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The Family of God

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January 29, 2021
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Pastor Robert explains that children are meant to be trained, adolescents taught, and adults trusted.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: God is kind tothe unthankful and evil, okay?
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  • Before an image comes to yourmind, look in the mirror,
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  • 'cause I haven'talways been thankful.
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  • I haven't alwaysdone the right thing.
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  • But he's always,been kind, always.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ROBERT: So we've beenin this series
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  • called, “Blessed Families” andI couldn't leave this subject
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  • without talking aboutthe ultimate blessed family.
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  • And that is the family of God.
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  • The family, that by His grace,Titus says it this way,
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  • not by works of righteousnesswhich you have done,
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  • but by His mercy, he saved us.
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  • by His grace, we will becomea part of this family now.
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  • But we were raisedin another family.
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  • Now, I'm not talking aboutyour biological family.
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  • I'm talking about aspiritual family.
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  • We were born in the familyof Adam and Eve after the fall.
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  • And now we've been born againinto the family of God.
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  • Think about Moses,who was a Hebrew.
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  • And yet he was raisedby an Egyptian family
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  • that didn't know God wasa pagan culture and society,
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  • worshiped many false gods.
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  • And then he finds out,wait a minute,
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  • this isn't your real family.
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  • And Hebrews 11 talksabout how he chose then,
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  • not to be calledthe son of Pharaoh's wife,
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  • not to associate withthat family anymore.
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  • And I'm we're talking aboutEgyptian people were bad
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  • or anything like that we'rejust simply talking
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  • about they didn't know God.
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  • So he was raisedin that type of family.
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  • And all of a sudden,he finds out,
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  • "No, I'm not a memberof that family.
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  • I'm a member of this famous,he had to retrain himself.
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  • So I want you to followthis example,
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  • because I didn't get savedtill I was 19 years old.
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  • for 19 years, even thoughI was in a Christian home,
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  • still, I was inthe family of the world.
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  • And then came to Christand found that, "Wow,
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  • I belong to a new family.And this is really good family."
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  • So I want to talk withyou some about that.
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  • So we'll get to John 8in a minute,
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  • but let me read you a fewscriptures before we get there.
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  • Ephesians to 19 says,"Now, therefore,
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  • you are no longerstrangers and foreigners."
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  • This is specificallyspeaking to Gentiles.
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  • "You're no longerstrangers and foreigners,
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  • but fellow citizenswith the saints,
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  • and members ofthe household of God."
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  • This word householdis actually referring to family.
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  • Matter of fact, I read this inmy just my daily reading today
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  • in the New Living Translation,
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  • and it says the word family,you're now members
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  • of the family of God.
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  • And what I'm hoping isthroughout this message,
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  • it dawns on you whatit means to be a member
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  • of the family of God,and on me as well.
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  • Here's Ephesians 3,verses 14 and 15.
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  • "For this reason,I bow my knees
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  • to the Father of ourLord Jesus Christ,
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  • from whom the whole familyin heaven and earth is named."
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  • So I bow my kneesto Jesus Christ,
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  • from whom the whole familyand heaven and earth,
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  • those have alreadygone on to heaven
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  • and those on Earthhad been named.
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  • We got our name from Christ,were called Christians.
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  • They were first calledChristians in Antioch.
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  • But they were Christian,the word Christian
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  • means Christ-like, like Christ.
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  • So we get our name,we now have the name of God.
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  • And of course, like,like you married into a family
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  • and your last name changes.See, that's --
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  • This is just kind ofexploding in me right now
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  • to think that I'vegot God's name.
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  • And I'm partof his family from now on.
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  • Here's what it means to marryinto the family of God.
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  • All right, so here'snumber one,
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  • we are born into a familyof unconditional love.
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  • When you get saved,you're born into a family
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  • of unconditional love,by God and by others,
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  • from God and from others.
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  • Okay, so let's address this fora moment.
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  • The others, though,are our brothers and sisters
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  • in Christ, andthey're still human.
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  • So there are timeswhen brothers and sisters
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  • don't act in unconditional love.I understand that.
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  • But there's never a timethat your father does it.
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  • God loves youunconditionally.
