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December 13, 2020
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  • Ed Young: The church shouldbe the most creative entity
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  • in the world.
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  • The church is where it happens.
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  • The church is where we findpurpose and meaning and power.
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  • The church is the living,breathing body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing lifethrough the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyeswith someone that Jesus
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  • did not die for.
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  • Ed Young: Thanks so much forwatching "Ed Young Television."
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  • You know, the next 30 minutesI believe can change the course
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  • of your life.
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  • So sit back and lean in, becauseI believe God's going to do some
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  • amazing things in your lifeand in mine.
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  • Ed Young: Ninety percent of uswill get married at least once
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  • in our lifetime, and we willhave a wedding.
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  • I've had the opportunity to doa lot of weddings in my life.
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  • When I worked at the churchmy father pastors in Houston,
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  • I did wedding afterwedding after wedding.
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  • I have some great weddingstories, and one day I would
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  • love to write a book about thecrazy things that happened in
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  • the ministry, and some of thosethings have happened
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  • during weddings.
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  • Because when you talk aboutweddings, you have emotion, and
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  • you got family, and you've gotall sorts of theatrics just
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  • on display.
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  • It's really raw, it's real,it's sentimental, a wedding.
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  • Well, today I'm gonnatalk about weddings.
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  • Huh?
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  • Now when I say advent,because we're calling this
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  • Adventageous, right?
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  • The advent, advantage.
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  • When I say advent,what do you think about?
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  • A lot of churchescelebrate the Advent.
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  • The Advent is basically the fourSundays before Christmas Eve.
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  • What does it meanwhen I say advent?
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  • An advent is a comingor an arrival.
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  • That's an advent,a coming or an arrival.
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  • There's a difference, though.
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  • We need to understand thedifference between an event and
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  • an advent.
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  • An advent is not just an event,nor is an event an advent.
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  • An event is pedestrian, anadvent would be powerful.
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  • An event is flippant, whereas anadvent is faithful.
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  • An event is casual, and anadvent would be more cosmic.
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  • An event is trite, it'ssomething that just kinda
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  • happens, whereas an advent istreasure.
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  • An advent is something that weshould be involved in, and when
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  • we involve ourselves in this,there will be an advantage in
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  • our lives.
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  • It's very advantageous for us ifwe understand the depth of
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  • the advent.
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  • An advent is the preparation forthe celebration of the
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  • incarnation of Jesus.
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  • That's the advent, that's thefirst part of the definition.
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  • It's the participation of thecelebration of the incarnation.
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  • What's the incarnation?
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  • When God walked down thestaircase of heaven with a baby
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  • in his arms.
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  • The incarnation.
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  • Jesus became flesh,that's the incarnation.
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  • That happened 2.000 years ago.
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  • We're preparing for that.
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  • Churches around the world arepreparing for that, to celebrate
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  • the coming.
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  • Jesus was born in a manger.
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  • But it doesn't stop there.
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  • Anytime you think about themanger, the manger is
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  • overshadowed by the cross.
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  • Jesus lived, he died,he rose again.
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  • Then, after he appearedto a number of people,
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  • 500 people one time--at the same time--
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  • he was taken awayto the heavenlies.
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  • And from now until he comesagain, we're involved in the
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  • church age.
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  • So work with me now.
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  • The advent has a dual focus.
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  • It's the preparation of thecelebration of the incarnation,
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  • that's the first aspect of it.
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  • The second aspect of it is it'sthe anticipation of the
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  • coronation of our salvation.
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  • It's looking forward to thesecond coming of Jesus Christ.
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  • So those of us who arebelievers, and if you're not
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  • that's cool, take notes, don'tcount ceiling tiles, think
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  • about this.
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  • But for those of us who arebelievers, wow, that should
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  • bring in great God-fidence,great hope, great security.
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  • Because I don't know if youthink this way, I do, when I see
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  • what's going on in our worldtoday, acts of terrorism, when
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  • you see the mayhem and theracism and just the ridiculous
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  • decision-making by so manyleaders who are supposed to be
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  • educated, who are supposed to beso smart and full of sense, yet
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  • common sense is unique isn't it?
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  • It's not common,it's highly uncommon.
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  • But when I see some of thesethings, and a close friend of
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  • mine's brother, as I've told youjust a couple of weeks ago,
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  • was murdered in cold blood.
