TRUST | Win This Year: Week 3

Winners take bold steps of faith, trusting that God’s promises will stand.

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- Are you ready to win? I sure am.

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Let's win.

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Win This Year.

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WIN!

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SCHULER: Ok, so do you ever go down a rabbit hole on social media

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and then go, what did I just watch?

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Maybe you felt like that just now

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and you're watching church going, "What did I just watch?"

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Well, if you're tuning in for the first time or for the hundredth time,

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we're so glad to have you here at Crossroads.

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And know that you are in the right place,

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regardless of what you believe.

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And it wasn't a fluke.

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You are watching the right video.

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Yeti and Bigfoot are part of our branding for this series.

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Why? Because we can and because it's fun

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and because we believe in fun as a church.

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You know, New Year's brings on New Year's resolutions

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and I've already broke like half of mine.

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Maybe you have too.

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You might say, I feel like I've lost.

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I also feel like I lost yesterday when I totally gave in

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to my crying kid when I knew I shouldn't have.

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Maybe you are feeling already this year like you've lost a few things:

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Your Fantasy Football League.

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Who is going to win the national championship?

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Maybe you screamed at your kid five minutes ago.

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I want you to know that as a church,

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we actually believe that you can Win This Year.

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And that's what the series is that we're in right now.

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And I want to give you a moment to win right now.

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Regardless of what your loss was five minutes ago or five days ago,

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you could win right now.

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And so we're going to pull Yeti and Bigfoot right back out

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and they're going to have a little competition.

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And to sweeten the deal, when I say I want you to win,

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it's not just like, "Oh, I want you to feel good and win."

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I want you to actually win something.

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I want you to win this whole Yeti pack,

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including a true Yeti cooler, the best cooler money can buy

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if you ask me, or Nick my husband.

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We love Yeti and we want you

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to get to have a Yeti cooler and win something.

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So if you text 313131 who you think is going to win

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this next competition, text Bigfoot or Yeti,

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and you could actually win something this year.

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- Win This Year with Bigfoot and Yeti.

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Today's competition: Chess.

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That's a curveball.

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So they're playing chess right now.

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Bigfoot is thinking.

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Yeti he makes his move.

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And it's check.

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No, wait, it's checkmate!

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Yeti wins!

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Bigfoot is not taking this loss well.

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Oh, man.

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And the winner is Yeti!

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SCHULER: And Yeti wins, no surprise.

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I mean, how many of us are Yeti fans?

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I mean, at least I love Yeti, the brand.

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So hopefully you won.

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If you did you're entered to win that at the end of this series.

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And we really believe that God has the best for you

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and He wants you to Win This Year.

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He wants us to Win This Year.

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And part of winning is learning to trust in God

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and putting that into practice day in and day out.

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And part of trusting is telling God that we want to trust Him.

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I don't do the best at trusting Him all the time,

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but I do tell Him very, very often that I want to trust Him more

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because I want to win and I want my relationship

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to be deeper and better with Him.

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And so we're going to sing some songs right now

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that are an opportunity for us to tell God

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that we trust Him and that we want to trust Him more.

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So whether you believe these words fully

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or you want to believe them deeper, go out on a limb,

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trust God right now and say these words out loud to Him through song.

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- Every voice in the room.

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SCHULER: If you actually sang some of those words out loud, well done.

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You took a step towards trusting God just now

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by worshipping Him through song.

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And you know, today we're talking all about trusting God

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and how to Win This Year.

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And one of the ways that I believe that you could win this year

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is if you step out and you let God use you as a leader.

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That's right, I believe God wants to do something

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unique and powerful through you as a leader of people.

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And so we actually have an opportunity

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at Crossroads for you to do that.

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You could be a group leader this year.

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We have a new group season starting in February

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that lasts just eight weeks.

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And you could commit to being a leader in your city

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for other people who want to go towards God

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and who want to Win This Year.

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You don't have to be some spiritual expert or guru.

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We want to help resource you and equip you to be a great leader.

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It just takes you stepping out and trusting God

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that He actually wants to do something good in you

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and through this year.

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And you can apply to be a leader today.

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So head to Crossroads.net/groups

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or chat with us on the Crossroads website.

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We'd love to get you started.

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And one of the great things that you could do as a leader this year

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is you could actually host a Super Bowl party.

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February is coming soon.

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And with February comes the Super Bowl.

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And with the Super Bowl comes at the Super Bowl of Preaching.

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It is our most fun weekend at Crossroads all year long.

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It is a huge spectacle.

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And if you've got friends who think,

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"Man, I don't know if churches is for me

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or I don't know if church can actually be fun,"

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this is the weekend to invite them to watch with you.

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And you could do that by throwing a Super Bowl party

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and throwing on the Crossroads Super Bowl of Preaching

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as the pre-game show.

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And if you're a group leader, we want to help resource you

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to do this and make your party even better.

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So apply to be a leader today

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and start planning your Super Bowl party for the weekend.

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But today we're talking about trust.

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And one of the areas that we can trust God is in our finances.

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And specifically we could trust God with

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our first 10% of our finances, called the tithe.

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When we choose to give that money to the church,

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when we choose to give that money to God.

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And there's someone who's in our community

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who had a really cool experience with choosing

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to trust God with his finances for the first time.

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And so I want to read you just part of his story

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and what he e-mailed in.

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He said: After the first service from Brian

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on The Blessed Life, our financial series,

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I was really struggling internally on what to do,

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wrestling with what I felt was right versus the reasons

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of why we couldn't make the full tithing 10% commitment work financially.

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I decided to take my mind off the whole subject

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and just lay Words With Friends.

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The very first letters I received spelled the word trust.

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And then the first advertisement

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was for financial budgeting app.

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I was like, "OK, God, I hear you."

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We decided right then to make a commitment.

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Maybe today is your day to make a commitment to tithing

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for the very first time.

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And it's a matter of trusting God with your finances.

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You could do that by heading to Crossroads.net/give

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and set up a one time gift or a recurring gift

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and just see what God does next.

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And while we do that,

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let's see what the Super Bowl of Preaching is all about.

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- So what is the Super Bowl of Preaching, you might ask?

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Well, it's just friendly competition among four preachers.

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We won't beat you over the head with a Bible.

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We'll just share what we can.

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It's a real pick me up.

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The goal is to have a good time at church

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and hopefully nobody gets hurt.

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It's just a safe place to have some fun

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and hear some truth.

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Right, Pickles?

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What's that?

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Oh, no, no football whatsoever.

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The Super Bowl of Preaching: Ridiculous, also possibly life changing.

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I don't like dogs. I said no dogs.

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We're done here. Go on.

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Go on, Pickles.

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MINGO: It is that time of year again for the Super Bowl of Preaching.

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The smackdown is about to go down and you don't want to miss it.

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I'm telling you, it's going to be a lot of fun.

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And, you know, and it is.

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It is a weekend where we get to really have a lot of fun

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and honestly communicate a powerful message as well.

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It is the best weekend for inviting people in your life

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who don't like church.

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So I want you to think about who that is,

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if you're watching online, if you're in a building,

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think about the person in your life

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who wouldn't, just wouldn't come.

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They wouldn't be here right now.

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That's the person you should invite to Super Bowl.

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It's going to be incredible.

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And we're really looking forward to you being there

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and you invite your friends and family to be there as well.

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And we've got a powerful message prepared for you,

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so I can't wait for you to hear it.

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Let's pray as we jump in today.

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God, I thank you for this time that we get

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to spend really focused on You and what You have for us.

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God, I just believe You have something for every person here.

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They chose to be here.

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They gave up opportunities to be elsewhere

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because they're communicating, I believe, by their presence

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that they want more of what You have for them and more of You.

