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September 16, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You know, if you sow finance
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: You know, if you sow finances,
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  • you'll reap finances.
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  • If you sow kindness, you reap kindness.
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  • If you sow forgiveness, you reap forgiveness.
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  • All I'm asking you to do is apply a principle
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  • that you're already mature in, in other areas, to witnessing.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: So, we're in a series called "R.E.A.L",
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  • as you saw a moment ago,
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  • Relevant, Engaging, Authentic Life.
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  • This is the last one in that series,
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  • and then next weekend, again, is our marriage conference.
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  • But, I just want to say this.
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  • Don't let this just be a good series.
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  • Don't just remember the funny story, you know,
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  • like the lady on the ski lift, you know, that I witnessed to,
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  • or somethin', and say, boy, wasn't that a funny story?
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  • Let the series change us.
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  • Let's all get more excited and begin praying about witnessing
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  • and sharing our faith.
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  • Think about it.
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  • We're on this earth as ambassadors for Christ.
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  • I mean, the Lord could, just as soon as you get saved,
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  • just take us on to heaven.
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  • But, He leaves us here because His desire is for every person
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  • to come to know Christ, and we're his only hope.
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  • I don't know if you ever thought about that.
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  • We're it.
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  • If we are not salt and light, as we talked about,
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  • the world's in trouble.
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  • And we have the greatest story to tell,
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  • and that's His story, and what He's done in our life.
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  • So, every week, I've chosen an analogy to use,
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  • and this week it's farmers, and the reason is
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  • because farmers know that when they plant seeds,
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  • they're planting seeds of life.
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  • Witnesses, believers, know that when they share
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  • the gospel, they are planting seeds of life.
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  • And that seed might not come up right then,
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  • but eventually, it might come up.
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  • And also when we witness, we might not be just planting,
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  • we might be watering a seed that someone else has planted,
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  • but at some point, that seed could be harvested,
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  • that person could be saved.
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  • So, 2 Corinthians 9:6 says, "But this I say,
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  • he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
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  • and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
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  • Now, this is a chapter that is talking about
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  • financial giving.
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  • If you read the whole chapter, he is talking about
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  • giving their finances to the kingdom,
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  • and he uses the analogy of sowing and reaping.
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  • But, this analogy works in any area of your life.
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  • If you're a student, studying is sowing.
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  • Don't expect to reap a good grade if you don't sow,
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  • if you don't study, right?
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  • Whatever job you do, don't expect to get a promotion
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  • or a raise if you're not a hard worker and you're diligent.
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  • That's sowing and reaping.
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  • If you're married, don't expect to have a good marriage
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  • if you're not kind, and humble, and you'll yield,
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  • and you'll work through situations,
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  • you're not stubborn.
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  • You've got to sow to be able to reap,
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  • so it works in every area.
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  • What about the area of witnessing?
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  • See, I think all of us would love to lead people to Christ.
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  • That's the reaping part.
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  • But, hear me.
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  • If you sow sparingly, you reap sparingly.
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  • Let me say it another way.
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  • If you witness sparingly, then you win people to Christ
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  • sparingly, just a few.
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  • If you witness bountifully, then you win people
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  • to Christ bountifully.
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  • Are you all following me?
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  • So, I'm gonna share with you three very simple,
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  • very simple -- they're gonna be kind of like
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  • the fishing message, you know?
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  • You put your bait in the water,
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  • you put your hook in the water, okay.
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  • They're very simple, three laws about sowing and reaping,
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  • and they're very simple.
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  • You can probably remember 'em, because there's only one word
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  • different in each point, alright?
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  • So, here's the first one.
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  • Again, they're simple, but you reap what you sow.
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  • I know it's simple, but you reap what you sow.
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  • In other words, you can answer me on this.
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  • If you sow corn, what are you gonna reap?
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  • Corn. Alright.
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  • So, if you saw a farmer standing in the field,
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  • and there's no crop yet, and he's standing there,
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  • and so you say, so what are you expecting to come up
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  • in this field?
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  • And he says, wheat.
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  • You say, oh, so you planted wheat?
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  • No, I planted corn, but I'm expecting wheat.
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  • Okay, he's got a screw loose.
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  • Something's wrong, right?
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  • If you plant corn, you're gonna -- okay,
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  • it's this simple.
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  • If you plant the gospel, you're gonna reap souls.
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  • You reap what you sow.
