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My Christian Calling

Watch My Christian Calling
August 16, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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My Christian Calling

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cord
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cords
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cords of
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cords of God
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cords of God's
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cords of God's pow
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cords of God's power
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You're extension cords of God's power.
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  • And not just His power, His love, and His grace,
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  • and His mercy, and His peace, and His kindness, and His truth.
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  • You're an extension cord.
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  • But, if you're not plugged in, there's no power.
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  • We are called to be light to a dark world.
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  • But, we are not going to shine with God's light
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  • unless we grow.
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  • And we're not going to grow unless we spend time with Jesus.
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  • Join my pastor, Robert Morris, as he discusses the question,
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  • "Why Am I Here?"
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: So, let's begin the series, "Why Am I Here?"
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  • And if you want to, turn in your Bible's to Luke 9
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  • and Mark 3.
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  • And what we're going to do, is we're going to start
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  • in Luke 9, we're going to go to Mark 3, and then we're
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  • going to come back to Luke 9.
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  • So, you might want to hold your place there.
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  • So, we're talking about my Christian calling --
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  • our Christian calling. OK?
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  • We're all called to be saints.
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  • Let me show you a scripture.
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  • First Corinthians 1:2 says, "To the church of God,
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  • which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ
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  • Jesus, called to be saints."
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  • Called to be saints.
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  • When we think of calling, I thought immediately of that
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  • Jesus called 12 disciples.
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  • And when we think about the disciples, He called them
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  • to do things.
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  • And those three things are repeated a lot, but there's
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  • something more important that He called them
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  • to do that helps us to understand the rest.
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  • OK? So, let me show you.
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  • I'm going to give you three words to help us define
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  • our Christian calling.
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  • So, if you'll write these down, please.
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  • Here's number one, knowing.
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  • Knowing.
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  • Now, I'm going to explain this a little more fully,
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  • but let me show you a verse first.
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  • In Luke 9, if you're there, Verse 1, "Then He called His
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  • 12 disciples together and gave them power
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  • and authority over all demons and to cure diseases.
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  • He sent them to preach the kingdom of God
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  • and to heal the sick."
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  • OK, several places in scripture it says that Jesus
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  • called them or sent them to preach the kingdom of God,
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  • to preach the Gospel, to heal the sick,
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  • and to cast out demons.
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  • I want you to think about this.
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  • It's several places, just read it in the gospels,
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  • Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, preach the gospel,
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  • heal the sick, cast out demons.
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  • Preach the gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons.
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  • When I was studying this, it hit me as I've never thought
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  • about it before, that He was actually referring
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  • to all of you.
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  • That, I mean, all of you, as a person.
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  • In other words, He's concerned about you.
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  • Think about this.
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  • We are three parts, spirit, soul, and body.
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  • Preach the gospel refers to your spirit so that your spirit
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  • can be saved and live eternally.
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  • Heal the sick refers to your body.
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  • And cast out demons refers to your soul because that's where
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  • the area where demons torment us is in our mind,
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  • will, and emotions.
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  • They torment our thoughts.
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  • They torment our emotions, how we feel.
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  • And, they hold us captive in our will, so that we can't do
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  • what we want to do.
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  • So, He's saying, preach the gospel, heal the sick,
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  • cast out demons.
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  • He's saying, "Listen, set people free, spirit, soul, and body.
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  • Set them free; I want you to set people free."
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  • And when -- if you want to boil it down, it's help people.
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  • Help people. Help people.
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  • I want you to help people.
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  • I want you to help them in their spirit.
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  • I want you to help them in their bodies.
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  • I want you to help them in their souls.
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  • So, we know what He called them to do.
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  • But, did you know that He called them to be something
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  • before they did something?
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  • It's very, very important because the power to do
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  • comes from the power to be.
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  • So, if you want to look at Mark 3 and hold your finger
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  • there at Luke 9, we'll come back to Luke 9.
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  • But, Mark 3, this is one of my favorite verses
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  • in the whole Bible.
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  • Mark 3:14-15, "Then He appointed 12 that they might,"
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  • now watch this carefully, these three words, "be with Him."
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  • He appointed three that they might be with Him.
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  • "He appointed 12 that they might be with Him and,"
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  • and, "that He might send them out to preach and they had power
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  • to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons."
