Best of 2019

So much has happened this year, it’s easy to forget most of it. Let’s take a moment and review just a few of the highlights from 2019 and ask God for an even better 2020.

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Well, Happy New Year, Crossroads.

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Welcome to 2020, almost.

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This is our special New Year's experience.

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And we're going to spend some time together as a church

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looking back at 2019 and looking ahead at 2020.

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So I get the joy of sitting with friends and teammates right now.

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Kyle Ranson

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- Hold on, before you go there, they are my friends too.

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Anybody who I spent a lot of time with, they get a nickname.

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So let's make sure you understand, this is not Lena.

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This is Humbles. That's one of her names, Humbles.

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This is not Kyle.

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This is Cranston.

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(crosstalk)

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Or we're tied.

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- No, veto!

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That's not encouraging, no.

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(crosstalk)

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Ok, Lena Schuler, Kyle Ranson, Brian Tome, Chuck Mingo.

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- M-I-N-G-O, M-I-N-G-O.

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- I got a good one. I got a song.

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- You get the cadence too.

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- And Alli Patterson.

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- Alley Cat.

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- Otherwise known as Alley Cat.

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Yeah.

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- Thanks so much for being here, guys.

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- We were kind of forced too, so you know.

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- Yeah, it's kind of a job requirement.

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- You accepted my invite.

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Yeah. Well, why are we here together today?

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You might go, "I could be in a Crossroads service or..."

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All of our locations are closed so this is an online only weekend.

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Why are we even doing a video special online today?

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Tell us, senior pastor.

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- Well, we're doing it because we've got a lot of people around Crossroads,

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that carry a lot of water and push a lot of things uphill all the time,

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volunteering places, you know, being amazingly present.

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And we just found out in the midst of all the holiday stuff,

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if we take a week where people don't have to volunteer,

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if we take a week that's different and say,

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"Hey, stay home and sleep in.

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You don't have to work in your various areas

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and we'll connect this way.

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This is not only helpful for the church,

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but helpful for us personally.

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So I'm personally enjoying the change of gears.

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I know all of our hardcore volunteers and our staff are as well.

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- Yeah, it's great.

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Well, and today we're gonna spend time looking back at 2019.

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It's kind of a reflective experience and a look ahead.

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But why is it important for us to reflect at the end of a year?

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- I think a calendar exists not just to mark that

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there are different seasons: fall, spring, summer or all that stuff,

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but a calendar also exists to mark time and say,

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"Okay, I've come to a moment,

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I need to look back and figure out what was back there."

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Again and again and again in the Bible, it says, remember,

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remember, remember.

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We can only remember if we pause and we look --

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We look back and say, "What is there to learn back there?"

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And so that's what New Year's does for me.

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I can look back and remember and I can also figure out,

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OK, what does this mean about my future?

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And doing it with other people.

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Hopefully you're with other people in your room right now

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is really helpful because the book of Hebrews 10:23 says,

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"Let us not forsake the gathering together,

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as is the habit of some.

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But let's gather together and encourage one another."

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It's really good not just to go inside your own internal space,

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but to be able to share and sharpen with other people.

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So that's what I'm hoping we get out of this today.

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And maybe what we do today could be replicated in living rooms

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and coffee shops across country.

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- Yeah, we're absolutely gonna be encouraging each other.

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But before we get into that, if you're watching at home right now,

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we'd love to see what you're doing this weekend

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on this New Year's weekend.

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So tag us @crdschurch and we actually are going to have

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an exercise that we're going to do together

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on these couches and you can do at home.

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And so be ready for that at the end of this.

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We want to hear about that experience too @crdschurch

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on all of your social media platforms.

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So we're gonna kick off with actually celebrating 2019,

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celebrating each of you and some great moments

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that we've had here at Crossroads.

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We're in year 25?

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What year did Crossroads start?

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- 1996 was the first weekend services, March of '96.

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So what's the math on that?

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- We're 23.

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- 23, okay.

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- Will be twenty four.

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Okay, so we're 23 years into Crossroads..

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And you all have spent lots of stage time leading us as a church,

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teaching us, preparing us,

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getting us into a place to received from God.

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And so we're going to start this experience together

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by doing a little encouragement.

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And we're gonna make this fun.

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We're gonna have a best of award segments, if you will.

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So I actually have trophies right here for you to hand out to each other.

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- Are these participate awards?

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- Do we all get a trophy?

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- These are not participation trophies, but they should be personal.

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They should have some personal examples.

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- All right.

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- So we're going to start with Alli.

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- Alli, I would love for you to give a best of award

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to one of your teammates from 2019.

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- Okay. I'm going to give a best of I think I'll give this to Chuck.

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Best of 2019 Chuck Mingo for me was the end of the end.

