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There's A Hole In Your Story Part 1

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February 7, 2021
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Pastor Steven Furtick teach us how to break free from the old and step into what God has next.

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There's A Hole In Your Story Part 1

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  • - ANNOUNCER: If you're looking
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  • to grow your faith
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  • and hear Biblical teaching
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  • to encourage and inspire you,
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  • this is a great place to start,
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  • but this is more
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  • than just a TV episode,
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  • it's an opportunity to connect
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  • with a growing community
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  • of believers,
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  • all over the world.
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  • It's as simple as joining us
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  • online each week
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  • for the live broadcast
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  • of our worship experiences,
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  • where you'll get to worship,
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  • hear incredible preaching,
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  • and get to participate
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  • in the community
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  • of people tuning in,
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  • just like yourself.
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  • Join us online this weekend
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  • - But in Acts 11,
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  • - But in Acts 11,it's a very unique and pivotal
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  • it's a very unique and pivotalstory as the gospel
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  • story as the gospelis going forward through
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  • is going forward throughthe ministry of the early church
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  • the ministry of the early churchwhere it says in verse 1,
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  • where it says in verse 1,"The apostles and the believers
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  • "The apostles and the believersthroughout Judea heard
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  • throughout Judea heardthat the Gentiles had also
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  • that the Gentiles had alsoreceived the word of God.
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  • received the word of God.So when Peter went to Jerusalem,
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  • So when Peter went to Jerusalem,the circumcised believers
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  • the circumcised believerscriticized him and said,
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  • criticized him and said,"You went into the house
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  • "You went into the houseof uncircumcised men
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  • of uncircumcised menand ate with them
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  • and ate with themstarting from the beginning,"
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  • starting from the beginning,"verse 4, "Peter told
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  • verse 4, "Peter toldthem the whole story."
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  • them the whole story."And here it is.
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  • And here it is."I was in the city of Joppa
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  • "I was in the city of Joppapraying, and in a trance
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  • praying, and in a tranceI saw a vision.
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  • I saw a vision.I saw something like a large
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  • I saw something like a largesheet being let down from heaven
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  • sheet being let down from heavenby its four corners
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  • by its four cornersand it came down
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  • and it came downto where I was.
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  • to where I was.I looked into it."
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  • I looked into it."Oh, touch somebody and say,
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  • Oh, touch somebody and say,"Look into it."
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  • "Look into it."Yeah.
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  • Yeah."I looked into it and saw
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  • "I looked into it and sawfour-footed animals
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  • four-footed animalsof the earth, wild beasts,
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  • of the earth, wild beasts,reptiles, and birds.
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  • reptiles, and birds.Then I heard a voice
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  • Then I heard a voicetelling me, 'Get up, Peter.
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  • telling me, 'Get up, Peter.Kill and eat.'
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  • Kill and eat.'I replied, 'Surely not, Lord!'"
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  • I replied, 'Surely not, Lord!'"How you gonna say no
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  • How you gonna say noand call him Lord
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  • and call him Lordin the same sentence?
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  • in the same sentence?That's crazy.
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  • That's crazy."Nothing impure or unclean
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  • "Nothing impure or uncleanhas ever entered my mouth.
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  • has ever entered my mouth.And the voice spoke from
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  • And the voice spoke fromheaven a second time."
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  • heaven a second time."Oh, thank God
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  • Oh, thank Godfor second chances.
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  • for second chances.Third chances.
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  • Third chances.Fourth chances.
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  • Fourth chances.Can I get a fifth chance,
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  • Can I get a fifth chance,sixth chance, seventh chance,
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  • sixth chance, seventh chance,eighth chance?
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  • eighth chance?"Do not call anything impure
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  • "Do not call anything impurethat God has made clean.
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  • that God has made clean.This happened three times,
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  • This happened three times,and then it was all pulled up
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  • and then it was all pulled upto heaven again.
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  • to heaven again.'Right then, three men who
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  • 'Right then, three men whohad been sent to me
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  • had been sent to mefrom Caesarea stopped at
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  • from Caesarea stopped atthe house where I was staying.
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  • the house where I was staying.And the Spirit told me to have
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  • And the Spirit told me to haveno hesitation about
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  • no hesitation aboutgoing with them.
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  • going with them.These six brothers also
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  • These six brothers alsowent with me and we
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  • went with me and weentered the man's house.
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  • entered the man's house.And he told us how he had
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  • And he told us how he hadseen an angel appear in
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  • seen an angel appear inthe house and say, 'Send
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  • the house and say, 'Sendto Joppa for Simon who was
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  • to Joppa for Simon who wascalled Peter.
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  • called Peter.He will bring you a message
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  • He will bring you a messagethrough which you
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  • through which youand all your households
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  • and all your householdswill be saved.'
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  • will be saved.'And as I began to speak,
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  • And as I began to speak,the Holy Spirit came on them
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  • the Holy Spirit came on themand he had come on us
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  • and he had come on usin the beginning
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  • in the beginningin the same way.
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  • in the same way.Then I remembered what the
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  • Then I remembered what theLord..." Turn the page.
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  • Lord..." Turn the page."Had said: 'John baptized
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  • "Had said: 'John baptizedwith water, but you will be
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  • with water, but you will bebaptized with the Holy Spirit.'
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  • baptized with the Holy Spirit.'So if God gave them
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  • So if God gave themthe same gift He gave us
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  • the same gift He gave uswho believed in the Lord
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  • who believed in the LordJesus Christ, who was I
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  • Jesus Christ, who was Ito think that I could
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  • to think that I couldstand in God's way?"
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  • stand in God's way?"If you would, nudge your
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  • If you would, nudge yourneighbor gently and say,
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  • neighbor gently and say,"Get out of God's way."
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  • "Get out of God's way.""When they heard this,
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  • "When they heard this,they had no further objections,"
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  • they had no further objections,"your honor, "and praised God,
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  • your honor, "and praised God,saying, 'So then,
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  • saying, 'So then,even to Gentiles God
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  • even to Gentiles Godhas granted repentance
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  • has granted repentancethat leads to life.'"
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  • that leads to life.'"So, we've gone from --
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  • So, we've gone from --In verse 1, we've gone from --
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  • In verse 1, we've gone from --what did I write down?
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  • what did I write down?I wrote it in my notes
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  • I wrote it in my notes'cause I was seeing it before
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  • 'cause I was seeing it beforeI came -- oh.
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  • I came -- oh.We went from protest to praise.
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  • We went from protest to praise.From protest to praise.
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  • From protest to praise.But that's not the title
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  • But that's not the titleof my message.
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  • of my message.The title of my message hinges
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  • The title of my message hingeson verse four.
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  • on verse four."Starting from the beginning,
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  • "Starting from the beginning,Peter told them
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  • Peter told themthe whole story."
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  • the whole story."Starting from the beginning,
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  • Starting from the beginning,Peter told them the whole story.
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  • Peter told them the whole story.Now look at your neighbor
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  • Now look at your neighborand give them my title.
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  • and give them my title.Say, "I'm not calling you
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  • Say, "I'm not calling youa liar."
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  • a liar.""I promise I'm not."
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  • "I promise I'm not.""But there's a hole
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  • "But there's a holein your story.
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  • in your story.Come on.
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  • Come on.Say it like you're on CSI
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  • Say it like you're on CSIand they've been in the
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  • and they've been in theinterrogation room all night.
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  • interrogation room all night.and the coffee is cold.
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  • and the coffee is cold.Look at them again and
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  • Look at them again andsay, "There's a hole
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  • say, "There's a holein your story."
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  • in your story."Look at your other neighbor.
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  • Look at your other neighbor.Say, "There's a hole in
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  • Say, "There's a hole inyour story.
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  • your story.A story within a story.
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  • A story within a story.Acts 11.
