Episode 3
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April 4, 2022

I Dare You | To Be Kind


Does someone need help? I dare you to sacrifice your time and show God’s kindness to those around you.

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all right well good morning i want to
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welcome everybody here today i want to
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welcome everybody in monroe and saginaw
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everybody watching online um
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hey we we are just jumping into uh
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another series of i dare you and i don't
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know when it comes to daring people
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there's two different groups of people
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they're the people that get dared
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and then there's the the people that
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dare them right there's the people that
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get dared and maybe the other way to say
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it is and then there's the smart people
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guess which one i am
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yeah i'm the one that's like oh let's
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dare grant to do it right so when i was
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a kid my brother and i were next to the
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hog fence electric fence and my
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brother's over your turn you touch it i
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was like i'll do it and i'll do it
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grab a hold of it
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when i'm in high school somebody dared
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me to jump off a bridge into two feet of
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water
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did that didn't die almost drowned in
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two feet of water because i
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anyway later on in high school somebody
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dared me to get up on a roof and like
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strip down and jump into a snowdrift did
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that
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but then it didn't stop right like you
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people grow out of this i'm like 32
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years old right
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i'm a pastor and somebody had taken a
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casket and dropped it off at the church
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i was serving at at the time and it was
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just this casket in the dark room and
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the rest of the staff our question was
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is there somebody in it
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we didn't know
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and so they're like i dare you to go
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look
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so i was i was actually curious but i
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also was like i'll do it i'll do it i
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wouldn't have done it except they said
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those words so i walk in there in a dark
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auditorium
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and i sneak in there and i open the lid
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and yep yep no there was somebody in
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there that was terrifying right
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i've done a lot of dares uh in my life
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and i'm trying to be smarter so today
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i'm trying to dare
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you i want to dare you and we've been
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daring each week this week we want to
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dare
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you to be
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kind
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i know that doesn't really sound like a
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dare does it right you usually the dares
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like a jury dare you go pick a fight
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dare you
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and we're like dare you i dare you to
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love people
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that doesn't really fit the nature of
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love but i want to tell you this whole
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idea of being kind i think it actually
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is more of a dare than we might
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realize
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the bible the new testament especially
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is covered all over the place with
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reminding us over and over and over that
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we need to be
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kind people in colossians chapter 3 it
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says this
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therefore as god's chosen people like
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that's that's probably worth underlying
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he's saying because because you are a
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follower of christ because your life has
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been
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changed because god has chosen you
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holy and dearly loved
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clothe yourselves with
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compassion
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kindness
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humility
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gentleness
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and patience
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as you read those words as you look at
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them they all kind of are sort of
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similar words and and they're all even
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in the greek they're very similar words
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they're words that are
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kind of words of weakness
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kindness gentleness patience
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really kind of the dare in the process
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of being kind is i dare you to do the
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the most brave thing sometimes and that
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is to be
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weak
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the word kindness in the greek actually
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is a very simple word that just means
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crestotis which is a word that means
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meeting real
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needs
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like that's what it means it's a very
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simple concept i just i just want you to
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meet real needs in people's lives
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so again we see this all over the new
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testament where this is this is the
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people you're supposed to be it's not
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just a matter of what we're doing but
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it's how
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we do it first thessalonians very
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similar
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in verse 15 515 says make sure that
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nobody pays back wrong
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for wrong
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but always strive to do what is good
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for each other and for every
