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November 3, 2019
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Kerry Shook Ministries with Kerry Shook

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  • Kerry Shook: You feel an emptiness,
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  • that's because you're not involved in the greatest
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  • show on earth and that's God's purpose for your life.
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  • Kerry: The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
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  • was labeled the greatest show on earth and at one time,
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  • it really was.
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  • I mean, just imagine being a kid back in the early 1900s,
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  • living in a small Midwestern town.
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  • I mean every day you wake up and you do your chores, and then you
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  • go to school, and you come home and you work in the fields of
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  • the family farm until it's dark.
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  • And the next day you get up do the same thing, just the same
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  • old same old every day, except for once a year when the circus
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  • would come to town.
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  • They'd let school out and you would go down to the train
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  • station to welcome the circus train as it pulled in.
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  • And then you would stand there in amazement as you watched all
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  • these colorful carriages come off the train one after another,
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  • forming a parade that would go right through
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  • the center of town.
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  • And everyone would close their businesses and shops, and line
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  • Main Street just to get a glimpse of the exotic animals,
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  • and the ornate carriages, and the colorful costumes.
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  • As a kid, your tiny mind would have been blown
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  • by seeing elephants, and lions, and giraffes,
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  • for the very first time.
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  • And then that night as you'd go to the circus with your family,
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  • you would see from a distance, the biggest tent you'd ever seen
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  • in your life.
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  • And as you got closer, you would walk through the midway and all
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  • of your senses would be on overload.
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  • I mean, you would be smelling the popcorn, and the hot dogs
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  • roasting, and the sweet aroma of cotton candy mixed with elephant
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  • manure in the air.
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  • That was the circus.
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  • And then your eardrums would have felt like they were about
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  • to burst from the sounds of the carnival barkers yelling through
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  • their megaphones things like, "Step right up and see death
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  • defying acts.
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  • See the strangest sites that have never been seen before by
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  • any human being" just beyond the door for the small price
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  • of a ticket.
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  • And then you would walk through the doors of the big top with
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  • but thousands of people that had traveled for miles to be there.
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  • And you would gaze in awe at the largest gathering of people you
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  • had ever seen in your life.
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  • And then out come the clowns, and the acrobats, the strong man
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  • doing these great feats of strength, and then the trapeze
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  • artist, and the tightrope walker, and risking their very
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  • lives just to entertain you.
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  • I mean, at the end of that night as you walked away, probably as
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  • you were carried away by a parent, your stomach will be
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  • filled with cotton candy, and Cracker Jacks, and your
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  • imagination would be filled with dreams of what's out there.
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  • And you would definitely say, "I just saw the greatest
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  • show on earth."
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  • Because the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus was
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  • the greatest show on earth, but it isn't anymore.
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  • It's not even in existence anymore.
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  • There's no such thing anymore because other shows came along
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  • and made the circus boring.
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  • I mean, sporting events got bigger in America.
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  • There were concerts to go to and then, of course, television,
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  • and movies, and the internet.
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  • But that's the way it is with shows.
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  • They don't last.
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  • There's only been one performance on this earth that
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  • could really be called the greatest show on earth and it's
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  • been the greatest show on earth the last 2.000 years.
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  • It stood the test of time.
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  • It was the greatest show of love the world had ever seen.
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  • It was the greatest show of grace, the greatest show of
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  • sacrifice, the greatest show of power, the greatest show of
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  • purpose that has ever been seen by humankind.
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  • What I'm talking about is the life of Jesus Christ and that's
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  • why we're starting this new series this weekend.
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  • We're calling it circus of life because have you ever felt like
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  • that plate spinner in the circus, they're spinning all
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  • those plates on those poles and trying to keep them from
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  • crashing down, and you ever feel like you're the plate spinner?
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  • You're spinning all those plates because of your overcrowded
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  • schedule, and you're undernourished relationships and
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  • you're really trying to keep everything going.
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  • And all of a sudden, the plate over here starts to wobble.
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  • You run over and you spin that, and then one in the middle
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  • starts to wobble, and you spin that.
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  • And just as you get that done, one starts to fall over here,
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  • and you get it just in time, and you just keep all the plates
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  • spinning because all you're doing is trying to keep it all
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  • from crashing to the ground.