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  • This truth, it took yearsfor this to dawn in my life,
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  • it took years for me to figureout because for those 19 years,
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  • you live in the worldbefore I for what for me
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  • before I got saved,it was conditional love.
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  • It was performance baseline,but not in the kingdom of God.
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  • It's unconditional love.
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  • "For God so loved the world,that he gave
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  • his only begotten Sonthat whoever believes in Him
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  • should not perish buthave everlasting life."
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  • Okay, that'sunconditional love.
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  • "For God so loved the world..."The world.
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  • Here, let me read it to youthis Romans 5:8 says
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  • this it way, "but Goddemonstrates His own love
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  • toward us in that whilewe were still sinners,"
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  • "while we were still sinners,Christ died for us."
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  • That's unconditional love.
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  • In other words,God didn't wait to see
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  • if he would straighten upand fly right to give his son.
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  • He gave His Son whilewe were still sinners.
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  • While we were still mockinghim and spitting on him
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  • and nailing him to a cross.
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  • That's it's unconditional,you can never do anything
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  • that would causeGod not to love you.
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  • Romans 8: "Nothing..."
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  • I'm convinced that nothingcan separate me
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  • from the love of God.
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  • Not life, not death,not principles, or power.
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  • Nothing in heaven or earth,nothing and nothing you do...
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  • Please hear me.
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  • You can't blow it bad enoughfor God not to love you.
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  • No matter what you do,no matter if you blew it
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  • this last week or yesterday.God loves you.
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  • You'll never get awayfrom the love of God.
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  • I taught all my kids,I could say it all the time:
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  • how does daddy love you?
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  • With all his heart,all of his heart,
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  • never holding anything back,no matter what you ever do,
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  • and forever and always,I'll never stop loving you.
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  • And how does God love you?
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  • That's the wayGod loves you.
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  • This, this wouldchange our life.
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  • If we could catch this.
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  • God loves usunconditionally.
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  • Luke 6:35: "For he is kindto the unfaithful and evil."
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  • Okay. Before an imagecomes to your mind.
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  • Look in the mirror.
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  • Because I haven'talways been thankful,
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  • and I haven't alwaysdone the right thing.
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  • But he's always been kind.Always.
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  • So we're born into thisfamily of unconditional love.
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  • Here's number two.
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  • We're born into a familyof unmerited favor.
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  • We're born into a family
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  • of unmerited favor --adopted, pardon me.
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  • -- adopted into a family.
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  • The reason I said adoptedbecause this is important,
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  • because the Bible refersjust as born and adopted.
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  • So I want to really focuson in the moment
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  • that God adopted us.
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  • We're adopted into a familyof unmerited favor.
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  • Now that's thedefinition of grace.
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  • It's completely unmerited.We didn't deserve it.
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  • Look at this wordadopted, though.
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  • Ephesians 1:5: "havingpredestined us to adoption,
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  • as sons by JesusChrist to Himself."
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  • Galatians 4:6-7:"and because you are sons,
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  • God has sent forththe Spirit of his Son
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  • into your hearts crying out,"now this is the Spirit
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  • of his Son in uscrying out, "Abba, Father.
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  • Therefore you are nolonger a slave but a son,
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  • and if a son, than an heirof God through Christ.
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  • Okay, first of all, I wantto just key in on this phrase
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  • Abba Father, it'sin Galatians 4, Romans 8,
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  • but it starts in Mark 14.
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  • First time it's ever mentioned,Jesus said it.
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  • And he said he sent forththe Spirit of his Son
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  • into our heartscrying Abba, Father,
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  • Abba, Father.What does Abba mean?
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  • Abba is the Aramaicword for father.
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  • Most of you mightnot know this --
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  • Here's what he was saying,I think he was saying,
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  • "Father," in the language thathe spoke, "Father, the Father."
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  • I think what Jesuswas saying was,
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  • "You're not only the father,you're my father."
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  • And he was makingit very personal.
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  • And then Paul, writing inGalatians, and in Roman says,
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  • "and now you canalso call Him Father."
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  • He's not just the father.He's now your father.
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  • You remember one of thefirst things Jesus said
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  • after the resurrection?
