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and that leopard is 747 138 let's take another supercharged deal here we go so I'm pretty crazy in love with this one for so many different reasons number one this is brand-new so you've not seen this one yet which is really exciting and let's talk about this heel

height for just a minute Becky how high is this yep four inches yeah don't say I never did anything for you that is gonna be the highest heel of this hour but a high heel but comfy that's right because you're going to have that wedge no one has

seen this before and I love to point that out for you because that means we will have your size right before it sells out that's a big deal here the color choices this is going to be your pewter little bit silver that pewter color that is so gorgeous

this is going to be your brown a little bit I see a little bit animal print in there do you see – I do – kind of the distressing yeah mmhmm yeah more distressing and then this is your bronze metallic love that hey look can we dive into

this heel please oh yeah this is so lightweight and I was surprised by it when I felt it you know you think you're on a four inch heel this is a whisper light it's got that run don't walk memory foam footbed that I'm crazy about this is the

swish of exhaust but that's still super supportive so you are truly I'm the best way to do a four inch heel it's a 2 inch platform so you're plenty safe and then again you've got a lot of coverage on this one so a little reveal of the toe

gorgeous coverage throughout the vamp and then adjustability with hook and loop through the heel means that as your foot kind of expands my foot left is bigger than right by about a half-size I'm right that's bigger than less so it's so important yeah to have that adjustability so

you're gonna tell me this is some kind of vegan material aren't you I'm so I'm talking I can't believe it I don't we have this great close-up shot so look at this would you ever believe in a million years that this was not leather it's come such a

mighty long way I mean textiles really are the you know where we're at right now you would never guess that you're getting all the graining the pebble egg the distressing everything you'd expect and then you get to feel good about its cruelty free its ethical and its really

easy to clean I would much rather have a shoe like this they'd have to worry about you know oiling and spraying and all that all at not and also you're going to have a lot of foot coverage on this one as well so if you're not wanting to

have that full foot exposed check out on our gals outside how awesome this looks on its a supercharged deal priced today only 37 dollars and 80 cents I just feel more glamorous what an elevated I went a little bit higher up I feel more dressed I think we're

ready to go to the we're up to the world but how else could I get a four inch heel and have come from be safe and you know a lot of our one world shows will talk about the Maxie's for example and we're talking about humming we're talking

about altering why in the world would you not just do a beautiful shoe that's getting you lifted up and off the ground the girls are on you can see that kind of an uneven surface they're still on a lot of real estate there as with each step it

is brand new right now I'm so glad you're loving it so let's talk in the beginning this is a seventh anniversary event the pricing is only good for this hour is only 25 minutes left to take advantage of that so go to shop HQ comm shop there and

just eat it up so tremendous savings but this one is brand-new so I really love to point that out because I love the other offers that we've had we're kind of saying last call because the anniversary event has been huge and your size might not have been available

with this one when you go to shop HQ calm right now or you talk to our sales advisors we will have your size right nice you know I want a higher heel I don't want to clunk around I don't want that heavy clog feeling where everyone can hear

me coming and going this cork heel let's talk about the benefits of that cork heel light is air really cool edgy style too Lynn mentioned it earlier indigo thread company is our kind of boho free-spirited vibes line here this is a great mate to it even the outsole

is kind of wrapped up and around you can see the front there so it walks very light it doesn't have that clunky clicky clodhoppers kind of feel and the other thing I think is important about a shoe like this is you need variety some days it's a point

other days you really do want to have a heel you can trust and working we're taking 40% off for this hour only 40% off that's a V $25 today which is really exciting so this is the brown but I'm gonna have Bree come on in here and kind

of see what that's all about so you called this more of a distress finishing back exactly right so they wrap that heel it's that same heel but now you've got a more clean story throughout there's not a lot of contrast you're getting the distressing of that vegan material

that looks like you know an old bomber jacket it's got that soft leather dwara feel and then the heel was more continuous so if you want to have a long uninterrupted line get that brown let's talk about this so your today's top value has more hard or on

a limp of an edge your look and if that is just not your cup of tea or maybe going to get a couple of these maybe one of your today's top values there they are it's called figs seven four six three two three you see it right on

the left-hand side of your screen that's one that we're going to ship for you for free so the same kind of a style to he'll hike how high is it on the top value so that one's about two and a half to nig this one's for I like

that and listen I'm not here to judge I mean listen if you want if you want to rock a four inch heel we just talked about I go from five six and a half to five ten and a half you go from five four to five eight I'm

a man supermom okay wait yes play in the center for the basketball team I love it bring it on and you don't think giggly part for me is they say you lose a few pounds for every inch about five pounds for every inch inch five pounds pound loss

so not a supermodel and I just lost 20 pi when I'm in a heel sometimes if we come out here and I'm like over I have to you know we call you fancy you know that yes so I'm like old boy have to be on air with fancy

there's no way on earth I'm coming out here in a ballet flat there's no way you got it turn it out you do it in it yeah it's so funny that I got that level of fancy from his era Nouveau alright you've earned every minute of I love

it so okay so I'm now five eight I'm a superb at a lot honey fancy that's my favorite diet ever I love that a platform shoot it's seven four seven one five

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komm but next we supercharge another deal Speidel I just like the name of the sandal it is a strappy platform sandal 2 inch height 1 inch platform so just like the last sandal it will only lift you feel like you're being lifted about an inch we do have available for you the bronze which I think you're looking at right now if you like camo go online and look at it but we only have sizes 9 and 10 so we're not gonna bring it out here and and tease you with it we have black and we have Leopard available so I'm right that's the bronze right I can't see from across the studio that is the bronze there's that classic black so for those of you who just like a little bit more stability and you want to be able to have something that wraps around your ankle for anyone who feels a little unsteady on their feet who just doesn't feel like their balance is in check but boy you love your heel right this might be the heel for you and this bronze absolutely is metallic it looks like an ancient Roman Denarius that's been aged throughout the centuries right we only have 60 available in the bronze incredibly incredibly lightweight cork once again and what I like about the leopard is it slightly distressed and that distressing really gives it a genuine leather look that's it now these are all man materia have made materials but when you distress something slightly I think it looks more real yeah I agree and it has such a soft presence if you real sensitive that you love textiles against your feet try a vegan material they have come such a mighty long way to give you the look of the moment which of course is all about animal print and I love what Kennedy said now you've got something that wraps around your ankle and it's a total preference thing because you're getting the same cork outsole a little bit lower about two inches this time that yummie footbed that were crazy about the hardware detail is amazing but this is what I think is important let's say left foot is a little bit different than right now you cinch that down maybe you have a little swelling maybe you need to adjust that throughout the day from 8 a.

m.

to 8 p.

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you need a different fit you sure can with something like this this is your stability shoe this is those who just feel more stable having your foot secured with a strap around the ankle I love outside of that it's really similar to the last sandal but maybe you're kind of past the slip ons you're not doing slip ons anymore a little bit lower but not much and still that same fashion sense and I think the materials that they use and the colors that they choose are so spot-on with what's happening in fashion today and also what's happening and shoes that you can spend a hundred dollars more on all right I'm in anyone that does a lot of shoe shopping it could be the warehouses it could be big-box stores you are getting so much more with the Corky's do not scrimp when it comes to foot health get something that's gonna truly give you support instead of just a cork where you wouldn't have any of that squish-squash I gave you about 45 minutes I mean they're just not comfortable something like this that's adjustable has that footbed has great traction underfoot you could be on any surface grass for a wedding you could be shopping all day in the city you know having a little sandal like this candy mentioned it so many workplaces now are a lot more relaxed it isn't about the suits and loose you know the heels and the very structured corporate look it's a lot more relaxed and easy I think having that strap on the back yes it's an open shoe but with a denim skirt I think that's absolutely appropriate you know I'll tell you a fun story of almost exactly a year ago Fatima Kochi and I were in Italy and we went to work and we went to a business meeting and of course I put heels on like regular heels and Fatima put a pair very similar to this on hmm she didn't look any less professional than I did right all right and she little seam ooh 12 just sold out LeBrons just we have a size 12 oh leopard only in the size 12 okay so at any rate back to my story um we started walking back to the hotel from a corporate office and we thought we knew we were exactly where we were going an hour later we were in Milan we were completely lost on the GPS that's okay this is a good hike let's go because she was walking in the shoe just like this oh oh me on the other hand we get back to the hotel blistered feet everywhere and oh by the way that was the first day in Italy no a lot more walking how many days for you they're like 14 days yeah we because we did Venice after and Fadiman I did Venice afterwards oh boy so I don't tell you fatima looked just as cute if not cuter wearing a comfort fashion shoe than me and my sassy heels or or so I thought she could still smile she looked at the end of the day that I know because I had a grimace on my face and she was smiling big and wide and that by the way is a true factual story how did you get home how did you find your way GPS it well it wasn't working that was the thing GPS on her phone wasn't working so I think we asked a bunch yeah and luckily there were plenty of people in kuzey melanda oh we were so we were completely and totally cautionary tale and we were really only a 10-minute walk from but an hour and 10 later I know we're done later but we you know we ate along the way we shopped along the way now you're talking yeah all right if you would like these I they're so cute six dollars and thirty cents is your price to get them home all right brands.

How to Elevate My Thinking | Sandals Church (Closed Captions)

– Welcome to Sandals Church, my name is Chris Reinhard.

We are so excited to gathertogether with you today.

Our vision as SandalsChurch has to be real, real with ourselves, God and others.

And as we gather weekly, ourhope is that you will learn more and more what that meansfor you during this time.

If you're joining us forthe first time, I just wanna say welcome, we're soglad that you're here.

We would love to meetyou and we can do that by you going to move.

sc/new and tell us your name andwhere you're joining us from.

And as you're in the chat room, we'd love you to drop us a comment and invite a friendto join you, as we gather here each week, we get to celebratethe things that God is doing around the world throughSandals Church, last week in Riverside and San Bernardino, we had the opportunity to hand out 1600 boxes of produce tofamilies in need, I wanna say thank you, from us to you becauseyou are the ones that make that happen, these families were loved and they were cared for, because you give, I want you to know it's not too late, youcan give at give.

sc, right now we're gonna be jumping into our service with some singing, we're gonna singsome songs of worship to God.

And wherever you're at, whereveryou're gathering, we would invite you to join in and tosing out and to celebrate what God is doing all over the world.

– Wherever you're at, we inviteyou to sing, clap your hands with us as we worship ourgreat mighty God together, come on let's sing this out.

– [Man] Yeah.

♪ Oh we look to the son ♪ ♪ Set our eyes on our savior ♪ ♪ See the image of love ♪ ♪ Sing his praises forever ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son oh ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son comeon let's sing it together ♪ ♪ Salvation tearingthrough the dead of night ♪ ♪ See the kingdom burst intocolour at the speed of light ♪ ♪ Oh freedom up the atmosphere ♪ ♪ As the shadows fade intonothing as the day appears ♪ ♪ Beyond the sky ♪ ♪ Beyond the sky above ♪ ♪ Love reaching out for us ♪ ♪ The everlasting one Jesus our God ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son ♪ ♪ Set our eyes on our saviour ♪ ♪ See the image of love ♪ ♪ Sing his praises forever ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son ♪ ♪ We sing creation ♪ ♪ Creation waking up to kingdom come ♪ ♪ See the hope of heavenshinning like the rising sun ♪ ♪ Now forever liftedup from death to life ♪ ♪ There's no fear in lovethere's no fear in love ♪ ♪ and no darkness in his endless light ♪ ♪ Oh beyond the skies above ♪ ♪ Love reaching out for us ♪ ♪ The everlasting one Jesus our God ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son setour eyes on our saviour ♪ ♪ See the image of lovesing his praises forever ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son oh ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son yeahsing it together beyond the sky ♪ ♪ Beyond the skies abovelove reaching out for us ♪ ♪ The everlasting one Jesusour God sing that again ♪ ♪ Beyond the skies abovelove reaching out for us ♪ ♪ The everlasting one Jesus our God ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the soncome on we sing it to our ♪ ♪ Great and mighty God who isworthy of our praises sing now ♪ ♪ We look to the son yeah ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son setour eyes on our savior ♪ ♪ See the image of lovesing his praises forever ♪ ♪ Oh we look to the son yeah ♪ ♪ Oh oh we look to the son yeah amen ♪ – God is good and he'sworthy of our praise I want you to sing this with me come on.

♪ Arise my soul remember this ♪ ♪ He took my sin and he buried it ♪ ♪ No longer I who livenow Jesus lives in me ♪ ♪ For I was dead in sin butI woke up to see the light ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ I won't boast come on ♪ ♪ No I won't boast but in the cross ♪ ♪ That saved my soul all else is loss ♪ ♪ The grip of fear has no hold on me ♪ ♪ So we sing so where ohdeath where is your sting ♪ ♪ No longer I who livenow Jesus lives in me ♪ ♪ For I was dead in sin but Iwoke up to see the light hey ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ All for your glory we sing ♪ ♪ And all, all of this for you glory ♪ ♪ And all, all of this for you glory ♪ ♪ Let's lift our voicesand sing that come on ♪ ♪ And all, all of this for you glory ♪ ♪ Your alone God, all, allof this for you glory ♪ ♪ Can we sing that againcome on all of this ♪ ♪ All all of this for you glory oh ♪ ♪ All all of this for you glory ♪ ♪ No longer I who livenow Jesus lives in me ♪ ♪ For I was dead in sin but Iwoke up to see the light hey ♪ ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ All of this for you glory ♪ ♪ All all of this for you glory ♪ ♪ All all of this for you glory ♪ ♪ All all of this for you glory, we sing ♪ ♪ All all of this for you glory ♪ – And Jesus this all for youglory, all of this is for you and we love to sing, we love to worship because of who you are andbecause of what you've done.

Thank you for being with usthank you for meeting with us in your name we pray amen.

We're so excited now tohear a message from our lead pastor Matt Brown.

(upbeat music) – Hey guys, welcome to Sandals Church.

TV super excited that you arejoining us today, we're in this series called elevatebecause I don't know about you, but I need to elevate mylife, and today, I wanna talk to you about the most criticalaspect of what needs to be elevated in your lifebecause here's the reality we can't control our circumstances, many of us can't control our careers, some of us haverealized we can't control our finances and so a lot of usare stressing out because we feel like everything's out ofcontrol, and so I wanna talk to you today about the onething you can control, and this literally, if you can masterthis one thing, it will elevate everything in your life, Iwanna talk to you about how to elevate my thinking, now thinkabout this, the apostle Paul is in prison he's, incarceratedby himself, he's isolated all of his rights havebeen taken away and here's what he says in Philippians, four, eight and nine he says finally, these are his lastwords, these are his last thoughts, he's wrapping upthe letter, and he's saying, here's what I want you to know, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whateveris just whatever is pure he says, this is what, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever iscommendable, if there's anything of excellence, if there'sanything worthy of praise, underline this, think aboutthese things, now I'm gonna just ask you, what have you beenthinking about this week? Any of these things on your list? Most of us, we have a Bible verse that's exactly theopposite of this, our Bible verse says, whatever isterrible, whatever is awful, whatever is the absolutepossible worst scenario, we focus on these things, andour life is messed up, not because of the reality we're in, but because of the mindset wehave, and so we have to take a step back and we have toask ourselves, look, I can't control anything, but I canlearn to control my thoughts.

And Paul goes on and hesays, what you have learned and received and heard andseen in me, practice these things, then the God ofpeace will be with you.

Some of you guys feel like Godis far away, and the reality is God is not far away butyour thoughts are just off kilter, your thoughts have gonenegative, your thoughts have gone bitter many of you'velost your mind I know I watch your rants on Instagram, andFacebook, and somehow you feel like you're contributing tothe world by spewing out all the mess that's in your mind, and literally, there's a vacuum in our culture, andthere's a vacuum in our nation, and there's a vacuum in ourchurch of positive thoughts.

We actually make fun of peoplethat are overly positive.

We put them down, we silence them.

This is what he says, he says, watch what you've learned from me remember what you heard, remember what you receive.

He says, practice thesethings, so here's what I wanna challenge you today writethis down I wanna challenge you to acknowledge thepower of my thoughts, not my thoughts, your thoughts ourthoughts I want you to think about this I love it when people see this.

Pastor Matt I sending you mythoughts okay, wait for it right now I'm gonna send youmy thoughts are you ready? Here it comes you feeling me? You see, my thoughts can do nothing for you, but mythoughts are everything for me.

My thoughts can do nothingfor anyone else, but they can make or break my life, theyimpact me, they can lift me up or they can tear me down, my thoughts can literally be wonderful, beautiful, amazing things or they can be destructive to who I am, oftentimes it is not someone else's voice that's in your head, it's your own voice that's in your head, and they're negative, brutal, mean, destructive thoughts, and we need tolearn to acknowledge man hey, what I'm thinking isgonna become a real thing if I'm not careful, here's whatthe book of Proverbs says in Proverbs 23 seven now, thisis the King James Version, right I'm gonna preach toyou okay, this is the old version and so here's whatit says for man as a man thinks in his heart so he is, I want you to know that it has been scientifically proventhat thoughts in the brain become real things, real things, so listen to me if you have negative thoughts that youconstantly surrender to, you're gonna become a negative person.

If you constantly entertainnot nice thoughts, you're going to become a not nice person, the Bible said it thousands of years ago as a man thinksin his heart so is he.

So is he, you see what occursin here ultimately becomes reality out here, andwhen you see a senior citizen that's negative, bitter, awful mean you need to know at some point in time intheir life, they surrendered to the power of negative thoughtsand those things literally transform them and change theminto the awful person that is before you, you see noteverybody that ages is cute not everybody that ages is nice, sometimes people get worse.

There's a great book that Tammyand I, we listened to this year it's called “Switch OnYour Brain” like you're like I thought my brain was on, well, apparently, not everybody's brain is on and if you havekids, you're like a meaning, right, you're like, yeah, no, their brain ain't on.

You got a switch on yourbrain, you got to turn it on.

And Dr.

Caroline Leaf, she'sa Christian, she's a Christian brain doctor, and here's whatshe says, she says, thoughts aren't these magical thingsthat float out in space.

They're actually real biochemicalthings that are in our brains and they occupy, waitfor it real space, real space.

You only got so much spacein your head, and you have to choose what you store in thatspace, and what she says is, is when we give intonegativity, when we give into bitterness, when we giveinto rage, when we give into malice, when we give in toslander, when we give in to these things, we're storing that inour brain and ultimately over time, the only thing there'sroom for in our brains is negativity and it wrecks us, it ruins us.

So some of you are saying, you know, I'm on my eighth marriage, you see, I don'tknow what's wrong with women, maybe the problems, not women, maybe the problem is what you've stored up in your brain, some of you ladies, there's no good men out there, there'sno good men I love it when ladies tell me I said, well, I'm a man, so you're not a man, you're a pastor, which is so emasculating.

But that's what they say, yousay there's no good men out there, maybe it's not what'sout there that's the problem.

It's what's in here and whatyou're storing in your head, the voices, the memories, thosethings become realities, not just from the past, but towardsyour future and you got to elevate that, so I wannachallenge you if you got you know, a spare 12 hours, that's how long it takes to listen to the book, listento “Switch On Your Brain.

” It's the key she says topeak happiness, thinking and health, like you want abetter life, you you wanna change your life, the numberone way to do that is to change your thoughts, so thinkabout it, thoughts are free.

Thoughts are free, you get tothink whatever you wanna think there's this verse in theBible that scares me to death.

It says Jesus could readtheir thoughts, isn't that scary, aren't you glad peoplecan't read your thoughts? Sometimes my wife will ask mewhat you're thinking, and it's like the worst thought I'vehad all day, I'm like, I lie.

Nothing, nothing, sometimesit's random, sometimes it's bizarre, sometimes it'sevil, it's just evil.

And you're like oh my gosh, where did that come from? How did that happen? And you see, thoughts are things that we give permissionto occupy our brains.

You're in control of yourmind, you're in control of your thoughts, Jesus said this inMatthew 6:23, but when your eye is unhealthy, your wholebody is filled with darkness.

And if the light you thinkyou have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness issome of you think you're woke and you're actually asleep andyou're in a bad dream, it's a nightmare, and you've givenyourself over to evil thoughts.

And we see this every day, with people going on rants, people spewing hatred.

People spewing just uglinessfor everyone to see.

They're giving us permissionto see what's in their mind.

And what they're telling usis their eyes have grown dark, and the light they think theyhave is actually darkness.

Here's the good news, if Ilet Jesus change my thinking, he'll change my life, he'll change my life.

And that's what you need isyou need to give God permission to change your thinking, andyou say, well, that's not how I was raised, that's why theBible says we have to be raised again to life, it doesn'tmatter what your your father or lack of father said, it's whatyour father in heaven says Jesus wants to teach you tothink way, a new way, the Greek word for repentance is metanoeo and what it means is a complete change of how onethinks, perceives and acts in the world, that's what itmeans to be born again.

That's what it means to bechanged, it's not about getting wet in a baptismal pool, it's about being woke to the reality of God's truth inyour life I gotta let Jesus change my thinking, and hewill change my life, you see Romans two, or excuse me, 12two, it's either real or it's not and you have to make thatdecision, you have to make the decision of whether or notGod's word is God's word, you have to make the decision ofwhether or not God's word is true, and you have to makethe decision of whether or not God's word can change yourlife I believe that it is God's word I believe that it istrue and I can tell you it has changed my life, but that'syour decision, that's your decision, Romans 12:2 a veryreal verse, written in a very real time, says don't copythe behavior and the customs of this world, here's what Paul's saying I don't care how you were raised.

I don't care Paul says, whatyou've seen he says, I wanna show you something else, Iwant you to see something new.

I want you to see somethingdifferent I don't want you to stay where you are, I wantyou to go where you're called.

Don't copy the behaviorand customs of this world.

But let God transformyou into a new person.

By changing what the way you think the way God changes you, ishe changes the way you think.

Now here's the problem, transformations, not easy.

You don't believe me, go on a diet.

Go on a diet, try to quitsmoking, try to stop cussing.

Try to stop ranting.

Transformation is rare, butit is real, but it's hard.

We have to quit looking atwhat everybody else is doing.

You see some of you, you're living your life concerned about whateverybody else thinks, I wanna challenge you to live yourlife this way, live your life, trying to think how God wantsyou to think, what does he want you to think, how doeshe want you to perceive the world, how does he want you to live? 1 Corinthians 15:34 saysthis think carefully.

Some of you don't think at allyou just act think carefully about what's right, aboutwhat's right, some of us don't think at all, we just reactwe react with emotion.

We react with passion, we reactwith anger, let me just tell you something I've learned, my initial reaction is almost always wrong, wouldn't thatbe nice if every time I was pricked, every time I was poked, every time I was offended, Jesus just showed up, welcome.

That's how he shows up, that's not what comes out.

My initial reaction isusually not my new self that I'm called to be, my initialreaction is usually my old self that I still struggle leavingbehind, think carefully about what's right about what'sright and stop sinning, why would the Bible tell you that, remember Corinthians written to Christians, okay, Jesus isn'tstanding on a street corner yelling at sinners, this is aletter to a church Christians gathered together who'vealready said I follow.

He says think about what'sright think carefully about what's right, and stopsinning, stop sinning, now some of you, I love people, especially men, everybody just needs to be more reasonablehow everybody's too emotional.

You know, they've actuallyproven scientifically dudes.

Listen to me bros they'veproven feelings and things are different, but they're notseparate, every single thought you have in your mind is tiedto an emotion whether you recognize it or not, whetheryou believe it or not.

We are not robots eventhough some of your like my husband is no, he's not, he may not express emotion.

But his thought process isdelivered by emotion, we have to remember that we have toremember that feelings and thinking are different, but they're not separate.

