September 3, 2017 9AM English Message

I'd invite you to open up with me to the

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book of Ephesians chapter one

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Ephesians chapter one you know I found

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myself over the past couple years

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periodically referring to texts in the

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letter Paul's letter to the Christians

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in Ephesus Ephesians it's in the New

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Testament it's in a collection of

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letters Galatians Ephesians Philippians

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Colossians you know how you remember

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that the acronym is go eat popcorn okay

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Galatians Ephesians Philippians

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Colossians or Gentiles eat pork chops

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okay we're in the eat part the ephesians

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part in the New Testament and I found

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myself referring to this letter several

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times over the past couple years and

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finally as I was praying about what the

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next series should be I felt the Lord

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just telling me look just preach the

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whole letter start at the beginning and

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go to the end this this is this is meant

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for God's people now the pastor Robert

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Owen has been preaching on the fullness

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of the Holy Spirit and this letter is

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all about having being supernatural

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people having a supernatural mentality

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and so I felt inclined to do that and

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then of course I realized that Pastor

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Roberto has been preaching on this

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letter on Wednesday nights in Spanish so

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God is speaking to Congregation line of

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Judah so we're gonna begin going through

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this and I have a little confession to

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make as I get into this the first

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chapter of Ephesians has always been one

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that I've had the feeling is really

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important and I don't get it and I read

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through it and I think wow I bet you

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that was really really deep but I don't

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understand a word of what I just read

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and it's been like 30 years of this

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right and finally I'm like that's it I'm

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rolling up my sleeves God you've got

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something to say here because as I read

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these words and you'll see as we go

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through it I believe that and let's do

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the NIV if we can because that's what

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I'll be using

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although the kgv is beautiful I like

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that too just could add me in salud but

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I believe that this first chapter is

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spectacular spiritual poetry it's

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Shakespearean

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in the heavenly realms and I have a

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hunch that maybe this chapter will be

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read aloud in heaven and then we'll be

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like oh my gosh we had no idea there are

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significant things and especially the

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first couple verses of all of the

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Apostle Paul's letters sum up everything

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else he's going to say in that letter

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it's the seedbed for the rest of what

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he's going to teach any other verse in

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Ephesians is going to relate back to

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this so if we really going to understand

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everything God's gonna talk about about

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about holiness about marriage about

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unity in the church about how we should

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be in our behavior with other people

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about the armor of God none of that

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makes sense

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apart from this chapter so I invite you

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to pray with me for a spirit of wisdom

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and revelation that God would open our

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eyes so that we could see the meaning of

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the words we're about to read amen

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okay here we go Ephesians chapter one

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verse one we can read the whole thing

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Paul an apostle of Christ Jesus by the

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will of God to God's holy people in

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Ephesus the faithful in Christ Jesus

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grace and peace to you from God our

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Father and the Lord Jesus Christ praise

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be to the God and father of our Lord

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Jesus Christ who has blessed us in the

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heavenly realms with every spiritual

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blessing in Christ for he chose us in

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him before the creation of the world to

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be holy and blameless in his sight in

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love he predestined us for adoption to

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sonship through Jesus Christ in

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accordance with his pleasure and will to

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the praise of his glorious grace which

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he has freely given us in the one he

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loves in him we have redemption through

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his blood the forgiveness of sins in

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accordance with the riches of God's

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grace that he lavished on us with all

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wisdom and understanding he made known

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to us the mystery of his will according

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to his good pleasure

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which he purposed in Christ to be put

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into effect when the times have reached

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their fulfillment to bring to unity all

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things in heaven and on earth under

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Christ in him we were also chosen having

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been predestined according to the plan

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of him who works out everything in

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conformity with the purpose of his will

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in order that we who were the first to

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put our hope in Christ might be for the

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praise of his glory and you also were

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included in Christ when you heard the

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message of truth the gospel of your

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salvation when you believed you were

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marked in him with a seal the promised

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Holy Spirit who is a deposit

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guaranteeing our inheritance until the

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redemption of those who are God's

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possession to the praise of his glory

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for this reason ever since I heard about

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your faith in the Lord Jesus and your

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love for all God's people I have not

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stopped giving thanks for you

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remembering you in my prayers I keep

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asking that the god of our Lord Jesus

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Christ the glorious father may give you

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the spirit of wisdom and revelation so

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that you may know him better I pray that

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the eyes of your heart may be

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enlightened in order that you may know

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the hope to which he has called you the

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riches of his glorious inheritance in

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his holy people and his incomparably

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great power for us who believe that

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power is the same as the mighty strength

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he exerted when he raised Christ from

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the dead and seated him at his right

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hand in the heavenly realms far above

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all rule and authority power and

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Dominion and every name that is invoked

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not only in the present age but also in

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the one to come and God placed all

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things under his feet and appointed him

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to be head over everything for the

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church which is his body the fullness of

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him who fills everything in every way

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holy spirit make it come alive to us in

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Jesus name Amen so you see what I mean

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you read through and you get the feeling

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there's there's a lot here that I must

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not be good

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cuz I get the feeling that God really

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has a message for me in this and as I

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read through this things started blowing

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me away as I started seeing a new frame

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of reference a new perspective that I

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believe God wants us to have and I want

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to start with verse 3 when it says

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blessed be the God and father of our

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Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in

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the heavenly realms with every spiritual

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blessing in Christ

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now blessing is a biblical concept right

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it's a familiar concept to us in the Old

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Testament it's as old as father it's as

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old as Adam and Eve right

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it says God blessed them and said be

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fruitful and multiply eat all the stuff

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you know the fruit you know not animals

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yet but fruit and thing God blessed them

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to Abraham God said if you will leave

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your home and your family and go to land

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I show you I will bless you and I will

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make your name great and you will be a

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blessing everyone who curses you will be