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one else right this isn't a tough
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concept just don't pay back evil for
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evil but do what is
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good
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it seems like there's a lot of times
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where we were like yeah of course i
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wouldn't pay back evil for evil i'm not
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going to return bad or bad with bad i'm
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going to i'm going to be good
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but then a scenario happens and we feel
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like this is our opportunity to not i'm
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trying to think of something that might
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have happened in the headlines recently
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but it seemed maybe i've got a picture
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here of something
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right this is like big news even in the
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ukraine they're like oh that's big news
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that's big news i mean there's rush of
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things bigger but did you hear about
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will smith well
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like this is a this is a big deal right
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all over the news and i think some of us
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put ourselves in that will smith
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scenario
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where it's just like yeah of course i
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would never do anything wrong or i'd
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never do anything evil i never pay that
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back
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unless
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you talk about my wife
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unless you insult me
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it's almost like we've got these little
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bit of loopholes and jesus is like i'm
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telling you there's no loophole
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there's no there's no time where you
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would ever do anything where you're not
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returning it with kindness with with
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goodness
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another passage here
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book of philippians he says let your
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gentleness be evident to all check out
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what he says here
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the lord is near
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sometimes it feels like we're just out
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there doing life and we're not even
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realizing that like god's near
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when my kids were little um they used to
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get in fights and sometimes like you
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know name call or bite each other that's
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that's normal right
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okay so anyway my kids when they were
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little like they would be in their room
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and and i would hear something sort of
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escalating like you took my toy or this
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happened or whatever and uh and so i
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would go and this is i would just stand
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just outside the room
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anybody else do that like i'm not going
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to barge in there and i'm just going to
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stand outside let's see what transpires
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right let's see what happens
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so there would be happening they'd be
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fighting a little bit back and forth and
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it starts to escalate and then all of a
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sudden
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something happens right somebody bites
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somebody or somebody calls a name or
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somebody screams at somebody or
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somebody's just awful right and in that
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moment that's where i jump around the
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corner and go
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and i catch them and i know which one i
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know which one and they're like i didn't
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i didn't know i'm like no i was watching
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the whole thing right i was here for
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every minute of it i know exactly what
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happened
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and sometimes i forget i think we forget
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that that's exactly our position like
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god's always
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near the lord is near he's present he's
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watching he's seeing our interactions
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sometimes we we we interact with people
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that he created in his image as if he
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isn't just standing right there with us
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and so he's like let your goodness
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always be shown to
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everyone now my point is this is all
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over the new testament this is what
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we're supposed to it's not just what we
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do it's how we
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do it probably the ultimate example of
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this
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is a story that jesus shares in luke
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chapter 10
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it says on on one occasion an expert in
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the law stood up to test jesus
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teacher he asked
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what must i do to inherit eternal life
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what is written in the law jesus replied
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he replied
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how do you read it
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so the guy says he answered
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love the lord your god with all your
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heart and with all your soul and with
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all your strength
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and with all your mind and love your
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neighbor as yourself
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the guy actually
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nails it nobody gets it that right but
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he's there to trap jesus remember to
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test him
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he says you have answered correctly
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jesus replied do this and you will
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live
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but he
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wanted
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to justify himself
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so he asked jesus
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and who is my neighbor now i want to
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pause there for just a second
