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Fully Engaged

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January 6, 2021
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During this first message of the series Fully Engaged, filmed at a special event in Greensboro, North Carolina, discover how to live out your calling.

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  • announcer: Passionate,courageous, bold, resolute.
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  • All around us,people live fully engaged.
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  • We witness in real timeas athletes push the boundaries
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  • of their physical ability,entrepreneurs drive industry
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  • forward, and creatives explorethe potentials of art
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  • and performance.
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  • Ours is a life best livedfully engaged.
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  • But what if we did the samewith our faith?
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  • What if we took our faithto more than we thought it
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  • could be?
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  • If we as believers livedfully engaged?
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  • Be undeniably dedicated,utterly committed.
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  • Even you might be surprisedby who you can be
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  • through the power of God.
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  • You are unlimited,and you are fully engaged.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: And now, here isyour host, Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • David Jeremiah: Whendescribing someone who lives
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  • life to the fullest, it's oftensaid, "That guy only has
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  • two speeds: asleepand full throttle."
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  • Well, maybe you knowsomeone like that,
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  • and it might even be you.
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  • But is there any better wayto live than sold out, all-in,
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  • and ready for more?
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  • I mean, I don't mean busy,frantic, or stressed.
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  • Instead, I mean fully engaged.
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  • It's more about attitudethan about action.
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  • In fact, in this new seriesI'm beginning today,
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  • we will discoverthat fully engaged
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  • is the biblical attitudetowards life.
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  • What does that mean?
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  • It means we live wholeheartedly,holding back nothing.
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  • It means the Christian lifeis not a halfhearted activity.
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  • It's a commitment that permeatesour whole being.
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  • In my message today called"Fully Engaged," we'll discover
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  • in Colossians 3 how Pauldescribes this kind of life.
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  • So please join mefor today's edition
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  • of "Turning Point."
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  • Charles Billingsley: Can wejust worship the Lord tonight?
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  • Here we go.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Charles: Hey!
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  • Come on, everybody.I think you may know this.
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  • I want to hear you singa little bit tonight, all right?
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  • Here we go.
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  • Sing it with us.
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Every word of worship ♪
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  • ♪ with one accord ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ Is to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Oh, sing hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Sing hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Glory hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ is due our God ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪
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  • Charles: Oh yeah, take it up,sing it again, everybody.
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Every word of worship ♪
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  • ♪ with one accord ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Sing hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ Sing hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Glory hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ is due our God ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪
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  • Charles: God my Savior,sing it, now.
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  • ♪ God my Savior ♪
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  • ♪ God my healer ♪
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  • ♪ God my deliverer ♪
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  • ♪ Yes he is ♪
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  • ♪ yes he is ♪
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  • Charles: Sing it again.
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  • ♪ God my Savior ♪
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  • ♪ God my healer ♪
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  • ♪ God my deliverer ♪
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  • ♪ Yes he is ♪
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  • ♪ yes he is ♪
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  • ♪ Yes he is ♪
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  • ♪ yes he is ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Every word of worship ♪
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  • ♪ with one accord ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Sing hallelujah to the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ Sing hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ to our God ♪
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  • ♪ Glory hallelujah ♪
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  • ♪ is due our God ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every, every, every praise ♪
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  • ♪ Every praise ♪
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  • ♪ every praise ♪
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  • ♪ hey ♪
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  • ♪ is to our God ♪♪
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  • announcer: You're watching"Turning Point"
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah.
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  • male announcer: As the sun riseson each new day
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  • and on a New Year,what we need is
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  • strength for today.
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  • Discover perfect peaceevery morning
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  • with "Strength for Today"Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • newest yearly devotional.
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  • renewed and refreshed.
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  • Access God's powerand enduring hope
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  • to last from sunrise to sunsetas your draw closer to the Lord
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  • through prayerand the daily study of his Word.
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  • With each short devotionalreading in this beautiful,
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  • leather, soft volume,you will be reminded
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  • that no matter the eventsof your yesterdays
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  • or the uncertaintiesin your tomorrows,
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  • God is still in control.
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  • Your refuge and very presenthelp in times of trouble.