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  • But, before He appointed them to do, He appointed them to be.
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  • And He said, "Listen guys, I want you to be with Me.
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  • This is your number one thing.
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  • It's your priority."
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  • And this is our priority as disciples, to be with Him.
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  • Because the power to do comes from the power to be.
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  • I want you to be with Me.
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  • And the disciples needed to learn to be with Him because --
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  • here's what He said, "And I'm going to give you power.
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  • Power to preach, power to heal, and power to cast out."
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  • Can I say something, though?
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  • Power, without peace is poison.
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  • You think about it.
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  • Think about the dictators.
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  • The horrible men that have done horrible things in many
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  • different nations around the world because they had power,
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  • but they didn't know the Prince of Peace.
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  • So, that power without peace was poison.
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  • And He said, "I'm going to give you power, but you need
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  • to know Me first.
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  • You need to know how to use that power.
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  • Because we use that power to help people not hurt people."
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  • So, that power comes from being connected to Jesus.
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  • Knowing.
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  • So, this is my first point is knowing.
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  • This is the first thing we're called to do,
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  • to know Jesus.
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  • To get to know Jesus.
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  • To know Jesus better.
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  • Think about it this way.
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  • Think about an extension cord.
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  • If that extension cord is not plugged into a power source,
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  • you can take the other end of that extension cord
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  • and plug in many different things to it,
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  • but none of them will work.
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  • There will be no power.
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  • Because the extension cord, by itself, has no power.
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  • But, when it's plugged into the power source,
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  • the exact same power that the power source has is available
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  • at the end of that extension cord.
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  • So, maybe you've never thought of this, but as your pastor,
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  • I just want to tell you, all of you, are extension cords.
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  • You're extension cords of God's power.
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  • And not just His power, His love and His grace,
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  • and His mercy, and His peace, and His kindness, and His truth.
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  • You're an extension cord.
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  • But, if you're not plugged in, there's no power.
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  • No one's going to get anything on the other end.
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  • So, you stay plugged in.
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  • You know, we just came back from this sabbatical,
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  • Debbie and I.
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  • And we had a great sabbatical.
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  • And on a sabbatical, I take a rest from work.
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  • My occupation is a pastor.
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  • But, I don't take a sabbatical from being a Christian.
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  • I stay plugged in.
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  • When I was on sabbatical, I got a phone call
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  • And he immediately just apologized.
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  • He said, "Pastor, I'm sorry to call you and bother you."
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  • He didn't know I was on sabbatical or vacation
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  • or whatever, you know.
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  • He just said, "Pastor, I'm sorry to bother you."
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  • He started crying.
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  • He said, "But my friend's in the hospital.
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  • I just left.
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  • It doesn't look good.
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  • And I didn't know who else to call.
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  • I just didn't know who to call."
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  • Now, he might have been calling me because, "Pastor."
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  • But, I prayed with him because I'm Christian.
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  • See, I was on sabbatical from being a pastor,
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  • but I'm not on sabbatical from being a Christian.
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  • I pray for people.
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  • I pray for the sick.
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  • That's what I do as a Christian.
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  • And I prayed for him and I prayed for his friend.
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  • He texted me back the next day and said,
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  • "Everything's changed and turned around.
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  • He'll be released in a few days."
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  • So, I prayed for him. OK?
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  • Now, here's the point, though.
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  • We all do that.
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  • That's our calling as Christians.
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  • But, there's no power if I unplug.
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  • So, we don't unplug from Jesus.
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  • We don't pull away from Him.
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  • We know Him.
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  • That's our primary calling.
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  • To know Him.
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  • All right.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • Knowing was number one.
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  • Growing.
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  • I'm giving you three words to help you understand
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  • or define our Christian calling.
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  • Number two, growing.
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  • John 15:5, "I am the vine, you're the branches."
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  • What do branches do?
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  • They grow.
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  • "He who abides in Me and I am in Him, bears much fruit."
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  • Grows.
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  • "For without Me, you can do nothing."
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  • That's the same analogy of the extension cord.
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  • Without Me you have no power.
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  • You can do nothing without Me.
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  • "But, if you abide in Me, if you know Me,
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  • you're going to grow.
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  • And as you grow, you're going to bear fruit."
