Play & Purpose Journey | Week 5: Celebrate

They say laughter is the best medicine. This week we put that to the test. Comedian Michael Jr. joins us this weekend to talk about how purpose and play happen in his life and how we all need both for a life that prospers.

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Hey, I'm Chuck Mingo. Oakley Community Pastor.

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Thanks for joining us today, we're going to have Michael Junior in a moment.

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It's going to be a lot of fun.

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But before we do that, we wanted you to know this
is the last week of the Play & Purpose Journey.

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It's been awesome for me.

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I hope it has been for you.

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And as a part of today's worship, we're going to have communion together.

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So if you're a follower of Jesus, we'd love for
you to be a part of this moment with us.

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So grab some bread, grab some wine, whatever you have in your
house so that you can be a part of this moment now.

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(music) You can go ahead and have a seat for a moment.

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Go ahead and grab the communion kit if you grab one of those on your way in.

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And if you're connecting with us online,

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go ahead and grab your bread, your wine, your drink,

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whatever it is that you have that you're going to join us

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for this moment where we remember,

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we remember what God did for us.

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The song we just sang really summarized it well.

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It says, "Our chains are gone.

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Our debt is paid.

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The cross has overthrown the grave."

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The word salvation in the Bible actually means

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not just that we've been saved from our sins,

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but it means that we've been healed.

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And it also means that we've been delivered.

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Colossians Chapter 1 puts it this way.

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It says, talking about Jesus:. That's a beautiful, beautiful transfer.

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A beautiful exchange that not only have we been saved from our debt,

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but we've been delivered from darkness.

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And that's what Jesus offers.

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And it's what we remember when we take communion.

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And if you're a follower of Jesus,

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it is good for you and good for me

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to regularly remind ourselves that Jesus delivered us,

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but he delivered us at a cost.

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And cost was His own life, which he gladly gave.

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The cost was his own blood,

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which he joyfully shed for you and for me

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to find freedom and to find life in him.

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And so if you have this kit,

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I want you to go ahead and take off that topmost layer.

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Go ahead and grab that wafer and put it in your hand.

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And I just want you to look at that wafer and recognize

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and in a very, very small way, this is a symbol,

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but it's a powerful symbol to remember

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that Jesus broke his body for you.

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Literally, there's life that came to you

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because of what he offered for you.

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And that's what we remember when we eat.

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So let's eat in remembrance of Him right now.

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You can go ahead and take off the foil to get to the juice.

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Because the Bible says that He shed His blood for you and for me.

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He was willing to spill his blood.

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You know, in this Journey we've been talking

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about the prosperity that God has for us.

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And if you think about it, your life, your life is in blood.

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It's the life blood flowing through you,

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coursing through your veins.

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It's helping to keep you alive.

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And to think that God was willing

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to put on humanity

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and offer his lifeblood for you and I

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so that we could be adopted into his family,

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that we could share DNA with Him.

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That's all the symbols that are captured

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as we drink in remembrance of Him.

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So let's drink now in remembrance of what He did for us.

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And so we're reminded of God's love on the cross for us,

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but we're also reminded of His power.

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We're going to sing a song right now

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that reflects that back to God.

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So I want you to stand up

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and we're going to just remind ourselves

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as we sing to God about the power of His saving blood.

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Let's sing together. God we praise you.

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We don't clap because it's the end of a song.

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We don't clap because music sounds good.

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We clap because something inside of us

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resonates deeply to go, yes,

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I want to respond to redemption,

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to a second chance, to rescue.

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I don't want to ever forget who I was before you.

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I don't ever want to forget

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who you picked up out of the pit of religion.

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I don't ever want to forget that You

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changed me from trying to be perfect.

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You've changed me from trying to impress You

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or scratch my way toward You with action.

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And we fall short. You've set me free in grace.

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And now to move to Your rhythm and trust in You

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and move and walk with You in relationship.

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May I never forget who I was before I met You, God,

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before you showed me Yourself in Jesus who died for me,

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was raised back to life to give me life.

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Lord, I praise You because of who You are.

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Thank you all for singing with us, man.

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[applause] It is never lost on us the privilege

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and the joy it is to sing together

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and sing about that redemption.

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So thanks for singing with us.

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Thanks for bringing your heart. Hey, before you grab a seat,

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why don't you turn to somebody

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and tell them your deepest, darkest secret from just this week.

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I'm just just kidding. Just give them a name.

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Say hi. - This is the Crossroads Anywhere app.

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It's not just any other app.

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It's the weekend experience wherever you go.

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It's relevant articles to you

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so you can be the smart guy at the party for once.

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It's asking for prayer

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because life can get a little tough sometimes.

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It's spiritual growth without a bunch of hoops to jump through.

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The Crossroads Anywhere app:

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It's you connecting with people and with God.

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Download it now. - Well, hey, today we are in week five,

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our last week of the Play & Purpose Journey.

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And I'm experiencing some Play & Purpose

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right here at College Camp right now.

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You know, we have camps that happen all year long

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that incorporate Play & Purpose.

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My teeth are a little gritty right now.

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My hair's unbrushed.

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It's what happens when you go off the grid

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to experience something wild and fun

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and have some intentional, purposeful time

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with friends and with God.

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And so that's what's happening here at College Camp this weekend.

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There were just some epic battle games.

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I think there's some people doing crazy stunts

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in the water behind me.

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And you'll experience things like that at every camp,

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whether it's Man Camp, Woman Camp,

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College Camp, Father Son Camp,

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Cat Camp, Dog Damp, all the camps.

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You experience fun in the midst of them.

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And in just a little bit here,

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we're going to go into a time of worship

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and we'll have teaching and solitude

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where we get time alone with God

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outside of our normal daily grind

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to hear from him in the midst of the silence,

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away from the work and the school

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and the grades and the family

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and all the other stuff.

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And so camp has been wildly powerful in my life,

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in my family's life.

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My husband and I would not be married

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if it weren't for his experience

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at his very first Man Camp.

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My marriage is different because of Couples Camp.

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I have friends who received Jesus

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and experienced a whole new kind of life

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as a result of Woman Camp.

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And I believe that they are really, really good things

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waiting for you on the other side

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of an off the grid experience.

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And so you can find out more about Camps at Crossroads.net/camps.

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Or you could even go back and watch

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a series we did a little while ago

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called Off the Grid,

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where it was a documentary series

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following around some different people

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who experienced a few of the different camps.

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And you always can follow the Camps accounts on social media.

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Speaking of social media,

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there are all kinds of accounts

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for you to follow on social media.

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You know, we do more than just a video a week for a church

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or an experience a week in a building.

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But there are ways for you to engage

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with other people in the church

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and for you to engage with God all week long.

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Whether it's through the app or Camps or Go Trip

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or a serving on a Kids' Club team.

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And so you can find out all of the things

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that are happening near you,

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you can hear from your community pastor

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that's closest to you in the location

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or the community that you are a part of,

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whether it's right here in Crossroads Anywhere

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or it's Crossroads Florence or Crossroads Columbus.

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So if you head to Crossroads.net/social,

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you'll be able to see all of the accounts

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that you can follow and and stay up to date

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on what's going on and what's happening in your community.

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You know, there's tons of fun

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happening right here behind me.

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Maybe you hear some of it.

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And it is a gift that we get to do this as a church,

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that it's not just about sitting in a room

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or training really well, reading our Bibles

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and knowing the scripture, although those things are really good

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and will be helpful in life.

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But we want to get out of our seats.

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We want to get off of our couch

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and we want to actually experience more of God

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and help others experience it too

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in the midst of laughter,

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in the midst of adventure,

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in the midst of the new.

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And so I am so proud to be a giver,

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to be on the Crossroads team, because I know

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that there are people who are experiencing freedom

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and a new kind of life as a result

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of being connected to the church.

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And so if you want to be part of that,

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part of giving people freedom,

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being part of helping other people

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experience Play & Purpose and joy and laughter

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in the midst of life,

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you can become a giver today and help fuel

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the ministry that's happening at Crossroads through Crossroads.

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So you head to Crossroads.net/give

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and give a one time gift or a recurring gift

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and become part of the team in that way.

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Today we are closing out our Play & Purpose Journey.

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We are so glad you decided to join us.

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- I just tell staff, "I want you to make aggressive mistakes.".

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- So we had this idea for a treasure hunt.

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We would hide a physical treasure somewhere on Earth

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and then we'd hide clues throughout

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all the Journey materials

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that would point to this place.

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It was gonna be awesome. - I designed the Play & Purpose guide

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and I hid all these weird numbers

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in random places throughout the guide.

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And apparently if you take all those numbers

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and you look at them together, they lead you to a bathhouse in a state park.

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- I wanted to find a location

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that would be central to most of the people

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who were going to be doing this journey.

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Big Bone Lake State Park fit the bill.

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- Big Bone Lick State Park.

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What governmental employee would allow that name to exist?

