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December 28, 2020
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: We'rehaving to reassign priorities to
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  • things that we thoughtwere top priority.
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  • With some humility we have tosay to the Lord, we're sorry.
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  • We're learning those newpriorities and God is
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  • mobilizing, I believe, an army.
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  • It's not about our number, Godcan save with many or few.
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  • But he is gathering for himselfa group of people who will make
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  • Jesus of Nazareth Lord of allthey are.
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  • I wanna be a part of thatgroup.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Good to bewith you again.
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  • You know, it's hard to believethat we are coming to the
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  • conclusion of 2020.
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  • And I know many of us aresaying, thank God we survived.
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  • So I think when we look back,2020 isn't going to be a year
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  • that we look back at withfrustration, I think it's a year
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  • we realized God was preparingus.
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  • It's been an awkward year, anexhausting year, a draining
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  • year, there's many adjectives wecould plug in there.
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  • But in the midst of it all, Godis moving.
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  • He's changing our hearts, andthat's more precious than
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  • anything else.
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  • I believe we're better preparedfor the beginning of a New Year
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  • that, as a church, we have everbeen prepared, at least in
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  • my lifetime.
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  • And I don't mean mycongregation, I mean the body of
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  • Christ in general.
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  • We've had to turn our hearts tothe Lord and our faces to the
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  • Lord, we've humbled ourselves,we've prayed and repented, we've
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  • been more serious about ourfaith, many of us, than we have
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  • been in any time in recentmemory.
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  • And those are all wonderfulthings to help us bring this
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  • year to a conclusion and openthe doors of God's possibility
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  • for 2021.
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  • So whatever your Christmaslooked like, whatever your
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  • circumstances are, we're gonnatake and lay aside the heaviness
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  • and the despair, turn our facesto the Lord, he's got something
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  • good ahead for us.
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  • Grab your Bible, get a notepad,open your heart, let's listen to
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  • what the Lord has for us today.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: My topicfor this particular talk is,
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  • "Big Trouble Ahead."
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  • Aren't you glad you got dressedup or this little nugget?
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  • [laughter]
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  • And then the real issue is, areyou prepared and ready?
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  • And I don't really wanna enterinto an eschatological debate,
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  • how you think the world is gonnaend, that's a place and for
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  • another time, but I can tell youthat between where we are and
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  • the return of the Lord, there istrouble ahead.
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  • Jesus described it in terms ofbirth pains.
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  • I've never given birth, somethings you can't choose, no
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  • matter what they try to tell usthese days.
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  • [laughter]
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  • [clapping]
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  • But my father practicedveterinary medicine for many
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  • years and I've seen a lot ofthings come into this world, and
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  • it looks really stressful.
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  • And Jesus used that analogy forwhat we would face at the
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  • culmination of the age.
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  • And I believe a part of myassignment is to help God's
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  • people be prepared.
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  • So as much as I would prefer totalk to you about easier topics,
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  • I believe it's of the highutmost importance that we
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  • be prepared.
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  • I want to start with a series ofScriptures, I'm not gonna spend
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  • a lot of time unpacking them,you can reflect on them at
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  • your leisure.
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  • Revelation 13.
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  • Revelation is the book thatdescribes for us the
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  • big trouble.
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  • It's what tribulation means,it's a big trouble.
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  • Now the good news in the book ofRevelation is the trouble only
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  • lasts three and a half years, soit's a relative brief period
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  • of time.
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  • But there's one verse in there,and I'm not here really to
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  • unpack it, but I wanna hand itto you, it says, "He," the
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  • antichrist, "was given power tomake war against the saints and
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  • to conquer them.
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  • And he was given authority overevery tribe, people, language,
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  • and nation."
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  • The book of Revelation is atriumphant book.
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  • At the end things workoutfabulously.
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  • But the pathway through thatbook is challenging.
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  • In Mark chapter 1, Jesus isbeginning his public ministry,
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  • it says, "He went to Capernaum,and when the Sabbath came, Jesus
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  • went into the synagogue andbegan to teach.
