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October 2, 2019
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Kingdom Connection with Jentezen Franklin

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  • - When you came
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  • in this morning,
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  • you were given a rubber band.
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  • How many of you have
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  • your rubber band?
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  • Let me see it.
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  • Hold it up, at every campus;
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  • hold it up.
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  • Alright.
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  • This is class participation.
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  • I want you to take
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  • that rubber band and I want you
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  • to put it on your wrist.
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  • Would you do that?
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  • And I want it to become
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  • a constant reminder
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  • to you this week,
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  • and especially today
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  • while I preach, of the fact
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  • that that wrist
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  • would be a constant
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  • reminder that,
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  • like a rubber band,
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  • your faith is useless
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  • unless it's stretched;
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  • that God is going
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  • to require of you,
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  • when He takes you
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  • into new territory
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  • and new seasons of purpose,
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  • it will require you
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  • to stretch.
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  • It will require you,
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  • like a rubber band,
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  • to be pulled
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  • and put under tension
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  • and stress
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  • and discomfort at times.
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  • And it's not a bad thing.
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  • It's a powerful thing,
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  • because in the stretch
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  • and in that pulling out
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  • of the comfort zone place
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  • is exactly where God
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  • will do His greatest miracles
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  • in your life.
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  • Today, I'm preaching
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  • on Rubber Band Faith.
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  • Rubber band faith is,
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  • the message is this:
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  • it's just like a rubber band;
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  • it's useless unless it
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  • is stretched.
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  • Rubber band faith
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  • has to be extended beyond
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  • its regular form
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  • to fulfill its purpose.
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  • Faith is much like
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  • a rubber band.
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  • Faith is useless
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  • unless it's stretched.
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  • Our faith needs to be tested
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  • and taken out
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  • of the comfort zone.
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  • All we want is comfortable.
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  • All we want is easy.
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  • All we want is laid back
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  • and predictable.
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  • But we must be willing
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  • to step out
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  • and stretch ourself.
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  • And that's when God shows up
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  • and does what we cannot do.
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  • We need to let God
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  • keep putting us in situations
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  • where we whisper
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  • under our breath,
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  • "God, if You don't show up,
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  • I'm bound to fail".
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  • And if you don't find yourself
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  • in situations all along
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  • where you're in
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  • and you're stepping out
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  • and you're trusting Him
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  • and doing what He told you to do
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  • and you're kind of praying
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  • under your breath,
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  • "If You don't help me,
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  • I'm bound to fail,"
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  • then you're not living
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  • that level of faith
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  • that God has called you to.
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  • Ask God to stretch you.
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  • Be bold.
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  • Be courageous.
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  • Step out.
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  • Because you were made
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  • to be stretched.
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  • You were not made
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  • to be comfortable
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  • the rest of your life.
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  • That's not where joy
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  • and fulfillment is.
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  • It's just being --
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  • This rubber band
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  • that I'm holding in my hand --
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  • Look at it.
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  • It's useless
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  • unless it's stretched.
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  • And the same is true
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  • concerning our faith.
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  • You will have to stretch
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  • to catch the next opportunity
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  • God is going to send
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  • your way.
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  • I've never had God
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  • send a new opportunity
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  • to us as a church
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  • and the ministry
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  • without it absolutely
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  • requiring me, in my faith,
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  • to be stretched to a place
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  • of discomfort and pressure.
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  • You see, rubber band faith
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  • is stretching with courage
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  • to step from a safe place
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  • to an unsafe place.
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  • It's risky.
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  • When God's, is going to do
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  • something significant
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  • in your life,
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  • it will require
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  • rubber band faith
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  • that stretches you
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  • to the potential
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  • that you could fail.
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  • It could snap.
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  • You could see it not happen.
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  • But that's where the miracles
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  • are and that's where only
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  • you can activate
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  • your faith.
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  • God uses the stretch
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  • in our lives
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  • to expand our thinking.
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  • And so many times,
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  • we just get stuck
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  • in the same old pattern,
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  • in the same old life,
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  • in the same old challenges.
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  • Stretching and
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  • rubber band faith
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  • means trusting God...
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  • listen...
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  • in the moments of stress,
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  • in the moments of tension,
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  • in the moments of discomfort,
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  • in the moments of pressure.
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  • That's rubber band faith.
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  • "I'm in it.
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  • I'm not asking You
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  • to get me out of it
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  • and let me go back
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  • to being normal
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  • and simple like everybody else.
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  • But I'm willing, Lord,
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  • when You tell me
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  • to do something,
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  • I will stretch
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  • and I will believe You,
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  • that You can take
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  • what I have
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  • and You can maximize it.
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  • I don't want to live
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  • at a minimum."
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  • You see, this rubber band
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  • is at a minimum.
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  • But when it's stretched,
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  • it doesn't get any bigger
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  • than it already is;
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  • it's just reaching its maximum.
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  • And so many of us want to live
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  • life like this
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  • and we don't want God
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  • to stretch us.
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  • But anytime God's given you
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  • the stretch,
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  • it's so that there's so much
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  • more in you
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  • that you haven't used.
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  • There's more in you
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  • that you're capable of,
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  • but it's going to require
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  • rubber band faith.
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  • Every person in the Bible
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  • that God ever used
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  • had to have rubber band faith
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  • that stretched them.
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  • Most people avoid
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  • rubber band faith.
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  • they want an easy faith.
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  • They want a comfortable faith.
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  • But notice, this is no threat.
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  • Notice, this kind of faith,
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  • it's no threat.
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  • If an enemy comes at you,
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  • you can throw that at them
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  • and it'll bounce right off.
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  • But when you start
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  • stretching it,
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  • like I used to do
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  • when I was a kid,
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  • you can turn it into a weapon
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  • and your faith --
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  • Come on.
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  • That just hit a non-tither
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  • right between the eyes
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  • right there.
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  • There you go.
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  • I'm telling you today
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  • that every person that God
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  • is going to use under the sound
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  • of my voice is going to go
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  • through stretching.
