How to Succeed in 2024

Dec 31 service will be ONLINE ONLY. Join Andy and Brian as they reflect on 2023 and give a forecast of what’s to come in 2024. If you come to a site on December 31, our buildings will be closed.

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    - Well hey, happy New Year and welcome to Crossroads.
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    My name is Andy Reider,
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    Community pastor of Crossroads Anywhere
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    and I want to welcome -- Oh.
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    - What are you doing in here? You're --
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    This is my garage. You don't just walk into my garage.
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    - You weren't supposed to be home yet.
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    I am. You're not supposed to be in my freaking garage.
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    [tone]
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    - We just want to have a little fun
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    as we head into the new year.
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    But actually, 2023 was an incredible,
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    an incredible year for our church.
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    - It was great, every measure.
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    The most important measure would be
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    the number of people who got baptized.
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    Uh, almost 2000 -- 1973. But who's counting?
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    - It's unbelievable.
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    - What's really crazy about that is over 3 years
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    at any point, we basically had
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    a rolling 12 month average of 2000 people.
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    God is using us to bring people in His family.
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    It's pretty fun. - That's amazing.
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    And in the Crossroads Anywhere App,
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    we had 4.6 million prayers prayed in the app,
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    4.6 million times people came before God
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    with what they needed and praying for one another.
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    Really cool.
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    - Yeah, there's things that we can do with our own might,
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    and things that only God can do with His might.
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    So that many people are reaching out
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    and they're some serious yes answers,
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    is really encouraging.
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    And also a thing that's close to both of our hearts
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    because we got to know each other, camping,
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    is our attendance at camps, like 7500 people
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    from all over the country, all over the world,
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    actually coming to one of our camps,
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    have a primitive camping experience
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    to encounter God and go to a new place.
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    And it's just been phenomenal.
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    Who would have ever thought of it? It's crazy.
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    - It's just been a banner year for our whole church.
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    There's so much to celebrate.
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    I know you personally are celebrating,
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    you finally got a bull elk.
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    - Yes, a bull elk, a male elk, I finally did.
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    More meals that I've eaten than I could possibly count
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    so far and a lot more to come.
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    We're talking about pure meat.
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    No hormones injected into it, grass fed,
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    wandering about in God's creation.
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    It's unbelievable. - Delicious.
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    Well, it's been an incredible year for our church.
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    And I just want to capture with one brief story,
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    totally unsolicited, I received this letter.
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    This letter, I don't know if you can see
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    this was actually from a local correctional institution,
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    from inside of a prison.
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    And this letter was the story of a member
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    of our Crossroads community, but he basically
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    in here shared his story titled
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    The Purpose in My Pain.
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    And he shares the story of actually being
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    a member of this community, of encountering God
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    at Crossroads and experiencing in prison
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    the chance to essentially take revenge on people
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    who had murdered his loved ones.
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    But God met him there and brought him peace
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    and gave him the ability to forgive.
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    And honestly, enclosed with this was a $25 check,
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    was him not only wanting to be a part of the community,
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    but him wanting to partner with the community.
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    It's just amazing, humbling stuff.
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    And that's one story of countless.
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    - I don't know what they make in prison.
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    I know they get paid a nominal fee,
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    but I don't know if that's a tithe or whatever that is,
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    but it just shows he's in. -Yes.
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    - He's part of us and we're stronger,
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    because of you, if you're watching right now.
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    - Yeah. And it's just a good reminder that
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    our church is made up of all kinds of different people
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    from all different walks of life,
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    all encountering Jesus and running after Him together.
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    And I just want to call out,
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    if you're one of our community members in a prison,
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    we are thankful for you, we love you,
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    and we're grateful for you.
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    And we're so thankful for the chance to get
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    to celebrate Christmas with you this past December.
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    - The last time I spent Christmas with my son,
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    man, I think this was the first time
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    probably since pre-COVID, so probably about 2019.
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    - Last time I spent Christmas with my family
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    is probably two years ago.
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    I was up all night anxious about this.
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    I don't know anybody from Crossroads, you know,
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    at a church and people who don't know me from Adam
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    could recognize and care enough
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    that I could celebrate Christmas with my family.
