How to Hear God | Week 4: Obedience

The best way to hear God is to obey God. Sounds tricky, but it really isn’t that complicated—and it’s possible for all of us. When we make aggressive moves with what we think God is saying, it refines our ears to actually know what He is saying and it gives us courage to actually do what God is calling us to do.

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Well, welcome to church.

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My name's Lena Schuller and
I'm the Crossroads Anywhere

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Community Pastor.

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And I'm here with
my good friend Vicki.

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>> Hello, everyone.

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I'm the Community Pastor
for Crossroads Columbus.

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And our family moved up there about
a month ago and we are

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loving making Columbus home.

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And we're really excited about
where Crossroads Columbus is

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headed.

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>> That's right.

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God is doing some really
sweet things in Columbus.

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So if you're in the Columbus area,
be sure to pay attention a

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little bit later when we talk
more about that, but in the

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meantime, we're going to spend
some time worshipping together.

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>> Yeah. And for me, worship is
a really good opportunity for me

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to sing my way into
the truths of the songs.

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And I feel like the louder I
sing, the better I engage in

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worship, the farther my heart and
my head move in that

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direction.

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And so I just invite you guys
to do that right now, to sing

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really loud and see where your
voice takes your mind and your

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heart.

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>> You know, we're in a series
right now called How to Hear God,

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and we're going to explore that a
little bit more in a few

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minutes.

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But first, I'm here
with my friend Vicki.

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Vicki, what do you do?

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>> I am the
Columbus Community Pastor.

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>> That's right.

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So tell us a little bit
about what's happening in Columbus.

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>> Yeah. There's a group of
people who have been meeting

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regularly in Columbus for
quite some time now.

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And we've had a chance to
gather together as a community for

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worship and to explore where Columbus
has come from and what

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direction we're headed in.

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It's been really sweet to get
to know the community there and

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just experience the way
it's been growing.

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>> That's awesome.

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And you just took on this role
and you're doing a great job --

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>> Thank you.

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>> -- leading from the
start here in Columbus.

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And I'm excited to see what God
does next in that city under

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your leadership and with the amazing
community that you have up

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there.

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It's really good.

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So we actually have lots of
communities that are meeting around

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the country.

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Columbus is one of them.

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And there are more.

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And, you know, the best way
for you to get plugged into

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community, whether there's people who
are meeting in a home

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together or in a
theater like in Columbus,

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Is if you head to Crossroads.net

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and click on Get Connected,
you can see different opportunities

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for you to get plugged in.

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And the best opportunity for you
is coming this fall and it's

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called the Play
and Purpose Journey.

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Vicki, what's a Journey?

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>> A Journey is a chance for
the whole church to get together

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around one topic and we
explore it over weekend teachings.

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We get together in groups and we
have some personal work that we

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work through ourselves, all related
to the same topic.

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And this year it
is Play and Purpose.

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And I could not be more excited
for what that will mean for my

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family and for our community.

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And if you want
to head to crossroad.net/journey,

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you can sign up there to be
a Journey host and start to build

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relationships with people around
you in your city.

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>> That's right.

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And we all need a little bit
more play and a little bit more

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purpose.

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It's what makes our
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It's what makes our life godly.

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And it puts us in a
place where we're actually thriving.

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And so I want that for me
and I want that for you.

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And I want that for the people
who are in your city, whether

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you're in Columbus or you're
in Batesville, Indiana, or you're

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in Topeka, Kansas, or
Cape Coral, Florida.

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I want you to get to
do the Journey with other people.

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And so all you need is
a friend to do this with.

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So head to the Journey Web site to
learn more and to sign up to

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be a leader.

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>> Yeah. And if you're in Columbus
and you're not sure yet if

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you want to lead a Journey group
or how engaging in the Journey

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might look like for you, I would
love to meet with you and get

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to know you.

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So you can go ahead
and email me directly at

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columbus@crossroads.net.

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And I'll take you
out for coffee.

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And we can share stories and just
see what the next step for you

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might be.

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Well, if you want to be part
of the Crossroads team and you want

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to fuel the work that God's doing
in Columbus or in your very

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own city, you can
head to crossroads.net/give

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and become a giver.

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One of the amazing communities that
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get to know and spend some time
with over the last year or so

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is the people who are
meeting in Batesville, Indiana.

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That's right.

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Batesville, Indiana.

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Vicki and I laugh because
who's ever heard of Batesville?

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>> Yeah, it's quite
a small town.

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>> It's quite small town, and
yet there are amazing things

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happening there.

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And I love, love,
love their leaders.

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One of their leaders
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And I got together with him
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it's looked like for him to actually
start a group in his home

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that has actually turned into
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that gets together every
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We call that a watch party.

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They have a party and
they watch Crossroads together.

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And so I want you to meet Scott
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it's looked like for him to lead
in his home, because I think

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it's something that you can do
from wherever you are right now.

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>> Hello, Crossroads Anywhere.

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I am here with my friend Scott
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couple of years now.

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We are in his
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Scott, you hosted Crossroads
Anywhere in your house.

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>> I do.

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So this started -- It started about
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ago.

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My wife actually became
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And so she couldn't physically
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anymore.

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And so when Crossroads came
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livestream, we just started to stream
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people started to come.

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>> So how have you invited
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Like what are -- What's the line
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come experience church in
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>> So the first thing I
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>> Okay. Great, what do you got?

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>> I actually just say, "Hey,
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house this weekend.

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If you don't go to anything on
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on Sunday, you are absolutely
invited no matter what you

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believe, no matter
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We would love to have you here.

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There's coffee.

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There's sometimes doughnuts
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So it just -- we try to
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wouldn't walk into a church building
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I would not be able to do
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way.

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I mean, there's
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I can't invite everybody.

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I can't brew all the coffee.

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I can't -- I can't clean the
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So it's a community of people
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happen.

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>> Yes, it's pretty sweet.

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What has been the best
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just living life together.

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The second thing that's been incredible
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these people.

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One of the -- one of the
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was a service.

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Afterwards, I have a hot tub and
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four or five or six people
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baptized."

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And we thought, "Well, where
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And we've got a hot tub, so let's
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there.

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So we we had
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>> That's awesome.

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If I can start a church or Scott
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can start a church.

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Like whoever you are, wherever
you are, whatever resources you

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have, the friends that you have.

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If God has given you any kind
of desire just for your friends to

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know Jesus, try some
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Gather a group of friends together
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home and see what God does.

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>> Yeah, if you brew
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>> Right?

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>> In 2015, God called our community to
be a part of his plan to

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expand the Kingdom of God into
our neighborhoods, our city, our

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country, and the world.

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Our response to this God-sized mission
was to say, "I'm In" and

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we committed to radical generosity,
giving $100 million towards

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that goal over the
course of three years.

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Halfway through that journey as we
grew, God gave us new team

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members that wanted in on
what God was doing too.

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Those who joined during the
Obsessed Journey expanded our

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resources and reach
even farther.

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In the first three years of
the I'm In Campaign, we accomplished

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our original audacious goals by
opening 10 new physical sites,.

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Impacting the world through our
reach out ministries in our

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cities and internationally,

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buying property for
our camps ministry,

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Upgrading our existing sites
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and expanding the reach of
the gospel globally through streaming

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Crossroads Anywhere.

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And as if that wasn't enough to
celebrate, we follow a God who's

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vision for the restoration of
his people is never ending.

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He continues to open new doors and
show us new ways to connect

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our friends and family who are
far from God and are not

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interested in engaging business
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The financial commitments of those
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during the Obsessed Journey have
allowed us to create new

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content shared on new platforms.

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We are now reaching 5 million
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platforms.

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There have been 4.4

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million views of video content.

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2.2 million minutes of Crossroads
music have been consumed on

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multiple platforms.

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1.2 million total listens of podcasts
and 340,000 page views of

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published articles.

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God's plan for what He wants for us
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through us is never done.

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While many of us have
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celebrated the good fruit of our
investment in the Kingdom, our

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teammates that joined during Obsessed
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towards the finish line
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The seeds are planted and the
fruit is so very good.

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We cannot wait to celebrate the
harvest with those who will

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never have to wonder
if their lives mattered.

