Super Bowl of Preaching | 2024

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    - Welcome to Crossroads and welcome to
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    the 22nd Annual Super Bowl of Preaching.
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    I'm Andy, Community Pastor for Crossroads Anywhere.
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    And Crossroads is one church
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    meeting in multiple locations, normal church buildings,
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    online, in dorm rooms, bars, cafes, even prisons
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    all around the nation and the world.
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    And today you are tuning in for a church service
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    that is unlike any other.
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    Disclaimer: It has little to nothing
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    to do with actual football or the Super Bowl,
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    but no matter what you believe, you're going to laugh,
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    no matter what you believe,
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    you might be a little confused at some point,
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    but I believe you will and can experience God
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    and church in a fresh, new way.
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    Now, you might be wondering, why on earth
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    would we do something like this?
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    Well, there's two answers for that.
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    One, we believe that church can and should be fun.
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    You're going to experience hilarious commercials
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    filled with middle school humor, really great music,
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    and some good old fashioned smack talk.
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    But secondly, we believe that there are
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    spiritual truths and realities
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    that can be drawn out from sports.
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    And that's what each of our teachers
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    are going to be doing today.
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    All right, enough with me for now.
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    Let's get right in to the main event.
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    - Today we're experiencing
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    the 22nd Annual Super Bowl of Preaching.
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    And if the last 21 years are any indication,
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    today is going to be pretty special.
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    I'm here alongside Cincinnati Bengals legend
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    and NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz.
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    - Thanks, Solomon. I'm excited to be here with you.
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    And I agree, we're in for a real treat today.
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    - Anthony, look, you've been to the actual Super Bowl twice.
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    And I have to ask how does today's experience compare?
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    - It's not even close, Solomon.
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    This abomination couldn't be further from real football.
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    - And whether it's real football or not,
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    you're going to witness history today.
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    - That's right, Solomon.
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    Brian Tome and Chuck Mingo have historically been rivals.
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    And today, for the first time ever,
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    they will go into the game as teammates.
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    They are the Spicy Casseroles
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    and they'll be facing off against the Disco Gerbils.
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    - All right, look, I got a chance to sit down
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    with our team before the big game.
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    Well, I'm here with the Spicy Casseroles,
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    Brian Tome and Chuck Mingo.
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    You guys were once sworn enemies.
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    Now you're on the same Super Bowl team.
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    How do you feel about this?
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    - I feel amazing about it.
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    Feel like I'm hungry, ready to chow down, go yum yum.
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    Feeling like I'm with winners.
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    Feeling like we're going to get something done.
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    I'm feeling amazing. I'm feeling fantastic.
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    Who can't be when you know
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    victory is right on the edge of your tongue?
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    - Solomon, I am too blessed to be stressed.
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    Honestly, it doesn't matter who we play.
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    I'm just happy to be in the game. Am I right?
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    - Happy to be in the game? - Yeah.
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    - I'm getting a little concerned, I got to tell you.
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    I'd like to see a little more hunger.
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    I'd like to see a little more aggression.
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    - Well, you know what, Solomon?
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    I'd like to see a little bit more encouragement
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    from you know who, but we can't all get what we want.
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    - Well, it really does sound like
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    we're all going through some growing pains, right?
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    - Growing pain in my a--
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    - Actually, I prefer to call them
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    growing opportunities, we're just figuring it out.
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    - Well, when you're talking about opportunities,
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    Joel, you get a great opportunity.
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    You're now back after being replaced last year
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    by Cincinnati Bengals kicker Evan McPherson.
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    You had to deal with those concussion problems.
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    What does it feel like to be back?
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    - Well, honestly, I don't remember last year at all.
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    But from what I'm feeling, not great.
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    It's kind of like, um, you know, when your wife,
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    you meet her ex-boyfriend from high school
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    and he's just taller and better looking
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    and more handsome, and he's faster,
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    and her parents like him better, you know?
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    You know what I mean?
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    - I literally have no idea what you're talking about,
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    but go ahead.
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    - Hypothetically, it doesn't matter.
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    Evan, he's not here, all right?
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    So we're not talking about him. We're talking about me.
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    I've just got to kick my own game.
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    - Well, avoiding comparisons to a professional
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    like Evan McPherson is probably the wise thing to do.
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    But I got to ask you, Spicy Casseroles,
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    how would you compare yourself to the Disco Gerbils?
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    - I don't compare myself with fictional losers
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    based on a fuzzy creature I stepped on
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    when I was in third grade. I don't.
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    I compare myself to actual, real people who have punch,
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    who have pop, like Rocky and Apollo Creed,
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    like Buzz and Woody. - Yeah.
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    - That's what we aspire to be.
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    - Yeah, this is our year. We will win.
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    - Every year is our year.
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    - We've got the best teachers. - Right, yeah.
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    - Evan wasn't available, so we've got the best kicker.
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    We will win. - Love it, love it.
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    - Tell them what we're doing, Chuck.
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    Get in there, right there. Get in there, big dog. Come on.
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    - Know what we're going to do today?
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    We are going to respect the other team.
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    That's what we're going to do.
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    One of these two teams is going to win.
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    Whether it's us or them, we're going to be
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    good sports about it. That's right.
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    Everybody gets a participation trophy
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    and no matter what, we will be good sports today.
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    - Ummmm.
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    - Disco Gerbils, Alli and Kyle.
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    You guys have been opponents every year
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    going into the Super Bowl of Preaching.
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    So how do you feel after being
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    on the opposite sides for so long?
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    - I mean, Solomon, I'm not going to lie,
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    I'm feeling really good.
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    I mean, I guess we're going to see.
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    It's either going to be forever
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    or it's going to go down in flames.
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    But me personally, I don't have any problem
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    walking into this match up,
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    being the younger, stronger pair.
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    I say, baby, let the games begin.
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    - Look, I got no problems, right?
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    I mean, Alli is a pro. Team Disco Gerbils,
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    we've had a cruel summer of sorts, self-inflicted.
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    Off season workouts is hitting the weights,
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    hitting the field, hitting the track again and again.
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    And we're rocking. We're rolling. You know?
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    - We're consoling the Spicy Casseroles.
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    The Spicy -- - What does that mean?
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    - We're about to wipe the floor
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    with their wildest dreams of beating us,
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    because, baby, we got some bad blood.
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    - Strong words.
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    But how do you feel about the intimidating opponent?
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    Both of these guys have been veteran champions for so long.
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    You're going up against Brian and Chuck,
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    for crying out loud.
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    - Brian and Chuck, Brian and Chuck.
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    Listen, I get it. They look good on paper.
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    I mean, we can't, you know, I'm not going to lie,
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    they look good on paper.
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    But Kyle and I are like two blades
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    of a very sharp pair of scissors.
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    Do you know what scissors do to paper?
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    - They cut it. - You cut it. - Cut it. - Cut it.
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    See, we've got a secret weapon.
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    Her name is Hannah and she's not just good
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    at slicing and dicing paper.
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    She's good at slicing and dicing scripture.
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    And that's what she's going to do
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    to the other team right there.
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    - Yeah, well, Hannah, you've been up in the booth
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    for the last couple of years of the Super Bowl of Preaching,
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    but now you're making your way down to the field
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    as the kicker?
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    - You know, I've been in the booth.
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    It's been a wonderful time. I mean, it was real cute.
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    I had some great outfits up there.
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    But I tell you what, being on the sidelines,
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    it's not my style. It's time for me to get in the game.
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    - So what exactly is your style?
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    - Ohhhh, Obliteration.
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    I mean, we are going to obliterate the other team.
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    When we're done with the Spicy Casseroles,
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    they are going to be the bland, unseasoned,
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    frozen pot pie Trader Joe sandwiches.
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    - They're going to be wishing
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    they had put more paprika in their casserole.
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    - Yes. - Absolutely.
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    [indiscernible yelling]
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    - We are going to destroy them, absolute destruction.
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    - Black pepper, ground pepper, onions. Gone.
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    - We're gonna, we're gonna obliterate them.
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    - So there you have it, folks, obliteration is on the way.
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    I'm here with today's referee
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    and Dayton Community Pastor Matt Castleman.
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    Matt, this is your seventh year
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    refereeing the Super Bowl of Preaching.
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    So how did you get started in the first place?
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    - Random chance, believe it or not.
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    I was literally walking home
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    from a shift at Foot Locker and I decided to audition.
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    So I've been waiting,
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    kind of been in this role for a while,
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    just hoping Taylor will catch wind.
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    - Taylor? - T-Swift.
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    Listen, getting my big break has taken
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    a little bit longer than my mom or I expected,
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    and so our new plan is to hopefully use this gig
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    to try to get Tay-Tay's attention.
