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Heart Health Part 1

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February 15, 2021
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Pastor Allen Jackson's mission is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Don't bedistracted by saying, well,
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  • I don't know if it's gonna beeasy enough, or I feel a little
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  • threatened, or I'm a little--uh-uh.
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  • You don't ever find in the bookof Acts the disciples going,
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  • you know, this is just reallytoo hard for us, can we
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  • go fishing again?
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  • They fished occasionally, fromtime to time, but they never
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  • went back to the place theywere before they met Jesus.
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  • And we may revisit some of thethings that were a part of our
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  • lives prior to all of the dramaand the disruption, but I don't
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  • imagine that spiritually we'llever go back to the place
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  • that we were.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson:Good to be with you again.
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  • I believe God called ournation into existence.
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  • There's no question that he'sused the United States as
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  • an instrument for delivering theGood News of Jesus Christ to
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  • the nations of the world.
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  • Our future is not as cleartoday, but I believe with all
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  • of my heart that if God's peoplewill continue to seek his face.
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  • And if we will allow him topurify our hearts, if we will
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  • turn away from wickedness, Godwill once again pour out his
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  • Spirit upon our nation.
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  • Not just that we are blessed,but that we might see our nation
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  • be a blessing to thenations of the world.
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  • The difference doesn't reside inthe hearts of the wicked or the
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  • ungodly, it's what youand I choose to do.
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  • What an exciting responsibility!
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  • We're going to unpack the Wordof God a little bit today and
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  • look at how to keep our hearthealthy before the Lord so we
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  • can enjoy God's best.
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  • Grab your Bible, take a fewnotes, ask God for his direction
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  • for you, and enjoy the lesson.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Theoutline should be on the church
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  • app if you wanna follow alongthere, the Scriptures, or
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  • most of them at least, thatwe'll use are included there.
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  • We're still not distributingpaper outlines.
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  • The topic for this session is,"Heart Health," but it really
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  • begins and the whole thing iscentered around a declaration.
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  • And I pray that it will echo notjust from this church but across
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  • our nation and around the globe,let the awakening continue.
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  • Let the awakening continue.
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  • Let the people of God beawakened from their slumber,
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  • be roused from their sleep.
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  • May the distractions be setaside and all the things that
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  • have taken our attention awayfrom the Lord, may they be
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  • swept aside.
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  • Let the awakening continue.
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  • In the name of Jesus,let the awakening continue.
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  • I brought a prayer, would you bewilling to pray it with me?
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  • I'll just give it to you, someof our sentences are kinda long,
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  • I'm sorry, but I'll give it toyou a bit at a time and
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  • we'll get through it.
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  • We'll post it someplace you canhave it later, it's worth
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  • praying every day for a bit.
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  • We've got to be clean, folks.
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  • God can't do in us and throughus what he wants to do if we're
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  • bound up with all that stuff.
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  • You say, I don't like it,duly noted, let's go.
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  • It wasn't fair.Okay, let's go.
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  • So here's the prayer,pray it with me.
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  • Heavenly Father, forgive me forimagining deliverance from
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  • anywhere but you.
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  • But if you're outdoors you gottause your outdoor voices, if you
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  • whisper I can't tellyou're there.
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  • All right?
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  • You are my God and my deliverer.
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  • Forgive me for any attitudeswhich are displeasing to you.
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  • If anyone acted deceitfullyor illegally in our recent
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  • elections, I forgive them.
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  • I turn loose of all anger,all bitterness, all resentment.
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  • I accept your new appointmentsfor me and I renounce all
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  • disappointment, its authorityover my life is broken.
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  • Let righteousness reign upon ournation, over every city, every
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  • neighborhood, every person,every state capital, upon
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  • Washington D.C., upon ourmilitary, wherever they may be
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  • serving, upon your peoplethroughout the earth.
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  • Let the name of Jesus beexalted, and righteousness
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  • reign upon us all.
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  • Amen.
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • Take a deep breath,let it go.
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  • Lift your hands to the Lord,we're free!
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  • God has given us leaders,we're not without.
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  • We have an assignment.
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  • In fact, I wanna submit to you,it's time for some cardio
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  • fitness, it's time for some newstrength, we've gotta be
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  • heart healthy.
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  • And I don't mean principallyyour physical heart, although
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  • that's not a bad thing.