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We did a series about the end of time.

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And we were looking at the Book of Revelation

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and some other things, and you gave a message

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in that series where you told a story that I will never forget.

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And then I got to see the Chuck Mingo like fire

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that I love when you go into that space.

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So the story you told was about a young man

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whose funeral you attended, someone in your life.

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You said how angry you got at the pastor who was doing the funeral,

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because he had a roomful of probably a lot of teens

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who had a lot of issues in their life.

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A lot of guns in the room, a lot of drugs in the room.

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You know, just teens that probably had some crap going on

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and all they got from him was condemnation.

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And you said how angry you were about the judgment

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that you felt he gave those kids

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and that he never finished the story.

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And then you went on to finish the story.

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And that story told me a lot about you.

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It's told me how much you have a heart to finish the story

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and to take people from wherever they are

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to the better life said that Jesus has for them.

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So best of 2019, no doubt for me.

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- I agree, even to go at another level

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and risk of sounding racial.

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We've talked about this.

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Man, you go into black preacher mode, that's really --

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I mean, seriously, there's a gear you get into.

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You're a preacher and you're black.

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I'm a preacher and I'm white.

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But there is a gear and a cadence you get into sometimes

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that's just really special.

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And you got into that one, that was really cool.

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- So let's actually watch a clip from that message right now.

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- Seventeen years ago, my sister in law, my wife's sister

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was dating a young man and they had a child together.

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We were kind of the process of getting married.

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Maria literally comes out of the CVG airport

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to a phone call that -- his name is Gary --

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that Gary had been shot and killed the night before.

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And Gary lived a hard life.

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Gary lived in the projects.

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Gary had some friends that I would love for Gary not to have.

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And I remember going into this funeral home for his funeral.

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There was a bunch of people in there.

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And I'm sure that if a raid happened in that moment

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there would be more drugs and more guns in that funeral home

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because of the kind of people who were in the room.

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And in the midst of that, these young people are hurting.

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They're in pain. They lost their friend.

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This pastor gets up, and when I tell you,

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I've never been more angry at a pastor in my life.

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He gets up and for 20 minutes just starts

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to berate these young people about their life,

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about their lifestyle,

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about the fact that they sell drugs,

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about the fact that they shoot.

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All the stuff that was right, yes, they do that.

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But I could not believe that you would miss this opportunity

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to not tell them the other side of the story.

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How can you not tell them the other side of the story?

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Yes, there is a righteous judge who's going to judge you

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for every wrong thing you do.

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And when he does it, he will be right in doing it.

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But that righteous judge sent His Son

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long before you were ever born

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so that you could come to faith in Him

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and you could be saved by the work of His Son for you.

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- Guys, thank you.

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You know that message meant a lot to me, it really did.

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And I'm just glad that as a church, we had the courage

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to talk about something like revelation and judgment.

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And I do think it was a powerful series for our community.

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- Well, let's keep the love going.

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Kyle, you got a best of award to hand out?

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- I want to give, you know, people say it's a bad idea

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to suck up to the boss.

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Those people are idiots. It's a great idea.

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It's a great idea. This award goes to Brian Tome.

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The message about watching Chuck.Chuck.

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That was like you in your lane, man.

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You in your lane.

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This award actually for you, BT, is an unexpected award.

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Okay? This is the award for most unexpected neurology example

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that actually helped my life in 2019.

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This is for the message you did,

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I think it was the new mind series at the very start of the year.

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You went to Kroger, you bought a bunch of vegetables

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and somehow you put them together into the reptilian brain

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and the mammalian brain.

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Right?

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- You talked about how --

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Or new brain and old brain.

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- Yeah. It was amazing.

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It was absolutely amazing.

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Actually helped my life, got me to the point

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where I understood in a new way this Bible verse

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about renewing my mind.

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It was awesome. Awesome.

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And you had a ninja outfit to top it all off.

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Just incredible, this is your award right there.

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- I'd like to thank all the seminary professors that built into me.

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I'd like to thank my mom, my dad,,

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and my second grade Sunday school teacher who really made this possible.

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- Well, don't forget to thank all the cauliflower growers in Iowa.

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- All the cauliflower growers in Iowa

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and the produce manager at Kroger just coming through for me

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at the last minute when I walked in there.

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Which was really great, thank you.great, thank you.

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In fact, why don't we take a look at my awesomeness right now?

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These olives are actually eyeballs and this is a brain stem.

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Hi. How are you doing?

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I'm doing very good. Thank you very much.

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That's actually -- it's actually this isn't just the brain stem.

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It'll be down here.

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This is actually known as the old brain or the reptilian brain.

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Then there is another kind of brain

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and it is what's known as the mammalian brain

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or the new brain.

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The new brain.

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This is you.