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    I mean, she put Trevor Kelsey on the map.
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    Imagine what she could do for my career.
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    - So let me get this right, you're going to use
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    this platform, the Super Bowl of Preaching,
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    just to get the attention of Taylor Swift?
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    Do you even know the rules to this game?
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    - Absolutely. So glad you asked.
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    I actually prepared a dramatic reading. Do you mind?
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    Thank you. Okay.
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    What's my motivation? - Motivation?
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    Well, how about you woke up from a seven year coma?
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    - Each team will preach two 7-minute quarters.
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    - Your dog just died.
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    - Each team will use one Bible reference.
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    - She said yes to your proposal.
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    - Seriously? Oh, we're doing the thing. Okay.
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    Mom, yeah.
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    The referee has complete jurisdiction
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    over whether or not a player has met the criteria
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    and will award points accordingly.
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    Oh, oh, and this year, I'm making a rule change.
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    - Are you allowed to do that? - Yeah, I'm the ref.
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    Didn't you see the Bengals and Chiefs game?
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    I can literally do whatever I want.
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    Honestly, some of my favorite referee idols
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    are the ones who made the biggest impact on the games.
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    I always said if you're not changing the outcome
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    based on your decisions, you're not reffing it right.
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    - So what are the new rules?
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    - I'm glad you asked.
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    So we've always historically made the teachers
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    use a random phrase and award three points.
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    But this year...
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    I'm shaking it up.
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    Teachers are going to have to use a random prop
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    from one of my past theatrical productions.
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    - Uh-oh. - Let's see what we got here.
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    Points will be awarded as follows:
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    Compelling message = 6 points.
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    - She cheated on you.
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    - Random prop = 3 points?
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    - With your best friend.
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    - Extra point = 1 point.
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    - You're begging for your life.
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    - Penalty. Penalty. Penalty = Minus 3 points.
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    End scene.
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    - Can you believe that ref?
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    - I can't Solomon, but I think his lack of believability
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    is why he hasn't made it as an actor.
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    Let's just hope he doesn't screw it up too bad today.
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    - Well, after sitting down with him,
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    I don't see how he doesn't screw it up.
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    But it's time to find out.
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    Let's head over to the booth.
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    Over to you guys.
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    - All right. Thanks a lot, gentlemen.
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    Hey, if you're just joining the broadcast,
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    Greg Mcelfresh
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    alongside my esteemed colleague Paco Pancham.
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    - Hey, man. Hey, I just can't unsee that pinky.
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    - He should be able to have something fixed
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    on that by right about now.
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    Dude, I can't wait to get into today's game.
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    - It's going to be a good one. We got the Disco Gerbils
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    going head to head with the Spicy Casseroles.
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    I expect some fireworks.
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    I expect to be very explosive in here tonight.
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    - I'll tell you what, when I do a spicy casserole,
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    I get a little explosive myself. You know?
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    - That's what that smell is. Yeah, it makes sense.
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    - Yeah. Hey, we got two unbelievable teams
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    on both sides of the Bible today.
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    Wish we could say the same thing
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    for our unfortunate referee today.
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    - Unfortunate is the word that describes our referee today.
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    He is definitely going to mess us up
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    in some way, shape or form.
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    But you know what? The game must go on.
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    We got to do it. So let's get down to the field.
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    - Folks, what do you say we send it down
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    for our starting lineups?
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    And now your 2024 Super Bowl of Preaching teams.
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    First up, the Spicy Casseroles.
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    - [ music: Light 'em Up, Fall Out Boy ]
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    - Up next, their opponents, the Disco Gerbils!
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    [ music: More (Billionaire Remix), Usher ]
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    - Paco, I've seen a lot of strange things in my life.
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    This has got to be at the top.
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    - That is at the very top of weird things
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    that I'm watching right now.
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    - That's a live gerbil in that cage.
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    Hey, by the way, folks, each one of our teachers
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    is going to be choosing their favorite storyline
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    from the NFL this year.
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    Can't wait to hear about those. - That's right. Me too.
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    Okay, now we've heard the rules. We've met the teams.
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    Now it's only the one thing left to do,
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    it's the coin toss.
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    So Matt Castleman, take it away.
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    - All right. Uh, I'm just going to
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    call out the elephant in the room.
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    I know you guys, you haven't liked my refereeing in the past.
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    You don't even have to say anything.
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    I've seen that same look on my dad's face,
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    and so I -- I just want you to know, I've studied,
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    I've rehearsed, I've watched the famous football movie,
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    Remember the...
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    - Titans? - No, The Walk to Remember,
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    um, less football, a lot of good character development.
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    Anyway, I'm ready.
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    The only thing that would make today great
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    is if Taylor Swift was actually in the sky box.
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    Is it? Is it? - No.
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    - Oh, my God. - It's actually Taylor Swift.
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    Okay, okay. [laughter]
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    - It's happening here. It's happening. Okay.
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    Wow.
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    All right. This one's for you, Taylor.
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    Here we go. Brian, as senior pastor,
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    you're going to call it heads or Taylors --
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    Heads or tails in the air. Ready?
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    Heads.
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    It is heads. What would you like to do?
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    We'll receive. - Receive.
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    - Receive the Bible. All right.
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    - Spicy Casseroles to receive.
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    Patterson holds Driskill back to kick.
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    We're going to get some emails. Here we go.
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    - Oh, we got a scramble.
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    Ranson recovers the football.
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    Kyle Ranson comes up with it.
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    Got it.
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    Okay, that's an onside kick, baby.
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    - Yeah. - Twice in two years.
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    - I didn't even know we were allowed to do that.
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    Okay, great. Uh, oh. You're, um. All right.
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    Random prop. Kyle, your random prop
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    that you have to include somehow, nunchucks.
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    - Nunchucks. Ranson gets us underway.
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    - Well, hey, welcome.
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    First thing, most important thing,
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    no matter who you are, no matter what you believe
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    about God or church or any of this stuff so far,
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    we're just glad that you are here.
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    We say that and we mean it.
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    Everything we do, everything,
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    everything at Crossroads is for one reason.
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    It's so that you can hear the message of Jesus
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    in a language that you can actually understand.
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    That's what we're after today.
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    We'll do anything for that.
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    We'll spend anything for that.
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    In fact, during the actual Super Bowl,
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    we'll see some Crossroads commercials.
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    Is that crazy? It's nuts.
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    Before and after got this insane deal,
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    got ten little spots for a thousand bucks a spot.
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    And we're like, absolutely, let's do it.
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    And you might be like, "Man, why would you do that?
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    Why would you spend that money?
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    Why would you spend all this money and all this? Why?"
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    So that you can hear the message of Jesus
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    in a language you can understand
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    and take a step closer to God.
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    That's our hope, that's our prayer
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    what happens for you today.
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    Let's pray for that before you go any further.
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    God, thank you for this thing.
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    Thank you for fun. Thank you for laughter.
  • 00:16:04
    Thank you for Your Word and Your truth.
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    Take us closer to You today. Amen. Amen.
  • 00:16:10
    Well, today you're going to hear from each of us
  • 00:16:12
    lessons from the biggest NFL storylines of the year.
  • 00:16:15
    And it's been a year, right? Crazy, crazy year.
  • 00:16:17
    For the first time in 100 years,
  • 00:16:20
    there was no Tom Brady in the NFL.
  • 00:16:22
    That was a big story.
  • 00:16:23
    I was kind of thankful for that one.
  • 00:16:25
    Then there were some things I wasn't thankful for,
  • 00:16:27
    like Saint Joseph of the Burrow,
  • 00:16:28
    his hand exploded on live television.
  • 00:16:30
    That was very sad, still kind of a painful memory.
  • 00:16:33
    But if you were to ask what's
  • 00:16:35
    the biggest storyline of the NFL this year,
  • 00:16:37
    without a doubt, it's the fact that Taylor Swift
  • 00:16:40
    bought the NFL, right? That would be it.
  • 00:16:43
    She's everywhere, and I know we're sick
  • 00:16:45
    of hearing about her and Travis Kelce,
  • 00:16:47
    but I just want to quote a famous theologian for you
  • 00:16:50
    if that's how you feel, and I quote:
  • 00:17:02
    That's T.A. Swift, great theologian.
  • 00:17:05
    And we do have to talk about it a little bit.
  • 00:17:07
    We have to talk about it. Why?
  • 00:17:08
    Well, because Travis Kelce did this one thing
  • 00:17:11
    that Jesus says to do, it's actually a key.
  • 00:17:14
    If you want to have a powerful and effective life,
  • 00:17:16
    you have to do this thing.
  • 00:17:18
    And it's the key for how he actually got
  • 00:17:20
    Taylor Swift to go out with him.