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  • It's so simple, and yet we don't seem to understand.
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  • Now again, this is in a chapter on giving.
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  • If you look at Verse 7, the very next verse, it says,
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  • "So let each one give as he purposes in his heart,
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  • not grudgingly or of necessity,
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  • for God loves a cheerful giver".
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  • Okay. So, it's talking about finances.
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  • Here's the thing about Gateway Church.
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  • Most people that come to Gateway Church
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  • have had a breakthrough in the area of giving.
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  • We're an extremely generous church.
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  • So, you already know this principle
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  • when it comes to finances.
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  • You know if you sow finances, you'll reap finances.
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  • If you sow kindness, you reap kindness.
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  • If you sow forgiveness, you reap forgiveness.
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  • Some of you already know this.
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  • All I'm asking you to do is apply a principle
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  • that you're already mature in, in other areas, to witnessing.
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  • Every one of us here want to win people to Christ,
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  • but you can't reap where you haven't sown.
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  • It's so simple!
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  • It's like, boy, I hear, Pastor Robert,
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  • of you sharing all of these stories about these people
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  • you win to Christ, and I would love to win people to Christ.
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  • Well, you've got to reap, you've got to sow,
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  • you've got to put some seed in the ground.
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  • And I try to plant everywhere I go.
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  • You can't imagine.
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  • My wife can tell you, I normally get my story in
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  • to everyone, somehow.
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  • Somehow, it doesn't matter what we're talking about,
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  • I'm going to slip in there:
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  • "You know, I used to be on drugs, and now I'm a pastor."
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  • And, sometimes, they say, okay.
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  • You know, they don't care.
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  • That's okay!
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  • They're not ready to be reaped yet.
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  • But sometimes, they say, what?
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  • You're a pastor and you used to be on drugs?
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  • See, I'm just going to, everywhere I go.
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  • So I just want you to know that I don't win everyone
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  • to the Lord that I talk with, but I talk to a lot of people,
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  • because I'm planting seeds, and you reap what you sow.
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  • If you sow the gospel, you will reap souls.
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  • But if you don't sow the gospel,
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  • you'll probably never lead anyone to Christ.
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  • So, you reap what you sow, okay?
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  • Here's point number two, very simple.
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  • You reap after you sow.
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  • Okay, let's just imagine again,
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  • the farmer's in the field and you say to him,
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  • what are you doin'?
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  • Well, I'm waiting for my crop to come up.
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  • What are you waiting for?
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  • Corn.
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  • So, you planted corn?
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  • Nope, just waitin' for it to come up.
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  • Well, you reap after you sow.
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  • You have to plant before you harvest.
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  • Are you all following this message?
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  • See, all of these Christians want to win people to Christ,
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  • but they never talk to anyone about Him!
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  • They never share the gospel.
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  • Do you know that many people don't even know the gospel?
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  • The gospel is that God became a man in Jesus Christ,
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  • and He lived the life that we couldn't live,
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  • and He died the death that we should have died,
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  • and three days later He rose from the grave,
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  • proving that He is the Son of God,
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  • and He offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life
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  • to all who will repent and believe.
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  • That's the gospel!
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • [Applause]
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  • And we need to learn that so we can very simply tell that,
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  • because God's Word never returns void.
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  • The reason we're not seeing a harvest is because
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  • we're not planting, and you can't reap before you sow!
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  • You reap after you sow.
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  • Now, 1 Corinthians 3.
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  • I told you I'd be in 1 Corinthians 3,
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  • if you want to look at it.
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  • 1 Corinthians 3, Paul is having to straighten them out,
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  • because they're saying, well, I'm a disciple of Paul,
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  • or I'm a disciple of Apollos, who's another apostle,
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  • and he was trying to say, no, you're disciples of Jesus.
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  • God might have used Paul and Apollos in your life,
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  • but you're a disciple of Jesus.
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  • But, I want you to notice again this sowing and reaping,
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  • and then this watering concept.
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  • 1 Corinthians 3:4-6.
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  • "For when one says, "I am of Paul", and another says,
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  • "I am of Apollos", are you not carnal?"
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  • You're just being fleshly, you're being immature,
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  • he's saying, not spiritual.
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  • "Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos,
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  • but ministers through whom you believed,
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  • as the Lord gave to each one?"
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  • Now, watch this.
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  • "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase."
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  • In other words, God saved you.