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  • Hold tightlyto God's faithfulness
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  • as you are guidedby this 365-day devotional
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  • into God's Wordas you find power and wisdom
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  • for each new day.
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  • and three to share with others.
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  • who holds each dayin his hands.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • David: If you cometo Shadow Mountain Church,
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  • you'll notice that we havea lot of buildings
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  • on our campus.
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  • Most of them were builtin the time that I've been there
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  • over 35 years.
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  • One of the buildings that wasmore fun than any other was
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  • the children's building.
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  • And it sits on a place where weused to have a parking lot.
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  • That lot is special to mebecause that's where I taught
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  • my youngest son Danielto drive his stick shift truck.
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  • If the children's buildingwere not in existence,
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  • there might still be black markson the pavement
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  • that Daniel and I createdone Saturday morning
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  • as he was learning to usea clutch and shift gears.
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  • Several of our neighborscame out and watched what we
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  • were doing out there that day.
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  • It wasquite an instructional session.
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  • It was a beauty.
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  • But unless you area truck driver
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  • or a collector of model cars,you probably haven't thought
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  • of shifting gearswith a clutch in a long time.
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  • But since it serves my purposein introducing this sermon,
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  • I want to tell you what littleI know about a clutch.
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  • The clutch is an instrumentthat is used to disengage
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  • the engine of a motor carfrom the drivetrain
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  • or the gearbox.
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  • And when the clutch is pushedto the floor, the engine
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  • disengages so that gearscan be shifted
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  • from one to another.
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  • There's a vastly morecomplicated explanation
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  • of that whole process,but hopefully you get
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  • the picture.
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  • When the clutch is activated,the engine is disengaged.
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  • And when it is returnedto its normal position,
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  • the drivetrain is reengagedto the engine, and the power
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  • of the engine causesthe automobile to go forward.
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  • There are only supposed to betwo positions for a clutch,
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  • either fully disengagedor fully engaged.
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  • But some have been knownto ride the clutch.
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  • And that burns the clutch out.
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  • And there isa very special aroma
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  • for a burned out clutch.
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  • So, with that picture in mind,I want to talk with you
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  • about livinga fully engaged Christian life.
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  • A fully engaged Christian lifecomes from the inside of us.
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  • Many of us sense,if we're honest, that maybe
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  • something vital is missingin our walk with God.
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  • By all standards,we may be considered successful.
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  • We never go hungry.
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  • All of our needs are met.
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  • We have friends and family.
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  • But something is missing.
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  • And deep in our soul, there isthis stubborn insistence
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  • that there's got to be moreto being a Christian
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  • than what we've experienced.
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  • Over the years,if we're not careful, we become
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  • more interested in findingthe comfort zone
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  • than the fully engaged zone.
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  • We worry about burnout.
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  • And in the process,many of us rust out,
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  • and we're no longer living out.
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  • I remember people standing upin church, I used to think
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  • that it was so funny, and say,"My life verse
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  • for this year is--"I thought life verses
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  • were supposed to be for life.
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  • Well, I decided I neededa life verse.
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  • And I remember readingthe Scriptures,
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  • and asking the Lord to help mefind a verse
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  • that could kind of be the centerof what he wanted me to do
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  • in my life.
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  • I've had this verse for my life.
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  • This isn't my versefor this year.
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  • This is the verse that I've hadall of the life that I
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  • can remember having a verse.
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  • It's Colossians 3:23 and 24.
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  • It's a verse I write in Biblesand books when I'm asked
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  • to sign them quite often.
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  • "Whatever you do,do it heartily, as to the Lord
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  • and not to men,knowing that from the Lord
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  • you will receive the rewardof the inheritance,
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  • for you serve the Lord Christ."
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  • I claim these versesas my very own.
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  • And I ask God to help me liveout my life in the fulfillment
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  • of these truths.
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  • I need to confess that I havefallen short of this standard
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  • many times,but I've never lost sight
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  • of the goal:to live for the Lord
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  • with nothing held back,to do whatever he asks me
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  • to do with all of my heart.