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  • And the people were amazed athis teaching, because he taught
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  • them as one who had authority,not as the teachers of the law.
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  • Just then a man in theirsynagogue who was possessed by
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  • an evil spirit cried out, 'Whatdo you want with us, Jesus
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  • of Nazareth?'"
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  • It's not the man crying out,it's the unclean spirit, the
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  • demonic spirit within him.
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  • "'What do you want with us,Jesus of Nazareth?
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  • Have you come to destroy us?
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  • I know who you are, the Holy Oneof God.'
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  • Jesus replied, sternly, 'Bequiet, and come out of him.'"
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  • It's worth noting that the demonunderstood who Jesus was and the
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  • authority that he represented.
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  • There's no struggle beingdescribed there, it's simply an
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  • expression of fear and arecognition of authority.
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  • That demon had been tolerated inthat individual and in that
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  • synagogue, apparently for quitesome time.
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  • But the arrival of Jesuspresented a challenge.
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  • Jesus in our world threatensdarkness.
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  • Amen!
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  • James chapter 5, in verse 16, itsays, "The prayer of a righteous
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  • man is powerful and effective.
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  • Elijah was a man just like us,and he prayed earnestly that it
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  • would not rain, and it didn'train on the land for three and a
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  • half years.
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  • And again he prayed, and theheavens gave rain, and the earth
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  • produced its crops."
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  • The thesis in that passage isthe prayer of a righteous person
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  • is powerful and effective.
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  • And then there's an examplegiven from the biblical
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  • narrative, Elijah.
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  • Prayer is powerful andeffective.
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  • One last passage is fromEphesians chapter 6, and I took
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  • this from the message, Iunderstand it's not a scholarly
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  • translation and if you'reoffended please forgive me, but
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  • I like the wording.
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  • "And that about wraps it up.
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  • God is strong, and he wants youstrong.
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  • So take everything the masterhas set out for you, well-made
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  • weapons of the best materials.
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  • And put them to use so you'll beable to stand up to everything
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  • that the devil throws your way.
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  • This is no afternoon athleticcontest that we'll walk away
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  • from and forget about in acouple of hours.
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  • This is for keeps, alife-or-death fight to the
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  • finish against the devil and allhis angels.
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  • Be prepared.
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  • You're up against far more thanyou can handle on your own.
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  • Take all the help you can get,every weapon God has issued, so
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  • that when it's all over but theshouting you'll still be on
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  • your feet.
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  • Truth, righteousness, peace,faith, and salvation are more
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  • than words.
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  • Learned to apply them.
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  • You'll need them throughout yourlife.
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  • God's Word is an indispensableweapon.
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  • In the same way, prayer isessential in this
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  • ongoing warfare.
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  • Pray hard and long.
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  • Pray for your brothers andsisters.
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  • Keep your eyes open.
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  • Keep each other's spirits up sothat no one falls behind or
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  • drops out."
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  • This talk really emerged fromsome things I've been engaged
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  • with over the last severalweeks.
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  • In the past few weeks, I havebeen involved in dozens of
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  • conversations and interviewswith Christian leaders, people
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  • in the media, both secular andChristian.
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  • It's been an intriguing journey.
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  • Some of it related to the bookthat we gave you that's really a
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  • compilation of some sermons on"God Bless America Again."
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  • But the responses fall into twoprimary categories.
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  • From the secular conversations,and they've been with celebrated
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  • media outlets, the secularresponse is they just have no
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  • understanding why Christiansinsist on gathering together.
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  • What possible reason would youhave for thinking it's important
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  • to be together with otherChristians?
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  • They'll say that to me, apastor.
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  • And I don't really think they'retryin' to be belligerent, they
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  • have no imagination.
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  • The other thing I've heard, andI've heard this with greater
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  • frequency, Christians asked thisquestion, what can we do?
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  • With almost a sense of anxiety,panic almost.
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  • What can we do?
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  • I've been hearing that formonths now.
