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The Door to the Future | Episode 8

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July 9, 2018
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Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

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The Door to the Future | Episode 8

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  • (suspenseful music)
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  • - [Announcer] Quit living as if the purpose
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  • of life is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar.
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  • Go after a dream that's destined
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  • to fail without divine intervention.
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  • Stop playing out problems, become part of the solution.
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  • Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
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  • Face your fears, fight for your dreams,
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  • grab opportunity by the mane and don't let go.
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  • Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.
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  • Blaze new trails.
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  • Live for the applause of nail scarred hands.
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  • Dare to fail, dare to be different.
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  • Quit holding out, quit holding back,
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  • quit running away, chase the lion.
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  • - The English novelist Graham Green
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  • ranked as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.
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  • His 67-year writing career produced 25 novels.
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  • His lifework was crafting storylines
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  • which adds credence to my favorite sentence of his.
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  • He said, there's always one moment in childhood
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  • when the door opens and lets the future in.
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  • What's true in fiction is true in life.
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  • There are genesis moments in every dream journey
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  • that radically change the plot line of our lives.
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  • Moments when we first hear the lion roar.
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  • It's impossible to predict when or where or how
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  • a genesis moment will occur, but once the door
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  • to the future opens, the door to the past slams shut.
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  • There's no turning back.
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  • It's a new day, a new normal.
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  • Henry Ford was a farmer and a sawmill worker,
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  • but he had the talent for inventing.
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  • When he decided to leave the family farm
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  • to pursue his dream, he encountered his life-changing
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  • light bulb moment.
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  • The past slammed shut,
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  • and the door to the future opened wide.
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  • (calm music)
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  • - By now, each of you are acquainted with the gas lamp,
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  • of course, but Thomas Edison has considered
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  • this simple device the crowning model of simplicity
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  • and achievement for the future.
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  • And yet, it's one of many. - Six potatoes.
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  • - At the Edison company today.
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  • Soon wires like these will running up and down.
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  • - I'll take the flowers, too.
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  • - This very electricity inside your home.
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  • And right now, the Edison company is looking
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  • for willing partners to join our team of inventors
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  • to help make this dream expansion a reality.
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  • In fact, these flyers right here detail your opportunities
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  • of joining the Edison company today
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  • so that together, we can make history tomorrow.
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  • Yeah, have one.
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  • - Hello, dear.
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  • - Potatoes.
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  • - How was your day?
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  • - One unlike all the rest.
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  • - I've heard that before.
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  • - That Edison man was in the street again today.
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  • - And what was he selling this time?
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  • - The chance to be a part of history.
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  • - He must really be hurting if no one is willing
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  • to join the company.
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  • - You peel, I'll cut.
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  • It'll go faster that way.
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  • I was thinking about it on the way home.
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  • I don't think it's that they're such a bad company.
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  • People are just afraid of risk, of change.
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  • - Well and rightfully so, I imagine.
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  • Not everyone can just up and join a mysterious company
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  • that talks about ludicrous magic tricks
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  • and dubious science fiction.
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  • - Not everyone, I suppose.
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  • Just those who want to be a part of making the magic happen.
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  • - I think I know where this is going.
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  • Henry, you're not serious.
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  • The sawmill is doing wonderful.
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  • And what do you even know about that line of business?
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  • - Nothing, as of yet.
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  • But I do know how to solve problems
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  • and something of that complexity
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  • is going to have its fair share of problems.
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  • - We've made our home here, Henry.
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  • This is where we're going to have children.
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  • - Claire, our children will go with us anywhere.
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  • Is this really all that you aspire to?
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  • The same thing day in and day out,
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  • stuck running a sawmill for the next 40 years?
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  • What about doing something that our children
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  • will remember us for?
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  • Something that might actually change the world?
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  • - Now you're just talking like a dreamer, Henry.
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  • - I am a dreamer, Claire.
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  • But how can our dreams come true if we don't dare
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  • to imagine it's possible?
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  • Look, I don't know if I fit their mold.
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  • But I do know that somebody has to have the courage
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  • to reach for something more.
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  • The world can be,
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  • well, electrifying.
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  • - I can't see the future, Henry.
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  • But I can see your passion for shaping it somehow.
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  • And for that, I'm with you, whatever it might look like.
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  • But what about these potatoes?
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  • - You peel, I'll cut.
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  • More efficient that way.
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  • Excuse me, sir?
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  • - Yes, can I help you?
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  • - The opportunity you spoke of, I'd love to apply.
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  • - Well excellent.
