Rock Church – Thy Will Be Done – Part 6, Life in the Spirit

Rock Church – Thy Will Be Done – Part 6, Life in the Spirit

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FOR YOU WERE ONCE DARKNESS. BUT NOW YOU ARE LIGHT, DEAR
LORD, WALK AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT. [APPLAUSE] HEY, GOOD MORNING. WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO THE ROCK
CHURCH AND THOSE ONLINE AND MULTI-SITES, NORTH COUNTY AND
WANT TO SAY HI, TO EAST COUNTY. MY NAME IS MICKEY, PART OF THE
PASTORAL TEAM, GOT A CALL THIS MORNING, MILES IS SICK. WE WANT TO PRAY FOR HIM AND NOT
BY OUR MIGHTIER POWER BUT TRULY GOD’S SPIRIT. I BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS STILL
HERE AND WE WANT TO PRAY FOR OUR PASTOR THOUGH. GOD HAS BEEN DOING AMAZING
THINGS THROUGH HIM. THIS PAST WEEK WE HAD A PASTOR
MEETING WITH SENIOR PASTORS AROUND THE COUNTY. MILES WANTED TO SHARE HIS HEART
AND THE BURDENS THAT PASTORS CARRY. HE GOT THROUGH WITH SO MUCH
LOVE, IT WAS LIKE THE LOVE MELTED ALL DIFFERENT THEOLOGIES
AND WE LOVE JESUS CHRIST AND THE DEVIL IS NOT HAPPY WITH THAT. BUT LET’S GET ON OUR KNEES, WE
LOVE TO START OUR SERVICES ON OUR KNEES HONORING GOD IN
PRAYER. WHEREVER YOU ARE AT — UNLESS
YOU ARE DRIVING A CAR, DON’T GET ON YOUR KNEES THERE. LET’S PRAY. LORD, I THANK YOU FOR THE
BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE THAT MAKE UP THE ROCK CHURCH. AND I JUST TRUST THAT YOU HAVE A
BLESSING FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF US AS YOU WOULD SPEAK TO OUR
HEARTS. I PRAY YOU BREAK THROUGHOUT
WALLS, MAYBE THE PRECONCEIVED IDEAS THAT WE HAVE EVEN TODAY,
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU, OUR CONCEPTS OF RELIGION, I PRAY YOU
JUST GO TO THE CORE OF WHO WE ARE, AND THAT YOU WOULD SET US
FREE TO EXPERIENCE MORE OF YOUR LOVE IN OUR LIVES THROUGH THE
TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL. AND I PRAY FOR OUR PASTOR MILES,
YOU THAT YOU WOULD HEAL HIM AND STRENGTHEN HIM AND YOUR BLESSING
POUR ON HIM IN JESUS’ NAME AND EVERYONE SAID AMEN. GIVE SOMEONE A HUG NEXT TO YOU. WANT TO ASK YOU TO PULL OUT YOUR
BIBLES, YOUR iPAD, YOUR iPHONE, WHEREVER YOUR BIBLE IS AND WE
WILL BE IN THE BOOK OF GALATIANS TODAY, CHAPTER 3, BOOK OF
GALATIANS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. I SERVED AS A CHAPLAIN AS THE
SAN DIEGO FIRE DEPARTMENT AND RESCUE FACILITIES AROUND THE
COUNTRY AND YOU WILL SEE TRAINING IN THE BULLETIN TO HELP
PEOPLE IN CRISIS, WHETHER FAMILY OR FRIENDS OR PEOPLE IN THE
COMMUNITY. I GET CALLS NOW AND THEN, WHEN I
AM CALLED TO RESPOND, IT’S GENERALLY A TRAUMATIC EVENT TO
HELP PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY BUT ALSO THE EMERGENCY RESPONDERS. AND NOT TOO LONG AGO IT WAS A
CAR ACCIDENT, AND I WAS CALLED TO DO AN INTERVENTION FOR THE
RESPONDERS. BECAUSE IT WAS PRETTY TRAGIC,
VERY TRAGIC. IT WAS A 61 YEAR-OLD GENTLEMAN
THAT WAS STOPPED AT A STOP LIGHT. AND GOING OUT TO DINNER BY
HIMSELF. GOING TO MEET SOME FAMILY. AND A CAR CAME DOWN THE ROAD AND
SOMEONE HAD A SEIZURE. WHERE THEIR EXTREMITIES EXTENDED
AND THEIR FOOT WAS ON THE ACCELERATE AND OF COURSE IT JUST
FLOORED IT. AND OUT OF CONTROL AND CONTINUED
TO ACCELERATE AND SMASHED INTO THE BACK OF THE CAR, AND THE
INDIVIDUAL IN THE CAR WAS KILLED. THE PERSON THAT HAD THE SEIZURE
SURVIVED. BUT YOU KNOW AS WE DID THE
INTERVENTION AND EVERYONE DID A GOOD JOB, AND PROCESSING THIS. AND THE QUESTION FOR THE POLICE
OFFICERS, WHY? THIS MAN WAS JUST GOING TO
DINNER, STOPPED, DOING NOTHING WRONG. WHERE DO BAD THINGS LIKE THIS
HAPPEN RANDOMLY TO PEOPLE? AND THAT’S A SERIES THAT THE
PASTOR DID, WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN AND LOOKING AT THE
SCRIPTURE AND THE CHALLENGES THERE. I WANT TO SHARE, I BELIEVE IT’S
OKAY TO ASK GOD WHY. BECAUSE WHEN JESUS WAS ON THE
CROSS DYING FOR THE SINS OF HUMANITY IN ANGUISH AND
REJECTION OF THE WORLD THAT HE LOVED. HE QUOTES PSALM 22, AND SAYS, MY
GOD, WHY, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME? I DON’T KNOW THE DYNAMIC OF THAT
RELATIONSHIP OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THAT MOMENT,