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    One of the things that I deal with
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    is just feeling so insignificant
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    and feeling so forgotten.
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    It's just beyond words to to think that
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    some strangers will be willing to sacrifice
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    that we can have Christmas with my family
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    just means the world to me.
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    - The crossroad church, and even PCI,
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    that there's people out there that even give,
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    you know, that you even cross their mind,
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    whether they even know who you're your name or not,
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    that that means a lot to me.
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    And I know that my family got a lot out of that today, too.
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    - It felt good and it felt normal.
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    For a little second it was like
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    we weren't incarcerated
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    For that moment I was just got a chance
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    to just kind of be dad with my son, man.
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    So it felt really good.
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    It just really fueled me up.
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    I hope he felt in a way, the way I felt,
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    noticed, loved, not forgotten.
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    And I hope that he felt like he mattered.
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    - Spending this holiday with my family, uh,
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    it, uh, it means the world to me.
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    This is actually the first visit
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    I actually had with my kid in almost a year.
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    Last time I saw her, she wasn't even talking.
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    I got to hear her tell her she loves me, and --
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    And for her to run up and say daddy, that meant a lot.
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    After this morning. I hope my daughter knows
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    that I love her and today kind of gave me
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    some reassurance that she still remembered who I was,
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    which is a big fear that I had, that she would walk in
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    and not not know who I am.
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    For me today, after experiencing that, it was,
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    you know, motivate you to keep going
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    and remind you what what you got outside waiting for you.
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    I just want to thank you guys for doing this
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    because it meant a lot to me.
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    - I just wanted to say thank you.
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    I want to say thanks.
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    I want to thank God first because I recognize
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    that Crossroads and what you guys did today,
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    you guys were His hands and His feet.
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    And that joy, it pierces the darkness, man.
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    There's a there's a cloud of sadness and heaviness
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    that just sits on these places
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    around these times of the year.
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    You guys literally penetrated to darkness today, man.
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    So it's going to -- it's going to spill
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    outside of here and carry on to the compound.
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    And really, man, uh, it means the world to me.
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    - Banner day today, the very last talk I'll give in 2023.
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    Yeah, New Year's is right around the corner,
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    or maybe you're in it right now
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    as you're taking in this video.
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    And I want to talk about what do you do to mark
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    the passage of time from the last year to the new year?
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    I got to tell you right away,
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    I'm not a big resolution guy.
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    I do set goals, but I don't find it's really helpful
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    for me to have a whole list of things that
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    I want to do on December 31st, go in the next year.
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    But I really do think it's important from time to time
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    to step back and to set goals, but to do more than goals,
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    that's the process I want to lead you through today.
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    In the book of Haggai 1:5 and following,
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    Haggai is having the nation of Israel.
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    He's a prophet. They're coming into the brand new temple,
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    and he's having them understand what their life means
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    as it relates to this marking of the moment.
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    And here's what he says in verse five:
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    Haggai says, consider your ways.
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    I'm asking you and I to consider our ways,
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    to step back and get a holistic understanding
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    of what 2023 was like, and are we happy with it?
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    Are we not happy with it?
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    Haggai says, he says, don't you notice
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    you're working, you're working.
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    You're not getting ahead.
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    You know, if you've got a job
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    and you're not getting savings, something is wrong.
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    This is what Haggai is saying here. Just consider it.
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    Give careful thought to your ways.
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    So we're going to go through a process for you
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    for the next several minutes.
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    And this is a process that I do regularly.
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    It's based on this Jeep right here.
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    I had this on stage at our Oakley campus a few months ago.
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    This is a project I've been working on for about a year,
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    about a year and a half right now.
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    It's a 1978. Jeep CJ7.
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    I had one just like it, same engine,
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    when I was in college.
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    I couldn't afford the gas, so I sold it.
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    You know, when you're running out of gas
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    going to school every week because
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    I never had enough money to put anything more than
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    literally like $0.75 in sometimes.
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    And you're getting eight miles a gallon.
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    I just kept running out as I was driving up the road,
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    Narrows Run Road, going to Robert Morris University.
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    And I said, when I sold this,
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    "Someday I'm going to have it again."
