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The Blessed Life: It's All About the Heart

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September 17, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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The Blessed Life: It's All About the Heart

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  • Why did God invent giving?
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  • Because man didn't invent it.
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  • God did. Why? Stay tuned.
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  • God did not create giving for His sake.
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  • He created giving for your sake.
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  • Giving, more than any other activity that a believer does,
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  • works selfishness and greed out of our lives.
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  • ROBERT: Alright.
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  • We're beginning a new series called "The Blessed Life."
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  • And I want you to understand that this is my life message
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  • because it's been in my heart for years.
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  • It's been something Debbie and I have been living
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  • and I've been preaching and teaching for years.
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  • The blessed life now, the book -- millions of copies.
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  • I've been told 30-something languages around the world.
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  • I've given all the royalties away to this book.
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  • And so it's been, it's just -- God uses it all over the world.
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  • Here's the reason.
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  • Because there's truth in this book that will change your life.
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  • I promise you.
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  • And it will change your marriage, and it will change
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  • your family, and it will change your health.
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  • It will change your relationships.
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  • It will change your job.
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  • It will change your life.
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  • It's a blessed life, not a blessed pocket book
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  • or a blessed wallet.
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  • It's a blessed life.
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  • And so I want you to turn, if you can, really,
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  • to two passages this time.
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  • Matthew 7 and Luke 6.
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  • Here's the reason.
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  • Because we're going to read a passage in Matthew 7,
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  • and then we're going to flip to Luke 6 quickly so we can
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  • read the parallel passage.
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  • So look here at Matthew 7:1-2.
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  • It says judge not, that you be not judged.
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  • For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged.
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  • And with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
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  • Now I just want to ask you a simple question.
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  • Is the word money anywhere in those two verses?
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  • No.
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  • And the context is judging.
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  • Don't judge, or you'll be judged, OK?
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  • Now I want us to commit to short-term memory the first
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  • phrase and the last phrase.
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  • And I'd like for you to just say it after me.
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  • Judge not, and you will not be judged.
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  • And with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
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  • Say that.
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  • Now flip over to Luke 6, OK?
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  • Now let's say them one more time.
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  • Judge not, and you will not be judged.
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  • With the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
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  • OK.
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  • Look at the first sentence of verse 37.
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  • Luke 6:37.
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  • Judge not, and you will not be judged.
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  • No, you don't have to say it.
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  • I'm sorry.
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  • Thank you.
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  • Thank you, though.
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  • OK.
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  • And then look at the last sentence of verse 38.
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  • For with the same measure you use, it will be measured
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  • back to you.
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  • OK, I want you to understand.
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  • This is the parallel passage.
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  • But I want to show you a verse in the middle that,
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  • in my opinion, many times the context is not understood.
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  • OK, so Luke 6:37-38.
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  • Judge not, and you shall not be judged.
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  • Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned.
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  • Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
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  • Now look at verse 38.
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  • Give, and it will be given to you.
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  • Good measure, pressed down, shaken together,
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  • and running over will be put in your bosom.
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  • For with the same measure you use, it will be measured
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  • back to you.
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  • Now let me just make a statement.
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  • And this might shock you.
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  • The word money does not appear in those verses.
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  • And yet most of the time when we hear Luke 6:38,
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  • we think about money.
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  • As a matter of fact, when we think about the word give,
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  • we think money.
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  • I was being interviewed by a magazine a while back,
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  • and they said, how often do you preach on giving?
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  • And I said every week.
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  • They said, you preach on giving every week?
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  • And I said yes.
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  • I think what you meant to ask me was how often do I preach
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  • on giving money.
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  • And that's about every three years.
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  • Every three years, I do a series on stewardship
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  • and generosity.
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  • But you didn't ask me how often do I preach on giving money.
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  • You asked me how often I preach on giving.
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  • I can't preach on grace and not talk about giving
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  • because God so loved the world He --
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  • I can't preach on marriage and not preach on giving
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  • because a marriage will not work if you're not givers.
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  • If both people aren't givers.
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  • And again, not finances now.
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  • Giving.
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  • You understand what I'm saying?
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  • This applies to every area of our life.
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  • That's what we have to understand.