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  • Second Peter 3:18, "Grow in the grace and knowledge
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  • of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
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  • That's actually an incredible verse.
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  • We can grow in grace.
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  • That's amazing to me.
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  • We can grow in grace.
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  • And grow in our knowledge
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  • of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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  • This is a calling, part of our calling
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  • we have as believers.
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  • We should be growing.
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  • We should be going to church.
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  • We should be going to small groups.
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  • We should be going to equip classes.
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  • We should be taking stewardship classes.
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  • And we should be going to freedom ministry.
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  • We should be going to habitation services.
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  • We should be growing in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • Because if we're not growing, how are we going
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  • to help anyone?
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  • Are you -- I've got a question for you.
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  • Are you still growing?
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  • No matter how long you've known the Lord, are you still growing?
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  • First Peter 2:2, "As newborn babes desire the pure milk
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  • of the word that you may grow."
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  • Some mature believers dismiss this and say,
  • 00:10:16.090 --> 00:10:17.280
  • "Well, he's talking about newborn babes in Christ."
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  • No, he's not.
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  • He's saying, "As a baby desires milk,
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  • you desire the Word.
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  • You should desire the Word the same way."
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  • So, we grow because we're with Him.
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  • He appointed the 12 to be with Him and to minister,
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  • but you need to be with Me, so you'll grow.
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  • And, these disciples needed to grow.
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  • Now, I'm not at all putting these guys down because their
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  • heroes of the faith.
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  • They're heroes.
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  • But, there were some things they did in that three-year
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  • process that weren't exactly the best things.
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  • They needed to grow.
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  • Let me show you just a few verses.
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  • All right, back in Luke 9, if you want to go back
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  • to Luke 9.
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  • Look at Verse 49, "Now, John answered and said, "Master,
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  • we saw someone casting out demons in Your name
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  • and we forbade him because he does not follow with us."
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  • Now here's what he said.
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  • We saw someone helping someone, but he doesn't
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  • go to our church, so we chewed him out good.
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  • You know, he might not believe exactly like we believe.
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  • He might be pre-trib, or mid-trib, or post-trib,
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  • or pre-millennial, or post-millennial,
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  • or all millennial, or he might be a Calvinist,
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  • or he might be an Armeniast,
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  • or he might not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
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  • or he might not believe in a prayer language,
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  • or he might not believe in this or he might not believe in that,
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  • and so, wait, we're just going to have to be careful
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  • about these other people who don't go to our church.
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  • Did I ever tell you what Jesus said, "Idiots?"
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  • No, he didn't say that.
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  • But, think about what He did say.
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  • He said, "Guys, if he's not against us, he's for us.
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  • He might not be in our little group.
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  • He might not even understand everything you understand,
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  • but if he's not against us, he's for us."
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  • Can you imagine, can you imagine the impact that the body
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  • of Christ would have on the world if we quit dividing
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  • and we came together to win the world to Jesus Christ?
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  • That's verse 49 of Luke 9.
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  • Just a few verses down, I think they still needed to grow.
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  • Look at Verse 52.
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  • Luke 9:52, "And as they went, they entered a village
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  • of the Samaritans to prepare for Him, but they did not
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  • receive Him, because His face was set for the journey
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  • to Jerusalem.
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  • And when His disciples, James and John, saw this,
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  • they said, 'Lord, you want us to command fire
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  • to come down from heaven and consume them?'"
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  • That's a great Christian attitude, isn't it?
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  • You know what Jesus said?
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  • "Idiots."
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  • No, He didn't.
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  • But, what He did say was almost the same.
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  • He said, "You don't even know what spirit is motivating
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  • you right now.
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  • I didn't come to consume people.
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  • I came to help people.
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  • And the more you're with me, the more you're going to get that.
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  • I'm going to show you one more.
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  • Matthew 19:13, "Then little children were brought to Him,
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  • that He might put His hands on them and pray.
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  • But, the disciples rebuked them."
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  • Rebuked them.
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  • "Hey, hey, little girl, get away from Jesus.
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  • Do you think He's here to pray for people or something?"
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  • Jesus' thinking, "What are you doing?
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  • You're telling the children that I can't pray for the children.
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  • Think."
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  • OK.
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  • These guys did think and they did grow.
