The Marks of Multiplication | The Blessed Life: Week 6

God is a multiplier. If we want true multiplication in our lives, God is the only one who can supernaturally multiply our resources.

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Last week on The Blessed Life:

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there's one critical, simple but critical
question you and I must ask

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ourselves. The question is
this: Am I generous?

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Generosity has an enemy.

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The enemy of
generosity is selfishness.

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They're in conflict
with each other.

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My kids want expensive
crap and it sucks.

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They want this thing, it's
called a Nintendo Switch.

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When my kids open it on Christmas
morning and they go, "Look what

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Santa brought us," you know
what I'm going to do?

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Santa didn't buy you that,
that old geezer's cheap.

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Dear old dad bought you that.

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Generosity is what I choose to
do with what is truly mine.

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See, God doesn't it
need your treasure.

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He's doing fine. He's good.

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He can pay the
light bill in heaven.

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It's amazing. He's fine.

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He doesn't need your treasure.

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He wants your heart. And he knows
when you give Him your treasure, He

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gets your heart. Being a rewarder, it's
not an option for God because

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it's something He is.

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It's just like God can't
lie because He is truth.

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God can't ignore generosity because He
is a rewarder, He always

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rewards it. - Welcome
to Crossroads Church.

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We're so glad to have you joining
us online from anywhere you might

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be right now.

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My name's Lena Schuler and
I'm the Crossroads Anywhere Community

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Pastor. And today we're in our very
last week of The Blessed Life

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series. And we get to hear from
our senior pastor, Brian Tome, in a

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few minutes. But before that, we're
actually going to spend time

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worshipping together.

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And in the midst of these few
minutes, I know that singing songs or

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maybe even watching people sing songs
can be uncomfortable or maybe

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feel vulnerable.

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But I would encourage you to sing
along with us, go to that

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vulnerable place.

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Because it might just be the time
in this hour that you connect with

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God more than any other
time in your week.

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And I want you to get
to experience that right now.

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So every once in a while I
get to throw my weight around here.

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So I threw it around this week, I
said, "You know, the last song of

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this series, the worship block of
this series, The Blessed Life.

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Haven't we had a good
time during The Blessed Life?

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It's been -- I'll talk about that
a little bit, the final message.

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But it's been really, really good.

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And I said there's this one
song that talks about blessings.

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Can we do that song? And that
the band is accommodating that song.

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We're doing that right now. And let
me tell you about this song we're

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doing. It's from, well, the writer of
it is, his name is William

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Cowper. He's the author of this,
not Bill Cowher, William Cowper.

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Big difference between Bill
Cowher and William Cowper.

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William Cowper wrote this song
in the late 1700s.

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You have to understand his
story to understand these words.

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These are very, very deep, or you
might not even get these words

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entirely. I want to tell you
what he's trying to get behind.

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This is a guy who knows hardship.

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As we've talked about The Blessed Life,
some of us are just -- we're

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just feeling blessings of God,
whether it's money, whether it's

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friends, whether it's our health, whether
it's just a sense of joy

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that's happening. And sometimes you're doing
all the right things and

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sometimes you're just not sensing any
of the blessings of God.

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That's the way William Cowper was
for much of his life.

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At age 6, his mother died.

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When he wanted to marry the first
love his life, her father said no.

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He tried and failed multiple times
to kill himself with suicide.

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He was labeled at that time insane
for a portion of his life.

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And yet God used this guy mightily.

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A close personal friend of his was
John Newton, he was a former slave

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trader who wrote Amazing Grace.

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John Newton, a racist, a slave
trader, and God gripped him and

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blessed him with forgiveness and a whole
new outlook on how to treat

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people who are different than him and
a whole new outlook on life.

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His friend William Cowper was enslaved
to difficulty for most of his

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life. And he writes this song and
he says it to you and I:

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"Ye fearful saint," that's you and I,
that's not people who are dead

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in heaven necessarily.

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That's people who are putting
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"Ye fearful saints, take courage.

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The clouds that you see, though dark
they may, at some point they're

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going to break with
blessings on your head."

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And you can see this song, the verses,
it just kind of gives you this

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painful deal of what this guy's dealing
with and the stuff that God

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is allowing to come his way.

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But he shakes his fist during the
chorus, he says, Ye fearful saints,

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take courage. Take courage, the clouds
that you are dreading, the

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clouds that are dark over your head,
one day, trust your God, they

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will break forth with
a shower of blessings.

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So whether you're dealing with
depression or not, whether you're

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dealing with poverty or not, whether
dealing with wealth or not,

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whether you're dealing with mental
illness or not, whether you're

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dealing with a lot of friends or not,
this song is our heart to God

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in whatever situation we're in.

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We just want to thank you.

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We want to praise you, God, for
the way that You love us.

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God, for the way that you bring
blessings when it's hard to see

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sometimes in this situation that we're
in, God, you are always good.

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So, God, I pray that you help us
to believe that more when we walk

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out of this building than
when we came in.

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When we're watching right now, God, we
pray that You are stirring up

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something in us that makes
us believe these words.

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Thank you, God, we
love you. Hello, everyone.

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Thank you so much
for worshipping with us.

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My name is Courtney. Happy to be here
with you all and do this with

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you in this room and
wherever you are watching.

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Before you get comfortable, why don't you
say hi to someone next to

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you. - Worship for me
is a way that I

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give thanks to God.

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And it's why is an important thing
that I love to participate in with

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you online.

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So I hope that you just got to
do that, express thanks to God, give

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God thanks in the
midst of Thanksgiving week.

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Thanksgiving is happening this week,
in case you forgot.

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Make sure you go get your turkeys.

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And I'm really excited for the
two family traditions that are coming

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up this week for my family.

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The first is returning our
Thanksgiving Food Drive box.

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If you grabbed a Thanksgiving Food Drive
box, make sure you take it

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back to that location on Sunday,
today before services end there.

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And if you're looking for a way
to be generous this Thanksgiving, you

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could do that by joining up with
a local organization, a nonprofit, a

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food kitchen, and helping provide a meal
to someone who might not get

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it this Thanksgiving.

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Man, your Thanksgiving will be
better for that experience.

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The second thing coming up this
week is our Thanksgiving Eve service,

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our Thanksgiving eve experience.

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Now, I've been doing this from the
time I was a kid up through

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adulthood. It's a way for me to
give thanks to God on the night

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before Thanksgiving.

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And I want you to get to experience
the joy of giving thanks to God.

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And I want your Thanksgiving to be
better this year than it's ever

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been. And one of the ways that
it's gonna be better this year than

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it's ever been is if you start
some new traditions and if you

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actually make it an intentional choice
to give thanks to God this

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Thanksgiving. And so if
you head to crossroads.net/ThanksgivingEve,

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you can see where a Thanksgiving
Eve service might be happening near

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you. Or we'd love to have you
join us right here online to experience

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Thanksgiving Eve. And in the midst
of that, you're going to get

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modeled for you something that you
could do around your living room,

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around your Thanksgiving table this
year that will make your

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Thanksgiving better if you choose to
just imitate the experience that

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we give you right here online.

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I'm really excited about it.

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Right after Thanksgiving
is a Christmastime.

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I'm so excited. My husband won't
let me decorate our house until

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after Thanksgiving, and so I
cannot wait for Friday.

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But nonetheless, I also can't wait
for the next series that's coming

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up: Advent.

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This is a Christmas series.

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I don't know what your experience
of the word Advent has been.

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Mine has always had the
word calendar attached to it.

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But if we look at that word
Advent, what does it actually mean?

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It means arrival.

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It means awaiting the arrival.

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And so we have a four part
series starting next week on the four

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pieces of Advent that get us prepared
for the arrival of Jesus on

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Christmas. So with this series coming
up, it's a great opportunity

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for you to invite a friend with
you or to share a weekend service

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with a friend to help them
anticipate the arrival of Jesus this

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Christmas. It's going to be great.

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And right now, if you want to give
thanks to God, you could do that

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by giving at Crossroads.net/give.

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And we're going to hear Adam's
story, a story of generosity.

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- I started coming to
Crossroads about 10 years ago.