  • 00:17:22
    You know to know what it is okay.
  • 00:17:24
    Lean in, I'm going to tell you, I'm gonna tell you
  • 00:17:26
    what he did and what Jesus says to do.
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    This is what he did, he asked.
  • 00:17:30
    That's what he did. He asked her out.
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    Okay, if you're a single guy out here,
  • 00:17:35
    you need to write this down.
  • 00:17:37
    He didn't have a friend to ask. It's not third grade.
  • 00:17:40
    He asked, and I'm not sure that we understand
  • 00:17:44
    how improbable this is.
  • 00:17:45
    Travis Kelce is a 34 year old grown man who
  • 00:17:50
    still proudly rocks the Instagram handle @killatrav.
  • 00:17:55
    I'm pretty sure I was friends with @killatrav
  • 00:17:57
    on AOL Instant Messenger back in the day.
  • 00:17:59
    Anybody else? You remember the guy, right?
  • 00:18:01
    This is improbable.
  • 00:18:02
    And I know somebody in back row, you're like, "Okay, ask.
  • 00:18:05
    Is the message, Kyle, is that if I had
  • 00:18:07
    asked Taylor Swift out, I'd be dating her right now?"
  • 00:18:10
    No, that's not what I'm saying.
  • 00:18:12
    The point is, we'll never know because you didn't ask.
  • 00:18:15
    And here's what I want you to underline.
  • 00:18:17
    Here's I want you to underline.
  • 00:18:19
    What are you not asking about?
  • 00:18:22
    What are you not asking for that only God can give you?
  • 00:18:26
    What is it?
  • 00:18:27
    James says in James 4:2:
  • 00:18:34
    You don't have because you don't ask.
  • 00:18:36
    Last Saturday morning I was driving home.
  • 00:18:37
    It was dark and out of nowhere,
  • 00:18:40
    I mean literally nowhere, this deer comes sprinting
  • 00:18:42
    like Usain Bolt out of the woods,
  • 00:18:44
    and I just nailed the deer with my car.
  • 00:18:46
    Just crushed it like Elly De La Cruz
  • 00:18:48
    smashing a fastball, blew the thing up.
  • 00:18:49
    Unfortunately, it blew my car up as well.
  • 00:18:52
    This is a picture right here of my smashed up car.
  • 00:18:54
    If you zoom in,
  • 00:18:55
    you can see Bambi's fur right there, still stuck.
  • 00:18:57
    [whistle]- That's why we have Kids' Club.
  • 00:19:01
    - That is, uh, that's from soccer.
  • 00:19:03
    - I've also been watching Ted Lasso. Okay?
  • 00:19:05
    Okay.
  • 00:19:06
    Un-preacher-like conduct, roughing the Bambi.
  • 00:19:10
    - Okay. - Family friendly service.
  • 00:19:12
    Three point penalty will be assessed.
  • 00:19:13
    Okay.
  • 00:19:15
    Great. Good, good, good.
  • 00:19:16
    Now, here -- [ laughter ]
  • 00:19:20
    - I saw that. I was watching the video.
  • 00:19:22
    I saw that, I'm onto you now.
  • 00:19:27
    I talked to my insurance. I talked to the body shop.
  • 00:19:29
    The body shop says, "No worries, we can fix this thing.
  • 00:19:31
    It's going to take 2 weeks. We need your car for 2 weeks."
  • 00:19:34
    Problem is, I apparently didn't check the box
  • 00:19:36
    of my insurance that says I would like
  • 00:19:38
    rental car coverage for said situation.
  • 00:19:41
    So I was like, "Shoot, I got to get a rental car.
  • 00:19:43
    It's so expensive." I was looking up prices.
  • 00:19:44
    Now, thankfully our awesome neighbors
  • 00:19:47
    heard about this and said, "Hey, we have an extra car,
  • 00:19:50
    you can just borrow it," which is awesome, right?
  • 00:19:53
    Now, here's the amazing thing though.
  • 00:19:54
    I never once, even though I knew they had an extra car,
  • 00:19:58
    it never once occurred to me to ask. Why?
  • 00:20:04
    Because I'm an adult and us adults
  • 00:20:06
    we learn something, don't we?
  • 00:20:08
    Don't ask. Don't need help. Be self-reliant.
  • 00:20:11
    Be self-made. Be independent.
  • 00:20:13
    These are all American cultural values
  • 00:20:15
    that unfortunately go directly against
  • 00:20:18
    the advice of Jesus who said this in Luke 11:
  • 00:20:29
    For everyone, everyone, everyone, that's you.
  • 00:20:33
    It doesn't matter what you believe,
  • 00:20:35
    doesn't matter where you've been.
  • 00:20:37
    Everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;
  • 00:20:40
    and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
  • 00:20:44
    Jesus says, ask, ask.
  • 00:20:48
    Now does that mean that Jesus is a magical genie?
  • 00:20:51
    Is that what it means?
  • 00:20:52
    You just ask for whatever you want
  • 00:20:54
    and God will give it to you.
  • 00:20:55
    That's a good question, right? Let's do an experiment.
  • 00:20:57
    God, I would like to be a black belt ninja right now.
  • 00:21:00
    Just do Jackie Chan stuff. - Careful, bro.
  • 00:21:04
    - Was that pretty, was that like black belt level, you think?
  • 00:21:07
    I appreciate it. I appreciate it, but it wasn't.
  • 00:21:12
    No, it's not how it works. Of course not.
  • 00:21:14
    God's not a magical genie who says,
  • 00:21:16
    "Man, whatever, whatever thing you want,
  • 00:21:19
    ask and I'll give you that thing."
  • 00:21:20
    In fact, here's some math you might not like.
  • 00:21:23
    Do you know that in the Gospels,
  • 00:21:26
    Jesus was asked 183 different questions,
  • 00:21:30
    183 different ones, that's in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • 00:21:34
    Guess how many of those He actually gave
  • 00:21:36
    a direct, immediate answer to? Three. Three.
  • 00:21:42
    That's a 1.6% chance of Jesus answering your question,
  • 00:21:45
    and 98.4% chance that He won't answer your question.
  • 00:21:48
    And so why would Jesus ever say
  • 00:21:50
    ask and it will be given to you.
  • 00:21:52
    Ask what? You'll be given what?
  • 00:21:56
    Some of us feel this way.
  • 00:21:57
    "I've been asking God, when,
  • 00:21:59
    when am I going to meet my spouse?
  • 00:22:00
    When am I going to get my break?"
  • 00:22:03
    See, the thing about Jesus is you ask questions,
  • 00:22:05
    He doesn't always give you the direct answer
  • 00:22:07
    you're looking for, but He always gives you a response.
  • 00:22:10
    And that response is what you actually need.
  • 00:22:13
    It's the thing that only can come from Him,
  • 00:22:15
    the thing that can only come from God.
  • 00:22:18
    See, when you ask a question, the point is that
  • 00:22:20
    this thing closes and these open.
  • 00:22:23
    A question is an invitation that you can learn,
  • 00:22:27
    that you can get knowledge and insight
  • 00:22:29
    from the person who you're asking to.
  • 00:22:30
    When you ask to God questions, you'll get things
  • 00:22:33
    that you can only get from Him.
  • 00:22:35
    Self discovery can't help you.
  • 00:22:38
    Self discovery can't give you joy if you ask it,
  • 00:22:40
    "Oh, where can I find it?
  • 00:22:41
    I'll look at the answer inside myself."
  • 00:22:43
    No, it's not there.
  • 00:22:44
    But if you ask God where can I find joy,
  • 00:22:47
    He'll give you the answer.
  • 00:22:48
    If you ask God where you can find peace,
  • 00:22:50
    He'll give you the answer.
  • 00:22:51
    If you ask God what's you're worth,
  • 00:22:53
    He'll give you the answer.
  • 00:22:55
    The answers that God can give, He will give you,
  • 00:22:58
    if, if, if, if you're willing to ask.
  • 00:23:02
    And so what happened?
  • 00:23:03
    Maybe for the first time you ask Him, "Who am I?"
  • 00:23:06
    You ask Him, "What am I worth?"
  • 00:23:07
    You ask Him, "What's my purpose?"
  • 00:23:09
    If you do, I guarantee the Creator of the universe
  • 00:23:13
    Himself will give you the answer. [whistle]
  • 00:23:19
    - Touchdown! Disco Gerbils. - Strong quarter.
  • 00:23:24
    - Ranson puts the Gerbils on the board.
  • 00:23:26
    - Kyle, you were awarded six points for a great message.
  • 00:23:28
    However, we had the three point penalty of roughing the Bambi.
