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Rubber Band Faith

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September 23, 2020
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Pastor Jentezen Franklin brings practical meaning to spiritual truths found in God’s Word.

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  • - When you came
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  • - When you camein this morning,
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  • in this morning,you were given a rubber band.
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  • you were given a rubber band.How many of you have
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  • How many of you haveyour rubber band?
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  • your rubber band?Let me see it.
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  • Let me see it.Hold it up, at every campus;
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  • Hold it up, at every campus;hold it up.
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  • hold it up.Alright.
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  • Alright.This is class participation.
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  • This is class participation.I want you to take
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  • I want you to takethat rubber band and I want you
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  • that rubber band and I want youto put it on your wrist.
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  • to put it on your wrist.Would you do that?
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  • Would you do that?And I want it to become
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  • And I want it to becomea constant reminder
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  • a constant reminderto you this week,
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  • to you this week,and especially today
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  • and especially todaywhile I preach, of the fact
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  • while I preach, of the factthat that wrist
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  • that that wristwould be a constant
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  • would be a constantreminder that,
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  • reminder that,like a rubber band,
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  • like a rubber band,your faith is useless
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  • your faith is uselessunless it's stretched;
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  • unless it's stretched;that God is going
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  • that God is goingto require of you,
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  • to require of you,when He takes you
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  • when He takes youinto new territory
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  • into new territoryand new seasons of purpose,
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  • and new seasons of purpose,it will require you
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  • it will require youto stretch.
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  • to stretch.It will require you,
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  • It will require you,like a rubber band,
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  • like a rubber band,to be pulled
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  • to be pulledand put under tension
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  • and put under tensionand stress
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  • and stressand discomfort at times.
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  • and discomfort at times.And it's not a bad thing.
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  • And it's not a bad thing.It's a powerful thing,
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  • It's a powerful thing,because in the stretch
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  • because in the stretchand in that pulling out
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  • and in that pulling outof the comfort zone place
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  • of the comfort zone placeis exactly where God
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  • is exactly where Godwill do His greatest miracles
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  • will do His greatest miraclesin your life.
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  • in your life.Today, I'm preaching
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  • Today, I'm preachingon Rubber Band Faith.
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  • on Rubber Band Faith.Rubber band faith is,
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  • Rubber band faith is,the message is this:
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  • the message is this:it's just like a rubber band;
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  • it's just like a rubber band;it's useless unless it
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  • it's useless unless itis stretched.
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  • is stretched.Rubber band faith
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  • Rubber band faithhas to be extended beyond
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  • has to be extended beyondits regular form
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  • its regular formto fulfill its purpose.
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  • to fulfill its purpose.Faith is much like
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  • Faith is much likea rubber band.
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  • a rubber band.Faith is useless
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  • Faith is uselessunless it's stretched.
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  • unless it's stretched.Our faith needs to be tested
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  • Our faith needs to be testedand taken out
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  • and taken outof the comfort zone.
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  • of the comfort zone.All we want is comfortable.
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  • All we want is comfortable.All we want is easy.
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  • All we want is easy.All we want is laid back
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  • All we want is laid backand predictable.
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  • and predictable.But we must be willing
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  • But we must be willingto step out
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  • to step outand stretch ourself.
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  • and stretch ourself.And that's when God shows up
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  • And that's when God shows upand does what we cannot do.
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  • and does what we cannot do.We need to let God
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  • We need to let Godkeep putting us in situations
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  • keep putting us in situationswhere we whisper
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  • where we whisperunder our breath,
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  • under our breath,“God, if You don't show up,
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  • “God, if You don't show up,I'm bound to fail”.
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  • I'm bound to fail”.And if you don't find yourself
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  • And if you don't find yourselfin situations all along
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  • in situations all alongwhere you're in
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  • where you're inand you're stepping out
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  • and you're stepping outand you're trusting Him
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  • and you're trusting Himand doing what He told you to do
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  • and doing what He told you to doand you're kind of praying
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  • and you're kind of prayingunder your breath,
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  • under your breath,“If You don't help me,
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  • “If You don't help me,I'm bound to fail,”
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  • I'm bound to fail,”then you're not living
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  • then you're not livingthat level of faith
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  • that level of faiththat God has called you to.
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  • that God has called you to.Ask God to stretch you.
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  • Ask God to stretch you.Be bold.
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  • Be bold.Be courageous.
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  • Be courageous.Step out.
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  • Step out.Because you were made
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  • Because you were madeto be stretched.
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  • to be stretched.You were not made
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  • You were not madeto be comfortable
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  • to be comfortablethe rest of your life.
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  • the rest of your life.That's not where joy
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  • That's not where joyand fulfillment is.
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  • and fulfillment is.It's just being --
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  • It's just being --This rubber band
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  • This rubber bandthat I'm holding in my hand --
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  • that I'm holding in my hand --Look at it.
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  • Look at it.It's useless
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  • It's uselessunless it's stretched.
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  • unless it's stretched.And the same is true
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  • And the same is trueconcerning our faith.
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  • concerning our faith.You will have to stretch
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  • You will have to stretchto catch the next opportunity
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  • to catch the next opportunityGod is going to send
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  • God is going to sendyour way.
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  • your way.I've never had God
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  • I've never had Godsend a new opportunity
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  • send a new opportunityto us as a church
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  • to us as a churchand the ministry
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  • and the ministrywithout it absolutely
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  • without it absolutelyrequiring me, in my faith,
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  • requiring me, in my faith,to be stretched to a place
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  • to be stretched to a placeof discomfort and pressure.
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  • of discomfort and pressure.You see, rubber band faith
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  • You see, rubber band faithis stretching with courage
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  • is stretching with courageto step from a safe place
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  • to step from a safe placeto an unsafe place.
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  • to an unsafe place.It's risky.
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  • It's risky.When God's, is going to do
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  • When God's, is going to dosomething significant
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  • something significantin your life,
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  • in your life,it will require
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  • it will requirerubber band faith
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  • rubber band faiththat stretches you
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  • that stretches youto the potential
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  • to the potentialthat you could fail.
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  • that you could fail.It could snap.
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  • It could snap.You could see it not happen.
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  • You could see it not happen.But that's where the miracles
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  • But that's where the miraclesare and that's where only
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  • are and that's where onlyyou can activate
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  • you can activateyour faith.
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  • your faith.God uses the stretch
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  • God uses the stretchin our lives
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  • in our livesto expand our thinking.
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  • to expand our thinking.And so many times,
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  • And so many times,we just get stuck
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  • we just get stuckin the same old pattern,
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  • in the same old pattern,in the same old life,
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  • in the same old life,in the same old challenges.
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  • in the same old challenges.Stretching and
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  • Stretching andrubber band faith
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  • rubber band faithmeans trusting God...
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  • means trusting God...listen...
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  • listen...in the moments of stress,
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  • in the moments of stress,in the moments of tension,
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  • in the moments of tension,in the moments of discomfort,
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  • in the moments of discomfort,in the moments of pressure.
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  • in the moments of pressure.That's rubber band faith.
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  • That's rubber band faith.“I'm in it.
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  • “I'm in it.I'm not asking You
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  • I'm not asking Youto get me out of it
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  • to get me out of itand let me go back
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  • and let me go backto being normal
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  • to being normaland simple like everybody else.
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  • and simple like everybody else.But I'm willing, Lord,
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  • But I'm willing, Lord,when You tell me
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  • when You tell meto do something,
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  • to do something,I will stretch
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  • I will stretchand I will believe You,
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  • and I will believe You,that You can take
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  • that You can takewhat I have
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  • what I haveand You can maximize it.
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  • and You can maximize it.I don't want to live
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  • I don't want to liveat a minimum.”
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  • at a minimum.”You see, this rubber band
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  • You see, this rubber bandis at a minimum.
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  • is at a minimum.But when it's stretched,
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  • But when it's stretched,it doesn't get any bigger
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  • it doesn't get any biggerthan it already is;
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  • than it already is;it's just reaching its maximum.