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cursed and those who bless you will be

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blessed and all nations will be blessed

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through you blessing blessing blessing

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God promises to bless us that's a word

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we use in Christian circles and very

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rarely do we think about what it really

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means blessing means God makes us happy

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by giving to us it's an awesome thing

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there's a song that says I don't want

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blessings I want you we say that in the

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course and I really like the sentiment

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of that song it's saying that that we

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don't want stuff from God more than we

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want God himself

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that's the message good message we need

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to sing that song but the fact is a real

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blessing when God blesses he gives a

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gift and he gives himself along with it

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and I want blessings when God is part of

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that blessing because God can make us

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happy like no one else can in the Old

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Testament God promises the people of

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Israel in Deuteronomy 28 in verse 1 he

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says if you fully obey the Lord your God

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and follow his commands I give you today

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God said to the Israelites if you obey

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if you do your part in verse 1 he says

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the Lord your God will set you high

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above all the nations on earth all these

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blessings will come on you

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and accompany you or pursue you

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if you obey the Lord your God you will

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be blessed in the city and blessed in

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the country blessed in roxbury blessed

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in Mauldin blessed in Norwood I

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certainly hope the fruit of your womb

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will be blessed and the crops of your

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land and the young of your livestock and

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the calves of your herds and the Lambs

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of your flocks your basket and your

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kneading trough will be blessed you will

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be blessed when you come in blessed when

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you go out the Lord will grant but the

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enemies who rise up against you will be

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defeated before you they will come at

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you from one direction and flee from you

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and seven the Lord will send a blessing

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on your barns and on everything you

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touch the Lord your God will bless you

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in the land he is giving you praise the

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Lord I believe in a God who blesses and

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I love as a pastor to watch this process

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in people's lives I get a front-row seat

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and seeing people go through even

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difficulties in pains because God never

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promises us an easy life but seeing how

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in the midst of it all he blesses Amen

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so that's a familiar concept in the

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Bible now but this formulation in verse

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three that the Lord and God the God and

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father of our Lord Jesus Christ has

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blessed us in the heavenly realms with

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every spiritual blessing in Christ that

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particular way of phrasing God's

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blessing is not found anywhere else in

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the Bible the fact that God doesn't just

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bless us by giving us employment and

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housing and healthy families and those

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things although we pray for those things

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but that there is a blessing in the

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heavenly realms in Christ that is

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available to us that is absolutely a

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unique statement and it sets the

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framework for the whole book of

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Ephesians and you should also set the

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framework for our whole life and that's

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what I want to talk about especially

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today the heavenly realm the spiritual

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dimension what am I talking about with

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that what does that mean I'm going to

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invite you today to put on your science

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fiction helmet a little bit and use your

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imagination a bit because we're going to

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need to do that because as Christians we

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believe that there

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is an invisible spiritual dimension all

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around us that is just as real as the

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physical dimension that we can touch and

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see we believe that this is real now

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sort of like but it's another dimension

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it's invisible now this is easier for us

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I think in our modern age where we have

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wireless communications and we know that

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invisibly there's all kinds of

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conductivity and if we can tap into that

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we can receive all kinds of information

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and communicate so we have a better

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sense for that which is invisible than

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other generations might have but it goes

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so much deeper than that I think of the

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ocean right that's kind of a parallel

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dimension a parallel world from above

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all we see is the water whether it's

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smooth or where there are waves but if

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you go beneath that water you are in

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another zone right we can't breathe

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under there on our own it is another

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dimension that even though it looks like

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just flat water when you go underneath

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you find that that water is teeming with

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life thousands upon thousands of

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different life forms of different colors

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and shapes moving around and eating

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stuff and eating each other spectacular

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coral that's multicolored all underneath

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that water in that universe right a

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parallel dimension a parallel universe

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and also we find under that water some

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scary stuff right sharks that can eat

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you creatures when you go down really

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deep you know I love when you look at

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those creatures that are super deep and

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you go underneath and you see those

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scary monster things that have the light

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hanging off right you ever seen that all

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right

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you know you've seen Finding Nemo you

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know the things that you don't want to

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eat them down there underneath the water

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is a whole nother universe that really

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could care less about us up here until

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we're polluting them right it's a whole

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different dimension well there is a

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spiritual dimension that even though we

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can't see it when we go behind the veil

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into that world we find that it is

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teeming with life that there are things

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going on entirely parallel to what we

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are experiencing here in the visible now

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this spiritual realm is present

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throughout the Bible right you see in

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the Old Testament the serpent himself in

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the Garden of Eden is an emissary of the

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spiritual realm seeking evil on earth

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right you see Abraham receiving what he

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thinks are just three normal people

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visitors later he finds out that there

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are three angels and one of them seems

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to speak directly for Yahweh as the

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angel of the Lord and predicts the

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judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah fire from

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the invisible dimension from the

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heavenly realm you see Jacob you know

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the story of Jacob when he's kind of

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running away from home he was supposed

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to run away from home but he was going

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to sleep one night and he put his head

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on a rock and in the night he had a

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dream of a stairway going up to heaven

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and angels coming and going ascending

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and descending on that stairway and

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Jacob wakes up and says surely God is in

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this place and I knew it not all around

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him angels the presence of the Lord and

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he had no idea he just thought he was

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sleeping on a rock little did he know he

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was in in a spiritual nexus where angels

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were coming and going you see this with

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Moses would Yahweh appears to him in the

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burning bush there's this great story

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about the prophet Elijah

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I think someone referred to that where

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he and his servant is as a prophet in

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the Old Testament are on a hill and

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they're being attacked by enemies who

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are coming to put them under arrest

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right and they're on this hill and

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Elisha's servant is terrified what are

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we gonna do they're going to attack us

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they're gonna arrest us and he's on this

