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July 24, 2017
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Living by Faith with Mike & DeeDee Freeman

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  • We're talking about Heaven on Earth.
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  • That's why you got so many Christians
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  • that are living defeated lives
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  • because they are still choosing the lower system
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  • as they are born again in the higher system.
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  • Your spirit has been renewed,
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  • but your soul has not accepted the way of God.
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  • Today, on Living by Faith...
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  • come on, where is it?
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  • Luke, Chapter Number 12, Verse 32.
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  • Watch this.
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  • Don't fear, little flock, for...
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  • Ooh Jesus.
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  • God, but what you fail to realize,
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  • He's giving you the kingdom
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  • to cover everything in your life.
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  • Now, what you gotta understand here is that
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  • we're not referring to Heaven.
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  • Too many have looked at this particular scripture
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  • as it being Heaven.
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  • Right here it is referring to the kingdom of God.
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  • There's the kingdom of God
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  • and there's the kingdom of Heaven.
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  • And you gotta a whole lot of people who are going to Heaven
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  • but have never entered the kingdom of God.
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  • The scripture says, "Because narrow is the gate
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  • "and difficult is the way which leads to life."
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  • And go on.
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  • "There are few who find it."
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  • We're not talking about eternal life.
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  • We're talking about Heaven on Earth.
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  • That's why you got so many Christians
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  • that are living defeated lives
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  • because they are still choosing the lower system
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  • as they are born again in the higher system.
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  • Your spirit has been renewed,
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  • but your soul has not accepted the way of God.
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  • Now, let's look at something here.
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  • Go to John, Chapter 14.
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  • We we're gonna work this Word here a bit
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  • so we can understand what we're dealing with,
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  • get our lives changed.
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  • 'Cause I'm not gonna be the only one in here that's free.
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  • (congregation cheers)
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  • I saw one partner on Facebook that says,
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  • "Man, this is the look that you have
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  • "when you pay your bricks off."
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  • You know what your bricks are, don't you?
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "That's your crib."
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  • Huddle your neighbor and say, "Better known as my house."
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  • And paid his bricks off
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  • before his kids were sent off to college.
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  • This system that God has put in place,
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  • oh man, no pun intended,
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  • trumps the system that a lot of believers,
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  • people who are saved, are still living by.
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  • 'Cause you feel it's all right
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  • to be married and have a chick on the side.
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  • Jesus.
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  • And the Bible says, "Few take this narrow way,
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  • "but their lives end up in destruction."
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  • Did I say Verse Number 6? (coughs)
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  • We can all conclude, oh Jesus.
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  • Lord, can I say that?
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say,
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  • "Everything that comes in your mind
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  • "you don't have the permission to speak."
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  • - [Congregation] Everything that comes in your mind
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  • you don't have the permission to speak.
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  • - What you just saw, the Spirit of God just showed me that,
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  • what you just saw was a demonstration of that kingdom.
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  • 'Cause I don't have the permission to just run my mouth
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  • being a part of another system.
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  • Oh, y'all just missed that.
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  • Let the words of my mouth
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  • and the meditation of my heart be acceptable.
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  • See, I just can't haul off
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  • and talk about what I wanna talk about, even as a pastor,
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  • because this system governs my life,
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  • my pocket, my bank account, my words,
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  • my feet, my hands, my eyes.
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  • I can't look at stuff
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  • that some of you are comfortable with looking at
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  • because I walk by another system.
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  • But then yet, you turn and say,
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  • "How does he have the life that he has?"
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  • Can I just tell you something deep?
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  • Keep going in the same direction,
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  • you're gonna end up in the way you're going.
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  • Now, what you gotta discover,
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  • am I in the right direction here?
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  • Okay, all right.
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  • Jesus said, for me, a pat description.
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  • Come on, talk to me.
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  • - [Congregation] I am the way, the truth, and the life.
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  • - I'm the way.
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  • I'm the way.
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  • And ladies and gentlemen,
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  • it shouldn't take you long to understand
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  • that Jesus is the high way.
