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50/50 Faith Part 1

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October 2, 2019
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Steven Furtick

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50/50 Faith Part 1

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  • - 'Perhaps',
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  • 'cause that word
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  • gives me hope.
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  • It gives me hope
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  • for my insecurity.
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  • It gives me hope
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  • for my impossibilities
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  • and my uncertainty.
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  • It gives me hope to know
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  • that sometimes
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  • even in the midst
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  • of making progress
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  • in my life,
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  • even in the midst
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  • of obeying the revealed
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  • will of God,
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  • there are going to be moments
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  • where one minute
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  • I have great faith,
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  • and the next moment
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  • I'm overcome by great fear.
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  • And just because
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  • I'm in an uncertain place
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  • doesn't mean I don't have
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  • - And I have a scripture
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  • for you today that I think
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  • will be a great blessing
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  • in your life.
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  • It's in 1 Samuel 14:6.
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  • The Bible says,
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  • "Jonathan said to his
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  • young armor-bearer,
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  • 'Come, let's go over
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  • to the outpost
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  • of those uncircumcised men.'"
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  • He's talking trash
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  • about the Philistines.
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  • He calls them a derogatory name.
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  • He's talking about
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  • their uncircumcision.
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  • Wow.
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  • He must be fired up
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  • about something.
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  • He's a little belligerent.
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  • He's getting bold now.
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  • He can't afford
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  • to wait around and wait
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  • for something to happen
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  • from heaven when God
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  • has already given him
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  • a certain power on the earth.
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  • So he turns to
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  • who he has available
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  • at this point and says
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  • let's go,
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  • it's just me and you.
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  • Well, touch somebody, say,
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  • "Let's go."
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  • Now, I want you do me a favor.
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  • If you're the only one
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  • on your row who praises God
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  • today during this sermon,
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  • I want you to go and look
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  • at somebody next
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  • to you and say,
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  • "Will you go with me?"
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  • Amen.
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  • He said, "Let's go over
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  • to the outpost of those
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  • uncircumcised men.
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  • Perhaps the Lord
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  • will act in our behalf.
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  • Nothing can hinder
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  • the Lord from saving,
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  • whether by many or by few."
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  • In this third installment of,
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  • "Maybe God",
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  • my subject in my lesson today
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  • is called, "50/50 Faith".
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  • I wanna teach you
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  • on this principle that
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  • has been so useful in my life
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  • as a leader and it's useful
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  • for me as a husband, as a dad,
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  • and just as a man.
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  • "50/50 Faith".
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  • I believe this principle
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  • is going to set you free
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  • in some of the areas
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  • where indecision
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  • has imprisoned you
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  • and you've been waiting around
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  • and God is going to show you
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  • something today
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  • by the power and virtue
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  • of His word and spirit
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  • that only He could show you
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  • about 50/50 faith.
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  • Praise the Lord.
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  • I celebrated
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  • my 39th birthday this week.
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  • Appreciate your pity.
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  • You know that last one
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  • with the three in front of it.
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  • I'm owning it.
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  • I am so owning turning 40.
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  • I am so owning these
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  • little gray whiskers
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  • that are popping up.
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  • I'm not dying them
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  • or anything like that.
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  • Uh-huh, I'm gonna tell 'em
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  • to get a close up
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  • on these gray things
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  • on the camera.
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  • Just zoom right into
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  • the grayest patch
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  • you can find in this beard.
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  • I'm proud of it.
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  • I don't care what my kids
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  • say about it.
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  • And when they tell me
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  • that my jokes are cringey
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  • and stuff like that --
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  • one of my kids told me that
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  • the other day and I just
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  • asked him a question back.
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  • He said your jokes
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  • are so cringey
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  • and I just asked him a question.
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  • I said,
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  • "How many people show up
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  • to hear you speak?
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  • Since I'm so cringey."
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  • Conversational
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  • parenting approach.
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  • You might wanna try it sometime.
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  • But one of the things
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  • I think keeps happening to me
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  • and is really happening to me
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  • at this stage of my ministry
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  • in life 'cause I have been
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  • doing this as a pastor
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  • over 13 years
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  • is that I feel so good
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  • saying that.
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  • It just felt cool.
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  • I've been doing this
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  • over 13 years.
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  • That's a long time
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  • to do anything.
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  • Amen.
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  • I've never been less certain
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  • and I've never been
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  • more confident
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  • all at the same time.
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  • All at the same time.
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  • And it's a strange thing how
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  • when you give up
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  • your need for certainty,
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  • you can gain a true confidence
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  • that is independent
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  • of circumstance.
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  • Can I preach to somebody today
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  • right here in this
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  • back left section
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  • of Ballantyne?
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  • The passage that I read to you
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  • is one of my favorites.
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  • If they were giving out
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  • an Academy Award
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  • for Best Old Testament
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  • Narrative Scripture,
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  • I would want to nominate
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  • Jonathan as best
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  • supporting actor
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  • because he's not
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  • as famous as David,
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  • but he's a pretty good
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  • example for me
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  • and has helped me a lot.
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  • This passage has helped me
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  • a lot through the years.
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  • Every couple years
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  • I preach it,
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  • and when I circle back to it,
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  • I see a different
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  • dimension of faith.
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  • I see a different dimension
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  • of the kind of confidence
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  • that we can have in Christ
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  • and in His promises.
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  • But I also see all
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  • of the uncertainty
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  • and self-doubt
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  • that it also entails.
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  • And that my faith is not
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  • a formula and it can never be.
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  • The more I try to make it
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  • into a formula,
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  • the less valuable
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  • it becomes to me.
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  • When life challenges
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  • all of my presuppositions
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  • and all of my ideas about
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  • what kind of ways God wants
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  • to work collapse under
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  • the weight of real life,
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  • under the weight of real bills,
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  • under the weight
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  • of real medical reports.
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  • And I need the kind
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  • of faith that
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  • is not dependent
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  • on my presuppositions.
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  • I need the kind of faith
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  • that can deal
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  • with some ambiguity.
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  • I need a faith like
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  • Richard Rohr says that
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  • can be patient with mystery.
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  • I need a kind of faith
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  • that is not dependent
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  • on my plans to prevail.
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  • I need the kind of faith
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  • that can stand up against
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  • the worst thing that happens.
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  • I need the kind of faith
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  • that can shine
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  • when God goes dark.
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  • When I don't know,
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  • when I can't say it,
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  • when I can't see it,
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  • when I don't feel like
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  • I can make it,
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  • I need a faith
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  • that can withstand
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  • these seasons.
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  • Now, around the verse
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  • that I read you
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  • is a little episode
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  • and if you've been
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  • tracking with the series,
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  • I've used a few different
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  • Old Testament passages
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  • from Judges and Samuel
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  • to try to give us
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  • some sort of arc
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  • or to give us some
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  • kind of context
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  • for the way that transition
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  • creates opportunity
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  • for us to trust God.
