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February 1, 2021
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: I wantto read you three passage
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  • of Scripture, they all describesudden changes.
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  • I think one of the challenges weface right now is the magnitude
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  • of the change we're walkingthrough.
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  • Some of them are very closeand personal.
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  • Our children aren't going toschool in normal ways, and we
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  • have an enormous difficulty asa community, even in deciding
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  • how to imagine schoolsshould convene.
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  • So, this isn't just somethingdistant in Washington D.C.
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  • It's not something just beingdetermined by the CDC
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  • or in some laboratory.
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  • We are walking throughunprecedented changes.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Pastor Jackson: Good to bewith you again.
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  • What an honor we have to bearthe name of Jesus in this most
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  • unique season in history.
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  • There is so much change,and there's so much turmoil,
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  • not just in our nation,but around the world.
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  • It makes the truth of JesusChrist more significant,
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  • more important, more powerfulin our lives than ever before.
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  • Don't look at the world aroundyou or the circumstances in our
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  • nation and respond with fear,let's respond with a confidence
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  • that the one who has called us,the one who has delivered us
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  • from the power of sin is stillin the business of delivering
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  • people and establishinghis purposes in the earth.
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  • The topic for this session is"The Strong Man's House."
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  • We need to understand the sourceof strength in our life,
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  • and who our deliverer is,and how to walk in the freedom
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  • that is ours in Jesus Christ.
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  • I'm excited about what God isdoing, and I'm particularly
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  • honored to make the journeywith you.
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  • Grab your Bible, get a notepad,open your heart.
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  • I believe God has somethingfor us today.
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  • Pastor Jackson: The titlefor tonight's lesson is,
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  • "The Strong Man's House,"but I want to come back
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  • to that little paradigm I havehanded you several times
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  • in recent weeks and months.
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  • I think it's still a verynecessary tool in your faith,
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  • and your spiritual life,and your development.
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  • It's those four words to watchand to listen,
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  • to think and to act.
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  • It's important in this season.
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  • I want to add to that one moreidea, and that's to pray
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  • without ceasing.
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  • Prayer is nota last-ditch effort.
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  • It's not what you do whennothing else works.
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  • Prayer is the beginning of howwe want to address our lives.
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  • Prayer is the beginning of ourresponse to the problems
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  • we see in our world.
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  • Prayer is the onramp to whateverelse God will lead us towards.
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  • If we're not praying, we haven'teven gained access
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  • to what he's calling us to.
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  • The question that only you cananswer or I can answer, it's an
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  • individual question, is whetherwe're going to be spectators,
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  • or whether we're going to beparticipants.
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  • And I know you're in church on amidweek service, so there's
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  • a sense in which your presencealready suggests
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  • the path you've chosen.
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  • Nevertheless, our presence inthe building, or our presence
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  • for a sermon doesn't mean we'vechosen to participate with God.
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  • You can't hide amongst God'speople and imagine that you'll
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  • be one of them.
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  • Jesus said that we would beknown by our fruit.
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  • That we would either bear fruit,or we would be cut down
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  • and cast into the fire.
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  • You know, when the Civil Warbegan, and no, I'm not old
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  • enough to remember that, butwhen the Civil War first began,
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  • it was viewed by some, and evenby many, as a very temporary
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  • intrusion and something that wasalmost imagined as something
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  • kind of quaint.
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  • In fact, the first major battleof the Civil War, it took place
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  • in July.
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  • July 21, 1861.
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  • It was the first battleof Bull Run.
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  • And there were dozens and dozensof people from Washington D.C.
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  • that packed a picnic andventured out to watch the quaint
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  • little skirmish.
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  • The day turned far more deadlyand drastic than they imagined.
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  • Many believed that the Civil Warwould be short and bloodless.
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  • They were desperately wrong.
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  • Well, in a different way I wouldsubmit to you that there's
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  • a battle underway for the heartand soul of our nation.
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  • That's not news, I've said thatto you repeatedly for the past
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  • several months.
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  • The battle isn't physical, it'sspiritual, which puts the church
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  • right at the epicenter of this.
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  • The outcome depends upon who weare far more than it depends
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  • upon the character, or the lackthereof, of those that you
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  • imagine to be wicked or ungodly.
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  • The weapons of our warfare arenot bullets or bayonets,
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  • they're mighty through God tothe pulling down of strongholds.
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  • Now, as of this evening,in my opinion, it still remains
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  • unclear of how many of God'speople are going to take their
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  • place as watchmen on the walls,and how many will prepare
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  • a picnic.