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  • Giving is about the heart.
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  • Here's the title of the message.
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  • I should have given it to you earlier, but the title
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  • is "It's All About the Heart."
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  • It's all about the heart.
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  • Jesus said where your treasure is,
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  • there your heart will be.
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  • Some people say well, you know, they're after my money.
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  • Let me explain something to you.
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  • Yes, God is after your -- not the church.
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  • God is after your money because He's after your heart.
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  • And your heart is connected to your wallet.
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  • Your heart follows your treasure.
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  • You put your treasure in a stock.
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  • You put some money in a stock.
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  • You'll start going on the Internet,
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  • checking to see how that stock is doing.
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  • And you never checked it before, and you never cared
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  • about it before, but you care about it now because
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  • your treasure is there.
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  • You want your heart in the kingdom?
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  • You put your treasure in the kingdom.
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  • OK.
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  • So it's a heart issue.
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  • Because he's talking in these verses about
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  • judgement, condemnation, and forgiveness.
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  • Don't judge, or you'll be judged.
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  • Don't condemn, or you'll be condemned.
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  • Don't -- and then he says forgive, and you'll be forgiven.
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  • And then he says give.
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  • OK, what's he saying though?
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  • Give judgement, and judgement will be given back to you.
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  • And here's the part I don't hear a lot of preaching on.
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  • Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running
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  • over will men give judgement back to you.
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  • For with the same measure you give judgement,
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  • you'll get judgement back.
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  • That's the context of these verses.
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  • Judgement, condemnation, and forgiveness.
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  • Now you can apply it to other areas because of the laws
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  • of sowing and reaping.
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  • If you give a seed, you don't just get back one seed.
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  • You get back a tree or a plant with many seeds.
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  • And that's the way God is.
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  • So whatever you give, you're going to get more back.
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  • So it would be better to give good things than bad
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  • things because you're going to get more of it back,
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  • whatever it is.
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  • I was counseling with a lady one time,
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  • and she was a single mother, and she didn't have anywhere
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  • to leave her kids.
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  • And so she brought her kids, and we just let them --
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  • I said, please come anyway.
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  • And she just left them with the -- my assistant.
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  • We left the door open there, and I was talking to her,
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  • and here, literally, this is what she said.
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  • She said, my kids yell at me.
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  • She said, they yell at me.
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  • I don't know why.
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  • And then she did this.
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  • Y'all stop talking out there!
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  • I don't why they yell at me.
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  • I said Luke 6:38.
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  • Give yelling, and yelling will be given back to you.
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  • Good measure, pressed -- OK.
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  • Alright.
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  • How are you going to develop a heart of generosity?
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  • Well, way back Deuteronomy 15, God tells us
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  • what we need to do.
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  • Four things we need to do.
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  • Because it's all about the heart, alright?
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  • So Deuteronomy 15.
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  • Look at verses 7 and 8.
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  • If there is among you a poor man of your brethren
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  • within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God
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  • is giving you, notice God is giving you the land,
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  • by the way.
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  • Notice the word giving.
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  • You shall not harden your heart.
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  • It's about your heart.
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  • Nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open
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  • your hand wide to him and willingly, that would be about
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  • your heart, lend him sufficient for his need,
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  • whatever he needs.
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  • OK.
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  • So there are four things that we need to do if we're
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  • going to become generous givers.
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  • Here's number one.
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  • Deal with a selfish heart.
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  • Deal with a selfish heart.
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  • Look at verse 9.
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  • Deuteronomy 15:9.
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  • Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart.
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  • Notice heart again.
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  • Saying the seventh year, the year of release is at hand,
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  • and your eye be evil against your poor brother,
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  • and you give him nothing.
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  • And he cry out to the Lord against you,
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  • and it become sin among you.
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  • Notice selfishness is wickedness in God's eyes,
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  • and it becomes sin.
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  • Now here's what he's saying.
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  • He's saying, now when your brother comes and asks
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  • to borrow from you, you open your hand and willingly
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  • lend to him.
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  • You open your heart to him.
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  • But don't let there be this wicked or selfish thought
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  • in you that says man, this is the year of jubilee.
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  • That means all debts will be canceled.