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  • And at the end of the day, you have nothing to show for it.
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  • You feel an emptiness.
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  • That's because you're not involved in the greatest show on
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  • earth and that's God's purpose for your life.
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  • And that's what this series is all about,
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  • God's will for your life.
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  • Probably the most asked question I get as a pastor is, "What's
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  • God's will for my life?
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  • How do I know what God wants me to do with my life?
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  • How do I know what God wants me to do in this situation?
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  • How do I know what decision to make right here?
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  • How do I know?"
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  • We're gonna look at it because when you step through the doors
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  • of God's will for your life, you're involved in the greatest
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  • show on earth and that's what God wants for each and
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  • every one of us.
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  • So, I want you to open your Bibles to Romans chapter 12.
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  • It's our key passage for the series, and would you stand in
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  • honor of God's Word, Woodland Church?
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  • Romans 12, beginning with verse 1.
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  • Romans 12:1 and 2, just follow along with me.
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  • "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's
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  • mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and
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  • pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.
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  • Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed
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  • by the renewing of your mind.
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  • Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will
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  • is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
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  • You can be seated.
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  • I want you to notice it says God's will for your life is
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  • good, pleasing, and perfect.
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  • God has this plan for your life that is perfect for you.
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  • It's a personal and perfect plan just custom made for you and if
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  • you don't step into that plan, there's nobody else
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  • to step into it. The world will miss out.
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  • God's plan for you is perfect for you, and you feel
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  • fulfillment when you enter the greatest show on earth, God's
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  • purpose for your life.
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  • female announcer: Still to come with Pastor Kerry Shook.
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  • Kerry: God wants us to stand out and shine like stars in a
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  • dark world, but the only way we do that is just by giving
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  • our lives totally to him and not worrying about it.
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  • announcer: Kerry Shook Ministries is committed to
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  • sharing the gospel and providing the tools necessary for
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  • believers to grow in their relationship with Jesus through
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  • television, media, and creative resources.
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  • Now with social media, we have a great opportunity to join and
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  • encourage one another so that we can all grow in Christ together.
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  • We invite you to join us on Facebook, Instagram,
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  • and YouTube.
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  • We want to stay connected to you throughout your week, standing
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  • with you in times of need, and celebrating with
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  • you in times of joy.
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  • On these channels, you will find words of encouragement, learn of
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  • special events, enjoy inspiring messages, and you can send us
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  • your prayer requests, share praises,
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  • and help inspire others.
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  • Help us lift each other up and get connected today.
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  • Go to kerryshook.org or find us on Facebook,
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  • Instagram, and YouTube. Your participation
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  • will carry the light of Christ into the world.
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  • Kerry: Now, I noticed that baby boomers, it seems that baby
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  • boomers are always trying to be the best in show, you know, to
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  • find self-worth.
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  • It's like, "If I make more than you do, then I have worth, or if
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  • my house is a little bigger, or if, you know, I drive a nicer
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  • car, or if I have more achievements, and awards,
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  • and accomplishments, and more recognition,
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  • and more prestige than you."
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  • And it seems like baby boomers are always trying to be the
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  • best, you know, best in show to find self-worth.
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  • But I've noticed millennials, it's not about being
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  • the best in show.
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  • It's not about trying to be better than everyone else
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  • because they've seen how empty that has left baby boomers.
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  • But for millennials, it's more like, "I want to be unique.
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  • I want to be special.
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  • I want to do whatever it takes to stand out.
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  • It's not--I don't care if I'm successful,
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  • I just want to stand out. I want to be unique.
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  • I want to find my niche.
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  • I want to do something that makes me different, and special,
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  • and stand out."
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  • And they're always trying to find that self-worth in that
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  • way, whether it's through social media.
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  • I want to stand out on social media somehow.
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  • I want to stand out.
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  • I want to be different from other people.
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  • I want to be different from everyone else.
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  • I want to be special."
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  • But here's the thing, this passage says if you give
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  • yourself totally to God, then you're holy and pleasable
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  • to God.
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  • Underline the word "holy" in that passage.