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Hi. It's great to meet you.

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Thank you.

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It's so good to be with you this weekend.

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Yes. And here's a important thing to understand.

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Right here is where your eyeballs come into this old brain.

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It's where your ears are, your sense of smell.

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This will and wants to rule your life.

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This is where fight or flight comes from.

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This is where when you have an adrenaline surge,

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you see something -- because this reptilian brain

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is just immediate and instantaneous.

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Now, when we understand that this new brain

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is on the reptilian brain,

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if we only behave according this brain,

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which is really how most of us only behave.

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If you are completely reactionary,

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if you are a victim to your circumstances,

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if you feel like this just the way I am,

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that's the way I am.

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Or how about this line?

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You've got to be true to yourself.

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That is the worst thing you could possibly:

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You've gotta be true to yourself?

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In other words be a reptile.

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You can't monitor your urges.

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You can't monitor who you are.

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You just roll around the ground like a lizard

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because there's nothing you can do.

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Just be true to yourself.

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No. Mammals, specifically humans,

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can make decisions that override their urges.

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- All right, well, let's keep us rolling here.

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Chuck Mingo, you have an award to give out?

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- I do. Based on what we talked about earlier,

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maybe this should be the cow patty award,

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but I'm not going to call it that.

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- Hey, no, it shouldn't be.

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- Oh, man. I get to give this award, though, to you, Kyle.

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And we did a series, Blessed Life, and it was a powerful series.

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And I think specifically your message on Am I Generous

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as you talked about giving.

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And you had an illustration there where you kind of

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talked about Judas and how Judas was responding to Jesus's generosity.

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And you just brought it full circle and made it personal.

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And I would say that message for me

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was one of the messages this year, because you did this many times.

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I want to call this the stepping into your authority award,

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because I really feel like this year

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you stepped into your authority on this stage.

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You stepped into your authority for our community

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and you moved people.

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Your message absolutely moved people.

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There are families whose lives are different

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because of the way you stepped into your authority this year.

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So man, stepped into your authority award.

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- Thanks, Chuck. That's awesome.

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That's awesome.

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- I think Kyle deserves a hug or something.

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- Yeah, seriously, Chuck.

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Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

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- You did nail that one.

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I loved your little anecdotes,

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ike the TV had an anvil inside of it.

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You take little detours that are humorous

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and keep things fresh for us to get to some

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of your severe deeper content.

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Really good.

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- We know this, right, as preachers there's a couple of topics

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when you get them that you're just not --

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you're like crap.

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Really?

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Let's talk about not having sex before marriage

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or giving all your money away.

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And you get those assignments and you're like,

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"Well, OK, what am I going to do with this?"

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But yeah, you know, it's just true

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that when you step in the generosity,

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there's something unique that God does with your heart.

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And I know that that's a roadblock for so many people.

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But I was just pumped in that series.

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So many people in our community took steps towards God,

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thousands of people, and we're different because of it.

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It's awesome.

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- Well, let's watch that clip of Kyle in The Blessed Life right now.

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- Now in the story, Judas is holding the money box.

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You know, he's holding the money box.

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And what's amazing is that he actually attempts to appear generous.

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You can see it in the story.

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See, she pours out the oil.

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She does this amazing thing of extravagance.

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And Judas is standing there, he goes, (raspberry sound)

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"That's a waste. What a waste.

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That should've been given to the poor.

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It should've been given to the poor."

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You ever said that?

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You ever heard somebody say it? You ever said it yourself?

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I have.

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I actually said at the very first time I ever walked into Crossroads.

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It was 2002.

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My parents brought me.

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You've got to understand back then,

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TVs were basically perfect cubes stuffed full of anvils.

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They weighed like a thousand pounds.

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They were awful to move.

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But I walk in the Crossroads and I see something

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I've only seen pictures of and never seen in real life:

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flat screen TVs. There were six.

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I counted.

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They were expensive.

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And I said to my parents, "What a waste.

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That money should've been given to the poor."

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I did not know I was quoting Judas.

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I didn't, but I was.

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- Ok, so final award to give out.

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I wonder who this could go to.

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- Yes. It's going to go to Alley Cat.

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Alley Cat and I've had a lot of talks over the last year

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about, you know, finding your voice..

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All of us have unique voices.

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All of us have unique things that when someone hears us speak

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they're going to get something from Chuck

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that I'm not going to give them.

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Something that from Kyle that I'm not going to give them

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or Chuck can't. All of us are unique.

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And you know, as you're finding that voice,

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I felt like one of the strides you hit a few times this year

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it was great was just the level of vulnerability.

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You're a very smart woman who has a lot of education.

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And when you throw that change up of vulnerability

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and something that is -- it's powerful.