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When I first walked in, one of
things I noticed was, Wow this place

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is really big. It seems like they've
really got a lot of really

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generous people that give
to this church.

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My initial thought was, you know,
what do they need me for?

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They don't need my money. The
more I got into Crossroads and

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understanding about how this place is
truly fueled, I started giving

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a little bit here and there.

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I didn't really understand
what the tithe meant.

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I thought it just meant
you just gave some money.

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The more I got to see how God's
money was used to reach people, the

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more convicted I felt
to give more money.

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As I started to really mature, what
I realized is that Jesus is more

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important than the government, so I
should probably tithe 10 percent

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of my gross. Why should the government
get a cut that Jesus doesn't

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get? For a while there I held onto
money as if it was going to make

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me safe or secure.

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I started to realize how quickly you
can do things like lose your job

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or a catastrophe could happen, it could
wipe all of your money out.

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And that's not really true safety.

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True safety is is really believing that
the Lord is your Savior and

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the Lord will provide for you.

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So in return, The Blessed Life
book, Robert Morris talks about, you

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know, there's different
levels of giving.

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There's there's tithing
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And there's kind of exceptional giving
where you give a rather large

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gift. And to be honest, that kind
of giving kind of frightens me a

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little bit. I find that in the
times He's done that, He's always

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given me exactly what needed to do
the thing He's asked me to do.

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I started a new business last year and
so I knew I had to pay more

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taxes than I normally would.

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So I actually saved up enough money,
the amount that I thought that I

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needed to pay off all those taxes.

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And after talking to a tax accountant,
I actually had saved more than

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I needed. So when I prayed and
thanked God and said, "Lord, this is

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like a far better result
than I could've imagined."

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I felt God say,
"Give $1,000 to someone."

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And it just like freaked me out.

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I'm trying to renovate some parts of
my house and the speed of

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renovation depends on how much
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So I knew that I wouldn't be
able to make some renovations to my

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house, but I felt God tell me
quite clearly this is what he wanted

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from me. There was one person that
always popped up into my mind as

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the person who really
needed that thousand dollars.

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And so I talked to them and
said, "Hey, I pray to God.

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He's blessed me more than I
could have imagined this year.

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And I think He asked me
to give you this thousand dollars."

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The guy was just taken aback.

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He said, "You know, I have had a
leak in my roof for years now.

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I was just praying this week and
asking God to give me provisions so

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I can solve this problem."

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So it was amazing to see that
we both walked away just feeling truly

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loved and truly understanding how
God's Kingdom really works.

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When you distribute and you're generous
with the things that he gives

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and when you trust in Him to
provide for you what you need.

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- Isn't that good? [applause] I just
love seeing a heart like that.

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That's what we're looking at, that
giving is an attitude of the

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hearts. And I have had
incredible fun in this series.

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Even though there's been some intense
topics, it's just been light,

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hasn't it? It's been life-giving.

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And the amount of positive emails I've
got coming my way is just

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utterly astounding. God is doing some
really, really good and fun

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things in this.

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And today is our last day.

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And I'm going to go
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Shocking. You're in church and you're
going to see some Bible

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stories. I'm going to
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And I'm going to talk
about the principle of multiplications.

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It's going to come right
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And before we get into that,
why don't we pray right now.

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God, You are a God that is worthy
of being thanked, a God who is just

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so generous and gracious
to all of us.

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God, I want to be able to get
Your heart across to all of us.

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I want to be able to powerfully
and accurately portray the depth of

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your hearts in the way your mind
works and the way reality works.

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Help me to do that. And may You
be honored by all that I say.

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And I pray these things according
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Jesus. Amen. Well, in America, we
know of Ringling Brothers or Barnum

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Bailey as the circuses that were known
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I just saw a PBS special on it
or a documentary not too long ago,

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very, very fascinating. The original
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was Jesus. He was the
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Wherever He went, people went because
where He went, crazy things

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took place. Teachings that would
transform people and hold people

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spellbound.

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Healings, He would spit on people
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blindness.

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Crazy stuff. He would he would heal
people who couldn't walk and they

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could walk again.

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People who are possessed by an evil
spirit and we're out of control,

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He would speak to it.

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And so where He went, people around
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section of scripture I'm going to look
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chapter, gosh, six, seven, eight.

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I'm going to look at
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And we see in the midst of
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trying to take care of Him and
the other disciples, His friends, His

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posse, the other twelve of them.

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And they're going to try to get
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It's known as the Sea of Galilee.

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It's really a
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I like this. He says, "Hey, guys,
we've been burning the candle at

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both ends. Let's just go rest.

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Let's just chill out.".

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And still do that. But people are like,
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no, no, no. The party is not over.

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Where is this guy going?

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Here it continues, it says

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this:

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So many are coming here and there.

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People are coming to watch Him.

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They don't care about food.
They don't care about water.

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Well, they could have gotten water
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They don't care about that. They're
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Jesus is like, "Okay, we need
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We need to have some retreat."

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So they head off to another part.

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But the problem is, you can
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So all these people are like, "Oh,
my goodness, the greatest show on

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earth is going elsewhere.
Let's find that guy.".

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So they're running around the lake.

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They're either getting their own boats
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Now, many saw them
going and recognize them.

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And they ran there on foot, all
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He's like, "Sorry, guys, I was really
trying to get in some retreat

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time. I was really trying to
get us some private time.

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I really want to do
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And I had this little private ropes
course set up over here that

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we're going to do. And that just
kind of got kind of fun side.

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I had a pig roast
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Actually, no, we're Jewish. I
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But there were some things that things
that I was going to do here.

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But all these people were here.

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And just when you'd think Jesus would
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end? All these people just take,
take, take, take, take, take.".

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It says He has compassion on
them because they're like sheep without

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a shepherd. Maybe they're
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We in America, we're like
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We're all spiritual free agents is
the way many of us operate.

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We don't want to put
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We don't want to have somebody care
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and direction. We just want to
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No one's watching out for us.

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We're not part of any sort
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And Jesus has a heart for them and
says, OK, let's go, let's crank it

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up. Let's just start giving
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So Jesus doesn't just give them like
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homily. He says okay --
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It gets going into the dark time.

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And now here's where I got to
think what probably with the disciples

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were thinking. I think Peter's was
going like, "Hey, John, I don't

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know. Are you tired of this?

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I mean we just came from this on
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And now we're here. And maybe if
like we told Jesus, hint, hint,

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nudge, nudge, people are going to be
hungry and really it's me and

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you are hungry. Maybe if we have
Jesus -- let's blame the hunger

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situation on everybody else and just clue
Jesus in that if He's going

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to be going on teaching like this He
needs to at least have some Hors

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d'oeuvres or something
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We probably should tell Him just out
of pity He should just stop His

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teaching so people could have time to
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He's just -- He
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So they basically bring this plan to
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They're kind of like, really?

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You want us to --
200 hundred denarii of bread.

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That's -- a denarii.

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They had a saying
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That was a day's wages.

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So they're saying, "Really? You want like
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wages spent on this?"

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Jesus says you can get them something
to eat. Now where we're gonna

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go from here is, what this is
the story of, this is story of

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multiplication.

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Jesus, multiplies something.

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It's a supernatural thing.

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And the things that He does are
the same things that His sheep today

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still do if they want
things to be multiplied.

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If we want to multiply, remember
back, think about this Jesus, okay.

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He is the most well-known person in
the history of the world, in

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every corner of the globe.

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No one can deny that.

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That is because of
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His disciples come with a problem.

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They're thinking, Jesus is going to
stop the whole teaching thing.

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Or Jesus might just do some
crazy miracle right then and there,

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because they've been seeing
all kinds of miracles.

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They haven't seen this kind of miracle
yet, but they don't know what

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Jesus is possible to do because He
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And Jesus says them, "Ok,
well, you feed them.

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Yeah, give them something to eat."

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This is what Jesus does.

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He still does this today.

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When God wants to get something done,
He gets it done through you and

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I. I'll say it again: when God
wants to get something done, He does

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it through you and I.

