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Preparations For The Arriving King: First Arrival, Second Arrival Part 2

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January 14, 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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Preparations For The Arriving King: First Arrival, Second Arrival Part 2

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  • Allen Jackson: Jesus'sassignment to us, remember?
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  • He said he would build hischurch.
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  • He told us to ask the Lord ofthe harvest to raise up workers
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  • for the harvest field.
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  • The implication is that we wouldvolunteer, "Lord, here we are,
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  • send us."
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  • Folks, just as certainly as wecelebrate Jesus's arrival in
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  • Bethlehem, he's coming back,he is.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey,congratulations,
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  • we've made it to 2021.
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  • That may seem like it wasquestionable a few months ago,
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  • but God has kept us,that's really good news.
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  • The One who watches over usdoesn't slumber or sleep.
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  • I know sometimes we feel likewe've been isolated or abandoned
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  • or alone or quarantined, ormaybe God was paying attention
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  • someplace else, but it's a lie.
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  • The Spirit that brought Jesusout of that tomb dwells in you
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  • and me, and our Lord himself isour intercessor seated at the
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  • right hand of God, the Father.
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  • We're preparing for something, amomentous event that will change
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  • the direction of human history:the King is coming back.
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  • What an exciting opportunity foryou and I to be serving as the
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  • preface to that event when Jesussteps into history.
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  • Grab your Bible, open yourheart, take some notes.
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  • God's got something for youtoday.
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  • Allen Jackson: I believe thedisruptions of 2020 have
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  • given us an opportunityto recalibrate a bit.
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  • We've been shaken from ourslumber, just a bit.
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  • The spiritual conflict in ourworld has caught our attention,
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  • if not directly, at leastperipherally.
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  • We have an opportunity that'sunlike any I have seen in many,
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  • many years.
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  • The truth is, we think verylittle about the people of
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  • the world.
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  • Most of our thoughts are prettyself-centric.
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  • I'm not throwing stones, I thinkwe all wrestle with this, we're
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  • just not very much aware.
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  • Because we have some friendsaround the world, we get
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  • messaging and have dialogue onsomewhat of a routine basis.
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  • Did you know that in July ofthis year, Armenia was attacked
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  • by Azerbaijan?
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  • We have friends there, churchesthat we work with, that are
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  • struggling to care for theorphans that are the result of
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  • that war this summer.
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  • Their Christmas is very muchdisrupted, but not so much
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  • because of a virus, because of awar that plagued them in
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  • recent weeks.
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  • We talked to some friends inGuatemala, they are battling
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  • hunger and starvation in therural parts of that nation
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  • because of the isolation andfear that was attached to
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  • the coronavirus.
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  • People in remote areasbarricaded their driveways and
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  • they didn't have the resourcesfor food.
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  • South Africa has been totteringon the precipice of civil war,
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  • brutal murders in that nationtearing at the fabric of
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  • the people.
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  • China, they get a lot ofdiscussion these days.
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  • We celebrate their great cultureand their historic contributions
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  • to civilization, we don't talkso much--and the Chinese people
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  • are as precious to God as youor I are, but the system that
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  • dominates their lives isnot so precious.
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  • It's a repressive state over theworld's largest population.
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  • The NBA, the National BasketballAssociation, they don't want to
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  • criticize China, it's too largeof a market.
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  • They're pretty willing tocriticize our nation.
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  • They don't mindoffending Christians,
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  • they'll advocate strongly andloudly and consistently
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  • for the LGBTQ community, butthose professional athletes,
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  • they don't wantto disrupt China.
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  • There's little mention of theyears in China of forced
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  • abortions, of limiting births ina family, or of Chairman Mao's
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  • ideas of bringing a "greatrealignment" to China, where in
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  • a four-year window of time, asmany as 50 million Chinese
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  • people were murdered.
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  • That's in my lifetime, it's notancient history.
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  • Russia, we have friends there,churches that we work with
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  • there, they live under aconstant threat of oppression,
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  • of properties being confiscated.
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  • They don't live with freedom andliberty.
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  • So what are we supposed to do,how do we respond,
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  • more missionaries?
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  • Well, the shortest answer I haveare the four little words I've
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  • been sharing with you for weeksnow: watch, listen, think, act.
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  • You can't give something awaythat you don't have.