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  • Most people avoid it.
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  • Most people would rather --
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  • They will not expose themselves
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  • to rubber band faith
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  • on their own.
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  • They have to be stretched.
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  • Most people are vulnerable
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  • when they're using
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  • rubber band faith,
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  • just like a rubber band
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  • is vulnerable.
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  • It could snap.
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  • It could break.
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  • And what are you vulnerable to
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  • when God has you
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  • in that place
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  • that He's stretching you
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  • with rubber band faith?
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  • Three things.
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  • You're vulnerable to criticism,
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  • because as long as
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  • you're doing nothing,
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  • nobody's going
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  • to ever criticize you.
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  • But the moment
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  • that you start stretching,
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  • the moment that you take
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  • that opportunity,
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  • the moment that you start
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  • that dream,
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  • the moment you start
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  • that business,
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  • the moment you do
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  • what God's telling you
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  • to do for the kingdom,
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  • then there's going
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  • to come a vulnerability
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  • to the critics,
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  • because a lot of people sit
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  • on the sideline
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  • and their criticism
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  • goes something like this --
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  • "You can't do it."
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  • "It's impossible."
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  • "You're going to fail."
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  • They'll say that;
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  • and then, when you start
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  • doing it, they'll say,
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  • "Well, you can do it a little,
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  • but it won't last".
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  • But then, when you actually
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  • get it done,
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  • they'll be the first to say,
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  • "I knew you could do it
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  • all the time; I knew...
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  • I was for you all the..."
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  • So don't worry
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  • about your critics.
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  • Just go on and stretch.
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  • I know when this church
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  • started growing,
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  • when this ministry
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  • started expanding,
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  • we had critics
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  • that came out
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  • of the woodworks.
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  • People talked --
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  • They called us a cult.
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  • They called us this.
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  • They called --
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  • They still do.
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  • Made up lies.
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  • Made up things.
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  • You know what?
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  • I'd rather be stretching
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  • and taking souls
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  • and reaching people for God
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  • than never have criticism
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  • and never have anybody
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  • say anything.
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  • You are vulnerable
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  • to criticism when you are using
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  • rubber band faith.
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  • Secondly, you're vulnerable
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  • to discouragement.
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  • That's when you're most,
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  • at your most discourageable
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  • point is when
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  • you're stretching
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  • and you're not seeing
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  • the results yet.
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  • But you're stretching.
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  • It's a place of --
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  • You're at the end
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  • of your comfort zone
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  • and it feels like
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  • it's not happening.
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  • That's when discouragement
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  • will come.
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  • And the way
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  • that you overcome
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  • discouragement,
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  • the easiest way
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  • to defeat discouragement,
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  • is to encourage somebody else.
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  • And then you have to encourage
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  • yourself in the Lord.
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  • That's what David did.
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  • Most people need affirmation
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  • when they're using
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  • rubber band faith...
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  • taking on a new challenge,
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  • taking a new risk,
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  • taking a new chance,
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  • putting it all on the line.
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  • They need affirmation.
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  • The most important time
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  • to affirm somebody
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  • is when they're stretching,
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  • when they're risk taking.
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  • If you're ever going
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  • to be a cheerleader,
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  • if you're ever going
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  • to be a backslapper,
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  • that's the time to do it.
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  • We don't need
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  • your little critical voice.
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  • We don't need
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  • your little negative
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  • two cents' worth and...
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  • "I don't see
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  • any sense in trying."
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  • We don't need that
  • 00:09:20.080 --> 00:09:20.280
  • when we're stretching.
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  • You need people
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  • around you that'll say,
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  • "You can do it,
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  • hang in there;
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  • go, I'm proud of you
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  • for trying".
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  • You ought to be that way
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  • for your children, by the way.
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  • Most people never learn
  • 00:09:32.040 --> 00:09:34.220
  • that rubber band faith
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  • is never supposed to stop.
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  • You're never supposed
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  • to stop learning.
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  • You're never supposed
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  • to stop growing.
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  • You're never supposed
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  • to stop risking.
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  • Life is meant
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  • for us to stretch.
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  • Life is meant for us
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  • to constantly reach.
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  • And the people who inspire
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  • other people are the ones
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  • who never stop stretching.
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  • They go from glory unto glory.
  • 00:09:59.280 --> 00:10:01.260
  • They go from faith unto faith.
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  • And I want this church
  • 00:10:04.030 --> 00:10:04.260
  • to be that way.
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  • I don't ever
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  • want us to get set back
  • 00:10:07.020 --> 00:10:08.270
  • and think that
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  • we can just be alright.
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  • I want us to stretch,
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  • at every campus.
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  • I'm believing for
  • 00:10:14.170 --> 00:10:15.090
  • a physical campus
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  • at every place
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  • we have a congregation.
  • 00:10:18.100 --> 00:10:19.130
  • It's going to stretch us,
  • 00:10:19.130 --> 00:10:20.160
  • but I like the stretch.
  • 00:10:20.160 --> 00:10:22.050
  • And more importantly,
  • 00:10:22.050 --> 00:10:22.290
  • God's out there.
  • 00:10:22.290 --> 00:10:24.140
  • You say, "Well,
  • 00:10:24.140 --> 00:10:25.000
  • God'll never call you,
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  • you know, to stretch.
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  • God's not going to make you try
  • 00:10:27.230 --> 00:10:29.070
  • to do things
  • 00:10:29.070 --> 00:10:29.220
  • that seem impossible."
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  • What Bible are you reading?
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  • You better think again.
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  • Do you read this book?
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  • Jesus --
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  • Jesus told one man
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  • that was in a boat
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  • to get out of the boat
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  • and walk on the water.
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  • That's what you call
  • 00:10:40.170 --> 00:10:41.080
  • a stretch.
