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Learning and Listening From The Prophets

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January 10, 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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  • Allen Jackson: It's good to bewith you again.
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  • The beginning of this new year,what a wonderful opportunity to
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  • allow God to lead us into 2021.
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  • I look forward to the time wehave together in the morning to
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  • open our Bibles, to praytogether, to invite God into the
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  • midst of our lives.
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  • After all the isolation of 2020,it's so valuable to know that
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  • we're not alone, that God hashis people in the earth.
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  • In fact, they're all over theearth.
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  • I get messages on a regularbasis from Christian brothers
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  • and sisters in Armenia, inRussia, in South Africa, in
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  • Jerusalem, around the earth,standing together, praying for
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  • one another, trusting God forhis best.
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  • Our lesson today leads ustowards that.
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  • It's about listening to theprophets, learning from
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  • the prophets.
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  • Not so much telling the future,but learning about God's
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  • perspective on what's happeningin the earth.
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  • One of the most confusing thingsright now is what you trust for
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  • a source of information.
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  • And at the end of the day, ourbeginning point is God.
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  • We need to learn how to hearfrom him, to understand his
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  • Word, and to trust him.
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  • He will lead us through thisyear triumphantly.
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  • We don't have to begin the yearafraid.
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  • Grab your Bible.
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  • Let's take some notes.
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  • Most of all, open your heart.
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  • God has something for us today.
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  • Allen Jackson: Hosea chapter 1is bizarre.
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  • And there's a window into thecharacter of God that has been
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  • bouncing around inside of me fora while now.
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  • I try to read ahead a little bit'cause--and so I've been living
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  • with this a little bit.
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  • Let's just--Hosea chapter 1.We'll read a few verses.
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  • "The Word of the Lord that cameto Hosea during the reign
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  • of Uzziah."
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  • He's gonna list now the kings,while he prophesies.
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  • The book is a collection ofsermons or prophecies that have
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  • come from this person namedHosea in the 8th century B.C.
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  • "During the reigns of Uzziah,Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the
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  • kings of Judah, and during thereign of Jeroboam the son of
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  • Jehoash, the king of Israel."
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  • Now that's a timeline referenceand there's two
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  • nations referenced.
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  • And if you don't pay attention,you'll miss it and you'll just
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  • think they're busy, empty words,but they're really not.
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  • You'll remember, some of you,that after the reign of
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  • Solomon--who's the first kingof Israel?
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  • Saul.
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  • Not really a trick question.
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  • Second king of Israel?
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  • David.
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  • And the third king is Solomon.
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  • For three kings, the nation ofIsrael is 12 tribes, one
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  • united nation.
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  • After Solomon's death, there isa civil war and the nation of
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  • Israel is divided.
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  • There's a northern nation, tentribes in the north, and that
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  • nation is still referred to inthe Bible as Israel.
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  • The capital of Israel after thedivision is Samaria.
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  • Somebody gets to go to the headof the class.
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  • I heard that.
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  • The southern nation, thesouthern kingdom, is Judah, and
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  • the capital of Judah isJerusalem.
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  • Now, you know enough of yourBible to know there's a problem.
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  • Where's the temple?
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  • Jerusalem.
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  • And God didn't initiate thecivil war.
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  • He didn't intend there to be twocountries, so the sacrifices and
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  • the pilgrimage feasts, the threetimes a year they're commanded
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  • to go to the temple, means thateverybody from all 12 tribes
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  • would have to go to Jerusalem toworship, but there's a
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  • separate nation.
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  • And those kings are politicallyastute enough and economically
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  • aware enough, they don't wanttheir people traveling to
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  • Jerusalem with an expression ofloyalty to a temple in another
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  • nation and they certainly don'twant them taking economic
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  • resources to do that, so theycreate alternative places to
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  • worship in the northern kingdomof Israel.
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  • Idolatry.
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  • And they begin to compromise onthe principles that have defined
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  • them as a people.
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  • So the northern kingdom thenation of Israel after the
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  • division, the divided monarchy,never has a single king that the
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  • Bible acknowledges as godly.
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  • But when you're reading throughthe prophets, some of the
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  • prophets prophesied in Judah andsome prophesied in Israel, but
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  • as the books are put together togive you a historical
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  • perspective, they tell you whowas king in Jerusalem in Judah
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  • and they tell you who was kingin Samaria in Israel.