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  • If we forfeit our freedoms andliberties, if we won't stand for
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  • the truth of the gospel in ourbackyard, we're useless to the
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  • people across the oceans.
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  • We have to watch and listen andthink and act.
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  • There are a lot of voicesspeaking to us now, they're more
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  • calm these days.
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  • We've endured four years ofbitter, angry dialogue, and
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  • suddenly everybody's sayingthings are peaceful.
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  • I think they're more deceptivethan ever.
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  • If you'll allow me an aside,I don't believe the vaccine
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  • that's currently being releasedis the mark of the beast.
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  • I'm a pastor, I can speak tothat portion, I'm not a doctor.
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  • But in Luke 17, verse 26, Jesussaid something that I think is
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  • insightful to the season we'rein: "Just as it was in the days
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  • of Noah, so also it will be inthe days of the Son of Man."
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  • Before Jesus comes, the worldwill be very similar
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  • to Noah's days.
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  • You remember what it saysin Genesis 6
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  • about the days of Noah?
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  • That God was grieved about thecondition of humanity,
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  • that their every thoughtwas evil.
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  • So before Jesus comes back,before the King comes the
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  • second time, the human characteris going to deteriorate.
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  • So we're gonna have to beprepared to see that, we're
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  • gonna have to be prepared to seethe glory of the Lord being
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  • demonstrated in a remarkableoutpouring of the Spirit of God.
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  • At the same time, we're goingto see the deterioration
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  • of human character proliferate.
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  • You'll have to decidewhere you are.
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  • The fence is not going to be agood destination much longer.
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  • "Just--so it will be in thedays of the Son of Man.
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  • People were eating and drinking,marrying and being given in
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  • marriage up till the day thatNoah entered the ark.
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  • And the flood came and destroyedthem all.
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  • It was the same inthe days of Lot."
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  • Lot lived in Sodom.
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  • "People were eating anddrinking, buying and selling,
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  • planting and building.
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  • But the day Lot left Sodom, fireand sulfur rained down from
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  • heaven and destroyed them all.
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  • It'll be just like this on theday that the Son of Man
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  • is revealed."
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  • Remember, he's gonna be revealedbroadly.
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  • There's a parallel passage,that's Luke 17, but in
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  • Matthew 24, Jesus--it's the same discourse,
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  • it's just recordedin two Gospels.
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  • Jesus said, "No one knows aboutthat day or hour, not even the
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  • angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father."
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  • Nobody knows when Jesus iscoming, so if somebody tells you
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  • they know when he's coming, youknow for sure they don't know.
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  • Now, they don't know that theydon't know, or they wouldn't be
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  • telling you they know.
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  • So if somebody tells you theyknow what day he's coming back,
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  • don't stress, just smile, turnaround, and sprint the
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  • other direction.
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  • "As it was in the days of Noah,so it will be at the coming of
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  • the Son of Man.
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  • For in the days before theflood, people were eating and
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  • drinking, marrying and giving inmarriage, up till the day that
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  • Noah entered the ark; and theyknew nothing about what would
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  • happen until the flood came andtook them all away.
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  • That's how it will be at thecoming of the Son of Man.
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  • Two men will be in the field;one will be taken and the
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  • other left."
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  • Now, there's four pairs ofbehaviors given in those two
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  • passages of Scripture, and noneof them are immoral or ungodly,
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  • they're very normal things,we've been engaged
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  • in all of them.
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  • Eating and drinking, marryingand giving in marriage.
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  • I participated in a weddingceremony last weekend.
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  • Buying and selling,planting and building.
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  • So what is the challenge andwhat's happening in
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  • those passages?
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  • Why would Jesus go to the effortto point it out in such
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  • specific detail?
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  • Because the broader populationin Noah's day and in Lot's day
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  • had absolutely no awareness ofspiritual things.
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  • They were totally shut down tothose things, they were
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  • clueless, spiritually asleep.
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  • They were on the precipice ofdestruction, and they were
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  • blissfully ignorant.
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  • If you knew that the systems ofthe world were gonna collapse on
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  • Monday, that the economies wouldcollapse, you probably wouldn't
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  • be inclined to spend all daySunday trying to put together
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  • the biggest deal of your life.
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  • If you knew that everythingabout your life was going to
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  • implode on Monday, you probablywouldn't spend the afternoon
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  • cooking a recipe you'd nevertried before.