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Jesus is setting up His movement
to prosper and multiply when He's

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gone. Jesus said one time, "Greater
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There's never been an individual who
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But what Jesus is saying is, I've
got you twelve and we've got these

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other crowds. I'm going to multiply
My influence and this movement is

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going to do more than
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And that is exactly what's happened
and it's been because of the

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multiplying influence of Jesus.

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And it starts with you and I.

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My friend Gary Haugen, who
started International Justice Mission to

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fight slavery, modern slavery
all over the world.

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Gary says, you know, "You and I, you
are plan A and there is no plan

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B.". God has no plan B.

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You and I are the ones that He
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world. So the story continues.

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And when they had -- excuse me,
where did I stop off here?

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Should we go buy 200 denarii worth
of bread and give it to them?

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And he said to them, "Well,
how many loaves do you have?"

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There it is back to you.

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How much do you have?

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That's what they got between the
disciples, five and two fish.

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This is nice. I like this, it
spells out on the green grass.

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You know, some of us think, "Well, you
know, if God ever gets a hold

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my life, it's going to
be painful, really, really hard.

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Jesus doesn't say, "OK, let's.

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Let's have people get on
their bare knees on gravel.

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Give me some gravel around here,
because unless it hurts, it doesn't

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really count." It's amazing how many
people aren't big on churches

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like Crossroads. They're like, "Well,
people actually like to go

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there. It doesn't count.
It's got to hurt.

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It's got to be boring.
It's got to be painful."

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No, who's -- what's sick,
twisted God do you follow?

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I don't understand.

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Jesus says I'm going to find some
grass, have them sit on green

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grass.

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OK, it stopped there.
Three marks of multiplication.

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If you want your life to multiply, if
you want to see God do greater

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and more things, according to this
story and this pattern comes up

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again and again in the Bible.

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The first thing is this: money
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Now, when I say money, you say,
"Wait, why are we talking about money

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here? I thought we were talking about
green grass. I thought we were

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talking about like bodies of
water and greatest show."

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Well, the big thing here is going
to be the fishes and loaves.

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That's the big thing that's
going to happen in this.

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The fish and a loaf was
their modern equivalent of money.

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They don't have bank
accounts back then.

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People weren't carrying around their
wealth in their pocket.

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It was in your livestock.

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It was in your property.

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It was in your fishes,
it was your loaves.

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This was your and my, when we have
whatever we have in our account or

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our pocket, that is the equivalent.

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That is apples to
apples, fishes and loaves.

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And what Jesus does to start this
whole thing off is He puts

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everything in order.

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First he starts with you, "OK?

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Something needs to be done?

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Let's go in order.
What do you have?

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Let's go to you."

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The second thing He does, you've got
to understand that much of what

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you and I understand about
Jesus is wrong, dead wrong.

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I'm looking forward to our next series,
though I hate to have this

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one go away because I've had
so much fun with this.

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It was actually hard for me to
have two other people speak this

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series because I wanted them all.

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This topic just fascinates me.

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It's something I've experienced and
I've seen so many people

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experience. So I'm looking forward to it,
but this next series we get

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on Christmas. Let me tell you
what pastor types and clergy types

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you're going to be seeing all over
the country, all over the world at

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Christmastime. They're going to say stuff
like this, "Jesus was a

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lowly carpenter who --"

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And they always said softly too.

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"Jesus was a little --"

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Why do they say it softly?

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Why not, "Hey, Jesus
was a lowly carpenter"?

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It's, "Jesus was
the lowly carpenter."

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Let me tell you about that phrase.
That phrase is wrong, dead wrong.

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First of all, who
says carpenters are lowly.

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Who says carpenters are lowly?

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Carpenter isn't a lowly
profession, not at all.

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It's a very high profession.

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In fact, most of us have no idea
how to drive a sixteen penny nail

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into anything. You're going, "Sixteen
pennies, what are you..."

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That's my point.

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Do you even know what a nail is?

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Do you even know -- you have
no idea about carpentry at all.

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Carpenters are not lowly.

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My goodness, you need them
greatly, especially in our culture.

455
00:32:22.280 --> 00:32:25.610
We are increasingly incompetent when it
comes to working with our

456
00:32:25.610 --> 00:32:28.010
hands. Carpenters are not
lowly, number one.

457
00:32:28.190 --> 00:32:30.410
Number two, Jesus
wasn't a carpenter.

458
00:32:33.200 --> 00:32:35.930
What? Jesus was not a carpenter.

459
00:32:36.800 --> 00:32:41.510
Scholarly belief is coalescing around this,
I've been saying this for

460
00:32:41.510 --> 00:32:43.050
years. More and more
scholars are seeing this.

461
00:32:43.070 --> 00:32:46.800
There's one verse in the book of Luke
where Jesus is referred to as a

462
00:32:46.800 --> 00:32:49.090
carpenter. It's translated
as carpenter.

463
00:32:49.100 --> 00:32:52.760
Actually, the word there is
tekton, which means master craftsman.

464
00:32:52.760 --> 00:32:55.400
It could be any number of things
someone does with their hands or

465
00:32:55.400 --> 00:32:59.480
logisticates. Jesus was known to be
of Nazareth, that's why he's

466
00:32:59.480 --> 00:33:01.460
called Jesus of Nazareth.

467
00:33:01.820 --> 00:33:04.580
Nazareth was a quarry town.

468
00:33:05.030 --> 00:33:08.330
Nazareth was where building
blocks came from.

469
00:33:08.330 --> 00:33:13.220
Nazareth was where you would
take things and build things.

470
00:33:13.640 --> 00:33:16.070
How many wood metaphors
does Jesus have?

471
00:33:16.100 --> 00:33:19.880
One. Don't judge somebody with a
little speck in your eye until

472
00:33:19.880 --> 00:33:23.120
you've got a log in your eye.
One, everything else is stone and

473
00:33:23.120 --> 00:33:24.710
building, everything.

474
00:33:25.490 --> 00:33:27.590
Count the cost before
you build the tower.

475
00:33:27.860 --> 00:33:29.810
Build your life on the solid rock.

476
00:33:30.020 --> 00:33:34.070
He talks about stumbling, stumbling
blocks and foundation stones.

477
00:33:34.640 --> 00:33:37.010
Jesus was a builder.

478
00:33:37.340 --> 00:33:39.800
He was a builder,
likely with stones.

479
00:33:40.340 --> 00:33:43.450
Do we really think that when God
comes to the earth, He's not going

480
00:33:43.450 --> 00:33:44.840
to figure out how to make jack?

481
00:33:46.050 --> 00:33:48.230
Do you really think God's going to come
to the earth and say, "Oh, my

482
00:33:48.230 --> 00:33:51.380
goodness. I've got to figure
out how to feed myself."

483
00:33:51.380 --> 00:33:52.430
Jesus would have figured that out.

484
00:33:53.090 --> 00:33:56.890
Jesus could have done a wonderful table, but
he had a mind to do way,

485
00:33:56.890 --> 00:34:00.350
way more than a
table in the history.

486
00:34:00.700 --> 00:34:04.430
And the archeologist is leading us
to believe this as well.

487
00:34:04.760 --> 00:34:06.640
If He's a builder, what does it --

488
00:34:06.640 --> 00:34:10.880
first of all, every good builder
I know is doing just fine

489
00:34:10.880 --> 00:34:13.550
financially unless there's a
crazy, crazy recession happens.

490
00:34:14.050 --> 00:34:15.320
And that's momentary.

491
00:34:15.350 --> 00:34:16.610
They get back on their feet.

492
00:34:17.120 --> 00:34:20.870
The second thing that all builders do
is they know how to organize a

493
00:34:20.870 --> 00:34:27.210
work site. This is what Jesus does,
He divides them up into 50s and

494
00:34:27.220 --> 00:34:31.510
hundreds. He's making
order of things.

495
00:34:33.170 --> 00:34:35.930
There must be order
before there is blessing.

496
00:34:36.230 --> 00:34:40.340
You can't just live your life any way
you want to live your life and

497
00:34:40.340 --> 00:34:41.690
then just expect there be blessing.

498
00:34:41.900 --> 00:34:43.010
There has to be order.

499
00:34:43.010 --> 00:34:44.170
Your money must be ordered.

