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December 27, 2020
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Messages of hope and redemption from Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with Louie Giglio.

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  • - Look at 1 Peter 1:3.
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  • - Look at 1 Peter 1:3.This is right where we are.
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  • This is right where we are."Praise be to the God and Father
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  • "Praise be to the God and Fatherof our Lord Jesus Christ!"
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  • of our Lord Jesus Christ!"Exclamation point.
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  • Exclamation point."In His great mercy,
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  • "In His great mercy,He's given us new birth."
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  • He's given us new birth."That's how we got to be
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  • That's how we got to bea chosen race,
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  • a chosen race,and a royal priesthood,
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  • and a royal priesthood,and a holy nation.
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  • and a holy nation."Into a living hope
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  • "Into a living hopethrough the resurrection
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  • through the resurrectionof Jesus Christ
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  • of Jesus Christfrom the dead
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  • from the deadand into an inheritance."
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  • and into an inheritance."Okay, There's where we're going.
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  • Okay, There's where we're going."That can never perish,
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  • "That can never perish,spoil, or fade.
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  • spoil, or fade.This inheritance is kept
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  • This inheritance is keptin Heaven for you
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  • in Heaven for youwho, through faith, are",
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  • who, through faith, are",here's our word,
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  • here's our word,"shielded by God's power
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  • "shielded by God's poweruntil the coming
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  • until the comingof the salvation
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  • of the salvationthat is ready to be revealed
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  • that is ready to be revealedin the last time."
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  • in the last time."Now, that is a benediction
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  • Now, that is a benedictionright there.
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  • right there.It's giving us the full picture
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  • It's giving us the full pictureof what has happened
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  • of what has happenedand what's gonna happen.
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  • and what's gonna happen.We can bank on the fact
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  • We can bank on the factthat we are a part
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  • that we are a partof a new birth
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  • of a new birthand that we have an inheritance
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  • and that we have an inheritanceand a safety deposit box
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  • and a safety deposit boxof all safety deposit boxes
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  • of all safety deposit boxesthat is stored up for us,
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  • that is stored up for us,being guarded by God Himself
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  • being guarded by God Himselfright now,
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  • right now,waiting for our arrival
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  • waiting for our arrivalas we come through the storms,
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  • as we come through the storms,and come through the trials,
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  • and come through the trials,and come through this age,
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  • and come through this age,and come through this
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  • and come through thisbroken world
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  • broken worldthat we're gonna arrive safely
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  • that we're gonna arrive safelywhere He has destined us to be.
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  • where He has destined us to be.But look at the next verse.
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  • But look at the next verse."In all this,
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  • "In all this,you greatly rejoice."
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  • you greatly rejoice."So far, so good.
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  • So far, so good."Though now for a little while
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  • "Though now for a little whileyou may have had to suffer grief
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  • you may have had to suffer griefin all kinds of trials."
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  • in all kinds of trials."Anybody bear witness
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  • Anybody bear witnessto that verse right there?
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  • to that verse right there?Anybody been through
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  • Anybody been throughany kinds of trials
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  • any kinds of trialsthat can just bear witness
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  • that can just bear witnessto that today?
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  • to that today?"All different kinds," he says;
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  • "All different kinds," he says;all variety,
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  • all variety,all shapes,
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  • all shapes,all sizes,
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  • all sizes,all levels of difficulty
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  • all levels of difficultyand tension,
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  • and tension,all kinds of trials
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  • all kinds of trialsfor a little while
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  • for a little whilein this season.
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  • in this season.We've all had to come
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  • We've all had to comethrough them,
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  • through them,and Peter understands this,
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  • and Peter understands this,because He understands
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  • because He understandsthe context of the world
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  • the context of the worldin which He's living.
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  • in which He's living.He's writing this book
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  • He's writing this bookabout 30 years or so
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  • about 30 years or soafter Jesus went to heaven.
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  • after Jesus went to heaven.The Church is expanding
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  • The Church is expandingall through the known world,
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  • all through the known world,but it's expanding into areas
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  • but it's expanding into areaswhere there are pagan gods,
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  • where there are pagan gods,pagan worship,
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  • pagan worship,rulers and emperors
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  • rulers and emperorswho were opposed to the Gospel.
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  • who were opposed to the Gospel.And so very quickly,
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  • And so very quickly,the message of, "Jesus is Lord"
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  • the message of, "Jesus is Lord"runs into the reality that,
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  • runs into the reality that,"No, Nero is Lord."
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  • "No, Nero is Lord."Very quickly, the message that,
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  • Very quickly, the message that,"Jesus is the way,
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  • "Jesus is the way,the truth, and the life"
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  • the truth, and the life"runs into the message like, "No.
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  • runs into the message like, "No.There's lots of ways to truth
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  • There's lots of ways to truthand lots of ways to life.
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  • and lots of ways to life.Lots of ways, period."
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  • Lots of ways, period."And so there's friction now
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  • And so there's friction noweverywhere the Gospel goes,
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  • everywhere the Gospel goes,and that friction is growing,
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  • and that friction is growing,especially in Asia Minor
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  • especially in Asia Minorto the believers
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  • to the believersthat Peter is addressing.
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  • that Peter is addressing.It says in 1 Peter 1:1,
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  • It says in 1 Peter 1:1,"Peter, an apostle
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  • "Peter, an apostleof Jesus Christ."
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  • of Jesus Christ."There's a whole sermon
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  • There's a whole sermonin that phrase,
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  • in that phrase,but we'll leave that
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  • but we'll leave thatfor another time.
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  • for another time."To God's elect."
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  • "To God's elect."Again, God's choosing
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  • Again, God's choosingthese believers,
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  • these believers,setting them apart.
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  • setting them apart."Exiles scattered
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  • "Exiles scatteredthroughout the provinces."
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  • throughout the provinces."And then he names these places
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  • And then he names these placeswhere they're scattered.
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  • where they're scattered."Who have been chosen
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  • "Who have been chosenaccording to the foreknowledge
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  • according to the foreknowledgeof God the Father
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  • of God the Fatherthrough the sanctifying work
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  • through the sanctifying workof the Spirit
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  • of the Spiritto be obedient to Jesus Christ
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  • to be obedient to Jesus Christand sprinkled with His blood.
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  • and sprinkled with His blood.Grace and peace be yours
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  • Grace and peace be yoursin abundance."
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  • in abundance."Now, if you have that
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  • Now, if you have thathighlighted in your Bible,
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  • highlighted in your Bible,congratulations.
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  • congratulations.I would say
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  • I would sayyou're in the minority
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  • you're in the minorityif you've got anything
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  • if you've got anythingcircled or highlighted
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  • circled or highlightedin those first verses.
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  • in those first verses.Those are the throwaway verses.
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  • Those are the throwaway verses.Like, "Oh,
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  • Like, "Oh,that's the introduction.
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  • that's the introduction.Let me get down to that
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  • Let me get down to thatpowerful benediction,
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  • powerful benediction,and get down to that key text,
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  • and get down to that key text,and get down to what
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  • and get down to whatthe book's really about."
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  • the book's really about."Well, the book is really about
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  • Well, the book is really aboutthat introduction right there.
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  • that introduction right there.It's being written by
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  • It's being written bya man called by God
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  • a man called by Godto be a foundation stone
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  • to be a foundation stonein the Church, Peter.
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  • in the Church, Peter.His name originally was Simon.
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  • His name originally was Simon.Jesus changed his name to Cephas
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  • Jesus changed his name to Cephasin the Aramaic
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  • in the Aramaicand then Peter in the Greek,
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  • and then Peter in the Greek,saying, "You're gonna be
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  • saying, "You're gonna bea chip off the old block.
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  • a chip off the old block.You're gonna be
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  • You're gonna beone of the stones by which
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  • one of the stones by whichthe Church is built.
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  • the Church is built.The major stone is me,"
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  • The major stone is me,"Jesus was saying.
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  • Jesus was saying."But Peter, you're gonna be
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  • "But Peter, you're gonna bea rock in the church."
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  • a rock in the church."And He was.
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  • And He was.He was a leader
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  • He was a leaderof the Jerusalem church
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  • of the Jerusalem churchand now speaking
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  • and now speakingto all the churches.
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  • to all the churches.And He is on His way
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  • And He is on His waywithin a few years,
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  • within a few years,tradition tells us,
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  • tradition tells us,to be crucified upside down
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  • to be crucified upside downfor his faith.
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  • for his faith.So we don't have a guy
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  • So we don't have a guyin a coffee shop,
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  • in a coffee shop,writing a letter.
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  • writing a letter."Could I get another latte?
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  • "Could I get another latte?I got my new iPad stand
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  • I got my new iPad standand it's so cool.
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  • and it's so cool.I got a new iPhone
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  • I got a new iPhonecoming next week.
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  • coming next week.I got the 12.
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  • I got the 12.Dear Believers.
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  • Dear Believers.God is good all the time.
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  • God is good all the time.That sounds good.
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  • That sounds good.All the time God is good.
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  • All the time God is good.Whew, that's a lot of work.
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  • Whew, that's a lot of work.I'm gonna take a selfie
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  • I'm gonna take a selfieof this moment right here."
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  • of this moment right here."[Laughter]
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  • [Laughter]"Just hanging out with the King,
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  • "Just hanging out with the King,writing some words of truth."
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  • writing some words of truth."No.
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  • No.This guy Peter
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  • This guy Peteris a few years away
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  • is a few years awayfrom having nails driven
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  • from having nails driventhrough his hands and feet.
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  • through his hands and feet.His association with Jesus
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  • His association with Jesusis gonna cost him his life.