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  • Never look back with regret,all-in, nothing withheld,
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  • fully engaged for his purpose.
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  • I know that this isthe kind of life God wants
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  • us all to live.
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  • I remember when I was strugglingwith the reality of this verse
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  • in my life as a younger pastor.
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  • I heard lots of sermons abouthow we were to rest in the Lord,
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  • and trust God to do the work,and let the Holy Spirit
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  • flow through us,all of which is absolutely true.
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  • But sometimes, when we getinto that passive mode,
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  • if we're not careful,we lose sight of what God
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  • has called us to do.
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  • And I remember one day, when itgot settled for me
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  • once and for all that thiswas the will of God.
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  • I'd read this passagemany times, but I never thought
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  • about it this way.
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  • It's from the letterthat was written
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  • to the church of Laodiceain the book of Revelation.
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  • And these are the wordsthat were written
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  • to that church.
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  • "I know your works, that youare neither cold nor hot.
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  • I could wish you were coldor hot.
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  • So then, because you arelukewarm, and neither cold
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  • or hot, I will vomit youout of my mouth."
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  • What does God thinkabout lukewarm living?
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  • What does God think about savingyour bets and living
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  • in the comfort zone?
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  • There he says it.
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  • He says, "I'd rather have youcold or hot.
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  • I can't stand youif you're lukewarm."
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  • In the New Testament,there are only three possible
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  • heart temperatures.
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  • I remember the story, as you do,in Luke 24,
  • 00:13:22.218 --> 00:13:25.087
  • where the two disciplesare walking on the road
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  • to Emmaus with Jesus,and they said
  • 00:13:27.356 --> 00:13:29.625
  • after their conversationwith Jesus, "Did not our hearts
  • 00:13:29.658 --> 00:13:32.228
  • burn within us as we walkedand talked along the way?"
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  • The Bible says it's possibleto have a burning heart.
  • 00:13:36.765 --> 00:13:40.069
  • Over in Matthew, we're toldthat in the last days,
  • 00:13:40.102 --> 00:13:42.638
  • some people will have heartsthat are cold.
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  • And then, of course,there's the lukewarm heart.
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  • I don't know what it isabout us, why we are so afraid
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  • of being on fire for Christ.
  • 00:13:51.814 --> 00:13:54.516
  • We do not want to be labeledas emotionalist or extremist.
  • 00:13:54.550 --> 00:13:58.520
  • Yet, in every other areaof life, we laud
  • 00:13:58.554 --> 00:14:00.689
  • wholeheartedness.
  • 00:14:00.723 --> 00:14:02.591
  • We're enthusiasticabout entertainment,
  • 00:14:02.625 --> 00:14:04.460
  • and sports, and life in general.
  • 00:14:04.493 --> 00:14:06.896
  • But so muchof our Christian experience
  • 00:14:06.929 --> 00:14:09.331
  • is dead, and cold,and without zeal,
  • 00:14:09.365 --> 00:14:11.834
  • and without enthusiasm.
  • 00:14:11.867 --> 00:14:14.737
  • Before we go backto my key verses,
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  • I want to introduce youto a man in the Bible who lived
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  • the way Colossians 3:23 says weshould live.
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  • His name is Hezekiah.
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  • And in 2 Chronicles 31:21,this is what we read about him.
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  • "And in every work that he beganin the service
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  • of the house of God,in the law
  • 00:14:35.491 --> 00:14:37.993
  • and in the commandments,he did it with all his heart,
  • 00:14:38.027 --> 00:14:43.766
  • and he prospered."
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  • He did it with all his heart.
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  • Hezekiah, go, man.
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  • He did it with all of his heart.
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  • Now, let's go backto those verses I read,
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  • Colossians 3:23.
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  • "And whatsoever you do,do it heartily, as to the Lord
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  • and not to men."
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  • Why is it that those verses areso captivating?
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  • Let me first of all tell youwhy from the perspective
  • 00:15:07.256 --> 00:15:10.292
  • of the scope of these verses.
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  • Fully engaged, the scope of it.
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  • "And whatsoever you do,"whatever you do.