So here's the second thingI wanna challenge you to do, how to elevate your thinking, I want you to make positive thinking a spiritual goal, there are some of you pastor this is you've got new age, you just need to preach God's word you just need to getin a text get us all bitter, upset and make us feel terribleand we'll send a tithe check let me tell you something, you need to make positive thinking a spiritual goal becausethe Bible says you need to make positive thinking aspiritual goal, show me the text in the Bible that says sit insorrow and self pity become negative hate everything, judge everyone be critical be negative, that verse isn't in the Bible But this verse is instead, let the spirit renew your thoughts or wait for it attitudes, attitudes and put on your new nature created to be likeGod, truly righteous and holy.

Truly, you see you got to makepositive thinking, listen to me a spiritual goal, some ofyou call yourselves mature christian, you callyourself a mature christian, but your thoughts deny thattruth, you haven't yet taken your mind captive, you haven'tyet taken every thought captive, you immediatelysurrender your faith, you immediately surrender youremotions, the second you're offended, the second you'reupset, the second you feel like you've been mistreated, becauseyou haven't made positive thinking, a spiritual goal, some of you run around all day long, we're doomed, theBible says you're not doomed the Bible says you're saved, some of you run around we're never gonna make it.

The Bible says you're gonna make it, why? Because Jesus Christ made itfor you, somebody said, we're gonna lose, we always lose, the Bible says we won.

We've already won, we justhaven't experienced it yet.

We have to make positivethinking a spiritual goal, I have to make the way I think, conformto the spiritual life I've been called, instead, let thespirit renew your thoughts.

There it is right there foryou, positive thinking should be a spiritual goal, you see, mental work can be a spiritual exercise, and then put on yournew nature, some of you've been raised in homes, whereeverybody yells, everybody screams, everything blows up, you're not called to live like that family you're called tolive like the family, Jesus is building you're called to livelike the family that Jesus is gathering we are called, I love this word, to be truly righteous and holy, not likea lot of these fake hypocrites running around, you see justbecause they wear a religious uniform, doesn't mean theyfollow Jesus just because they wear a cross doesn't meanthey've died to themself on the cross, Philippians4:8 whatever is true, whatever is true, whatever.

What do you suppose tothink about your like, pastor, I don't know what tothink about whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whateveris just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable.

If there is anything ofexcellence, if there's anything worthy of praise, thinkabout these things.

You see, for some of you, allyou can see is the bird poop.

And you can't hear the birds sing.

Because you've developed ahabit of looking down and you failed to listen to the upwardcalling of Christ to look up.

To look up, learn tolisten to the birds sing.

And don't just focus on the bird's poop.

What are you doing? If there's anything, anything Paul says, you pick, it's free, it's your choiceyou choose, find something good in this world, find somethingworth living for find something worth striving for, the reason many of you have given up hope is because youfailed to make it a practice of looking for goodthings, for good things.

There's anything excellent, look at those things.

Look at those things, someof you guys like oh my God, we haven't met the governor isterrible, the world is awful.

It's all coming to anend, right, Bill Gates is the Antichrist, let me tellyou something, Sandals Churches had more spiritual impact byus not meeting together than we have by us meeting togetherfor the last 24 years.

For the last 24 years we haven'treached a million people, not even a million, in thelast 10 weeks, we've reached 3 million, we've seen thousandsof decisions for Christ.

People coming back to churchin droves, people listening for the first time about God, thechurch has never been closed.

You just can't sit in yourseat, the only thing that's been disrupted in the church iswhat you're comfortable with.

Not the movement of God, lookaround, look what's happening.

There's a spiritual movement, yeah, there's chaos in our world, there's darkness inour world, and let me tell you why, for every single one ofyou that wants to rant and rave on your Instagram, Satan alwaysmoves when Christ is moving.

Always, that's all he can do, all he can do is disrupt all he can do is move and eviland sin, all of that stuff is happening, why is that happeningnow because the Spirit of God is unleashing in the church, some of you've been sucked into the movement of thedevil, and you've forgotten the movement of God, God isdoing good things, great things, amazing things, things thatwe've never seen, at least in my lifetime, Luke 11:35 make surethe light you think you have is not actually darkness, canI just ask you a question? Especially all my youngfriends that are so woke? What if you're still asleep? What if you're still asleep? One of my favorite moviesof all time, don't judge me.

I'm a product of the 90s its”The Matrix” some of you've never even heard of themovie, “The Matrix.

” “The Matrix” was a life changing movie, my favorite scene in that movie is when the lead character Neo sayswhy are my eyes so tired? And Morpheus looks at theyoung man who thought he was so awake his entire life and hesays because you've never used them before, make sure thelife you are living is the life you've been called to makesure the eyes that you are using actually see the truth, now here's the truth, man.

We all have long lists of negative things.

Man, if I asked you, howhave you been slighted? How do you miss been mistreatedbecause of your gender because of your race, becauseof your position or, or lack of power, I'm sure you couldcome up with all kinds of ways and times you've been hurt, wounded, slighted, mistreated, or disrespected, most of usgot books, books, I got books of ways I feel mistreated, waysI feel abused ways, you know I feel picked on thingsthat have happened to me because of the color of myskin and for no other reason.

But you know what the Bibledoes calling to make a list of the negative things thathave happened in our life.

The Bible actually calls usto make a list of the positive things, you see, nobody hasto force you to remember the ugly, but Jesus wantsto teach you how to remember the beautiful, so how doI elevate my thinking? Number three, write thisdown, make a list of the good things in my life, what arethe good things in your life? What are the good thingsthat are happening to you Philippians 4:8 for a if there'sany excellence, anything, anything, any you choose, you pick.

If there's anything worthy of praise, I want you to circlethis word in your notes.

Think about these things, think about it, think about it.

Now the Greek word herein English it says think but the Greek word is logizomai, logizomai, and it means it can be translated three ways, logizomai can be translated to think as I've given itto you, which is an accurate translation, it can alsobe translated to calculate or it can be translated tocount, so here's the biblical command, if there's anythingexcellence, if there's anything worthy of praise, you are tocalculate those things into your life, you're to countthem in your life, you're to think about them and meditateon them on a regular basis.

And why is that, because it'sway easier to focus on what goes wrong than what's goneright, a 100 years ago, in 1897, there was a guy bythe name of Johnson Oatman and he wrote a song, it's anold hymn when I was in church growing up as a kid we used toopen books and sing songs in these books, and this was oneof those songs and the song that Johnson Oatman wrote wasCount Your Many Blessings.

When Johnson Oatman wrote thisbook, the average American didn't live as long as I amnow, most people in America died before they reach theripe old age Pastor Matt.

Most people were poor, the1890s were one of the worst economic times in our country's history.

Our country was wrestling withthe fact that it was becoming a superpower and it did notknow how to grasp with this.

Our country was still legally mistreating African Americans and treatingthem as less than citizens women did not have the right to vote.

And in this time, in thistime of secular unfairness and spiritual depravity, andwhen racism and sexism were far more rampant than they aretoday, this guy pin these words.

Listen these words, he said, When upon life's billows, likewhat's the billow it clouds of smoke, like when everything'sburning down, that's how the song starts, when uponlife's billows you are tempest tossed, when life is messingyou up from the floor up, you know right, when you arediscouraged thinking all his losses, when you says countyour many blessings named them one by one, and the song says, and you'll be surprised what the Lord has done, count yourblessings, name them one by one, count your blessings, see what God has done.

You know why we get negative? We get negative because we forget when God was positive, we forget what God did.

That's why so many of the versesin your Bible say remember, remember, remember the reasonwhen we gather together to take the Lord's supper and Iknow somebody like Shay we got a render that the governorwon't even let us remember the death of Christ, okay, captainnegative, chill out listen.

The reason we remember the deathof Christ is so that we can remember what he did so thatwe can be inspired to do what he's called us to do, weremember he was suffered.

We remember he was mistreated.

We remember what he wentthrough, we remember that so that we can sustain ourselves inthe moments when we can't think of those things, next verse isare you ever burdened with a load of care, yeah, that'sTuesday's as Tuesday's, right? We're all burdened, we allstruggle, we all wrestle, are you ever burdened with a load ofcare, does the cross seem heavy that you are called to bear, right, you're like, I don't wanna talk about the cross, Jesus cares, I wanna talk about my cross, my suffering, my issues okay, here's what the song says, Count your manyblessings, every doubt will fly, and you will besinging as the days go by.

Oh man, can't believe the songwas written before Instagram.

When you look at otherswith their lands of gold.

Think of what Christ haspromised you, his wealth untold.

Count your many blessings, listen to this, money cannot buy your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So amid the conflict witha greater small do not be discouraged, God is overallcount your blessings angels will attend and help and comfortand give you that to your journeys end, Colossians 3:2 says this.

Think about the things of heaven.

Think about the things ofheaven, a lot of us are overwhelmed with what'shappening here and I'm not saying we shouldn't give attention to that.

But you wanna know when Iget discouraged when I get overwhelmed, when I look atthe problems that are in our community, and we're notin the news, when I look at the interactions of thepeople, just in our church, like you think there's nastypeople out there, we got nasty people in here, I getoverwhelmed when my focus is only here and now, Paul says thinkabout the things of heaven, not the things of earth, because if you just look here, you're not gonna make it there.

You're not gonna makeit, you're gonna give up you're gonna give in, one ofthe sad stories I read this week is the lead singer of HawkNelson has come out and said he doesn't believe inGod here's what I'm gonna think happened, I'm gonnachoose to believe 'cause I don't know I haven't studied but atsome point in time, he became more focused on his fame, andand the world around him, then the God in heaven, he startedout singing about, and he lost his way, he lost his way, Idon't want you to lose your way.

And look, we can't changecelebrities who come to Christ deny Christ, we can't changepeople who at one time love Jesus, and then becomeatheists, you can't change their thinking, today's message isabout elevating your thinking.

'Cause on the Day of Judgment, you're not gonna be held accountable for anyone else but yourself, and the choices you madewith the gifts God gave you.

So think about heaven, nextPhilippians one three, every time I think about you, Paul starts this letter from prison to the churchat Philippi, he says I give thanks to my God I know a lot of you you've been hurt by people.

You've been disrespected, some of you've been treated in racist ways, sexist ways, you've been demeaned, ignored, sidestepped demoted, I'm notdiminishing any of those things but I don't have to tellyou to make a list of that.

I want you to make a list ofthe people who believed in you, invested in you, come alongsideyou, inspired you, prayed over you, hung in there withyou, the apostle Paul while he sits in prison, he saysevery time I think of you I give thanks to my God, youknow what keeps me going? What keeps me going is allthe people in our church.

Some of you I've never evenmet, we've never even shook hands, but you love SandalsChurch like I do, you love Jesus like I do, and you have givenso faithfully there's no Sandals Church without you, I want you to know every time I think of you witheverything that's going on all the struggles, all thestress that Sandals Churches face right, there's 11 of us, 11campuses, we all have struggles.

We all have trials, man, it'seasy for me to get overwhelmed with everything that's notgoing right, one of the things that keeps me going is all ofyou who so faithfully give, look, I mean, many of youhaven't even been able to serve for months now, you haven'tbeen able to come to church for months, and every single weekyou so faithfully give, I just want you to know, every timeI think of you, I am blown away, because there'sno ministry without you.

So I want you to think aboutthe people who are the people that have invested in you, who are the people that have blessed you, who are thepeople that love you, who are the people, not thatit hurts you but that have helped you, it's reallyeasy to get wrapped up.

Especially in this age of justinflaming, you know why you haven't seen me on the newslately, 'cause I figured it out.

The news media doesn'tcare at all about churches opening, all they wanted me todo was pick a fight with our governor, does it, I don'twanna pick a fight with our governor, I just want tobe able to worship God, that's all I want, that's all I want.

And I want you to know, Ithink it's making a difference.

I think the reason thegovernor is loosening his requirements, we've actuallyheard this this week from his office, his office actuallysaid we can see that you're not against us, he said, we cansee you're not out to terrorize us or to come after uspolitically and they've said we appreciate that and we wannawork with you even though they realize they've over orthey've ignored or, you know, looked past large churches, I want you to know, man.

Attitude matters, think aboutpeople that have blessed you think about being positive.

And here's why gratitudeelevates my attitude.

You know, when I'm allupset when I'm all angry, all I have to look atis where's my gratitude? When I get critical of my wife, Tammy, it's because I'm not grateful for all the thingsshe does, when I'm critical of my kids, it's because I'mnot grateful for the things they do, when I'm criticalthat people of our church, it's because I failed to begrateful for the people that give for the people that serveit's so easy for me to be focused on the oneknucklehead and forget all of the wonderful, beautifulpeople that are serving, helping and contributing and it amazinghow just one person can ruin your day when everybody elsehas been kind, everyone else has been compassionate, andso many people have been concerned about you, gratitudeelevates my attitude.

Next, how to elevate mythinking, this is you're not gonna like this, but you knowwhat I do it my kids make fun of me, my wife makes fun ofme, but you got to practice positive self talk I justgonna be honest with you every time I come on hereto preach, it's even worse.

People say what's itlike talking to a camera? I said, go talk to a Darth Vader mask.

That's what talking to a camera is you can't tell if Darth Vader'shappy, sad thinks you're funny or nothing, that's what acamera is, and I just talked to it, and so I have thesenightmares, right I've used nightmares worse, it'sterrible, it's awful, everybody leaves the church, and so Ihave to tell myself, you're funny people like you, it'sgonna be okay and I have to do all of this stuff, mywife is like you talking to yourself again, yes, yesyou gotta practice positive self talk Ephesians 4:29, don't use foul or abusive language.

Let everything you say begood and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragementto those who hear them.

You know who I'm the mostfoul, and the most abusive to? Myself, myself.

I'm the most critical of myself.

I'm the most abusive to myself.

I use the worst words towards myself.

Proverbs 16:24 kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul, andhealthy for the body.

Healthy for the body.

One of the number one ways youcan stay healthy during this crisis is monitoring your stresslevel and your stress level is directly correlated to whatyou're seeing in your brain.

Right, if everything's fallingapart, your stress level goes up, but if you're speakingpositive things to yourself, your stress level goes down, Proverbs 15:23 how good is a timely word, has anybodyever said something to you? Maybe ladies, you went to workand you're feeling like, your outfit doesn't look right oryou were especially critical of yourself in the mirror andsomebody says oh, you look great today, you look greattoday wow, that dress really just makes your eyes pop, orsomebody said to you manage.

It's really appreciated howyou did that or how you said isn't amazing how a timelyword can take your worst day and make it one of your bestmoments, one of the things you need to learn to do is tosay those things to yourself.

What I tend to do is focuson everything I said wrong.

Like one of the worst thingsabout this 10 weeks is I, normally I preach to you duringthis I preach, you know, a couple days before and thenI sit and watch it with you and it is like torture watchingmyself, like this is what I see when I'm preaching, that'swhat I look like I'm just like all over the place somewherelike that's what I see to you, okay, well don't email that to me.

How good is a timely word, how good is a timely word? A lot of times people apologizewhen they compliment my sermons, I know you probablyhear this a lot, or it's the chocolate covered turd, don't let this go to your head but today wasn't bad, well, thank you, just learn to compliment people, justlearn to say nice things and learn to say nice things to yourself.

Last point how to elevate mythinking, you got to find a positive spiritual rolemodel, I got news for you some of these spiritual rolemodels out there are nothing but negative and nasty, andnot everybody is interested, who calls himself a Christianpastor is interested in Jesus, a lot of them are just interestedin their platform going up, and they will use you toget to where they wanna go find a positive spiritual role model.

Somebody that lifts you upsomebody that encourages you, somebody that speaks to you, somebody that you connect with.

I wanna encourage you, oneof the things we're gonna do this week is we're opening upsmall groups again, that's one of the things we can think ofwhatever is good, whatever is right, whatever is noble, whatever is true, hey, we can meet in community groups again, wecan get back together again.

Man, Tammy and I went to thedoctors and the doctor goes to our church and his wife is anurse that worked for him and I told my wife, it was like adate night like we got to talk, to other people who is so great, we're so brave momentarily pull their masks down hey, how's it going, are you good? Right, it was wonderful, after the doctor's office, we stayed in, hung out and talked, it was so great it was so good listen to me you needto find a small group that's encouraging you that's liftingyou up, that's inspiring you challenging you to pray, challenging you to be a part of the church, saying, man, you can do this, I see your giftedness you need those peoplein your life that will lift you up, Paul closes withthis Philippians 4:9.

Whatever you've learned, and received and heard, and seen in me, this one hesays, practice these things.

And the God of peace will be with you.

Here's our struggle, most ofus have been raised by people that we shouldn't modelwe've been taught to practice things that are not healthyand we've seen things that are not good, we need peopleto show us how to do it.

And that's one of the things Itry to do, one of the reasons I try not to rant, I try notto go off, you know, I told my wife after the press conferencetwo weeks ago, I was like, you know, I pick on Trumpwhen he loses his mind and the first words out of mymouth when I came home, I told Tammy, I was like, I was justlike Trump, I was so sad.

'Cause it's easy to get firedup, it's hard to be like Jesus, and I want to be thatrole model when you see me on TV, when you see me on the news, I want you to say that's my pastor, and I'm proud, itdoesn't mean we don't speak to injustice, it doesn't meanwe don't speak to untruth it means we don't look likeidiots when we do it.

That's what it means, andPaul says, whatever you've learned, whatever you'vereceived, whatever you've heard, whatever you've seen in me, circle this word, practice.

You see, we have to practicebeing positive, we have to practice being Christ like, wedon't have to practice being negative and we don't haveto practice being sinful.

Those things come naturally, positive things come super naturally, and let me say this, if you're not in a positive environment, I want you toknow I love you and I'm praying for you, I'm gonna close inprayer for you, you see, some of us are blessed with positivefamilies, positive friends, and positive environments, noteverybody gets to get raised in that, I want you to know, you are not what your friends and family say you are, youare what Jesus says you are.

And you need more now morethan ever to get in a community group of people that love youand value you and see the good that you bring and the blessingthat you are, if you're in a negative environment rightnow, you have to find mentors that can help you create one, you're not gonna do this on yourself, you can't do thisalone, we need people to help us be positive, we need people tohelp us elevate our thinking.

We cannot create the worldaround us, but listen to me, we are responsible for theworld within us, say it again, we cannot change theworld around us but we are responsible for the worldwithin us, and if we ever wanna make a difference out there, we have to start making a difference in here, and Jesusright now, no matter where you are, he wants to come into yourheart, he wants to come into your life, he wants to renewyour mind, he wants to change you, he doesn't just wannasave your soul, he wants to save your life, and he cando that wherever you are.

All you need to do is callout to him, the Bible says whoever calls upon the nameof the Lord listening to words will be saved, so let's closein prayer, and let me pray over everybody right now that'sstruggling, it's battling bitterness, it's battling anger, that's wrestling with rage, that feels like they're notin an environment where people can lift them up and createthem and come alongside of them to elevate their thinking Iwanna pray for those who need to change their environment, and that starts right now.

Let's pray, Heavenly Father, I pray for every person who feels like they're in a toxic, non supportive, negative, critical environment, God andI know they may not be able to change where they live, theymay not be able to change where they are, but I know right nowJesus Christ, you can change how they think, and Lord, if they're ever gonna change how they live, they haveto change how they think, Holy Spirit, we invite youright now to renew thoughts and attitudes, we ask you tomove in the powerful, mighty name of Jesus, help us to knowwe're loved, help us to know we're beautiful, help us toknow we were worthy of your love, God and begin renewingour thoughts and attitudes and help us to focus onwhatever is good, honorable and true, if there is anythingof excellence in our life, let us focus on it this week, we pray this in Jesus Holy name amen.

– As we learn to elevate ourthinking and focus on Jesus, we realize that he's the onewho's truly worthy of our attention and of our affection, that there's nothing in this world there's nothing that theworld can ever offer us that can ever satisfy us the waythat Jesus can in the way that Jesus does, we're going to teachyou a new song, and there's a line in the song that saysthere's nothing better than you, and when we get to thatline, man, I want you to remember who God is and what he's done, and I want you to sing that out with us.

♪ I searched the worldbut it couldn't fill me ♪ ♪ Man's empty praise and treasures ♪ ♪ that fade are never enough ♪ ♪ Then you came along andput me back together ♪ ♪ And every desire is nowsatisfied here in your love ♪ ♪ Come here we go there is nothing ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ Lord there's nothing, nothing is better than you ♪ ♪ And I'm not afraid toshow you my weakness ♪ ♪ All my failures and flaws ♪ ♪ you've seen them allstill call me friend.

♪ ♪ Cause the God of the mountainis the God of the valley ♪ ♪ And there's not a place your ♪ ♪ mercy and grace won't find me again ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing nothingis better than you ♪ ♪ Oh I know I know I know ♪ ♪ There's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing oh better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing nothingis better than you ♪ ♪ He is good he is greatand we gonna sing this out ♪ ♪ You turn mourning to dancing ♪ ♪ You give beauty for ashes ♪ ♪ You turn shame into glory ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You turn mourning to dancing ♪ ♪ You give beauty for ashes ♪ ♪ You turn shame into glory ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You turn graves into gardens ♪ ♪ You turn bones into armies ♪ ♪ You turn seas into highways ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ Lord there's nothing, nothing better than you ♪ ♪ Come on sing it ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ Lord there's nothing, nothing better than you ♪ ♪ You turn mourning to dancing ♪ ♪ You give beauty for ashes ♪ ♪ You turn shame into glory ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You turn graves into gardens ♪ ♪ You turn bones into armies ♪ ♪ You turn seas into highways ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You're the only onewho can oh hallelujah ♪ – Because he's a God who created.

Because he is faithful we can believe thesewords to be true today.

For I know the plans I have for you says alone plans forgood and not for disaster to give you hope and a future.

This is our God and thisis who we place our hope in so invite you to sing thisout with us come on you take.

– Sing this out come on.

♪ 'Cause you take whatthe enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for good yes ♪ ♪ You turn it for goodsing that again you take ♪ ♪ 'Cause you take whatthe enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for good ♪ ♪ You turn it for good you did yeah ♪ ♪ You take what the enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for goodyou turn it for good ♪ ♪ You take what the enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for goodyou turn it for good ♪ ♪ Come one one more time let'ssing that come one you take ♪ ♪ You take what the enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for goodyou turn it for good ♪ ♪ You take what the enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for goodyou turn it for good ♪ ♪ I'm gonna see a victoryI'm gonna see a victory ♪ ♪ Do you believe ♪ ♪ For the battle belongs to you lord ♪ ♪ I'm gonna see a victoryI'm gonna see a victory ♪ ♪ For the battle belongs to you lord ♪ ♪ I'm gonna see a victoryI'm gonna see a victory ♪ ♪ For the battle belongs to you lord ♪ ♪ I'm gonna see a victoryI'm gonna see a victory ♪ ♪ For the battle belongs to you lord ♪ ♪ You take what the enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for goodyou turn it for good ♪ ♪ You take what the enemy meant for evil ♪ ♪ And you turn it for goodyou turn it for good oh ♪ – Yeah amen.

– Where do you need victoryin your life, I know God wants to give you victory, maybeit's victory in your marriage, your finances, your kids, yourrelationships, but we only get that victory by handingthe battle over to God.

And I want you to know youdon't have to do it on your own.

I know for Shannon and I, ourcommunity group is that place where we go to receiveprayer, love, encouragement, challenge, and to celebratewith us the great things in life, and so I just wannachallenge you this week.

Whatever that battle is, whatever that victory is that you need, take the time to letyour community group know so they can pray and walk withyou, if you're not yet in a community group, you can goto SandalsChurch.

com/group and check out all theamazing groups we have.

As we wrap up our servicetoday, don't tune out just yet.