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  • is gonna cost him his life.And so he's writing
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  • And so he's writingto a scattered church
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  • to a scattered churchthat he calls aliens
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  • that he calls aliensor strangers;
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  • or strangers;not strange in that
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  • not strange in thatthey're weird,
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  • they're weird,just strange in that
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  • just strange in thatthey're different
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  • they're differentthan everybody else.
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  • than everybody else.And he's writing to them
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  • And he's writing to themsaying, "Grace and peace,
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  • saying, "Grace and peace,and a bunch of it",
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  • and a bunch of it",not as a sweet little opening,
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  • not as a sweet little opening,but because you're gonna need
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  • but because you're gonna needall the grace you can get,
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  • all the grace you can get,and you're gonna need
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  • and you're gonna needall the peace you can get.
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  • all the peace you can get.The grace he's talking about
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  • The grace he's talking aboutisn't the grace
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  • isn't the gracethat gets you into Heaven.
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  • that gets you into Heaven.It's the grace that gets you
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  • It's the grace that gets youthrough the end of the week.
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  • through the end of the week.The peace that he's
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  • The peace that he'stalking about
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  • talking aboutisn't peace with God.
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  • isn't peace with God.It's peace of mind
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  • It's peace of mindand peace of heart.
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  • and peace of heart.And he said, "Hey,
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  • And he said, "Hey,just going to let you know
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  • just going to let you knowon my way to being crucified
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  • on my way to being crucifiedfor my association with Jesus,
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  • for my association with Jesus,God gives us grace
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  • God gives us graceevery step of the way
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  • every step of the wayand God gives us
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  • and God gives usa greater peace of mind
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  • a greater peace of mindand a greater peace of heart,
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  • and a greater peace of heart,no matter what's happening
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  • no matter what's happeningon the outside of our life.
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  • on the outside of our life.So I'm just gonna begin
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  • So I'm just gonna beginwith a benediction.
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  • with a benediction.'Praise be to the God
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  • 'Praise be to the Godand Father.'"
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  • and Father.'"And he comes with his
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  • And he comes with histrinitarian benediction
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  • trinitarian benedictionand then he unpacks it,
  • 00:07:52.420 --> 00:07:54.756
  • and then he unpacks it,actually, in a trinitarian
  • 00:07:54.756 --> 00:07:55.724
  • actually, in a trinitariansalvation.
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  • salvation.And then he unfolds it
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  • And then he unfolds iteven more fully
  • 00:07:58.793 --> 00:08:02.030
  • even more fullyin a trinitarian relationship.
  • 00:08:02.030 --> 00:08:03.732
  • in a trinitarian relationship."God-Father, God-Spirit,
  • 00:08:03.732 --> 00:08:07.102
  • "God-Father, God-Spirit,God-Son all at work saving me,
  • 00:08:07.102 --> 00:08:09.604
  • God-Son all at work saving me,and all at work keeping me
  • 00:08:09.604 --> 00:08:11.506
  • and all at work keeping meas a heat shield
  • 00:08:11.506 --> 00:08:13.008
  • as a heat shieldthrough the fire."
  • 00:08:13.008 --> 00:08:13.875
  • through the fire."And that's what He's doing
  • 00:08:13.875 --> 00:08:14.910
  • And that's what He's doingin your life,
  • 00:08:14.910 --> 00:08:15.944
  • in your life,and that's what He's doing
  • 00:08:15.944 --> 00:08:16.945
  • and that's what He's doingin mine.
  • 00:08:16.945 --> 00:08:20.715
  • in mine.Scattered, strangers,
  • 00:08:20.715 --> 00:08:22.250
  • Scattered, strangers,and suffering.
  • 00:08:22.250 --> 00:08:23.852
  • and suffering.Now, people have said,
  • 00:08:23.852 --> 00:08:25.987
  • Now, people have said,"I don't believe in a God
  • 00:08:25.987 --> 00:08:27.956
  • "I don't believe in a Godwho would allow suffering
  • 00:08:27.956 --> 00:08:28.957
  • who would allow sufferingin anyone's life.
  • 00:08:28.957 --> 00:08:29.691
  • in anyone's life.I wouldn't believe
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  • I wouldn't believein a God like that,
  • 00:08:30.926 --> 00:08:34.329
  • in a God like that,because no one would want
  • 00:08:34.329 --> 00:08:35.363
  • because no one would wantto allow suffering
  • 00:08:35.363 --> 00:08:37.532
  • to allow sufferingin any situation.
  • 00:08:37.532 --> 00:08:39.367
  • in any situation.But the truth of the matter is
  • 00:08:39.367 --> 00:08:40.001
  • But the truth of the matter isthat we're living
  • 00:08:40.001 --> 00:08:40.902
  • that we're livingon a broken planet
  • 00:08:40.902 --> 00:08:42.070
  • on a broken planetbecause of our decisions,
  • 00:08:42.070 --> 00:08:44.239
  • because of our decisions,and suffering actually has
  • 00:08:44.239 --> 00:08:47.042
  • and suffering actually hasa good outcome for our faith.
  • 00:08:47.042 --> 00:08:48.710
  • a good outcome for our faith.That doesn't mean God loves
  • 00:08:48.710 --> 00:08:49.711
  • That doesn't mean God lovesto see people suffer.
  • 00:08:49.711 --> 00:08:50.912
  • to see people suffer.It's just that people
  • 00:08:50.912 --> 00:08:53.248
  • It's just that peopleactually love to see people
  • 00:08:53.248 --> 00:08:55.116
  • actually love to see peoplesuffer for the good.
  • 00:08:55.116 --> 00:08:55.750
  • suffer for the good.You're like, "What are you
  • 00:08:55.750 --> 00:08:56.518
  • You're like, "What are youtalking about?"
  • 00:08:56.518 --> 00:08:58.620
  • talking about?"I remember being at a football
  • 00:08:58.620 --> 00:08:59.487
  • I remember being at a footballtraining complex
  • 00:08:59.487 --> 00:09:01.389
  • training complexfor guys that were making this
  • 00:09:01.389 --> 00:09:02.324
  • for guys that were making thistheir career
  • 00:09:02.324 --> 00:09:03.091
  • their careerand their living,
  • 00:09:03.091 --> 00:09:04.159
  • and their living,and they had this massive
  • 00:09:04.159 --> 00:09:05.627
  • and they had this massiveweight room which was one thing,
  • 00:09:05.627 --> 00:09:06.962
  • weight room which was one thing,and then they had
  • 00:09:06.962 --> 00:09:09.130
  • and then they hadall these other apparatuses
  • 00:09:09.130 --> 00:09:11.032
  • all these other apparatusesby which they worked out.
  • 00:09:11.032 --> 00:09:12.434
  • by which they worked out.But then they had built,
  • 00:09:12.434 --> 00:09:14.135
  • But then they had built,outside of the weight room,
  • 00:09:14.135 --> 00:09:16.738
  • outside of the weight room,an artificial hill
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  • an artificial hillof a pretty steep incline.
  • 00:09:19.574 --> 00:09:21.610
  • of a pretty steep incline.And guys would run up the hill
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  • And guys would run up the hillwhile other guys
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  • while other guyswere pulling on a rope
  • 00:09:23.845 --> 00:09:25.680
  • were pulling on a ropeon a harness that they had.
  • 00:09:25.680 --> 00:09:26.982
  • on a harness that they had.And they would run up the hill
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  • And they would run up the hillwith somebody pulling
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  • with somebody pullingon the harness
  • 00:09:29.484 --> 00:09:30.685
  • on the harnessand then they would run
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  • and then they would runback down,
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  • back down,and run back up
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  • and run back upand run back down.
  • 00:09:32.554 --> 00:09:33.755
  • and run back down.Some of them would stop
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  • Some of them would stopat the end of it
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  • at the end of itand puke on the ground.
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  • and puke on the ground.And when they did,
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  • And when they did,other people would go,
  • 00:09:42.597 --> 00:09:43.465
  • other people would go,"Way to go, man.
  • 00:09:43.465 --> 00:09:44.299
  • "Way to go, man.Way to go, man.
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  • Way to go, man.That the way to do it.
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  • That the way to do it.That's the way to do it.
  • 00:09:47.369 --> 00:09:48.003
  • That's the way to do it.Let's go, let's go,
  • 00:09:48.003 --> 00:09:49.838
  • Let's go, let's go,let's go, let's go."
  • 00:09:49.838 --> 00:09:50.905
  • let's go, let's go."And the puking person
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  • And the puking personwould get up
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  • would get upand run up the hill again.
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  • and run up the hill again.And everybody's like,
  • 00:09:56.945 --> 00:09:57.479
  • And everybody's like,"Come on.
  • 00:09:57.479 --> 00:09:57.912
  • "Come on.Come on.
  • 00:09:57.912 --> 00:09:59.014
  • Come on.Come on, come on, come on.
  • 00:09:59.014 --> 00:10:00.015
  • Come on, come on, come on.And nobody's going,
  • 00:10:00.015 --> 00:10:01.716
  • "That guy is puking,
  • 00:10:06.354 --> 00:10:08.289
  • "That guy is puking,people are passing out.
  • 00:10:08.289 --> 00:10:09.557
  • people are passing out.Why do we wanna build
  • 00:10:09.557 --> 00:10:10.892
  • Why do we wanna buildan artificial hill?"
  • 00:10:10.892 --> 00:10:12.293
  • an artificial hill?"Well, here's why.
  • 00:10:12.293 --> 00:10:13.895
  • Well, here's why.Because when we get done,
  • 00:10:13.895 --> 00:10:17.032
  • Because when we get done,we're gonna go to the sand pit,
  • 00:10:17.032 --> 00:10:17.766
  • we're gonna go to the sand pit,and we're gonna run in there
  • 00:10:17.766 --> 00:10:19.134
  • and we're gonna run in therefor a while.