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  • Acts 11.It's really about the purpose
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  • It's really about the purposeof God, but it's told
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  • of God, but it's toldthrough the perspective
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  • through the perspectiveof Peter through
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  • of Peter throughthe writing of Luke
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  • the writing of Lukefor Theophilus to describe
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  • for Theophilus to describesimultaneously both the ministry
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  • simultaneously both the ministryof Peter and the purpose of God.
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  • of Peter and the purpose of God.Did you know that your story
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  • Did you know that your storyis a story within a story?
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  • is a story within a story?There's always a story
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  • There's always a storywithin the story.
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  • within the story.There's the surface story,
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  • There's the surface story,and then there is the story
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  • and then there is the storythat is beneath the surface,
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  • that is beneath the surface,and then there is the story
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  • and then there is the storythat is overarching.
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  • that is overarching.And sometimes we don't even
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  • And sometimes we don't evenrealize how many missing
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  • realize how many missingpieces there are of the stories
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  • pieces there are of the storiesthat we tell ourselves.
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  • that we tell ourselves.Even worse, we don't even really
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  • Even worse, we don't even reallyunderstand the missing --
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  • understand the missing --I would call it a plot hole.
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  • I would call it a plot hole.You ever been watching
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  • You ever been watchinga show and they just --
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  • a show and they just --there's just a plot hole
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  • there's just a plot holein the story?
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  • in the story?We were watching this Christian
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  • We were watching this Christianmovie called Friday Night Lights
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  • movie called Friday Night Lightswith saint Tim Riggins.
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  • with saint Tim Riggins.And they had a plot hole in it.
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  • And they had a plot hole in it.We were talking about this.
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  • We were talking about this.And Lilah Garrity drove her car
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  • And Lilah Garrity drove her carinto Buddy Garrity's car
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  • into Buddy Garrity's cardealership through the window.
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  • dealership through the window.In the next episode,
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  • In the next episode,everything was fine
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  • everything was fineand she had her car back.
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  • and she had her car back.And even in our family,
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  • And even in our family,we adopted that.
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  • we adopted that.We call it,
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  • We call it,"Can I get a Garrity?"
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  • "Can I get a Garrity?"When you do something stupid
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  • When you do something stupidin our family and you want
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  • in our family and you wanttotal immunity and forgiveness
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  • total immunity and forgivenessand never bring it up again
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  • and never bring it up againas far as the east
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  • as far as the eastis from the west,
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  • is from the west,can you cast this in the sea,
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  • can you cast this in the sea,you have to ask for a Garrity.
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  • you have to ask for a Garrity.How many of you have ever needed
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  • How many of you have ever neededGod to give you a Garrity?
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  • God to give you a Garrity?Yeah.
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  • Yeah.I can preach on anything.
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  • I can preach on anything.And the truth of the matter
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  • And the truth of the matteris in Acts 11, you know,
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  • is in Acts 11, you know,it's a microcosm
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  • it's a microcosmfor what we experience so many
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  • for what we experience so manytimes in our lives,
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  • times in our lives,where, when there is space,
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  • where, when there is space,a story fills it.
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  • a story fills it.And then the space between
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  • And then the space betweenwhat you know and what you think
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  • what you know and what you thinkyou know sometimes is
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  • you know sometimes isthe story that you tell
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  • the story that you tellyourself that keeps you stuck.
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  • yourself that keeps you stuck.Are y'all too sleepy for me
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  • Are y'all too sleepy for meto preach or can I do this
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  • to preach or can I do thislike I want to?
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  • like I want to?When the church was first
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  • When the church was firststarting and I was
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  • starting and I wasan inexperienced pastor,
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  • an inexperienced pastor,just a whippersnapper
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  • just a whippersnapperin a monarchy t-shirt with some
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  • in a monarchy t-shirt with someantique denim jeans
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  • antique denim jeansand some Mark Nason boots,
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  • and some Mark Nason boots,I was oblivious about
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  • I was oblivious aboutcertain things.
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  • certain things.And I invited this man to come
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  • And I invited this man to comeshare his story with our church.
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  • share his story with our church.The church was only about
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  • The church was only abouttwo years old.
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  • two years old.And I had him share with
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  • And I had him share withthe whole church his story.
  • 00:07:02.874 --> 00:07:04.042
  • the whole church his story.The next week, somebody
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  • The next week, somebodycalled our church office
  • 00:07:06.111 --> 00:07:07.813
  • called our church officeand requested to have a phone
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  • and requested to have a phoneappointment with me.
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  • appointment with me.And the person who called
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  • And the person who calledwas a man of God.
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  • was a man of God.He had a radio ministry
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  • He had a radio ministryand I had heard his voice
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  • and I had heard his voiceon the radio so many times.
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  • on the radio so many times.So when we finally talked
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  • So when we finally talkedon the phone, it was surreal
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  • on the phone, it was surrealto hear his voice 'cause
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  • to hear his voice 'causeI had heard him on the radio.
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  • I had heard him on the radio.He never talked to me before.
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  • He never talked to me before.Didn't even know
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  • Didn't even knowthat he knew who I was.
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  • that he knew who I was.So, I felt kind of important
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  • So, I felt kind of importantwhen they said,
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  • when they said,"So-and-so wants to talk
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  • "So-and-so wants to talkto you and set up
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  • to you and set upa phone appointment."
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  • a phone appointment.""Ooh."
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  • "Ooh.""Phone appointment."
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  • "Phone appointment."And so when the day came
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  • And so when the day cameto have the call, he said,
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  • to have the call, he said,"Hello pastor."
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  • "Hello pastor."He had this beautiful,
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  • He had this beautiful,rich, baritone voice.
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  • rich, baritone voice.Very soothing.
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  • Very soothing."Hello, pastor."
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  • "Hello, pastor."I said, "Hey.
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  • I said, "Hey.It's so good to talk to you."
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  • It's so good to talk to you."And he said, "You might
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  • And he said, "You mightwanna hear what I have to say
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  • wanna hear what I have to saybefore you say that."
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  • before you say that."Now, what he said next
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  • Now, what he said nextwas an education.
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  • was an education.He gave me a seminary education
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  • He gave me a seminary educationin a five-minute phone call.
  • 00:08:04.202 --> 00:08:05.403
  • in a five-minute phone call.He said, "I watched your
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  • He said, "I watched yourinterview with So-and-so."
  • 00:08:07.105 --> 00:08:09.374
  • interview with So-and-so."The person I had brought up.
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  • The person I had brought up.Let me do it in his voice.
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  • Let me do it in his voice."I watched your interview,
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  • "I watched your interview,and it was very entertaining.
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  • and it was very entertaining.But it wasn't very accurate."
  • 00:08:19.584 --> 00:08:20.585
  • But it wasn't very accurate."I said, "Well, all I did
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  • I said, "Well, all I didwas let him share his story."
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  • was let him share his story."And he said, "Well, there's
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  • And he said, "Well, there'sa few holes in that story
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  • a few holes in that storythat I'd like to fill in."
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  • that I'd like to fill in."See, the man I was talking to,
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  • See, the man I was talking to,he was playing this victim role.
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  • he was playing this victim role.And when he told his story,
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  • And when he told his story,it was everybody
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  • it was everybodywho didn't help him,
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  • who didn't help him,everybody who didn't care
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  • everybody who didn't careabout him, everybody who
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  • about him, everybody whomistreated him.
  • 00:08:41.439 --> 00:08:43.208
  • mistreated him.He didn't mention the people
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  • He didn't mention the peoplewho gave him rent payments.
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  • who gave him rent payments.He didn't mention the people
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  • He didn't mention the peoplewho gave him second chances,
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  • who gave him second chances,third chances,
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  • third chances,fourth chances.
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  • fourth chances.He left a lot of that out.
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  • He left a lot of that out.But I never forgot what
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  • But I never forgot whatthe older,
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  • the older,more experienced pastor
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  • more experienced pastorsaid 'cause I've been trying
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  • said 'cause I've been tryingto apply it to my life.