  • 00:10:41.080 --> 00:10:42.070
  • Jesus told another dead guy
  • 00:10:42.070 --> 00:10:44.050
  • who was stinking in his grave,
  • 00:10:44.050 --> 00:10:46.100
  • "Get up from the grave;
  • 00:10:46.100 --> 00:10:47.240
  • come out of your grave clothes
  • 00:10:47.240 --> 00:10:49.080
  • and come out
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  • of your tomb, Lazarus."
  • 00:10:49.240 --> 00:10:50.290
  • And I'm telling you,
  • 00:10:50.290 --> 00:10:52.070
  • that's the same God
  • 00:10:52.070 --> 00:10:52.250
  • that I serve.
  • 00:10:52.250 --> 00:10:54.000
  • The Bible is a David
  • 00:10:54.000 --> 00:10:55.250
  • and Goliath book.
  • 00:10:55.250 --> 00:10:57.290
  • And when God's going
  • 00:10:57.290 --> 00:10:58.270
  • to do something powerful
  • 00:10:58.270 --> 00:10:59.220
  • in your life,
  • 00:10:59.220 --> 00:11:00.250
  • it will stretch you
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  • beyond your present resources
  • 00:11:02.190 --> 00:11:05.170
  • to trust God
  • 00:11:05.170 --> 00:11:07.000
  • like you've never
  • 00:11:07.000 --> 00:11:07.210
  • trusted Him before.
  • 00:11:07.210 --> 00:11:09.080
  • But that's where God is.
  • 00:11:09.080 --> 00:11:11.200
  • He's not in the safety zone,
  • 00:11:11.200 --> 00:11:13.290
  • in the comfort zone.
  • 00:11:13.290 --> 00:11:15.160
  • He's in the stretch.
  • 00:11:15.160 --> 00:11:17.250
  • Somebody give God
  • 00:11:17.250 --> 00:11:18.180
  • I like this sermon.
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  • Let me give you
  • 00:11:30.110 --> 00:11:30.280
  • my biblical examples now.
  • 00:11:30.280 --> 00:11:33.030
  • I've got four quick ones.
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  • II Kings 4,
  • 00:11:35.180 --> 00:11:37.070
  • there's a marvelous story
  • 00:11:37.070 --> 00:11:38.080
  • of a prophet
  • 00:11:38.080 --> 00:11:39.020
  • who goes into a room
  • 00:11:39.030 --> 00:11:42.030
  • and there's a dead boy
  • 00:11:42.030 --> 00:11:42.270
  • on the bed.
  • 00:11:42.270 --> 00:11:44.250
  • And the scripture said
  • 00:11:44.250 --> 00:11:46.100
  • that God impressed him
  • 00:11:46.100 --> 00:11:48.080
  • to do something.
  • 00:11:48.080 --> 00:11:50.060
  • He went and lay on the child,
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  • put his mouth on his mouth,
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  • his eyes on his eyes,
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  • his hands on his hands.
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  • Watch this.
  • 00:11:57.240 --> 00:11:58.290
  • And he stretched himself out
  • 00:11:59.040 --> 00:12:02.060
  • on that child and the flesh
  • 00:12:02.060 --> 00:12:04.270
  • of that dead child
  • 00:12:04.270 --> 00:12:06.020
  • began to warm.
  • 00:12:06.020 --> 00:12:07.110
  • Then, the next verse
  • 00:12:07.110 --> 00:12:07.260
  • says it again,
  • 00:12:07.260 --> 00:12:08.210
  • as if to underscore
  • 00:12:08.210 --> 00:12:09.160
  • the key to this miracle.
  • 00:12:09.160 --> 00:12:11.040
  • He returned.
  • 00:12:11.040 --> 00:12:12.050
  • He did it again
  • 00:12:12.050 --> 00:12:14.030
  • and stretched himself out
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  • two times.
  • 00:12:16.220 --> 00:12:17.220
  • The Bible emphasizes that,
  • 00:12:17.220 --> 00:12:20.150
  • the key to this miracle.
  • 00:12:20.150 --> 00:12:22.030
  • An impossibility became
  • 00:12:22.030 --> 00:12:24.260
  • a reality
  • 00:12:24.260 --> 00:12:25.280
  • when the man of God stretched.
  • 00:12:26.290 --> 00:12:29.290
  • When he stretched,
  • 00:12:29.290 --> 00:12:31.110
  • what was given up
  • 00:12:31.110 --> 00:12:32.160
  • was given back.
  • 00:12:32.160 --> 00:12:34.020
  • What was lost,
  • 00:12:34.020 --> 00:12:35.100
  • was restored.
  • 00:12:35.100 --> 00:12:36.210
  • It is incumbent upon you and I,
  • 00:12:36.230 --> 00:12:39.230
  • in certain seasons
  • 00:12:39.230 --> 00:12:40.280
  • of our walk with God,
  • 00:12:40.280 --> 00:12:42.200
  • to not be comfortable
  • 00:12:42.200 --> 00:12:43.280
  • but to be stretched,
  • 00:12:43.280 --> 00:12:46.040
  • to go for it,
  • 00:12:46.040 --> 00:12:47.140
  • to get out there where if God
  • 00:12:47.140 --> 00:12:49.150
  • doesn't help us
  • 00:12:49.150 --> 00:12:50.240
  • we absolutely could snap
  • 00:12:50.240 --> 00:12:52.000
  • and break and fail.
  • 00:12:52.000 --> 00:12:53.290
  • It's not a bad place.
  • 00:12:53.290 --> 00:12:55.130
  • I have learned that's where
  • 00:12:55.130 --> 00:12:56.260
  • the miracles are waiting.
  • 00:12:56.260 --> 00:12:58.030
  • That's where the provision
  • 00:12:58.030 --> 00:12:59.140
  • is waiting.
  • 00:12:59.140 --> 00:13:00.070
  • That's where things
  • 00:13:00.070 --> 00:13:01.030
  • you haven't even thought
  • 00:13:01.030 --> 00:13:02.160
  • of are waiting.
