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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.
♪ 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.
♪ 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.
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.
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.
” 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
He calls her a dog.
She calls him 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don't just stop at the 10%.
God's blessed you in one of the most economicallychallenging times.
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.
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.
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.