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Influencer Part 3

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December 1, 2019
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Ron Carpenter

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Influencer Part 3

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  • to my left and your right, influencers.
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  • What are we talking about?
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  • We're talking about how to influence heaven.
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  • Is it possible?
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  • Can you really do that?
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  • Hang around and you'll see.
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • RCTV 255 Message: 9-29-19 Airs: 12-1-19
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  • Well, in case you don't know by now,
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  • ask your children because they know.
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  • On social media,
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  • we have a whole new career opportunity called influencers.
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  • And those are people that have a solid enough,
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  • or a great enough, following,
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  • that now they become advertisers, influencers,
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  • for specific brands,
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  • whether it'd be a clothing line,
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  • whether it'd be health products, nutrition products,
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  • whether it'd be makeup, no matter what it would be,
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  • they have always been companies
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  • that want to influence you in their direction.
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  • I'm trying to find the people that want to influence heaven.
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  • There are people in the earth
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  • that when they pray, that when they worship,
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  • heaven moves, heaven shifts.
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  • Things begin to turn in their favor.
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  • And so, that's the group of people
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  • that I'm trying to rally
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  • and give those keys to,
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  • how is it that heaven pays attention to what I say?
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  • And how is it that those prayers that I pray
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  • can be answered, Amen.
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  • I want you to know I took a lot of gas out of my tank
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  • that first service because they got
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  • a little bit crazy in here now.
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  • But this is...
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  • You'll learn something about me,
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  • when I learn something new,
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  • I get really excited.
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  • I'm a student, I love to learn
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  • and when God shows me something that I've never seen before,
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  • and it's the first time coming out of me,
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  • I get extremely animated.
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  • This needs to be taught.
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  • This is not a preaching message
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  • because it's very content heavy
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  • but I'll do my best to contain myself
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  • every once in a while
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  • but you got to promise me you going to throw me an Amen
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  • at least every once in a while,
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  • Amen? - [Congregation] Amen!
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  • - Okay.
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  • I want you to turn in your Bible to Luke, Chapter 18.
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  • And after you turn to Luke, Chapter 18,
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  • it's going to take me about seven or eight minutes
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  • to get there.
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  • Last week, how many of you got to hear last week's message?
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  • How many of you got to hear?
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  • - [Congregation] Woo!
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  • - I thought last week's message was heavy,
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  • I thought it was heavy.
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  • The weight of the information was heavy,
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  • the weight of the responsibility,
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  • (coughs) pardon me, was heavy.
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  • And those are the kinds of messages,
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  • we keep them online, you can go back.
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  • I heard a lot of people say,
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  • I had to listen to that two or three times.
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  • That's all right but I'm not going to hold back
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  • in the delivery of this thing
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  • because last week was really the beginning
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  • of trying to lay some new foundations
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  • and maybe to destroy some old mindsets.
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  • Let me tell you what I talked about last week
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  • and then I'll get into Luke 18.
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  • So just stay engaged with me right here.
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  • What I began to talk about last week is,
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  • it's hard to get people to pray
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  • and I just say things that other pastors think.
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  • I say it, I don't really care.
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  • People don't pray because praying is boring.
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  • And they sit there
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  • and they go through their whole family tree
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  • and they ask God to bless anybody that they can remember.
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  • And seven minutes has gone by
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  • and they hear people say, well, I prayed an hour
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  • and they don't think how in the world,
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  • I can't stay here an hour, I'll go crazy.
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  • And the fact is,
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  • I would never have to teach about prayer,
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  • ask you to pray, encourage you to pray,
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  • motive you to pray, or do a prayer conference
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  • if you just saw your prayers answered.
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  • If your prayers started getting answered,
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  • I'd have to stop you from praying.
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  • You'd be wanting to come to church saying,
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  • can we just pray for two hours?
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  • If God was answering your prayers.
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  • Your God is not a tease.
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  • Your God gets nothing out of seeing you beg
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  • for the same thing for 10 years.
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  • If you've been praying the same prayer,
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  • 10, 12, 15, 20 years with no answer,
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  • there has to be something wrong
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  • because the Bible makes it clear
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  • that we are to believe we've received the moment we pray.
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  • And that God hears the prayer
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  • and that God answers you,
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  • and it even says, He'll do great and mighty things
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  • when you pray things that you know not of.
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  • So God's promise is that He's a responder.