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  • He says, "I'm the way, I'm the truth, and I'm the life."
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  • Watch this.
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  • "No one comes to the Father."
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  • "Oh, I know all that."
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  • I'm not talking about salvation.
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  • That's how I can see Heaven on Earth
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  • and the Father being with me
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  • because I'm taking Jesus's way throughout my life.
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  • I didn't just take His way
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  • relative to salvation and eternal life.
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  • I'm taking His way relative to the kingdom of God
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  • and having Heaven here in Earth.
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  • Proverbs 14, Verse 12.
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  • Okay.
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  • Here's where the confusion comes in,
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  • because the way I'm taking,
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  • it seems right.
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  • How many of you all know it seems right
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  • if somebody shoots you the bird in traffic?
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  • Just based upon how it seems.
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  • Okay, maybe that's not a good one.
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  • They cuss you out.
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  • Okay, they may not be a good one.
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  • Okay.
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  • They spit in your face.
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  • That's the one.
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  • That's the one right there.
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  • Turn to your neighbor and say, "That's the one.
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  • (congregation chattering)
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  • Come on, talk back to me.
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  • How of y'all are gonna end up blessing them?
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  • (congregation chattering)
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  • "Yeah, I'm gonna lay hands on them.
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  • "I'm gonna bless 'em in the name of Jesus.
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  • "I guarantee one thing.
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  • "They won't spit on anybody else."
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  • Look at your neighbor and say, "I must not be that saved.
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  • "That thing bothered me."
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • There's some things in life that seems right.
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  • You don't have to go to church.
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  • I cannot tell you
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  • about the alarming amount of so called
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  • spirit-filled, tongue talking, confessing Christians
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  • that's literally drawing up Christendom on their own terms.
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  • You're saved based upon the way you think is acceptable.
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  • "I ain't gotta do all that.
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  • "Although it's written, I ain't doing that.
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  • "That's for them."
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  • Anybody (mumbles) "I ain't got to go to church."
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  • But when Jesus went, "I wanna be like Him."
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  • Oh boy, it got quiet in this Presbyterian church.
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  • He says, "There's a way that seems right to a man,
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  • "but the end," is what?
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  • - [Congregation] Death.
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  • - Still going to Heaven,
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  • because you received the free gift.
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  • This way is not talking about Heaven going once it's over.
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  • It's talking about getting Heaven on this side of death.
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  • Now, let's go to Luke, Chapter Number 17.
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  • Now, what you are doing right now,
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  • and I thank God this is not one of those
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  • emotional driven ministries or music driven ministries,
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  • because I promise you,
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  • some people are being lured to ministries
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  • based upon their music.
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  • And the worst part about 'em
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  • is that the leaders of these particular ministries
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  • as it relates to the music department
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  • don't even take this way.
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  • But then, they get mad at me
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  • because I won't let anybody who's not,
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  • I mean, if it's known, if it's known that...
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  • How many of y'all would keep coming in here listening to me
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  • if you knew I had another chick on the side?
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  • Some of you would, because you do, and that would be cool.
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • So it would be okay for me to have a chick on the side
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  • because you've got one.
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  • And then he can't talk about it, so.
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  • One pastor stood up,
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  • had all his men to stand around him and said,
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  • "I can't control my flesh,
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  • "and I want you all to pray for me."
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  • Rev, why are we praying for you?
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  • You ought to sit your butt down, too.
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  • (congregation applauds)
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  • See, I don't care how progressive our society becomes
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  • as things don't seem to be as critical and as serious
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  • as they used to be.
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  • A lot of things have changed.
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  • You whatever.
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  • And I ain't trying to become legalist to gain any respect,
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  • but you can't change the system of God
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  • to fit what you want to participate in.
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  • (congregation applauds)
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  • So now, Verse 20 says,
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  • "When He was asked by the Pharisees
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  • "when this kingdom of God would come..."
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  • "When is this thing coming?"
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  • "He answered them and said, 'The kingdom of God,'"
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  • this system, "'does not come with observation.'"