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  • In this particular transition,
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  • a negative one
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  • for the nation of Israel,
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  • King Saul has really
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  • lost his way and he's abdicated
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  • his leadership.
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  • But now, Saul, the King,
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  • was unable to commit himself
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  • fully to the ways
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  • and the will of the Lord.
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  • Rather than to engage
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  • in a relationship
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  • with the living God,
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  • he has begun to manipulate.
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  • When he begins to manipulate
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  • and treat God
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  • as some kind of mechanism
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  • to get what he wants
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  • when he wants it,
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  • he loses that unique ability
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  • that we have to hear
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  • the voice of God.
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  • When you lose the ability
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  • to hear the voice of God,
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  • you waste energy,
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  • you waste resources,
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  • you waste worry on situations
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  • that God didn't even want you
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  • to give your attention to.
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  • So that's why I need
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  • to hear His voice.
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  • Saul having lost that ability
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  • is now surrounded
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  • by his enemies.
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  • So much so that his people
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  • that he was responsible for
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  • leading are hiding in rocks,
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  • in caves, in thickets.
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  • I just wanted to put
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  • the work thickets in there
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  • 'cause I don't get to use it
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  • on an everyday basis.
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  • But we're all hiding
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  • in places sometimes,
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  • we find ourselves
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  • tucked away in mindsets,
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  • in patterns, in isolation,
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  • away from people,
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  • away from life,
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  • away from joy,
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  • away from risk,
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  • away from opportunity.
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  • And this was the situation
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  • in 1 Samuel 14.
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  • Pick up Verse 23 from 13,
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  • "Now a detachment of Philistines
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  • had gone out
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  • to the pass at Michmash."
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  • It's always helpful to
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  • point out that the enemy
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  • always attacks you
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  • at the passages.
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  • He always attacks you
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  • at the places of transition
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  • from what you knew
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  • to what you don't know,
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  • from where you were
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  • to where you're going.
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  • And so when he can set up
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  • an ambush at the passage,
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  • he can keep you from
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  • moving forward
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  • in those transitional,
  • 00:08:02.200 --> 00:08:04.090
  • pivotal moments of your life.
  • 00:08:04.090 --> 00:08:07.040
  • And then, "One day..."
  • 00:08:07.040 --> 00:08:08.040
  • Somebody shout,
  • 00:08:08.040 --> 00:08:08.220
  • "One day."
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  • "One day Jonathan, son of Saul,
  • 00:08:11.030 --> 00:08:14.030
  • said to his young armor-bearer,
  • 00:08:14.030 --> 00:08:16.160
  • 'Come, let's go over
  • 00:08:16.160 --> 00:08:17.190
  • to the Philistine outpost
  • 00:08:17.190 --> 00:08:18.270
  • on the other side.'
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  • But he did not tell his father."
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  • Be very careful
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  • who you talk to
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  • about what God is doing
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  • inside of you.
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  • Be very careful
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  • who you communicate with
  • 00:08:31.260 --> 00:08:33.220
  • about the impressions
  • 00:08:33.220 --> 00:08:35.120
  • that God is stirring
  • 00:08:35.120 --> 00:08:36.130
  • inside of you.
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  • If you talk to the wrong people
  • 00:08:37.260 --> 00:08:39.260
  • about the right idea,
  • 00:08:39.260 --> 00:08:41.250
  • your idea will die
  • 00:08:41.250 --> 00:08:44.050
  • before it has the opportunity
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  • to conceive and give birth
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  • to what God is doing
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  • in your life.
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  • How many know I'm right
  • 00:08:49.110 --> 00:08:50.090
  • about that?
  • 00:08:50.180 --> 00:08:53.180
  • "Saul was staying
  • 00:08:53.180 --> 00:08:54.030
  • on the outskirts of Gibeah
  • 00:08:54.030 --> 00:08:55.160
  • under a pomegranate tree
  • 00:08:55.160 --> 00:08:56.180
  • in Migron.
  • 00:08:56.180 --> 00:08:57.270
  • With him were about 600 men,
  • 00:08:57.270 --> 00:09:00.100
  • among whom was Ahijah,
  • 00:09:00.100 --> 00:09:01.280
  • who was wearing an ephod.
  • 00:09:01.280 --> 00:09:03.250
  • He was the son of Ichabod.
  • 00:09:03.250 --> 00:09:05.200
  • He was the son
  • 00:09:05.200 --> 00:09:06.070
  • of Ichabod's brother rather,
  • 00:09:06.070 --> 00:09:07.290
  • Ahitub, son of Phinehas,
  • 00:09:07.290 --> 00:09:10.110
  • the son of Eli,
  • 00:09:10.110 --> 00:09:11.290
  • the Lord's priest in Shiloh.
  • 00:09:11.290 --> 00:09:14.140
  • No one was aware
  • 00:09:14.140 --> 00:09:15.210
  • that Jonathan had left.
  • 00:09:15.210 --> 00:09:18.040
  • On each side that Jonathan
  • 00:09:18.040 --> 00:09:19.140
  • intended to cross to reach
  • 00:09:19.140 --> 00:09:20.280
  • the Philistine outpost
  • 00:09:20.280 --> 00:09:22.170
  • was a cliff.
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  • One was called Bozez,
  • 00:09:23.210 --> 00:09:25.210
  • and the other Seneh."
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  • Bozez means slippery,
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  • Seneh means thorny.
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  • Nobody told me it would be easy.
  • 00:09:31.150 --> 00:09:33.240
  • God didn't promise me
  • 00:09:33.240 --> 00:09:34.250
  • that His will would be
  • 00:09:34.250 --> 00:09:35.190
  • convenient.
  • 00:09:35.190 --> 00:09:36.290
  • Quit thinking that
  • 00:09:36.290 --> 00:09:37.110
  • proof positive that you're
  • 00:09:37.110 --> 00:09:38.230
  • in the will of God is that
  • 00:09:38.230 --> 00:09:40.240
  • it feels good to you.
  • 00:09:40.240 --> 00:09:42.250
  • Quit thinking that
  • 00:09:42.250 --> 00:09:43.190
  • proof positive that you're
  • 00:09:43.190 --> 00:09:44.130
  • in the will of God is that
  • 00:09:44.130 --> 00:09:46.030
  • everybody understands it.
  • 00:09:46.030 --> 00:09:47.210
  • Quit thinking that
  • 00:09:47.210 --> 00:09:48.130
  • proof positive that you're
  • 00:09:48.130 --> 00:09:49.110
  • in the will of God is that
  • 00:09:49.110 --> 00:09:51.020
  • it just falls into place.
  • 00:09:51.020 --> 00:09:53.050
  • No he had to go through
  • 00:09:53.050 --> 00:09:54.080
  • a thorny place,
  • 00:09:54.080 --> 00:09:55.160
  • a slippery place,
  • 00:09:55.160 --> 00:09:56.240
  • an uncomfortable place,
  • 00:09:56.240 --> 00:09:58.060
  • an uncertain place.