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  • And we've been having theseconversations and these texts
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  • going back and forth.
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  • When I see these things I say tomyself, and I know you do too,
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  • somebody's got to pay.
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  • I mean, don't you think that?I do.
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  • Somebody's gotta pay for this,somebody's gotta pay for this,
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  • somebody's gotta pay for this.
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  • And if you think back in thebook of Genesis, you have man
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  • and woman created in the imageof God, they were sinless, they
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  • had this great relationship withGod, yet they had their freedom
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  • of choice, man chose to sin.
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  • Then they discovered their sinhas sequestered them from God.
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  • God killed an innocent animal,spilled the blood of an innocent
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  • animal, took the covering, tookthe skin of the innocent animal,
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  • and Adam and Eve used it tocover their nakedness.
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  • A foreshadowing of what wouldtake place in the sacrificial
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  • system in the Old Testament, aninnocent third party shedding
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  • its blood to atone for the sinsof man, then the ultimate sin
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  • sacrifice, Jesus being born,Jesus dying, Jesus shedding
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  • his blood for your sinsand mine on the cross.
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  • An innocent third party, theLamb of God, who takes away the
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  • sins of the world, Jesus, whoconquered death by rising again.
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  • Then he went up to be with theFather in heaven.
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  • Yet throughout the pages ofScripture, we see it.
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  • We see it.
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  • It's gonna culminate with Jesuscoming back.
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  • He's gonna settle the score.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • He is going to deal with sinand the devil and the demons.
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  • They will spend eternityin the lake of fire.
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  • And let me say again, God doesnot hurl anyone to hell.
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  • Hell was not designedfor human beings.
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  • So for someone to go to hell,they will have to go against the
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  • grain, against the will of God.
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  • So when you hearabout the advent, yeah,
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  • it's a celebration, it's like,wow, yay God.
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  • And yes, yay God.
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  • Because he sent Jesus.
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  • Jesus became flesh.
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  • But we have to remember to whatJesus did, the work on the
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  • cross, his resurrection.
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  • Now we wait and wait for thesecond coming of Jesus.
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  • Now, let's just go back to awedding, because Jesus talked
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  • a lot about weddings.
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  • And if you think about theadvent, if you think about the
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  • gospel, you know that the gospelis sort of a come-and-go
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  • type situation.
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  • Have you ever thoughtabout that?
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  • You know, during the holidays.
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  • But before I get into weddings,I just thought about this.
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  • During the holidays, you know, alot of people have come-and-go
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  • parties, drop-ins.
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  • Have you heard ofa drop-in before?
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  • Anybody?Drop-in?
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  • A drop-in is basically, you havea party, and let's say it lasts
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  • from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.and people just drop in.
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  • They're supposed to drop inand leave, that's what they're
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  • supposed to do, they are.
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  • And this is kind of funny, in myneighborhood last year we had a
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  • drop-in at our house, and we hadpretty much the whole
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  • neighborhood show up.
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  • It's funny how people, we loveto see where people live.
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  • What is that about human beings?
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  • Dogs don't really care aboutthe way other dogs live,
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  • or ants don't, or fishdon't really care.
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  • But human beings,we are enthralled.
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  • Whoa!
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  • I get to come overto your house.
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  • And especially toa pastor's house.
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  • Anytime we ever have a party atour house, pretty much 100% of
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  • the people we invite show up.
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  • It's funny.
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  • And they look around, whoa, youmean you have a bathroom?
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  • You mean, you use a bathroom?
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  • You have a kitchen, really?
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  • Oh, yes.
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  • That's funny.
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  • So we had this party, a drop-infor the neighborhood, and it
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  • had, you know, it was a drop-inthat lasted like for
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  • three hours.
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  • Well most people got it, theydropped in, dropped out.
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  • But you always have these crazypeople, you know, these
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  • crazy neighbors.
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  • Some of the neighbors stayed andstayed and they did some crazy
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  • stuff, man.
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  • It was it was crazy.
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  • So I told Lisa, this is ourfirst and last drop-in we will
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  • ever have.
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  • But the gospel is about droppingin, it's about coming and going,
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  • isn't it?
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  • Jesus is going to where we'recoming, and we're coming to
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  • where he's going.
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  • That's the gospel.
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  • That's the advent.
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  • It's about come and go.
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  • Jesus came, and hewill come again.