  • 00:10:19.134 --> 00:10:19.668
  • for a while.And we're gonna put
  • 00:10:19.668 --> 00:10:20.502
  • And we're gonna putcones in there
  • 00:10:20.502 --> 00:10:21.302
  • cones in thereand do drills
  • 00:10:21.302 --> 00:10:23.805
  • and do drillsuntil everybody falls over.
  • 00:10:23.805 --> 00:10:26.007
  • until everybody falls over.And you're like,
  • 00:10:26.007 --> 00:10:28.343
  • And you're like,"That makes sense."
  • 00:10:28.343 --> 00:10:29.344
  • "That makes sense."If you wanna be in the game
  • 00:10:29.344 --> 00:10:31.279
  • If you wanna be in the gamein the fourth quarter,
  • 00:10:31.279 --> 00:10:32.614
  • in the fourth quarter,you wanna have
  • 00:10:32.614 --> 00:10:33.515
  • you wanna havethe ball in your hands
  • 00:10:33.515 --> 00:10:36.217
  • the ball in your handsin the third overtime,
  • 00:10:36.217 --> 00:10:37.118
  • in the third overtime,you're gonna be real glad
  • 00:10:37.118 --> 00:10:38.319
  • you're gonna be real gladyou went up that incline
  • 00:10:38.319 --> 00:10:39.721
  • you went up that inclinewith the guy pulling on the rope
  • 00:10:39.721 --> 00:10:41.623
  • with the guy pulling on the ropeon the harness.
  • 00:10:41.623 --> 00:10:42.657
  • on the harness.'Cause you're gonna be faster
  • 00:10:42.657 --> 00:10:45.126
  • 'Cause you're gonna be fasterand better at the end of the day
  • 00:10:45.126 --> 00:10:46.261
  • and better at the end of the daythan everybody else.
  • 00:10:46.261 --> 00:10:47.162
  • than everybody else.And you're gonna go,
  • 00:10:47.162 --> 00:10:48.830
  • And you're gonna go,"Yes, I suffered,
  • 00:10:48.830 --> 00:10:50.932
  • "Yes, I suffered,but man, am I glad I did,
  • 00:10:50.932 --> 00:10:53.168
  • but man, am I glad I did,because it made me better."
  • 00:10:53.168 --> 00:10:54.836
  • because it made me better."That's what people who've been
  • 00:10:54.836 --> 00:10:56.504
  • That's what people who've beenthrough med school will tell you
  • 00:10:56.504 --> 00:10:57.772
  • through med school will tell youabout the residency.
  • 00:10:57.772 --> 00:10:59.340
  • about the residency.They suffered.
  • 00:10:59.340 --> 00:11:00.775
  • They suffered.They make you suffer.
  • 00:11:00.775 --> 00:11:01.409
  • They make you suffer.They make you work
  • 00:11:01.409 --> 00:11:02.577
  • They make you workwithout sleep.
  • 00:11:02.577 --> 00:11:03.912
  • without sleep.Think about how great that is
  • 00:11:03.912 --> 00:11:04.879
  • Think about how great that isif you're the patient.
  • 00:11:04.879 --> 00:11:05.613
  • if you're the patient.They make you go
  • 00:11:05.613 --> 00:11:08.349
  • They make you gothrough all manner of hardship.
  • 00:11:08.349 --> 00:11:09.117
  • through all manner of hardship.Why?
  • 00:11:09.117 --> 00:11:09.951
  • Why?Because they're trying
  • 00:11:09.951 --> 00:11:11.152
  • Because they're tryingto forge in you
  • 00:11:11.152 --> 00:11:13.354
  • to forge in youwhat they forge in Navy Seals
  • 00:11:13.354 --> 00:11:14.489
  • what they forge in Navy Sealsor what gets forged in you
  • 00:11:14.489 --> 00:11:15.123
  • or what gets forged in youwhen you're studying
  • 00:11:15.123 --> 00:11:16.591
  • when you're studyingfor the BAR Exam.
  • 00:11:16.591 --> 00:11:21.496
  • for the BAR Exam.It is a fire for a reason.
  • 00:11:21.496 --> 00:11:22.163
  • It is a fire for a reason.And that's what Peter's
  • 00:11:22.163 --> 00:11:23.765
  • And that's what Peter'stalking about.
  • 00:11:23.765 --> 00:11:25.200
  • talking about.You know, suffering actually --
  • 00:11:25.200 --> 00:11:26.768
  • You know, suffering actually --and persecution is what
  • 00:11:26.768 --> 00:11:28.336
  • and persecution is whatgot the church going
  • 00:11:28.336 --> 00:11:30.405
  • got the church goingin the beginning.
  • 00:11:30.405 --> 00:11:32.907
  • in the beginning.And in history, honestly,
  • 00:11:32.907 --> 00:11:35.810
  • And in history, honestly,it's what kept the church going.
  • 00:11:35.810 --> 00:11:37.378
  • it's what kept the church going.Because without it,
  • 00:11:37.378 --> 00:11:41.516
  • Because without it,all of us are prone to comfort.
  • 00:11:41.516 --> 00:11:42.650
  • all of us are prone to comfort.And though we start out
  • 00:11:42.650 --> 00:11:44.886
  • And though we start outwith a pioneering spirit,
  • 00:11:44.886 --> 00:11:46.087
  • with a pioneering spirit,it is easy for us
  • 00:11:46.087 --> 00:11:50.091
  • it is easy for usto become settlers
  • 00:11:50.091 --> 00:11:51.993
  • to become settlersand to say, "I'm good."
  • 00:11:51.993 --> 00:11:53.094
  • and to say, "I'm good."And God say, "Oh, no.
  • 00:11:53.094 --> 00:11:53.762
  • And God say, "Oh, no.There's a lot of people
  • 00:11:53.762 --> 00:11:56.064
  • There's a lot of peopleon the planet who don't know Me.
  • 00:11:56.064 --> 00:11:57.966
  • on the planet who don't know Me.I don't need you to be good,
  • 00:11:57.966 --> 00:11:59.501
  • I don't need you to be good,I need you to be going.
  • 00:11:59.501 --> 00:12:00.568
  • I need you to be going.I don't need you to be good,
  • 00:12:00.568 --> 00:12:01.269
  • I don't need you to be good,I need you to be
  • 00:12:01.269 --> 00:12:02.771
  • I need you to bedeclaring My praise,
  • 00:12:02.771 --> 00:12:03.505
  • declaring My praise,the one who called you
  • 00:12:03.505 --> 00:12:04.172
  • the one who called youout of darkness
  • 00:12:04.172 --> 00:12:05.406
  • out of darknessinto His marvelous light."
  • 00:12:05.406 --> 00:12:06.441
  • into His marvelous light."Because here's the thing:
  • 00:12:06.441 --> 00:12:07.842
  • Because here's the thing:These people were scattered.
  • 00:12:07.842 --> 00:12:08.777
  • These people were scattered.It names all the places
  • 00:12:08.777 --> 00:12:09.377
  • It names all the placeswhere they lived.
  • 00:12:09.377 --> 00:12:10.378
  • where they lived.They lived in Pontus,
  • 00:12:10.378 --> 00:12:12.113
  • They lived in Pontus,and Galatia, and Cappadocia,
  • 00:12:12.113 --> 00:12:14.115
  • and Galatia, and Cappadocia,and Asia, and Bithynia.
  • 00:12:14.115 --> 00:12:15.483
  • and Asia, and Bithynia.These people were spread out
  • 00:12:15.483 --> 00:12:16.885
  • These people were spread outthrough the major
  • 00:12:16.885 --> 00:12:18.920
  • through the majormetropolitan areas
  • 00:12:18.920 --> 00:12:20.922
  • metropolitan areasof Asia Minor.
  • 00:12:20.922 --> 00:12:22.791
  • of Asia Minor.Most of them Jewish believers
  • 00:12:22.791 --> 00:12:24.092
  • Most of them Jewish believerswho had gone there for a job,
  • 00:12:24.092 --> 00:12:25.460
  • who had gone there for a job,or gone there for opportunity,
  • 00:12:25.460 --> 00:12:27.228
  • or gone there for opportunity,or gone there for a better life,
  • 00:12:27.228 --> 00:12:29.230
  • or gone there for a better life,migrated out of Jerusalem
  • 00:12:29.230 --> 00:12:31.232
  • migrated out of Jerusaleminto these pagan cities.
  • 00:12:31.232 --> 00:12:32.534
  • into these pagan cities.And what God is saying by
  • 00:12:32.534 --> 00:12:33.234
  • And what God is saying by"You're scattered
  • 00:12:33.234 --> 00:12:34.269
  • "You're scatteredand set apart",
  • 00:12:34.269 --> 00:12:35.937
  • and set apart",that when you peel that back
  • 00:12:35.937 --> 00:12:36.738
  • that when you peel that backin the Greek,
  • 00:12:36.738 --> 00:12:37.806
  • in the Greek,what it's saying is
  • 00:12:37.806 --> 00:12:40.942
  • what it's saying is"I put you next door neighbor
  • 00:12:40.942 --> 00:12:44.179
  • "I put you next door neighborto a lost world as chosen,
  • 00:12:44.179 --> 00:12:48.249
  • to a lost world as chosen,royal, holy, Mine.
  • 00:12:48.249 --> 00:12:49.984
  • royal, holy, Mine.And trust Me.