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  • He said to Mary,"Go tell my disciples,
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  • I am ascending to my father,and your father."
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  • From now and he's your father.
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  • Look at this verse,2 Corinthians 6:18,
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  • “I will be a father to you,and you shall be my sons
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  • and daughters,' saysthe Lord Almighty."
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  • Has it ever really dawned on you
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  • that you're a sonor daughter of God?
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  • That God is your father.
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  • Do you realizewhat that means?
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  • Now, I know it's difficultfor some
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  • because you had a bad father.
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  • And if you did, I'm very,very sorry about that.
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  • And we're going to talkabout that in a moment.
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  • If you had a badbiological father.
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  • But the true Father,a loving father,
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  • a protective father,a providing father
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  • a giving you father, anunconditionally loving Father,
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  • and the Father of allthe father that holds everything
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  • that speaks andcreates is your father.
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  • I'm telling you,I'm hoping that
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  • it just keeps like --
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  • Just your revelationjust keeps...
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  • I'm a child of God.I am a child of God.
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  • Now, I grew upwith a good father.
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  • And my fatherowned the company.
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  • I worked for the company.
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  • But I never saw myselfreally as an employee.
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  • Because I was the sonof the owner of the company.
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  • I knew it.
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  • When I drove up tothe building,
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  • my name was on the building too;that was my last name.
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  • Now, I didn't getpaid like he did.
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  • But I still knewwho my father was.
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  • And I knew when I walked in,yes, he was my boss,
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  • but he was my dad, too.
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  • I grew up withthat knowing that.
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  • Funny story,I'd go to college
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  • and then I'd come backand work full time
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  • at the companyduring the summers.
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  • And the first day back onesummer, there was a new foreman.
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  • And we were all in this trailer,kind of like you see
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  • these trailers on job sites,and we were having lunch.
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  • And some of the, most guysprobably in there knew
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  • that my dad own the company, butthis new foreman didn't know.
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  • He'd come on, you know,while I was at college,
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  • and so we're sitting in thereand my dad drives up.
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  • And this foreman says,"Well, here comes Mr. Big."
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  • I probably shouldn'thave done this.
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  • But I said, "Sowho's Mr. Big?"
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  • He said, "Old JP,"
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  • that was my dad's initial,"JP, Mr. Morris."
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  • He said, "he owns the company,"and this what this foreman says,
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  • "He thinks he runsthings around here,
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  • but actually, I'm the onethat runs things around here."
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  • I said, "Well,that's good to know."
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  • So my dad stuck his headin the door and said,
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  • "Hey," to everyone, "howyou guys doing?" Said, "Good."
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  • And then he turnedto me and he said,
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  • "Hey, since it's your first dayback from college,
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  • I want to see if youwant to go to lunch, son."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • I said, "I'd love to...dad."
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Have you ever watched colordrain from someone's face?
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  • It's cool.
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  • I told this guy, I said,"You might call him Mr. Big.
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  • I call him dad."
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  • He was really nice to methe rest of the summer it was.
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  • [Laughter]
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  • Listen, your dad is morethan the owner of the company.
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  • He's the owner of the worldand the universe
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  • and all that dwell therein.
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  • He owns it all.That's your dad.
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  • Now, I'm gonna shock youwith this though,
  • 00:12:31.743 --> 00:12:34.279
  • You might not know who your dadwas before you got saved.
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  • Do you know who your dadwas before you got saved?
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  • Satan.
  • 00:12:43.555 --> 00:12:46.391
  • 'Course, some of you arethinking, "Yeah,
  • 00:12:46.491 --> 00:12:47.458
  • I always thought that."
  • 00:12:47.559 --> 00:12:49.327
  • No, no, not that one,not your biological father.
  • 00:12:49.427 --> 00:12:53.531
  • Your spiritual father.
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  • Let me show it to you straightfrom Jesus. This is Jesus.
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  • John 8:38: “'I speak whatI've seen with my father.
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  • And you do what you'reseeing with your father.'
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  • They answering said,'Abraham's our father.
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  • Jesus said, 'If you wereAbraham's children,
  • 00:13:08.713 --> 00:13:10.248
  • you would dothe works of Abraham.'"