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  • And he did the work on the crossto render our salvation.
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  • Thus as believers we need towork out what he has worked in.
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  • Now, let's talkabout the wedding.
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  • One day Jesus talked aboutthis wedding, it's a parable,
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  • it's a story.
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  • And weddings, even back inBiblical times, are full
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  • of emotion.
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  • And he talked about ten virgins,ten bridesmaids, and guys, you
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  • think it's expensive today,fathers to pay for a wedding,
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  • you ain't seen nothing yet.
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  • Here's how these weddings wouldgo down back in Biblical times.
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  • The bridegroom would go to thebride's house, and they would
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  • have the ceremony.
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  • Then they would have this paradefollowing this ceremony to the
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  • bride's house.
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  • And at the bride's house thisparty would last sometimes for
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  • a week.
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  • Ed Young: I just want to say,again, a huge thanks for your
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  • generosity and for youpartnering with us.
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  • No matter where you are,no matter what age or stage
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  • you find yourself in life,we have tools, we have books,
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  • we have resources to help youin this endeavor.
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  • So if you're not a part of ourfamily here, we'll love for you
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  • to become a part.
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  • You can see whatto do on the screen.
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  • So, again, thanks for yourgenerosity, and let's go back
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  • to the message.
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  • Ed Young: Well, there was thisparade route, ten bridesmaids
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  • were there, it was at nighttime,and Jesus, when he told the
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  • story in Matthew 25, said thatthe bridesmaids had these little
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  • lanterns, these little lamps,and they were like boats filled
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  • with oil, and a cotton wickwould float on the oil.
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  • And if you were smart, you wouldhave reserve oil.
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  • You could keep the lampsilluminated, you keep the
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  • lamps lit.
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  • So five of the bridesmaids,ladies, who had their up-dos,
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  • you know, I even know whatan up-do is now, an up-do.
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  • Guys, you might go,what are you talkin' about?
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  • Ask your wife.
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  • You know, they had their up-dosgoing and five of these girls,
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  • they were pretty smart, prettysavvy, they had the little
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  • lanterns and oil,they had even extra oil.
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  • I don't know where they put it,in their purse or maybe a pocket
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  • or whatever back in the day.
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  • Yet they were ready to pull anall-nighter because they didn't
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  • know when the ceremony would endat one home and finish at
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  • the other.
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  • So they were waiting and waitingand waiting and waiting.
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  • Well, the other five, so fivebrought extra oil, the other
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  • five had just enough oil intheir lanterns.
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  • I mean, not very much oil atall, they were kind of airheads.
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  • They were so thinkin' abouttheir nails and their up-dos and
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  • their dresses that they did notbring any reserve oil.
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  • Well, the wedding party movedfrom one house to the
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  • next house.
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  • The five who were wise, man,they had enough oil to light up
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  • their lives and to show thebride and groom the
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  • parade route.
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  • The five airheads, the unwisebridesmaids, they were like, oh
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  • girl, we've run out of oil!
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  • Can I borrow some oil from you?
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  • Can I have some oil from you?
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  • And they were like...
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  • [hissing]Get your own oil.
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  • So they were like...
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  • [screaming]Ah!
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  • So they went to 7-Eleven, gotsome oil, then they came back.
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  • The parade was done.
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  • The party had startedat the other house.
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  • And this is kind of a scary,scary parable that Jesus told.
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  • Let's pick it up in verse 10out of Matthew 25.
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  • "But while they were ontheir way to buy the oil--"
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  • to the 7-Eleven--
  • 00:14:48.000 --> 00:14:49.635
  • "the bridegroom arrived,the virgins, the bridesmaids
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  • who were readywent in with him--"
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  • who were ready,who were ready--
  • 00:14:54.239 --> 00:14:56.208
  • "went in with him to the weddingbanquet and the door was shut.
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  • Later, the others also came.
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  • 'Lord, Lord, openthe door for us.'
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  • But he replied, 'Truly, I tellyou, I don't know you.
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  • Therefore keep watch, becauseyou do not know the day or
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  • the hour.'"