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- We did not choose the name because

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of the subtle sexual reference,

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but it is pretty funny. - Sometimes I feel like I'm the only adult in the room.

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- We set up the treasure hunt kind of like a geo cache.

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- Those coordinates, if you type them correctly into
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We heard a lot of funny stories about people typing it in

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and leading them to Portugal or Sweden or the Camp land.

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- Some guy said he bought a plane ticket to Denmark.

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Some people thought that was great.

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I thought it was sad.

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- We get multiple calls that the final clue box was missing.

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- That sucks for the people who are doing the hunt,

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who have taken the time to get out there

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and do something fun. - Yeah, that was a big problem.

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- Yeah, we didn't have a plan.

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- While they were searching for the treasure,

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everything was good and fine. It was just
at the end when the treasure didn't exist

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that people got a little mad. - Park manager
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- It was all fun and games until people

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started breaking the law and not following directions.

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- So I immediately snuck out to Big Bone Lick State Park

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and I removed all of the clues.

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- I got an email that said "emergency bot message needed."

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So we sent a message to everybody

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in the Crossroads app saying the treasure hunt is over.

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- We were outside walking around the building

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and one of my co-workers stumbles upon a mysterious box.

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- There was a black box with a lock on it

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with a Bible on top of it

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outside of one of our office doors.

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Little weird, little suspicious,

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enough to make me go, "Nah, I ain't gonna mess with this."

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- If you find a mysterious box with a lock on it,

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you call the cops. - I had just gotten off the phone with someone

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trying to smooth things over,

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trying to make sure that we didn't have

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the cops called on us or get the media involved.

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And then I found out that we called the cops on ourselves.

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- The cops come.

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They examine the box again, say,

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"Yep, that's weird. I'm not touching that.".

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- When I found out that there was

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a suspicious package that had shown up

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at Crossroads Florence, I felt bad.

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- What do you know? It's the box from the course that got stolen.

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- When I found out that the mysterious package

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at Crossroads Florence was actually

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the final box with all of the entries in it,

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I felt amazing.

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This was the best news ever.

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- All righty then. It's time to choose a winner.

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- The moment we've been waiting for.

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And the winner is...

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Larry Tillak.

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Congratulations.

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Larry, we'll be in touch with you early next week.

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- I would say that it was a great success.

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- I'm sorry, but this was a stupid idea.

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- I want to make an apology to Big Bone Lick.

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That should never have happened.

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- To everyone who enjoyed the treasure hunt,

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you're welcome. To everybody else, I'm sorry.

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- I don't know if we're going to be allowed

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to do another treasure hunt or not,

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but it was fun while it lasted.

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- We won't be doing this in 2020.

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All right, so who's ready to campaign for treasure hunt?

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Twenty twenty with me, right?

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- Oh, wow. That was crazy, crazy and good.

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And Larry Tilloak is our winner.

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So, yes, there is actually a winner to the treasure hunt.

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Good stuff. Hey, so it's the last week of the Play & Purpose Journey

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and we really wanted to leave with a bang,

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wanted to give you something that we thought

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would be just a great combination of this journey.

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Over the last five weeks, we've all learned

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like, hey, God has purpose for us

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and we want to step into that purpose.

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But we've also found out that play is a big part

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of how God wants to refresh us and bring life to us.

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And so we said, you know what?

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For the last week of the journey,

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we want to bring those two together

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and have a special guest speaker

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who can bring those two together in the best way.

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He's brought laughter to The Tonight Show on NBC,

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Jimmy Kimmel and Comedy Central.

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He's been a keynote speaker for TED Talks.

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He's also been a Dove winning award comedian.

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And he is here at Crossroads.

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So, Crossroads, give a big welcome for Michael Junior.

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[applause] - All right.

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Wow. You people are a little weird based off the video.

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We're going to have some, we're going to laugh. This is it gonna be awesome.

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We're going to have a great time and laugh.

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Some people think you shouldn't laugh in church.

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My response to that is always:

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what good father doesn't want to hear

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his children's laughter in his house?

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We get to laugh and stuff, it's gonna be dope.

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Chuck, thanks for taking me out to eat.

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That was great. What was the name of that place you took me?

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Hooters, oh, that was delicious.

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I'm just playing. I didn't go.

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He went by himself. [laughter] It's comedy.

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Hope you don't lose your job. So I was preparing for this in my hotel room.

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And I was like, "Yo, God.

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Whatchu want me to say to the people?" Because that's how we talk.

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Right? And it was simple, really.

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He wants you to know that He loves you.

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"Like tell them I love them." So I'm just saying that like,

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I don't mean it in some obvious --

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like for real, that's what He said to say.

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So there's like three versus of scriptures

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and I'm going to tell you my story. So when you come to the comedy show,

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the full comedy show that we're doing

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after this on Sunday night,

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it'll be completely different comedy.

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I'm excited about that.

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Today I'm going to kind of share my story. There's
three scriptures that kind of line up with this story.

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You don't got to read them right now.

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Trust me, they're there. But I want you to write them down.

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And when you go home, I think you're gonna pop in a
new way as a result of what we talk about today.

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So these three scripture are: Cool, aw, you just got here.

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Yeah. You just missed the buckets.

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Wow. What do you know? The money just went -- Just missed it.

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Wow. What do you know?

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All right. Let's get this thing started.

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I'm just going to tell you about me.

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So I do comedy, right?

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And first of all, we're laughing at church.

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You guys already laugh. This is a church that laughs.

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You could tell by the way it feels,

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like you could just -- you could feel it in the room.

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But when I was a kid, laughing at church was illegal.

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You couldn't laugh at church. I remember one
time laughing, I was seven years old.

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This lady was jumping around in her wig fell off.

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I fell out laughing.

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My grandmother would pinch and twist.

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I could understand a pinch.

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You gonna twist? That's the devil. Church was miserable.

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You don't understand, I'm seven years old

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and nobody was explaining what was going on.

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I walk into this church

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and this dude is up on stage

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and apparently he is mad at everybody.

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And I couldn't figure it out at first why he was mad.

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Then I realize he was probably mad

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because he has some phlegm caught in his throat,

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because at the end of every sentence

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he would try to get it out.

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He'd be like, "The Lord said (sound effect)

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act like you (sound effect.". I'm like, "Grandma, he needs some gargle.

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He'd gotta do something about that, grandma."

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That stuff was scary, like it was,

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man, he had a Bible in his hand. He kept
playing like he was going to throw it at people.

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He'd be like, "The Lord, (sound effect)

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the Lord," and everybody was like,

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"Hey, man, hey, man,".

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They were scared. I realize now they were saying "Amen.".

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I didn't know, brah, I was 7 years old.

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I also want to say what's up to all the other campuses.

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I see you. I recognize you.

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It's just going to be so much,

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we're going to have some fun, even though you didn't drive all
the way here, we're going have some fun, it's gonna be dope.

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So church was just miserable.

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One time I went to church

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there was a dead body in the front.

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Nobody explains to a seven year Michael Junior,

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"It's a funeral, it's not church.".

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I'm thinking, Yo, that's how the roll,

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like every few weeks or so they bring a dead body in

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as an example or something

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and the dude on stage yell at us like we did it. I remember asking my grandma,

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"Grandma, what happened to the man in the box?

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What happened to the man in the box?"

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Her whole explanation was, "He in a better place?"

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I'm like, "What kind of box did he live in before?"

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Miserable.

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Miserable. At 14 years old instead of forcing me to go to church,

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my grandmother did some different.

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She asked me if I wanted to go.

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I was like, "Let me think this over...

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No." So I wouldn't go to church.

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I just hung out with my friends.

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We'd have fun and stuff. We were broke.

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Growing up, we were --

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I ain't had no money. I was actually being sponsored by a family from Haiti.

422
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Yeah, that's a funny joke, man.

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Some Christians don't know what to do with that joke.

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You can't laugh and shake your head.

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When you don't got no money you get creative.

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You do. I remember I wanted to action figure for my birthday.

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All I wanted was an action figure.

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I was like ten years old, I remember this.

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My dad hands me a box.

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I opened it up, it was empty.

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He said, it's invisible man.

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I played with that thing for three weeks,

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until my brother hid it from me.

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Man, go find it. I just heard somebody say that's funny.

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Let me see if I got this right. Instead of actually laughing...

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you're just gonna announce your reaction?

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That's how you want to do? That's like driving down the street,

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you get cut off in traffic like, "(gasps) the horn."

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Stay focused, I've gotta stay focused.

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So here's what's happening, I've got jokes running through my head

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about what we're gonna do at the comedy show.

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And I've gotta maintain.

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It's hard for a brother to be focused sometime.

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Oh, she just got -- your friend just got here too.

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Anyway, I also noticed around his age, 14 years old,
I notice that I was having a hard time reading.

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Let me say, his first, me and a friend made a deal

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that we wouldn't curse anymore. 14 years old, let's be real.