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  • Now, let's read those first twoverses again.
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  • "The Word of the Lord that cameto Hosea during the reign of
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  • Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, andHezekiah, kings of Judah."
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  • Where did they reign?
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  • Jerusalem.
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  • You go to the head of the class.
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  • "And during the reign ofJeroboam the son of Jehoash, the
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  • king of Israel."
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  • Now, Hosea is a prophet to thenation of Israel, to the
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  • northern kingdom.
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  • In fact, he's the last prophetfor them before the ten tribes
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  • are destroyed, so it's a veryimportant message.
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  • This is their last invitation.
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  • Now, listen to what God says toHosea.
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  • Verse 2, "When the Lord began tospeak through Hosea, the Lord
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  • said to him, 'Go, take toyourself an adulterous wife and
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  • children of unfaithfulness,because the land is guilty of
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  • the vilest adultery in departingfrom the Lord.'
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  • So he married Gomer."
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  • See, right there you've gottastop and laugh for a minute.
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  • "And she conceived and bore hima son."
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  • Now, I know it's in the Bibleand we read it like this makes
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  • perfect sense, but I'm tellingyou, it's a very unusual story.
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  • God says to Hosea, "I have amission for you, an assignment
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  • for you."
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  • "Sir, yes, sir."
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  • "I want you to go marry aprostitute."
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  • "Sir?"
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  • In fact, there's a word.
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  • If you know this word, youunderstand the message of the
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  • book of Hosea.
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  • It's a Hebrew word.
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  • It doesn't really have a directtranslation into English.
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  • In Hebrew, it's chesed.
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  • There's a letter in Hebrew, it'snot a sound we use in English,
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  • it's a guttural sound.
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  • You hear at sometimes inScottish or--it's often
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  • transliterated as a CH, but it'sa hard CH.
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  • Chamesh means five.
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  • I was in Hebrew class at theuniversity there and they told
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  • me that one of the letters inthe Hebrew alphabet was "CH,"
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  • and I knew they were messingwith me.
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  • 'Cause where I came from, "CH"starts a fight.
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  • But the word "chesed," and themeaning of the word doesn't
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  • translate just directly word forword, but the essence of it,
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  • it's the attitude which bothparties of a covenant need
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  • to maintain.
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  • Covenant's the most binding formof agreement in the Bible.
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  • And "chesed" is the word thatyou want both parties in the
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  • covenant to adhere to.
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  • So the book of Hosea, inmultiple places it's about this
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  • idea that there's a covenant.
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  • So if you were lookin' for wordto word equivalence, it would be
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  • like faithfulness perhaps, or tobe trustworthy, or
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  • maybe loyalty.
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  • And the message in the book ofHosea is that chesed has
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  • broken down.
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  • It's a book about Israel'sunfaithfulness, the nation of
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  • Israel's unfaithful, the tentribes of the north, and of
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  • God's faithfulness to them inspite of their unfaithfulness.
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  • Hosea's their last prophet.
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  • Destruction is coming.
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  • 721 B.C., the Assyrian armycame, besieged the city
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  • of Jerusalem.
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  • The Assyrians, their patternwhen they conquered a people was
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  • to take the inhabitants of theland and distribute them
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  • throughout their empire, and torepopulate that land with people
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  • from another place.
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  • That's why when you hear aboutthe ten lost tribes, it comes
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  • from that habit of the Assyrianpeople, because those ten tribes
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  • in the nation of Israel, the 10of the 12 tribes of Israel, were
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  • scattered throughout theAssyrian Empire.
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  • But Hosea's book is aboutfaithfulness
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  • and trustworthiness.
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  • Now, there's some lessons here.
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  • Again, I suggest to you thatwhen you read your Bible, we're
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  • tryin' to get to know thecharacter of God.
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  • And I know what's in your Bibleand you're doing it as your
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  • daily Bible reading, but if youread Hosea, we've got to rethink
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  • and reimagine what it means tofollow God.
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  • We've grown up in an age wherethe primary presentation of the
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  • biblical message was aboutpersonal salvation and God
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  • meeting our needs.
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  • That sound right?
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  • How to get saved, how to causethe blessings of God to flow
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  • upon your life.
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  • And if they're not, to figureout what the roadblocks are and
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  • pull out the roadblocks.
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  • Now, I'm not opposed toblessings.