  • 00:15:16.598 --> 00:15:21.503
  • It doesn't say just whenyou're doing spiritual stuff.
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  • It doesn't say just whenyou're doing fun stuff.
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  • It says whatever you do, do itheartily, as unto the Lord.
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  • And that coversa vast territory of activity.
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  • That means that nothing fallsoutside of this instruction
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  • to the believer.
  • 00:15:36.819 --> 00:15:37.953
  • It's not just about what happenswhen you go to church.
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  • Note that the Colossian passage,if you read it in the Bible,
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  • is set in the contextof the family.
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  • It's at the end of a sectionthat deals with husbands,
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  • and wives, and children,and fathers, and bondservants.
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  • And Paul makes no distinctionbetween the pleasant
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  • and the unpleasant.
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  • We are to dive into our tasks,fully engaged with each one.
  • 00:15:59.675 --> 00:16:04.380
  • That includes fixinga leaky faucet,
  • 00:16:04.413 --> 00:16:06.915
  • changing diapers, paying bills,resolving conflicts
  • 00:16:06.949 --> 00:16:10.719
  • between our kids, you name it.
  • 00:16:10.753 --> 00:16:13.622
  • The word is whatever.
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  • And it covers all that we do,no matter who we are
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  • as followers of Christ.
  • 00:16:21.997 --> 00:16:24.066
  • You see, the Christ way isthe all-encompassing way.
  • 00:16:24.099 --> 00:16:28.837
  • It covers everything.
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  • We are to live our lives,the gift that God has given us,
  • 00:16:30.539 --> 00:16:34.209
  • with our heart and our soulall engaged in what he's given
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  • us to do.
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  • You say, "Pastor, you don't knowmy job.
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  • I havethe most boring, awful job."
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  • Well, goto your boring, awful job,
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  • and do it for the glory of Godwith all of your heart.
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  • Because that's all Godrequires of you.
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  • He doesn't require you havea different job.
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  • He requires you to do the jobhe's trusted you with
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  • with all your heartand all of your soul.
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  • That's what the Bible says.
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  • Fully engaged, the scope of it,the key word is whatever you do.
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  • Fully engaged, the strengthof it, do it heartily,
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  • says the Lord.
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  • I love that word.
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  • The word "heartily"is literally a word that means
  • 00:17:14.983 --> 00:17:17.619
  • from your soul.
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  • Colossians 3:23 says,"Do it heartily."
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  • And then Psalm 103, verse 1,"Bless the Lord, O my soul,
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  • and all that is within me,bless his holy name."
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  • I think that is a key phrasefor us.
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  • All that is within me.
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  • Isn't it interesting to stopand think about when you
  • 00:17:43.645 --> 00:17:46.782
  • serve the Lord, to serve himwith all that is within you?
  • 00:17:46.815 --> 00:17:51.720
  • That's what that word"heartily" means.
  • 00:17:51.753 --> 00:17:53.889
  • It means you give everything youhave in your heart
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  • and in your soul.
  • 00:17:56.992 --> 00:17:58.127
  • So, I just took a little libertywith that verse, and added
  • 00:17:58.160 --> 00:18:01.563
  • some other applications.
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  • Drive your bus with all that iswithin you.
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  • Sing your song with all that iswithin you.
  • 00:18:06.602 --> 00:18:09.471
  • Teach your classwith all that is within you.
  • 00:18:09.505 --> 00:18:12.174
  • Study your assignmentswith all that is within you.
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  • Love your kids with allthat is within you.
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  • Love your wife with allthat is within you.
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  • And love your countrywith all that is within you.
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  • Do it all with everythingyou have.
  • 00:18:23.018 --> 00:18:25.988
  • And then the Word of God sayswe're to do this fully engaged.
  • 00:18:30.359 --> 00:18:33.996
  • The scope of it,whatever fully engaged.
  • 00:18:34.029 --> 00:18:36.598
  • The strength of it,heartily fully engaged.
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  • The secret of it,now watch this,
  • 00:18:39.735 --> 00:18:41.837
  • as to the Lord and not to men.