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hill and Elisha is just sitting there

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totally relaxed and he says to his

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servant it's okay they're more with us

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than there are with them and the guy

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counts one two and then he looks at them

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ten thousand I don't know what your math

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is doing Elisha but I don't see anyone

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with us and then Elisha praise God

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opened his eyes just like the apostle

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prays open

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the eyes of their heart he prays open

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his eyes and that servant looks around

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and he sees covering the hills thousands

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and thousands of chariots of fire

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warrior angels ready to fight on their

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behalf and then he realized wow we got

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more than they do after all I just

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couldn't see it

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brothers and sisters we are surrounded

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by this heavenly dimension in the New

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Testament there are angels in the New

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Testament and a bunch of them there's

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angels visiting Mary visiting Joseph

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when Jesus is born angels in the heavens

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to the Past to the Shepherd's the

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Apostle Peter delivered from jail by an

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angel if you read the Gospels about

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Jesus I'm almost every page you see

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Jesus casting a demon out of somebody

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the spiritual realm is very real and the

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people who received the book the letter

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that people lived in in the ancient city

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of Ephesus they knew that the spiritual

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realm is real they knew it because they

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lived in a spiritual hotspot it was the

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center of the worship of the goddess

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Artemis or Diana an idol with a demon

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behind that Idol that people would

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worship and a lot of money was involved

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and a lot of spiritual power was

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involved now when the Apostle Paul

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arrives in that place he lays his hands

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on the leaders and the power of the Holy

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Spirit comes with electric force on them

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and they start speaking in other

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languages and praising God God was

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moving so powerfully in this spiritual

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hotspot that some people would take the

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Apostle Paul's Sweat rags because right

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he he was busy building tents that's how

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he made his money and they would take

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his sweat sweaty rags and they would

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bring them to sick people and put them

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on a sick person and the sick person

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gets better crazy weird miracles the

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gospel came with such power in the city

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of Ephesus that there were some

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travelling exorcists called the sons of

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a certain priest named Siva

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and their job was to just

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be ghostbusters right you know to cast

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demons out of people

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they weren't Christians they they barely

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believed in God but they supposedly had

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this magic power to cast demons out and

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they figured the name of Jesus seems

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pretty powerful this has all happened in

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the city of Ephesus and so they figured

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let's try that so there was a man who

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was demonized there was a demon in this

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man and these seven men these sons of

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sceva

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said in the name of Jesus whom dis

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Apostle Paul preaches we cast you to

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come out and the man answers and said

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yes Jesus I know Paul I have heard about

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but who are you and these this one man

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with a demon inside him attacks these

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seven exorcists beats them up and sends

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them running out into the streets the

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people in Ephesus were so impacted by

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this that they brought out their Scrolls

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that had magic incantations and spells

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and they brought their Scrolls their

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books that were very valuable and they

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burned them in the City Square now this

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is very relevant for many of our people

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because many of us are from cultures

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that have involved occult spirituality

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there have been different types of

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rituals different in in Spanish culture

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they call it Santeria

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where they mix the worship of a saint

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with really spiritual paganism and

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witchcraft many people in our church

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have been involved in this and when we

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come to Christ we say no more I have met

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the one who has real spiritual power and

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we know that our God is alive and that

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he has power the Ephesians knew that's

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the the heavenly spiritual dimension was

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real and they needed instruction about

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how to move in the spiritual realm how

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to function in that realm appropriately

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and how to use the power that God had

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available for them and that's what the

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book of Ephesians is all about

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you see God normally commands his people

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not to tamper with the spiritual realm

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somebody was referring today to the New

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Age movement and I've talked about this

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in my own testimony as a

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year-old seeker I started exploring

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spirituality I've shared this before

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forgive me those of you who know me say

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Gregg you're gonna tell that again

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forgive me okay so there we have some

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new people here so I'm gonna share it I

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was 16 years old I was searching I was

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looking for something real something

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more than just religion and so I started

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reading about Transcendental Meditation

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and Hindu yogi philosophy and how to tap

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into spiritual energies and do all of

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that and at one point I was reading and

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the yogi philosopher of his reading

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weren't you've got to be really careful

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what you do in the spiritual dimension

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because it can be extremely dangerous

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and I suddenly realized I have decided

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to go swimming in waters and I don't

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know what is in those waters there might

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be things that can sting and bite me and

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I decided to put aside my yogi

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philosophy my Transcendental Meditation

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and pick up my New Testament and read

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about Jesus because I knew Jesus is good

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little did I know a 16 year old making

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that one little decision may have been

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the most important decision of my life

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because God says you are not to play

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Ghostbuster you are not to play

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spiritualist you're not to dabble in

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astrology or occult charms or or the

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focusing on angels and all the different

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kinds of things all the good luck charms

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we use we are not to do any of that on

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our own but then God says in Christ you

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have a new type of reality in the

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heavenly dimension now not only are you

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allowed to swim in those waters you

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actually are equipped to function in

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those waters with power and authority

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you are allowed not just to go diving

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God gives you spiritual gills to breathe

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down there and now I'm getting real

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weird forgive me okay use your science

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fiction we're we're allowed to dig in we

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are actually given a special status

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before we were just bait for the Sharks

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now you can snap your fingers and you

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know ride a dolphin or something because

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we have authority we have authority

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under there the demons tremble if the

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name

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of Jesus because Jesus in the heavenly

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dimension runs the show and if we have

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his name on us than we have authority

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now there's a difference between be

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having his name on you and just using

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his name you can't use the name of Jesus

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if you don't belong to Jesus that's sort

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of like forging a check and the devil he

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can catch a forgery

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there's authority if we really belong to

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him because in that heavenly dimension

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Jesus is seated on a throne and again

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I'm going to ask you to imagine think

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about your your weird science fiction