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  • it's just reaching its maximum.And so many of us want to live
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  • And so many of us want to livelife like this
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  • life like thisand we don't want God
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  • and we don't want Godto stretch us.
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  • to stretch us.But anytime God's given you
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  • But anytime God's given youthe stretch,
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  • the stretch,it's so that there's so much
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  • it's so that there's so muchmore in you
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  • more in youthat you haven't used.
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  • that you haven't used.There's more in you
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  • There's more in youthat you're capable of,
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  • that you're capable of,but it's going to require
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  • but it's going to requirerubber band faith.
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  • rubber band faith.Every person in the Bible
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  • Every person in the Biblethat God ever used
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  • that God ever usedhad to have rubber band faith
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  • had to have rubber band faiththat stretched them.
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  • that stretched them.Most people avoid
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  • Most people avoidrubber band faith.
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  • rubber band faith.they want an easy faith.
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  • they want an easy faith.They want a comfortable faith.
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  • They want a comfortable faith.But notice, this is no threat.
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  • But notice, this is no threat.Notice, this kind of faith,
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  • Notice, this kind of faith,it's no threat.
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  • it's no threat.If an enemy comes at you,
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  • If an enemy comes at you,you can throw that at them
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  • you can throw that at themand it'll bounce right off.
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  • and it'll bounce right off.But when you start
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  • But when you startstretching it,
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  • stretching it,like I used to do
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  • like I used to dowhen I was a kid,
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  • when I was a kid,you can turn it into a weapon
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  • you can turn it into a weaponand your faith --
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  • and your faith --Come on.
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  • Come on.That just hit a non-tither
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  • That just hit a non-titherright between the eyes
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  • right between the eyesright there.
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  • right there.There you go.
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  • There you go.I'm telling you today
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  • I'm telling you todaythat every person that God
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  • that every person that Godis going to use under the sound
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  • is going to use under the soundof my voice is going to go
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  • of my voice is going to gothrough stretching.
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  • through stretching.Most people avoid it.
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  • Most people avoid it.Most people would rather --
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  • Most people would rather --They will not expose themselves
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  • They will not expose themselvesto rubber band faith
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  • to rubber band faithon their own.
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  • on their own.They have to be stretched.
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  • They have to be stretched.Most people are vulnerable
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  • Most people are vulnerablewhen they're using
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  • when they're usingrubber band faith,
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  • rubber band faith,just like a rubber band
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  • just like a rubber bandis vulnerable.
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  • is vulnerable.It could snap.
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  • It could snap.It could break.
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  • It could break.And what are you vulnerable to
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  • And what are you vulnerable towhen God has you
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  • when God has youin that place
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  • in that placethat He's stretching you
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  • that He's stretching youwith rubber band faith?
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  • with rubber band faith?Three things.
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  • Three things.You're vulnerable to criticism,
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  • You're vulnerable to criticism,because as long as
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  • because as long asyou're doing nothing,
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  • you're doing nothing,nobody's going
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  • nobody's goingto ever criticize you.
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  • to ever criticize you.But the moment
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  • But the momentthat you start stretching,
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  • that you start stretching,the moment that you take
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  • the moment that you takethat opportunity,
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  • that opportunity,the moment that you start
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  • the moment that you startthat dream,
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  • that dream,the moment you start
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  • the moment you startthat business,
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  • that business,the moment you do
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  • the moment you dowhat God's telling you
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  • what God's telling youto do for the kingdom,
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  • to do for the kingdom,then there's going
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  • then there's goingto come a vulnerability
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  • to come a vulnerabilityto the critics,
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  • to the critics,because a lot of people sit
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  • because a lot of people siton the sideline
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  • on the sidelineand their criticism
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  • and their criticismgoes something like this --
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  • goes something like this --“You can't do it.”
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  • “You can't do it.”“It's impossible.”
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  • “It's impossible.”“You're going to fail.”
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  • “You're going to fail.”They'll say that;
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  • They'll say that;and then, when you start
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  • and then, when you startdoing it, they'll say,
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  • doing it, they'll say,“Well, you can do it a little,
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  • “Well, you can do it a little,but it won't last”.
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  • but it won't last”.But then, when you actually
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  • But then, when you actuallyget it done,
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  • get it done,they'll be the first to say,
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  • they'll be the first to say,“I knew you could do it
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  • “I knew you could do itall the time; I knew...
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  • all the time; I knew...I was for you all the...”
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  • I was for you all the...”So don't worry
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  • So don't worryabout your critics.
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  • about your critics.Just go on and stretch.
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  • Just go on and stretch.I know when this church
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  • I know when this churchstarted growing,
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  • started growing,when this ministry
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  • when this ministrystarted expanding,
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  • started expanding,we had critics
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  • we had criticsthat came out
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  • that came outof the woodworks.
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  • of the woodworks.People talked --
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  • People talked --They called us a cult.
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  • They called us a cult.They called us this.
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  • They called us this.They called --
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  • They called --They still do.
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  • They still do.Made up lies.
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  • Made up lies.Made up things.
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  • Made up things.You know what?
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  • You know what?I'd rather be stretching
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  • I'd rather be stretchingand taking souls
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  • and taking soulsand reaching people for God
  • 00:07:55.354 --> 00:07:57.123
  • and reaching people for Godthan never have criticism
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  • than never have criticismand never have anybody
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  • and never have anybodysay anything.
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  • say anything.You are vulnerable
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  • You are vulnerableto criticism when you are using
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  • to criticism when you are usingrubber band faith.
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  • rubber band faith.Secondly, you're vulnerable
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  • Secondly, you're vulnerableto discouragement.
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  • to discouragement.That's when you're most,
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  • That's when you're most,at your most discourageable
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  • at your most discourageablepoint is when
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  • point is whenyou're stretching
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  • you're stretchingand you're not seeing
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  • and you're not seeingthe results yet.
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  • the results yet.But you're stretching.
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  • But you're stretching.It's a place of --
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  • It's a place of --You're at the end
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  • You're at the endof your comfort zone
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  • of your comfort zoneand it feels like
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  • and it feels likeit's not happening.
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  • it's not happening.That's when discouragement
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  • That's when discouragementwill come.
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  • will come.And the way
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  • And the waythat you overcome
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  • that you overcomediscouragement,
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  • discouragement,the easiest way
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  • the easiest wayto defeat discouragement,
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  • to defeat discouragement,is to encourage somebody else.
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  • is to encourage somebody else.And then you have to encourage
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  • And then you have to encourageyourself in the Lord.
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  • yourself in the Lord.That's what David did.
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  • That's what David did.Most people need affirmation
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  • Most people need affirmationwhen they're using
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  • when they're usingrubber band faith...
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  • rubber band faith...taking on a new challenge,
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  • taking on a new challenge,taking a new risk,
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  • taking a new risk,taking a new chance,
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  • taking a new chance,putting it all on the line.
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  • putting it all on the line.They need affirmation.
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  • They need affirmation.The most important time
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  • The most important timeto affirm somebody
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  • to affirm somebodyis when they're stretching,
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  • is when they're stretching,when they're risk taking.
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  • when they're risk taking.If you're ever going
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  • If you're ever goingto be a cheerleader,
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  • to be a cheerleader,if you're ever going
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  • if you're ever goingto be a backslapper,
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  • to be a backslapper,that's the time to do it.
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  • that's the time to do it.We don't need
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  • We don't needyour little critical voice.
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  • your little critical voice.We don't need
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  • We don't needyour little negative
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  • your little negativetwo cents' worth and...
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  • two cents' worth and...“I don't see
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  • “I don't seeany sense in trying.”
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  • any sense in trying.”We don't need that
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  • We don't need thatwhen we're stretching.
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  • when we're stretching.You need people
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  • You need peoplearound you that'll say,
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  • around you that'll say,“You can do it,
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  • “You can do it,hang in there;
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  • hang in there;go, I'm proud of you
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  • go, I'm proud of youfor trying”.