  • 00:08:58.723 --> 00:09:00.625
  • to apply it to my life."There's a few holes
  • 00:09:00.625 --> 00:09:02.794
  • "There's a few holesin your story."
  • 00:09:02.794 --> 00:09:03.662
  • in your story."Now, I don't mean to get all
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  • Now, I don't mean to get allup in your macaroni at this time
  • 00:09:05.497 --> 00:09:06.731
  • up in your macaroni at this timeof the day because
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  • of the day becauseI know it's early.
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  • I know it's early.But are there a few holes
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  • But are there a few holesin the story that you've
  • 00:09:11.603 --> 00:09:14.506
  • in the story that you'vebeen telling yourself
  • 00:09:14.506 --> 00:09:16.575
  • been telling yourselfabout yourself?
  • 00:09:16.575 --> 00:09:18.410
  • about yourself?About others?
  • 00:09:18.410 --> 00:09:20.245
  • About others?About your parents?
  • 00:09:20.245 --> 00:09:22.347
  • About your parents?About your kids?
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  • About your kids?About God?
  • 00:09:24.382 --> 00:09:25.917
  • About God?Are there some holes
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  • Are there some holesin your story?
  • 00:09:27.719 --> 00:09:28.687
  • in your story?I wanna take this text
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  • I wanna take this textfor a moment
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  • for a momentand interrogate it.
  • 00:09:31.590 --> 00:09:34.125
  • and interrogate it.I wanna see what Peter said
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  • I wanna see what Peter saidin verse four that took us from,
  • 00:09:36.561 --> 00:09:38.897
  • in verse four that took us from,what did I say again?
  • 00:09:38.897 --> 00:09:41.533
  • what did I say again?From protest to praise.
  • 00:09:41.533 --> 00:09:43.401
  • From protest to praise.It started with this whole group
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  • It started with this whole group-- it started with a rumor.
  • 00:09:44.803 --> 00:09:45.804
  • -- it started with a rumor.Now, back in the Bible days,
  • 00:09:45.804 --> 00:09:48.473
  • Now, back in the Bible days,they spread rumors.
  • 00:09:48.473 --> 00:09:50.141
  • they spread rumors.Things have changed.
  • 00:09:50.141 --> 00:09:52.744
  • Things have changed.We have evolved societally.
  • 00:09:52.744 --> 00:09:55.313
  • We have evolved societally.In the Bible, they spread rumors
  • 00:09:55.313 --> 00:09:56.114
  • In the Bible, they spread rumorsand they weren't
  • 00:09:56.114 --> 00:09:57.515
  • and they weren'talways accurate.
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  • always accurate.So in verse one, if you revisit
  • 00:09:59.117 --> 00:10:00.518
  • So in verse one, if you revisitit with me for a moment,
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  • it with me for a moment,they're talking about Peter
  • 00:10:02.988 --> 00:10:05.457
  • they're talking about Petergoing to eat with the Gentiles.
  • 00:10:05.457 --> 00:10:07.692
  • going to eat with the Gentiles."Did you hear what Peter did?
  • 00:10:07.692 --> 00:10:08.994
  • "Did you hear what Peter did?I heard he was down eating
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  • I heard he was down eatingbacon, and sausage,
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  • bacon, and sausage,and pork rinds
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  • and pork rindswith those Gentiles.
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  • with those Gentiles.I heard he was down there
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  • I heard he was down thereplaying poker.
  • 00:10:17.002 --> 00:10:19.104
  • playing poker.I heard he was drinking beer
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  • You know how stuff.
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  • You know how stuff.And so by the time --
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  • And so by the time --One author said a lie can make
  • 00:10:30.281 --> 00:10:31.883
  • One author said a lie can makeit around the world by the time
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  • it around the world by the timethe truth gets its
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  • the truth gets itsshoes laced up.
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  • shoes laced up.And here's what's crazy.
  • 00:10:37.822 --> 00:10:39.424
  • And here's what's crazy.The story about what Peter
  • 00:10:39.424 --> 00:10:41.526
  • The story about what Peterdid got back to Jerusalem
  • 00:10:41.526 --> 00:10:44.229
  • did got back to Jerusalembefore Peter did.
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  • before Peter did.The story beat Peter back
  • 00:10:46.031 --> 00:10:48.800
  • The story beat Peter backto Jerusalem, and he's 70 miles
  • 00:10:48.800 --> 00:10:51.169
  • to Jerusalem, and he's 70 milesaway sharing the gospel.
  • 00:10:51.169 --> 00:10:54.172
  • away sharing the gospel.The gospel of Jesus Christ
  • 00:10:54.172 --> 00:10:55.974
  • The gospel of Jesus Christhas just gone beyond the borders
  • 00:10:55.974 --> 00:10:57.375
  • has just gone beyond the bordersof one people group,
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  • of one people group,the Jews, to the Gentiles,
  • 00:10:59.110 --> 00:11:00.445
  • the Jews, to the Gentiles,which was God's
  • 00:11:00.445 --> 00:11:02.714
  • which was God'soriginal intention.
  • 00:11:02.714 --> 00:11:04.382
  • original intention.When He called Abraham,
  • 00:11:04.382 --> 00:11:05.984
  • When He called Abraham,He said, "I'm gonna bless you.
  • 00:11:05.984 --> 00:11:07.185
  • He said, "I'm gonna bless you.But I'm not just gonna bless you
  • 00:11:07.185 --> 00:11:08.019
  • But I'm not just gonna bless youto bless you.
  • 00:11:08.019 --> 00:11:08.787
  • to bless you.I'm gonna bless you
  • 00:11:08.787 --> 00:11:09.854
  • I'm gonna bless youto be a blessing.
  • 00:11:09.854 --> 00:11:11.456
  • to be a blessing.And through you, all the nations
  • 00:11:11.456 --> 00:11:15.126
  • And through you, all the nationsof the earth will be blessed."
  • 00:11:15.126 --> 00:11:16.027
  • of the earth will be blessed."That's always what He
  • 00:11:16.027 --> 00:11:16.761
  • That's always what Hewanted to do,
  • 00:11:16.761 --> 00:11:18.530
  • wanted to do,and now he's doing it.
  • 00:11:18.530 --> 00:11:20.165
  • and now he's doing it.But sometimes we get so lost
  • 00:11:20.165 --> 00:11:23.468
  • But sometimes we get so lostin the story, the story
  • 00:11:23.468 --> 00:11:25.570
  • in the story, the storythat was handed to us,
  • 00:11:25.570 --> 00:11:26.604
  • that was handed to us,that we miss the bigger story
  • 00:11:26.604 --> 00:11:28.973
  • that we miss the bigger storythat God is telling.
  • 00:11:28.973 --> 00:11:29.908
  • that God is telling.And the key word to me
  • 00:11:29.908 --> 00:11:31.843
  • And the key word to mein verse one was -- it said,
  • 00:11:31.843 --> 00:11:33.244
  • in verse one was -- it said,"The apostles and the believers
  • 00:11:33.244 --> 00:11:36.147
  • "The apostles and the believersthroughout Judea heard..."
  • 00:11:36.147 --> 00:11:38.717
  • throughout Judea heard..."The word was heard.
  • 00:11:38.717 --> 00:11:40.919
  • The word was heard.They heard something.
  • 00:11:40.919 --> 00:11:42.887
  • They heard something."Did you hear about what...
  • 00:11:42.887 --> 00:11:44.489
  • "Did you hear about what...Did you hear what they did?
  • 00:11:44.489 --> 00:11:45.356
  • Did you hear what they did?Did you hear what they did?
  • 00:11:45.356 --> 00:11:47.225
  • Did you hear what they did?There's a --"
  • 00:11:47.225 --> 00:11:48.193
  • There's a --""Did you read the article?"
  • 00:11:48.193 --> 00:11:48.793
  • "Did you read the article?""No.
  • 00:11:48.793 --> 00:11:53.331
  • "No.I just read the headline."