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>> Man, that is a lot of
amazing activity and a lot of people

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who are better off because our
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this church.

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So, so, so, so good.

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It actually makes my brain swim
to think about all the things

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that've happened around here
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It is crazy.

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And as Crossroads has gotten larger
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gotten harder and more and more,
more difficult for me to lead,

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actually, because the largest something
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the more paranoid people
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The larger something gets, the
more people assume something

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weird must be
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The larger something gets, the more
people say, "Well, they must

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have some kind of hyper
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or something like that."

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And the truth is, none of that's
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thing called Crossroads.

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We have been able to do
what we've done because normal, average,

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everyday people like you and
I have been faithful, incredibly

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faithful.

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We had an amazing party a number
of months ago for people who

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made campaign commitments.

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We're not in the campaign
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campaign commitments
and finished.

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It was an amazing party.

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And we're not going to have
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amazing as well in January for
people who've finished on the

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Obsessed Journey.

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You made an Obsessed commitment, which
was people coming in and

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on the journey that we
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And we're trying to pick up
different pieces and try to make

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different things happen.

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And many, many people made commitments
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encourage you, remind you,
please fulfill those, please.

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Well, not just because we exist
because of normal people giving

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one hundred dollars, given a
thousand dollars, but because it's

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an important thing for your
spiritual formation to finish what

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you said.

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And we love to
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And so we're going to have a great
one for those of us who have

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completed the obsessed
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Now, one of the things that's fun
for me is to work real hard

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and play real hard.

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Or another way to it is to
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We're going to be doing a
journey which is clearly not a

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financial campaign that's
our next series.

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It is not, it is not. i

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is not.

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It is simply a Journey to build into
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our life.

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And it's called the
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And most of us have an outage
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we're not sure what our
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or we're not sure how
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I'm going to mentioned this in a
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talk in a few minutes.

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But Play and Purpose
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And we celebrate when we
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completed the purpose.

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We're gonna do that in January.

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And I want us to all get ready
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the most significant six weeks,
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It's called the Play
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And here's a snippet of what
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>> We're going to build a
trampoline for the Steinway family.

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These are some awesome folks
that serve us each week.

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They serve students and
they serve kids.

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They have nine of their own
kid and they still do that.

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Trampolines are all about clay.

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I'm jumping on a trampoline.

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This family is about to
walk through this door.

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They have no idea that we
build a trampoline full of balloons.

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(inaudible)

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>> It is, look through
the window. (inaudible and squealing)

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>> And your life was meant
to have restful play and meaningful

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purpose.

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Don't miss the Play and
Purpose Journey starting September 14th

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and 15th.

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>> Well, we have up here an
interesting thing that we did on

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Saturday morning.

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We had 1500 of our leaders from
all of our different sites in

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different places coming into
Cincinnati for a leadership

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morning, to learn about leadership,
to be encouraged, to

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worship together.

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And just it was really,
really, really a powerful four-hour

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block or something like that.

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And at the end of that time,
everyone had these flags and we

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were able to write on there things
that we thought that God was

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saying to us.

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And we were able to drive our
flag into the hill and say, "God,

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this is what I think you want me
to do and I am going to go

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through it.".

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All these signs represent 1500 people
who felt like God was

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nudging them, God was working
on something inside of them.

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And let's just be
honest right now.

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I've never heard an
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In fact, as I've heard all
the people who was speaking this

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series, I haven't heard anybody yet:
Ali, Chuck, Kyle, who said

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they've heard an audible
thing of God.

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There are people who've said they
have heard actually a sound

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wave from God.

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I've not heard that.

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I hope to hear that someday.

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That would be great.

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But I want to demystify hearing
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And I also want to
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It's a crazy, amazing thing.

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Why is it that more of
us don't hear from God?

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Maybe we've never heard from God
or least we can't remember the

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last time that we
did hear from God.

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I want us to consider that the
reason -- part of the reason

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might be the way that
we live our life.

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Part of the reason might be
the speed at which we live.

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God speaks to me not
through an audible sound wave.

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God speaks to me the way
he's probably going to speak most

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frequently to you, through the
person of the Holy Spirit.

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God exists in three people,
three persons -- by the

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way, we're going to go
in the deep end today.

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Are you OKoy with this?

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I don't care if you are or not.

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We're going there right now.

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So God exists in three persons:
God the Father, Got the son.

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God, the Holy Spirit.

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All one, all in harmony.

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Jesus proceeded from the Father.

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He's the son of God.

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He's died for us.

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When you receive Jesus in
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commit you life to Christ,
the Holy Spirit, the third

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person of the Trinity,
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And so when God speaks to
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nudge, an unawareness, something that
comes inside of you.

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Not inside of your humanness,
but the divine actually being

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inside of you.

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The Holy Spirit actually
comes inside of you.

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Now the Holy Spirit is likened
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Jesus, why has the Holy Spirit
descend upon Him, descends upon

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Him and says like a dove.

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I think it's interesting like a dove,
not like a crow; like a

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dove.

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How many of us have
ever heard a crow?

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[sound effect: Ga! Ga!].

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Right, we've all heard crows.

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The Holy Spirit comes on Jesus,
not as this loud bird that's

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never [sound effect: Ga! Ga!]

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No, not as -- not as this bird
that is loud and just swoops in

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and is okay with all kinds of
noise and chatter, but he comes

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--

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how many of us have ever heard
a crow, by the way, who's ever

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heard a crow?

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Who doesn't have any eardrums?

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Ma'am, you've never
heard a crow.

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I'm looking at you.

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You've never -- raise your hand.

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This is group
participation time.

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There you go.

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Good. Wonderful.

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How many of us now
have ever heard a dove?

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Okay, a few of us.

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Dove. [sound effect]

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A dove descends on -- the Holy
Spirit is likened to a dove.

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What this means is the
Holy Spirit really enjoys calm.

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He enjoys serenity

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He enjoys when there's peace.

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The reason we don't hear doves
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there's loud noises and a lot of
-- doves, they just -- they

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go, they leave.

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Not a crow [sound
effect: Ga! Ga1].

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No, but a dove does.

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See, most of us have crow
like lives and not dove lives.

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We live in the most
stressed out, over taxed, overstimulated,

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over to do listed generation in
the history of the world, bar

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none.

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In The New York Post
they put it this way:

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Friends, we are the fastest paced
culture in the history of the

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world.

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It's not just because of our
time period, but when people come

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from other countries either to
immigrate here or to vacation

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here, I hear from it over and
over and over again, they all

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tell me, "My gosh, there's
just like an energy here.

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There's a -- there's a pace
of life," which is partially what

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drives us economically and why
we're such an economic engine.

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It's also partially what drives us
to have as many mental

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disorders as we have, as much
stress as we have, as much

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paranoia, as much breakdowns as we
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we have.

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There has never been a faster
paced culture in the history of

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the world than America
right here, right now.

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When is the last time you
didn't have a to do list?

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When's the last time you didn't
have a goal you were working

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towards, any goal?

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When's the last time you sat
and didn't have Spotify playing?

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When's the last time you sat
on your couch and didn't watch

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Netflix?

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When's the last time you drove the
speed limit, for one, and you

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didn't listen to a podcast?

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When's the last time
you drove in silence?

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When was the last time you just
went inside of your house or

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when you went out in the
woods and just did this?

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You just sat.

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Shoot, if someone saw you
just sitting and doing nothing

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today, they'd think you ought to
be committed to an asylum or

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something like that.

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What are you doing, man?

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Chop, chop, chop.

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In the midst of all of this
cacophony, we expect the dove to

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break through?

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Now, to be clear, God can speak
to you and I any way He

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wants, anytime he wants.

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And He can break through.

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Absolutely he can.

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I was telling you, unless we slow
down, we're not going to hear

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from God because the dove
flees, the dove [sound effect].

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He's not going to be able to
get over the cacophony of what's

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going on in our lives
and in our hearts.

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We need to slow down.

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We need to have times
where we slow... down.

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We need to [simulates
slow motion] slow... down...

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Slow down.

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Book of Psalms, God says:.

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Be still.

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Not be on task.

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Be still.

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Not be strategic.

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Be still.

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Not be multitasking.

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Be still.