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  • You caught me just in time.
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  • But I gotta tell you, sky's the limit at the Edison company.
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  • Are you ready to make history?
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  • - I'd like to, whether I'm ready or not.
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  • - Well, that's good enough for me.
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  • What's your name, good sir?
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  • - Henry.
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  • Henry Ford.
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  • - One verse, one decision,
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  • one risk, one encounter, one idea.
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  • That's all it takes.
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  • The door to the future opened for me
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  • in a high school speech class.
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  • I gave a speech that I guess doubled as my first sermon.
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  • I'm not sure any of my classmates had a revelation,
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  • but it was a genesis moment for my storyline.
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  • I've preached 1.000 sermons since then,
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  • but that was the first one.
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  • Unbeknownst to me, my mom gave a copy of that speech
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  • to my grandma, who gave a copy to her Bible study teacher.
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  • Well that Bible study teacher, whom I'd never even met,
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  • gave it a higher mark than my speech teacher.
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  • In fact, he asked my grandma,
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  • has Mark ever thought about ministry?
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  • Well at that point in my life, the answer was no.
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  • I hadn't given ministry a single thought.
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  • But when that compliment was relayed from my grandma
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  • to my mom to me, it planted a seed in my spirit
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  • three levels down.
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  • Don't underestimate the power of one compliment.
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  • One word of encouragement has the potential
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  • to change a person's perspective on life,
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  • a person's plot line for all eternity.
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  • And don't just compliment people to their face.
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  • Brag about them behind their back.
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  • The right word at the right time can be the catalyst
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  • for someone else's dream.
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  • One of the promises in scripture that I pray most frequently
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  • is Revelation 3:7, and let me say this up front,
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  • it's a package deal.
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  • You can't just pray for open doors
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  • without accepting closed doors.
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  • After all, one usually leads to the other.
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  • And some day, I think we'll thank God for the closed doors
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  • as much as the open doors.
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  • Here's what it says.
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  • These are the words of him that is holy and true,
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  • who holds the key of David.
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  • What he opens, no one can shut,
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  • and what he shuts, no one can open.
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  • Jesus is in the business of opening impossible doors.
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  • If you follow in his footsteps,
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  • you'll go places you can't get it.
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  • You'll do things you can't do.
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  • And you'll meet people you have no business meeting.
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  • I love the iconic opening to the old television series,
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  • Get Smart.
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  • Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86, walks through a series of doors
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  • Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86, walks through a series of doors
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  • to get to the top secret control headquarters
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  • in Washington, DC.
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  • He enters through elevator doors.
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  • He walks down a corridor with swinging doors,
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  • sliding doors, and jail cell doors
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  • before finally entering a phone booth
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  • with an accordion door.
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  • By my count, Maxwell Smart walks through six doors
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  • before getting where he's going.
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  • I think that's often how God's will works in our lives.
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  • We walk through a door
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  • and we think it's the final destination.
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  • But it's actually a door that leads to a door
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  • that leads to another door.
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  • And here's some good news.
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  • God wants you to get where God wants you to go
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  • more than you wanna get where God wants you to go
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  • and he's so good at getting us there.
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  • Of course, sometimes his good pleasing and perfect will
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  • will seem like a detour.
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  • For 13 years, National Community Church
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  • met in the movie theaters at Union Station.
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  • It was a transportation hub of Washington, DC.
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  • 100.000 people passed through the station everyday.
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  • That not only put us in the middle of the marketplace,
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  • it also put as on the map.
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  • Not many churches have their own metro stop, train station,
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  • and taxi stand that drop people off at their front door.
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  • That golden opportunity started with a phone call
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  • informing me that the DC public school where we met
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  • was closing its doors because of fire code violations.
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  • My immediate reaction was fear
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  • because it put on the verge of becoming a homeless church.
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  • But I soon discovered that some of God's best pre-moves
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  • are closed doors.
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  • I would have never walked into the movie theaters
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  • at Union Station if God hadn't closed that school door.
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  • And it's no coincidence that I walked in
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  • the day after that theater chain rolled out
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  • a nationwide VIP program trying to recruit the use
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  • of their theaters during non-movie hours.
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  • It was that God rolled out the red carpet.
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  • But the reality is this.
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  • He made pre-moves a century before.
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  • After signing the lease with the movie theaters
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  • at Union Station, I picked up a history
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  • of Washington's Grand Terminal.
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  • It said, on February 28th, 1903,
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  • Teddy Roosevelt signed a bill at Congress
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  • to create at Union Station and for other purposes.