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    This is the day, I'm restoring it.
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    Everything has come off.
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    I've had my hands on every single bolt
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    in this entire thing.
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    And it is a metaphor for my life and for your life.
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    So what does that mean?
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    When we consider our ways, we should ask ourselves
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    in 2023 what new things I do in 2023?
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    What was it? What new things?
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    This Jeep I did, something new I've never done before.
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    This engine is entirely rebuilt with me own two hands.
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    I built this engine.
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    Actually, I took it out, I disassembled it,
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    I sent it to a machine shop.
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    They did some stuff with their equipment that I don't have.
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    Got the parts, got new parts,
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    put it all together here and put it in and it runs.
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    I got to tell you, it is so satisfying
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    to do something I've never done before.
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    I've always wrenched on things.
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    I've been pretty handy, but I've never rebuilt
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    a motor, crankshaft, bearings, rings, pistons,
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    all of that stuff and it gives me a satisfaction.
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    How about you? Look back on 2023,
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    is there anything new that you did?
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    Maybe you went to a camp for the very first time.
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    Maybe you camped outside.
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    That's a big deal if you've never done it before,
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    it's wonderful.
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    Maybe you got married, maybe you had a kid.
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    Maybe you started your first job.
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    Maybe you had your first and only graduation from college.
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    Whatever it is, notice the new things you did,
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    take your hand and just pat yourself on the back. Good work.
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    In a day when people keep doing the same thing
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    and they're in ruts, you did something new this year.
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    You're to be commended. You're in the 1%.
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    The second thing I do every year, and as I look at my life,
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    I try to notice the dings that are in my life,
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    what dents are in my life?
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    I'm now at the process with this build,
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    this is all primer.
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    And let me show you something over here on the side.
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    For weeks now I've been working on this body.
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    This is all restored, reconditioned.
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    There was just dings and knocks and pings all over the place.
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    It's an incredibly tedious job to bang out dents,
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    take body filler, put it in, sand it,
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    more body filler, sand it again, put it again, sand it again.
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    It's really, really, really rough.
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    Which is why body work is so expensive.
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    It takes someone who knows they're doing a long time,
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    and I don't know what I'm doing.
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    It takes me a really long time.
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    But you can see right here I've got some bondo.
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    This is stuff that I've put down.
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    I've sanded it to fill in some dents and imperfections
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    because over the decades this Jeep has had a lot of abuse.
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    People kicking it, rusting, all kinds of things.
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    Just got to deal with the dents.
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    I think it's an important physical
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    and spiritual discipline to look at your life
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    and just recognize what dents you've had.
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    Where have you been kicked in the teeth?
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    What emails have we had that that hurt us?
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    Who gave us words in the last year that have stung,
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    and we're holding on to?
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    What have been our our disappointments,
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    whether we've been laid off or let go
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    or didn't get the promotion or broken up with?
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    What are those things?
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    When we don't wrestle with our pain,
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    we can't get to a new place.
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    Haggai says, give careful thought to your ways.
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    Give careful thought to the ways in which you've been dented.
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    In fact, some of the things that
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    haven't gone right in your life,
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    it could be traced back to dents that you picked up
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    years ago that you've not looked at.
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    We are human beings.
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    We are this essence that's soft and pliable
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    and dents and cuts and bruises our hearts,
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    our mind, all of it.
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    Look at the dents in your life.
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    This last year I have a really close friend of mine
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    who had a child and had brain issues and seizures,
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    and they actually ended up getting in to the doctor,
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    surgery after months and months and months
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    of altered diet and all that stuff
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    with his infant daughter
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    and cutting out a section of her brain.
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    Now, miraculously and amazingly,
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    through medical science and the gift of God
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    and a lot of people praying for them, she's healed.
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    It's beautiful. They have their daughter back.
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    And about that same time, one of my grandkids was born
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    and had some issues, some real issues.
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    It was really, really scary.
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    And fortunately all is well, all has gone well.
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    But I'll tell you what, it was about 48 hours
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    or 72 hours of just kicks to the gut,
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    kicks to the heart, fears about what if this happens?
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    What if that happens? Really difficult.