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When we are still we up the
likelihood that we might hear the

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prompting of God, that we
might [dove sound effect].

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We might feel a nudge, the very
voice of God that's coming from

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inside of us and it's
coming from God himself.

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You know, I have -- I want to
hear from God whatever it is and

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however it is.

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And you probably do too.

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And so we'll do all kinds
of things to hear from God.

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Like I will try
a different church.

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Will We'll go to
a conference some place.

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We'll. We'll read the
latest cool book.

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We'll, well, well, we'll just do a
thing to try to try to heal

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from him.

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I've done some crazy things to
try to hear from God.

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Like I learned when I was younger
that this book is the word of

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God.

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To hear from God, you just
the word of God in here.

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So I would instead of adjusting my
life to slow down and learn

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to understand his cadence to me,

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I would do things like
I've gotta do something.

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I'll do Bible roulette.

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I'll do Bible roulette.

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I'll say, "God, what do you want
me to do with my life?"

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"And then he hung himself."

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Oh, no.

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Oh, no.

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You don't -- you don't want
me to do that do you?

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I got try something else.

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Go and do likewise.

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What? Go and do likewise?

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I would do these things, just
trying to short circuit my own

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spiritual growth and trying to
understand how to get something

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from God.

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I believe all of us have something
to get from God and I believe

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we can learn it from a story

488
00:32:58.480 --> 00:32:58.660
I'g going to spend the
rest of our time with.

489
00:32:58.660 --> 00:33:02.050
It comes the book of 1 Samuel.

490
00:33:02.130 --> 00:33:07.000
I'm. I'm carrying this book right
now because part of what I

491
00:33:07.000 --> 00:33:09.700
want to do, I've learned is
sometimes I just have to change

492
00:33:09.700 --> 00:33:10.140
things up.

493
00:33:10.150 --> 00:33:11.080
I need to be fresh.

494
00:33:11.710 --> 00:33:17.410
So I'm using more these days
an actual fuddy-duddy paper Bible.

495
00:33:17.500 --> 00:33:18.880
I know like, yeah,.

496
00:33:19.150 --> 00:33:21.760
I'm actually reading a
paper Bible these days.

497
00:33:22.200 --> 00:33:24.460
For the last several years
I've been all digital.

498
00:33:24.550 --> 00:33:28.330
I do a part of my time
with God still on the Crossroads app.

499
00:33:28.360 --> 00:33:29.840
It's amazing, you
should do that.

500
00:33:30.100 --> 00:33:34.660
But I've also had my normal Bible
reading on an app or on a

501
00:33:34.840 --> 00:33:37.360
Bible in software on here.

502
00:33:37.360 --> 00:33:38.530
I've done my journaling on here.

503
00:33:38.710 --> 00:33:41.260
There's good reasons for it because
I can search it, I can

504
00:33:41.500 --> 00:33:43.060
access it any time.

505
00:33:43.150 --> 00:33:44.920
All my stuff is in
one place, all that stuff.

506
00:33:44.950 --> 00:33:48.490
But recent I've said, you know what,
I should do a change up and

507
00:33:48.490 --> 00:33:52.450
I should go back and I should
like use old paper Bible for

508
00:33:52.460 --> 00:33:52.680
a bit.

509
00:33:52.700 --> 00:33:55.810
So, I've been doing that and
it's been -- it's been good.

510
00:33:56.050 --> 00:33:59.190
It's also been wild that I moved
in and a lot of my Bibles

511
00:33:59.190 --> 00:33:59.650
just went away.

512
00:33:59.680 --> 00:34:02.260
I used to have more Bibles in
my house than you probably have

513
00:34:02.410 --> 00:34:03.460
Kleenex in your house.

514
00:34:03.500 --> 00:34:04.930
There was all over the place.

515
00:34:04.960 --> 00:34:06.700
I was like, man, do I
have any of these left around?

516
00:34:06.900 --> 00:34:07.690
And I found this one.

517
00:34:07.700 --> 00:34:08.470
I got this one here.

518
00:34:08.890 --> 00:34:13.750
And I'm going to read for you
this story that ties into how

519
00:34:13.750 --> 00:34:15.130
somebody hears from God.

520
00:34:15.130 --> 00:34:20.500
It's a story about a prophet by
the name of Samuel and actually

521
00:34:20.500 --> 00:34:23.170
a priest by the name of Eli.

522
00:34:24.540 --> 00:34:28.930
In this time in the Bible there
was a gap between God and

523
00:34:28.930 --> 00:34:29.530
people.

524
00:34:29.740 --> 00:34:34.900
And the priest stood between people
and God communicating to God

525
00:34:35.110 --> 00:34:36.280
on behalf of the people.

526
00:34:36.280 --> 00:34:38.920
So the priest would make
sacrifices and some such

527
00:34:38.920 --> 00:34:42.340
thing, communicating a
message to God.

528
00:34:42.610 --> 00:34:46.330
And God would send His message
to His people through a prophet.

529
00:34:46.640 --> 00:34:49.540
So the prophet would send
God's word to the people.

530
00:34:49.660 --> 00:34:52.780
The priest would send the
people's word to God.

531
00:34:53.410 --> 00:34:57.250
And here we have Eli, who is a
priest and a little boy who is

532
00:34:57.250 --> 00:35:01.450
going to be one of the
greatest prophets the world would ever

533
00:35:01.480 --> 00:35:01.840
know.

534
00:35:01.840 --> 00:35:07.030
His mom, I don't know his mom's
name, but her son is named

535
00:35:07.030 --> 00:35:07.750
Samuel.

536
00:35:07.900 --> 00:35:12.250
And she dropped Samuel off at the
temple one day with Eli and

537
00:35:12.250 --> 00:35:15.850
says, "I think God's doing
something special in this kid.

538
00:35:16.390 --> 00:35:18.520
I need someone to
raise his game.

539
00:35:18.850 --> 00:35:20.580
I want him to
be under your wing.

540
00:35:20.590 --> 00:35:22.300
Would you basically
mentor him?".

541
00:35:22.750 --> 00:35:24.320
And that's what Eli does.

542
00:35:24.340 --> 00:35:29.230
And so hear what happens in
1 Samuel 3:2, here's what says:.

543
00:35:40.310 --> 00:35:42.500
This is encouraging to me and
it should be encouraging to you.

544
00:35:42.880 --> 00:35:44.930
I mean, if you're sitting here
right now and you're going, "I'm

545
00:35:44.930 --> 00:35:47.150
hearing all these people hearing from
God, but I'm not hearing

546
00:35:47.150 --> 00:35:48.500
anything. What's wrong
with me?".

547
00:35:49.010 --> 00:35:53.840
There are times where the word
of God is just rare.

548
00:35:54.530 --> 00:35:59.390
There are times where you could
be living a well-paced life,

549
00:35:59.660 --> 00:36:04.970
doing the right things, and you
could go long periods, years

550
00:36:05.570 --> 00:36:07.610
without feeling the touch of
God in your life.

551
00:36:08.540 --> 00:36:12.140
This was one of those times
where for whatever reason, God

552
00:36:12.140 --> 00:36:13.430
wasn't speaking.

553
00:36:14.300 --> 00:36:18.570
Just because you're not hearing
from God, don't automatically

554
00:36:18.570 --> 00:36:22.140
conclude that therefore there isn't any
God or God's not happy

555
00:36:22.140 --> 00:36:22.500
with me.

556
00:36:22.770 --> 00:36:24.810
Sometimes friends, it
just happens.

557
00:36:25.350 --> 00:36:29.130
Sometimes we just go through dry
periods where we don't hear or

558
00:36:29.130 --> 00:36:29.850
we don't sense.

559
00:36:29.880 --> 00:36:33.810
And this is what's happening
in Israel's history right here

560
00:36:33.810 --> 00:36:34.170
and then.

561
00:36:36.110 --> 00:36:39.310
So here's what it
says in verse 4.

562
00:36:39.560 --> 00:36:42.680
Samuel is now in the
temple as a little boy.

563
00:36:42.890 --> 00:36:44.360
He's sleeping in the temple.

564
00:36:44.480 --> 00:36:45.260
And here's what happens.