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When you're 14 years old, you lead a house,

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you want to feel like a man, that's what you do.

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Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep. Right?

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But we made a deal that we wouldn't curse anymore.

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If he heard me curse he could hit me in the chest

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as hard as he wanted to.

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And had to just stand there and just take it and vice versa.

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And dude could hit, so I stopped cursing immediately.

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We played other games too that were a little
violent. You ever played the game slug bug?

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East Coast they call it punch bug.

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Here's how the game works:

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If you see a Volkswagen bug, you get to hit your friend.

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Those are all the instructions.

461
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In my neighborhood they would take this game a little too far.

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They would add to the game. You ever play Uppercut Firetruck?

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What about mini-van body slam, you ever played that game?

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There was always one crazy dude in the group who would make up
games on the spot like hit you in the throat tall building.

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You play too much, backup.

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You play too much. So as I mentioned, at this age I also noticed

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I was struggling my reading,

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like I was really struggling my reading.

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I read fine now, by the way,

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like those signs over the door that say exite,

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I can read that stuff. When I was a kid, I used to struggle my reading.

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I couldn't sound words out phonetically.

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It just didn't work that way. I'd have to look at the words differently.

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I would look at the font size, the color,

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the positioning, what's in front of it,

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what's behind it, how people responded to it.

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I actually came up with seven different ways to look

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at a word to determine what that word was.

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Then I got really good at it to the point in high school,

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people didn't know I wasn't really reading.

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I was just working it out really, really fast.

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Now as an adult I read just fine,

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but I still have this ability to look at words

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and people in situations

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seven different ways almost immediately.

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In fact, it's the primary place that I pull my comedy from.

487
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So the very things from my past

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that looked like it was a handicap,

489
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it seemed as if I was dealt a bad hand,

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God didn't cause it, but He's used it

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in preparation for what He has for me to do.

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It's almost as if I was practicing,

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even though I didn't know I was practicing.

494
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Let me say this again so you can hear what I'm saying.

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That thing from your past,

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the fact that you never met your dad before,

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your parents were divorced,

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you were molested as a child,

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God did not cause that,

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but will use it in preparation for He has you to do.

501
00:34:33.860 --> 00:34:35.320
Chances are you've been practicing.

502
00:34:35.630 --> 00:34:37.130
Maybe you didn't know you were practicing.

503
00:34:37.190 --> 00:34:39.090
I'm here to let you know you've been practicing.

504
00:34:39.090 --> 00:34:41.590
And for a lot of you guys it's game time.

505
00:34:42.200 --> 00:34:44.660
But you have to be able to hear the coach's voice.

506
00:34:45.290 --> 00:34:50.630
So as a result of my practice, I find funny everywhere.

507
00:34:50.660 --> 00:34:52.940
In fact, most of the comedy at the show

508
00:34:52.940 --> 00:34:54.120
is from me just like, okay.

509
00:34:54.200 --> 00:34:58.270
Here's an example. I was at the airport,

510
00:34:58.270 --> 00:34:59.480
this cool little white kid asked for an autograph.
I was like, "Cool. What's your name, buddy?"

511
00:34:59.510 --> 00:35:01.550
He said, "I'm Tanner.". I was like, "No, you're not."

512
00:35:11.490 --> 00:35:13.100
Take your time, I saw you help him with that joke.

513
00:35:13.120 --> 00:35:15.840
"Ha, he's tanner.".

514
00:35:16.050 --> 00:35:17.640
Oh, by the way, I didn't tell you,

515
00:35:17.640 --> 00:35:19.280
the way to get tickets to the show is you just go to this website.

516
00:35:19.340 --> 00:35:20.930
I think they got the website on the page:

517
00:35:21.360 --> 00:35:23.910
Michaeljr.com/crossroadschurch and get tickets.

518
00:35:24.270 --> 00:35:25.780
Most of the shows sell out

519
00:35:25.780 --> 00:35:26.820
and you can buy merchandise

520
00:35:26.820 --> 00:35:28.620
and the proceeds, I just want to say this,

521
00:35:28.620 --> 00:35:29.850
because there's so much stuff going on the world.

522
00:35:29.870 --> 00:35:33.240
The proceeds are actually going to a black family in America.

523
00:35:35.410 --> 00:35:38.850
So, yeah, that's important. So I just want to say that.

524
00:35:38.890 --> 00:35:42.370
So Michaeljr.com/crossroadschurch.

525
00:35:42.470 --> 00:35:45.100
Yeah, I'm excited about that. . Buy a ticket for sure.

526
00:35:45.280 --> 00:35:46.290
Buy a ticket for a friend.

527
00:35:46.380 --> 00:35:48.850
But wherever you are, like if you're struggling financially,

528
00:35:48.850 --> 00:35:50.950
we actually set it up, we set up this thing called communerosity.

529
00:35:50.950 --> 00:35:54.670
It stands for community generosity.

530
00:35:54.670 --> 00:35:56.920
You can go there, you can buy a ticket for yourself.

531
00:35:56.950 --> 00:35:59.200
And if you want to, if you can't afford one,

532
00:35:59.200 --> 00:36:00.680
you can just get a ticket for yourself.

533
00:36:03.000 --> 00:36:05.370
Or if you want to, you can buy a bunch of tickets,

534
00:36:05.370 --> 00:36:07.230
leave them there, and then someone else can get a ticket.

535
00:36:07.800 --> 00:36:13.350
It's pretty dope. Twenty six years ago, I moved to New York City.

536
00:36:13.440 --> 00:36:14.840
Why did I move to New York City?

537
00:36:14.880 --> 00:36:16.560
Because, well, I'm doing comedy at this point.

538
00:36:16.560 --> 00:36:19.590
I'll tracking 7, 14, 26 I moved to New York City.

539
00:36:19.920 --> 00:36:22.560
The reason I moved there is because I want
to know if I'm funny and I'm doing comedy.

540
00:36:22.560 --> 00:36:24.060
And in New York, if you're not funny,

541
00:36:24.060 --> 00:36:25.140
the way they let you know is

542
00:36:25.140 --> 00:36:26.310
they'll say something like, "You're not funny."

543
00:36:28.440 --> 00:36:30.180
So there's this comedy club in New York

544
00:36:30.180 --> 00:36:31.830
that's really hard to get into, it's called the Comic Strip Live.

545
00:36:31.860 --> 00:36:33.110
All the clubs are hard to get into,

546
00:36:33.110 --> 00:36:35.520
but this one in particular, it was kind of cool.

547
00:36:35.550 --> 00:36:37.560
So comedians, just express to you

548
00:36:37.560 --> 00:36:38.970
how hard it is to get into this club.

549
00:36:39.270 --> 00:36:41.370
Comedians who are new in town start lining up

550
00:36:41.370 --> 00:36:43.710
at like six o'clock in the morning

551
00:36:43.710 --> 00:36:47.640
for an open mic that takes place at 7:30 at night

552
00:36:47.640 --> 00:36:49.620
in hopes that they could do 90 seconds

553
00:36:49.620 --> 00:36:50.880
in front of the manager,

554
00:36:50.880 --> 00:36:52.680
in hopes that the next month

555
00:36:52.680 --> 00:36:55.290
they don't have to wait in line. It's super hard to get in this club.

556
00:36:55.320 --> 00:36:58.140
So it was finally my turn to perform at the Comic Strip Live

557
00:36:58.140 --> 00:36:59.170
and right before I got on stage

558
00:36:59.170 --> 00:37:00.660
this comedian named George Wallace walks in.

559
00:37:01.740 --> 00:37:03.040
Now, if you don't know who George Wallace is,

560
00:37:03.040 --> 00:37:04.930
he is a highly established comedian.

561
00:37:04.930 --> 00:37:06.610
And whenever someone like that walks in,

562
00:37:06.610 --> 00:37:08.070
whoever's next gets bumped.

563
00:37:08.070 --> 00:37:10.200
Well, I'm next. I know I'm about to get bumped.

564
00:37:10.350 --> 00:37:12.570
The manager's already walking over to me.

565
00:37:12.900 --> 00:37:15.150
But no, this is where God shows up

566
00:37:15.150 --> 00:37:16.200
for the first time in my life.

567
00:37:16.590 --> 00:37:18.560
Well, this is where I noticed Him.

568
00:37:27.450 --> 00:37:28.480
I was like before him, please.

569
00:37:28.510 --> 00:37:29.720
So I'll go up on stage, I've got New York laughing.

570
00:37:31.170 --> 00:37:33.120
Not only are they laughing, but he's laughing too.

571
00:37:33.360 --> 00:37:35.820
He comes in and then after the show,

572
00:37:35.820 --> 00:37:37.290
there's a bunch of comedians asking him questions.

573
00:37:37.290 --> 00:37:39.060
He leaves them and he walks over to me

574
00:37:39.060 --> 00:37:41.430
and he says, "You know what? You're really funny and you're clean."