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  • Then I'll begin to give them,and they'll say, wait a minute,
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  • we have to do something morethan just pray.
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  • And my conclusion is, for themost part, we really don't trust
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  • or understand the weapons thatwe've been given.
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  • So we're pretty willing to setthem aside and pick up something
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  • else that we see being usedagainst us, the power of the
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  • media, something.
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  • We think the weapons we've beenentrusted with are
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  • pretty inconsequential.
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  • In fact, it seems to me thatmost Christians have the feeling
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  • that we've been outgunned.
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  • We seem to think our adversaryhas a better plan.
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  • Now in truth, I think 2020 hasexposed some things in the
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  • church, of which I'm a part anda lifelong part.
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  • I think we were caught, in someways, unprepared, unaware,
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  • and untrained.
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  • But I'm grateful to report thatthere are multiplied thousands
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  • of people across our nation andaround the world that
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  • are changing.
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  • You know, at the beginning ofthe COVID battle the healthcare
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  • professionals and peopleresponsible believed that we had
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  • a shortage of ventilators in ournation, that there weren't
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  • enough ventilators that might berequired for people that would
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  • need them.
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  • And for a few days there waspanic, until some clever people
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  • got together and decided tocooperate.
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  • What a novel thought.
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  • Then automobile manufacturersretooled to make ventilators.
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  • And as everything played out, wehad more ventilators than we
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  • needed, we we have warehousesfilled with them, we've shipped
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  • them all over the world.
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  • And in response to the virus,we've manufactured vaccines at a
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  • pace we've never seen before.
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  • Nothing like it, nothingcomparable to it in our history.
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  • In the midst of all the viralchallenges, we've learned how to
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  • treat the virus, something we'venever seen before 2020.
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  • In a few short months, withfocused attention and committed
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  • resources and dedicated effort,we've come up with treatment
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  • protocols that make it far lessthreatening, more than
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  • 99-something percent of us whotest positive survive.
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  • Hallelujah!
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  • [clapping]
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  • Just as we've seen those thingsin the medical arena, I believe
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  • God is awakening his church.
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  • Just as we saw automobilecompanies crank out ventilators,
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  • I believe we're learning tofollow God in new ways.
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  • We are in training, we're notjust enduring.
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  • We're learning lessons inperseverance that we'd never
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  • learned before.
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  • We never dreamt of having churchoutside in July or December.
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  • Comfort and convenience were allparamount in our list of where
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  • we attended and when.
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  • If it's convenient for us, ifit's comfortable when we get
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  • there, maybe.
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  • We actually gather together nowwhen it's inconvenient
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  • and uncomfortable.
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  • We're learning to persevere,we're realigning values which
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  • have hindered us.
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  • We're having to reassignpriorities to things that we
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  • thought were top priority.
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  • With some humility we have tosay to the Lord, we're sorry.
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  • We're learning those newpriorities and God is
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  • mobilizing, I believe, an army.
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  • It's not about our number, Godcan save with many or few.
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  • But he is gathering for himselfa group of people who will make
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  • Jesus of Nazareth Lord of allthey are.
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  • I wanna be a part of that group.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey, it'sPastor Allen.
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  • America is in need of anawakening, a renewal, a revival,
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  • whichever word you prefer.
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  • We're not asking God to dosomething that he's never done
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  • for us before, we have aheritage as a Christian nation.
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  • Multiple times God has pouredout his Spirit upon our nation,
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  • the first great awakening, thesecond great awakening, the
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  • Western revival, we've watchedit with our own eyes.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Now I wantto use a category to talk to you
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  • for a minute, or really threecategories, about the resources
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  • available to us, 'cause theyhave to do with our ability to
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  • flourish and to thrive in themidst of the big trouble.
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  • And the categories aren'tperfect, and the lists are not
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  • intended to be all-inclusive,but it will begin the
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  • conversation for us.
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  • The first of the categories isgifts, physical gifts.
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  • God gives every one of us somephysical gifts.
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  • This has to do with thecircumstances of your birth,
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  • your DNA, your birth order, thelocation of where you're born.