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  • That little phrase jumped off the page and into my spirit.
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  • It infused me with a sense of destiny.
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  • Nearly 100 years after that bill was passed,
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  • Union Station starting serving God's purposes
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  • through the ministry of National Community Church.
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  • Roosevelt though he was building a train station
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  • but he was also building a church,
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  • and Congress funded our capital campaign.
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  • Looking back, I laugh at the fact that I was so scared
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  • when the school closed down.
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  • I even have the journal entry where I wrote
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  • that we had been quote, backed into a corner.
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  • It felt as if we had fallen in a pit
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  • with the lion on a snowy day.
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  • I couldn't see a way out.
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  • I couldn't see a way forward.
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  • And the same thing happened 13 years later
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  • when I got a phone call informing me
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  • that the movie theaters were shutting down.
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  • At first, I was scared just as I had been
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  • when the school shut down.
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  • I even wondered if our best days were behind us.
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  • How do you relocate a congregation
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  • that had grown into the thousands?
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  • And we had one week to do it.
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  • But I did what I had done 13 years earlier.
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  • I circled that promise in Revelation 3:7.
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  • What he opens, no one can shut,
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  • and what he shuts, no one can open.
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  • I love the first half of that promise, open doors.
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  • The second half, not so much.
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  • But some of God's greatest miracles in my life
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  • have been on the other side of a closed door.
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  • It was the closed door at Union Station
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  • that lead to our future campus,
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  • a $29.000.000 castle on Capitol Hill.
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  • That closed door was the door to our future.
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  • I'm not sure where your dream is going to take you
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  • but I believe in a God who opens and closes doors.
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  • You can just pray for the open doors.
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  • Again, it's a package deal.
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  • But God will use both the open doors and the closed doors
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  • - When I was in seminary, Laura and I tried
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  • to plant a church in Chicago.
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  • We had a church name, a core group, a bank account,
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  • but we never made it to our first service.
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  • That church plant imploded,
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  • and it was our first attempt at ministry.
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  • It was embarrassing.
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  • It was disillusioning.
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  • And the compass needle was spinning.
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  • We weren't sure where to go or what to do.
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  • One day I was reading a ministry magazine
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  • and I came across an advertisement for para-church ministry
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  • in Washington, DC.
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  • I have no idea why I stopped flipping pages,
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  • but that ad caught my attention
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  • and the door to DC opened just a crack.
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  • I made a phone call which lead to a visit
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  • which lead to a 593-mile leap of faith from Chicago to DC,
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  • which has lead to the last 20 years of ministry
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  • in the nation's capital.
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  • Looking back, I think that failed attempt
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  • was the only way God was gonna get us
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  • where he wanted us to be.
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  • It was nothing short of his grace.
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  • And I'm as grateful for that closed door
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  • as I am for any of the doors he's opened in my life.
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  • It was a closed door that lead to an open door.
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  • Now there's a subplot in the storyline of David's life
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  • that I think is significant.
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  • We all know the story of David defeating Goliath,
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  • but there's an interesting ending.
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  • First Samuel 17:54 says David took the head
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  • of the philistine and brought it to Jerusalem.
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  • That's a little gruesome.
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  • Then it says, but he put the armor in his tent.
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  • Now here's the fascinating thing.
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  • We know exactly how much Goliath's armor weighed.
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  • It's one of those fun facts that scripture specifies.
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  • 125 pounds, 15 ounces.
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  • It weighed almost as much as David did.
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  • So why would David go to all of the trouble
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  • of undressing that giant?
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  • Why would he hang that armor up every time
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  • he pitched his tent?
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  • Well here's my theory.
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  • Every time David saw that armor,
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  • it was a reminder of God's faithfulness.
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  • I call them life symbols.
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  • It's a symbol from the past that gives meaning
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  • to the present and faith for the future.
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  • I can't prove it, but I wouldn't be surprised
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  • if Benaiah kept the lion skin from that fight in the pit.
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  • I wouldn't be surprised if Benaiah kept
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  • the Egyptian staff either.
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  • The key to discerning the will of God
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  • is discerning the voice of God, and not just his voice,
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  • but his heart.
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  • So here are five tests I employ
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  • when discerning the will of God, the voice of God.
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  • The first test is the goosebump test.
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  • The Celtic Christians had an intriguing name
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  • for the holy spirit.
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  • The called him (speaks in foreign language),
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  • which means the wild goose.
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  • I love the imagery and the implications.
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  • There's an element of unpredictability about who he is
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  • and what he does.