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  • for trying”.You ought to be that way
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  • Most people never learn
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  • Most people never learnthat rubber band faith
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  • that rubber band faithis never supposed to stop.
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  • is never supposed to stop.You're never supposed
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  • You're never supposedto stop learning.
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  • to stop learning.You're never supposed
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  • You're never supposedto stop growing.
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  • to stop growing.You're never supposed
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  • You're never supposedto stop risking.
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  • to stop risking.Life is meant
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  • Life is meantfor us to stretch.
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  • for us to stretch.Life is meant for us
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  • Life is meant for usto constantly reach.
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  • to constantly reach.And the people who inspire
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  • And the people who inspireother people are the ones
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  • other people are the oneswho never stop stretching.
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  • who never stop stretching.They go from glory unto glory.
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  • They go from glory unto glory.They go from faith unto faith.
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  • They go from faith unto faith.And I want this church
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  • And I want this churchto be that way.
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  • to be that way.I don't ever
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  • I don't everwant us to get set back
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  • want us to get set backand think that
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  • and think thatwe can just be alright.
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  • we can just be alright.I want us to stretch,
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  • I want us to stretch,at every campus.
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  • at every campus.I'm believing for
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  • I'm believing fora physical campus
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  • a physical campusat every place
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  • at every placewe have a congregation.
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  • we have a congregation.It's going to stretch us,
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  • It's going to stretch us,but I like the stretch.
  • 00:10:14.894 --> 00:10:15.695
  • but I like the stretch.And more importantly,
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  • And more importantly,God's out there.
  • 00:10:17.196 --> 00:10:17.730
  • God's out there.You say, “Well,
  • 00:10:17.730 --> 00:10:18.864
  • You say, “Well,God'll never call you,
  • 00:10:18.864 --> 00:10:20.499
  • God'll never call you,you know, to stretch.
  • 00:10:20.499 --> 00:10:21.967
  • you know, to stretch.God's not going to make you try
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  • God's not going to make you tryto do things
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  • to do thingsthat seem impossible.”
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  • that seem impossible.”What Bible are you reading?
  • 00:10:25.871 --> 00:10:27.106
  • What Bible are you reading?You better think again.
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  • You better think again.Do you read this book?
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  • Do you read this book?Jesus --
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  • Jesus --Jesus told one man
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  • Jesus told one manthat was in a boat
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  • that was in a boatto get out of the boat
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  • to get out of the boatand walk on the water.
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  • and walk on the water.That's what you call
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  • That's what you calla stretch.
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  • a stretch.Jesus told another dead guy
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  • Jesus told another dead guywho was stinking in his grave,
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  • who was stinking in his grave,“Get up from the grave;
  • 00:10:40.553 --> 00:10:42.021
  • “Get up from the grave;come out of your grave clothes
  • 00:10:42.021 --> 00:10:42.555
  • come out of your grave clothesand come out
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  • and come outof your tomb, Lazarus.”
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  • of your tomb, Lazarus.”And I'm telling you,
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  • And I'm telling you,that's the same God
  • 00:10:45.591 --> 00:10:46.759
  • that's the same Godthat I serve.
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  • that I serve.The Bible is a David
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  • The Bible is a Davidand Goliath book.
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  • and Goliath book.And when God's going
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  • And when God's goingto do something powerful
  • 00:10:52.498 --> 00:10:53.532
  • to do something powerfulin your life,
  • 00:10:53.532 --> 00:10:55.334
  • in your life,it will stretch you
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  • it will stretch youbeyond your present resources
  • 00:10:58.270 --> 00:10:59.705
  • beyond your present resourcesto trust God
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  • to trust Godlike you've never
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  • like you've nevertrusted Him before.
  • 00:11:01.974 --> 00:11:04.376
  • trusted Him before.But that's where God is.
  • 00:11:04.376 --> 00:11:06.679
  • But that's where God is.He's not in the safety zone,
  • 00:11:06.679 --> 00:11:08.247
  • He's not in the safety zone,in the comfort zone.
  • 00:11:08.247 --> 00:11:10.549
  • in the comfort zone.He's in the stretch.
  • 00:11:10.549 --> 00:11:11.317
  • He's in the stretch.Somebody give God
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  • I like this sermon.
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  • I like this sermon.Let me give you
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  • Let me give youmy biblical examples now.
  • 00:11:25.831 --> 00:11:28.334
  • my biblical examples now.I've got four quick ones.
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  • I've got four quick ones.II Kings 4,
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  • II Kings 4,there's a marvelous story
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  • there's a marvelous storyof a prophet
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  • of a prophetwho goes into a room
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  • who goes into a roomand there's a dead boy
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  • and there's a dead boyon the bed.
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  • on the bed.And the scripture said
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  • And the scripture saidthat God impressed him
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  • that God impressed himto do something.
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  • to do something.He went and lay on the child,
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  • He went and lay on the child,put his mouth on his mouth,
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  • put his mouth on his mouth,his eyes on his eyes,
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  • his eyes on his eyes,his hands on his hands.
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  • his hands on his hands.Watch this.
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  • Watch this.And he stretched himself out
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  • And he stretched himself outon that child and the flesh
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  • on that child and the fleshof that dead child
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  • of that dead childbegan to warm.
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  • began to warm.Then, the next verse
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  • Then, the next versesays it again,
  • 00:12:01.400 --> 00:12:02.234
  • says it again,as if to underscore
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  • as if to underscorethe key to this miracle.
  • 00:12:03.836 --> 00:12:04.870
  • the key to this miracle.He returned.
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  • He returned.He did it again
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  • He did it againand stretched himself out
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  • and stretched himself outtwo times.
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  • two times.The Bible emphasizes that,
  • 00:12:13.212 --> 00:12:14.814
  • The Bible emphasizes that,the key to this miracle.
  • 00:12:14.814 --> 00:12:17.583
  • the key to this miracle.An impossibility became
  • 00:12:17.583 --> 00:12:18.651
  • An impossibility becamea reality
  • 00:12:18.651 --> 00:12:22.688
  • a realitywhen the man of God stretched.
  • 00:12:22.688 --> 00:12:24.089
  • when the man of God stretched.When he stretched,
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  • When he stretched,what was given up
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  • what was given upwas given back.
  • 00:12:26.792 --> 00:12:28.060
  • was given back.What was lost,
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  • What was lost,was restored.
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  • was restored.It is incumbent upon you and I,
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  • It is incumbent upon you and I,in certain seasons
  • 00:12:33.666 --> 00:12:35.401
  • in certain seasonsof our walk with God,
  • 00:12:35.401 --> 00:12:36.669
  • of our walk with God,to not be comfortable
  • 00:12:36.669 --> 00:12:38.871
  • to not be comfortablebut to be stretched,
  • 00:12:38.871 --> 00:12:40.206
  • but to be stretched,to go for it,
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  • to go for it,to get out there where if God
  • 00:12:42.241 --> 00:12:43.542
  • to get out there where if Goddoesn't help us
  • 00:12:43.542 --> 00:12:44.743
  • doesn't help uswe absolutely could snap
  • 00:12:44.743 --> 00:12:46.712
  • we absolutely could snapand break and fail.
  • 00:12:46.712 --> 00:12:48.180
  • and break and fail.It's not a bad place.
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  • It's not a bad place.I have learned that's where
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  • I have learned that's wherethe miracles are waiting.
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  • the miracles are waiting.That's where the provision
  • 00:12:52.218 --> 00:12:52.918
  • That's where the provisionis waiting.
  • 00:12:52.918 --> 00:12:53.786
  • is waiting.That's where things
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  • That's where thingsyou haven't even thought
  • 00:12:55.221 --> 00:12:56.322
  • you haven't even thoughtof are waiting.
  • 00:12:56.322 --> 00:12:58.090
  • of are waiting.Opportunities are waiting,
  • 00:12:58.090 --> 00:12:59.024
  • Opportunities are waiting,not in the comfort zone,
  • 00:12:59.024 --> 00:13:01.927
  • not in the comfort zone,but in the stretch.