  • 00:23:31
    But you did use the random prop excellently,
  • 00:23:33
    plus three, which is six points.
  • 00:23:36
    Extra Bible trivia.
  • 00:23:37
    Come on, let's go, Shep. Come on.
  • 00:23:39
    - It's in your hands.
  • 00:23:40
    - Hannah steps up for the extra point.
  • 00:23:42
    - All right.
  • 00:23:43
    - Every Bible trivia expert will know this.
  • 00:23:44
    In the Bible, Daniel finds himself in a lion's den.
  • 00:23:50
    What animal causes the most zookeeper injuries?
  • 00:23:56
    - Y'all, why you be playing with me?
  • 00:23:58
    Okay, um. Let's see.
  • 00:24:01
    Uh, I know this animal is extremely, uh, not nice,
  • 00:24:05
    so I'm going to go with --
  • 00:24:08
    Even though it's perceived to be nice. Zebra.
  • 00:24:10
    - That is correct. - What?
  • 00:24:12
    - Wow. - It is unbelievable.
  • 00:24:16
    - Resulting in an end of first quarter score:
  • 00:24:20
    Disco Gerbils 7, Spicy Casseroles 0.
  • 00:24:24
    - There you have it, folks, inspired by the ref's Jersey.
  • 00:24:27
    Paco, what a quarter.
  • 00:24:29
    We saw the only person Ranson was going to injure
  • 00:24:31
    with those nunchucks was himself.
  • 00:24:32
    Yes?
  • 00:24:33
    - What? What's up with the gold mic?
  • 00:24:36
    - Well, uh, during that quarter, someone came to me
  • 00:24:38
    and said, "This is your mic." And I said, "Okay."
  • 00:24:41
    Here we are. We're live baby. - Perfect. Lucky you.
  • 00:24:43
    Also, I don't know if you saw it,
  • 00:24:45
    during that onside kick, Tome just giving the elbow to Ranson.
  • 00:24:50
    Don't know why that happened, but it looked a little painful.
  • 00:24:53
    - There it is.
  • 00:24:56
    - Un-pastor-like conduct if you ask me.
  • 00:24:59
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    - You're not gonna believe this.
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    - And we are back at the Super Bowl of Preaching.
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    Greg Mcelfresh, uh, hey, man,
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    what are you doing there? What's happening?
  • 00:28:56
    - Sweet Chuck Mingo brought me
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    a spicy casserole during the commercial break.
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    It doesn't look so good, though. It looks pretty spicy.
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    - All right, Spicy Casserole,
  • 00:29:14
    you'll have possession of the Bible.
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    All right.
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    - Chuck. - Come on, Chuck. [cheers]
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    - I say, I say, I say, this is your random prop, Chuck Mingo.
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    - You took my -- You took my idea.
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    - Plus one point for the ref. - All right.
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    - A big funny hat for Mingo. - All right.
  • 00:29:35
    Finish this phrase:
  • 00:29:37
    There are only two things certain in life, and that is:
  • 00:29:40
    death and taxes. That's right.
  • 00:29:42
    But for 30 years, NFL fans know there have been
  • 00:29:44
    three things that have been certain: death, taxes,
  • 00:29:47
    and the disappointment of Detroit Lions fans.
  • 00:29:49
    I mean, come on.
  • 00:29:51
    And that's why one of the best stories this year
  • 00:29:53
    has to be the comeback story of the Detroit Lions.
  • 00:29:56
    I've been inspired by that franchise.
  • 00:29:58
    Anybody else been inspired by what's happening in Detroit?
  • 00:30:02
    And I think there's something in there
  • 00:30:04
    that can encourage all of us.
  • 00:30:06
    And it's this: what you focus on is what grows.
  • 00:30:10
    What you focus on is what grows.
  • 00:30:12
    So I've got two words for you today,
  • 00:30:13
    two words of encouragement, and they are these: eyes up.
  • 00:30:17
    Everybody say it with me. Eyes up.
  • 00:30:19
    Say it to your neighbor. Eyes up.
  • 00:30:22
    Say it to your other neighbor. Eyes up, eyes up.
  • 00:30:26
    What blocks our blessings is where we fix our eyes.
  • 00:30:30
    I learned this in riding motorcycles.
  • 00:30:31
    This is like motorcycle 101.
  • 00:30:34
    Where your eyes go is where the bike will go.
  • 00:30:37
    And it's also true in life.
  • 00:30:39
    Where your life goes is where your eyes are going.
  • 00:30:42
    I know this because I have been, man,
  • 00:30:44
    anybody else 2024 has come in swinging.
  • 00:30:47
    Anybody else feel like that?
  • 00:30:48
    Like it's been a challenging couple of,
  • 00:30:50
    man, it's only been a month, but for me, I recognize
  • 00:30:53
    my eyes have been on my 99 problems.
  • 00:30:56
    And when my eyes are on my 99 problems,
  • 00:30:59
    I get paralyzed, I get debilitated.
  • 00:31:01
    It has not been helpful
  • 00:31:02
    and so I have needed this for myself.
  • 00:31:04
    I wonder where are you fixing your eyes?
  • 00:31:07
    Are are you looking back at your past?
  • 00:31:09
    You know what grows if you just meditate on your past?
  • 00:31:12
    It actually grows regrets and paralysis.
  • 00:31:14
    You will think
  • 00:31:15
    you can't get beyond where you've already been.
  • 00:31:17
    I wonder if your eyes are on navel gazing,
  • 00:31:19
    maybe feeling like you have to go it alone,
  • 00:31:22
    or maybe having the pride to actually think
  • 00:31:24
    you can go it alone.
  • 00:31:25
    If that's where your eyes are, that's only going
  • 00:31:27
    to keep you in a place of stagnation.
  • 00:31:29
    Maybe you're looking to the left or you're looking to the right.
  • 00:31:32
    Maybe you're stuck comparing your life to other people.
  • 00:31:35
    You're comparing somebody else's highlight reels
  • 00:31:37
    to your behind the scenes.
  • 00:31:39
    And if that's the case, you're going to be a trap,
  • 00:31:41
    you're going to be in this trap called comparison.
  • 00:31:43
    And we all know that comparison is the thief of joy.
  • 00:31:46
    And so I think there's two words of coaching
  • 00:31:48
    and encouragement that all of us need to hear,
  • 00:31:50
    no matter what 2024 has been or will be,
  • 00:31:52
    no matter what your life has been or will be.
  • 00:31:55
    And it is eyes up.
  • 00:31:56
    This is the center of the transformation
  • 00:31:58
    of the Detroit Lions, and it's the center of
  • 00:32:00
    what God wants to transform in your life and in mine.
  • 00:32:03
    Man, the Detroit woes are legendary.
  • 00:32:06
    This is a team that in 2008 went 0 and 16.
  • 00:32:09
    Can you imagine not winning a game all season long?
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    They actually had one of the best running backs
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    the game has ever produced, Barry Sanders.
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    And after years of mediocrity,
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    he retired because he was tired of losing.
  • 00:32:22
    And then they had one of the best wide receivers.
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    They called him Megatron, Calvin Johnson,
  • 00:32:27
    who retired for the same reason.
  • 00:32:28
    You want to talk about insult to injury,
  • 00:32:30
    they had a quarterback, Matthew Stafford,
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    who for many, many years toiled
  • 00:32:34
    as a Detroit Lions quarterback, but could never win.
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    He gets traded and the very next year,
  • 00:32:40
    the very next year wins the Super Bowl
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    with the Los Angeles Rams.
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    This is the team -- We remember that one
  • 00:32:45
    in Cincinnati, don't we? We remember that one.
  • 00:32:47
    That was a eyes up, eyes up Cincinnati fans, eyes up.
  • 00:32:52
    But this year that same team went 12 and 5,
  • 00:32:55
    won their first playoff game in 31 years
  • 00:32:58
    and got within one game of the Super Bowl.
  • 00:33:00
    I'm telling you, that's a transformation.
  • 00:33:01
    And at the heart of that transformation is a guy
  • 00:33:03
    who was there during the lowest of lows
  • 00:33:05
    and a guy who was there this year.
  • 00:33:08
    It's the coach, Dan Campbell.
  • 00:33:10
    And let me tell you, Dan Campbell did not make
  • 00:33:12
    a big splash when he first came on the scene as the coach.
  • 00:33:16
    In fact, people were wondering
  • 00:33:18
    what in the world is up with this guy?
  • 00:33:19
    Let's take a look at his first press conference
  • 00:33:21
    as the coach of the Detroit Lions.
  • 00:33:25
    - The city's been been down,
  • 00:33:27
    and it found a way to get up. All right?
  • 00:33:29
    It's found a way to overcome adversity. All right?