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  • Some of us are really tall, wecan play
  • 00:14:16.080 --> 00:14:20.285
  • professional basketball.
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  • And some of us are not so tall,and we can ride thoroughbreds.
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  • But God's given you somephysical gifts.
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  • In the second category aretools, the tools that accumulate
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  • in your life.
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  • This can be your time, yourhealth, your perception, your
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  • intellect, the resources thatyou have, the money that you
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  • have, they're all tools at yourdisposal.
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  • And the third category I want tointroduce comes to us in the
  • 00:14:49.047 --> 00:14:51.983
  • context of our faith, and Ilabel these weapons, I know some
  • 00:14:52.016 --> 00:14:54.619
  • are offended by this, butthroughout the Bible God is
  • 00:14:54.652 --> 00:14:57.588
  • identified is the Lord of thearmies.
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  • And I'll show you someScriptures in a moment, but the
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  • weapons that we've beenentrusted to have to do with
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  • God's Word and the things thatcome to us through the
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  • redemptive work of Jesus, theauthority in his name, the power
  • 00:15:07.565 --> 00:15:10.635
  • of his shed blood, praise,prayer, proclamation.
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  • Truth is a weapon.
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  • Now let me unpack it in just alittle more detail.
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  • Those gifts I mentioned, they'repersonal, those are yours.
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  • You are unique, there's no twoof us alike.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • There's not another one likeyou.
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  • I saw some article this weekthat said there's six people in
  • 00:15:34.258 --> 00:15:36.027
  • the world that look just likeyou.
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  • Scary thought.
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  • [laughter]
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  • But you're unique, nobody's gota thumbprint just like yours.
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  • Everybody have a thumb?
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  • Hold that rascal up.
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  • That is the evidence in thesight of God and everybody
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  • else--you werekinda half-hearted with that.
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  • [laughter]
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  • There's not another one likethat in all the world!
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  • Imagine that!Only God can do that.
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  • If government made thumbs, we'dall have the same one.
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  • [laughter]
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  • They'd be back-ordered.
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  • [laughter]
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  • All right?
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  • There'd be some bureaucrat at adesk 40 layers deep in the
  • 00:16:14.832 --> 00:16:17.268
  • organization, grinning 'cause hehad a warehouse full but he's
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  • not gonna give you one.
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  • God gave you a thumb, you'reunique.
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  • Now your adversary wants you tobe dissatisfied with your gifts.
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  • He'll do everything in hispower.
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  • He'll attack your mind, youremotions, he'll put voices
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  • around you to convince you thatif you'd have just been taller
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  • you could've played in the NBA.
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  • Folks, if you were 6'8 andyou had all the gifts to do
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  • that, you'd be disqualified frommany other things.
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  • You wouldn't be worth a hootriding thoroughbreds on
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  • the track.
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  • The enemy wants you to bedissatisfied.
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  • Don't buy that lie.
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  • He'll make you unhappy with thefamily you were born to, the
  • 00:17:00.445 --> 00:17:02.547
  • part of the country where youwere born, the accent you speak
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  • with, whether your hair'snaturally curly or straight.
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  • Really.
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  • We will give emotional energy,we will spend our days
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  • discouraged and invite inheaviness over goofy things.
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  • You are unique.
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  • Well, not everybody likes me.
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  • Psalm 139 says, "You've createdmy inmost being, you knit me
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  • together in my mother's womb."
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  • You wanna know when life begins?
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  • "I praise you because I'mfearfully and wonderfully made.
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  • Your works are wonderful, I knowthat full well."
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  • If you struggle, if there's anattack in you about whether
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  • you're too tall or too wide ortoo something, take Psalm
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  • 139:13-14 and memorize it.
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  • But then we've been given tools,and the most important
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  • characteristic of these tools,at least in the way I'm
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  • categorizing them, is the toolsare temporal, the tools that we
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  • have or tools that are availableto us in time.
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  • When you step out of time, thetools are irrelevant.