  • 00:13:01.927 --> 00:13:03.062
  • but in the stretch.When he stretched out
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  • When he stretched outover that child,
  • 00:13:04.029 --> 00:13:06.832
  • over that child,it covered up the problem.
  • 00:13:06.832 --> 00:13:08.167
  • it covered up the problem.And when we begin to stretch
  • 00:13:08.167 --> 00:13:11.103
  • And when we begin to stretchin faith, stretch in praise,
  • 00:13:11.103 --> 00:13:12.304
  • in faith, stretch in praise,stretch in worship...
  • 00:13:12.304 --> 00:13:14.306
  • stretch in worship...when we begin to stretch
  • 00:13:14.306 --> 00:13:15.841
  • when we begin to stretchthe promise of God in our life
  • 00:13:15.841 --> 00:13:17.042
  • the promise of God in our lifeand make it bigger
  • 00:13:17.042 --> 00:13:18.744
  • and make it biggerthan the problem
  • 00:13:18.744 --> 00:13:19.245
  • than the problemthat we're facing --
  • 00:13:19.245 --> 00:13:20.813
  • that we're facing --You couldn't even see that boy
  • 00:13:20.813 --> 00:13:22.181
  • You couldn't even see that boywhen that big prophet
  • 00:13:22.181 --> 00:13:23.282
  • when that big prophetlaid over top of him.
  • 00:13:23.282 --> 00:13:25.050
  • laid over top of him.He covered up the problem
  • 00:13:25.050 --> 00:13:26.719
  • He covered up the problemwith his faith.
  • 00:13:26.719 --> 00:13:27.920
  • with his faith.I'm saying to you today
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  • I'm saying to you todaythat the word of the Lord,
  • 00:13:29.755 --> 00:13:32.124
  • that the word of the Lord,I believe, is what God told...
  • 00:13:32.124 --> 00:13:35.361
  • I believe, is what God told...or Mary, the mother of Jesus,
  • 00:13:35.361 --> 00:13:37.162
  • or Mary, the mother of Jesus,told the servants,
  • 00:13:37.162 --> 00:13:38.797
  • told the servants,when Jesus was ready to make
  • 00:13:38.797 --> 00:13:41.433
  • when Jesus was ready to makewater into wine, John 2:5,
  • 00:13:41.433 --> 00:13:42.501
  • water into wine, John 2:5,“Whatsoever He says
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  • “Whatsoever He saysto you, do it”.
  • 00:13:44.003 --> 00:13:45.037
  • to you, do it”.Turn to somebody and say,
  • 00:13:45.037 --> 00:13:46.305
  • Turn to somebody and say,“Whatever He tells you
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  • “Whatever He tells youto do, do it”.
  • 00:13:49.441 --> 00:13:51.377
  • to do, do it”.It'll require the stretch,
  • 00:13:51.377 --> 00:13:51.977
  • It'll require the stretch,but you're going to have
  • 00:13:51.977 --> 00:13:53.946
  • but you're going to haveto stretch for success.
  • 00:13:53.946 --> 00:13:54.947
  • to stretch for success.Do it.
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  • Do it.Quit whining
  • 00:13:55.447 --> 00:13:57.683
  • Quit whiningabout it and do it.
  • 00:13:57.683 --> 00:13:58.651
  • about it and do it.Do it.
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  • Do it.You have to have bravery.
  • 00:14:00.352 --> 00:14:01.253
  • You have to have bravery.You have to have courage
  • 00:14:01.253 --> 00:14:03.155
  • You have to have courageto obey God.
  • 00:14:03.155 --> 00:14:05.157
  • to obey God.And you have to stretch.
  • 00:14:05.157 --> 00:14:07.326
  • And you have to stretch.It's rubber band faith.
  • 00:14:07.326 --> 00:14:09.428
  • It's rubber band faith.And what happened is the Bible
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  • And what happened is the Biblesaid the boy sneezed seven times
  • 00:14:12.064 --> 00:14:13.933
  • said the boy sneezed seven timesand he came back to life,
  • 00:14:13.933 --> 00:14:17.569
  • and he came back to life,when the prophet stretched.
  • 00:14:17.569 --> 00:14:18.904
  • when the prophet stretched.We are at a minimum
  • 00:14:18.904 --> 00:14:20.205
  • We are at a minimumwhen we are restful,
  • 00:14:20.205 --> 00:14:21.407
  • when we are restful,when we're normal,
  • 00:14:21.407 --> 00:14:21.941
  • when we're normal,when we're in
  • 00:14:21.941 --> 00:14:23.642
  • when we're ina comfortable position.
  • 00:14:23.642 --> 00:14:25.511
  • a comfortable position.But we're at our maximum
  • 00:14:25.511 --> 00:14:26.879
  • But we're at our maximumwhen we're stretched
  • 00:14:26.879 --> 00:14:28.047
  • when we're stretchedand we're believing
  • 00:14:28.047 --> 00:14:30.749
  • and we're believingfor God's power to help us.
  • 00:14:30.749 --> 00:14:32.051
  • for God's power to help us.You have not grown
  • 00:14:32.051 --> 00:14:35.154
  • You have not grownan inch when you stretch.
  • 00:14:35.154 --> 00:14:36.588
  • an inch when you stretch.You simply maximize
  • 00:14:36.588 --> 00:14:38.757
  • You simply maximizewhat you already have
  • 00:14:38.757 --> 00:14:40.759
  • what you already haveand what you already are.
  • 00:14:40.759 --> 00:14:41.226
  • and what you already are.When you move
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  • When you movefrom a restful place,
  • 00:14:43.128 --> 00:14:44.563
  • from a restful place,a comfortable place,
  • 00:14:44.563 --> 00:14:45.664
  • a comfortable place,a normal place
  • 00:14:45.664 --> 00:14:48.300
  • a normal placeto a position of stretching --
  • 00:14:48.300 --> 00:14:49.902
  • to a position of stretching --I say to the young people here,
  • 00:14:49.902 --> 00:14:51.637
  • I say to the young people here,don't ever turn down opportunity
  • 00:14:51.637 --> 00:14:52.738
  • don't ever turn down opportunitybecause you feel
  • 00:14:52.738 --> 00:14:54.073
  • because you feelyou're not qualified enough,
  • 00:14:54.073 --> 00:14:55.374
  • you're not qualified enough,you're not talented enough,
  • 00:14:55.374 --> 00:14:56.575
  • you're not talented enough,you're not gifted enough.
  • 00:14:56.575 --> 00:14:58.077
  • you're not gifted enough.Go on and let that opportunity
  • 00:14:58.077 --> 00:14:59.378
  • Go on and let that opportunitystretch you.
  • 00:14:59.378 --> 00:15:00.813
  • stretch you.You don't know what you are.
  • 00:15:00.813 --> 00:15:02.281
  • You don't know what you are.You don't know what's in you.
  • 00:15:02.281 --> 00:15:04.116
  • You don't know what's in you.You don't know
  • 00:15:04.116 --> 00:15:04.717
  • You don't knowwhat you're capable of.
  • 00:15:04.717 --> 00:15:06.652
  • what you're capable of.If you would just allow God
  • 00:15:06.652 --> 00:15:08.354
  • If you would just allow Godto give you rubber band faith
  • 00:15:08.354 --> 00:15:09.455
  • to give you rubber band faiththat says, “I'm most
  • 00:15:09.455 --> 00:15:11.690
  • that says, “I'm mostuseful when I'm beyond
  • 00:15:11.690 --> 00:15:13.525
  • useful when I'm beyondwhat I'm comfortable doing,” --
  • 00:15:13.525 --> 00:15:15.561
  • what I'm comfortable doing,” --Some of you have not fulfilled
  • 00:15:15.561 --> 00:15:16.762
  • Some of you have not fulfilledone of the main purposes
  • 00:15:16.762 --> 00:15:17.730
  • one of the main purposesof your life because
  • 00:15:17.730 --> 00:15:19.298
  • of your life becauseyou keep shrinking back
  • 00:15:19.298 --> 00:15:21.767
  • you keep shrinking backfrom a fear and God's saying,
  • 00:15:21.767 --> 00:15:23.469
  • from a fear and God's saying,“I want you to stretch,
  • 00:15:23.469 --> 00:15:25.137
  • “I want you to stretch,I want you to stretch”.