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  • In other words, you're not gonna see
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  • this system set upon Earth where it comes down,
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  • "This is the kingdom of God."
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  • Jesus went on to say, watch this,
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  • "Nor will they say, 'Oh, that's it.
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  • "'Oh, see there?'
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  • "For indeed, the kingdom is within you."
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  • This system now has been established in you.
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  • How?
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  • By the renewing of your mind to God's way of doing things.
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  • And that's you may have two believers
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  • sitting in the same place.
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  • One is excelling and one is just barely making it in life.
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  • You don't even see the difference.
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  • Both of them are holding their Bibles.
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  • But when one leaves here, they decide,
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  • "I'm gonna make my way God's way,"
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  • and one is thinking,
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  • "I'm gonna make God's way come down to my way."
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  • Okay, let's go a little further here.
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  • Go to Luke now,
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  • Chapter 12.
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  • Minister Chloe told me, that's right, I call her her name,
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • she told me, she said,
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  • "Now, last week at eight o'clock, you did decent."
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • I said, "No, I did pretty decent."
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  • She said, "You did decent."
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  • She said, "But at that 11 o'clock, you were just trifling."
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  • (congregation laughs)
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  • Oh, no, 10 o'clock.
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  • She said, "That 10 o'clock, you were just trifling."
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  • I said, "But you gotta give me
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  • "some time to turn this thing around,
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  • "'cause see, I've been doing it this way for so long."
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  • Oh, y'all missed that.
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  • Y'all just missed that.
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  • I'm trying to help you.
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  • And nobody is gonna penalize you, Mike, Coach,
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  • for it's taking you long.
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  • I just need to know you're turning.
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  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
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  • We ain't judging you on what you are.
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  • I just need to know you've got a hold enough you might say,
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  • "Wait a minute, Pat, okay.
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  • "I'm trying, okay.
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  • "I'm getting it."
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  • You understand?
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  • "I'm not where I wanna be."
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  • Come on!
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  • "But I'm not where," oh.
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  • Would you come on and shout, because His mercy,
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  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:15:32.030 --> 00:15:35.130
  • that's why nobody being put down.
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:40.080
  • 'Cause I heard the Word.
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:46.000
  • And I may not make an about face.
  • 00:15:47.040 --> 00:15:49.240
  • Like when I was smoking weed and freebasing,
  • 00:15:50.280 --> 00:15:54.260
  • they'd call me the Doctor.
  • 00:15:54.260 --> 00:15:56.040
  • I'd buy me some powder, go home,
  • 00:15:56.040 --> 00:15:57.260
  • cook it up in my own kitchen.
  • 00:15:57.260 --> 00:16:00.200
  • I was shacking then, so I wasn't in Bishop's house.
  • 00:16:00.200 --> 00:16:05.040
  • It was a chick house that let me stay with her.
  • 00:16:05.040 --> 00:16:07.200
  • I didn't even intend to stay with her.
  • 00:16:07.200 --> 00:16:10.050
  • I just kept coming over.
  • 00:16:10.050 --> 00:16:11.130
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:16:11.130 --> 00:16:14.180
  • Then I would leave a pair of slacks.
  • 00:16:17.040 --> 00:16:20.290
  • Then I'd leave a shirt and some drawers.
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:24.090
  • Come on.
  • 00:16:25.110 --> 00:16:26.100
  • Turn to your neighbor and say,
  • 00:16:26.100 --> 00:16:27.170
  • "You're in trouble when you leave drawers."
  • 00:16:27.170 --> 00:16:28.120
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:16:28.120 --> 00:16:31.090
  • And before I realized it, all my clothes was at her house.
  • 00:16:33.200 --> 00:16:37.250
  • Huddle your neighbor and say, "That was a long time ago."
  • 00:16:40.030 --> 00:16:42.020
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:16:42.020 --> 00:16:43.100
  • Look at the neighbor on the other side and say,
  • 00:16:43.100 --> 00:16:44.160
  • "Dr. DeeDee already know about it."