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  • And again, I understand I'maddressing a group of people
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  • who've gathered ona Wednesday night.
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  • The larger picture, if we stepaway from that and we just look
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  • at the circumstances, becausein times of tumultuous change,
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  • and continuous upheaval,and one challenge after another
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  • challenge, and there isno return to a normal,
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  • or a familiar,it's very disorienting.
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  • We are still languishing in thethroes of a global pandemic.
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  • That's real, COVID-19 is real,no question about it.
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  • It has touched all of usdirectly and indirectly.
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  • As of tonight, there's more than300.000 reported deaths
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  • in the U.S. attributedto that virus from China.
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  • To protect us from the virusin recent months,
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  • many of our civil libertieshave just been set aside.
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  • Many choices have been removedfrom our lives.
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  • They tell us it's forour common good.
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  • And for the most part, there'sbeen widespread cooperation.
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  • I think there's some other factsthat have to be put
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  • into the equation.
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  • If they're not, we're not payingadequate attention.
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  • They're inconvenient, they'reuncomfortable, they're awkward.
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  • We'd rather not say themin the public square,
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  • I understand that,but they're no less true.
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  • In the same time period, sincewe've battled COVID, since the
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  • night--the COVID-19 quarantinesbegan, we've terminated
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  • the lives of more than900.000 babies.
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  • The defense of that heinouspractice is rooted in our
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  • freedom to choose whatever wefeel appropriate for ourselves.
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  • We're confused, we have lostour balance.
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  • We stumble around likepunchdrunk boxers concussed
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  • from too many blows.
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  • And the blows are real.
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  • It's not our imagination.
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  • Fear, anxiety, confusion,uncertainty, the unrelenting
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  • pounding from ever-changingdirectives, do this, or do that,
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  • or change this has left usa bit addled.
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  • And if you combine that withdeception, and propaganda,
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  • and censorship, they becomenormalized around us these days.
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  • Without very manydissenting voices,
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  • there's very little objection.
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  • One of the latest expressions ofbuffoonery, and I don't use
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  • that word very often, but Ithink it's appropriate here,
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  • was demonstratedby our Congress.
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  • In our Congress recently, acongressman, duly elected,
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  • trained as a Methodist minister,so not without training ended
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  • a prayer in the chambers of ourCongress by saying amen,
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  • and a-woman.
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  • It isn't funny.
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  • I suppose, in an attempt toappear gender inclusive.
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  • That's a big dealin some circles.
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  • Now, I don't know the individualpersonally, but from a distance,
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  • it seems to be abundantly clearhe's either very poorly trained,
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  • he's intellectually dishonest,or he's desperately trying
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  • to please some perceivedconstituent group,
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  • or some combination thereof.
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  • Let me explain, just in caseyou were caught off guard.
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  • And I'm not a Hebrew scholar.
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  • I have studied, and I have livedin Israel, and have had to get
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  • along with Hebrews, so I knowa bit, but the word "amen"
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  • is a transliterationof a Hebrew word.
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  • That means, they tookthe Hebrew letters
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  • and simply transposed them intothe most closely corresponding
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  • English letters.
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  • The Hebrew word "amen" is threeHebrew letters, aleph, mem,
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  • and nun, amen.
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  • It means, in Hebrew, truth.
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  • It has nothing to do withhuman sexuality, nothing.
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  • And it's certainly not theintrusion of the greatly-feared
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  • patriarchal hierarchy in anattempt to dominate women.
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  • There are words in Hebrewfor a man, adom, ish.
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  • To imagine amen as a sexist wordreflects a complete ignorance
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  • of the Hebrew languageand what its meaning is
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  • at the end of a prayer.
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  • Now, there are countlessexpressions of bafoonery
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  • and the manipulation of languagetowards other ends.
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  • Redefining something doesn'tchange what something is.
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  • I call my Bible a flying saucer,but it wouldn't fly me home.
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  • And it's a common practicein recent months and years
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  • to relabel things in an attemptto arrive at a conclusion
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  • that we prefer.
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  • But again, we have lostour balance.
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  • This wasn't something that tookplace as a comedy sketch.
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  • It wasn't some theoreticaldiscussion.
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  • It took place in the halls ofCongress, where we depend
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  • upon truth being told.
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  • It's certainly not the firstdeviation from the truth
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  • in that august body, but we havelost our balance.
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  • Truth has fallen in the streets.