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  • You're not taking your toolswith you.
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  • You're given tools to use withyour journey under the sun.
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  • Between your birth and yourdeath, there's some tools that
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  • will come to you.
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  • Now you're not gonna take 'emwith you, you wanna use them
  • 00:18:21.192 --> 00:18:22.960
  • fully now, you want to wear themflat-out.
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  • Now those tools can be, Imentioned them already, can be
  • 00:18:29.233 --> 00:18:31.135
  • things like time, or yourstrength, your intellect, your
  • 00:18:31.169 --> 00:18:36.107
  • perception, your money, thoseare all tools.
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  • Now tools can be used for goodor evil.
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  • You choose what you use themfor.
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  • And most of us compromise insome respect with our tool kit.
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  • And your perseverance, yourdiligence with your tools will
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  • determine whether you're amaster craftsman or you're
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  • a novice.
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  • And the real distinction in thatwill have to do with time and
  • 00:19:02.233 --> 00:19:04.368
  • effort, not the things that areavailable to you, but how much
  • 00:19:04.402 --> 00:19:07.772
  • time and effort you invest inthose tools.
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  • I could give you lots ofexamples of Scripture, but in
  • 00:19:11.075 --> 00:19:13.311
  • Hebrews chapter 5, in verse 11,it says, "We have much to say
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  • about this, but it's hard toexplain because you're slow
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  • to learn.
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  • In fact by this time you oughtto be teachers, but you need
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  • someone to teach you theelementary truths of God's Word
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  • all over again.
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  • You need milk, not solid food.
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  • Anyone who lives on milk, stillbeing an infant, is not
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  • acquainted with the teachingabout righteousness.
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  • Solid food is for the mature,who by constant use who trained
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  • themselves to distinguish goodfrom evil."
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  • We've talked about this invarious formats through the
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  • years, in many respects, butyou're birthed into the kingdom
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  • of God, but that's not thecompletion of the assignment,
  • 00:19:47.345 --> 00:19:49.680
  • you're supposed to grow up.
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  • And we don't just grow up inspiritual things, we don't just
  • 00:19:51.916 --> 00:19:54.185
  • grow up in spiritual, we grow upwith the tools that have been
  • 00:19:54.218 --> 00:19:57.622
  • given to us to utilize them forthe kingdom of God.
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  • If you haven't imagined that youshould use the tools of your
  • 00:20:01.926 --> 00:20:05.229
  • life for the purposes of thekingdom, you're immature.
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  • I don't want to see Saint Peterat the pearly gate with a
  • 00:20:10.034 --> 00:20:12.236
  • pacifier in my mouth.
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  • I don't want to meet the apostlePaul wearin' Pampers.
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  • I want to grow up.
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  • And it's been more convenient,we've imagined that our faith
  • 00:20:24.849 --> 00:20:27.084
  • really didn't have to intersectwith our broader life, that we
  • 00:20:27.118 --> 00:20:30.354
  • lived in a stable enough world,in an abundant enough world, in
  • 00:20:30.388 --> 00:20:33.424
  • an orderly enough world, in aworld that was ruled by a set of
  • 00:20:33.457 --> 00:20:36.727
  • laws that had enough godlinessin it that we felt like they
  • 00:20:36.761 --> 00:20:39.130
  • would protect us, so we didn'thave to think about the tools
  • 00:20:39.163 --> 00:20:42.600
  • that we'd been committed interms of godliness.
  • 00:20:42.633 --> 00:20:46.037
  • We've been immature.
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  • 2 Timothy 3, verse 16 says,"All Scripture is God breathed
  • 00:20:49.106 --> 00:20:51.942
  • and useful for teaching,rebuking, correcting, and
  • 00:20:51.976 --> 00:20:54.679
  • training in righteousness, sothat the man of God may be
  • 00:20:54.712 --> 00:20:57.815
  • thoroughly equippedfor every good work."
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  • This last election, more than$14 billion were spent trying to
  • 00:21:04.889 --> 00:21:08.392
  • persuade us to vote forsomebody.