  • 00:13:02.160 --> 00:13:03.190
  • Opportunities are waiting,
  • 00:13:03.190 --> 00:13:05.120
  • not in the comfort zone,
  • 00:13:05.120 --> 00:13:06.100
  • but in the stretch.
  • 00:13:06.100 --> 00:13:09.070
  • When he stretched out
  • 00:13:09.070 --> 00:13:10.110
  • over that child,
  • 00:13:10.110 --> 00:13:11.100
  • it covered up the problem.
  • 00:13:11.100 --> 00:13:14.040
  • And when we begin to stretch
  • 00:13:14.040 --> 00:13:15.140
  • in faith, stretch in praise,
  • 00:13:15.140 --> 00:13:18.120
  • stretch in worship...
  • 00:13:18.120 --> 00:13:19.180
  • when we begin to stretch
  • 00:13:19.180 --> 00:13:21.180
  • the promise of God in our life
  • 00:13:21.180 --> 00:13:23.040
  • and make it bigger
  • 00:13:23.040 --> 00:13:24.100
  • than the problem
  • 00:13:24.100 --> 00:13:26.010
  • that we're facing --
  • 00:13:26.010 --> 00:13:26.160
  • You couldn't even see that boy
  • 00:13:26.160 --> 00:13:28.030
  • when that big prophet
  • 00:13:28.030 --> 00:13:29.140
  • laid over top of him.
  • 00:13:29.140 --> 00:13:30.170
  • He covered up the problem
  • 00:13:30.170 --> 00:13:32.100
  • with his faith.
  • 00:13:32.100 --> 00:13:34.000
  • I'm saying to you today
  • 00:13:34.000 --> 00:13:35.060
  • that the word of the Lord,
  • 00:13:35.060 --> 00:13:37.010
  • I believe, is what God told...
  • 00:13:37.010 --> 00:13:39.120
  • or Mary, the mother of Jesus,
  • 00:13:39.190 --> 00:13:42.190
  • told the servants,
  • 00:13:42.190 --> 00:13:44.130
  • when Jesus was ready to make
  • 00:13:44.130 --> 00:13:46.020
  • water into wine, John 2:5,
  • 00:13:46.020 --> 00:13:48.210
  • "Whatsoever He says
  • 00:13:48.210 --> 00:13:49.230
  • to you, do it".
  • 00:13:49.230 --> 00:13:51.080
  • Turn to somebody and say,
  • 00:13:51.080 --> 00:13:52.090
  • "Whatever He tells you
  • 00:13:52.090 --> 00:13:53.170
  • to do, do it".
  • 00:13:53.210 --> 00:13:56.210
  • It'll require the stretch,
  • 00:13:56.210 --> 00:13:58.190
  • but you're going to have
  • 00:13:58.190 --> 00:13:59.070
  • to stretch for success.
  • 00:13:59.070 --> 00:14:01.080
  • Do it.
  • 00:14:01.080 --> 00:14:02.080
  • Quit whining
  • 00:14:02.080 --> 00:14:02.230
  • about it and do it.
  • 00:14:02.230 --> 00:14:05.000
  • Do it.
  • 00:14:05.000 --> 00:14:05.290
  • You have to have bravery.
  • 00:14:05.290 --> 00:14:07.200
  • You have to have courage
  • 00:14:07.200 --> 00:14:08.170
  • to obey God.
  • 00:14:08.170 --> 00:14:10.140
  • And you have to stretch.
  • 00:14:10.140 --> 00:14:12.140
  • It's rubber band faith.
  • 00:14:12.140 --> 00:14:14.190
  • And what happened is the Bible
  • 00:14:14.190 --> 00:14:16.220
  • said the boy sneezed seven times
  • 00:14:16.220 --> 00:14:19.110
  • and he came back to life,
  • 00:14:19.110 --> 00:14:21.070
  • when the prophet stretched.
  • 00:14:21.260 --> 00:14:24.260
  • We are at a minimum
  • 00:14:24.260 --> 00:14:26.060
  • when we are restful,
  • 00:14:26.060 --> 00:14:27.150
  • when we're normal,
  • 00:14:27.150 --> 00:14:28.210
  • when we're in
  • 00:14:28.210 --> 00:14:29.070
  • a comfortable position.
  • 00:14:29.070 --> 00:14:30.280
  • But we're at our maximum
  • 00:14:30.280 --> 00:14:32.240
  • when we're stretched
  • 00:14:32.240 --> 00:14:34.050
  • and we're believing
  • 00:14:34.050 --> 00:14:35.100
  • for God's power to help us.
  • 00:14:35.100 --> 00:14:38.010
  • You have not grown
  • 00:14:38.010 --> 00:14:39.100
  • an inch when you stretch.
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:42.130
  • You simply maximize
  • 00:14:42.130 --> 00:14:43.260
  • what you already have
  • 00:14:43.260 --> 00:14:46.010
  • and what you already are.
  • 00:14:46.010 --> 00:14:48.010
  • When you move
  • 00:14:48.010 --> 00:14:48.150
  • from a restful place,
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:50.120
  • a comfortable place,
  • 00:14:50.120 --> 00:14:51.250
  • a normal place
  • 00:14:51.250 --> 00:14:52.280
  • to a position of stretching --
  • 00:14:52.280 --> 00:14:55.170
  • I say to the young people here,
  • 00:14:55.170 --> 00:14:57.050
  • don't ever turn down opportunity
  • 00:14:57.050 --> 00:14:58.270
  • because you feel
  • 00:14:58.270 --> 00:15:00.020
  • you're not qualified enough,
  • 00:15:00.020 --> 00:15:01.120
  • you're not talented enough,
  • 00:15:01.120 --> 00:15:02.210
  • you're not gifted enough.
  • 00:15:02.210 --> 00:15:03.270
  • Go on and let that opportunity
  • 00:15:03.270 --> 00:15:05.120
  • stretch you.
  • 00:15:05.120 --> 00:15:06.210
  • You don't know what you are.