565
00:37:18.340 --> 00:37:22.120
Eli's not a parent here to Samuel,
but this is what happens when

566
00:37:22.120 --> 00:37:24.250
you tuck your kids
in a bed, right?

567
00:37:24.610 --> 00:37:25.390
Like they won't go to sleep.

568
00:37:25.420 --> 00:37:27.970
I don't know why it is when
kids get tucked in, every kid

569
00:37:28.000 --> 00:37:31.240
becomes a dehydrated philosopher
who needs a hug.

570
00:37:31.310 --> 00:37:32.950
I don't understand.

571
00:37:33.230 --> 00:37:34.020
I understand that.

572
00:37:34.030 --> 00:37:35.500
But Samuel looks like this.

573
00:37:35.530 --> 00:37:35.650
He's

574
00:37:35.650 --> 00:37:35.750
like doesn't want to sleep, "What did
you say? What did you say?"

575
00:37:35.750 --> 00:37:39.750
Eli says, "No, Go.

576
00:37:39.790 --> 00:37:40.530
Go back to bed.

577
00:37:40.570 --> 00:37:41.290
Go back to bed."

578
00:37:41.710 --> 00:37:42.610
The story continues.

579
00:37:51.290 --> 00:37:55.640
So Samuel was hearing from God,
even though he doesn't have a

580
00:37:55.640 --> 00:38:00.080
relationship with God yet, because God
can speak to anybody at

581
00:38:00.280 --> 00:38:02.030
anytime for any reason.

582
00:38:30.790 --> 00:38:35.190
So Eli realizes this is not
a kid who's a dehydrated philosopher

583
00:38:35.190 --> 00:38:36.070
in need of a hug.

584
00:38:37.450 --> 00:38:40.690
He realizes, oh, no, this
is one of those moments.

585
00:38:41.290 --> 00:38:43.850
I think the high holy
one is talking to you.

586
00:38:44.230 --> 00:38:45.430
Here's the way it works, Samuel.

587
00:38:45.760 --> 00:38:46.450
Go back.

588
00:38:46.840 --> 00:38:47.400
Lie down.

589
00:38:47.620 --> 00:38:49.860
If you hear it again. just

590
00:38:49.860 --> 00:38:51.600
send him a message that
says you're up for it.

591
00:38:51.610 --> 00:38:55.410
Just say speak, your
servant hears. Speak,

592
00:38:55.680 --> 00:38:59.670
your servant listens, and this
is what Samuel does.

593
00:38:59.910 --> 00:39:06.760
I think it's interesting that
Samuel gets communicated to during

594
00:39:06.760 --> 00:39:11.260
the time of his day where
he is the most slowed down.

595
00:39:12.250 --> 00:39:14.770
It's when he's on his bed.

596
00:39:15.070 --> 00:39:18.160
It's when he doesn't have the
things on his to do list.

597
00:39:18.190 --> 00:39:20.170
It's when he -- I don't know
that a little kid would ever be

598
00:39:20.170 --> 00:39:23.470
stressed, but whatever a little kid's
got to do, this part of

599
00:39:23.470 --> 00:39:25.540
the day is when he would
be the most slowed down.

600
00:39:25.550 --> 00:39:27.100
Maybe. Maybe.

601
00:39:27.100 --> 00:39:28.810
Just maybe, this
is really encouraging.

602
00:39:29.290 --> 00:39:35.290
Maybe the simplest thing you and I can
do to hear from God is to

603
00:39:35.290 --> 00:39:39.700
do nothing some day, is to
take a break some day.

604
00:39:40.360 --> 00:39:43.570
Samuel slows down.

605
00:39:44.050 --> 00:39:49.600
In the midst of the slowing down,
he hears from God, but he also

606
00:39:49.930 --> 00:39:53.830
has to tell God, "I'm listening.

607
00:39:54.340 --> 00:39:55.630
I'm hearing you.".

608
00:39:58.130 --> 00:40:02.150
Now, Samuel gets a message that
is not the first message that

609
00:40:02.150 --> 00:40:03.320
you would want to get.

610
00:40:04.310 --> 00:40:06.380
He gets the message
that relates to Eli.

611
00:40:06.680 --> 00:40:12.320
Eli has been a leader in Israel
and he's been a leader that's

612
00:40:12.320 --> 00:40:13.400
been lazy.

613
00:40:13.660 --> 00:40:15.990
There has been some dereliction
of duty with him.

614
00:40:16.010 --> 00:40:18.500
He's got some sons that are
out of control and bringing

615
00:40:18.710 --> 00:40:20.240
spiritual harm to people.

616
00:40:20.570 --> 00:40:23.120
And he's just --
he's in cruise control.

617
00:40:23.120 --> 00:40:24.020
He's coasting.

618
00:40:25.220 --> 00:40:29.780
And Samuel has a message for him
that he doesn't want to give.

619
00:40:30.110 --> 00:40:35.960
He doesn't want to tell Eli
exactly what God told Samuel.

620
00:40:36.170 --> 00:40:37.790
And yet this is what happens.

621
00:40:39.050 --> 00:40:43.730
God, says, Samuel, I declare to him
that I'm about to punish his

622
00:40:43.730 --> 00:40:47.150
house forever for the iniquity that
he knew because his sons

623
00:40:47.150 --> 00:40:50.870
were blaspheming God and he
did not restrain them.

624
00:40:51.500 --> 00:40:54.380
So tell him pain
is coming his way.

625
00:40:55.730 --> 00:40:57.320
This is really unusual.

626
00:40:57.530 --> 00:40:58.400
This is real unusual.

627
00:40:58.400 --> 00:41:01.940
Today when someone gets a word
from the Lord, a prophecy, the

628
00:41:01.940 --> 00:41:05.660
New Testament is really clear
that the predominant way that

629
00:41:05.660 --> 00:41:08.350
works is encouraging,
is encouraging.

630
00:41:08.360 --> 00:41:10.040
God brings us
an encouraging word.

631
00:41:10.070 --> 00:41:13.760
I don't know why it is we
in our sick, twisted ways, we think

632
00:41:13.760 --> 00:41:16.550
that if God was to talk to
us, he'd give us a smack down.

633
00:41:17.420 --> 00:41:20.810
No, we think that because we
live such hectic and frenetic

634
00:41:20.810 --> 00:41:25.670
lives, we're losing touch of the
true value and character of

635
00:41:25.670 --> 00:41:26.150
God,

636
00:41:26.410 --> 00:41:29.210
That we assume that if He were
say something to me, He would say

637
00:41:29.210 --> 00:41:32.390
something that is not in line with
who He is or His very

638
00:41:32.390 --> 00:41:32.930
nature.

639
00:41:34.000 --> 00:41:37.910
And because we're losing the ability
to understand the God who

640
00:41:37.910 --> 00:41:41.600
is, I'm just hearing more and
more people who are renouncing

641
00:41:41.600 --> 00:41:44.090
their faith, who are just saying
"I'm no longer a Christian."

642
00:41:44.090 --> 00:41:47.600
I've heard pastors and all kinds
of folks over the last few

643
00:41:47.600 --> 00:41:50.750
months, maybe just my social media
feeds, that are just filling

644
00:41:50.750 --> 00:41:52.940
up with people who
are renouncing their faith.

645
00:41:54.050 --> 00:41:55.910
When people renounce their faith, at
least the ones I see

646
00:41:55.910 --> 00:41:59.450
renouncing their faith, it's because
of one of three reasons.

647
00:41:59.450 --> 00:42:02.810
One, the person has a
life that's not working.

648
00:42:04.110 --> 00:42:07.620
Their life isn't working and they
feel it's God's fault that

649
00:42:07.620 --> 00:42:10.320
their life isn't working, that
they're stressed out or that

650
00:42:10.320 --> 00:42:11.310
this hasn't happening for them.

651
00:42:11.550 --> 00:42:15.030
And so they're frustrated because
really, really, it's about

652
00:42:15.030 --> 00:42:17.150
their frustration with
life, not God.

653
00:42:17.160 --> 00:42:19.160
And they maybe haven't managed
their life well, but they

654
00:42:19.170 --> 00:42:22.590
can't -- They're not honest enough
and bold enough to say that

655
00:42:22.590 --> 00:42:23.730
to themselves and others.