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  • I don't want you tomisunderstand me, but when you
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  • read Hosea that's not what God'sassignment to Hosea was about.
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  • "I want you to go marry anunfaithful woman.
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  • Go marry a prostitute.
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  • And when you have a child,conceive a child with her and
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  • name the child 'No Love,' 'causeIsrael has no love for me.
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  • And have another child and namethat child, 'Not My People.'
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  • That kid's gonna have trouble inschool, 'cause you tell Israel
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  • they're not my people."
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  • So this isn't a shortassignment.
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  • This wasn't like a difficult30-day window for Hosea.
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  • It wasn't going to be an awkwardsummer.
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  • He had more to do than--he hasmore to endure the season
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  • of COVID.
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  • This is stretching out overmonths and years.
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  • A marriage to a prostitute,children from a prostitute.
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  • This is not really a happilyever after narrative.
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  • Is that fair?
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  • And it's very, very clear Hoseadidn't miss the assignment.
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  • He's not punished with thisbecause of disobedience, or
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  • wickedness, or hardheartedness,or carnality, or any of those
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  • things that we would introduceinto the discussion.
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  • God said, "Hosea, I have anassignment for you.
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  • This nation needs a message andI need you to deliver it for me.
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  • Go marry a prostitute."
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  • Hosea has a life assignment.
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  • It's filled with purpose.
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  • It's complete with divineinteraction, with supernatural
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  • affirmation of his message, withwords that God puts in his heart
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  • and on his lips, and heartache.
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  • Wait a minute.
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  • Are you willing to know God thatway?
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  • Say, "Pastor, that's OldTestament."
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  • Yeah, you're the one that thingsGod gets Prozac after Malachi.
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  • I know.
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  • But in Philippians chapter 3,the Apostle Paul says, "I want
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  • to know Christ and the power ofhis resurrection."
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  • Amen, me too right there.
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  • I want the power of God pulsingthrough my--and the fellowship
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  • of sharing in his sufferings,that I might become like him in
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  • his death.
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  • Fully obedient, so that somehowI might attain to the
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  • resurrection of the dead.
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  • Again, that's bumping up againstthe way we typically hear
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  • the gospel.
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  • We'd expect Paul to say,"Absolute certainty, I'm gonna
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  • attain to the resurrection ofthe dead.
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  • I had that Damascus Roadexperience.
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  • I got an extensive resume.
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  • They know me in Jerusalem.
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  • I got converts all over aroundthe Mediterranean."
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  • But he's praying, "I want toknow the power of God and the
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  • fellowship of sharing in hissufferings."
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  • Now, if God gives you anassignment and it's unpleasant,
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  • if it requires discipline, if itrequires endurance, it doesn't
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  • mean he's abandoned you.
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  • It means he's prepared you.
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  • In 1 Peter it says God's givenus everything we need for life
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  • and godliness.
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  • I think we typically flip thatmeans that we've been given
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  • every blessing we could everwant.
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  • And it's true that God'sblessings are abundant in
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  • our lives.
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  • Most of the problems in ourlives are first world problems.
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  • We have too much stuff, we needa storage space.
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  • There's too much of us, we needa treadmill.
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  • We're too busy, we can't keepup, we're exhausted.
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  • Our kids have so much that theycan't decide what they want and
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  • it makes 'em miserable.
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  • Most of our problems are fromabundant blessings.
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  • But are we willing to read andimagine that God would ask us,
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  • assign us to something that'sunpleasant?
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey, this isPastor Allen.
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  • Thank you for letting meinterrupt the lesson for just a
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  • moment, but I wanted a minutewith you at the beginning of
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  • this year, first of all, tocelebrate.
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  • Thank God we survived 2020.
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  • We didn't just survive, we'vecome through stronger.
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  • We're more focused and moreprepared for the purposes of God
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  • than we've ever been before.
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  • But we're not finished with theturmoil yet.
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  • I know I'd like it to go awaywith a new calendar as much as
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  • you would, but the reality iswe've still got a path to
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  • travel, and we're gonna have todo it in the strength of
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  • the Lord.
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  • So I wanted a minute with you atthe beginning of this year.
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  • I want to plant a seed.
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  • Let's determine to begin to putsome things in place to keep us
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  • strong spiritually no matterwhat is presented to us in
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  • this year.