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And so, God, I pray that You would give them that today.

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Use my words, use this time, help it to be helpful,

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and God help it to help us grow.

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In Jesus's name, Amen.

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Amen.

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Well, if you haven't been here for the last couple of weeks,

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we're in a series called Win This Year.

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And we're talking about that.

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We're talking about what God has to say

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about you and I winning this year.

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And I don't know everybody here personally,

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but I do know this" If you're here, you want to win.

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You want to win.

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You're here because you want to win.

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I think if you're here, you want to win vocationally,

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whatever it is you do professionally for a living.

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I think you to be great at that.

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I think you want to win in your job.

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I think you want to win at that.

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If you're here, I think you want to win.

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Gosh, you want to win relationally.

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The relationships in your life matter to you

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and the ones that matter the most,

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you would like 2020 to be up and to the right,

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however, you're measuring that.

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You want to win physically.

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You want to win physically,

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whether you call that getting stronger or healthier.

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You want to win physically.

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You want your life physically to look different.

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And I know you want to win spiritually

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or else you wouldn't be at church.

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You want to win spiritually.

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Maybe that for you is less stress, more peace.

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Maybe it's more of my life looking like Jesus lived.

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Whatever it is, you want to win.

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But here's the problem that we all have.

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A friend of mine called it the Monday problem.

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We all have the Monday problem.

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We come here on the weekend.

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We hear something encouraging.

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We say, "I'm going to live differently.

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I'm so glad I came."

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And then this thing called Monday comes, right?

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And Monday comes and all of a sudden there are barriers

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to the promises we made in this room.

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You know? We had our hands up at the end of the service

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and we were ready to walk out on fire.

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And then Monday comes and Monday keeps us from it.

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So what I want to talk about today is actually

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how do we overcome the Monday problem?

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In fact, did you know -- did you know that

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January 19 has been designated Quitters Day in America?

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It's the day when most people are predicted

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to have fallen off their New Year's resolution.

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And I'm telling you, God wants you to overcome your Monday problems.

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So today is really part two of a message that Brian began last week.

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Brian talked last week about how we need tenacity to win.

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And I want to build on that by helping you

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get through the Monday problem with three powerful words.

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They might sound trite. They might sound cliche.

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But I think at the end of our time,

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they're gonna mean something to you that they may not mean right now.

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If you don't hear anything else I say today, hear this"

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How do you get through the Monday problem?

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Trust the process.

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Trust the process.

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I want you to say that out loud with me on the count of three.

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One, two, three: Trust the process.

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I want you to really get this today.

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So I'm going to go back to the black church

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and use a tool from the black church.

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I want you to talk to four people around you

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and I want you to tell them: trust the process.

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So four people around you right now: trust the process.

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You online: trust the process.

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Wherever you are right now: Trust the process.

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Trust the process.

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M. Scott Peck wrote a book, it's a timeless book

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called The Road Less Traveled and begins with these three words:

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Life is difficult.

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Isn't that true? Isn't that true?

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We know it's hard.

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All of us want to win, but we know there are barriers

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between us and winning because life is difficult.

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Life is hard. Achieving goals are hard.

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It's like the philosopher Mike Tyson said,

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everybody has a plan until you get punched in the mouth.

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We all have a plan.

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None of us -- None of us wake up in the morning

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and say, "You know what I want to do today?

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I want to fail."

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No, we all want to win, but the challenge is life is hard.

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And when life is hard, we've gotta trust the process.

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We've gotta trust the process.

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Now, I'e got some friends in this room from Philadelphia,

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from our hometown.

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And so whatever -- as I've been saying this,

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they've been picturing this guy right here.

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This guy's Joel Embiid, as I call him Joel Embiid.

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He is an NBA superstar who plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

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And he has actually gotten the nickname "The Process."

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Here's why. Because for years the strategy of the 76ers

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to build the organization was basically this:

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find and recruit top notch athletes who then

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get injured and missed the whole year of their rookie year.

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That was the strategy.

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So in the midst of that happening over and over again,

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the management kept saying, "Guys, you've gotta trust the process.

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Trust the process."

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So Joel Embiid was one of those superstars that came into the league

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and like missed his whole first year because he got injured.

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But man, when he is on the court, "The Process" is good.

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"The Process" is good.

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There is improvement happening.

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Now, you know, there's some setbacks though.

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Joel Embiid recently had a setback.

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On January 6 he was playing in a game and he dislocated his finger.

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We had a picture.

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Your finger is not supposed to look like that.

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(gasping)

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Hopefully nobody vomited on that one.

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Take that away. Take that away.

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Your finger is not supposed to look like that.

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But, trust the process, right?

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Trust the process.

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Well, let me tell you something.

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Do you know the Sixers actually won that game?

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And not only did they win their game,

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but Joel Embiid went on the sideline,

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got his finger taped up, came back in the game

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and dropped 19 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.

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He almost had a triple double in that game.

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Trust the process, right?

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Trust the process.

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I've been watching the NFL playoffs and loving all every game.

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It's been the best playoff season in a long time, in my opinion.

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And we got any Kansas City Chiefs fans in here?

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Anybody watching that's a Kansas City Chiefs fan?

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Yeah, you weren't clapping last week about this time, were you?

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No, you weren't because the Kansas City Chiefs were at home,

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should have won this game and they were down 21 to 0 at halftime.

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It was bad. It looked really bad.

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But they have an incredible quarterback.

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He's an incredible team leader.

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And everybody else looked dejected except him.

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He was going down the sidelines encouraging his players.

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And I don't know what he was saying.

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He might have been saying, "Trust the process.

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Guys, trust the process."

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And literally in the second half, they went on to win that game 51-21.

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Unbelievable. (cheers)

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Patrick Mahomes, man, what a guy.

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Right?

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It was an incredible game to watch.

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In fact, one of the fans of Kansas City

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really believes in trusting the process.

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And so he was convinced that him being in the stadium

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is the reason they were losing because

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it was another playoff game and he was in the stadium.

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So he told all people around him,

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"If they're losing by 3 touchdowns or more at halftime,

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I'm leaving." And he left.

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He left and they went back and won 51-21.

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So after the game was over, they asked Patrick Mahomes

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what he thought about that fan.

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Let's watch this together.

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REPORTER: Can you talk about the fans and how important they were.

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There was one fan who's now gone viral.

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He left when you guys were down 24-0

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because he said it was in the best interest of the team.

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What would you say to that fan?

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MAHOMES: Watch the next game at home.

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(laughter)

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- Watch the next game at home.

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Trust the process.

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Hey, listen, I know that all of us want to win this year.

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And I want you to know that in order for you to win this year,

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you're going to have to trust God's process.

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Trust is a spiritual thing.

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Look at what it says in Hebrews 11:6, it says:

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Man, that's what the Bible says, that God is a God of process.

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If I know anything about God,

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I know that God is a God of process.

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He is not a God of quick fix.

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He is not a God of easy.

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He's a God of process.

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And we have to trust Him and we have to trust the process.

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But trust is hard.

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I mean, listen, you're among friends here.

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How many people just, raise your hand,

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have a problem with trusting?

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How many people in here are willing to be honest

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and say, "Yeah, I have a problem with trusting."

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Trusting is hard.

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It might be because of something that happened in the past

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or it might be some other reason,

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but we all have barriers to trust.

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Well in this series we've been looking at

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the nation of Israel specifically

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as they are about to inherit the Promised Land.

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This is a promise God made to His people

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years and years and years ago, 400 years,

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particularly from many of the people

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who had been on this journey,

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where the nation of Israel went from being enslaved in Egypt

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to being set free by Moses's leadership,

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but then wandered 40 years in the desert.