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  • One of the best things you cando in the light of this pandemic
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  • is be as healthy as you know howto be physically, I hope you're
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  • giving attention to that.
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  • But having said that, ourbusiness is spiritual, and
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  • we need a spiritual heart thatcan bring the full attention
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  • and blessing of God.
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  • Anything less than that andwe're not fully prepared, we're
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  • not adequately equipped forthe season before us.
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  • I wanna start in Matthew 13.
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  • Jesus is speaking and he'squoting from Isaiah chapter 6.
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  • He's applying Isaiah chapter 6to the audience in front of him,
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  • to first century Israel.
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  • Do you believe the Word of Godhas application beyond the time
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  • period in which it wasoriginally written?
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  • Me too.
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  • This is why I speak to them inparables, he said, though seeing
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  • they don't see, and thoughhearing, they do not hear
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  • or understand.
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  • In them is fulfilled theprophecy of Isaiah.
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  • You'll be ever hearing but neverunderstanding, you'll be ever
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  • seeing but never perceiving.
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  • For this people's heart hasbecome calloused, and they
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  • hardly hear with their ears andthey have closed their eyes.
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  • Otherwise they might seewith their ears,
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  • see with their eyes--
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  • [laughing]
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  • I don't know, we might see itwith our ears too if we need to.
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  • Will see with their eyes, hearwith their ears, and understand
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  • with their hearts, and turnand I would heal them.
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  • But blessed are your eyesbecause they see, and your ears
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  • because they hear.
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  • For I tell you the truth, manyprophets and righteous men
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  • longed to see what you see butdidn't see it, and to hear what
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  • you hear but didn't hear it.
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  • Jesus is criticizing one groupof people and trying
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  • to awaken another.
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  • He said, you've got a kingdomopportunity before you and you
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  • don't recognize it, you look butyou don't see and you listen
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  • but you don't hear.
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  • And the reason you don't, hesays, is your heart condition is
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  • such, your heart is calloused,it's been desensitized.
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  • It's the old frog in the kettlenotion, you're unaware of your
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  • true reality, there's notenough truth in your heart,
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  • it's calloused.
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  • We don't want to be in thatgroup of people, we cannot
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  • afford to be.
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  • When you're asleep your heart'scalloused, it's unaware,
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  • it's unresponsive.
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  • When you're awake, you're awareand you're listening, you're
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  • responding more appropriatelyto the Lord.
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  • But then Jesus made a statementthat I think is very appropriate
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  • and apropos for us, he said,I tell you the truth.
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  • And you know by now what'scoming next is bizarre.
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  • I tell you the truth, manyprophets and righteous men
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  • longed to see what you see butthey didn't see it, and to hear
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  • what you hear but theydidn't hear it.
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  • Now I understand Jesus is theMessiah, and the coming of the
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  • Messiah is the big event, buthe's talking to his disciples
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  • as well.
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  • And the prophets longed to seeand hear what you see and here,
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  • but they didn't havethe opportunity.
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  • You have enough biblicalawareness by now if you've been
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  • walking this season with usto know that the pathway the
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  • disciples were on was notan easy pathway.
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  • They were confused a lot ofthe time, they were
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  • often frustrated.
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  • Yes, they spent time with Jesusand they saw a remarkable
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  • things, but after Jesus ascendsto heaven in Acts chapter 1, the
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  • degree of difficulty in theirlives went up exponentially.
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  • Before you get to Acts chapter10 they're being murdered in the
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  • streets of Jerusalem, they'rebeing arrested and executed,
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  • they're being imprisonedand beaten and threatened.
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  • And yet Jesus said, the prophetslonged to be where you are.
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  • Not just to hearthe sermons, folks.
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  • That's the way we usedto think about church.
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  • We're in a different place now,we have a different attitude.
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  • We serve the Lord with adifferent kind of an awareness.
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  • Many have longed to see thethings that you and I have an
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  • opportunity to seeand experience.
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  • The culmination of the ages, thepreparation for the return
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  • of the king.
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  • All of heaven is lookingforward to that.
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  • Don't be distracted by saying,well, I don't know if it's gonna
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  • be easy enough, or feel a littlethreatened, or I'm a little--
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  • Uh-uh.
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  • You don't ever find in the bookof Acts the disciples going, you
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  • know, this is just reallytoo hard for us, can we
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  • go fishing again?