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  • Well, that's telling me, it'stelling you, as a believer,
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  • because all of these girls werebelievers, because they all had
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  • oil, oil being a reference ofthe Holy Spirit of God
  • 00:15:40.719 --> 00:15:44.023
  • throughout Scripture, oil beinga reference to the Word of God,
  • 00:15:44.056 --> 00:15:47.393
  • they had oil, all of them did,yet some understood
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  • how to use it,how to steward it,
  • 00:15:53.065 --> 00:15:58.637
  • how to take that cotton wickand keep cutting it
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  • for the flame to stay lit,while the others didn't.
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  • Responsibility.
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  • I can't steal oil from yourrelationship, you can't steal
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  • oil from my relationship, wehave a personal responsibility
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  • before the Lord himself to havethat fresh oil in our lives, in
  • 00:16:21.160 --> 00:16:27.166
  • our lanterns, don't we?
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  • That fresh oil of walking withJesus, of talking with Jesus.
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  • That fresh oil of coming to hischurch and having people pour
  • 00:16:35.274 --> 00:16:41.280
  • oil into our lives.
  • 00:16:41.980 --> 00:16:44.116
  • Yet we always have those people,those unwise people, who have
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  • just enough God to be dangerous,do you know what I'm saying
  • 00:16:50.823 --> 00:16:55.861
  • to you?
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  • And there's gonna be a time ofaccountability.
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  • Jesus will come back, he willsettle the score, and we'll be
  • 00:17:02.201 --> 00:17:08.207
  • held accountable regarding whatwe did with the gifts and
  • 00:17:08.540 --> 00:17:14.546
  • abilities he bestowedinto our lives.
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  • Because if you keep readingin Matthew 25--
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  • I don't have the timeto do it--
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  • the next story Jesus toldwas a story of talents.
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  • He said, man, these guys, theseservants of this very wealthy
  • 00:17:26.592 --> 00:17:32.197
  • person, had these talents thewealthy person gave them.
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  • He gave one five, one two, andone one.
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  • Two of them parlayed theirtalent, one of 'em just sat
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  • on it.
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  • And Jesus was driving atresponsibility
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  • and accountability.
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  • You have gifts I don't have,I have gifts you don't have,
  • 00:17:52.985 --> 00:17:56.722
  • there's an accountability and aresponsibility, a responsibility
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  • and an accountability, becausewe don't know when he's
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  • coming back.
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  • And rarely is this talked aboutvery much anymore, because, you
  • 00:18:06.865 --> 00:18:10.669
  • know, everybody talks aboutgrace and God's a God of love
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  • and God's a God of unmeritedfavor, and he is.
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  • But also God is a God who hasmade us personally responsible,
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  • and we have to live under thissense of accountability.
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  • Let me move even to anotherwedding story.
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  • I mean, Jesus.
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  • Jesus talked a lot aboutweddings, he did, he did.
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  • Well, in Luke chapter 12, verse35-38, and this is sort of the
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  • app session of where I'm going.
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  • When you think about the advent,when you think about the dual
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  • focus of remembering the birthand looking forward to the
  • 00:18:48.373 --> 00:18:51.910
  • second coming, which shouldbring about responsibility
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  • and accountability,here's the app session.
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  • The first thing I wannatell you is: dress up.
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  • Say it with me: Dress up.
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  • That's right, dress up,dress up.
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  • It's interesting, becausea lot of cities, like Dallas
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  • and Miami, are knownfor their fashion.
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  • People dress up.
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  • Whenever I tell people I'mfrom Dallas, oh Dallas,
  • 00:19:14.166 --> 00:19:16.501
  • oh people love fashion there,people dress up in Dallas.
  • 00:19:16.535 --> 00:19:19.671
  • Or I'm in Miami, oh yeah,people dress up in Miami.
  • 00:19:19.705 --> 00:19:23.375
  • There's a certain style thatpeople have who live in Dallas,
  • 00:19:23.408 --> 00:19:27.379
  • live in Miami.
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  • It's very interesting, peoplejust dress up.
  • 00:19:28.747 --> 00:19:31.283
  • The Bible says the moment webecome a believer, we're clothed
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  • in the righteousness of Jesus.
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  • So we're dressed up.
  • 00:19:36.888 --> 00:19:39.992
  • Also the Bible says that eachand every day we need to dress
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  • up and put on the armor of God.
  • 00:19:44.296 --> 00:19:49.901
  • Well, this guy had been out atanother wedding, and his
  • 00:19:49.935 --> 00:19:55.941
  • servants had no idea when he wascoming back.
  • 00:19:56.074 --> 00:19:58.176
  • Again, I think you can see theforeshadowing here.