  • 00:15:06.210 --> 00:15:08.040
  • You don't know what's in you.
  • 00:15:08.040 --> 00:15:09.180
  • You don't know
  • 00:15:09.180 --> 00:15:11.130
  • what you're capable of.
  • 00:15:11.130 --> 00:15:12.010
  • If you would just allow God
  • 00:15:12.010 --> 00:15:13.290
  • to give you rubber band faith
  • 00:15:13.290 --> 00:15:15.200
  • that says, "I'm most
  • 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:16.230
  • useful when I'm beyond
  • 00:15:16.230 --> 00:15:19.000
  • what I'm comfortable doing," --
  • 00:15:19.000 --> 00:15:20.250
  • Some of you have not fulfilled
  • 00:15:20.250 --> 00:15:22.260
  • one of the main purposes
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  • of your life because
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  • you keep shrinking back
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  • from a fear and God's saying,
  • 00:15:26.180 --> 00:15:29.020
  • "I want you to stretch,
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  • I want you to stretch".
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  • That's where God meets us
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  • with His supernatural power.
  • 00:15:34.290 --> 00:15:37.290
  • I want you to understand
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  • that Elisha stretched
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  • and a miracle happened.
  • 00:15:42.260 --> 00:15:44.210
  • Then, the Bible talks about,
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:46.110
  • in the story of Moses,
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  • God told him to take
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  • that staff and He said,
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  • when the Egyptians
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  • were closing in
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  • and the Red Sea was before him,
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  • He said, "Stretch out
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  • that staff".
  • 00:15:56.120 --> 00:15:57.220
  • And when he stretched out
  • 00:15:57.220 --> 00:15:58.280
  • that staff, the sea parted.
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  • But the miracle
  • 00:16:01.000 --> 00:16:01.280
  • was in rubber band faith.
  • 00:16:01.280 --> 00:16:04.230
  • Moses had rubber band faith
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  • that said, "I've got to stretch.
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:07.270
  • This is scary.
  • 00:16:07.270 --> 00:16:09.000
  • This is uncomfortable.
  • 00:16:09.000 --> 00:16:10.210
  • This is pressure.
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  • This is tense.
  • 00:16:11.220 --> 00:16:12.260
  • But here I go;
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  • I'm going for it."
  • 00:16:14.030 --> 00:16:15.070
  • And when he did,
  • 00:16:15.070 --> 00:16:16.090
  • God got in that stretch.
  • 00:16:17.090 --> 00:16:20.090
  • In Matthew 12:13,
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:23.060
  • there's the miracle
  • 00:16:23.060 --> 00:16:24.050
  • of when Jesus
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  • went in the temple
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  • and there was a man
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  • with a withered hand.
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  • And Jesus gave
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  • this simple command,
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  • "Stretch forth your hand".
  • 00:16:31.020 --> 00:16:33.240
  • And when he stretched --
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  • I'm telling you, the miracle
  • 00:16:35.170 --> 00:16:38.010
  • is not in the comfortable place.
  • 00:16:38.010 --> 00:16:40.140
  • But he took his deformed hand
  • 00:16:40.260 --> 00:16:43.260
  • and he stretched it.
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  • And I want you to understand
  • 00:16:46.030 --> 00:16:47.100
  • what that means.
  • 00:16:47.100 --> 00:16:48.100
  • God wants to deliver you
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  • from what you're ashamed of.
  • 00:16:50.100 --> 00:16:52.120
  • God wants to deliver you
  • 00:16:52.120 --> 00:16:54.100
  • from what you're embarrassed of.
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:56.260
  • If there's an addiction
  • 00:16:56.260 --> 00:16:58.050
  • or bondage in your life,
  • 00:16:58.050 --> 00:16:59.130
  • stretch for the help
  • 00:16:59.130 --> 00:17:01.080
  • that Jesus has.
  • 00:17:01.080 --> 00:17:02.160
  • He's saying,
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  • "Stretch it out.
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  • Make it as big as you can
  • 00:17:03.270 --> 00:17:06.000
  • make it and it won't bother Me
  • 00:17:06.000 --> 00:17:07.290
  • because I'm Jesus
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:08.190
  • and I can deal with that issue."
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  • There's no shame
  • 00:17:10.250 --> 00:17:11.210
  • in Jesus Christ.
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  • There's no condemnation.
  • 00:17:13.010 --> 00:17:14.110
  • There's no backing up
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  • because of your past.
  • 00:17:15.210 --> 00:17:17.050
  • You hold your head up.
  • 00:17:17.050 --> 00:17:18.250
  • We all have things,
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  • but by the blood
  • 00:17:20.170 --> 00:17:21.230
  • of Jesus Christ,
  • 00:17:21.230 --> 00:17:23.030
  • we don't deserve to stand here.
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:26.030
  • But I'm thankful
  • 00:17:26.030 --> 00:17:27.060
  • that I've been stretched
  • 00:17:27.060 --> 00:17:28.220
  • by the grace of God
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  • beyond what I deserve
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:31.180
  • to what I have received
  • 00:17:31.180 --> 00:17:33.110
  • through the cross.
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  • Y'all are quiet
  • 00:17:35.080 --> 00:17:36.090
  • this morning.
  • 00:17:36.090 --> 00:17:37.070
  • Somebody's shouting
  • 00:17:37.070 --> 00:17:38.040
  • in one of our campuses.
  • 00:17:38.040 --> 00:17:39.250
  • I guarantee.
  • 00:17:39.250 --> 00:17:42.030
  • The man with the withered hand
  • 00:17:48.230 --> 00:17:50.070
  • was not healed
  • 00:17:50.070 --> 00:17:52.080
  • until he stretched.
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:54.170
  • The boy who was dead
  • 00:17:54.170 --> 00:17:56.070
  • was not raised
  • 00:17:56.070 --> 00:17:57.170
  • until the prophet stretched.
  • 00:17:58.200 --> 00:18:01.220
  • What about this one?