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  • They fished occasionally fromtime to time, but they never
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  • went back to the place they werebefore they met Jesus.
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  • And we may we revisit some ofthe things that were a part of
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  • our lives prior to all of thedrama and the disruption,
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  • but I don't imagine thatspiritually we'll ever go back
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  • to the place that we were.
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  • We'll never be content with justthe drudgery or the routine or
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  • the responsibility of our faith.
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  • We are servants of the Most HighGod, empowered with his Spirit
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  • for a purpose on the earth.
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  • He placed us in a strategicpoint in the unfolding of
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  • human history that wemight take our stand.
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  • Let the awakening continue.
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  • 2 Timothy chapter 4, Paul'swriting from a Roman prison, and
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  • his death seems to be almost acertainty, so he writes a young
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  • man that he has mentored.
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  • Listen to what he says.
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  • "I fought the good fight,I've finished the race,
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  • I've kept the faith.
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  • Now there is in store for mea crown of righteousness.
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  • But not only for me, but for allwhom the Lord has called, to
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  • all who have longedfor his appearing."
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  • It's the same phrasethat Jesus used.
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  • male announcer: You know, one ofthe great things about the Bible
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  • is you don't need to have theknowledge of a "Jeopardy!" champ
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  • to be able to jump in.
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  • Just a quick review of the storyand boom, you're right there
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  • with it.
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  • And sometimes it's those of uswho think we know everything
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  • about God's story that are theones who really need the review.
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  • So as a way to help all of us,we're gonna recap the entire
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  • story so far in under60 seconds.
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  • "Sixty seconds," you say?
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  • "Impossible."
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  • To which I say, well maybe,but let's give this a shot.
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  • Okay.
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  • Go!
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  • The story starts at thebeginning of the whole
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  • enchilada, when God spoke theuniverse into existence,
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  • including creating theworld's first man and woman.
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  • At first life was perfect, butsoon after these folks and their
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  • kids and grandkids decided theydidn't want to live the way God
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  • had told them to, and prettymuch everybody on earth got into
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  • some kind of evil or another.
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  • So God decided to hit the resetbutton and wiped out all of
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  • earth with a flood, except for aman named Noah and his family.
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  • The population started to growagain, and eventually God chose
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  • a group of people to start a newnation called Israel.
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  • Israel went through some prettyrough stuff early on, like bein'
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  • slaves in Egypt.
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  • But eventually God rescued themand brought them into a giant
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  • piece of land Godhad promised to them.
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  • Later, God raised up atking named David to rule Israel.
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  • David was an amazing guy,helping people live the way
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  • God wanted.
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  • The people of Israel wereunited and living at peace.
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  • But when David's son, Solomon,became king, he sorta forgot
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  • about God and startedto worship other gods.
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  • As you can imagine, that wasabout to spell great trouble,
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  • not only for Solomon,but for all of Israel.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: The truthis, the Bible is intimidating.
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  • Sixty-six books, written over along period of time, dozens of
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  • authors, different cultures,words we don't know how to
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  • pronounce, places we don't knowwhere they are, and we're
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  • supposed to understand it.
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  • Most of us have just given up.
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  • Well I built a tool to help.
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  • It starts with a timeline, 12points that'll arrange the whole
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  • Bible for you in a chronologicalway so you'll know where Abraham
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  • fits in relation to Isaiah.
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  • It'll help ya.
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  • And I found some crazy-talentedillustrators to do some
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  • You can do it as an individualstudy, you can do it as a group,
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  • around a kitchen table.
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  • Hey, churches are strugglinga bit, you're the church,
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  • you and your Bible.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson:What are we longing for?
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  • We just finished anotherelection cycle, it's exhausting.
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  • And this would seemto be especially so.
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  • And I wanna take a minute withthat, because I think we need
  • 00:13:56.561 --> 00:13:59.764
  • a bit of a biblical perspective,a Spirit-led perspective,
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  • through this season.
  • 00:14:03.001 --> 00:14:04.369
  • We cannot afford to losemomentum as the church.
  • 00:14:04.369 --> 00:14:07.972
  • I don't apologize for loving mycountry and praying for my
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  • nation and praying for thosein authority over us.
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  • It's a biblical assignmentin 1 Timothy chapter 2.