  • 00:16:44.160 --> 00:16:45.250
  • (congregation chattering)
  • 00:16:45.250 --> 00:16:49.200
  • I would go into that chick's house,
  • 00:16:49.200 --> 00:16:52.020
  • and I was freebasing, smoking weed, whatever,
  • 00:16:52.020 --> 00:16:55.240
  • lacing my weed with some cocaine.
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:58.260
  • Your standard, "Oh, man." (snorts)
  • 00:16:58.260 --> 00:17:01.190
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:17:01.190 --> 00:17:04.240
  • Up in here.
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:13.100
  • And I said, "Jesus, be Lord of my life."
  • 00:17:13.100 --> 00:17:17.040
  • I remember that day.
  • 00:17:17.040 --> 00:17:19.110
  • And if that was a Tuesday,
  • 00:17:19.110 --> 00:17:22.030
  • all of that smoking, cigarettes, drinking, beer, weed,
  • 00:17:22.030 --> 00:17:26.130
  • everything that I was doing Tuesday was over Wednesday.
  • 00:17:26.130 --> 00:17:30.000
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:17:30.000 --> 00:17:33.050
  • Now, some of your turnarounds are gonna be like that.
  • 00:17:33.050 --> 00:17:37.190
  • Shout, "I'll take that suddenly."
  • 00:17:37.190 --> 00:17:39.110
  • - [Congregation] I'll take suddenly.
  • 00:17:39.110 --> 00:17:40.190
  • Come on, shout it like you mean it.
  • 00:17:40.190 --> 00:17:42.180
  • I'll take that suddenly!
  • 00:17:42.180 --> 00:17:45.030
  • But some of your turnarounds
  • 00:17:45.030 --> 00:17:47.180
  • are gonna be as you go and as you stick with it.
  • 00:17:47.180 --> 00:17:52.010
  • "Pastor, I ain't smoked weed since last week."
  • 00:17:52.010 --> 00:17:55.190
  • "When have you been smoking?"
  • 00:17:55.190 --> 00:17:56.170
  • "I used to smoke every day."
  • 00:17:56.170 --> 00:17:57.240
  • "You got a week under your belt without?
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:17:59.270
  • "My man!"
  • 00:17:59.270 --> 00:18:00.240
  • (congregation cheers)
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:03.290
  • A cat who ain't smoked weed in a week
  • 00:18:06.290 --> 00:18:09.290
  • who smoked weed every day.
  • 00:18:09.290 --> 00:18:12.090
  • Come on.
  • 00:18:12.090 --> 00:18:13.070
  • Turn to your neighbor and say,
  • 00:18:13.070 --> 00:18:14.050
  • "That's what I'm talking about."
  • 00:18:14.050 --> 00:18:16.190
  • But keep turning.
  • 00:18:20.030 --> 00:18:21.160
  • Dear, do not fear, little buddy,
  • 00:18:25.110 --> 00:18:28.010
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:18:30.030 --> 00:18:32.270
  • for it's your Father's good pleasure to give you His system.
  • 00:18:32.270 --> 00:18:37.020
  • Come on.
  • 00:18:41.240 --> 00:18:42.190
  • You've said it.
  • 00:18:42.190 --> 00:18:43.170
  • "I'm gonna quit in a minute."
  • 00:18:43.170 --> 00:18:45.270
  • You know what I know about this?
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:50.200
  • And this is no disrespect
  • 00:18:50.200 --> 00:18:52.040
  • to all of you wonderful musicians and all that.
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:56.010
  • I could come in here and do just what I'm doing.
  • 00:18:58.020 --> 00:19:01.130
  • I don't even need no doggone music.
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:04.030
  • You put so much emphasis on music
  • 00:19:04.030 --> 00:19:06.250
  • and you're not getting the Word,
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:08.120
  • and a lot of the music ain't even filled with the Word.
  • 00:19:08.120 --> 00:19:12.170
  • I wouldn't give a care if we just assembled in here
  • 00:19:16.050 --> 00:19:19.210
  • and just cracked that Bible open, get this Word,
  • 00:19:19.210 --> 00:19:23.280
  • play some music when I get in the car.