We've got a special messagefrom Pastor Matt Brown for you that you need to hear, we loveyou all, we can't wait to see you next weekend.

– Hey, everybody, thank you so much for listening to the message todayI wanna introduce you, one of my new friends and one of ournew pastors at Sandals Church.

Jeff is the pastor of our onlinecampuses all 3 million new guys of you, we just love allof you so much, but Jeff Whye welcome Sandals Church.

– Hey Matt, thanks so much for having me.

I'm so excited to be hereand I'm excited to be hanging out with you, and I have acouple question for you if that's okay, other than that'san awesome sweatshirt.

– Yes, that might be wife made everybody.

– It looks good, it looks good.

Thanks so much sister Tammy, community group, so obviously community groups is abig deal here tell me why community groups is such abig deal at Sandals Church.

– Yeah, so if you'renew to Sandals Church, hopefully my messages inspire.

Right, yeah, they do not Ignite right.

but inspire so sermon is inspiring, but people change you sowhen Jesus, right, he doesn't just preach sermons, he collects12 people together, and he says, I want you to walkwith me every three years, And 11 of those made itone of the, didn't make it and so that's the thing is, if you wanna change your life, you have to change your community.

And you have to be willing to change the people that you hang outwith, and the best way to get the biggest impact of themessage is to say, Jeff, what do you get out of it, becauseI get something out of it when I preach it, but I alsoget something out of it when I watch it and then I getsomething out of it when we talk about it, and andthat's just been amazing what God does the Holy Spiritthrough you, when I hear about that, and it's just so important I know it's scary intimidating.

– And that's actually what I'm gonna talk about, you know, one of the things I say Is that the fact that youknow, Jesus was in a community group, so pretty sure youshould be in one too if he was in one, you should probablyget in one, but some people might be scared or apprehensiveof joining a community group, so what would you sayto that individual who's like, I don't know, I don't wantmy stuff out there for people and folk to you know.

– I think that's one fear.

And the other fear isyour lack of knowledge about the Bible is gonnacome out is why they're not Bible studies, we're notlooking for Bible experts to make you feel bad about whatyou don't know what we're asking you to do and it's whywe talk about the message.

So everybody has the same information, everybody's heard the sameword and we want you to discuss that and as you're comfortable, right, you only have to go as deep as you're comfortable, some people right they dive right in, they say everythingthat's ever happened to them, and others of us, right, ittakes some time we've been hurt, we've you know, we've shared some things and maybe that didn'twork out and so you know, you go slow you don't haveto tell everybody everything but I say you have totell somebody something.

– And one of the things I loveabout community groups here at Sandals Church, it's a big church.

It's a massive church.

It's like a super mega church, this is one of these ways where you can get smaller, and so a real faith you go further in your faith, Ithink in community groups.

You know, I've been in communitygroups, small groups, D groups, where do you wantto call them and one things I've discovered in being in acommunity group, it's like a second family, it's asecond family who knows you inside and out and loves youand it's a place for healing and it's also a place whereyou fellowship together, I've gone I've gone campingtrips, which is a big deal 'cause they took me camping one time.

And that was a little scary Pastor Matt but I did it quite right, we can not camp together but I wentcamping with my community group, we went to the beach, we traveled we were on vacation, we served inmissions in community groups.

And so I think one of the thingsfor me individuals who are looking like well, why shouldI be involved in a community group is because I just reallybelieve that it actually becomes a community and it'swhat we actually desire.

And so, as the senior leadpastor of Sandals Church, what is if you think about God, and ifyou think about what his Word says, how do you think the wordof God coincides with being a part of a community group? – Yeah, so as Christians, right, we believe in one God whoexists and Father, Son, Holy Spirit, God is aneternal, eternal community.

So right, the son loves the father, the father loves his son, the Spirit does, and leads usto the sun, you know, leads us to obedience to the father, that's who God is, God has this eternal community of love, respect, just truth and honor.

And that's what God's callingus to do, so if God is a community, you know, communeof father, Son, Holy Spirit, we need to do that, andit's hard to understand a communal God all by yourself, and so that's what I would encourage you to do the HolySpirit, the third person that you right is gonna speak toothers to you and I'm in a community group, my wife and Ihave been in community groups for 24 years, if I'm the pastorhere, 24 more years, we will be in a community group.

– You're pretty old.

– We'll be and I am notthe leader of my group, I'm a participant in mygroup, so I submit to the group, I'm a part of thegroup and it's my family.

And we come together and it's a blessing.

– Yeah awesome.

Well, one thing I just wantto kind of end off saying, if you're not part of acommunity group, now, you've been probably coming to Sandals, physically, maybe not right now.

And actually, I would probablysay to that point for those individuals who were a partof community groups, when we started this whole COVIDcrisis, man, those are the individuals that youstarted connecting with, when we weren't gathered, then youfelt like man, I'm actually connected to my church evenmore so because they had a community group and if youdidn't have one, those are the ones I would think thatare kind of like left out like oh, what's really happening, Idon't really have connection, you know, and you're like, I want to Zoom with someone, but you don't have anybody toZoom with because you weren't connected to someonebefore this even happened.

And so for those of you whoare thinking like, man, I don't know, how can I do this, we'dreally love for you to join a community group, and if you'rea part of a church, if you're part of this physical expressionof community, you can't really know what communitycan't really know what this life of discipleship andfollowing Christ looks like.

You won't know it untilyou're in a community group.

And so for those of youwho are not in one, I mean we're praying, we're praying, we're begging you get in a community and we promise right, we promise you won't be sad that you did.

– Yeah amen.

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Donald J. Pliner Haddie Thong Sandal

flex pay and great price points on free shipping and handling so it's a great night to be shopping Donald Pliner because this happens to be their number one selling sandal across everything at the brand and they bring you a new version every summer it's called the Hattie and

it is the most sophisticated Thaung sandal all about comfort there are actually so many hidden comfort features built into this great little sandal so we'll tell you all about them but first I'll walk you through the options that we have and what you're seeing here is the natural

cork this is the one that Colleen literally is ordering on her phone right now in the commercial break we were talking about how adorable these are and they have little flecks of metallic silver built right in so much cushioning we'll talk about but that is called natural cork

then we have three different options here in your genuine leather and if you're looking at these the black and the silver are a really really fun pebbled metallic genuine leather so they've got a little bit of shimmer and sparkle to them so this is the black and this

is the silver they're stunning and don't you love that little crossover right there at the toe really pretty and then finally for that pop of red that a little bit of check this out it is a red and black snake print so those are your four options sizing

is six through 10 with half sizes built in you can stay true to size on this it is free shipping as I mentioned $39 and change on a flex payment but these are sandals like none other and we're gonna welcome in Barbara Henry joining us live on the

phone she is the brand ambassador for Donald Pliner also an account executive with the team so Barbara welcome in it's so great to have you on the list Thank You Michele you look so adorable I've been watching the show I mean but this is that type of sandal

that you can wear with your dressier looks so it's great for casual but it's also easy to dress up and you told me on the phone this will be your fourth pair and you are one of probably millions of women out there now who have picked up the

hat e every single year so tell me what makes this a number-one selling style for Donald Pliner well it's just very easy fashion it's wearable fashion and the materials always make the difference so it's not something I have to think about it's something that fits my life and

I'm always on the go so summertime is key time for a flip-flop for me and it's all the finishing details that just make it as if I'm fashionable all the time with no effort well and you know if for someone who's watching and maybe they don't know that

Donald Pliner line this is a very elevated look but it's also a better quality materials the craftsmanship there are a lot of reasons that this shoe will never just be a one season $20 throwaway sandal where you're standing on a piece of cardboard and your heels are killing

you an hour in there are actually a lot of really high-end designer features built in so maybe we can talk about that we could start with the e V a bottom I think that's really unique for a shoe like this DBI bottom is very very lightweight and that's

key it's also supportive in addition to the fact that it it actually has some cushion to it so I think that's part of it one of the fashion features of it is if you show this on the side or on the angle of it it has a more

aggressive almost a lugged bottom mm-hm yet when you turn it over what's really nice is it's very smooth so I'm not bringing in the pebbles from the driveway so to speak so I love an EDA bottom and I love it it's white because it looks so fresh and

summertime the inside of the shoe is actually gored so that it flexes when you walk the entire sock lining is has an extra millimeter of memory foam and then it's lined so you're always getting cushion right directly to your foot as well as the cushion from the EBA

Wow yeah there are a lot of comfort features in this shoe you everyone is loving this at home the cork we actually have 30 left is that correct oh that's crazy yeah I mean perfect summertime sandal though I okay 20 left namah cork that's amazing sizing six through

ten we do have half sizes as well you can stay true to size another thing speaking of comfort by the way Barbara the actual thong that goes between the toes I know a lot of women avoid a thong style because they feel like it irritates them this was

very specially designed where you can see the seam is on the front so actually it's a very smooth comfortable rounded toe post and then the seam is in the front tell me about that design and what that's meant to do donna fighter is known a lot for putting

a song in a lot of our sandals to stabilize the foot so we're very good with how we design that song because we wanted to be comfortable all day long and the key is to seam it to the front of the shoe and not where you're actually where

it's actually touching your foot and all of our sandals are done this way they're really gorgeous up close – now remember the red the silver and the black those are genuine leather I love the pebbled metallic on the black and silver the cork is officially going to be

last call so if you've got these on your mind or maybe they're sitting in your cart you got a checkout to get them they're adorable they're very very comfortable they're lightweight I think you're gonna wear these season after season and I'm really excited that we got to have

them here today and that you can use flex pay to get them home with free shipping at tried them out for 30 days and see if you love them and if you don't you can send them back for any reason Barbara thank you so much for calling and

joining us it's a perfect summer sandal to debut here on the list tonight so I really appreciate your time thank you Michelle so much ladies enjoy yes we will thank you so much we'll see you later we have more coming on the list today I got to show

you these this is coming up in just a little bit super

How To See People Like Jesus | Sandals Church (Closed Captions)

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Well get ready because we are going to start our time together by singing songs of worship to God.

So wherever you're at, whatever's going on, let's join in with all God'speople all over the world and proclaim his name.

(upbeat music)- Hey church, we are so excited to leadyou in worship today.

You know, when we sing, when we shout, when we lift our praises to heaven, heaven invades the earth.

That means that right here, right now, you can usher in heaven into your home, into your bedroom, into your living room, over your kids and over your hearts.

So come on, let's lift ourvoices and sing to the king.

Come on.

♪ Oh we will sing ♪ ♪ We will sing we will dance ♪ ♪ Til the earth echoes the heavens ♪ ♪ Sing his praise tilwe see the other side ♪ ♪ We belong ♪ ♪ 'Cause we belong to the light ♪ ♪ When the night is at its darkest ♪ ♪ Just hold on for thedawn will soon arrive ♪ ♪ Can you feel it ♪ ♪ Can you feel the winds are changing ♪ ♪ There's a new day on the rise ♪ ♪ And the atmosphere is shaking ♪ ♪ As the new world comes to life ♪ ♪ So will sing we will dance ♪ ♪ Til the earth echoes the heavens ♪ ♪ Sing his praise tilwe see the other side ♪ ♪ Oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ Come on get your kidsdancing in the living room.

Come on.

♪ Oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪Can you feel it? ♪ Can you feel the winds are changing ♪ ♪ There's a new day on the rise ♪ ♪ And the atmosphere is breaking ♪ ♪ As the new world comes to life ♪ ♪ So we will sing we will dance ♪ ♪ Til the earth echoes the heavens ♪ ♪ Sing his praise tilwe see the other side ♪ ♪ Oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪ Come on, lift your voice.

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ I got a feeling ♪ Come on.

♪ Oh I've got a feeling thedarkness won't last very long ♪ ♪ I've got a feeling thedarkness won't last very long ♪ ♪ Help me say ♪ ♪ I've got a feeling thedarkness won't last very long ♪ ♪ I've got a feeling thedarkness won't last very long ♪ ♪ I've got a feeling ♪ ♪ I've got a feeling thedarkness won't last very long ♪ ♪ Oh I've got a feeling thedarkness won't last very long ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, yeah ♪ ♪ Yeah, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, ♪ ♪ oh, oh, oh ♪♪ Oh we praise your love ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪♪ Help me sing this out ♪ ♪ Let a sleeping world awaken ♪ ♪ Let a sleeping world awaken ♪ ♪ There's a new day on the rise ♪ ♪ And the enemy is shaking ♪ ♪ As the graveyards spring to life ♪ ♪ So we will sing we will dance ♪ ♪ Til the earth echoes the heavens ♪ ♪ Sing his praise til wethe see the other side ♪ ♪ Let a sleeping world ♪ ♪ Let a sleeping world awaken ♪ ♪ There's a new day on the rise ♪ ♪ And the enemy is shaking ♪ ♪ As the graveyards ♪ ♪ Spring to life ♪♪ Oh let a sleeping world ♪ ♪ Let a sleeping world awaken ♪ ♪ There's a new day on the rise ♪ ♪ And the enemy is shaking ♪ ♪ As the graveyards spring to life ♪ ♪ So we will sing we will dance ♪ ♪ Til the earth echoes the heavens ♪ ♪ Sing His praise tilwe see the other side ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪♪ Come in you goodness, Jesus ♪ ♪ Oh mighty God ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ Sing Jesus our redemption ♪ ♪ Jesus our redemption ♪Come on, shout it out.

♪ Our salvation ♪ ♪ Is in his blood ♪ ♪ Oh Jesus ♪ ♪ Jesus light of heaven ♪ ♪ Friend forever ♪ ♪ His kingdom come ♪ ♪ Oh yes ♪ ♪ Your kingdom come, Jesus ♪ ♪ Right here right now Lord ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ – In a world that's filled with chaos there's a god that hasn'tforgotten about us.

And He has a purpose and a plan.

God is going to turn this thing around and fill our hearts with joy.

Will you sing with us? ♪ I searched the world ♪ ♪ But it couldn't fill me ♪ ♪ Man's empty praise ♪ ♪ And treasures that fade ♪ ♪ Are never enough ♪ ♪ Then you came along ♪ ♪ And put me back together ♪ ♪ And every desire is now satisfied ♪ ♪ Here in your love ♪ Come on, say there's nothing ♪ Oh there's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ There's nothing better than you ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Nothing is better than you ♪ How many know there'snothing better than our god? Hey! Whoo! I'm not afraid! ♪ I'm to afraid ♪ ♪ To show you my weakness ♪ ♪ My failures and flaws ♪ ♪ Lord you see them all ♪ ♪ And you still call me friend ♪ ♪ Whoo ♪ ♪ 'Cause the god of the mountain ♪ ♪ Is the god of the valley ♪ ♪ And there's not a placeyour mercy and grace ♪ ♪ Won't find me again ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Nothing is better than you ♪ Come on, sing with us.

♪ Say there's nothing ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Nothing is better than you ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ Are you ready, church? Now sing this together ♪ You turn mourning to dancing ♪ ♪ You give beauty for ashes ♪ Come on.

♪ You turn shame into glory ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You turn mourning to dancing ♪ ♪ You give beauty for ashes ♪ ♪ You turn shame into glory ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You turn graves into gardens ♪ ♪ You turn graves into gardens ♪ ♪ You turn bones into armies ♪ ♪ You turn seas into highways ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you come on ♪ ♪ There's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you better than you oh ♪ ♪ There's there's nothingbetter than you come on ♪ ♪ Nothing is better than you ♪ ♪ Come on let's lift ourvoices together all together ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Better than you ♪ ♪ Oh there's nothing ♪ ♪ Nothing is better than you ♪ ♪ You turn graves into gardens ♪ ♪ You turn bones into armies ♪ ♪ You turn seas into highways ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You turn graves into gardens ♪ ♪ You turn bones into armies ♪ ♪ You turn seas into highways ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You're the only one ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ You're the only one who can ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ Come on church.

Lift your voice.

He's the only one.

Worship him, praise him.

Hallelujah.

Whoo! (light music) (upbeat music) – Welcome to SandalsChurch.

TV and I wanna thank everybodyfor tuning in this week.

I don't know about you but Ijust miss the good old days when we were just gonna alldie of a terrible disease or get bit by a murder hornet.

But that's where I've been this week.

I don't know where you are.

And just know that myheart comes to us this week just humbled, hurting, justgrieving for our nation and grieving for so manypeople in our church.

And so I just wanna askyou to do one thing.

Don't turn me off until the very end.

I promise you, at some point Iwill say something offensive.

My wife thinks that's my spiritual gift.

She loves me but I can offend her so I will probably offend you.

Just know that Sandals Churchis a multi-ethnic church.

We have rich people, wehave poor people, right? We have white people, we have people from every ethnicity you can imagine.

We have singles, we have married people.

We have gay people, wehave straight people.

And we are all trying to do this thing together called church.

And so here I am as a white guy.

And I'm gonna do the very best that I can.

And I just want you to know, this actually happened andsome of you don't know me so you're gonna have to decidewhether or not to believe me but this actually happened.

A couple weeks ago, during COVID, back when things were just normal, a normal pandemic, my wife and I were trapped in our house and we were just doing little projects and she was painting a wallwhile I was trying to help.

And I got a new cell phone.

And my new cell phone, allby itself, all by itself, I didn't touch it, I wasn't near it, I wasn't anywhere around it, just started, it just turned on.

And it just started playing something.

And at first I didn't know what it was.

But then I realized my phone, by itself, was reading scripture out loud.

It was reading scripture out loud.

It had gone to an app andthe app had gone to a verse, and my phone began to project out loud, a bible verse, a bible story that I'm gonna share with you today.

And I kid you not, I have toassume this was the holy spirit preparing in me because this is a verse and a story I've never preached on.

It's not something I'veever thought about.

And I wondered, while Ibegan to study and look at this passage of scripturealmost two weeks ago for 45 minutes, I wondered why on earth would God have me look at this text.

And then we had Ahmoud Aubreyand George Floyd murdered.

We saw a white woman in New York City call the police on a blackman minding his own business.

And I went, okay Lord, okay.

You have a word for me here.

There's something that you wanna teach me.

And so if you're white, hang in there.

If you're not white, hang in there.

And just know, I'm gonnadeliver to you the best I can the word of God.

And just know there are many social topics that I address that are not in line with what everybody thinks.

With what everybody wants.

And many of you cheer me when I plunge into the offensive in a category that does not affect you.

Unfortunately race affects us all.

Some more than others.

But it affects us allbecause we all have race.

And so today, we're allgonna be challenged.

And this week I'm gonnakinda lay out the problem and we're gonna end with hope and next weekend, we're gonnalay out how can we elevate the healing process in our church? And so today, I wanna challenge you to let Jesus elevate theway that you see people.

I want you to see peoplethe way He saw people.

So let's pray together.

Heavenly Father, we justask that your holy spirit would soak us with grace today, would soak me with yourpower and your strength.

And God, if I saysomething offensive today, let it not be my personalitybut let it be your power.

And God, push us to consider the reality of our calling as Christians.

And help us God, tohandle this difficult text and help us to apply it to our lives.

In Jesus' name, amen.

So you can open your biblesif you're watching at home.

If you're listening inthe car just keep driving.

But we're gonna look at thegospel of Mark, chapter seven, verses 24 through 30.

Next weekend we'regonna finish the chapter but this weekend we're gonnasit right here in the text.

It says, “Then Jesus leftGalilee and he went north “to the region of Tyre.

” This is the only examplewe have in the gospels, this is the only knowninstance in the gospels as an adult where Jesus left Israel.

This is his only time.

What's going on? He's fed up, he's tired, he's exhausted.

It's like a Southwest commercial, right? Airlines commercial.

You wanna get away? You're like, “No, no, Idon't wanna get on a plane.

” But that's how Jesus is feeling.

He's done, he's fed up, he's tired.

He needs to get away.

Underline this.

He didn't want anyone to knowwhich house he was staying in.

Man, you ever been there? You ever been there? Man, this last week was my birthday.

My wife said, “Who do you want over?” I said, “No one.

“No one.

“No one.

” I didn't feel like celebrating.

I didn't feel like seeing people because inevitably theconversation of race is gonna come up and we allknow we see it differently.

We feel it differently.

We experience it differently.

We have different opinions.

We're watching different news outlets.

And sometimes you're like, “I just need some space.

” And that's where Jesus was.

That's where Jesus was.

I gotta confess something to you.

Well, last weekend, Tammyand I got away for a day and we ended up going toa town that had a march.

And I was like, “Oh my gosh, this is spreading everywhere.

” When the scope of just the pain and just all of the violence started to rear its ugly head in our society.

I went to go get pizzaand I was waiting in line to get our pizza and somebody asked me, “Are you Pastor Matt?” And I gotta be honest, I was so tempted to lie.

Everything in me wanted to go, “No.

“No, I'm his doppelganger, not him at all.

” But I was like “Ah, yes it's me.

“Yes it's me.

” I just wanted to get away, but man, I'm no Jesus.

Jesus couldn't go anywhere without people wanting to see him.

He didn't want anyone to knowwhich house he was staying in 'cause he just needed anight, a day, some rest.

Because people, we're exhausting.

Amen? We're exhausting.

He didn't want anyone to knowwhich house he was staying in but he couldn't keep it a secret, right? He couldn't keep it a secret.

Imagine.

I don't know who the TMZ was but people followed him aroundand they couldn't tweet, maybe they etched it in stone, you know.

Threw rocks, smoke, fire, signals.

Here comes Jesus.

They knew exactly where he was.

And so here he goes into a town for rest and right away, right away, immediately a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet.

You see, she had a problem.

Her heart was broken.

She was exhausted and upset and every parent knowswhen you have a sick child, there's nothing that you won't do to try to make them well.

You see, her little girl waspossessed by an evil spirit.

Now some of you are like, “Oh see pastor, “this is where you lose me.

“It's where you lose me.

“Obviously this child had some kind “of psychological condition.

” Listen to me, my super smart people.

There is a movement among psychologists and scientists and medical professionals that are beginning to consider that maybe all of ourpsychological problems are not just biological.

And some of you need tocatch up with science.

You need to catch up with science.

One of my favorite authorsof all time, M.

Scott Peck, he wrote “The Road Less Traveled”.

He wrote “People of the Lie”.

He became a Christian as a psychologist.

As he began to investigate some of the crimes thatoccurred in Vietnam from young men in good homes.

from church who committedan act so awful, so terrible where they killed wholevillages in Vietnam.

And he was trying to understand, how can the human psychedo something so evil? And here's the conclusion.

And atheist psychologist, psychiatrist, excuse me, came to.

M.

Scott Peck realized that evil is real.

And ultimately his recognitionof evil led him to God who led him to Jesus.

And he became an incredible author.

He's affected my lifeand the lives of many.

He's in heaven now but his books are still with us.

So for those of you who justthink this is ridiculous and you write the book off and you say, “See, it's all made up.

“This person just needed some Prozac.

“Or this person just needed this, “or this person justneeded some counseling.

“Or maybe this person needed a weekend “where she got in touch with herself.

” You need to understand thatpsychologists and psychiatrists are grappling with thereality that there are things in human beings that we do not understand.

There are things inhuman beings that science has no answer for.

You see, her little girl waspossessed by an evil spirit.

And she begged him to cast outthe demon from her daughter.

She's not Jewish.

She doesn't know the one true god.

All she knows is, “I've heardrumors and I've heard stories “that this guy can heal people “and I'm gonna do whatever I can “to get this guy, Jesus, to heal my daughter.

” Since she was a gentile.

Most of you read thesestories in the bible and you pay no attentionto what they actually mean.

Since she was a gentileborn in Syria Phoenicia.

Some of your translationswill say Syrophoenicia.

Jesus told her.

He says, “First I shouldfeed the children.

“My own family, the Jews.

” He says, “It isn't right totake food from the children “and throw it to dogs.

” And some of your minds are just blown.