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  • By the way yourthe works of Abraham were
  • 00:13:12.917 --> 00:13:14.619
  • to believe in Jesus.”-- That believe Jesus.
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  • You say, "Wait, it says Abrahambelieved God...
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  • it was counted him."You know who that was.
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  • That was the son a manthat came and met with him
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  • and told him your wife'sgonna have a child.
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  • That was Jesus,he believed Jesus.
  • 00:13:25.063 --> 00:13:27.632
  • That's the works of Abraham.
  • 00:13:27.732 --> 00:13:30.535
  • "But now you seek to kill mea man who's told you the truth,
  • 00:13:30.635 --> 00:13:34.339
  • which I heard from God," whichis what he did with Abraham.
  • 00:13:34.439 --> 00:13:37.208
  • "Abraham did not do this."
  • 00:13:37.308 --> 00:13:38.509
  • In other words,God told him the truth.
  • 00:13:38.610 --> 00:13:39.777
  • He believed me.
  • 00:13:39.878 --> 00:13:41.212
  • "'You do the deedsof your father.'
  • 00:13:41.312 --> 00:13:45.416
  • Then they said to him, 'we werenot born to fornication
  • 00:13:45.516 --> 00:13:47.185
  • we have one Father - God.'
  • 00:13:47.285 --> 00:13:48.586
  • Jesus said, 'If God were yourfather, you would love me.'
  • 00:13:48.686 --> 00:13:50.388
  • Then verse 44, he makes itreal clear to him,
  • 00:13:50.488 --> 00:13:53.057
  • "You are of yourfather the devil."
  • 00:13:53.157 --> 00:13:58.429
  • So for 19 years,not my earthly father,
  • 00:13:58.529 --> 00:14:02.200
  • but my spiritual fatherwas Satan.
  • 00:14:02.300 --> 00:14:05.637
  • And he was abusive;and he was angry.
  • 00:14:05.737 --> 00:14:09.974
  • He was a tormentor.He was an accuser.
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  • Come on, you know whatI'm talking about.
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  • If you're listening, if youwere born in a bad family,
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  • you need to know something.
  • 00:14:18.283 --> 00:14:19.484
  • Everything bad that everhappened to you was Satan.
  • 00:14:19.584 --> 00:14:24.589
  • And I'll tell yousomething else too,
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  • if you were bornin a good family,
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  • everything bad that everhappened to you was Satan.
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  • Same father.
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  • All your anger,all your fear,
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  • all your insecurity,all your inferiority,
  • 00:14:37.969 --> 00:14:40.705
  • all your rejection,all your guilt,
  • 00:14:40.805 --> 00:14:42.307
  • all your bitterness,all your impurity.
  • 00:14:42.407 --> 00:14:45.843
  • That was all fromthe Father you used to have.
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  • But you now have a good father.
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  • And you've been adoptedinto this new family.
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  • We have some friends herein the church that adopted
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  • a girl from another country.
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  • She wasn't a babywhen they adopt her.
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  • She was a girlliving in an orphanage.
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  • They brought her home.
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  • First of all, she was surprisedbecause she had her own room.
  • 00:15:06.097 --> 00:15:09.834
  • Couldn't even fathomhaving her own room,
  • 00:15:09.934 --> 00:15:11.903
  • been in orphanageher whole life.
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  • They told us this storythat a few months after
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  • she'd beenliving with him,
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  • they discovered that whenshe would help them clean
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  • the table at night.
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  • She was actually takingfood up to her room
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  • and hiding it in a roombecause she didn't know
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  • if there'd be food the next day.
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  • And then they bought her somereally nice clothes and
  • 00:15:41.899 --> 00:15:43.401
  • one day they were looking forone of her nice dresses
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  • to wear and mother said,
  • 00:15:46.938 --> 00:15:49.674
  • "Where's yourwhere's this dress?
  • 00:15:49.774 --> 00:15:55.880
  • Little girl pickedup a mattress.
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  • She had hidden the dressunder the mattress.
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  • 'Cause she didn'tknow if someone
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  • would steal her nice dress.
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  • See, she'd been livingin a different family.