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So when you talked about just some of the crap you get,

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the grief you get, the judgment you get when you preach,,

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everything from, you know, how you dress to things you say,

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the complaints that come in.

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It's just -- it's just really heartbreaking, angers me greatly,

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but also impressed me greatly when you just put your stuff out there,

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made some really bold moves talking about that

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and other things this year.

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So as we take a look at that clip right now,

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it's just great being on the team with you.

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- Jesus faced so much rejection that I have to conclude

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if I'm following Him and my life is like His,

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then I am going to face that same rejection.

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And I want to share some of that rejection with you.

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I want to read you some emails that I have gotten

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over time here at Crossroads.

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I don't like you or anything about you.

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You have no real insight or wisdom.

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Your sermon was great, but you don't look great.

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You really need some different clothes.

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Why do we let women speak and teach here?

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You are ignorant, dangerous,

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and should never be allowed to speak to anyone ever again.

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The sound of your voice and the way that you talk,,

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it all just bothers me.

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How dare you force your thoughts on us?

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I'm leaving Crossroads and I am never coming back because of you.

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You all, that kind of rejection really hurts.

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It really hurts.

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Also, there's something far more important than that.

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There's something far more important than that.

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It doesn't matter how I feel on Monday morning,

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if the God who never rejects you,

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if you know Him better, it doesn't matter.

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If Jesus's purpose is furthered one tiny little bit,

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then it doesn't matter how I feel about that.

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As a matter of fact, God kind of guarantees

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that we're going to participate in some sort of rejection.

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And He is going to help us weather through it,

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because I care about you finding your people

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and God healing your pain much more

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than I am afraid of the email that's coming on Monday morning.

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Much more. I care about that much more.

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[ applause ]

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- Well, thanks so much for my vulnerability award.

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I probably don't like that clip as much as you do..

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And I did --

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- It's all about me though,

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so long as I like it, that's all that matters.

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Look how vulnerable you were, I like it.

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- No, I mean, I get why you would remember that

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and why it's important to go into those spaces

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that really are vulnerable.

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But in watching it and in re-living it, listening to it,

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I don't like it.

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It's not like -- that is uncomfortable space for all of us.

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And also, I don't feel --

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like I don't want that to define me in any way, you know?

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So when I rewatched that, I go, OK, I get it.

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I know that's pushing into those spaces of vulnerability

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is critical for all of us to continue to grow

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and be grown and, you know, to receive from,

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you know, whoever is talking.

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It's important that we push into really uncomfortable places.

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But I don't necessarily look back on that and think,

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"Boy, that was my personal favorite moment."

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But yeah, so I get it.

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And I'm in there.

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I'm willing to to go there.

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But --

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- And you know why?

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Because you're into leading people spiritually.

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So I just want to encourage you on that.

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- Thank you.

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- When it doesn't feel comfortable bit you do it anyway,

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then you're clearly not doing it for yourself.

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And that's the power of that moment,

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is that you were willing to do something uncomfortable

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to lead people to a different place.

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- Well, thank you. And I did hear from, I mean,

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scores and scores and scores of people in our community

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that were touched in some way by that very specific message.

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So I know that it matters.

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And it's also always kind of going to suck.

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So, this is the sucking award.

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- Can I give my trophy to Chuck?

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- Yeah, you want to change it?

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- Well, I feel like Encourager of the
Year award to Chuck, just constantly there.

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- I agree, I agree

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- Amazing, Chuck.

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- Well, that's a good segue actually.ctually.

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I'd love to hear, BT, what you think about all of --

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- BT? You mean, Dad?Dad?

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- Dad, it's always a weird like --

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- It's weird me being your dad?

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It's weird you being my offspring?

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It's weird you being the first DNA person I ever saw on the planet?

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What exactly is weird about this?

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- Ok, dad, I would love for you to --

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- Father, just call me father.

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- Abba?

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- Oh, Oh, wise one. Oh, wise one who loves me so,

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I would love to hear what you --

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I could keep going.

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OK, in all seriousness, I'd love to hear what is...

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- Not going to recover from this one.

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- Is this going well?

478
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- Now I'm self conscious of raising my
eyebrow, you're going to say something about it.

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My face is red.

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- This is not getting cut out by the way.

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This is not getting cut out.

482
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I'm telling you right now, this is not getting cut out.

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- This is -- OK.

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I think I'm done sweating.

485
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Done with 2019, done making fun of me.

486
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Let's keep moving.

487
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So I did -- I do love getting to celebrate

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each of those moments with each of you

489
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and looking back on the year and reliving that.

490
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There's also something really powerful

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about looking ahead to the next year.

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We're in 2020, like it or not, in just a few hours here.

493
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So what is it that you're most looking forward to in this next year?

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- Does it have to be like a deep thing?