You can't imagine Jesus everspeaking to a person like this of a different race, of a different ethnicity, of a different gender.

But man, she's not offended.

She's on a mission.

She replies, “That's true, that's true.

“Lord, ” she says, “But eventhe dogs under the table, “are allowed to eat the scrapsfrom the children's plates.

” And Jesus says, “Good answer.

” He says, “Now go home for thedemon has left your daughter.

” And when she arrived homeshe found her little girl lying quietly in bedand the demon was gone.

What do we do with this passage? What do we do with thisJesus that doesn't fit into our cultural narrative and our political understanding of Jesus.

What do we do with this text where we have Jesus, theson of the living God, Jesus who loves the world, Jesus who loves thelittle children, you know, red, yellow, black and white, right? They're all precious in his sight.

What do we do with this text? I wanna challenge you.

Not to see people the wayyou thing Jesus would.

I wanna challenge you to seepeople the way Jesus did.

You see, when Jesus saw a person, when he saw a person.

Write this down.

Jesus saw color.

He saw color and I know, I'vewatched many of your tweets and it's well meaning.

You mean well.

And you tweet, “God doesn't see color.

” Well why on earth would hecreate it if he can't see it? We say a lot of dumbthings in our culture.

Like, one of my favorite dumbthings is, age is just number.

Yeah, a number that saysyou're a year closer to death.

That's what it is.

Numbers are real.

Color is real.

Mark 7:26, she beggedhim to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since, circle it, since she was a gentile.

Ding, ding, ding, ding.

Not Jewish! Not Jewish! Oh, and she's worse.

She's born in Syrophoenicia.

Syrophoenicia.

We're gonna get into whatthis means in just a minute when we look at culture buthere's what I want you to know.

She was not Jewish and Jesusdidn't treat her as Jew.

Because she wasn't Jewish.

Jesus saw color.

He saw color.

And we don't just see Jesus seeing color.

We see God throughout thescripture seeing color.

Man, so many times when God tells a story, God is descriptive aboutthe gender of the person.

God is descriptive aboutthe position of the person and God is descriptive aboutthe ethnicity of the person.

Acts 13:1.

“Among the prophets andteachers at the church.

” Some of you, you've beentaught that the church has always been racist, that the church has alwaysbeen white-centered, that it's always been about white people.

I want you to know that'snot how the church started.

Right here in the book ofActs, Chapter 13, verse one.

“Among the prophets, amongstthe teachers of the church “at Antioch, ” by the way.

What's Antioch? This is the first place wherewe're called Christians.

It's not a name we picked for ourselves.

It's a name other people gave to us.

In this church in Antioch, there's a guy named Barnabas.

We know who he is 'cause he disciples the apostle Paul.

He's very famous.

But then there's a person that most of you have never heard of.

His name is Simeon.

Why is Simeon important? Read the next sentence! He's called the black man because that's what he was.

He was black.

And there he was amongstthe early church leaders.

Amongst an early church movement and the bible doesn't try totuck it away or push it away.

The bible just says it's what he was.

He's a black guy.

And there's nothing wrong with that.

But it's who he is.

You need to learn to seecolor because Jesus saw color.

The bible writes in colorbecause God created color.

God loves color.

He didn't make us all gray.

He made us alive.

Color is real.

Right, in the winter, I'm white.

In the spring I'm pink.

Sometimes in the summerI'm really, really red.

Okay? Those are real colors, man.

It really happens.

That's who I am.

It's the color of my skin.

And it's okay.

It's okay.

We don't need to become color blind.

We need to learn to seethe beauty in color.

God loves color.

He loves it.

Nobody goes to an aquarium and says, “I wanna see all the non-colorful fish.

” You wanna see the brightcolors, the beautiful colors.

The powerful colors.

I'm always blown awayat how God, in nature, shows us color is beautiful.

It's beautiful.

It's something to be seen.

It's something to be appreciated.

And God, if he wantedus all to look the same, he woulda made us to look all the same.

Mark 13:10 says this: “And the gospel, the gospel, must first be proclaimed “to all the nations.

” You see, when you andI read that in English, we see America as anation, we see Britain, United Kingdom as a notion.

We see Australia as a nation.

We see China as a nation.

We see individual nationswithin the content of Africa.

Tanzania, Somalia, Egypt, South Africa, right? That's what we think ofin our English language when we see the word nation.

In the Greek it's ethnos.

In English the word we getfrom ethnos is ethnicity.

Ethnicity.

When Jesus saw her, he saw her as a woman.

He saw gender and he saw her ethnicity.

He saw where she was.

The next thing that Jesus saw is Jesus saw culture.

He didn't just see color, he saw culture.

And here's one of the lies that I see being presented on the media.

You know, not all whitepeople are the same.

Not all black people are the same.

We live in different cultures, we live in different regions.

We come from different families.

Culture is extraordinarily real.

It's the reason the biblesays Syrophoenician.

It's a specific group of ethnos.

She comes from a specific tribe.

A specific place.

It's a reason it doesn't just say gentile.

Gentile is the word for non-Jewish.

The bible wants us to knowwhat kind of gentile she was.

And Jesus told her, “FirstI should feed the children, “my own family, my own family.

” And some of you, you believethat God first wants you to love outward and love others and let me tell you something.

If you can't learn to lovethe people closest to you, you will never learn to lovethe people far from you.

There's a reason God gave us a family.

Because it's where we learn to love.

It's where we learn to care and it is from that place oflearning that we reach out.

Jesus says, “First I gottafeed my own family, the Jews.

” He says, “It isn't right totake food from my children “and throw it to the dogs.

” The dogs.

And commentators do back flips to try to make this not offensive.

Some of your bibles will say, “Well we could translate it puppies.

” (raspberries) No! That's not what it is.

Don't try to make Jesuslook less offensive.

Sometimes he's offensive on purpose.

Write this down.

You see, when Jesus saw culture, Jesus saw beauty andbrokenness in cultures.

There's beauty and brokenness.

Like we can learn from every culture but not everything inevery culture is beautiful and should be modeled.

It shouldn't be modeled.

Jesus saw beauty andbrokenness in cultures.

So what is a Syrophoenician? She's Greek.

And many of you, in school, you studied the Greeks.

You're like, “Oh my gosh, the Greeks.

“What an incredible culture.

“They gave us Socrates, the father of philosophy.

“They gave us Plato, thefather of political thought.

“They gave us Aristotle, the beginning, “the first person to really begin “to examine the world in a scientific way.

“Oh, the Greeks!” But what they don't tell you in school is yeah, the Greeks werepolitical science giants.

The Greeks were greatthinkers, great debaters.

And Greeks gave us the beginningsof our scientific methods but the Greeks wereself-consumed and self-indulgent.

Right? The Greeks loved to walk around naked.

They loved beauty.

You're like, “Oh my gosh!” That's great in a museum.

You walk down the streetnaked, that's a problem.

The Greeks loved toparade themselves naked.

You know what a dog does? A dog walks around with nothing on it unless they have a weird owner.

Amen? The other day I was going for a run and there's just likepit bulls like (growling) and I look at him, he's gota tuxedo with a bow tie on.

I'm like, I cant' even be intimidated by you right now, dude.

Like, I felt bad for thedog that wanted to eat me.

Because its owner put a little tux on him.

And it's just sad.

It doesn't belong, right? Dogs don't wear clothes.

That's not what they do.

Dogs walk around naked.

There's not a problem with that.

You know what else dogs do? Dogs will have sex anywhere, anytime.

Dogs don't care.

Dogs aren't like, “You know what, “we should go around this corner.

” That's what the Greeks did.

The Greeks would havesex outside in public.

Where do you think Romansgot the idea of orgy from? The Greeks loved beauty, loved nakedness, they loved to have sexwith whomever they wanted.

Plato's the first guy that said, “You don't need a mom, you don't need a dad.

“Let's all just have sex with each other “and everybody will raiseeverybody together.

” What a terrible idea.

It's a terrible idea.

It will never work.

And I don't care what yourprofessor of sociology at your school of choice says.

You need a mom and a dad.

And Jesus saw the Greeks as dogs.

Another thing they didn'tteach you in school is that it was normaland considered honorable for a Greek man to havea sexual relationship with a Greek boy.

And you don't have to believe me.

You can read Aristotle talk about it.

You can read it.

It was a part of their society.

It was a part of their culture.

They were brilliant and they were broken.

And here's another thing.

The Greeks conquered the Jews.

And they made it illegal for them to worship their God in their temple.

They made it illegal for Jewish men to be circumcised.

They made it illegal for Jewish men to gather and worshipGod in their synagogues.

You see, the Greeks slaughtered the Jews, conquered the Jews, devastated the Jews.

When you read the book of Daniel, and it says pay attention.

Look for the antichrist, the one, the abomination that causes desolation.

Most theologians thinkthat Daniel's talking about a Greek person, aGreek general standing in the holiest of holies, desecrating it.

You know what he did? He slaughtered pig.

He slaughtered a pig in the holiest of holies.

That's why Jesus has called 'em a dog.

You know why? Because there was a cultural mistreatment from Greeks to Jews.

So I want you to hear me especially if you're a white person.

Jesus doesn't pretend thatthe years of mistreatment and the years of racism didn't exist.

They did exist, they were real things, they were real atrocitiesthat really happened.

The Greeks were self-consumed.

So before you're like, “Amen, amen, pastor.

” You need to go back andread the first chapter, the first portion of the chapter, Mark 7:14 and 15.

“Then Jesus called the crowd together.

” These are all Jews, this is in Jerusalem.

He says this: “It's notwhat goes into your body “that defiles you.

” He says, “You are defiled.

” Listen to this.

You're defiled.

What makes you unclean, what makes you unholy is what's in your heart.

You see, Greeks were self-indulgent but Jewish leaders in particularhad become self-righteous.

Self-righteous.

You see, God had calledthem to be different.

To be a light unto the nations.

And what had happened inJewish culture is they began to despise the nations.

They began to hate the nations.

They wouldn't fellowshipwith them, connect with them.

Man, if you accidentally, think about this, bumped into a non-Jew, you called yourself unclean and you went through this entire ritualbath to clean yourself.

Can you imagine? You think America has racism? Can you imagine in our streets, if a white person bumpedinto a black person and they announcedpublicly they need a bath? That's how disgusting things got.

Now if you're a Jewish person, I need to take a step back, and I need to be real.

Because it wasn't the poorGreeks that were this way.

It was the wealthy and powerful.

And it wasn't the poorJews that were this way.

It was the wealthy, powerfuland politically connected which it always is, isn't it? It always is.

I've traveled around the world.

Some of you have never left your town.

I want you to know that everywhere I go, everywhere I go, societiesdivide people and rank them.

If you go to India, youare ranked by religion.

God has arbitrarilydecided what class you are and you are stuck there forever.

Do you understand that? Forever.

And you're in this endless cycle of trying to earn yourselfand get out of this class.

You see, to the Americaneye, Indians look the same.

In India, Hindus rank them.

I have a friend who'sIndian and he was beat by his grandmother with a stick because he played outside in the street with another Indian boyof a different class.

And my friend isn't 50.

He's in his 20s.

He was beaten by his grandmother.

If you're in communist China or if you are in communist Russia, they divided based uponhow connected you were to the government.

That's what communism does.

It promises equality for all but in the end what it delivers is it delivers class systems through those who are connected to the top.

In Britain, where manyAmericans came from, you were divided by your wealth.

Your ability to producesomething economically.

And in America, unfortunately, because we're a meltingpot of all different colors and all different ethnicitiesand all different races, we divided one another basedupon the color of our skin.

And when I say we, it wasn't black people that did that.

It was white people.

You became black or you became white.

And that's how things have happened here.

Whether you wanna hear thator not, that's the truth.

It's the truth.

And let me just say this.

If you're a white person, I don't believe it's you're fault.

It's not your fault forwhat's happened in the past but it is your fault for howwe go forward in the future.

It is.

What are we gonna do? I'm not responsible forwhite dudes who are dead that I didn't know, but I am responsible for being in how I move forward.

Jesus saw culture.

And let me say this.

I can't always see my culture.

I can't.

It's invisible to mebecause it's been with me since the moment I was born but my culture always affects what I see.

And let me tell you, ifyou're a person of color, let me tell you what white people see.

When white people see a policeofficer abusing a black man, they see a bad cop.

That's what they see.

When a black person sees a white cop abusing, and in this case killing a black man, listen to me white people, listen to me, they see themselves.

That's what they see.

That's what they see.

That's what they feel.

Now let me just share withmany of my white friends at Sandals Church, you have emailed me, you have texted me, youhave been all over me for the past 10 weeks and you know why? Because the church has been unheard.

The church has been dismissed.

Our cries have not been heeded.

And we have been relegated non-essential.

Non-essential, that's what's happened.

That's what's happened.

And these riots prove it.

They prove it.

You see social distancing out there? No.

Why can't we worship together in here? It's because we have been discriminated against for 10 weeks.

Stop.

Black people have beendiscriminated against for hundreds of years.

And the white people in our church are ready to lose their minds because you've experiencedsomething for 10 weeks when our black communityhas been crying out for hundreds of years.

We need to listen.

We need to listen.

We need to understand thatwe see the world differently.

And we need to understand that one group doesn't have truth, theyhave their perspective.

And let me just say this.

You know, a lot of people whenthey hear Donald Trump say, “Make America greatagain, ” they hear racism.

Okay? I hear, we got a lotof economic challenges and we need to make those right.

But I understand what my blackbrothers and sisters hear.

I understand what people of color hear.

In the same way, when Barack Obama said, “We need to remake America, ” what he was saying is, we need to make some thingsright that have been wrong, but what white people heard is, there's nothing good about America.

And we get into this battlebetween America's all good or all terrible and weboth go into our corners.

And the reality is, America has been amazing for people.

Mostly white people.

Occasionally black people.

But for most black people, they've been left out of the American dream andwe have to acknowledge that.

We have to acknowledge that.

Jesus gets right in our face because Greeks were terrible to Jews but he doesn't let hisown people off the hook because their terribleto everybody, right? And he rips them and he rips them because some cultures are beautiful and by the way, Jesus was not anti-Jewish.

He was a Jew.

And for all these whitesupremacists who hate Jews, why on earth would God have become a Jew if they were all wrong? There's something abouttheir culture that was right.

There was something about theirculture that was beautiful.

Something about it that was incredible.

But they got bent and theygot broken like people do.

Here's what I want youto press as a church.

Acknowledge you see color and acknowledge you have a culture and impress like Jesus.

Because when Jesus saw aperson, he saw character.

He saw character.

Think about the dream ofMartin Luther King, right? One day, one day hischildren will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Character matters.

It matters and by the way, so many of us are Christians, we misunderstand the termthe righteousness of God.

We think when we are righteous, we have checked off some list of moral requirements where we're good.

Here's what therighteousness of God means.

The righteousness of God means you have the character of God.

You're like him.

You're becoming like him.

“Then she replied, 'That's true Lord.

'” I want you to circle this word, Lord.

And I want you to know this, this is the only timein the gospel of Mark, the only time in the gospel of Mark where Jesus is referredto for who he really is.

Lord.

He calls her a dog.

She calls him Lord.

Lord.

Why is it that this pagan Greek woman can acknowledge Jesus for who he is and she doesn't even fully understand him but you who call yourself a Christian, you can't bow before him andworship him and follow him.

Why is that? Why is that? Everybody knows that the church is the most segregatedorganization left in our country.

Sunday is the most segregated day.

Why is that? What do we do to change that? We have to see Jesus for who he is so we can see ourselves for who we are.

“She replied, 'That's true Lord, “'but even the dogs under the table “'are allowed to eat the scraps “'from the children's plates.

'” I wanna say this first to thepeople in our church of color.

Don't rob yourself of the truth of god simply because I saysomething that's offensive.

Can you just imagine for asecond, Jesus calls her a dog and she runs away.

Jesus is racist.

Right? Jesus is a part of a patriarchal system and all the things we say, right, there's a lot of things that can be said for ancient Jewish culture.

I hear it all the time when people say, “You follow that old book?” People rip the bible to shreds.

Jesus affirmed the bible.

She coulda said he's old-fashioned, out of touch, out of date.

She could have said he's racist.

She could have said he's a chauvinist, he demeans her because she's a woman but she pushes past allthe potential offenses because she wants to be healed by Jesus.

And let me say the same thingto our white congregation.

And I just wanna be honestwith you Sandals Church.

I have offended more whitepeople in our church.

I have gotten more negative feedback from white people inour church than I have from people of color.

Like it's impossible forme to ever make a statement and appease everyone.

The moment I'm speaking for everyone, I'm not speaking for God.

I'm a broken man, I'm a sinful man.

I'm a white man.

I can't change that.

I can't.

It's how God made me.

What I have to do is submitto Jesus and do the best I can and sometimes, you know, guys know.

Come on, if you know me.

Sometimes my jokes go a little too far.

If you don't believe me, google it.

I'm famous for the wrong reasons.

“She replied, 'That's true, Lord, but even the dogs “'under the table areallowed to eat the scraps “'from the children's plates.

' “'Good answer' Jesus said, 'Now go home “'for your daughter's demon has left.

'” Isn't that incredible? She didn't rob herself of her blessing.

She didn't miss out on her miracle.

Why? Because she chose not to be offended by somebody from a different gender and a different race andshe walked away changed.

We're too easily offended in our culture.

We've got to deal with the fact that worshiping together, living together, those things are challenging.

And America's solution, unfortunately since our inception.

Right? Black, white, gets mostof the attention today because it's most of the problem today but I want you to know, when my family came from Ireland, they didn't get to hangout with the white people.

You had to go to an Irish borough.

My grandfather Estes, when his family came, they were called wops.

Without papers, greasers.

They had to go into theItalian neighborhoods.

That's what happened.

America's solution to live together was everybody stay in their own areas.

And then when the white peoplestarted to get together, we began to red-line and create districts where blacks had to stay.

They weren't allowed to assimilate.

Because here's the thing, my ancestors changed their names from Italian names and Irish names to white sounding names sothey could blend in and fit in.

The problem is, whether youwant to admit it or not, black people always stand out.

You can tell.

Because you, whether you like it or not, or you believe it or not, you see color.

So I wanna challenge you.

See color, look at your own culture and next, just understandthis, see character.

I just wanna say this, most people, most, most people are decent.

Don't watch the news.

(chuckling) Don't watch the news.

You know what the news is? The news is Jerry Springer, that's what the news is.

Stop watching the news.

Do you know what I do? You know what I do? I try to avoid cameras.

I try to avoid media.

You know what nutty people do, strange people do, weird people do? They run to the camera.

Most people are decent.

Most people are decent.

Let me tell you Sandals Church, we had all kinds of people from our church that marched downtown Riverside.

They marched together and I was so proud that it was peaceful.

I thank God that it was peaceful.

There were good people and guess what.

We had tons of policeofficers in our church.

They didn't wanna marchbut they had to go.

They knew one of their own blew it.

They knew their lives were atstake and they went anyways.

You know why? They're good people.

They're decent people.

We had another group ofour people from our church that went and helped the dayafter the San Bernardino riots and helped clean up.

You're not gonna see that on the media.

But they did it.

Most people are decent.

Let me say this.

Some people, some are excellent.

Some.

The gospel of Luke is written because one man, one manfinanced all of Luke's research and his name is Theophilus.

Luke says this, “It seemed good to me, “having followed thingsclosely for some time past, “to write an orderly account for you, “most excellent Theophilus.

” Most people are decent.

Some people, they're just, they're just incredible, they're just excellent.

They're just amazing.

Man, I think we're blessed.

Sheriff Chad Bianco isone of those people.

He's a member of Sandals Church and he took a knee this week.

He took a knee.

And he led all of hisofficers to take a knee.

Chad happens to be a white dude but he's an excellent dude.

You know what? Some white people are excellent.

Some black people are excellent.

Some Hispanics are excellent, some Asians are excellent.

Every ethnicity, most people are decent, some are excellent.

Okay? My favorite politicalphilosopher is Thomas Sowell.

He's black.

I don't think he's everwritten a book in his life that is less than 1000 pages.

But I'm not gonna hold that against him 'cause they're good books and I try to read everything that he writes.

He's excellent, excellent.

Most people are decent, some are excellent, listen to me very carefully.

A few people are evil.

Every culture has 'em.

Every where.

Even in communities whereeverybody's the same race.

Everybody's the same race.

Japan has evil people.

China has evil people.

Korea has evil people.

In Ireland, there's evil people.

Every race, most people are decent, some are excellent, few are evil.

And we need to be carefulthat we don't lump people into a group because wesee somebody that's evil from another group doingsomething evil to our group.

We gotta be so careful.

This is what the bible says.

“Lord deliver me, deliver me from evil men.

“Preserve me from violent men.

” Every group has 'em.

And let me just saythis to you as a pastor.

It breaks my heart every time I hear that a pastor molestssomebody in a church.

There are pastors that are evil.

And it doesn't matterthat they wear a uniform.

They're evil men.

And in some cases, evil women.

That's just the reality.

You know, some pastors fleecetheir flock to be rich.

This week I got some ofyou that challenged me.

You literally said, “We know you are F-U.

” I'm not even gonna spell it.

The F word, right, you knowit and it wasn't fantastic.

“We know that you are effin' rich.

” And at first that was offensive because I live in circleswhere I know I'm not rich but there are circles inour church where I am rich.

You see, my culture andthe people that I see and I run with tell me one thing, but people from anotherperspective tell me something else.

And so while I didn'tappreciate the profanity, I do need to appreciate the perspective.

Most people are decent, they're just decent people.

Head down, trying to make it.

Some people are excellent and a few, unfortunately, and we don't know why, they're just evil.

Number four, if I wannasee people like Jesus, you need to know this, when Jesus saw people, he saw suffering.

So remember Jesus, right? He wants a day off, he wants a vacation.

Disney Land's closed, he can't go there, the restaurants aren't open, right? You know what I'm talking about.

I'm kidding.

But he's had a bad week, he needs to get outta town, he's fed up with his ownpeople, he wants to get away.

“Right away a woman who heard about him, “came and fell at his feet.

” Jesus saw suffering.

Jesus is probably not at his best.

He's tired, he's exhausted, he's fed up.

Jesus knows he needs to get away.

Jesus knows he needs to not be seen.

Jesus knows he is not in theplace to deal with people and he's gotta get away.

And you gotta remember, God rested in creation and so even Jesus has to rest.

Because it's wise.

She fell to his feet, she fell at her feet.

She groveled, she cries out loud.

She runs to him.

Her little girl waspossessed by an evil spirit.

She begged him to cast out the demon.

Listen to me, white people, I love you.

I am you.

Our black community has been begging us and they've been crying out.

And they've been sayingthis stuff has gone on.

This stuff is going on.

And we don't live in their neighborhoods.

We don't live in their communities and so we don't see itso we don't believe it.

But guess what.

God in his omniscience, maybe to get us to see America's greatest sin, has locked us all inour houses for 10 weeks where we've been trappedand we have been forced to view what we didn't wanna see.

And what we saw is twowhite guys from the South decide to get in their cars, take guns and shoot a black man whowas running down the street and another white dude decided to film it.

We saw a white woman who wanted to let her dog run all over the place and she thought it wasokay to call the cops and she thought that theywould treat him differently.

She thought that theywould treat him differently because she made apoint that he was black.

And then we watched ablack man lie on the ground with a white man's knee onhis neck smiling into a camera knowing that he's recorded and the black man, he iscrying out he can't breathe and he's crying out for his mom.

And let me say this toour white community.

You know Jesus calls her a dog.

Some of you care more about your pets than you do about people.

And you care about that andit should matter to you.

It should matter.

Because that's a human beingcreated in the image of God crying out for help.

And those of us who haveposition, power and influence, if we do nothing, Godwill hold us accountable.