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  • Sometimes, when I go to campuses and greet people,
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  • people will say to me, Pastor Robert, you saved me.
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  • Now, I know what they're saying, and I understand,
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  • and I don't correct them.
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  • It's okay.
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  • But actually, God saved you, but maybe He used me.
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  • But, who is Paul?
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  • Who is Apollos?
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  • Now, I don't want to put myself there,
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  • but who is any pastor, except someone that God uses?
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  • I planted.
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  • Another pastor, or another Christian,
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  • or someone at your work, maybe they planted.
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  • Someone else watered.
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  • Maybe I'm the one that you got saved when you came here,
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  • but it was God that saved you.
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  • As a matter of fact, I memorized long ago,
  • 00:10:33.270 --> 00:10:36.250
  • when I first got saved, Proverbs 11:30 says,
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  • "He who wins souls is wise".
  • 00:10:40.000 --> 00:10:41.290
  • Now, I memorized it in the Old King James,
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  • "He that winneth souls is" wiseth...
  • 00:10:44.090 --> 00:10:47.230
  • no, just "wise", it says wise.
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  • But, "He who wins souls is wise", and I would say,
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  • I want to be a soul-winner, I want to be a soul-winner.
  • 00:10:52.200 --> 00:10:54.150
  • And that's not bad, but I just remember reading through
  • 00:10:54.180 --> 00:10:57.260
  • the Bible one time, and I'd been thinking about,
  • 00:10:57.290 --> 00:11:00.070
  • I want to be a soul-winner, I want to be a soul-winner.
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  • "He who wins souls is wise."
  • 00:11:02.180 --> 00:11:04.080
  • And I got to 1 Timothy 1:17, and it says, "To God,
  • 00:11:04.110 --> 00:11:07.240
  • who alone is wise".
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  • And when I put those two verses together,
  • 00:11:12.210 --> 00:11:14.110
  • "He that wins souls is wise", and God's the only one
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  • that's wise.
  • 00:11:17.230 --> 00:11:19.150
  • Now, I know God gives wisdom.
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  • I know we pray for wisdom.
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  • I know the Scriptures make us wise.
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  • I know we seek wisdom.
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  • I understand that.
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  • But really, God's the only One that's really wise.
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  • So what I'm saying is, God's the soul-winner,
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  • I'm the one that witnesses.
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  • I'm the one that plants, I'm the one that waters,
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  • and I might even be the one that gets to lead someone
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  • to the One who wins their soul, to the One who saves
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  • their soul, to Christ.
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  • So, He's the One.
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  • So, we plant and we water.
  • 00:11:49.010 --> 00:11:50.140
  • So, sometimes, you're planting, sometimes, you're watering.
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  • I was at Best Buy one time, buying something
  • 00:11:53.260 --> 00:11:57.110
  • that was best, I think.
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  • So, and I was standing there, no one behind us
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  • in line, checking out.
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  • And I just said, like a do a lot of times, I said,
  • 00:12:10.100 --> 00:12:12.120
  • "Hey, if you don't have a good church,
  • 00:12:12.150 --> 00:12:14.170
  • I want to invite you to my church."
  • 00:12:14.200 --> 00:12:17.060
  • And this young lady, in her 20's probably,
  • 00:12:17.090 --> 00:12:20.160
  • she goes like this.
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  • And then she leans over and says,
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  • "I need to go to church."
  • 00:12:26.160 --> 00:12:30.020
  • So, I went "I can help you!
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  • I know where a church is."
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  • I didn't know what she was, you know, looking for.
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  • But then, she does it again.
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  • She goes...
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  • "I also need to be saved."
  • 00:12:52.100 --> 00:12:56.020
  • So I said...
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  • "I can help you."
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  • And I led her to the Lord, right there
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  • at the cash register.
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  • Now I don't know, when we prayed, you know,
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  • she might have prayed like this.
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  • I don't know.
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  • I don't know what that was about,
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  • but maybe she was thinking, I'm not supposed to be
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  • talking about things like this at work.
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  • I don't know, but she got saved
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  • and she came to church, okay?
  • 00:13:21.010 --> 00:13:23.080
  • So, here's someone that just said to me,
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  • I need to be saved.
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  • Okay, why?
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  • Just please hear my [indiscernible].
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  • You might think, nothing like that ever happens to me.
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  • Okay, I'm going to ask you, just straight out.
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  • How much do you plant?