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  • So, the question that remains,and I have asked it with you
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  • many times, what are we to do,and how should we respond?
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male announcer: You know, one ofthe great things about the Bible
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  • is you don't need to have theknowledge of a Jeopardy champ
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  • to be able to jump in.
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  • Just a quick reviewof the story, and boom,
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  • you're right there with it.
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  • And sometimes it's those of uswho think we know everything
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  • about God's story that are theones who really need the review.
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  • So as a way to help all of us,we're gonna recap
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  • the entire story so farin under 60 seconds.
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  • Sixty seconds, you say?
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  • Impossible!
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  • To which I say, well, maybe.
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  • But let's give this a shot,okay?
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  • Go!
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  • The story starts at thebeginning of the whole
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  • enchilada, when God spokethe universe into existence,
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  • including creating the world'sfirst man and woman.
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  • At first life was perfect,but soon after these folks
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  • and their kids and grandkidsdecided they didn't want to live
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  • the way God had told them to,
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  • and pretty much everybodyon earth got
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  • into some kind of evilor another.
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  • So God decided to hit the resetbutton and wiped out
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  • all of earth with a flood.
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  • Except for a man named Noahand his family.
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  • The population started to growagain, and eventually God chose
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  • a group of people to starta new nation called Israel.
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  • Israel went through some prettyrough stuff early on,
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  • like bein' slaves in Egypt.
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  • But eventually God rescued themand brought them
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  • into a giant piece of land Godhad promised to them.
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  • Later, God raised up a kingnamed David to rule Israel,
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  • David was an amazing guy,helping people live
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  • the way God wanted.
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  • The people of Israel were unitedand living at peace.
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  • But when David's son, Solomon,became king,
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  • he sorta forgot about God andstarted to worship other gods.
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  • As you can imagine, that wasabout to spell great trouble
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  • not only for Solomon,but for all of Israel.
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  • Pastor Allen Jackson: The truthis, the Bible is intimidating.
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  • Sixty-six books writtenover a long period of time,
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  • dozens of authors, differentcultures, words we don't know
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  • how to pronounce, places wedon't know where they are,
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  • and we're supposedto understand it.
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  • Most of us have just given up.
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  • Well I built a tool to help.
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  • It starts with a timeline,12 points that'll arrange
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  • the whole Bible for youin a chronological way
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  • so you'll know where Abrahamfits in relation to Isaiah.
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  • It'll help ya.
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  • And I found some crazy talentedillustrators to do
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  • some whiteboard drawingsalong with it to make it
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  • not only accessible,it makes it kinda fun.
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  • Pastor Jackson: I want to readyou three passages of Scripture,
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  • they all describesudden changes.
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  • I think one of the challenges weface right now is the magnitude
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  • of the change we'rewalking through.
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  • Some of them are very closeand personal.
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  • Our children aren't going toschool in normal ways, and we
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  • have an enormous difficulty asa community even in deciding
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  • how to imagine schoolshould convene.
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  • So, this isn't just somethingdistant in Washington D.C.
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  • It's not something just beingdetermined by the CDC
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  • or in some laboratory.
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  • We are walking throughunprecedented changes.
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  • Many of us have smallbusinesses, and how they've
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  • operated or have not operatedhas been tremendously disrupted,
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  • not for a week or two, but nowfor month, upon month,
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  • upon month, and there isno end in sight yet.
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  • So, sudden changes, and how theyimpact us, and how we interact
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  • with our world, and what theydo to our faith, never
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  • in my lifetime have churchesbeen closed week after week,
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  • or month after month.
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  • We didn't even imagine it to bea possibility, and we've
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  • accepted it now as normal.
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  • We're frightened for ourchildren to gather together
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  • in some settings.
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  • First Thessalonians chapter 5beginning in verse 5, it says,
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  • "Now brothers, about timesand dates."
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  • And in the Greek, it's abouttimes and epics,
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  • so it's big blocks of time.
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  • "I don't need to write to you,for you know very well that
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  • the day of the Lord will comelike a thief in the night.
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  • While people are saying, 'Peaceand safety,' destruction will
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  • come on them suddenly, as laborpains on a pregnant woman,
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  • and they will not escape.
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  • But you, brothers,are not in darkness,
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  • so that this day shouldsurprise you like a thief."
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  • You'll have warning likea pregnant woman has.
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  • You don't know the exact momentthat those pains will begin, but
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  • you know it's highly probablea delivery is approaching.
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  • If you are great with child,labor pains are not
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  • a complete shock, I would hope.