  • 00:15:25.137 --> 00:15:27.306
  • I want you to stretch”.That's where God meets us
  • 00:15:27.306 --> 00:15:30.676
  • That's where God meets uswith His supernatural power.
  • 00:15:30.676 --> 00:15:33.145
  • with His supernatural power.I want you to understand
  • 00:15:33.145 --> 00:15:35.581
  • I want you to understandthat Elisha stretched
  • 00:15:35.581 --> 00:15:37.416
  • that Elisha stretchedand a miracle happened.
  • 00:15:37.416 --> 00:15:39.084
  • and a miracle happened.Then, the Bible talks about,
  • 00:15:39.084 --> 00:15:41.186
  • Then, the Bible talks about,in the story of Moses,
  • 00:15:41.186 --> 00:15:42.054
  • in the story of Moses,God told him to take
  • 00:15:42.054 --> 00:15:43.889
  • God told him to takethat staff and He said,
  • 00:15:43.889 --> 00:15:45.557
  • that staff and He said,when the Egyptians
  • 00:15:45.557 --> 00:15:46.091
  • when the Egyptianswere closing in
  • 00:15:46.091 --> 00:15:47.826
  • were closing inand the Red Sea was before him,
  • 00:15:47.826 --> 00:15:49.128
  • and the Red Sea was before him,He said, “Stretch out
  • 00:15:49.128 --> 00:15:50.462
  • He said, “Stretch outthat staff”.
  • 00:15:50.462 --> 00:15:51.663
  • that staff”.And when he stretched out
  • 00:15:51.663 --> 00:15:53.665
  • And when he stretched outthat staff, the sea parted.
  • 00:15:53.665 --> 00:15:54.600
  • that staff, the sea parted.But the miracle
  • 00:15:54.600 --> 00:15:57.436
  • But the miraclewas in rubber band faith.
  • 00:15:57.436 --> 00:15:59.104
  • was in rubber band faith.Moses had rubber band faith
  • 00:15:59.104 --> 00:16:00.572
  • Moses had rubber band faiththat said, “I've got to stretch.
  • 00:16:00.572 --> 00:16:01.673
  • that said, “I've got to stretch.This is scary.
  • 00:16:01.673 --> 00:16:03.375
  • This is scary.This is uncomfortable.
  • 00:16:03.375 --> 00:16:04.410
  • This is uncomfortable.This is pressure.
  • 00:16:04.410 --> 00:16:05.544
  • This is pressure.This is tense.
  • 00:16:05.544 --> 00:16:06.779
  • This is tense.But here I go;
  • 00:16:06.779 --> 00:16:07.913
  • But here I go;I'm going for it.”
  • 00:16:07.913 --> 00:16:08.981
  • I'm going for it.”And when he did,
  • 00:16:08.981 --> 00:16:12.985
  • And when he did,God got in that stretch.
  • 00:16:12.985 --> 00:16:15.888
  • God got in that stretch.In Matthew 12:13,
  • 00:16:15.888 --> 00:16:16.855
  • In Matthew 12:13,there's the miracle
  • 00:16:16.855 --> 00:16:17.656
  • there's the miracleof when Jesus
  • 00:16:17.656 --> 00:16:18.457
  • of when Jesuswent in the temple
  • 00:16:18.457 --> 00:16:19.691
  • went in the templeand there was a man
  • 00:16:19.691 --> 00:16:21.093
  • and there was a manwith a withered hand.
  • 00:16:21.093 --> 00:16:21.960
  • with a withered hand.And Jesus gave
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  • And Jesus gavethis simple command,
  • 00:16:23.762 --> 00:16:26.498
  • this simple command,“Stretch forth your hand”.
  • 00:16:26.498 --> 00:16:28.267
  • “Stretch forth your hand”.And when he stretched --
  • 00:16:28.267 --> 00:16:30.736
  • And when he stretched --I'm telling you, the miracle
  • 00:16:30.736 --> 00:16:33.172
  • I'm telling you, the miracleis not in the comfortable place.
  • 00:16:33.172 --> 00:16:36.575
  • is not in the comfortable place.But he took his deformed hand
  • 00:16:36.575 --> 00:16:38.811
  • But he took his deformed handand he stretched it.
  • 00:16:38.811 --> 00:16:40.045
  • and he stretched it.And I want you to understand
  • 00:16:40.045 --> 00:16:41.046
  • And I want you to understandwhat that means.
  • 00:16:41.046 --> 00:16:43.048
  • what that means.God wants to deliver you
  • 00:16:43.048 --> 00:16:45.117
  • God wants to deliver youfrom what you're ashamed of.
  • 00:16:45.117 --> 00:16:47.052
  • from what you're ashamed of.God wants to deliver you
  • 00:16:47.052 --> 00:16:49.588
  • God wants to deliver youfrom what you're embarrassed of.
  • 00:16:49.588 --> 00:16:50.889
  • from what you're embarrassed of.If there's an addiction
  • 00:16:50.889 --> 00:16:52.157
  • If there's an addictionor bondage in your life,
  • 00:16:52.157 --> 00:16:53.926
  • or bondage in your life,stretch for the help
  • 00:16:53.926 --> 00:16:55.194
  • stretch for the helpthat Jesus has.
  • 00:16:55.194 --> 00:16:55.661
  • that Jesus has.He's saying,
  • 00:16:55.661 --> 00:16:56.562
  • He's saying,“Stretch it out.
  • 00:16:56.562 --> 00:16:58.664
  • “Stretch it out.Make it as big as you can
  • 00:16:58.664 --> 00:17:00.632
  • Make it as big as you canmake it and it won't bother Me
  • 00:17:00.632 --> 00:17:01.300
  • make it and it won't bother Mebecause I'm Jesus
  • 00:17:01.300 --> 00:17:03.502
  • because I'm Jesusand I can deal with that issue."
  • 00:17:03.502 --> 00:17:04.369
  • and I can deal with that issue."There's no shame
  • 00:17:04.369 --> 00:17:05.704
  • There's no shamein Jesus Christ.
  • 00:17:05.704 --> 00:17:07.039
  • in Jesus Christ.There's no condemnation.
  • 00:17:07.039 --> 00:17:08.373
  • There's no condemnation.There's no backing up
  • 00:17:08.373 --> 00:17:09.842
  • There's no backing upbecause of your past.
  • 00:17:09.842 --> 00:17:11.510
  • because of your past.You hold your head up.
  • 00:17:11.510 --> 00:17:13.245
  • You hold your head up.We all have things,
  • 00:17:13.245 --> 00:17:14.446
  • We all have things,but by the blood
  • 00:17:14.446 --> 00:17:15.781
  • but by the bloodof Jesus Christ,
  • 00:17:15.781 --> 00:17:18.784
  • of Jesus Christ,we don't deserve to stand here.
  • 00:17:18.784 --> 00:17:19.885
  • we don't deserve to stand here.But I'm thankful
  • 00:17:19.885 --> 00:17:21.420
  • But I'm thankfulthat I've been stretched
  • 00:17:21.420 --> 00:17:22.721
  • that I've been stretchedby the grace of God
  • 00:17:22.721 --> 00:17:24.289
  • by the grace of Godbeyond what I deserve
  • 00:17:24.289 --> 00:17:26.058
  • beyond what I deserveto what I have received
  • 00:17:26.058 --> 00:17:27.960
  • to what I have receivedthrough the cross.