575
00:37:42.300 --> 00:37:43.440
He's like, "Why don't you curse?".

576
00:37:44.190 --> 00:37:45.270
I was like, "I don't know?

577
00:37:45.270 --> 00:37:46.320
What if my grandmother walks in or something?"

578
00:37:48.100 --> 00:37:49.700
What else was I gonna say?

579
00:37:49.700 --> 00:37:51.220
"My friend might hit me in a chest?". I'm a grown man.

580
00:37:54.780 --> 00:37:56.710
So he said to me, he says, "You're funny and you're clean.

581
00:37:56.710 --> 00:37:57.940
I'd love you to do a show with me

582
00:37:57.940 --> 00:37:59.690
and my best friend in a couple nights."

583
00:37:59.860 --> 00:38:01.180
I was like excited.

584
00:38:01.270 --> 00:38:03.300
You can't even. I didn't even know who his best friend was,

585
00:38:03.300 --> 00:38:06.290
that didn't matter. I'll get to the show, it's me, George Wallace.

586
00:38:06.340 --> 00:38:08.520
Jerry Seinfeld. For real.

587
00:38:08.520 --> 00:38:09.580
We do two shows.

588
00:38:09.640 --> 00:38:11.200
I got two standing ovations.

589
00:38:11.320 --> 00:38:12.990
I rip, I'm the man.

590
00:38:13.000 --> 00:38:16.330
I'm like, yeah. After the show, the club manager walks up to me.

591
00:38:16.360 --> 00:38:18.090
Right? The club manager walks up to me.

592
00:38:18.180 --> 00:38:20.350
It's a different club. He says, "Michael, you've got a great set.

593
00:38:20.760 --> 00:38:23.840
Hey, let me ask you a question. You want to go to church with me tomorrow?"

594
00:38:28.280 --> 00:38:30.100
"Church, man, I just got two standing ovations.

595
00:38:30.140 --> 00:38:31.860
Why are you messing this up right now, man?

596
00:38:32.570 --> 00:38:34.460
I won't go to church, man, back up,

597
00:38:34.460 --> 00:38:38.450
you're making my feet hurt." Because in the church I
used to go to the shoes are too tight,

598
00:38:38.450 --> 00:38:42.170
so my memory is like, "No, not church."

599
00:38:42.170 --> 00:38:43.310
So I was like, "No, I'm not gonna go to church.".

600
00:38:43.340 --> 00:38:46.010
Twenty minutes later, his fiancee asks him the same question.

601
00:38:46.230 --> 00:38:47.640
But she was fine.

602
00:38:48.800 --> 00:38:50.060
I'm talking about beautiful.

603
00:38:50.100 --> 00:38:52.160
She had some kind of accent. She was like, "Michael Junior,

604
00:38:52.160 --> 00:38:53.750
would you like to go to church with us?"

605
00:38:54.470 --> 00:38:57.740
I was like, "I was just looking for a church the other day.

606
00:38:57.770 --> 00:38:59.350
Man, I need to fine me a church.".

607
00:39:01.690 --> 00:39:03.520
So go to his church for the wrong reasons, right?

608
00:39:03.580 --> 00:39:05.080
I can't even find these people. This church is huge.

609
00:39:05.080 --> 00:39:07.500
It's like his huge --

610
00:39:07.500 --> 00:39:08.620
Well, it's about the size of this church.

611
00:39:08.710 --> 00:39:10.720
And I'm sitting in the back.

612
00:39:10.720 --> 00:39:11.800
Right? And I'm sitting waiting.

613
00:39:11.830 --> 00:39:13.880
I can't even find the people. I'm sitting in the back by myself

614
00:39:13.880 --> 00:39:15.400
and his dude comes out on stage

615
00:39:15.400 --> 00:39:17.110
and he's talking about Jesus.

616
00:39:17.110 --> 00:39:18.430
That's it, he's just talking,

617
00:39:18.430 --> 00:39:21.220
explaining it just like your pastor. He's ain't screaming, he ain't yelling.

618
00:39:21.220 --> 00:39:23.230
He'll don't got no perm. He's just talking about Jesus.

619
00:39:25.090 --> 00:39:26.830
Then he did this thing where he said -- he did like an altar call.

620
00:39:26.860 --> 00:39:28.500
He said, if you want Jesus in your life,

621
00:39:28.500 --> 00:39:30.570
all you have to do is believe in your heart,

622
00:39:30.570 --> 00:39:31.980
confess with your mouth, raise your hand, Jesus is yours.

623
00:39:31.990 --> 00:39:33.330
And I really wanted to do it.

624
00:39:33.450 --> 00:39:35.490
Yo, Crossroads, I really wanted to,

625
00:39:35.490 --> 00:39:38.070
but I was like, nah, I got to read the pamphlet first.

626
00:39:39.870 --> 00:39:41.980
I told myself I need to read a Bible before I do this,

627
00:39:41.980 --> 00:39:43.750
because I knew a couple of Christians and they was creepy.

628
00:39:45.050 --> 00:39:47.740
Some creepy Christians out there.

629
00:39:47.740 --> 00:39:50.440
If you don't know any creepy Christians, it's you.

630
00:39:53.640 --> 00:39:56.100
Yeah. Yeah.

631
00:39:56.150 --> 00:39:57.200
Your friends know one.

632
00:39:57.380 --> 00:40:05.340
Yeah, yeah. They do, they do. So I told myself I'd read the Bible

633
00:40:05.340 --> 00:40:07.290
before I gave my life over to Jesus. Now you don't have to do this.

634
00:40:07.350 --> 00:40:09.600
I just didn't know -- I just didn't know what I didn't know.

635
00:40:09.840 --> 00:40:12.360
I didn't even have a Bible. A couple of days later, I'm at O'Hare Airport

636
00:40:12.360 --> 00:40:14.220
and this lady just hands me a Bible.

637
00:40:14.220 --> 00:40:16.850
You understand, we never exchanged words.

638
00:40:16.850 --> 00:40:17.910
She just handed me her Bible,

639
00:40:17.910 --> 00:40:19.150
walked off like the Lone Ranger or somebody.

640
00:40:20.390 --> 00:40:22.470
So I got this Bible, I start reading it.

641
00:40:22.470 --> 00:40:24.030
And the Bible, first of all, I'm reading --.

642
00:40:24.120 --> 00:40:25.970
I read everything. I read the copyrights first.

643
00:40:25.970 --> 00:40:27.930
The Bible was made in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

644
00:40:29.250 --> 00:40:32.760
Me, too. Where have you been?

645
00:40:32.920 --> 00:40:35.250
So I'm reading the Bible and I'm going to church,

646
00:40:35.250 --> 00:40:36.810
reading the Bible. I got to the part about the Job.

647
00:40:36.810 --> 00:40:38.190
I'm like, no wonder no one wanted him.

648
00:40:38.260 --> 00:40:45.560
That is crazy, man. I kept reading, kept reading, got to the part of Matthew.

649
00:40:45.590 --> 00:40:46.700
Like I'm digging into the word.

650
00:40:46.730 --> 00:40:47.960
I'm -- at this point in New York,

651
00:40:47.960 --> 00:40:50.060
all I'm doing is hitting the comedy clubs,

652
00:40:50.060 --> 00:40:51.200
going to church, reading the Bible.

653
00:40:51.430 --> 00:40:53.240
I put in like four --

654
00:40:53.240 --> 00:40:55.280
I was putting in 12 to 14 hours a day reading the Bible.

655
00:40:55.430 --> 00:40:56.480
I was digging it.

656
00:40:56.480 --> 00:40:58.190
That's like nine pages a day.

657
00:40:58.190 --> 00:41:02.540
I was digging in. No, no, I read the Bible in 36 days.

658
00:41:02.570 --> 00:41:04.250
I remember getting to the point in Matthew

659
00:41:04.250 --> 00:41:05.690
where it said Jesus died for me.

660
00:41:05.810 --> 00:41:07.400
I don't even know that Jesus died for me

661
00:41:07.400 --> 00:41:08.630
until I read it in Matthew.

662
00:41:09.230 --> 00:41:10.250
I had no idea. Right?

663
00:41:10.410 --> 00:41:12.250
I didn't even know like He died, I didn't know.

664
00:41:12.290 --> 00:41:15.610
And I'm turn to Mark and He died again.

665
00:41:15.620 --> 00:41:16.640
I'm like, what is going?

666
00:41:16.680 --> 00:41:19.270
Why do they keep killing him?

667
00:41:19.310 --> 00:41:21.790
I don't understand. I got the John, I was like, "Get out the garden, Jesus."

668
00:41:21.890 --> 00:41:24.830
I literally didn't know.

669
00:41:24.860 --> 00:41:25.970
Literally didn't know.

670
00:41:26.010 --> 00:41:27.140
Thought he died four times.

671
00:41:27.170 --> 00:41:28.190
I didn't understand it. So.