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- Oh, no. Like fun, light, whatever.

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- Okay, mine's easy. My parents offered to watch our kids

497
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so Sarah and I can go on a just us vacation.

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- Come on. Come on.

499
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- Amazing. Can't wait.

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Don't know where we're going. Can't wait.

501
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I'm so excited.

502
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- Are you coming back?

503
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- TBD. Yeah, I mean, they're --

504
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- Don't scare our friends at home right now.

505
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You're coming back, Kyle.

506
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- I don't know. Probably, probably.

507
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I don't know. Probably.

508
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- I am most excited about the new hobby

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my wife and I have together: over landing.

510
00:23:37.830 --> 00:23:41.160
We get on my truck and we camp on top of the roof on top of it.

511
00:23:41.190 --> 00:23:42.090
We do all kind of stuff.

512
00:23:42.120 --> 00:23:45.630
So we've got some trips planned out this year to enjoy each other.

513
00:23:45.960 --> 00:23:47.850
I'm really looking forward to those.

514
00:23:47.850 --> 00:23:48.500
I'm looking forward to it.

515
00:23:49.200 --> 00:23:51.330
- Man, 2020 is going to be a really fun year.

516
00:23:51.360 --> 00:23:53.130
And gosh, if I think about the thing

517
00:23:53.130 --> 00:23:54.450
I'm looking forward to the most,

518
00:23:54.450 --> 00:23:55.800
my family and I, we're thinking about going

519
00:23:55.800 --> 00:23:58.040
to Puerto Rico for the first time in 2020.

520
00:23:58.040 --> 00:24:00.660
So my wife's family's from there, her mom.

521
00:24:00.720 --> 00:24:02.430
And our kids are old enough now that we could do that.

522
00:24:02.430 --> 00:24:04.560
So I'm thinking about going to Puerto Rico in 2020

523
00:24:04.560 --> 00:24:05.760
makes me very, very excited.

524
00:24:06.030 --> 00:24:06.600
- That's so awesome.

525
00:24:06.810 --> 00:24:07.500
- That is very cool.

526
00:24:07.620 --> 00:24:09.180
- Maybe Kyle and Sarah can tag along.

527
00:24:09.210 --> 00:24:09.450
- Yeah.

528
00:24:09.650 --> 00:24:09.820
(crosstalk

529
00:24:14.530 --> 00:24:16.050
- They've already got childcare handled,handled,

530
00:24:16.050 --> 00:24:16.740
so maybe they can watch your kids.

531
00:24:17.690 --> 00:24:21.570
- Yeah. We would love to but we're going to be so busy.

532
00:24:22.050 --> 00:24:24.380
We're going to be so busy. So, we'd love to otherwise.

533
00:24:24.450 --> 00:24:24.690
Yeah.

534
00:24:24.900 --> 00:24:27.810
- I think the thing I'm most looking forward to in 2020

535
00:24:27.810 --> 00:24:28.620
is being out of school.

536
00:24:29.130 --> 00:24:32.970
So I've been working out my degree for a handful of years now,

537
00:24:33.000 --> 00:24:34.020
kind of like the tortoise.

538
00:24:34.170 --> 00:24:38.040
I will finally be finished with it in just a couple of months.

539
00:24:38.580 --> 00:24:41.670
And I think the reason that I'm excited is because

540
00:24:41.670 --> 00:24:44.130
to do that over a long period of time,

541
00:24:44.130 --> 00:24:46.620
I've had to squeeze some other things out of my life.

542
00:24:46.680 --> 00:24:47.820
That's just the reality of it.

543
00:24:47.880 --> 00:24:51.870
I mean, a big, long term goal comes at a cost.

544
00:24:51.930 --> 00:24:54.720
And so there's some things that I've had to say no to.

545
00:24:55.120 --> 00:25:01.680
Then I'm excited to see what kind of things sprout up in my life

546
00:25:01.710 --> 00:25:04.140
when I have that margin back.

547
00:25:04.230 --> 00:25:05.580
- What's the actual degree you're getting?

548
00:25:05.980 --> 00:25:09.990
- It's a Masters in Biblical Studies

549
00:25:09.990 --> 00:25:11.520
from a Dallas Theological Seminary.

550
00:25:11.520 --> 00:25:11.530
- Awesome.

551
00:25:11.580 --> 00:25:15.210
- So, Dad, we have a family tradition that you started

552
00:25:15.210 --> 00:25:19.300
a couple years ago in our family and has had some really good fruit.

553
00:25:19.470 --> 00:25:21.930
And I think it'd be worthy us doing together as a church.