  • 00:18:41.870 --> 00:18:46.341
  • The Bible saysthat when we serve,
  • 00:18:46.375 --> 00:18:48.577
  • we serve to an audience of one.
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  • Over and over in the Scripture,we are admonished to do this.
  • 00:18:52.514 --> 00:18:56.485
  • For instance,in the Old Testament,
  • 00:18:56.518 --> 00:18:58.487
  • the most important passageto the Jewish people was
  • 00:18:58.520 --> 00:19:01.790
  • in the book of Deuteronomy,where they are given
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  • what is called a shema.
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  • "Hear, O Israel,the Lord your God is one!
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  • You shall love the Lord your Godwith all your heart,
  • 00:19:08.897 --> 00:19:11.466
  • and all your soul,and all your strength."
  • 00:19:11.500 --> 00:19:13.502
  • And in the New Testament,Jesus adds all your mind.
  • 00:19:13.535 --> 00:19:17.339
  • Now, stop and think about that,and recognize how many times
  • 00:19:17.372 --> 00:19:19.775
  • the word "all" is in there.
  • 00:19:19.808 --> 00:19:21.577
  • He says, "How are yousupposed to love God?
  • 00:19:21.610 --> 00:19:24.146
  • Love him with all your heart.
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  • Love him with all your soul.
  • 00:19:25.914 --> 00:19:28.217
  • Love him with all your strength.
  • 00:19:28.250 --> 00:19:29.718
  • And love himwith all your mind."
  • 00:19:29.751 --> 00:19:31.787
  • If you're a student heretonight, when you study hard
  • 00:19:31.820 --> 00:19:33.989
  • and work hard to determinethe truth from the Word of God
  • 00:19:34.022 --> 00:19:37.659
  • and from life, when you dedicateyour mind to the Lord,
  • 00:19:37.693 --> 00:19:40.729
  • that's a form of worship of God.
  • 00:19:40.762 --> 00:19:43.966
  • And it says, "Unto him,for his glory, for his honor."
  • 00:19:43.999 --> 00:19:48.437
  • We cannot do anythingfor the Lord that's going to be
  • 00:19:49.304 --> 00:19:52.307
  • worthy of our callingif we don't say,
  • 00:19:52.341 --> 00:19:55.744
  • "For the glory of God."
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  • If you're doing it for yourself,it's going to fall on its face.
  • 00:19:58.080 --> 00:20:01.116
  • Whatsoever you do,that's the scope of it.
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  • Do it heartily,that's the strength of it.
  • 00:20:04.620 --> 00:20:07.356
  • Do it for the Lord,that's the secret of it.
  • 00:20:07.389 --> 00:20:13.562
  • And the source of it is knowingthat, from the Lord, you
  • 00:20:13.595 --> 00:20:18.533
  • will receive the rewardof the inheritance,
  • 00:20:18.567 --> 00:20:21.670
  • for you serve the Lord Christ.
  • 00:20:21.703 --> 00:20:24.906
  • We don't always get paiddown here,
  • 00:20:24.940 --> 00:20:27.542
  • but we always get paid up there.
  • 00:20:27.576 --> 00:20:30.112
  • The sourceof a fully engaged life is God,
  • 00:20:30.145 --> 00:20:33.181
  • and passion comes from God.
  • 00:20:33.215 --> 00:20:36.385
  • Enthusiasm is God in you.
  • 00:20:36.418 --> 00:20:39.755
  • Passion is not something youdevelop as much as you discover
  • 00:20:39.788 --> 00:20:42.858
  • along the way when God shows youwhat it is you're
  • 00:20:42.891 --> 00:20:45.560
  • supposed to do.
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  • And I don't believe we can makea once for all decision
  • 00:20:47.663 --> 00:20:49.831
  • about that.
  • 00:20:49.865 --> 00:20:51.066
  • I have to keep reviewing thatall the time, and redoing it
  • 00:20:51.099 --> 00:20:53.468
  • all the time, and checking on itall the time.
  • 00:20:53.502 --> 00:20:57.205
  • Am I doing whatever?
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  • Am I doing it heartily?
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  • And am I doing it for you?
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  • So easy to slip off the trackone way or the other.