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movies and imagine the veil being

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unzipped and you can see what's going on

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in that dimension I'm going to invite

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you to read with me in the Book of

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Daniel chapter 7 verse 9 Wilson will

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start Daniel 7 verse 9 where it talks

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about a vision of the heavenly dimension

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and the reality of where Jesus is in

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that dimension the the prophet Daniel

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was given visions where he could see

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through to the other side and in Daniel

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7 verse 9 he says as I looked Thrones

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were placed and the Ancient of Days took

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his seat his clothing was white as snow

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and the hair of his head was like pure

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wool his throne was fiery flames its

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wheels were burning fire a stream of

23:55

fire issued and came out from before him

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thousands and thousands served him and

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ten thousand times ten thousand stood

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before him

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that's the angels and the court sat in

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judgment and the books were open

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skipping to verse 13 and I saw in the

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night vision says Daniel and behold with

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the clouds of heaven there came one like

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a son of man and he came to the Ancient

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of Days and was presented before him and

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to him was given Dominion and glory and

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a kingdom that all peoples nations and

24:29

languages should serve him his Dominion

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is an everlasting Dominion which shall

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not pass away and his kingdom one that

24:37

shall not be destroyed Jesus is seated

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on a throne in the heavenly dimension

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amongst thousands of angels

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and we when we become Christians we

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receive the Holy Spirit that connects us

24:53

to that throne and we have a seat in

24:55

that circle we are blessed with every

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spiritual blessing in Christ I want you

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to think about the fact that we are

25:04

called to enter this dimension as agents

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of that one we are not just religious

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people you are a supernatural man you

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are a supernatural woman called to bring

25:19

the kingdom of God through God's power

25:21

in the earthly dimension that this place

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would be conformed to the likeness of

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the heavenly realm you are on a mission

25:29

from God you ever seen the matrix right

25:33

that was an old movie now isn't it you

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go into that dimension but you're

25:37

representing the real one and you blow

25:39

it up from the inside

25:40

even better imagine Jesus seated at the

25:43

right hand of the Father in the heavenly

25:45

realm far above all rule and power and

25:47

authority a name above all other names

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he sent his Holy Spirit so that he can

25:52

roll through us and we become the

25:54

fullness of God on earth the one who

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fills everything in every way you are a

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supernatural woman you are supernatural

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man and you're on a mission from God now

26:04

I know that sounds real theoretical but

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it's real practical because it means

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that everything we do we know we're an

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ambassador from another world every

26:15

place I go I know that I don't go alone

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there's power behind me and it changes

26:22

how we see life right now it all begins

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and it says in Ephesians 1 verse 4 by

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knowing that God has chosen us the Bible

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says that he we were chosen he chose us

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in him before the creation of the world

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to be holy and blameless in his sight

26:41

God wants our eyes to be open to realize

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that we are a chosen people have you

26:49

ever felt like you don't fit you ever

26:52

felt rejected you ever been that kid on

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the baseball team I don't know if they

26:56

still do this where they're they have

26:58

all the kids line up and you're there

26:59

picking which kid

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is gonna be on which team and you have

27:02

two captains and they pick and there's

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always that last kid to be picked who

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thinks just sitting there the last one

27:09

and and the team that needs one more

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says well I guess we're stuck with him

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or with her you ever seen that you ever

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been that kid yeah it can only be one

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why have we all had that experience in

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some way the feeling of being rejected

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the feeling of not belonging there is

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one who has chosen you he's appointed

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you to be glorious before the foundation

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of the earth he knew you and he had a

27:38

plan for you to be conformed to the

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likeness of his son that you would shine

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in holiness and beautiful perfection you

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know I think of this I have the job on

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Saturday mornings a lot together with a

27:52

team of welcoming people who are

27:54

first-time visitors at our breakfast

27:56

many of them are still living in

27:58

shelters some live on the streets some

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of you here came through that and it's

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my job to welcome them and when I meet

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people I see people who are destined to

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be glorious and it's almost like I can

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see it in their eyes I see him Jesus in

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them and I know this person has a

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destiny and then as a pastor I get to

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watch it unfold I get to watch God

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restore them and make them into the man

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or woman that they were meant to be and

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we begin to become glorious that is

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awesome

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God has a plan he has a purpose and when

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God begins something he knows how to

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finish it amen

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there is language in this text we're

28:43

over and over again God's we find the

28:46

words God's will God's plan God's

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purpose God's good pleasure and it's

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repeated over and over again the message

28:53

being God knows what he's doing he's not

28:59

improvising in your life God has a

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purpose and when God begins the purpose

29:06

he is faithful to complete it until the

29:08

day of Christ Jesus

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now theologically I would identify

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so if I had to close to Wesleyan

29:16

theology right Wesleyan theology some of

29:19

you might be from their background

29:20

basically all that means is that I

29:22

believe among other things that God has

29:25

given us the gift of free will that

29:27

people have the ability to make

29:28

decisions but you know what I also

29:30

believe that God is so powerful and so

29:33

awesome that he is able to make things

29:37

happen the way he wants regardless of

29:39

what decisions we might try to make to

29:42

mess things up God is bigger than my

29:45

mistakes God is bigger than my failures

29:47

some people are wondering what's the

29:49

right thing to do I want to do God's

29:51

will God is so big that he can sometimes

29:54

take whatever decision you make and he

29:56

will fit it into his plan and he'll make

29:58

it work out exactly the way it was

30:00

supposed to be because we serve an

30:02

awesome God in Romans 8 it says we know

30:06

that in all things God works for the

30:09

good of those who love Him who are

30:12

called according to his purpose

30:14

for those God foreknew he also

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predestined to be conformed to the image