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  • When you give yourself totally to God, then your holy and the
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  • word "holy" is not what we think of because it's really lost its
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  • meaning over time.
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  • When we think of holy, we think of churchy, spiritual.
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  • We think of someone who's really religious, follow a lot of
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  • rules, rituals, and regulations, and someone who'd be no fun to
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  • party, someone who's holy, right?
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  • But that's not what it means and that word "holy" literally means
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  • set apart, special, unique.
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  • So, did you get that?
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  • Especially millennials, did you get that?
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  • That if you're a Christ follower, if you given your life
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  • totally to Christ, you already are special and unique, you
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  • already are set apart, you already stand out, you don't
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  • have to try to.
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  • And the more you try to be unique and different, the more
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  • you become like everyone else, that you already are.
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  • He's already made you that way.
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  • You're set apart for a unique purpose.
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  • You are set apart and so when you strive to be unique and
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  • stand out to get attention to be different, whatever it is, then
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  • you just become like everyone else who's striving to be
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  • unique, and different, and stand out.
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  • You say, "Well, I don't care what anyone else thinks about
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  • me," and then you keep looking back to see how many people have
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  • noticed that you don't care what they're thinking about you.
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  • "How many likes did I get?
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  • Because I'm acting like I don't even care."
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  • And that's just being like everybody else.
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  • But all we have to do is just stop and go, "Wait a minute, I'm
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  • a Christ follower. I don't have to prove anything.
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  • I don't have to do anything but just be who God's made me to be
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  • because I am set apart."
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  • You already are, you already are unique.
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  • You already are special.
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  • God has set you apart and all you have to do then is renew
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  • your mind to believe the truth, instead of striving for the why.
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  • And it's our insecurities that drive us to the lies, our
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  • insecurities drive us to think, "What if I go through this life
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  • and I'm never different, special, and unique, and no one
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  • sees that I'm unique, and different, and I don't ever find
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  • my niche?"
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  • Stop striving and just start believing.
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  • And then start taking steps of faith in that uniqueness that
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  • God's made you to be.
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  • Don't conform to the pattern of this world.
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  • Basically, that that means literally in the great, don't
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  • let the world squeeze you into its mold because the pressure of
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  • this world and culture is always trying to fit you into that.
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  • Don't do that.
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  • Give yourself totally to God.
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  • Philippians 2:14 says, "Do everything without grumbling or
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  • arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, 'children of
  • 00:12:58.240 --> 00:13:01.140
  • God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.'
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  • Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky."
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  • See, if you stop striving to be the star of the show and you let
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  • Christ be the star of the show of your life, then he says you
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  • will shine like a star.
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  • You'll be noticed, you'll be unique, you'll be different.
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  • You will be set apart and special, and people will notice
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  • because you will stand out like a lighthouse of purpose in a sea
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  • of aimlessness.
  • 00:13:30.010 --> 00:13:31.290
  • You will stand out like a lighthouse of joy in a sea of
  • 00:13:32.000 --> 00:13:37.060
  • selfishness, and God wants us to stand out and shine like stars
  • 00:13:37.070 --> 00:13:43.130
  • in a dark world.
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  • But the only way we do that is just by giving our lives totally
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  • to him and not worrying about it and letting Christ shine
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  • through us.
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  • If you're always struggling to be unique, special,
  • 00:13:52.260 --> 00:13:56.270
  • and different, you become just like everyone else.
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  • The real question is, whose show are you in?
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  • Who are you performing for?
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  • You know, the Apostle Paul was involved in the greatest
  • 00:14:04.040 --> 00:14:07.070
  • show on earth.
  • 00:14:07.080 --> 00:14:08.200
  • You see, for so long, he had been performing for everyone
  • 00:14:08.210 --> 00:14:12.090
  • else and because he was one of those religious people of his
  • 00:14:12.100 --> 00:14:15.090
  • day, and he was recognized as one of the smartest, you know,
  • 00:14:15.100 --> 00:14:19.000
  • through his academics and all of his learning, and he had such
  • 00:14:19.010 --> 00:14:22.210
  • prestige in the community, and he was so zealous for his
  • 00:14:22.220 --> 00:14:26.030
  • religion and, but it left him empty.