500
00:34:44.220 --> 00:34:46.430
We've been looking at this
throughout this whole series.

501
00:34:46.640 --> 00:34:49.220
The passage after passage after
passage, principle after principle.

502
00:34:49.510 --> 00:34:51.260
It's not a solo concept.

503
00:34:51.300 --> 00:34:52.670
It's all throughout the Bible.

504
00:34:53.660 --> 00:34:57.950
If we want the blessing of God, we
have to order our money under Him

505
00:34:58.040 --> 00:34:59.360
as the chief shepherd.

506
00:34:59.750 --> 00:35:02.570
We as the shepherd have to slot
ourselves under Him as a chief

507
00:35:02.570 --> 00:35:07.400
shepherd. And whenever He blesses us
with something, the proper order

508
00:35:07.400 --> 00:35:12.260
is the first fruits, the first 10%
gross goes to His church and the

509
00:35:12.260 --> 00:35:14.570
rest is discretionary.

510
00:35:14.930 --> 00:35:18.650
It's crazy that someone would invest
something in you and only ask

511
00:35:18.650 --> 00:35:20.420
for a one time 10% payment.

512
00:35:20.660 --> 00:35:24.080
If we really believe that God's blessing
me, a one time 10% thing is

513
00:35:24.350 --> 00:35:27.170
crazy, but God does this
to test us on this.

514
00:35:27.530 --> 00:35:31.340
He tests us to see whether or not
we will order our life around Him,

515
00:35:31.580 --> 00:35:34.390
and whether or not we are
a good place for additional blessings,

516
00:35:34.400 --> 00:35:35.710
whatever those blessings would be.

517
00:35:36.560 --> 00:35:37.820
Order is critical.

518
00:35:39.270 --> 00:35:42.510
And this is why Jesus
orders these things here now.

519
00:35:42.780 --> 00:35:49.310
And this is also, by the way,
why people I know and I've discipled,

520
00:35:49.310 --> 00:35:50.600
they never get ahead.

521
00:35:51.480 --> 00:35:54.360
Because they never order
their life under God.

522
00:35:54.990 --> 00:35:57.960
They never order their finances under
God, that Got gets the first

523
00:35:57.990 --> 00:35:59.370
because it's His. He
says it's mine.

524
00:35:59.760 --> 00:36:00.990
And they never get ahead.

525
00:36:01.380 --> 00:36:04.260
They may get ahead financially, but
I never see their life getting

526
00:36:04.260 --> 00:36:06.090
ahead. It's like
problem after problem.

527
00:36:06.270 --> 00:36:08.460
OK, I got this one solved
and another one pops up.

528
00:36:09.900 --> 00:36:15.120
Because there has to be order and this
is a divine way that God has

529
00:36:15.150 --> 00:36:16.260
ordered things.

530
00:36:16.560 --> 00:36:18.510
This is the way our life works.

531
00:36:20.120 --> 00:36:22.850
And I have to admit that it's
awkward for me to talk about it,

532
00:36:22.860 --> 00:36:25.490
because sometimes I hear myself saying
this, and I go, "Really?

533
00:36:25.500 --> 00:36:27.440
You believe this?"

534
00:36:27.440 --> 00:36:29.130
Sometimes I have to sell
it, "Hey, Brian, get ready.

535
00:36:29.150 --> 00:36:31.430
Come on, you've got to pump yourself
up to talk about this because

536
00:36:31.430 --> 00:36:33.020
this sounds really crazy."

537
00:36:33.020 --> 00:36:36.500
I admit it. In fact, most of what
I say from this stage is really

538
00:36:36.500 --> 00:36:37.910
crazy. Let me give
you some examples.

539
00:36:38.120 --> 00:36:41.690
Here's one. Anytime you ask me to
pray for you because you've got a

540
00:36:41.690 --> 00:36:44.390
medical issue, let's just
say that's crazy.

541
00:36:44.960 --> 00:36:48.410
Wait a minute. I'm going to actually
teach that we should pray for

542
00:36:48.410 --> 00:36:51.290
somebody like the
prayer actually works?

543
00:36:51.710 --> 00:36:53.540
Let's just talk about
how crazy that is.

544
00:36:53.750 --> 00:36:57.380
Like my thoughts and my words are
going to change something in the

545
00:36:57.380 --> 00:36:59.780
physical realm. That is crazy.

546
00:36:59.800 --> 00:37:02.090
And yet I believe it and I do it.

547
00:37:03.320 --> 00:37:05.120
How about this one? How
about this crazy one?

548
00:37:05.360 --> 00:37:06.920
Love your neighbor as yourself.

549
00:37:06.950 --> 00:37:08.060
Love my neighbor?

550
00:37:09.020 --> 00:37:10.210
That guy is whacked.

551
00:37:10.250 --> 00:37:17.090
Are you kidding me? That chick is --
she's a beer short of a six

552
00:37:17.090 --> 00:37:19.130
pack. She's -- no way.

553
00:37:19.250 --> 00:37:21.320
Yes. Yes. And yet Jesus says that.

554
00:37:22.120 --> 00:37:24.590
He says love your
neighbor as yourself.

555
00:37:24.590 --> 00:37:26.990
Here's another one, like
we actually believe this?

556
00:37:28.040 --> 00:37:29.780
Pray for your enemies.

557
00:37:30.530 --> 00:37:31.730
Well, pray some judgment on them.

558
00:37:31.730 --> 00:37:33.970
No, no, no. Pray
blessings -- pray blessings.

559
00:37:35.870 --> 00:37:39.020
I'm going to tell and I have
told, I'm going to tell somebody who's

560
00:37:39.020 --> 00:37:43.310
been abused sexually as a child
to pray for their perpetrator, pray

561
00:37:43.310 --> 00:37:44.630
blessing for the perpetrator.

562
00:37:46.080 --> 00:37:48.330
Yes, I have and, yes, I will.

563
00:37:48.780 --> 00:37:50.660
It's not something you can
just jump right into immediately.

564
00:37:50.730 --> 00:37:53.100
You've got to build your faith up
to be able to do that.

565
00:37:53.130 --> 00:37:57.960
But yes, the only way you can
get released of your bitterness from

566
00:37:57.960 --> 00:38:01.680
the people who've hurt you is
to pray for your enemies.

567
00:38:01.980 --> 00:38:03.540
Pray blessings on them.

568
00:38:03.810 --> 00:38:06.570
And I know you think I'm
crazy when I say that.

569
00:38:07.320 --> 00:38:10.200
Here's what I'm saying, all these
things that God says, including

570
00:38:10.200 --> 00:38:14.400
ordering and tithing and praying for
healing, if you want normal,

571
00:38:14.460 --> 00:38:15.930
then don't do these things.

572
00:38:16.320 --> 00:38:18.660
Personally, I don't want normal.

573
00:38:19.140 --> 00:38:21.390
Personally, I want abnormal life.

574
00:38:21.690 --> 00:38:23.110
Personally, I don't
want natural life.

575
00:38:23.180 --> 00:38:24.600
Personally, I want
supernatural life.

576
00:38:24.600 --> 00:38:29.580
Personally, I want to be in step with
God and I want to sense His

577
00:38:29.580 --> 00:38:31.350
power coursing through me.

578
00:38:31.890 --> 00:38:33.420
And I don't want to be average.

579
00:38:34.390 --> 00:38:35.890
If you want to
be average, do average.

580
00:38:36.700 --> 00:38:40.420
If you want beyond average, if you
want abnormal, you want to walk

581
00:38:40.420 --> 00:38:45.640
where you're having the chief shepherd
who knows you and is paying

582
00:38:45.640 --> 00:38:54.910
attention to you, then
we do abnormal, undescribable

583
00:38:55.570 --> 00:38:57.370
things like this.

584
00:38:57.400 --> 00:38:58.950
This is what Jesus said?

585
00:38:59.250 --> 00:39:02.890
I'm just curious. How many of us
would be okay if Gob multiplied your

586
00:39:02.890 --> 00:39:05.550
resources? Just out of curiosity, if
you're OK to be multiplied.

587
00:39:05.550 --> 00:39:07.910
Anyone? Just okay, man.