  • 00:16:10.561 --> 00:16:15.900
  • She was adoptedin a new family.
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:20.338
  • But it took her a long timeto get used to the new family,
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  • are y'all following me?
  • 00:16:24.275 --> 00:16:25.977
  • This is the way itis when we get saved.
  • 00:16:26.077 --> 00:16:28.646
  • Here's the third thingwere transferred into a family
  • 00:16:28.746 --> 00:16:33.885
  • of unearned blessings,transferred into a family.
  • 00:16:33.985 --> 00:16:39.490
  • Now here's whyI use the word transferred.
  • 00:16:39.590 --> 00:16:41.793
  • Colossians 1:13 says,“For he has rescued us
  • 00:16:41.893 --> 00:16:46.497
  • from the kingdom of darknessand transferred us
  • 00:16:46.597 --> 00:16:50.968
  • into the kingdomof his dear son.”
  • 00:16:51.069 --> 00:16:53.604
  • Now, because we're talkingabout family,
  • 00:16:53.704 --> 00:16:55.139
  • let's say it another way.
  • 00:16:55.239 --> 00:16:56.707
  • He's transferred us fromthe family of darkness.
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  • We all used to livein a family of darkness.
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  • He's transferred usinto the family of his son.
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  • We've been transferredinto a new family
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  • and it's a family blessing.
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  • Remember you've gotin Genesis 3, the fall,
  • 00:17:12.723 --> 00:17:16.527
  • before Genesis3, 1 and 2.
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  • Genesis 1, basicallythe creation of everything.
  • 00:17:18.496 --> 00:17:20.331
  • Genesis 2, kind of revealssecrets man and woman.
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  • Genesis 3, the first part,the fall,
  • 00:17:23.334 --> 00:17:24.702
  • and then the cursesafter the fall.
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  • Then Genesis 4,Cain killing his brother Abel
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  • It shows how sin affectedthe family immediately. Okay.
  • 00:17:31.042 --> 00:17:34.512
  • But in chapter one,after God creates Adam and Eve,
  • 00:17:34.612 --> 00:17:38.850
  • the very first thing he did...
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  • Did you knowthe first thing he did?
  • 00:17:40.952 --> 00:17:42.787
  • Verse 28, "then Godblessed them."
  • 00:17:42.887 --> 00:17:47.024
  • First thing hedid was bless them.
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  • Right after the fall,the first thing God does
  • 00:17:49.594 --> 00:17:53.064
  • is he lets them know,the curses that they brought
  • 00:17:53.164 --> 00:17:56.267
  • on themselves now.
  • 00:17:56.367 --> 00:17:58.769
  • He doesn't curse him.He lets them know.
  • 00:17:58.870 --> 00:18:01.739
  • You've now brought thesecurses on yourself.
  • 00:18:01.839 --> 00:18:04.942
  • By the way, the last wordof the last sentence
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  • of the last chapterof the last book
  • 00:18:09.981 --> 00:18:13.284
  • of the Old Testament is cursed.Look it up for yourself.
  • 00:18:13.384 --> 00:18:16.821
  • The very last wordin the Old Testament,
  • 00:18:16.921 --> 00:18:19.190
  • Malachi 4:6 is cursed.
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  • The first wordin the first sentence
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  • of the first sermonin the New Testament is blessed.
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  • Blessed is the, blessed arethose who are poor in spirit.
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  • See what I'm saying?Jesus comes to remove the curse.
  • 00:18:35.239 --> 00:18:39.810
  • Here's the way Galatianssays it, Galatians 3:13-14,
  • 00:18:39.911 --> 00:18:43.915
  • “Christ has redeemed usfrom the curse of the law,
  • 00:18:44.015 --> 00:18:48.486
  • having becomea curse for us
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  • (for it is written, "Cursed iseveryone who hangs on a tree"),
  • 00:18:51.589 --> 00:18:54.892
  • that the blessing of Abrahammight come upon the Gentiles
  • 00:18:54.992 --> 00:18:58.729
  • in Christ Jesus,that we might receive
  • 00:18:58.829 --> 00:19:00.231
  • the promise of the Spiritthrough faith."