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  • Because let me tell you how they were referred
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  • to later in Acts.
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  • Acts 17:6, "These two have turned the world upside down,
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  • have come here, too."
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  • These men did grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • As a matter of fact, they grew so much
  • 00:14:37.260 --> 00:14:39.060
  • in their relationship with Jesus Christ, that all but one,
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  • of course I'm not talking about Judas now, but the other 11,
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  • plus the 12, Matthias, that they replaced Judas with,
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  • all but John died a martyrs' death.
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  • Let me tell you just a few of them, what happened to them.
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  • Matthew was killed by a sword in Ethiopia
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  • while he was preaching the gospel.
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  • Peter was crucified upside down because he told
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  • his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way
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  • that Jesus had died.
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  • James, the Great, was beheaded in Jerusalem.
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  • Bartholomew, also known as Nathaniel, was flogged to death.
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  • James, the other James, was thrown over a 100-feet down
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  • from the Southeast pinnacle of the temple when he refused
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  • to deny his faith in Christ.
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  • When they discovered that he survived the fall,
  • 00:15:35.080 --> 00:15:37.080
  • his enemies beat James to death with a club.
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  • Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one
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  • of his missionary trips.
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  • Andrew was whipped severely by seven soldiers in Greece
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  • and then crucified.
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  • His followers reported that when he was led toward
  • 00:15:54.170 --> 00:15:56.230
  • the cross, Andrew said these words, "I have longed
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  • and desired and expected this happy hour."
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  • He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days
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  • until he died.
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  • I would say they grew.
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  • They grew because they were with Jesus.
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  • So, knowing, growing, and here's number three, glowing.
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  • I've given you three words to try to help you remember
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  • our Christian calling.
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  • Growing -- knowing, growing, and glowing.
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  • Now, I know that all these words rhyme.
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  • What can I say?
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  • I'm a genius.
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  • No, I do that to try to help us remember.
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  • I want you to remember what God said to us this weekend.
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  • Not some sermon that I preached,
  • 00:16:57.030 --> 00:16:59.270
  • but what did God say to you?
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  • How do you apply this message to your everyday life?
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  • Glowing.
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  • We are to be light in a dark world.
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  • We live in a dark world.
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  • Would you agree?
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  • And it's getting darker.
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  • We're going to have to be light.
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  • But, how are we light?
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  • Look at this verse -- these verses, John 1:6-8,
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  • "There was a man sent from God whose name was John."
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  • This is John the Baptist, now.
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  • OK?
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  • "This man came for a witness to bear witness of the light,
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  • that all through him might believe."
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  • Now, listen, he was not that light.
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  • "He was not that light but was sent to bear witness
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  • of that Light."
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  • OK, let me say something.
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  • We're not the light.
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  • We are not the light.
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  • But, we know the light.
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  • And the more we know Him, the more He shines through us.
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  • Just like we can't produce fruit on our own,
  • 00:17:58.060 --> 00:18:01.030
  • we have to abide in Him.
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  • Right?
  • 00:18:03.050 --> 00:18:03.270
  • We can't shine on our own.
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  • It's like we're the moon and He's the sun.
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  • We just reflect the light.
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  • That's what we do.
  • 00:18:13.070 --> 00:18:14.120
  • But, we got to be around the light, we got to know
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  • the light, to be able to reflect the light.
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  • OK.
  • 00:18:20.090 --> 00:18:21.050
  • I want to show you a picture.
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  • It's a picture of my watch.
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  • And what I did is I went into my closet at home,
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:29.050
  • turned the light off, shut the door, and took a picture
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  • of my watch.
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  • It's a beautiful watch.
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  • I want you to see it.
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  • This is my watch.
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  • Isn't that gorgeous?
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  • That's a beautiful watch.
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  • You don't think it's beautiful?
  • 00:18:43.200 --> 00:18:45.090
  • Can't see it, can you?
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  • It's in the dark.
  • 00:18:47.170 --> 00:18:49.140
  • But, after I took this picture,
  • 00:18:49.170 --> 00:18:53.040
  • I turned the flashlight on.
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  • Put it on the face of my watch for five seconds.
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  • Five seconds.
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  • And then I took this picture.
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  • You can see it pretty well, can't you?
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:08.070
  • You can see what time it is, everything.