  • 00:11:53.331 --> 00:11:55.133
  • I just read the headline."You go to Evolution --
  • 00:11:55.133 --> 00:11:55.834
  • You go to Evolution --what's it called?
  • 00:11:55.834 --> 00:11:58.470
  • what's it called?Elevation Church?
  • 00:11:58.470 --> 00:11:59.337
  • Elevation Church?I heard they don't have a cross
  • 00:11:59.337 --> 00:12:00.905
  • I heard they don't have a crosson the building,
  • 00:12:00.905 --> 00:12:02.107
  • on the building,or I heard they don't have a --
  • 00:12:02.107 --> 00:12:02.874
  • or I heard they don't have a --I heard that they have
  • 00:12:02.874 --> 00:12:03.775
  • I heard that they havea trampoline on the stage
  • 00:12:03.775 --> 00:12:05.076
  • a trampoline on the stagefor leap year.
  • 00:12:05.076 --> 00:12:06.010
  • for leap year.I heard, I heard, I heard,
  • 00:12:06.010 --> 00:12:08.780
  • I heard, I heard, I heard,I heard, I heard."
  • 00:12:08.780 --> 00:12:09.881
  • I heard, I heard."You know how much trouble there
  • 00:12:09.881 --> 00:12:12.684
  • You know how much trouble thereis when you take to heart
  • 00:12:12.684 --> 00:12:15.420
  • is when you take to heartwhat you heard without
  • 00:12:15.420 --> 00:12:16.521
  • what you heard withoutchecking it out?
  • 00:12:16.521 --> 00:12:17.789
  • checking it out?So, the first thing I wanna say,
  • 00:12:17.789 --> 00:12:20.325
  • So, the first thing I wanna say,I wanna do a sermon around this.
  • 00:12:20.325 --> 00:12:21.459
  • I wanna do a sermon around this.I wanna warn you about four
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  • I wanna warn you about fourtypes of stories that will ruin
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  • types of stories that will ruinyour life if you let them.
  • 00:12:27.165 --> 00:12:28.333
  • your life if you let them.Four types of stories with
  • 00:12:28.333 --> 00:12:28.967
  • Four types of stories withsome hole in --
  • 00:12:28.967 --> 00:12:29.834
  • some hole in --And the first one I wanna show
  • 00:12:29.834 --> 00:12:32.837
  • And the first one I wanna showyou is beware
  • 00:12:32.837 --> 00:12:38.576
  • you is bewareof secondhand stories.
  • 00:12:38.576 --> 00:12:40.945
  • of secondhand stories.Beware of what you believe
  • 00:12:40.945 --> 00:12:41.746
  • Beware of what you believethat you have not seen
  • 00:12:41.746 --> 00:12:44.115
  • that you have not seenfor yourself.
  • 00:12:44.115 --> 00:12:45.517
  • for yourself.And for everybody over the age
  • 00:12:45.517 --> 00:12:48.253
  • And for everybody over the ageof 12 -- Raise your hand
  • 00:12:48.253 --> 00:12:49.654
  • of 12 -- Raise your handif you're over the age of 12.
  • 00:12:49.654 --> 00:12:50.488
  • if you're over the age of 12.Raise your hand and wave
  • 00:12:50.488 --> 00:12:52.056
  • Raise your hand and waveit at me real good.
  • 00:12:52.056 --> 00:12:52.824
  • it at me real good.Like, just let me know
  • 00:12:52.824 --> 00:12:53.658
  • Like, just let me knowthat you got all your
  • 00:12:53.658 --> 00:12:54.759
  • that you got all yourcirculation left.
  • 00:12:54.759 --> 00:12:55.627
  • circulation left.Yeah.
  • 00:12:55.627 --> 00:12:56.661
  • Yeah.Wave it at me.
  • 00:12:56.661 --> 00:12:57.962
  • Wave it at me.If we are grown-ups,
  • 00:12:57.962 --> 00:12:59.998
  • If we are grown-ups,can we please make a quality
  • 00:12:59.998 --> 00:13:02.200
  • can we please make a qualitydecision to stop letting
  • 00:13:02.200 --> 00:13:04.636
  • decision to stop lettingour opinions of others
  • 00:13:04.636 --> 00:13:06.304
  • our opinions of othersbe determined through the filter
  • 00:13:06.304 --> 00:13:14.479
  • be determined through the filterof the opinions of others?
  • 00:13:14.479 --> 00:13:16.981
  • of the opinions of others?The contrast is severe.
  • 00:13:16.981 --> 00:13:18.216
  • The contrast is severe.In verse one, it says
  • 00:13:18.216 --> 00:13:20.418
  • In verse one, it saysthe apostles and believers,
  • 00:13:20.418 --> 00:13:22.120
  • the apostles and believers,they heard about what Peter
  • 00:13:22.120 --> 00:13:24.856
  • they heard about what Peterwas doing and they criticized
  • 00:13:24.856 --> 00:13:27.158
  • was doing and they criticizedhim out of their ignorance.
  • 00:13:27.158 --> 00:13:28.593
  • him out of their ignorance.But verse five says that they
  • 00:13:28.593 --> 00:13:30.061
  • But verse five says that theyheard what Peter did.
  • 00:13:30.061 --> 00:13:31.296
  • heard what Peter did.But watch what Peter has.
  • 00:13:31.296 --> 00:13:32.096
  • But watch what Peter has.Peter has
  • 00:13:32.096 --> 00:13:34.465
  • Peter hasa first-person perspective.
  • 00:13:34.465 --> 00:13:35.366
  • a first-person perspective.So, he's not going off
  • 00:13:35.366 --> 00:13:36.501
  • So, he's not going offof what he heard.
  • 00:13:36.501 --> 00:13:37.335
  • of what he heard.He's going off
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  • He's going offof what he experienced.
  • 00:13:39.103 --> 00:13:40.171
  • of what he experienced.That's why it doesn't --
  • 00:13:40.171 --> 00:13:41.706
  • That's why it doesn't --it doesn't affect me what
  • 00:13:41.706 --> 00:13:43.174
  • it doesn't affect me whatyou think God is like.
  • 00:13:43.174 --> 00:13:44.142
  • you think God is like.You can tell me God
  • 00:13:44.142 --> 00:13:45.810
  • You can tell me Godis judgmental and hateful,
  • 00:13:45.810 --> 00:13:47.245
  • is judgmental and hateful,but I don't believe that because
  • 00:13:47.245 --> 00:13:49.814
  • but I don't believe that becauseI have experienced His love.
  • 00:13:49.814 --> 00:13:51.749
  • I have experienced His love.I have seen His goodness.
  • 00:13:51.749 --> 00:13:53.852
  • I have seen His goodness.I have felt His touch.
  • 00:13:53.852 --> 00:13:56.321
  • I have felt His touch.I have experienced His embrace.
  • 00:13:56.321 --> 00:13:57.989
  • I have experienced His embrace.And so when you hear something
  • 00:13:57.989 --> 00:14:00.325
  • And so when you hear somethingsecondhand and take it as truth,
  • 00:14:00.325 --> 00:14:01.659
  • secondhand and take it as truth,it can be worse
  • 00:14:01.659 --> 00:14:03.428
  • it can be worsethan secondhand smoke.
  • 00:14:03.428 --> 00:14:04.529
  • than secondhand smoke.Secondhand smoke can
  • 00:14:04.529 --> 00:14:06.431
  • Secondhand smoke candestroy your lungs.
  • 00:14:06.431 --> 00:14:07.999
  • destroy your lungs.Secondhand stories can
  • 00:14:07.999 --> 00:14:10.168
  • Secondhand stories candestroy your life.
  • 00:14:10.168 --> 00:14:11.870
  • destroy your life.Secondhand stories can keep you
  • 00:14:11.870 --> 00:14:13.304
  • Secondhand stories can keep youfrom getting to know people
  • 00:14:13.304 --> 00:14:15.006
  • from getting to know peoplethat you would actually like
  • 00:14:15.006 --> 00:14:16.140
  • that you would actually likeif you didn't just meet them
  • 00:14:16.140 --> 00:14:17.775
  • if you didn't just meet themthrough a screen.