  • 00:19:23.280 --> 00:19:26.130
  • Give me the Word!
  • 00:19:26.130 --> 00:19:28.100
  • Feed me!
  • 00:19:28.100 --> 00:19:29.050
  • I said, "Feed me!"
  • 00:19:30.260 --> 00:19:32.110
  • My soul yearns for another system.
  • 00:19:35.120 --> 00:19:38.070
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:43.110
  • You see them boys when they be getting their bowl, Zeke?
  • 00:19:43.110 --> 00:19:48.100
  • You know Cowboy is my team.
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:50.120
  • (congregation cheers)
  • 00:19:50.120 --> 00:19:51.270
  • Don't hate.
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:52.240
  • That Zeke get that bowl after he run about 15 yards.
  • 00:20:02.100 --> 00:20:06.110
  • He get up and say, "Feed me."
  • 00:20:06.110 --> 00:20:08.230
  • Just says, "Give me the bowl."
  • 00:20:09.230 --> 00:20:11.170
  • See, when we come into this place,
  • 00:20:11.170 --> 00:20:14.060
  • all y'all should be, "Man, man, give me the Word."
  • 00:20:14.060 --> 00:20:18.110
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:20:20.080 --> 00:20:21.170
  • Shout, "We want the Word!"
  • 00:20:21.170 --> 00:20:23.120
  • - [Congregation] We want the Word!
  • 00:20:23.120 --> 00:20:26.070
  • - I'm gonna quit after I say that.
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:33.230
  • Let me give you one more scripture.
  • 00:20:33.230 --> 00:20:35.020
  • Then I'm gonna quit after I say that.
  • 00:20:35.020 --> 00:20:36.190
  • (congregation cheers)
  • 00:20:36.190 --> 00:20:38.040
  • John 18.
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:39.110
  • Look at Verse 36.
  • 00:20:39.110 --> 00:20:40.080
  • There it is.
  • 00:20:40.080 --> 00:20:41.080
  • "My kingdom is not of this world."
  • 00:20:42.290 --> 00:20:45.240
  • You're trying to get along here.
  • 00:20:49.210 --> 00:20:52.240
  • You're in this world, but He said, watch this,
  • 00:20:52.240 --> 00:20:56.190
  • "If my kingdom was of this world,
  • 00:20:58.220 --> 00:21:01.100
  • "then we would've been fighting.
  • 00:21:01.100 --> 00:21:03.100
  • "My servants would fight."
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:05.150
  • We don't do like this system does.
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:09.200
  • Dr. DeeDee has been away this week fulfilling
  • 00:21:13.240 --> 00:21:17.160
  • a part of her doctoral requirement in leadership strategy.
  • 00:21:19.180 --> 00:21:23.230
  • And I'm so very proud of my wife.
  • 00:21:25.150 --> 00:21:27.270
  • (congregation applauds)
  • 00:21:27.270 --> 00:21:29.260
  • I test her.
  • 00:21:29.260 --> 00:21:30.240
  • This girl hadn't been nearly as smart as she is today
  • 00:21:34.050 --> 00:21:38.090
  • throughout our relationship.
  • 00:21:38.090 --> 00:21:40.000
  • And some of you say, "Was that shade?"
  • 00:21:40.000 --> 00:21:43.150
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:21:43.150 --> 00:21:46.200
  • But I robbed her of fulfilling this desire
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:53.090
  • when she was supposed to continue her studies.
  • 00:21:53.090 --> 00:21:57.040
  • I robbed her.
  • 00:22:00.110 --> 00:22:01.060
  • I came along.
  • 00:22:01.060 --> 00:22:02.080
  • You understand.
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:03.110
  • You can see.
  • 00:22:03.110 --> 00:22:04.080
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:22:04.080 --> 00:22:06.200
  • I ain't gotta explain much of that.
  • 00:22:06.200 --> 00:22:09.170
  • And that girl should've finished school.