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  • You want to know why?
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  • It glows as long as it's been around the light.
  • 00:19:13.210 --> 00:19:17.260
  • But I tell you what I've discovered, if it's out --
  • 00:19:17.290 --> 00:19:19.280
  • if it's not in the light for two or three days,
  • 00:19:20.010 --> 00:19:22.200
  • it'll stop glowing.
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:23.180
  • Now, it'll glow all night.
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  • It'll glow all night.
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  • I discovered that, because if I get up to go
  • 00:19:26.110 --> 00:19:28.050
  • to the bathroom in the middle of the night,
  • 00:19:28.080 --> 00:19:29.210
  • which I now have the privilege of doing because of my age,
  • 00:19:29.240 --> 00:19:42.020
  • I can glance at my watch and see what time it is,
  • 00:19:42.050 --> 00:19:45.140
  • because it glows all night.
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  • It glows for a while.
  • 00:19:47.250 --> 00:19:49.060
  • OK?
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:50.250
  • But, if it's not in the light for two or three days,
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:55.200
  • it doesn't glow.
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:20:02.000
  • See, my watch has no ability to produce light on its own.
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:07.110
  • It only has the ability to reflect light.
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  • If it's not in the light for two or three days,
  • 00:20:13.250 --> 00:20:20.120
  • it doesn't glow.
  • 00:20:20.150 --> 00:20:24.060
  • See, my watch cannot produce light on its own.
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  • See, you're still saved.
  • 00:20:36.260 --> 00:20:38.240
  • You're saved by grace.
  • 00:20:38.270 --> 00:20:40.190
  • But, some of you know, you're not glowing any more.
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:46.090
  • It's been a long time since you've spent time with Jesus.
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  • You need to spend time with Him every morning.
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  • And then you glow in a dark world.
  • 00:20:54.140 --> 00:20:56.160
  • All right, one more illustration.
  • 00:20:56.190 --> 00:20:58.270
  • What one word do we use to describe the face
  • 00:20:59.000 --> 00:21:04.280
  • of a pregnant woman?
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  • Glowing.
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  • Right?
  • 00:21:08.280 --> 00:21:10.030
  • She glows.
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  • And they do.
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  • Pregnant women glow.
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  • They glow in the dark.
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  • I don't know if you noticed it.
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  • They glow.
  • 00:21:16.040 --> 00:21:19.030
  • Why?
  • 00:21:19.060 --> 00:21:20.010
  • Why do they glow?
  • 00:21:20.040 --> 00:21:21.000
  • Now, by the way, just speaking on that,
  • 00:21:21.030 --> 00:21:23.170
  • when we were on vacation, I saw this -- we were at a breakfast
  • 00:21:23.200 --> 00:21:28.000
  • buffet and I saw this husband and his wife
  • 00:21:28.030 --> 00:21:30.120
  • going to the table and she was pregnant.
  • 00:21:30.150 --> 00:21:32.270
  • And, I was just drawn to them.
  • 00:21:33.000 --> 00:21:36.280
  • And when they got down, sat down at the table,
  • 00:21:37.010 --> 00:21:39.030
  • they prayed and blessed their meal.
  • 00:21:39.060 --> 00:21:40.090
  • When they prayed, I got this word for her.
  • 00:21:40.120 --> 00:21:43.040
  • I got a word for her.
  • 00:21:43.070 --> 00:21:44.100
  • Now, I would like to say, that if you're going to give
  • 00:21:44.130 --> 00:21:46.140
  • a word to a pregnant woman, make sure she's pregnant.
  • 00:21:46.170 --> 00:22:02.230
  • Now, this one was pregnant.
  • 00:22:02.260 --> 00:22:07.090
  • OK.
  • 00:22:07.120 --> 00:22:08.140
  • So, I was OK.
  • 00:22:08.170 --> 00:22:10.140
  • So, anyway, I walked across the room and I said
  • 00:22:10.170 --> 00:22:14.180
  • to the couple, I said, "I'm -- I don't mean to bother you
  • 00:22:14.210 --> 00:22:18.090
  • or disturb your breakfast, but when you prayed and blessed
  • 00:22:18.120 --> 00:22:20.240
  • your food, I feel like the Lord spoke something to me.
  • 00:22:20.270 --> 00:22:24.140
  • Do you mind if I share it with you?"