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And so as we're watching this nation

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about to inherit the Promised Land,

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we're looking at people who for 40 years

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have know nothing but desert.

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They've know nothing but wilderness.

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And God literally has this barrier that's between them

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and the promise called the Jordan River.

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And it's time to trust the process and cross the Jordan River.

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This is what it says in Joshua 3:9:

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-- Which is this very important piece of furniture

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that sat in the temple, and it represented

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the presence of God with his people.

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It says:

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So God is basically saying to His people,

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"If you trust me, I will do a miracle for you.

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If you trust the process, I will do a supernatural thing

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that you couldn't do in your own strength."

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Now just a little bit about the Jordan River.

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The Jordan River is about 100 feet wide

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at the point where the Israelites crossed it,

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which if you know about rivers, isn't very wide.

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It's not very wide.

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And if it was a trickling stream, which sometimes it can be,

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that doesn't sound like a really big deal, right?

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You know, maybe your feet get wet.

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But of course, it would be like God

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to have his people crossing the Jordan

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at the most difficult time in the season to do so.

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So this is harvest time.

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And at harvest time, the Jordan begins to overflow its banks.

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And you have a picture of what it looks like

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when the Jordan overflows its banks.

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So imagine stepping into, not a river that's calm

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like the Ohio in the middle of a summer day.

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No, imagine stepping into 100 feet of rapids

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and you've got to get all your people,

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all your livestock, everything across this river.

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This was a crazy, crazy, difficult challenge.

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And God was asking these people to trust Him

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to do something that they had only heard about

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in legendary stories.

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Does that sound familiar?

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Because 40 years ago, God parted the Red Sea

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when they were leaving Egypt.

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But because those people didn't trust God,

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for 40 years they were wandering in circles in the wilderness.

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So most of the people who literally were looking

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at this bubbling river, this rapids river,

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had never seen a river before in their life.

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This was their first experience of water.

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This was a challenge for them.

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And in the midst of this, they faced a Monday problem.

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They faced the problem saying, "Yeah,

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it was one thing to think that God would be with us

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when we were wandering in the wilderness

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looking at the Promised Land from a distance,

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but now it's time to move.

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It's time to trust."

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They had to trust the process, and so do we.

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That's why it says in the New Testament,

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in the book of James 1:

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God uses the process to do something in us

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and through us that doesn't happen any other way.

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Trust the process.

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Now, like you, I struggle sometimes to trust the process.

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And I can think of a lot of examples in my life

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where that trust has been tested.

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But one of those examples was actually captured on film.

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So we've been looking every week at clips

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from something called Phantom Lake.

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It was a a bike trip, an off-road motorcycle trip

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that I was on, Brian led, our senior pastor.

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We went through the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route.

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This is off-road riding, it's aggressive riding,

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way beyond anything that I had ever experienced before.

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And it was a challenging trip for me every day.

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But I want to show you perhaps the day

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where I was most challenge to trust the process.

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We're going to look at about a 9.5

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minute clip.

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And as we do that, I want you to watch

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how my ability to trust the process was tested on this day.

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TOME: When you have momentum, it's easier to win.

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I wanted to give these guys a little momentum

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in staying on their motorcycle

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for longer than 4 minutes at a time.

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So I gave them about an hour to ride around the trails

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and get their bearings

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before we hit our next big pass: Corkscrew.

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MINGO: I have a fear of heights.

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I have a fear of these kinds of things.

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And for me, this trip will very much be

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about can I overcome that fear?

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Can I do more than what I think I can?

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Can I overcome things that I don't know that I can overcome?

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I want a role model that for my kids.

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I don't want my kids to have these fears

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and I want my kids to have a heart for adventure

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to be open to new things.

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- All right, ready?

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One, two, three.

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TOME: We all have fear.

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I have fear.

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When I have fear, I have to remind myself

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that fear is just an illusion.

512
00:33:38.150 --> 00:33:39.710
It's nothing that is real.

513
00:33:40.070 --> 00:33:43.130
It's just a fleeting thought that went across my mind.

514
00:33:43.670 --> 00:33:46.250
It's no more real than the fleeting thought

515
00:33:46.250 --> 00:33:48.620
that there's gold at the end of a rainbow.

516
00:33:53.550 --> 00:33:54.380
- Chuck, it's all right.

517
00:33:57.320 --> 00:33:59.210
- One, two, three.

518
00:34:02.110 --> 00:34:02.530
- Good job, Chuck.

519
00:34:29.900 --> 00:34:31.180
MINGO: I broke a bunch of stuff.

520
00:34:32.220 --> 00:34:35.810
I broke my clutch. I broke both Barkbusters.

521
00:34:35.810 --> 00:34:35.820
- Oh, man.

522
00:34:58.830 --> 00:35:00.540
TOME: I wanted Brad on the trip

523
00:35:00.540 --> 00:35:03.240
because I wanted at least one great rider,

524
00:35:03.240 --> 00:35:04.410
and that's exactly what I got.

525
00:35:04.440 --> 00:35:07.500
He was great from start until finish.

526
00:35:07.890 --> 00:35:10.320
I was going to have him running sweeper in the back

527
00:35:10.830 --> 00:35:12.900
so he could pick bikes up, he could push people.

528
00:35:14.490 --> 00:35:16.230
If someone was going to get the Phantom Lake,

529
00:35:16.620 --> 00:35:17.730
they had Brad to thank for it.

530
00:35:27.530 --> 00:35:29.530
- And OK, so let you let off here, right?

531
00:35:29.630 --> 00:35:30.970
- OK. - So you want to keep in it.

532
00:35:30.970 --> 00:35:31.610
- OK. - All right.

533
00:35:31.880 --> 00:35:33.530
TOME: This is very difficult to do.

534
00:35:33.650 --> 00:35:35.980
We're taught that you look where you're going.

535
00:35:35.990 --> 00:35:37.910
No, you want to look where you want to go.

536
00:35:38.010 --> 00:35:39.560
Chuck is looking straight down.

537
00:35:39.710 --> 00:35:41.710
He should not be looking straight down at his wheel.

538
00:35:41.720 --> 00:35:44.300
He should be looking up, up to the horizon.

539
00:35:44.330 --> 00:35:46.090
Momentum is your friend.

540
00:35:46.100 --> 00:35:47.450
If you're only looking down,

541
00:35:47.690 --> 00:35:50.870
you'll never get your momentum and you'll never succeed.

542
00:35:54.770 --> 00:35:56.100
MINGO: I was nervous about my direction.

543
00:35:56.100 --> 00:35:58.880
- OK. We've got you.

544
00:36:10.530 --> 00:36:14.590
TOME: Hey, guys, this is called Corkscrew for a reason.

545
00:36:14.650 --> 00:36:16.410
These are the tightest turns you'll have all trip.

546
00:36:27.340 --> 00:36:28.420
- Three (grunts).

547
00:36:33.130 --> 00:36:34.510
- Push. Push him through those rocks.

548
00:36:34.960 --> 00:36:37.750
Keep going, keep going. Go, go, go, go, go, go, go.

549
00:36:38.460 --> 00:36:40.000
Yeah. That a boy.

550
00:36:41.090 --> 00:36:41.800
Yes.

551
00:36:43.470 --> 00:36:46.520
Way to go, John. Keep going, keep going, John.

552
00:37:14.860 --> 00:37:17.450
- I don't have it.

553
00:37:17.450 --> 00:37:18.560
I don't have it.

554
00:37:18.640 --> 00:37:19.020
I don't have it.

555
00:37:34.470 --> 00:37:35.640
TOME: The last time I did this trail

556
00:37:35.640 --> 00:37:37.290
with my normal riding crew it was 10 minutes.