And I want you to know I don't identify with a white guy withhis knee on the neck.

That's not me, that's never been me.

I've never been a big guy that can intimidate people physically.

I've got a big mouth andfortunately fast feet so I can run from whatever I start.

That's not me but you know who was me? I watched the police officerwho was just casually going about his business, ignoring the cries for help.

That's been me.

That's my sin, that's my part.

That's what I have to change.

And listen to me.

White people, it's not always racism.

But it's not always not racism.

And when that happens, when somebody's targeted, when somebody's pickedon for the one thing that they can't control, the color of their skin, we gotta stand up and wegotta say that's wrong.

And if you're in the black community and you go to Sandals Church, I wanna challenge you.

I know that you've been mistreated.

I know that you've experienced racism.

I know there's been woundsand I know there's been pain and there's nothing Ican do to change that but I want you to look at Jesus who presses through hundredsof years for Greek rule, of Greek reign, of Greektorture, Greek racism.

Greek racism.

You should read the book of Maccabees.

It's not in our bible butit's in the catholic bible where the Greek kings cookJewish boys in a frying pan.

That's what led to the Maccabean revolt.

That's why Jews still celebrate Hanukkah Because Hanukkah is thecelebration of defeating the Greeks and relighting, relighting the candle, the menorah in the temple.

And they weren't able to do that.

Jesus pushed through all of that and he saw a woman'scharacter and he healed her.

And I wanna close with this.

Jesus, when he saw people, he promised healing.

I know that our audienceisn't just American anymore.

We have people watching from 79 countries.

And they're looking atAmerica and they're going, “What is going on?” And it breaks my heart when I think about what's happening in ourcountry, what has happened.

And oftentimes I get down and I lose hope because Ilook at what's around me and I forget to look at what's above me.

Jesus said, “Good answer, ” he said, “Now go home, “for the demon has left your daughter.

” And when she arrived home, she found her littlegirl lying quietly in bed and the demon was gone.

I want you to know, Sandals, that I believe Jesus haspromised racial healing and it's not here yet.

It's not here.

But if we trust him and notgo to our physical homes but if we come back to our spiritual home and we begin the hardwork of reconciliation, and we begin the hard workof caring for one another and seeing one another, man, I think God can do somethin.

But that has to start withour predominantly white church seeing black people in our church, greeting black people in our church, and thanking God for theirbravery that they would come and worship Jesus in this place.

If you're a black person, I cannot tell you how honored I am.

I cannot tell you how honoredI am that you would trust me as a white pastor to lead you spiritually.

I'm honored.

And many of you as whitepeople, I think it's true, you don't see race.

I think there's some truth in that and here's what I've discovered.

I don't see race when I'm in the majority.

But it is so apparent tome when I'm the minority.

The times in my life whenI have felt the most white is when my wife and I aretrying to find our lost luggage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Africa.

Remember the old song? One of these kids isnot like the other one.

Yeah, that was me.

When we lost our son temporarily in an airport in Taiwan, and you realize whenyou're in the minority, you realize how much moreyour color stands out and black people since they've been here have been in the minority.

And so they realize everyday as they have to live in the world that white people have built, that white people have created.

They realize when they come toa predominantly white church that they don't look like everybody else so we, it's on us to saywelcome, we're glad you're here.

We wanna learn from you.

We wanna listen.

I know the work's not done but I wanna end with this.

Jesus promised this momthat her daughter was healed and listen to me.

If you're a person ofcolor, Jesus promises that racism will end.

It will end and he will heal it and he will make it right even when we as the church get it wrong.

I wanna read this last scripture to you.

This is found in thelast book of the bible.

This is the last chapter inthe last book of the bible.

The bible is full of racism.

The bible is full of sexism.

The bible is full of everykind of evil you can imagine because the bible is written from a holy god to an evil people.

But this is how he says it ends.

John, after he's confused, disheartened, afraid, not sure what to think.

The angel reveals tohim, here's what he says, he says, “Look, there'ssomething in the future, “there's something coming.

” Like COVID will end, themurder hornets will die, racism is over, right? We won't see police brutality, none of these things will happen.

We won't see police who arehere to protect us and serve us dying in the streets.

We're not gonna see that anymore.

There's gonna be a momentwhere we all get along.

And how's it gonna happen? “The angel showed me theriver of the water of life, “bright as crystal, flowingfrom the throne of God “and the Lamb through themiddle of the street.

” Don't look at our streets right now.

Our streets run with blood.

Our streets run with racism.

Our streets run with hatred and fear but one day the streets willrun with something else.

It will run with a riverright through the middle that on either side there'sgonna be a tree of life.

With 12 kinds of fruit.

One tree that produces 12 kinds of fruit.

It's gonna be its own grocery store yielding fruit each month.

Each month it's a new fruit.

And the leaves of thistree, listen to this, the leaves of this tree werefor the healing of the ethnos, the nations, the peoples.

And there will no longerbe anything accursed.

Look, racism as a result of Babel because the peoples gatheredtogether to defy God and we were cursed.

But God is gonna take away the curse and he's gonna heal us.

There will no longer be anything accursed but the throne of God and theLamb of God will be in it.

And these servants, theseservants will worship him.

There's only one way youget to see that river.

There's only one way you getto experience that healing.

And that way is seeing yourselffor who you really were.

Listen to me.

We're all dogs.

We've all sinned.

We've all gone our own way.

And when Jesus callsher a dog, he's right.

He's right.

But I want you to know this.

Jesus calls her a dog, shesays, “But you know, Lord, “even the dogs eat scraps from the table.

” I want you to know that Jesus became a dog so you could eat at the table.

And that's what we'regonna do next weekend.

We're gonna eat at the table together.

It's called the lord's supper.

And the Lord's supper wasthe first religious meal in the history of the world where men and women fromall races, all ethnicities, all colors, all cultures came together and bowed at the feet of the one true God.

Because he, God's oneand only son became a dog so we could have a seat at the table.

Look, I love you church.

These are hard times.

These are hard timesbut this is not the end.

Jesus, he will heal this.

He will make it right.

And if I've offended you, I apologize.

I didn't mean to be offensive.

I'm not perfect.

I just want you to knowit's a tough spot to be in.

We have police in our church that serve us, that protect us.

And their profession, their personage, right, is being attacked.

I was texting this week witha black woman in our church.

She's a black mama and herson is a black police officer and she was scared to death.

And she said, “Would you pray for my son?” And I would say this toevery police officer, I prayed for her son justlike I'm praying for you.

I'm praying for the hurt, I'm praying for the people and there's no easy way forward.

And to some of you, I'mgonna be too radical and for some of you, I'mnever gonna be radical enough.

I just gotta be me and I just gotta be what God's called me to be.

Thank you for listening today and let me just say this.

I know these are scary times and I wanna encourage you to keep giving.

Things are getting tighter economically and we're experiencing that at our church.

We're paying our bills butwe're experiencing that.

So if you can give, give.

And if the Lord's blessed you and your business is doing great, you're one of those businesses where you're doing more thanyou've ever done, give more.

Give more.

Don't just stop at the 10%.

God's blessed you in one of the most economicallychallenging times.

Give more.

This is an opportunity foryou to do something special.

When others can't do what they were doing so give more.

Let me close in prayerand thank you so much just for listening andtrusting me and praying for me.

God, I feel it and letme tell you something.

God, I need it.

Let's pray together.

Heavenly father, in thepowerful, mighty name of Jesus, I hope this story, God, doesn't just offend us, Lord, that is inspires us to be honest about what we see.

To be honest about what we don't see.

And to begin, Lord, to lookfor character in people.

And God, we trust you right now when our cities rage and our people hurt.

God, we know that ultimatelythe healing we want will only come with your return and we say, Lord Jesus, please come.

We love you.

Holy Spirit, comfortus, heal us, inspire us.

We pray this in Jesus' name, amen.

(light music) – What a timely message from Pastor Matt at a time where there'sa little uncertainty, a little unrest.

God is so faithful.

Don't miss the moment.

The words that he spoketoday, those are seeds.

Let us continue to water those seeds.

And one way we're gonna do that is just through our worship, through singing, through lifting of hands.

We're gonna receive everything that God has spoken over us today.

So I wanna encourageyou to take this moment just to be still.

Wherever you are, be still and see and worship Him.

God wants to speak to you today.

Let's sing this together.

♪ Walking around these walls ♪ ♪ I thought by now they'd fall ♪ ♪ But You have never failed me yet ♪ ♪ Waiting for change to come ♪ ♪ Knowing the battle's won ♪ ♪ For You have never failed me yet ♪ ♪ Your promise still stands ♪ ♪ Great is Your faithfulness, your faithfulness ♪ ♪ I'm still in Your hands ♪ ♪ This is my confidence ♪ ♪ You've never failed me yet ♪ ♪ Oh thank God ♪ Sing I don't know I know ♪ I know the night won't last ♪ ♪ Your Word will come to pass ♪ ♪ My heart will sing Your praise again ♪ ♪ Jesus, You're still enough ♪ ♪ Jesus, You're still enough ♪ ♪ Keep me within Your love ♪ ♪ My heart will sing Your praise again ♪ ♪ Your promise still stand ♪ ♪ Great is Your faithfulness, your faithfulness ♪ ♪ I'm still in Your hand ♪ ♪ This is my confidence, You never failed ♪ ♪ Oh, Your promise still stands ♪ ♪ Your promise still stands ♪ ♪ Great is Your faithfulness, your faithfulness ♪ ♪ I'm still in Your hands ♪ ♪ This is my confidence ♪ ♪ You never failed me yet ♪ ♪ You never failed, younever failed me yet ♪ ♪ Hoo! ♪ ♪ Might be off begin to clap those hands ♪ ♪ We get to shout thepraise of the Lord my God ♪ ♪ Because he is faithful ♪ ♪ And the mountain you'regoing though right now ♪ ♪ God's gonna move that mountain ♪ ♪ God's gonna move that mountain ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ ♪ Come on sing ♪ ♪ I've seen You move, you move the mountains ♪ ♪ And I believe, I'llsee You do it again ♪ ♪ You made a way, where there was no way ♪ ♪ And I believe, I'llsee You do it again ♪ ♪ I've seen You move, come on ♪ ♪ You move the mountains ♪ ♪ And I believe, I'llsee You do it again ♪ ♪ You made a way, where there was no way ♪ ♪ And I believe, I'llsee You do it again ♪ ♪ I've seen You move, you move the mountains ♪ ♪ And I believe, I'llsee You do it again ♪ ♪ You made a way, where there was no way ♪ ♪ And I believe, I'llsee You do it again ♪ ♪ I'll see You do it again ♪ ♪ Can you help me say ♪ ♪ I'll see You do it again ♪ ♪ I'll see You do it again ♪ ♪ Your promise still stands ♪ ♪ Great is Your faithfulness, your faithfulness ♪ ♪ I'm still in Your hands ♪ ♪ This is my confidence, You never failed ♪ ♪ Come on let's sing that one more time.

♪ ♪ Your promise still stands ♪Yes.

♪ Great is Your faithfulness, ♪Great is your faithfulness.

Come on, just sing it out.

♪ Your faithfulness ♪ ♪ I'm still in Your hands ♪ ♪ This is my confidence ♪ ♪ You never failed me yet ♪ Thank you Jesus – When all else fails, when all else fails, God'spromise still stands.

Amen? Come on, let me hear you now.

Amen? Amen.

I'm so thankful for the reminder that we must elevate the way we see people just like Jesus did.

And even though for now wecan not be together in person, we want you to know thatwe are here for you.

If you need prayer orsupport for any reason, please let us know.

You can reach out in the chat or go to move.

sc/help.

And please make sure you join us next week as Pastor Matt continues to teach us in how to elevate ourmental, our emotional and our spiritual life.

You're not gonna wanna miss it.

We'll see you right back here next week.

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Elevate My Life by Elevating My Goals | Sandals Church (Closed Caption)

– Welcome to Sandals Church(gentle piano music) my name is Jonathan and Iwanna say thank you so much for inviting us into your home or wherever you're watching at today.

Here at Sandals Church, our vision is to be real withourselves, God, and others, and if this is the firsttime you're watching, man, we wanna say welcome.

We're so glad you're here and we'd love to invite you to head over to move.

sc/new becausewe wanna know who you are and we wanna know whereyou're joining us from.

If you join us each week, we'd love for you to drop acomment right in the chat, We'd like to know whoyou are, what's going on, how we can care and howwe can pray for you today.

And better yet, we'd love foryou to share this message, so that your friends and your family can join us and watch as well.

Today our lead pastor, Matt Brown is gonna be continuing in ourcurrent series called elevate.

Now, we're gonna be focusing on the hope that only God gives.

And now more than ever, we're realizing just the importance ofsharing this hope, God's hope in this vision of being real, so that anyone and everyone that wants to listen can hear.

And I wanna say thankyou so much to all of you that have been giving to Sandals Church.

You've been giving consistently, you've been giving generously and man, you are making adifference all over the world.

If you've never givenbefore, today's your chance.

Give, partner with us andhelp us make a difference in seeing this vision ofbeing real, become a reality.

You can go to GIVE.

AC at any time.

Right now, we're goingto start this service, we're just singingsongs of worship to God.

And I'd like to remindyou that it doesn't matter where you're at right now, it matters who God is.

So would you sing with us andwould you worship God today? – Welcome to Sandals Church, (upbeat music) as we all belong to the same God let's all sing to Him today together.

Sing this with us.

♪ As I reflect I find perspective ♪ ♪ There in the best andworst days of this life ♪ ♪ You were always on my side ♪ ♪ You're in the painYou're in the promise ♪ ♪ And on the days thefurnace finds my faith ♪ ♪ You're the fourth within the flames ♪ ♪ sing it out ♪ ♪ I don't need to knowwhat the future says ♪ ♪ 'Cause if the past couldtalk it would tell me this ♪ ♪ My God isn't finished yet ♪ ♪ If He did it before He can do it again ♪ ♪ So I'll trust Him with what comes next ♪ ♪ For the God I know isknown for faithfulness ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Yeah, my hindsight says I cantrust Him with what's next ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ For the God I know isknown for faithfulness ♪ ♪ There's more ahead ♪ ♪ Here we go there's moreahead than what's behind me ♪ ♪ 'Cause through the highsand lows and in between ♪ ♪ God You go ahead of me ♪ ♪ And where you call me I will follow ♪ ♪ And if the water folds beneath my feet ♪ ♪ Then you'll pull me from the deep ♪ ♪ I don't need to knowwhat the future says ♪ ♪ 'Cause if the past couldtalk it would tell me this ♪ ♪ My God isn't finished yet ♪ ♪ If He did it before He can do it again ♪ ♪ So I'll trust Him with what comes next ♪ ♪ For the God I know isknown for faithfulness ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ And my hindsight says I cantrust Him with what's next ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ For the God I know isknown for faithfulness ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ I don't need to knowwhat the future says ♪ ♪ 'Cause if the past couldtalk it would tell me this ♪ ♪ Sing now my God ♪ ♪ My God isn't finished yet ♪ ♪ If He did it before He can do it again ♪ ♪ So I'll trust Him with what comes next ♪ ♪ 'Cause my hindsightsays I can count on this ♪ ♪ My God isn't finished yet ♪ ♪ If He did it before He can do it again ♪ ♪ So I'll trust Him with what comes next ♪ ♪ For the God I know isknown for faithfulness ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Yeah, my hindsight says I cantrust Him with what's next ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ For the God I know isknown for faithfulness ♪ (upbeat music) – It's our worship that joins us together, especially in times like this.

So from across the world, wherever you are watching, I wanna invite you to sing out with us, to join in the song and with one voice, declare the goodness and the grace that Jesus Has given us.

Come on, let's sing this out together.

♪ People come together ♪ ♪ Strangers neighbors our blood is one ♪ ♪ Children of generations ♪ ♪ Of every nation of kingdom come ♪ ♪ Don't let your heart be troubled ♪ ♪ Hold your head up highdon't fear no evil ♪ ♪ Fix your eyes on this one truth ♪ ♪ God is madly in love with you ♪ ♪ So take courage hold on be strong ♪ ♪ Remember where our help comes from ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ All right let's sing our Jesus ♪ ♪ Jesus our redemption ♪ ♪ And our salvation is in His blood ♪ ♪ Jesus light of heaven ♪ ♪ Friend forever His kingdom come ♪ ♪ So don't let your heart be troubled ♪ ♪ Hold your head up highdon't fear no evil ♪ ♪ Fix your eyes on this one truth ♪ ♪ God is madly in love with you ♪ ♪ So take courage hold on be strong ♪ ♪ Remember where our help comes from ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ – As we sing these words we can know that God is working all the time to tear down walls and tear down barriers so that we can experienceHis goodness and His grace.

Let's sing this out.

♪ Swing wide all you heavens ♪ ♪ Let the praise go upas the walls come down ♪ ♪ All creation everything with breath ♪ ♪ Repeat the sound all His children ♪ ♪ Clean hands pure heartsgood grace good God ♪ ♪ His Name is Jesus ♪ ♪ Let's sing it again swing wide ♪ ♪ Swing wide all you heavens ♪ ♪ Let the praise go upas the walls come down ♪ ♪ All creation everything with breath ♪ ♪ Repeat the sound all His children ♪ ♪ clean hands pure heartsgood grace good God ♪ ♪ His Name is Jesus ♪ ♪ Oh swing wide ♪ ♪ Swing wide all you heavens ♪ ♪ Let the praise go upas the walls come down ♪ ♪ All creation everything with breath ♪ ♪ Repeat the sound all His children ♪ ♪ Clean hands pure heartsgood grace good God ♪ ♪ His Name is Jesus ♪ ♪ Come on sing out Jesus ♪ ♪ Jesus our redemption ♪ ♪ And our salvation is in His blood ♪ ♪ Declare His Name now sing Jesus ♪ ♪ Jesus light of heaven ♪ ♪ Friend forever ♪ ♪ His kingdom come ♪ ♪ Oh let your kingdom ♪ (upbeat music) – Hey guys, welcome tosandalschurch.

tv again, I just want you to know, I can't believe thishas gone on that long.

Man, last weekend I was watching myself, which you just got to knowis weird to watch yourself.

But I was watching myself, I was Amen and laughing.

I told my wife, I waslike, this guy is good.

And like everybody'slooking at their phones, nobody is paying attention.

So thank you so much, giveme an Amen, give me a holler.

Look, I can't hear it, but God can.

And I just want you to enjoy this series because we wanna lift youup no matter where you are.

Let's just say this, nobody's where we wanna be, that's the truth.

Nobody's where we want to be, we wish things were different.

And so what if we can'tchange our settings may be we to need to needto change our mindset and we need to change theway we look at things.

And so I wanna talk today with you about how to elevate mylife by elevating my goals.

See, so many of us arefocused on what we can't do, we haven't thoughtabout what we should do.

We're so focused on the negative we failed to see the positive that God wants to bring in our life.

And that's why Philippiansis the perfect book for us.

Like some of you feel trapped.

Well, the apostle Paul is trapped.

When he wrote the book of Philippians, some of you say, well, Ifeel like I'm in prison.

The apostle Paul was in prison.

Some of you guys say, well, I feel like my rights have been taken away.

The apostle Paul as a Romancitizen lost all of his rights.

He's incarcerated, he's in prison.

And listen to me, in thismoment when he cannot do what he wants to do.

In this moment, when he can'tgo where he wants to go.

He has the biggest impact in the history of the Christian world outside of Jesus Christ dying on a cross.

He did his best work whenhe couldn't go anywhere.

He set his best goals when he felt like he couldn't do anything.

And that's why Philippiansis so important.

Just because you feel stuck doesn't mean that God wants you to stay stuck.

He might wanna do something in your life during this COVID crisis.

So I want you to elevate your goals.

I want you to think about your goals.

and somebody is like, well, I had goals and they're all gone.

Well, let's get some new goals.

Let's think of some new thingsthat we can do together.

So Paul writes the book of Philippians from a jail cell to church andhe's got some goals for them.

And he talks about what he wants them to experience and encounter.

And here's what he saysin Philippians 3:12-16.

He says, not that I'vealready obtained this or that I'm already perfect.

He said, but I press on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me his own.

Brothers, I do not considerthat I have made it my own, but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.

I press on toward the goal forthe prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Let those of us who aremature think this way and if any of you think otherwise, preacher slap, here comes, God will reveal this also to you and only let us hold to what is true and to what we've attained.

You see, Paul says, nomatter where you are, you can think about where you're going.

He says this, I can elevate my goals, write this down, by beinghonest about where I am.

You see, some of you, youknow where you are physically, but you don't know whereyou are spiritually and many of you are clueless as to where you are emotionally.

And a lot of the fights that we're having as married couples, a lot of the frustrationswe're having with roommates, a lot of the irritations thatwe're having on the highway.

How can you be irritated? There's never been this little traffic in Southern California, but you're still irritated.

You see, oftentimes we knowwhere we are physically, but we lose ourselvesspiritually and emotionally.

You see, God wants me to elevate my goals by being honest about where I am.

Where am I? Some of you, you had some goals when we started thiscrisis eight weeks ago and you forgot them, day two, day three.

Some of you, you're Ihaven't done anything.

Just today, Tammy and Iwere were taking a walk and we ran into anindividual from our church and he said, “Man, I realizedI was a couch potato, “when I had to get outside, I had to get outside.

” Look, what's your excuse? Most of us are in Southern California, it's beautiful weather.

Get outside, set up some goals, but I gotta be honest about where I am.

Philippians 3:12, Paul says this.

Not that I've already attainedthis or I am already perfect.

I want you to be so careful about who you seekspiritual guidance from.

Always be weary of the personwho says, I've made it, I've figured it out, I'm enlightened.

As soon as somebody tells youthey're enlightened, no this, they're still in the dark.

As soon as somebody tellsyou they figured it out, I want you to know they're lost.

What they're doing is they're presenting some kind of sales programand I want you to know the guy who wrote half ofour Christian Bible says, I don't know everything I need to know.

I haven't figured it all out.

He's honest, why can't you be honest? He says, not that I'vealready obtained this or that I'm already perfect.

Why do we feel like asChristians, especially, we got to be so perfect? Why is it that we feel that way? Why is it that we put thatpressure on ourselves? The Bible doesn't putthat pressure on you, God doesn't put that pressure on you, you put that pressure on you.

And part of the reason wecan't figure out where we are is because we can't behonest with where we are.

Because we have to lie even to ourselves and we have to tell ourselves that I'm somewhere that I'm not.

Paul in a letter to the Roman says this.

He says, because of theprivilege and authority that God has given me.

Don't you wish our politiciansalways felt that way? That they recognize thatpower is a privilege, That it's a privilege to serve, It's a privilege to guide, It's a privilege to lead.

This guy says, look.

He says, I realize because ofthe privilege and authority that God has given me.

He says, I give you each this warning, He says, don't really thinkyou're better than you are.

Don't, don't don't do it that.

Don't let pride swallow you, don't let it consume you.

Look, if you're gonna set goals in order to get you wanna go, you got to know where you are.

I give each of you this warning.

Don't think you're better thanyou really are, be honest.

Why is that a commandment.

Like we would all say, oh, I hate dishonesty, and yet all of us atsome level are dishonest.

At some level we're dishonest and most of us aredishonest with ourselves.

Where are you, where are you? In your evaluation of yourself, measuring your yourself by the faith that God has given us.

Here's what I've learned in COVID, my faith is not where it needs to be.

It's not, I've panicked, Ifreaked out, I've lost my mind, I've done things I'vehad to apologize over.

And that's on Tuesday each week, right? Every single week I realize, okay, my faith is notwhere it needs to be.

Well, I want you to see this.

This is why this is so important.

You see, my locationdetermines my direction.

You see, signs of whereyou're headed are irrelevant, if you don't know where you are.