30:19

of his son that he might be the

30:22

firstborn among many brothers God has a

30:26

plan for you and he's weaving every

30:28

experience of your life together into a

30:31

glorious purpose of having you look just

30:34

like Jesus now that doesn't mean you

30:37

cease to be you it doesn't mean you have

30:39

to grow a beard and wear a robe okay

30:41

please don't even try that and some of

30:44

you might be able to pull it off others

30:46

know but it means that in who you are

30:48

people are gonna look into your eyes and

30:50

they're gonna see Jesus shining out of

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there in your own style your own

30:55

personality your own look your own

30:57

ethnicity your own gender

30:59

Jesus will shine out of you and this

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person is gonna look like Jesus that is

31:05

what we are destined to you have been

31:07

chosen and you have been chosen in the

31:10

beloved look what it says in verse 5

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look with me he predestined us in love

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he predestined us

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I can talk about predestination for a

31:19

minute okay some people who are into

31:22

theology know that there are some

31:23

theologies to talk about how God has

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predestined Soompi

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to go to hell and some people to go to

31:29

heaven I don't believe that the Bible

31:31

teaches it in exactly that way the word

31:34

predestination in the Bible is almost

31:37

always used in a loving way that God has

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predestined you for a purpose in love he

31:44

predestined us so I believe the

31:46

predestination is meant to be comforting

31:49

to know that God has chosen me and try

31:52

as I might I can't get away from him

31:54

have you ever seen that a person who is

31:57

a real Christian who tries to run away

32:00

from God and sometimes they successfully

32:02

run away for a long time and sometimes

32:05

they run far away from God but guess

32:08

what God can always outrun you he will

32:12

chase you down he will find you he will

32:16

tackle you and he will drag you back

32:18

into his house and many of us are living

32:21

proof of that are we not we the jesus

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said you didn't choose me I chose you

32:28

and appointed you to go and bear fruit I

32:30

chased you down I predestined you I

32:33

dragged you back because the one God

32:35

calls the one God is the one God

32:38

completes he is faithful to do that amen

32:41

go ahead you can give an applause for

32:43

the Lord and the book of Ephesians God

32:48

is trying to show us that we have a

32:50

destiny as supernatural heavenly people

32:54

and God will complete that work in us no

32:57

matter what we are destined and we are

33:00

predestined it says in verse 5 for

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adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ

33:07

in accordance with his good pleasure God

33:10

decided to choose you as his son or as

33:14

his daughter adoption sometimes I talk

33:19

about myself in the span of service as a

33:22

gringo adult Davel know I talk about

33:25

myself sometimes as an adopted gringo

33:28

where the Latinos have sort of adopted

33:30

me and raised me and you know and and

33:33

someone came up to me once and said

33:35

Gregory you do know a race who Nijo

33:37

adult Davo to irezumi ho na sido you

33:39

know someone came up to me was a

33:41

Gregory you're not an adopted child

33:42

you're you're your real Latino child

33:46

with us right now I know I'm not it's

33:48

okay I'm not gonna but you know what

33:52

adoption is actually expressing the love

33:56

of a father or a mother in a way that

34:00

even goes beyond natural birth adoption

34:03

means that we are not just God's

34:06

children because we were born that way

34:09

it means God chose us to be his children

34:12

he adopted you and I'll tell you this he

34:16

didn't pick you because you were the

34:18

cutest puppy at the animal shelter he

34:21

didn't pick us because we were that

34:24

Orphan Annie smiley no no he picked us

34:27

out of love in the beloved

34:30

he adopted us to be his sons and his

34:33

daughters what is it about adoption you

34:37

know we often think that we have to earn

34:39

God's favor we have to be something that

34:43

God chooses quality you know just like a

34:46

person a good chef is gonna choose the

34:48

quality meat right I thank God that he

34:51

doesn't look for quality he chooses us

34:54

on the basis of love

34:56

it says in in first Corinthians 1 God

34:59

chose the foolish things of the world to

35:03

shame the wise God chose the weak things

35:06

of the world to shame the strong and God

35:09

chose the lowly things of this world and

35:11

the despised things the things that are

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not to nullify the things that are so