554
00:25:22.110 --> 00:25:26.220
- Yeah, I'm a big tradition guy, that might surprise you

555
00:25:26.220 --> 00:25:28.500
because I don't seem to be all into tradition,

556
00:25:28.500 --> 00:25:31.260
but I love having things in the calendar

557
00:25:31.260 --> 00:25:34.680
that regularly repeat just to give comfort and clarity.

558
00:25:34.680 --> 00:25:37.020
And so one of the ones that we've been doing

559
00:25:37.020 --> 00:25:39.270
comes from the book of Mark, Chapter 10.

560
00:25:39.710 --> 00:25:45.420
Jesus is walking down the street and there's a guy who's blind.

561
00:25:45.420 --> 00:25:47.010
His name is Bartimaeus.

562
00:25:47.190 --> 00:25:48.780
I call him Blind Bart.

563
00:25:49.470 --> 00:25:53.100
Blind Bart is blind and he's calling out, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus."

564
00:25:53.100 --> 00:25:56.970
And Jesus makes room for him and he says to this guy who's blind,

565
00:25:56.970 --> 00:26:01.560
he says, exact quote, "What is it you want me to do for you?

566
00:26:02.310 --> 00:26:03.810
What do you want me to do for you?"

567
00:26:03.810 --> 00:26:06.140
Which is really mind blowing on a number of levels.of

568
00:26:06.140 --> 00:26:06.630
levels.

569
00:26:07.290 --> 00:26:09.630
First of all, it almost sounds insensitive.

570
00:26:10.140 --> 00:26:11.640
Wait a minute. This guy's blind.

571
00:26:11.790 --> 00:26:16.320
I mean, how are you not just dealing with that?

572
00:26:16.350 --> 00:26:19.500
Well, maybe that's not the guy's biggest problem, right?

573
00:26:20.040 --> 00:26:23.190
Maybe his blindness he's learned to cope

574
00:26:23.190 --> 00:26:25.170
and maybe he's got a sciatic nerve issue

575
00:26:25.170 --> 00:26:27.720
that he's in 24/7 chronic pain or something like that.

576
00:26:28.050 --> 00:26:29.460
Maybe he's, who knows?

577
00:26:29.790 --> 00:26:33.390
But Jesus has him define what is it -- what is his biggest need?

578
00:26:34.230 --> 00:26:36.390
That's the one thing that's mind blowing about it for me.

579
00:26:36.400 --> 00:26:39.900
The second one is just the fact that Jesus says,

580
00:26:40.560 --> 00:26:44.460
"What is it you want me to do for you?"

581
00:26:45.880 --> 00:26:47.310
That's really crazy.

582
00:26:48.250 --> 00:26:50.050
I think Jesus still ask that question.

583
00:26:51.030 --> 00:26:55.050
I think He still asks us to articulate

584
00:26:55.050 --> 00:26:58.320
what is it you want me to do for you?

585
00:26:58.860 --> 00:27:02.240
Blind Bart does choose blindness blindness

586
00:27:02.240 --> 00:27:06.020
and Blind Bart is no longer blind Bart, he's now seeing Bartimaeus.

587
00:27:06.020 --> 00:27:07.590
He can see, he gets it.

588
00:27:08.730 --> 00:27:13.840
I wonder how many things that we would have if we just asked.

589
00:27:14.440 --> 00:27:16.420
And a lot of us are afraid of praying

590
00:27:16.420 --> 00:27:18.100
and having my prayers be only about me.

591
00:27:18.100 --> 00:27:19.010
I get that, I get that.

592
00:27:19.020 --> 00:27:20.890
Let's have our prayers be about things other than us.

593
00:27:21.120 --> 00:27:21.790
OK? True. True.

594
00:27:22.420 --> 00:27:27.320
But here we have at least one situation we are asked to ask Jesus.

595
00:27:27.400 --> 00:27:30.430
And I think there's some of us who don't have things

596
00:27:30.430 --> 00:27:31.350
because we're not ask Him.

597
00:27:31.360 --> 00:27:32.650
So maybe we just do that.

598
00:27:32.650 --> 00:27:36.220
And we should be doing that in your home or wherever you are right now.

599
00:27:36.520 --> 00:27:38.530
You should be talking it out with Jesus

600
00:27:39.130 --> 00:27:42.850
and Blind Bart asks in front of other people.

601
00:27:42.850 --> 00:27:46.130
There's a power to when we ask in front of other people.

602
00:27:46.130 --> 00:27:47.230
So maybe we do it right now.

603
00:27:47.860 --> 00:27:49.900
Jesus, would just look at you and say,

604
00:27:49.900 --> 00:27:51.730
"What is it you want me to do for you?

605
00:27:52.150 --> 00:27:52.780
What is it?"

606
00:27:54.280 --> 00:27:55.930
I'll go first since it was my little teaching.