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  • How much do you sow?
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  • I reap all the time, but I plant all the time!
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  • Everywhere I go, I'm trying to talk to everyone.
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  • I'm like the people that are in a multi-level business,
  • 00:13:48.160 --> 00:13:54.000
  • you know, except I'm not in that.
  • 00:13:54.030 --> 00:13:56.070
  • I'm just, everybody I meet is a potential soul
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  • for the kingdom of God.
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  • I'm gonna try to get the Gospel in somehow.
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  • You're in trouble if you see me at Wal-Mart!
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  • I'm coming after you.
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  • Here's the third one.
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  • Again, it's real simple.
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  • You reap more than you sow.
  • 00:14:15.190 --> 00:14:21.110
  • You reap more than you sow.
  • 00:14:21.140 --> 00:14:22.250
  • Now, this is a principle in Scripture.
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  • If you plant an apple seed, you don't get back
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  • one apple seed.
  • 00:14:30.000 --> 00:14:31.280
  • In God's economy, you get back a tree with many apples,
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  • each apple has many seeds.
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  • You always get more.
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  • If you only got back what you planted -- it takes
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  • two kernels of corn to grow a stalk with five to six ears,
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  • with 200 to 300 kernels on each ear.
  • 00:14:45.150 --> 00:14:48.220
  • Okay, so if you only got back what you planted,
  • 00:14:48.250 --> 00:14:51.130
  • we'd starve to death, right?
  • 00:14:51.160 --> 00:14:54.280
  • So, God has it where you sow just a little bit
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  • and you get back a whole lot more, so you can feed
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  • a lot of people and then still have more to plant.
  • 00:15:00.270 --> 00:15:03.160
  • That's God's economy.
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  • You always get back more than you plant.
  • 00:15:04.190 --> 00:15:10.020
  • Have you ever heard of a guy named John Chapman?
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:13.230
  • Well, let me give you his nickname.
  • 00:15:13.260 --> 00:15:14.290
  • You've probably heard of him, Johnny Appleseed.
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  • So, for 50 years, 50 years, he travels across the country,
  • 00:15:18.260 --> 00:15:24.020
  • planting apple orchards.
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  • What many people don't know is he was an adamant Christian,
  • 00:15:25.140 --> 00:15:29.090
  • and he witnessed everywhere he went.
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:32.130
  • So, he was planting more than just apple seeds,
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  • he was planting the gospel.
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:35.270
  • As a matter of fact, they say he's responsible
  • 00:15:36.000 --> 00:15:38.040
  • for more Native Americans accepting Christ
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  • than any other white person, because he shared his faith
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  • everywhere he went, and they left him alone,
  • 00:15:44.070 --> 00:15:46.050
  • because he was also planting apple seeds that helped them
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  • and helped their tribe.
  • 00:15:50.130 --> 00:15:51.140
  • But also, they left him alone because
  • 00:15:51.170 --> 00:15:53.190
  • word spread that he knew the Great Spirit,
  • 00:15:53.220 --> 00:15:57.170
  • and he did, the real One.
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  • So, he just traveled around.
  • 00:16:00.230 --> 00:16:01.240
  • But, think about all of these seeds he planted,
  • 00:16:01.270 --> 00:16:04.030
  • but how many apples now have come up?
  • 00:16:04.060 --> 00:16:06.090
  • So, I'm just saying to you, reap more, okay.
  • 00:16:06.120 --> 00:16:07.220
  • So, when I think about that, I think,
  • 00:16:07.250 --> 00:16:10.090
  • well, how does that work with the gospel?
  • 00:16:10.120 --> 00:16:14.070
  • Remember planting and watering.
  • 00:16:14.100 --> 00:16:15.290
  • Let me show you this Scripture I wanted to show you,
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  • 1 Corinthians 3:7-8.
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  • "So then neither he who plants is anything,
  • 00:16:20.080 --> 00:16:23.220
  • nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
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  • Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and",
  • 00:16:27.280 --> 00:16:32.150
  • watch, "each one will receive
  • 00:16:32.180 --> 00:16:35.140
  • his own reward according to his own labor."
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  • So, let me explain some things and then illustrate it to you.
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  • Don't ever let the devil tell you that you've failed
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  • if the person doesn't accept Jesus,
  • 00:16:49.270 --> 00:16:54.100
  • because winning souls is really God's business.
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  • He's the One that saves people.