672
00:41:31.540 --> 00:41:33.340
I wish that was a joke. You're laughing at me right now.

673
00:41:33.400 --> 00:41:38.380
I just want to point that out. So I finish reading a Bible

674
00:41:38.380 --> 00:41:40.480
and I remember going to church with my hand up the whole time.

675
00:41:40.570 --> 00:41:42.430
Like, "Hey, is Jesus here now or what I gotta do?".

676
00:41:42.430 --> 00:41:44.410
Like I didn't understand the rule,

677
00:41:44.410 --> 00:41:46.360
but now I gave my life over to Jesus. Now understand some stuff.

678
00:41:46.450 --> 00:41:48.250
I used to just think I was funny,

679
00:41:48.250 --> 00:41:50.020
but now understand I'm funny for a reason.

680
00:41:50.440 --> 00:41:52.900
Like there's purpose behind me having this sense of humor.

681
00:41:52.930 --> 00:41:54.790
And now I get some celebrities,

682
00:41:54.790 --> 00:41:56.530
some that you would know who ask me questions about God.

683
00:41:57.120 --> 00:41:58.420
They'll be like, "Explain God to me."

684
00:41:58.420 --> 00:42:01.000
And I'm like, "I can't explain God. If I could explain Him, He wouldn't be God.

685
00:42:01.060 --> 00:42:02.890
It would be me. I've got an ingrown toenail,

686
00:42:02.890 --> 00:42:09.270
so that counts me out.". So they'll ask me, they'll say stuff,

687
00:42:09.410 --> 00:42:11.930
"But why is it -- how is it I can do all of this stuff that I'm doing,

688
00:42:11.930 --> 00:42:13.250
and you know what I'm doing,

689
00:42:13.250 --> 00:42:15.620
and people still say that Jesus wants relationship with me?

690
00:42:15.620 --> 00:42:17.780
How is that possible?" Like, this is all I could come up with.

691
00:42:17.810 --> 00:42:19.860
Like, this isn't even close to how awesome God is.

692
00:42:19.860 --> 00:42:20.930
Here's what I said,

693
00:42:20.930 --> 00:42:22.960
"God is like being in a car with a navigation advice.

694
00:42:23.640 --> 00:42:26.180
You ever been in a car where you got a navigation device before?

695
00:42:27.370 --> 00:42:28.590
You have been a car before?

696
00:42:28.590 --> 00:42:29.990
We can start there, you ever been in a car?

697
00:42:32.560 --> 00:42:34.570
God is like being in a car with a navigation device.

698
00:42:34.570 --> 00:42:36.640
If it says go 10 blocks in turn left,

699
00:42:36.640 --> 00:42:39.130
then you go 10 blocks and turn right.

700
00:42:39.130 --> 00:42:40.720
It doesn't abandon what you're supposed to do.

701
00:42:41.230 --> 00:42:43.360
It recalculates what you need to do

702
00:42:43.360 --> 00:42:45.010
to get to where you're supposed to be

703
00:42:45.010 --> 00:42:49.960
based upon where you are. The only problem
is if you keep making the wrong turns,

704
00:42:49.960 --> 00:42:51.400
the road conditions will be different.

705
00:42:51.640 --> 00:42:53.980
They may be rougher and you'll run out of time.

706
00:42:54.250 --> 00:42:56.410
So you have to be sensitive to listen that voice

707
00:42:56.410 --> 00:42:57.670
so you can make the right choice

708
00:42:57.670 --> 00:42:58.690
about where you're supposed to be.

709
00:42:58.930 --> 00:43:01.630
And that voice sounds an awful lot like a coach

710
00:43:01.630 --> 00:43:04.930
because you haven't been practicing for nothing.

711
00:43:04.930 --> 00:43:09.950
It's game time. So now this is -- OK.

712
00:43:10.000 --> 00:43:11.890
So I gotta make a choice here.

713
00:43:11.950 --> 00:43:14.610
So because from a time perspective, so I'm a --.

714
00:43:14.920 --> 00:43:17.780
Hello, this lady right up front, pretty lady with dimples

715
00:43:17.780 --> 00:43:19.010
I love dimples on women, that's so cute.

716
00:43:19.240 --> 00:43:20.390
Only in front, let me say that though.

717
00:43:20.540 --> 00:43:25.750
It's comedy people.

718
00:43:27.490 --> 00:43:30.100
So I have an option for two stories I can tell.

719
00:43:30.130 --> 00:43:32.350
I'll do one right now and one I'll just have to save for the show.

720
00:43:32.520 --> 00:43:34.720
I could do the Jay Leno story or a Moses story.

721
00:43:34.780 --> 00:43:37.510
The choice is yours: Jay Leno or Moses?

722
00:43:38.830 --> 00:43:40.660
Moses, yeah, yeah.

723
00:43:40.660 --> 00:43:41.750
Because we're in church you're going to go with Moses?

724
00:43:43.050 --> 00:43:44.440
Awesome. I'm going to tell you the Jay Leno story.

725
00:43:44.500 --> 00:43:46.060
So here's what happened.

726
00:43:47.930 --> 00:43:49.290
No, no, no, I'll do Moses because you asked for Moses.

727
00:43:49.290 --> 00:43:50.970
It's cool, but I'll save Jay Leno for the thing.

728
00:43:51.120 --> 00:43:54.140
OK. So, all right.

729
00:43:54.190 --> 00:43:55.600
So this is the story about a first time

730
00:43:55.600 --> 00:43:58.480
I ever, ever did comedy in a prison.

731
00:43:58.750 --> 00:44:00.540
Right? Because, you know, the Bible says

732
00:44:00.540 --> 00:44:01.630
laughter is good, like a medicine,

733
00:44:01.630 --> 00:44:04.270
God said to me, take it to the sick. So we're at this prison.

734
00:44:04.300 --> 00:44:07.480
I'm scared for real. Like I'm scared for real.

735
00:44:07.480 --> 00:44:08.700
I don't mind telling you, like -- I look, cool.

736
00:44:08.920 --> 00:44:11.920
But I'm scared. I walk in and the prison warden takes my belt from me.

737
00:44:12.160 --> 00:44:13.390
He's like, "You can have a belt.

738
00:44:13.390 --> 00:44:18.270
Somebody might try to hang you." "Can't they just boo me?

739
00:44:18.270 --> 00:44:19.970
I've got another show I need to do after this.

740
00:44:21.440 --> 00:44:23.120
I'm in prison, my pants loose.

741
00:44:23.120 --> 00:44:27.710
This is a bad idea, brah. I'm just --" I'm just
telling you what's going on in my head right now.

742
00:44:27.740 --> 00:44:29.450
I've got a bunch of different ways to look at this.

743
00:44:31.090 --> 00:44:32.870
So I'm walking into this prison, I'm all scared.

744
00:44:33.660 --> 00:44:34.700
And when you go into prison,

745
00:44:34.700 --> 00:44:36.620
the bars open in front of you, you take a few steps

746
00:44:36.620 --> 00:44:37.940
and some bars close behind you and then some more.

747
00:44:37.950 --> 00:44:39.500
Some of y'all know what I'm talking about.

748
00:44:39.500 --> 00:44:42.990
Welcome home. Anyway, so I'm scared for real.

749
00:44:43.010 --> 00:44:44.270
And I need a joke immediately.

750
00:44:44.330 --> 00:44:47.120
I need these dudes to like me immediately, but not too much.

751
00:44:47.400 --> 00:44:48.770
Right? I'm walking in. I'm scared.

752
00:44:49.660 --> 00:44:51.290
And I need a joke immediately.

753
00:44:51.320 --> 00:44:53.600
And when I walk in, there's no stage,

754
00:44:53.600 --> 00:44:56.120
there's no glass. We're not doing comedy on the phone.

755
00:45:00.750 --> 00:45:03.770
These cats are right here expecting funny and I've got nothing.

756
00:45:03.770 --> 00:45:06.900
7 different ways to nothing, like nothing's popping up,

757
00:45:06.900 --> 00:45:08.040
but I look cool still because

758
00:45:08.040 --> 00:45:09.360
they don't even know I'm getting ready --

759
00:45:09.500 --> 00:45:11.740
And all the prisoners are in this big circle.

760
00:45:11.740 --> 00:45:13.290
And then I got this little walkway

761
00:45:13.290 --> 00:45:14.580
and I'm walking and I look cool,

762
00:45:14.580 --> 00:45:16.890
but literally I've gotten nothing.

763
00:45:16.890 --> 00:45:18.420
Seven different -- I had one joke pop up.

764
00:45:18.450 --> 00:45:19.470
I was gonna be like, "You know what?

765
00:45:19.470 --> 00:45:20.670
You guys are a captive audience.".

766
00:45:20.730 --> 00:45:25.610
I didn't wanna say that. I don't feel a peace in my spirit

767
00:45:25.610 --> 00:45:26.750
about starting with that joke.