607
00:27:56.680 --> 00:27:59.140
I will say I'm asking Jesus for,

608
00:27:59.770 --> 00:28:03.310
I would like a more healthy Crossroads this year.

609
00:28:03.340 --> 00:28:05.020
I want a more healthy Crossroads.

610
00:28:06.120 --> 00:28:08.280
We've just grown so much, there've been so many new things.

611
00:28:08.290 --> 00:28:11.400
I know that we've left some folks in the dust.

612
00:28:11.430 --> 00:28:13.200
I know that we've got some cracks in our ministry.

613
00:28:13.230 --> 00:28:16.950
I know that there's places to shore up how we care for people,

614
00:28:16.950 --> 00:28:17.670
how we connect with people.

615
00:28:17.670 --> 00:28:23.640
So aside from all the things that we are doing in budget and activity,

616
00:28:23.640 --> 00:28:28.050
I would just like something extra from Jesus, just kind of wave a wand

617
00:28:28.050 --> 00:28:32.730
and do something to to just make us a healthier, stronger,

618
00:28:32.730 --> 00:28:33.810
stronger church for people who are here.

619
00:28:35.360 --> 00:28:38.960
- I want Jesus to give me the clarity and confidence

620
00:28:38.960 --> 00:28:44.000
that I need to write my first book in 2020.

621
00:28:45.300 --> 00:28:45.920
That's what I want.

622
00:28:46.380 --> 00:28:47.280
- Wow. I like it.

623
00:28:48.260 --> 00:28:51.150
- Man, lots on the list, but I tell you the one

624
00:28:51.150 --> 00:28:52.320
that immediately comes to mind.

625
00:28:53.580 --> 00:28:56.310
We continue to hear from across the country

626
00:28:56.310 --> 00:28:58.440
that the work that we're doing as a church

627
00:28:58.440 --> 00:29:00.810
when it comes to racial reconciliation, racial justice

628
00:29:00.810 --> 00:29:04.770
through undivided is needed and wanted all around the nation.

629
00:29:04.860 --> 00:29:09.030
And so the thing I want Jesus to do is I want Him to create

630
00:29:09.030 --> 00:29:12.090
all the resources we need to take undivided national

631
00:29:12.090 --> 00:29:14.940
and to be able to scale this ministry that God has given us

632
00:29:14.940 --> 00:29:16.770
to steward it to impact our country.

633
00:29:17.280 --> 00:29:17.850
That's what I want.

634
00:29:18.640 --> 00:29:18.840
- Good.

635
00:29:19.690 --> 00:29:20.150
- That's awesome.

636
00:29:22.150 --> 00:29:25.480
I think about so many things work, personal life, family,

637
00:29:25.480 --> 00:29:25.930
all that stuff.

638
00:29:25.960 --> 00:29:29.380
I'll go kind of internal God working on me.

639
00:29:29.600 --> 00:29:30.160
Right?

640
00:29:30.160 --> 00:29:34.150
So one of the prayers I pray every day, The Lord's Prayer,

641
00:29:34.150 --> 00:29:36.310
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.

642
00:29:36.550 --> 00:29:41.350
And I think about that as God's Kingdom coming in inside of me,

643
00:29:41.350 --> 00:29:42.280
taking over more of my heart.

644
00:29:43.060 --> 00:29:45.520
And one of the places, if I look back in 2019,

645
00:29:45.520 --> 00:29:48.640
that I did not see growth in that I want growth in,

646
00:29:49.060 --> 00:29:53.150
is I have this -- this like anger button

647
00:29:53.150 --> 00:29:56.300
that I didn't know existed until I had kids in me..

648
00:29:56.300 --> 00:29:59.480
And my kids can set it off and I just go

649
00:29:59.480 --> 00:30:01.820
from like zero to like, ugh, at them.

650
00:30:02.210 --> 00:30:04.470
And, you know, I mean, you can judge me if you want to.

651
00:30:04.490 --> 00:30:05.780
I'm just being honest.

652
00:30:05.860 --> 00:30:07.280
Like, I'll just yell at them.

653
00:30:07.910 --> 00:30:12.590
And I would love, I want God to take that out.

654
00:30:13.220 --> 00:30:15.320
I want God to take out that anger button,

655
00:30:15.320 --> 00:30:17.350
not that you never get angry at your kids or anything like that.

656
00:30:17.420 --> 00:30:17.810
I'm not saying that.

657
00:30:17.820 --> 00:30:21.230
I just mean that sort of fly off the handle instantaneous thing.

658
00:30:21.650 --> 00:30:24.320
I'd love Him to -- His Kingdom to come in me

659
00:30:24.320 --> 00:30:26.680
and take that part over. That's mine.

660
00:30:27.020 --> 00:30:28.610
- Lena, how about -- how about you?