588
00:39:08.400 --> 00:39:09.550
No, not a trick question.

589
00:39:10.270 --> 00:39:11.560
Let me just say I want more.

590
00:39:13.210 --> 00:39:15.190
I want more friends in my life.

591
00:39:15.730 --> 00:39:16.870
I want more health.

592
00:39:16.990 --> 00:39:18.610
I want more visions from God.

593
00:39:18.880 --> 00:39:20.590
I want more creativity.

594
00:39:21.520 --> 00:39:24.520
I want more opportunities to see part
of the planet I haven't seen.

595
00:39:24.550 --> 00:39:25.960
I want more money.

596
00:39:26.800 --> 00:39:29.170
I want more deer to shoot.

597
00:39:30.040 --> 00:39:32.020
I want more motorcycles.

598
00:39:32.530 --> 00:39:36.580
I want more assignments from God that
stretch me and make me feel

599
00:39:36.580 --> 00:39:39.430
used. I want more
laughter in my life.

600
00:39:39.610 --> 00:39:41.470
I want all those things multiplied.

601
00:39:41.500 --> 00:39:43.150
All of them, I
want them all multiplied.

602
00:39:44.020 --> 00:39:45.310
And you should too.

603
00:39:46.890 --> 00:39:51.840
God wants to bless His people and
He wants to multiply His influence

604
00:39:52.230 --> 00:39:53.560
through you and through I.

605
00:39:53.820 --> 00:39:59.400
And for multiplication to happen, money has
to be blessed for it to

606
00:39:59.400 --> 00:40:03.240
multiply. Let's take a look at
this, this next thing happens.

607
00:40:03.300 --> 00:40:04.420
It's gonna be blessed
and be multiplied.

608
00:40:04.420 --> 00:40:05.010
Here's what happens

609
00:40:25.600 --> 00:40:28.870
Money has to be blessed
before it can multiply.

610
00:40:30.130 --> 00:40:33.070
They take the resources, they
give it to Jesus.

611
00:40:33.610 --> 00:40:34.840
He blesses it.

612
00:40:35.020 --> 00:40:40.840
When we take our tithe, we give
it to God and He blesses it.

613
00:40:41.080 --> 00:40:45.130
And then He begins a multiplication
work of building into other

614
00:40:45.130 --> 00:40:48.460
people's lives and building
in His Kingdom.

615
00:40:48.760 --> 00:40:52.660
It can't multiply
unless it's blessed.

616
00:40:52.660 --> 00:40:55.520
Not possible. Can't multiply
unless it's blessed.

617
00:40:56.320 --> 00:41:00.490
And the only way it's blessed
is when we're ordering ourselves under

618
00:41:00.490 --> 00:41:06.070
God. Now I believe this so,
so strongly that we've been doing

619
00:41:06.070 --> 00:41:08.560
everything we can to help
you, help your faith.

620
00:41:08.590 --> 00:41:13.000
Because these kind of things, they're
always a mixture of faith and

621
00:41:13.000 --> 00:41:17.500
math. How much faith do I have to go
to 3%, do I have that faith, or

622
00:41:17.500 --> 00:41:19.990
4 percent? And what
does the math say?

623
00:41:20.290 --> 00:41:22.110
But my payments I make and my --

624
00:41:22.300 --> 00:41:23.590
Faith in that, you've got
to figure that out.

625
00:41:23.680 --> 00:41:24.730
This is a matter of the heart.

626
00:41:25.060 --> 00:41:27.550
I just know that God likes
when He sees us growing.

627
00:41:28.120 --> 00:41:29.460
I know He likes when
He sees us growing.

628
00:41:29.470 --> 00:41:33.310
And I also know that there's something
special when we get to the

629
00:41:33.430 --> 00:41:37.210
tithe. This is why we're trying to
help you as all we can.

630
00:41:37.300 --> 00:41:38.760
We have the 90 day tithe test.

631
00:41:38.800 --> 00:41:43.960
If you go take this and you do
it and you don't get blessed, you

632
00:41:43.960 --> 00:41:47.080
don't sense God more, or they're
not something that happens with you

633
00:41:47.080 --> 00:41:50.890
relationally or God doesn't break
something financially, or you just

634
00:41:50.890 --> 00:41:54.490
feel more freed up because your
conscience before God is free.

635
00:41:54.700 --> 00:41:59.260
If you don't feel that God has
blessed you, we will refund you

636
00:41:59.320 --> 00:42:00.880
everything over the last 90 days.

637
00:42:01.450 --> 00:42:07.430
And we're only doing this so that
you can start to multiply your

638
00:42:07.430 --> 00:42:13.970
life. You can start to feel blessed
by God, because money has to be

639
00:42:13.970 --> 00:42:16.130
given away before it can multiply.

640
00:42:16.220 --> 00:42:18.440
Anything has to be given
away before it can multiply.

641
00:42:18.920 --> 00:42:22.340
Jesus, God so loved the world that
He gave his only begotten son.

642
00:42:22.610 --> 00:42:28.520
Jesus gives His life away on
a Cross and his life multiplies.

643
00:42:28.520 --> 00:42:32.240
His life has multiplied, and you and
I because he gave His life.

644
00:42:32.480 --> 00:42:35.550
It's when we give
something that something multiplies.

645
00:42:35.900 --> 00:42:38.570
I could put something in savings
and there'd be incremental stuff.

646
00:42:38.780 --> 00:42:43.400
But multiplication in the Kingdom of
God always happens when we

647
00:42:43.400 --> 00:42:44.750
actually give it.

648
00:42:44.780 --> 00:42:48.740
Now, if you do these things, if
you do these things and the disciples

649
00:42:48.740 --> 00:42:49.930
do these things so much so.

650
00:42:49.940 --> 00:42:51.770
Let's take look at the end of
this little section I'm giving you

651
00:42:51.770 --> 00:42:53.100
today. It says this.

652
00:42:53.120 --> 00:43:01.340
It says: And those who ate
the loaves were 5,000 men.

653
00:43:01.370 --> 00:43:03.170
So that's the men. That's not
the women or the children.

654
00:43:03.200 --> 00:43:04.520
20,000 people.

655
00:43:04.850 --> 00:43:06.320
They take this stuff,
they break it up.

656
00:43:06.330 --> 00:43:09.230
And it's like the disciples,
they give it to Jesus.

657
00:43:09.380 --> 00:43:11.150
He blesses it. He gives
it back to them.

658
00:43:11.360 --> 00:43:13.220
And we don't know it
happened. They start dividing it.

659
00:43:13.230 --> 00:43:15.950
Is it like they divide it
and it multiplies their hand?

660
00:43:15.950 --> 00:43:17.740
Like wait, I thought I
just broke off that piece.

661
00:43:17.740 --> 00:43:19.980
Wait, it's there again. I thought,
wait, wait, where's this fish?

662
00:43:20.210 --> 00:43:21.920
I thought I had three,
I still have three fish.

663
00:43:22.160 --> 00:43:27.050
Whatever it is, as they're giving
it away, it's multiplying somehow.

664
00:43:27.050 --> 00:43:31.310
So when it's over, they have
more left than they started with.

665
00:43:32.130 --> 00:43:35.930
And that was after giving
away what they had.

666
00:43:37.650 --> 00:43:40.980
This is the power of
how God works in multiplication.

667
00:43:41.580 --> 00:43:47.220
If you do these things, you
have to be prepared for multiplication.

668
00:43:47.340 --> 00:43:49.730
Let me just give you some
quick little financial things to think

669
00:43:49.740 --> 00:43:52.140
about to be
prepared for multiplication.

670
00:43:52.290 --> 00:43:54.960
Three things. One,
give thanks liberally.

671
00:43:55.980 --> 00:44:00.540
Give thanks liberally. Recently in my time
with God I said, God, I'm

672
00:44:00.540 --> 00:44:02.690
just kind of feeling like
I'm in a rut.

673
00:44:02.690 --> 00:44:06.380
Every time I talk to you I
start off with God, thank you for...

674
00:44:06.380 --> 00:44:07.970
I said, you must be getting
sick of that right now.