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  • But yet there's so many of us,
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  • our prayer life is so boring and so routine,
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  • and so rigid and religious,
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  • if it even exists anymore
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  • because the fact is, we lost heart
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  • because we came to God full of faith.
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  • And we came to Him full of faith,
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  • and then we came to Him about half full of faith,
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  • and then we came to Him,
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  • and then we had a little bit of faith,
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  • and then we just don't have faith no more
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  • because we never saw nothing happen.
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  • Whenever I see something that God promised me not happening,
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  • I'm just going to tell you the kind of guy I am,
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  • I'm going to find out why.
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  • Because God is not a man that He should lie.
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  • So if He's promised me something
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  • and I'm not experiencing it,
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  • it's not that God lied,
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  • there's something I don't know.
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  • And I'm the kind of preacher,
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  • I'm going to go on a journey
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  • and find out what that is.
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  • If you would allow me to be so bold,
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  • I think I know why prayers are not being answered,
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  • and I think we're about to release some information
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  • that could be so life-changing
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  • that you will never be the same
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  • after this teaching is over with.
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  • I don't know if that excites you
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  • but if it does, put your hands together.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • Those of you online,
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  • you tuned in on the right day.
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  • Keep playing, if you would, a minute, Brandon.
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  • So last week, let me catch you up to speed.
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  • Last week was when I talked about the fact
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  • that God put Adam in the earth to rule it,
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  • to run it.
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  • That sounds okay until you look at the implications of it.
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  • The implications of Genesis, Chapter 1,
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  • I call it the dominion mandate of Genesis 1.
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  • God made man,
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  • God put man in the earth in His command,
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  • Genesis 1:26,
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  • was to rule it,
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  • have dominion in it,
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  • subdue it,
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  • fill it,
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  • and multiply.
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  • Earth is under your responsibility, Adam.
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  • K?
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  • God owns it.
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  • We got to understand the difference
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  • between ownership and control.
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  • The earth is the Lord's,
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  • the Psalms have declared,
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  • and everything in it, the fullness thereof.
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  • Ownership is not in question.
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  • But the only thing I can liken Adam's experience on earth
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  • would be to a lease.
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  • A lease, you do not own the property,
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  • somebody else is the property owner.
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  • But when you lease it,
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  • you are in control and in charge of the activities
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  • that go on on that property during the time of your lease.
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  • You can run an insurance company out of it,
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  • you can run a real estate office out of it,
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  • you can do a printing company out of it,
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  • you can open up a tech company out of it.
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  • Somebody else owns it
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  • but you're in charge of what's happening in it.
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  • When God put Adam in the earth,
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  • He put Adam in charge of what is happening in the earth.
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  • Rule it, have dominion in it,
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  • I'm not getting no Amens!
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  • - [Congregation] Amen!
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  • (clapping)
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  • - You know why we're not Amen-ing?
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  • Because of the unbelievable responsibility
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  • that that lays on our shoulders
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  • and when something goes wrong,
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  • we can no longer blame God.
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  • Why don't God fix all this?
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  • Why does God allow such suffering in the world?
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  • God didn't cause us suffering, man caused it.
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  • God put man here, told him the way to be blessed,
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  • you can eat from everything,
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  • you can't eat from this.
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  • Man went directly and did what God told him not to do,
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  • sin entered the world,
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  • and man lost his ability to govern it.
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  • So the earth has been operating apart from God's laws
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  • because Adam was put here to operate the earth
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  • just like heaven.
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  • Adam was made in God's image,
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  • Adam was made in God's likeness,
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  • and last week, I put Luke 3:38, the genealogy,
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  • they went from Jesus all the way back to Adam.
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  • Then when they told Adam's genealogy,
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  • they said Adam, comma, the son of God.
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  • Most of us think Jesus is the only son of God.
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  • God said let us make man,
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  • who do you think it came out of?
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  • It came out of God.
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  • His body came out of the dirt
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  • but the body was just mud.
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  • God (blows air) breathed in it.
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  • He put himself into the mud
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  • and when He put himself into the mud,
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  • it became a living soul.
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  • (congregation clapping and cheering)
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  • Let us make man in our likeness and in our image
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  • so when you saw Adam, you saw his father.
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  • He ruled it like his father.
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  • The Bible says whatever Adam called it,
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  • that's what it was.
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  • God spoke things and they came into existence
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  • and Adam operated the same way.