INTERNALLY WHAT I COMPREHEND. BUT THERE ARE PEOPLE HERE THAT
HAVE HAD SUCH PAINFUL AND SO DIFFICULT, YOU ARE NATURALLY
LORD, WHY, I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS, WHY DID THIS HAPPEN. AND YET GOD WE KNOW DOESN’T GIVE
US NECESSARILY OUR EXPLANATIONS. I HAVE SHARED BEFORE HE GIVES US
HIS PROMISES, I AM WITH YOU, TO DELIVER YOU. MY THOUGHTS TOWARDS YOU ARE FOR
A FUTURE. FOR A HOPE. I FOLLOW RICK WARREN AS HE’S A
MASTER ON TWITTER. SO MUCH WISDOM THAT GUY HAS. LIKE THE WISDOM OF SOLOMON
SOMETIMES, THE PROVERBS AND THINGS, AND DOES HIS OWN TWEETS. AS YOU KNOW THE PASTOR IN ORANGE
COUNTY AND HIS SON HAD MENTAL ILL, BIPOLAR, AND IN A TIME OF
DEEP DEPRESSION HIS GROWN SOON ACTUALLY TOOK HIS LIFE. AND I CAN’T IMAGINE PAIN AND
LOSS AND TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE PERSPECTIVES. RICK TOOK A BREAK FROM TWITTER,
YOU CAN IMAGINE, AND THEN STARTED TO TWEET, AND ONE OF HIS
FIRST TWEETS WERE THIS, I QUOTE, GRIEVING IS HARD, GRIEVING AS
PUBLIC FIGURES, HARDER. GRIEVING WHILE HATERS CELEBRATE
YOUR PAIN IS THE HARDEST. YOUR NOTES SUSTAINED US, HE
SAID. I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE A HUMAN
BEING BEING IN SUCH A PLACE WHEN SOMEONE LOSES HIS SON. BEING INSULTING TO THE PARENTS
AND CRITICIZING THEM AT THAT MOMENT. BUT I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THAT’S
WHAT GOD EXPERIENCED AS JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AS PEOPLE
ARE REVILING AND CONDEMNING AND CURSING HIM WHEN HE’S PAYING THE
DEBT FOR HUMAN SINS. ONE OF OUR ASSISTANTS, A TRUE
STORY. SHE HAS A FRIEND IN PHILADELPHIA
AND SHE WAS HOUSE SITTING A FAMILY. THEY WERE ON VACATION, AND THEY
HAD THIS DOG, AN OLDER DOG. AND CARING FOR THE DOG, AND A
COUPLE OF DAYS AFTER THE FAMILY LEFT THE DOG DIED. THE RESPONSIBILITY YOU KNOW OF
THIS HOUSE SITTING AND CARING FOR THIS ANIMAL THAT IS A FAMILY
MEMBER. AND SO FINALLY GETTING THE
COURAGE AND CALLS THE FAMILY AND SAYS, I AM SO SORRY, I WOKE UP
THIS MORNING AND YOUR DOG HAD DIED. AND THEY WERE OKAY, DON’T TAKE
IT UPON YOURSELF, WE HAD PREPARED OURSELVES FOR THIS. AND THEY CARRIED ON THE
CONVERSATION, NOW THIS MAY BE DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO COMPREHEND,
I DON’T UNDERSTAND BUT IT’S TRUE. THEY SAID, WOULD YOU DO US A
FAVOR. WE WOULDN’T NECESSARILY BURY THE
DOG, IT’S PRETTY SIMPLE. BUT WE HAVE THIS SUITCASE UP ON
THE SECOND FLOOR, IT’S BIG. IF YOU WOULDN’T MIND, I AM SORRY
THIS IS HARD TO ASK OF YOU, BUT WOULD YOU PUT THE DOG IN THE
SUITCASE. AND TAKE HIM DOWN AND JUST
GENTLY PUT HIM IN THE DUMPSTER AND THEY WILL BE BURIED. I KNOW, WHAT DO YOU DO. SHE’S LOOK OKAY, PUTS THE DOG IN
THE SUITCASE, TAKING HIM OUT AND GETS OUTSIDE. JUST ALL THE EMOTION YOU CAN
IMAGINE, SHE’S WALKING OUTSIDE AND A GUY PULLS UP IN A PICK-UP
TRUCK, SEES HER THERE AND SAID, CAN I HELP YOU WITH THAT. IT LOOKS REAL HEAVY. AND SHE IS LIKE, NO, IT’S OKAY,
AND HE’S INSISTING, NO LET ME HELP YOU. AND THEN HE ASKED THE QUESTION,
WHAT IS IN THE SUITCASE, WHAT DO YOU SAY THAT THAT MOMENT? SHE LIED AND SAID I HAVE THIS
COMPUTER EQUIPMENT AND HAVE TO UNLOAD IT. THE GUY SHOVES HER DOWN AND
GRABS THE SUITCASE AND THROWS IT IN THE BACK OF HIS PICK-UP TRUCK
AND DRIVES OFF. NOW —
GOD’S WAYS AREN’T OUR WAYS. HE HAS WAYS TO WORK THINGS OUT. NOW I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT, I
DON’T KNOW WHY OR ALL OF THOSE CIRCUMSTANCES. TRUE STORY. BUT I AM SURE WHEN THAT GUY
OPENED THAT SUITCASE JUST FROM MY PERSPECTIVE, GOD WAS GOING — [LAUGHTER] I DON’T KNOW, HERE IN GALATIANS
WE ARE DEALING WITH A CHURCH. THIS IS AGAIN ONE OF THE EARLY
LETTERS THAT PAUL WROTE TO A CHURCH. IF YOU ARE NOT REAL FAMILIAR
WITH THE BIBLE, THERE IS THE GOSPELS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
THAT TESTIFY OF THE HISTORY OF JESUS, WHAT HE DID, WHAT HE
TAUGHT. AND THEN FOLLOWED BY THE BOOK OF
ACTS, WHICH IS REALLY A TESTIMONY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT,
THE WORKS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH GOD’S PEOPLE AS THEY
LIVED OUT JESUS’ LIFE IN THE COMMUNITY OUT IN THE WORLD. TO BRING GOD’S KINGDOM AND TO