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  • It seems to me that theinvitation is to lead a life
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  • that is spiritually aware, infact, Jesus goes on in that
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  • Matthew 24 passage to say,"Be aware, pay attention,"
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  • and then he tells a parable.
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  • You see, our installation onthis point has been an idea
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  • that I do not think is helpful.
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  • We've had a tremendous focus onpersonal salvation.
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  • Are you saved, have you beenborn again, have you made
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  • a profession of faith?
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  • Now, I believe in that,I believe in the new birth,
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  • I believe in conversion,initiation into
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  • the kingdom of God, I believeyou need to do that.
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  • So please don't misunderstandme, I'm not downgrading
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  • the new birth.
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  • Jesus said in John 3, "Nobodywill enter the kingdom of heaven
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  • unless they're born again."
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  • But with that is almost asolitary focus, we haven't
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  • really talked about servingthe King or growing up
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  • in the kingdom.
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  • We've described our faith interms of when we were born
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  • again, when we experienced thenew birth, we have a certificate
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  • that validates our baptism.
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  • And once we've established thosepoints, whether we've said it
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  • out loud or not, at leastinternally, many, many,
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  • many of us have thought,"I've done my God business.
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  • After all, I'm not declaringmyself Muslim.
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  • I'm not Buddhist.
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  • I'm not saying I'm new ageor pagan.
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  • I've identified."
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  • Maybe we go as far as establisha membership in a congregation
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  • of people and think, "I have aletter of standing in the midst
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  • of a community of faith," andI'm grateful for that, I'm not
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  • opposed to that, I've spent mylife working in the church,
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  • but the assignment isto serve the King.
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  • And if you'll read the balanceof Matthew 24, Jesus gives this
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  • parable about a land owner thatentrusted his servants a
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  • responsibility, and he's gonefor a lengthy period of time.
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  • And he said, "I tell you thetruth, it'll be good for the
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  • servants to be busy withthe master's business
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  • when he returns."
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  • We don't want to be so engagedin the world that we're clueless
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  • about the ark onthe edge of town.
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  • We don't want to be so obliviousto spiritual things that
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  • if angels offering deliverancespent the night in the city,
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  • we wouldn't know it.
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  • It's not about being immoral orungodly or wicked, it's about
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  • what has captured our hearts.
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  • Jesus's assignment to us,remember?
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  • He said he would buildhis church.
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  • He told us to ask the Lord ofthe harvest to raise up workers
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  • for the harvest field.
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  • The implication is that we wouldvolunteer, "Lord, here we are,
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  • send us."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Allen Jackson: Hey,this is Pastor 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
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  • of this year, first of all,to celebrate.
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  • Thank God we survived 2020.
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  • We didn't just survive,we've come 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,but we're not finished
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  • with the turmoil 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 is,we've still got a path
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  • to travel, and we're gonna haveto do it in the strength
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  • to the Lord.
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  • So I wanted a minute with youat the 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
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  • in this year.
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  • We've thought a lot in recentweeks and months about how
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  • to maintain a healthy immunesystem, how to maintain
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  • your 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've put a tooltogether that I think
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  • it'll help you.
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  • It's a daily devotional,it's called "Standing Firm."
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  • That's our goal in 2021,we wanna stand firm.
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  • You know the Ephesians 6passage, it says,
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  • "Having done everything you knowto do, stand therefore."
  • 00:13:47.851 --> 00:13:51.188
  • Well, the attacks aren't goingaway, the challenges
  • 00:13:51.221 --> 00:13:53.590
  • aren't going to just evaporate,the enemy is alive and well on
  • 00:13:53.624 --> 00:13:56.793
  • planet Earth, but Jesus is Lord.
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  • Take the time for your dailyBible reading, do a few minutes
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  • in a daily devotional.
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  • We'll be on TBN every day if youneed a little boost spiritually.
  • 00:14:04.401 --> 00:14:08.038
  • There are resourcesavailable to you.
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  • Together, we're gonna stand firmand declare Jesus is victor
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  • in our lives, God bless you.
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  • male announcer: God calls usto stand 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-year devotionalbook Pastor Allen just spoke of.
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  • So donate today by calling ...
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  • or by visiting allenjackson.com.
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  • Here's a clip from the"Stand Firm" DVD.