768
00:45:27.650 --> 00:45:28.730
So I've literally got nothing.

769
00:45:28.730 --> 00:45:33.230
I remember walking. I got two steps left before
I know when I land in the middle,

770
00:45:33.230 --> 00:45:34.810
if I don't got nothing I don't know what's gonna happen.

771
00:45:34.820 --> 00:45:38.660
By the way, to guards left me two rows of bars behind

772
00:45:38.660 --> 00:45:40.890
and all they did was they gave me a little black box

773
00:45:40.890 --> 00:45:43.460
with a pin in and they put it on my pants

774
00:45:43.460 --> 00:45:45.380
and I said, if somebody tries to attack,

775
00:45:45.380 --> 00:45:47.510
you just put a pin out and then we'll come and help.

776
00:45:48.470 --> 00:45:52.700
That's the plan? You know they know about the pin

777
00:45:52.700 --> 00:45:54.440
One of the dudes, his job is to keep the pin in.

778
00:45:57.470 --> 00:45:59.570
So I'm scared for real. I've got two steps left.

779
00:45:59.600 --> 00:46:02.010
I got nothing. Nothing popping up right now.

780
00:46:02.180 --> 00:46:03.710
And I walk in and I walk in.

781
00:46:03.920 --> 00:46:06.080
I got one step and nothing, nothing, nothing.

782
00:46:06.120 --> 00:46:08.960
I settle this foot and for real, Crossroads,

783
00:46:08.960 --> 00:46:10.910
sitting right up front there's a white dude

784
00:46:10.910 --> 00:46:12.860
with a white beard named Moses.

785
00:46:13.850 --> 00:46:14.870
I was like, thanks, Lord.

786
00:46:15.890 --> 00:46:17.980
When I said these words, the place exploded into laughter.

787
00:46:17.990 --> 00:46:20.660
We had an amazing time. I said, Moses, just what I want you to do.

788
00:46:20.960 --> 00:46:22.100
When you see the prison warden,

789
00:46:22.100 --> 00:46:23.150
I what you look him in his eye,

790
00:46:23.150 --> 00:46:24.410
you look him right in his eye.

791
00:46:24.410 --> 00:46:26.270
I want you to say, "Let my people go."

792
00:46:33.650 --> 00:46:37.160
How did I get that joke that fast under that much pressure?

793
00:46:37.820 --> 00:46:40.400
Truth is it wasn't as much pressure as you might think

794
00:46:40.400 --> 00:46:41.930
because I'd been practicing ever since

795
00:46:41.930 --> 00:46:43.550
I was a child in the form of a kid

796
00:46:43.550 --> 00:46:45.830
who was struggled with his reading and other things as well.

797
00:46:45.830 --> 00:46:48.310
I was practicing just like you've been practicing.

798
00:46:48.310 --> 00:46:49.340
Maybe you didn't know you were practicing.

799
00:46:49.340 --> 00:46:51.590
And I'm here to let you know you've been practicing

800
00:46:51.590 --> 00:46:53.750
but for a lot of you guys, it's game time,

801
00:46:53.750 --> 00:46:56.300
but you have to be able to hear the coach's voice.

802
00:46:58.180 --> 00:47:01.090
So me and my wife are looking at some old home videos recently.

803
00:47:01.860 --> 00:47:04.430
It one super old, it wasn't like a VHS or nothing.

804
00:47:04.430 --> 00:47:07.370
Some of young people's like, "What's a Vahoosh?"

805
00:47:09.940 --> 00:47:11.050
So we're looking at some old videos.

806
00:47:11.050 --> 00:47:12.340
And I came across this video

807
00:47:12.340 --> 00:47:13.660
of my youngest daughter being born.

808
00:47:13.780 --> 00:47:14.840
Right? And I want to show you this video.

809
00:47:14.960 --> 00:47:16.660
Well, I'm not gonna show you her being born.

810
00:47:16.780 --> 00:47:18.720
I'm not going to show you that.

811
00:47:18.730 --> 00:47:21.610
So let me set this up. I took this video, this video I'm about to show you,

812
00:47:21.610 --> 00:47:24.730
I actually took this video, but I didn't understand it.

813
00:47:25.450 --> 00:47:26.800
I didn't understand how powerful it was.

814
00:47:26.800 --> 00:47:28.290
until I sat down to watch this video.

815
00:47:28.440 --> 00:47:30.290
So here it is. She's like two and a half minutes old.

816
00:47:30.820 --> 00:47:34.330
They've got her under the little chicken rotisserie thing

817
00:47:34.330 --> 00:47:35.350
to keep her warm or whatever.

818
00:47:37.090 --> 00:47:38.650
She's like two and a half minutes old

819
00:47:38.650 --> 00:47:40.840
and the nurse is about to clean her up

820
00:47:40.840 --> 00:47:42.130
and she starts to cry.

821
00:47:42.790 --> 00:47:45.080
I want you to notice what happens when she hears my voice.

822
00:47:45.080 --> 00:47:57.850
(baby crying) Ok, Portland, look, I'm right here.

823
00:47:58.080 --> 00:48:00.580
It's OK, it's OK. I'm right here.

824
00:48:01.150 --> 00:48:02.230
We're doing just fine.

825
00:48:02.620 --> 00:48:03.930
It's OK. It's Ok.

826
00:48:04.000 --> 00:48:07.360
I'm right here. It's OK.

827
00:48:07.360 --> 00:48:09.030
It's OK, baby.

828
00:48:11.110 --> 00:48:14.220
Yo, that was pretty awesome.

829
00:48:14.340 --> 00:48:17.220
Now it's like seven, seven and a half minutes or so later,

830
00:48:17.220 --> 00:48:18.450
the nurse is done cleaning her up

831
00:48:18.450 --> 00:48:19.950
and she starts to cry again.

832
00:48:20.310 --> 00:48:23.350
I speak up and she stops crying again.

833
00:48:24.060 --> 00:48:26.850
But I want you to notice what happens when I tell her I love her.

834
00:48:26.850 --> 00:48:30.020
(baby crying) (nurse) We'll get mom to hold you.

835
00:48:30.020 --> 00:48:31.140
(dad) Portland.

836
00:48:31.140 --> 00:48:34.850
It's OK. Hey, it's good, it's good, it's good.

837
00:48:34.920 --> 00:48:36.300
I'm right here. I'm right here.

838
00:48:36.720 --> 00:48:37.770
I am right here.

839
00:48:38.940 --> 00:48:41.370
I love you. I love you.

840
00:48:45.090 --> 00:48:46.440
Yeah, I'm right here. I'm right here.

841
00:48:46.510 --> 00:48:47.600
It's OK. It's OK.

842
00:48:49.500 --> 00:48:53.370
So here's the thing:. There will be times in life where you feel like

843
00:48:53.370 --> 00:48:57.140
you've just been practicing and practicing.

844
00:48:57.140 --> 00:49:00.000
Maybe you're even frustrated, even to the point of tears

845
00:49:00.000 --> 00:49:02.820
The key thing during those moments as the be still

846
00:49:02.820 --> 00:49:04.440
and listen for the Father's voice.

847
00:49:05.310 --> 00:49:06.570
Because He is talking to you.

848
00:49:06.810 --> 00:49:08.730
And what He wants you to know is that He's right here.

849
00:49:09.540 --> 00:49:13.680
He loves you. All you have to do is open your eyes.

850
00:49:15.370 --> 00:49:19.140
You hear some music? Oh yeah.

851
00:49:19.140 --> 00:49:20.880
Not yet. Not yet. Wait, hold on.

852
00:49:21.220 --> 00:49:22.720
I'm not done yet. It's not your concert.

853
00:49:22.750 --> 00:49:25.540
You got to wait a second. You had me all emotional.

854
00:49:25.630 --> 00:49:26.640
You had me emotional.

855
00:49:27.130 --> 00:49:28.450
Oh, my goodness. Wow.

856
00:49:28.510 --> 00:49:30.940
I was wondering, like Lord, am I about to cry right now?

857
00:49:30.970 --> 00:49:32.650
But no. But no, that was you.

858
00:49:32.680 --> 00:49:34.680
That's what that was. You married?

859
00:49:35.080 --> 00:49:36.370
You married?

860
00:49:36.430 --> 00:49:37.750
Not yet. Well, is about to happen.

861
00:49:37.780 --> 00:49:39.590
You smooth, I just want to throw that out there.

862
00:49:40.540 --> 00:49:42.370
You smooth. I ain't even recognize that he slipped in there.

863
00:49:42.430 --> 00:49:47.020
OK. So... So I've got one more story I need to share.

864
00:49:47.050 --> 00:49:49.150
But first, I want to tell you how I came up with this story.

865
00:49:49.180 --> 00:49:52.930
And then when I start the story, you can
slide your smooth self right on over there.

866
00:49:52.930 --> 00:49:56.320
That'll be awesome. All right, cool, cool, cool. So
the way I came up with this story,

867
00:49:56.320 --> 00:50:00.320
this is a story about having a relationship with Jesus.