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we all do that
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we all
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justify ourselves figuring out the right
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thing to do is usually not a very
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difficult thing to do
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in this scenario the guy's like yeah i'm
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supposed to love my neighbor but he
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found this loophole he found this moment
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he's like yeah but but but
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who's my neighbor
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i think we do this all the time
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i think we do it in our marriages i
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think we do in our relationships i think
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we do it with every command we find in
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scripture we're constantly coming across
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stuff and going
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man i need to do that except i'm not
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sure that that really applies to me
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and we try to justify ourselves this guy
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is in a moment where he thinks he's
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found the loophole he's like well of
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course i'm supposed to love everybody
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but jesus i i need to try to understand
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here who do you think my neighbor really
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is i think that's important to pause
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because jesus is going to tell the story
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of the good samaritan
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and this is a story that we've probably
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even if you've never come to church
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before in your life you probably know
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the story of the good samaritan right
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we've heard this before
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but we need to remember that there's a
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reason why jesus is telling the story
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and it's because there's somebody who's
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trying to justify their behavior there's
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somebody that's trying to say i don't
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want to be kind to everyone there's
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somebody who's saying i don't want to
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love everyone there's somebody that's
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going i don't want to in every
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circumstance be this so maybe i could
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just justify myself and maybe rule out a
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group
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of people
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i think he very literally has on his
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mind
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samaritans
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that jews and samaritans didn't get
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along it would be it would be so much
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more volatile than this but the best
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comparison i can imagine is if you took
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a far left liberal and you took a far
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right conservative and you put them in a
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smart car to drive to san francisco
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like that's the tension that would
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happen on that trip
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is about as close as we can imagine in
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our culture to what like it would be but
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they they hated each other and they were
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outspoken about hating each other and
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especially jews would look down on to
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look down their nose
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at
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samaritans and so jesus is about to tell
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a story to a jew who just asked the
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question who is my neighbor do i really
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need to love all those people
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and jesus can that's where he tells the
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story
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in reply jesus said
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a man was going down from jerusalem to
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jericho when he was attacked by robbers
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they stripped him of his clothes beat
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him and went away leaving him half dead
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a priest happened to be going down the
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same road and when he saw the man he
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passed by on the other side so too a
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levite when he came to the place saw him
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passed by
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on the other side
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but a
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samaritan i think as jesus is telling
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the story there's like a
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in the crowd
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like did you just say that out loud
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but a samaritan
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as he traveled came where the man was
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and when he saw him he
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took pity
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on him he went
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to him and bandaged his wounds pouring
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oil pouring on oil and wine
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then he put the man on his donkey
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brought him to an inn and took care of
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him the next day he took out two daenery
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and gave them to the innkeeper
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look after him he said and when i return
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i will reimburse you for any extra
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expense you have and then jesus kind of
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comes to the
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to the hook
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the reason jesus told the story
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he says which of these three
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do you think was a neighbor to the man
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who fell into the hands
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of robbers and even a guy that came
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there to test jesus
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testing jesus did not go well normally
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even a guy that came to test jesus
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had to admit
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the expert in the law replied
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the one who had mercy on him jesus told
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him go
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and do
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likewise
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i i think
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jesus is making a simple point like hey
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you're trying to justify yourself you're
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trying to convince yourself that there's
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somebody that you don't have to love