BRING THE GOSPEL. AND THEN YOU HAVE WHAT ARE
CALLED THE LETTERS OF THE APOSTLES, THE LEADERS OF THE
EARLY CHURCH, THEY ARE REFERRED TO AS THE EPISTLES, AND I WASN’T
RAISED IN THE CHURCH. AND SOMEONE TOLD ME I HAD TO
READ THE EPISTLES, I THOUGHT IT WAS A SMALL APOSTLE. I WAS TRYING TO FIND MY WAY
THROUGH AND A LOT I DIDN’T UNDERSTAND. BUT THE EPISTLES ARE LETTERS
THAT PAUL IS WRITING. HERE IS THIS EARLY CHURCH, NOT
MUCH LONGER THAN WE HAVE BEEN A CHURCH. AND PAUL IS WRITING TO THIS
CHURCH TO HELP THEM GET RIGHT ON WHAT THEY BELIEVE. AND ALSO ON HOW THEY WERE
LIVING. HERE IN GALATIANS 3:1, IT SAYS,
O FOOLISH GALATIANS, WHO HAS BEWITCHED YOU THAT YOU SHOULD
NOT OBEY THE TRUTH, THAT JESUS’ EYES HAVE PROCLAIMED AMONG
CRUCIFIED. THIS ONLY I WANT TO LEARN FROM
YOU, DID YOU RECEIVE THE SPIRIT BY THE WORKS OF THE LAW? OR BY THE HEARING OF FAITH. NOW REMEMBER THE SCRIPTURE SAYS
THAT FAITH COMES BY HEARING, HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD,
VERSE 3, ARE YOU SO FOOLISH HAVING BEGUN IN THE SPIRIT, ARE
NOW MADE PERFECT IN THE FLESH. NOW LET ME GET THIS PERSPECTIVE. I KNOW IN A DIVERSE GROUP WE ARE
HERE, SOME OF YOU HAVE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. DIFFERENT MAYBE BELIEFS WITHIN
ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY. AND ALSO THOSE ARE MULTI-SITES,
YOU ARE SITTING NEXT TO A VERY DIVERSE GROUP. NOT ONLY ETHNICALLY BUT LANGUAGE
WISE, HOW WE DRESS, BUT DIVERSE IN WHAT WE THINK. AND EVEN OUR VIEWS OF GOD. AND YOU KNOW I REALIZE THERE ARE
SOME HERE THAT ACTUALLY YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT GOD. YOU KNOW THERE IS SOMETHING OUT
THERE. YOU JUST SENSE SOMETHING. MAYBE THERE IS EVEN A VOID, THAT
YOU ARE SEARCHING. YOU ARE AT THIS PLACE, YOU ARE
NOT SURE ABOUT IT, HIM, ABOUT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES. BUT I AM HERE, MAYBE BROUGHT BY
A FRIEND OR WATCHING AT A MICRO-SITE. SOME OF YOU HAVE COME TO A PLACE
NOPE, I DO BELIEVE IN GOD. I DON’T KNOW WHICH GOD, GOD OF
THE BIBLE OR OTHER FAITH. BUT I KNOW GOD IS REAL. BUT I DON’T KNOW HIM PERSONALLY. AND I DON’T LIKE ORGANIZED
RELIGION. OR MAYBE YOU ARE A PERSON, NO, I
AM CONVINCED THAT THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS TRUE. AND I BELIEVE IN JESUS. IN FACT AS A CHILD I KNEW ABOUT
JESUS, I WAS TAUGHT ABOUT JESUS. BUT IT’S STILL TO YOU A
RELIGION, A RELIGION IS DUTIES AND OBLIGATIONS AND BELIEFS. BUT YOUR LIFE IS NOT NECESSARILY
TRANSFORMED BY THE RELATIONSHIP OF A LIVING GOD BY HIS SPIRIT. NOW SOME OF YOU HAVE ACTUALLY
ASKED JESUS IN YOUR LIFE. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES YOU
HAVE CONFESSED THAT JESUS IS LORD, YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART
THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD. AND THE BIBLE SAYS YOU ARE
SAVED. AND YET YOU ARE STILL JUST LIKE
TROUNCING IN MUD, IT’S SLOW, YOU HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS, DOUBTS,
FEARS AND FRUSTRATIONS AND CONFLICTS AT TIMES. OTHERS ARE ON THIS PROCESS OF
DISCIPLESHIP, YOU ARE GROWING IN YOUR FAITH. BUT SOMETIMES ALONG THIS JOURNEY
A PERSON GETS TO A PLACE, THEY KIND OF GET IT FIGURED OUT. YOU KNOW, I HAVE MY CHURCH THING
ON SUNDAY. I READ MY BIBLE NOW AND THEN, I
GIVE A LITTLE BIT WHEN THEY GIVE AN OFFERING. AND PRETTY SOON OVER TIME IT
BECOMES A ROUTINE. AND THE POWER THAT THE BIBLE
TESTIFIES TO YOU IS LIKE, WELL, YEAH, IT’S HISTORY. I KNOW THAT HAPPENED. I BELIEVE IT HAPPENED. I EVEN HEARD THAT IT HAPPENS
AROUND THE WORLD. DIFFERENT PLACES. BUT FOR YOU, NOT SO MUCH. I AM COMFORTABLE. I LIKE WHAT I BELIEVE. I LIKE THE CIRCLES I GO IN, BUT
DON’T STIR MY LIFE. THAT’S WHERE THE CHURCH OF
GALATIA WAS. IN FACT THEY WERE NOT ONLY
BELIEVED AND ON THIS PROCESS OF GROWTH, THEY STARTED TO DRIFT
BACK TO OLD PERSPECTIVES. AS WE HEARD, HE SAYS, O FOOLISH
GALATIANS, YOU HAVE BEGUN IN THE SPIRIT AND TRYING TO DO THINGS
IN YOUR OWN CONTROL, THE FLESH. YOU WANT PEOPLE CIRCUMCISED THEY
HAVE TO BE JEWS FIRST AND PUTTING PEOPLE UNDER THE LAW. LOOK WITH ME AT CHAPTER 5, THIS
IS ACTUALLY A TEACHING ALL THROUGH THE SCRIPTURES. AND I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND
MUCH OF THE WHAT THE EARLY CHURCH WAS DEALING WITH WAS THIS
DIVERSE OPINIONS, AND DIVISIONS AND CONFLICT. IN FACT PAUL AND PETER AND
JAMES, IF YOU READ THEIR LETTERS, THEIR EPISTLES, YOU
WILL FIND MUCH OF WHAT THEY WRITE ABOUT IS A CONFLICT IN THE
CHURCH. PEOPLE DEBATING ISSUES AND
FALLING BACK, AND GOD DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY. HE WORKS THE WAY I THINK HE
SHOULD WORK. VERSE 13, CHAPTER 5, FOR YOU
BRETHREN HAVE BEEN CALLED TO LIBERTY. ONLY DO NOT USE LIBERTY AS AN
OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FLESH. BUT THROUGH LOVE SERVE ONE
ANOTHER. FOR ALL THE LAW IS FULFILLED IN
ONE WORD, EVEN IN THIS. YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS
YOURSELF. A FRIEND OF OUR MINISTRY WHO
WROTE “LOVE DOES” BOB GOFF, A GREAT MAN THAT LIVES IN POINT
LOMA. HE SAYS THAT THE MISSION OF THE
CHURCH IS TO LOVE GOD, LOVE PEOPLE, AND DO STUFF. THAT ABOUT SAYS IT. LOVE GOD. LOVE PEOPLE. AND DO STUFF. WELL, WHAT IS STUFF? WELL, THE STUFF THAT JESUS DID. HOW HE LIVED. THE THINGS HE LIVED OUT AND WHAT
HE DID IN DEMONSTRATION OF HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS FATHER,
THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. THEN VERSE 15 SAYS, BUT IF YOU
BITE AND DEVOUR ONE ANOTHER, BE BEWARE LEST YOU BE CONSUMED BY
ONE ANOTHER. OH, MY HEART GRIEVES WHEN
CHURCHES DIVIDE, DENOMINATIONS SPLINTER AND PEOPLE START TO
FIGHT. WHAT A PLOY OF THE ENEMY TO GET
US TO FIGHT ONE ANOTHER. WHEN WE HAVE AN ENEMY. I ONCE HAD A BUNCH OF PASTORS
THAT WE WENT AND PLAYED PAINT BALL AS A TEAM-BUILDING THING,
AND WE HAVE OUR TWO TEAMS AND SHOOTING THE PAINT BALL. WE HAVE IN THE LOBBY A PAINT
BALL MINISTRY. AND WE WERE PREPARING AND I HAVE
TO GO AROUND THIS WAY AND YOU GO AROUND THAT WAY. THERE IS SOMEONE UP IN THAT
BUNKER. AND I WENT AROUND AND AS SOON AS
I ABOUT TO SHOOT, I WAS SHOT — OW, OW, IT WAS A GUY ON MY TEAM. HE WAS LIKE SORRY, I AM SO
NERVOUS, I WAS OUT OF THE GAME IN FEW SECONDS. BUT WHAT A PICTURE OF HOW WE
ARE, WE ARE SHOOTING AT EACH OTHER. AN AUGUSTA LEADER SAID ESSENTIAL
UNITY, IN NONESSENTIALS UNITY BUT IN ALL CHARITY. WE MAY HAVE DIFFERENCES BUT
LET’S TALK ABOUT. WE HAVE DIFFERENCES IN DIALOGUE
AND WE CAN SHARE AND LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER. AND THE ROCK CHURCH, I LOVE
THIS, THERE ARE SOME OF YOU THAT ARE MORE PENTECOSTAL,
CHARISMATIC, AND SOME ARE SENSATIONALIST, AND SOME OF YOU
COVET THE THEOLOGY, AND OF YOU ARE LAPSARIAN AND SOME OF YOU
SUPER-LAPSARIAN, AND SOME OF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING
ABOUT. BUT WE HAVE A MISSION TO LOVE
THE WORLD WITH THE LOVE OF GOD AND PROCLAIM THE NEWS OF JESUS
CHRIST. GOD LOVES THAT. WHEN WE ARE FOCUSED MORE ON HIM
RATHER THAN OUR DIFFERENCES AND THE DIFFERENT OPINIONS WE MAY
HAVE WITH ONE ANOTHER. YOU KNOW I HAD A BRAIN
SPECIALIST SPEAKING TO ME. I WASN’T SEEING HIM FOR A
REASON, EXCEPT WE WERE WORKING WITH SOME MILITARY PERSONNEL. AND HE’S A BRAIN SPECIALIST AND
WORKED AT THE V. A. HOSPITAL, AND SAID IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST
WE HAVE A HIGH INCIDENT OF VIETNAM VETS REPORTING TO THE
V.A. HOSPITAL FOR PSTD SYMPTOMS, AND WHY DO YOU THINK THE MONTH
OF AUGUST. IT’S THE WEATHER WE HAVE, HIGH,
PUFFY CLOUDS, HUMIDITY AND EXPLAINED TO ME THE BRAIN
REMEMBERS THREATS. AND IT STORES ALL OF THIS
INFORMATION ON A SUBCONSCIOUS LEVEL. AND ACTUALLY THE HIPPOCAMPUS
STORES THAT INFORMATION AND WHEN IT’S A THREAT, THE FIGHT/FLIGHT
FREEZE RESPONSE WILL TRIGGER THE AMYGDALA AND THEY WANT TO RUN. THINK ABOUT THIS, THESE
INDIVIDUALS WERE IN THE TROPICS AND IT SETS OFF RUN, RUN, ALARM,
FREEZE. IT’S A NATURAL PROCESS, IT’S
PHYSIOLOGICAL. AND I REALIZE IN THIS ROOM MANY
OF US, PROBABLY ALL OF US, THOSE OF YOU ONLINE AS WELL THAT YOU
HAVE BEEN TRAUMATIZED AT POINTS IN YOUR LIFE. YOU HAD HARDSHIP. YOU HAD PARENTS DIVORCE. AND ABUSE ISSUES AND ASSAULTS TO
SO MANY. AND WE HAVE THESE FEARS AND IN
THE BEGINNING GOD SAID TO ADAM AND EVE AND MADE THEM IN HIS
LIKENESS. AND THEN SATAN COMES TO EVE, YOU
WANT TO BE LIKE GOD. SHE WAS LIKE GOD, CREATE IN THE
IMAGE LIKE GOD. BUT TO KNOW GOOD AND EVIL. YOU WANT TO DETERMINE WHAT IS