It's irrelevant.

In order to get somewhere you wanna go, you have to know where you are.

Tammy and I, we had a date night this week and we just drove down to San Clemente and we're all depressed becausethey fenced off the beaches.

Now, I'm not as young as I once was.

When we first got married, Iwould have jumped the fence and helped her over thefence and I just looked down, I was like, yup, this date's over.

No, nobody's jumping thatfence, you know what I'm saying? I love you, but I ain't gonnasprain an ankle for you, that's just not going to happen.

So we gotta come up with a plan B, but we were driving around San Clemente and we found the funniest sign.

I want to challenge you, you want a date night? Go to San Clemente, not everybody at once because there's morepeople that go to Sandals, maybe they live in San Clemente.

But listen, as at some pointin time, go to San Clemente and try to find this sign.

I kid you not, this is areal sign in San Clemente and Tammy and I found it by accident because we got turned around.

When I say we, I mean me'cause I was driving, right? But the sign says this, we'redriving around San Clemente, the sign says, to the right is Las Vegas, Las Vegas.

Now, I don't know what happened, I don't know what wentwrong, I love California, I love our state, but we all know we're a little screwed upwhen it comes to governance.

But there's a sign in San Clemente that says, right turn Vegas.

And so I looked down thestreet, it's a dead end street.

It goes nowhere.

It goes nowhere, there'slike a warehouse down there, but it's just some signand it's a newer sign and what it means is it'sbeen recently replaced.

So the city of San Clementehas been wrong for a long time.

You see going right isn'tgonna lead you to Vegas, it's gonna lead you to Dana Point.

That's where it's gonna lead you.

It's just wrong, it's just off.

And some of us, man, we openup the Bible and we say, God, show me where I need to go, but the Bible doesn't wannashow you where you need to go it wants to show you where you are.

You see, if you don't know, you're in San Clemente, man, right to Las Vegas is not helpful.

You need to figure outhow to get on the five.

Then you need to figureout how to get on the 91 then you gonna find the 15, right? There's a lot of work that has to go in and to find in Las Vegas.

But it just cracked meup, where are you today? Where are you? And if you don't know, asksomebody, maybe over Zoom, that way they can be honestwith you, so there's no wrath.

There's a lot more wrathwhen it's up close, but just ask people, where am I? How am I, how do you experience me? How do you feel me, where doyou think I am emotionally? Where do you think I am spiritually? And here's the thing.

There's a difference betweenunderstanding vocabulary and actually understandingthe reality of your situation.

You see, in church, we learn vocabulary.

We learn how to talk spiritual.

If you're in counseling oryou're a psychology major, you learn to talk emotional, but it doesn't mean, simply because you're atherapist doesn't mean that you're emotionally in tune with what's happening with you.

And just because you'vebeen to church all your life or you've read your Bible doesn't mean that youhave an accurate gauge of your spiritual temperature.

It's why in the book of Revelation, the Lord writes to a church and says, hey guys, I know you're having church and he says, behold, Istand at the door and knock.

Jesus is saying, hey all you Christians, I'd love to be a part of this meeting.

Nobody in the church had anyidea that Jesus was excluded.

You see, you need to behonest with where you are and say, God, I want you to show me.

It's one of the most beautifulsongs that King David in the Hebrew Bible said.

He said, reveal to me Lord, anything that's wronginside of me, anything.

He says, search me, look at me, examine me, show me where I need to grow, because you're nevergoing to attain your goals unless you can identify where you are.

Next.

I elevate my goals byreminding myself of who I am.

I don't know about you, but I shared with my smallgroup this week, my core sin.

My core issue to the coreof who I am is insecurity.

And for some of you that's shocking, You're like wow, youget out there on stage and you do all this.

And here's what I've found, the more successful people often are, the more insecure they are, right? A lot of it's just an act, so they feel better about themselves and so they're driven to perform, so they can make themselvesfeel like okay, people like me.

And so here's the thing, whenever I get wobbly, whenever I get weird, whenever I dive into sin, if I'm honest, it alwayscomes back to insecurity.

Insecurity, I'm trying to cover something.

I'm trying to try to givean image of something.

Listen to what he says.

Paul says this, Philippians 3:12.

But I press on to make it my own because Jesus Christ has made me his own.

Look, I don't have valuebecause you listen.

I don't have value because ofthe size of Sandals Church, I have value because of Jesus.

You see, God already decided my value and my value was He's son's life.

I want you to think about that.

I want you to think abouteverything that you've done to keep your family safe, to keep your kids safe.

I want you to think thateverything that you've done to keep yourself safe, you've changed all thesethings in your life because you value either yourlife or your family's life or your friend's life.

You see, you've made changesbecause of what you value.

God made changes becauseof what he values.

He sent His one and only sonwho was with Him for forever since the beginning, never left.

He sent His son, He turnedHis back on His son, so we could turn our faces to Him.

That's our value, but Ipress on to make it my own because Christ Jesus has made me His own.

There was a Christian artist and some of you didn't evenknow she was a Christian artist.

Some of you've never heard of her, but her name is Lauren Daigle.

And here's the thing isshe wrote a Christian song that has crossed over fromsimply a Christian audience to a very, very non-Christian audience.

Like she's gone fromChristian radio stations to like Today WithAllen, to the Today Show.

She's all over media, she's all over the place.

And it's not just becauseof the quality of her voice, but it's because of thequality of this hit song.

Because this doesn'tjust address something that we feel as Christians, her song addresses somethingthat we feel as people.

You see, part of the reason you think you can't attain a goal is you forgotten who your God is, you've forgotten what He says.

And for many of you, yourgoals are far too small because your God is far too small.

Listen to what Lauren says.

She says, “I keep fightingvoices in my mind.

” You know, I believe that's why all of you, especially young people, yourun around with headphones Constantly, right everywhere you go, everybody's got headphones in.

You know why that is? I think we're all afraid of our thoughts.

It's not that you like music, it's that you're terrifiedof your own thoughts.

When we're alone with ourselves, that gets a little scary.

Nope, I gotta have musicplaying all the time, so I don't stop andthink and get insecure.

Listen to what she says, “I keep fighting the voices in my mind “that say I'm not enough.

“Every single lie that tellsme I will never measure up” Here's one of the mostbeautiful, incredible voices you will ever hear saying, Idon't feel like I'm enough.

“Am I more than just the sumof every high and every low? “Remind me once again just whoI am because I need to know.

“You say, I am loved whenI can't feel a thing.

It's incredible.

“You say I am when I feel weak, “you say I am held when I'm falling short “and when I don't belongyou say, I am yours.

” And listen to these words, she says, “I believe.

” I believe.

“The only thing thatmatters now is everything “you think of me.

“In you I find my worth, in you I find my identity.

” Man, that song's a hit song not just because it's a beautiful song, but because it's truth, because it's gospel.

It's good news.

It's what every singleone of us needs to hear.

You see, many of you are running around and you're worried about whateverybody else is saying.

The only reason what they say matters is because of what you'resaying to yourself.

Stop listening to your still self and start listening to God.

Listen to what He says, listen to what he says matter.

I got to figure out where Iam spiritually, emotionally and I've got to remind myselfof who's I am, of who's I am.

About a year ago, we celebratedmy friend's 50th birthday and we do these things, it'scalled words of affirmation where we speak positive wordsabout people before they die 'cause we just believe in our family.

Don't save it to when they're dead 'cause then they can't hearit, say it when they're alive.

We're doing words of affirmation.

My son was turning 15and his young teenage boy with tears in his eyes said, “I'm so afraid, “I'm so terrified.

” And he said, “And whenI think I can't do it, ” and he looks in hisdad's eyes and he says, “I remind myself, you're my dad “and I find strength in you dad.

” Aint that incredible? You see a young boy, a youngteenager has identified at the age of 15 what someof us don't know at 50.

We can do what our dad says we can do.

We can do things that are biggerthan us, that are beyond us because of who our dad is.

And I know some of you, you didn't have the dad that you wished or some of you had no dad at all.

I want you to know thatyou have a father in heaven Who loves you.

Who sent His son to die for you, and you can do far morethan you've ever imagined because of who your dad is and because of what yourdad has done for you.

Don't listen to the world, listen to God.

Listen to what He says aboutyou, many of you feel worthless and God said you were worth-Christ.

Remember that when you feel low.

1 Thessalonians says this, we know dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and haschosen you to be his own people.

You didn't choose God, God chose you.

He chose you, He loved you, He picked you, think about that, He picked you.

So many of us, our wholelife we've felt unpicked, unnoticed, unloved, underappreciated, and God saw everything about you and he wanted you so desperatelythat He sent His own son to die on the crossbecause He had to have you.

Think about that.

The greatest love storythat's ever been told is not something writtenby Nicholas Sparks.

It's something written by Jesus Christ that He didn't write with a pen, but He wrote with his own blood.

That's what He believed you were worth.

Ephesians 1:4 says this.

Even before He madethe world, God loved us and chose us in Christ tobe Holy and underline this, without fault in His own eyes.

Without fault.

I want you to know that as afather, I don't love my kids because they're perfect.

They can't be perfectbecause I'm their dad, right? Their DNA comes from me.

I love them because they're my kids.

It's the same reason God loves you.

He loves you, He cares for you.

He sent His son on thecross to die for you.

Next, I elevate my goals, Paul says, by learning from my past, butnot being imprisoned by it.

Some of you, here's what you've found out.

The same old habits thatyou had before COVID are the same old habitsthat you've struggled with during COVID and you believe this lie, they're the same habitsthat you'll struggle forever after COVID.

You've made yourself aprisoner to your past.

You've made yourself a prisonerto the mistakes you've made.

You've made yourself a prisoner, to what you believe you did wrong and what others have toldyou you've done wrong, and you're never gonnagive yourself permission to escape your past.

Paul says this, but onething I do, underline that, one thing I do.

And I don't think he meansit's the only thing he does, he means it's the mostimportant thing that he does.

This is the most important thing that I have to do every single day to get up, to move on, topress forward, to set goals.

There's one thing I gotta do, I gotta forget what lies behind and I got to strainforward to what lies ahead.

To what lies ahead.

I don't know about you, but Ilive way too much in the past.

My favorite game is calledwoulda-coulda-shoulda, and it always ends with me losing.

I never win that game, I neverwin, woulda, coulda, shoulda.

I just don't.

And I get trapped in thepast and my past robs me from the glorious futurethat God has for me.

Paul says, one thing I do.

One thing I do, I forget what lies behind and I strain, Paul says, forward to what lies ahead.

I know some of you say, this is never gonna end, that's a lie.

This will end at some point in time.

It will end.

And you will either beready for the new future or you won't be.

You will be either goldup for the new future or you won't be.

Some of you will never escape COVID, you will remain in COVIDfor the rest of your life, imprisoned fear, scaredto death to shake a hand, talk, somebody commune with somebody and you will isolate yourselfand self imprison yourself for the rest of your lifebecause of what happened in 2020 when in one day it will be 2040.

And your grandkids will belike, grandma, what was COVID? You see, it's a history lesson for them, but for those of you who don't have goals, it will be your present.

It won't just be a casket today, It'll be a casket forthe rest of your life.

You got to move forward, you got to think forward.

And yeah, life is different, yeah, it's not what you thought, but the future never is.

It's never what we thought.

So how do I overcome my past? I'm just gonna give this to you for free.

I've paid thousands ofdollars of counseling.

I hope this blesses you, okay? This is from me to you, a little gift from Pastor Matt to you.

Just accept it.

Just accept it.

Look, if you meet somebody who says, they would never changeanything in the past, they're just not real.

Just pat him on the shoulderand move on, just move on.

We'd all change things.

We'd all do things differently unless of course you're clueless and then you need to goback to step number one and look at where you really are because you're not aswoke as you think you are.

Accept it, just accept it.

Next, this is important, you got to accept it.

Next, you gotta learn from it.

If you don't learn fromit, you're gonna repeat it over and over and over again.

The book of Proverbs calls this a fool.

The fool never learns, nomatter what the consequences, they just torture themselvesfor their entire life, they never figure it out.

Learn from it, and I got newsfor you, not everybody does.

Not everybody learns.

Some people if you're like me, you put your hand in theoven, aw, that was hot.

You go, I'm not gonna do that again.

Other people forget, they'relike, aw, aw, aw, aw, and then they go tocounseling, why am I burned? Because you're puttingyour hand in the oven.

Oh, that can't be it, aw, aw, aw.

Yeah, that's it, learnfrom it, learn from it.

And then listen to me, move on from it.

Move on.

Move on.

When I first started SandalsChurch for about a decade, 'cause I started Sandals in the same city where I went to college for a decade.

I had college friends thatI went to school with, people that I knew, people that I didn't know.

I heard professors were like, that guy can't do anything.

God could never change hislife, God can never use him.

And I would listen to them, I'd try to convince them, no, I'm really changed, look what I can do, right? And then eventually I justhad to go, you know what? You guys are stuck in thepast, I'm not living there.

I'm not living there.

And you got to move on.

You can't convince everybodythat you're different.

You can't convince everybodythat you've changed.

You gotta have your goalsand you gotta realize not everybody wants to move forward.

And let me just say this lovingly, and I don't want you to pray about this.

I want you to pray to God and I want you to hear from His Spirit.

You see some people who willnot release you from your past should not be a part of your future.

It is unbiblical, ungodly, andevil to not forgive someone and allow them to move on.

Joseph in the final chapterof Genesis says this, who am I to sit in the seat of God? And he forgave his brotherswho sold him into slavery, who sold him into slaveryand left him for dead and lied to his mom and dad and said an animal ate him.

Said, who am I to sit in the seat of God? There's only one person whocan sit in the seat of God and His name is Jesus andHe's willing to forgive you.

So you and I, we need to bewilling to forgive others.

And listen to me, peoplewho cannot forgive, have a demonic spirit, it is not the Lord and I don't care if theycall themselves Christians or they wear a cross.

The devil wants to trap youand keep you where you were.

Jesus died to deliveryou from where you were and to take you to whereyou're called to be.

Unfortunately, and this is a hard lesson.

Sometimes in order to live out the goals that God has given you, you gotta let go of some ofthe people that you loved.

Not everybody has goals, not everybody has dreams.

Some people, remember last weekend, like the man who'd beenparalyzed for 38 years don't wanna get well.

They don't wanna get better, they just wanna complain.

And that's a hard thing.

Jesus sometimes in the gospelswalks away from people.

He walks away.

Because you can't changethose who don't wanna change.

Next, I got to elevate my goals by embracing the hard work ahead.

I think a lot of us Christiansbelieve this and it's a lie.

It's only God's will of, it's easy.

Let me ask you this question.

Was it easy for JesusChrist to die on the cross? Was that easy? It was God's will.

Sometimes, the goals that God has for us mean heartache, mean struggle, mean pain, mean suffering.

Many of you, you come to Sandals Church.

Some of you have neverbeen to Sandals Church, you only watch online, 79countries around the world.

Over half a millionpeople, 3 million people since COVID started, have tuned in to watch.

Some of you will never know, you are totally blessed by the beauty and wonderand awe of Sandals Church, but you will never knowthe heartache, the hurt, the betrayal, the sacrifice, the tears.

You'll not, you'll neverknow any of those things, and let me tell something.

If there weren't people at Sandals Church that were willing to walk that walk, that were willing to suffer, that were willing to struggle, none of us would have beenever able to experience the joy and wonder that we experiencedthrough Sandals Church.

Man, if your goals don'tinvolve heartache and struggle, I would say this, yourgoals are not high enough.

They're not high enough.

Embrace the hard work ahead, Philippians 3:13.

But one thing I do is Iforget what lies behind and I want you to circlethis word, I strain strain, I strain forward to what lies ahead.

I work hard.

Some of you guys are gonnahave to reimagine your life, you're gonna have toreimagine your business, you're gonna have toset new financial goals.

And I can't tell you overthe 24 years of Sandals, I've had to reimagine, our staff, I've had to reimagine our structure, I've had to reimagine my job, I've had to let go ofthings, let things die, kill things in me.

I've had to reinvent myselfover and over and over again.

Here's the thing, if you want God to move in an all powerful way in your life, you have to becomeagile and say, okay God, I'm gonna trust you in this.

It doesn't matter whatyou were before COVID, If you wanna become who God'scalled you to be after COVID you gotta be willing to change.

One thing I do, I gotta strain forward, I gotta look forward.

It doesn't matter what I was, and let me just say this.

When most Christians read this verse, one thing I do, I forget thepast and I strain forward, all of us inevitably, thinkPaul's talking about bad things.

He's talking about his sins, he's talking about his struggles, he's talking about all of hisworries, all of his anxieties.

Paul's not talking aboutany of those things.

If you read Philippians 3, Paul is talking about allthe beauty that he had, the status, the income, the nobility, all the things that were positivebefore he came to Christ, he says, I forget all that crap, that's what he calls it, crap.

And I press forward.

It doesn't matter how wealthy you were.

It doesn't matter how powerful you were, none of those things matter.

Look the positive of our past can be negative for our future, it can be.

And some of you aregonna be trapped because maybe you never make asmuch money as you did.

Maybe some of you never attainthe same status that you had.

Man, what if God had totake away that money? What if God had to take away that status to get you to the goalthat God's called you to? The Bible says this, thatJesus Christ had status.

Jesus Christ had it all, Helet it all go to save you.

And sometimes God's got to getus to let all the good stuff that we thought was goodthat really was bad stuff that was holding us backfrom what God called us to.

It's not just the bad thatwe have to leave behind.

Sometimes, it's what weconsidered a blessing.

We got to let that go too.

But one thing I do, Iforget what lies behind, the good, the bad, and the ugly and I strain forward to what lies ahead.

You know what's gonna keep someof you guys from attaining? The goals that God has for you, it's your pride from the past.

You can't let go of the past, so that you can take hold of the future.

You gotta let it go, because you can't live in the past and the present at the same time.

Ephesians 4:28.

He who has been stealingmust steal no longer, but must work doing somethinguseful with his own hands, so that he may have somethingto share with those in need.

Look, we may be headedfor one of the darkest, most difficult economictimes in our country.

And we can't just think about ourselves, we have to begin tothink about each other.

We have to begin to thinkabout the body of Christ.

We have to begin to think about how we can help those who are in need.

Some of you still havea job, you're blessed.

Many people have lost theirjobs, lost their businesses, some people will lose their homes.

Many of us are focused andyou're like, you know what? I'm sick and tired ofbeing there in this house, at least you have a house.

Your kids are complaining, oh my gosh, we got to eat this, again.

At least you're eating again.

And we've got to remind ourself of that that the purpose of work isnot just to build a big house.

The purpose of work isnot just to buy a boat, so we can go to the riveror to go to the ocean or so we can go on a vacation.

The purpose of work for the Christian is so that we have somethingto give, something to bring, something to bless.

You gotta be useful with your own hands.

You gotta be useful.

You gotta do somethingwith your own hands.

Look, embracing your futurethat you have in Christ is gonna take work, it's gonna take work and you've gotta work hard at it.

Last point, I gotta elevate my goals byfocusing on where I'm called.

Many of you are gonnawrestle with two things as we go forward.

Some of you're exiting high school, and you're going into someuncertain times in college.

I know a lot of our collegegraduates are exiting college, with nothing but a bunch ofdebt and no opportunities.

There's a lot of tension inour world between two things.

So if you're more of a liberal mindset, you're told to follow yourpassion, follow your passion.

What are you passionate about? What do you want to do? If you're a of a conservative mindset, you say, follow opportunity.

Follow opportunity, work is work.

And I want you to know, Ithink passion is a real thing and I think opportunities are real thing, but for those of us whoare spiritual-minded, there's a third optionand it's called calling.

There's what I'm passionateabout, there's opportunities, and then there's calling.

What has God called me to do? What is he called me to do? The apostle Paul waspassionate about being a rabbi.

The apostle Paul, whenopportunities arise, built tents, but he was called to preach the gospel.

Do you see the difference? Passionate about being a Jew, opportunistic about building tents that's what his profession was, but he was called to preach the gospel.

You have passions, you have opportunities, but you have a calling from God.

You said, I press onwardtowards the goal for the prize.

Listen to this, of the upwardcall of God in Christ Jesus.

Whatever you do, you gottado it with heaven in mind.

You gotta do it with your calling in mind.

Listen to what what itsays, whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as though you were workingfor the Lord and not for men since you know that youwill receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

and it is the Lord that you are serving.

Think about that.

You got to work for the Lord.

These are gonna be tough times these are gonna be difficult times, but you got to know that yourgoals don't end on earth.

Your goals end in thepresence of Jesus at his feet being held accountable for how you lived.

You don't know, whatever you do.

Whatever you do in word ordeed, do it in an honorable way and remind yourself, youdon't work for a boss, you don't, you work for Jesus.

And here's what the Bible says.

If you stay humble and you stay faithful at the right time, He'll liftyou up, He'll lift you up.

And I know that some of youare gonna get discouraged.

I want you to know thatfive years ago, Tammy and I, we started out on a newventure, a new opportunity, and it blew up in our face and it just repeatedly didn't work.

And ultimately I had to end alegal contract with somebody, a legal contract.

And it could have got ugly, it could have got nasty, but I just said, you know what? I'm not gonna do that, I'm not gonna do that.

And we ended on good terms, on good terms.

And I just thought thatopportunity was gone, I thought that opportunity was over, but I reminded myselfdespite the frustration, despite the struggle that ultimately I don't work for anybody other than Jesus.

And I got a phone callfrom that person this year, and they've become the president of one of the largest mediacorporations in America.

And he gave me an opportunity.

Five years ago, it was atotal miss, total disaster, total failure, but thank God I didn't lose my mind.

I didn't lose my temper, Ididn't get overly frustrated.

I stayed positive and five years later, I got an opportunity.

You never know what Godis gonna do, stay faithful listen to me, even whenit feels like a failure, Let me say that again, stay faithful, even whenit feels like a failure.

Whatever you do, do it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men.

Since you know that youwill receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

It is the Lord that you are serving.

It's the Lord that you were serving, and I'm gonna close it withthis, 2 Corinthians 5:9.

So whether we are here in thisbody or away from this body, our goal, our goal is to please Him.

As you take some time this week and you write out your goals, I just want you to look.

A lot of them will be financial, some of them may be physical, and hopefully some of them are emotional.

But can I just ask you, how many of those goals are spiritual? Because if none of them are spiritual, you're not gonna elevate yourself.

You're not gonna elevate itall, you're gonna deflate.

Because listen to me with Christ, it doesn't matter where youare, it matters where He is.

And Jesus Christ was ableto elevate the apostle Paul in the midst of a prisoncell to write these words, to lift you and I out of whatever it is that we're feeling andwe're going through.

I want you to know that I'm so grateful and so thankful for you.

Keep giving, keep trusting, keep hanging in there because I believe no matterwhat you're going through, God is gonna elevate you.

I wanna invite you right after my prayer to join us for worship.

I think there's no better way than to elevate yourspirits than to sing to God.

When our praises goup, our emotions go up.

When we praise God for who He is, He lifts us up where we are.

It's only closing prayer, I wanna invite those of you who want to, to stay and worship with us.

Thank you again for joiningme today, let me pray.

Heavenly father, I pray rightnow for every discouraged, depressed, and isolated person.

I pray right now that theywould know they're not alone.

That you are there with them.

God, I pray that you liftthem, that you encourage them, that you challenge them, Lord, that this week they would get serious about writing down some goals and working towards those goals.

God give them the courage tobe honest about where they are and what they need to changeso that they can attain what you've called them to.

God, give them a mind for heaven.

Give them thoughts that come from above and lift them from theirpresent circumstance to the reality that ultimatelyyou've called us all to.

Father, we pray that you blessus with an uplifting spirit Lord with an elevated hope and we pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

(upbeat music) – Who Jesus says that you are, is the truth thing about you.