675
00:44:08.250 --> 00:44:09.630
It's like by row. God, thank you.

676
00:44:09.630 --> 00:44:12.930
I say something different a thing. And
God, I sense God said to me,

677
00:44:12.990 --> 00:44:17.040
"Do you ever get tired of
someone telling you, thank you"?

678
00:44:17.040 --> 00:44:19.750
No, I know I never do.
God said, "Good I don't either.".

679
00:44:21.880 --> 00:44:24.820
When you sense the blessing of God
in your life and even when you

680
00:44:24.820 --> 00:44:26.740
don't just give liberal, thanks.

681
00:44:27.130 --> 00:44:28.570
God, thank you for my friends.

682
00:44:28.800 --> 00:44:30.270
Thank you for the fact
that I have my feet.

683
00:44:30.330 --> 00:44:33.550
Thank you that I we're in a
country that has is so jacked up

684
00:44:33.550 --> 00:44:36.790
politically, it's still a country I would
live in more than any other

685
00:44:36.790 --> 00:44:37.960
country in the world right now.

686
00:44:37.990 --> 00:44:41.140
Thank you for that. Thank you, God,
that you've given me whatever it

687
00:44:41.140 --> 00:44:44.830
is, nose hairs that filters out
the Micron's of diseases, whatever it

688
00:44:44.830 --> 00:44:47.320
is, whatever it is
you can think of.

689
00:44:47.380 --> 00:44:49.420
Yeah, he did that. He
gave you your nose hairs.

690
00:44:49.960 --> 00:44:51.620
Thank God, liberally.

691
00:44:51.620 --> 00:44:53.520
Second thing, I know this is crazy
for some of us to think about.

692
00:44:53.830 --> 00:44:57.310
Second thing, spend less
than you make.

693
00:45:00.200 --> 00:45:04.980
Hold on a second, spend
less than you make.

694
00:45:06.300 --> 00:45:11.650
Wow, you're telling me if I make
a thousand dollars to not spend a

695
00:45:11.650 --> 00:45:13.080
thousand fifty? Exactly.

696
00:45:13.090 --> 00:45:17.010
Yes, exactly what I'm saying. Exactly,
spend less than you make.

697
00:45:17.010 --> 00:45:20.760
And the way we do this is we
are very, very cautious in taking on

698
00:45:20.760 --> 00:45:23.670
debt. Very, very, very cautious.

699
00:45:24.030 --> 00:45:25.530
I have two means of debt right now.

700
00:45:25.980 --> 00:45:33.210
I have a 15 year mortgage on
my house and I have a motorcycle

701
00:45:33.300 --> 00:45:35.040
payment, a motorcycle
interest payment.

702
00:45:35.040 --> 00:45:38.880
The reason I have the motorcycle interest
payment is because I have a

703
00:45:39.090 --> 00:45:41.880
-- I got a .9%

704
00:45:41.880 --> 00:45:45.030
rate on my motorcycle a few
years ago, point nine percent.

705
00:45:45.030 --> 00:45:48.390
And I had the cash on the
motorcycle, but I could park it someplace

706
00:45:48.390 --> 00:45:50.520
and would make three percent
in the conserve investment.

707
00:45:50.930 --> 00:45:52.350
So I'll take that.

708
00:45:52.380 --> 00:45:53.770
I'll make 2.1

709
00:45:53.850 --> 00:45:55.080
percent. I'm fine.

710
00:45:55.320 --> 00:45:58.530
That's the different and it's also
a different than saying, "I really

711
00:45:58.530 --> 00:45:59.790
don't know mechanics at all.

712
00:46:00.030 --> 00:46:02.910
And I have to have
some kind of reliable car.

713
00:46:02.940 --> 00:46:07.080
I'm going to take a hyper modest
car payments to start me off with.

714
00:46:07.090 --> 00:46:08.360
That's different too.

715
00:46:08.820 --> 00:46:12.290
Some people like anti-debt all forms
of that anti at all time.

716
00:46:12.420 --> 00:46:14.160
I'm not. I'm not.

717
00:46:14.400 --> 00:46:18.780
I am anti us always leaning into
debt to get us what we want.

718
00:46:18.810 --> 00:46:20.240
That never will get us ahead.

719
00:46:20.280 --> 00:46:22.920
Yet to be a
very, very cautious debtor.

720
00:46:23.220 --> 00:46:28.560
And one of the ways I've become
a cautious debtor is I'm managing

721
00:46:28.560 --> 00:46:32.370
much more wisely the stuff that's
left after my tithe and my

722
00:46:32.370 --> 00:46:35.550
offerings. I have side gigs I do.

723
00:46:35.550 --> 00:46:38.460
This is my main thing I
do. My calling at Crossroads.

724
00:46:38.460 --> 00:46:41.250
I love when I speak here. I love
and I manage staff and interact with

725
00:46:41.250 --> 00:46:42.450
you and pray for you.

726
00:46:42.450 --> 00:46:44.010
I love it. I'm very, very thankful.

727
00:46:44.340 --> 00:46:46.410
And there's things I also
do on the side.

728
00:46:46.530 --> 00:46:48.720
I speak on the side, one of
the things I do on the side.

729
00:46:48.960 --> 00:46:51.410
Last 2 speaking things I did.

730
00:46:51.480 --> 00:46:55.220
One, I got one hundred dollars for it
and the other I got just a

731
00:46:55.230 --> 00:46:57.460
couple days ago I got $3500 for it.

732
00:46:57.460 --> 00:47:01.020
Same amount of time, same
amount of things, same me.

733
00:47:01.050 --> 00:47:06.180
But one was people in rehab at a
halfway house and the other was a

734
00:47:06.180 --> 00:47:08.310
larger group of people
who did great, awesome.

735
00:47:08.600 --> 00:47:11.630
My stance with both, the $100 and
$3500 is the exact same thing.

736
00:47:11.640 --> 00:47:12.870
First thing, God. Thank
you for that.

737
00:47:12.930 --> 00:47:14.060
Woo hoo!

738
00:47:14.350 --> 00:47:15.900
My tithe, that's God's cut.

739
00:47:16.140 --> 00:47:17.700
Immediately I returned that to Him.

740
00:47:17.700 --> 00:47:19.250
Actually, I'm beyond that.

741
00:47:19.290 --> 00:47:21.000
But that section is boom.

742
00:47:21.420 --> 00:47:24.330
And when I deposit that, I wait
to see it clears and I don't

743
00:47:24.330 --> 00:47:26.960
anything. I'm not going to myself, "Oh,
now I'm going to buy all

744
00:47:26.980 --> 00:47:29.130
these things," it's like I'm
already accruing mental debt.

745
00:47:29.230 --> 00:47:33.110
No, no. I don't even think about
that until I return to God.

746
00:47:33.110 --> 00:47:36.300
I put myself in
order under His command.

747
00:47:36.710 --> 00:47:41.790
It doesn't matter how much money it
is, it's always that spend less

748
00:47:42.000 --> 00:47:43.080
than you make.

749
00:47:44.200 --> 00:47:48.920
Three, the last one I'll give
you is regularly evaluate and adjust

750
00:47:49.010 --> 00:47:51.320
your macro financial objectives.

751
00:47:51.530 --> 00:47:54.710
Regularly evaluate and adjust
your macro-financial objectives.

752
00:47:55.220 --> 00:47:59.340
What I did with my money when I
was 23 is different than what I do

753
00:47:59.340 --> 00:48:00.620
with it at 54.

754
00:48:01.760 --> 00:48:05.690
How I treat saving and giving now
is vastly different than how I

755
00:48:05.690 --> 00:48:07.930
treated it when I was 35.

756
00:48:09.470 --> 00:48:12.830
We just from time to time, it's good
to go, "Okay, where I am right

757
00:48:12.830 --> 00:48:18.110
now, let me tell my money where
it's going, unless my money wants to

758
00:48:18.110 --> 00:48:19.280
tell me where I'm going.

759
00:48:19.490 --> 00:48:20.840
No, let me tell it. Let
me just sit back there."

760
00:48:20.840 --> 00:48:24.260
Okay, now macro here. What's my
thought about giving right now?