  • 00:14:26.040 --> 00:14:28.290
  • But the one day that he was walking on the road to Damascus,
  • 00:14:29.000 --> 00:14:33.250
  • then the spotlight shined on him and he saw who the spotlight was
  • 00:14:33.260 --> 00:14:38.290
  • really on, Jesus Christ.
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  • And for the rest of his life, he lived for Christ.
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  • He gave his life to the real star of the show and God raised
  • 00:14:46.050 --> 00:14:49.260
  • him up as a light.
  • 00:14:49.270 --> 00:14:51.060
  • There wrote most of the New Testament.
  • 00:14:51.070 --> 00:14:54.070
  • And so, Paul said this in Galatians 1:10, "Obviously, I'm
  • 00:14:54.080 --> 00:14:59.030
  • not trying to win the approval of people, but of God.
  • 00:14:59.040 --> 00:15:02.050
  • If pleasing people were my goal,
  • 00:15:02.060 --> 00:15:03.190
  • I would not be Christ's servant."
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  • I love that.
  • 00:15:05.120 --> 00:15:06.230
  • He says, "I'm not trying to win the approval of people,
  • 00:15:06.240 --> 00:15:08.050
  • but of God.
  • 00:15:08.060 --> 00:15:09.150
  • I'm not performing for anyone else.
  • 00:15:09.160 --> 00:15:11.290
  • I'm not dancing to the tune that everyone else is playing because
  • 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:15.010
  • I've danced that dance before and it's an exhaustive dance
  • 00:15:15.020 --> 00:15:17.250
  • that just leaves you empty at the end of the day."
  • 00:15:17.260 --> 00:15:19.210
  • he said, "I'm only dancing to one tune.
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  • I only have an audience of one and that's God.
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  • I'm not trying to please people."
  • 00:15:27.080 --> 00:15:29.190
  • It says in Proverbs 29:25, "It's dangerous to be concerned
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:32.270
  • with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord,
  • 00:15:32.280 --> 00:15:34.290
  • you're safe."
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  • People pleasing is dangerous.
  • 00:15:36.220 --> 00:15:38.080
  • And I have to say that it's something I've struggled with
  • 00:15:38.090 --> 00:15:40.100
  • all my life.
  • 00:15:40.110 --> 00:15:41.200
  • When I first became a pastor, I thought that was the job of as
  • 00:15:41.210 --> 00:15:43.190
  • pastor, you just try to please everyone and make them happy.
  • 00:15:43.200 --> 00:15:46.170
  • And I realized after about a day, that was impossible,
  • 00:15:46.180 --> 00:15:51.120
  • I failed at that.
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  • You know I thought, well, that's what you do, you just want
  • 00:15:54.130 --> 00:15:56.040
  • everybody to be happy, but it's impossible.
  • 00:15:56.050 --> 00:15:58.170
  • It just wears you out.
  • 00:15:58.180 --> 00:15:59.290
  • And you're dancing to everyone else's tune and you're missing
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  • out on that choreography that Christ has for you.
  • 00:16:02.120 --> 00:16:06.230
  • You're missing out on the show that Christ wants you to step in
  • 00:16:06.240 --> 00:16:11.090
  • the greatest show on earth, his purpose for your life.
  • 00:16:11.100 --> 00:16:15.050
  • And some of you are gonna come to the end of your life and
  • 00:16:15.060 --> 00:16:16.230
  • you've been dancing to everyone else's tune all your life and
  • 00:16:16.240 --> 00:16:20.080
  • you realize, "I wasted my life, that I never really
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:24.170
  • stepped into God's will.
  • 00:16:24.180 --> 00:16:26.080
  • I was always worried about what everyone else thinks about me."
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  • You know, in junior high, that's what you do.
  • 00:16:30.290 --> 00:16:33.010
  • You know, you don't want to stand out in junior high, you
  • 00:16:33.020 --> 00:16:34.200
  • just want to fit in.
  • 00:16:34.210 --> 00:16:36.150
  • I mean, you don't want to do anything that points any
  • 00:16:36.160 --> 00:16:38.170
  • attention to you and so, you just want to fit in.