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  • In other words, if he came and said hey, I need to borrow
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  • some money, my crops were bad this year,
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  • and you thought, you know what?
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  • Six more months is the year of jubilee.
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  • If he can't pay me back in six months,
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  • then I have to cancel this debt.
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  • See, God implemented an economic system where all
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  • debts were canceled every seven years.
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  • So if you thought, you know, I'm not going to do this
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  • because he might not be able to pay me back.
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  • You know what God said?
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  • Don't do that.
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  • Don't think that way.
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  • And here's what He called it.
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  • He calls selfishness wickedness.
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  • He's dealing.
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  • He's telling the people of Israel, this,
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  • I don't want you to do this.
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  • I want you to be generous like I'm generous.
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  • Yeah.
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  • Let me ask you a question.
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  • Why did God create giving?
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  • You ever thought about that?
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  • Because God did.
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  • It's all through God's word.
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  • So why did God invent or create giving?
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  • Do you really think that God needs your money
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  • to support His work?
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  • I mean, is the light bill, you know, in Heaven,
  • 00:10:26.130 --> 00:10:30.210
  • you know, too big for God?
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  • They're running out of gold for the streets?
  • 00:10:33.230 --> 00:10:35.110
  • I mean, cattle on a thousand hills.
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  • He's running out of cow?
  • 00:10:38.020 --> 00:10:39.020
  • I mean, you know what?
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  • God needs you -- no, listen.
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  • God did not create giving for His sake.
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  • He created giving for your sake.
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  • Giving, more than any other activity that a believer does,
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  • works selfishness and greed out of our lives.
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  • This is why I don't like much of the preaching
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  • I hear on giving.
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  • Because it's give to get.
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  • Give, and you'll get.
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  • Give, and you'll get.
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  • And let me tell you what that does.
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  • It actually works selfishness and greed
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  • back in your life.
  • 00:11:10.210 --> 00:11:13.050
  • And what do you -- how do you think God feels
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  • when a preacher preaches give, and you'll get.
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  • Give, and you'll get.
  • 00:11:17.290 --> 00:11:18.260
  • And people will say, well, I want to get,
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  • so I'm going to give.
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  • I wonder if God is thinking, well, this is great.
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  • All of my people are catching the revelation of getting.
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  • No.
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  • We need to catch the revelation of giving.
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  • Now, I do want to say, ladies, that there's an area
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  • of selfishness that men never grow out of.
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  • I just want you to know, OK?
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  • We do not want to share our food.
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  • And for some reason, you want our food.
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  • And I don't understand it.
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  • And we do not want to share our food.
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  • The very first time Pastor Tom and Jan Lane,
  • 00:12:06.140 --> 00:12:08.250
  • sitting on the front row -- Jan said, I knew you were going
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  • to say this.
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  • Sitting right there.
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  • The very first time I went to dinner with them,
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  • I -- we were going around the table ordering.
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  • I ordered.
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  • And Jan said, oh good.
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  • I've been wanting to try that.
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  • I never even met the woman, and she wanted to eat off my plate.
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  • And I said well, you better order some because
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  • that's the only way you're going to get any.
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  • Think about it.
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  • Come on.
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  • What does every woman say when you're at the drive-through?
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  • What does every woman say?
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  • You say, would you like something?
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  • No, I'll just have some of yours.
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  • No, you won't.
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  • I'll buy you two orders of fries, but you're not
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  • getting any of my fries.
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  • And the fries that fall in the bottom of the bag are mine, too.
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  • So point number one is deal with a selfish heart.
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  • I don't know if that's directed just to the men
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  • or to all of us, alright?
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  • Here's number two.
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  • Deal with a grieving heart.
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  • Grieving heart.
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  • Now he's talking about money.
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  • He's talking about giving.
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  • Verse 10.
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  • You shall surely give to him.
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  • Give to him.
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  • And your heart should not be grieved when you give
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  • to him because for this thing, watch.
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  • For this thing, giving with the right heart,
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  • the Lord your God will bless you in all your works.
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  • That's amazing.
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  • And in all to which you put your hand.
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  • If you learn to give from the heart, with the right heart,
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  • God will bless you in everything you do.