656
00:42:23.730 --> 00:42:25.320
"Hey, I've mismanaged my life.

657
00:42:25.560 --> 00:42:26.760
I haven't done
the right things.".

658
00:42:26.760 --> 00:42:28.280
It's much easier to say, "Oh,
there's no God. Look at

659
00:42:28.290 --> 00:42:28.610
my life.".

660
00:42:28.650 --> 00:42:30.780
So, one possible reason.

661
00:42:30.830 --> 00:42:33.870
Another possible reason, many people
have not had a personal

662
00:42:33.870 --> 00:42:36.390
relationship with God, they've
had a philosophical

663
00:42:36.390 --> 00:42:37.760
understanding of God.

664
00:42:38.730 --> 00:42:41.700
Now, I remember when I gave my life
to God, it was real, it was

665
00:42:41.700 --> 00:42:43.800
-- it got personal.

666
00:42:44.250 --> 00:42:49.230
It was no longer about
theoretical principles, it was personal.

667
00:42:50.580 --> 00:42:55.590
And when there is difficulty in your
life and all you have is a

668
00:42:55.590 --> 00:43:00.450
philosophy, and to be very, very
clear, there are pastors who

669
00:43:00.450 --> 00:43:03.540
are pastors because they like
the philosophy of Christendom,

670
00:43:03.780 --> 00:43:05.660
they like the philosophy
of the Bible.

671
00:43:05.670 --> 00:43:10.500
That is not the same as
having a personal relationship with the

672
00:43:10.500 --> 00:43:13.890
God who is inside of the
Bible and outside of the Bible.

673
00:43:14.550 --> 00:43:17.920
And when we don't have
a personal connection, when there's

674
00:43:17.970 --> 00:43:20.370
difficulty or when there's doubts,
we're going to change

675
00:43:20.370 --> 00:43:20.930
philosophy.

676
00:43:21.880 --> 00:43:25.020
Or the third reason, the
third reason we renounce our

677
00:43:25.020 --> 00:43:29.580
faith, it's not because NASA just
came back and there's new

678
00:43:29.580 --> 00:43:30.460
images of the cosmos.

679
00:43:30.560 --> 00:43:32.430
I've never heard of anybody
renouncing their faith because NASA

680
00:43:32.430 --> 00:43:34.410
came back with new images
from the Hubble Space Scope.

681
00:43:34.620 --> 00:43:35.580
And we go, "Oh, my gosh.

682
00:43:36.300 --> 00:43:37.440
Whoo, well, that
changes everything.

683
00:43:37.680 --> 00:43:39.390
Oh, science has
this new discovery?

684
00:43:39.540 --> 00:43:40.350
I can't believe in God.".

685
00:43:40.360 --> 00:43:42.840
I don't know anybody who renounced
their faith because of what

686
00:43:42.840 --> 00:43:43.710
science has said.

687
00:43:44.220 --> 00:43:45.090
I like science.

688
00:43:45.330 --> 00:43:46.010
Like it a lot.

689
00:43:46.140 --> 00:43:47.370
I like it a lot.

690
00:43:47.850 --> 00:43:49.710
There's never --
name that movie.

691
00:43:50.870 --> 00:43:51.450
Dumb and Dumber.

692
00:43:51.470 --> 00:43:53.630
You people are getting too
young, Dumb and Dumber.

693
00:43:53.660 --> 00:43:54.110
That's right.

694
00:43:54.690 --> 00:43:55.610
You ever see Dumb and Dumber?

695
00:43:55.950 --> 00:43:57.010
Yeah. It's good movie.

696
00:43:57.080 --> 00:43:58.290
It is. Pretty

697
00:43:58.400 --> 00:43:58.760
bird.

698
00:43:59.420 --> 00:44:00.020
Where was I?

699
00:44:01.100 --> 00:44:05.870
Never because of science or
never because someone knocked on

700
00:44:05.870 --> 00:44:08.570
their door with a new religion,
they decide to embrace it.

701
00:44:09.080 --> 00:44:11.970
It's because of these things.

702
00:44:12.030 --> 00:44:16.650
And number three, because we're not
up for God being God.

703
00:44:16.650 --> 00:44:22.890
We struggle with having faith
because God does whatever God

704
00:44:22.890 --> 00:44:26.010
wants to do and He
doesn't have to consult us.

705
00:44:27.510 --> 00:44:29.400
He doesn't have to
consult because he's God,.

706
00:44:29.430 --> 00:44:32.070
He's the God of all that is.

707
00:44:32.670 --> 00:44:38.910
Now that Samuel hears from God, he
goes to Eli and he hems and

708
00:44:38.910 --> 00:44:39.450
haws.

709
00:44:39.450 --> 00:44:43.680
And Eli say, "Hey, man, hey
man, don't -- don't short circuit

710
00:44:43.680 --> 00:44:46.440
me. Tell me what he said.

711
00:44:46.740 --> 00:44:47.730
I want to hear."

712
00:44:48.780 --> 00:44:50.980
And Samuel tells him,
your run's done.

713
00:44:51.930 --> 00:44:52.530
Your run's done.".

714
00:44:53.680 --> 00:44:59.350
And here is Eli's
response, 1 Samuel 3:18:

715
00:45:03.850 --> 00:45:04.330
He's the Lord.

716
00:45:04.330 --> 00:45:05.410
He does as he pleases.

717
00:45:06.800 --> 00:45:08.180
Eli doesn't like this.

718
00:45:09.110 --> 00:45:11.270
Eli is not comforted
by this message.

719
00:45:11.810 --> 00:45:14.340
This doesn't mean that Eli's
future is gonna be great.

720
00:45:15.020 --> 00:45:17.660
But Eli doesn't lose his
faith over this at all.

721
00:45:18.200 --> 00:45:23.960
He recognizes that He is God and He
will do what He will do what

722
00:45:23.960 --> 00:45:24.680
He pleases.

723
00:45:24.860 --> 00:45:26.180
And here's the key thing.

724
00:45:26.230 --> 00:45:27.560
Here's the next level.

725
00:45:27.770 --> 00:45:31.930
Once we slow down, once we slow
down and we hear like a

726
00:45:33.560 --> 00:45:34.700
[dove sound effect], we
hear a sense.

727
00:45:34.700 --> 00:45:36.380
We feel a prompting.

728
00:45:36.590 --> 00:45:38.300
We have a nudging on something.

729
00:45:38.540 --> 00:45:46.060
When we have that, the critical thing
then is to do what we were

730
00:45:46.060 --> 00:45:46.540
told.

731
00:45:46.770 --> 00:45:51.580
Samuel says, "Speak Lord,
your servant hears.".

732
00:45:52.900 --> 00:46:00.670
When God spoke to him this message,
had Samuel not done what God

733
00:46:00.670 --> 00:46:04.330
wanted him to do and he not
said what God wanted him to say,

734
00:46:05.110 --> 00:46:08.380
I'm pretty confident the messages
from God would've stopped

735
00:46:08.380 --> 00:46:08.790
coming.

736
00:46:09.950 --> 00:46:13.040
Because God speaks to
people who will listen.

737
00:46:13.220 --> 00:46:16.310
When we say your servant
listens, we've gotta listen.

738
00:46:18.380 --> 00:46:20.930
These are -- This is
very inspiring for me.

739
00:46:21.200 --> 00:46:21.830
Very inspiring for me.

740
00:46:21.830 --> 00:46:24.500
I mean all of these little
little ones, like people just writing

741
00:46:24.500 --> 00:46:29.130
stuff down like I'm resolved to
not lust after Chuck Mingo.

742
00:46:29.250 --> 00:46:31.100
Oh, gosh, I don't know
why they said that.

743
00:46:31.700 --> 00:46:33.380
Geeze, what's wrong
with these people?

744
00:46:33.920 --> 00:46:36.680
Well, whatever these things are,
whatever is on here, the

745
00:46:36.680 --> 00:46:40.880
inspiring thing isn't that people walked
up and said, "I sense

746
00:46:40.880 --> 00:46:42.350
God wants me to do this."

747
00:46:42.560 --> 00:46:47.310
The inspiring thing is when
these things get done.