  • 00:21:02.544 --> 00:21:06.581
  • But the more that you movewith this as your vision,
  • 00:21:06.615 --> 00:21:10.519
  • the more God seems to blessyour life.
  • 00:21:10.552 --> 00:21:13.922
  • The more God blesses your life,the more you have to lose,
  • 00:21:13.955 --> 00:21:17.592
  • and the more you have to risk.
  • 00:21:17.626 --> 00:21:19.194
  • And the more you have to risk,the higher the price is
  • 00:21:19.227 --> 00:21:21.596
  • of following God.
  • 00:21:21.630 --> 00:21:22.898
  • I cannot begin to livefully engaged.
  • 00:21:22.931 --> 00:21:26.034
  • It starts when God begins itin me.
  • 00:21:26.068 --> 00:21:31.406
  • He saved most of you.
  • 00:21:31.440 --> 00:21:33.442
  • You're Christians,you go to church.
  • 00:21:33.475 --> 00:21:35.811
  • And I'm here to tell you tonightthere was maybe a time when you
  • 00:21:35.844 --> 00:21:39.014
  • could get by with beingan also-ran Christian,
  • 00:21:39.047 --> 00:21:41.450
  • and just average,and don't care too much
  • 00:21:41.483 --> 00:21:43.719
  • about what else happensexcept you like your teacher,
  • 00:21:43.752 --> 00:21:46.221
  • and you're okaywith the music at church.
  • 00:21:46.254 --> 00:21:50.025
  • But I believe God is callingthe Christian people
  • 00:21:50.058 --> 00:21:52.027
  • in this nationto a higher calling, to a place
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:54.763
  • of more importance than we'veoccupied during my lifetime.
  • 00:21:54.796 --> 00:22:02.003
  • God isn't finished with us.
  • 00:22:02.037 --> 00:22:03.872
  • God has a plan for us.
  • 00:22:03.905 --> 00:22:04.840
  • He has a plan for you.
  • 00:22:04.873 --> 00:22:06.475
  • And I want to end this messageby reminding you how you
  • 00:22:06.508 --> 00:22:09.644
  • can get involved in that.
  • 00:22:09.678 --> 00:22:12.280
  • There are two things I want youto carry out of here tonight.
  • 00:22:12.314 --> 00:22:15.684
  • One is a major determination,and the other is
  • 00:22:15.717 --> 00:22:19.588
  • a major decision.
  • 00:22:19.621 --> 00:22:22.290
  • Here is the major determination.
  • 00:22:22.324 --> 00:22:25.961
  • There are three callingsin the Christian life.
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  • You're called to salvation,you're called to service,
  • 00:22:27.729 --> 00:22:30.699
  • and one dayyou'll be called to heaven.
  • 00:22:30.732 --> 00:22:33.402
  • And because you're here tonight,the third calling
  • 00:22:33.435 --> 00:22:36.104
  • hasn't happened yet.
  • 00:22:36.138 --> 00:22:38.840
  • And the first two youshould be concerned about.
  • 00:22:38.874 --> 00:22:41.309
  • If you haven't been calledto Jesus, I'll give you
  • 00:22:41.343 --> 00:22:43.745
  • an opportunity in a momentto hear that call and accept it.
  • 00:22:43.779 --> 00:22:48.383
  • But most of us hereare Christians,
  • 00:22:48.417 --> 00:22:50.619
  • and we've been called to serve.
  • 00:22:50.652 --> 00:22:52.187
  • We just don't understandit's a calling.
  • 00:22:52.220 --> 00:22:54.489
  • God has a calling on your life.
  • 00:22:54.523 --> 00:22:57.959
  • He's equipped you to dosomething that nobody else
  • 00:22:57.993 --> 00:23:00.195
  • can do.
  • 00:23:00.228 --> 00:23:01.463
  • He's given you a gift that hegives to every Christian.
  • 00:23:01.496 --> 00:23:04.132
  • And it's time that Christiansbegan to realize this
  • 00:23:04.166 --> 00:23:06.368
  • is not something I havean option about.