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  • Then Adam took of the tree that God said was His own.
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  • That tree was a tithe.
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  • (congregation cheering)
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  • God said you can eat all the rest
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  • but this is mine.
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  • God only holds out a portion for Himself
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  • and says, don't eat it.
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  • He did that with your income.
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  • He said this part, this tenth, is mine.
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  • Take the 90%, buy you a motorcycle
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  • if you'd like to buy a motorcycle,
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  • buy you an electric car if you like,
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  • if you want a muscle car, rev your engine.
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  • I don't care what you do with the 90.
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  • Quit judging what people do with the 90.
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  • God said anything you want to.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • But He said this is mine.
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  • Don't eat it.
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  • Whenever we eat God's portion,
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  • nothing good ever comes out of it.
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  • Some of you say,
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  • I wish you'd take up the offering now, I feel bad.
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  • Let's do it again.
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  • Adam took of that,
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  • the Bible says, from the day you do, you will die,
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  • well, obviously he kept living.
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  • How did he die?
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  • And in the Bible, the word death
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  • does not mean the cessation of life,
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  • it means separation.
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  • So Adam was cut off from God
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  • because immediately God came walking in the garden
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  • and said, Adam, where are you?
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  • Why would God even say that?
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  • They were connected.
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  • But something cut it off.
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  • So Adam is now a soul of mine and he's a body,
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  • but spiritually, he's dead and God is a spirit.
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  • He's naked, his father's clothes,
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  • his reginment of glory has been taken from him.
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  • And the Bible says that earth has been thrown into futility.
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  • That's why we say the chaos, sin and man,
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  • caused the world we're living in, not God.
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  • God came to redeem it.
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  • "For God so loved", not people, "the world",
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  • "He gave his only begotten son."
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  • God said, I love all of it.
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  • And He said, I can save you
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  • and put you back in dominion over all of it
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  • and you can begin to to correct the things that are wrong.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • There ain't nobody preaching this,
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  • I'm just going to tell you.
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  • I'm going out on limbs here
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  • but look at your neighbor and say,
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  • I don't think he cares,
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  • tell him I don't think he cares.
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  • Yeah, I don't.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • Earth was never meant to operate apart from heaven,
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  • it was meant to operate just like heaven.
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  • And God put something on earth that was just like him
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  • to govern the earth the way that He governs the heavens.
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  • - [Narrator] No doubt everyone wants their prayers answered.
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  • In this series, Pastor Ron teaches us practical steps
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  • on how to approach God directly.
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  • - In your house, you represent the government of heaven.
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  • In a fight, you represent the government of heaven.
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  • You are a citizen of heaven
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  • and you are an ambassador here,
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  • so you got to go in to that argument saying,
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  • what would heaven say?
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  • You got to go into that problem saying,
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  • what would heaven do?
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  • I am representing heaven,
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  • I'm not representing Ron.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • - This is where we came to last week.
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  • I had to lay out those legal ramifications.
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  • Jesus came as, what they called,
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  • the second or the last Adam, why?
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  • If an Adam screwed it up,
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  • it's going to take an Adam to fix it.
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  • So, Adam lost his ability to govern the earth.
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  • But only man can govern the earth.
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  • God is a spirit, so what did God do?
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  • The Bible says that God became a man.
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  • Came into the earth through the womb of a woman,
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  • His name was Jesus.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • And Jesus said, "All authority has been given unto me."
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  • In other words, dominion and the earth
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  • was what was at stake,
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  • not ownership, but governorship.
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  • And we the people of God have not been saved
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  • so we can come to church
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  • and sing songs and build coffee bars.
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  • We've been saved for you to have dominion
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  • in your world and rule your world, Hallelujah.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • Luke, Chapter 18.
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  • That's good so far,
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  • I don't know if y'all know it,
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  • I'm already preaching.
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  • Luke, Chapter 18,
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  • and I'm just going to break some of this down,
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  • and it's very eye-opening.
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  • Since I have learned these revelations,
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  • my prayer life has been revolutionized.
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  • I want to share them with you.
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  • Luke 18, I'ma start at Verse 1.
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  • "Then he spoke a parable to them
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  • "that men always ought to pray and not lose heart."
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  • Here He is telling a story.
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  • Whenever Jesus goes off telling a story,
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  • He's trying to explain kingdom truths
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  • in a way in which the hearer can grasp it.