868
00:50:00.320 --> 00:50:01.690
And the way I came up with this story actually,

869
00:50:01.690 --> 00:50:03.070
I wasn't even trying to come up with a story.

870
00:50:03.070 --> 00:50:04.810
I was writing a joke, that's what I do.

871
00:50:04.810 --> 00:50:07.240
I'm write jokes. And I was writing a joke about the good room.

872
00:50:07.270 --> 00:50:08.740
How many people here know what the good room is?

873
00:50:08.920 --> 00:50:10.720
Even watching online right now,

874
00:50:10.720 --> 00:50:12.640
even at other campuses, how many people know,

875
00:50:12.640 --> 00:50:15.070
raise your hand if you know the good room is.

876
00:50:15.070 --> 00:50:16.780
So there's barely any hands going up.

877
00:50:16.780 --> 00:50:17.920
I'm just letting you know right now, like, no.

878
00:50:17.920 --> 00:50:19.690
You know why I never finish writing a joke.

879
00:50:21.010 --> 00:50:23.770
But the truth is, is mostly all of you know what the good room is.

880
00:50:23.830 --> 00:50:27.220
Let me explain. The good room is that room in your grandmother's house

881
00:50:27.220 --> 00:50:28.690
or your aunt's house or maybe your house.

882
00:50:28.720 --> 00:50:31.600
It's that one room that's better than the rest of the house.

883
00:50:32.080 --> 00:50:34.690
Can't nobody go in there, there's plastic on the furniture.

884
00:50:35.080 --> 00:50:36.430
It's really just for looks.

885
00:50:36.520 --> 00:50:37.960
How many people know the good room is now?

886
00:50:38.950 --> 00:50:40.660
Exactly. Other campuses, exactly.

887
00:50:40.690 --> 00:50:43.690
Online? Yes, exactly. So I was writing this joke about the good room

888
00:50:43.690 --> 00:50:45.430
and in the middle of writing this joke God stopped me and said,

889
00:50:45.430 --> 00:50:48.010
"I want you to tell this story to my people.".

890
00:50:48.970 --> 00:50:54.040
So I'm going to tell you this story. Yeah, right
now would be a smooth time to slide in, brah.

891
00:50:54.050 --> 00:50:56.600
If you want to just slide in right now, that'd be dope.

892
00:50:58.270 --> 00:51:01.010
All right. So I want everyone in this room,

893
00:51:01.010 --> 00:51:02.570
everyone at every single campus,

894
00:51:02.570 --> 00:51:04.070
like I'm literally talking to you.

895
00:51:04.460 --> 00:51:05.570
Please know I'm talking to you.

896
00:51:06.560 --> 00:51:09.170
And if you're watching online, I want you to imagine.

897
00:51:09.710 --> 00:51:11.480
Imagine that you are a house.

898
00:51:12.260 --> 00:51:14.720
And outside of the house is Jesus Christ.

899
00:51:15.780 --> 00:51:16.940
And He wants to come in.

900
00:51:18.320 --> 00:51:19.880
But he'll never force His way in.

901
00:51:21.140 --> 00:51:23.330
He actually wants you to invite Him in.

902
00:51:24.600 --> 00:51:25.920
And the reason some people in here,

903
00:51:25.920 --> 00:51:28.740
the reason some of you haven't invited Jesus into the house

904
00:51:28.740 --> 00:51:31.260
is because you're cool with the way things are right now.

905
00:51:31.260 --> 00:51:33.870
So it would seem, whenever you need something,

906
00:51:33.870 --> 00:51:38.310
whenever something happens, you just walk to the door, crack it open,

907
00:51:38.310 --> 00:51:40.860
say what you need, do a little prayer,

908
00:51:40.860 --> 00:51:44.160
close the door and then go back into the house.

909
00:51:44.160 --> 00:51:45.620
But that's not a relationship at all.

910
00:51:46.890 --> 00:51:49.140
How can you hear his voice under those circumstances?

911
00:51:49.890 --> 00:51:53.250
How can you utilize that practice under those circumstances?

912
00:51:54.080 --> 00:51:56.970
And the reason you won't let Him into the house

913
00:51:56.970 --> 00:51:59.490
is because your house is a mess

914
00:51:59.490 --> 00:52:01.070
and you think you need to clean it up first.

915
00:52:02.560 --> 00:52:03.720
How's that working out for you?

916
00:52:05.660 --> 00:52:07.280
You think you need to just tidy up

917
00:52:07.280 --> 00:52:11.300
just a little more first. Or there may be drugs or pornography in the house

918
00:52:11.300 --> 00:52:14.490
or relationships? You brought other people in the house

919
00:52:14.490 --> 00:52:16.550
hoping that somehow maybe they could help you clean it up,

920
00:52:17.420 --> 00:52:19.850
but they can't. The only one who can clean it up

921
00:52:19.850 --> 00:52:21.230
is standing outside the door

922
00:52:21.230 --> 00:52:23.420
wearing an apron with a bucket in His hand,

923
00:52:23.420 --> 00:52:25.430
waiting on you to truly open a door.

924
00:52:26.760 --> 00:52:28.090
Then there's other people in here right now.

925
00:52:28.990 --> 00:52:32.470
You used to have Jesus in the whole house,

926
00:52:32.470 --> 00:52:33.770
but whether you realize it or not,

927
00:52:33.770 --> 00:52:36.760
you've moved him to just one room in the house:

928
00:52:36.760 --> 00:52:40.960
The good room. Have you ever noticed how a good room most of the time

929
00:52:40.960 --> 00:52:43.780
is the one right up front with the big window?

930
00:52:44.380 --> 00:52:46.510
So when people look in,

931
00:52:46.510 --> 00:52:48.790
they think the whole house is clean,

932
00:52:48.790 --> 00:52:50.500
but it's not. It's just that one room.

933
00:52:52.580 --> 00:52:54.160
So when they hear about you coming to a church,

934
00:52:54.160 --> 00:52:56.090
they think the whole house is clean,

935
00:52:56.090 --> 00:52:58.220
but it's not. It's just that one room.

936
00:52:58.220 --> 00:52:59.240
You quote scriptures,

937
00:52:59.240 --> 00:53:01.250
but it's just that one room. You pray with people,

938
00:53:01.280 --> 00:53:04.280
but it's just that one room. You give money,

939
00:53:04.280 --> 00:53:05.390
it is just that one room.

940
00:53:07.450 --> 00:53:08.920
You've got a scripture tattoo.

941
00:53:09.820 --> 00:53:10.930
It is just that one room.

942
00:53:11.560 --> 00:53:13.510
Jesus wants access to the whole house.

943
00:53:13.540 --> 00:53:15.750
And I'm telling you, if you will just open this door

944
00:53:15.750 --> 00:53:17.800
and let Him in,

945
00:53:17.800 --> 00:53:20.740
he'll show up at a contractor named the Holy Spirit

946
00:53:20.740 --> 00:53:22.420
and they will make sure the house is fully functional

947
00:53:22.420 --> 00:53:27.670
the way it was intended to. But none of this happens if you don't open a door

948
00:53:27.670 --> 00:53:31.300
because He will not -- He will never force His way in.

949
00:53:33.010 --> 00:53:41.030
He wants you to invite Him in. So if everyone in here, if everyone watching online,
if everyone at every campus, if you just close your eyes and bow your head.

950
00:53:43.740 --> 00:53:45.530
The reason I asked you to close your eyes and bow your head

951
00:53:45.530 --> 00:53:46.980
is because I want you to have a private moment

952
00:53:46.980 --> 00:53:52.330
where no one's looking around. If you're here right now

953
00:53:52.330 --> 00:53:54.160
and you realize that I'm talking to you,

954
00:53:54.160 --> 00:53:55.480
whether you need to invite Jesus to your house

955
00:53:55.480 --> 00:53:58.960
for the first time or to Him for access to your house again,

956
00:53:58.960 --> 00:54:01.290
I'm going to ask you to do something really simple.

957
00:54:02.600 --> 00:54:05.150
On the count of three, I just simply want you to put your hand in the air.

958
00:54:05.810 --> 00:54:07.970
Don't overthink this. Just on the count of three,

959
00:54:07.970 --> 00:54:09.200
just simply put your hand in the air.

960
00:54:09.260 --> 00:54:10.430
There's hands already going up.

961
00:54:11.400 --> 00:54:13.050
One, two, three.

962
00:54:13.240 --> 00:54:14.520
Nice and high. Nice and high.

963
00:54:16.910 --> 00:54:18.960
Praise God, every campus, even online.

964
00:54:19.160 --> 00:54:20.330
Yes. I'm talking to you.

965
00:54:20.420 --> 00:54:21.470
Yes, I'm talking to you.

966
00:54:21.890 --> 00:54:24.050
Go ahead and put your hands down and look up at me.