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    We have to recognize these pains and bruises
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    and notice what they're doing to us to be honest.
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    And hopefully we'll come out on the other end
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    as these stories I just told you are with with happy endings.
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    But sometimes we don't have happy endings.
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    Sometimes there's a permanent dent that is there.
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    We just have to recognize I might never be the same.
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    You could put some putty over it and sand it,
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    but there may always be a dent in me.
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    And it's okay to believe that.
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    It's also okay to believe that there is a Redeemer
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    who can redeem in 2024, and who can do for you
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    things that you can't do for yourself,
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    who can offer healings that you can't heal yourself.
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    That is part of what we do.
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    Now, it's not just the dents,
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    giving careful thought to your ways
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    isn't just the new things I learned with the engine.
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    It's not just the the dents that I've had,
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    the ways I've been kicked.
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    It's also what mistakes have I made?
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    So dents are I am the recipient of something going wrong,
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    and I was sort of a passive participant in it.
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    But then there's the where was I
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    actually making a mistake myself? I did it.
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    I've got over here, and you have to forgive me,
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    there's just putty dust all over the place.
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    But this is a transmission right here.
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    It's a three speed transmission.
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    I'm very proud of this.
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    You know why I'm proud of that?
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    Because I rebuilt this transmission, that's why.
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    Oh, look at how it shifts. It's wonderful.
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    You know why it's wonderful right now?
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    Because I rebuilt this transmission,
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    did it with my own hands and the help of YouTube University.
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    And the problem was I rebuilt it three times.
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    Three times. I kept getting it wrong.
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    I'd put it together and things wouldn't work.
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    I'd take it back apart.
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    I'd put it together and there were
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    these little needle bearings in there
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    that they'd fall out, and I had to take it apart
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    and do it again, over and over,
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    weeks and weeks of work, just getting it done,
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    ordering new parts, new gears.
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    And it was it was mistake after mistake after mistake.
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    Now I think it works.
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    This is the problem is I think it works,
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    but I'm not going to know until later on in 2024
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    when I actually start this thing up and take it down the road.
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    What mistakes have you made?
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    The thing about a transmission is
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    it's a pretty easy thing to mess up on
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    because you're kind of proud of yourself.
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    You try to figure it out.
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    No one's going to judge it too much.
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    But then there's other mistakes
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    that really, really bother you.
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    It's important for us to look back at our 2023
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    and just be honest, give careful thought to our ways
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    of where we made mistakes.
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    I made so many mistakes I can't even think of them all.
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    I made so many mistakes that covers a lot of people,
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    their involvement that I can't even share
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    all of them without without their buy in on it.
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    I'll just give you give a couple very simple ones.
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    I've hired people who shouldn't have been hired.
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    I took a -- I made a mistake on my motorcycle
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    in terms of how to ride the bike,
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    and I had bad braking technique that caused me
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    to go over my handlebars and caused me
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    to be bruised and banged up for a while and sore.
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    I took a trip to Alaska and I made a mistake,
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    I didn't count the cost properly
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    and what the finances would be on it, on that trip.
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    It, uh, it it hurt me financially.
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    I'm actually still recovering. I'm fine.
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    But it was -- it was -- it was a mistake.
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    I had a hunt and I had an animal in my sights,
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    and I had a bad shot,
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    and I could have still gotten one off.
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    And I made the mistake. And it was just a mistake.
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    I've said things from stage, when I hear it
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    and I critique my talk, I think, "Oh man, I --
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    I wish I wouldn't have have said that."
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    I've had conversations with Lib that have been hurtful to her.
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    I can go on and on and on.
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    It's just some of the ones I'm willing to talk about publicly.
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    Do you know the mistakes you've made?
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    Are you recognizing them? Are you admitting them?
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    Repentance is when you say it and you bring it out.
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    When you look at the old of 2023, you say,
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    "This is not what I want in 2024."
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    The book of Ephesians talks about our old mind,
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    the way we used to operate and the new mind.
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    Here's what it says:
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    So there's our old self, which is our selves
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    before we come in relationship with Jesus.
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    And then there's the new self, which is when
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    God gives us a brand new identity,
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    we receive His Spirit, we have His Holy Spirit.