  • 00:09:58.060 --> 00:09:59.220
  • And just because
  • 00:09:59.220 --> 00:10:00.230
  • I'm in an uncertain place
  • 00:10:00.230 --> 00:10:02.010
  • doesn't mean I don't have
  • 00:10:02.010 --> 00:10:02.250
  • a certain purpose.
  • 00:10:02.250 --> 00:10:03.220
  • I'm gonna need somebody
  • 00:10:03.220 --> 00:10:04.260
  • to shout on that right there.
  • 00:10:04.260 --> 00:10:06.250
  • Right there.
  • 00:10:06.250 --> 00:10:07.280
  • Right there.
  • 00:10:07.280 --> 00:10:09.200
  • Touch somebody, say,
  • 00:10:09.200 --> 00:10:10.130
  • "I'm in His will."
  • 00:10:10.130 --> 00:10:12.180
  • And one of the proofs
  • 00:10:12.180 --> 00:10:13.160
  • that you're in His will is that
  • 00:10:13.160 --> 00:10:14.210
  • you're experiencing warfare.
  • 00:10:14.210 --> 00:10:16.290
  • It could be in terms
  • 00:10:16.290 --> 00:10:18.020
  • of an internal resistance
  • 00:10:18.020 --> 00:10:19.160
  • that you feel or even
  • 00:10:19.160 --> 00:10:20.220
  • if some things are
  • 00:10:20.220 --> 00:10:21.140
  • going crazy in your life.
  • 00:10:21.140 --> 00:10:23.010
  • And on each side
  • 00:10:23.010 --> 00:10:23.270
  • was a challenge.
  • 00:10:23.270 --> 00:10:25.190
  • On each side was a challenge.
  • 00:10:26.160 --> 00:10:29.160
  • "One cliff stood to the north
  • 00:10:29.160 --> 00:10:30.260
  • toward Michmash,
  • 00:10:30.260 --> 00:10:32.200
  • the other to the south
  • 00:10:32.200 --> 00:10:33.120
  • toward Geba.
  • 00:10:33.120 --> 00:10:34.240
  • And Jonathan said
  • 00:10:34.240 --> 00:10:35.170
  • to his young armor-bearer,
  • 00:10:35.170 --> 00:10:37.150
  • 'Come, let's go over
  • 00:10:37.150 --> 00:10:38.210
  • to the outpost of those
  • 00:10:38.210 --> 00:10:39.260
  • uncircumcised men.
  • 00:10:39.260 --> 00:10:41.260
  • Perhaps the Lord
  • 00:10:41.260 --> 00:10:42.210
  • will act in our behalf.
  • 00:10:42.210 --> 00:10:44.070
  • Nothing can hinder
  • 00:10:44.070 --> 00:10:45.000
  • the Lord from saving,
  • 00:10:45.000 --> 00:10:46.130
  • whether by many or by few.'"
  • 00:10:46.130 --> 00:10:48.200
  • God, I love Your word.
  • 00:10:48.200 --> 00:10:50.190
  • I'm gonna take a moment
  • 00:10:50.190 --> 00:10:51.090
  • and just talk to Him about it.
  • 00:10:51.090 --> 00:10:52.160
  • Thank You for putting that
  • 00:10:52.160 --> 00:10:53.190
  • one little word in Your word.
  • 00:10:53.190 --> 00:10:55.280
  • Not the one where He said
  • 00:10:55.280 --> 00:10:56.240
  • nothing can hinder the Lord.
  • 00:10:56.240 --> 00:10:59.010
  • Not the one where He said
  • 00:10:59.010 --> 00:10:59.260
  • come, let's go over.
  • 00:10:59.260 --> 00:11:01.200
  • But that one little word
  • 00:11:01.200 --> 00:11:03.090
  • where He said 'perhaps'.
  • 00:11:03.090 --> 00:11:05.150
  • 'Cause that word gives me hope.
  • 00:11:05.150 --> 00:11:08.150
  • It gives me hope
  • 00:11:08.150 --> 00:11:09.120
  • for my insecurity.
  • 00:11:09.120 --> 00:11:11.160
  • It gives me hope
  • 00:11:11.160 --> 00:11:12.120
  • for my impossibilities
  • 00:11:12.120 --> 00:11:14.010
  • and my uncertainty.
  • 00:11:14.010 --> 00:11:16.060
  • It gives me hope to know
  • 00:11:16.060 --> 00:11:17.230
  • that sometimes even
  • 00:11:17.230 --> 00:11:19.160
  • in the midst of making progress
  • 00:11:19.160 --> 00:11:21.210
  • in my life,
  • 00:11:21.210 --> 00:11:22.260
  • even in the midst of obeying
  • 00:11:22.260 --> 00:11:24.120
  • the revealed will of God,
  • 00:11:24.120 --> 00:11:25.270
  • there are going to be moments
  • 00:11:25.270 --> 00:11:27.280
  • where one minute
  • 00:11:27.280 --> 00:11:28.290
  • I have great faith
  • 00:11:28.290 --> 00:11:30.230
  • and the next moment
  • 00:11:30.230 --> 00:11:31.240
  • I'm overcome by great fear.
  • 00:11:32.040 --> 00:11:35.040
  • But watch the armor-bearer.
  • 00:11:35.040 --> 00:11:38.030
  • He says back to Jonathan
  • 00:11:38.030 --> 00:11:40.220
  • who had a crazy idea,
  • 00:11:40.220 --> 00:11:42.180
  • "Do all that you have in mind.
  • 00:11:42.180 --> 00:11:44.160
  • Go ahead.
  • 00:11:44.160 --> 00:11:45.270
  • I am with you heart and soul."
  • 00:11:46.170 --> 00:11:49.170
  • And Jonathan said,
  • 00:11:49.170 --> 00:11:50.190
  • "Come on, then.
  • 00:11:50.190 --> 00:11:51.260
  • Since you're talking
  • 00:11:51.260 --> 00:11:52.090
  • like that, come on, then.
  • 00:11:52.090 --> 00:11:53.290
  • Since you wanna do it too,
  • 00:11:53.290 --> 00:11:55.080
  • come on, then.
  • 00:11:55.080 --> 00:11:56.140
  • Since you don't think
  • 00:11:56.140 --> 00:11:57.100
  • I'm crazy for wanting to move
  • 00:11:57.100 --> 00:11:58.180
  • toward the enemy even though
  • 00:11:58.180 --> 00:12:01.000
  • we're outnumbered,
  • 00:12:01.000 --> 00:12:02.020
  • come on then.
  • 00:12:02.020 --> 00:12:03.100
  • Since you don't have
  • 00:12:03.100 --> 00:12:04.050
  • any more brain cells
  • 00:12:04.050 --> 00:12:05.080
  • or common sense than I do,
  • 00:12:05.080 --> 00:12:07.080
  • come on then."