  • 00:22:11.240 --> 00:22:14.030
  • She dropped out of school 'cause she married me.
  • 00:22:14.030 --> 00:22:18.030
  • Some of you singles, you so bent on getting married
  • 00:22:19.160 --> 00:22:23.180
  • you letting men, and women,
  • 00:22:23.180 --> 00:22:25.250
  • interrupt some dreams and desires that you have.
  • 00:22:27.070 --> 00:22:29.250
  • You're not even putting pressure
  • 00:22:29.250 --> 00:22:31.260
  • on cats that you are interested in
  • 00:22:31.260 --> 00:22:35.020
  • by investing in who you are.
  • 00:22:35.020 --> 00:22:38.010
  • What would make anybody want you other than you look good?
  • 00:22:38.010 --> 00:22:42.040
  • And these are the years that you should be developing you.
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:51.150
  • And don't let anybody rob you.
  • 00:22:51.150 --> 00:22:53.280
  • "Oh, I can get that later."
  • 00:22:53.280 --> 00:22:55.130
  • Like I was telling Brittney, Brittney finished school,
  • 00:22:55.130 --> 00:22:58.080
  • I told her about Kevin.
  • 00:22:58.080 --> 00:22:59.220
  • She said, "Dad, we can go to school together."
  • 00:22:59.220 --> 00:23:02.190
  • Now, she's looking at finishing school.
  • 00:23:02.190 --> 00:23:05.260
  • I say, "You let him rob you of that time.
  • 00:23:05.260 --> 00:23:07.290
  • "You can go back, and anybody can go back."
  • 00:23:07.290 --> 00:23:10.020
  • Dr. DeeDee went back.
  • 00:23:10.020 --> 00:23:11.100
  • How old are you, half a hundred?
  • 00:23:11.100 --> 00:23:12.240
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:23:12.240 --> 00:23:15.290
  • That girl is sitting in a classroom.
  • 00:23:18.110 --> 00:23:20.030
  • Well, I was pitiful all week,
  • 00:23:20.030 --> 00:23:21.250
  • but I discovered that very early in this week
  • 00:23:21.250 --> 00:23:24.110
  • that I can't keep being pitiful like this
  • 00:23:24.110 --> 00:23:26.240
  • or man, if she check out or something
  • 00:23:26.240 --> 00:23:28.180
  • or do something before I do,
  • 00:23:28.180 --> 00:23:31.180
  • because our agreement is that she's gonna die first,
  • 00:23:31.180 --> 00:23:34.160
  • and it is our agreement.
  • 00:23:34.160 --> 00:23:35.240
  • That's what she brought back to my attention
  • 00:23:35.240 --> 00:23:37.100
  • when I was in ICU.
  • 00:23:37.100 --> 00:23:38.160
  • "You said I was gonna die first.
  • 00:23:38.160 --> 00:23:40.180
  • "Now don't you die on me."
  • 00:23:40.180 --> 00:23:42.230
  • That's renewed in the spirit of your mind.
  • 00:23:44.140 --> 00:23:47.290
  • And so around Tuesday, I got myself together.
  • 00:23:49.050 --> 00:23:51.240
  • And I said, "Man, I gotta get up and move."
  • 00:23:51.240 --> 00:23:55.210
  • Her bedside is untouched.
  • 00:23:55.210 --> 00:23:57.150
  • I just refuse to touch her side of the bed.
  • 00:23:57.150 --> 00:24:01.080
  • It was just crazy, man.
  • 00:24:01.080 --> 00:24:03.100
  • And I said, "I gotta get myself..."
  • 00:24:03.100 --> 00:24:05.030
  • There ain't no sunshine with DeeDee gone.
  • 00:24:05.030 --> 00:24:06.260
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:24:06.260 --> 00:24:08.100
  • And I had to fix that, 'cause you can be pitiful.
  • 00:24:08.100 --> 00:24:12.180
  • And pity kills people.
  • 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:14.130
  • Like that girl Fischer.