557
00:37:37.830 --> 00:37:39.440
Today, it's four hours.

558
00:37:54.010 --> 00:37:58.000
Brad's doing a really, really great job at being an encourager

559
00:37:58.400 --> 00:38:00.340
and trying to patch people up emotionally

560
00:38:00.370 --> 00:38:02.050
and specifically Chuck emotionally

561
00:38:02.590 --> 00:38:04.780
as he tries to sweep them up the top of this hill.

562
00:38:51.910 --> 00:38:53.150
- There it is, there it is, there it is!

563
00:39:04.270 --> 00:39:06.430
TOME: So we get to the top of Corkscrew Pass

564
00:39:06.430 --> 00:39:09.770
and it is amazing, the view is amazing.

565
00:39:10.420 --> 00:39:11.890
The camaraderie is amazing.

566
00:39:11.910 --> 00:39:13.540
I felt like grabbing everybody by the helm

567
00:39:13.540 --> 00:39:15.900
and saying, "see, I told you, I told ya."

568
00:39:16.720 --> 00:39:18.760
The morale is sky high.

569
00:39:18.770 --> 00:39:20.440
The energy is sky high.

570
00:39:20.680 --> 00:39:24.000
The belief that, "Yes, we can do this," is sky high.

571
00:39:24.310 --> 00:39:27.160
No question, this is an emotional highlight for this trip.

572
00:39:28.430 --> 00:39:29.770
MINGO: I'm just so thankful for these guys.

573
00:39:30.460 --> 00:39:31.510
They encourage me.

574
00:39:31.510 --> 00:39:32.800
They put something in me that I didn't have.

575
00:39:33.540 --> 00:39:35.500
And I just wanted to get up one frickin mountain.

576
00:39:35.830 --> 00:39:36.790
And I got up this mountain.

577
00:41:12.410 --> 00:41:12.600
(cheers and applause)

578
00:41:12.610 --> 00:41:14.540
Now, you know why I have this box of tissues up here.

579
00:41:16.070 --> 00:41:17.210
Help yourself if you need one.

580
00:41:18.040 --> 00:41:20.540
I have watched that a time or two

581
00:41:20.750 --> 00:41:23.060
and I'll never forget that day.

582
00:41:24.770 --> 00:41:26.220
And let me just pause and say this:

583
00:41:27.190 --> 00:41:29.380
Today's not about my story

584
00:41:29.380 --> 00:41:30.550
and today's not about what I did.

585
00:41:32.280 --> 00:41:34.460
As you watch that, what's God saying to you right now?

586
00:41:36.320 --> 00:41:38.450
What's the impossible mountain

587
00:41:38.450 --> 00:41:39.500
that feels like you can't climb it?

588
00:41:39.530 --> 00:41:41.750
I want you just have a moment and ask God

589
00:41:41.750 --> 00:41:44.810
that you would lock in on that

590
00:41:44.810 --> 00:41:46.370
as I share with you what I learned on that day.

591
00:41:46.400 --> 00:41:49.460
I learned some things that day about trusting the process,

592
00:41:49.460 --> 00:41:50.060
specifically three things.

593
00:41:50.510 --> 00:41:51.500
The first thing I learned is

594
00:41:51.500 --> 00:41:53.720
that the process is what purifies you.

595
00:41:54.890 --> 00:41:58.130
The process purifies you for where it is that God is taking you.

596
00:41:58.430 --> 00:41:59.990
In the story of the nation of Israel,

597
00:42:00.020 --> 00:42:02.990
as they look at this barrier, the Jordan River,

598
00:42:03.110 --> 00:42:06.410
look at what Joshua says to the people in Joshua 3:5, he says:

599
00:42:12.290 --> 00:42:15.380
That word consecrate means to set yourself apart.

600
00:42:15.800 --> 00:42:17.630
It means a cut away from the normal,

601
00:42:17.630 --> 00:42:20.420
to cut away from what everything and everyone else

602
00:42:20.420 --> 00:42:22.160
might be doing so that you can have

603
00:42:22.370 --> 00:42:25.070
a unique opportunity to experience and encounter

604
00:42:25.070 --> 00:42:27.920
God doing powerful things through you.

605
00:42:27.920 --> 00:42:30.950
And I had to be purified that day.

606
00:42:30.980 --> 00:42:33.290
There was something that needed to be set apart in me

607
00:42:33.530 --> 00:42:34.880
that day to be able to do that.

608
00:42:34.930 --> 00:42:36.800
Brian said this the first week of the series.

609
00:42:37.070 --> 00:42:38.430
And I want to repeat this question.

610
00:42:38.450 --> 00:42:40.760
You know, if you want to win this year in any area,

611
00:42:40.960 --> 00:42:42.140
I've got to ask you the question:

612
00:42:42.140 --> 00:42:43.550
How badly do you want it?

613
00:42:44.670 --> 00:42:47.790
We've got to have a pure motive for pursuing

614
00:42:47.790 --> 00:42:49.920
the things that God wants us to pursue.

615
00:42:49.920 --> 00:42:51.720
And if we're going to pursue those,

616
00:42:51.720 --> 00:42:53.610
He's going to ask you to set yourself apart.

617
00:42:54.430 --> 00:42:56.160
There are students in here and maybe school

618
00:42:56.160 --> 00:42:57.900
is challenging for you, but you've got a goal.

619
00:42:57.930 --> 00:42:59.220
There's a reason why you're there.

620
00:42:59.430 --> 00:43:02.070
You might need to set yourself apart from the party scene.

621
00:43:02.940 --> 00:43:05.250
You might need to set yourself apart from

622
00:43:05.250 --> 00:43:06.960
sets of friends that you've already made

623
00:43:06.960 --> 00:43:09.630
so that you can experience God doing wonderful things

624
00:43:09.630 --> 00:43:12.700
through you and you pursuing and completing your school goals.

625
00:43:12.720 --> 00:43:15.240
Maybe there's a habit in your life that you want to build.

626
00:43:15.270 --> 00:43:17.220
Maybe there's a habit in your life you want to break.

627
00:43:17.310 --> 00:43:19.170
You're going to have to set yourself apart

628
00:43:19.170 --> 00:43:20.970
from the normal things you've always been doing.

629
00:43:21.180 --> 00:43:22.860
If you do what you've always done,

630
00:43:22.860 --> 00:43:24.450
you're going to get what you've always gotten.

631
00:43:25.230 --> 00:43:27.890
So you've got to set yourself apart in that way.

632
00:43:27.900 --> 00:43:29.910
If you want to grow spiritually, I'm telling you,

633
00:43:29.990 --> 00:43:32.390
there is no secret, there is no magic pill.

634
00:43:32.400 --> 00:43:35.190
You've got to set apart time to be in God's presence.

635
00:43:35.850 --> 00:43:37.590
You will be changed in His presence.

636
00:43:37.850 --> 00:43:39.960
Set apart time to be in community with people

637
00:43:39.960 --> 00:43:41.940
who are going the direction you want to go.

638
00:43:42.060 --> 00:43:43.870
As you do that, you'll experience it.

639
00:43:43.890 --> 00:43:45.270
Maybe it's your finances this year.

640
00:43:45.270 --> 00:43:47.490
Maybe there are some new places you want to go financially.

641
00:43:47.490 --> 00:43:48.570
If that's the case,

642
00:43:48.570 --> 00:43:49.980
you're going to have to set yourself apart

643
00:43:49.980 --> 00:43:52.410
from the spending habits that have gotten you to where you are.

644
00:43:53.190 --> 00:43:55.380
Dave Ramsey says it, it might sound cliche,

645
00:43:55.410 --> 00:43:56.560
but it makes so much sense.