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  • We pray for them whether youvoted for them or not, we pray
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  • for them whether youagree with them or not.
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  • God changes the heartsof men and women.
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  • God changes circumstances tocause them to do his bidding.
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  • He raises up leaders and putsthem down, Daniel says.
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  • He changes times and seasons.
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  • Now I have clarity on thistopic, God is not an American.
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  • When you get to heaven, theywill not be playing the
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  • "Star-Spangled Banner"in the elevators.
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  • And out in front of the pearlygreat gates there may be some
  • 00:14:47.011 --> 00:14:49.681
  • flowers planted but there won'tbe a big flag pole with the red,
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  • white, and blue flappingin the breeze.
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  • Again, that does not make meapologetic for asking
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  • God's blessing upon our nation.
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  • I won't apologize, it isn'twrong, it isn't unbiblical,
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  • it isn't unscriptural.
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  • We shouldn't confusefaith and patriotism.
  • 00:15:08.166 --> 00:15:12.170
  • However, neither can we separateour faith from our country.
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  • And anyone who asks youto is misguided.
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  • We are called to influenceculture, not simply to be
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  • benevolent participants.
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  • If our faith is not reflected inour political arena, we will
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  • lose our freedoms.
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  • History is full of examples ofthe tyranny of the powerful.
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  • And only the power of God canhelp us overcome the call of our
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  • selfish nature to wieldpower selfishly.
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  • It takes the power of God tochange a human heart for us
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  • to be fit to lead.
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  • We do not want a government thatestablishes a state church, nor
  • 00:15:50.742 --> 00:15:55.546
  • are we in favor of thegovernment dictating spiritual
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  • norms which must beobeyed by all.
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  • We are in favor of a churchwhich is so vibrant and so awake
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  • that the government of thepeople reflects the values of
  • 00:16:05.289 --> 00:16:08.059
  • our faith and belief, becausethat will bring the
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  • blessings of God.
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  • Our nation was established uponthe principles of the free
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  • practice of the religion of ourchoice, without any interference
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  • from the government.
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  • Those rights included the rightto assemble peaceably, the right
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  • to freedom of speech.
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  • And it's our responsibility toprotect those rights and
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  • privileges against the tyrannyof anyone who would diminish
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  • or abolish them.
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  • If we don't stand for them,guard them, protect them
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  • jealously, theywill be taken from us.
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  • Our founders acknowledged thehand of God in both the creation
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  • and the establishmentof the United States.
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  • And we have flourished as apeople through the grace, mercy,
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  • and protection of Almighty God.
  • 00:16:55.473 --> 00:16:58.743
  • And I believe with all of myheart that our futures will be
  • 00:16:58.743 --> 00:17:01.612
  • determined by God's responses tous, more than any document or
  • 00:17:01.612 --> 00:17:07.085
  • more than any person.
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  • Donald Trump was not the sourceof all division and hatred
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  • in America.
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  • He acted as a pro-Christian,pro-life, and pro-Israel leader.
  • 00:17:14.559 --> 00:17:19.964
  • However, the real responsibilityfor advocating for the
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  • uniqueness of Jesus and forChristianity, for protecting the
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  • unborn or for even standing withthe nation of Israel, is our
  • 00:17:27.004 --> 00:17:31.943
  • assignment long before itbecomes a politician's problem.
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  • Now that's true.
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  • President Joe Biden should notbe understood as the source of
  • 00:17:38.783 --> 00:17:41.519
  • division and hatred.
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  • As he begins his tenure ofleadership, each of us should
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  • pray for him and hisadministration to make
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  • godly choices.
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  • We'll have to be vigilant, as weare with any administration,
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  • watch and listen to see thecourse which he will follow.
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  • Have clarity on this.
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  • Attending church does notadequately designate us
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  • as Christian.
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  • The fruit of our actions is theevidence of what authority
  • 00:18:05.243 --> 00:18:07.745
  • presides in our heart.
  • 00:18:07.745 --> 00:18:10.448
  • But the broader truth is ourleaders are not our primary
  • 00:18:10.448 --> 00:18:13.084
  • problem, our heartsare the problem.
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  • Our failed character is ourgreatest vulnerability, not
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  • our borders.
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  • We have imagined that we knowbest, that we can chart our own
  • 00:18:21.225 --> 00:18:24.929
  • course apart from God.