  • 00:16:38.180 --> 00:16:44.050
  • You don't want to stand out because you're so worried about
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:46.280
  • what everyone else is thinking about you.
  • 00:16:46.290 --> 00:16:49.100
  • And don't you wish you could go back and tell your old junior
  • 00:16:49.110 --> 00:16:53.050
  • high self, "Hey, you don't have to worry about that because
  • 00:16:53.060 --> 00:16:54.280
  • nobody's thinking about you.
  • 00:16:54.290 --> 00:16:56.080
  • They're so busy thinking about what everyone's
  • 00:16:56.090 --> 00:16:57.180
  • thinking about them. They don't even care about you.
  • 00:16:57.190 --> 00:16:59.150
  • It's great news.
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  • Get over it.
  • 00:17:02.010 --> 00:17:03.210
  • Nobody cares about you."
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  • I just set some junior high kids free right there with that
  • 00:17:06.130 --> 00:17:09.170
  • blessing.
  • 00:17:09.180 --> 00:17:10.280
  • Be blessed, nobody cares about you.
  • 00:17:10.290 --> 00:17:15.100
  • They just care about what everyone's thinking about them,
  • 00:17:15.110 --> 00:17:17.090
  • but they don't know no one cares about them.
  • 00:17:17.100 --> 00:17:18.270
  • So anyway, but here's the problem, junior high never ends.
  • 00:17:18.280 --> 00:17:25.160
  • Junior High never ends. I mean, it doesn't matter.
  • 00:17:25.170 --> 00:17:29.290
  • You're in your 20's, 30's, your 60's, junior high never ends.
  • 00:17:30.000 --> 00:17:36.090
  • We still wonder what everyone else is thinking about us.
  • 00:17:36.100 --> 00:17:41.120
  • We still are worried about, am I pleasing them?
  • 00:17:41.130 --> 00:17:43.270
  • Am I pleasing them?
  • 00:17:43.280 --> 00:17:45.090
  • And all we have to do is please that audience of one.
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:49.270
  • That's how we step into God's will.
  • 00:17:49.280 --> 00:17:53.150
  • Stop worrying about what everyone else is thinking about
  • 00:17:53.160 --> 00:17:55.200
  • you because they're not, and start following Jesus, the one
  • 00:17:55.210 --> 00:17:58.030
  • who loves you, totally, the one who knows everything about you,
  • 00:17:58.040 --> 00:18:01.270
  • the good, bad, and the ugly, and loves you more than anyone and
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:05.160
  • he says, "I know what's best for you.
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  • I have a custom plan for your life.
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  • Step into it and you will find the dance that you were
  • 00:18:10.010 --> 00:18:13.130
  • born to dance.
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  • You won't be performing for anyone else.
  • 00:18:15.200 --> 00:18:18.210
  • You'll be doing what I've called you to do."
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  • I want you to meet some people today.
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  • I want you to hear Aalie story because she's, you know, she's
  • 00:18:22.140 --> 00:18:26.040
  • following Christ, and she doesn't care what anyone thinks,
  • 00:18:26.050 --> 00:18:29.130
  • peer pressure, she just wants to follow Jesus.
  • 00:18:29.140 --> 00:18:30.290
  • Just watch.
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:34.050
  • 00:18:35.220 --> 00:18:45.110
  • Aalie: Previously to another church,
  • 00:18:49.030 --> 00:18:51.230
  • I had gone to many churches.
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:53.090
  • I remember every church, it was kind of just I didn't understand
  • 00:18:53.100 --> 00:18:56.170
  • they were telling me what to worship, who to worship, but
  • 00:18:56.180 --> 00:18:59.200
  • there was no why.
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  • Jesus was really abstract to me like he's the Son of God,
  • 00:19:01.120 --> 00:19:03.210
  • I mean love him, be like him, and I just questioned like,
  • 00:19:03.220 --> 00:19:06.220
  • Is there more? There has to be more?
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  • Out of all my friends, who a lot of them were on the right path,
  • 00:19:08.210 --> 00:19:11.240
  • I had one in particular who was my closest friend.
  • 00:19:11.250 --> 00:19:15.140
  • And he'd been going to Woodlands church ever since he was young.