761
00:48:24.440 --> 00:48:27.410
How much does -- do I
want to multiply in the world?

762
00:48:27.770 --> 00:48:29.370
What about savings?

763
00:48:29.370 --> 00:48:30.590
What should I --

764
00:48:31.070 --> 00:48:32.240
From time to time we've
got to do this.

765
00:48:32.300 --> 00:48:36.530
I have to -- just recently I did this,
Lib and I are in the midst of

766
00:48:36.530 --> 00:48:38.270
this. And like it dawned on me.

767
00:48:38.630 --> 00:48:42.710
Actually, it didn't. It did dawn on
me, but I also remember almost

768
00:48:42.710 --> 00:48:47.240
playing dumb a number of --
about a year or so ago.

769
00:48:47.540 --> 00:48:49.830
One of the ways that Lib and
I've gotten ahead financially and one of

770
00:48:49.830 --> 00:48:54.110
the reasons I always defend the
trades and carpenters and plumbers is

771
00:48:54.110 --> 00:48:57.980
because those dudes built into me to enable
me to be in a place where

772
00:48:57.980 --> 00:49:00.170
I am financially right now.
I've had four homes.

773
00:49:00.590 --> 00:49:04.310
Every home I've gone into I've put
my own equity and my construction

774
00:49:04.310 --> 00:49:08.250
knowledge into it and have made
lots of money on them.

775
00:49:08.460 --> 00:49:10.230
Lots and lots on them every time.

776
00:49:10.470 --> 00:49:13.950
And when I do that, that's an
increase that God's given me and I

777
00:49:13.950 --> 00:49:14.970
tithe on that.

778
00:49:15.480 --> 00:49:18.020
So I take -- I bought the house
for this and then I put this amount

779
00:49:18.020 --> 00:49:19.530
of money into it. And
I sold it for this.

780
00:49:19.740 --> 00:49:22.260
God gave me an increase and that's
an increase, so I tithe on that.

781
00:49:22.260 --> 00:49:26.190
This last one, last house I did more
made more than any house I ever

782
00:49:26.190 --> 00:49:31.380
had. I had been there for 15 years and
did a bunch of stuff and a lot

783
00:49:31.380 --> 00:49:32.820
of -- poured a lot
of money into it.

784
00:49:32.850 --> 00:49:37.710
When I netted all of that out,
I made about $175,000 on that house.

785
00:49:38.100 --> 00:49:39.240
That was an increase.

786
00:49:39.520 --> 00:49:42.870
And I took a portion that money and
other money and I put it into the

787
00:49:43.320 --> 00:49:45.590
downpayment of our current 15
year mortgage we're on.

788
00:49:45.900 --> 00:49:48.110
And then I just, because there's this
big thing Lib and I want, we're

789
00:49:48.110 --> 00:49:49.950
just going to park it and
we're going to research this thing.

790
00:49:50.310 --> 00:49:53.580
And that's there. And then as I
was doing this step three just

791
00:49:53.580 --> 00:49:57.430
recently in the midst of this thing,
"Like God, I've had that money

792
00:49:57.430 --> 00:50:00.770
sitting there for 14 months.

793
00:50:01.220 --> 00:50:03.530
That's an increase, I haven't
given that to You."

794
00:50:04.490 --> 00:50:09.140
So I made it right, like
over the 10% of that amount.

795
00:50:09.320 --> 00:50:12.740
There goes. And boy, I tell
you, I just felt free.

796
00:50:12.920 --> 00:50:16.180
In fact, I even felt less stressed
about this thing that Lib and I

797
00:50:16.180 --> 00:50:18.650
were thinking of doing. It's probably not
going to happen now, but I

798
00:50:18.650 --> 00:50:20.780
actually feel less stressed, at
least not right now.

799
00:50:21.020 --> 00:50:23.420
I actually feel less stressed about
it because it was just clarity.

800
00:50:24.060 --> 00:50:25.850
It was just a sense of joy.

801
00:50:26.060 --> 00:50:29.090
It's like God blessed
me with clarity.

802
00:50:30.500 --> 00:50:33.410
I am so excited about
how well we're all doing.

803
00:50:33.950 --> 00:50:36.790
And I know a lot of us have
been praying for me coming into this

804
00:50:36.790 --> 00:50:40.340
series, a lot of us who
were tithing before the series started.

805
00:50:40.700 --> 00:50:45.170
Our estimates are about 7% of
Crossroads was tithing before this

806
00:50:45.170 --> 00:50:46.490
series starts, 7%.

807
00:50:47.150 --> 00:50:49.700
And it's awesome when you come into
a series and you're like, yeah,

808
00:50:49.910 --> 00:50:51.740
yeah, I'm doing it.
I'm getting encouraged.

809
00:50:51.830 --> 00:50:53.540
Yes, Brian, go, go.

810
00:50:53.570 --> 00:50:54.950
Oh, I needed to be reinforced that.

811
00:50:54.970 --> 00:50:59.480
Woo-woo. I just have an opportunity for
those of us who came into

812
00:50:59.480 --> 00:51:02.570
this tithing, not those of us
who started tithing, do what you're

813
00:51:02.570 --> 00:51:05.060
doing. Get get your
sea legs on you.

814
00:51:05.120 --> 00:51:08.960
There's not a challenge, just an awareness
of what we can do when we

815
00:51:08.960 --> 00:51:11.720
multiply, those of us who tithe.

816
00:51:12.260 --> 00:51:15.610
You know, credit card debt, 25 percent
of all credit card debt is

817
00:51:15.620 --> 00:51:18.340
medical debt. Think about that.

818
00:51:18.370 --> 00:51:20.560
Twenty five percent of all credit
card debt is medical debt.

819
00:51:21.700 --> 00:51:25.360
We do stupid things with our credit
cards, but no one wakes up one

820
00:51:25.360 --> 00:51:27.550
day and says, "Man, I just need
to spend some money because I've got

821
00:51:27.550 --> 00:51:29.620
this money. I know, I'm going
to go to a hospital.

822
00:51:29.630 --> 00:51:32.480
I'm going to buy me an MRI.

823
00:51:32.530 --> 00:51:34.790
That's what I'm going to do. I'll put
it on my credit, it's just I

824
00:51:34.790 --> 00:51:36.490
want to buy an MRI.
No one ever does that.

825
00:51:36.730 --> 00:51:39.020
No one ever wakes up and goes,
"Oh, man, I've got some money burning

826
00:51:39.020 --> 00:51:40.430
a hole in my pocket.
I've got a credit card.

827
00:51:40.450 --> 00:51:41.590
What do I do? Oh, I know.

828
00:51:41.740 --> 00:51:43.090
I'm gonna go buy me some chemo.

829
00:51:43.210 --> 00:51:44.820
I'm going to walk in
and go, give me some.

830
00:51:44.830 --> 00:51:45.880
No one ever does that, right?

831
00:51:46.260 --> 00:51:50.170
When there's medical debt, it's
because there is legitimate true

832
00:51:50.200 --> 00:51:52.660
hardship and pain that's
come somebody's way.

833
00:51:54.430 --> 00:51:58.870
When we are in debt, a sin debt to
God, we can't get our way out of

834
00:51:58.870 --> 00:52:00.010
the sin debt to God.

835
00:52:00.040 --> 00:52:04.090
Jesus comes and gives Himself so we
can pay off our sin debt

836
00:52:04.090 --> 00:52:07.870
So we never have to worry about
God hurting us for our sin.

837
00:52:08.230 --> 00:52:11.020
We never have to worry because
there is therefore no condemnation for

838
00:52:11.020 --> 00:52:14.320
those who are in Christ. I want
to give us the opportunity to

839
00:52:14.320 --> 00:52:16.300
multiply our impact.

840
00:52:16.330 --> 00:52:21.940
Do you realize around Cincinnati there's
$65 million worth of medical

841
00:52:21.940 --> 00:52:23.020
debt that's coming due.

842
00:52:24.170 --> 00:52:26.240
$65 million.

843
00:52:26.270 --> 00:52:28.700
Do you realize when it goes
in the collection, that collection agency

844
00:52:28.700 --> 00:52:31.430
buys it for one
penny on the dollar.