  • 00:24:16.010 --> 00:24:17.150
  • That girl died, and then her mama died the next day,
  • 00:24:17.150 --> 00:24:20.120
  • but she was saying, "If this girl die, I'm going with her."
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:23.240
  • You're not gonna be pitiful.
  • 00:24:23.240 --> 00:24:25.110
  • I come against the spirit of grief and sorrow
  • 00:24:25.110 --> 00:24:29.140
  • that's in your life.
  • 00:24:29.140 --> 00:24:31.110
  • But I was being trained to miss her on that level.
  • 00:24:31.110 --> 00:24:34.240
  • And I said, "I gotta do something."
  • 00:24:34.240 --> 00:24:36.110
  • Now, Kevin and Tim probably aren't here,
  • 00:24:36.110 --> 00:24:39.190
  • but that Tim, he called me practically every day.
  • 00:24:39.190 --> 00:24:43.120
  • Every day, maybe two or three times a day.
  • 00:24:43.120 --> 00:24:45.090
  • "Dad, you all right?
  • 00:24:45.090 --> 00:24:46.040
  • "You need something?"
  • 00:24:46.040 --> 00:24:47.170
  • "No, Tim, I'm all right.
  • 00:24:47.170 --> 00:24:49.230
  • "Thank you so much."
  • 00:24:49.230 --> 00:24:50.280
  • Or I'd tell him, "Yeah, come and do this,"
  • 00:24:50.280 --> 00:24:52.110
  • and he would come.
  • 00:24:52.110 --> 00:24:54.030
  • That Kevin
  • 00:24:54.030 --> 00:24:55.210
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:24:55.210 --> 00:24:59.170
  • ain't called one time.
  • 00:24:59.170 --> 00:25:01.040
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:25:01.040 --> 00:25:03.030
  • So on Thursday, Brittney called and she said,
  • 00:25:03.030 --> 00:25:06.180
  • "Dad, why don't you just come and hang out with us?
  • 00:25:06.180 --> 00:25:08.250
  • "We going out."
  • 00:25:08.250 --> 00:25:10.190
  • "Where are you going?"
  • 00:25:10.190 --> 00:25:11.180
  • "We're going to the mall."
  • 00:25:11.180 --> 00:25:13.130
  • And I'm not thinking.
  • 00:25:13.130 --> 00:25:14.190
  • "Okay, I'll hang out with you."
  • 00:25:14.190 --> 00:25:17.060
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:25:18.120 --> 00:25:21.170
  • I'm in front of the mall and I'm waiting.
  • 00:25:23.260 --> 00:25:25.140
  • They said, "Well, we're gonna go to Eddie V's first,
  • 00:25:25.140 --> 00:25:28.190
  • "and then we're gonna go shopping."
  • 00:25:28.190 --> 00:25:30.140
  • So we get to Eddie V's.
  • 00:25:30.140 --> 00:25:32.010
  • Everybody ordering all this food and that kind of stuff.
  • 00:25:32.010 --> 00:25:33.280
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:25:33.280 --> 00:25:35.110
  • And I promise you,
  • 00:25:35.110 --> 00:25:36.190
  • them kids didn't even have alligator arms.
  • 00:25:36.190 --> 00:25:39.050
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:25:39.050 --> 00:25:40.100
  • Their arms didn't even go up.
  • 00:25:40.100 --> 00:25:42.240
  • It wasn't like they was trying to get the bill.
  • 00:25:42.240 --> 00:25:46.170
  • They didn't even try to get the bill.
  • 00:25:46.170 --> 00:25:48.160
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:25:48.160 --> 00:25:52.030
  • How do you not try?
  • 00:25:52.030 --> 00:25:53.200
  • The people bring the bill.
  • 00:26:01.020 --> 00:26:02.050
  • They pointed over to me.
  • 00:26:02.050 --> 00:26:03.060
  • I took it.
  • 00:26:03.060 --> 00:26:04.010
  • I pay.
  • 00:26:04.010 --> 00:26:04.290
  • I say, "Y'all could've tried."