  • 00:12:49.984 --> 00:12:50.685
  • And trust Me.And Pontus,
  • 00:12:50.685 --> 00:12:51.820
  • And Pontus,they're watching you.
  • 00:12:51.820 --> 00:12:52.453
  • they're watching you.And Galatia,
  • 00:12:52.453 --> 00:12:53.188
  • And Galatia,they're watching you.
  • 00:12:53.188 --> 00:12:53.822
  • they're watching you.And Cappadocia,
  • 00:12:53.822 --> 00:12:54.889
  • And Cappadocia,they're watching you.
  • 00:12:54.889 --> 00:12:56.191
  • they're watching you.And Asia Minor,
  • 00:12:56.191 --> 00:12:57.392
  • And Asia Minor,they're watching you.
  • 00:12:57.392 --> 00:12:59.127
  • they're watching you.They're all watching you,
  • 00:12:59.127 --> 00:13:01.863
  • They're all watching you,because you're one of those.
  • 00:13:01.863 --> 00:13:04.065
  • because you're one of those.And the world is watching you
  • 00:13:04.065 --> 00:13:06.467
  • And the world is watching youin the fire to see what's gonna
  • 00:13:06.467 --> 00:13:10.104
  • in the fire to see what's gonnacome out of your life.
  • 00:13:10.104 --> 00:13:10.972
  • come out of your life.We get it.
  • 00:13:10.972 --> 00:13:12.106
  • We get it.Jesus got it.
  • 00:13:12.106 --> 00:13:14.142
  • Jesus got it.40 days and 40 nights,
  • 00:13:14.142 --> 00:13:16.544
  • 40 days and 40 nights,He suffered in the wilderness
  • 00:13:16.544 --> 00:13:19.080
  • He suffered in the wildernessand then was tempted like crazy
  • 00:13:19.080 --> 00:13:21.082
  • and then was tempted like crazyat the very end of it all.
  • 00:13:21.082 --> 00:13:21.683
  • at the very end of it all.Why?
  • 00:13:21.683 --> 00:13:22.517
  • Why?Because His mission
  • 00:13:22.517 --> 00:13:23.384
  • Because His missionwasn't to be good
  • 00:13:23.384 --> 00:13:24.319
  • wasn't to be goodin the fourth quarter.
  • 00:13:24.319 --> 00:13:25.520
  • in the fourth quarter.It wasn't to pass the Bar exam
  • 00:13:25.520 --> 00:13:27.088
  • It wasn't to pass the Bar examand be an attorney on record.
  • 00:13:27.088 --> 00:13:28.723
  • and be an attorney on record.It wasn't to be a medical doctor
  • 00:13:28.723 --> 00:13:29.891
  • It wasn't to be a medical doctoror a Navy Seal.
  • 00:13:29.891 --> 00:13:32.493
  • or a Navy Seal.His mission was to save people
  • 00:13:32.493 --> 00:13:33.728
  • His mission was to save peopleand to jettison them
  • 00:13:33.728 --> 00:13:35.330
  • and to jettison themout of darkness into light.
  • 00:13:35.330 --> 00:13:36.497
  • out of darkness into light.And when that's your mission,
  • 00:13:36.497 --> 00:13:38.199
  • And when that's your mission,you gotta go through a fire
  • 00:13:38.199 --> 00:13:39.267
  • you gotta go through a fireeven if your name
  • 00:13:39.267 --> 00:13:40.702
  • even if your nameis Jesus Christ,
  • 00:13:40.702 --> 00:13:43.805
  • is Jesus Christ,the Son of God in human flesh.
  • 00:13:43.805 --> 00:13:45.907
  • the Son of God in human flesh.And so suffering,
  • 00:13:45.907 --> 00:13:47.675
  • And so suffering,when you put it in this context,
  • 00:13:47.675 --> 00:13:49.911
  • when you put it in this context,isn't God trying to hurt us;
  • 00:13:49.911 --> 00:13:53.448
  • isn't God trying to hurt us;It's God trying to help us,
  • 00:13:53.448 --> 00:13:56.417
  • It's God trying to help us,refine us in the very best way.
  • 00:13:56.417 --> 00:13:57.485
  • refine us in the very best way.What happens when we
  • 00:13:57.485 --> 00:13:58.253
  • What happens when wego through the fire?
  • 00:13:58.253 --> 00:13:59.687
  • go through the fire?A few things will happen
  • 00:13:59.687 --> 00:14:00.288
  • A few things will happento you and me.
  • 00:14:00.288 --> 00:14:02.323
  • to you and me.Number one, we'll shed
  • 00:14:02.323 --> 00:14:03.224
  • Number one, we'll shedwhat's not needed
  • 00:14:03.224 --> 00:14:05.026
  • what's not neededfor the mission.
  • 00:14:05.026 --> 00:14:05.693
  • for the mission.That's what's happening
  • 00:14:05.693 --> 00:14:06.494
  • That's what's happeningwhen those guys are going
  • 00:14:06.494 --> 00:14:08.897
  • when those guys are goingup and down that incline.
  • 00:14:08.897 --> 00:14:11.332
  • up and down that incline.Number two, we'll steel
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  • Number two, we'll steelour resolve as we discover
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  • our resolve as we discoverthat our faith is real.
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  • that our faith is real.Has anybody ever gone
  • 00:14:18.539 --> 00:14:20.608
  • Has anybody ever gonethrough a really difficult time,
  • 00:14:20.608 --> 00:14:21.776
  • through a really difficult time,and at the end of it,
  • 00:14:21.776 --> 00:14:23.077
  • and at the end of it,you're not saying
  • 00:14:23.077 --> 00:14:24.312
  • you're not sayingyou're glad you did it,
  • 00:14:24.312 --> 00:14:25.914
  • you're glad you did it,you don't wanna do it again,
  • 00:14:25.914 --> 00:14:26.915
  • you don't wanna do it again,but at the end of it,
  • 00:14:26.915 --> 00:14:28.549
  • but at the end of it,you said, "You know what?
  • 00:14:28.549 --> 00:14:31.653
  • you said, "You know what?I learned in that fire
  • 00:14:31.653 --> 00:14:33.655
  • I learned in that firemore about my faith
  • 00:14:33.655 --> 00:14:34.455
  • more about my faiththan I knew about it
  • 00:14:34.455 --> 00:14:36.124
  • than I knew about itbefore that fire.
  • 00:14:36.124 --> 00:14:37.992
  • before that fire.God was more real to me
  • 00:14:37.992 --> 00:14:39.460
  • God was more real to mein that fire than he ever was
  • 00:14:39.460 --> 00:14:40.662
  • in that fire than he ever wasto me before.
  • 00:14:40.662 --> 00:14:42.363
  • to me before.I can promise you right now,
  • 00:14:42.363 --> 00:14:45.033
  • I can promise you right now,my faith has steeled
  • 00:14:45.033 --> 00:14:45.934
  • my faith has steeledin the process.
  • 00:14:45.934 --> 00:14:48.169
  • in the process.It is more fortified and solid,
  • 00:14:48.169 --> 00:14:50.271
  • It is more fortified and solid,I believe, in God.
  • 00:14:50.271 --> 00:14:53.241
  • I believe, in God.That's why I still am a believer
  • 00:14:53.241 --> 00:14:55.710
  • That's why I still am a believerbecause of Jesus' example
  • 00:14:55.710 --> 00:14:56.611
  • because of Jesus' exampleand the fact that if God
  • 00:14:56.611 --> 00:14:58.146
  • and the fact that if Godwants to use you greatly,
  • 00:14:58.146 --> 00:14:58.813
  • wants to use you greatly,He's gonna put you
  • 00:14:58.813 --> 00:14:59.914
  • He's gonna put youthrough some fire,
  • 00:14:59.914 --> 00:15:01.582
  • through some fire,because then your message isn't
  • 00:15:01.582 --> 00:15:02.583
  • because then your message isn't"I read it in a book"
  • 00:15:02.583 --> 00:15:03.985
  • "I read it in a book"or "I heard it in a story."
  • 00:15:03.985 --> 00:15:05.653
  • or "I heard it in a story."Your message is, "Bro,
  • 00:15:05.653 --> 00:15:07.255
  • Your message is, "Bro,I went through the fire.
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  • - That's the irrefutable
  • 00:15:13.895 --> 00:15:16.364
  • - That's the irrefutableargument.
  • 00:15:16.364 --> 00:15:17.332
  • argument."Well, I don't believe in God."
  • 00:15:17.332 --> 00:15:17.999
  • "Well, I don't believe in God.""Great.
  • 00:15:17.999 --> 00:15:21.135
  • "Great.I went through the fire,
  • 00:15:21.135 --> 00:15:24.906
  • I went through the fire,and He was real."
  • 00:15:24.906 --> 00:15:26.741
  • and He was real."That's what it means
  • 00:15:26.741 --> 00:15:30.645
  • That's what it meansto steel your resolve:
  • 00:15:30.645 --> 00:15:31.813
  • to steel your resolve:shed what you don't need,
  • 00:15:31.813 --> 00:15:32.880
  • shed what you don't need,steel your resolve.
  • 00:15:32.880 --> 00:15:33.748
  • steel your resolve.A third thing that happens
  • 00:15:33.748 --> 00:15:35.083
  • A third thing that happenscoming through suffering is
  • 00:15:35.083 --> 00:15:36.417
  • coming through suffering iswe shine.
  • 00:15:36.417 --> 00:15:37.618
  • we shine.We get that extra gear,
  • 00:15:37.618 --> 00:15:39.220
  • We get that extra gear,that when the pressure's on,
  • 00:15:39.220 --> 00:15:40.488
  • that when the pressure's on,we can shine.