  • 00:19:15.150 --> 00:19:17.260
  • And remember, he would always invite me, but I'd always find
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:20.170
  • some excuse 'cause I was like I've tried churches,
  • 00:19:20.180 --> 00:19:22.180
  • it's not my thing.
  • 00:19:22.190 --> 00:19:24.010
  • And it was the fall of 2018 when he was like, "Hey,
  • 00:19:24.020 --> 00:19:26.220
  • I really think you should come.
  • 00:19:26.230 --> 00:19:28.070
  • I know you're going through a lot.
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:29.240
  • I think should try this out."
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:31.100
  • So, I went, and little did I know this church was in a movie
  • 00:19:31.110 --> 00:19:34.200
  • theater.
  • 00:19:34.210 --> 00:19:36.030
  • So, I was really confused because it was this
  • 00:19:36.040 --> 00:19:37.140
  • movie theater.
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:38.250
  • The like lesson at the time, or the series was like something
  • 00:19:38.260 --> 00:19:42.100
  • about wrestling with God, I remember, 'cause there's a
  • 00:19:42.110 --> 00:19:44.280
  • wrestling ring, and actual wrestlers eventually went
  • 00:19:44.290 --> 00:19:47.090
  • inside the theater.
  • 00:19:47.100 --> 00:19:48.200
  • And we saw on the screen, the whole message, and I just
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:53.020
  • remember like, I was beyond blown away at how personable the
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:56.150
  • message was.
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:57.260
  • I didn't feel like I was being preached at, it was more like I
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:20:00.180
  • was being preached with.
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:02.010
  • That whole abstract concept of Jesus faded immediately.
  • 00:20:02.020 --> 00:20:05.230
  • I was just overcome with what felt like a blanket of warmth.
  • 00:20:05.240 --> 00:20:09.070
  • And I remember the week before I started coming to Woodlands
  • 00:20:09.080 --> 00:20:11.240
  • Church, I was in the car with my mom and I told her, "Mom, I just
  • 00:20:11.250 --> 00:20:14.280
  • I don't think religion is a part of my life.
  • 00:20:14.290 --> 00:20:17.050
  • I don't think I'm ever gonna find a church where I
  • 00:20:17.060 --> 00:20:18.280
  • feel comfortable. I don't I'm gonna understand.
  • 00:20:18.290 --> 00:20:20.210
  • I think I should just give up."
  • 00:20:20.220 --> 00:20:22.270
  • I was really wrong because now I'm here and kind of consumed
  • 00:20:22.280 --> 00:20:26.050
  • by Christ.
  • 00:20:26.060 --> 00:20:27.190
  • The family at North Point began with just the student ministry
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:30.220
  • and then after going on Wednesdays for a little bit,
  • 00:20:30.230 --> 00:20:33.280
  • I decided to take that leap of faith and start growing on
  • 00:20:33.290 --> 00:20:37.190
  • Sundays as well.
  • 00:20:37.200 --> 00:20:39.010
  • So, then family even grew to more people.
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:41.110
  • I began just feeling like this is my home.
  • 00:20:41.120 --> 00:20:44.080
  • This is where I belong.
  • 00:20:44.090 --> 00:20:45.260
  • As I began going more into North Point and getting involved more,
  • 00:20:45.270 --> 00:20:49.220
  • they had talked about baptism,
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:51.100
  • and I had begun thinking about it.
  • 00:20:51.110 --> 00:20:53.180
  • I was a little iffy because at the same time I was thinking,
  • 00:20:53.190 --> 00:20:57.230
  • what if this is just a phase, like what if it's something I
  • 00:20:57.240 --> 00:21:01.290
  • grow out of and I only am loving it because it's new?
  • 00:21:02.000 --> 00:21:06.000
  • I prayed about it, I prayed a lot about it.
  • 00:21:06.010 --> 00:21:07.200
  • And then I was like, No, I think I want to do this.
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:11.060
  • And the whole point of baptism, it's an outward expression of
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:15.140
  • your faith in Christ.
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:17.000
  • So, I was like, I want to do this.
  • 00:21:17.010 --> 00:21:19.130
  • Like, I want to do it for myself.