  • 00:33:32
    And so this team's going to be built on, uh,
  • 00:33:35
    we're going to kick you in the teeth, all right?
  • 00:33:37
    And when you punch us back, we're going to smile at you.
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    And when you knock us down, we're going to get up.
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    And on the way up, we're going to bite a kneecap off,
  • 00:33:44
    all right, and we're going to stand up.
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    Then it's going to take two more shots to knock us down.
  • 00:33:48
    All right?
  • 00:33:49
    And on the way up we're going to take your other kneecap.
  • 00:33:51
    And we're going to get up.
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    And then it's going to take three shots to get us down.
  • 00:33:54
    And when we do we're going to take
  • 00:33:56
    another hunk out of you before.
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    Before long we're going to be the last one standing.
  • 00:33:59
    All right? That's going to be the mentality. All right?
  • 00:34:02
    We're going to be competitive every game.
  • 00:34:04
    I can't sit up here and guarantee wins and losses,
  • 00:34:07
    and I just can't do it.
  • 00:34:09
    Um, but I'll guarantee you this, man,
  • 00:34:10
    these guys are going to fight
  • 00:34:12
    and they're going to scratch and claw,
  • 00:34:13
    and they're going to be something this city is proud of
  • 00:34:15
    because they're going to take on the identity of this city.
  • 00:34:19
    - That's right. That's right. Oh my gosh.
  • 00:34:23
    But he got so much flack: bite a kneecap off?
  • 00:34:25
    I mean people were, like, "This guy is a head coach.
  • 00:34:28
    Is he really up for this job?"
  • 00:34:30
    I want to tell you, Dan Campbell got flack
  • 00:34:32
    for what the Bible calls faith.
  • 00:34:35
    Dan Campbell had faith that the story in Detroit
  • 00:34:37
    could be different.
  • 00:34:38
    He said, "There is a new sheriff in town
  • 00:34:40
    and this sheriff has faith."
  • 00:34:43
    That's what Dan Campbell said for the city of Detroit.
  • 00:34:46
    - Unbelievable.
  • 00:34:47
    And he changed the entire franchise by doing that.
  • 00:34:50
    Look at what the Bible says faith is.
  • 00:34:52
    In Hebrews 11:1 it says:
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    Who wants to see realities in their life
  • 00:35:02
    that they've never seen?
  • 00:35:03
    That's what the Bible calls faith.
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    And so Dan Campbell was a coach that told a city
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    and a franchise, eyes up, you can have a reality
  • 00:35:11
    that you haven't yet seen.
  • 00:35:12
    And I don't know what you think about
  • 00:35:13
    when you think about Jesus.
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    Maybe you think about Jesus as a friend.
  • 00:35:16
    Maybe you think about Him as a Good Shepherd.
  • 00:35:18
    He is all of those things.
  • 00:35:19
    But I want to tell you today, Jesus is a coach
  • 00:35:21
    who is saying to you, eyes up,
  • 00:35:23
    that you can actually have faith for things
  • 00:35:25
    that you haven't yet seen in your life.
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    Jesus wants you to know, and He wants me to know
  • 00:35:31
    that this is the proof that we have of faith in Him.
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    Number one, Jesus is one who came to the earth
  • 00:35:37
    and lived the perfect life we couldn't live.
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    But then when He was crucified,
  • 00:35:41
    even death couldn't stop Him.
  • 00:35:43
    Let me tell you, I can have a lot of faith
  • 00:35:45
    in somebody who beat death, and Jesus beat death.
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    And not only did He beat death,
  • 00:35:48
    but He gives life to you and to me.
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    And so Jesus invites us to have eyes up on Him,
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    to fix our eyes on Him.
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    Hebrews 12:1-2 puts it this way, it says:
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    Let me put it to you this way.
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    If Jesus was headlining the halftime show,
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    He might sing it like this:
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    I'm trying to make you want to leave
  • 00:36:17
    the one you're with
  • 00:36:18
    and start a new relationship with me.
  • 00:36:20
    Beloved, can't you see?
  • 00:36:21
    Where are my Usher fans in the house?
  • 00:36:23
    - Usher. [cheers]
  • 00:36:25
    - Jesus is saying, "I got a better relationship for you.
  • 00:36:27
    I have something better for you."
  • 00:36:28
    And so Jesus is saying to you and to me eyes up,
  • 00:36:31
    don't look at your past because Jesus will forgive your past.
  • 00:36:34
    Eyes up, don't look and think that you have to do this alone
  • 00:36:38
    when Jesus gives you the power of His very spirit.
  • 00:36:40
    Eyes up, don't think that you can compare yourself to others.
  • 00:36:44
    Know that He has a life that is just for you. Eyes up.
  • 00:36:48
    Look at me, look at me, look at me.
  • 00:36:49
    What has your gaze? Eyes up.
  • 00:36:53
    Fix your eyes on Jesus because as faith grows in you,
  • 00:36:57
    your life will go where your focus goes. [whistle]
  • 00:37:02
    - Chuck Mingo with a strong showing.
  • 00:37:04
    - Touchdown Spicy Casseroles. - Yes.
  • 00:37:09
    - A little celebration on the field.
  • 00:37:12
    - Oh, we got a flag. Challenge flag.
  • 00:37:14
    - You dropped your flag, sir?
  • 00:37:15
    - No, I was, I was doing the Chuck said, eyes up.
  • 00:37:17
    I just looked at the scoreboard
  • 00:37:18
    and then I thought maybe I'd ask
  • 00:37:20
    and see if I could have three more points.
  • 00:37:23
    - Oh, wow. - You did what? - Is that pasta?
  • 00:37:25
    - Jesus said, ask. And Chuck said, look up, so.
  • 00:37:27
    - You did teach us to make an ask of ourselves.
  • 00:37:30
    So yeah. - Just three. - Sure. Okay.
  • 00:37:33
    Well, let's do two, just to be fair.
  • 00:37:35
    - He asked for points and he got them.
  • 00:37:37
    - Can I ask too? - No, he used all the asks.
  • 00:37:39
    All right. - Great.
  • 00:37:41
    - You have nine points. - Yep.
  • 00:37:43
    - Your question for the extra trivia point.
  • 00:37:46
    Jesus lived to be 33 years old.
  • 00:37:49
    What is the combined age of Travis Kelce,
  • 00:37:53
    Jay Z and Paul McCartney? You must be within ten years.
  • 00:37:57
    109. - 109?
  • 00:37:59
    You said that very confidently.
  • 00:38:01
    That's not right. - I figured you didn't know.
  • 00:38:03
    - It's 169. - Ah.
  • 00:38:06
    - Resulting in an end of first half score:
  • 00:38:08
    Spicy Casserole 9, Disco Gerbils 9. It's a tie game.
  • 00:38:11
    - Okay. - Good work, good work.-
  • 00:38:13
    End of the half. Tie ball game.
  • 00:38:15
    Mingo out there biting kneecaps, singing Usher.
  • 00:38:17
    Paco, what'd you see? - What a performance.
  • 00:38:19
    Look, you got to pay attention to Mingo.
  • 00:38:20
    You got to keep your eyes up.
  • 00:38:22
    Because if you didn't,
  • 00:38:23
    you would have missed this right here.
  • 00:38:25
    Let's watch some film real quick.
  • 00:38:26
    Let's see him stylin' and profilin'
  • 00:38:29
    with the cowboy hat on, doing his thing.
  • 00:38:31
    - It was meant to make him look silly. He owned it.
  • 00:38:33
    - That's right. Only he could make that look good.
  • 00:38:35
    Give it up for Chuck Mingo one more time.
  • 00:38:39
    - Well, folks, I'm excited to tell you
  • 00:38:41
    we got a half time show coming up.
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    But first, another commercial break.
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    - The first half of the Super Bowl of Preaching
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    has us at a 9-9 score.
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    The Disco Gerbils and the Spicy Casseroles all tied up at 9.
  • 00:53:41
    First half has been a fun time,
  • 00:53:43
    but we have some breaking news, Greg.
  • 00:53:44
    - Yeah, Paco, some pretty earth shattering allegations
  • 00:53:47
    coming out during that halftime show. What do you got?
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    - Here it is. I just got handed this.
  • 00:53:51
    We're being told by our producers
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    that the pre-game drug test came back,
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    and somebody on the field has tested positive
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    for performance enhancing drugs.
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    - Geeze, I mean, I just can't imagine these pastors doping.
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    Actually, I can imagine one of them doping to get --
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    - Well, no, no, no, it's not -- It's not any of the pastors.
  • 00:54:08
    Indeed, it turns out referee Matt Castleman
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  • 00:54:32
    - He's right. Let's get to quarter 3.