  • 00:15:40.488 --> 00:15:41.756
  • we can shine.Think about it like this,
  • 00:15:41.756 --> 00:15:42.657
  • Think about it like this,and this would've been
  • 00:15:42.657 --> 00:15:44.125
  • and this would've beenin the mind of someone
  • 00:15:44.125 --> 00:15:45.026
  • in the mind of someonereading this text
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  • reading this textin 1 Peter 1:7
  • 00:15:47.161 --> 00:15:49.330
  • in 1 Peter 1:7when it says about these trials,
  • 00:15:49.330 --> 00:15:50.398
  • when it says about these trials,these different kind of things
  • 00:15:50.398 --> 00:15:51.699
  • these different kind of thingswhere we're gonna suffer,
  • 00:15:51.699 --> 00:15:53.267
  • where we're gonna suffer,that they've come,
  • 00:15:53.267 --> 00:15:55.136
  • that they've come,"so that the proven,
  • 00:15:55.136 --> 00:15:58.806
  • "so that the proven,genuineness of your faith,
  • 00:15:58.806 --> 00:16:01.376
  • genuineness of your faith,of greater worth than gold
  • 00:16:01.376 --> 00:16:03.578
  • of greater worth than goldwhich perishes even though
  • 00:16:03.578 --> 00:16:05.646
  • which perishes even thoughrefined by fire,
  • 00:16:05.646 --> 00:16:07.215
  • refined by fire,may result in praise,
  • 00:16:07.215 --> 00:16:09.484
  • may result in praise,glory, and honor
  • 00:16:09.484 --> 00:16:14.055
  • glory, and honorwhen Jesus Christ is revealed."
  • 00:16:14.055 --> 00:16:17.592
  • when Jesus Christ is revealed."The trials have come
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  • The trials have comeso that the genuineness
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  • so that the genuinenessof your faith will result
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  • of your faith will resultin praise and honor to God.
  • 00:16:26.768 --> 00:16:29.170
  • in praise and honor to God.So in this period of time,
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:31.472
  • So in this period of time,goldsmith, talking about
  • 00:16:31.472 --> 00:16:33.174
  • goldsmith, talking aboutputting gold in the fire,
  • 00:16:33.174 --> 00:16:34.876
  • putting gold in the fire,would put gold ore
  • 00:16:34.876 --> 00:16:36.778
  • would put gold oreunder intense heat.
  • 00:16:36.778 --> 00:16:38.579
  • under intense heat.It would be liquified,
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  • It would be liquified,and the impurities
  • 00:16:39.514 --> 00:16:40.815
  • and the impuritieswould rise to the surface.
  • 00:16:40.815 --> 00:16:42.517
  • would rise to the surface.The goldsmith would skim
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  • The goldsmith would skimthe impurities off the surface
  • 00:16:45.119 --> 00:16:46.487
  • the impurities off the surfaceuntil he could see
  • 00:16:46.487 --> 00:16:49.223
  • until he could seehis reflection clearly
  • 00:16:49.223 --> 00:16:50.158
  • his reflection clearlyin the surface
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  • in the surfaceof the liquified gold
  • 00:16:52.360 --> 00:16:54.195
  • of the liquified goldand then he would know,
  • 00:16:54.195 --> 00:16:54.829
  • and then he would know,"It's time to take it
  • 00:16:54.829 --> 00:16:56.264
  • "It's time to take itoff the fire.
  • 00:16:56.264 --> 00:16:59.367
  • off the fire.This gold is pure."
  • 00:16:59.367 --> 00:17:00.701
  • This gold is pure."Isn't that a beautiful example
  • 00:17:00.701 --> 00:17:03.104
  • Isn't that a beautiful exampleof God putting us
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  • of God putting usthrough the shaker,
  • 00:17:04.005 --> 00:17:04.405
  • through the shaker,if you will?
  • 00:17:04.405 --> 00:17:05.706
  • if you will?Putting us under pressure
  • 00:17:05.706 --> 00:17:08.209
  • Putting us under pressureso that He can skim off
  • 00:17:08.209 --> 00:17:10.845
  • so that He can skim offwhat's not of Him
  • 00:17:10.845 --> 00:17:14.549
  • what's not of Himand then see Himself in us.
  • 00:17:14.549 --> 00:17:16.184
  • and then see Himself in us.And then He's like, "Now.
  • 00:17:16.184 --> 00:17:17.185
  • And then He's like, "Now.Now.
  • 00:17:17.185 --> 00:17:18.019
  • Now.Now.
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  • Now.You need to be on display
  • 00:17:19.654 --> 00:17:20.254
  • You need to be on displayin the world,
  • 00:17:20.254 --> 00:17:21.122
  • in the world,because now,
  • 00:17:21.122 --> 00:17:23.724
  • because now,after this purifying process,
  • 00:17:23.724 --> 00:17:26.494
  • after this purifying process,I can be seen more clearly
  • 00:17:26.494 --> 00:17:27.495
  • I can be seen more clearlyand receive more praise,
  • 00:17:27.495 --> 00:17:29.564
  • and receive more praise,more honor, and more glory
  • 00:17:29.564 --> 00:17:30.231
  • more honor, and more gloryin your life.
  • 00:17:30.231 --> 00:17:31.265
  • in your life.It's Peter asking,
  • 00:17:31.265 --> 00:17:32.800
  • It's Peter asking,"Is your faith diamond faith,
  • 00:17:32.800 --> 00:17:36.704
  • You can get a big
  • 00:17:43.077 --> 00:17:48.516
  • You can get a bigcubic zirconia for $99.
  • 00:17:48.516 --> 00:17:52.520
  • cubic zirconia for $99.It's synthetic.
  • 00:17:52.520 --> 00:17:53.454
  • It's synthetic.And you can hardly tell it
  • 00:17:53.454 --> 00:17:55.490
  • And you can hardly tell itfrom a diamond
  • 00:17:55.490 --> 00:17:56.624
  • from a diamondunless you were to put them
  • 00:17:56.624 --> 00:17:58.759
  • unless you were to put themunder pressure
  • 00:17:58.759 --> 00:17:59.894
  • under pressureor have them inspected
  • 00:17:59.894 --> 00:18:02.230
  • or have them inspectedby somebody who really
  • 00:18:02.230 --> 00:18:03.431
  • by somebody who reallyunderstands true worth
  • 00:18:03.431 --> 00:18:05.066
  • understands true worthand value.
  • 00:18:05.066 --> 00:18:05.800
  • and value.And that's what Peter
  • 00:18:05.800 --> 00:18:06.501
  • And that's what Peteris trying to get at.
  • 00:18:06.501 --> 00:18:07.135
  • is trying to get at.He's trying to say,
  • 00:18:07.135 --> 00:18:08.269
  • He's trying to say,"God's looking
  • 00:18:08.269 --> 00:18:11.139
  • "God's lookingfor faithfulness."
  • 00:18:11.139 --> 00:18:12.373
  • for faithfulness."Pastor Crawford Loritts
  • 00:18:12.373 --> 00:18:13.508
  • Pastor Crawford Lorittswas with our team this week,
  • 00:18:13.508 --> 00:18:15.276
  • was with our team this week,and one of the lines he said --
  • 00:18:15.276 --> 00:18:16.777
  • and one of the lines he said --Shelley was writing it down,
  • 00:18:16.777 --> 00:18:18.279
  • Shelley was writing it down,and I think maybe
  • 00:18:18.279 --> 00:18:19.580
  • and I think maybeInstagrammed it
  • 00:18:19.580 --> 00:18:20.314
  • Instagrammed itafter the fact,
  • 00:18:20.314 --> 00:18:21.415
  • after the fact,and we were talking about it.
  • 00:18:21.415 --> 00:18:22.483
  • and we were talking about it.I don't know his exact words,
  • 00:18:22.483 --> 00:18:23.951
  • I don't know his exact words,but he said something like
  • 00:18:23.951 --> 00:18:24.852
  • but he said something likeit's not necessarily
  • 00:18:24.852 --> 00:18:26.154
  • it's not necessarilythe most gifted
  • 00:18:26.154 --> 00:18:27.755
  • the most giftedor the most talented person
  • 00:18:27.755 --> 00:18:29.957
  • or the most talented personthat God is looking for,
  • 00:18:29.957 --> 00:18:34.128
  • that God is looking for,but it's the most faithful.
  • 00:18:34.128 --> 00:18:35.863
  • but it's the most faithful.And the most faithful person
  • 00:18:35.863 --> 00:18:37.098
  • And the most faithful personis a person who's come
  • 00:18:37.098 --> 00:18:40.801
  • is a person who's comethrough the fire.
  • 00:18:40.801 --> 00:18:42.170
  • through the fire.And know that there is
  • 00:18:42.170 --> 00:18:45.606
  • And know that there isa payoff in heaven.
  • 00:18:45.606 --> 00:18:46.240
  • a payoff in heaven.Look, if you will,
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:48.009
  • Look, if you will,a few verses down
  • 00:18:48.009 --> 00:18:49.777
  • a few verses downin 1 Peter 1:13.
  • 00:18:49.777 --> 00:18:51.612
  • in 1 Peter 1:13.It says, "Therefore with minds
  • 00:18:51.612 --> 00:18:54.849
  • It says, "Therefore with mindsthat are alert and fully sober,
  • 00:18:54.849 --> 00:18:58.319
  • that are alert and fully sober,set your hope on the grace
  • 00:18:58.319 --> 00:19:00.821
  • set your hope on the graceto be brought to you
  • 00:19:00.821 --> 00:19:02.089
  • to be brought to youwhen Jesus Christ
  • 00:19:02.089 --> 00:19:06.160
  • when Jesus Christis revealed at His coming.