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  • Salvation is simple,
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  • believe that He died and rose again,
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  • and put your faith in it.
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  • But Jesus came to save you
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  • so that you can have a kingdom.
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  • The Bible says, "If you seek it first,
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  • "all these things shall be added unto you."
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  • Most of our prayer life is about things.
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  • We're praying about all these things going wrong,
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  • all these things we need.
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  • The Bible says, if you get the kingdom,
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  • all the things are in the kingdom.
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  • Maybe we're praying about the wrong stuff.
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  • Jesus said, "Pray this way,
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  • "that my kingdom would come and my will would be done."
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  • Ah!
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  • He said don't pray for a bunch,
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  • don't give me a list,
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  • He said just pray for the kingdom.
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  • So when Jesus is telling a story,
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  • to those that are casual, it's just a neat story.
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  • But the seeker, seek ye first,
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  • the seeker opens up the curtain
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  • because Jesus hides the keys to the kingdom
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  • behind the story.
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  • This is good.
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  • So when He starts telling a story,
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  • that's when you need to pay attention
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  • because there's something behind that curtain.
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  • "He told this parable," that's a story,
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  • saying, "Men to always pray and not lose heart,"
  • 00:16:06.140 --> 00:16:08.190
  • saying, "There was in a certain city, a judge,
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  • "who did not fear God nor regard man.
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  • "Now there was a widow in that city
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  • "and she came to him saying,
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  • "'Get justice for me for my adversary.'"
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  • She's got an enemy.
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  • She wants to be vindicated
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  • from what that enemy has done.
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  • K?
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  • How many of you, the enemy's ever messed around your house?
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  • The rest of you, we're going to have an altar call
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  • for lying in just a minute.
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  • "Now he would not for a while,
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  • "but afterward, he said within himself,
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  • "'Though I do not fear God nor regard man,'"
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  • in other words, I don't care about him,
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  • he's just ambivalent.
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  • He said, here's the reason,
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  • "Yet because this woman,"
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  • or this widow, "troubles me,
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  • "I will avenge her less she continually,"
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  • her continually coming, "she weary me."
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  • Let me put that in California English.
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  • This woman about to aggravate me to death.
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  • (congregation laughing)
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  • "Then the Lord said,
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  • "'Here what the unjust judge said?'"
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  • In other words, He said,
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  • if this judge who doesn't fear God have your faith
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  • or care anybody have any favor toward any person,
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  • He said, "shall God not avenge his elect to cry out to Him?"
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  • He said, if this judge who don't care
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  • will do the right thing,
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  • will your God
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  • who died for you?
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  • And chose you?
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  • Called you by His name?
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  • If this judge will do the right thing,
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  • will your God not hear your prayer and do the right thing?
  • 00:18:01.030 --> 00:18:04.230
  • (congregation cheering and clapping)
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  • "Though he bears low with them,
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  • "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily."
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  • He says not only will God answer your prayer,
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  • He said, but He's going to do it quick.
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  • So everything we're experiencing,
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  • it contradicts what He just taught.
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  • You need to be able to come up here and pray
  • 00:18:30.260 --> 00:18:33.130
  • during our worship service
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  • and have answers before you get back to your seat.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • Something's wrong.
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  • Let's figure it out.
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  • Lord, bless the reading of Your Word,
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  • in Jesus' name, and everybody said Amen.
  • 00:18:44.080 --> 00:18:47.030
  • He said, "Men ought to always pray and not lose heart."
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  • I'm really going to take two weeks
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  • and break these five scriptures down all the way, K?
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  • If you see people in the South,
  • 00:19:01.030 --> 00:19:02.090
  • they eat chicken all the way down to the bone.
  • 00:19:02.100 --> 00:19:04.180
  • Yeah, I mean down to the nub.
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  • I've seen some of them suck the bone after the nub's gone.
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  • I'm taking this one all the way down.
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  • (congregation cheering)
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  • Said, "Men ought to always pray and not lose heart."
  • 00:19:16.290 --> 00:19:19.200
  • That word, lose heart, there,
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  • is actually one word in the Greek
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  • and it means to lose energy inwardly
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  • because of outward circumstances.
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  • Says, men ought to always keep their energy,
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  • their internal, emotional investment in prayer,
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  • and not pay attention to what their eyes see.
  • 00:19:39.260 --> 00:19:43.130
  • (congregation clapping)
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  • See, when you start breaking it down,
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  • it means something totally different.