  • 00:54:34
    Alli Patterson, ladies and gentlemen.
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    - All right, come on Allicat.
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    - Alli, your random prop is an actual confetti cannon.
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    - All right. - Hide your eyes, folks.
  • 00:54:57
    - Okay, the biggest story in the NFL this year
  • 00:54:59
    doesn't even have anything to do with the game of football.
  • 00:55:02
    I don't know if you've heard yet or not,
  • 00:55:04
    but Kansas City Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce
  • 00:55:07
    has himself a new girlfriend, doesn't he?
  • 00:55:10
    Yes, he does, and we are obsessed
  • 00:55:12
    with talking about these two.
  • 00:55:14
    Some of you are like stop already.
  • 00:55:16
    You love them or you hate them.
  • 00:55:18
    Are they a real couple or are they a PR stunt?
  • 00:55:21
    Should we be showing Taylor in the box
  • 00:55:24
    during Chiefs games or not?
  • 00:55:26
    Is she really just a psyop to get Biden reelected this fall?
  • 00:55:29
    There's all kinds of theories out there.
  • 00:55:32
    I'm going to float a theory for you.
  • 00:55:34
    I think that we are obsessed with talking about
  • 00:55:36
    these two because a lot of us are playing a similar game.
  • 00:55:42
    We're just not as good at it.
  • 00:55:44
    Let me ask you a question. What is your end game?
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    Do you really know what your life is aimed at?
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    Do you know the highest order?
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    What are you really after in your whole lifetime?
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    Is it what the world can offer you and all the things there,
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    or is it what God can actually offer you
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    during your years here on earth?
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    See Travis and Taylor, they have
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    the best of the world, don't they?
  • 00:56:09
    And we either love them or hate them for it.
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    They really are legit. They are legit talented.
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    They're beautiful, they've got awards
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    of all different kinds, and those are real.
  • 00:56:21
    But if you're playing for your tiny little slice
  • 00:56:25
    of that pie, if that really is your end game,
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    then not only do they win and you lose,
  • 00:56:31
    but you aren't even playing the best game.
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    You are not playing the best game.
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    Now, most of us wouldn't say this, right?
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    Like we wouldn't say this out loud.
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    We wouldn't say that we have aimed our entire life
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    at trying to have more money, or more influence,
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    or more power, or more beauty in some way.
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    Those aren't very popular things to say out loud.
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    They don't sound very noble, but a lot of us
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    can look back on points in our life, like I can,
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    we can notice, oh, I really did turn my life in that direction.
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    I really did start chasing one of those things.
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    For me I look back on my time in college
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    and when I went to college, I knew what I wanted to do.
  • 00:57:10
    I wanted to be successful and I wanted to make money.
  • 00:57:16
    And so the time comes in college, sorry, guys,
  • 00:57:19
    where you have to actually pick a major.
  • 00:57:22
    So here was my thought process: I hate science,
  • 00:57:26
    I haven't been blessed with deep artistic gifts.
  • 00:57:30
    I'm really good at math,
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    and there's a lot of rich people in the business world,
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    so I think I'll go that direction.
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    And I think back on that time, and I think
  • 00:57:38
    that was one of those moments where I turned
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    the aim of my life to be toward what I thought
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    was my best chance to get a piece
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    of what the world could offer me.
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    There was a guy in the Bible who did that.
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    His name was Paul, and Paul was sort of like
  • 00:57:54
    the Taylor or Travis of ancient Judaism.
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    He had a big reputation. He had an end game.
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    And listen to what he said about his original end game.
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    I was winning. I was at the top of my game.
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    If Paul had had one of these,
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    he would have shot it off for sure.
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    Woo hoo! - Wow!
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    Made me nervous. - Good. It's very good.
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    Celebrate.
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    That was so scary.
  • 00:58:43
    - He would have had a confetti parade. He was winning.
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    I mean, who doesn't want to be circumcised
  • 00:58:49
    on the eighth day, am I right? Come on now.
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    But something happened to Paul
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    and sooner or later he started saying this:
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    Paul met Jesus.
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    Paul met Jesus, and his endgame shifted.
  • 00:59:16
    The entire aim of his life
  • 00:59:18
    started going in a new direction.
  • 00:59:20
    In just two little words he got a new end game
  • 00:59:22
    and it was know Jesus.
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    Get to know Jesus.
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    Most of us spend our life
  • 00:59:29
    actually piling up our pile of assets.
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    And do you know what Paul called his?
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    He said that they looked like a pile of dung to him.
  • 00:59:38
    Literal a pile of poop is what he called
  • 00:59:42
    everything he had aimed his life at
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    up until he met Jesus.
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    Knowing Jesus is an end game
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    that changes the entire aim of your life.
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    And he even tells us a little clue
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    as to how do we go about getting to know Jesus.
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    In the next verse he says:
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    To get to know Jesus is the same thing
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    as letting Jesus bring something back to life.
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    You walked in here with something like that,
  • 01:00:13
    something that's not working, something that's
  • 01:00:15
    dysfunctional, dead, dying, over, broken,
  • 01:00:18
    you can never see it being any different
  • 01:00:19
    from this point forward.
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    And to know Jesus is the same thing as experiencing
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    His power to bring that thing back to life.
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    Jesus wants to be your A game, your first string,
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    your end game because He wants you
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    to experience Him, to know Him, to love Him
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    for the one who has the power to bring things
  • 01:00:39
    that are dead back to life,
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    power to restore a relationship,
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    power to heal your body, power to offer you a life
  • 01:00:46
    and a future with a past like yours.
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    Power to stand up just like He did
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    out of any grave that you're standing in right now
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    and walk out.
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    Knowing the man with that kind of power in your life,
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    that is the best end game that you could have.
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    And no, you're not -- you're not Taylor
  • 01:01:07
    and you're not Travis.
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    And so we kind of get upset with ourselves
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    that we even need this power in our life
  • 01:01:13
    because they don't seem to. Right?
  • 01:01:14
    They seem like they're on top of the world.
  • 01:01:16
    And yet you and I are dragging around all of our stuff,
  • 01:01:19
    all the things that we think of as liabilities.
  • 01:01:22
    We think of those things that He can bring
  • 01:01:25
    back to life, we think that there was dragging us down.
  • 01:01:28
    But what if I told you that if your end game
  • 01:01:31
    is knowing Jesus, that those things suddenly
  • 01:01:33
    become your greatest assets in that game.
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    The best thing that you could have
  • 01:01:39
    is to need Him to bring something back to life.
  • 01:01:42
    If knowing Jesus is your end game,
  • 01:01:44
    then it flips everything on its head.
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    That means that all the things that
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    you thought were dead and broken and dying,
  • 01:01:50
    they become the stage that gets set
  • 01:01:51
    for the power of a resurrection.
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    Paul had an ongoing struggle in his life,
  • 01:01:58
    and he went to Jesus many times
  • 01:02:00
    and asked Him to take it away.
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    And Jesus had some words for him,
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    and these words are for you too today.
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    This is what he says to you. He says:
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    So please, this weekend, enjoy all the touchdowns
  • 01:02:17
    that Travis Kelce is going to catch from Mahomes.
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    Enjoy Taylor's game day fashion that someday
  • 01:02:23
    is going to get auctioned off for a million bucks.
  • 01:02:26
    But please don't mistake their beautiful, magical life
  • 01:02:30
    at the top the right aim for yours.
  • 01:02:33
    Play a better game, play the end game of knowing Jesus,
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    and leave here confident
  • 01:02:38
    that you're already set up for a win. [whistle]
  • 01:02:42
    - Strong quarter by -- - Touchdown, Disco Gerbils.
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    Alli, you were awarded -- that was spectacular.
  • 01:02:51
    6 points for a great message,
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    3 points for an excellent use of confetti cannon.
  • 01:02:54
    - It scared me.
  • 01:02:56
    - It is -- The whole front row jumped.
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    I'm so sorry. Okay.
  • 01:03:00
    Uh, your Bible trivia question.
  • 01:03:02
    - Okay, here we go.
  • 01:03:03
    - Here we go. All right.
  • 01:03:05
    Jesus's mother, Mary,
  • 01:03:07
    played a large role in the Christmas story.
  • 01:03:12
    What is the name of Travis Kelce mom?
  • 01:03:16
    - What? - Oh.
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    - I know y'all know this. - Keep it down.
  • 01:03:22
    - Three seconds. - Carla?
  • 01:03:26
    - Carla is not it? It's Donna. - Dang it.
  • 01:03:29
    - Donna Kelce. Missed the extra point,
  • 01:03:32
    resulting in an end of third quarter score,
  • 01:03:35
    Disco gerbils 18, Spicy Casseroles 9.