  • 00:14:17.775 --> 00:14:19.344
  • through a screen.Secondhand stories can keep you
  • 00:14:19.344 --> 00:14:21.713
  • Secondhand stories can keep youfrom stereotyping genders,
  • 00:14:21.713 --> 00:14:22.914
  • from stereotyping genders,and races,
  • 00:14:22.914 --> 00:14:24.916
  • and races,and other denominations.
  • 00:14:24.916 --> 00:14:25.817
  • and other denominations.I was riding around with
  • 00:14:25.817 --> 00:14:27.452
  • I was riding around witha pastor one time and we drove
  • 00:14:27.452 --> 00:14:28.419
  • a pastor one time and we droveby a church
  • 00:14:28.419 --> 00:14:30.255
  • by a churchand the parking lot was full.
  • 00:14:30.255 --> 00:14:31.522
  • and the parking lot was full.The parking lot was so full
  • 00:14:31.522 --> 00:14:32.490
  • The parking lot was so fullthat people were parked
  • 00:14:32.490 --> 00:14:33.758
  • that people were parkedon the side of the road
  • 00:14:33.758 --> 00:14:35.159
  • on the side of the roadto go to that church.
  • 00:14:35.159 --> 00:14:36.261
  • to go to that church.And we were driving past it
  • 00:14:36.261 --> 00:14:37.562
  • And we were driving past itto go to his church
  • 00:14:37.562 --> 00:14:39.130
  • to go to his churchand I was speaking for him.
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:40.131
  • and I was speaking for him.And we were on the way
  • 00:14:40.131 --> 00:14:41.633
  • And we were on the wayto his church, and he pointed
  • 00:14:41.633 --> 00:14:42.834
  • to his church, and he pointedat the church with the full
  • 00:14:42.834 --> 00:14:44.102
  • at the church with the fullparking lot and said,
  • 00:14:44.102 --> 00:14:47.705
  • parking lot and said,"That's a weird church."
  • 00:14:47.705 --> 00:14:48.606
  • "That's a weird church."But I said under my breath,
  • 00:14:48.606 --> 00:14:55.346
  • But I said under my breath,"And it's full too."
  • 00:14:55.346 --> 00:14:56.748
  • "And it's full too."And see, when something else
  • 00:14:56.748 --> 00:14:58.683
  • And see, when something elsemakes you feel insecure,
  • 00:14:58.683 --> 00:14:59.984
  • makes you feel insecure,you shield yourself by calling
  • 00:14:59.984 --> 00:15:04.155
  • you shield yourself by callingit weird.
  • 00:15:04.155 --> 00:15:05.556
  • it weird.So, this is what I want
  • 00:15:05.556 --> 00:15:06.758
  • So, this is what I wantyou to get out of it.
  • 00:15:06.758 --> 00:15:08.326
  • you to get out of it.Some of you are holding on to
  • 00:15:08.326 --> 00:15:10.328
  • Some of you are holding on tostories that are not even true
  • 00:15:10.328 --> 00:15:11.829
  • stories that are not even trueabout you that were given
  • 00:15:11.829 --> 00:15:15.934
  • about you that were givento you secondhand.
  • 00:15:15.934 --> 00:15:17.001
  • to you secondhand.About who you are.
  • 00:15:17.001 --> 00:15:17.869
  • About who you are.Gideon, you know.
  • 00:15:17.869 --> 00:15:19.337
  • Gideon, you know."I am the least in my tribe."
  • 00:15:19.337 --> 00:15:20.204
  • "I am the least in my tribe."This is an Old Testament
  • 00:15:20.204 --> 00:15:21.739
  • This is an Old Testamentstory that illustrates it.
  • 00:15:21.739 --> 00:15:22.941
  • story that illustrates it."I am the smallest.
  • 00:15:22.941 --> 00:15:24.442
  • "I am the smallest.My tribe is the smallest.
  • 00:15:24.442 --> 00:15:25.810
  • My tribe is the smallest.I'm the smallest in the tribe."
  • 00:15:25.810 --> 00:15:27.145
  • I'm the smallest in the tribe."And I wanna ask you
  • 00:15:27.145 --> 00:15:29.080
  • And I wanna ask youwhat God asked Adam and Eve
  • 00:15:29.080 --> 00:15:30.648
  • what God asked Adam and Evein the Garden of Eden.
  • 00:15:30.648 --> 00:15:35.720
  • in the Garden of Eden.Who told you that?
  • 00:15:35.720 --> 00:15:38.356
  • Who told you that?Who told you that story?
  • 00:15:38.356 --> 00:15:39.257
  • Who told you that story?Sometimes it's even
  • 00:15:39.257 --> 00:15:40.391
  • Sometimes it's evenwell-meaning people.
  • 00:15:40.391 --> 00:15:41.993
  • well-meaning people.I mean, these were not Pagans.
  • 00:15:41.993 --> 00:15:44.295
  • I mean, these were not Pagans.These were observant,
  • 00:15:44.295 --> 00:15:46.064
  • These were observant,Jewish Christians who just
  • 00:15:46.064 --> 00:15:48.266
  • Jewish Christians who justwanted to get it right.
  • 00:15:48.266 --> 00:15:50.835
  • wanted to get it right.But what happened in their day
  • 00:15:50.835 --> 00:15:52.003
  • But what happened in their dayhappens in ours where,
  • 00:15:52.003 --> 00:15:53.504
  • happens in ours where,you know, when God originally
  • 00:15:53.504 --> 00:15:55.406
  • you know, when God originallyblessed His people,
  • 00:15:55.406 --> 00:15:56.774
  • blessed His people,He wanted them to take it
  • 00:15:56.774 --> 00:15:58.710
  • He wanted them to take itbeyond just these borders.
  • 00:15:58.710 --> 00:16:00.578
  • beyond just these borders.But over time, you know,
  • 00:16:00.578 --> 00:16:01.579
  • But over time, you know,tradition gets in the way
  • 00:16:01.579 --> 00:16:05.650
  • tradition gets in the wayof truth.
  • 00:16:05.650 --> 00:16:06.651
  • of truth.So then, you start thinking that
  • 00:16:06.651 --> 00:16:12.156
  • So then, you start thinking thatyour tradition is the truth.
  • 00:16:12.156 --> 00:16:13.091
  • your tradition is the truth.And if you've ever
  • 00:16:13.091 --> 00:16:14.225
  • And if you've everhad a family member say
  • 00:16:14.225 --> 00:16:15.460
  • had a family member saysomething to you like,
  • 00:16:15.460 --> 00:16:16.661
  • something to you like,"Oh, well you're getting
  • 00:16:16.661 --> 00:16:19.030
  • "Oh, well you're gettingkind of big for your britches."
  • 00:16:19.030 --> 00:16:19.664
  • kind of big for your britches."Is that just
  • 00:16:19.664 --> 00:16:23.234
  • Is that justa Monk's Corner thing?
  • 00:16:23.234 --> 00:16:23.901
  • a Monk's Corner thing?You know, you make
  • 00:16:23.901 --> 00:16:24.635
  • You know, you makea move forward.
  • 00:16:24.635 --> 00:16:25.436
  • a move forward."Oh, well you're getting
  • 00:16:25.436 --> 00:16:27.472
  • "Oh, well you're gettingtoo big for your britches."
  • 00:16:27.472 --> 00:16:28.272
  • too big for your britches."It's a way of trying
  • 00:16:28.272 --> 00:16:29.007
  • It's a way of tryingto keep you stuck
  • 00:16:29.007 --> 00:16:30.074
  • to keep you stuckin a tradition of what our
  • 00:16:30.074 --> 00:16:31.709
  • in a tradition of what ourfamily has accomplished
  • 00:16:31.709 --> 00:16:32.677
  • family has accomplishedand what we do.