646
00:43:56.580 --> 00:43:56.940
He says:

647
00:44:02.720 --> 00:44:05.000
You've got to have your motives purified.

648
00:44:05.040 --> 00:44:07.670
I'll be honest, you saw it there,

649
00:44:07.670 --> 00:44:08.750
that was hard for me.

650
00:44:09.500 --> 00:44:11.330
And doing it for bragging rights,

651
00:44:11.510 --> 00:44:13.160
doing it for personal pride

652
00:44:13.370 --> 00:44:15.230
was not going to get me up that hill.

653
00:44:15.650 --> 00:44:18.140
I literally had a moment when I was on the side

654
00:44:18.380 --> 00:44:19.910
and I thought about my kids and I said,

655
00:44:19.910 --> 00:44:20.390
"You know what?

656
00:44:20.680 --> 00:44:23.800
If this was just my story, I would quit.

657
00:44:23.800 --> 00:44:24.630
I'm done."

658
00:44:25.430 --> 00:44:26.780
But I thought about my kids and I said,

659
00:44:26.780 --> 00:44:29.360
"What do I want my kids to think about this day in my life?"

660
00:44:30.240 --> 00:44:31.270
And that's what got me up the hill.

661
00:44:31.290 --> 00:44:32.550
My kids became my why.

662
00:44:33.450 --> 00:44:35.370
I posted this on my Instagram this morning.

663
00:44:35.940 --> 00:44:37.590
And the heading that I had with this picture,

664
00:44:37.590 --> 00:44:40.680
with good friends of mine, Chris and his daughter Ashlyn,

665
00:44:40.830 --> 00:44:42.510
was that I'm training to run

666
00:44:42.510 --> 00:44:45.210
my fastest half marathon in May for the Flying Pig.

667
00:44:45.240 --> 00:44:45.960
That's what I'm doing.

668
00:44:45.960 --> 00:44:47.700
And they're helping me to train for that.

669
00:44:47.910 --> 00:44:51.810
But my why is not because I want to have a PR in my race.

670
00:44:51.840 --> 00:44:52.860
You know, my why is?

671
00:44:53.040 --> 00:44:56.330
I want to be the first male in my family that I know of

672
00:44:56.340 --> 00:44:58.950
that doesn't die of type 2 diabetes or its complications.

673
00:44:59.010 --> 00:45:00.300
That's why I'm doing this.

674
00:45:00.780 --> 00:45:01.700
That's my why.

675
00:45:01.920 --> 00:45:06.160
And it purifies your motive when you get to a deeper why.

676
00:45:06.420 --> 00:45:08.160
And the process is what does that.

677
00:45:08.180 --> 00:45:09.330
The process purifies it.

678
00:45:09.340 --> 00:45:10.170
What's your why?

679
00:45:11.060 --> 00:45:13.490
Maybe God has you in this process

680
00:45:13.490 --> 00:45:15.620
because He wants to purify your why.

681
00:45:16.750 --> 00:45:19.180
The second thing is the process prepares you.

682
00:45:20.130 --> 00:45:21.870
The process is what prepares you

683
00:45:21.870 --> 00:45:23.430
for where it is that God is taking you.

684
00:45:24.150 --> 00:45:25.890
Again in the story of the nation of Israel,

685
00:45:26.070 --> 00:45:27.540
Joshua says this to the people:

686
00:45:41.340 --> 00:45:43.380
Part of what happens in the process

687
00:45:43.380 --> 00:45:47.340
is God prepares you for where you have never been before.

688
00:45:48.270 --> 00:45:50.460
I know we've got some motorcycle riders in here,

689
00:45:50.460 --> 00:45:52.200
and as you were watching that clip,

690
00:45:52.200 --> 00:45:54.390
you know exactly what my problem is.

691
00:45:54.960 --> 00:45:57.450
You know exactly why I struggled to get up that hill.

692
00:45:57.480 --> 00:45:59.220
It's called clutch control.

693
00:46:00.270 --> 00:46:01.420
It's called clutch control.

694
00:46:01.420 --> 00:46:05.220
It's a basic motorcycle skill that is easy to do on asphalt.

695
00:46:05.410 --> 00:46:07.290
And can I just tell you, because I've been there,

696
00:46:07.440 --> 00:46:09.150
it's a little bit harder to do on the side of a mountain.

697
00:46:09.270 --> 00:46:10.370
It's a little bit hard to do. Right?

698
00:46:10.620 --> 00:46:11.400
That was the thing, though.

699
00:46:11.640 --> 00:46:12.780
It's learning how to do that.

700
00:46:12.840 --> 00:46:14.280
So I had to trust the process.

701
00:46:14.430 --> 00:46:16.500
Part of the process that Brian setup,

702
00:46:16.530 --> 00:46:17.400
you heard it in the video

703
00:46:17.400 --> 00:46:18.870
and I was following Brian on this one,

704
00:46:19.080 --> 00:46:21.180
was Brad as the sweeper.

705
00:46:21.870 --> 00:46:24.140
Brad is an incredible rider.

706
00:46:24.210 --> 00:46:24.870
Oh, my goodness.

707
00:46:24.900 --> 00:46:27.870
He is amazing. He was popping wheelies up the thing

708
00:46:27.870 --> 00:46:29.010
that you saw me struggling on.

709
00:46:29.040 --> 00:46:30.420
I mean, he's an incredible guy.

710
00:46:30.440 --> 00:46:30.720
Right?

711
00:46:31.290 --> 00:46:35.130
His patience with me was the turning point in the trip for me.

712
00:46:35.160 --> 00:46:37.230
I'll never forget it. It's quick in the video.

713
00:46:37.410 --> 00:46:39.810
But there was a moment, I call it my anger fit,

714
00:46:39.810 --> 00:46:41.700
right after I had my anger fit where I threw the rock.

715
00:46:42.060 --> 00:46:43.110
And I'm like on the side.

716
00:46:43.560 --> 00:46:44.670
I was going to quit.

717
00:46:44.730 --> 00:46:45.290
That was the end.

718
00:46:45.300 --> 00:46:46.050
I was going to quit.

719
00:46:46.650 --> 00:46:48.030
And Brad came up to me and I said,

720
00:46:48.150 --> 00:46:49.380
"I just can't freaking get this.

721
00:46:49.380 --> 00:46:51.960
I can't get it. I can't get the clutch thing."

722
00:46:52.080 --> 00:46:53.730
He was like, "Great. Good news.

723
00:46:53.950 --> 00:46:55.950
There's only one thing you need to focus on.

724
00:46:57.330 --> 00:46:59.220
So don't worry about all this other stuff.

725
00:46:59.460 --> 00:47:01.080
Focus on clutch control."

726
00:47:01.140 --> 00:47:02.220
And you can see after that,

727
00:47:02.220 --> 00:47:03.330
that's what his coaching was for me.

728
00:47:03.540 --> 00:47:06.090
I'm telling you, maybe in the process you're in

729
00:47:06.270 --> 00:47:08.050
it feels like I can't get up the mountain.

730
00:47:08.250 --> 00:47:09.790
And what God is saying is, "Yeah.

731
00:47:09.870 --> 00:47:11.190
There's that one thing, right?

732
00:47:11.400 --> 00:47:14.400
Good news. I just want to build that one thing in you.

733
00:47:15.060 --> 00:47:18.420
I just want to prepare you, equip you, strengthen you,

734
00:47:18.480 --> 00:47:22.050
steel you in that one area of your life."

735
00:47:22.080 --> 00:47:24.750
I'm so thankful for Brad and his coaching

736
00:47:24.750 --> 00:47:26.370
because that's what prepared me.

737
00:47:26.580 --> 00:47:29.250
And quite frankly, what I learned on Corkscrew

738
00:47:29.760 --> 00:47:32.430
enabled me to ride the rest of the time that I did.