  • 01:03:39
    - What a momentum killer. That could really do a lot.
  • 01:03:42
    What did you see that quarter, Paco?
  • 01:03:44
    - Well, I saw that there's, uh, always surprises,
  • 01:03:48
    including if you're preaching.
  • 01:03:49
    - The confetti cannon. What I thought was interesting
  • 01:03:51
    was while she was teaching,
  • 01:03:53
    Tome was putting some finishing touches on his message.
  • 01:03:56
    That or shopping for Jeep parts.
  • 01:03:58
    I'm not sure which he was doing.
  • 01:04:00
    Let's see what he does in the fourth quarter.
  • 01:04:03
    - All right, Brian, your random prop. [laughter]
  • 01:04:09
    Slightly used.
  • 01:04:12
    - A used toilet seat. Let's see what he does.
  • 01:04:17
    - Oh, sheesh. Okay.
  • 01:04:20
    Uh, it's a pretty well known narrative in NFL circles,
  • 01:04:25
    but I've been thinking about it from a different way
  • 01:04:27
    because of something that happened
  • 01:04:29
    to me a couple of weeks ago.
  • 01:04:30
    Mr. irrelevant is playing in the Super Bowl.
  • 01:04:33
    Brock Purdy, Mr. Irrelevant is the very last person
  • 01:04:39
    picked in the NFL draft, and I think it was 1922
  • 01:04:41
    or something like that, he was the very last person.
  • 01:04:44
    When you're the last person,
  • 01:04:45
    no one expects you to do anything.
  • 01:04:46
    You are irrelevant. So you get a trophy
  • 01:04:48
    with a guy fumbling the football,
  • 01:04:51
    and you actually also get a trip to Disney World.
  • 01:04:55
    When I was on a senior pastor retreat
  • 01:04:57
    with some other pastors around the country
  • 01:04:59
    a couple of weeks ago, I interact with a guy
  • 01:05:00
    who actually knows Brock Purdy personally.
  • 01:05:03
    And he was talking about him, and I knew that
  • 01:05:06
    he has a reputation of being a believer.
  • 01:05:09
    But as this new friend of mine was talking to me,
  • 01:05:11
    it's a real deal legitimate thing.
  • 01:05:13
    Like he actually embraces the phrase being irrelevant
  • 01:05:20
    because as a believer, he has a biblical world view,
  • 01:05:24
    and that idea of being irrelevant
  • 01:05:26
    actually becomes a source of power for him.
  • 01:05:29
    By the way, in just about any definition of irrelevant,
  • 01:05:32
    Brock Purdy is not irrelevant.
  • 01:05:34
    In fact, if you look at his statistics
  • 01:05:36
    against Mahomes this past year,
  • 01:05:37
    he outplayed Mahomes in every single category
  • 01:05:40
    except one.
  • 01:05:41
    He is an unbelievable, spooky, spooky person,
  • 01:05:45
    and I think it's because he is embracing being irrelevant.
  • 01:05:50
    Like Michael Jordan, if you know much about him,
  • 01:05:53
    he needed to always play with a chip on his shoulder.
  • 01:05:55
    He needed to always imagine some way
  • 01:05:58
    that somebody somewhere was dissing him,
  • 01:06:00
    that that gave him a little extra energy
  • 01:06:02
    and drive and anger.
  • 01:06:05
    That's not the way the Brock Purdy operates.
  • 01:06:08
    I think he's actually taken the title
  • 01:06:09
    of Mr. Irrelevant, and he's made it
  • 01:06:11
    a form of spiritual power for him.
  • 01:06:13
    Because here's what it says in the Bible, James 4:6:
  • 01:06:21
    So when you think that you are to be exalted
  • 01:06:26
    and that you are great and you are relevant,
  • 01:06:28
    and everyone should know about you,
  • 01:06:30
    and you order your life that way,
  • 01:06:32
    God does one of two things.
  • 01:06:34
    He goes, "I'm just not going to help you.
  • 01:06:37
    I'm just I'm not into your thing. I'm just --
  • 01:06:39
    Look at your life. See how you do."
  • 01:06:41
    Does that or does this.
  • 01:06:44
    "I'm going to have to bring you down now.
  • 01:06:46
    I'm going to have to bring you unique pain points
  • 01:06:49
    in your life because of your relevancy,
  • 01:06:53
    because of your pridefulness."
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    And when we are graceful, when we have humility,
  • 01:06:59
    when we're embracing being relevant, God goes,
  • 01:07:03
    "I'm going to give grace to pull you up, to lift you up."
  • 01:07:06
    So we can think of one of two things.
  • 01:07:08
    We can think of ourselves as being prideful,
  • 01:07:10
    being on our throne, doing our thing. [crowd reacts]
  • 01:07:13
    Doing our thing.
  • 01:07:15
    - He is on the throne indeed.
  • 01:07:16
    - When we do our thing, that's our thing right there.
  • 01:07:20
    And God is not impressed.
  • 01:07:23
    - On the throne.
  • 01:07:28
    - All through the Bible, God uses irrelevant people.
  • 01:07:31
    It's always the relevant, the most irrelevant,
  • 01:07:35
    that are the most powerful and valued.
  • 01:07:36
    So if you feel like you are irrelevant,
  • 01:07:39
    you might be on the verge of having massive potency.
  • 01:07:42
    Let me just go through the irrelevant people in the Bible.
  • 01:07:45
    That's the source of their strength. We have Moses.
  • 01:07:49
    Okay, in my time with God this morning
  • 01:07:50
    in my Bible reading plan, reading about Moses.
  • 01:07:52
    Moses has this call and this commission to do his thing.
  • 01:07:55
    And he says, "I can't do it.
  • 01:07:57
    I'm not a good speaker. I can't lead."
  • 01:07:58
    God says, "Okay, how about Aaron does your speaking for you?"
  • 01:08:02
    He says fine. Even after he has his brother Aaron
  • 01:08:04
    giving his speeches, he keeps saying to God,
  • 01:08:06
    "I can't, but I can't speak, I can't, I can't,
  • 01:08:09
    I can't do this leadership stuff."
  • 01:08:11
    David, when he takes on Goliath, he is the smallest.
  • 01:08:13
    We have the prophets in the Old Testament.
  • 01:08:15
    None of them had sexy jobs.
  • 01:08:16
    They had jobs like farmer, utterly low sorts of jobs
  • 01:08:20
    in the culture at that time.
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    We see Jesus himself, who when He is introduced
  • 01:08:25
    as being the Messiah, so some people say, people go,
  • 01:08:27
    "Wait, wait, where is he from again? Nazareth.
  • 01:08:33
    What comes out of -- what good comes out of Nazareth?"
  • 01:08:35
    That is utterly irrelevant. Means nothing.
  • 01:08:39
    When you feel irrelevant,
  • 01:08:44
    you may be on the verge of a breakthrough.
  • 01:08:48
    When you feel irrelevant and you have nothing to offer
  • 01:08:51
    and there's nothing special about you,
  • 01:08:54
    you may be just on the verge of having
  • 01:08:56
    another level of grace come to you,
  • 01:08:58
    another level of empowerment.
  • 01:09:00
    Because oftentimes
  • 01:09:01
    the things that we're impressed with ourselves,
  • 01:09:03
    God's just not impressed and that's not what He uses.
  • 01:09:05
    Alli already referred to it earlier.
  • 01:09:07
    The one person in the Bible who had
  • 01:09:08
    a really impressive resume, the apostle Paul,
  • 01:09:10
    who wrote most of the New Testament,
  • 01:09:12
    he said, "All that stuff that made me relevant
  • 01:09:14
    made me impressive and important, that stuff
  • 01:09:16
    means nothing in terms of my spiritual power.
  • 01:09:19
    I need to count that as nothing,
  • 01:09:20
    that needs to be rubbish to me."
  • 01:09:22
    I identify with this so much because
  • 01:09:24
    I've been irrelevant pretty much my whole life.
  • 01:09:27
    I was born and I was put up for adoption.
  • 01:09:31
    It was a wonderful, loving thing that happened to me,
  • 01:09:33
    and it told me that you're not wanted,
  • 01:09:37
    you're not wanted, and I struggle with that
  • 01:09:40
    my whole life of being wanted.
  • 01:09:41
    I still struggle with it in many ways,
  • 01:09:43
    of being relevant.
  • 01:09:44
    I go to high school and college,
  • 01:09:46
    my combined GPA in high school and college,
  • 01:09:48
    I think is 2.2 something.
  • 01:09:51
    It took seven years to get a four year degree in college.