  • 00:22:24.170 --> 00:22:25.250
  • And they said, "No, please do."
  • 00:22:25.280 --> 00:22:28.020
  • And I looked right at her and I said, "Your child
  • 00:22:28.050 --> 00:22:31.100
  • is going to be blessed and going to bring great joy
  • 00:22:31.130 --> 00:22:33.210
  • to many people."
  • 00:22:33.240 --> 00:22:35.220
  • And they started crying and they said to me, "Last week,
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  • our pastor said the exact same words to us,
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  • gave us the same prophecy last week."
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  • OK.
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  • OK.
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  • So, God used me to minister to someone because
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  • I was plugged in.
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  • But, I want to go back to this, why was she glowing?
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  • Why do pregnant women glow?
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  • Think about it.
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  • She has had an intimate relationship with her husband.
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  • Remember Adam knew Eve and she conceived.
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  • Joseph did not know Mary.
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  • Mary had not known a man, had not been intimate
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  • with a man.
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  • A pregnant woman glows because she's been intimate
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  • with her husband and life is growing inside of her
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  • and people recognize it.
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  • I'll show you one more scripture.
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  • Look at Acts 4:13.
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  • It says, "Now, when they saw the boldness of Peter and John
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  • and perceived that they were uneducated common men,
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  • they were astonished, and they recognized that they had,"
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  • watch the last three words, "been with Jesus."
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  • Remember what Mark 3 said.
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  • "Then He appointed 12 that they might be with Him."
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  • Acts 4, "They recognized they had been with Jesus."
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  • They had been intimate with their husband.
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  • Life was growing in them and people recognized it.
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  • Do you know what your Christian calling is?
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  • We do need to be a light to a dark world.
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  • We need to glow.
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  • But, we're not going to glow unless we grow.
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  • And we're not going to grow if we don't spend time with Jesus.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: God has called us to be like Him, to be His light
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  • in a dark world.
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  • So, I want you think about this.
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  • Our Christian calling is to be just that, Christians.
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  • Christ-like.
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  • That's what the word Christian means.
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  • But, the only way we're going to be like Christ
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  • is by spending time with Him.
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  • I so appreciate you watching.
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  • I appreciate so much that you have a hunger
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  • for God's Word.
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  • We're going to continue this next time, "Why Am I Here?
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  • What's God's Calling for My Life?"
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  • And I'm going to get more specific about
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  • how to know God's specific calling for your life.
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  • See you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Each one of us has found ourselves
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  • asking question such as:
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  • "What am I supposed to do with my life?"
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  • or, "What is my purpose on earth?"
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  • and, "Why am I even here?"
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  • It's time to find the answers to these questions.
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  • In this teaching series, Pastor Robert answers
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  • these common yet difficult questions,
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  • and will help you discover practical truths from God's Word
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  • about your unique calling.
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  • Your calling involves much more than the job
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  • or career you choose, and it doesn't have to wait
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  • until you finish with school.
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  • And it definitely doesn't end with retirement.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: This is your number one thing.
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  • It's your priority and this is our priority as disciples;
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  • to be with Him, because the power to do
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  • comes from the power to be.
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  • "I want you to be with Me,"
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  • and the disciples needed to learn to be with Him.
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  • ANNOUNCER: So at whatever stage you're in right now
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  • this is the time to explore the eternal value
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  • of your unique calling.
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  • For your gift of any amount today,
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  • we would like to send you the "Why Am I Here?" series on CD.
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  • And for gift of $35 or more,
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  • we'll send you this three-part teaching series
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  • on both CD and DVD.
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  • As you study along with Pastor Robert in this series,
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  • you begin to discover more than just what you're supposed to do
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  • with your life, in fact, you'll discover
  • 00:26:31.170 --> 00:26:33.060
  • that your true calling is more than just what you do
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  • it's about who you are and who you were called to be.
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  • Visit us online at PastorRobert.com
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  • or give us a call today.
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  • And as always, thank you for your support of our ministry.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best life isn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids, or the ideal job.
  • 00:27:04.240 --> 00:27:07.280
  • It's about changes in your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart, you'll discover
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  • that there is so much more to life.
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  • With humor, passion, and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secrets of Living Your Best Life."
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