  • 00:19:00.331 --> 00:19:01.432
  • Okay, so the blessingof Abraham, here's the blessing.
  • 00:19:01.532 --> 00:19:03.968
  • God appeared to Abrahamin Genesis 12 says,
  • 00:19:04.068 --> 00:19:06.938
  • “leave your family,"leave your family,
  • 00:19:07.038 --> 00:19:10.608
  • "and go to another landthat I'm going to show you.
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  • And it's a landflowing milk and honey,
  • 00:19:14.145 --> 00:19:15.479
  • you remember whatpart of the curse was,
  • 00:19:15.580 --> 00:19:17.648
  • the land is not goingto produce for you.”
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  • He comes to Abraham and says,"Let me take you to a new land."
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  • I don't know how many of youhave ever been to Israel.
  • 00:19:23.888 --> 00:19:26.290
  • But it's amazing to seeall the desert around it.
  • 00:19:26.390 --> 00:19:29.193
  • And then this lay onthat is so fertile.
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  • It's not cursed anymore.
  • 00:19:31.629 --> 00:19:32.997
  • Now you still haveto plant your seed;
  • 00:19:33.097 --> 00:19:35.566
  • You still have to water it.But it's now blessed.
  • 00:19:35.666 --> 00:19:40.504
  • Just like that girlthat got adopted,
  • 00:19:40.605 --> 00:19:41.772
  • do you realizehow many Christians
  • 00:19:41.872 --> 00:19:43.241
  • don't understand this?
  • 00:19:43.341 --> 00:19:45.543
  • You are not livingin a cursed family anymore.
  • 00:19:45.643 --> 00:19:50.214
  • You are livingin a blessed family.
  • 00:19:50.314 --> 00:19:53.517
  • And God is your father.
  • 00:19:53.618 --> 00:19:56.721
  • He's changed it allGod's your father.
  • 00:19:56.821 --> 00:20:00.758
  • And he adopted youinto this new family.
  • 00:20:00.858 --> 00:20:03.394
  • It's unearned blessings,you didn't earn them.
  • 00:20:03.494 --> 00:20:05.863
  • You work but youdon't earn them.
  • 00:20:05.963 --> 00:20:07.898
  • He just blesses you.But you've been adopted.
  • 00:20:07.999 --> 00:20:10.401
  • So let me just remind you fora moment about adoption. Okay?
  • 00:20:10.501 --> 00:20:14.472
  • So you can be grateful.
  • 00:20:14.572 --> 00:20:16.007
  • By the way let meread one more scripture
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  • because I just Icouldn't leave this series
  • 00:20:17.742 --> 00:20:19.277
  • without reading the Scripture.
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  • Psalm 68:6, “God placesthe lonely in families.”
  • 00:20:20.578 --> 00:20:25.916
  • So matter whatyour marital status is,
  • 00:20:26.017 --> 00:20:28.019
  • no matter how young or old, nomatter what biological family
  • 00:20:28.119 --> 00:20:30.521
  • you came from,you're in a new family now.
  • 00:20:30.621 --> 00:20:33.858
  • You don't have to everbe lonely again.
  • 00:20:33.958 --> 00:20:35.493
  • Because God placesthe lonely and families.
  • 00:20:35.593 --> 00:20:37.261
  • It's the family of God.
  • 00:20:37.361 --> 00:20:38.996
  • So let me remind youabout being adopted.
  • 00:20:39.096 --> 00:20:41.465
  • Give you an example.
  • 00:20:41.565 --> 00:20:45.836
  • The children don'tadopt the parents.
  • 00:20:45.936 --> 00:20:50.975
  • The parentsadopted the children.
  • 00:20:51.075 --> 00:20:54.545
  • Now this is an importanttheological truth.
  • 00:20:54.645 --> 00:20:57.882
  • Because you need to knowsomething, you did not adopt God
  • 00:20:57.982 --> 00:21:00.584
  • into your life.God adopted you.
  • 00:21:00.685 --> 00:21:06.290
  • You didn't choose God,by the way either.
  • 00:21:06.390 --> 00:21:08.726
  • You chose to believe,but you didn't choose God
  • 00:21:08.826 --> 00:21:10.428
  • God chose you.
