I mean, picture somebody who reads
  • 00:45:03.200 --> 00:45:05.070
  • a lot, who's kinda pasty.
  • 00:45:05.080 --> 00:45:06.260
  • He doesn't like the sun.
  • 00:45:06.270 --> 00:45:08.060
  • "It's too hot out there," you know?
  • 00:45:08.070 --> 00:45:09.280
  • This is Esau's view of his brother, you know?
  • 00:45:09.290 --> 00:45:12.240
  • He views his brother as kind of a wimp, kind of a loser,
  • 00:45:12.250 --> 00:45:17.120
  • not brave, you know, always scared or something like this,
  • 00:45:17.130 --> 00:45:20.170
  • and these caricatures are, sort of,
  • 00:45:20.180 --> 00:45:22.150
  • how they hold each other.
  • 00:45:22.160 --> 00:45:23.290
  • You might think of Jacob as Belle from "Beauty
  • 00:45:24.000 --> 00:45:26.270
  • and the Beast," you know?
  • 00:45:26.280 --> 00:45:28.080
  • Just always kinda girly, reading his book all the time.
  • 00:45:28.090 --> 00:45:32.210
  • Actually, I found a real picture of two Bedouin brothers that, to
  • 00:45:32.220 --> 00:45:35.120
  • me, reminded me a lot of what Jacob and Esau
  • 00:45:35.130 --> 00:45:37.130
  • might have looked like.
  • 00:45:37.140 --> 00:45:39.020
  • One you see kind of bigger, thicker, you know, wider jaw.
  • 00:45:39.030 --> 00:45:42.240
  • The other kinda looks a little more shrewd and thin and lighter
  • 00:45:42.250 --> 00:45:45.210
  • skinned, and so you've got these two guys that see the worst in
  • 00:45:45.220 --> 00:45:50.010
  • each other, and Jacob in particular sees Esau as the one
  • 00:45:50.020 --> 00:45:54.030
  • holding the bekorah, the birthright,
  • 00:45:54.040 --> 00:45:56.080
  • the one who's supposed to take all the money,
  • 00:45:56.090 --> 00:45:58.260
  • all the girls, lead the family, and carry on God's mission to
  • 00:45:58.270 --> 00:46:03.130
  • the family, and this is bugging him.
  • 00:46:03.140 --> 00:46:05.040
  • And so, this all sort of comes to a head one day
  • 00:46:05.050 --> 00:46:08.010
  • when Esau has been out hunting.
  • 00:46:08.020 --> 00:46:10.180
  • He's been out in the field maybe for two, three days.
  • 00:46:10.190 --> 00:46:13.210
  • He's covered in sweat and dirt, and his hair and his beard are
  • 00:46:13.220 --> 00:46:18.080
  • dirty, and he's coming in, maybe he's carrying game, maybe
  • 00:46:18.090 --> 00:46:21.000
  • he's not, and he's starving.
  • 00:46:21.010 --> 00:46:23.050
  • As he gets close to the tent, Jacob is making a very
  • 00:46:23.060 --> 00:46:28.080
  • fine tomato bisque, lentil, basil soup, you know?
  • 00:46:28.090 --> 00:46:33.060
  • It just smells utterly delicious.
  • 00:46:33.070 --> 00:46:36.080
  • He can smell the soup from far away, and as he gets closer his
  • 00:46:36.090 --> 00:46:40.240
  • mouth begins to water, and he would do
  • 00:46:40.250 --> 00:46:42.240
  • anything to get that soup.
  • 00:46:42.250 --> 00:46:45.060
  • Esau comes in the tent, and he says, "Give me some soup.
  • 00:46:45.070 --> 00:46:47.240
  • I'm dying. It smells so good."
  • 00:46:47.250 --> 00:46:50.010
  • And Jacob says to him something utterly crazy.
  • 00:46:50.020 --> 00:46:53.040
  • He says, "Sell me the bekorah."
  • 00:46:53.050 --> 00:46:56.280
  • Bekorah is the Hebrew word for a birthright.
  • 00:46:56.290 --> 00:47:00.180
  • It's the most valuable thing in the whole world to anybody.
  • 00:47:00.190 --> 00:47:05.050
  • It is the crown jewel of the family, the bekorah.
  • 00:47:05.060 --> 00:47:09.280
  • It's an utterly crazy thing that Jacob is asking for,
  • 00:47:09.290 --> 00:47:14.220
  • something he's always wanted.
  • 00:47:14.230 --> 00:47:16.130
  • Remember, they're exactly the same age.
  • 00:47:16.140 --> 00:47:17.230
  • Have you ever known twins?