  • 00:26:04.290 --> 00:26:06.040
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:26:06.040 --> 00:26:08.020
  • Then we go to the mall, and man, we're shopping, boy.
  • 00:26:08.020 --> 00:26:09.280
  • We're shopping everywhere I went.
  • 00:26:09.280 --> 00:26:11.050
  • Even little Coda, my little twin,
  • 00:26:11.050 --> 00:26:13.050
  • she saw a Tory something bag.
  • 00:26:13.050 --> 00:26:14.290
  • Went to Tory Burch.
  • 00:26:14.290 --> 00:26:16.260
  • She talked to her.
  • 00:26:16.260 --> 00:26:18.030
  • Coda, five years old, she's not even five,
  • 00:26:18.030 --> 00:26:20.120
  • "Oh, G," she already know.
  • 00:26:20.120 --> 00:26:22.160
  • She already know.
  • 00:26:22.160 --> 00:26:23.290
  • "G will get me whatever I want."
  • 00:26:25.130 --> 00:26:27.280
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:26:27.280 --> 00:26:28.260
  • That's what Coda know.
  • 00:26:28.260 --> 00:26:29.260
  • Coda say, "Give me that."
  • 00:26:29.260 --> 00:26:32.060
  • And I asked if she wanted
  • 00:26:32.060 --> 00:26:33.140
  • an MCM backpack or you want this Tory.
  • 00:26:33.140 --> 00:26:36.050
  • And the thing about that Tory Burch bag,
  • 00:26:36.050 --> 00:26:38.210
  • it had a lot of glitter on it.
  • 00:26:38.210 --> 00:26:41.040
  • Coda like that flashy stuff.
  • 00:26:42.180 --> 00:26:45.090
  • "Give me that gold one."
  • 00:26:45.090 --> 00:26:46.250
  • That girl went to bed with that bag on.
  • 00:26:46.250 --> 00:26:48.160
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:26:48.160 --> 00:26:51.160
  • So after I get that bag, Demi looking at me.
  • 00:26:51.160 --> 00:26:53.250
  • "You know we're twins."
  • 00:26:53.250 --> 00:26:54.240
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:26:54.240 --> 00:26:57.290
  • Man, we went in the Louis Vuitton store.
  • 00:27:01.050 --> 00:27:03.200
  • Brelyn say, "Dad, get this.
  • 00:27:03.200 --> 00:27:05.030
  • "Brittney, get that.
  • 00:27:05.030 --> 00:27:06.070
  • "Kevin, get that.
  • 00:27:06.070 --> 00:27:08.130
  • "Tim."
  • 00:27:08.130 --> 00:27:09.200
  • We went and bought some new eyeglasses.
  • 00:27:09.200 --> 00:27:11.120
  • I needed new glasses.
  • 00:27:11.120 --> 00:27:13.050
  • And Tim come out of the store.
  • 00:27:13.050 --> 00:27:14.130
  • "Thank you, Dad."
  • 00:27:14.130 --> 00:27:15.120
  • I said, "For what?"
  • 00:27:15.120 --> 00:27:16.190
  • He said, "Them glasses you just bought for me."
  • 00:27:16.190 --> 00:27:17.290
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:27:17.290 --> 00:27:20.190
  • And I'm walking around, and this scripture comes up.
  • 00:27:20.190 --> 00:27:25.030
  • It is
  • 00:27:25.030 --> 00:27:25.280
  • God's pleasure to give unto,
  • 00:27:28.030 --> 00:27:30.130
  • come on, where is it?
  • 00:27:35.180 --> 00:27:37.100
  • Luke, Chapter Number 12, Verse 32.
  • 00:27:37.100 --> 00:27:40.160
  • Watch this.
  • 00:27:40.160 --> 00:27:41.140
  • Don't fear, little flock, for...
  • 00:27:41.140 --> 00:27:43.020
  • Ooh Jesus.
  • 00:27:43.020 --> 00:27:44.090
  • God, but what you fail to realize,
  • 00:27:44.090 --> 00:27:47.030
  • He's giving you the kingdom
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