748
00:46:48.650 --> 00:46:52.860
The inspiring thing was Samuel speaking
to Eli and Eli going, "I

749
00:46:52.860 --> 00:46:53.430
got it.

750
00:46:53.880 --> 00:46:54.960
He'll do what He pleases.

751
00:46:55.050 --> 00:46:55.680
I got it."

752
00:46:56.130 --> 00:47:01.110
The inspiring thing is when God
put something on our heart and

753
00:47:01.110 --> 00:47:04.500
we actually follow through
and we do it.

754
00:47:05.490 --> 00:47:07.650
Over the summer I
try to slow down,

755
00:47:07.690 --> 00:47:08.690
[slow motion effect] slow down.

756
00:47:10.280 --> 00:47:12.720
I try to get
into a different rhythm.

757
00:47:13.350 --> 00:47:15.960
I try to take
on less responsibility.

758
00:47:16.350 --> 00:47:19.920
I try to get to different
places that operate at different

759
00:47:20.220 --> 00:47:24.780
paces, like a lake in Tennessee that
a friend of mine lets me

760
00:47:24.780 --> 00:47:26.220
use his house that's on it.

761
00:47:26.520 --> 00:47:31.170
And I just go down and in
slowing down I hear things that I

762
00:47:31.170 --> 00:47:34.830
wouldn't hear in my normal --
my normal pace of life.

763
00:47:35.310 --> 00:47:36.960
We invite -- Lib and I
invite a bunch of people

764
00:47:36.960 --> 00:47:38.880
down at different
times come down.

765
00:47:38.880 --> 00:47:42.540
Some of those were staff folks and
they come down and I would

766
00:47:42.540 --> 00:47:47.640
hear things that had they said the
same thing and I was around

767
00:47:47.640 --> 00:47:50.190
a conference table, I don't know
that I would have heard it

768
00:47:50.220 --> 00:47:52.170
because I would have still
been stressed out about everything

769
00:47:52.170 --> 00:47:53.280
else that was on my day.

770
00:47:53.670 --> 00:47:57.090
But in a lower key environment
when I heard things, like my

771
00:47:57.090 --> 00:47:59.550
head would go like,
"What? What? We're

772
00:47:59.550 --> 00:47:59.950
doing that? Gee."I

773
00:48:04.030 --> 00:48:06.550
got some clarity on things, I
felt like I was nudging me.

774
00:48:08.290 --> 00:48:12.010
I would think about people for
random reasons that I would never

775
00:48:12.010 --> 00:48:12.940
think about people.

776
00:48:13.690 --> 00:48:17.410
And I would do prayer texts, pull
out my phone and just say,

777
00:48:17.410 --> 00:48:19.270
"Hey, you're on my
mind right now.".

778
00:48:20.320 --> 00:48:23.680
And I would just type out a
prayer to God that that person could

779
00:48:23.680 --> 00:48:24.100
see.

780
00:48:25.130 --> 00:48:27.280
"Lord, help Ann, da-da-da, Amen"

781
00:48:27.640 --> 00:48:32.040
And as this would happen, it
happened more because I was slowed

782
00:48:32.040 --> 00:48:32.320
down.

783
00:48:32.380 --> 00:48:34.510
People were like, "Oh my gosh,
that was a perfect prayer for

784
00:48:34.510 --> 00:48:36.580
me or that was the
right time to connect me."

785
00:48:36.790 --> 00:48:40.230
It happens because I
was slowing down.

786
00:48:40.240 --> 00:48:43.540
And also when I was slowing down,
I would still do things that

787
00:48:43.540 --> 00:48:44.890
weren't the good things to do.

788
00:48:44.920 --> 00:48:47.500
But because I was slowing
down, I was more introspective.

789
00:48:47.500 --> 00:48:48.910
Like, why am I doing that?

790
00:48:49.180 --> 00:48:52.720
Like, I Facebook creeped on more people
than I ever have in my

791
00:48:52.720 --> 00:48:53.260
life.

792
00:48:53.890 --> 00:48:56.500
I have more downtime like I wonder
what that person is up to and

793
00:48:56.500 --> 00:48:57.140
go on there.

794
00:48:58.710 --> 00:48:59.410
Ah, I knew it.

795
00:48:59.770 --> 00:49:01.430
I knew they were weird.

796
00:49:01.810 --> 00:49:04.510
And then as I would do this,
God would nudge me and go

797
00:49:04.510 --> 00:49:09.100
like, "Brian. What's up with all
the joy of judging people via

798
00:49:09.100 --> 00:49:09.770
social media?

799
00:49:09.790 --> 00:49:12.550
What's all -- what's this sick fetish
you have of just trying to

800
00:49:12.550 --> 00:49:14.890
find out something that
somebody isn't doing right?"

801
00:49:15.850 --> 00:49:16.240
"Yeah, you're right.

802
00:49:16.240 --> 00:49:18.460
God, sorry, sorry, sorry.

803
00:49:18.750 --> 00:49:19.780
I won't do anymore.".

804
00:49:21.440 --> 00:49:27.200
Had I Facebook creeped back in
my normal mode, I probably

805
00:49:27.200 --> 00:49:29.520
wouldn't have been introspective
on it at all.

806
00:49:30.820 --> 00:49:36.480
But when we slow down and
then when we do what God

807
00:49:36.480 --> 00:49:40.960
is prodding us with God goes,
"Ho, ho, there is a child,

808
00:49:41.110 --> 00:49:44.770
there's a woman, there's a man
that I'm going to take special

809
00:49:44.770 --> 00:49:45.730
interest in."

810
00:49:46.630 --> 00:49:49.120
Did you hear about this child
that went to Smoky Mountain

811
00:49:49.120 --> 00:49:53.590
National Park and they saw
this little heart shaped rock.

812
00:49:53.620 --> 00:49:54.600
They thought it was awesome.

813
00:49:54.610 --> 00:49:55.480
They took it home.

814
00:49:55.720 --> 00:49:57.820
And then they realized they took
it home they were stealing

815
00:49:57.820 --> 00:49:58.670
federal property.

816
00:49:58.690 --> 00:50:00.610
That's what everything is
in a national park.

817
00:50:00.940 --> 00:50:03.280
I don't know this little child
realized it or their parent told

818
00:50:03.280 --> 00:50:07.450
them, but this this this little girl
sent the rock back with an

819
00:50:07.450 --> 00:50:10.630
apology letter to
the Park Service.

820
00:50:10.660 --> 00:50:13.510
And the Park Service said, "Yeah, if
everyone who -- if all the

821
00:50:13.510 --> 00:50:15.640
millions of people who visit
our parks, if everyone takes

822
00:50:15.650 --> 00:50:18.250
a momento, our parks are
going to be decimated."

823
00:50:19.240 --> 00:50:23.530
It's impressive is this girl, this
little girl had a sense of

824
00:50:23.530 --> 00:50:26.350
what was right and just sent it
back and was just a beautiful,

825
00:50:26.620 --> 00:50:27.310
wonderful.

826
00:50:27.610 --> 00:50:29.140
Maybe it was God
that spoke to her?

827
00:50:29.200 --> 00:50:29.900
I don't know.

828
00:50:30.880 --> 00:50:32.810
But I know this, all
of us know this.

829
00:50:33.230 --> 00:50:35.630
The people you want to speak to
are the people who listen to

830
00:50:35.630 --> 00:50:36.620
you, right?

831
00:50:37.760 --> 00:50:39.940
Friends who don't listen what you
say, you just don't talk to

832
00:50:39.940 --> 00:50:40.100
them.

833
00:50:40.910 --> 00:50:43.610
People who you manage at your
workplace, if they don't follow

834
00:50:43.610 --> 00:50:46.040
through on your feedback, you
just stop managing them.

835
00:50:46.170 --> 00:50:48.350
And then you wait for them to
not perform and they get fired.

836
00:50:50.190 --> 00:50:52.090
I wonder if God
isn't too unlike this.

837
00:50:52.110 --> 00:50:57.360
I wonder if God is encouraged
to speak with some people more

838
00:50:57.360 --> 00:51:00.870
often because some people are more
often willing to just do

839
00:51:01.140 --> 00:51:04.980
what God says, to actually follow
through with what God says.