  • 00:12:07.080 --> 00:12:08.140
  • Sometimes you need somebody
  • 00:12:08.140 --> 00:12:10.150
  • who will help you even though
  • 00:12:10.150 --> 00:12:11.240
  • your plan sounds like a bad plan
  • 00:12:11.240 --> 00:12:14.000
  • to try to find God in it
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:15.200
  • just so you don't stay stuck
  • 00:12:15.200 --> 00:12:17.050
  • and standing still.
  • 00:12:18.150 --> 00:12:21.150
  • Come on, then.
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:22.270
  • I like how he talked to him.
  • 00:12:22.270 --> 00:12:23.290
  • He's like come on, then.
  • 00:12:23.290 --> 00:12:25.000
  • And then the armor-bearer's
  • 00:12:25.000 --> 00:12:25.290
  • like go ahead, then.
  • 00:12:25.290 --> 00:12:26.200
  • And he's like
  • 00:12:26.200 --> 00:12:27.020
  • well, come on, then.
  • 00:12:27.020 --> 00:12:28.080
  • And they're pumping
  • 00:12:28.080 --> 00:12:28.210
  • each other up.
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:29.180
  • They're chest bumping
  • 00:12:29.180 --> 00:12:30.130
  • each other, you know,
  • 00:12:30.130 --> 00:12:31.180
  • and they don't have
  • 00:12:31.180 --> 00:12:32.070
  • anybody else 'cause watch this.
  • 00:12:32.070 --> 00:12:33.250
  • "The people who should
  • 00:12:33.250 --> 00:12:34.290
  • have had faith have been
  • 00:12:34.290 --> 00:12:37.100
  • overtaken by fear."
  • 00:12:37.110 --> 00:12:40.110
  • Now, this is the part
  • 00:12:40.110 --> 00:12:42.200
  • of the passage
  • 00:12:42.200 --> 00:12:43.110
  • that's gonna give me
  • 00:12:43.110 --> 00:12:44.000
  • the contrast
  • 00:12:44.000 --> 00:12:45.170
  • as we look at together
  • 00:12:45.170 --> 00:12:46.180
  • two different ways
  • 00:12:46.180 --> 00:12:47.230
  • that we try
  • 00:12:47.230 --> 00:12:48.060
  • to figure out God's will.
  • 00:12:48.060 --> 00:12:49.240
  • And everyone has a way
  • 00:12:49.240 --> 00:12:52.080
  • that you try to figure out
  • 00:12:52.080 --> 00:12:54.240
  • what the will of God is
  • 00:12:54.240 --> 00:12:55.220
  • even if you don't call it
  • 00:12:55.220 --> 00:12:57.190
  • trying to figure out
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:12:58.060
  • what the will of God is.
  • 00:12:58.060 --> 00:13:00.130
  • You have a way that you
  • 00:13:00.130 --> 00:13:01.090
  • make decisions
  • 00:13:01.090 --> 00:13:03.100
  • that you hope will be
  • 00:13:03.100 --> 00:13:04.030
  • most advantageous.
  • 00:13:04.030 --> 00:13:06.100
  • You have a way that you
  • 00:13:06.100 --> 00:13:07.020
  • try to discern wisdom
  • 00:13:07.020 --> 00:13:09.040
  • and you can't always
  • 00:13:09.040 --> 00:13:09.240
  • get it from a book.
  • 00:13:09.250 --> 00:13:12.250
  • And you can't always
  • 00:13:12.250 --> 00:13:13.130
  • get it from a class.
  • 00:13:13.130 --> 00:13:15.210
  • And you can't always get it --
  • 00:13:15.210 --> 00:13:16.240
  • here's what I figured out,
  • 00:13:16.240 --> 00:13:18.270
  • we're all making it up as we go.
  • 00:13:23.070 --> 00:13:26.070
  • This part of my sermon
  • 00:13:26.070 --> 00:13:28.120
  • is meant to encourage you.
  • 00:13:30.040 --> 00:13:33.040
  • All the people that are
  • 00:13:33.040 --> 00:13:34.260
  • writing parenting books,
  • 00:13:34.260 --> 00:13:37.200
  • about 15 steps
  • 00:13:37.200 --> 00:13:40.070
  • to raise a perfect kid,
  • 00:13:40.070 --> 00:13:41.100
  • they left out some footnotes.
  • 00:13:41.100 --> 00:13:44.010
  • And the bottom line is,
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:44.280
  • they just had good luck
  • 00:13:44.280 --> 00:13:46.010
  • in the gene pool because
  • 00:13:46.010 --> 00:13:47.270
  • God can give you a kid
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:50.040
  • that can make you question
  • 00:13:50.040 --> 00:13:51.070
  • all of your theories.
  • 00:13:51.220 --> 00:13:54.220
  • I love my children.
  • 00:13:54.220 --> 00:13:55.260
  • I'm just saying all of us
  • 00:13:55.260 --> 00:13:57.090
  • as parents are making it up
  • 00:13:57.090 --> 00:13:58.240
  • as we go.
  • 00:13:58.240 --> 00:14:00.120
  • All of us.
  • 00:14:00.120 --> 00:14:01.080
  • All of us are trying to
  • 00:14:01.080 --> 00:14:02.050
  • figure out with each child
  • 00:14:02.050 --> 00:14:03.190
  • and they're all different.
  • 00:14:03.190 --> 00:14:05.090
  • I know Holly was faithful to me,
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:07.150
  • but sometimes I'm like
  • 00:14:07.150 --> 00:14:08.120
  • how could they all be
  • 00:14:08.120 --> 00:14:09.160
  • so different if it was just
  • 00:14:09.160 --> 00:14:11.130
  • the common factor
  • 00:14:11.130 --> 00:14:12.130
  • of me and you.
  • 00:14:12.130 --> 00:14:14.070
  • But I trust her,
  • 00:14:14.070 --> 00:14:15.100
  • but sometimes they're
  • 00:14:15.100 --> 00:14:16.050
  • so different and I'm like
  • 00:14:16.050 --> 00:14:17.280
  • well you respond like this
  • 00:14:17.280 --> 00:14:19.060
  • and you respond like that.
  • 00:14:19.060 --> 00:14:20.160
  • And watch Jonathan's plan.
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:21.220
  • This is the dumbest idea
  • 00:14:21.220 --> 00:14:24.010
  • that you can find in the Bible.
  • 00:14:24.010 --> 00:14:25.110
  • The only one I can think
  • 00:14:25.110 --> 00:14:26.030
  • of as dumber is Moses
  • 00:14:26.030 --> 00:14:27.240
  • stretching out his stick
  • 00:14:27.240 --> 00:14:28.220
  • over the Red Sea.
  • 00:14:28.220 --> 00:14:29.270
  • That's pretty dumb.