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  • We've thought a lot in recentweeks and months about how to
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  • maintain a healthy immunesystem, how to maintain your
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  • physical health.
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  • Well, in the same way, we've gotto think about how to be strong
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  • spiritually, so I put a tooltogether that I think it'll
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  • help you.
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  • It's a daily devotional.
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  • It's called "Standing Firm."
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  • That's our goal in 2021.
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  • We wanna stand firm.
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  • You know the Ephesians 6 passagethat says, "Having done
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  • everything you know to do, standtherefore."
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  • Well, the attacks aren't goingaway.
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  • The challenges aren't going tojust evaporate.
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  • The enemy is alive and well onplanet earth, but Jesus is Lord.
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  • Take the time for your dailyBible reading.
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  • Do a few minutes in a dailydevotional.
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  • We'll be on TBN every day if youneed a little boost spiritually.
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  • There are resources available toyou.
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  • Together, we're gonna standfirm and declare Jesus
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  • as victor in our lives.
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  • God bless ya.
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  • male announcer: God calls us tostand firm in our faith.
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  • We need to be engaged.
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  • To help you recognize deceptionand guard your heart in these
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  • unpredictable times, we'll sendyou Pastor Allen's sermon DVD
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  • from the "End of This Age"series, called "Stand Firm,"
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  • when you donate today.
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  • When giving $30 or more, you'llalso receive "Standing Firm,"
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  • the hardback, one-yeardevotional book Pastor Allen
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  • just spoke of.
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  • So donate today by calling1-800-880-5102 or by
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  • visiting allenjackson.com.
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  • Here's a clip from the "StandFirm" DVD.
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  • Allen Jackson: Don't give yourattention to the expressions
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  • of evil.
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  • Focus your heart, and yourthoughts, and your minds, and
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  • your emotions on what God isdoing.
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  • It will keep you and protectyou.
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  • It'll bring a joy to you.
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  • We have rejected the truth ofGod.
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  • We've set it aside.
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  • We don't wanna be encumbered byGod's truth and his ideas.
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  • It's inconvenient to us.
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  • We want power and we wantauthority.
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  • The only peace that will come tohumanity will come from the
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  • Prince of Peace.
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  • It's only the transformation ofthe human heart that allows us
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  • to live together in unity, andrespect, and love, and kindness,
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  • and dignity.
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  • I would encourage you, not justin this season, but in the
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  • season to come, guard yourheart.
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  • Be careful what you kneelbefore.
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  • male announcer: Support futurebroadcasts and receive these
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  • items today at allenjackson.comor by calling 1-800-880-5102.
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  • Allen Jackson: I think it'sbiblical.
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  • In fact, I know it is.
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  • I'm not saying that the gospelwe've received is false because
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  • I believe the core of it istrue, but I believe we've
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  • wrapped it in something of acarnal package because we have
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  • lived with so much freedom, andso much liberty, and so much
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  • abundance that we really didn'thave to depend upon the Lord.
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  • And we could use our faith askind of an eternal
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  • insurance component.
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  • And after all, we wanted to beChristian.
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  • We're a nation with a Christianheritage and we understood that,
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  • but I believe one of the impactsand one of the outcomes of this
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  • year for which I am very, verygrateful in my own heart and
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  • life is that God is shaking us abit and helping us to reevaluate
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  • how we've imagined thatrelationship.
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  • I believe we're more ready foran assignment than we've
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  • ever been.
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  • I believe we are more willing toendure.
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  • Did you know self-discipline isone of the nine fruit of
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  • the Spirit?
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  • I believe we are more preparedthan we were a year ago tonight.
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  • I know you are.
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  • I've been with you out therewhen it was really hot and you
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  • were melting.
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  • I've been out there when you arehuddled around a fire pit,
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  • acting like you're having fun.
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  • God is doing something.
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  • You know how precious andpriceless that is?
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  • What an amazing gift.
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  • Have we forfeited some things in20--yeah, we have.
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  • It's been messed up and goofy,but on the other hand, we are
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  • gaining some things that are ofinfinite value.
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  • I want to take a couple ofminutes.
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  • I want this notion offaithfulness that comes
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  • from chesed.
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  • The alternative to faithfulnessis unfaithfulness, and that's
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  • really the story of Hosea.
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  • The faithfulness of God, theunfaithfulness of the people.
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  • Have you ever heard theexpression, "Marching to the
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  • beat of a different drum"?