TRUE FOR YOU AND YOU WANT TO BE GOD ULTIMATELY. AND SHE FORETOOK OF THE
FORBIDDEN FRUIT AND SIN CAME INTO THEIR LIFE AND GAVE TO HER
HUSBAND, AND WHAT WAS THE FIRST THING THEY DID? THEY COVERED WITH FIG LEAVES,
THEY SEPARATED FROM GOD AND SEPARATED FROM ONE ANOTHER. AND NOW DEATH ENTERS INTO THE
HUMAN RACE. THE FEARS, THE WOUNDS, THE
HURTS. AND I HAVE OBSERVED SO OFTEN YOU
KNOW THOSE FIG LEAVES GET THICK OVER OUR HEARTS. I NEVER WANT TO FEEL THAT PAIN
AGAIN. I NEVER WANT TO FEEL REJECTION,
AND ABANDONMENT AGAIN. SO WE GET THICK. AND WE HAVE THESE RESPONSES OR
TRIGGERS WHEN SOMEONE GETS CLOSE WE IMMEDIATELY HAVE THIS TRIGGER
TO RUN. VERY NATURAL. BUT THE ENEMY USES THIS AS WELL,
CREATING FEARS AND ALL OF THESE THINGS TO GUARD OURSELVES. YET THE JOURNEY OF THE CHRISTIAN
FAITH IS GETTING TO A PLACE WHERE YOU REALIZE, I AM NOT GOD,
HE IS GOD. I CAN LET GO AND ALLOW GOD TO BE
THE GOD OF MY LIFE AND PEELS AWAY THE LEAVES AND WOUNDS AND
WHERE I CAN BE TRANSPARENT AND BE LOVED AND GIVE LOVE. AND GET PAST MY FEARS. THE SCRIPTURE SAYS THAT THINGS
ARE NEW IN CHRIST. OLD THINGS PASS AWAY AND ALL
THINGS ARE NEW. THERE IS A PROCESS WHERE WE DIE
IN CHRIST AND JESUS CHRIST COMES ALIVE. HE COMES ALIVE WHERE HIS LIFE IS
LIVED THROUGH US. THAT LIFE THAT HE HAS FOR US TO
EXPERIENCE TRANSFORMATION. IF YOU JOT DOWN A COUPLE OF
SCRIPTURES, II CORINTHIANS 17:18, THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT OF
LIBERTY, BUT WE WITH ALL UNVEILED FACE AS HOLD IN A
MIRROR, THE GLORY OF THE LORD — LISTEN TO WHAT HE SAYS, BEING
TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF THE MIND, TRANSFORMED INTO THE
IMAGE FROM GLORY TO GLORY JUST BY THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD. AND PHILIPPIANS AND ROMANS 12
SAYS THERE IS A PROCESS THAT GOD DOES, NOT TO BE CONFORMED TO THE
WORLD BUT TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF THE MIND AND HEART
THAT WE BECOME AND GROW IN THE IMAGE OF JESUS CHRIST. NOW WHEN I FIRST BECAME A FIRE
CHAPLAIN, BECAUSE A FIREFIGHTER HAD PASSED AWAY. AND I WAS ASKED TO BE WITH THE
FAMILY AND HELP THEM WITH THE PROCESS. AND THE CHIEF CAME TO ME AND
SAID, WOULD YOU CONSIDER BEING OUR CHAPLAIN. AND I SAID WHAT IS THAT. HE SAID JUST RIDE ALONG WITH US
AND BE ABLE FOR ANY CRISIS. AND I CONTINUED MY STUDIES AND
GRADUATE SCHOOL AND LEARNED ACCESS OF TRAUMA AND HOW TO HELP
PEOPLE. AND THEN HE GAVE ME A FIRE
UNIFORM. I TOOK THE UNIFORM HOME, AND I
HAD A GOLD BADGE, GENERALLY TAKES 15 YEARS TO WEAR GOLD. CHAPLAINS WEAR GOLD. AND I HAD IT ON AND STANDING IN
FRONT OF A FULL MIRROR AND MY WIFE SAW ME, AND SAID ONE LOOK
AND SAID, WILL YOU GROW UP. YOU DON’T KNOW HOW COOL THIS IS. EVERYONE WANTS TO BE A
FIREFIGHTER. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? I GOT MY UNIFORM THE FIRST DAY. I WAS CLOTHE IN THAT UNIFORM TO
DO WHAT I WAS CALLED TO DO. NOW I HAD TO LEARN AND GROW AND
LEARN THE TERMINOLOGY AND EVERYTHING. I WENT TO THE STATIONS THAT HAVE
THE BOMB SQUAD MASS STRIKE TEAM. AND I WAS THERE AND TRYING TO
LEARN THE EQUIPMENT, AND HE TURNED AROUND, A CAPTAIN WITH ME
AND AS HE WALKED AWAY IT SAYS, MASS, METRO ARSON STRIKE TEAM. IN LITTLE LETTERS IT SAYS, I
MADE BOMB TECHNICIAN, IF YOU SEE ME RUNNING, TRY TO CATCH UP. I WILL REMEMBER THAT. WHEN YOU COME TO FAITH IN GOD,
YOU ARE CLOTHED IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST. THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES INTO YOU
AND THAT WORK STARTS TO TRANSFORM US. AND GOD WANTS TO FILL OUR
SPIRIT, GOD STARTS TO DOMINATE AND WE START TO GROW IN THIS
PROCESS. OF DYING TO SELF, BUT BECOMING
ALIVE IN JESUS CHRIST. AS WE READ ON IN CHAPTER 5 HERE
AND VERSE 16, THIS IS WHAT THAT LIFE LOOK LIKE. IT SAYS, I SAY THEN WALK IN THE
SPIRIT AND YOU WILL NOT FULFILL THE LUST OF THE FLESH. FOR THE FLESH LUSTS AGAINST THE
SPIRIT AND THE SPIRIT AGAINST THE FLESH, AND THESE ARE
CONTRARY TO ONE ANOTHER. SO THAT YOU DO NOT DO THE THINGS
THAT YOU WISH. BUT IF YOU ARE LED BY THE
SPIRIT, YOU ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW. NOW THE WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE
EVIDENT WHICH ARE ADULTERY, FORNICATION, UNCLEANNESS,
LEWDNESS, IDOLATRY, HATRED, JEALOUSIES, AND OUTBURST OF
WRATH, HERESIES AND ENVY AND MURDER, DRUNKENNESS, REVELRY AND
THE LIKE, AND AS I TOLD YOU BEFOREHAND JUST AS I TOLD YOU IN
TIME PAST. THOSE WHO PRACTICE SUCH THINGS
WILL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD. PAUL HERE SEPARATES HUMANITY. IF THE MANNER OF YOUR LIFE, YOU
ARE LIVING IN THE REALM OF THE FLESH. NOW WHEN HE SAYS ADULTERY, JESUS
CLARIFIED, ADULTERY IS JUST TO LOOK UPON A PERSON LUSTFULLY. YOU HAVE COMMITTED ADULTERY IN
YOUR HEART. YOU MAY SAY YOU NEVER MURDERED
ANYONE, IF YOU ARE ANGRY WITHOUT CAUSE, YOU MURDERED THAT PERSON
IN YOUR HEART. AND JAMES WRITES AND SAYS, IF
YOU ARE GUILTY OF ONE SIN, YOU ARE GUILTY OF ALL THE LAW. AND THAT SHOULD CAUSE US TO SAY,
I NEED A SAVIOR. I NEED A SAVIOR. NOW SOME OF US MAYBE IN YOUR
JOURNEY, AND I JUST DESCRIBED YOUR LIFE. SOME OF YOU THAT WAS YOUR PAST. SOME OF YOU HAVE COME TO A PLACE
OF FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU WALKING
WITH HIM. BUT I AM STILL DESCRIBING YOU. STRUGGLING WITH DRUNKENNESS AND
ANGER AND YOU ARE SAVED. IF THIS IS YOUR LIFE, YOU ARE
NOT GOING TO ENTER THROUGH THE KINGDOM. I AM THANKFUL THAT IT’S NOT BY
MY MERIT BUT GOD’S GRACE, I AM SAVED THROUGH FAITH. BUT THIS PROCESS OF
TRANSFORMATION MUST TAKE PLACE BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD IN OUR
LIVES. HERE IS WHAT JESUS LOOKS LIKE. HERE IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
THAT DEMONSTRATED LIVING OUT THIS LIFE OF FAITH. VERSE 22, THE FRUIT OF THE
SPIRIT IS LOVE. AND NOW ALL OF THESE OTHER WORDS
ARE DESCRIBING THAT QUALITY OF LOVE. THAT SAYS THE FRUIT OF THE
SPIRIT IS LOVE, PEACE, HUMILITY, SELF-CONTROL, AGAINST WHICH SUCH
THERE IS NO LAW, IF WE LIVE IN THE SPIRIT, LET US ALSO WALK IN
THE SPIRIT. WHEN GOD STARTS THAT
TRANSFORMATION IN OUR LIFE, IT WILL BE EVIDENCE OF THE FRUIT OF
THE SPIRIT COMING OUT OF OUR LIVES. BUT IT’S THE LIFE OF CHRIST,
IT’S HIS SPIRIT. BUT IT’S NOT LIMITED, NOW SOME
OF YOU ARE THINKING, YEAH, I GET THAT. JOY, LOVE, PEACE, I GET THAT. AND YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH THAT. AND YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE IN
THAT, BUT YOU SEE THE LIFE OF CHRIST AND THE LIFE OF THE
SPIRIT. ALSO WE SAW JESUS HEAL THE
BLIND, THE LAME WOULD WALK. THE PEOPLE ROSE FROM THE DEAD. DEMONS WERE CAST OUT. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN IT’S LIKE,
WELL, I LIKE THIS PART OF THE JESUS. BUT THIS MAKES ME FEEL
UNCOMFORTABLE. BECAUSE I AM NOT IN CONTROL. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WE ARE
WORSHIPING A GOD WHO IS LESS THAN HE IS. WHICH IS IDOLATRY. YOU SEE GOD IS TO BE WORSHIPED
FOR WHO HE IS. THE PSALMS SAYS THAT SOMETIMES
PEOPLE MAKE GOD IN THEIR IMAGE, RATHER THAN ACCEPTING GOD IN THE
IMAGE WHO HE IS. A DEAR FRIEND HAS A BAPTISM,
JUNE 10, ONE OF OUR LEADERS WAS GOING TO BAPTIZE HIS WIFE. THEY HAD ASKED COULD I BAPTIZE
MY WIFE. AND WE HAD A PASTOR THAT WOULD
BE THERE WITH HIM AND HELP BAPTIZE, AND AFTER THE BAPTISM I
GOT THIS E-MAIL FROM THEM, SHARING THEIR STORY. YOU SEE THE BAPTISM WAS ON JUNE
10. AND SHE IN HER DISCIPLESHIP HAD
PUT OFF GETTING BAPTIZED. AND REALIZED I NEED TO MAKE THIS
FULL COMMITMENT TO THE LORD, HER HUSBAND WAS ENCOURAGING HER. AND SIGNED UP TO GET BAPTIZED
AND ON JUNE 10, WOKE UP ANXIOUS, ANGRY AT HER HUSBAND, IRRITABLE. AND LATER IN THE DAY SHE TOLD
HIM, I AM NOT GOING TO GET BAPTIZED. I WILL DO IT LATER. AND THEN REALIZED THAT JUNE 10
WAS THE DATE A YEARS AGO THAT HER HUSBAND HAD TOLD HER THAT HE
WAS HAVING AN AFFAIR. SUCH BETRAYAL, THE BROKENNESS,
THEY GOT COUNSELING AND STAYED MARRIED AND STARTED TO GROW AS A
COUPLE. YOU UNDERSTAND THOSE TRIGGERS? SHE WAS NOT FIGURING JUNE 10,
AND DEEP DOWN HAD FEARS. AND SAID I NEED TO GET BAPTIZED. AND HER HUSBAND AND LEADER
BAPTIZED HER, AND THEN E-MAIL ME AND SAID, ALL THINGS ARE MADE
NEW. GOD HAS GRACIOUSLY REWRITTEN MY
STORY. JUNE 10 WAS A DAY OF GREAT LOSS
AND PAIN, AND NOW IT’S A DAY OF THE RESURRECTED LIFE OF JESUS
CHRIST. [APPLAUSE] NOW WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE IN A MINUTE, AND THERE IS PROBABLY