  • 00:16:32.677 --> 00:16:34.078
  • and what we do.And so, it's so subconscious
  • 00:16:34.078 --> 00:16:35.313
  • And so, it's so subconsciousfor most of us.
  • 00:16:35.313 --> 00:16:36.080
  • for most of us.It's a story that runs
  • 00:16:36.080 --> 00:16:37.181
  • It's a story that runsin the background and we
  • 00:16:37.181 --> 00:16:38.616
  • in the background and wenever even know it.
  • 00:16:38.616 --> 00:16:39.484
  • never even know it.But it is a story that
  • 00:16:39.484 --> 00:16:41.853
  • But it is a story thatsomeone else told themself.
  • 00:16:41.853 --> 00:16:42.720
  • someone else told themself.And then they passed it on to
  • 00:16:42.720 --> 00:16:43.955
  • And then they passed it on tous and we took it as our own.
  • 00:16:43.955 --> 00:16:45.556
  • us and we took it as our own.And we stay stuck in a story
  • 00:16:45.556 --> 00:16:46.891
  • And we stay stuck in a storyfor 80 years of our life
  • 00:16:46.891 --> 00:16:47.825
  • for 80 years of our lifethat we could've broken out
  • 00:16:47.825 --> 00:16:48.826
  • that we could've broken outof if we would've believed
  • 00:16:48.826 --> 00:16:57.635
  • of if we would've believedthe voice of God.
  • 00:16:57.635 --> 00:16:58.669
  • the voice of God.I hear my preaching mentor
  • 00:16:58.669 --> 00:17:00.805
  • I hear my preaching mentorsaying, "Slow down, Furtick."
  • 00:17:00.805 --> 00:17:03.074
  • saying, "Slow down, Furtick."So let me do that for a moment.
  • 00:17:03.074 --> 00:17:03.941
  • So let me do that for a moment.What stories are you holding
  • 00:17:03.941 --> 00:17:08.813
  • What stories are you holdingon to that are old?
  • 00:17:08.813 --> 00:17:09.781
  • on to that are old?That are keeping you from
  • 00:17:09.781 --> 00:17:14.886
  • That are keeping you fromwhat's new, and what's now,
  • 00:17:14.886 --> 00:17:16.821
  • what's new, and what's now,and what's true,
  • 00:17:16.821 --> 00:17:19.424
  • and what's true,and what's real?
  • 00:17:19.424 --> 00:17:21.826
  • and what's real?Secondhand stories.
  • 00:17:21.826 --> 00:17:24.062
  • Secondhand stories.It's a dangerous thing.
  • 00:17:24.062 --> 00:17:25.163
  • It's a dangerous thing.If you ever played the game
  • 00:17:25.163 --> 00:17:27.098
  • If you ever played the gamewhere you pass a thing
  • 00:17:27.098 --> 00:17:28.299
  • where you pass a thingdown the road.
  • 00:17:28.299 --> 00:17:30.034
  • down the road.I can start and say,
  • 00:17:30.034 --> 00:17:31.602
  • I can start and say,"Milk on sale" and by the time
  • 00:17:31.602 --> 00:17:33.738
  • "Milk on sale" and by the timeit gets to Kristy, by the time
  • 00:17:33.738 --> 00:17:34.939
  • it gets to Kristy, by the timeit passes all the way down
  • 00:17:34.939 --> 00:17:36.240
  • it passes all the way downthis row, you know it would
  • 00:17:36.240 --> 00:17:38.643
  • this row, you know it wouldturn into, you know,
  • 00:17:38.643 --> 00:17:39.777
  • turn into, you know,"Donald Trump is the pastor
  • 00:17:39.777 --> 00:17:41.145
  • "Donald Trump is the pastorof Elevation Church"
  • 00:17:41.145 --> 00:17:41.879
  • of Elevation Church"by the time it got
  • 00:17:41.879 --> 00:17:42.914
  • by the time it gotdown that row.
  • 00:17:42.914 --> 00:17:43.848
  • down that row.And it's never been worse
  • 00:17:43.848 --> 00:17:44.982
  • And it's never been worsethan it is right now
  • 00:17:44.982 --> 00:17:46.517
  • than it is right nowin our world that we don't
  • 00:17:46.517 --> 00:17:47.652
  • in our world that we don'tread the whole story,
  • 00:17:47.652 --> 00:17:50.188
  • read the whole story,just the headlines.
  • 00:17:50.188 --> 00:17:51.289
  • just the headlines.So then, it becomes,
  • 00:17:51.289 --> 00:17:52.890
  • So then, it becomes,"Oh, well you're not this,"
  • 00:17:52.890 --> 00:17:54.025
  • "Oh, well you're not this,"and, "you're only that,"
  • 00:17:54.025 --> 00:17:55.159
  • and, "you're only that,"and, "you can't this,"
  • 00:17:55.159 --> 00:17:56.527
  • and, "you can't this,"and, "all white people,"
  • 00:17:56.527 --> 00:17:57.762
  • and, "all white people,"and, "all Black people,"
  • 00:17:57.762 --> 00:17:58.629
  • and, "all Black people,"and "all men,"
  • 00:17:58.629 --> 00:17:59.797
  • and "all men,"and "all women,"
  • 00:17:59.797 --> 00:18:00.531
  • and "all women,"and "this community,"
  • 00:18:00.531 --> 00:18:01.866
  • and "this community,"and "that community."
  • 00:18:01.866 --> 00:18:03.568
  • and "that community."And it is a generic way
  • 00:18:03.568 --> 00:18:04.936
  • And it is a generic wayof keeping us from peeling back
  • 00:18:04.936 --> 00:18:06.404
  • of keeping us from peeling backthe labels because labels
  • 00:18:06.404 --> 00:18:07.538
  • the labels because labelsalways limit.
  • 00:18:07.538 --> 00:18:08.573
  • always limit.And when you label yourself,
  • 00:18:08.573 --> 00:18:12.076
  • And when you label yourself,you limit yourself.
  • 00:18:12.076 --> 00:18:15.480
  • you limit yourself.So, all that to say
  • 00:18:15.480 --> 00:18:17.181
  • So, all that to saythere might be a few holes
  • 00:18:17.181 --> 00:18:18.916
  • there might be a few holesin your story.
  • 00:18:18.916 --> 00:18:19.884
  • in your story.Some things that you have told
  • 00:18:19.884 --> 00:18:21.586
  • Some things that you have toldyourself that aren't necessarily
  • 00:18:21.586 --> 00:18:22.487
  • yourself that aren't necessarily-- He said,
  • 00:18:22.487 --> 00:18:25.056
  • -- He said,"It was very entertaining.
  • 00:18:25.056 --> 00:18:28.126
  • "It was very entertaining.But it wasn't very accurate."
  • 00:18:28.126 --> 00:18:28.893
  • But it wasn't very accurate."And sometimes you tell
  • 00:18:28.893 --> 00:18:32.763
  • And sometimes you tellyourself a story to survive.
  • 00:18:32.763 --> 00:18:35.533
  • yourself a story to survive.Just to make it.
  • 00:18:35.533 --> 00:18:36.534
  • Just to make it.And what's sad to me about it
  • 00:18:36.534 --> 00:18:39.203
  • And what's sad to me about itis somebody might have rejected
  • 00:18:39.203 --> 00:18:42.140
  • is somebody might have rejectedyou at one point in your life
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:42.974
  • you at one point in your lifebecause of how they felt
  • 00:18:42.974 --> 00:18:45.476
  • because of how they feltabout themself,
  • 00:18:45.476 --> 00:18:46.377
  • about themself,and then you took it
  • 00:18:46.377 --> 00:18:49.213
  • and then you took itas an indication of your value.
  • 00:18:49.213 --> 00:18:50.114
  • as an indication of your value."Oh, well they walked out
  • 00:18:50.114 --> 00:18:50.848
  • "Oh, well they walked outof my life.