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:01.847
  • Be dressed and ready forservice.
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  • So I serve, I think aboutothers, I've got the oil,
  • 00:20:05.117 --> 00:20:11.123
  • I've got my gifts and abilities,and I'm using them
  • 00:20:12.924 --> 00:20:16.895
  • for the glory of God.
  • 00:20:16.928 --> 00:20:18.530
  • Which means I'm others-driven.
  • 00:20:18.563 --> 00:20:20.966
  • So be dressed and ready forservice, and keep your
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  • lamps burning.
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  • ♪ This little light of mine,I'm gonna let it shine. ♪
  • 00:20:28.473 --> 00:20:33.378
  • ♪ This little light of mine,I'm gonna let it shine, ♪
  • 00:20:33.478 --> 00:20:37.182
  • ♪ let it shine, let it shine,let it shine. ♪
  • 00:20:37.215 --> 00:20:40.852
  • ♪ Hide it under a bushel, no! ♪
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  • ♪ I'm gonna let it shine. ♪
  • 00:20:42.554 --> 00:20:44.790
  • Have you ever heardthat song before?
  • 00:20:44.823 --> 00:20:46.425
  • I love it.Great song.
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  • Maybe it's from this verse,I don't know.
  • 00:20:50.295 --> 00:20:51.997
  • But keep your lamps burning.
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  • We gotta continue, right,to put oil.
  • 00:20:54.266 --> 00:20:56.368
  • We have to continue to allow theLord to cut and to allow things
  • 00:20:56.401 --> 00:21:02.407
  • to occur in our lives and allowhim to prune us, to cut some
  • 00:21:06.678 --> 00:21:12.384
  • things back so we can bloom, sowe can keep the candle going.
  • 00:21:12.417 --> 00:21:18.423
  • Because, yeah, you gotta dressup, but also you've got to
  • 00:21:19.024 --> 00:21:24.596
  • light up.
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  • I'm talkin' about allowing ourlight to shine, because Jesus
  • 00:21:25.964 --> 00:21:29.368
  • said, "I am the light of theworld."
  • 00:21:29.401 --> 00:21:31.603
  • And then we have an opportunityto receive the light, and we
  • 00:21:31.636 --> 00:21:35.774
  • should allow the light toilluminate everything
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  • we're about.
  • 00:21:38.310 --> 00:21:39.811
  • Have you ever tried to dress inthe dark?
  • 00:21:39.845 --> 00:21:42.481
  • Invariably, you're gonna make afashion move that is funky
  • 00:21:42.514 --> 00:21:47.252
  • and freaky.
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  • We get dressed in the light.
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  • We see that things match,hopefully.
  • 00:21:50.689 --> 00:21:54.159
  • Well, these servants who werewaiting, they didn't know when
  • 00:21:54.192 --> 00:21:57.129
  • the master was coming back,they were dressed up,
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  • and they were lighting up.
  • 00:22:00.065 --> 00:22:03.235
  • "Keep your lamps burning,like servants waiting for their
  • 00:22:03.268 --> 00:22:07.339
  • master to return from a weddingbanquet, so that when he comes
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  • and knocks, they can immediatelyopen the door for him.
  • 00:22:12.744 --> 00:22:15.380
  • It'll be good--"
  • 00:22:15.414 --> 00:22:16.748
  • I love that--"for thoseservants whose master finds
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  • them watching."
  • 00:22:19.785 --> 00:22:21.887
  • Any time in Scripture you readabout the second coming of
  • 00:22:21.920 --> 00:22:26.358
  • Jesus, any time that you hearsomeone teach on the second
  • 00:22:26.391 --> 00:22:32.097
  • coming of Christ, usually it'saccompanied by purity
  • 00:22:32.130 --> 00:22:37.736
  • and urgency.
  • 00:22:37.769 --> 00:22:40.071
  • So these servants, don't youknow they were keeping their
  • 00:22:40.105 --> 00:22:42.774
  • house clean, man?
  • 00:22:42.808 --> 00:22:44.142
  • They didn't know when thehomeowner was coming back.
  • 00:22:44.176 --> 00:22:48.814
  • Are you pure?
  • 00:22:48.847 --> 00:22:50.715
  • I'm not talking about alegalistic trip, I'm talkin'
  • 00:22:50.749 --> 00:22:52.684
  • about because of ourrelationship, because we know
  • 00:22:52.717 --> 00:22:55.053
  • the owner, we know the onewho's built the house.