  • 00:14:29.270 --> 00:14:31.240
  • Or maybe David throwing
  • 00:14:31.240 --> 00:14:32.180
  • a rock at a giant
  • 00:14:32.180 --> 00:14:33.260
  • who has a sword.
  • 00:14:33.260 --> 00:14:34.230
  • That's pretty dumb.
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:36.150
  • Or maybe Jesus commanding
  • 00:14:36.150 --> 00:14:38.010
  • the lunch from a little boy
  • 00:14:38.010 --> 00:14:39.150
  • in the crowd
  • 00:14:39.150 --> 00:14:40.020
  • and trying to feed 15.000
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:41.190
  • people with it.
  • 00:14:41.190 --> 00:14:42.140
  • That's pretty dumb.
  • 00:14:42.140 --> 00:14:43.290
  • Or maybe Mary going to Joseph
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:45.200
  • and saying I'm pregnant,
  • 00:14:45.200 --> 00:14:46.200
  • but it wasn't another man,
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:47.240
  • it was the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:14:47.240 --> 00:14:48.230
  • That's pretty dumb.
  • 00:14:48.230 --> 00:14:50.200
  • Or maybe it was a widow
  • 00:14:50.200 --> 00:14:51.200
  • going around borrowing jars
  • 00:14:51.200 --> 00:14:53.000
  • from her neighbors
  • 00:14:53.000 --> 00:14:53.240
  • when she didn't have
  • 00:14:53.240 --> 00:14:54.120
  • an oil and thinking some would
  • 00:14:54.120 --> 00:14:55.230
  • -- that's pretty --
  • 00:14:55.230 --> 00:14:56.150
  • now, that I come to think of it,
  • 00:14:56.150 --> 00:14:58.090
  • a lot of the stuff that God did
  • 00:14:58.090 --> 00:14:59.240
  • in His word looked like
  • 00:14:59.240 --> 00:15:01.020
  • a dumb decision to the people
  • 00:15:01.020 --> 00:15:02.150
  • while they were doing it.
  • 00:15:07.050 --> 00:15:10.050
  • Listen how dumb this is.
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:13.050
  • Listen.
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:13.150
  • Listen how stupid
  • 00:15:13.150 --> 00:15:14.040
  • this strategy is.
  • 00:15:14.040 --> 00:15:16.040
  • Somebody say, "Bad idea."
  • 00:15:16.040 --> 00:15:18.040
  • All right.
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:18.170
  • "Come on, then.
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  • We will crossover toward them
  • 00:15:19.100 --> 00:15:21.000
  • and let them see us."
  • 00:15:25.270 --> 00:15:28.270
  • Thought you were supposed
  • 00:15:28.270 --> 00:15:29.210
  • to sneak up on somebody
  • 00:15:29.210 --> 00:15:30.240
  • if you wanted to kill 'em,
  • 00:15:30.240 --> 00:15:32.120
  • but whatever.
  • 00:15:32.120 --> 00:15:34.200
  • "If they say to us..."
  • 00:15:34.200 --> 00:15:35.220
  • Now watch this,
  • 00:15:35.220 --> 00:15:36.060
  • he's making this up
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:37.200
  • 'cause I want you to notice
  • 00:15:37.200 --> 00:15:38.130
  • one thing about this passage,
  • 00:15:38.130 --> 00:15:40.060
  • God gives Jonathan the victory,
  • 00:15:40.060 --> 00:15:42.190
  • but God doesn't say
  • 00:15:42.190 --> 00:15:43.190
  • a single word.
  • 00:15:43.190 --> 00:15:46.120
  • The only people who speak
  • 00:15:46.120 --> 00:15:47.100
  • in this passage are Jonathan,
  • 00:15:47.210 --> 00:15:50.210
  • his assistant, and his enemies.
  • 00:15:51.000 --> 00:15:54.000
  • God doesn't say a word.
  • 00:15:54.090 --> 00:15:57.090
  • But Jonathan,
  • 00:15:57.090 --> 00:15:58.280
  • he makes up this strategy.
  • 00:15:58.280 --> 00:16:01.210
  • He's an innovator.
  • 00:16:01.210 --> 00:16:03.050
  • He's like, "All right,
  • 00:16:03.050 --> 00:16:04.280
  • my dad's under the tree
  • 00:16:04.280 --> 00:16:06.130
  • by the threshing flood
  • 00:16:06.130 --> 00:16:08.170
  • and the priest isn't doing
  • 00:16:08.170 --> 00:16:09.180
  • anything and so let's go over
  • 00:16:09.180 --> 00:16:12.160
  • and show ourselves
  • 00:16:12.160 --> 00:16:13.140
  • and expose ourselves
  • 00:16:13.140 --> 00:16:14.200
  • to our enemies.
  • 00:16:14.200 --> 00:16:15.200
  • And if they say,
  • 00:16:15.200 --> 00:16:17.270
  • 'Wait there until
  • 00:16:17.270 --> 00:16:19.070
  • we come up to you,'
  • 00:16:19.070 --> 00:16:20.160
  • we will stay where we are
  • 00:16:20.160 --> 00:16:21.250
  • and not go up to them.
  • 00:16:21.250 --> 00:16:23.030
  • But if they say,
  • 00:16:23.030 --> 00:16:24.160
  • 'Come up to us,'
  • 00:16:24.160 --> 00:16:25.280
  • we will climb up,
  • 00:16:25.280 --> 00:16:27.150
  • because that will be our sign
  • 00:16:27.150 --> 00:16:29.230
  • that the Lord has
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:30.220
  • given them into our hands."
  • 00:16:32.120 --> 00:16:35.120
  • And just when it can't
  • 00:16:35.120 --> 00:16:36.050
  • get any dumber, Verse 11,
  • 00:16:36.050 --> 00:16:38.120
  • "Both of them showed themselves
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:40.120
  • to the Philistine outpost.'
  • 00:16:40.120 --> 00:16:42.140
  • Look, ' said the Philistines,
  • 00:16:42.140 --> 00:16:44.140
  • 'there's two of them
  • 00:16:44.140 --> 00:16:46.210
  • and dozens of us.'
  • 00:16:46.210 --> 00:16:48.180
  • The Hebrews are crawling out
  • 00:16:48.180 --> 00:16:50.030
  • of the holes
  • 00:16:50.030 --> 00:16:51.030
  • they were hiding in.
  • 00:16:51.030 --> 00:16:52.210
  • The men of the outpost
  • 00:16:52.210 --> 00:16:53.130
  • shouted to Jonathan
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:54.250
  • and his armor-bearer,
  • 00:16:54.250 --> 00:16:55.240
  • 'Come up to us
  • 00:16:55.240 --> 00:16:56.290
  • and we'll teach you a lesson.'
  • 00:16:56.290 --> 00:16:58.090
  • So Jonathan said
  • 00:16:58.090 --> 00:16:59.010
  • to his armor-bearer,
  • 00:16:59.010 --> 00:17:00.060
  • 'Climb up after me.