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:05.030
  • The greatest miracle
  • 00:18:05.130 --> 00:18:08.130
  • of all time,
  • 00:18:08.130 --> 00:18:10.290
  • the conquering of your sin,
  • 00:18:11.070 --> 00:18:14.070
  • the conquering of sickness,
  • 00:18:14.070 --> 00:18:16.160
  • the conquering of demons
  • 00:18:16.160 --> 00:18:18.170
  • and devils and death,
  • 00:18:18.210 --> 00:18:21.210
  • the conquering
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:22.110
  • of the grave and hell
  • 00:18:22.250 --> 00:18:25.250
  • happened when Jesus
  • 00:18:25.250 --> 00:18:28.110
  • stretched His body on the cross.
  • 00:18:29.220 --> 00:18:32.220
  • Victory was won when Jesus
  • 00:18:32.270 --> 00:18:35.270
  • was stretched out
  • 00:18:35.270 --> 00:18:37.180
  • on that old rugged cross
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.150
  • between the nails.
  • 00:18:39.150 --> 00:18:41.150
  • It required Jesus to stretch
  • 00:18:41.200 --> 00:18:44.200
  • so that your sins
  • 00:18:44.200 --> 00:18:45.240
  • could be conquered
  • 00:18:45.240 --> 00:18:47.150
  • and the grave could be forever
  • 00:18:47.150 --> 00:18:49.140
  • robbed of you and me.
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:52.040
  • we have eternal life
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:54.020
  • because Jesus was stretched.
  • 00:18:57.050 --> 00:19:00.070
  • He had rubber band faith.
  • 00:19:00.070 --> 00:19:03.020
  • And I want to close
  • 00:19:03.020 --> 00:19:04.040
  • with Exodus 17.
  • 00:19:04.040 --> 00:19:06.160
  • The Bible said that Moses
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:08.100
  • was on the mountain
  • 00:19:08.100 --> 00:19:10.040
  • and the Israelites
  • 00:19:10.040 --> 00:19:11.070
  • were fighting a battle
  • 00:19:11.070 --> 00:19:12.080
  • in the valley
  • 00:19:12.080 --> 00:19:13.260
  • with another nation.
  • 00:19:13.260 --> 00:19:16.100
  • And as long as Moses' arms
  • 00:19:17.040 --> 00:19:20.040
  • were stretched out,
  • 00:19:20.040 --> 00:19:22.200
  • victory was won.
  • 00:19:22.200 --> 00:19:24.140
  • But when he stopped stretching
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:26.170
  • and started putting
  • 00:19:26.170 --> 00:19:27.050
  • his arms down,
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:28.060
  • the battle turned in the valley.
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:30.080
  • And two men ran up...
  • 00:19:30.080 --> 00:19:32.010
  • Aaron and Hur...
  • 00:19:32.010 --> 00:19:33.130
  • and they got up under
  • 00:19:33.130 --> 00:19:34.100
  • and they said,
  • 00:19:34.100 --> 00:19:35.040
  • "We've got to keep
  • 00:19:35.040 --> 00:19:35.190
  • you stretching,"
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:36.190
  • because the miracle
  • 00:19:36.190 --> 00:19:37.080
  • is not in the comfort zone.
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:39.180
  • The miracle is in the stretch.
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:42.170
  • And I just hear the Lord saying
  • 00:19:42.170 --> 00:19:43.220
  • if this church
  • 00:19:43.220 --> 00:19:44.280
  • called Free Chapel will stretch,
  • 00:19:45.070 --> 00:19:48.070
  • they're going to do something
  • 00:19:48.070 --> 00:19:48.280
  • phenomenal in this nation
  • 00:19:48.280 --> 00:19:51.260
  • and in this world.
  • 00:19:51.260 --> 00:19:53.040
  • I just believe God wants us
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:55.050
  • to go to the maximum
  • 00:19:55.050 --> 00:19:56.230
  • of what He's called us to be,
  • 00:19:56.230 --> 00:19:58.080
  • not the minimum.
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:20:00.050
  • The maximum.
  • 00:20:00.050 --> 00:20:02.170
  • I'm going to tell you
  • 00:20:02.170 --> 00:20:03.080
  • what's going to happen.
  • 00:20:03.080 --> 00:20:04.090
  • God's going to get
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:05.060
  • in that stretch.
  • 00:20:05.060 --> 00:20:06.260
  • God's going to see
  • 00:20:06.260 --> 00:20:08.020
  • that rubber band faith.
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:08.250
  • and here's what
  • 00:20:08.250 --> 00:20:09.160
  • it's all about...
  • 00:20:09.160 --> 00:20:10.090
  • souls, souls, souls, souls.
  • 00:20:10.090 --> 00:20:12.270
  • It's time for the stretch.
  • 00:20:13.200 --> 00:20:16.200
  • Let's stretch.
  • 00:20:16.200 --> 00:20:18.130
  • I never dreamed a country boy,
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:20.240
  • I never dreamed,
  • 00:20:20.240 --> 00:20:23.230
  • would be preaching on TV.
  • 00:20:24.210 --> 00:20:27.210
  • I'm not boasting;
  • 00:20:27.210 --> 00:20:28.230
  • And all we got to do is stretch.
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:42.020
  • All we've got to do is stretch.
  • 00:20:42.020 --> 00:20:44.210
  • I'm tired of telling God
  • 00:20:44.210 --> 00:20:45.230
  • all the reasons
  • 00:20:45.230 --> 00:20:46.090
  • why I can't do it.
  • 00:20:46.090 --> 00:20:47.140
  • I'm ready to stretch.
  • 00:20:47.140 --> 00:20:49.120
  • And if you think
  • 00:20:49.120 --> 00:20:50.000
  • we're about to retire
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:51.020
  • and take it easy around here,
  • 00:20:51.020 --> 00:20:52.150
  • you're in the wrong church, bud.
  • 00:20:52.220 --> 00:20:55.220
  • We are ready to stretch
  • 00:20:55.220 --> 00:20:57.240
  • like never before.