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  • Our business is planting and watering,
  • 00:17:01.000 --> 00:17:03.250
  • planting seeds and watering seeds
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  • that have already been planted.
  • 00:17:05.160 --> 00:17:06.220
  • But, God's really the only One
  • 00:17:06.250 --> 00:17:07.250
  • that can bring a person to Christ.
  • 00:17:07.280 --> 00:17:09.050
  • That person has a will, and that person can accept Christ,
  • 00:17:09.080 --> 00:17:12.100
  • and then Christ saves them.
  • 00:17:12.130 --> 00:17:14.000
  • So, if you try to lead someone to the Lord
  • 00:17:14.030 --> 00:17:17.010
  • and the person doesn't get saved,
  • 00:17:17.040 --> 00:17:19.080
  • don't ever let the devil tell you, you failed,
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  • because you did the only thing you could do,
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  • and that was either plant or water.
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:26.260
  • And my whole motivation in this message is to get us
  • 00:17:26.290 --> 00:17:29.240
  • to plant more seeds and water more seeds,
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  • to get us to share our faith.
  • 00:17:32.190 --> 00:17:33.250
  • And if we'll share our faith, God does the rest.
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  • He does it.
  • 00:17:36.260 --> 00:17:39.090
  • I asked you a while ago if you'd ever heard
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:40.180
  • of John Chapman.
  • 00:17:40.210 --> 00:17:41.230
  • Have you ever heard of a guy named Edward Kimball?
  • 00:17:41.260 --> 00:17:45.090
  • So, I want to share it with you about him,
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:47.160
  • but let me just say, to set this up,
  • 00:17:47.190 --> 00:17:53.220
  • you reap more than you sow, but when it comes
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:55.290
  • to witnessing, I remember thinking,
  • 00:17:56.020 --> 00:17:58.000
  • it doesn't seem that way, God.
  • 00:17:58.030 --> 00:17:59.240
  • It seems like that we witness to more people
  • 00:17:59.270 --> 00:18:01.230
  • than actually get saved.
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:03.080
  • But, why doesn't the law of harvest work in witnessing?
  • 00:18:03.110 --> 00:18:08.130
  • Well, it does, and I'm gonna show you how it does.
  • 00:18:08.160 --> 00:18:11.180
  • See, we don't know how many people actually get saved
  • 00:18:11.210 --> 00:18:16.100
  • from the one seed that we plant, 'cause we don't know
  • 00:18:16.130 --> 00:18:21.090
  • if that person down the road gets saved,
  • 00:18:21.120 --> 00:18:24.040
  • and then his family gets saved,
  • 00:18:24.070 --> 00:18:26.100
  • and we don't know if one of his family becomes
  • 00:18:26.130 --> 00:18:28.040
  • an evangelist, and hundreds or thousands get saved.
  • 00:18:28.070 --> 00:18:34.110
  • So, have you ever heard of Edward Kimball?
  • 00:18:34.140 --> 00:18:36.100
  • Edward Kimball was a Sunday school teacher.
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  • One day he witnessed to a shoe salesman
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  • named Dwight L. Moody -- D.L. Moody.
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:52.200
  • D.L. Moody accepted Christ.
  • 00:18:52.230 --> 00:18:55.090
  • D.L. Moody then was preaching, and Frederick B. Meyer
  • 00:18:55.120 --> 00:18:58.120
  • accepted Christ, and became an evangelist.
  • 00:18:58.150 --> 00:19:02.060
  • Frederick B. Meyer then preached,
  • 00:19:02.090 --> 00:19:03.220
  • and Wilbur Chapman accepted Christ.
  • 00:19:03.250 --> 00:19:06.260
  • Wilbur Chapman then ministered to a baseball player,
  • 00:19:06.290 --> 00:19:10.210
  • a baseball player
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  • who came to Christ and became an evangelist,
  • 00:19:12.190 --> 00:19:15.090
  • named Billy Sunday.
  • 00:19:15.120 --> 00:19:18.060
  • Billy Sunday then went to Charlotte, North Carolina,
  • 00:19:18.090 --> 00:19:22.000
  • held this great crusade, thousands of people came,
  • 00:19:22.030 --> 00:19:25.040
  • hundreds of people saved.
  • 00:19:25.070 --> 00:19:27.130
  • So they said, will you come back?