  • 00:17:00.060 --> 00:17:01.280
  • The Lord has given them
  • 00:17:01.280 --> 00:17:03.000
  • into the hand of Israel.'"
  • 00:17:03.000 --> 00:17:04.230
  • How're you gonna speak
  • 00:17:04.230 --> 00:17:05.220
  • in past tense about a battle
  • 00:17:05.220 --> 00:17:07.030
  • you hadn't even fought yet?
  • 00:17:07.030 --> 00:17:08.280
  • Because I know something
  • 00:17:08.280 --> 00:17:10.220
  • that is greater than
  • 00:17:10.220 --> 00:17:11.290
  • what I know in my mind.
  • 00:17:11.290 --> 00:17:14.000
  • I know it with my faith.
  • 00:17:14.010 --> 00:17:17.010
  • Faith is the substance of things
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:18.250
  • hoped for and the evidence
  • 00:17:18.250 --> 00:17:20.120
  • of things not seen.
  • 00:17:20.120 --> 00:17:21.270
  • So wait, it gets dumber.
  • 00:17:23.030 --> 00:17:26.030
  • "Jonathan climbed up,
  • 00:17:26.030 --> 00:17:27.220
  • using his hands and feet."
  • 00:17:28.020 --> 00:17:31.020
  • You know how vulnerable you are
  • 00:17:31.020 --> 00:17:34.000
  • climbing up something
  • 00:17:34.000 --> 00:17:34.270
  • thorny or slippery
  • 00:17:34.270 --> 00:17:37.150
  • using your hands and feet?
  • 00:17:37.160 --> 00:17:40.160
  • A quick thing just for you.
  • 00:17:40.160 --> 00:17:42.080
  • I love y'all.
  • 00:17:42.080 --> 00:17:43.220
  • Victory requires vulnerability.
  • 00:17:45.180 --> 00:17:48.180
  • Victory requires vulnerability
  • 00:17:49.080 --> 00:17:52.080
  • in anything.
  • 00:17:52.080 --> 00:17:54.050
  • You have to make yourself
  • 00:17:54.050 --> 00:17:55.130
  • vulnerable to experience
  • 00:17:55.130 --> 00:17:57.050
  • a great relationship.
  • 00:17:57.050 --> 00:17:58.240
  • You have to make yourself
  • 00:17:58.240 --> 00:18:00.070
  • vulnerable to step into
  • 00:18:00.070 --> 00:18:02.130
  • a new dimension
  • 00:18:02.130 --> 00:18:03.200
  • in your business.
  • 00:18:03.200 --> 00:18:04.130
  • You have to make yourself
  • 00:18:04.130 --> 00:18:05.050
  • vulnerable to connect
  • 00:18:05.050 --> 00:18:06.260
  • on any meaningful level
  • 00:18:06.260 --> 00:18:08.070
  • with the life that
  • 00:18:08.070 --> 00:18:08.250
  • God has given you.
  • 00:18:08.250 --> 00:18:09.270
  • And so in this position
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:11.060
  • of vulnerability,
  • 00:18:11.060 --> 00:18:12.060
  • Jonathan prophesized
  • 00:18:12.060 --> 00:18:13.110
  • a great victory.
  • 00:18:13.110 --> 00:18:14.110
  • I feel the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:14.110 --> 00:18:15.270
  • And it says that
  • 00:18:15.270 --> 00:18:18.130
  • his armor-bearer
  • 00:18:18.130 --> 00:18:19.210
  • was right behind him
  • 00:18:19.210 --> 00:18:22.000
  • and the Philistines fell
  • 00:18:22.000 --> 00:18:22.270
  • before Jonathan
  • 00:18:22.270 --> 00:18:24.180
  • and his armor-bearer followed
  • 00:18:24.180 --> 00:18:25.120
  • and killed behind him."
  • 00:18:25.120 --> 00:18:27.140
  • In that first attack,
  • 00:18:27.140 --> 00:18:29.130
  • Jonathan and his armor-bearer
  • 00:18:29.130 --> 00:18:31.000
  • kill some 20 men
  • 00:18:31.000 --> 00:18:33.140
  • in an area of
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:34.250
  • about half an acre,
  • 00:18:34.250 --> 00:18:37.110
  • all because Jonathan
  • 00:18:37.110 --> 00:18:38.070
  • turned to his armor-bearer
  • 00:18:38.070 --> 00:18:39.150
  • and said, "I got an idea."
  • 00:18:40.150 --> 00:18:43.150
  • You know, he said it like that.
  • 00:18:44.160 --> 00:18:47.160
  • But I'm at the place now
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:48.140
  • where I don't really think
  • 00:18:48.140 --> 00:18:51.030
  • that the value is in the idea.
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:54.240
  • The value is in the courage
  • 00:18:55.130 --> 00:18:58.130
  • and to act on the impulse.
  • 00:18:59.010 --> 00:19:02.030
  • When I put it like that,
  • 00:19:02.030 --> 00:19:03.270
  • you got to realize
  • 00:19:03.270 --> 00:19:04.140
  • how many people say things
  • 00:19:04.140 --> 00:19:05.160
  • like this every day,
  • 00:19:05.160 --> 00:19:07.090
  • you know.
  • 00:19:07.090 --> 00:19:07.280
  • I remember talking to somebody
  • 00:19:07.280 --> 00:19:08.250
  • about Uber and they said,
  • 00:19:08.250 --> 00:19:11.140
  • "Well, I could have thought
  • 00:19:11.140 --> 00:19:12.200
  • of that."
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:14.180
  • You know, really you think
  • 00:19:14.180 --> 00:19:16.230
  • thinking of something
  • 00:19:17.110 --> 00:19:20.110
  • is the key to succeeding
  • 00:19:20.110 --> 00:19:21.090
  • at something?
  • 00:19:21.090 --> 00:19:23.120
  • Anybody can think of something.
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:25.180
  • I mean, today I was
  • 00:19:25.180 --> 00:19:26.200
  • walking out the door
  • 00:19:26.200 --> 00:19:27.220
  • and Abby turned me into a dog
  • 00:19:28.140 --> 00:19:31.140
  • because of my fuzzy sweater.
  • 00:19:31.140 --> 00:19:34.060
  • And she said,
  • 00:19:34.060 --> 00:19:35.070
  • "You want your belly rubbed?
  • 00:19:35.070 --> 00:19:36.180
  • You want your belly rubbed?"
  • 00:19:36.180 --> 00:19:38.210
  • And I licked her face
  • 00:19:38.210 --> 00:19:39.120
  • and I left and came
  • 00:19:39.120 --> 00:19:40.060
  • to church to preach.
  • 00:19:40.060 --> 00:19:41.120
  • That's what dogs do.
  • 00:19:41.120 --> 00:19:43.290
  • But she can think of stuff.