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  • Allen Jackson: Don't give yourattention to the expressions of
  • 00:14:46.243 --> 00:14:48.278
  • evil, focus your heart and yourthoughts and your mind and your
  • 00:14:48.312 --> 00:14:52.649
  • emotions on what God is doing.
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  • It will keep you and protectyou, 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, we don'twant to be encumbered by God's
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  • truth and his ideas, it'sinconvenient to us.
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  • We want power and we wantauthority.
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  • The only peace that will cometo humanity will come
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  • from the 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 want to encourage you,not just in this season,
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  • but in the season to come,guard your heart, be careful
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  • what you kneel before.
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  • items today at allenjackson.comor by calling ...
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  • Allen Jackson: Folks, just ascertainly as we celebrate
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  • Jesus's arrival in Bethlehem,he's coming back, he is.
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  • And I think it's most probablethat the season will be
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  • challenging prior to his return.
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  • I'm happy for whatever provisionGod makes for the protection and
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  • the deliverance of his people,but I want to be prepared to be
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  • faithful to the end, and I wouldencourage you to do the same.
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  • Humble yourself, tell the Lordthe truth, tell yourself
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  • the truth.
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  • If you've been more engaged intrying to be victorious in the
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  • systems of this present age thanyou have the age to come,
  • 00:16:38.455 --> 00:16:42.626
  • begin to say, "Lord, help me."
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  • If we've been more obsessedwith being fashionable and
  • 00:16:46.797 --> 00:16:50.467
  • flourishing in the present agethan we have being pleasing
  • 00:16:50.500 --> 00:16:53.770
  • to God, we need to begin to say,"Lord, help me."
  • 00:16:53.804 --> 00:16:58.341
  • If we've been angry at thewicked more than we've been
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  • watchful over the conditionof our own heart, we've got
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  • to begin to say,"Lord, help me."
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  • If we have harboredunforgiveness or resentment or
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  • greed or immorality or whateverelse we have excused, we need
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  • to begin to say, "Lord,be merciful to me."
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  • God will care for his people, hewill deliver us through whatever
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  • comes to the Earth, I trust him.
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  • Maybe he will let us seerighteousness flourish for
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  • a season, and have open doors toproclaim the gospel, and the
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  • freedom to push our resourcesinto the middle of the table and
  • 00:17:36.947 --> 00:17:39.816
  • and make the greatest impact wecan--it bugs me, we'd spend
  • 00:17:39.850 --> 00:17:43.553
  • $16 billion on an election whenhalf the contributors are gonna
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  • be agitated.
  • 00:17:47.190 --> 00:17:49.893
  • And Christians quibble aboutspending petty resources on
  • 00:17:49.926 --> 00:17:53.230
  • the proclamation of the Gospel,we're confused.
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  • I'm not receiving an offeringfor some crazy outreach, I'm not
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  • above it, I'm just not doing ittoday, but we've had
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  • our priorities messed up.
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  • We want the athletes for theschools that we champion to have
  • 00:18:10.046 --> 00:18:12.682
  • the best possible resourcesavailable for them to train,
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  • and I'm okay with that.
  • 00:18:15.952 --> 00:18:19.256
  • But then we talk about church,and we talk about,
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  • "Well, it's good enough for"--no!
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  • It's not how lavish ourbuildings are or how deep our
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  • pockets, but we want to give thebest we have to the King,
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  • it's important.
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  • And we've been trapped a bit inthis narrow, little imagination
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  • of what it means to be aChristian, a Christ follower.
  • 00:18:42.646 --> 00:18:46.349
  • And the Spirit of God has begunto shake us a little bit, say,
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  • "Do you recognize the freedomsyou have and the liberties
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  • you have and the blessings youhave have come from me?"
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  • Do you realize that?
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  • And the answer is, no, we reallyhadn't thought that.
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  • We thought we'd worked hard andsacrificed and gotten ahead,
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  • or we're angry because somebodyelse got ahead, and we want them
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  • to give us something thatthey have because they think
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  • they did it inappropriately.
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  • Folks, neither of thosepositions come from the heart
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  • of God.
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  • He's the one who blesses us,seek him.
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  • He is the only author of justiceand righteousness in peace.
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  • If the church will be awakened,God will move in ways
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  • we've never seen.
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  • You're not powerless, you arenot powerless, your prayers are
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  • not small, being togetherwith one another
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  • is not insignificant.
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  • Almighty God is watchingover us.