  • 00:19:06.160 --> 00:19:07.528
  • is revealed at His coming.In other words,
  • 00:19:07.528 --> 00:19:10.064
  • In other words,there's a guarantee for me
  • 00:19:10.064 --> 00:19:12.934
  • there's a guarantee for meno matter how much
  • 00:19:12.934 --> 00:19:15.269
  • no matter how muchsuffering I go through.
  • 00:19:15.269 --> 00:19:18.139
  • suffering I go through.There is an absolute inheritance
  • 00:19:18.139 --> 00:19:19.974
  • There is an absolute inheritancethat is incorruptible
  • 00:19:19.974 --> 00:19:21.542
  • that is incorruptiblewaiting for me
  • 00:19:21.542 --> 00:19:23.110
  • waiting for meat the end of the day.
  • 00:19:23.110 --> 00:19:24.212
  • at the end of the day.And I'm willing
  • 00:19:24.212 --> 00:19:25.446
  • And I'm willingto walk through anything,
  • 00:19:25.446 --> 00:19:27.181
  • to walk through anything,knowing that that is
  • 00:19:27.181 --> 00:19:29.750
  • knowing that that ismy certain outcome.
  • 00:19:29.750 --> 00:19:32.286
  • my certain outcome.And so the question that stirs
  • 00:19:32.286 --> 00:19:33.521
  • And so the question that stirswhen you ask that is,
  • 00:19:33.521 --> 00:19:36.857
  • when you ask that is,how real is Heaven to you?
  • 00:19:36.857 --> 00:19:39.727
  • how real is Heaven to you?How real is Heaven
  • 00:19:39.727 --> 00:19:40.695
  • How real is Heavento the Church?
  • 00:19:40.695 --> 00:19:42.830
  • to the Church?How real is this place
  • 00:19:42.830 --> 00:19:43.564
  • How real is this placewe sing about,
  • 00:19:43.564 --> 00:19:45.633
  • we sing about,this Jesus that we talk about,
  • 00:19:45.633 --> 00:19:47.235
  • this Jesus that we talk about,these streets of gold
  • 00:19:47.235 --> 00:19:48.970
  • these streets of goldand glory of God
  • 00:19:48.970 --> 00:19:50.438
  • and glory of Godthat we sing about?
  • 00:19:50.438 --> 00:19:51.872
  • that we sing about?How real is that to you?
  • 00:19:51.872 --> 00:19:53.040
  • How real is that to you?Is it real enough
  • 00:19:53.040 --> 00:19:56.043
  • Is it real enoughthat even if everything
  • 00:19:56.043 --> 00:19:57.445
  • that even if everythinggoes off the rails,
  • 00:19:57.445 --> 00:19:58.412
  • goes off the rails,you're like, "I'm still
  • 00:19:58.412 --> 00:20:00.348
  • you're like, "I'm stillgonna be faithful and true,
  • 00:20:00.348 --> 00:20:01.682
  • gonna be faithful and true,and I'm still gonna
  • 00:20:01.682 --> 00:20:03.150
  • and I'm still gonnahave my hope set
  • 00:20:03.150 --> 00:20:06.187
  • have my hope seton what is to come."
  • 00:20:06.187 --> 00:20:08.689
  • on what is to come."That payday, pay off,
  • 00:20:08.689 --> 00:20:13.261
  • That payday, pay off,end result is for sure.
  • 00:20:13.261 --> 00:20:14.996
  • end result is for sure.If I said, "We're all
  • 00:20:14.996 --> 00:20:16.030
  • If I said, "We're allgonna walk to Macon."
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:16.564
  • gonna walk to Macon."And you're like,
  • 00:20:16.564 --> 00:20:17.398
  • And you're like,"I don't wanna walk to Macon."
  • 00:20:17.398 --> 00:20:18.532
  • "I don't wanna walk to Macon."I don't know how far Macon is.
  • 00:20:18.532 --> 00:20:19.834
  • I don't know how far Macon is.30, 40, 50 miles
  • 00:20:19.834 --> 00:20:20.701
  • 30, 40, 50 milesfrom here, more?
  • 00:20:20.701 --> 00:20:21.335
  • from here, more?I don't know.
  • 00:20:21.335 --> 00:20:22.169
  • I don't know.Should've looked that up.
  • 00:20:22.169 --> 00:20:22.703
  • Should've looked that up."But we're all gonna
  • 00:20:22.703 --> 00:20:23.404
  • "But we're all gonnawalk to Macon.
  • 00:20:23.404 --> 00:20:24.705
  • walk to Macon.It might take a couple of days.
  • 00:20:24.705 --> 00:20:25.172
  • It might take a couple of days.Okay?
  • 00:20:25.172 --> 00:20:25.573
  • Okay?Good?
  • 00:20:25.573 --> 00:20:27.642
  • Good?Everybody ready to go?"
  • 00:20:27.642 --> 00:20:28.409
  • Everybody ready to go?"You're like, "Why do I wanna
  • 00:20:28.409 --> 00:20:29.010
  • You're like, "Why do I wannawalk to Macon?"
  • 00:20:29.010 --> 00:20:29.510
  • walk to Macon?"And I said, "Well,
  • 00:20:29.510 --> 00:20:30.244
  • And I said, "Well,there's a guy there
  • 00:20:30.244 --> 00:20:31.212
  • there's a guy thereand he's guaranteed me
  • 00:20:31.212 --> 00:20:33.014
  • and he's guaranteed methat everyone from Passion City
  • 00:20:33.014 --> 00:20:34.548
  • that everyone from Passion CityChurch that walks today --
  • 00:20:34.548 --> 00:20:35.249
  • Church that walks today --you have to start today,
  • 00:20:35.249 --> 00:20:36.083
  • you have to start today,by the way, at the end
  • 00:20:36.083 --> 00:20:36.817
  • by the way, at the endof this gathering,
  • 00:20:36.817 --> 00:20:37.752
  • of this gathering,that walks to Macon,
  • 00:20:37.752 --> 00:20:38.619
  • that walks to Macon,when you arrive,
  • 00:20:38.619 --> 00:20:40.688
  • when you arrive,he will do two of four things.
  • 00:20:40.688 --> 00:20:41.422
  • he will do two of four things.He will pay off
  • 00:20:41.422 --> 00:20:42.556
  • He will pay offyour credit card debt,
  • 00:20:42.556 --> 00:20:43.824
  • your credit card debt,pay off your mortgage,
  • 00:20:43.824 --> 00:20:45.559
  • pay off your mortgage,pay off your medical bills,
  • 00:20:45.559 --> 00:20:46.060
  • - CONGREGATION: Student loans.
  • 00:20:50.197 --> 00:20:51.098
  • - CONGREGATION: Student loans.- Thank you.
  • 00:20:51.098 --> 00:20:52.633
  • - Thank you.Pay off your student loans.
  • 00:20:52.633 --> 00:20:53.367
  • Pay off your student loans.[Laughter]
  • 00:20:53.367 --> 00:20:54.135
  • [Laughter]You can pick two of those.
  • 00:20:54.135 --> 00:20:54.535
  • You can pick two of those.You're like,
  • 00:20:54.535 --> 00:20:55.169
  • You're like,"I don't have a mortgage."
  • 00:20:55.169 --> 00:20:55.970
  • "I don't have a mortgage."Okay, great.
  • 00:20:55.970 --> 00:20:57.338
  • Okay, great.Credit card debt, student loans.
  • 00:20:57.338 --> 00:20:58.372
  • Credit card debt, student loans.He'll do it.
  • 00:20:58.372 --> 00:20:59.407
  • He'll do it."We have big medical bills."
  • 00:20:59.407 --> 00:20:59.874
  • "We have big medical bills."Great.
  • 00:20:59.874 --> 00:21:00.408
  • Great.He'll do those
  • 00:21:00.408 --> 00:21:01.409
  • He'll do thoseand do your house.
  • 00:21:01.409 --> 00:21:02.543
  • and do your house.He's good for everybody
  • 00:21:02.543 --> 00:21:03.678
  • He's good for everybodythat starts today
  • 00:21:03.678 --> 00:21:04.912
  • that starts todayand walks to Macon.
  • 00:21:04.912 --> 00:21:05.746
  • and walks to Macon.Man, I'm telling you.
  • 00:21:05.746 --> 00:21:06.647
  • Man, I'm telling you.This gathering ends,
  • 00:21:06.647 --> 00:21:07.214
  • This gathering ends,you got people
  • 00:21:07.214 --> 00:21:10.017
  • you got peoplewalking down the road.
  • 00:21:10.017 --> 00:21:11.852
  • walking down the road.They're not going, "Oh, honey.
  • 00:21:11.852 --> 00:21:12.486
  • They're not going, "Oh, honey.We've got a roast
  • 00:21:12.486 --> 00:21:15.356
  • We've got a roastin the crockpot.
  • 00:21:15.356 --> 00:21:17.058
  • in the crockpot.We can't walk to Macon today.
  • 00:21:17.058 --> 00:21:17.658
  • We can't walk to Macon today.It'll be dog food
  • 00:21:17.658 --> 00:21:18.893
  • It'll be dog foodby the time we get home.
  • 00:21:18.893 --> 00:21:20.628
  • by the time we get home.We can't go today.
  • 00:21:20.628 --> 00:21:21.762
  • We can't go today.We got an appointment.
  • 00:21:21.762 --> 00:21:24.165
  • We got an appointment.We're watching the Falcons game
  • 00:21:24.165 --> 00:21:25.132
  • We're watching the Falcons gamewith our neighbors.