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there's somebody you don't have to be
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kind to you're trying to convince
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yourself if somebody insults your wife
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then you don't have to be kind to them
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if somebody disagrees with you if
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somebody makes fun of you if somebody is
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insulting then you don't have to if you
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if you're in that spot and jesus says
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i'm telling you
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there's
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there's no body
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now
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i think
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this is an important thing for us to
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hear because i've been thinking about
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this all week
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it's just like do we
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do we really as a church as a people
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followers of jesus been reading the
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bible
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do we really need another message on
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kindness
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do we
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do we need to hear it again do we need
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to hear the story of the good samaritan
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again
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because here's what i think we do with
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that story i i think we go out and we
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try to be nice to people which is good
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but what i mean by that is i don't man i
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don't know of anybody at any of our
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campuses there's nobody i don't i i
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don't think so there's nobody here in
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brighton nobody's sagging on nobody in
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monroe i wouldn't say there's anybody at
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any one of our seven locations
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that if you went out today and you saw
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somebody laying alongside the road who
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had been stripped and had the crap
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kicked out of them
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wouldn't make a phone call
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like you would right
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i think we'd all do that
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i mean there might be some of you out
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there i don't know who you are there's
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probably some guy in monroe like no i'm
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not you probably got problems anyway
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you're probably root for ohio state or
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whatever you know you
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i'm sure there's somebody but for the
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most part
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i don't think that's jesus's point
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i don't think jesus is out there so when
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you leave here today make sure that you
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look in the ditches
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make sure you're paying attention
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somebody might got beat up and you need
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to take care of them
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i think that's sometimes what we do with
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this message is we run out there and we
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like look for people that that have
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needs and a lot of times we're looking
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for people that we don't know there's
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the guy at the at the stop with the
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cardboard sign and you might think oh
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yeah that's good samaritan i'll give him
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five dollars or maybe you're helping out
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your neighbor and snow blowing the yard
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or their driveway too because it's april
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but we're gonna get another snow you
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know like
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and we we think about being nice
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sometimes the
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strangers
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or people we don't know or maybe people
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we like
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but the point is that we need to be
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we need to be kind like model the heart
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of jesus when it really matters
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with people we disagree with
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like vehemently disagree with
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those are the people
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that we need to love now here's why i
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think this is important for people who
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are followers of jesus
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i think this is really important because
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i don't know if you know this or not but
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you disagree with a lot of people
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if you're a follower of jesus you
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disagree with the majority of the world
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jesus said that the the way is narrow
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that leads to eternal life but the path
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to destruction is broad in other words
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the majority of people that you know are
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going to be people that you
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disagree with
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and not only do you disagree with them
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this is what it means to be a follower
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of jesus but your mission in life is to
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change
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their mind did you know that
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jesus says in matthew 28
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he says therefore go and
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really be nice to everybody
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no that's implied
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he says there go and make disciples of
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all nations baptizing them in the name
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of the father and the son and the holy
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spirit and teaching them to obey
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everything i have commanded you
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in other words if you're a follower of
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christ your mission when you wake up
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every single day
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is to convince people that you care
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about
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that jesus
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is the only way
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you're trying to
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make disciples of people so what that
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means is is that you're gonna disagree
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and in that disagreement there's kind of