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    And we make the decision when I go forward with Jesus,
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    I turn my back and I turn my mind
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    on the old ways of thinking, and I go forward.
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    This is what this spiritual principle means.
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    Now, it's not related to New Year's resolutions
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    or New Year's goal setting, but I think this applies
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    to what you should be doing on the verge of 2024.
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    I think you should be thinking about things
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    that you thought, things that are in your mind in 2023,
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    and you should be taking them off
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    and putting on the new mind,
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    choosing to think something new, to do something new.
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    As a man or woman thinketh, so is he, says Proverbs.
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    If you think you're going to have an awful 2024,
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    you're going to have an awful 2024.
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    If you think 2024 is going to be same old, same old,
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    then 2024 is going to be same old, same old.
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    If you think you're going to get divorced in 2024,
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    then you're going to get divorced 2024.
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    If you think no one's going to have you on a date,
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    then no one's going to have you on a date.
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    We start with our mind, as one person said,
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    which is so cheesy, I hate to quote it.
  • 00:20:15
    I don't even know who it said it,
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    but there's some truth to it
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    that which you believe you can achieve.
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    You have to choose the beliefs that you want in 2024
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    that goes before the things that you achieve, new things.
  • 00:20:31
    Now, related to my Jeep here,
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    I've got another new thing that I'm doing to this Jeep
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    here in the next couple months, hopefully,
  • 00:20:39
    I'll be ready to do something
  • 00:20:41
    I have never done before.
  • 00:20:43
    I'm looking forward to this. I'm planning on it.
  • 00:20:45
    I'm going to paint this entire Jeep myself.
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    It's not the same as painting a chair
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    in your dining room, which I've done.
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    Painting a car, the whole process of priming,
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    coat, finish coat, clear coat,
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    it's very, very, very difficult, very involved.
  • 00:21:03
    That's why I've never done it,
  • 00:21:04
    because I've been intimidated by it.
  • 00:21:06
    Now I'm thinking I've done enough new things
  • 00:21:07
    and things I've never done before,
  • 00:21:09
    let's just go all the way.
  • 00:21:10
    So I'm going to be learning how,
  • 00:21:12
    for the very first time, paint a car.
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    And I don't know what it's like, but that's important to me.
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    What about you?
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    What are you what are new things you're going to do?
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    I am going to do some new things in my job description.
  • 00:21:25
    I'm going to let go things that I've been doing
  • 00:21:28
    and have other people do those things
  • 00:21:30
    so I can focus on other new things,
  • 00:21:33
    letting things go and taking up new things.
  • 00:21:38
    Are you going to do a new type of vacation?
  • 00:21:42
    Are you going to do a new type of storytime
  • 00:21:45
    with your kids, if you have kids?
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    Are you going into a new discipline
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    for how to find friends?
  • 00:21:50
    If you're lonely, you don't have good friends,
  • 00:21:52
    you're going to have to do something new this year.
  • 00:21:54
    Don't keep doing the same things you did last year
  • 00:21:56
    thinking you're going to have better friendship results.
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    You're going to have to go to different places,
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    try different things, talk to new people.
  • 00:22:02
    This is the day to do something new.
  • 00:22:07
    This next year, you're going to hear a lot
  • 00:22:08
    about revivals and awakenings.
  • 00:22:12
    It's a new thing that I want to be a part of.
  • 00:22:15
    I don't only want to be a part of a church
  • 00:22:19
    that's growing every year significantly.
  • 00:22:22
    I mean, it's better than being a part
  • 00:22:23
    of a church that's decreasing every year significantly.
  • 00:22:26
    But we've been on a crazy growth tear
  • 00:22:28
    over the last few years, and hopefully that happens.
  • 00:22:30
    But, you know, I want something new.
  • 00:22:32
    I don't want just that stuff.
  • 00:22:33
    I want to be a part of something
  • 00:22:36
    that's beyond simply having Crossroads get larger.
  • 00:22:39
    I want to be a part of seeing if God
  • 00:22:41
    might use our church, He might use our organization
  • 00:22:45
    to bring in an awakening.
  • 00:22:47
    Now, I've talked about this before.