  • 00:21:25.132 --> 00:21:30.204
  • with our neighbors.We need to take a nap.
  • 00:21:30.204 --> 00:21:31.305
  • We need to take a nap.We're going to revival nights.
  • 00:21:31.305 --> 00:21:32.306
  • We're going to revival nights.I have to go to work tomorrow."
  • 00:21:32.306 --> 00:21:32.940
  • I have to go to work tomorrow."You're like, "No, man.
  • 00:21:32.940 --> 00:21:35.543
  • You're like, "No, man.I'm walking to Macon,
  • 00:21:35.543 --> 00:21:36.777
  • I'm walking to Macon,because I believe
  • 00:21:36.777 --> 00:21:38.879
  • because I believethat when I get there,
  • 00:21:38.879 --> 00:21:40.848
  • that when I get there,there's gonna be a guy there
  • 00:21:40.848 --> 00:21:41.682
  • there's gonna be a guy therewho's gonna pay off
  • 00:21:41.682 --> 00:21:43.684
  • who's gonna pay offour mortgage,
  • 00:21:43.684 --> 00:21:45.086
  • our mortgage,or pay off our student loans,
  • 00:21:45.086 --> 00:21:46.687
  • or pay off our student loans,or pay off our medical bills,
  • 00:21:46.687 --> 00:21:47.855
  • or pay off our medical bills,or pay off all our
  • 00:21:47.855 --> 00:21:48.923
  • or pay off all ourcredit card debt.
  • 00:21:48.923 --> 00:21:50.925
  • credit card debt.And with your eyes on that,
  • 00:21:50.925 --> 00:21:54.195
  • And with your eyes on that,you just keep walking to Macon.
  • 00:21:54.195 --> 00:21:55.863
  • you just keep walking to Macon.And you're shedding
  • 00:21:55.863 --> 00:21:57.665
  • And you're sheddingall the what-if's
  • 00:21:57.665 --> 00:21:58.632
  • all the what-if'sand the I-need-to's
  • 00:21:58.632 --> 00:21:59.600
  • and the I-need-to'sand you're like, "No.
  • 00:21:59.600 --> 00:22:01.502
  • and you're like, "No.This is gonna be worth it
  • 00:22:01.502 --> 00:22:02.837
  • This is gonna be worth itat the end."
  • 00:22:02.837 --> 00:22:04.004
  • at the end."And Peter's talking about
  • 00:22:04.004 --> 00:22:05.172
  • And Peter's talking abouta faith like that.
  • 00:22:05.172 --> 00:22:05.706
  • a faith like that.A faith that doesn't
  • 00:22:05.706 --> 00:22:07.641
  • A faith that doesn'tjust say Heaven,
  • 00:22:07.641 --> 00:22:11.579
  • just say Heaven,but really believes Heaven.
  • 00:22:11.579 --> 00:22:15.249
  • but really believes Heaven.That believes it enough to say,
  • 00:22:15.249 --> 00:22:16.917
  • That believes it enough to say,"I'm gonna keep moving.
  • 00:22:16.917 --> 00:22:18.352
  • "I'm gonna keep moving.I'm gonna stay faithful.
  • 00:22:18.352 --> 00:22:20.187
  • I'm gonna stay faithful.I'm gonna stay focused on Jesus.
  • 00:22:20.187 --> 00:22:20.788
  • I'm gonna stay focused on Jesus.I'm gonna keep
  • 00:22:20.788 --> 00:22:22.223
  • I'm gonna keepdeclaring His praise.
  • 00:22:22.223 --> 00:22:23.657
  • declaring His praise.I'm gonna keep walking
  • 00:22:23.657 --> 00:22:25.326
  • I'm gonna keep walkingeven though there's
  • 00:22:25.326 --> 00:22:26.193
  • even though there'sfiery trials.
  • 00:22:26.193 --> 00:22:26.994
  • fiery trials.I'm gonna keep walking
  • 00:22:26.994 --> 00:22:27.828
  • I'm gonna keep walkingeven though we're scattered.
  • 00:22:27.828 --> 00:22:28.729
  • even though we're scattered.I'm gonna keep walking
  • 00:22:28.729 --> 00:22:30.264
  • I'm gonna keep walkingeven though we're strangers.
  • 00:22:30.264 --> 00:22:31.198
  • even though we're strangers.I'm gonna keep walking
  • 00:22:31.198 --> 00:22:32.666
  • I'm gonna keep walkingeven though there's suffering,
  • 00:22:32.666 --> 00:22:34.568
  • even though there's suffering,'cause I believe
  • 00:22:34.568 --> 00:22:36.303
  • 'cause I believein where I'm going,
  • 00:22:36.303 --> 00:22:38.773
  • in where I'm going,and when I get there,
  • 00:22:38.773 --> 00:22:42.676
  • and when I get there,it's gonna be stunning."
  • 00:22:42.676 --> 00:22:43.644
  • it's gonna be stunning."You know what the simple prayer
  • 00:22:43.644 --> 00:22:44.512
  • You know what the simple prayermay be today is?
  • 00:22:44.512 --> 00:22:45.479
  • may be today is?"Lord, I really need
  • 00:22:45.479 --> 00:22:46.847
  • "Lord, I really needa revelation of the reality
  • 00:22:46.847 --> 00:22:48.949
  • a revelation of the realityof Heaven,
  • 00:22:48.949 --> 00:22:50.651
  • of Heaven,'cause I've sung about it,
  • 00:22:50.651 --> 00:22:51.552
  • 'cause I've sung about it,but man,
  • 00:22:51.552 --> 00:22:53.087
  • but man,one speed bump on Earth
  • 00:22:53.087 --> 00:22:53.788
  • one speed bump on Earthand all of a sudden,
  • 00:22:53.788 --> 00:22:56.323
  • and all of a sudden,my faith just gets wobbly.
  • 00:22:56.323 --> 00:22:58.692
  • my faith just gets wobbly.My praise gets shaky.
  • 00:22:58.692 --> 00:22:59.894
  • My praise gets shaky.I start questioning
  • 00:22:59.894 --> 00:23:02.496
  • I start questioningif You still love me.
  • 00:23:02.496 --> 00:23:03.998
  • if You still love me.The enemy starts coming in
  • 00:23:03.998 --> 00:23:04.999
  • The enemy starts coming inand telling me who I'm not,
  • 00:23:04.999 --> 00:23:09.069
  • and telling me who I'm not,and I forget who I am.
  • 00:23:09.069 --> 00:23:09.637
  • and I forget who I am.All of a sudden,
  • 00:23:09.637 --> 00:23:10.538
  • All of a sudden,there's pain, or hardship,
  • 00:23:10.538 --> 00:23:11.906
  • there's pain, or hardship,or difficulty, or suffering,
  • 00:23:11.906 --> 00:23:14.241
  • or difficulty, or suffering,or loss, or death.
  • 00:23:14.241 --> 00:23:15.009
  • or loss, or death.And I'm like, "I don't know
  • 00:23:15.009 --> 00:23:16.177
  • And I'm like, "I don't knowif God's big enough.
  • 00:23:16.177 --> 00:23:16.644
  • if God's big enough.I don't know
  • 00:23:16.644 --> 00:23:17.411
  • I don't knowif God can be trusted.
  • 00:23:17.411 --> 00:23:19.447
  • if God can be trusted.I don't know if God
  • 00:23:19.447 --> 00:23:22.817
  • I don't know if Godreally is who He says He is."
  • 00:23:22.817 --> 00:23:23.918
  • really is who He says He is."In the midst of all of that,
  • 00:23:23.918 --> 00:23:24.852
  • In the midst of all of that,Peter is saying,
  • 00:23:24.852 --> 00:23:26.353
  • Peter is saying,"Do you have --"
  • 00:23:26.353 --> 00:23:27.221
  • "Do you have --"Look at the way he says it
  • 00:23:27.221 --> 00:23:28.856
  • Look at the way he says itin 1 Peter 1:13.
  • 00:23:28.856 --> 00:23:31.592
  • in 1 Peter 1:13."Do you have minds
  • 00:23:31.592 --> 00:23:34.295
  • "Do you have mindsthat are alert
  • 00:23:34.295 --> 00:23:36.464
  • that are alertand fully sober?"
  • 00:23:36.464 --> 00:23:37.898
  • and fully sober?"What that means is --
  • 00:23:37.898 --> 00:23:40.234
  • What that means is --the literal translation of that
  • 00:23:40.234 --> 00:23:43.437
  • the literal translation of thatis to the reader,
  • 00:23:43.437 --> 00:23:44.839
  • is to the reader,"Pull your robe up."
  • 00:23:44.839 --> 00:23:45.573
  • "Pull your robe up."That was what they wore
  • 00:23:45.573 --> 00:23:47.041
  • That was what they worein the day.
  • 00:23:47.041 --> 00:23:49.543
  • in the day."Gird it up around your waist
  • 00:23:49.543 --> 00:23:52.346
  • "Gird it up around your waistso you can run."
  • 00:23:52.346 --> 00:23:54.215
  • so you can run."But do that in your mind,
  • 00:23:54.215 --> 00:23:56.283
  • But do that in your mind,not with your robe.
  • 00:23:56.283 --> 00:23:58.385
  • not with your robe.Gird up your mind
  • 00:23:58.385 --> 00:23:59.453
  • Gird up your mindso that you can run.
  • 00:23:59.453 --> 00:24:02.356
  • so that you can run.Free your mind so you can run,
  • 00:24:02.356 --> 00:24:04.291
  • Free your mind so you can run,so that you can be awake,
  • 00:24:04.291 --> 00:24:07.294
  • so that you can be awake,that you can see what is real,
  • 00:24:07.294 --> 00:24:08.762
  • that you can see what is real,and that you can freely move.