  • 00:22:55.086 --> 00:23:01.092
  • We should live pure lives, why?
  • 00:23:02.127 --> 00:23:06.097
  • Because we're clothed inrighteousness.
  • 00:23:06.131 --> 00:23:08.700
  • Is there any conversation, anyevent, any place, anything that
  • 00:23:08.733 --> 00:23:13.472
  • would embarrass you or freak youout if Christ came back and you
  • 00:23:13.505 --> 00:23:17.042
  • were doing that very thing?
  • 00:23:17.075 --> 00:23:19.845
  • Again, that's accountability,that's responsibility,
  • 00:23:19.878 --> 00:23:24.516
  • that's purity.
  • 00:23:24.549 --> 00:23:25.851
  • Also, there should bean urgency.
  • 00:23:25.884 --> 00:23:27.619
  • We don't know when Christ iscoming back.
  • 00:23:27.652 --> 00:23:29.588
  • So many signs are pointing toit, the mayhem in our world,
  • 00:23:29.621 --> 00:23:32.724
  • our world ain't getting better,it's not.
  • 00:23:32.757 --> 00:23:37.095
  • And the only thing that's gonnado it is when Jesus comes back.
  • 00:23:37.128 --> 00:23:43.134
  • So I should have an urgency--
  • 00:23:43.168 --> 00:23:45.270
  • Fellowship Church, we should beurgent to serve, to sow our
  • 00:23:45.303 --> 00:23:50.442
  • resources, and to share withothers who so desperately need
  • 00:23:50.475 --> 00:23:55.780
  • it, because it is a hearttransformation.
  • 00:23:55.814 --> 00:24:01.152
  • So dress up, light up,and wait up.
  • 00:24:01.186 --> 00:24:06.925
  • Man, these cats were waiting up,they didn't know when the master
  • 00:24:06.958 --> 00:24:09.761
  • was gonna show up.
  • 00:24:09.794 --> 00:24:11.363
  • And here's Jesus, he's talkingnow, past his death and burial
  • 00:24:11.396 --> 00:24:17.102
  • all the way to his secondcoming, a little prophecy here.
  • 00:24:17.135 --> 00:24:20.705
  • He says, "It'll be good forthose servants whose master
  • 00:24:20.739 --> 00:24:24.342
  • finds them watchingwhen he comes."
  • 00:24:24.376 --> 00:24:27.512
  • So the last thingyou can say is wait up.
  • 00:24:27.546 --> 00:24:30.115
  • Yeah, we dress up,we light up, and wait up.
  • 00:24:30.148 --> 00:24:33.451
  • "Truly, I tell you, he willdress himself to serve who will
  • 00:24:33.485 --> 00:24:37.322
  • have them recline at the tableand will come and wait on them.
  • 00:24:37.355 --> 00:24:40.559
  • It will be good for thoseservants whose master finds them
  • 00:24:40.592 --> 00:24:43.328
  • ready, even if he comes in themiddle of the night or
  • 00:24:43.361 --> 00:24:46.565
  • toward daybreak."
  • 00:24:46.598 --> 00:24:49.134
  • They were ready.
  • 00:24:49.167 --> 00:24:50.535
  • And we should be readyas we live this life.
  • 00:24:50.569 --> 00:24:55.974
  • But in reality, all of us areplanning for another wedding.
  • 00:24:56.007 --> 00:25:00.845
  • That wedding that will occurwhen the bridegroom, Jesus,
  • 00:25:00.879 --> 00:25:06.885
  • splits the eastern skies andcomes back for his bride,
  • 00:25:07.586 --> 00:25:13.592
  • the church.
  • 00:25:15.360 --> 00:25:18.229
  • We don't know when he's coming,but we know he's coming.
  • 00:25:18.263 --> 00:25:23.335
  • He's coming, and we're going.
  • 00:25:23.368 --> 00:25:27.172
  • We're going to where he'scoming, and he's coming to where
  • 00:25:27.205 --> 00:25:29.307
  • we're going.
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  • And that's something tocelebrate, that's something
  • 00:25:30.709 --> 00:25:33.979
  • to anticipate.
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  • Are you ready for the advent?
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  • Because it's the true advantage.
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