  • 00:47:17.240 --> 00:47:19.060
  • You always got the older twin that is like--always makes a
  • 00:47:19.070 --> 00:47:21.210
  • joke about being, you know, seven minutes older
  • 00:47:21.220 --> 00:47:23.210
  • than the younger twin?
  • 00:47:23.220 --> 00:47:26.150
  • I imagine this is what was going on, except this had real teeth
  • 00:47:26.160 --> 00:47:29.000
  • to it because the one who is 7 minutes older or maybe 30
  • 00:47:29.010 --> 00:47:32.100
  • seconds older got the bekorah and the other got the leftovers.
  • 00:47:32.110 --> 00:47:37.220
  • Jacob is looking at his brother, and he
  • 00:47:37.230 --> 00:47:39.180
  • says, "Sell me the bekorah.
  • 00:47:39.190 --> 00:47:40.280
  • Sell me the birthright."
  • 00:47:40.290 --> 00:47:42.080
  • The birthright is a huge deal, and especially in this family.
  • 00:47:42.090 --> 00:47:45.220
  • The birthright means three things.
  • 00:47:45.230 --> 00:47:47.040
  • Number one, if you have the bekorah you lead.
  • 00:47:47.050 --> 00:47:50.060
  • You're the one leading the family.
  • 00:47:50.070 --> 00:47:51.160
  • You say where we're gonna go. You say what we're gonna do.
  • 00:47:51.170 --> 00:47:54.060
  • If you have the bekorah, the birthright,
  • 00:47:54.070 --> 00:47:55.230
  • number two, you're the judicial authority for the whole tribe.
  • 00:47:55.240 --> 00:47:58.120
  • That means if there's an argument between neighbors or
  • 00:47:58.130 --> 00:48:00.230
  • family members or something like that, you're the one who makes
  • 00:48:00.240 --> 00:48:03.220
  • the judgment and defines, you know, how to resolve it.
  • 00:48:03.230 --> 00:48:06.160
  • And number three, you get a double
  • 00:48:06.170 --> 00:48:08.160
  • portion of your inheritance.
  • 00:48:08.170 --> 00:48:10.100
  • This is a big deal for an ultra-wealthy,
  • 00:48:10.110 --> 00:48:12.180
  • ultra-powerful family.
  • 00:48:12.190 --> 00:48:15.290
  • Now, Esau is very lucky that he got this bekorah,
  • 00:48:16.000 --> 00:48:19.100
  • that he got this birthright.
  • 00:48:19.110 --> 00:48:21.200
  • It goes all the way back to his grandpa,
  • 00:48:21.210 --> 00:48:23.120
  • Abram, who was later known as Abraham.
  • 00:48:23.130 --> 00:48:26.210
  • What an amazing story that Abram was called out by God to create
  • 00:48:26.220 --> 00:48:30.170
  • a people; and here he is a very old man, and God says to Abram,
  • 00:48:30.180 --> 00:48:36.120
  • "I'm gonna make a covenant with you.
  • 00:48:36.130 --> 00:48:38.200
  • I will be your God.
  • 00:48:38.210 --> 00:48:40.160
  • You will be my people."
  • 00:48:40.170 --> 00:48:42.050
  • And Abram says to the Lord, "How
  • 00:48:42.060 --> 00:48:44.110
  • will you make a covenant with me?
  • 00:48:44.120 --> 00:48:45.210
  • I'm a very old man, and I have no children of my own."
  • 00:48:45.220 --> 00:48:49.080
  • And the Lord says, "Abram, go outside and look at the stars."
  • 00:48:49.090 --> 00:48:54.090
  • Let me say that again.
  • 00:48:54.100 --> 00:48:56.040
  • And God says to Abram, "Go outside and look at the stars."
  • 00:48:56.050 --> 00:49:00.120
  • And there is Abram standing on a rock looking at the sky,
  • 00:49:00.130 --> 00:49:04.070
  • and the Lord says to him, "Abram, you won't be Abram.
  • 00:49:04.080 --> 00:49:07.130
  • You'll be Abraham.
  • 00:49:07.140 --> 00:49:08.230
  • Not the great father, but the father of many nations,
  • 00:49:08.240 --> 00:49:11.220
  • and I will fulfill this promise to you."
  • 00:49:11.230 --> 00:49:14.180
  • Wow!
  • 00:49:14.190 --> 00:49:15.280
  • And it's in that moment that this promise,
  • 00:49:15.290 --> 00:49:17.280
  • this bekorah, is established.
  • 00:49:17.290 --> 00:49:20.270
  • It's a birthright that is given by God to a man.