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  • I want to just seal the deal, I guess.
  • 00:21:20.250 --> 00:21:23.010
  • The day of the baptism, it was February 10.
  • 00:21:23.020 --> 00:21:25.090
  • It was Sunday morning, and I remember I showed up to church,
  • 00:21:25.100 --> 00:21:29.090
  • and I was shaking. I was so scared.
  • 00:21:29.100 --> 00:21:31.250
  • There's this little tiny pool came up to like
  • 00:21:31.260 --> 00:21:36.020
  • my hips probably.
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:37.140
  • "Do you give your life to Christ?"
  • 00:21:37.150 --> 00:21:40.200
  • And I said, "Yeah."
  • 00:21:40.210 --> 00:21:42.210
  • And the next thing I know, I was underwater, came out,
  • 00:21:42.220 --> 00:21:45.040
  • everyone was clapping.
  • 00:21:45.050 --> 00:21:46.170
  • I think I was crying at that point.
  • 00:21:46.180 --> 00:21:49.050
  • And it was, it was really special.
  • 00:21:49.060 --> 00:21:51.150
  • I've grown more than I thought I would, and I'm definitely at a
  • 00:21:51.160 --> 00:21:55.250
  • point where I'm the happiest and most confident I've ever been.
  • 00:21:55.260 --> 00:21:59.130
  • He isn't so abstract anymore.
  • 00:21:59.140 --> 00:22:01.020
  • It was a life-changing decision that I would make
  • 00:22:01.030 --> 00:22:04.180
  • 100 times over.
  • 00:22:04.190 --> 00:22:06.000
  • So, after coming on Wednesdays for a couple weeks and it was
  • 00:22:06.010 --> 00:22:10.250
  • time for me to start coming on Sundays, I would tell my mom
  • 00:22:10.260 --> 00:22:13.050
  • and I was like, "Hey mom, I got a church."
  • 00:22:13.060 --> 00:22:15.070
  • She's like, "Aalie, last we talked about this," she said,
  • 00:22:15.080 --> 00:22:18.260
  • "church was not in your vision."
  • 00:22:18.270 --> 00:22:21.250
  • I was like, "No mom, I found it, I found the church."
  • 00:22:21.260 --> 00:22:23.210
  • Kerry: Way to go, Aalie.
  • 00:22:26.010 --> 00:22:29.290
  • The greatest show on earth is really just following Christ
  • 00:22:30.000 --> 00:22:33.200
  • and letting him show himself through you.
  • 00:22:33.210 --> 00:22:36.090
  • In John 6:38 Jesus said, "For I have come down from heaven
  • 00:22:36.100 --> 00:22:39.240
  • not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
  • 00:22:39.250 --> 00:22:43.090
  • And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none
  • 00:22:43.100 --> 00:22:46.060
  • of all those he has given me,
  • 00:22:46.070 --> 00:22:47.170
  • but raise them up at the last day.
  • 00:22:47.180 --> 00:22:49.270
  • For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son
  • 00:22:49.280 --> 00:22:52.240
  • and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise
  • 00:22:52.250 --> 00:22:55.140
  • them up at the last day."
  • 00:22:55.150 --> 00:22:57.040
  • So, even Jesus didn't come to this earth to create his own
  • 00:22:57.050 --> 00:23:00.070
  • show.
  • 00:23:00.080 --> 00:23:01.190
  • He said, "I'm just doing my Heavenly Father's will.
  • 00:23:01.200 --> 00:23:04.210
  • I'm fulfilling my purpose of saving the world just one step
  • 00:23:04.220 --> 00:23:08.000
  • at a time, doing my Heavenly Father's will,
  • 00:23:08.010 --> 00:23:10.070
  • what he wants me to do.
  • 00:23:10.080 --> 00:23:13.020
  • And that's my purpose."
  • 00:23:13.030 --> 00:23:15.140
  • And so, really that's our purpose just to obey Christ
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:20.010
  • one step at a time.
  • 00:23:20.020 --> 00:23:21.180
  • We always want to do something big and great for God as Christ
  • 00:23:21.190 --> 00:23:25.070
  • followers, but he never asked us to do something big
  • 00:23:25.080 --> 00:23:28.040
  • and great for him.