35:16

that no one can boast before him

35:19

anyone here identify with that anyone

35:22

here feel like they qualified to be a

35:24

Christian right anyone here feel like Oh

35:27

God I have an application for you I have

35:29

a really good resume you really want to

35:30

hire me as a Christian because I'll be

35:33

good no God chooses us not because of

35:37

who we are but in spite of what we do

35:39

but because he created us in love and he

35:43

knows that he has a good purpose for us

35:46

what is it about those adoption stories

35:51

in movies that make us cry no

35:53

we took our daughter for her eighth

35:55

birthday this year - we got cheap

35:57

tickets to the show Annie Annie was in

35:59

town haven't anyone ever seen that show

36:01

Annie you know the red-haired girl the

36:03

dog you know Daddy Warbucks you know the

36:07

whole thing you know a story great story

36:09

what is it about those stories that pull

36:12

on our heartstrings no what is it about

36:15

those stories that get us and are so

36:18

meaningful for us it's it the fact that

36:21

this suffering orphan who's alone

36:23

rejected and and miserable what is it

36:26

about when she finds that home that

36:28

really touches us so deeply in the in

36:32

the story of Orphan Annie she ended up

36:33

being in home of the rich guy Daddy

36:35

Warbucks right and and she had the

36:37

tennis court and the swimming pool and

36:39

and all the servants that she could go

36:41

to the movies is that is that what makes

36:44

her happy though is that what makes you

36:46

cry no it's the love of a father who

36:51

says I choose you to be my daughter I

36:54

choose you to be my son it touches us so

36:59

deeply because it's the story of the

37:00

universe it's our story God appointed us

37:04

to be adopted as his sons and daughters

37:06

we have an identity and it's an identity

37:09

that is well beyond anything the world

37:11

could ever give us Who am I I am a child

37:14

of the Living God chosen by him to be

37:18

glorious before him awesome

37:20

destiny and beyond that he has enlisted

37:24

us to be part of the greatest adventure

37:27

on earth he has signed you up to be part

37:31

of something special I heard a very

37:34

interesting quote from a football player

37:36

this week right not that I'm thinking

37:38

about football or anything the football

37:40

player this week they the the Patriots

37:42

had their final cuts they had to whittle

37:45

the team down to 53 guys right and the

37:48

guy who came in like number 52 or 53

37:51

like one of the worst guys who barely

37:53

got on the team who's gonna be a backup

37:55

they asked him do you mind being a

37:58

backup do you mind being number 52 and

38:00

he said are you kidding me the greatest

38:03

coach in the history of football is

38:05

putting together a team

38:07

win more championships that anyone has

38:09

ever won and he wants me on that team

38:12

Wow I don't care if I'm picking up

38:15

towels I want to be part of that well we

38:19

are part of something much much better

38:22

than that imagine Jesus putting together

38:25

a team where he is gathering people that

38:27

he has chosen to be sons and daughters

38:30

that one day this whole creation would

38:33

come into unity things in heaven and on

38:35

earth will come together under the

38:37

glorious rule of Jesus and we are called

38:40

to be part of this story not only are we

38:43

part of this story we're called to be

38:45

the centerpiece of this story because

38:47

when everything comes together the way

38:49

God intends there are going to be people

38:51

at the middle of it who are redeemed who

38:54

are forgiven who say I have a father you

38:57

are my god the Spirit of God and me

38:59

cries out to you I was lost and now I'm

39:02

found I was dead and now I'm alive again

39:04

and even the angels are gonna gather

39:07

around and say wow I can't believe this

39:10

happened

39:11

God wants to sign you and me up for that

39:14

story I'd like you to look with me at an

39:16

amazing verse that I that we just read

39:19

over and we never a pause at Ephesians 1

39:22

verse 1000 or verse 9 it says that he

39:27

made known to us the mystery of his will

39:29

according to his good pleasure which he

39:32

purposed in Christ to be put into effect

39:35

when times reach their fulfillment to

39:38

bring to unity all things in heaven and

39:41

on earth under Christ we are waiting for

39:44

history to come to a climax the whole

39:47

earth is like in the in the pangs of

39:50

childbirth the floods the earthquakes

39:53

the wars it's like the earth itself is

39:55

about to give birth at the fullness of

39:58

time the Bible says there will be a

40:02

unity of the spiritual dimension and the

40:06

natural dimension they will come

40:08

together under Jesus and this world will

40:11

be transformed now right now the two

40:16

dimensions are separate right we talked

40:17

about this

40:18

there's the heavenly dimension is set

40:21

from the dimension we can see in touch

40:23

the earthly dimension but in the Bible

40:25

sometimes you see the two dimensions

40:27

interact I think I talked about this

40:30

about a year ago in a message that very

40:32

often when God supernaturally invades

40:35

the visible realm the earthly realm we

40:38

see Supernatural clouds and fire you

40:42

ever noticed that you never noticed that

40:44

when God appeared to Moses it was in

40:46

Supernatural fire the burning bush when

40:50

the glory of God appeared above the

40:52

tabernacle it was a supernatural column

40:56

of fire and smoke going up into the sky

40:59

you ever noticed that that in in the New

41:02

Testament that when Jesus was

41:04

transfigured on the Mount of

41:06

Transfiguration that he started glowing

41:08

and Moses and Elijah came from the other

41:11

side and just had a little conversation

41:12

with him that a cloud enveloped them you

41:17

ever noticed that when Jesus ascended to

41:19

heaven a cloud received him and the

41:22

angel said don't stand there looking up

41:24

into the sky right now but I tell you

41:26

he's gonna come back the same way he

41:28

went up just the same way he went into

41:31

the clouds he's gonna come out of the

41:32

clouds

41:33

it's almost like a really cold freezer

41:36

is opened on a hot day and you see the

41:38

steam come out it's almost like two

41:40

atmospheres are interacting and

41:42

supernatural clouds are billowing out

41:44

well Jesus says I tell you the truth

41:46

from now on Jesus says you will see the

41:49

Son of Man that figure from Daniel that

41:51

was me jesus said you will see him

41:54

seated at the right hand of the power

41:55

and coming on the clouds of heaven I

41:59

invite you to enjoy some September skies

42:03

right sometimes there's beautiful clouds

42:05

in the sky look up because one day those

42:08

clouds just might be carrying the Son of

42:10

Man to come and bring everything

42:13

together things in heaven and things on

42:15

earth conjoined into a supernatural

42:18

reality where that which is natural

42:20

becomes supernatural that which is

42:22

supernatural becomes natural where our

42:25

bodies themselves will be transformed in

42:27

the twinkling of an eye this body we

42:30

have is just a loaner car

42:33

it's gonna wait which made from dust

42:35

it's gonna return to dust but God says

42:37

that is not the conclusion for Humanity

42:40

Jesus said I am the resurrection and the

42:42

life the one who believes in Me will

42:44

live even though he dies in the

42:46

twinkling of an eye a trumpet will sound

42:49

and we will be transformed our lowly

42:52

earthly corruptible bodies will be

42:54

transformed to be like his heavenly

42:56

glorious body I'm not going to get any

42:58

more backaches and we're all going to

43:00

shine with the glory of God

43:02

physical resurrection we believe that as

43:06

Christians we believe that nature itself

43:08

will be transformed everything nature

43:11

will be a piece the lion will lie down

43:13

with the lamb a river of life flowing

43:15

from the temple the tree of life with

43:17

fruit for eating that will be like you

43:20

cannot imagine Jesus when he rose from

43:23

the dead he ate with his apostles but I

43:25

feel bad for him having to eat our food

43:27

because that food is going to be much

43:30

better than this food and I believe that

43:32

with my whole heart jesus said I will

43:34

not drink again from the fruit of the

43:36

vine until I drink it anew in the

43:37

kingdom of my father that wine is going

43:40

to be okay to drink and it's going to be

43:43

good I believe that everything will be

43:46

switched into high-definition

43:48

high-definition touch high-definition

43:51

taste high-definition visual beauty

43:54

you'll hear Mozart coming from every

43:57

leaf in every tree the music of Bach