  • 00:49:20.280 --> 00:49:26.160
  • Wow!
  • 00:49:26.170 --> 00:49:27.260
  • And it's only given to one man: Abraham.
  • 00:49:27.270 --> 00:49:32.070
  • Abraham, who's in a hurry, now getting into his 70s and 80s
  • 00:49:32.080 --> 00:49:36.050
  • decides to, sort of, hurry things along,
  • 00:49:36.060 --> 00:49:38.200
  • and his wife Sarah convinces him to sleep with the servant,
  • 00:49:38.210 --> 00:49:42.020
  • Hagar, and they have a son named Ishmael.
  • 00:49:42.030 --> 00:49:44.170
  • He's the firstborn, but because he's not a child of promise,
  • 00:49:44.180 --> 00:49:48.080
  • because he's not a child of his wife, this son,
  • 00:49:48.090 --> 00:49:51.170
  • Ishmael, receives a great blessing from God,
  • 00:49:51.180 --> 00:49:54.230
  • but does not receive the bekorah.
  • 00:49:54.240 --> 00:49:57.040
  • He then has 12 sons.
  • 00:49:57.050 --> 00:49:58.140
  • Did you know there's 12 sons of Ishmael?
  • 00:49:58.150 --> 00:50:00.260
  • And they are also the grandsons of Abraham,
  • 00:50:00.270 --> 00:50:03.270
  • and they become the Arab people, and they receive a blessing of
  • 00:50:03.280 --> 00:50:07.000
  • God, but the Scriptures say that they, too,
  • 00:50:07.010 --> 00:50:09.070
  • did not receive this bekorah.
  • 00:50:09.080 --> 00:50:11.280
  • After Sarah dies, Abraham remarries.
  • 00:50:11.290 --> 00:50:14.160
  • A lot of people don't know this.
  • 00:50:14.170 --> 00:50:15.260
  • He married a woman named Keturah and had five more sons.
  • 00:50:15.270 --> 00:50:21.020
  • Did you not know that?
  • 00:50:21.030 --> 00:50:22.120
  • There's a muttering in the audience,
  • 00:50:22.130 --> 00:50:23.220
  • audience, in the congregation.
  • 00:50:23.230 --> 00:50:25.020
  • Yeah, everybody is thinking, "He's 90,
  • 00:50:25.030 --> 00:50:27.100
  • and he still had 5 more kids?
  • 00:50:27.110 --> 00:50:28.200
  • That's amazing."
  • 00:50:28.210 --> 00:50:31.070
  • I had so many great jokes there and decided
  • 00:50:31.080 --> 00:50:32.280
  • not to use any of them.
  • 00:50:32.290 --> 00:50:34.090
  • Hannah, I'm getting better. I'm getting better, Hannah.
  • 00:50:34.100 --> 00:50:38.130
  • I'm getting better.
  • 00:50:38.140 --> 00:50:41.190
  • You can write to me and tell me your funny joke,
  • 00:50:41.200 --> 00:50:43.140
  • the one you would have used.
  • 00:50:43.150 --> 00:50:45.160
  • Okay, so now Esau has six uncles who did not get the bekorah,
  • 00:50:45.170 --> 00:50:53.140
  • who want the bekorah.
  • 00:50:53.150 --> 00:50:55.230
  • He's got probably 12 to 30 cousins in the tribe or outside
  • 00:50:55.240 --> 00:51:00.030
  • of the tribe that want the bekorah, who can't have the
  • 00:51:00.040 --> 00:51:02.270
  • bekorah, and he's got his twin brother who literally was
  • 00:51:02.280 --> 00:51:05.270
  • grabbing his heel when he was born who wants the bekorah.
  • 00:51:05.280 --> 00:51:09.100
  • Everybody wants this thing.
  • 00:51:09.110 --> 00:51:11.000
  • It's not just the judicial, it's not just the leader,
  • 00:51:11.010 --> 00:51:14.120
  • it's not just the money, and it is those things.
  • 00:51:14.130 --> 00:51:16.260
  • It is a bekorah from God.
  • 00:51:16.270 --> 00:51:20.160
  • It's from God.
  • 00:51:20.170 --> 00:51:22.160
  • It's the most amazing thing in the world, and when Esau comes
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  • in and he's super hungry, what does he say when Jacob says,
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  • "Sell me your birthright"?
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  • What does he say?
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  • "I'm starving. What is a birthright to me?"
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  • And everybody listening knows in those days--see,
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  • we're not used to going two, three days without food,
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  • but if you lived in the ancient Near East, that was a normal
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  • thing that would happen sometimes; and if you lived in
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  • those days, you know you can go 25, 30, 35, or 40
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  • days sometimes without food as long as you have water.