  • 00:23:28.050 --> 00:23:29.220
  • He just wants us to do a step of faith.
  • 00:23:29.230 --> 00:23:32.190
  • He wants us to take a small step of faith so he can do
  • 00:23:32.200 --> 00:23:35.130
  • something big and great in us and through us.
  • 00:23:35.140 --> 00:23:37.080
  • And so, all I have to do to be in God's will is just take
  • 00:23:37.090 --> 00:23:41.150
  • the next step of faith just to obey him.
  • 00:23:41.160 --> 00:23:43.160
  • When he speaks to my heart, just obey him.
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  • When I read in his Word that I'm supposed to do something, not
  • 00:23:46.290 --> 00:23:50.030
  • question it, not think about it, but just do it, just obey, just
  • 00:23:50.040 --> 00:23:54.120
  • take a step of faith.
  • 00:23:54.130 --> 00:23:56.100
  • It's not running in faith. It's taking steps of faith.
  • 00:23:56.110 --> 00:23:59.140
  • Every time God tells you to take a step of faith in his Word, you
  • 00:23:59.150 --> 00:24:01.200
  • take that step of faith and he opens up doors, and he opens up
  • 00:24:01.210 --> 00:24:04.270
  • blessings, and you find your purpose.
  • 00:24:04.280 --> 00:24:08.000
  • God's will is not rocket science, it's just obeying God.
  • 00:24:08.010 --> 00:24:12.040
  • He's not trying to be something that you're not.
  • 00:24:12.050 --> 00:24:15.210
  • He's already created you to be who you are and he's already
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:20.010
  • created you unique and set apart.
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  • And so, he just wants you to follow him.
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  • You know, we're always trying to find the path in life.
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  • "I want to find my unique path."
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  • Well, I have found if you follow Jesus, the path finds you.
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  • You follow Jesus, the path will find you.
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  • And you just follow Jesus, don't make it so complicated.
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  • Just follow Christ. Just do what Christ says.
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  • Take steps of faith and that path will find you and you'll
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  • look back before you know it and you'll be where you never
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  • dreamed you could be, and you'll see how far Christ has taken
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  • you.
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  • And so, it's just obeying him, obeying his will.
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  • So, it's time for somebody to cancel your show of selfishness.
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  • It's time for some of you to cancel the show of your life
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  • where you have been the star of the show.
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  • And it's time for you to step into the greatest show on earth
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  • to experience real life.
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  • Chris Shook: We're so glad you joined us for the message
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  • today, and we hope it impacts your life all week long.
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  • Kerry: And if God really spoke to you and you've never
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  • received Christ into your life, all you have to do is just
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  • receive this free gift of salvation, forgiveness, and
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  • heaven one day.
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  • Just pray a prayer right now, a prayer like this, "Dear Jesus
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  • Christ, thank you for dying on the cross for me.
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  • I invite you to come into my life, forgive me of all my sins,
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  • and I want you to be the Lord of my life.
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  • I want you to be the director from now on and guide me.
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  • I receive your free gift of salvation.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen."
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  • If you prayed that prayer, Christ came into your life,
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  • and he'll never leave you.
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  • announcer: Here at the holidays, we are especially
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  • reminded of God's love for us.
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  • And right now during the season of giving, you can be part of
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  • all that Kerry Shook Ministries is doing to share this amazing
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  • truth with others.
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  • Kerry and Chris invite you to join them in their tradition of
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  • giving the best gift to Christ.
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  • Your gifts will help launch projects into the new year that
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  • share the gospel of truth to a hurting world.
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  • In your city, your neighborhood, perhaps even in your own home,
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  • people with questions will receive balanced biblical
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  • answers.
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  • The liberating truths of the gospel will come to life
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  • in vivid visual ways through illustrated sermons.
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  • And best of all, hurting people will experience forgiveness,
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  • peace, and abundant eternal life by being introduced to
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • Share the joy of the season and as you give, please know
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  • how much Karen and Chris appreciate you standing
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  • with them in ministry.
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  • Call 844-34-kerry or go to kerryshook.org to give your
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  • best gift to Christ by helping to share him with the world.
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