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  • It is your enemy's job
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  • to put something in front of your eyes
  • 00:19:54.080 --> 00:19:56.050
  • that contradict what you're asking for.
  • 00:19:56.060 --> 00:19:58.120
  • If you see something in front of you
  • 00:19:59.280 --> 00:20:01.260
  • that is a contradiction to what you know God promised,
  • 00:20:01.270 --> 00:20:05.010
  • you ought to already call
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  • your self group and your life group members
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  • and throw a party.
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  • Buy a cake and throw a party
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  • because the fact that you are seeing the opposite
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:13.250
  • means God has already heard your prayer,
  • 00:20:13.260 --> 00:20:16.060
  • and you need to pay no attention what you're,
  • 00:20:16.070 --> 00:20:18.200
  • do not let your eyes weary you.
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  • Do not let your eyes exhaust you.
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  • If God is giving you a promise,
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  • your God is not a man that He can lie
  • 00:20:25.290 --> 00:20:28.250
  • and your God watches over His word,
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  • and over His promises.
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  • I'm telling ya, I feel this thing.
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  • You're going to have to put up with me
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  • because I can't preach it without preaching it
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  • with fire and passion.
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  • Your God will answer your prayers.
  • 00:20:40.150 --> 00:20:43.070
  • I need somebody to wave at me and say Amen!
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:45.160
  • (congregation clapping and cheering)
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  • When you're praying,
  • 00:20:56.080 --> 00:20:58.060
  • what exhausts you
  • 00:21:02.040 --> 00:21:04.060
  • is when you see no difference.
  • 00:21:04.070 --> 00:21:06.270
  • Faith has nothing to do with sight.
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:09.150
  • We live by faith, not by sight.
  • 00:21:12.000 --> 00:21:15.050
  • In fact, the opposite of faith is not doubt, it's sight.
  • 00:21:15.060 --> 00:21:19.010
  • The fact that you have faith
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  • means you pay no attention
  • 00:21:23.120 --> 00:21:24.280
  • to what's in front of your face.
  • 00:21:24.290 --> 00:21:27.030
  • The Bible says, "The things that we see,
  • 00:21:27.040 --> 00:21:29.060
  • "were made by things that we cannot see.
  • 00:21:29.070 --> 00:21:31.130
  • "And the things which we see are temporary
  • 00:21:31.140 --> 00:21:33.180
  • "and the things which are unseen are eternal."
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:36.000
  • That word that God promised you,
  • 00:21:36.010 --> 00:21:37.290
  • that thing is not going anywhere.
  • 00:21:38.000 --> 00:21:39.230
  • The Bible says heaven and earth will pass away
  • 00:21:39.240 --> 00:21:41.280
  • but the Word of God will always remain.
  • 00:21:41.290 --> 00:21:44.080
  • It is unchanging, it will never pass away.
  • 00:21:44.090 --> 00:21:47.010
  • But that situation in front of you,
  • 00:21:47.020 --> 00:21:49.030
  • if you can see it, it's got to come and it's got to go.
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:52.110
  • It's got to come and I'm going to say that about four times.
  • 00:21:52.120 --> 00:21:54.290
  • It's got to go,
  • 00:21:55.000 --> 00:21:56.060
  • it's got to come and it's got to go.
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:21:58.020
  • That thing in front of you is not terminal.
  • 00:21:58.030 --> 00:22:00.140
  • Your faith can move it,
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:02.020
  • your faith can change it.
  • 00:22:02.030 --> 00:22:03.240
  • If you get the Word of God in your heart
  • 00:22:03.250 --> 00:22:05.240
  • and speak it out of your mouth,
  • 00:22:05.250 --> 00:22:07.130
  • you can tell that mountain to move
  • 00:22:07.140 --> 00:22:09.100
  • and it shall be done for you.
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  • Is anybody hearing what I'm saying?
  • 00:22:11.290 --> 00:22:14.000
  • (congregation clapping)
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  • Peter looked at Jesus,
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  • Peter was in the boat,
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  • Jesus was on the water,
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  • there was an opportunity for the miraculous.
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  • Jesus said, "Lord, if it is you, bid me to come."
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  • Jesus said come
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  • and Peter stepped out of the boat,
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  • and Peter did not walk on water.