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some hard pills to swallow
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i don't know if you've you've thought
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about this but at some point there's a
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lot of good things in the message of
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jesus that are that are easy to hear but
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there's also some things that are
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difficult
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i just listed a few one of them is
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god's right and you're wrong
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that's i mean you don't say it like that
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don't meet with somebody for coffee and
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be like hey i just won't let you know
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god's right and you're wrong
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but it's a it's an inevitable truth that
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needs to be expressed if you're going to
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make disciples of all nations it's
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something that you need to communicate
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to somebody if you genuinely care about
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them and it doesn't really matter if you
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understand it or don't understand it
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god it's right and you're wrong
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another one
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you need forgiveness
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that that's becoming increasingly a
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little bit more difficult because we
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like to be we like the idea that we're
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all just great fantastic people that
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we're good and and we don't like the
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idea that we might actually need to be
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forgiven of something it doesn't sound
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like it would be
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but that's actually becoming sometimes a
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very hard thing to communicate to
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somebody which kind of leads ultimately
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to one of the biggest pills the hardest
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pills to swallow is repentance on your
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part is required
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like at some point if you're going to
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genuinely make a disciple and lead
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somebody to faith that means you're
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going to have to talk about repentance
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and and it doesn't matter what how you
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grew up and it doesn't matter how you
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viewed this before we met and it doesn't
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matter anything about that at some point
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to give your life to jesus you're going
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to have to turn from
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turn from sin and turn to god
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now there's a whole bunch of forgiveness
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and eternal life and god loves you and
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peace through the holy spirit and
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transform there's a whole lot of easy to
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hear stuff but some of it's kind of
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difficult
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and what i find with that is
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there's two different groups of people
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two different groups of people and how
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we handle this the first group of people
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are the um
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the tell it like it is people
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right i probably lean a little bit more
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this way anybody in here you're just
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like i've ever said the line well i'll
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just tell it like it is anybody do that
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yeah
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baby monroe
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saginaw yeah
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everybody hates you we know yeah that's
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just just tell it like it is
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and and don't get me wrong that probably
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means that you don't have a problem
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connecting and saying truthful things
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and that's a good
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thing to have but sometimes
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sometimes what we do as followers of
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christ is we tell people the right thing
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but in
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in the wrong way
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it might be the message of jesus but it
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sure isn't with the spirit of jesus
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it might be the message of the gospel
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but it isn't actually an embodiment
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of the gospel i think that's the parable
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of the good samaritan i think he's
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saying man people you disagree with
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people that
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that hate
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what you believe in
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you need to commit communicate that to
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them with absolute kindness
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that's what jesus did
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jesus
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disagreed with many many people
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and then he
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died for them
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to take on the nature of the gospel
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itself is to express god's truth and
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god's love and then die for
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that person
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my
19:47
my grandpa had a dog that was
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mentally handicapped
19:52
i mean i really genuinely think he was i
19:54
don't know how that classifies
19:56
officially but
19:57
he was a stupid animal
20:00
and like i mean like he would like run
20:01
up beside the truck and everything and
20:03
then you would slam on the brakes which
20:04
of course i never did on purpose and he
20:06
would like run into the back of the
20:08
truck and just
20:10
and uh the the thing that was the worst
20:12
about him is you would stand there and
20:14
you would call him his name was rusty he
20:15
was a golden retriever you'd be like
20:16
come here rusty come here rusty come
20:19
here and he would run up to you and he
20:21
would come back and he would run up to
20:23
you and then he'd go away and then you
20:24
get really close you could have like a
20:26
stake in your hand it didn't matter he'd
20:28
run up to you and then you run away and
20:29
you're like what is wrong with you
20:32
and then one day i realized what was
20:34
wrong with him my grandpa give him some
20:37
grace here he's an almost 90 year old
20:39
man at this point
20:41
the way he was training this young dog
20:44
to stay within the edges of the property
20:46
of the farm
20:47
because he was old
20:49
he would get out to the edge of the
20:50
property and when he would cross the
20:52
property line my grandpa would call him
20:54
back in and then smack him
20:57
that was how he was teaching where the
20:59
property line was
21:00
and so the dog didn't know the
21:03
difference between when grandpa was like
21:05
time to eat and time to get smacked like
21:08
there was no there was no difference
21:09
between the two
21:11