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  • That's what he just said.
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  • See, we need to understand.
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  • This is a heart issue.
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  • But selfishness attacks us before we give,
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  • and grief attacks us after we give.
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  • Have you ever given a large amount or made a commitment
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  • and then something breaks?
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  • And the enemy comes immediately to say see?
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  • You shouldn't have done that.
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  • He comes in.
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  • And then -- and grief because we gave.
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  • And, you know, I'm setting here.
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  • Here I am, preaching this message,
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  • and I had this thought just go through my mind.
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  • And after 30 years of preaching,
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  • I ought to know to just let the thought go on by.
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  • But here's the thought I had.
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  • I just thought to myself, I'm going out to eat after
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  • the service, and I don't have any cash.
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  • I just had that thought just go through my mind, you know?
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  • I'm just --
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  • Oh, wow.
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  • Wow. Look.
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  • A hundred dollars. OK.
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  • I'm going to start saying those thoughts more often.
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  • OK, no.
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  • Let's talk about that for a minute, alright?
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  • Why -- when I said I don't have any cash,
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  • why did David get up that fast and give it to me?
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  • Let me tell you why.
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  • Because I gave it to him before the service.
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  • It's my hundred dollars.
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  • OK, now, he's not grieving that he gave because why?
  • 00:15:12.120 --> 00:15:17.100
  • Because it was mine.
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  • See, the reason that we grieve after we give
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  • is because we thought it was ours.
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  • And the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof.
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  • So when we give back to God what is already His,
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  • then we don't grieve over it.
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  • So deal with a grieving heart.
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  • Here's number three.
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  • Develop a generous heart.
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  • Develop a generous heart.
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  • Look at verse 14.
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  • You shall supply him liberally,
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  • generously from your flock, watch.
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  • From your threshing floor and from your winepress.
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  • Now watch this.
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  • From what the Lord has blessed you with,
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  • you shall give to him.
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  • God wants us to be generous.
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  • We were born selfish.
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  • We are born again generous.
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  • We just have to renew our minds.
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  • You think about it.
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  • You really want to be generous.
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  • Even hoping not to receive anything in return.
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  • What he's doing is dealing with the heart.
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  • It's the first thing we have to try to teach our children.
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  • I want you to think about that.
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  • What do you have to try to teach your children
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  • that is so hard to teach your children?
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  • Share. Share.
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  • No, we share.
  • 00:16:40.220 --> 00:16:42.170
  • And what happens?
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  • The little neighbor boy comes over to play,
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  • and the neighbor boy picks up a toy.
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  • What does your boy do?
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  • Drops the toy he's playing with, runs over,
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  • and says I was playing with that.
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  • I was playing with that. Right?
  • 00:16:51.030 --> 00:16:54.170
  • And the neighbor boy says, OK.
  • 00:16:54.200 --> 00:16:55.190
  • So he goes over and picks up something else.
  • 00:16:55.220 --> 00:16:56.250
  • Your boy runs over, I was playing with that, too.
  • 00:16:56.280 --> 00:16:58.170
  • I was playing with that, too.
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  • Do you realize what God is saying to all of His children?
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  • When are you going to grow up?
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  • When are you going to grow up?
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  • When are you going to become like your Father
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  • that so loved that He gave?
  • 00:17:17.070 --> 00:17:21.060
  • You know, I heard a story my son, Josh,
  • 00:17:21.090 --> 00:17:25.040
  • and daughter-in-law, Hannah, told me a while back.
  • 00:17:25.070 --> 00:17:27.090
  • They have two children, Grady, who is seven,
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:29.240
  • and Willow, who is four.
  • 00:17:29.270 --> 00:17:31.160
  • And they got in the car, Hannah picked them up
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  • from church, and Willow said, Mommy, did you know
  • 00:17:33.250 --> 00:17:38.040
  • that there was a woman in the Bible that only had two pennies,
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:43.060
  • and she gave both of them to God?
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:46.080
  • And Hannah said, yeah.
  • 00:17:46.110 --> 00:17:47.090
  • That's a wonderful story.
  • 00:17:47.120 --> 00:17:49.150
  • And Willow said, I want to give something to God.