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  • I want you to play with it.
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  • I want you to think about thatbeyond our little visit
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  • together tonight.
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  • What's the beat you're marchingto?
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  • Are you really--do you imaginethat you're marching to the drum
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  • of the kingdom of God?
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  • We've fit in too well.
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  • We've been too well camouflaged.
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  • We have.
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  • It's one of the lessons of thisyear.
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  • The distinction between thepeople of God and the ungodly
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  • people is so small we don't evenhave a category for it.
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  • We don't even think in terms offaithful and unfaithful.
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  • -- said they're a good person.
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  • And they're living an ungodlylife, so far from God, and you--
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  • oh, they're good--really,what's your criteria?
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  • You're not a good friend ifyou're standing close to
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  • somebody and the judgment ofGod's gonna come on them and you
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  • don't say anything about it.
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  • You would warn 'em if you were--had tested positive for COVID.
  • 00:19:54.752 --> 00:19:59.190
  • And for 99 point something ofus, that's a
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  • minor inconvenience.
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  • The judgment of God is more thanminor inconvenience.
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  • And if you're close to somebodythat's living an ungodly life,
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  • it's not kindness to them to go,"Oh, you're wonderful.
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  • Everything's good."
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  • No, wait.
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  • You can be their friend, but youwant to tell them the truth.
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  • Faithfulness and unfaithfulness,it's an it's an issue for
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  • God's people.
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  • It's really not relevant for theungodly.
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  • If they don't know the Lord andthey're living an ungodly life,
  • 00:20:28.686 --> 00:20:31.455
  • tell 'em about Jesus.
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  • Tell 'em what he's done for you,how he's changed you, how he's
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  • brought a purpose to you, howyou used to be on that other
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  • treadmill and you found a betterway to make your journey under
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  • the sun.
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  • So there's no condemnation.
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  • If they don't know the Lord,tell them.
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  • What are you waiting on?
  • 00:20:50.207 --> 00:20:51.509
  • Well, they might reject--oh,that's the reason?
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  • If you spend time with peoplethat don't know the Lord and you
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  • don't tell them, what do youthink they will say to you once
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  • they understand eternity?
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  • I've told this story before.
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  • It happened a long time ago.
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  • You know, the last place Iwanted to come pastor was the
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  • town where I grew up.
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  • I knew God had made a schedulingmistake.
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  • But I played--I went toRiverdale, played basketball
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  • through junior high and highschool.
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  • Back then we didn't have lots ofoptions, so it was pretty small
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  • group of us.
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  • And we used to pray beforegames.
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  • Can you believe that?
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  • We would pray at a school.
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  • We'd pray in the locker room.
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  • So we were doing a pre-gameprayer and it was the last game
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  • of our junior year.
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  • And somebody said, "Jackson, youpray."
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  • So I prayed.
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  • And one of the guys I playedball with a long time, when I
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  • said--he said, "Dang, Jackson."
  • 00:21:52.436 --> 00:21:54.205
  • That really wasn't way he saidit.
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  • He said, "I didn't know you knewhow to pray."
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  • Ugh.
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  • You don't want people thatyou've spent a lot of time with
  • 00:22:08.452 --> 00:22:11.956
  • to not know that you know theLord.
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  • See, at that time in my life, itwas more important to me that
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  • they thought I was tough, that Iwouldn't quit.
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  • I wanted to impress them withother parts of my life.
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  • My faith, I left it way, way,way in the background.
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  • I mean, I wanted the faith.
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  • If I needed it, I wanted to beable to pull it forward 'cause I
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  • knew there could beconsequences, but I certainly
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  • didn't want to--I don't want tolead with that.
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  • Folks, don't spend time withpeople and not tell them that
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  • you know Jesus.
  • 00:22:42.787 --> 00:22:45.289
  • And if you're spending time withpeople that imagine themselves
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  • to be Christ followers andthey're engaged in practices
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  • that you know are far from thekingdom of God, begin to ask the
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  • Lord to give you a way to have adialogue with them.
  • 00:22:54.799 --> 00:22:59.870
  • What do we need to happen forthe blessings of God to come
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  • upon our nation again?
  • 00:23:03.073 --> 00:23:05.776
  • We need a change of heart.
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  • Do you want somebody else to beengaged in the change of heart?