  • 00:18:50.848 --> 00:18:51.582
  • of my life.There must've been something
  • 00:18:51.582 --> 00:18:53.751
  • There must've been somethingwrong with me."
  • 00:18:53.751 --> 00:18:56.020
  • wrong with me."That's their story, not yours.
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:58.356
  • That's their story, not yours.That's their story, not yours.
  • 00:18:58.356 --> 00:19:03.361
  • That's their story, not yours.And you don't have to own it.
  • 00:19:03.361 --> 00:19:04.929
  • And you don't have to own it.And I love Peter because
  • 00:19:04.929 --> 00:19:07.131
  • And I love Peter becausehe is so reckless.
  • 00:19:07.131 --> 00:19:08.299
  • he is so reckless.And so, the reckless Reverend
  • 00:19:08.299 --> 00:19:10.334
  • And so, the reckless Reverendcomes in, but he's got himself
  • 00:19:10.334 --> 00:19:11.936
  • comes in, but he's got himselfunder control and he just told
  • 00:19:11.936 --> 00:19:14.672
  • under control and he just toldthem the whole story.
  • 00:19:14.672 --> 00:19:15.873
  • them the whole story.Don't you want God to show you
  • 00:19:15.873 --> 00:19:19.277
  • Don't you want God to show youthe whole story of your life?
  • 00:19:19.277 --> 00:19:21.078
  • the whole story of your life?And when He starts the story,
  • 00:19:21.078 --> 00:19:22.747
  • And when He starts the story,He starts with everybody's
  • 00:19:22.747 --> 00:19:24.549
  • He starts with everybody'sfavorite main character
  • 00:19:24.549 --> 00:19:25.550
  • favorite main characterin the story.
  • 00:19:25.550 --> 00:19:26.384
  • in the story.Look at verse five.
  • 00:19:26.384 --> 00:19:27.418
  • Look at verse five.You ready for this?
  • 00:19:27.418 --> 00:19:28.786
  • You ready for this?This is how every story starts.
  • 00:19:28.786 --> 00:19:30.288
  • This is how every story starts.Watch this.
  • 00:19:30.288 --> 00:19:35.993
  • Watch this."I..." Number two.
  • 00:19:35.993 --> 00:19:40.865
  • "I..." Number two.Beware of self-centered stories.
  • 00:19:40.865 --> 00:19:41.566
  • Beware of self-centered stories.Oh, man.
  • 00:19:41.566 --> 00:19:42.633
  • Oh, man.When you put yourself
  • 00:19:42.633 --> 00:19:45.803
  • When you put yourselfat the center of every story,
  • 00:19:45.803 --> 00:19:47.471
  • at the center of every story,you're gonna be stressed out.
  • 00:19:47.471 --> 00:19:49.607
  • you're gonna be stressed out.There's not enough Pepto Bismol
  • 00:19:49.607 --> 00:19:51.075
  • There's not enough Pepto Bismolin the world for you
  • 00:19:51.075 --> 00:19:52.410
  • in the world for youto keep your stomach calm
  • 00:19:52.410 --> 00:19:53.678
  • to keep your stomach calmif you put yourself
  • 00:19:53.678 --> 00:19:55.379
  • if you put yourselfat the center of every story.
  • 00:19:55.379 --> 00:19:56.547
  • at the center of every story.And this is for all of us
  • 00:19:56.547 --> 00:19:57.815
  • And this is for all of uswho are easily offended,
  • 00:19:57.815 --> 00:19:58.716
  • who are easily offended,all right?
  • 00:19:58.716 --> 00:19:59.383
  • all right?"Did you see how they
  • 00:19:59.383 --> 00:20:00.084
  • "Did you see how theylooked at me?
  • 00:20:00.084 --> 00:20:02.787
  • looked at me?They don't like me."
  • 00:20:02.787 --> 00:20:04.255
  • They don't like me."They like you fine.
  • 00:20:04.255 --> 00:20:06.958
  • They like you fine.They're sleepy.
  • 00:20:06.958 --> 00:20:09.393
  • They're sleepy.They don't like their husband.
  • 00:20:09.393 --> 00:20:11.395
  • They don't like their husband.It's not you.
  • 00:20:11.395 --> 00:20:12.363
  • It's not you.Oh, look at somebody
  • 00:20:12.363 --> 00:20:13.064
  • Oh, look at somebodyand set them free.
  • 00:20:13.064 --> 00:20:14.999
  • and set them free.Say, "It's not you."
  • 00:20:14.999 --> 00:20:16.300
  • Say, "It's not you."It's not you.
  • 00:20:16.300 --> 00:20:18.436
  • It's not you.They weren't mad at Peter.
  • 00:20:18.436 --> 00:20:20.137
  • They weren't mad at Peter.They were stuck in a structure,
  • 00:20:20.137 --> 00:20:21.105
  • They were stuck in a structure,in a system,
  • 00:20:21.105 --> 00:20:23.474
  • in a system,and a way of thought.
  • 00:20:23.474 --> 00:20:24.408
  • and a way of thought.When I make myself the center
  • 00:20:24.408 --> 00:20:25.209
  • When I make myself the centerof the story,
  • 00:20:25.209 --> 00:20:29.347
  • of the story,I take on unnecessary stress.
  • 00:20:29.347 --> 00:20:30.214
  • I take on unnecessary stress.Sometimes when I'm preaching,
  • 00:20:30.214 --> 00:20:31.115
  • Sometimes when I'm preaching,I think I'm not doing good
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  • I think I'm not doing goodif everybody's not,
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  • if everybody's not,you know, saying amen
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  • you know, saying amenor something like that.
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  • or something like that.But what if you were up 'till
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  • But what if you were up 'till3:30 in the morning and you
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  • 3:30 in the morning and youdidn't get your sleep?
  • 00:20:38.055 --> 00:20:39.023
  • didn't get your sleep?How am I -- I'ma take that as
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  • How am I -- I'ma take that asa reflection of my preaching?
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  • a reflection of my preaching?I don't think so.
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  • I don't think so.The devil is a liar.
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  • The devil is a liar.This is good preaching no matter
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  • This is good preaching no matterwhether you nod at it or not.
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  • whether you nod at it or not.And you know what?
  • 00:20:45.363 --> 00:20:46.397
  • And you know what?I need to get better about that
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  • I need to get better about thatin my life, because I really
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  • in my life, because I reallystruggle thinking that every
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  • struggle thinking that everystory starts with me.
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  • story starts with me.How they treated me.
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  • How they treated me.And so, I say, like, you know,
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  • And so, I say, like, you know,that God has a reason
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  • that God has a reasonfor everything.
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  • for everything.And what I mean by that is --
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  • And what I mean by that is --Okay.
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  • Okay.This is my dirty little secret.
  • 00:21:03.714 --> 00:21:05.816
  • This is my dirty little secret.What I mean is "God has a reason
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  • What I mean is "God has a reasonfor this that I am going
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  • for this that I am goingto like, agree with,
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  • to like, agree with,and understand."
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  • and understand."And that's just not
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  • And that's just notthe way it is.
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  • the way it is.How many know that's just
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  • How many know that's justnot the way it is?
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  • not the way it is?A self-centered story.
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  • A self-centered story.In parenting when I make
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  • In parenting when I makeit about myself --
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  • it about myself --Remember.
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  • Remember.These are circumcised believers.
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  • These are circumcised believers.That is an external sign
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  • That is an external signof a covenant.
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  • of a covenant.It's something that you
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  • It's something that youcan see.
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  • can see.You wouldn't necessarily
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  • You wouldn't necessarilyalways see it,
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  • always see it,but you could see it.
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  • but you could see it.I'ma leave that right there
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  • I'ma leave that right therein case your kid didn't go
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  • in case your kid didn't goto the kid's ministry today,
  • 00:21:38.649 --> 00:21:39.884
  • to the kid's ministry today,and you can do that Bible Study
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  • and you can do that Bible Studyat home.