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  • Matthew 24 in verse 42,Jesus is speaking, he said,
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  • "Therefore keep watch, becauseyou do not know on what day
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  • your Lord will come.
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  • But understand this, if theowner of the house had known at
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  • what time of night the thief wascoming, he would have kept watch
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  • and would not have let his housebe broken into.
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  • So you also must be readybecause the Son of Man
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  • will come at an hour whenyou don't expect him."
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  • And then again, Matthew 12 andverse 29, this is Jesus again.
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  • "How can anyone enter the strongman's house and carry off
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  • his property unless he firstbinds the strong man?
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  • And then he'll plunderhis house."
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  • Now, I wanna submit to you thatthere's a sense of suddenness
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  • in what's happening to us.
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  • The gender-inclusive languagewould intrude into the halls
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  • of Congress.
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  • That churches could be closed.
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  • That businesses could bedisrupted.
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  • That civil liberties could beset aside.
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  • That violence in city, aftercity, after city would be
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  • largely accepted.
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  • There's a sense of suddenness,because for too long,
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  • we the church have been asleep.
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  • And I've given you a definitionfor that.
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  • Sleep's not evil, sleep's a verynormal part of a healthy life.
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  • When you're asleep, you'reunaware, you're uninvolved,
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  • and you're unconcerned.
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  • But in Proverbs, it says that ason who sleeps during harvest
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  • is a disgrace.
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  • So, there's a time to be asleepand there's a time to be alert.
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  • That's clearly a part of themessage that Jesus was giving us
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  • in those passages.
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  • And I would love it, I'm a partof the church, so I've given
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  • my life to the church.
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  • I'm not throwing stones at us,but my hope for a better pathway
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  • forward has far more to dowith our hearts than it does
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  • the hearts of anyone else.
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  • Who's elected to office, who'snot elected to office says far
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  • more about us than it does theindividuals being elected.
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  • I would submit to you we've beenin something of a carnal coma,
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  • intoxicated with our ownselfishness, distracted
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  • by convenience, and obsessedwith our own plans.
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  • We were willing to be bornagain, and we would tolerate
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  • baptism and calendaring a churchservice, and dutifully
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  • showing up.
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  • If it was convenient enough, wewould accept, but imagining that
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  • we were servants of the MostHigh God, that our plans should
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  • be subjected to his, that heshould be allowed to direct
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  • the cadence of our livesand order our priorities
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  • for our time, or our resources,or our great efforts,
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  • our endeavors.
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  • We relegated that to someother group of people.
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  • I attended one of the finestseminaries in the nation,
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  • highly respected at the time.
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  • It was listed as oneof the top schools.
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  • One of the first documents I wasgiven, and it's been a while,
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  • was an inclusive-languagedocument.
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  • They were training leaders forour churches, and they said
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  • they didn't want us to refer toGod with a male pronoun,
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  • so you shouldn't speak of Godas our Father.
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  • They said they wanted anatmosphere that was tolerant,
  • 00:19:52.717 --> 00:19:58.022
  • except they weren't tolerant ofmy viewpoint of seeing God
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  • as Father.
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  • If I used it, I failed,and I remember thinking,
  • 00:20:03.594 --> 00:20:08.666
  • "What a novel group of loons."
  • 00:20:08.666 --> 00:20:13.904
  • But I wanted the degree.
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  • I thought it might add somemomentum to my professional
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  • life, so I wrote the papers,and made the presentations,
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  • and adopted the languagethey required of us.
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  • I was asleep.
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  • I didn't understand that theywere training hundreds of people
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  • a year to send out to provideleadership in our churches that
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  • didn't have a background to helpsort through the dishonesty
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  • of what they were saying.
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  • So, I'm not throwing stonesat anyone else, I find myself
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  • in this place today, and I say,"God, I'm sorry, I'm sorry."
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  • We've not been standing watch.
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  • Too many of us have beenwatching others stand.
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  • We're praying God will raise upsomeone, raise up a voice,
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  • raise up a leader.
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  • Raise up a pastor witha greater anointing.
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  • Raise up an evangelistthat can impact our nation.
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  • Raise up a politician thatwill lead us with integrity,
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  • and godliness, and holiness.
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  • We've been watchingother people stand.
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  • We have hoped someone else wouldstand up for what is right.
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  • Someone else would makethe necessary sacrifices
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  • to ensure our futures.
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  • We've been busywith other things.
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  • There's a cost for truth.