661
00:30:28.610 --> 00:30:31.100
Actually, why don't you hand me that little trophy

662
00:30:31.100 --> 00:30:33.170
that you have right beside you.

663
00:30:34.300 --> 00:30:35.050
- Do I get to still answer the question?

664
00:30:35.320 --> 00:30:37.420
- Yes, you can still get the answer,

665
00:30:37.420 --> 00:30:38.710
but you've been doing a lot of answering

666
00:30:38.710 --> 00:30:40.780
and I want you to, before you answer.

667
00:30:40.930 --> 00:30:41.590
- Ask it, I have an answer.

668
00:30:41.820 --> 00:30:44.380
- Ok. Well, I'm not going to give --

669
00:30:44.380 --> 00:30:45.230
I'm going to give you encouragement first.

670
00:30:45.760 --> 00:30:49.270
I'm going to say, this award goes to you

671
00:30:49.270 --> 00:30:51.760
and all of the Crossroads Anywhere community,

672
00:30:51.760 --> 00:30:53.500
you've taken a lot of new ground this year.

673
00:30:53.500 --> 00:30:56.830
You've lifted a lot of heavy weights

674
00:30:56.830 --> 00:30:58.990
and done a lot of different activities.

675
00:30:59.380 --> 00:31:03.580
And you and all the folks who are running

676
00:31:03.580 --> 00:31:06.150
after this element of our ministry at Crossroads

677
00:31:06.150 --> 00:31:07.450
just deserve recognition and thankfulness.

678
00:31:07.480 --> 00:31:08.500
So thank you very much.

679
00:31:08.980 --> 00:31:09.490
That's good.

680
00:31:09.850 --> 00:31:12.580
- Thanks. This is a really great exercise that we got to do together.

681
00:31:13.000 --> 00:31:16.870
And it's actually one that you can do at home

682
00:31:16.870 --> 00:31:18.610
maybe right now between you and Jesus

683
00:31:18.610 --> 00:31:22.630
or around your dinner table or in your living room at some point

684
00:31:22.630 --> 00:31:24.250
as this year comes to a close.

685
00:31:24.550 --> 00:31:26.590
But we actually want to give you a little bit of time

686
00:31:26.590 --> 00:31:28.990
right now just to reflect on what it is

687
00:31:28.990 --> 00:31:32.890
that you want Jesus to do for you and to have some time

688
00:31:32.890 --> 00:31:36.460
to spend with Him thinking about and talking to Him

689
00:31:36.460 --> 00:31:37.960
about what it would look for Him

690
00:31:37.960 --> 00:31:40.340
to give you something good in 2020.

691
00:32:47.860 --> 00:32:49.310
- Well, let's pray over these things right now.

692
00:32:49.360 --> 00:32:51.100
OK?

693
00:32:51.100 --> 00:32:52.090
God, I thank You.

694
00:32:52.090 --> 00:32:55.500
You're a God who hears.

695
00:32:55.510 --> 00:32:57.760
You listen, You respond.

696
00:32:57.850 --> 00:32:58.330
You do.

697
00:32:58.330 --> 00:33:02.340
It is crazy to me, You actually care what we think

698
00:33:02.340 --> 00:33:06.040
and that you would actually say yes to many of the things we ask for.

699
00:33:06.280 --> 00:33:08.320
And I'm praying God for a lot of yeses

700
00:33:08.320 --> 00:33:11.130
and for You to move on the things that we've been talking about

701
00:33:11.130 --> 00:33:12.520
and that we just asked for.

702
00:33:12.760 --> 00:33:15.160
I prayed that there would be stories,

703
00:33:15.160 --> 00:33:18.190
there would be victories and there would be fulfillment

704
00:33:18.190 --> 00:33:21.370
on the other end of all these conversations we've just had..

705
00:33:21.370 --> 00:33:22.630
You're good to give us today.

706
00:33:22.960 --> 00:33:25.540
You're good to give us Yourselfself

707
00:33:25.540 --> 00:33:27.280
and you're good to give us the future.

708
00:33:27.550 --> 00:33:29.590
I pray these things according to Your Name.

709
00:33:29.590 --> 00:33:30.680
Jesus, Amen.

710
00:33:32.370 --> 00:33:33.690
- Well, hey, thanks for joining us.

711
00:33:33.720 --> 00:33:35.700
We hope you have a Happy New Year.

712
00:33:35.940 --> 00:33:38.190
We'll be back at a location near you

713
00:33:38.190 --> 00:33:41.400
or right here online on January 4th and 5th.

714
00:33:41.400 --> 00:33:42.770
Check out Crossroads.net

715
00:33:42.770 --> 00:33:43.530
for more.

716
00:33:43.530 --> 00:33:44.140
We'll see you next week.

Dec 24, 2019

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