  • 00:19:43.290 --> 00:19:45.110
  • I mean, thinking of it.
  • 00:19:45.110 --> 00:19:47.100
  • Holly was telling me
  • 00:19:47.100 --> 00:19:48.020
  • now they got like
  • 00:19:48.020 --> 00:19:49.190
  • Uber for photography.
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:51.030
  • I really should find out
  • 00:19:51.030 --> 00:19:51.250
  • the name of this and see
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:52.270
  • if I could get a sponsorship.
  • 00:19:52.270 --> 00:19:54.000
  • This message goes
  • 00:19:54.000 --> 00:19:55.000
  • to a lot of people.
  • 00:19:55.000 --> 00:19:55.200
  • But they said that you can
  • 00:19:55.200 --> 00:19:57.050
  • go on and get a photographer
  • 00:19:57.050 --> 00:19:58.100
  • anywhere in the world
  • 00:19:58.100 --> 00:19:59.100
  • that you are
  • 00:19:59.100 --> 00:20:00.010
  • just like you can get a car
  • 00:20:00.010 --> 00:20:01.140
  • from Uber and you can
  • 00:20:01.140 --> 00:20:02.290
  • get a photographer
  • 00:20:02.290 --> 00:20:04.090
  • anywhere you are.
  • 00:20:04.090 --> 00:20:05.040
  • If you're off with your family
  • 00:20:05.040 --> 00:20:06.140
  • and you wanna
  • 00:20:06.140 --> 00:20:07.130
  • get a family picture like that
  • 00:20:07.130 --> 00:20:08.210
  • so that you don't have to ask
  • 00:20:08.210 --> 00:20:10.080
  • some random stranger
  • 00:20:10.080 --> 00:20:12.020
  • who apparently has never
  • 00:20:12.020 --> 00:20:13.160
  • used a smartphone in their life
  • 00:20:13.160 --> 00:20:16.130
  • and doesn't know
  • 00:20:16.130 --> 00:20:16.260
  • to tap the screen
  • 00:20:16.260 --> 00:20:17.130
  • to make it lighter.
  • 00:20:17.130 --> 00:20:18.160
  • You can get a professional
  • 00:20:18.160 --> 00:20:19.160
  • to come out and capture
  • 00:20:19.160 --> 00:20:20.140
  • the memories, you know.
  • 00:20:20.280 --> 00:20:23.280
  • And when she said it,
  • 00:20:23.280 --> 00:20:24.160
  • I was like why didn't
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:25.160
  • I think of that?
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:27.110
  • Well, there's a lot more to it
  • 00:20:27.110 --> 00:20:28.260
  • than thinking of it.
  • 00:20:29.190 --> 00:20:32.190
  • People call me all the time
  • 00:20:32.190 --> 00:20:33.210
  • and they'll be like,
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:34.100
  • "I heard this thing.
  • 00:20:34.100 --> 00:20:35.160
  • Uh, there's a sermon
  • 00:20:35.160 --> 00:20:36.130
  • in that somewhere."
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:39.130
  • And so to that I'm like,
  • 00:20:39.130 --> 00:20:41.180
  • "Where, where?"
  • 00:20:41.180 --> 00:20:44.000
  • Like just 'cause they can
  • 00:20:44.000 --> 00:20:44.220
  • think of it, you know.
  • 00:20:44.220 --> 00:20:45.230
  • I read this headline,
  • 00:20:45.230 --> 00:20:46.270
  • you should preach about that,
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:48.040
  • you should write
  • 00:20:48.040 --> 00:20:48.180
  • a song about that.
  • 00:20:48.180 --> 00:20:49.220
  • And I'm like you should
  • 00:20:49.220 --> 00:20:51.040
  • shut up until you can
  • 00:20:51.040 --> 00:20:52.150
  • write one of your own.
  • 00:20:52.150 --> 00:20:53.290
  • I know you mean well,
  • 00:20:53.290 --> 00:20:55.020
  • but the hard part
  • 00:20:55.020 --> 00:20:56.050
  • isn't thinking of it.
  • 00:20:56.050 --> 00:20:58.160
  • The hard part
  • 00:20:58.160 --> 00:20:58.290
  • isn't thinking of it.
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:00.150
  • And this is why
  • 00:21:00.150 --> 00:21:01.120
  • when they give you advice
  • 00:21:01.120 --> 00:21:02.180
  • sometimes in marriage
  • 00:21:02.180 --> 00:21:03.070
  • like be the first to say
  • 00:21:03.070 --> 00:21:04.170
  • you're sorry,
  • 00:21:04.260 --> 00:21:07.260
  • it's not the thought
  • 00:21:07.260 --> 00:21:10.020
  • that counts.
  • 00:21:10.020 --> 00:21:12.150
  • Can I upset conventional
  • 00:21:12.150 --> 00:21:13.160
  • wisdom for a moment?
  • 00:21:13.160 --> 00:21:15.150
  • One thing that was really,
  • 00:21:15.150 --> 00:21:16.250
  • really striking to me
  • 00:21:16.250 --> 00:21:18.060
  • in the text was not
  • 00:21:18.060 --> 00:21:19.160
  • what Jonathan did,
  • 00:21:19.160 --> 00:21:21.180
  • but what the people
  • 00:21:21.180 --> 00:21:22.160
  • who should have been leading
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:24.060
  • were doing at the time
  • 00:21:24.060 --> 00:21:26.010
  • when Jonathan had to act
  • 00:21:26.010 --> 00:21:27.140
  • on something that was
  • 00:21:27.140 --> 00:21:28.230
  • partial and imperfect.
  • 00:21:28.280 --> 00:21:31.280
  • They had the means of
  • 00:21:31.280 --> 00:21:32.290
  • making decisions to know
  • 00:21:32.290 --> 00:21:34.210
  • the will of God,
  • 00:21:34.210 --> 00:21:36.030
  • but their fear had put them
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:37.180
  • in a place and their complacency
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:39.260
  • had put them in a place.
  • 00:21:39.260 --> 00:21:42.120
  • Because when you have
  • 00:21:42.120 --> 00:21:43.160
  • the instruments,
  • 00:21:43.160 --> 00:21:44.190
  • but you don't use them,
  • 00:21:44.190 --> 00:21:46.020
  • how can God speak to you
  • 00:21:46.020 --> 00:21:48.050
  • when you can't find
  • 00:21:48.050 --> 00:21:49.080
  • this between Sundays.
  • 00:21:49.080 --> 00:21:51.140
  • How can God give you
  • 00:21:51.140 --> 00:21:52.170
  • His wisdom?
  • 00:21:56.200 --> 00:21:59.200
  • And the important thing
  • 00:21:59.200 --> 00:22:00.250
  • about it was Jonathan said
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:03.050
  • we don't have the ephod.
  • 00:22:03.050 --> 00:22:04.190
  • Ahijah has the ephod.