739
00:47:33.330 --> 00:47:35.160
I had to learn clutch control.

740
00:47:35.160 --> 00:47:36.210
What's your clutch control?

741
00:47:36.240 --> 00:47:38.520
What is the thing that you know is the one thing

742
00:47:38.700 --> 00:47:40.290
that's getting in the way, but it's the one thing

743
00:47:40.320 --> 00:47:41.880
God wants to form in you,

744
00:47:41.880 --> 00:47:43.740
shape in you, strengthen you around?

745
00:47:44.610 --> 00:47:47.970
I was reading this week a quote that really stuck with me

746
00:47:47.970 --> 00:47:50.270
about preparations from a woman named Mandy Hale.

747
00:47:50.610 --> 00:47:52.320
She wrote a book called The Single Woman:

748
00:47:52.320 --> 00:47:53.510
Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass.

749
00:47:53.550 --> 00:47:54.180
I like that title.

750
00:47:54.990 --> 00:47:55.650
And she says this:

751
00:48:07.970 --> 00:48:08.980
That's a good word.

752
00:48:08.980 --> 00:48:10.280
That'll preach.

753
00:48:11.040 --> 00:48:11.790
That a preach.

754
00:48:12.110 --> 00:48:14.260
And it's -- I mean, she's writing it to single people.

755
00:48:14.260 --> 00:48:17.260
And I just felt this week as I read that,

756
00:48:17.530 --> 00:48:20.260
I don't want to miss the immediate application she wrote it for.

757
00:48:20.260 --> 00:48:22.930
So I know we have a bunch of single people at Crossroads.

758
00:48:23.560 --> 00:48:25.030
And I just want to talk to you for a minute.

759
00:48:25.040 --> 00:48:28.270
And I know when a married man starts saying,

760
00:48:28.270 --> 00:48:29.830
"I'm talking to single people,"

761
00:48:30.040 --> 00:48:31.750
I'm the last person you want to hear from.

762
00:48:31.760 --> 00:48:33.220
I get it. I get it.

763
00:48:33.310 --> 00:48:34.780
Can you just just hear me on this though?

764
00:48:34.840 --> 00:48:36.490
My name is Chuck and I'm your friend.

765
00:48:37.660 --> 00:48:38.800
I really do love you.

766
00:48:39.340 --> 00:48:40.360
I really do love you.

767
00:48:40.690 --> 00:48:43.110
And here's what I think I'm taking from her

768
00:48:43.120 --> 00:48:44.560
that might be an encouragement to you.

769
00:48:44.890 --> 00:48:48.670
I know that maybe you're not where you want to be relationally,

770
00:48:48.940 --> 00:48:50.080
if you want to be married.

771
00:48:50.710 --> 00:48:52.000
And let me just say this to you:

772
00:48:52.690 --> 00:48:55.150
It may or may not be that God is saying

773
00:48:55.150 --> 00:48:55.960
yes to you and marriage,

774
00:48:56.050 --> 00:48:58.680
but He's absolutely saying yes to preparation.

775
00:48:59.140 --> 00:49:01.330
He's saying yes to meaning and purpose

776
00:49:01.510 --> 00:49:04.300
and your life mattering in the here and now.

777
00:49:04.450 --> 00:49:06.430
And so maybe God isn't punishing you,

778
00:49:06.430 --> 00:49:07.510
but He's preparing you.

779
00:49:08.720 --> 00:49:10.310
Maybe He's prepared you for a spouse.

780
00:49:10.520 --> 00:49:13.160
Maybe He's prepare you for impact as a single person.

781
00:49:13.310 --> 00:49:14.570
But I just want you to know this:

782
00:49:14.780 --> 00:49:16.640
It doesn't mean you have to stand still.

783
00:49:16.650 --> 00:49:18.530
Do not put your life on pause.

784
00:49:18.680 --> 00:49:21.380
God has purpose for you in your singleness

785
00:49:21.530 --> 00:49:22.470
right where you are.

786
00:49:22.580 --> 00:49:24.170
And here's what I also know about God:

787
00:49:24.380 --> 00:49:25.940
Momentum is your friend.

788
00:49:26.060 --> 00:49:28.370
God will catch a moving target

789
00:49:28.370 --> 00:49:30.050
and He will direct it where He wants it to go.

790
00:49:30.830 --> 00:49:31.880
So I just want to encourage you,

791
00:49:31.880 --> 00:49:33.140
but that's not just for single people.

792
00:49:33.140 --> 00:49:34.760
That's for people who are struggling

793
00:49:34.760 --> 00:49:36.290
with any part of the process.

794
00:49:36.320 --> 00:49:38.720
But just know this: The process is what prepares you.

795
00:49:39.810 --> 00:49:42.960
The process is what purifies your motives.

796
00:49:42.970 --> 00:49:44.590
It helps you clarify your why.

797
00:49:44.620 --> 00:49:46.200
It also is what prepares you.

798
00:49:46.210 --> 00:49:47.250
What's your clutch control?

799
00:49:47.260 --> 00:49:50.320
What's the thing, the one thing that God wants you to grow in?

800
00:49:50.340 --> 00:49:52.210
But here's the thing that's encouraging:

801
00:49:52.210 --> 00:49:54.780
The process is exactly what propels you.

802
00:49:55.770 --> 00:49:59.670
The process is what propels you into the promised land.

803
00:50:00.270 --> 00:50:02.310
Momentum is your friend.

804
00:50:02.340 --> 00:50:04.050
I learned that on that mountain.

805
00:50:04.260 --> 00:50:06.960
I've learned that from rides I've done since that mountain.

806
00:50:06.960 --> 00:50:09.160
Momentum is your friend.

807
00:50:09.420 --> 00:50:11.290
Great. God wants to give you momentum.

808
00:50:12.030 --> 00:50:12.690
He wants that.

809
00:50:12.830 --> 00:50:14.550
I've been asking the question as I read through

810
00:50:14.550 --> 00:50:16.100
the crossing of the Jordan again,

811
00:50:16.100 --> 00:50:17.460
a scripture that I've read many times.

812
00:50:17.670 --> 00:50:21.440
God, why did you have these people cross the Jordan River?

813
00:50:21.450 --> 00:50:23.540
Why did that have to be a part of their process?

814
00:50:24.480 --> 00:50:25.090
I mean, think about it.

815
00:50:25.110 --> 00:50:28.320
These are people who came from a generation of folks

816
00:50:28.320 --> 00:50:29.760
who were 400 years enslaved.

817
00:50:29.890 --> 00:50:30.640
That's pretty hard.

818
00:50:30.690 --> 00:50:31.890
I would think they were pretty tested.

819
00:50:31.920 --> 00:50:33.780
I would think they had gone through some difficulty,

820
00:50:33.780 --> 00:50:36.240
probably sufficient difficulty for a lifetime.

821
00:50:36.420 --> 00:50:38.190
But then the people who were at the river

822
00:50:38.430 --> 00:50:41.280
are people who for 40 years wandered in the wilderness,

823
00:50:41.430 --> 00:50:43.410
only knew dust, only knew dryness,

824
00:50:43.620 --> 00:50:45.510
only got water out of rocks.

825
00:50:45.930 --> 00:50:47.820
It was this crazy experience they had.

826
00:50:47.820 --> 00:50:49.920
They had literally never seen a river before.

827
00:50:50.190 --> 00:50:54.580
Why would God force them to have to go

828
00:50:54.580 --> 00:50:57.250
through a river to get to their promise?

829
00:50:59.030 --> 00:51:00.810
And I want to tell you, there's at least three reasons.