  • 00:22:49
    I want to talk about this much more in 2024.
  • 00:22:50
    Let me help you understand what this is.
  • 00:22:52
    Revivals and awakenings are very similar,
  • 00:22:54
    but they're a bit different as I see it.
  • 00:22:57
    Revivals is when people who have a walk with Christ,
  • 00:23:00
    they come into a building and they get revived,
  • 00:23:04
    their faith gets revived, their spirit gets revived.
  • 00:23:07
    It's great. It's wonderful.
  • 00:23:08
    That's what I want more from my life.
  • 00:23:10
    An awakening, historically, is when the Spirit of God
  • 00:23:13
    comes on a region and He works through an organization,
  • 00:23:17
    there's actually a church or a churches
  • 00:23:19
    or an organization that's organizing,
  • 00:23:21
    and the Spirit of God comes on in that region
  • 00:23:24
    and there is a mass amount of people
  • 00:23:27
    who come into the family of God for the first time.
  • 00:23:29
    They get awokened to the beauty of the grace of God.
  • 00:23:34
    They start changing.
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    Charles Finney, who was one of the leaders
  • 00:23:38
    in one of the revivals that took place in our country,
  • 00:23:41
    he said this:
  • 00:23:48
    Revivals and awakenings aren't about
  • 00:23:51
    me having fresh feelings, having a fresh spiritual experience,
  • 00:23:55
    which I want to be clear, but that's not the end of it.
  • 00:23:59
    When we have a fresh spiritual experience,
  • 00:24:01
    God brings us into a new place because
  • 00:24:05
    He wants us to have new levels of obedience.
  • 00:24:08
    He wants us to do the things that He wants us to do.
  • 00:24:13
    For many of us, the mistakes that we have
  • 00:24:16
    are passive mistakes, things have happened to us,
  • 00:24:18
    or the dents we have are things that took place
  • 00:24:21
    because we weren't going to do
  • 00:24:22
    the thing God wanted us to do.
  • 00:24:25
    Those are always the hardest pain points for me,
  • 00:24:28
    the biggest regrets.
  • 00:24:29
    God is doing something to you
  • 00:24:31
    because He wants you to be different in 2024.
  • 00:24:34
    If your 2024 is what your 2023 is like,
  • 00:24:38
    your 2024 will be a failure,
  • 00:24:41
    or to use a very heavy, loaded word, you will be in sin.
  • 00:24:46
    God wants you to take off the old mind,
  • 00:24:49
    to put on the new mind, to be revived, to be awakened,
  • 00:24:53
    and to do things you haven't been doing He wants you to do,
  • 00:24:58
    and to stop doing things He doesn't want you to do
  • 00:25:03
    that you've been doing.
  • 00:25:06
    The beautiful thing is, we have a God who knows
  • 00:25:08
    all of this, and He's still here giving us grace,
  • 00:25:10
    still working through us to get us
  • 00:25:13
    the life that He's created for us.
  • 00:25:15
    That's what we're going to do as a church in 2024.
  • 00:25:17
    We're going to get there,
  • 00:25:19
    we're going to do some aggressive things,
  • 00:25:21
    and we're going to honor God the whole way,
  • 00:25:23
    and we're going to try new things,
  • 00:25:24
    and we're going to see just how God may use us
  • 00:25:28
    in new ways in 2024.
  • 00:25:30
    I can't wait to be a part of it with you.
  • 00:25:32
    We'll see you next time here at Crossroads.
  • 00:25:38
    - How are you going to spend your year?
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    Are you going to do the same thing you've always done?
  • 00:25:46
    Or are you going to go on a new adventure?
  • 00:25:49
    Are you going to play it safe or take a risk?
  • 00:25:53
    What if this year you pushed yourself,
  • 00:25:56
    got outside your comfort zone, helped other people,
  • 00:26:00
    went somewhere extraordinary?
  • 00:26:02
    What if you discovered what God wants for your life,
  • 00:26:05
    made new friends and laughed until you couldn't breathe.
  • 00:26:09
    There is no limit to what 2024 can look like for you.
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    Don't miss next year with Crossroads.

Dec 31, 2023

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