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  • Some of my favorite statementsin the Bible are in the early
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  • part--chapters of the book ofActs, in 4 and 5, when the
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  • disciples were just trying toget their legs under them.
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  • Jesus is gone and the dayof Pentecost happens,
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  • but it happens around them.
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  • They're as surprised on the dayof Pentecost as the people
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  • who gathered in the streets.
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  • And Peter comes to his witsenough to tell the Jesus story,
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  • and thousands of people who daysearlier had screamed,
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  • "Crucify him," say, "What do wehave to do to be saved?"
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  • And all the hot tubs around theTemple Mount, they're there,
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  • they're carved in the stoneof the Temple Mount.
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  • They call them a "mikveh," itwas a ritual bath, it looks like
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  • a baptistery or a stone hot tub.
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  • They baptized 3.000 people inthe streets or in the temple or
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  • around Jerusalem, the whole citywas shaken with it.
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  • And by the next--two chapterslater, the Sanhedrin, the group
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  • that ordered Jesus's executionor orchestrated it but through
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  • the Romans, they're sayingto Peter and John,
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  • "Don't you mention that nameagain in this city."
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  • And they're saying back,"We have to obey God."
  • 00:20:57.480 --> 00:21:02.686
  • And you can hear what they'rethinking, if you read the
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  • Gospels into Acts, that wedidn't stand with him when he
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  • needed us, we betrayed him whenhe needed a friend, we didn't
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  • have the courage, youintimidated us once, but you
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  • won't intimidate us today, we'regonna talk about Jesus today
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  • and tomorrow.
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  • [congregation cheering]
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  • Folks, I think it's prettyanalogous to where we are.
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  • We've been intimidated andbullied and threatened, and so
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  • we've been quiet and timid.
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  • And I think God has given us anopportunity, and we believe
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  • Jesus of Nazareth is Christ,Lord, and King, and we believe
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  • he did come to the Earth and hewas born in a stable
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  • in Bethlehem.
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  • We also believe he's returningto the Earth, and we intend
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  • to be busy in serving himuntil that point in time.
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  • And we'll tell you whathe's done in our lives,
  • 00:21:49.165 --> 00:21:51.434
  • we're not perfect, we're broken.
  • 00:21:51.468 --> 00:21:53.169
  • God recruits cracked pots,it's how we got on the team.
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  • And you may have known me in thebroken season of my life, and
  • 00:22:00.143 --> 00:22:03.079
  • you may have photographicevidence of how broken I was,
  • 00:22:03.113 --> 00:22:07.183
  • but I'll tell you, through theblood of Jesus I have been
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  • washed and cleansed and redeemedand justified, and I'm grateful.
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  • And if you will humble yourself,he'll do the same for you,
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  • 'cause you look like you're asbig a cracked pot as I am.
  • 00:22:19.462 --> 00:22:25.101
  • And they'll say, "But the churchis filled with hypocrites," yes,
  • 00:22:25.135 --> 00:22:27.170
  • I know, but we'll squeeze inone more if you would like
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  • to join us.
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  • I'm tired of, "Aren't youconcerned the church is
  • 00:22:35.712 --> 00:22:37.714
  • too big?"
  • 00:22:37.747 --> 00:22:39.048
  • No, I'm embarrassedit's so small.
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  • I'll park wherever and hike in,I'll come to church on Tuesday
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  • at 2 if we need to to make room.
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  • We'll worship outdoors orindoors, or 4 rooms or 6 rooms
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  • or 12 rooms,it doesn't matter to me.
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  • We're gonna honor the King,amen?
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  • That's our Christmas wish.
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  • We may have to gatherdifferently this year,
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  • it's okay, we're not brokenbecause of that.
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  • A goofy virus is defining ourfuture, we may have to adjust
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  • for our well-being for a shortseason, but we will triumph.
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  • Don't give up the joyof the Lord.
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  • I know I gotta hush, we're gonnapray, and why don't you stand
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  • with me?
  • 00:23:30.733 --> 00:23:32.135
  • I wanna pray for you.
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  • Just getting warmed up.
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  • That's not true, no, no, no, no.
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  • That's not true, but I willtell you the truth
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  • 'cause it surprised me.
  • 00:23:52.689 --> 00:23:53.990
  • I left the last two pages inmy notes on my desk,
  • 00:23:54.023 --> 00:23:55.492
  • they weren't in my Bible.