  • 00:17:49.180 --> 00:17:53.230
  • So Hannah said well, pray and ask the Lord
  • 00:17:53.260 --> 00:17:57.030
  • what He wants you to give.
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  • And so you could see her.
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  • She closed her eyes.
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  • Hannah was watching her in the mirror, you know?
  • 00:18:01.200 --> 00:18:02.260
  • She closed her eyes.
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  • She did like this and, in a minute, she said, what?
  • 00:18:04.250 --> 00:18:14.130
  • And then she said, Little Baby?
  • 00:18:14.160 --> 00:18:18.110
  • No, not Little Baby.
  • 00:18:18.140 --> 00:18:21.000
  • Oh, Betty Baby.
  • 00:18:21.030 --> 00:18:22.170
  • Oh yeah, you can have Betty Baby.
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  • I don't like her.
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  • OK, that's cute.
  • 00:18:28.110 --> 00:18:29.060
  • That's kids learning about giving.
  • 00:18:29.090 --> 00:18:33.290
  • But at some point, you have to grow up.
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:37.110
  • At some point you say, Lord, what do you want me to give?
  • 00:18:37.140 --> 00:18:42.030
  • And say, that's great.
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  • That's what I'll do.
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  • That's what I'll do.
  • 00:18:45.010 --> 00:18:46.220
  • So we want to develop a generous heart.
  • 00:18:46.250 --> 00:18:48.090
  • Here's number four.
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  • Develop a grateful heart.
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  • Develop a grateful heart.
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:54.040
  • Back in Deuteronomy 15.
  • 00:18:54.070 --> 00:18:55.100
  • Look at verse 15.
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  • You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt,
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  • and the Lord your God redeemed you.
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  • Then he says this.
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  • Therefore, I command you this thing today.
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  • You know what he's saying?
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  • I command you to be generous.
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  • I'm commanding you.
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  • And you know on the authority that I'm commanding you?
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  • It's that everything you have came from me.
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  • You need to remind yourself every now and then
  • 00:19:20.230 --> 00:19:23.260
  • that you were slaves.
  • 00:19:23.290 --> 00:19:26.080
  • You know what?
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:27.060
  • Every now and then, I get a reminder.
  • 00:19:27.090 --> 00:19:30.080
  • I leaned over to John and to David right before I came up
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  • and told them, because it happened to me yesterday.
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  • And it was hard going to sleep last night.
  • 00:19:38.280 --> 00:19:40.070
  • I knew the enemy was trying to attack me, too,
  • 00:19:40.100 --> 00:19:42.030
  • because this series was beginning.
  • 00:19:42.060 --> 00:19:44.210
  • But Debbie got an email from a friend of ours we went
  • 00:19:44.240 --> 00:19:46.250
  • to high school with.
  • 00:19:46.280 --> 00:19:48.010
  • And she said, you know, loved the first conference,
  • 00:19:48.040 --> 00:19:50.040
  • watched on the Internet.
  • 00:19:50.070 --> 00:19:51.010
  • All this.
  • 00:19:51.040 --> 00:19:52.070
  • But hate to bring bad news, but we've lost two more
  • 00:19:52.100 --> 00:19:54.060
  • of our class members.
  • 00:19:54.090 --> 00:19:56.150
  • She named two guys.
  • 00:19:56.180 --> 00:19:58.230
  • Both guys, I did drugs with.
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:01.120
  • One of the guys, I started on drugs.
  • 00:20:01.150 --> 00:20:05.100
  • And one of the guys died from a drug overdose,
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:07.220
  • and the other guy committed suicide.
  • 00:20:07.250 --> 00:20:12.030
  • And I'm lying there last night, thinking thank you, God,
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:19.040
  • for redeeming me from that type of a lifestyle.
  • 00:20:19.070 --> 00:20:22.130
  • These guys now, 35 years since high school, and still --
  • 00:20:22.160 --> 00:20:27.150
  • what a horrible life they must have had for 35 years.
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  • Thank you, God.
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  • You know, the Lord just reminds me.
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  • It's not hard for me to give.
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  • You understand?
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  • I didn't have anything.
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  • I was a slave.
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  • You didn't have anything either.