44:00

wafting through the air that song we

44:02

just saying they're echoing in our ears

44:05

and in our hearts now we see through a

44:07

glass darkly but then we're going to see

44:09

Jesus face to face and we'll become like

44:12

him because we'll see him as he is amen

44:16

when Moses was on the cloud in the glory

44:20

talking to Yahweh face to face he came

44:22

down glowing so people couldn't even

44:24

look in his face

44:25

I believe that redeemed humanity the

44:27

person sitting next to you will one day

44:29

be so glorious that you would be tempted

44:32

to worship that person if God didn't

44:34

forbid it because that person is going

44:36

to be majestic that's the destiny that

44:40

God has for us Ephesians the book of

44:42

Ephesians is all about living

44:45

supernaturally until

44:46

receive our inheritance on that day and

44:48

God has given you a little taste of it

44:51

when a person becomes a Christian they

44:53

receive the Holy Spirit that comes into

44:55

our spirit and in the spirit we are

44:58

already in that heavenly dimension

45:00

blessed we get a taste of heaven the

45:03

only problem is our spirit is already in

45:05

heaven but our brain is not our emotions

45:10

have not yet got the memo

45:11

that God has saved us and we still need

45:15

to line up our thinking and our feeling

45:17

with our spiritual identity and reality

45:20

we are called to be supernatural people

45:22

though in the book of Ephesians we're

45:25

gonna read all kinds of instructions

45:27

about how to lead a holy life how to

45:30

forgive how to speak in a way that

45:32

honors God how to conduct ourselves

45:35

sexually but I want to make something

45:37

very clear the Bible is not a list of

45:40

rules the Bible teaches us to change not

45:45

by making rules and trying to be good

45:48

the Bible teaches that Christians change

45:51

and grow by getting in touch with our

45:54

true identity I realized that I am a new

45:59

creation in Christ I am seated with

46:02

Christ in heavenly realms so what we do

46:05

is we put on our true self that is

46:08

created to be like God in holiness and

46:11

in purity it's not about changing my

46:14

behavior as much as changing my thinking

46:16

and my attitude your spirit is already

46:19

in the heavenly places but your soul

46:21

your mind and your body are still very

46:24

much here and that's why worship and

46:27

prayer and the Word of God are so

46:30

important and I learned this from a

46:32

brother who shared this that when we

46:33

worship God we line up our feelings and

46:36

our emotions and our bodies and our mind

46:39

with the reality of our Spirit that is

46:41

already before the throne in the

46:43

heavenly dimensions for that moment I am

46:46

fully focused on who I am destined to be

46:49

and that gives us power to live in a way

46:53

that goal that is consistent with that

46:55

identity suddenly sin becomes ridiculous

47:00

because it's just not me anymore you

47:01

ever found that happen after you became

47:04

a Christian I love hearing people say

47:06

wow I tell you just a few months ago I

47:09

would have answered that person very

47:12

differently and I answered now you know

47:15

patiently what's happening to me and I'm

47:17

like the Holy Spirit is happening to you

47:19

your identity has changed and now sin

47:22

isn't you anymore

47:23

the only problem is sometimes our mind

47:26

has not gotten the memo and that's why

47:28

we take discipleship level 2 because we

47:31

learn how to adapt our thinking and our

47:34

feelings to our true identity as

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Christians amen when we see the world

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supernaturally when we see ourselves

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supernaturally we're also going to see

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the church differently and other

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Christians differently you're going to

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see in the book of Ephesians that

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there's a lot of teaching about unity in

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the church in the in that time it was

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unity between Jews and Gentiles that

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become one new community one new person

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now we believe in Christian unity not

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because we're very idealistic and

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wouldn't it be nice if we're all just

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together around the campfire you know

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kumbaya and that nice we don't believe

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in unity because we're all politically

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the same or ethnically the same or

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physically the same or because we all

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like the same kinds of humor we believe

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in unity because we have a supernatural

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bond that makes us more than an

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organization and organism we are

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organically connected to one another the

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holy spirit has joined us so that we

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together become the body of Christ on

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earth the fullness of Jesus he's seated

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in the heavenly realms he fills us here

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in the earthly realm we're the fullness

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of him who is the one who fills

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everything in anyway that is a unity

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that is supernatural and I tell you the

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world needs it today God is calling us

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to be a supernatural people who find our

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power not from political strength or

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from trying really hard but from a

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spiritual power the same power that it

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was exerted to raised Jesus from the

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dead is it were

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in us to help us say notice in to help

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us defeat the devil we are a powerful

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people because the holy spirit is in our

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midst and I want to conclude with this

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challenge when you think about yourself

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Who am I who are we

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I invite us to think in Supernatural

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terms because the world is gonna try to

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label us nowadays in our country part of

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the divisions is the world trying to

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label us black white Democrat Republican

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Asian Latino or maybe even denigrating

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homeless undocumented handicapped when

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someone asks you who you are we know the

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truth Who am I I am an adopted son of

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the Living God and I am destined to be

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glorious who are you I am blessed with

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every spiritual blessing in Christ I

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have a destiny to shine before God and I

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am a member of a supernatural people and

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together we are the fullness of the one

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who fills everything in every way this