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  • Nobody's ever walked on water,
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  • you can't walk on water,
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  • Peter walked on Word.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • When Jesus said come,
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  • he stepped out on that Word
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  • and that Word held him on top of that water,
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  • and as long as he had that Word,
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  • deep down inside of him, a miracle was taking place.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • Then the Bible says, "Then he saw,
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  • "The wind and the waves,
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  • "and he began to sink."
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  • That is exactly what I'm talking about.
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  • Put something in front of you
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  • that contradicts what Jesus just said.
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  • Jesus said come!
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  • In other words, the wind and the waves don't matter.
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  • If you got a Word, you can walk on top of water,
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  • walk on top of wind.
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  • But what he saw talked him out of what he heard.
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  • And it's where you put your focus
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  • that will determine your destiny.
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  • Do you focus on what you see
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  • or do you focus on what He said?
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  • If you focus on what He said, you'll keep walking.
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  • If you focus on what you see, you'll start sinking.
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  • (congregation clapping)
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  • Am I preaching this thing all right?
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  • (congregation cheering)
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  • (electronic music)
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  • (electronic music)
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  • - I am having so much fun, too much fun,
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  • preaching this series.
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  • I'm learning so much
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  • and I hope that you are too.
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  • I just want to take a minute
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  • to just talk to the wonderful people out there.
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  • If you would, don't click us off this quick, why?
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  • Because what I'm getting ready to talk to you about
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  • is how we get to do what we do.
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  • It's not the shouting, it's not the clapping,
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  • it's not the singing, and it's not the preaching
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  • that allows us to stay on air.
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  • It's the fact that people care.
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  • It's that people care enough to pray,
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  • people care enough to intercede,
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  • people care enough to call in,
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  • people care enough to share praise reports,
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  • prayer requests, and people care enough to give.
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  • And you have been those people
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  • and I just want to tell you
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  • and look you straight in the eye through these cameras,
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  • and tell you I am so grateful
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  • that you believed in us enough
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  • that you would invest and so seed.
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  • I believe every seed has to find good ground
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  • or you can waste the seed.
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  • And we try our best to be fertile ground, good ground,
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  • that can produce a 30, 60, 100 full return
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  • back into your life.
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  • I'm asking you, would you help us?
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  • Those of you that have been,
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  • I'm asking you to continue.
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  • We've got more vision than we've ever had,
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  • we've got more force than we've ever had.
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  • I'm so excited about our translation equipment
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  • and translators who have now come in,
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  • now we're in three languages.
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  • We are sending it out to China in Chinese,
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  • we're sending it out all over,
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  • Spanish-speaking nations in Spanish,
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  • of course, we're speaking it in English.
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  • And my next one I wanna do is Russian.
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  • And we believe it can go into these areas of the world
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  • to people who've never heard the Gospel.
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  • And even right here in the Silicon Valley,
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  • which is a melting pot,
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  • we get this message of the kingdom
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  • into people's known language.
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  • I need your help.
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  • We believe God's doing something big here
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  • and we want you to be apart of it.
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  • Maybe you've never given before.
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  • I want to invite you into this big family.
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  • Maybe you want to give one time,
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  • maybe you'd like to become a partner,
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  • said, this is a part of an ongoing blessing,
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  • I want to bless it now.
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  • But for this very special offer,
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  • this gift we will send you,
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  • that is our great, big thank you
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  • for being a part of this wonderful family.
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  • Thank you for your giving.
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  • Thank you for your participation.
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  • Thank you that you care.
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  • Don't forget to connect with me
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  • on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter,
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  • and every other way that you possibly would want to.
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  • Don't forget i-church on Sundays,
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  • so many ways to connect with us.
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  • And we would love to develop a deeper relationship with you.
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  • May God bless you deeply
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  • and until next week, God bless.
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  • - [Narrator] Join us every week
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  • for another exciting message from Ron Carpenter.
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  • And until then, visit us online at roncarpenter.com
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  • and discover encouraging resources
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  • to help you reach your greatest potential
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  • in your Christian walk.
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  • And when you visit,
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  • consider partnering with our ministry team,
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  • to help us take this life-changing message to the world.
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  • Our goal is to take the message and ministry
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  • of Ron Carpenter to a world-wide audience,
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  • but we can only do it with your help.
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  • And don't forget to connect with Ron everyday
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  • through social media.
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  • Thank you so much for being a part of this ministry
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  • and we'll see you again next time
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  • for another challenging message with Ron Carpenter.
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