  • 00:21:10.528 --> 00:21:11.829
  • Jesus says veryclearly to his disciples,
  • 00:21:11.929 --> 00:21:13.564
  • "You did not choose meI chose you."
  • 00:21:13.664 --> 00:21:16.067
  • God chose you beforeyou ever chose him.
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  • And that'sgood for me.
  • 00:21:20.104 --> 00:21:21.238
  • Because I had a lotof rejection growing up,
  • 00:21:21.339 --> 00:21:22.640
  • I was never chosen.
  • 00:21:22.740 --> 00:21:23.741
  • You know how I usedto divide up --
  • 00:21:23.841 --> 00:21:25.643
  • Did any of you, some of youmight know my pain right now.
  • 00:21:25.743 --> 00:21:28.779
  • You know, I used to alwayshate when they said,
  • 00:21:28.879 --> 00:21:30.348
  • "Hey, we'll just divideup and choose teams."
  • 00:21:30.448 --> 00:21:32.750
  • "Oh, great."
  • 00:21:32.850 --> 00:21:35.019
  • 'Cause I'm going to bethe last one chosen.
  • 00:21:35.119 --> 00:21:37.154
  • I just knew it.
  • 00:21:37.254 --> 00:21:38.222
  • And if you werean athlete, I hate you.
  • 00:21:38.322 --> 00:21:40.991
  • So just to clarifyhow I feel about you
  • 00:21:41.092 --> 00:21:43.928
  • just so you know.So there --
  • 00:21:44.028 --> 00:21:47.398
  • I always be standing therewith one other person.
  • 00:21:47.498 --> 00:21:51.869
  • Does anyone can relate to this?
  • 00:21:51.969 --> 00:21:53.838
  • One other person, just meand one other, just one other.
  • 00:21:53.938 --> 00:21:55.706
  • You know, I'm juststanding there.
  • 00:21:55.806 --> 00:21:57.241
  • Thinking, "Please,please God, please.
  • 00:21:57.341 --> 00:21:58.976
  • Don't let me bethe last one chosen.
  • 00:21:59.076 --> 00:22:01.812
  • Finally, they'd saysomething like this.
  • 00:22:01.912 --> 00:22:03.114
  • "All right.
  • 00:22:03.214 --> 00:22:05.750
  • We'll take Roberty'all can have the girl."
  • 00:22:05.850 --> 00:22:08.619
  • Thank God for the girl.
  • 00:22:08.719 --> 00:22:15.292
  • But that's not the wayGod chose you.
  • 00:22:15.393 --> 00:22:17.928
  • He chose you first.
  • 00:22:18.028 --> 00:22:20.197
  • But in adoption, you don't lineup the parents
  • 00:22:20.297 --> 00:22:24.301
  • and say to the little boy,"Now Johnny, which mommy
  • 00:22:24.402 --> 00:22:26.804
  • and daddy do you want?"
  • 00:22:26.904 --> 00:22:29.273
  • and Johnny said,"Well let's see, I want Mommy,
  • 00:22:29.373 --> 00:22:32.877
  • and I want that daddy."
  • 00:22:32.977 --> 00:22:35.946
  • Doesn't work that way.
  • 00:22:36.046 --> 00:22:39.483
  • The parents choose the child.But here's what happened.
  • 00:22:39.583 --> 00:22:42.420
  • Remember whose child you werebefore you became God's child.
  • 00:22:42.520 --> 00:22:48.726
  • So God came tothe adoption agency,
  • 00:22:48.826 --> 00:22:51.495
  • the orphanage of the world.
  • 00:22:51.595 --> 00:22:55.099
  • He pointed downat you and said,
  • 00:22:55.199 --> 00:22:57.368
  • "See that littlegirl right there?
  • 00:22:57.468 --> 00:23:00.538
  • I want little girlright there."
  • 00:23:00.638 --> 00:23:05.409
  • And Satan would have saidsomething like this:
  • 00:23:05.509 --> 00:23:07.244
  • "Oh, You know, I don't knowhow she got mixed in
  • 00:23:07.344 --> 00:23:11.782
  • with the rest of them,but you can't have
  • 00:23:11.882 --> 00:23:13.584
  • that little girl right there.See that little girl?