  • 00:20:57.240 --> 00:20:59.060
  • Everybody get up on your feet.
  • 00:20:59.060 --> 00:21:01.040
  • Here we go now.
  • 00:21:01.040 --> 00:21:02.190
  • I don't want
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:03.020
  • this half-flag praise.
  • 00:21:03.020 --> 00:21:04.260
  • I don't want your little --
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:06.120
  • I don't want
  • 00:21:06.120 --> 00:21:06.250
  • your little pitiful rubber band
  • 00:21:06.260 --> 00:21:09.260
  • at medium --
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:12.000
  • I want you to stretch
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:13.180
  • your praise to the maximum
  • 00:21:13.180 --> 00:21:15.170
  • for the next 30 seconds.
  • 00:21:15.170 --> 00:21:17.090
  • I don't want you
  • 00:21:17.090 --> 00:21:18.030
  • to be ashamed of exalting,
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:20.140
  • ashamed of praising.
  • 00:21:20.140 --> 00:21:22.160
  • Get your hands as high
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:23.190
  • as you can get 'em.
  • 00:21:23.190 --> 00:21:25.120
  • Get your voice as loud
  • 00:21:25.120 --> 00:21:26.090
  • as you can get it.
  • 00:21:26.090 --> 00:21:28.030
  • Say, "God, I need
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:28.200
  • a little stretch.
  • 00:21:28.200 --> 00:21:30.060
  • I need a little stretch
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:31.180
  • in my praise and in my walk
  • 00:21:31.180 --> 00:21:33.180
  • and in my faith.
  • 00:21:33.180 --> 00:21:34.130
  • I need a little stretch.
  • 00:21:34.130 --> 00:21:36.210
  • Gotten a little
  • 00:21:36.210 --> 00:21:37.070
  • Here's the thing.
  • 00:21:40.240 --> 00:21:41.140
  • As you get older, Erin,
  • 00:21:41.140 --> 00:21:44.060
  • Stretching wasn't no big thing
  • 00:21:44.060 --> 00:21:45.160
  • for me when I was your age,
  • 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:47.070
  • when you guys --
  • 00:21:47.070 --> 00:21:47.290
  • You know, I run.
  • 00:21:47.290 --> 00:21:49.030
  • And I never would --
  • 00:21:49.030 --> 00:21:49.260
  • I would never stretch
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:50.190
  • before I ran.
  • 00:21:50.190 --> 00:21:52.130
  • That was my --
  • 00:21:52.130 --> 00:21:53.010
  • My stretching was my running.
  • 00:21:53.010 --> 00:21:55.250
  • But when you get
  • 00:21:55.250 --> 00:21:56.120
  • a little bit older,
  • 00:21:56.120 --> 00:21:58.220
  • if you try that,
  • 00:21:58.220 --> 00:21:59.240
  • your knees, your legs --
  • 00:21:59.240 --> 00:22:01.150
  • You'll be walking
  • 00:22:01.150 --> 00:22:01.270
  • around like this.
  • 00:22:01.270 --> 00:22:04.060
  • So what I've learned is --
  • 00:22:04.060 --> 00:22:06.130
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:08.150
  • Feels good to stretch.
  • 00:22:09.020 --> 00:22:12.020
  • Y'all don't hear me.
  • 00:22:12.020 --> 00:22:12.260
  • You've got to preach
  • 00:22:12.260 --> 00:22:13.180
  • with me a little bit.
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:14.250
  • It feels good
  • 00:22:14.250 --> 00:22:16.110
  • to have a new challenge.
  • 00:22:16.110 --> 00:22:17.240
  • It feels good to take a risk
  • 00:22:17.240 --> 00:22:20.050
  • that God's asking you
  • 00:22:20.050 --> 00:22:21.070
  • to trust Him with.
  • 00:22:22.200 --> 00:22:25.200
  • Feels good to not be
  • 00:22:27.190 --> 00:22:30.190
  • so predictable...
  • 00:22:30.190 --> 00:22:32.120
  • same ol', same ol'.
  • 00:22:32.120 --> 00:22:34.210
  • It's time for rubber band faith
  • 00:22:35.160 --> 00:22:38.160
  • that says, "God, stretch me
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:42.020
  • until I can be the maximum
  • 00:22:42.020 --> 00:22:43.220
  • of what You've called me."
  • 00:22:43.220 --> 00:22:44.260
  • I don't want to get,
  • 00:22:44.260 --> 00:22:46.160
  • die and have things
  • 00:22:46.160 --> 00:22:47.150
  • left on the table.
  • 00:22:47.150 --> 00:22:48.270
  • I want to be stretched
  • 00:22:48.270 --> 00:22:50.050
  • to the end.
  • 00:22:50.050 --> 00:22:51.190
  • Hallelujah.
  • 00:22:57.090 --> 00:22:57.290
  • Alright, here we go.
  • 00:22:57.290 --> 00:22:59.060
  • I'm going to --
  • 00:22:59.060 --> 00:22:59.290
  • Every campus.
  • 00:22:59.290 --> 00:23:01.150
  • This is a stretch praise.
  • 00:23:01.150 --> 00:23:03.100
  • I want you to be like Moses
  • 00:23:03.100 --> 00:23:04.280
  • and I want you to go
  • 00:23:04.280 --> 00:23:05.240
  • to the extreme
  • 00:23:05.240 --> 00:23:06.250
  • of whatever you can reach
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:08.060
  • and I want you to act
  • 00:23:08.060 --> 00:23:09.070
  • like you're reaching up
  • 00:23:09.070 --> 00:23:10.040
  • to take the hand of God
  • 00:23:10.040 --> 00:23:11.120
  • right now,
  • 00:23:11.120 --> 00:23:12.120
  • in any situation
  • 00:23:12.120 --> 00:23:13.150
  • in your life that you feel
  • 00:23:13.150 --> 00:23:14.160
  • stressed about.