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  • Fourteen billion dollars in amatter of a few months.
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  • It's okay, I'm grateful we havethe resources, I'm grateful we
  • 00:21:13.331 --> 00:21:15.700
  • can choose, I got no heartburnaround that.
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  • One individual invested $100million in the state of Florida
  • 00:21:19.603 --> 00:21:21.939
  • trying to impact the outcome.
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  • In Kentucky, north of us, morethan $200 million was spent on a
  • 00:21:24.675 --> 00:21:28.245
  • senatorial race, which meanshalf the people that gave that,
  • 00:21:28.279 --> 00:21:31.949
  • half that money that wasinvested wasn't effective,
  • 00:21:31.982 --> 00:21:34.251
  • 'cause the person they wanted towin didn't.
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  • Imagine what would happen ifChristians were that committed?
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  • What if, in 2021, we spent $14billion in the United States
  • 00:21:42.026 --> 00:21:45.496
  • talkin' about Jesus?
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  • [clapping]
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  • Now take a deep breath, I'm nottaking up an offering [laughter]
  • 00:21:53.804 --> 00:21:58.142
  • or launching an action plan, I'mtellin' ya, we have not imagined
  • 00:21:58.175 --> 00:22:03.114
  • the tools at our disposal wereuseful for the kingdom of God.
  • 00:22:03.147 --> 00:22:06.884
  • We've wanted God to do somethingapart from us.
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  • David had to know he was goodwith a sling before he had the
  • 00:22:09.954 --> 00:22:12.857
  • courage to say, Goliath is notwalking out of that
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  • valley today.
  • 00:22:15.593 --> 00:22:18.062
  • And we have not held thatimagination.
  • 00:22:18.095 --> 00:22:24.235
  • The third category were weapons.
  • 00:22:24.268 --> 00:22:27.505
  • And the most distinctive thing Ican tell you about weapons is
  • 00:22:27.538 --> 00:22:29.707
  • that they have supernaturalpower, they're beyond us.
  • 00:22:29.740 --> 00:22:35.179
  • They don't reflect our physicalstrength or our
  • 00:22:35.212 --> 00:22:37.081
  • collective resources.
  • 00:22:37.114 --> 00:22:39.483
  • They have an influence farbeyond our ability to cooperate
  • 00:22:39.517 --> 00:22:44.422
  • and organize.
  • 00:22:44.455 --> 00:22:47.057
  • In fact, I've told you on manyoccasions but it bears repeating
  • 00:22:47.091 --> 00:22:49.727
  • at this point that we'll notout-organize evil, we won't
  • 00:22:49.760 --> 00:22:53.397
  • outwork it, we won't out-fundit.
  • 00:22:53.431 --> 00:22:55.132
  • That doesn't mean we shouldn'twork or utilize our resources,
  • 00:22:55.166 --> 00:22:58.302
  • it's an acknowledgement that weneed a power greater than
  • 00:22:58.335 --> 00:23:00.671
  • ourselves, because the onlything that evil will yield to is
  • 00:23:00.704 --> 00:23:03.707
  • a power greater than itself.
  • 00:23:03.741 --> 00:23:07.611
  • When Jesus stepped into thatsynagogue in Capernaum, the
  • 00:23:07.645 --> 00:23:09.814
  • demon in that man knew itsauthority in that place
  • 00:23:09.847 --> 00:23:12.917
  • was finished.
  • 00:23:12.950 --> 00:23:17.688
  • And it's time for the church towake up to the weapons with
  • 00:23:17.721 --> 00:23:20.724
  • which we have been entrusted.
  • 00:23:20.758 --> 00:23:22.960
  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey, to betriumphant we have to use the
  • 00:23:22.993 --> 00:23:24.762
  • gifts, the tools, and theweapons that God has given us.
  • 00:23:24.795 --> 00:23:27.465
  • They're different and distinct,but they're all important.
  • 00:23:27.498 --> 00:23:30.134
  • Before we go I just want to praywith you about the gifts God's
  • 00:23:30.167 --> 00:23:32.470
  • given you.