  • 01:09:55
    Went to cemetery -- seminary, I mean went to seminary,
  • 01:10:00
    did okay there, but I had to confess
  • 01:10:03
    to cheating in a class because
  • 01:10:04
    I couldn't keep up with the reading assignments.
  • 01:10:07
    Nobody, nobody who knew me before age 30,
  • 01:10:12
    age 35, nobody would have said,
  • 01:10:14
    "Oh God might use Brian Tome in some way beyond normal."
  • 01:10:18
    No one, no one, no, I was and still am,
  • 01:10:21
    and I want to be Mr. Irrelevant.
  • 01:10:24
    Because it's not about me.
  • 01:10:26
    It's not about any accomplishments
  • 01:10:28
    that I might have done.
  • 01:10:29
    It's not about any way that God might have used me.
  • 01:10:31
    It's about God and His grace
  • 01:10:33
    and what He is doing inside of me.
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    And I like the fact that God put me in a city,
  • 01:10:39
    out of a city has started churches in Lexington
  • 01:10:42
    and Dayton and Columbus and all this stuff.
  • 01:10:44
    But it's what kind of city is it?
  • 01:10:45
    It's the city of Cincinnati, which is what kind of city?
  • 01:10:48
    An irrelevant city. It's utterly irrelevant.
  • 01:10:52
    Mark Twain, Mark Twain, he said,
  • 01:10:55
    "When the end of the world comes,
  • 01:10:56
    I want to live in Cincinnati,
  • 01:10:58
    because everything in Cincinnati
  • 01:10:59
    happens ten years after every place else.
  • 01:11:02
    It's a source of our power, actually, of our ability.
  • 01:11:06
    Here's the thing, man, God doesn't need you.
  • 01:11:09
    I'm so sorry to burst your bubble.
  • 01:11:11
    He's doing just fine without you.
  • 01:11:14
    And He's doing just fine without me.
  • 01:11:15
    He doesn't need me, but He wants me.
  • 01:11:20
    He wants me with a humble heart and a contrite spirit
  • 01:11:24
    and a feeling of being irrelevant
  • 01:11:27
    and not needing to have any accolades
  • 01:11:30
    or notoriety or relevance.
  • 01:11:32
    And if that ever comes, fine, fine, fine, fine.
  • 01:11:35
    And it may come to those who take themselves
  • 01:11:37
    as Mr. Irrelevant, as has happened with Brock Purdy,
  • 01:11:41
    because he's proven those accolades, he can handle it.
  • 01:11:45
    I wonder, do you feel irrelevant?
  • 01:11:47
    Maybe this is the twist that God wants you to have
  • 01:11:49
    to not see it as something, you're not getting ahead,
  • 01:11:51
    you're not -- you're not getting there.
  • 01:11:53
    But maybe it's the thing that God brought you here today
  • 01:11:56
    because He wants you to see that
  • 01:11:58
    this is the source of your potential power,
  • 01:12:00
    this is the missing key of your life.
  • 01:12:03
    And the key is Jesus to insert into your heart
  • 01:12:06
    and unlock that door for a new level of living.
  • 01:12:10
    If you've never had that and you'd like to have that,
  • 01:12:12
    I'll just pray for you right now because
  • 01:12:15
    as you feel irrelevant, He has you
  • 01:12:18
    where He wants you right now.
  • 01:12:20
    So if you want to pray this kind of prayer,
  • 01:12:22
    just say something like this: God, I ask You into my life.
  • 01:12:26
    Jesus. I'm sorry for the ways that I've puffed myself up.
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    Sorry for the ways that I've sinned against You.
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    I asked You in my life right now.
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    I give my life to You right now.
  • 01:12:38
    Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and I will humbly follow You
  • 01:12:44
    the best I can the rest of my life. Amen.
  • 01:12:48
    Amen means it's always over. [whistle] There you go.
  • 01:12:52
    - Touchdown! Spicy Casserole.
  • 01:12:56
    - Strong response by Tome.
  • 01:12:58
    - All right. It's a tied game, so this is for the win.
  • 01:13:02
    The big W, as they call it. - You got this, Joel.
  • 01:13:05
    - All right. - You staying up here?
  • 01:13:07
    - Come on. You got it. You got it.
  • 01:13:08
    - In 1 Corinthians 9. Don't touch.
  • 01:13:11
    Paul talks about athletes competing.
  • 01:13:15
    Name three NFL teams that have yet to win the Super Bowl.
  • 01:13:20
    - Okay. If I miss this,
  • 01:13:22
    it's because we want to be irrelevant.
  • 01:13:24
    All right.
  • 01:13:25
    Bengals. Lions. What's one more?
  • 01:13:31
    Oh, yeah, the Browns have not.
  • 01:13:32
    - That is correct, for the game.
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    - Spicy Casseroles taking home the Bible
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    amidst a flurry of confetti.
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    [music: We Are the Champions, Queen]
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    - Presentation of the Bible. Thank you.
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    - Just beautiful, folks.
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    - Hey, did we have some fun today
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    or do we have some fun today?
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    Yeah. We make no apologies for the fact
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    that we like to have fun every once in a while around here.
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    We think God has blessed us, all of us,
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    with the ability to laugh.
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    And we need to exercise that gift every once in a while.
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    So we try to have fun every weekend
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    to some degree or another.
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    But this, is your first time here,
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    this is very unusual. Very unusual.
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    But we'd love to -- we would love to have you back
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    next week or the week after that.
  • 01:14:21
    We're going to be looking at Jesus,
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    just a raw straight down the pipe,
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    who is this guy who's the most important person
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    the world has ever known as through the eyes
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    of the gospel of Mark,
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    one of the books of the New Testament.
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    It's going to be a great, great one.
  • 01:14:34
    And Firebaugh, you got a great thing coming
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    with students, tell us about that.
  • 01:14:39
    - Yeah, everyone on the stage today
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    was nowhere near an NFL player, but in two weeks,
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    if you're a middle school or high schooler,
  • 01:14:45
    we have something with NFL kicker Evan McPherson.
  • 01:14:48
    He'll be live in this room.
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    All sites are invited, but you must be
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    in middle school or high school.
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    Go to the crossroads.net/thebignight.
  • 01:14:56
    - Yeah, if you're not middle school or high school,
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    just because we don't want you,
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    you're what's called a perpetrator, so stay home.
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    - Hey, those are the final words.
  • 01:15:06
    - Final word.
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    - Hey, thanks for joining us.
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    If you've made it this far, you might be wondering,
  • 01:15:11
    what did I just watch? And what is this place?
  • 01:15:13
    Well, I'll answer real quick.
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    Crossroads is a movement of people
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    meeting all over the country and the globe,
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    seeking connect people to a God that loves them.
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    So no matter what you believe about God,
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    no matter who you are,
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    this is a church that was made for you.
  • 01:15:25
    A place no matter where you're at in life
  • 01:15:27
    or on the map, man, God is for you and you're welcome here.
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    If you have any questions or if there's anything
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    that I can be praying for you about,
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    you can shoot me an email.
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    It's my personal email at Andy.Reider@crossroads.net.
  • 01:15:38
    I'd love to connect and personally pray for you.
  • 01:15:41
    And another way that you can connect with
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    our greater and broader Crossroads Anywhere community
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    is through our connect event coming up
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    next Sunday at 12 p.m. Eastern Time,
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    hosted by my good buddy and teammate Emmanuel Montgomery.
  • 01:15:53
    To sign up for that, head to Crossroads.net/anywhere,
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    fill out a connect card and we will be in touch
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    to help get you connected to not just a church,
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    but a movement of people all over the globe.
  • 01:16:03
    Now we hope to see you back next week
  • 01:16:05
    as we dive into the book of Mark
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    and how Jesus invites us to step over the line.
  • 01:16:08
    We'll see you then.

Process, journal or discuss the themes of this article - here's a few questions to get the ball rolling...

Welcome to the Weekend-Follow Up! This is the group part of the Bible Challenge, so your questions are based on specific Bible passages from the weekend message. Each week, your group will discover what God might be saying to you, and how you can respond through a group discussion.

  1. What was your favorite Super Bowl of Preaching Commercial? Why?

  2. Who sang it better: Miley or referee Matt?

  3. Which message stood out the most to you?

  4. Why do you think it stood out to you? What do you think God might be trying to say? (It’s ok if you’re just guessing. This will give you some space to process what it might be.)

  5. What did the message tell you about God?

  6. What did the message tell you about people?

  7. What is one way you can respond to what God might be saying to you this week?

  8. Now share a prayer request for the week. Whoever loves taking notes can jot them down (and maybe put them in a group chat, if you have one). Make sure to go around the circle and pray for each other at the end of your meeting, and throughout the week.

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