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  • We invite him into theconversation, we simply want
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  • him to do our bidding.
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  • Our children are more entitled,have broader experiences and
  • 00:18:30.801 --> 00:18:35.573
  • less determination thanprevious generations.
  • 00:18:35.573 --> 00:18:39.477
  • We trained 'em.
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  • Our desire to avoid hardship anddifficulty, to experience life
  • 00:18:41.479 --> 00:18:45.149
  • without the burden ofresponsibility and productivity,
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  • has not borne good fruit.
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  • I believe with a new commitmentto God's Word, the help of the
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  • Spirit of God, and by yieldingto the authority of
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  • Jesus of Nazareth, we canreset our moral compass.
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  • I'm not talking about thoseoutside the church, I'm talking
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  • about those of us thatgather under the banner
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  • of Christendom.
  • 00:19:06.270 --> 00:19:07.905
  • We can reestablish marriage,family, truthfulness, integrity,
  • 00:19:07.905 --> 00:19:13.344
  • righteousness, and we can onceagain experience the
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  • blessings of God.
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  • If we abandon that assignment toelected officials, to government
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  • officers, to political parties,folks, we are abandoning the
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  • responsibility that's beenentrusted to us through the
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  • shed blood of Jesus Christ.
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  • An unprotected heart hasdevastating consequences.
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  • Proverbs chapter 4, and verse23, he says, "Above all, else
  • 00:19:40.705 --> 00:19:43.808
  • guard your heart."
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  • More than you guard yourretirement, more than you're
  • 00:19:45.476 --> 00:19:47.245
  • concerned about your retirement,guard your heart.
  • 00:19:47.245 --> 00:19:50.514
  • Spend more time and energythinking about how to secure
  • 00:19:50.514 --> 00:19:52.683
  • your heart than you dosecure your home.
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  • Spend effort, expend energy, dowhatever you have to do, to
  • 00:19:56.454 --> 00:20:00.358
  • guard your heart more than youthink about securing the future
  • 00:20:00.358 --> 00:20:02.893
  • of your children.
  • 00:20:02.893 --> 00:20:04.262
  • "Above all else,guard your heart."
  • 00:20:04.262 --> 00:20:07.965
  • In Matthew 15, Jesus isspeaking, he's talking to his
  • 00:20:07.965 --> 00:20:11.269
  • disciples, they've asked hima question, they needed
  • 00:20:11.269 --> 00:20:13.104
  • interpretation on a presentationhe's made and he said, are you
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  • still so dull?
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  • [laughing]
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  • Sometimes I wonder whatJesus would say to me.
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  • "Don't you see that whateverenters the mouth goes into
  • 00:20:24.081 --> 00:20:26.350
  • the stomach and thenout of the body?
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  • The things that come out of themouth from the heart, these
  • 00:20:28.552 --> 00:20:31.522
  • make a man unclean."
  • 00:20:31.522 --> 00:20:32.890
  • They had a lot of dietary rules,you could eat this but you
  • 00:20:32.890 --> 00:20:35.059
  • couldn't eat that.
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  • And if you ate the wrong thingyou were unclean.
  • 00:20:36.527 --> 00:20:39.463
  • And Jesus said what goes intoyour mouth doesn't make you
  • 00:20:39.463 --> 00:20:41.632
  • unclean, and they'recompletely befuddled.
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  • What do you mean?
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  • We've got all these rules, we'vegot rabbis, we've got
  • 00:20:46.270 --> 00:20:47.605
  • generations of rabbis, we've gotrestaurants, we got all the
  • 00:20:47.605 --> 00:20:50.608
  • system that we have to eat theright thing, we have to prepare
  • 00:20:50.608 --> 00:20:53.611
  • our food in differentkinds of dishes.
  • 00:20:53.611 --> 00:20:55.112
  • And Jesus said what goes intoyour mouth doesn't make
  • 00:20:55.112 --> 00:20:58.816
  • you unclean.
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  • They can't process it fastenough, that little circle's
  • 00:21:00.184 --> 00:21:02.720
  • just spinning.
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  • He says what comes out of yourmouth comes from your heart,
  • 00:21:07.291 --> 00:21:09.860
  • that's where theuncleanness resides.