and so he yeah anyway he was a mentally
21:14
handicapped dog anyway there was
21:16
the hope for him was over
21:18
i think sometimes that's the way
21:20
we are with christianity you know we're
21:22
talking about love we're talking about
21:24
and then sometimes we get just downright
21:27
mean
21:28
with people we take a truth and it's
21:30
like we're punching them in the face
21:32
with it or we're
21:34
we're being judgmental and we are not
21:36
building a relationship so many times we
21:38
try to like try to share people with
21:40
what our truth our worldview is the
21:42
message of jesus without first
21:44
establishing the relationship
21:47
i think jesus is telling and man if
21:49
you're a follower of christ
21:50
there's never a time
21:53
to not be
21:55
kind and i got to tell you it gets more
21:57
and more challenging
21:59
because it's challenging when people
22:00
begin to challenge your beliefs and your
22:03
views when people make fun of your your
22:05
belief in in jesus
22:08
it's i somehow i'm on tick tock and
22:10
somehow i have found like i don't know
22:11
how the algorithm works but the
22:13
algorithm leads me straight to people
22:15
that are making fun of my faith i don't
22:17
know why i guess i watch too many of
22:18
these videos
22:20
but people just go in there and they
22:21
will just make fun of the church it's
22:22
probably because i like to make fun of
22:24
the church too maybe that's why the
22:26
algorithm kicks me that way but i just
22:28
watch video after video where they're
22:32
they're making fun of my jesus
22:35
and there's so much of me that gets
22:37
defensive and irritated and angry and
22:40
when that happens in real life not on
22:42
tick tock when that happens in real life
22:43
that's where the real challenge of being
22:45
kind comes in
22:47
now that's the first person
22:50
the first person is to tell it like it
22:51
is and you don't really care about
22:53
people's emotions or relationships or
22:55
anything like that you just got to tell
22:57
people how it is
22:58
you need to be
23:00
more kind
23:01
the other group of people
23:04
are the
23:06
passive people
23:08
the people that are like well you know i
23:10
want the relationship so much and i want
23:12
to love people so much that i just want
23:13
to make sure and so you end up sometimes
23:15
not even ever talking to them
23:18
about anything that actually matters
23:20
right you've you've heard the line
23:22
francis of assisi coined it and we say
23:24
it a lot the line goes like this
23:26
preach the gospel at all times and if
23:27
necessary use words right i always like
23:30
to remind people i understand the heart
23:32
behind that but at the same time that's
23:34
dumb like why don't we have that same
23:37
plan in our school systems right learn
23:39
math all the time teach math all the
23:41
time and sometimes use words right
23:44
it doesn't it doesn't work like that you
23:46
have to at some point yes you have to be
23:48
loving but at some point you have to
23:49
communicate something
23:51
but i think sometimes we want the
23:52
relationship so much that we
23:54
we become passive
23:57
king david had
23:59
bad kids i don't know if you know
24:01
that or not but king david in the bible
24:03
he had he was a man after going with
24:04
god's own heart but he had bad kids
24:06
which sometimes is
24:08
super comforting to me but anyway he had
24:10
he had children that were difficult i
24:12
don't mean bad like you know whatever
24:13
they didn't get good grades or whatever
24:15
i i mean they were bad as in like one of
24:17
them like kind of killed the other one
24:18
and then tried to take over david's
24:20
kingdom that kind of bad
24:22
and there's one little line in scripture
24:25
where god kind of turns into david and
24:27
says and and here's the problem with
24:29
that it isn't that i expect you to have
24:30
perfect kids the problem is
24:33
and he says this line he says
24:36
but david never even asked them why they
24:39
behave the way they do
24:41
that's it that's the only critique god
24:43
ever gives david on his parenting really
24:46
he just never stopped and said hey why
24:47
do you behave the way you do
24:50
i think i think when it comes to being
24:52
followers of christ there's something
24:53
like man i want love i want a
24:54
relationship i want to be supportive i
24:55
want to be on your team but sometimes i
24:57
need to be kind and loving by making
24:59
sure that i
25:00
i talk to him i ask him questions about
25:02
things that really matter
25:05
and really ultimately to talk about what
25:07
it means that jesus died on a cross and
25:09
they rose from the dead
25:11
years ago there was a was a thing that
25:14
popped up in the early 18th century
25:15
called universalism you may be familiar
25:17
with universalism universalism is
25:19
basically the idea where yeah like at
25:21
the end of the day everybody goes to
25:23
heaven everybody got a good relation god
25:25
loves everybody and he's gonna he's
25:27
gonna do whatever he can so it's really
25:29
not necessarily important what you
25:32
believe
25:34
and i get the appeal of that there is
25:36
such an appeal to that the only problem
25:38
actually the only problem i have with it
25:40
is it betrays almost every verse in the
25:41
new testament that's the only problem i
25:43
have with it
25:45
it's just this idea that everybody's
25:46
good no matter what
25:48
and i feel like we're in a time period
25:50
where
25:51
kindness
25:53
is the new universalism
25:55
and what i mean by that is well let's
25:57
just be kind let's talk about love let's
25:59
be kind let's talk about love let's be
26:01
kind let's talk about all we're trying
26:02
to do is serve people in our communities
26:04
and help people and everything and let's
26:05
just be kind people which don't get me
26:08
wrong is a good thing
26:12
but that's not what we were called to do
26:13
we weren't called to just be kind we
26:15
were kind of called to share the truth
26:18
in love
26:20
romans
26:21
chapter 2 explains god's kindness he
26:24
says or do you show contempt for the
26:26
riches of his kindness
26:28
forbearance and patience not realizing
26:30
that god's kindness
26:33
is intended to lead you to repentance
26:36
like there's a purpose behind his
26:37
kindness he
26:39
he loves and cares for and is kind and
26:41
gentle and patient with all of us
26:44
ultimately
26:47
he wants to lead us to
26:48
repentance
26:50
i don't know who you are as a follower
26:52
of christ you might have just begun your
26:54
journey or you might have been a
26:55
christian for a very long time or maybe
26:58
maybe you haven't even made that
27:00
decision today
27:01
but i want you to know that this is the
27:03
calling
27:04
not that we would tell it like it is and
27:06
not that we would love the relationship
27:08
so much that we aren't kind enough to
27:10
share with them the the truth
27:12
but that we would look at the gospels
27:15
and that we would model the life of
27:17
jesus so much and we would care about
27:19
people so passionately that we would
27:21
love them serve them care for them see a
27:23
need meet a need doesn't matter if they
27:25
they hate us or love us that's
27:27
irrelevant
27:29
and we would share the message of christ
27:31
so the dare i want to double dog dare
27:33
you to do this i dare you to present the
27:35
message of christ to someone
27:37
with kindness
27:39
not not just with one coffee meeting not
27:42
just with one message right
27:45
but with your life
27:47
communicate the gospel in every
27:50
way my uh
27:52
my wife reminded me
27:55
that when the kids were little
27:57
they liked to touch the stove because it
27:59
was hot right
28:01
i don't know why they looked red and
28:02
they're like we're gonna go touch it and
28:04
she would constantly have to redirect
28:05
them and she would constantly have to
28:07
read her her and i have very different
28:09
strategies on that she she wants to do
28:11
that i'm just like let them touch it
28:12
they're only gonna do it once you know
28:16
but she was just talking and she was
28:18
reminding me and she was like yeah like
28:20
like that's what it is like you as much
28:22
as you love your kids you're never just
28:23
gonna let them go do something
28:25
terrible
28:26
you're just not gonna let them do that
28:27
and i think when we look at people we
28:29
gotta we gotta loving and care for them
28:31
but that means sometimes we we have to
28:32
jump in if my kids are trying to touch
28:34
the hot stove i'm gonna try to keep them
28:36
from doing that if they want to run out
28:37
in the street i want to keep them from
28:38
doing that now that i have a 23 year old
28:41
son if he comes home and says dad you
28:42
know what i've just decided is really
28:44
great
28:45
it's heroin
28:47
right and he didn't say that
28:50
but if he did
28:52
what would i do how would i respond
28:54
i wouldn't kick him out of the house but
28:56
i also wouldn't go buy him heroin
28:59
i would say man i love you and i just
29:00
got to tell you no like no not that
29:04
god is calling us to live in that
29:05
tension of
29:07
both
29:09
and sometimes
29:10
that's going to be challenging and
29:11
difficult i don't know if you know this
29:13
but they uh
29:14
they killed jesus for it
29:16
they didn't crucify him because
29:18
because he was so full of truth they
29:20
crucified him
29:21
because he was all of it
29:23
he was love he was truth let me pray for
29:26
you today
29:28
father god we believe that you have the
29:31
the hope and the truth god we believe
29:34
that you've shined that light on our
29:35
hearts and you've given us that hope
29:37
that is
29:38
that is both in this life but far beyond
29:41
in the next life
29:43
god we thank you for that and i pray
29:45
that we would go and do the same i pray
29:46
that we would be equipped and empowered
29:48
to be people who have received this
29:51
grace
29:52
and are giving this grace
29:55
and i pray that in your name amen



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