830
00:51:00.830 --> 00:51:03.650
God used this experience to propel them

831
00:51:03.650 --> 00:51:04.610
in at least three ways.

832
00:51:04.610 --> 00:51:08.190
First, God used it to propel Joshua as their leader.

833
00:51:08.210 --> 00:51:10.260
Look at what it says in Joshua 3:7:

834
00:51:19.190 --> 00:51:20.480
Talk about big shoes to fill.

835
00:51:21.420 --> 00:51:24.540
Joshua was coming on the heels of Moses, the deliverer.

836
00:51:24.750 --> 00:51:28.470
Moses, who stuck a rod in the Red Sea and it split.

837
00:51:28.590 --> 00:51:30.110
Talk about big shoes to fill.

838
00:51:30.270 --> 00:51:32.640
nd what God was saying is, "in this moment,

839
00:51:32.910 --> 00:51:35.790
I'm going to perform a miracle through you

840
00:51:35.850 --> 00:51:39.000
so the people know I'm with you just like I was with Moses."

841
00:51:39.060 --> 00:51:40.050
I think some of you,

842
00:51:40.200 --> 00:51:41.970
the reason that you're going through

843
00:51:41.970 --> 00:51:43.290
the difficult thing you're going through,

844
00:51:43.290 --> 00:51:45.600
the reason that the process isn't easy,

845
00:51:45.780 --> 00:51:48.120
is because God wants to use this to elevate

846
00:51:48.120 --> 00:51:50.220
the character He has put in you

847
00:51:50.220 --> 00:51:51.990
so that people around you know for sure

848
00:51:52.140 --> 00:51:54.600
you are the man, you are the woman for this role.

849
00:51:54.750 --> 00:51:57.300
You are the leader that God has in mind for this thing.

850
00:51:57.450 --> 00:51:59.910
God will use this difficulty to elevate you,

851
00:51:59.910 --> 00:52:01.500
to propel you as a leader.

852
00:52:02.640 --> 00:52:05.670
That's one of the reasons why they had to go through the river.

853
00:52:05.700 --> 00:52:08.970
But another thing is God used it to propel the faith of Israel.

854
00:52:09.000 --> 00:52:10.250
Listen to Joshua 3:10.

855
00:52:10.650 --> 00:52:10.890
It says:

856
00:52:14.580 --> 00:52:17.130
It's one thing to believe God is with you

857
00:52:17.130 --> 00:52:18.900
because God sustains you in the wilderness.

858
00:52:19.140 --> 00:52:21.870
It's a whole other thing to know that God is with you,

859
00:52:21.870 --> 00:52:24.360
because as soon as the priest's foot touch the river,

860
00:52:24.570 --> 00:52:26.940
you saw water that was rapid and flowing,

861
00:52:27.130 --> 00:52:29.880
moved to the right and moved to the left.

862
00:52:30.000 --> 00:52:31.530
And now you have dry land to walk through.

863
00:52:31.530 --> 00:52:33.450
You have a different understanding of God

864
00:52:33.450 --> 00:52:35.940
when God shows up miraculously in your life that way.

865
00:52:37.050 --> 00:52:38.190
And that's what He wanted for them.

866
00:52:39.270 --> 00:52:40.800
And don't miss this. Don't miss this.

867
00:52:41.040 --> 00:52:43.500
There are 12 tribes in the nation of Israel.

868
00:52:43.650 --> 00:52:46.800
Did you know only 10 of them saw the Jordan miracle?

869
00:52:47.490 --> 00:52:50.100
There are two tribes who said, "Enough is enough."

870
00:52:50.220 --> 00:52:52.620
And they took the first piece of land they got to.

871
00:52:52.650 --> 00:52:53.760
They said, "We have had enough.

872
00:52:53.940 --> 00:52:55.050
We just want to settle."

873
00:52:55.170 --> 00:52:58.140
And I'm telling you, when you settle, when you quit,

874
00:52:58.230 --> 00:53:00.990
you will miss the miracle that God wants to use

875
00:53:01.140 --> 00:53:03.630
to prove to you He can do anything.

876
00:53:04.430 --> 00:53:05.010
Don't settle.

877
00:53:05.070 --> 00:53:07.590
Don't miss the miracle because you're ready to quit.

878
00:53:07.830 --> 00:53:10.340
God will use it to propel your faith.

879
00:53:10.420 --> 00:53:11.580
Here's the other -- I love this.

880
00:53:11.670 --> 00:53:12.330
I love this, man.

881
00:53:12.390 --> 00:53:13.320
I don't know if I'm preaching to you.

882
00:53:13.320 --> 00:53:15.420
I'm preaching to myself right now, and I'm happy to do that.

883
00:53:16.230 --> 00:53:17.010
Here's the other thing.

884
00:53:17.310 --> 00:53:21.180
It propelled the enemies of Israel to flight.

885
00:53:21.720 --> 00:53:24.270
This miracle propelled the enemies to flight.

886
00:53:24.300 --> 00:53:25.770
Look at what it says in Joshua 5:1:

887
00:53:25.770 --> 00:53:26.340
Remember all those "ites" earlier? .

888
00:53:44.410 --> 00:53:47.010
God used this miracle to put enemies to flight.

889
00:53:47.280 --> 00:53:49.270
I love what it says in Deuteronomy 28:7:

890
00:53:58.230 --> 00:53:59.400
Friends, you've got to understand,

891
00:53:59.400 --> 00:54:00.960
there are spiritual enemies out there.

892
00:54:01.470 --> 00:54:03.180
You have people who do not want to see you

893
00:54:03.180 --> 00:54:05.190
fulfill the thing that you want to win in.

894
00:54:05.370 --> 00:54:07.600
And I'm telling you, God will show Himself

895
00:54:07.620 --> 00:54:09.750
faithful through the difficult process,

896
00:54:09.890 --> 00:54:12.060
and He will put your spiritual enemies to flight.

897
00:54:12.540 --> 00:54:13.940
They will know this is God's man.

898
00:54:14.040 --> 00:54:14.730
This is God's woman.

899
00:54:14.760 --> 00:54:16.440
We'd better get our act together.

900
00:54:16.800 --> 00:54:19.290
We better recognize that God's hand is on this person.

901
00:54:20.370 --> 00:54:21.960
So trust the process.

902
00:54:21.960 --> 00:54:23.160
Trust the process.

903
00:54:23.180 --> 00:54:25.440
Some of you right now are in a waiting process

904
00:54:26.070 --> 00:54:27.700
and it is hard to wait.

905
00:54:28.080 --> 00:54:30.460
But I want to encourage you to trust the process.

906
00:54:30.480 --> 00:54:32.190
Some of you are in a pruning process.

907
00:54:32.400 --> 00:54:34.950
Right now, there are things that God is tearing out of you

908
00:54:35.130 --> 00:54:36.300
and it is painful.

909
00:54:36.390 --> 00:54:38.520
But I'm telling you, He will use that pain

910
00:54:38.520 --> 00:54:41.100
to purify you, to make you a different person,

911
00:54:41.250 --> 00:54:43.050
if you will trust the process.

912
00:54:43.200 --> 00:54:44.940
Some of you are in a building process.

913
00:54:44.970 --> 00:54:46.080
God's giving you a vision.

914
00:54:46.230 --> 00:54:47.490
He's giving you a dream.

915
00:54:47.730 --> 00:54:49.290
Maybe you're leading an organization

916
00:54:49.530 --> 00:54:50.880
and you're building it right now.

917
00:54:51.060 --> 00:54:52.710
And it's hard to build something.

918
00:54:52.710 --> 00:54:55.440
You don't have momentum when you're in the building process.