845
00:52:32.740 --> 00:52:35.140
So those you who have a bill
collector coming at you for medical

846
00:52:35.140 --> 00:52:40.300
debt. If you had $10,000 you owed
to a hospital for medical debt,

847
00:52:40.300 --> 00:52:43.720
they bought that debt for $100.

848
00:52:44.320 --> 00:52:47.140
And now they're coming to
you to get $10,000.

849
00:52:47.140 --> 00:52:49.570
I'm helping out here because if you
talk to them on the phone, you

850
00:52:49.570 --> 00:52:53.010
might be able to pay off your
debt for $500 because they'll take 5x

851
00:52:53.040 --> 00:52:55.930
what they bought it for. There's
an organization we're going to

852
00:52:55.930 --> 00:52:59.150
partner with RIP medical debt.

853
00:53:00.200 --> 00:53:07.460
We could pay off $65 million in
medical debt in Cincinnati alone, let

854
00:53:07.460 --> 00:53:11.000
alone we want to do in Dayton
and Columbus and Lexington, any place

855
00:53:11.000 --> 00:53:12.410
where there's a
pocket of Crossroads.

856
00:53:13.410 --> 00:53:16.610
If those of us who are
tithing said, "Hey, let's do it.".

857
00:53:16.800 --> 00:53:20.940
If we had -- if we had 650
tithers who were already tithing and we

858
00:53:20.940 --> 00:53:25.870
average a thousand bucks, the
entire Cincinnati community, as an

859
00:53:25.870 --> 00:53:27.700
example, will get a letter and say;

860
00:53:28.730 --> 00:53:33.560
"Congratulations, your debt has been
paid because someone loves you

861
00:53:34.790 --> 00:53:37.610
and there is a God who
has not forgotten about you."

862
00:53:38.420 --> 00:53:41.330
How would that multiply
in blessing people?

863
00:53:41.480 --> 00:53:44.630
I get giddy about that. Now, this
is not like a challenge, it's just

864
00:53:44.630 --> 00:53:48.410
an awareness. If you want to do that,
you can go, you a text 313131.

865
00:53:48.440 --> 00:53:51.080
I'm going to do that. 313131.

866
00:53:51.530 --> 00:53:55.640
You can text multiply and we'll see
what what God does with those of

867
00:53:55.640 --> 00:53:57.440
us who God might be
prompting to do that.

868
00:53:57.530 --> 00:54:00.710
And if He's not, great. Just
an idea could be pretty fun.

869
00:54:00.980 --> 00:54:05.270
Last thing we'll talk about here in
this story, the very, very end of

870
00:54:05.270 --> 00:54:07.130
it. Mark 8.

871
00:54:07.160 --> 00:54:08.810
Actually it's not the
end of this story.

872
00:54:09.680 --> 00:54:14.210
It is, as time goes on, Jesus does
the exact same thing a little bit

873
00:54:14.210 --> 00:54:18.170
later with 4000 men, a bunch
more people are women and children.

874
00:54:18.440 --> 00:54:21.110
He's doing a bunch of things. He
does the same thing twice, this

875
00:54:21.110 --> 00:54:23.030
multiplication thing. Same format.

876
00:54:23.030 --> 00:54:27.080
He does it twice. And we see
this formula happened in various ways

877
00:54:27.080 --> 00:54:30.980
all throughout the Bible and happened in
so many people's lives who I

878
00:54:30.980 --> 00:54:35.350
know. And yet, we're
human and we forget.

879
00:54:35.620 --> 00:54:39.730
And so now we see Jesus get into
the boat another time and he's on

880
00:54:39.730 --> 00:54:41.200
the boat and he's
teaching the disciples.

881
00:54:41.200 --> 00:54:43.810
You know, religious people, man,
they'll wear you down.

882
00:54:43.990 --> 00:54:47.170
Be careful. Be care for the
religious people because they'll get this

883
00:54:47.170 --> 00:54:50.470
yeast and it'll get inside of your
life and it'll start to blow up

884
00:54:50.470 --> 00:54:53.450
your life. It will go through a whole
batch and it'll jack you up, be

885
00:54:53.450 --> 00:54:55.000
careful. And as he's talking about
this, the slaves going, "Like

886
00:54:55.030 --> 00:55:00.930
yeast? Dang, darn it, I'm hungry
again and we don't have enough

887
00:55:00.930 --> 00:55:03.810
food." They're like (sound effect) Andy
Jesus senses that this is

888
00:55:03.810 --> 00:55:04.980
what's going on. So
here's what happens.

889
00:55:05.460 --> 00:55:08.040
He says:

890
00:55:44.200 --> 00:55:49.330
That's what God said to me when
I recognized the increase on the sale

891
00:55:49.330 --> 00:55:53.950
of my house. I was like,
"Oh, God, I legitimately or intensely,

892
00:55:53.990 --> 00:55:56.680
either way, happened to
forget about that one."

893
00:55:57.840 --> 00:56:03.440
God's like, "Brian, do
you not yet understand?

894
00:56:04.900 --> 00:56:06.680
When have I not blessed you?

895
00:56:09.720 --> 00:56:11.100
When have I not taken care of you?

896
00:56:11.250 --> 00:56:12.570
When have I not forgiven you?

897
00:56:13.900 --> 00:56:18.450
When have I not given you a full
life, even if it was painful, it was

898
00:56:18.450 --> 00:56:21.360
full? Do you not yet understand?

899
00:56:22.110 --> 00:56:25.890
This is the test God continues to
give us and we continue to answer

900
00:56:25.920 --> 00:56:28.080
if we want to step into it.

901
00:56:29.570 --> 00:56:33.500
Let's take a moment and just see
if God seals something for us and

902
00:56:33.500 --> 00:56:35.900
says something to us right now.

903
00:56:35.920 --> 00:56:41.260
God, I know that you have done
something in our church, in our lives.

904
00:56:41.290 --> 00:56:45.160
If there's something right now you want
to enforce with us, would you

905
00:56:45.160 --> 00:56:46.810
please speak?

906
00:57:33.400 --> 00:57:37.150
- Don't forget to join us
this week for our Thanksgiving Eve

907
00:57:37.150 --> 00:57:39.580
experience. Head to Crossroads.net

908
00:57:39.580 --> 00:57:40.600
at 7 p.m.

909
00:57:40.630 --> 00:57:44.620
on Wednesday. And we'll see you next
week for the start of our Advent

910
00:57:44.620 --> 00:57:46.010
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Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...

Welcome to the Post-Weekend Push with Brian Tome.

  1. In Mark chapter 6:30-44 Jesus is teaching to a large crowd and the disciples realize that it has been a while and the people are probably hungry. Jesus responses to the disciples and puts them to work to solve the problem. The result is a famous miracle of feeding thousands with 5 loaves and 2 fish. As a group and discuss what your reaction might have been in the crowd if you were there that day. What would you have done if you were a disciple that day?

  2. In Mark 6:34 Jesus looks on the crowd and has compassion for them because they “Were like sheep without a shepherd.” Talk about a time in your life when you’ve been like a sheep without a shepherd? What did you need from God and from others? How did that situation play out for you?

  3. Jesus multiplies all the resources and ends up miraculously meeting the needs of the people in this story. Multiplication is a principle God uses throughout the Bible. What areas have you seen the benefits of multiplication in your life?

  4. When it comes to our money, if we want it to multiply we need to put it in order. Where in your life could you use some more order in your money? (debt, spending, lack of tithing, etc.)

  5. “It can’t multiply unless it is blessed.” What does this mean for you and me when it comes to money? Why is this so different than what we see in culture?

  6. In Mark 6:37 Jesus tells the disciples to do something that seems abnormal to help the crowds. Why do you think Jesus does this? Where in your life have you seen Jesus ask you to do abnormal things? What was the result?

  7. Let’s be honest, if you are not tithing your money can never be in order and can never be multiplied the way God wants it to. No judgment here, but we are going to push each other. Are you tithing? If not, why? If you are tithing, how can you continue to give God your finances so he can multiply them?

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Nov 23, 2019

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