840
00:51:05.930 --> 00:51:08.720
Later on in Samuel's life, after
this story, after he has

841
00:51:08.720 --> 00:51:15.140
learned this lesson of slowing down
and then doing -- doing

842
00:51:15.410 --> 00:51:17.720
what God says, he says this:.

843
00:51:27.800 --> 00:51:31.110
Does the Lord more up for
religiosity than he is for actually

844
00:51:31.350 --> 00:51:32.520
doing what he says?

845
00:51:39.230 --> 00:51:43.230
He's saying to do what God says
is better than going to church

846
00:51:43.230 --> 00:51:44.670
for yet another service.

847
00:51:45.450 --> 00:51:47.460
That is the
most important thing.

848
00:51:49.650 --> 00:51:54.480
It's a sacred trust when God
put something on our heart, when

849
00:51:54.480 --> 00:51:55.110
the dove [dove sound effect].

850
00:51:57.490 --> 00:52:01.420
It's a sacred thing when you
get a thought that you realize

851
00:52:01.510 --> 00:52:07.420
that's probably Jesus, when you get
an impression, when you get

852
00:52:07.420 --> 00:52:12.110
a word that wasn't
generated initially by you.

853
00:52:12.140 --> 00:52:14.360
It's a sacred trust
that's put into you.

854
00:52:14.750 --> 00:52:18.950
And when you have that,
however seemingly insignificant might

855
00:52:18.950 --> 00:52:21.050
be, you've got --
you gots to move.

856
00:52:21.070 --> 00:52:21.950
You've gotta move.

857
00:52:22.460 --> 00:52:26.520
Now, last week, Kyle told a
story that was pretty impactful.

858
00:52:27.370 --> 00:52:28.860
Didn't Kyle do a
great job last week.

859
00:52:28.890 --> 00:52:29.280
He did.

860
00:52:29.490 --> 00:52:32.040
Someone just told me that he's
wearing the same exact shoes that

861
00:52:32.040 --> 00:52:32.820
I have.

862
00:52:33.600 --> 00:52:34.860
Yes, he was.

863
00:52:35.040 --> 00:52:38.580
That's -- let's remind ourselves that
someone at Adidas gave me

864
00:52:38.580 --> 00:52:39.060
these.

865
00:52:39.270 --> 00:52:41.940
I don't know how much we're paying
Kyle from him to own shoes

866
00:52:41.940 --> 00:52:45.930
like this, but nonetheless, he
did an amazing, amazing job

867
00:52:45.930 --> 00:52:48.630
talking about a very tender moment
when he had left staff.

868
00:52:49.050 --> 00:52:53.370
And then I basically had
him do the opposite.

869
00:52:53.940 --> 00:52:57.030
Story as it went, he came and told
me, as he said, I was very

870
00:52:57.030 --> 00:52:58.600
gracious that he
was leaving staff.

871
00:52:58.650 --> 00:53:01.920
I'm about people going forward with
whatever God wants him to

872
00:53:01.920 --> 00:53:03.240
do, whether it's here
or wherever it is.

873
00:53:03.300 --> 00:53:04.150
So I as like, yes.

874
00:53:04.350 --> 00:53:05.120
Great can I support
you that's good? Great.

875
00:53:07.890 --> 00:53:11.940
He then told you that I was
in workout clothes when I came back

876
00:53:11.940 --> 00:53:12.600
to talk to him.

877
00:53:12.630 --> 00:53:13.120
Here's why.

878
00:53:13.170 --> 00:53:14.170
Here's the story
behind the story.

879
00:53:15.060 --> 00:53:17.040
When I get up in the morning, I
hear some of you, you go running

880
00:53:17.040 --> 00:53:19.380
in the morning, you
workout in the morning.

881
00:53:19.530 --> 00:53:20.370
That's wonderful.

882
00:53:20.700 --> 00:53:22.410
Good for you and
good for you. [laughter]

883
00:53:23.100 --> 00:53:24.180
I don't do that.

884
00:53:24.240 --> 00:53:24.730
I don't do that.

885
00:53:24.750 --> 00:53:28.470
If I -- if I get up and
I start working out in the morning, like

886
00:53:28.500 --> 00:53:32.760
my metabolism kicks in and I'm
like, chop, chop, let's go.

887
00:53:32.760 --> 00:53:34.350
I'm going to be like, I'm
going to be on it.

888
00:53:34.380 --> 00:53:34.670
Right?

889
00:53:35.340 --> 00:53:37.650
I'm not going to slow down
for the rest of the day.

890
00:53:37.720 --> 00:53:39.420
So this is me for me.

891
00:53:39.600 --> 00:53:43.680
So when I wake up, the first thing
I do is I sit with God.

892
00:53:43.770 --> 00:53:45.060
I want to try to hear from God.

893
00:53:45.090 --> 00:53:46.600
I want to read the Bible.

894
00:53:46.620 --> 00:53:49.050
I want to -- I want
to sip some decaf coffee.

895
00:53:49.290 --> 00:53:52.790
I want to encounter
in still way.

896
00:53:53.130 --> 00:53:55.820
Now, later on in the day, and I
never know when it is, I get

897
00:53:56.790 --> 00:53:59.730
-- I'm a member of the gym
that's the closest thing to the

898
00:53:59.730 --> 00:54:00.420
office.

899
00:54:00.760 --> 00:54:03.640
And so when I've got like
an hour, boom, I get out.

900
00:54:03.660 --> 00:54:08.390
So my hour that day was one
after Kyle had talked to me.

901
00:54:08.400 --> 00:54:09.150
So boom, I got out.

902
00:54:09.350 --> 00:54:10.140
.

903
00:54:10.230 --> 00:54:13.230
I get on the elliptical and I'm
on the elliptical doing my deal.

904
00:54:13.230 --> 00:54:14.550
And I'm just, "Kyle..."

905
00:54:16.090 --> 00:54:18.570
And as I'm doing this thing
and thinking about it and

906
00:54:18.570 --> 00:54:23.630
going on the elliptical, I get
this prompting: "Tell Kyle I

907
00:54:23.630 --> 00:54:24.790
don't want him to leave staff."

908
00:54:29.180 --> 00:54:33.120
That sounds kind of precocious of
me, but it persisted, it

909
00:54:33.120 --> 00:54:33.960
stayed with me.

910
00:54:33.960 --> 00:54:36.430
And I thought, "Umm..."

911
00:54:37.260 --> 00:54:39.900
And then as I was wrestling with
it, I didn't want to do it.

912
00:54:39.930 --> 00:54:40.090
I don't.

913
00:54:40.160 --> 00:54:42.750
I thought and I was
like, I got more convinced.

914
00:54:43.080 --> 00:54:45.770
No, this is this
thing that Jesus wants.

915
00:54:45.880 --> 00:54:48.480
So then I've got a timing issue.

916
00:54:48.780 --> 00:54:51.060
I think he's given two weeks, so
I can do it sometime in the

917
00:54:51.060 --> 00:54:52.080
next two weeks.

918
00:54:52.560 --> 00:54:53.220
Well, maybe.

919
00:54:53.380 --> 00:54:56.220
Maybe. Maybe I'll get done with
this workout and then I'll go

920
00:54:56.220 --> 00:54:56.540
over.

921
00:54:56.800 --> 00:54:59.560
But I know how these things
work, once you sense that God's

922
00:54:59.560 --> 00:55:03.210
saying something, the longer I wait,
the more likely I won't do

923
00:55:03.210 --> 00:55:03.420
it.

924
00:55:03.750 --> 00:55:07.020
So as I'm on that thing,
I'm like, "Okay, God done."

925
00:55:07.200 --> 00:55:08.300
I leave immediately.

926
00:55:08.310 --> 00:55:09.000
I'm sweaty.

927
00:55:09.030 --> 00:55:11.250
I'm not going -- I'm going.

928
00:55:11.250 --> 00:55:12.860
So that's why I walked
in, I said, "Hey, Kyle."

929
00:55:13.190 --> 00:55:16.350
And that's when I said to him what
he told you that I said last

930
00:55:16.350 --> 00:55:16.620
week.

931
00:55:16.620 --> 00:55:21.060
Had I waited, I don't
know what would have happened.