  • 00:23:32.503 --> 00:23:33.838
  • The Bible says that we'refearfully and wonderfully made.
  • 00:23:33.871 --> 00:23:36.106
  • God didn't make any junk.
  • 00:23:36.140 --> 00:23:37.741
  • Well, the devil will tell youthere's something wrong with
  • 00:23:37.775 --> 00:23:39.510
  • you, that you failed, your pastis too dark, you're too tall or
  • 00:23:39.543 --> 00:23:42.847
  • too short, your ears are too bigor too small, it's a lie.
  • 00:23:42.880 --> 00:23:46.884
  • Almighty God looked at you andme and said, it's very good.
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  • That's the way we're gonna closethis year, thanking God for the
  • 00:23:50.321 --> 00:23:53.457
  • gifts he's put in our lives.
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  • Let's Pray.
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  • Father, I thank you.
  • 00:23:56.560 --> 00:23:57.895
  • You created us, you made us, youknow us, you have prepared us,
  • 00:23:57.928 --> 00:24:00.731
  • you are the author and thecompleter of our story, we
  • 00:24:00.764 --> 00:24:03.133
  • trust you.
  • 00:24:03.167 --> 00:24:04.502
  • And everything else, in Jesus'sname, go!
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  • We are free.
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  • Amen.
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  • God bless you.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Hey, it'sPastor Allen.
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  • We've face things together thisyear we've never seen before.
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  • We've been quarantined in ourhomes, our churches have been
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  • closed, it's been a year of morefear and more confusion.
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  • Things I never imagined possiblehave filled our calendar year,
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  • and we're not finished yet.
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  • But in the midst of that we havethe greatest opportunities for
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  • the gospel we've ever seen.
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  • We've changed our whole processhere to invite you with us on a
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  • weekly basis into what we'redoing real time.
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  • You've gone outside with uswhile we've had church outside
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  • and we couldn't be in thebuilding.
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  • We've seen the Spirit of Godmove in unique ways.
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  • Well, the best is still in frontof us.
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  • God has begun something andwe're gonna see him bring it to
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  • a completion.
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  • I want to thank you for yourpartnership, for your
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  • generosity, for your friendship,but 2021 represents a
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  • unique opportunity.
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  • A friend of the ministry hasmade a million dollar matching
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  • grant available to us.
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  • Every dollar you're able toinvest between now and the end
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  • of the year will literally bedoubled.
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  • Thank you for your generosity.
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  • Together, we're gonna see thedoors open for the gospel of
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  • Jesus beyond anything we've everseen.
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  • Thank you.
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  • male announcer: As a token ofour appreciation when you give,
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  • we'll send you Pastor Allen'sbook, "Intentional Faith."
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  • In the book Pastor Allen invitesyou into a journey of faith that
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  • will help you connect with Godand stand with a newfound
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  • strength, no matter what lifemay bring.
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  • Remember, you can make doublethe impact because your donation
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  • today will be matcheddollar-for-dollar thanks to the
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  • matching grant of a generousfriend of the ministry.
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  • So donate today by calling...or by going
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  • online to allenjackson.com.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: Don'tcompromise, don't tolerate
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  • ungodliness, don't excuse it,don't justify it, don't give it
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  • another name, don't findsomebody with a PhD that says
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  • it's okay, don't shop churchesuntil you find one that will
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  • endorse the sin.
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  • You're protected.
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  • Sanctify yourself.No unnecessary baggage.
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  • If the trouble that is aheadof us you cannot afford that
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  • luxury any longer.
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  • You may have thrived with it inthe past, it's a new season.
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  • It's important.
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  • male announcer: Join us everyweek for another exciting
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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 when you visit online,consider joining our effort to
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  • continue sending this powerfuland challenging message around
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  • the globe.
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  • We want to share this programworldwide, but we can only do it
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  • with your help.
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  • So consider partnering with ustoday.
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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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  • ♪♪♪
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