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  • They know what it's like to enter into a tent full of tomato
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  • bisque smell and you haven't eaten for two days.
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  • You go crazy and, no, you won't die.
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  • You can actually go quite a bit longer,
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  • and so he enters into this tent, and he's so overcome by his
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  • flesh, so overcome by the need for instant gratification,
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  • so overcome by a bowl of soup that he gives up this amazing
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  • treasure that was given to his grandfather,
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  • to his father, and now to only him.
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  • He gives it up for a bowl of lentil soup, and the Scripture
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  • says that Esau despised his birthright.
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  • I think so many of us today, we're so used to getting the
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  • bowl of soup whenever we want it.
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  • We're so used to having it right now,
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  • paying hardly anything for it, having a guy bring it to the
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  • door, and I'm so worried that many of us who are called to
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  • greatness--we'll still receive a blessing,
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  • we're still gonna receive something good from God,
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  • but we're giving up the ultimate blessing,
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  • then bekorah, the double portion,
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  • the leadership, the authority, the power.
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  • We're giving it up for a bowl of tomato soup,
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  • and I see churches doing this and organizations doing this.
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  • I see our country doing this.
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  • I see so many people that for the need of
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  • instant gratification, whatever, they're losing
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  • this great thing in their life.
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  • Don't give up your birthright.
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  • Don't despise your birthright.
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  • Don't live for instant gratification.
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  • Don't always try and do what's expedient.
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  • Do what is right.
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  • Do what is wise.
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  • Do what is good and only that all the time,
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  • and God will get you to your blessing.
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  • He will get you to your birthright.
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  • He will get you where you need to go.
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  • This bekorah, then, does not go to Esau.
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  • It goes to Jacob and had Esau said, "No, that's ridiculous.
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  • Just give me some soup or I'll shoot you with this bow and
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  • arrow," that's one thing he could have done.
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  • We wouldn't say Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
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  • We'd say Abraham, Isaac, and Esau,
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  • and so the birthright passed to Jacob and to his 12 sons,
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  • who become the 12 tribes of Israel,
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  • and it becomes the whole narrative of the Old Testament,
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  • ultimately coming to you.
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  • Did you know that bekorah that was passed from Esau
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  • to Jacob belongs to you?
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  • That real bekorah that was given to Abraham, it's yours.
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  • It was given to you in your baptism.
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  • Galatians says this, "So in Christ Jesus you are all
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  • children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized
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  • into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
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  • There's neither Jew or Gentile, there's neither slave nor free,
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  • there's neither male nor female,
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  • for you are all one in Christ Jesus."
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  • And then, listen to this famous line,
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  • "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed and,"
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  • everyone say it, "heirs according to the promise."
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  • This is your promise. This is your heir.
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  • This is your gift from God: power to lead, the power
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  • to have influence, the power to thrive, the power to succeed,
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  • the power to have a double portion, a double blessing,
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  • but it requires that we walk the narrow road.
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  • It requires that we do the--make the sacrifice.
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  • It requires that do what's meaningful, not expedient.
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  • It requires that we do what's difficult.
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  • It requires that we do what nobody else is doing.
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  • If we do what everyone else is doing,
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  • we'll get what everybody else is getting,
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  • and this is the wisdom of the Lord that has called you to this
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  • great bekorah, this great prize.
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  • Don't give it up for a bowl of tomato soup,
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  • and I just expect that there are gonna be times in your life
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  • where you're gonna feel like Esau did.
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  • "If I don't do this, I'm gonna die.
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  • If I don't do this, I'll starve to death," but you know
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  • rationally it's not true, and I wanna encourage you don't give
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  • up the great blessing God has for you.
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  • God will get you where you need to go.
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  • He loves you. He's on your side, so trust him.
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  • You don't need to take shortcuts.
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  • Lord, we thank you, and we praise you that you've
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  • given us a great blessing.
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  • Thank you, Lord, that everyone under the sound of my voice,
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  • I believe, is hearing this message for a reason.
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  • You are calling us to greatness, but you are saying,
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  • "Get to it my way," so we will, Lord.
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  • We're gonna trust you.
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  • Thank you that you've forgiven us for--forgiven us of our sins.
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  • Thanks we don't have to worry about that,
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  • but we're gonna get on the right path today and
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  • follow you to where we need to go.
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  • We love you, God. It's in Jesus's name we pray.
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  • All of God's people said, "Amen."
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  • Bobby: 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 and of the Holy Spirit.
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  • Amen.
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