  • 00:17:27.960 --> 00:17:28.994
  • through the cross.Y'all are quiet
  • 00:17:28.994 --> 00:17:29.928
  • Y'all are quietthis morning.
  • 00:17:29.928 --> 00:17:30.829
  • this morning.Somebody's shouting
  • 00:17:30.829 --> 00:17:32.531
  • Somebody's shoutingin one of our campuses.
  • 00:17:32.531 --> 00:17:34.800
  • in one of our campuses.I guarantee.
  • 00:17:34.800 --> 00:17:36.135
  • The man with the withered hand
  • 00:17:42.941 --> 00:17:44.977
  • The man with the withered handwas not healed
  • 00:17:44.977 --> 00:17:47.279
  • was not healeduntil he stretched.
  • 00:17:47.279 --> 00:17:48.947
  • until he stretched.The boy who was dead
  • 00:17:48.947 --> 00:17:50.282
  • The boy who was deadwas not raised
  • 00:17:50.282 --> 00:17:54.386
  • was not raiseduntil the prophet stretched.
  • 00:17:54.386 --> 00:17:57.756
  • until the prophet stretched.What about this one?
  • 00:17:57.756 --> 00:18:01.093
  • What about this one?The greatest miracle
  • 00:18:01.093 --> 00:18:03.629
  • The greatest miracleof all time,
  • 00:18:03.629 --> 00:18:06.899
  • of all time,the conquering of your sin,
  • 00:18:06.899 --> 00:18:09.201
  • the conquering of your sin,the conquering of sickness,
  • 00:18:09.201 --> 00:18:11.236
  • the conquering of sickness,the conquering of demons
  • 00:18:11.236 --> 00:18:14.373
  • the conquering of demonsand devils and death,
  • 00:18:14.373 --> 00:18:15.040
  • and devils and death,the conquering
  • 00:18:15.040 --> 00:18:18.510
  • the conqueringof the grave and hell
  • 00:18:18.510 --> 00:18:21.046
  • of the grave and hellhappened when Jesus
  • 00:18:21.046 --> 00:18:25.417
  • happened when Jesusstretched His body on the cross.
  • 00:18:25.417 --> 00:18:28.587
  • stretched His body on the cross.Victory was won when Jesus
  • 00:18:28.587 --> 00:18:30.289
  • Victory was won when Jesuswas stretched out
  • 00:18:30.289 --> 00:18:32.191
  • was stretched outon that old rugged cross
  • 00:18:32.191 --> 00:18:34.193
  • on that old rugged crossbetween the nails.
  • 00:18:34.193 --> 00:18:37.362
  • between the nails.It required Jesus to stretch
  • 00:18:37.362 --> 00:18:38.497
  • It required Jesus to stretchso that your sins
  • 00:18:38.497 --> 00:18:40.199
  • so that your sinscould be conquered
  • 00:18:40.199 --> 00:18:42.167
  • could be conqueredand the grave could be forever
  • 00:18:42.167 --> 00:18:44.836
  • and the grave could be foreverrobbed of you and me.
  • 00:18:44.836 --> 00:18:46.772
  • robbed of you and me.we have eternal life
  • 00:18:46.772 --> 00:18:52.878
  • we have eternal lifebecause Jesus was stretched.
  • 00:18:52.878 --> 00:18:55.714
  • because Jesus was stretched.He had rubber band faith.
  • 00:18:55.714 --> 00:18:56.782
  • He had rubber band faith.And I want to close
  • 00:18:56.782 --> 00:18:59.184
  • And I want to closewith Exodus 17.
  • 00:18:59.184 --> 00:19:00.986
  • with Exodus 17.The Bible said that Moses
  • 00:19:00.986 --> 00:19:02.788
  • The Bible said that Moseswas on the mountain
  • 00:19:02.788 --> 00:19:03.889
  • was on the mountainand the Israelites
  • 00:19:03.889 --> 00:19:04.923
  • and the Israeliteswere fighting a battle
  • 00:19:04.923 --> 00:19:06.525
  • were fighting a battlein the valley
  • 00:19:06.525 --> 00:19:08.994
  • in the valleywith another nation.
  • 00:19:08.994 --> 00:19:12.798
  • with another nation.And as long as Moses' arms
  • 00:19:12.798 --> 00:19:15.334
  • And as long as Moses' armswere stretched out,
  • 00:19:15.334 --> 00:19:17.135
  • were stretched out,victory was won.
  • 00:19:17.135 --> 00:19:19.238
  • victory was won.But when he stopped stretching
  • 00:19:19.238 --> 00:19:19.838
  • But when he stopped stretchingand started putting
  • 00:19:19.838 --> 00:19:20.872
  • and started puttinghis arms down,
  • 00:19:20.872 --> 00:19:22.941
  • his arms down,the battle turned in the valley.
  • 00:19:22.941 --> 00:19:24.710
  • the battle turned in the valley.And two men ran up...
  • 00:19:24.710 --> 00:19:26.111
  • And two men ran up...Aaron and Hur...
  • 00:19:26.111 --> 00:19:27.012
  • Aaron and Hur...and they got up under
  • 00:19:27.012 --> 00:19:27.813
  • and they got up underand they said,
  • 00:19:27.813 --> 00:19:28.280
  • and they said,“We've got to keep
  • 00:19:28.280 --> 00:19:29.314
  • “We've got to keepyou stretching,”
  • 00:19:29.314 --> 00:19:29.948
  • you stretching,”because the miracle
  • 00:19:29.948 --> 00:19:32.284
  • because the miracleis not in the comfort zone.
  • 00:19:32.284 --> 00:19:35.254
  • is not in the comfort zone.The miracle is in the stretch.
  • 00:19:35.254 --> 00:19:36.421
  • The miracle is in the stretch.And I just hear the Lord saying
  • 00:19:36.421 --> 00:19:37.623
  • And I just hear the Lord sayingif this church
  • 00:19:37.623 --> 00:19:40.926
  • if this churchcalled Free Chapel will stretch,
  • 00:19:40.926 --> 00:19:41.627
  • called Free Chapel will stretch,they're going to do something
  • 00:19:41.627 --> 00:19:44.563
  • they're going to do somethingphenomenal in this nation
  • 00:19:44.563 --> 00:19:45.831
  • phenomenal in this nationand in this world.
  • 00:19:45.831 --> 00:19:47.866
  • and in this world.I just believe God wants us
  • 00:19:47.866 --> 00:19:49.468
  • I just believe God wants usto go to the maximum
  • 00:19:49.468 --> 00:19:50.969
  • to go to the maximumof what He's called us to be,
  • 00:19:50.969 --> 00:19:52.871
  • of what He's called us to be,not the minimum.
  • 00:19:52.871 --> 00:19:55.274
  • not the minimum.The maximum.
  • 00:19:55.274 --> 00:19:55.974
  • The maximum.I'm going to tell you
  • 00:19:55.974 --> 00:19:57.009
  • I'm going to tell youwhat's going to happen.
  • 00:19:57.009 --> 00:19:57.909
  • what's going to happen.God's going to get
  • 00:19:57.909 --> 00:19:59.578
  • God's going to getin that stretch.
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  • in that stretch.God's going to see
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  • God's going to seethat rubber band faith.
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  • that rubber band faith.and here's what
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  • and here's whatit's all about...
  • 00:20:03.015 --> 00:20:05.617
  • it's all about...souls, souls, souls, souls.
  • 00:20:05.617 --> 00:20:09.388
  • souls, souls, souls, souls.It's time for the stretch.
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  • It's time for the stretch.Let's stretch.
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  • Let's stretch.I never dreamed a country boy,
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  • I never dreamed a country boy,I never dreamed,
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  • I never dreamed,would be preaching on TV.
  • 00:20:20.432 --> 00:20:21.500
  • would be preaching on TV.I'm not boasting;
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  • And all we got to do is stretch.
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  • And all we got to do is stretch.All we've got to do is stretch.