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church is not just a bunch of people who

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come here who sit in the sanctuary oh no

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no we are not just an organization we're

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not a social club we're not a political

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or religious party we are a royal

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priesthood a holy nation a people

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belonging to God that we might declare

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the praises of the one who called us out

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of darkness into his marvelous light

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that is my destiny to be a living

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breathing singing an example of the

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goodness of God I don't deserve it and I

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won't deserve it but God has chosen me

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to be part of this beautiful story I'm a

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supernatural man and that's why we can

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change and be free not because of just a

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creative therapy or anything else but

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the power of God that flows through us

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and at the end of all things when heaven

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and earth are brought together there is

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going to be a climax the climax of the

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movie where we will stand up and the

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Spirit of God and me that he ascendent

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him at me the spirit of his son sent

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into my heart will cry out

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baba father I'm home that's your destiny

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so I encourage us as we read through the

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book of Ephesians and I challenge you to

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do so to ask God to open the eyes of our

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heart to give us a spirit of wisdom and

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revelation so that we can see the

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invisible behind the visible and know

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that we belong to both worlds now we're

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about to come to this table to the

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Lord's Supper and this is a supernatural

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moment this is a moment we we are

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remembering that everything we have

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talked about today came at great cost

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God didn't just snap his fingers and

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make it happen

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Jesus took on flesh and died for us it's

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his blood that changes us it's his blood

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that purchased our identity before him

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and so I invite you if you are here and

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you believe in Jesus to come to this

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table we are going to have the bread and

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the wine remembering the sacrifice of

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Jesus and the Holy Spirit is present to

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bring it home to us in our hearts and if

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you have never accepted Jesus in your

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heart and I'm going to invite pastor Sam

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up here to officiate in this moment if

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you've never accepted Jesus in your

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heart now is the moment for you to do so

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I invite you to close your eyes with me

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and let's pray father in Jesus name

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we come before you and we pray together

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for a spirit of wisdom and revelation

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that we would know you better and God

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that we would understand the hope to

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which you've called us that we would

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grasp that power that is at work in us

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Lord God Lord I pray father for any

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person here who is visiting or maybe has

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been coming but is never quite accepted

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Jesus into their heart and maybe they

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want to do that right now maybe they

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want to say Jesus I know you've chosen

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me and I'm gonna stop running I'm in

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maybe you want to make that decision

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today and I'm just gonna ask you right

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where you're sitting I'm not going to

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ask you to come forward because we're

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about to celebrate the supper but right

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where you're sitting if you want to pray

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to accept Jesus into your heart and to

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give your life to Christ and participate

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in this supper I invite you right where

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you are to raise your hand to God and

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say Lord I want to make that decision

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today is there anyone here who wants to

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pray to accept Jesus into your heart

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today as your Lord and Savior I'd like

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to give a moment for people to make that

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decision

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a man god bless you god bless you

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is there anyone else who wants to make

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that decision you want to receive Jesus

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he is inviting you to the table amen

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amen amen amen I see you here sir I'm

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going to invite those of you that are

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making this decision I see you right

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there god bless you god bless you I see

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you amen

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is there anyone else right where you are

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you want to make your decision before

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the Lord amen

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okay right where you are I'm going to

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invite you two to keep that hand raised

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and to make this prayer with me and

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we'll transition to the table Heavenly

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Father and you just repeat it with me in

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your own heart and I invite you to say

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the words even Heavenly Father thank you

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that you have chosen me I don't deserve

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it I admit that I am a sinner but I

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thank you that Jesus has died for me and

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I believe that Jesus rose again and I've

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received you Lord as my Savior today

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wash my sins and give me a new heart and

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a new spirit I want to be a member of

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your family and I believe in you and

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today I declare that it is done I am a

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Christian today

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and I will take these elements in the

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name of Jesus

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[Applause]

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[Music]

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[Music]

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[Music]

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you're a good good father it's who you

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are it's who you are it's who you are

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and I'm loved by you it's Who I am its

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Who I am its Who I am you're okay you

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got a second

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it's who you are I bet you know the song

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it's Lulu your love check it out it's

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who you are

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[Music]

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why

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[Music]

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you are perfect in all of your ways you

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are perfect in love

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[Music]

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to

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[Music]

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would you stand with me and saying bad

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[Music]

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so

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[Music]

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-

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[Music]

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let's sing that again you are perfect in

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all ways

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[Music]

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[Applause]

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[Music]

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Europe with the father you're a good boy

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[Music]

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[Music]

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you're good about this table his

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evidence but you are a good good father

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and as pastor Greg shared our spirits

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are already home this meal is a reminder

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of what's coming and it's an expression

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of something that's happening right now

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blessed father we live for the day when

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we hear your voice at the head of the

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table declare did the Angels around you

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the kids are home let's get supper ready

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let's break bread for I received from

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the Lord what I also passed on to you

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the Lord Jesus on the night he was

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betrayed took bread

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and when he had given thanks he broke it

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and he said this is my body which is for

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you do this in remembrance of me

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take the breath symbol of his body

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in the same way after supper he took the

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cup saying this cup is the New Covenant

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in my blood do this whenever you drink

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it in remembrance of me for whenever you

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eat this bread and drink this cup you

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proclaim the Lord's death until he comes

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drink the cup together

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until that day Lord it is your broken

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body

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that heels of us until that day it is

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your blood that flows through us and

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makes those who were not a people into a

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people until that day we look forward to

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seeing you face to face and eye to eye

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keep this body keep this church keep

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this people in your spirit until that

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day Lord Jesus we pray in Jesus name

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[Music]

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you are perfect perfect in all of your

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ways you are perfect in all of your ways

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too you are perfect in my ways so

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perfect in all of the ways you are

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to

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[Music]

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you are

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[Music]

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you