  • 00:21:09.860 --> 00:21:12.863
  • "For out of the heart comes evilthoughts, murder, adultery,
  • 00:21:12.863 --> 00:21:15.700
  • sexual immorality, theft, falsetestimony, slander.
  • 00:21:15.700 --> 00:21:19.437
  • These make a man unclean."
  • 00:21:19.437 --> 00:21:22.473
  • But eating with unwashed hands,not so much.
  • 00:21:22.473 --> 00:21:28.312
  • There's a lot of bait-and-switchin our world these days.
  • 00:21:28.312 --> 00:21:31.182
  • The church hasn't usedour voice so much.
  • 00:21:31.182 --> 00:21:34.285
  • We'll talk aboutenvironmentalism, we have
  • 00:21:34.285 --> 00:21:36.087
  • to keep the environment clean.
  • 00:21:36.087 --> 00:21:38.055
  • And we certainly have astewardship responsibility
  • 00:21:38.055 --> 00:21:40.224
  • towards the environment, butthen we're offended if we talk
  • 00:21:40.224 --> 00:21:42.960
  • about keeping our hearts clean.
  • 00:21:42.960 --> 00:21:45.730
  • Nobody has a right to tell uswhich moral choices we should
  • 00:21:45.730 --> 00:21:48.566
  • make around marriage or familyor identifying gender, it seems
  • 00:21:48.566 --> 00:21:52.436
  • to me God made that choice.
  • 00:21:52.436 --> 00:21:55.339
  • But they have no reluctancein telling us how we should
  • 00:21:55.339 --> 00:21:57.441
  • interact with the environmentin which we live.
  • 00:21:57.441 --> 00:21:59.643
  • We have a heart problem, andit's as real within the church
  • 00:21:59.643 --> 00:22:04.048
  • as it is without.
  • 00:22:04.048 --> 00:22:07.017
  • We've taken our eyes off theLord, we've given our ears
  • 00:22:07.017 --> 00:22:10.921
  • to other things.
  • 00:22:10.921 --> 00:22:12.823
  • In Luke 6, Jesus is speaking, hesays, "No good tree bears bad
  • 00:22:12.823 --> 00:22:16.360
  • fruit, nor does a bad treebear good fruit."
  • 00:22:16.360 --> 00:22:20.698
  • This notion of beingin the middle, it's not
  • 00:22:20.698 --> 00:22:22.533
  • a helpful notion.
  • 00:22:22.533 --> 00:22:24.235
  • We're either gonna leadrighteous lives or wicked lives.
  • 00:22:24.235 --> 00:22:27.705
  • Your daily activities put you onthe path of righteousness
  • 00:22:27.705 --> 00:22:30.441
  • or wickedness.
  • 00:22:30.441 --> 00:22:32.877
  • "Each tree is recognizedby its own fruit.
  • 00:22:32.877 --> 00:22:34.979
  • People don't pick figs fromthorn bushes or grapes
  • 00:22:34.979 --> 00:22:37.281
  • from briars.
  • 00:22:37.281 --> 00:22:38.783
  • The good man brings good thingsout of the good stored up in his
  • 00:22:38.783 --> 00:22:41.652
  • heart, and the evil man bringsevil things out of the evil
  • 00:22:41.652 --> 00:22:45.656
  • stored up in his heart."
  • 00:22:45.656 --> 00:22:47.024
  • The prayer we prayed a fewminutes ago was to begin to
  • 00:22:47.024 --> 00:22:49.560
  • dislodge some things in ourhearts that are not helpful.
  • 00:22:49.560 --> 00:22:54.165
  • If you leave them there they'llput deep roots and they'll begin
  • 00:22:54.165 --> 00:22:57.902
  • to control your emotionalfilters and how you see the
  • 00:22:57.902 --> 00:23:00.471
  • world and how youinteract with people.
  • 00:23:00.471 --> 00:23:02.573
  • You can't avoid that, even ifwhat caused that seed to be
  • 00:23:02.573 --> 00:23:06.710
  • planted was some legitimate act.
  • 00:23:06.710 --> 00:23:11.315
  • Perhaps you had a right to beangry, but you don't have a
  • 00:23:11.315 --> 00:23:13.484
  • right to hold the anger.
  • 00:23:13.484 --> 00:23:16.187
  • Maybe you walk through a bitterseason, but you can't afford
  • 00:23:16.187 --> 00:23:19.824
  • a spirit of bitterness.