  • 00:20:37.449 --> 00:20:38.517
  • All we've got to do is stretch.I'm tired of telling God
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  • I'm tired of telling Godall the reasons
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  • all the reasonswhy I can't do it.
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  • why I can't do it.I'm ready to stretch.
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  • I'm ready to stretch.And if you think
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  • And if you thinkwe're about to retire
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  • we're about to retireand take it easy around here,
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  • and take it easy around here,you're in the wrong church, bud.
  • 00:20:48.493 --> 00:20:50.562
  • you're in the wrong church, bud.We are ready to stretch
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  • We are ready to stretchlike never before.
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  • like never before.Everybody get up on your feet.
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  • Everybody get up on your feet.Here we go now.
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  • Here we go now.I don't want
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  • I don't wantthis half-flag praise.
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  • this half-flag praise.I don't want your little --
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  • I don't want your little --I don't want
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  • I don't wantyour little pitiful rubber band
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  • your little pitiful rubber bandat medium --
  • 00:21:04.710 --> 00:21:06.311
  • at medium --I want you to stretch
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  • I want you to stretchyour praise to the maximum
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  • your praise to the maximumfor the next 30 seconds.
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  • for the next 30 seconds.I don't want you
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  • I don't want youto be ashamed of exalting,
  • 00:21:13.185 --> 00:21:15.253
  • to be ashamed of exalting,ashamed of praising.
  • 00:21:15.253 --> 00:21:16.355
  • ashamed of praising.Get your hands as high
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  • Get your hands as highas you can get ‘em.
  • 00:21:18.123 --> 00:21:19.024
  • as you can get ‘em.Get your voice as loud
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  • Get your voice as loudas you can get it.
  • 00:21:20.826 --> 00:21:21.393
  • as you can get it.Say, “God, I need
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  • Say, “God, I needa little stretch.
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  • a little stretch.I need a little stretch
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  • I need a little stretchin my praise and in my walk
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  • in my praise and in my walkand in my faith.
  • 00:21:27.165 --> 00:21:29.434
  • and in my faith.I need a little stretch.
  • 00:21:29.434 --> 00:21:29.968
  • I need a little stretch.Gotten a little
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  • Here's the thing.
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  • Here's the thing.As you get older, Erin,
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  • As you get older, Erin,Stretching wasn't no big thing
  • 00:21:38.276 --> 00:21:39.978
  • Stretching wasn't no big thingfor me when I was your age,
  • 00:21:39.978 --> 00:21:40.712
  • for me when I was your age,when you guys --
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  • when you guys --You know, I run.
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  • You know, I run.And I never would --
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  • And I never would --I would never stretch
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  • I would never stretchbefore I ran.
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  • before I ran.That was my --
  • 00:21:45.784 --> 00:21:48.587
  • That was my --My stretching was my running.
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  • My stretching was my running.But when you get
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  • But when you geta little bit older,
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  • a little bit older,if you try that,
  • 00:21:52.557 --> 00:21:54.192
  • if you try that,your knees, your legs --
  • 00:21:54.192 --> 00:21:54.593
  • your knees, your legs --You'll be walking
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  • You'll be walkingaround like this.
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  • around like this.So what I've learned is --
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  • So what I've learned is --Listen to this.
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  • Listen to this.Feels good to stretch.
  • 00:22:05.003 --> 00:22:05.804
  • Feels good to stretch.Y'all don't hear me.
  • 00:22:05.804 --> 00:22:06.538
  • Y'all don't hear me.You've got to preach
  • 00:22:06.538 --> 00:22:07.773
  • You've got to preachwith me a little bit.
  • 00:22:07.773 --> 00:22:09.307
  • with me a little bit.It feels good
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  • It feels goodto have a new challenge.
  • 00:22:10.742 --> 00:22:13.111
  • to have a new challenge.It feels good to take a risk
  • 00:22:13.111 --> 00:22:14.780
  • It feels good to take a riskthat God's asking you
  • 00:22:14.780 --> 00:22:18.650
  • that God's asking youto trust Him with.
  • 00:22:18.650 --> 00:22:23.588
  • to trust Him with.Feels good to not be
  • 00:22:23.588 --> 00:22:25.357
  • Feels good to not beso predictable...
  • 00:22:25.357 --> 00:22:27.659
  • so predictable...same ol', same ol'.
  • 00:22:27.659 --> 00:22:31.496
  • same ol', same ol'.It's time for rubber band faith
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  • It's time for rubber band faiththat says, “God, stretch me
  • 00:22:35.033 --> 00:22:36.701
  • that says, “God, stretch meuntil I can be the maximum
  • 00:22:36.701 --> 00:22:37.836
  • until I can be the maximumof what You've called me.”
  • 00:22:37.836 --> 00:22:39.504
  • of what You've called me.”I don't want to get,
  • 00:22:39.504 --> 00:22:40.472
  • I don't want to get,die and have things
  • 00:22:40.472 --> 00:22:41.873
  • die and have thingsleft on the table.
  • 00:22:41.873 --> 00:22:43.141
  • left on the table.I want to be stretched
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  • I want to be stretchedto the end.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Hallelujah.Alright, here we go.
  • 00:22:52.184 --> 00:22:52.951
  • Alright, here we go.I'm going to --
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  • I'm going to --Every campus.
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  • Every campus.This is a stretch praise.
  • 00:22:56.254 --> 00:22:57.856
  • This is a stretch praise.I want you to be like Moses
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  • I want you to be like Mosesand I want you to go
  • 00:22:58.723 --> 00:22:59.758
  • and I want you to goto the extreme
  • 00:22:59.758 --> 00:23:01.126
  • to the extremeof whatever you can reach
  • 00:23:01.126 --> 00:23:02.160
  • of whatever you can reachand I want you to act
  • 00:23:02.160 --> 00:23:03.061
  • and I want you to actlike you're reaching up
  • 00:23:03.061 --> 00:23:04.329
  • like you're reaching upto take the hand of God
  • 00:23:04.329 --> 00:23:05.330
  • to take the hand of Godright now,
  • 00:23:05.330 --> 00:23:06.431
  • right now,in any situation
  • 00:23:06.431 --> 00:23:07.466
  • in any situationin your life that you feel
  • 00:23:07.466 --> 00:23:08.533
  • in your life that you feelstressed about.
  • 00:23:08.533 --> 00:23:10.635
  • stressed about.Just stretch in worship.
  • 00:23:10.635 --> 00:23:11.670
  • Just stretch in worship.Stretch your hands
  • 00:23:11.670 --> 00:23:13.171
  • Stretch your handstoward heaven and say,
  • 00:23:13.171 --> 00:23:14.739
  • toward heaven and say,“God, here's my problems,
  • 00:23:14.739 --> 00:23:15.774
  • “God, here's my problems,here's my tension,
  • 00:23:15.774 --> 00:23:16.708
  • here's my tension,here's my discomfort;
  • 00:23:16.708 --> 00:23:18.310
  • here's my discomfort;but I'm stretching
  • 00:23:18.310 --> 00:23:21.513
  • but I'm stretchingand I'm trusting You
  • 00:23:21.513 --> 00:23:22.914
  • and I'm trusting Youto see it through,
  • 00:23:22.914 --> 00:23:25.250
  • - I want to thank you
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  • - I want to thank youfor watching
  • 00:23:31.723 --> 00:23:33.158
  • for watchingthis telecast today.
  • 00:23:33.158 --> 00:23:34.559
  • this telecast today.We are on television
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  • We are on televisionfor one reason
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  • for one reasonand one reason only
  • 00:23:36.728 --> 00:23:38.129
  • and one reason onlyand that's to reach the world
  • 00:23:38.129 --> 00:23:39.030
  • and that's to reach the worldwith the Good News.
  • 00:23:39.030 --> 00:23:39.998
  • with the Good News.Don't we need good news
  • 00:23:39.998 --> 00:23:41.099
  • Don't we need good newsin times like these?