And we sing to remind ourselves of that, we sing to remind ourselves of His word.

And so I wanna inviteyou to sing out again, to worship, and to declarethese words of truth over your life.

Sing this with me.

♪ Who am I that the highest King ♪ ♪ Would welcome me ♪ ♪ I was lost but He brought me in ♪ ♪ Oh His love for me ♪ ♪ Oh His love for me ♪ ♪ Who the Son sets free ♪ ♪ Oh is free indeed ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ ♪ I'm free at last ♪ ♪ Free at last He has ransomed me ♪ ♪ His grace runs deep ♪ ♪ While I was a slave to sin ♪ ♪ Jesus died for me ♪ ♪ Yes He died for me ♪ ♪ Who the Son sets free ♪ ♪ Oh is free indeed ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ ♪ And in my Father's house ♪ ♪ In my Father's house ♪ ♪ There's a place for me ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ ♪ This is what He says ♪ ♪ I am chosen not forsaken ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ You are for me not against me ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ You sing it with us ♪ ♪ I am chosen not forsaken ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ You are for me not against me ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ Who the Son sets free who's free ♪ ♪ Is free ♪ ♪ Oh is free indeed ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ ♪ In my Father's house ♪ ♪ In my Father's house ♪ ♪ There's a place for me ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ yes I am ♪ ♪ Can you sing this outloud in my fathers ♪ ♪ In my Father's house ♪ ♪ There's a place for me ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ (upbeat music)- Jesus thank you for these words of truth that when we feel hopeless, that when we feel discouraged, God, that when we hearthe lies, we can remember that you have called usof people who were chosen, who belonged to the King ofKings and the Lord of Lords.

This is who you say that we are.

And so with grateful hearts, we're thankful hearts, we worship you, we thank you, Jesus.

Thank you for your goodnessand for your grace.

Sing this that I'm chosen ♪ I am chosen not forsaken ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ You are for me not against me ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ Sing it out over your life ♪ ♪ I am chosen not forsaken ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ 'Cause God is for you ♪ ♪ You are for me not against me ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ Oh come on sing it out ♪ ♪ I am chosen not forsaken ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ You are for me not against me ♪ ♪ I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ ♪ Oh, I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ Come on oh I am who You say I am ♪ ♪ Who the Son sets free oh is free ♪ ♪ Oh is free indeed ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ ♪ In my Father's house ♪ ♪ There's a place for me ♪ ♪ I'm a child of God ♪ ♪ Yes I am ♪ – Thank you Jesus.

(upbeat music) – Sing this with us.

♪ We want you ♪ ♪ Oh Lord we seek you ♪ ♪ With a song of surrender ♪ ♪ We need you ♪ ♪ We turn toward you ♪ ♪ with a song of surrender ♪ ♪ We're called by your name ♪ ♪ You've called us to pray ♪ ♪ We're here to seek your face ♪ ♪ Lord we love you ♪ ♪ we adore you ♪ ♪ Humble our hearts ♪ ♪ Here before you ♪ ♪ Hear from heaven ♪ ♪ Your people praying ♪ ♪ God forgive us ♪ ♪ Heal our nation ♪ ♪ We want you ♪ ♪ Oh Lord we seek you ♪ ♪ With a song of surrender ♪ ♪ We need you ♪ ♪ We turn toward you ♪ ♪ With a song of surrender ♪ ♪ We're called by your name ♪ ♪ We're called by your name ♪ ♪ you've called us to pray ♪ ♪ We're here to seek your face ♪ ♪ Yes, Lord we love ♪ ♪ Lord we love ♪ ♪ You we adore you ♪ ♪ Humble our hearts ♪ ♪ Here before you ♪ ♪ Hear from heaven ♪ ♪ Your people praying ♪ ♪ God forgive us ♪ ♪ Heal our nation ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Bring heaven healing ♪ ♪ Mercy freedom ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Forgiveness redemption ♪ ♪ Revival salvation ♪ ♪ Lord we love you ♪ ♪ Hear from heaven ♪ ♪ Your people praying ♪ ♪ God forgive us ♪ ♪ Heal our nation ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Bring heaven healing ♪ ♪ Mercy freedom ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Forgiveness redemption ♪ ♪ Revival salvation ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Bring heaven healing ♪ ♪ mercy freedom ♪ ♪ Oh oh oh oh oh oh ♪ ♪ Forgiveness redemption ♪ ♪ Revival salvation ♪ ♪ Oh thank you Jesus ♪ – Thank you so much(gentle piano music) for joining us online today.

I love that reminder from Pastor Matt, that we can break free from our past and even create goalsto better our future.

And I would just encourageyou to think and pray about these two simple goals that would just be lifechanging for you today.

And the first one is community.

If you're not a part of a community group, I want to invite you to be a part of one of our groupshere at Sandals Church.

No matter where you're watching from, you can go to MOVE.

SC/GROUPS at any time and join or better yet, you can start a group fromwherever you're watching.

And the second one is this, it's to simply givemaybe for the first time? If you've never given before, We're asking you to partner with us today, to give, to see this visionof being real with ourself, God and others, bless your community and bless communitiesall around the world.

Just yesterday, I was inmy local grocery store with the Sandals Church shirt on, and a gentleman came up to me and said, I just started watching Sandals Church for the very first time online last week and it has blessed my life.

To add to that story, the very next day, I got the privilege tocall someone a new person, a family member of SandalsChurch now in Berlin, Germany, who wanted to know what it meant to start a real relationship with Jesus.

How awesome is that? Because you give, youare making a difference all around the world.

So thank you.

Next week, we wannameet you back right here at Sandals Church Online.

And I wanna encourageyou to invite somebody to watch a long with you as we go back in theseseries, Elevate Your Life as Pastor Matt continues preaching what it means to elevateyour mental, your emotional and your spiritual life.

We'll see you rightback here, next Sunday.

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Easter: How the Risen Jesus Calms My Fears | Sandals Church (CC)

– Hello everybody and happy Easter.

My name is Vivi Diaz andI just would love to say welcome to SandalsChurch and thanks so much for joining us for oneof our favorite weekends in the entire year.

Easter is when we get tocelebrate the fact that Jesus, a real person rose fromdead and gave real hope to every single one of us.

Do no matter where you'rewatching from today, we are so glad that you're here.

At Sandals Church, weare all about this vision of being real withourselves, God and others.

And so every weekend wegather whether in person or online for now to figure out what that means for each of us.

And so if you're watching today, the live service, maybe on your own I would love to invite you right now to just hop in the chat sothat you can connect with us and right now is great time toshare a link to this service from wherever you'rewatching to invite others to celebrate Easter with you.

And if you have kids, we've got an entire service just for them at kids.

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But before we get into anything else, I just wanna pause and say thank you because the work of God is continuing and all of this is only made possible because of you who give.

And so if that's you, I justwanna say thank you again and if you like to support the work that God is doing here at Sandals Church, you can do that today byheading on over to give.

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And so as we start service rightnow with a time of worship, right after that, we'regonna have a special message from our lead pastor Matt Brown.

And as the band plays, I want to invite you from wherever you're watching from, in your living room, in your home to stand and sing and celebrate.

Because while we mightnot be together in person, we are still here together as the church to remember what God has done for us.

We are so glad that you're here.

– [Preacher] Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness.

Let the whole world know what he has done.

Sing to him, yes, sing his praises.

Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.

Let the whole earth sing to the lord.

Each day proclaim thegood news that he saves.

Great is the lord.

He's most worthy of praise.

He's to be feared above all Gods.

Honor and majesty surround him.

Strength and joy fill his dwelling.

Give to the Lord the glory he deserves.

Bring your offering andcome into his presence.

Worship the lord in all his holy splendor.

Let all the earth tremble before him the world stands firmand cannot be shaken.

Let the heavens be gladand the earth rejoice.

Tell all the nations, the lord of praise.

Let the sea and everythingand it shout his praise.

Let the fields and thecrops burst out with joy.

Let the trees of the forestsing for joy before the lord for he is coming to judge the earth.

So give thanks to the Lord for he is good.

His faithful love endures forever.

Praise the lord the God of Israel who lives from everlasting to everlasting.

And all the people shouted, Amen and praise the lord.

Come on, praise the lord, raise the lord.

Lift your voice.

God is hearing.

He's right where you are.

All over the world, liftyour voice unto him.

He's worthy of our praise, he's worthy of the glory.

We give you glory God.

♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ Arise my soul ♪ ♪ Remember this ♪ ♪ He took my sin ♪ ♪ And He buried it ♪ ♪ No longer I who live ♪ ♪ Now Jesus lives in me ♪ ♪ For I was dead in sin ♪ ♪ But I woke up to see the light ♪ ♪ No I won't boast ♪ ♪ But in the cross ♪ ♪ That saved my soul ♪ ♪ All else is loss ♪ ♪ The grip of fear ♪ ♪ Has no hold on me ♪ ♪ So where oh death ♪ ♪ Where is your sting ♪ ♪ No longer I who live ♪ ♪ Now Jesus lives in me ♪ ♪ For I was dead in sin ♪ ♪ But I woke up to see the light ♪ Come on, right whereyour sing this with me ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ That's right, lift your voice.

♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ We love you Lord.

♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ Come on with everythingyou've got, sing it out.

♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ No longer I who live ♪ ♪ Now Jesus lives in me ♪ ♪ For I was dead in sin ♪ ♪ But I woke up to see the light ♪ ♪ One, two three, go.

♪ ♪ To see the light ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ All, all of this for your glory ♪ ♪ Come on, lift your voice ♪ ♪ Oh, just one word, you calmthe storm that surrounds me ♪ ♪ With just one word, thedarkness has to retreat ♪ ♪ Just one touch, I feelthe presence of heaven ♪ ♪ Just one touch, myeyes were opened to see ♪ ♪ My heart can't help but believe ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ There's not a mountainthat He can't move ♪ ♪ Oh, praise the name that makes a way ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ Just one word, You healwhat's broken inside me ♪ ♪ With just one word, andyou revive every dream ♪ ♪ With just one touch, Ifeel the power of heaven ♪ ♪ With just one touch, myeyes were opened to see ♪ ♪ My heart can't help but believe ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ There's not a mountainthat He can't move ♪ ♪ Oh, praise the name that makes a way ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ There's not a prison wallHe can't break through ♪ ♪ Oh, praise the name that makes a way ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ I will believe for greater things ♪ ♪ There's no power likethe power of Jesus ♪ ♪ Let faith arise, let all agree ♪ ♪ There's no power likethe power of Jesus ♪ ♪ I will believe for greater things ♪ ♪ There's no power likethe power of Jesus ♪ ♪ Let faith arise, let all agree ♪ ♪ There's no power likethe power of Jesus ♪ ♪ I will believe for greater things ♪ ♪ There's no power likethe power of Jesus ♪ ♪ Let faith arise, let all agree ♪ ♪ There's no power like His power ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ There's not a mountainthat He can't move ♪ ♪ Oh, praise the name that makes a way ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ There's not a prison wallHe can't break through ♪ ♪ Oh, praise the name that makes a way ♪ ♪ There's nothing that our God can't do ♪ ♪ Woah, woah, whoa ♪ ♪ Woah, woah, whoa ♪ ♪ Woah, woah, whoa ♪ – God, we believe that there'snothing that you cannot do.

We take all that we arewith everything that we have and we place it before you because you are good and worthy God.

You are the giver of all good gifts.

You are the one who blessesus and we are thankful.

♪ The Lord bless you and keep you ♪ ♪ Make His face to shine upon you ♪ ♪ And be gracious to you ♪ ♪ The lord turn his face toward you ♪ ♪ And give you peace ♪ ♪ The lord bless you and keep you ♪ ♪ Make his face shine upon you ♪ ♪ And be gracious to you ♪ ♪ The lord turn his face toward you ♪ ♪ And give you peace ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ The lord bless you and keep you ♪ ♪ Make his face shine upon you ♪ ♪ And be gracious to you ♪ ♪ The lord turn his face toward you ♪ ♪ And give you peace ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Just sing it out saying ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Lift your voice and sing ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Say amen, we say amen ♪ ♪ May his favor be upon you ♪ ♪ And to thousand generations ♪ ♪ And your family and your children ♪ ♪ And their children and their children ♪ ♪ May his favor be upon you ♪ ♪ And a thousand generations ♪ ♪ And your family and your children ♪ ♪ And their chIldren ♪ ♪ And their children and their children ♪ ♪ May his favor be upon you ♪ ♪ And a thousand generations ♪ ♪ And your family and your children ♪ ♪ And their chIldren and their children ♪ ♪ May his favor be upon you ♪ ♪ And a thousand generations ♪ ♪ And your family and your children ♪ ♪ And their children and their children ♪ ♪ May his presence go before you ♪ ♪ And behind you and beside you ♪ ♪ All around you and within you ♪ ♪ He is with you, he is with you ♪ ♪ In the morning, in the evening ♪ ♪ In your coming and your going ♪ ♪ In your weeping and rejoicing ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ May his favor be upon you ♪ ♪ And a thousand generations ♪ ♪ May your family and your children ♪ ♪ And their children, and their children ♪ ♪ May his presence go before you ♪ ♪ And behind you and beside you ♪ ♪ All around you and within you ♪ ♪ He is with you, he is with you ♪ ♪ In the morning, in the evening ♪ ♪ In your coming and your going ♪ ♪ In your weeping and rejoicing ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, God is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ May his favor be upon you ♪ ♪ And a thousand generations ♪ ♪ And your family and your children ♪ ♪ And their children, and their children ♪ ♪ May his presence go before you ♪ ♪ And behind you and beside you ♪ ♪ All around you and within you ♪ ♪ He is with you, he is with you ♪ ♪ In the morning and the evening ♪ ♪ In your coming and your going ♪ ♪ In your weeping and rejoicing, ♪ ♪ God is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, God is for you ♪ ♪ He is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ God is for you, he is for you ♪ ♪ God is for you, God is with you ♪ ♪ He'll never forsake you ♪ ♪ 'cause he is for you ♪ ♪ He rose from the grave'cause he is for you ♪ ♪ Forgive your sinsbecause he is for you ♪ ♪ Just believe, justbelieve he's for you ♪ ♪ We sing amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ Amen, amen, amen ♪ ♪ You are here moving in our midst ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ You are here, working in this place ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ You are here, moving in our midst ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ You are here, working in this place ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ Way maker, miracle worker ♪ ♪ Promise keeper, light in the darkness ♪ ♪ My God, that is who you are ♪ ♪ Way maker, miracle worker ♪ ♪ Promise keeper, light in the darkness ♪ ♪ My God, that is who you are ♪ ♪ You are here, touching every heart ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ You are here, healing every heart ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ You are here, turning lives around ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ You are here, mending every heart ♪ ♪ I worship you, I worship you ♪ ♪ Way maker, miracle worker ♪ ♪ Promise keeper, light in the darkness ♪ ♪ My God, that is who you are ♪ ♪ Way maker, miracle worker ♪ ♪ Promise keeper, light in the darkness ♪ ♪ My God, that is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are ♪ ♪ Just who you are ♪ ♪ Heavenly father we call upon your name ♪ ♪ We know you are ♪ ♪ We trust you Jesus ♪ ♪ Even when I don't seeit, you're working ♪ ♪ Even when I don't feelit, you're working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ Even when I don't seeit, you're working ♪ ♪ Even when I don't feelit, you're working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ Even when I don't seeit, you're working ♪ ♪ Even when I don't feelit, you're working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ Even when I don't seeit, you're working ♪ ♪ Even when I don't feelit, you're working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ You never stop, you never stop working ♪ ♪ Way maker, miracle worker ♪ ♪ Promise keeper, light in the darkness ♪ ♪ My God, that is who you are ♪ ♪ Way maker, miracle worker ♪ ♪ Promise keeper, light in the darkness ♪ ♪ My God, that is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are, that is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are, that is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are, that is who you are ♪ ♪ That is who you are, that is who you are ♪ – God we thank you, thatyou're the way maker that you are working in our midst and father, your presenceis in every single house in Jesus' name, Amen.

(upbeat music) – Hi, my name is Pastor Matt Brown and I just wanna welcomeyou to Sandalschurch.

tv and I'm so honored and so blessed that you would join ustoday as we as Christians remember and praise Godfor the risen Jesus.

Today is the most importantday in Christian history.

Today is the day that changes the course of human events forever.

Today is the day that can change where you spend eternity forever.

But today is just not an important day, today is a bizarre day.

For the first time in human history, the church is not going togather to celebrate Easter.

We're gonna watch from our homes.

Think about that.

That hasn't happened in 2000 years since the very first Easter.

We're gonna watch from home.

We're gonna be scattered, but just because we're scattered doesn't mean we're not powerful.

Things are so strangeand things are so odd.

I literally just an hour ago, got off a conference call with the president of the United States.

Before I spoke to you, thepresident was speaking to me, challenging me and praying for me and praying for all kinds of pastors at how important this day is, not just for you as abeliever, but for our country.

He shared that he's becomemore convinced, more than ever, that people need faith during these times.

And he wanted us to knowthat he was praying for us.

He wanted to make sure thatwe would know as Christians that he would do all he can to make sure that we're taken care of and churches are watchedover during this crisis.

These are bizarre days.

And so I wanna take alook at the gospel of John and I wanna look at itfrom his point of view.

And I wanna talk to youabout how the risen Jesus can calm my fears.

I don't know where you are today, but I've had days where I feel good and I've had days whereI've been terrified.

I've had days where I feel calm and I've had days where I feel like my fear has been out of control.

And I want you to know that theJesus who rose from the dead can raise you out of yourfear and he can give you hope and he can comfort your spiritand he can save your soul.

So let's take a look at the gospel of John and you need to know thatthere are four gospels.

And so if you listen to the critics, one of the things that they'll point out is that all of the gospelsdon't agree completely on all of the details.

Now they all say that Jesus died.

They all say that Jesuswas placed in a tomb and they all say that the tomb was empty and that they saw him, butthey have different accounts of what was said, where it happened and who saw it and who did what.

And for some of you, that's a problem.

But I want you to knowthat a couple of years ago, I was an eye witnessto an attempted murder.

Now, I hope that never happens to you.

Now, when I say eye witness, I want you to hear me.

I didn't just watch an attempted murder.

I actually wrestled thecriminal for the weapon and I ended up with the weapon in my hands as the police came.

So when I say I witness, I was not just watching, but I was involved in helpingkeeping somebody from dying.

But here's the thing, you gotta know just minutes after the police arrived and the suspect was arrested, a detective began to ask me questions and asked me for a written statement.

I've gotta be honestwith you, I was so shaky.

I couldn't even write my name.

I couldn't even write my name.

I couldn't tell him where I came from.

I couldn't think it.

So the detective said, “Okay, listen, why don't you go home “and then I'll come interview you “after you've had some time to calm down “so we can get the facts.

” And so here's one of the things, when the detective finally got back to me, he had talked to several eyewitnesses of this account.

And so here's one of thethings that he asked me.

He said what was said and what I heard was different from whatother people heard.

He said, where was shebefore she stabbed him? I had a different perspective and I said she was somewhere else from where the other witnesses saw her.

And then he asked me this.

He says, can you identify her in a lineup? I said, I'm not sure that I can.

He said, wait a minute, you're telling me a person who came at you with an ax, because she came at meafter I yelled at her to stop stabbing the person.

He said, you're tellingme that you can't identify what she looked like? I said, I don't rememberwhat she looked like because I was looking at the ax.

He said, can you rememberany identifying clothes? And then in embarrassment, I said, the only thing I can remember was the color of her underwear.

And the detective said, youcan't remember her shirt or her pants, but you rememberthe color of her underwear? I said, yeah, because when Iwrestled her to the ground, her pants fell off and I remember seeing that she was wearing brightturquoise blue underwear.

He said, that's crazy.

He said, nobody else is identified the color of her underwear.

And then a week later whenhe interviewed me again to see if I would be willing to come and testify in a court of law, I said, before I answer your question, I want you to answer my question.

I said, what color were her underwear? He said, they were turquoise blue.

You see, just becausepeople see different things doesn't mean that's not what happened.

I had my own perspective.

I had my own vantagepoint and my testimony, although slightly differentfrom all the other witnesses said the same thing.

She tried to kill him.

She stabbed him.

She's the one who did it.

Despite the differences between Matthew, Mark and Luke and John, they all say these things.

Jesus Christ is crucified.

Jesus Christ was placed in a tomb.

Jesus Christ's body went missing and listen to me very carefully.

The disciples who were all cowards and who all fled for theirlives suddenly, miraculously have a new found courage, a courage they didn't have when Jesus was alive, butthey have after he's dead.

And here's what they say.

This Jesus who wascrucified and laid in a tomb for three days, he was deadfor three days is risen again, and he is the son of God.

Listen, I just wanna pray for you before we jump into the scriptures and it's a lot of scripture.

But what's important is not my story.

What's important is this story that it speaks to you where you are today.

So let me just pray over you, as you listen to this messagesurrounded by your family in your own home, let me pray for you.

God, I just pray rightnow that the risen Jesus would calm our fears, that you would relax us and God you would speak to us.

Some of us today, Godneed to repent of our sins and believe in the risen Jesus.

Some of us, God need to return to Jesus because we've wandered away.

And some of us, Lord, who are just afraid, who are just scared, just need to reaffirm that you're still God and JesusChrist is still our savior.

So whether we need to repent or rededicate or reaffirm God, we praythat you would calm us in the midst of our fears through the power of yourrisen son, Jesus Christ.

We pray this in his name.

Amen.

So let's take a lookat the gospel of John.

We're gonna start in verse one.

This is the very first Easter, and this is John's account.

This is his story, his perspective, his eye witness account of what happened.

Early on the first day of theweek, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone hadbeen removed from the entrance.

So she came running to SimonPeter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved and said, “They've taken the Lord out of the tomb “and we don't know where they put him.

” You see, her first thoughtis not that Jesus rose, it's that Jesus has been stolen.

Somebody took our Lord.

It's not enough that they killed him, but now they've stolen his body.

So Peter and the otherdisciples started for the tomb.

Both were running.

And here's one of theways that you can tell the Bible is authentic becauseit puts details in there that just don't make any sense unless it's written by somebody who's an authentic eyewitness account.

Look at this, it says both were running, but the other discipleoutran Peter, right? I mean this is like somethingHollywood can't make up.

It's like John says, yeah, me and Peter were running, but just so you know, notthat anyone cares, but I ran.

I outpaced Peter, I won.

And of course you won John.

You're the young disciple.

Peter is an older guy, but John wants us to know that he got to the tomb first.

He bent over and he lookedat the strips of linen lying there, but he did not go in 'cause it doesn't make any sense.

Jesus' body would have been mummified, wrapped in literally 75 feet of cloth.

And there they are lying.

But then Simon Peter who was behind him, he arrived and he went into the tomb.

He saw strips of cloth lying there as well as the burial cloththat had been around Jesus.

Look at this, the clothwas folded up by itself.

Apparently the risen Jesus is tidy.

So he breaks out of the mummy straps and then he folds the burial cloth.

It was folded up separate from the linen.

Finally, the other disciplewho had reached the tomb first, he also went inside.

He saw and he believed.

You see, they still did not understand, the Bible says from thescripture that Jesus, listen to this, he hadto rise from the dead.

It's not enough for Jesus to live.

It's not enough for Jesus to die.

Jesus had to live, he had to be born.

He had to die, he hadto be crucified for you and he had to rise from the dead.

This is essential to whatwe believe as Christians, and then the discipleswent back to their homes.

Just like you, just likeme, afraid, worried, uncertain of the future, theywent back to their homes, but Mary, she stoodoutside the tomb crying.

Maybe she didn't have a home to go to.