MANY OF US IN THIS ROOM, YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU ARE GOOD WITH GOD
AS LONG AS YOU ARE IN CONTROL. NOW SELF-CONTROL IS THE FRUIT OF
THE SPIRIT. BUT THAT’S GOD’S CONTROL. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT OUT OF
CONTROL, BUT CONTROL IN YOUR LIFE. WHEN THINGS ARE COMFORTABLE YOU
ARE GOOD. BUT WHEN THINGS YOU DON’T FULLY
UNDERSTAND, AND GOD’S WAYS ARE HIGHER THAN YOURS AND HIS WAYS
HIGHER. AND THIS DOESN’T SEEM FAIR OR
RIGHT AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT. AND YOU START TO KIND OF HUNKER
DOWN AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO LET GOD COMPLETELY RULE YOUR
LIFE. WE HAD THIS IN OUR CHILDREN’S
MINISTRY WHERE A LITTLE PRESCHOOLER CAME DOWN AND TEARY
EYED. AND THE CHILDREN’S WORKER WENT
TO THEM AND SAID, ARE YOU OKAY. SHE SAID, MY GRAMMY IS SICK, AND
I LOVE MY GRAMMY. AND SO SHE SAID, CAN I PRAY FOR
HER. AND THE LITTLE TYKE SAID, NO, I
AM GOING TO PRAY FOR HER, SHE’S MY GRAMMY. AND SHE FOLDS HER HANDS AND
TIGHTENS HER EYES, AND LORD JESUS, I PRAY FOR MY GRAMMY AND
MAKE HER BETTER, AND ALL OF THIS, AND AT THE END OF HER
PRAYER IN JESUS’ NAME TWO MEN. AND THEN THE TEACHER SAID NO,
HONEY, IT’S AMEN. SHE SAID NO, I NEEDED MORE THAN
JUST ONE FOR MY GRAMMY. NOW I KNOW THERE ARE SOME OF YOU
THAT NEED TWO-MEN PRAYERS. OKAY, MY GRANDDAUGHTER WE WERE
OUT TO DINNER, ACTUALLY LUNCH, AND THE WHOLE FAMILY WAS THERE
AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER ON MY SHOULDERS, AND SHE LEANS DOWN
AND SAYS, I LOVE YOU PAPA. I LOVE THAT, AND THEN SHE SAID,
YOU’RE MY FAVORITE. OKAY, YOU GET IT ALL, WHATEVER
YOU WANT. YOU CAN HAVE. WELL, PUT THEM IN THEIR CAR AND
THEY GO HOME. AND WE GET HOME AND I SAY TO MY
WIFE, CANDY, I HAVE TELL YOU THIS HUMBLY. KENNEDY TOLD ME I AM HER
FAVORITE. AND ONE OF MY DAUGHTERS WAS
THERE TOO AND MY WIFE SAID OH, YEAH SHE TOLD THAT TO ME EARLIER
IN THE DAY. AND I SAID WHAT. AND MY DAUGHTER SAID, SHE SAID
THAT TO ME TOO. AND IT DAWNED ON US, YOU KNOW
WHOEVER SHE IS WITH IS HER FAVORITE AND SHE OVERFLOWS WITH
THAT LOVE. GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU. HE KNOWS YOUR FAILURES. YOUR SUCCESSES. AND SUCH A PERSONAL WAY THAT
LIKE EVEN NOW TODAY, YOU CAN FEEL THAT GOD IS SPEAKING JUST
TO YOU. THIS IS ABOUT YOU. AND IT IS. HIM AND YOU HAVE THIS
RELATIONSHIP WHERE GOD SPEAKS BY HIS SPIRIT. SO PERSONAL. AND KNOW THIS, GOD LOVES YOU. YOU ARE HIS FAVORITE. WE ALL GET TO BE HIS FAVORITE. HE KNOWS EVERY HEAD ON — EVERY
HAIR ON YOUR HEAD, AND FOR SOME OF US IT’S EASIER THAN OTHERS. AND KNOWS EVERYTHING BUT. AND SOME OF US HAVE FIG LEAVES,
NO, GOD DON’T TAKE CONTROL. WE HAVE FEAR AND ANXIETY AND A
LIFE FILLED WITH ENVY AND STRIVE AND CONFLICT, AND DEBATES. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU, LET GOD
BE GOD. I WANT TO PRAY A PRAYER AND ASK
YOU, IN FACT WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE CLASS, LATER, TODAY’S CLASS IS
FULL. BUT IN THE UPCOMING MONTHS WE
LEARN THE ABC’S. AND “A” IS TO ADMIT YOU ARE A
SINNER. ADMIT YOU NEED GOD. ALL THE 12-STEP PROGRAMS, STEP
1, ADMIT YOU ARE WRONG. MY WIFE AND I HAVE A CONFLICT
AND I REALIZE I WAS WRONG AND I GO UP TO HER AND SAY, HONEY I
WAS WR — IT’S HARD TO ADMIT IT. BUT GET TO THAT PLACE AND TELL
GOD YOU ARE WRONG. HE WANTS TO HEAL YOU AND TAKE
PAIN AND TRANSFER INTO PURPOSE. AND “B” IS BELIEF, THAT HE
RAISED HIS SON FROM THE DEAD. AND “C” IS CONFESS, AND
RECOGNIZE HE IS LORD, AND “D” GET ON THE PATHWAY. I WILL PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE
OPEN TO LET GO AND SAY, GOD, COME SPEAK TO MY HEART. WOULD YOU PRAY WITH ME. BOW YOUR HEARTS AND CLOSE YOUR
EYES. LORD AGAIN I AM JUST OVERWHELMED
WITH THE SENSE OF YOUR LOVE FOR US. I WOULD ASK FOR EVERYONE THAT IS
WITHIN HEARING OF MY VOICE THAT YOUR SPIRIT WOULD GO BEYOND ME. TO EACH AND EVERYONE OF OUR
HEARTS. AND I AM PRETTY CONFIDENT THERE
IS A NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS HERE AT OUR SITES ARE STILL
STRUGGLING WITH YOU, AND STRUGGLING WITH CONTROL AND THEY
DON’T WANT TO LET GO. I PRAY YOUR SPIRIT BRINGS SUCH A