  • 00:19:27.160 --> 00:19:29.020
  • He said, I can't come back, my schedule's too full,
  • 00:19:29.050 --> 00:19:31.190
  • but he sent a young man that he had led to Christ,
  • 00:19:31.220 --> 00:19:33.290
  • named Mordecai Ham.
  • 00:19:34.020 --> 00:19:36.040
  • Mordecai Ham goes back to North Carolina,
  • 00:19:36.070 --> 00:19:38.240
  • preaches a revival, but hardly anybody comes,
  • 00:19:38.270 --> 00:19:41.220
  • and only one little boy accepted Christ.
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  • His name was Billy Graham.
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:51.180
  • [Applause]
  • 00:19:51.210 --> 00:19:59.030
  • It all started because a Sunday school teacher
  • 00:19:59.060 --> 00:20:04.270
  • shared Jesus with a shoe salesman,
  • 00:20:05.000 --> 00:20:11.010
  • and then D.L. Moody won thousands to Christ,
  • 00:20:11.040 --> 00:20:16.090
  • Frederick B. Meyer, Billy Sunday,
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:21.200
  • and then Billy Graham.
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  • It's amazing what God does.
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  • I'm just asking you to share your faith,
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  • because I want you to know something.
  • 00:20:30.270 --> 00:20:32.050
  • When you plant a seed, hundreds and thousands
  • 00:20:32.080 --> 00:20:36.090
  • of people could be saved.
  • 00:20:36.120 --> 00:20:38.080
  • I've told most of you at some point,
  • 00:20:38.110 --> 00:20:40.120
  • but you may not remember.
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:42.030
  • On my mother's side, we have church planters
  • 00:20:42.060 --> 00:20:44.010
  • and missionaries.
  • 00:20:44.040 --> 00:20:45.210
  • On my father's side, we have rum runners and alcoholics.
  • 00:20:45.240 --> 00:20:51.070
  • Except, my father got saved, but the way he got saved was
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:54.260
  • when my grandfather worked for the Texas Highway Department.
  • 00:20:54.290 --> 00:20:58.050
  • His job was to put asphalt in potholes.
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  • He worked with a man named Ray Alexander.
  • 00:21:01.240 --> 00:21:04.170
  • Ray Alexander shared Christ with my grandfather.
  • 00:21:04.200 --> 00:21:09.110
  • He said, "I'd like for you to come over tonight after dinner
  • 00:21:09.140 --> 00:21:11.110
  • so I could show you in the Bible what I'm telling you."
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:13.180
  • So, my grandfather decided to go.
  • 00:21:13.210 --> 00:21:15.110
  • My father asked if he could drive him.
  • 00:21:15.140 --> 00:21:18.000
  • My father was 16 years old, never been to church,
  • 00:21:18.030 --> 00:21:22.040
  • never heard the name Jesus except as a curse word.
  • 00:21:22.070 --> 00:21:26.140
  • So my father goes over, drives my grandfather,
  • 00:21:26.170 --> 00:21:28.230
  • and sits on the front porch, and as Ray Alexander,
  • 00:21:28.260 --> 00:21:32.030
  • this deacon from a Baptist church,
  • 00:21:32.060 --> 00:21:34.110
  • shared Christ with my grandfather, he said,
  • 00:21:34.140 --> 00:21:37.030
  • "Would you like to accept Christ?"
  • 00:21:37.060 --> 00:21:39.010
  • My grandfather said, "No."
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:41.200
  • Ray Alexander said, "Well, if you ever decide
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:43.190
  • to accept Christ, pray a prayer like this."
  • 00:21:43.220 --> 00:21:47.060
  • And as he told my grandfather the prayer,
  • 00:21:47.090 --> 00:21:50.000
  • my father prayed the prayer, sitting on the steps.
  • 00:21:50.030 --> 00:21:55.280
  • And then I got saved, and then a lot of people
  • 00:21:56.010 --> 00:21:59.240
  • have gotten saved.
  • 00:21:59.270 --> 00:22:01.280
  • By the way, I led my grandfather to the Lord
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:04.180
  • 45 years later.
  • 00:22:04.210 --> 00:22:07.140
  • Then, I was thinking about this guy
  • 00:22:07.170 --> 00:22:09.080
  • who shared Christ with him, and so I said to my father,
  • 00:22:09.110 --> 00:22:12.130
  • "Do you remember his name?"