You see Mary Magdalen, her life had been changed by the living Jesus.

He believed in her.

He forgave her.

He freed her from her demons.

The Bible says she has seven demons.

We don't know what they were Probably drug addiction, prostitution.

Maybe she struggled with a mental illness.

We don't know.

But she was overcome and shewas given up on by the world.

Doctors had forgotten her.

People had abandoned her.

Her own family had walked away from her, but Jesus freed her.

So she was standing thereoutside the tomb and she wept.

Finally, she musters together the faith and she looks in the tomb andshe saw two angels in white seated where the body of Jesus had been.

One at the head and the other at the foot, and they asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” She says, “They have taken my Lord away, “and I don't know where they put him.

” You see, she still thinks he's dead.

Why? 'Cause dead people are dead.

They've taken my Lord away and I don't know where they put him and at this she turned aroundand saw Jesus standing there.

Now apparently he looks different.

You see, the last time she saw him, he was bloodied and beaten.

His body would've gone purpleand then gone gray as he died.

For those of you whohave buried loved ones, you know people look verydifferent when they're dead.

I can't tell you howmany times I do a funeral where there's an open casketand a husband, a wife, a son or a daughter will say this, “It looks nothing like my dad.

“It looks nothing like my mom.

“It looks nothing likemy husband or my wife.

” You see, there is a stark difference between a living person and a dead person.

She had seen Jesus die.

He was dead, he was bruised, he was beaten, he was bloody.

And here's Jesus, a resurrected Jesus who looks far different, who is transformed into the glory of God.

She doesn't recognize him.

She didn't realize it was Jesus.

“Woman, ” he said, “why are you crying?” Why are you crying? Who is it that you are looking for? Who is it that you're looking for? And let me just ask youthat question right now.

What is it that you're looking for today? Some of the other accounts, one of my favorite accounts is the gospel of Luke.

And Luke records this message.

The angels say, why doyou look for the living among the dead? And that's where many of you are today.

You are looking forlife amongst dead things and you realize that that boat you've spent money on doesn't matter.

That second home doesn't matter.

That first home doesn't matter.

What you've realized right now is nothing matters, but life.

Nothing matters.

Nothing is more important than life.

There isn't a doctor in a hospital today that's worried about their 401k plan.

There isn't a doctor in a hospital that's worried abouttheir convertible Porsche or their house.

There isn't a doctor todaythat isn't worried or concerned about anything but life.

And let me ask you this question.

Why are you today looking forthe living amongst the dead? Your house can't bring you happiness, your car, your money, your job, your career, your Instagram followers.

Nothing today matters except life.

Why are you looking for theliving amongst the dead? You see, Easter proves tous what really matters.

Life is what matters.

Life.

Why are you crying? Who are you looking for? Thinking he was thegardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, ” she thinks Jesus stole Jesus.

“Tell me where have you put him?” She's asking Jesus, where's Jesus? And that's what someof you are doing today.

You're asking God who is Godand God is saying to you, he's right in front of you.

He's Jesus.

He's Jesus.

“Sir, if you've carried him away, “tell me where you've puthim and I'll get him.

” You see, Mary loves Jesus so much she doesn't care about the consequence.

You see, Jesus saved her life and she wants to honor him in his death and Jesus said to her, “Mary, ” there's just somethingabout when you hear God call your name.

There's just something about it and that's what some ofyou are gonna hear today.

For the first time in your life, you're gonna hear God call your name.

You see in English, wesay, what is your name? But in Hebrew you say, how are you called? How are you called? And when someone asks you, what is your name in Hebrew, you don't say, my name is, you say, I am called by.

You see God's given you a name and he calls you by that name and he's calling you right now.

“Mary, ” he says, “Mary.

” And she turned toward himand she cried out in Aramaic, which is very close to Hebrew.

She says, Rabboni, which means teacher.

“Teacher, it's you, it's you.

” And Jesus encourages her.

And he says, “Don't cling to me, Mary.

“I've got to go to the father.

” He says, “But go and tell the disciples.

” But you gotta remember the disciples man, they remember Mary.

Mary's a little different.

Mary's special, right? And so Jesus chooses forher to be the first person to tell the disciples that he's risen.

So they don't believe, andthey're huddled together like you are in yourhome, afraid, concerned.

It says that Sunday evening the disciples were meetingbehind locked doors.

Think about that.

You're all afraid of whocomes into your house, what comes into your house.

You're more concerned now than ever about what comes in andgoes out of your home.

Many of us are paranoidbecause we're so certain that maybe we're going to get the virus.

They're terrified andthey're not afraid of COVID.

They're afraid of the verysame people that killed Jesus.

They think maybe it'snot enough to kill Jesus.

Maybe they think theygotta they gonna kill all of his followers, and so they're terrifiedand they're afraid.

They're right where you and I are today.

You see this Easter isjust like 2000 years ago.

They're huddled in theirhome afraid for their future, afraid for their lives, and that's where you and I are today.

They'd lock the doors.

They were afraid of the Jewish leadership.

Now, if you're Jewish, I want you to know that these are Jews, afraid of other Jews.

These other Jews arepoliticians and powerful people that are not concerned forthe people they represent, but they're concernedfor the power they hold.

If you're Jewish andyou're tuning in today, I want you to know that Jesus was a Jew.

The disciples were Jew, and almost all of the first followers of Jesus Christ were Jews.

Maybe this is the time youcome back to your faith.

Maybe this is the first timeyou hear the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the Godof Jacob, call you to Jesus, your Messiah, the oneyou've been waiting for.

Even as I speak right now, Jews are celebrating Passover when they remember the timewhen the angel of death passed over the houses of Jews in Egypt.

When they put the blood ofthe lamb on the doorpost and the angel of death passed over them striking all of the Egyptiansfirstborns with death.

As Jews gather aroundand celebrate Passover, I want you to know thatJesus Christ was crucified on the eve of Passover and listen to me, my Jewish brothers and sisters.

Listen to me.

It's not the blood of thelamb that will save you, but it's the blood of the sonof God that will save you.

Just as you remember, when the angel of death passed over your house, if you want God to pass over your sins, if you want God to passover your judgment, the only way he will do that is by the Holy lamb of God, Jesus Christ.

Suddenly here they arestanding in a locked room.

Doors are locked, right? Ancient houses didn't have windows.

There's no way in, there's no way out.

Suddenly Jesus is standingamong them and he says, peace.

You know why? 'Cause they just pooped their pants.

That's why.

You see, locked doors can'tkeep Jesus out of your home.

Some of you are afraid that locked doors can't keep COVID out of your home.

Let me tell you something.

They can't keep Christ out of your home.

And some of you have kept himlocked out for far too long and it's time for you to invite him in.

“Peace be with you, ” he said.

Peace, and that's what Godwants to speak to you today.

I want you to see here.

The first words of the risenJesus is don't be afraid.

Peace.

In Hebrew, it's Shalom.

Peace to you.

Shalom, don't be afraid, don't be frightened.

Peace, and as he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and the wounds at his side.

You see, even staring at therisen Jesus face to face, they still can't believe.

Do you know why? Dead people don't rise? And Jesus has go ahead, touch.

Go ahead, see.

It's really me.

It's really Jesus.

The Bible says in John, they were filled with joy.

That's my prayer for you from this Easter that the risen Jesuswill take away your fear and he will fill you with joy.

When they saw the Lord again, he said, peace be with you.

You see, that's what therisen Jesus can do for you.

Even in the face of death, he can give you his peace.

He says, as the father hassent me, so I'm sending you.

And then in verse 22 then hebreathed on them and he said, receive the Holy spirit.

I wanna go over a coupleof things a couple of ways.

I believe Jesus Christ, therisen Jesus can calm your fears.

Number one, Jesus calmsmy fears by proving, write this down, provingthat he is always in control.

He's always in control.

Here, let me just tellyou what I've realized during this crisis.

I am not in control.

I am not in control of anything.

I mean, one of the biggest fears I have is I'm not able to controlwhether or not my family is safe.

I'm not able to controlwhether or not I am safe.

I'm not able to controlwhat happens to our church, what happens to ourneighbors, what happens to me.

I have never felt moreout of control in my life.

And many of you, you've been living a lie that you're in control.

You can't control anything.

Many of us have realizedwe can't even control our own emotions.

Some of you can't even stillcontrol your own actions.

Jesus calms our fears.

He calms my fears by provinghe's always in control.

This is what Jesus said before he died, before he was ever crucified, before he ever goes to Jerusalem, before he ever dies on a cross, here's what Jesus says.

“He says, no one takes my life from me.

“No one, no one.

” He said, “I sacrifice it voluntarily.

” He says, “For I have theauthority to lay it down “and when I want, ” underline that, circle it and never forget it.

Jesus says, “When I want, Iwill also take it up again.

” Do you know why Jesusis always in control? Because Jesus is the son of God.

And as the son of God, he hasthe same rights and privileges as God the father, andthat's why we as Christians, we worship to Triune God, who is God the father, God the son and God the spirit, one God United in an eternal fellowship determined to save your soul.

He's proven he's always in control.

I can't control if I getsick, if I don't get sick.

Jesus says, look, this isnot happening by accident.

Listen to me.

Jesus was not killed by Jewish leaders.

Jesus was not killed by a Roman governor.

Jesus was not killedby jealous individuals who wanted more attention andglory than he was getting.

Jesus was killed because heallowed himself to be killed.

He allowed himself to die.

He dies when he releases his spirit.

He says, “Father, I give you my spirit.

” He was in control his whole life.

He was in control the moment he died and he was in controlof the moment he rose.

He said, “No one can take my life from me.

“I sacrifice it voluntarily “for I have authority tolay it down when I want “and I also have authorityto take it up again.

” And he did.

Listen to me, theresurrection vindicates Jesus.

If he just dies, he's a goodteacher who went a little nuts, but he rose from the dead again, so he's a great teacher who isalso God's one and only son.

Daniel 2:21 says this, “Praise the name of God forever and ever for he has all wisdom and all power and he controls thecourse of world events.

God is bringing us to ourknees to bring us to his son.

For the first time maybeever in the world's history, people are turning to God.

Turning to God.

Turning to God.

For the first time in my life, I'm in a conference call withthe president who's saying, America needs God.

America needs faith.

And here's what he said.

He said, “I'll be watching online.

“I'll be watching onlineas many services as I can.

” Do you know why? Here's what the president knows.

He's not in control, God is.

God alone is in control.

Next, Jesus calms my fears by promising me victory over death.

Look, when you die, whetheryou're a Christian or not, I want you to hear me, death is not the end.

It's the beginning of something new.

For those of you who are in Christ, it's the beginning of a new life in the presence of God forever.

We call it heaven, Jesus calls it paradise.

It is a place without sickness.

It is a place without death.

It is a place without fear and it is a place where you get to live and become the person youwere always meant to be.

But for those of you whoare apart from Christ, who have rejected God's offer, for you to have eternal life, you will spend eternityapart from God forever.

You see, your soul wasmeant to live forever and it will live foreverwith God or apart from God in a place called hell.

Jesus said this in John 11:25.

Jesus told Mary at the deathof his best friend Lazarus.

He says this, he says, “Do you believe I'm theresurrection and the life?” She says, “Yes, Lord, “I know that there will bea resurrection one day.

” He says, “No, no, no.

Mary, listen to me, do you believe?” And then he says this, he says, “I am the resurrection and I am the life.

“Anyone who believes in mewill live even after dying.

” You know how Jesus calms yourfears even if you get COVID, even if you die, that is not the end because COVID doesn't havethe last say, Christ does.

It's not the end of you.

For those of us who are Christians, it's the beginning of somethingbetter, something glorious, something amazing, and Jesussays this to his disciples during the last week of his life.

You see, things are gettingtense, things are getting scary, and I think the disciples are realizing he's probably gonna getkilled and Jesus says, “Don't let your hearts be troubled.

” He says, “Trust in Godand trust also in me.

” He says, “For there ismore than enough room “in my father's home, and if this were not so, “I would have told you “that I am going toprepare a place for you.

” Listen to these words.

When everything is ready, Jesus says, “I will come and get you “so that you will alwaysbe with me where I am.

” Listen to me, heaven is not just a place, but heaven is a place where a person lives and if Jesus isn't there, it isn't heaven.

You want to go where he is and I want you to think about this.

The Bible says, God spentsix days creating this earth.

Jesus has spent the last 2000years creating the next place.

I can't imagine what it looks like.

I can't imagine what it's gonna be like.

The apostle Paul saysthis, no eye has seen, no ear has heard.

No mind has conceivedwhat God has prepared for those who love him.

For those who love him.

You see the risen Jesus, the risen Jesus, he promises victory over death and we don't have to beafraid, and here's why.

Jesus calms my fears bypaying the price for my sins.

Look, I want to be honest with you.

When I preach on anxiety, when I preach on fear, worry, and we've got all kindsof people that watch, people love that.

People love that and manyof you are gravitating to all kinds of spiritualists, all kinds of people who are telling you that the answer is within, the Bible says the problem is within and the answer is above, and here's what I wanna challenge you.

So many of you are beingencouraged by people who are not saying anything.

They're not saying anything.

People love it when I'm encouraging.

People tune me out when I preach the cross and the Bible says thecross is an offense, it's offensive because the cross says you're not right with God.

The cross says there'ssomething wrong with you, desperately wrong withyou, and it's called sin.

And the Bible says, thecross is the only thing that can heal us.

The cross says we areall equal before God.

One of the things that drives me crazy, and you've all seen this on the news, some of you struggled to get tested.

You can't get tested.

Have you noticed all the important people are getting tested? All the rich, all the famous? You see on earth, weare treated differently.

Listen to me in heaven, youwill be treated the same.

God shows no favoritism.

Just because you're rich, just because you're famous, just because you're smart, beautiful.

It doesn't matter.

At the foot of the cross, we're all equal and God brings us to the foot of the cross and it's his offering of peace with us.

Jesus Christ calms my fears because he's paid the price for my sins.

Look, I'm a sinner, you're a sinner, and the Bible says thatthe wages of sin is death.

One day you're going to stand before God and every single one ofus is going to be given what we deserve, and here'swhat we deserve as rebels against the one and only Holy God.

We deserve eternal judgmentand separation from God forever because you've gone your own way and God will allow you togo your own way forever, but he's given you a bridge.

He's offered you an olive branch.

He's offered you away.

He's given you an opportunityto make things right.

1st Peter 118 and 19 says this, “For you know that God haspaid a ransom to save you.

” He's provided a way.

It's not what you can do.

It's always been aboutwhat God will do for you, what God will do for us.

God says this ransom was notpaid with mere gold or silver, which loses their value.

You see, gold has novalue to a dead person.

Silver has no value to a dead person.

Peter says it was theprecious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless lamb of God.

It was God's one and only sonthat died for you on the cross and that's his olive branch.

And some of you say, well, I don't feel it's fair that I have to acceptJesus as the only way.

Listen to me.

One day you're gonna stand before God and you're going to have to explain why you rejected his offer of peace.

You're gonna have toexplain why you rejected his one and only son.

Why did God send his son? Because it was a supreme sacrifice.

Every single one of you parents, you know how much you love your kids.

You know, you know.

You know what they mean to you and you know you'd do anything for them.

You see, it's only Jesus Christ, the one and only son of God, that's the only way Godcould really show us how much he loves us becausehe gave his one and only son.

Look, I got three kids and I love them and I care for them and I'm just gonna bereally honest with you.

I know many of you beenaffected by this virus.

Many of you are sick, many of you are worried and I just want you to know I'm a sinner and I think I'm compassionate.

I think I care.

I think I can have empathy.

But the reality is whenI watched those numbers, you know what they are? They're just numbers, they're not personal.

And this week one of mychildren began to get very sick and I began to get uneasy.

And as she progressed and as she got worse and as her fever spiked, I didn't know what to do.

We did what a lot of you have done and we called the hospital, we talked to doctors and the doctor said we needto watch her very closely.

And I talked to one doctorin particular and he said, “Based upon her symptoms, “you need to get her tested immediately.

” I had to go into herbedroom with a mask on.

I had to wear a maskto talk to my own kid.

I knew she was anxious.

I knew she was terrified.

I knew she was worried.

I tried to comfort her.

I tried to pray withher, but can I be honest? For the first time in my life, for the first time inmy life, I didn't sleep.

You know what I did allnight long, all night long? And I gotta be honest with you, I was trying to freak my wife out.

I just walked.

I walked all night long.

I walked all night longand I cried out to God.

I was so worried.

I was so anxious, I was so afraid.

And even as I'm tellingyou this right now, we've got her tested for COVID-19 and we have to wait for results.

We don't know.

But I can tell you as a parent, there's nothing I wouldn'tdo to save my child.

There's nothing.

And I want you to know thatGod sacrificed his own son to save you.

And one day, listen to me parents, you're gonna have to standbefore a Holy almighty, all powerful God and explain to him why his beautiful sonwasn't enough for you.

Wasn't enough.

And unfortunately what the Bible says is people will face the holy wrath of God because not only havewe rejected him as God, but we have rejected his offering of peace through his son, Jesus Christ.

Look, I told you today Iwas on a conference call with the president of the United States.

I've gotta be honest, I was a little nervous, I was a little nervous.

Why? I never called him before.

Man, the presidentUnited States is elected.

God is not elected.

He's elected you.

He's elected you.

He's God almighty.

He's the one who is whowas and he is to come.

He's the alpha and the Omegaand let me tell you something.

I was nervous about a phone call with God.

How on earth are yougoing to stand before God and explain your life? You know what?, you can't.

That's why God gave you his son.

He gave you his son because the truth is, we're all afraid of this virus when what we should be afraid of is God.

Jesus said, “Do not fearthose who can kill the body.

” He said, “Fear the one who can kill “both the body and thesoul, ” and that's only God.

Last, Jesus calms my fearsby pouring out his spirit.

The last thing Jesus doesbefore he leaves his disciples in the gospel of John, inJohn 20:22 it says this, “And then he breathed on them and he said, “receive the Holy spirit.

” You see, God didn't justsend his son to die for you.

His son sent his spiritto live within you, to live within you, to comfort you, to strengthen you, toguide you, and to fill you, and that's what God wants to do right now, but you don't get God's spirit if you don't receive God's son.

2nd Timothy 1:7 says this, “For God has not given us aspirit of fear and timidity.

” God has not called you to be afraid.

God is calling you to trust him.

And as I circled my houseover and over and over again at four in the morning, four in the morning, I got on my knees and here's what I said.

I said, “God, I believe you're God.

” I said, “God, I believein your son, Jesus Christ “and God, I need your spiritto strengthen me right now.

“To strengthen me right now.

” And I'm just gotta be honest with you.

I had a sense of peace that came over me.

A peace that surpasses all understanding and God's spirit strengthened me in the same way he wants to strengthen you and I was able to go to sleep.

You see, the Holy spirit cando things you and I can't do.

The Bible says it is by thespirit that Jesus was raised.

By the spirit, the samepower, the same power that rose him from the deadcan give you strength today.

All you have to do is repent of your sins.

Believe in the Lord JesusChrist and the Bible says, you will be saved.

God hears every call of repentance.

Every call he answers, heresponds to every call.

It doesn't matter if you'rerich, if you're poor, if you're famous or no oneknows you, God hears you, God loves you and God will hear your call.

For whoever calls uponthe name of the Lord, the Bible says shall be saved, but you got to do that right now.

In your home, if you need to be saved, would you just raise your hand and say, Jesus, I want to be saved.

And then right in front of you, look, we don't know when you'regoing to watch this.

So we want you to email thisso we can respond to you.

We've already been responding to people who've respond to this.

It says, move/follow Jesusand I want you to email that and we'll get in touch withyou and we'll teach you what your next stepsare in following Jesus.

So I want you to raise yourhand and then I want you to, after this service is over, I want you to email us so we can get in touch with you.

Some of you though, you'vebeen far away from God and you need to come back.

Some of you, you just needto reaffirm your faith and remind yourself that God'sgot this and God's got me.

And so it's gonna be okay.

It's gonna be okay.

I wanna end by praying for you.

And again, I say this every week.

I'm so blessed and I'm so amazed that in the midst of of your fear, so many of you continueto give to Sandals church.

I am blown away by your generosity, but I just wanna close by praying for you and I don't want youto go after I say amen because we have something special for you and we've just have this wordthat we wanna speak over you and we believe it's gonnabe a blessing to you.

So don't tune out.

Stay in, let me pray for you and then hang out as wespeak these words over you and know that I love youand I'm praying for you and know that Jesus Christ died so we could live in that gives us hope.

Let me pray.

Heavenly father, we prayin the mighty powerful name of the risen Jesus, God, that you would comfort us, strengthen us, and that yourpower, your Holy power, God would just lift us out of ourfear and give us strength.

We pray this in Jesus' holy name, Amen.

– What if I told you that death itself came with an expiration date and that even the darkest clouds would one day be pierced with a fire that screams up into hell and back? What if graveyards weren't forever? And what if sufferingdidn't have the last word? What if the end wasn't the end? And what if the brokenness of this world was already coming back together? What is evil had an eviction notice? What if the story got bigger? What if the story got better? What if? What if there was no need to say what if because the what if actually happened? Christ from the grave, sinners turned save, God's kingdom reign, removal of guilty stains only grace remains, purpose over pain.

What if there was astory to end all stories? What if Jesus was who he said he was and we owed him all the glory? What if for all that weneeded saving from there was a savior who gavehis blood, his sweat, his tears to no cheers, just jeers.

And he appeared to save us from ourselves, but we couldn't except the rescue, so we put to death in the flesh, the son of God who came to put away death? The irony, we needed help and we got it.

We needed help and it was cosmic, the savior life itself, just sitting there.

Death was in the lead all dayFriday and all day Saturday, but early Sunday morning, early Sunday morning, early Sunday morning, he rose.

Early Sunday morning he rose, early Sunday morning, the very promise of God himself began dawning.

Early Sunday morning, the grave lost its case.

Early Sunday morning so ournames can be covered with grace.

What is Sunday morning and not our human morning wins the day? What if the story was true andhe was due every hallelujah do his name? ♪ Then came the morningthat sealed the promise ♪ ♪ Your buried body began to breathe ♪ ♪ Out of the silence, the roaring lion ♪ ♪ Declared the grave has no claim on me ♪ ♪ Jesus yours is the victory ♪ ♪ Yeah ♪ ♪ Hallelujah, praise theone who set me free ♪ ♪ Hallelujah, death haslost its grip on me ♪ ♪ You have broken every chain ♪ ♪ There's salvation in your name ♪ ♪ Jesus Christ, my living hope ♪ ♪ Hallelujah praise theone who set me free ♪ ♪ Hallelujah death haslost its grip on me ♪ ♪ You have broken every chain ♪ ♪ There's salvation in your name ♪ ♪ Jesus Christ, my living hope ♪ ♪ Jesus Christ my living hope ♪ ♪ God you are my living hope ♪ – That Christ is our living hope, man.

What a powerful truth to sing out, that no matter who you are, no matter what your story is, that is the hope that we have and we are so glad that you chose to joinus today for service and we hope that today you'vebeen able to experience the living hope that Jesus has to offer.

We might not be able to gather in person, but Sandals Church is still here.

And especially for those of you that decided to make that decision today, to start following Jesus.

We have incredible thingsfor you in the first step is just letting us knowabout your decision so you can reach out to us bygoing to move.

sc/followjesus because we want to walkalongside you in that decision.

And like I said, we have someincredible things for you and if you need any prayeror any support for anything, please let us know, especially right now, you can reach out to us in the chat or by going to sandalschurch.

com/help.

The Sandals Church, we love you and we wanna continue to havea presence in your lives.

So make sure to be checkingout everything that we have at sandalschurch.

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We love you, we're so glad you joined us.

Happy Easter and we cannotwait to see you next week.

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