  • 00:23:08.779 --> 00:23:12.216
  • Are we willing to say, "Lord,here I am"?
  • 00:23:12.249 --> 00:23:15.953
  • If we just all helped threepeople have a heart change in
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  • the next 90 days, you know whatthe impact of that would be?
  • 00:23:18.255 --> 00:23:24.061
  • Remember the little paradigmAngus uses after you respond to
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  • one of his invitations?
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  • He wants you to tell the nextfive people you meet this week.
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  • You know what that would do toour world?
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  • If we would stop--stop sayingthat Christianity matters and
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  • then acting like it'sirrelevant?
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  • "Hosea, go marry a prostitute."
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  • "Well, wait a minute God.
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  • I had a--"
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  • "Did you not hear me?"
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  • You can't deliver a message onfaithfulness if you're
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  • being unfaithful.
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  • New Testament, Acts 26, Paul'son trial for his life before
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  • another one of an endless set ofjudges, but it's King Agrippa.
  • 00:24:02.032 --> 00:24:04.802
  • He said, "King Agrippa, I wasnot disobedient to the vision
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  • from heaven."
  • 00:24:08.105 --> 00:24:09.440
  • He's telling him about hisconversion experience on the
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  • Road to Damascus, and he said,"I had a vision."
  • 00:24:11.542 --> 00:24:13.644
  • And now he's years later and hesaid, "I have not
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  • been disobedient.
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  • I have been faithful to what Godasked me to do."
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  • Acts chapter 5, it's a differentgroup this time.
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  • It's Peter and John, but they'rebeing brought before
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  • the Sanhedrin.
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  • If you don't remember, that'sthe austere body that
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  • orchestrated Jesus's execution,so they're powerful.
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  • And they're a real threat andPeter and John know it.
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  • "They brought the apostles, theymade them appear before the
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  • Sanhedrin to be questioned bythe high priest.
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  • 'We gave you strict orders notto teach in this name, yet you
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  • have filled Jerusalem with yourteaching and you're determined
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  • to make us guilty of this man'sblood.'"
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  • Jesus has been a point ofdivision for a long, long,
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  • long time.
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  • What are you gonna do?
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  • What am I gonna do?
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  • What are we gonna do with the21st century?
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  • Listen to what Peter and Johnhave to say.
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  • "Peter and the other apostlesreplied, 'We must obey God
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  • rather than men.
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  • The God of our fathers raisedJesus from the dead, whom you
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  • have killed by hanging him on atree.'"
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  • Now, that's kinda sticking theknife in and turning it.
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  • I mean--"God exalted him to hisown right hand as a Prince and
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  • Savior that he might giverepentance and forgiveness of
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  • sins to Israel.
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  • We are witnesses of these thingsand so is the Holy Spirit, whom
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  • God has given to those whoobey."
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  • Faithfulness.
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  • You can't be a person of faithunless you're a faithful person.
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  • It's not so much aboutknowledge, or great blocks of
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  • information, or high IQs, orforeign languages.
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  • It's a willingness to befaithful in the position and the
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  • place that God places you.
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  • Allen Jackson: It is an honor tobe a part of what God is doing
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  • in the earth and to standtogether prayerfully is a gift.
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  • In fact, before we go, I'd liketo pray with you.
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  • I'd like to invite God'sblessing upon your life in this
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  • new year.
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  • We don't have to face thechallenges in our lives
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  • by ourselves.
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  • Almighty God walks with us andwe have the honor of standing
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  • together prayerfully.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Lord, I thank you for oneanother.
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  • Lord, we don't have to betogether physically to know that
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  • we stand together in you.
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  • And I pray for every person withwhom I've had this time today.
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  • Lord, you know the circumstancesand the details.
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  • I pray that 2021 will be a yearof victory, and triumph, and
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  • deliverance, and wholeness.
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  • Where there have been barriersand oppression, go in
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  • Jesus's name.
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  • Lord, thank you for yourbreakthrough.
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  • It's in Jesus's name we pray,amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • message from Pastor AllenJackson.
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  • And until then, visit us onlineand discover remarkable
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  • information and resources tohelp take your Christian life to
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  • 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 Church inMurfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find, so look usup when you're
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  • traveling through.
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  • And don't forget to connect withPastor Jackson every day through
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  • social media.
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  • Thanks so much for joining usand being a part of
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  • 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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