967
00:54:25.280 --> 00:54:27.230
First of all, let me say this: I am proud of you.

968
00:54:28.820 --> 00:54:30.110
I am proud of you. OK.

969
00:54:30.290 --> 00:54:32.750
So sometimes when I say that to an audience,

970
00:54:32.750 --> 00:54:35.090
I feel like God will give me a number on how many times

971
00:54:35.090 --> 00:54:37.160
I need to say that for some people in this room

972
00:54:37.160 --> 00:54:39.110
to receive that from a Father's voice.

973
00:54:40.130 --> 00:54:42.620
So I'm going to repeat this that number of times,

974
00:54:42.620 --> 00:54:44.930
and I want some of you to work on receiving that

975
00:54:44.930 --> 00:54:48.050
from a Father's voice because you haven't heard it before

976
00:54:48.050 --> 00:54:49.220
or you haven't received it before.

977
00:54:50.200 --> 00:54:53.310
I am proud of you. I am proud of you.

978
00:54:55.010 --> 00:54:56.090
I am proud of you.

979
00:54:57.560 --> 00:54:58.610
I am proud of you.

980
00:55:00.230 --> 00:55:01.310
I am proud of you.

981
00:55:03.010 --> 00:55:04.060
I am proud of you.

982
00:55:05.510 --> 00:55:10.610
I am proud of you. So here's what's gonna happen,

983
00:55:10.610 --> 00:55:12.570
this is for everybody that raised your hand,
even those who should've raised your hand.

984
00:55:12.600 --> 00:55:13.740
Now we're about to do a prayer.

985
00:55:13.950 --> 00:55:15.750
I want to do this prayer in the privacy of your heart.

986
00:55:15.930 --> 00:55:17.670
But what's gonna happen afterwards --

987
00:55:18.910 --> 00:55:20.080
What's gonna happen afterwards is

988
00:55:20.080 --> 00:55:21.310
you're gonna do something different

989
00:55:21.310 --> 00:55:23.530
than you normally would do. But let's pray first
and then I'm going to explain it to you.

990
00:55:25.090 --> 00:55:27.740
So I'll do the prayer, you just repeated it after me in the privacy your heart.

991
00:55:28.490 --> 00:55:32.000
Dear God, thank You for sending Your Son,

992
00:55:32.000 --> 00:55:35.390
Jesus Christ to this earth to die for me.

993
00:55:36.920 --> 00:55:38.410
I believe it and I receive it.

994
00:55:39.640 --> 00:55:41.530
Come into my house,

995
00:55:41.530 --> 00:55:43.180
come into my heart.

996
00:55:43.180 --> 00:55:46.450
Thank you for forgiving me for my sins, for every sin.

997
00:55:48.760 --> 00:55:54.030
In Jesus name, Amen. Ok, so here's what's gonna happen.

998
00:55:54.570 --> 00:55:56.970
So normally when after that part

999
00:55:56.970 --> 00:55:58.840
they always bring up a white dude to make it official,

1000
00:55:58.840 --> 00:56:00.540
but that's not gonna happen this time.

1001
00:56:00.930 --> 00:56:02.430
We've got Chuck at this campus,

1002
00:56:02.430 --> 00:56:05.310
but at your campus, I'm sure there's a white guy.

1003
00:56:05.310 --> 00:56:06.990
I'm sure there's one there probably somewhere.

1004
00:56:07.400 --> 00:56:08.980
But here's what we're gonna do, for everyone who's just prayed that prayer,

1005
00:56:08.980 --> 00:56:10.080
This is very important.

1006
00:56:10.100 --> 00:56:11.400
Normally, I want you to do --.

1007
00:56:11.850 --> 00:56:13.230
You can't do what you've always done.

1008
00:56:13.260 --> 00:56:16.140
You have to do something new, because you've just made either a new commitment

1009
00:56:16.140 --> 00:56:18.300
or you've decided to make Jesus the one.

1010
00:56:18.300 --> 00:56:20.220
So what they ask you do here, and I think this is pretty dope,

1011
00:56:20.380 --> 00:56:22.640
is most the time when church is over everyone gets up and leave.

1012
00:56:22.920 --> 00:56:24.270
But you can't do what you've always done.

1013
00:56:24.660 --> 00:56:27.360
You have to do something new So instead of you getting up and leave,

1014
00:56:27.360 --> 00:56:28.890
I want you to be committed to sitting there.

1015
00:56:29.030 --> 00:56:31.480
And then someone is going to come around

1016
00:56:31.480 --> 00:56:32.490
and they're gonna pray with you

1017
00:56:32.490 --> 00:56:34.650
and make sure you have the next steps that are necessary.

1018
00:56:34.860 --> 00:56:36.060
This is so huge for me.

1019
00:56:36.420 --> 00:56:37.950
This is so huge for me. It's huge for you.

1020
00:56:37.980 --> 00:56:39.670
But I have to be a good steward as well.

1021
00:56:40.200 --> 00:56:41.310
So it's very, very important.

1022
00:56:41.340 --> 00:56:43.500
So we're gonna -- I don't know what happens next what they'll be able to do,

1023
00:56:43.500 --> 00:56:45.540
but that's very important that you maintain.

1024
00:56:45.660 --> 00:56:47.940
Don't do what you've always done. Ooh, let me go get the kids.

1025
00:56:48.330 --> 00:56:50.360
Ooh, let me go get the car. No, sit yourself down

1026
00:56:51.750 --> 00:56:53.650
and do what God tells you to do next.

1027
00:56:55.840 --> 00:56:57.340
You guys are awesome. I love you.

1028
00:56:57.610 --> 00:56:58.720
I'll see you at the comedy show.

1029
00:56:58.840 --> 00:56:59.990
Thank you so much. I'm Michael Junior.

1030
00:56:59.990 --> 00:57:08.490
[applause] - Man, you know that might've been a powerful moment for you

1031
00:57:08.490 --> 00:57:09.570
for the very first time

1032
00:57:09.570 --> 00:57:10.860
and maybe something happened

1033
00:57:10.860 --> 00:57:13.110
and you just gave Jesus more access to your life.

1034
00:57:13.140 --> 00:57:15.420
Man, I celebrate that with you.

1035
00:57:15.420 --> 00:57:16.710
And we'd love to pray with you.

1036
00:57:16.740 --> 00:57:18.710
We've got volunteers that are available right now.

1037
00:57:18.720 --> 00:57:21.540
You can hit the chat button and we want to pray with you

1038
00:57:21.540 --> 00:57:25.170
to kind of solidify what God is doing in your life in this moment.

1039
00:57:26.040 --> 00:57:29.670
Man, it's hard to believe that it's been five weeks of Play & Purpose Journey.

1040
00:57:29.940 --> 00:57:32.640
And I know for me, God has really put his finger

1041
00:57:32.640 --> 00:57:35.940
on a couple of things. A big one is this: last week my wife and I had a chance

1042
00:57:35.940 --> 00:57:37.830
by the riverfront in our city, Cincinnati,

1043
00:57:38.040 --> 00:57:40.050
to do those scooters, those Bird scooters.

1044
00:57:40.280 --> 00:57:41.850
And, you know, we play with our kids all the time.

1045
00:57:41.850 --> 00:57:43.860
But we had so much fun playing with each other.

1046
00:57:43.870 --> 00:57:45.910
And so I think we want more of that in our marriage.

1047
00:57:45.930 --> 00:57:47.980
You want to get out and play together more.

1048
00:57:48.510 --> 00:57:49.920
I hope there's something like that

1049
00:57:49.920 --> 00:57:51.750
that lands for you in this journey,

1050
00:57:51.750 --> 00:57:53.460
because I believe on the other side of that

1051
00:57:53.460 --> 00:57:54.480
God has something good for you.

1052
00:57:54.900 --> 00:57:56.130
And maybe you've gotten connected

1053
00:57:56.130 --> 00:57:57.570
with a group during this journey.

1054
00:57:57.570 --> 00:58:00.000
You might feel like your group is just getting started,

1055
00:58:00.000 --> 00:58:01.740
like you're just starting to get traction.

1056
00:58:01.950 --> 00:58:05.610
There are so many ways in the app to continue to engage in community.

1057
00:58:05.850 --> 00:58:07.020
And I would encourage you to do that,

1058
00:58:07.020 --> 00:58:09.900
because I know embracing a group experience like this

1059
00:58:09.900 --> 00:58:11.310
and letting it continue in your life

1060
00:58:11.310 --> 00:58:13.500
can be a powerful way for God to grow you

1061
00:58:13.500 --> 00:58:15.810
and for you to get more connected around Crossroads.

1062
00:58:16.260 --> 00:58:18.930
Well, hey, next weekend we're starting a brand new series

1063
00:58:18.930 --> 00:58:20.160
called The Blessed Life.

1064
00:58:20.160 --> 00:58:20.720
We'll see you then.

Oct 12, 2019

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