  • 00:20:42.190 --> 00:20:45.000
  • No matter what you had, you didn't have anything if you
  • 00:20:45.030 --> 00:20:47.110
  • didn't have Christ.
  • 00:20:47.140 --> 00:20:50.070
  • A while back, a pastor and his wife were --
  • 00:20:50.100 --> 00:20:55.180
  • and had heard me share our testimony on giving.
  • 00:20:55.210 --> 00:20:57.010
  • And in this series, I'll share our testimony on giving.
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:20:59.280
  • And by God's grace, Debbie and I have been able to give
  • 00:21:00.030 --> 00:21:03.020
  • like many cars to people.
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  • We were able to give our first home away.
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  • We've just been able to give very extravagantly,
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  • and we love to do that.
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  • And I shared that testimony in the church,
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  • and we went to dinner with this pastor and his wife.
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  • And the wife said to Debbie, I have a question for you.
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  • And both of us knew the question because we've heard
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  • it many times.
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  • She said, how did you feel when your husband
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  • said he wanted to give away your house?
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  • And Debbie said, I felt great.
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  • She said, you have to remember that Robert
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  • and I were married before he got saved.
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  • And every time he's wanted to give something extravagantly,
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  • I think, thank you, God.
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  • Thank you, God, for my new husband.
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  • And then the pastor asked her a question she'd never been asked.
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  • He said, why do you think that Robert is so generous?
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  • And I'm not trying to set myself up as an example.
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  • I know many, many people are very generous.
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  • But he said, why do you think that, I mean,
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  • he just has given so extravagantly.
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  • Retirement. Savings.
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  • All these things over the years.
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  • Why do you think he's so generous?
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  • A tear came down her cheek, and she said,
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  • because he's never gotten over getting saved.
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  • He's never forgot where he came from.
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  • And he knows that everything we have came from the Lord.
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  • ROBERT: I know you feel the same way that I do.
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  • We never get over getting saved.
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  • And because of that, you're a giver.
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  • God's given you a new heart, and we want to give.
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  • Don't let the devil mess with your mind and tell you
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  • that you're not a giver.
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  • I want to encourage you.
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  • When the Holy Spirit leads you to give to your church,
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  • or to a missionary, or to some person in need,
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  • give as God leads you.
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  • Hey, thanks so much for watching.
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  • I'll see you next time as I continue the series
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  • "The Blessed Life."
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  • ANNOUNCER: It's our desire for you to live a blessed life.
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  • But all too often, greed and materialism can choke out
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  • the true spirit of generosity that's found
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  • only in Christ.
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  • The enemy will do anything to keep you from discovering
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  • God's principles for financial stewardship,
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  • giving, and blessing.
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  • And it's because once you apply these godly principles
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  • as Pastor Robert has outlined in this series,
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  • you'll begin to see change in every area of your life.
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  • From your marriage, to your health, to your finances.
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  • Your life will be transformed for the better,
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  • and you will be positioned to make an even bigger impact
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  • for the kingdom of God.
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  • We would like for you to have a copy of these
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  • life-changing messages.
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  • Right now, for your gift of any amount, we'll send you
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  • Pastor Robert's signature series "The Blessed Life"
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  • on CD as our thank-you for helping us to continue
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  • ministering to people around the world.
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  • And if you give a gift of $75 or more, we'll send you
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  • this series on both CD and DVD, as well as
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  • "The Blessed Life" book and companion study guide.
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  • Finally, if you are able to give a gift of $95 or more,
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  • we'll add a second copy of the book and companion study
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  • guide so that you can share this incredible message
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  • with someone else in your life.
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  • Log on to PastorRobert.com or give us a call today.
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  • And thank you for your continued support
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  • of The Blessed Life.
  • 00:24:37.290 --> 00:24:39.230
  • 00:24:39.260 --> 00:24:42.020
  • As I look back to April 2004, we were dead broke.
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  • We had $500 in our back account.
  • 00:24:48.160 --> 00:24:51.040
  • $6.000 to $7.000 in bills.
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  • My focus was on stuff.
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  • Without me even knowing it, my focus was on my 401k,
  • 00:24:55.120 --> 00:25:01.010
  • the car that I drove, the income that I made per year.