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  • There's a cost of freedom.
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  • It's true that the cross is freeto any person who will come,
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  • but Jesus was very clear.
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  • He said anyone who would be mydisciple must take up his cross
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  • and follow me.
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  • Discipleship of Jesus is a callto lay down our lives,
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  • and unfortunately I don't thinkwe've embraced
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  • that gospel too fully.
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  • I think we've imagined thatJesus should take up our cause,
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  • and now he's awakened us to anew season, and we're beginning
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  • to imagine that if we're gonnahave a future that we would
  • 00:22:23.901 --> 00:22:26.036
  • prefer for our children andgrandchildren, we're gonna have
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  • to take up our crosses.
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  • We're gonna have to be willingto stand.
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  • It's an exciting time.
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  • God in his grace and his mercyis stirring us.
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  • If we hadn't had a pandemic,we would've continued
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  • in our wasteful habitsand patterns.
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  • Seems to me, someone has enteredour house, and we find ourselves
  • 00:22:47.925 --> 00:22:52.630
  • bound, and we watch withever-increasing frustration,
  • 00:22:52.630 --> 00:22:59.303
  • and agitation, and even anger,because we feel like our house
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  • is being plundered,and we feel powerless.
  • 00:23:03.607 --> 00:23:10.948
  • We're angry at the intruder, butwe've forfeited our freedoms.
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  • We are blessed people.
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  • Come on, you came indoorsand you lost your courage,
  • 00:23:24.695 --> 00:23:28.332
  • or you just lost your outdoorvoices, I'm not sure.
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  • I can see you in here,you know that?
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  • This is like an upgrade.
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  • But we are blessed people.
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  • Father, we thank you tonightfor the nation in which we live,
  • 00:23:38.175 --> 00:23:42.680
  • for the freedoms and theliberties we've enjoyed,
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  • and the abundance we've had.
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  • Lord, we're a people in need ofhealing, and I pray today
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  • for those who've suffered atthe hands of the violent.
  • 00:23:52.690 --> 00:23:57.394
  • I pray that you would restoreand watch over, but I pray those
  • 00:23:57.394 --> 00:24:04.201
  • that initiated and instigatedwill be identified.
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  • Lord, that they won't be ableto disappear or hide.
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  • I thank you, Lord, that as muchas you're a God of mercy,
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  • you're a God of justice.
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  • And I thank you thatyou watch over us.
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  • Lord, in your great love,you are stirring and shaking.
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  • I thank you for whatyou're doing.
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  • I pray for the church in ournation that we would turn
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  • our faces in our hearts to youas we never have before.
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  • Forgive us for when we have beendistracted, when we have been
  • 00:24:37.968 --> 00:24:43.007
  • too busy, when we have beendisinterested, when we've been
  • 00:24:43.007 --> 00:24:48.379
  • too stubborn or too rebellious.
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  • When we've imagined there wasother sources of justice,
  • 00:24:51.949 --> 00:24:55.486
  • or other sources of provision,or other sources of protection.
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  • Father, you and you alonecan keep us.
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  • Only you can keep us asindividuals, or as families,
  • 00:25:04.562 --> 00:25:08.232
  • as a community, or as a nation.
  • 00:25:08.232 --> 00:25:11.268
  • And we cry out to you tonightthat once again truth would walk
  • 00:25:11.268 --> 00:25:15.506
  • in our streets.
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  • That justice would dwellamongst us.
  • 00:25:17.841 --> 00:25:21.078
  • That righteousness,and holiness,
  • 00:25:21.078 --> 00:25:23.981
  • and the fear of the Lord woulddescribe us as people.
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  • We thank you for it, Father.
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  • We praise you for it.
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  • That you are well able to renew,and redeem, and restore.
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  • I thank you that through theredemptive work of the cross,
  • 00:25:36.527 --> 00:25:42.132
  • that we have been deliveredfrom the hand of the enemy.
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  • That we have nothing to fear.
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  • That you watch over us.
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  • That your angels stand guardaround us.
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  • We praise you for it tonight,Lord.
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  • We gather in your presence inhumility to cry out to you.
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  • Be merciful to us.
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  • Fill our churches once again.
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  • Lord, stir our hearts.
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  • May we not be content to standat a distance, or to sit
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  • comfortably and watch.
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  • May we decide to participatewith you in ways
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  • we've never done before.
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  • I thank you for it.
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  • I praise you for it inJesus's name, amen.
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  • Hallelujah, hallelujah,you better give the Lord
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