  • 00:23:14.160 --> 00:23:15.180
  • Just stretch in worship.
  • 00:23:15.180 --> 00:23:17.210
  • Stretch your hands
  • 00:23:17.210 --> 00:23:18.220
  • toward heaven and say,
  • 00:23:18.220 --> 00:23:20.070
  • "God, here's my problems,
  • 00:23:20.070 --> 00:23:21.240
  • here's my tension,
  • 00:23:21.240 --> 00:23:22.250
  • here's my discomfort;
  • 00:23:22.250 --> 00:23:23.230
  • but I'm stretching
  • 00:23:23.230 --> 00:23:25.110
  • and I'm trusting You
  • 00:23:25.170 --> 00:23:28.170
  • to see it through,
  • 00:23:28.170 --> 00:23:29.290
  • - In our closing moments
  • 00:23:37.250 --> 00:23:38.290
  • of this program,
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:40.050
  • I wanna share with you
  • 00:23:40.050 --> 00:23:41.090
  • a humbling opportunity
  • 00:23:41.090 --> 00:23:43.220
  • that we have to bless
  • 00:23:43.220 --> 00:23:45.100
  • God's chosen people,
  • 00:23:45.100 --> 00:23:46.280
  • and God's chosen land;
  • 00:23:46.280 --> 00:23:48.190
  • the Nation of Israel.
  • 00:23:48.190 --> 00:23:51.000
  • Recently, I travelled there
  • 00:23:51.000 --> 00:23:52.200
  • and visited a community
  • 00:23:52.200 --> 00:23:54.080
  • about 20 minutes
  • 00:23:54.080 --> 00:23:55.220
  • outside of Jerusalem,
  • 00:23:55.220 --> 00:23:57.190
  • that had been completely
  • 00:23:57.190 --> 00:23:59.010
  • destroyed by terrorists.
  • 00:23:59.010 --> 00:24:00.240
  • Hundreds of families
  • 00:24:00.240 --> 00:24:02.030
  • were devastated
  • 00:24:02.030 --> 00:24:03.220
  • as their lives were
  • 00:24:03.220 --> 00:24:04.240
  • burned to the ground.
  • 00:24:04.240 --> 00:24:06.070
  • Thankfully, miraculously,
  • 00:24:06.070 --> 00:24:08.080
  • not one person lost their life,
  • 00:24:08.080 --> 00:24:10.230
  • but I believe that we are
  • 00:24:10.230 --> 00:24:11.230
  • living in prophetic times.
  • 00:24:11.230 --> 00:24:14.140
  • We can be a part of
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  • fulfilling Biblical prophecy,
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  • found in Isaiah 61;
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  • God promised that,
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  • for their ashes,
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  • He would give them beauty.
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  • He's going to use
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  • you and I to do it.
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  • Together, we're gonna provide
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  • the resources -- I love this.
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  • Listen to this:
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  • to plant trees of victory.
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  • You know that
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  • it actually said that?
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  • It said, in Isaiah 61,
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  • "There would be trees of victory
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  • to rebuild the ruined cities,
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  • to declare that no one
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  • will ever be able
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  • to take the land of Israel away
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  • from the Jewish people again."
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  • Will you help me replant
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  • the trees of victory?
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  • Sometimes, God does require
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  • of us to go extra,
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  • to do something
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  • we've never done,
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  • if you wanna get a harvest
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  • you've never had.
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  • Whatever you can do,
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  • do the very best
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  • that you can do.
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  • And, today, what you make happen
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  • for Israel in fulfilling
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  • Isaiah 61 --
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  • Think of it:
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  • we're rebuilding, replanting,
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  • and restoring
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  • a whole community in Israel;
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  • you and I, together.
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  • Will you join me?
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  • Don't delay.
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  • Here's my announcer to share
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  • how you can be a part
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  • of this incredible
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  • miracle and opportunity
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  • to bless the nation
  • 00:25:36.100 --> 00:25:37.230
  • - ANNOUNCER: Terrorism
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  • in Israel is not just a threat;
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  • it's a reality.
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  • Today, hundreds of thousands
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  • of Jewish families and children
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  • We can help fulfill
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  • Biblical prophecy
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  • and see God's favor
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  • released in our lives,
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  • when we honor His command to,
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  • "Comfort My people".
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  • Isaiah 61:3 declares that
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  • God will give beauty for ashes
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  • in cities that've been
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  • terrorized, like
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  • Moshav Mevo Modi'in.
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  • When you partner with
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  • Jentezen Franklin today,
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  • you will restore hope
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  • to this community
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  • that lost everything.
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  • Your gift today,
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  • will rebuild homes,
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  • replant trees,
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  • and meet the most basic
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  • of human needs,
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  • With your gift of $50
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  • or more this month,
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  • we wanna sow into your life
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  • with the Israel 2019 Gift Set,
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  • including: Jentezen Franklin's
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  • teachings on-location
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  • from The Holy Land,
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  • and a custom print of Isaiah 61,
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  • reminding you
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  • of your partnership
  • 00:26:31.120 --> 00:26:32.010
  • in fulfilling Biblical prophecy.
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  • For your gift of $300 or more,
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  • you may request
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  • the Israel 2019 Collection,
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  • including: Jentezen Franklin's
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  • "Legacy Bible",
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  • and your personalized,
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  • Hebrew Name Certificate,
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  • or with your generous gift
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  • of $1.000 or more this month,
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  • you will receive
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  • the Israel 2019
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  • Legacy Collection
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  • and your name
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  • forever memorialized on
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  • the Oaks of Righteousness wall
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  • God has called us
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  • to comfort His people
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  • in their time of desperate need,
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  • but we cannot do it
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  • without your help.
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  • Act now; call the number
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  • on the screen
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  • 00:27:10.060 --> 00:27:14.090
  • - We hope you've enjoyed
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  • this teaching
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  • by Jentezen Franklin,
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  • and thank you
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  • for your continued support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • Your prayers
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  • and financial support
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