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  • I was raised in a very successful family,
  • 00:25:04.150 --> 00:25:06.030
  • and my focus was all of those things.
  • 00:25:06.060 --> 00:25:08.090
  • I didn't even know that my focus was off.
  • 00:25:08.120 --> 00:25:10.250
  • I found myself second row, left side of the sanctuary,
  • 00:25:10.280 --> 00:25:14.190
  • listening to Robert Morris' blessed life series.
  • 00:25:14.220 --> 00:25:17.020
  • I remember just this penetration by the Holy Spirit.
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  • Something that just moved me.
  • 00:25:22.170 --> 00:25:24.210
  • It felt like a supernatural heart transplant of some kind.
  • 00:25:24.240 --> 00:25:30.030
  • At the end of the sermon, I looked at my wife,
  • 00:25:30.060 --> 00:25:32.250
  • reached into my wallet, pulled it out, and said honey,
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  • from this point forward, we're going to be a tithing household.
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  • Period.
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  • The way we've been running our finances, my way,
  • 00:25:39.250 --> 00:25:42.140
  • hasn't worked.
  • 00:25:42.170 --> 00:25:43.270
  • When I looked at my wife and said that,
  • 00:25:44.000 --> 00:25:45.030
  • I noticed she was crying.
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  • I was crying.
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  • We prayed in our seat.
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  • We went and prayed with a couple elders up front.
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  • We dropped 10 percent of what was currently
  • 00:25:51.260 --> 00:25:53.130
  • in our bank account in the back in the offering.
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  • We were led to do that.
  • 00:25:57.140 --> 00:25:58.240
  • At some point, a man's going to make a decision,
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  • and a heart change has to happen.
  • 00:26:01.150 --> 00:26:03.020
  • I can think about what it's done for me, but as I look
  • 00:26:03.050 --> 00:26:05.260
  • at my now 11-year-old and 14-year-old,
  • 00:26:05.290 --> 00:26:08.240
  • and the conversations that I have with them, that I now
  • 00:26:08.270 --> 00:26:12.020
  • recognize fully that those are the true riches of life.
  • 00:26:12.050 --> 00:26:15.270
  • That that's where the riches are.
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  • Not what you drive.
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  • Not where you live.
  • 00:26:18.290 --> 00:26:20.000
  • And I think that's the freedom that the blessed
  • 00:26:20.030 --> 00:26:23.000
  • life gave me.
  • 00:26:23.030 --> 00:26:24.080
  • And so I'm so thankful that back in 2004 that the Lord
  • 00:26:24.110 --> 00:26:28.050
  • swept up our family.
  • 00:26:28.080 --> 00:26:30.220
  • Got me on a completely different target,
  • 00:26:30.250 --> 00:26:32.170
  • 180 degrees from where I was focused.
  • 00:26:32.200 --> 00:26:34.290
  • And certainly I'd like to say thank you to Robert
  • 00:26:35.020 --> 00:26:36.210
  • for writing "The Blessed Life" book.
  • 00:26:36.240 --> 00:26:38.280
  • Because for the Ruben family in McKinney, Texas,
  • 00:26:39.010 --> 00:26:40.250
  • our lives are changed.
  • 00:26:40.280 --> 00:26:42.090
  • Try it.
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  • Try it.
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  • It'll blow your mind.
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  • 00:26:46.210 --> 00:27:02.020
  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best life isn't about having a dream home,
  • 00:27:02.050 --> 00:27:05.070
  • wonderful kids, or the ideal job.
  • 00:27:05.100 --> 00:27:08.140
  • It's about changes in your family, health,
  • 00:27:08.170 --> 00:27:11.020
  • and relationships.
  • 00:27:11.050 --> 00:27:12.270
  • When God changes your heart, you'll discover
  • 00:27:13.000 --> 00:27:15.050
  • that there is so much more to life.
  • 00:27:15.080 --> 00:27:17.170
  • With humor, passion, and clarity,
  • 00:27:17.200 --> 00:27:20.210
  • Pastor Robert presents,
  • 00:27:20.240 --> 00:27:22.070
  • "The Secrets of Living Your Best Life."
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