GENTLE LOVE THAT YOU WHISPER, YOU ARE MY FAVORITE, AND ADMIT
THAT YOU NEED GOD TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE. BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED
ON THE CROSS FOR YOU. CONFESS HIM AS LORD. TO GET OFF THE THRONE OF YOUR
HEART. NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THIS
JOURNEY, AS A NONBELIEVER, BECOMING A BELIEVER, OR EVEN A
GROWING BELIEVER. IF YOU ARE IN A PLACE THAT YOU
ARE LIVING A LIFE OF FLESH, WOULD YOU PRAY THIS PRAYER WITH
ME. LORD JESUS, I ADMIT IT’S NOT
WORKING FOR ME. I NEED YOU TO DOMINATE MY HEART. SO I ASK BY THE POWER OF YOUR
HOLY SPIRIT YOU WOULD COME IN, TRANSFORM ME. YOU WOULD TAKE CONTROL. THAT YOU WOULD TRULY BE GOD OF
MY LIFE. THERE IS SO MUCH PAIN, THERE IS
SO MUCH HURT, YOU HAVE CAUSED SO MUCH HURT. FORGIVE ME, I REPENT OF MY SINS. I WANT THIS LIFE TO MEAN
SOMETHING TO YOU, I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, I WANT TO LOVE
PEOPLE AND TO BE LOVED BY YOU. IF THAT’S YOUR HEART’S CRY, I
WILL ASK YOU TO DO SOMETHING VERY TRANSPARENT AND HUMBLING. AS HEADS ARE BOWED AND EYES
CLOSED, I ASK YOU TO BE HUMBLE. QUIT PROTECTING AND GUARDING
YOURSELF, BUT IN HUMILITY AND IN TRANSPARENCY AND IF YOU PRAYED
THAT AND STAND UP AND BOLDLY SAY, I ADMIT IT. I NEED GOD TO TAKE CONTROL. STAND RIGHT NOW. RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. STAND. ALL OVER THE AUDITORIUM. IN THE BALCONY STAND. DON’T RESIST. SOME OF YOU ARE STRUGGLING
CONTROL, GOD BLESS YOU. GOD WANTS US TO HAVE OPEN HANDS. AND IT’S OPEN HANDS TO RECEIVE
HIS LOVE. I ASK YOU NOT TO RUSH OUT NOW,
BUT GOD IS SPEAKING TO HEARTS NOW, AND ANGELS IN HEAVEN
REJOICE, THE SCRIPTURE SAYS. AGAIN THAT’S TURMOIL GOING ON,
IF YOU SENSE GOD IS SPEAKING TO YOU, AND TODAY IS A DAY FOR TO
YOU RELINQUISH CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE AND LET JESUS CHRIST BE
THERE FOR YOU. I ASK YOU TO STAND. IN A MOMENT I ASK YOU TO MAKE
THAT PUBLIC, NOT BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO BE EMBARRASSED. BUT WE WANT TO LOVE YOU AND WE
WANT GOD TO POUR HIS LOVE UPON YOU. IF YOU ARE STANDING, I ASK THAT
YOU STEP OUT YOUR AISLE BECAUSE WE WANT YOU TO TAKE A STAND AND
JOIN US, AND COME OUT. ALL OF YOU THAT STOOD. GOD BLESS YOU. IF ON THE BALCONY THERE, THE
USHERS WILL GUIDE YOU AND BRING YOU DOWN. COME ON DOWN. GOD BLESS YOU. [APPLAUSE] GOD BLESS YOU. COME ON DOWN. [APPLAUSE] GOD BLESS YOU. COME ON DOWN. HI. GOD BLESS YOU. HI. [APPLAUSE] YOU KNOW IT’S BEAUTIFUL THAT YOU
ARE FACING YOUR FAMILY HERE. UNASHAMED. GOD LOVES EACH AND EVERYONE OF
YOU. AND YOU ARE PART OF A FAMILY. AND JUST SO YOU KNOW FAMILIES
HAVE DYSFUNCTIONS. WE ARE SOMEWHAT DYSFUNCTIONAL AS
A FAMILY, BUT WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER. WE FORGIVE ONE ANOTHER. AND WE WANT TO DO THIS THING
TOGETHER CALLED LIFE. IF YOU CAN TURN AND FACE ME, I
WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU AND I WANT TO PRAY FOR YOU. AND WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A BIBLE
AND HELP YOU TAKE STEP ON YOUR JOURNEY, AND HELP ON YOU YOUR
GROWTH. AND GET YOU CONNECTED IN
COMMUNITY. THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE BUT
IT’S SMALL, AND GET INVOLVED AND USE YOU FOR WHAT GOD DESIGNED
YOU TO FURTHER HIS LOVE IN YOUR LIFE AND OTHERS. BOW YOUR HEARTS WITH ME. LORD AGAIN, I THANK YOU FOR THE
BEAUTIFUL FACES REPRESENTED HERE. THAT REPRESENT A LIFE. THAT YOU DIED FOR. AND I PRAY THAT THE WORK OF YOUR
SPIRIT WOULD SO OVERWHELM THEM WITH YOUR LOVE, THAT THEY COULD
EXPERIENCE A NEWNESS, A FRESHNESS OF WHO YOU ARE IN
THEIR LIVES. THAT YOU WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM IN
THE SCRIPTURES TO BECOME MORE OF JESUS CHRIST. TO LIVE OUT YOUR LIFE TO THIS
BROKEN WORLD AND IT’S IN JESUS’ NAME WE PRAY AMEN. I WILL HAVE YOU FACE THIS WAY,
TURN TO YOUR RIGHT. AND WE WANT TO CELEBRATE YOUR
COMMITMENT, AND GET YOU STARTED. GOD BLESS YOU. [APPLAUSE]

3 comments

  1. why did you take out the part where she gets possessed by a demon, I was there and I wanted to show my mom what happened

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