  • 00:23:55.525 --> 00:24:01.064
  • That is not a blessing, mighthave spared you, though,
  • 00:24:01.097 --> 00:24:08.104
  • so that's a good thing.
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  • I want to pray that God willcontinue to awaken us and give
  • 00:24:10.440 --> 00:24:15.645
  • us the boldness to speak thetruth, that when the King
  • 00:24:15.678 --> 00:24:19.148
  • arrives, we will be engagedfully and serving him.
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  • You up for that?
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  • All right, Father, I thank youfor your people.
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  • I know they are of great valueto you and they're precious to
  • 00:24:28.825 --> 00:24:31.528
  • you, that you love each andevery one of us.
  • 00:24:31.561 --> 00:24:34.697
  • Lord, you've gathered us from somany places and backgrounds.
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  • You have lifted us out of placesof great despair and failure,
  • 00:24:39.569 --> 00:24:45.808
  • and Lord, you have washed us andcleansed us.
  • 00:24:45.842 --> 00:24:49.012
  • You have mended our brokenhearts and written a new future
  • 00:24:49.045 --> 00:24:51.614
  • for us, and we thank you for ittoday.
  • 00:24:51.648 --> 00:24:55.151
  • And Lord, after receiving all ofthose things, far too often
  • 00:24:55.184 --> 00:24:59.055
  • we've turned our backs on you.
  • 00:24:59.088 --> 00:25:01.824
  • Lord, we've stepped back intothe world and behaved as those
  • 00:25:01.858 --> 00:25:05.295
  • who don't know you, and we cometoday in humility to repent, to
  • 00:25:05.328 --> 00:25:08.264
  • say we're sorry, to choose a newpath, a new response, to write
  • 00:25:08.298 --> 00:25:13.403
  • new dreams, and to order ourlives in new ways.
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  • Forgive us, Father, Holy Spirit,help us.
  • 00:25:15.805 --> 00:25:20.243
  • Any place within us there arethings that hinder what you
  • 00:25:20.276 --> 00:25:22.879
  • would call us to be or you'vecreated us to become, help us to
  • 00:25:22.912 --> 00:25:26.316
  • see them, and may we have thetenderness of heart to repent.
  • 00:25:26.349 --> 00:25:32.021
  • May the fear of the Lord be morereal to us than the desire for
  • 00:25:32.055 --> 00:25:35.858
  • the approval of someone else orfor some ambition that we hold
  • 00:25:35.892 --> 00:25:38.928
  • apart from you.
  • 00:25:38.962 --> 00:25:41.698
  • And Lord, I pray you'd give us anew boldness, a new courage to
  • 00:25:41.731 --> 00:25:45.468
  • speak the truth, one that comesfrom you, Lord, that doesn't
  • 00:25:45.501 --> 00:25:47.670
  • draw attention to ourselves butthat causes you to be honored,
  • 00:25:47.704 --> 00:25:51.507
  • you to be glorified.
  • 00:25:51.541 --> 00:25:55.244
  • Lord, may once again we see thename of Jesus honored in our
  • 00:25:55.278 --> 00:25:58.414
  • nation, may biblical values onceagain be taught in our schools
  • 00:25:58.448 --> 00:26:03.252
  • and honored in our courtrooms,may they once again be debated
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  • in the halls of Congress.
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  • But only you can do that,but you're well able.
  • 00:26:10.927 --> 00:26:12.895
  • We ask for your mercy upon us.
  • 00:26:12.929 --> 00:26:16.499
  • Lord, may once again the name ofJesus resonate from our nation
  • 00:26:16.532 --> 00:26:19.702
  • across the oceans to the nationsof the world.
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  • Thank you for your faithfulness,thank you for your goodness.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen.
  • 00:26:29.912 --> 00:26:33.182
  • Hallelujah, better give the Lorda hand, huh?
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: Join usevery week for another
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  • exciting message fromPastor Allen Jackson,
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  • and until then,
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  • visit us online and discoverremarkable information
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  • and resources to helptake your Christian life
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  • to the next level.
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  • And if you're visitingthe Nashville area,
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  • we'd love to see you
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  • at World Outreach Churchin Murfreesboro.
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  • We're easy to find,so look us up
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  • when you're traveling through.
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  • And don't forget to connect withPastor Jackson every day
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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
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  • with Pastor Allen Jackson.
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