919
00:54:55.470 --> 00:54:57.960
But if you just stay faithful and trust that God

920
00:54:57.960 --> 00:54:59.280
is giving you that vision,

921
00:54:59.280 --> 00:55:00.930
He will work through your building process.

922
00:55:00.940 --> 00:55:02.880
Some of you are a resting process.

923
00:55:03.390 --> 00:55:04.650
You're ready to go. You're ready to run.

924
00:55:04.680 --> 00:55:05.820
You know what God is saying to you?

925
00:55:05.940 --> 00:55:07.020
Slow down.

926
00:55:07.850 --> 00:55:09.490
Sit down.

927
00:55:09.490 --> 00:55:11.300
Lay down.

928
00:55:12.760 --> 00:55:13.640
It is hard,

929
00:55:13.640 --> 00:55:15.950
but if you will trust Him in that resting process,

930
00:55:16.100 --> 00:55:18.560
He will work through that resting process.

931
00:55:18.560 --> 00:55:19.930
Because here's the thing I know about God:

932
00:55:20.900 --> 00:55:22.640
He finishes everything He starts.

933
00:55:24.010 --> 00:55:26.320
He finishes everything he starts.

934
00:55:26.800 --> 00:55:28.090
Joshua 3:17 says:

935
00:55:40.390 --> 00:55:43.930
God finished what He started with the nation of Israel,

936
00:55:43.930 --> 00:55:45.760
and He will finish what he started in you.

937
00:55:46.710 --> 00:55:47.880
Just trust the process.

938
00:55:48.720 --> 00:55:50.380
So I want to give you the same words

939
00:55:50.380 --> 00:55:52.780
that James gave to his followers,

940
00:55:52.780 --> 00:55:54.790
people who were following him as he followed Jesus.

941
00:56:15.570 --> 00:56:16.890
I actually want to ask you a favor.

942
00:56:17.830 --> 00:56:19.990
I don't know that I've ever made this personal

943
00:56:19.990 --> 00:56:22.540
of an ask before to do something or watch something.

944
00:56:22.570 --> 00:56:25.090
But this this whole Phantom Lake process,

945
00:56:25.120 --> 00:56:27.010
it's been two years we've been working on this.

946
00:56:27.310 --> 00:56:29.350
The trip was two years ago, was a hard trip.

947
00:56:30.130 --> 00:56:32.320
Editing, producing, all the things that came.

948
00:56:32.350 --> 00:56:33.820
We're hoping it impacts people.

949
00:56:34.390 --> 00:56:35.620
We're hoping it impacts people.

950
00:56:36.170 --> 00:56:38.230
And let me just give you a spoiler alert,

951
00:56:38.230 --> 00:56:40.250
that actually wasn't the worst day on the trip for me.

952
00:56:40.270 --> 00:56:42.820
If you can believe that, it gets even harder.

953
00:56:43.930 --> 00:56:45.670
But we did this.

954
00:56:45.670 --> 00:56:46.810
We all did this.

955
00:56:46.810 --> 00:56:49.240
We invested in this, not because --

956
00:56:49.240 --> 00:56:50.200
There's a big chance

957
00:56:50.200 --> 00:56:51.350
we're probably not going to make money on this.

958
00:56:51.370 --> 00:56:52.200
That's not why we did it.

959
00:56:52.210 --> 00:56:53.980
We did it because we want to connect people.

960
00:56:53.980 --> 00:56:54.940
We want to change lives.

961
00:56:55.180 --> 00:56:56.470
And we think this can help people

962
00:56:56.470 --> 00:56:59.620
go in the direction of a God who they can trust.

963
00:57:00.610 --> 00:57:01.410
So I'm going to ask you to do something.

964
00:57:01.440 --> 00:57:02.830
I don't think I've ever asked you to do this before,

965
00:57:02.830 --> 00:57:04.520
but I'm to ask you on January 26,

966
00:57:05.020 --> 00:57:06.880
when it airs on Amazon Prime.

967
00:57:06.930 --> 00:57:07.750
I'm going to ask you to watch it.

968
00:57:07.780 --> 00:57:09.010
Watch a full episode,

969
00:57:09.010 --> 00:57:10.900
because if you do that

970
00:57:10.900 --> 00:57:13.000
and if you share it with other people who also do that,

971
00:57:13.000 --> 00:57:15.220
the way the mechanics work at Amazon is,

972
00:57:15.220 --> 00:57:16.810
it will increase the likelihood

973
00:57:16.810 --> 00:57:18.750
that it'll be recommended for other people to watch.

974
00:57:18.760 --> 00:57:21.670
And we believe there is a message in this journey

975
00:57:21.760 --> 00:57:23.290
for people all around the country.

976
00:57:23.320 --> 00:57:25.300
We want to see people connect to God through this.

977
00:57:26.110 --> 00:57:26.770
So I'm going to ask you to do that.

978
00:57:26.770 --> 00:57:27.850
I'm going to ask you to put it on your calendar

979
00:57:28.180 --> 00:57:28.780
and share it.

980
00:57:29.440 --> 00:57:32.170
And let's all remember that God is trustworthy.

981
00:57:32.800 --> 00:57:34.570
So wherever you are in your journey,

982
00:57:34.570 --> 00:57:36.020
maybe it's a steep and rocky climb

983
00:57:36.020 --> 00:57:36.850
and you can relate to that.

984
00:57:37.060 --> 00:57:38.710
Maybe you're on a flat land right now.

985
00:57:38.710 --> 00:57:40.300
Wherever you are, I want you to know

986
00:57:40.300 --> 00:57:43.000
you can trust God and you can trust the process.

987
00:57:43.840 --> 00:57:44.990
We sang a song earlier,

988
00:57:44.990 --> 00:57:46.660
we're going to sing a little bit of it as we close.

989
00:57:47.190 --> 00:57:50.860
I love what it says: I will build my life

990
00:57:50.860 --> 00:57:54.190
upon Your love, it is a firm foundation.

991
00:57:54.250 --> 00:57:59.050
I will put my trust in You alone and I will not be shaken.

992
00:57:59.890 --> 00:58:01.420
We're going to stand wherever you are.

993
00:58:01.600 --> 00:58:03.400
Turn up the volume if you're watching online.

994
00:58:03.700 --> 00:58:05.590
Let's sing a little bit of this song as we close.

995
00:58:05.590 --> 00:58:08.440
And God, I just pray that You would help all of us

996
00:58:08.720 --> 00:58:11.920
to trust You because You are the God of the process.

997
00:58:12.550 --> 00:58:12.940
Amen.

998
00:59:39.090 --> 00:59:41.250
MINGO: Hey, just let that be a refrain for you this week

999
00:59:41.250 --> 00:59:42.690
for whatever you're walking through,

1000
00:59:42.690 --> 00:59:45.420
whatever you're running through and you can trust God

1001
00:59:45.480 --> 00:59:46.390
and you can trust the process.

1002
00:59:46.410 --> 00:59:47.400
We'll see you guys next week.

1003
00:59:47.790 --> 00:59:48.400
Thanks for being here. (cheers and applause)
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Welcome to the Weekend Follow Up.

  1. This week we’ll hone in on Trust. You may be in a “building process,” “resting process,” or something different entirely. Share with your group what you hear God saying to you in this process.

  2. Life can be difficult. That time may be today. Discuss what barrier may be between you and the thing you want for this week.

  3. James 1:2-4 talks about testing your faith. Easier said than done, eh? Share with your group a time you had the assurance the thing you hoped for would work out. Even in the midst of doubt of not knowing the outcome.

  4. When we settle, when we quit, we will miss the miracle God wants for us. Discuss with your group what you could do this week to move closer to your goal in 2020.

  5. Lets seal this week in prayer. Take turns praying for each other.

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