  • 00:23:13.684 --> 00:23:19.056
  • Is my little girl."
  • 00:23:19.156 --> 00:23:23.127
  • And God said, "But I wantthat little girl."
  • 00:23:23.227 --> 00:23:27.064
  • And God knew whatkind of a father he was.
  • 00:23:27.164 --> 00:23:35.806
  • And God knew that he abused you.
  • 00:23:35.906 --> 00:23:41.011
  • And He said, "I want thatgirl right there."
  • 00:23:41.111 --> 00:23:44.315
  • And Satan would've saidsomething like this:
  • 00:23:44.415 --> 00:23:45.950
  • "So you want that girl?
  • 00:23:46.050 --> 00:23:47.251
  • All right, I'll tell you what,I'll tell you what,
  • 00:23:47.351 --> 00:23:49.987
  • I'll make a deal with you.
  • 00:23:50.087 --> 00:23:51.255
  • I'll give youmy little girl.
  • 00:23:51.355 --> 00:23:56.994
  • If you'll give meyour little boy.
  • 00:23:57.094 --> 00:24:01.065
  • Your only boy.
  • 00:24:01.165 --> 00:24:03.334
  • But just so you'reclear about this.
  • 00:24:03.434 --> 00:24:05.936
  • Let me tell you what I'mgoing to do to your son.
  • 00:24:06.036 --> 00:24:08.339
  • I'm going to beat him.I'm going to spit on him.
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  • And I'm going to nail himto a cross until he dies.
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  • Now you stillwant that girl?"
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  • And our father said, "Yes.I want that girl right there."
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  • [Applause]
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  • ROBERT: I want to remind you,no matter what family
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  • you came from, you and Ihave now been adopted
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  • into a new family,the family of God.
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  • I want to encourage you if youdon't have a good local church
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  • and you're inthe Dallas-Fort Worth area,
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  • I want to encourage youto come visit us.
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  • If you're outsidethe Dallas-Fort Worth area,
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  • I want you to find a church.
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  • I want you to be a partof a local family of God,
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  • a place where you can be lovedand a place where you can love.
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  • Thank God that Jesus came,
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  • and we are now partof the family of God.
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  • And thank youso much for watching.
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  • And thanks for your hungerto learn God's word.
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  • I love you.I'll see you next time.
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  • ANNOUNCER: We're so glad youjoined us for today's program
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  • on Blessed Families.
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  • Be encouraged and confident thatGod really does have a plan
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  • for your family,
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  • no matter where you findyourself today.
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  • Every family is different.
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  • With their own wins, struggles,and personalities,
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  • but what's the secret to havinga truly happy home life?
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  • In this five-part series, PastorRobert talks about God's design
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  • for families, and how to live inHis blessing.
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  • You'll learn how to go frombeing a broken family
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  • to being a blessed family,and how to experience
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  • all that God has planned foryour marriage and for
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  • your children.
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  • You'll also discover thelife-transforming benefits
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  • of being adopted into a newspiritual family.
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  • For your gift of any amounttoday, we want to send you
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  • this five-part series on eitherCD or as a digital download.
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  • Additionally, for your gift of$45 or more,
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  • we will send you the "BlessedFamilies" series
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  • on both CD and DVD.
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  • Don't let another day go bywithout living in God's
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  • very best for your family.
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  • Be sure to call or visit usonline today to request
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  • these resources, and startapplying the principles
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  • from God's word for a moreunited and blessed home.
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  • And while online atPastorRobert.com,
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  • you can share your prayer needswith us,
  • 00:26:30.381 --> 00:26:32.082
  • or let us know what God has doneas a result of applying
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  • these truths from His word inyour life.
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  • You can also request this seriesas an audio and video
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  • digital download.
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  • We look forwardto hearing from you,
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  • and as always, we thank you foryour generous support
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  • of this ministry.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • wonderful kids,or the ideal job.
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • When God changes your heart,you'll discover
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • With humor, passion,and clarity,
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  • Pastor Robert presents,
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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  • ♪ ♪
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