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  • at home.But you couldn't necessarily
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  • But you couldn't necessarilysee it, but you could see it.
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  • see it, but you could see it.And here's the temptation.
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  • And here's the temptation.When we try to go off of what
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  • When we try to go off of whatwe can see and tell
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  • we can see and tellourselves a story.
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  • ourselves a story.And then we start filling
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  • And then we start fillingin the space.
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  • in the space.Remember, Peter is 70 miles away
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  • Remember, Peter is 70 miles awayfrom Jerusalem and they start
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  • from Jerusalem and they starttelling the story.
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  • telling the story.Space creates stories.
  • 00:22:01.138 --> 00:22:04.542
  • Space creates stories.Physical space creates stories.
  • 00:22:04.542 --> 00:22:05.876
  • Physical space creates stories.Sometimes, you don't need
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  • Sometimes, you don't needto text certain things.
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  • to text certain things.You need to pick up the
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  • You need to pick up thephone and call.
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  • phone and call.Sometimes texts doesn't
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  • Sometimes texts doesn'tget the tone across and you're
  • 00:22:13.818 --> 00:22:15.419
  • get the tone across and you'regonna spend six months
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  • gonna spend six monthsfixing a relational mess
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  • fixing a relational messbecause you used your thumbs
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  • because you used your thumbsrather than your feet
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  • rather than your feetto walk over and have
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  • - We're so thankful
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  • - We're so thankfulthat you joined us today.
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  • that you joined us today.One of my favorite things
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  • One of my favorite thingsabout these sermons
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  • about these sermonsis how I can take the word
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  • is how I can take the wordand apply it immediately.
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  • and apply it immediately.There are always connections
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  • There are always connectionsthat I can make,
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  • that I can make,and ways that I can practically
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  • and ways that I can practicallyprocess these teachings.
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  • process these teachings.I could easily listen,
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  • I could easily listen,and then walk away, and really
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  • and then walk away, and reallynot do anything with it,
  • 00:22:45.983 --> 00:22:48.152
  • not do anything with it,but when I really do sit down
  • 00:22:48.152 --> 00:22:49.787
  • but when I really do sit downand apply this to my life,
  • 00:22:49.787 --> 00:22:51.622
  • and apply this to my life,I begin to feel a shift
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  • I begin to feel a shiftin my spirit.
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  • in my spirit.- Yeah, and you see changes
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  • - Yeah, and you see changesin your life when you accept
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  • in your life when you acceptand embrace the challenge.
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  • and embrace the challenge.So, today, if you felt
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  • So, today, if you feltchallenged or encouraged,
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  • make available for you.
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  • make available for you.It includes the sermon
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  • It includes the sermonyou just heard,
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  • you just heard,and a few other messages
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  • and a few other messagesthat'll take you deeper,
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  • that'll take you deeper,strengthen your faith,
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  • strengthen your faith,and really, really help you
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  • and really, really help youin your relationship with God,
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  • in your relationship with God,grow closer to Him,
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  • grow closer to Him,and see what He has for you.
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  • and see what He has for you.Today's resource is available
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  • requesting a resource.You're helping us get God's
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  • You're helping us get God'sword out and preach Jesus Christ
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  • Thank you so much
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  • Thank you so muchfor your support.
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  • for your support.We couldn't do it without you.
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  • We couldn't do it without you.Oh, one more thing
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  • Oh, one more thingbefore you go.
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  • before you go.Did you know you can join
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  • Did you know you can joinus live every weekend online?
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  • us live every weekend online?You can be a part of our eFam,
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  • our extended church family.Visit us at StevenFurtick.com,
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  • Visit us at StevenFurtick.com,click the Live button,
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  • - We talk a good game
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  • - We talk a good gamewhen it comes to faith,
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  • when it comes to faith,but it still creates
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  • but it still createsa tension, which is:
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  • a tension, which is:How much should I trust God,
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  • How much should I trust God,and how much should
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  • and how much shouldI try myself?
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  • I try myself?You choose the story
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  • You choose the storythat you tell yourself.
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  • that you tell yourself.So, if something's hard,
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  • So, if something's hard,you can be like, "I guess
  • 00:24:05.229 --> 00:24:06.363
  • you can be like, "I guessthe Lord isn't in this.
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  • the Lord isn't in this.This is hard."
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  • This is hard."What if Jesus
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  • What if Jesuswould've thought about
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  • would've thought aboutthe cross that way?
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  • the cross that way?Here's another story.
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  • Here's another story."This is so hard,
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  • "This is so hard,it must be God."
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  • it must be God."We have all of these
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  • We have all of theselimitations on the ways
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  • limitations on the waysthat we think God can move.
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  • that we think God can move.And if it feels good,
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  • And if it feels good,we think it's God.
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  • we think it's God.And if it feels bad,
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  • And if it feels bad,we think it's the devil.
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  • we think it's the devil.But God is calling us
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  • But God is calling usto recategorize
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  • to recategorizein this season of our life.
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  • in this season of our life.God's presence is unschedulable.
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  • God's presence is unschedulable.And if God
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  • And if Godwants to reset your schedule,
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  • wants to reset your schedule,will you let Him?
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  • will you let Him?Because if you hold on
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  • Because if you hold onto what's old,
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  • to what's old,the way you thought,
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  • the way you thought,and what you wanted,
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  • and what you wanted,and how it was,
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  • and how it was,you might miss today's miracle
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  • you might miss today's miracletrying to hold on
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  • trying to hold onto yesterday's blessing.
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  • to yesterday's blessing.He said, "You will still be
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  • He said, "You will still beeating last year's harvest
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  • eating last year's harvestwhen you will have to
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  • when you will have tomove it out to make room
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  • - Call or go online today
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  • to request this new resource
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  • from Pastor Steven Furtick,
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  • and learn how God
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  • is calling you to make room
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  • - "This telephone
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  • has too many shortcomings
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  • to be seriously considered
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  • as a means of communication.
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  • The device is inherently
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  • of no value to us."
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  • -- Western Union,
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  • - "The horse is here to stay,
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  • but the automobile is only
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  • a novelty, a fad."
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  • -- President of
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  • the Michigan Savings Bank
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  • - "Television won't last
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  • because people will soon
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  • get tired of staring
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  • at a plywood box every night."
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  • -- Darryl Zanuck, movie producer
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  • - -- my whole, entire family;
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  • - "There's no reason
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  • for any individual
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  • to have a computer in his home."
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  • -- World Future Society
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  • - Throughout the years,
  • 00:25:53.871 --> 00:25:54.572
  • people have made
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  • some pretty inaccurate
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  • assumptions.
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  • Technologies that were only
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  • supposed to be an expensive fad
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  • have shaped an entire society.
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  • It is our main form
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  • of communication,
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  • of connecting
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  • with like-minded people,
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  • of bettering ourselves,
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  • of bettering our communities,
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  • it connects us in ways
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  • - Hey, daddy,
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  • - Hey, daddy,
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  • - Hey, Mom,
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  • [gasping]
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  • - We aren't just limited
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  • - -- take their first ride
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  • - -- take their first rideinto space.
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  • into space.Aerodynamic structure,
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  • - Industries thrive
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  • on the ability
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  • to utilize technology
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  • - Now why don't you shout
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  • - Now why don't you shoutlike you know that
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  • like you know thatthe battle is not yours?
  • 00:27:00.437 --> 00:27:01.438
  • the battle is not yours?But the battle
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  • But the battlebelongs to the Lord.
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  • belongs to the Lord.If you know you're
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  • If you know you'reon the winning side,
  • 00:27:08.112 --> 00:27:09.246
  • on the winning side,why don't you throw your hands
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  • why don't you throw your handsup in the air and lift up
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  • up in the air and lift upa shout of praise?
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  • ♪ - Never lost a battle ♪
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  • ♪ You never lost a battle ♪
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  • ♪ Never lost a battle ♪
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  • ♪ You never will ♪
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  • ♪ You never lost a battle ♪
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