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  • And I can't think of a better description
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  • of living a spirit-lead life than a wild goose chase.
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  • That can be a little unnerving at times,
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  • but it's awfully exciting too.
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  • In fact, it'll give you goosebumps.
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  • Or more accurately, wild goosebumps.
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  • The will of God should make your heart skip a beat.
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  • It certainly has to pass that feeling
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  • through the filter of scripture,
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  • but the quickening of the holy spirit
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  • often causes what I call goosebump moments.
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  • I'm certainly not suggesting that you do only the things
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  • that get you fired up.
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  • Taking out the garbage doesn't give me goosebumps.
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  • Neither does doing the dishes,
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  • but those jobs have to get done.
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  • What I am suggesting is that when you go after
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  • a God-sized dream or a God-ordained calling,
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  • you should get goosebumps every now and then.
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  • I'm guessing Benaiah felt a surge of holy adrenaline
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  • as he chased that lion.
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  • The will of God is not drudgery.
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  • Psalm 37:4 says, delight yourself in the lord
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  • and he will give you the desires of your heart.
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  • Like a game of hot and cold,
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  • those desires will get hotter and hotter
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  • the closer you get to God's will.
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  • The second test is the peace test.
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  • The apostle Paul said let the peace of Christ
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  • rule in your hearts.
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  • Now does that mean you'll never feel scared or stressed?
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  • Well the answer is no.
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  • It simply means this.
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  • You know in your heart of hearts
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  • that it's the right thing to do.
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  • It's peace that literally passes understanding.
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  • It's not just peace in the midst of the storm.
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  • It's peace in the perfect storm.
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  • Instead of being scared out of your wits,
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  • you have a holy confidence that against all odds,
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  • God is gonna do it.
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  • The third test is the wise council test.
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  • We don't discern the will of God all by ourselves.
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  • When we try to get where God wants us to go by ourselves,
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  • we usually get lost.
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  • My advice?
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  • Surround yourself with people who have been there
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  • and done that.
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  • Surround yourself with people who bring out
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  • the best in you.
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  • Surround yourself with people who have permission
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  • to speak the truth in love.
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  • Simply put, seek wise council.
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  • This test will save you some trials
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  • and it'll get you out of some others.
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  • And because of our infinite ability to deceive ourselves,
  • 00:22:05.120 --> 00:22:09.090
  • it's important check and balance.
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  • The fourth test, I call it the crazy test.
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  • By definition a God-sized dream is always beyond our ability
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  • and beyond our resources.
  • 00:22:20.090 --> 00:22:22.130
  • In other words, we can't do it without God's help.
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  • In my experience, God ideas often seem like crazy ideas.
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  • That's how I felt when God originally gave us a vision
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  • for a coffee house in Capitol Hill.
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  • Frankly, we had no business going into
  • 00:22:37.240 --> 00:22:40.170
  • the coffee house business, but it was just crazy enough
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  • to be God.
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  • I don't know what God's will is for your life,
  • 00:22:45.260 --> 00:22:49.010
  • and you certainly need to do your homework,
  • 00:22:49.010 --> 00:22:51.260
  • but faith is the willingness to look foolish.
  • 00:22:51.260 --> 00:22:55.230
  • The fifth and final test goes by a little longer moniker.
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  • I call it the, release from and call to test.
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  • And it requires a little longer explanation.
  • 00:23:04.230 --> 00:23:08.030
  • One of my spiritual heroes died many years
  • 00:23:08.030 --> 00:23:10.220
  • before I was born.
  • 00:23:10.220 --> 00:23:12.060
  • Peter Marshall, who emigrated to America from Scotland,
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:16.060
  • served two terms as chaplain to the United States Senate,
  • 00:23:16.060 --> 00:23:20.060
  • and he was the pastor of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
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  • in Washington, DC.
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  • In 1936, Marshall was asked by the search committee
  • 00:23:25.090 --> 00:23:29.240
  • of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
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  • to become their pastor.
  • 00:23:32.100 --> 00:23:33.290
  • His response is quite revealing.
  • 00:23:33.290 --> 00:23:36.210
  • He said, I'm not yet ready for the responsibilities
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:40.110
  • and the dignities which would be mine as minister
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  • of New York Avenue Church.
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  • I'm too young, too immature, too lacking in scholarship,
  • 00:23:46.240 --> 00:23:51.020
  • experience, wisdom, and ability for such a high position.
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  • Time alone will reveal whether or not
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  • I shall ever possess these qualities of mind and heart
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  • that your pulpit demands.