  • 00:23:06.401 --> 00:23:09.237
  • Almighty God has saved me,and he's called me,
  • 00:23:09.271 --> 00:23:12.307
  • and I have a calling.
  • 00:23:12.340 --> 00:23:13.575
  • You may not be able to preach,that's not that big of a deal.
  • 00:23:13.608 --> 00:23:15.811
  • You may have a giftin whatever that you
  • 00:23:15.844 --> 00:23:18.947
  • are gifted to do.
  • 00:23:18.980 --> 00:23:20.248
  • I urge you to take what you knowGod has gifted you to do,
  • 00:23:20.282 --> 00:23:24.252
  • and draw a straight linefrom that to the kingdom of God,
  • 00:23:24.286 --> 00:23:27.856
  • and begin to use your callingfor the greater good,
  • 00:23:27.889 --> 00:23:30.659
  • for the kingdom of God and notthe kingdom of this earth.
  • 00:23:30.692 --> 00:23:34.062
  • You have a calling.
  • 00:23:34.095 --> 00:23:36.364
  • Make the determinationsometime in these days
  • 00:23:36.398 --> 00:23:40.969
  • as to what that calling is.
  • 00:23:41.002 --> 00:23:42.671
  • And many of you,you sit there and you hear me
  • 00:23:42.704 --> 00:23:44.473
  • down deep in your heart, you'resaying, "I know what it is.
  • 00:23:44.506 --> 00:23:47.609
  • I know I have that calling,but I'm not following
  • 00:23:47.642 --> 00:23:49.478
  • that calling.
  • 00:23:49.511 --> 00:23:50.312
  • I'm doing something else."
  • 00:23:50.345 --> 00:23:51.513
  • You will never know the full joyof the Lord until you follow
  • 00:23:51.546 --> 00:23:53.782
  • the calling he's placedon your life.
  • 00:23:53.815 --> 00:23:57.252
  • And then I mentionedthat there's not only
  • 00:23:57.285 --> 00:23:58.653
  • an important determination,but there's
  • 00:23:58.687 --> 00:24:01.490
  • an important decision.
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  • That decision is to dosomething now.
  • 00:24:03.425 --> 00:24:06.094
  • When you committo just do something,
  • 00:24:06.127 --> 00:24:08.597
  • you move in the right direction.
  • 00:24:08.630 --> 00:24:10.632
  • Once you're movingin a direction that is aligned
  • 00:24:10.665 --> 00:24:12.767
  • with the character and heartof God, you find
  • 00:24:12.801 --> 00:24:15.403
  • God's personal missionfor your life
  • 00:24:15.437 --> 00:24:17.739
  • begins to come into focus.
  • 00:24:17.772 --> 00:24:19.508
  • I remember my father told meyears ago, "God never steers
  • 00:24:19.541 --> 00:24:23.411
  • a stopped car."
  • 00:24:23.445 --> 00:24:26.615
  • He steers us when we're moving.
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  • You have to take the initiativeto move forward.
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  • You have to take the stepto say, "God, I'm in, all in,
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  • 100%, nothing reserved.
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  • I want to live my life heartilyfor you.
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  • Lord, tonight,from this moment on, I'm all-in.
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  • I'm 100%, totally,absolutely committed to what you
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  • have called me to do."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah willreturn to close today's program
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  • right after this.
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • David: In today's message,you heard me say
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  • there are only two positionsfor an automobile clutch,
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  • fully engaged or disengaged.
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  • And the same is truewith our relationship with God.
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  • To be fully engaged in life,we have to be fully engaged
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  • with him.
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  • And that means knowing his Son,Jesus Christ,
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  • as Lord and Savior.
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  • announcer: Next weekon "Turning Point ."
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  • David: Here isthe greatest commandment:
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  • love the Lord your Godwith all your heart, soul,
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  • and mind, and love your neighboras yourself
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  • because that illustrateshow much you love God.
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  • There is a real sense,men and women,
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  • in that we cannot love Godunless we love others.
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  • announcer: Join us next weekfor Dr. Jeremiah's message
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  • "Fully Engaged with God,"here on "Turning Point ."
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