  • 00:23:41.099 --> 00:23:41.800
  • in times like these?Pray this prayer
  • 00:23:41.800 --> 00:23:42.868
  • Pray this prayerwith me right now.
  • 00:23:42.868 --> 00:23:44.836
  • with me right now.Say, Lord Jesus --
  • 00:23:44.836 --> 00:23:45.704
  • Say, Lord Jesus --Say those words.
  • 00:23:45.704 --> 00:23:46.805
  • Say those words.Lord Jesus,
  • 00:23:46.805 --> 00:23:48.340
  • Lord Jesus,I give you my heart.
  • 00:23:48.340 --> 00:23:49.808
  • I give you my heart.There's power in Your name
  • 00:23:49.808 --> 00:23:52.143
  • There's power in Your nameto cleanse, to forgive,
  • 00:23:52.143 --> 00:23:54.846
  • to cleanse, to forgive,to heal my brokenness.
  • 00:23:54.846 --> 00:23:56.348
  • to heal my brokenness.I'm a flawed person
  • 00:23:56.348 --> 00:23:57.949
  • I'm a flawed personand I need Your grace,
  • 00:23:57.949 --> 00:23:59.584
  • and I need Your grace,I need Your forgiveness,
  • 00:23:59.584 --> 00:24:00.652
  • I need Your forgiveness,forgive me,
  • 00:24:00.652 --> 00:24:02.320
  • forgive me,and receive You today
  • 00:24:02.320 --> 00:24:03.688
  • and receive You todayas my King, as my Lord,
  • 00:24:03.688 --> 00:24:05.123
  • as my King, as my Lord,and as my Savior.
  • 00:24:05.123 --> 00:24:07.392
  • and as my Savior.In Jesus' name, I ask.
  • 00:24:07.392 --> 00:24:08.326
  • In Jesus' name, I ask.Amen.
  • 00:24:08.326 --> 00:24:08.860
  • Amen.As you know,
  • 00:24:08.860 --> 00:24:11.563
  • As you know,the most significant election
  • 00:24:11.563 --> 00:24:12.697
  • the most significant electionin our nation's history
  • 00:24:12.697 --> 00:24:13.465
  • in our nation's historyis coming up
  • 00:24:13.465 --> 00:24:14.933
  • is coming upin just eight weeks.
  • 00:24:14.933 --> 00:24:16.234
  • in just eight weeks.And while I don't ever tell
  • 00:24:16.234 --> 00:24:17.802
  • And while I don't ever tellanyone who to vote for,
  • 00:24:17.802 --> 00:24:18.637
  • anyone who to vote for,I do believe
  • 00:24:18.637 --> 00:24:21.072
  • I do believeit is a tremendous duty
  • 00:24:21.072 --> 00:24:23.341
  • it is a tremendous dutyof every follower of Christ
  • 00:24:23.341 --> 00:24:25.443
  • of every follower of Christto do these three things.
  • 00:24:25.443 --> 00:24:27.512
  • to do these three things.Pray for nation,
  • 00:24:27.512 --> 00:24:29.281
  • Pray for nation,pray for the will of God,
  • 00:24:29.281 --> 00:24:30.148
  • pray for the will of God,and pray about
  • 00:24:30.148 --> 00:24:32.017
  • and pray aboutwho you will vote for.
  • 00:24:32.017 --> 00:24:33.485
  • who you will vote for.And thirdly, you need
  • 00:24:33.485 --> 00:24:34.886
  • And thirdly, you needto only fast and pray,
  • 00:24:34.886 --> 00:24:36.321
  • to only fast and pray,but you need to vote.
  • 00:24:36.321 --> 00:24:37.556
  • but you need to vote.And if you want to register
  • 00:24:37.556 --> 00:24:38.523
  • And if you want to registerto vote, we've made it
  • 00:24:38.523 --> 00:24:39.724
  • to vote, we've made itso easy for you.
  • 00:24:39.724 --> 00:24:40.792
  • so easy for you.All you have to do
  • 00:24:40.792 --> 00:24:42.761
  • All you have to doto register in your state
  • 00:24:42.761 --> 00:24:44.729
  • to register in your stateis you can go on our website.
  • 00:24:44.729 --> 00:24:45.897
  • is you can go on our website.Just click
  • 00:24:45.897 --> 00:24:47.032
  • Just clickthe banner right there,
  • 00:24:47.032 --> 00:24:49.234
  • the banner right there,and at the top to confirm
  • 00:24:49.234 --> 00:24:51.169
  • and at the top to confirmyour registration.
  • 00:24:51.169 --> 00:24:52.604
  • your registration.And I'll also, in closing,
  • 00:24:52.604 --> 00:24:54.372
  • to all of you
  • 00:24:55.240 --> 00:24:56.608
  • to all of youwho have been so generous
  • 00:24:56.608 --> 00:24:58.476
  • who have been so generousto give to this ministry.
  • 00:24:58.476 --> 00:25:00.278
  • to give to this ministry.Your support helps us,
  • 00:25:00.278 --> 00:25:01.379
  • Your support helps us,number one,
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  • number one,preach the Gospel
  • 00:25:02.547 --> 00:25:03.915
  • preach the Gospelto 200 nations
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  • to 200 nationsaround the globe.
  • 00:25:04.616 --> 00:25:06.017
  • around the globe.We have millions of dollars
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  • We have millions of dollarsof air time.
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  • of air time.What we do with any money
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  • What we do with any moneyleft over is we do amazing
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  • left over is we do amazingsupport for outreach projects,
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  • support for outreach projects,mission projects,
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  • mission projects,ongoing projects in nations
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  • ongoing projects in nationslike Israel to feed
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  • like Israel to feedand bring comfort
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  • and bring comfortto some of the remaining,
  • 00:25:22.500 --> 00:25:24.102
  • to some of the remaining,Holocaust survivors
  • 00:25:24.102 --> 00:25:25.003
  • Holocaust survivorsin Israel.
  • 00:25:25.003 --> 00:25:26.137
  • in Israel.You know, God said,
  • 00:25:26.137 --> 00:25:27.205
  • You know, God said,"If you bless Israel,
  • 00:25:27.205 --> 00:25:28.340
  • "If you bless Israel,I'll bless you.
  • 00:25:28.340 --> 00:25:29.608
  • I'll bless you.I'll bless your business.
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  • I'll bless your business.I'll prosper the work
  • 00:25:31.142 --> 00:25:32.043
  • I'll prosper the workof your hands."
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  • of your hands."Here's my announcer
  • 00:25:33.278 --> 00:25:34.045
  • - We are entering a critical
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  • election season
  • 00:25:37.882 --> 00:25:38.984
  • in the United States.
  • 00:25:38.984 --> 00:25:40.151
  • And times like these always
  • 00:25:40.151 --> 00:25:41.686
  • require action from the body
  • 00:25:41.686 --> 00:25:42.721
  • of Christ.
  • 00:25:42.721 --> 00:25:44.055
  • That's why we, as a ministry,
  • 00:25:44.055 --> 00:25:46.224
  • have been fasting and praying.
  • 00:25:46.224 --> 00:25:47.559
  • So this is our three-step
  • 00:25:47.559 --> 00:25:49.361
  • strategy for restoration,
  • 00:25:49.361 --> 00:25:50.562
  • renewal, and revival
  • 00:25:50.562 --> 00:25:51.596
  • in America.
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  • Pray, fast, vote.
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  • The stakes are high for America
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  • and its friends and allies
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  • around the world, too.
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  • Especially Israel.
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  • We share common values,
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  • and common civilization,
  • 00:26:03.308 --> 00:26:04.409
  • and most importantly,
  • 00:26:04.409 --> 00:26:05.744
  • we share the same God
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  • of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,
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  • survivors of Israel.
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  • bringing comfort to the nation
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  • of Israel, preach the good news,
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  • and helping those
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  • in desperate need around
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  • the globe.
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  • Call now, or visit us
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  • - 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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  • make these programs possible.
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