  • 00:24:02.280 --> 00:24:04.270
  • But it was more than humility that kept him
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  • from accepting their offer.
  • 00:24:07.160 --> 00:24:09.240
  • He felt drawn to the opportunity,
  • 00:24:09.240 --> 00:24:12.090
  • but he had just accepted another pastorate
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  • and didn't feel released from that responsibility.
  • 00:24:14.260 --> 00:24:19.060
  • In other words, the timing wasn't right.
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  • The will of God is like a lock with two pins.
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  • The first pin is called to.
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  • The second pin is released from.
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  • When you're released from a current responsibility
  • 00:24:32.180 --> 00:24:36.140
  • but you're not sure what God is calling you to next,
  • 00:24:36.140 --> 00:24:40.160
  • it can feel like a spiritual no man's land.
  • 00:24:40.160 --> 00:24:44.210
  • That's how I felt after our failed church plant.
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  • You're not sure what to do next.
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  • Marshall found himself in the opposite situation.
  • 00:24:50.190 --> 00:24:54.210
  • He actually felt called to New York Avenue Church
  • 00:24:54.210 --> 00:24:58.020
  • but he didn't feel released from his current responsibility.
  • 00:24:58.020 --> 00:25:02.280
  • I think a lesser man might have jumped at the opportunity
  • 00:25:02.280 --> 00:25:06.220
  • but Marshall maintained his integrity by saying no
  • 00:25:06.220 --> 00:25:10.280
  • because it didn't meet the two-fold test.
  • 00:25:10.280 --> 00:25:14.040
  • It was a year later after the search committee
  • 00:25:14.040 --> 00:25:17.070
  • failed to find another applicant on par with Marshall
  • 00:25:17.070 --> 00:25:21.120
  • that they extended the offer once again.
  • 00:25:21.120 --> 00:25:24.170
  • Peter Marshall still felt called to and by then,
  • 00:25:24.170 --> 00:25:28.210
  • he felt released from.
  • 00:25:28.210 --> 00:25:30.270
  • So he accepted their offer and the rest is history.
  • 00:25:30.270 --> 00:25:34.240
  • Let me add one final footnote.
  • 00:25:34.240 --> 00:25:37.070
  • At the end of the day, we've gotta give God
  • 00:25:37.070 --> 00:25:40.060
  • the first word and the last word.
  • 00:25:40.060 --> 00:25:42.270
  • It's not easy discerning the will of God,
  • 00:25:42.270 --> 00:25:45.200
  • especially when it entails chasing a 500 pound lion,
  • 00:25:45.200 --> 00:25:49.270
  • but the holy spirit has veto power.
  • 00:25:49.270 --> 00:25:52.260
  • If he gives you a red light via check in your spirit,
  • 00:25:52.260 --> 00:25:56.120
  • you need to stop.
  • 00:25:56.120 --> 00:25:57.280
  • If he gives you a green light, no matter how scary it seems,
  • 00:25:57.280 --> 00:26:02.090
  • you need to go.
  • 00:26:02.090 --> 00:26:03.210
  • And it's not ready set go, it's go set ready.
  • 00:26:03.210 --> 00:26:08.030
  • You'll never be ready.
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  • You'll never be set.
  • 00:26:09.170 --> 00:26:11.010
  • But if God gives you a green light, it's go time.
  • 00:26:11.010 --> 00:26:15.220
  • Chase the Lion is more than a book, more than a series.
  • 00:26:15.220 --> 00:26:20.050
  • It's a call to action.
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  • Here's the good news.
  • 00:26:21.240 --> 00:26:23.080
  • You're one decision away from a totally different life.
  • 00:26:23.080 --> 00:26:26.150
  • Quit running away from what you're afraid of
  • 00:26:26.150 --> 00:26:28.230
  • and run to the roar.
  • 00:26:28.230 --> 00:26:30.170
  • - [Announcer] Far too often, we doubt our dreams
  • 00:26:33.040 --> 00:26:35.050
  • and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand
  • 00:26:38.010 --> 00:26:39.140
  • why life's greatest fulfillment comes from living
  • 00:26:39.140 --> 00:26:42.060
  • in your divine purpose.
  • 00:26:42.060 --> 00:26:44.040
  • And you'll discover what happens when you fearlessly
  • 00:26:44.040 --> 00:26:46.150
  • chase after your God-sized dream.
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  • With grit and gusto, New York Times bestselling author
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  • Mark Batterson delivers a bold message to everyone
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  • with a big dream.
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