  • 00:22:04.190 --> 00:22:06.130
  • We don't have complete
  • 00:22:06.130 --> 00:22:07.220
  • clarity on this situation.
  • 00:22:07.220 --> 00:22:09.200
  • But what he had that
  • 00:22:09.200 --> 00:22:10.130
  • was so important,
  • 00:22:10.130 --> 00:22:11.150
  • he had the right person
  • 00:22:11.150 --> 00:22:12.200
  • to turn to and talk about it.
  • 00:22:13.180 --> 00:22:16.180
  • I need you to understand
  • 00:22:16.180 --> 00:22:18.130
  • the value not only
  • 00:22:18.130 --> 00:22:19.290
  • of what God says to you
  • 00:22:19.290 --> 00:22:21.190
  • in your life,
  • 00:22:21.190 --> 00:22:23.000
  • but about who you say it
  • 00:22:23.000 --> 00:22:24.170
  • - Hey, it really is
  • 00:22:27.010 --> 00:22:27.260
  • a privilege
  • 00:22:27.260 --> 00:22:28.140
  • to share God's Word with you.
  • 00:22:28.140 --> 00:22:29.280
  • Thank you for joining me.
  • 00:22:29.280 --> 00:22:31.100
  • But, each week we just have
  • 00:22:31.100 --> 00:22:32.190
  • a little bit of time together,
  • 00:22:32.190 --> 00:22:34.070
  • and, I'd love to take
  • 00:22:34.070 --> 00:22:34.270
  • the conversation beyond
  • 00:22:34.270 --> 00:22:36.000
  • just a TV program.
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:37.270
  • So, if you wanna go deeper,
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:39.280
  • if you wanna connect
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  • on another level,
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  • you can call or go online,
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  • right now, and request
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  • exclusive resources
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  • from today's message.
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  • We'll make them available to you
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  • with your gift of any amount
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  • to the ministry.
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  • But, I wanna tell you about
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  • something else, too.
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  • Live, every single Sunday,
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  • we broadcast a message
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  • from Elevation Church;
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  • the church where I pastor.
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  • And so, you can tune in,
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  • worship with us,
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  • hear a message,
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  • experience the ministry,
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  • live, as it happens.
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  • And, what's even better,
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  • you can connect with
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  • a community of people
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  • from all over the world;
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  • we call it "E-Fam".
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  • 'E', like Elevation,
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  • 'E', like extended --
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  • it means a lotta
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  • different things.
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  • But, it's just our way,
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  • to connect with you
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  • beyond this broadcast.
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  • I would love for you
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  • to join us, live,
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  • this weekend.
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  • And, you can go online:
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  • StevenFurtick.com/Live.
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  • Don't forget the "slash Live";
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  • it will take you directly
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  • to the details and the times,
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  • so do it now, visit the website.
  • 00:23:34.200 --> 00:23:36.240
  • - I wanna set you free today
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  • from the feeling
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  • that you have
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  • to find your calling.
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  • Because if I will serve
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  • the purpose of the season
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  • that I'm in, in my life
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  • right now,
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  • my calling will find me.
  • 00:23:52.210 --> 00:23:55.210
  • - So, in this season
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  • in my life, right now,
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  • I feel like God's placed me
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  • to be a leader over people
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  • that I work with,
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  • and just to serve
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  • and just to help them out.
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  • And I feel like
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  • that's gonna propel me
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  • to the next situation,
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  • the next season in my life
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  • that I'll be able
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  • to flourish more in.
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  • - A lot of the decisions
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  • that you make,
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  • you don't know
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  • if they're big or not
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  • when you're making them.
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  • And then you've got some
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  • decisions that you don't
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  • think are very big,
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  • but they're pivotal.
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  • It means that sometimes
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  • it's the small moves
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  • that set the direction.
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  • God says move toward it,
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  • it may work
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  • and even if it doesn't, I will.
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  • It is the power
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  • to move on a maybe.
  • 00:24:32.080 --> 00:24:34.060
  • - -- remember applying
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  • for a job one time
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  • and just feeling like
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  • really inexperienced
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  • and I kinda was
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  • moving on a maybe
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  • by applying and, you know.
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  • God ended up working it out
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  • for me and I was able
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  • to actually get that job
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  • - My faith is not
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  • the expectation
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  • that circumstances
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  • will be pleasant.
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  • My faith is the expectation
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  • that the voice of the Lord
  • 00:24:52.230 --> 00:24:54.020
  • - ANNOUNCER: Don't put
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  • your expectations
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  • on your situations,
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  • Call or go online now
  • 00:25:02.230 --> 00:25:04.010
  • to receive your copy of,
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  • - "This telephone
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  • has too many shortcomings
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  • to be seriously considered
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  • as a means of communication.
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  • The device is inherently
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  • of no value to us."
  • 00:25:15.190 --> 00:25:17.070
  • -- Western Union,
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  • - "The horse is here to stay,
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  • but the automobile is only
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  • a novelty, a fad."
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  • -- President of
  • 00:25:25.230 --> 00:25:26.080
  • the Michigan Savings Bank
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  • - "Television won't last
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  • because people will soon
  • 00:25:33.080 --> 00:25:34.070
  • get tired of staring
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  • at a plywood box every night."
  • 00:25:35.140 --> 00:25:37.090
  • -- Darryl Zanuck, movie producer
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  • - -- my whole, entire family;
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  • - "There's no reason
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  • for any individual
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  • to have a computer in his home."
  • 00:25:45.190 --> 00:25:47.160
  • -- World Future Society
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  • - Throughout the years,
  • 00:25:51.270 --> 00:25:53.020
  • people have made
  • 00:25:53.020 --> 00:25:53.230
  • some pretty inaccurate
  • 00:25:53.230 --> 00:25:54.290
  • assumptions.
  • 00:25:54.290 --> 00:25:57.000
  • Technologies that were only
  • 00:25:57.000 --> 00:25:58.040
  • supposed to be an expensive fad
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  • have shaped an entire society.
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  • It is our main form
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  • of communication,
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  • of connecting
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  • with like-minded people,
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  • of bettering ourselves,
  • 00:26:09.290 --> 00:26:11.290
  • of bettering our communities,
  • 00:26:12.160 --> 00:26:15.160
  • it connects us in ways
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  • - Hey, daddy,
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  • - Hey, daddy,
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  • - Hey, Mom,
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  • [gasping]
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  • - We aren't just limited
  • 00:26:32.190 --> 00:26:33.150
  • - -- take their first ride
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  • into space.
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  • Aerodynamic structure,
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  • - Industries thrive
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  • on the ability
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  • to utilize technology
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  • - Your name
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  • Your name is victory
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  • All praise will rise
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  • To Christ our King
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  • Your name
  • 00:27:08.090 --> 00:27:10.020
  • Your name is victory
  • 00:27:11.260 --> 00:27:14.260
  • All praise will rise
  • 00:27:15.020 --> 00:27:18.020
  • Let it rise
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