  • 00:22:12.160 --> 00:22:13.180
  • He said, "Yes, Ray Alexander in El Dorado, Arkansas."
  • 00:22:13.210 --> 00:22:16.290
  • So, I called.
  • 00:22:17.020 --> 00:22:18.260
  • Back then, you called directory assistance.
  • 00:22:18.290 --> 00:22:20.220
  • It was... [Laughter]
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  • So, I looked it up on the Internet.
  • 00:22:25.200 --> 00:22:27.250
  • No, there wasn't an Internet.
  • 00:22:27.280 --> 00:22:29.070
  • So, I called and the guy answers the phone.
  • 00:22:29.100 --> 00:22:33.160
  • My grandfather's name was Joe Morris, and I said,
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  • "Do you remember Joe Morris?"
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  • And he said, "Yes, I still pray for him to this day."
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  • I said, "Well, I'm his grandson.
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  • Did you know that my father accepted Christ
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  • sitting on the steps that night that my grandfather
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  • didn't accept Christ?"
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  • He said, "I didn't know that."
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  • I said, "Well, I became an evangelist.
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  • For seven years, I was an evangelist, and now a pastor,
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  • and many people have accepted Christ because of you.
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  • And I wanted to say thank you, but I wanted you to know
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  • that I led my grandfather to the Lord
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  • before he went to be with the Lord, before he died."
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  • And I said, "You said you prayed for him every day."
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  • He said, "I do."
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  • He said, "In the back of my Bible I have the names
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  • of every man that I've ever witnessed to,
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  • and I pray for them until they accept Christ."
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  • And he said, "When they accept Christ,
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  • I put a check beside their name,
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  • and your grandfather was the only name
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  • in the back of my Bible that doesn't have a check beside it,
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  • but when we get off the phone, I'm going to put a check
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  • beside his name."
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  • [Applause]
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  • A deacon at a church.
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  • I said, "How many names do you have
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  • in the back of your Bible?'
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  • He said, "I'm not sure, but I know it's over 100."
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  • One man leads over 100 people to Christ, shares Christ,
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  • and then look how it goes.
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  • I'm telling you, life-giving farmers,
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  • that's what God's called us to be.
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  • If you'll plant and water seeds,
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  • the harvest will be huge.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: Isn't that amazing?
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  • I'm in the kingdom today because a man
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  • who put asphalt in potholes on the highway
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  • shared the gospel with my grandfather.
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  • And my grandfather, at that time,
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  • did not accept Christ, although he did later,
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  • but my father accepted Christ,
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  • and raised me in a Christian home.
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  • So I want to encourage you, when we share the gospel,
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  • even if the person says no, we didn't fail.
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  • We might have been planting a seed,
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  • or we might have been watering the seed,
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  • so let's go out and be life-giving farmers.
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  • Let's put the seed in the ground,
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  • and let's let God bring the rain,
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  • and let's let God do the rest.
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  • Let's share the gospel everywhere we go.
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  • See you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Jesus said, that we are to be both, "salt and light
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  • to the world around us," by sharing His truth
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  • with the people that are in our daily lives.
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  • So where exactly do we start?
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  • What are we supposed to share?
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  • And how do we it effectively?
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  • The good news is that sharing your story
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  • doesn't have to be difficult.
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  • In fact, it's one of the easiest things a believer can do.
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  • In the "REAL" series, Pastor Robert explains
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  • what it means to be a witness and live a real
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  • engaging and authentic life;
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  • a life that influences others with the truth of Jesus.
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  • In this four message series, you will learn the importance
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  • of how to tell your story.
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  • You will learn how to use the influence
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  • that God has already given you to become a better
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  • and bolder witness of His love and His work in your life.
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  • We want to send you this series on CD
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  • as our way of saying thank you for your gift of any amount.
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  • For your gift $35 or more we will send you this series
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  • on CD and include the real devotional.
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  • we will send you the Real series on CD and DVD,
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  • the Real devotional, and the latest
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  • Gateway Worship Album, "Greater Than."
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  • This series is also available online
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  • as either an audio or video digital download
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  • at PastorRobert.com
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  • Be sure to call or visit us online today
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  • to order these resources and please take a moment
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  • to connect with us by sharing your prayer needs.
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  • We look forward to hearing from you
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  • and as always, thank you for your
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  • generous support of this 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.
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  • It's about changes in your family, health,
  • 00:27:08.150 --> 00:27:11.000
  • 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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