932
00:55:21.810 --> 00:55:25.020
I know for many of you, you
think that, you know, Kyle just gave

933
00:55:25.020 --> 00:55:26.460
a good message last week
and that's kind of cool.

934
00:55:27.370 --> 00:55:28.830
Kyle was impacted.

935
00:55:28.860 --> 00:55:32.100
If you've gotten anything from
Crossroads over the last ten

936
00:55:32.100 --> 00:55:35.850
years, there's things his fingerprints are
on that you have no

937
00:55:35.850 --> 00:55:39.330
idea about, that you would not
have been blessed were he not

938
00:55:39.330 --> 00:55:39.660
around.

939
00:55:39.690 --> 00:55:42.270
And that could be said about a
lot of different staff members, a

940
00:55:42.270 --> 00:55:42.630
lot.

941
00:55:45.470 --> 00:55:48.410
Had I waited, I don't know if
he goes home and he feels

942
00:55:48.410 --> 00:55:50.180
like, "Okay, good. I got
that off my chest.

943
00:55:50.210 --> 00:55:51.380
I'm definitely gone now.".

944
00:55:51.860 --> 00:55:54.970
Maybe he doesn't have an
open heart to reconsider.

945
00:55:55.010 --> 00:55:55.730
I don't know.

946
00:55:56.180 --> 00:55:56.980
Here's what I know, though.

947
00:55:57.680 --> 00:56:00.680
When God puts something in your
heart, dude, you need to freakin

948
00:56:00.680 --> 00:56:01.040
do it.

949
00:56:01.760 --> 00:56:02.600
You just need to do it.

950
00:56:02.840 --> 00:56:06.890
Stop dicking around and just
go, this is personal.

951
00:56:07.130 --> 00:56:09.710
It's personal, what God is doing
to me right now, it gets

952
00:56:09.710 --> 00:56:10.050
personal.

953
00:56:10.250 --> 00:56:12.680
It's personal with me and Him.

954
00:56:13.660 --> 00:56:14.740
You are His child.

955
00:56:15.820 --> 00:56:22.240
He wants to speak to you and
He wants you to say, "Speak, Lord,

956
00:56:23.140 --> 00:56:25.630
your servant listens.".

957
00:56:26.600 --> 00:56:28.850
Your servant, your servant.

958
00:56:29.840 --> 00:56:33.950
What happens if all of this
and all of this gets done?

959
00:56:34.460 --> 00:56:35.370
Oh, my gosh.

960
00:56:35.480 --> 00:56:38.180
The world literally changes.

961
00:56:39.170 --> 00:56:45.360
Jesus says, "You are my
friend if you obey me.".

962
00:56:46.510 --> 00:56:48.820
Jesus says, "I want to spend

963
00:56:48.820 --> 00:56:50.950
time with you." That's what a friend
is. "I want to spend time

964
00:56:50.950 --> 00:56:52.720
with you, if you will obey me.

965
00:56:52.750 --> 00:56:56.650
If you will do the
things that I'm saying.".

966
00:56:57.680 --> 00:57:04.700
I'm going to spend the last
seconds of this series and today

967
00:57:05.030 --> 00:57:08.180
enabling you to hear
from God right now.

968
00:57:09.090 --> 00:57:13.580
Why don't we pray and I'm going
to give you some silent space to

969
00:57:13.580 --> 00:57:17.870
slow down and maybe God's going
to speak to you right now.

970
00:57:17.900 --> 00:57:18.380
So here we go, let's
just bow our heads.

971
00:57:18.470 --> 00:57:23.540
Let's bow our heads and actually
let's take our hands, put your

972
00:57:23.540 --> 00:57:27.920
hands up in an upward -- put
them on your lap just palms up.

973
00:57:28.160 --> 00:57:29.060
Palms up on your lap.

974
00:57:29.390 --> 00:57:31.400
It's the universal
sign for receiving.

975
00:57:32.090 --> 00:57:32.600
Receiving.

976
00:57:34.220 --> 00:57:39.670
God, I ask you speak
to everyone right now.

977
00:57:41.070 --> 00:57:43.740
And what I encourage you to do
as you listen to this, just say,

978
00:57:43.740 --> 00:57:46.800
to mutter to Him under your
breath, just say Him silently,

979
00:57:47.280 --> 00:57:49.780
"Speak, Lord, your
servant listens."

980
00:57:49.800 --> 00:57:50.400
Let me hear that.

981
00:58:16.050 --> 00:58:16.330
Amen.

982
00:58:19.260 --> 00:58:21.910
If there was a thought that
was running through your mind and

983
00:58:21.910 --> 00:58:25.480
wouldn't let go of and you
think that that's the kind of

984
00:58:25.480 --> 00:58:27.900
thought that Jesus would approve
of, if there was something

985
00:58:27.940 --> 00:58:30.280
came out of nowhere and
just stuck in you.

986
00:58:30.670 --> 00:58:35.650
I encourage you, run that by
one person who you're confident

987
00:58:36.310 --> 00:58:38.410
walks with God, run it by them.

988
00:58:39.640 --> 00:58:40.600
And then do it.

989
00:58:41.380 --> 00:58:42.850
And watch your life change.

990
00:58:42.910 --> 00:58:46.840
Watch your relationship with God
go to a whole different

991
00:58:46.840 --> 00:58:47.650
stratosphere.

992
00:58:48.070 --> 00:58:51.610
He wants to know who is
a servant and who listens.

993
00:58:51.760 --> 00:58:52.030
All right.

994
00:58:52.300 --> 00:58:53.060
Have a great week.

995
00:58:53.080 --> 00:58:54.430
We'll see you next week.

996
00:58:54.580 --> 00:58:55.430
It's been a great series.

997
00:58:55.440 --> 00:58:55.980
Thanks for coming.

998
00:58:56.020 --> 00:58:56.830
Have a great week.

999
00:58:58.420 --> 00:59:00.890
>> Hey, thanks so much for joining
us for this week of How to

1000
00:59:00.890 --> 00:59:01.470
Hear God.

1001
00:59:01.820 --> 00:59:05.800
I hope that this week you're walking
into the next week with a

1002
00:59:05.990 --> 00:59:09.950
ear a little bit more tuned to
what God has to say to you.

1003
00:59:10.550 --> 00:59:14.030
Next week we have a special
week because all of our community

1004
00:59:14.030 --> 00:59:16.820
pastors are gonna be speaking live
in the midst of their

1005
00:59:16.820 --> 00:59:17.420
communities.

1006
00:59:17.660 --> 00:59:20.720
And so if you live near a
Crossroads location, you want to get

1007
00:59:20.720 --> 00:59:24.200
to that building next week to
hear from your community pastor.

1008
00:59:24.410 --> 00:59:25.460
It's gonna be a great one.

1009
00:59:25.580 --> 00:59:28.310
We'll see you next week and we
hope you have a great week.
Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...

Welcome to the Chaser—a few questions after the weekend service to start conversations. If this is your first time in a group, or your group has new members, take a few minutes and introduce yourself. Two truths and a lie is always a good place to start.

  1. There are a ton of ways to hear from God. Let’s try one called Bible Roulette. Grab a Bible. (Digital or paper is fine.) Pick a random chapter and verse and read it out loud to the group. Then, discuss what verses you shared. Were they random? Or is God saying something to your group right now?

  2. One of the things that can distract us from hearing God’s voice is noise. Take 2 minutes and write down all the things that cause noise and distraction in your life. Even if those things are “good” things. Write ‘em down and then share the list with your group. (Spotify, Podcasts, Netflix, Road Rage, Meetings. etc.)

  3. When things are quiet, we can hear better. Read this story about a guy named Samuel out loud. What stood out to you? Share with your group?

  4. Let’s try out the advice Eli gave Samuel. Out loud, as a group say “Speak, for your servant hears.” Then sit in silence for 3 whole minutes and listen for the quiet nudge of God. When time is up, share whatever was in your mind.

  5. The other side of hearing is obeying. For those people in the group that heard God say go and do something during your quiet time, or in service this weekend, share it. And share what you’re going to do about it.

Challenge

Let’s turn down one distraction this week. During your commute (whether it’s to work or school, or getting ready to start work at home) don’t listen to any music or podcasts. Be in the moment and listen for the quiet voice of God.

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