  • 00:23:19.824 --> 00:23:22.359
  • Perhaps you were mistreated,maybe even in some evil way.
  • 00:23:22.359 --> 00:23:26.630
  • But the assignment we're givenis still to forgive.
  • 00:23:26.630 --> 00:23:29.767
  • Not to validate the act of evil,but to uncouple from it by
  • 00:23:29.767 --> 00:23:34.505
  • forgiving, releasing them.
  • 00:23:34.505 --> 00:23:36.207
  • You don't owe me anything, notan explanation, not a response.
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  • I forgive you.
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  • In Jesus's name you can go,because I'm leaving.
  • 00:23:41.979 --> 00:23:45.516
  • I'm not staying tetheredto that thing.
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  • I will not allow evil to havea place in my heart.
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  • We've had some agitation, we'vespent months outside now having
  • 00:23:53.157 --> 00:23:57.161
  • church, we started in the springand it was beautiful and the
  • 00:23:57.161 --> 00:24:00.464
  • dogwoods were blooming andwe sneezed together.
  • 00:24:00.464 --> 00:24:04.068
  • And we moved into June and Julyand August and we perspired,
  • 00:24:04.068 --> 00:24:07.671
  • we melted together.
  • 00:24:07.671 --> 00:24:10.174
  • And then the temperaturesdropped away.
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  • We've been through the changesof seasons, and I've watched you
  • 00:24:11.542 --> 00:24:14.211
  • kneel, time and timeagain, and pray.
  • 00:24:14.211 --> 00:24:18.482
  • And there are things that havehappened that perhaps you didn't
  • 00:24:18.482 --> 00:24:20.150
  • like, the pandemic didn'treside, it didn't abate in the
  • 00:24:20.150 --> 00:24:23.654
  • timeline that wewould've preferred.
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  • Or it's impacted you insome way you didn't want to.
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  • We tend to geta little agitated.
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  • Well, God, I prayed twice.
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  • I've got grass stains on myclothes, mosquito bites,
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  • sunburn, frostbite.
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  • Folks, the condition of ourheart doesn't come from
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  • one experience.
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  • You know this fundamentally.
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  • Your physical heart, yourphysical condition, is not the
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  • result of one reallyhard workout.
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  • Yeah, I mean, I'm a littleoverweight and I haven't been
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  • eating very clean, but I went tothe gym last week for 90 minutes
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  • and I worked hard so I'm good togo for six or seven more months.
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  • That isn't how it works, is it?
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  • it's a daily commitment.
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  • In fact, it's a moment-by-momentcommitment to what goes
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  • on your fork.
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  • And the same is true ofthe spiritual condition
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  • of our heart.
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  • We've been arrogantand prideful,
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  • smug and self-righteous.
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  • We've imagined that we've saidThe Sinner's Prayer, we'd read
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  • our Bibles, and we've beenoutside for church, so surely
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  • there couldn't beanything else in our heart.
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  • Lord, forgive us!
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  • Let the awakening continue.
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  • Awaken us to where we are today.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey, Iwant to pray with you before
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  • we go to that if there's anyplace in our lives we have left
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  • our hearts unprotected that theSpirit of God will bring it to
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  • our awareness so we can put theappropriate response in place.
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  • It's important.
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  • But God will help us.
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  • Father, thank you.
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  • I thank you for the Holy Spirit,who's our helper, the one that
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  • you have sent to stand besideus, to guide and direct.
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  • If there's anywhere we have leftourselves vulnerable,
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  • more vulnerable than you intend,show us that place and
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  • the appropriate response.
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  • Thank you for your help.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Theinvitation of Jesus in your life
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  • and mine is an invitationto freedom, not bondage.
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  • Jesus will bringgreater freedom to you
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  • emotionally, intellectually.
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  • If you were a good teacherbefore Jesus, you'll be
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  • a better teacher after.
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  • Jesus brings freedom.
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  • And if you don't know himin that way, you know
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  • a false Jesus.
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  • message fromPastor Allen Jackson.
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  • to the next level.
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  • And if you're visiting theNashville area, we'd love to see
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  • you at World Outreach Churchin Murfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find, solook us up when you're
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part
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  • of this ministry.
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  • We'll see you again next timefor another encounter with
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson.
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