  • 00:24:08.762 --> 00:24:10.431
  • and that you can freely move.So, gird up your mind
  • 00:24:10.431 --> 00:24:11.799
  • So, gird up your mindfrom worry, from fear,
  • 00:24:11.799 --> 00:24:14.235
  • from worry, from fear,from jealousy, from anger,
  • 00:24:14.235 --> 00:24:15.436
  • from jealousy, from anger,from unforgiveness.
  • 00:24:15.436 --> 00:24:16.437
  • from unforgiveness.What is it that's got
  • 00:24:16.437 --> 00:24:18.305
  • What is it that's gotyour mind clamped down
  • 00:24:18.305 --> 00:24:19.807
  • your mind clamped downso that you can't move
  • 00:24:19.807 --> 00:24:21.175
  • so that you can't movetoward the finish line today,
  • 00:24:21.175 --> 00:24:24.545
  • toward the finish line today,saying, "Free up your mind
  • 00:24:24.545 --> 00:24:26.480
  • saying, "Free up your mindbased on who you are
  • 00:24:26.480 --> 00:24:28.616
  • based on who you areso that you can be sober,"
  • 00:24:28.616 --> 00:24:31.218
  • so that you can be sober,"that means awake,
  • 00:24:31.218 --> 00:24:35.456
  • that means awake,and you can move with hope,
  • 00:24:35.456 --> 00:24:37.658
  • and you can move with hope,"set on the grace
  • 00:24:37.658 --> 00:24:40.427
  • "set on the graceto be brought to you
  • 00:24:40.427 --> 00:24:43.197
  • to be brought to youwhen Jesus is revealed
  • 00:24:43.197 --> 00:24:46.133
  • when Jesus is revealedat His coming."
  • 00:24:46.133 --> 00:24:46.667
  • at His coming."So we're just gonna
  • 00:24:46.667 --> 00:24:51.572
  • So we're just gonnapark there for today.
  • 00:24:51.572 --> 00:24:57.645
  • park there for today.There's a plan in motion.
  • 00:24:57.645 --> 00:24:59.580
  • There's a plan in motion."And He who began
  • 00:24:59.580 --> 00:25:01.682
  • "And He who begana good work in you",
  • 00:25:01.682 --> 00:25:03.284
  • a good work in you",the Scripture says,
  • 00:25:03.284 --> 00:25:07.621
  • the Scripture says,"is faithful to complete it
  • 00:25:07.621 --> 00:25:11.992
  • "is faithful to complete ituntil the day of Christ Jesus."
  • 00:25:11.992 --> 00:25:13.127
  • until the day of Christ Jesus."That means He's still
  • 00:25:13.127 --> 00:25:14.929
  • That means He's stillworking today.
  • 00:25:14.929 --> 00:25:17.865
  • working today.That means He's still God today.
  • 00:25:17.865 --> 00:25:19.400
  • That means He's still God today.That means He's the same God
  • 00:25:19.400 --> 00:25:21.168
  • That means He's the same Godwho chose you today,
  • 00:25:21.168 --> 00:25:22.770
  • who chose you today,offering you abundance
  • 00:25:22.770 --> 00:25:24.171
  • offering you abundanceof grace today,
  • 00:25:24.171 --> 00:25:25.573
  • of grace today,to take one more step today
  • 00:25:25.573 --> 00:25:26.273
  • to take one more step todaythrough whatever it is
  • 00:25:26.273 --> 00:25:26.840
  • through whatever it isthat you're walking
  • 00:25:26.840 --> 00:25:27.641
  • that you're walkingthrough today.
  • 00:25:27.641 --> 00:25:28.576
  • through today.He's given you
  • 00:25:28.576 --> 00:25:30.010
  • He's given youabundance of peace today
  • 00:25:30.010 --> 00:25:30.811
  • abundance of peace todaythat your heart and mind
  • 00:25:30.811 --> 00:25:31.946
  • that your heart and mindwill be covered
  • 00:25:31.946 --> 00:25:32.713
  • will be coveredwalking through whatever
  • 00:25:32.713 --> 00:25:35.716
  • walking through whateveryou're walking through today,
  • 00:25:35.716 --> 00:25:38.152
  • you're walking through today,your mind fixed
  • 00:25:38.152 --> 00:25:41.822
  • your mind fixedon the splashdown
  • 00:25:41.822 --> 00:25:44.592
  • on the splashdownthat is guaranteed
  • 00:25:44.592 --> 00:25:48.062
  • that is guaranteedand the ocean called eternity
  • 00:25:48.062 --> 00:25:49.830
  • and the ocean called eternitywhere the prize
  • 00:25:49.830 --> 00:25:52.566
  • where the prizeis Jesus Himself.
  • 00:25:52.566 --> 00:25:53.934
  • is Jesus Himself.And Peter had said,
  • 00:25:53.934 --> 00:25:55.536
  • And Peter had said,"You guys haven't seen Him",
  • 00:25:55.536 --> 00:25:57.771
  • "You guys haven't seen Him",in the verse above.
  • 00:25:57.771 --> 00:25:59.073
  • in the verse above."You're not one of the apostles
  • 00:25:59.073 --> 00:25:59.807
  • "You're not one of the apostleslike me.
  • 00:25:59.807 --> 00:26:01.342
  • like me.I have actually seen the guy
  • 00:26:01.342 --> 00:26:02.176
  • I have actually seen the guythat I'm telling you about
  • 00:26:02.176 --> 00:26:02.576
  • that I'm telling you aboutright now."
  • 00:26:02.576 --> 00:26:04.111
  • right now."Imagine that.
  • 00:26:04.111 --> 00:26:05.946
  • Imagine that.That's good sermon material.
  • 00:26:05.946 --> 00:26:06.347
  • That's good sermon material."Oh, no.
  • 00:26:06.347 --> 00:26:07.214
  • "Oh, no.I was with Him.
  • 00:26:07.214 --> 00:26:07.848
  • I was with Him.I ate with Him.
  • 00:26:07.848 --> 00:26:09.083
  • I ate with Him.I walked with Him.
  • 00:26:09.083 --> 00:26:10.718
  • I walked with Him.We hung out together.
  • 00:26:10.718 --> 00:26:12.453
  • We hung out together.I was in the inner circle
  • 00:26:12.453 --> 00:26:14.655
  • I was in the inner circlein the inner circle with Him.
  • 00:26:14.655 --> 00:26:15.956
  • in the inner circle with Him.I've seen Jesus.
  • 00:26:15.956 --> 00:26:17.358
  • I've seen Jesus.I saw Him crucified.
  • 00:26:17.358 --> 00:26:19.059
  • I saw Him crucified.I ran to the empty tomb.
  • 00:26:19.059 --> 00:26:21.528
  • I ran to the empty tomb.I saw the nail marks
  • 00:26:21.528 --> 00:26:22.196
  • I saw the nail marksin His wrists
  • 00:26:22.196 --> 00:26:23.163
  • in His wristsand in His feet.
  • 00:26:23.163 --> 00:26:24.331
  • and in His feet.I was there when He
  • 00:26:24.331 --> 00:26:25.966
  • I was there when Heascended into heaven.
  • 00:26:25.966 --> 00:26:27.468
  • ascended into heaven.I saw Him.
  • 00:26:27.468 --> 00:26:28.102
  • I saw Him.But even though
  • 00:26:28.102 --> 00:26:29.970
  • But even thoughyou haven't yet seen Him,
  • 00:26:29.970 --> 00:26:31.739
  • you haven't yet seen Him,you still believe.
  • 00:26:31.739 --> 00:26:33.774
  • you still believe.You still are trusting,
  • 00:26:33.774 --> 00:26:34.441
  • You still are trusting,based on what you've
  • 00:26:34.441 --> 00:26:36.210
  • based on what you'veexperienced in your life,
  • 00:26:36.210 --> 00:26:37.778
  • experienced in your life,that you are gonna see Him
  • 00:26:37.778 --> 00:26:39.513
  • that you are gonna see Himat the end of the day.
  • 00:26:39.513 --> 00:26:40.614
  • at the end of the day.That it's not just gonna be
  • 00:26:40.614 --> 00:26:42.249
  • That it's not just gonna bethe Bible times people
  • 00:26:42.249 --> 00:26:44.284
  • the Bible times peoplewho see Jesus face-to-face,
  • 00:26:44.284 --> 00:26:45.686
  • who see Jesus face-to-face,but all of us who have been
  • 00:26:45.686 --> 00:26:46.487
  • but all of us who have beencalled into His
  • 00:26:46.487 --> 00:26:48.989
  • called into Hismarvelous light are gonna see
  • 00:26:48.989 --> 00:26:54.528
  • marvelous light are gonna seethe Son of God face-to-face.
  • 00:26:54.528 --> 00:26:55.896
  • the Son of God face-to-face.[Applauding]
  • 00:26:55.896 --> 00:26:56.997
  • [Applauding]So forget about a house
  • 00:26:56.997 --> 00:26:58.098
  • So forget about a houseHe's building for me,
  • 00:26:58.098 --> 00:26:59.500
  • He's building for me,or streets of gold,
  • 00:26:59.500 --> 00:27:00.701
  • or streets of gold,or a crystal sea.
  • 00:27:00.701 --> 00:27:01.902
  • or a crystal sea.I don't care.
  • 00:27:01.902 --> 00:27:04.104
  • I don't care.He's gonna be there,
  • 00:27:04.104 --> 00:27:08.909
  • He's gonna be there,and I'm gonna see Him,
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