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    ♪ theme music ♪
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    (Derek) Welcome to Hope Sabbath School,
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    an in-depth, interactive study
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    of the Word of God.
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    I'm excited about the topic today as we
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    continue our series through The Psalms,
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    Worship That Never Ends.
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    What a great topic,
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    and I know you'll be blessed,
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    so welcome to Hope Sabbath School.
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    Welcome to the team,
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    good to be together again.
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    Take a look at each other and wave.
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    We represent the whole world,
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    and I'm excited that John's going
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    to be leading our study today.
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    What a great study,
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    Worship That Never Ends.
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    We've also got some remote team members
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    with us today, always happy to have them.
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    Heide, good to see you again,
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    glad you're with us.
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    Leeah, great to have you
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    on the team today.
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    And, Travis, always good
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    to have you with us.
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    I'm so thankful for our remote team
    members
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    as well as the team here in the studio.
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    But I'm thankful for you, too,
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    because you are part of our global family.
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    And when you answer a question,
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    when John asks and you
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    raise your hand, you're part
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    of that in-depth, interactive study
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    of the Word of God.
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    We're always happy to hear from you,
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    and here are just a few emails
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    we've received recently.
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    Kanchele writes from Zambia.
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    Do we get a lot of emails from Zambia?
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    Kanchele writes and says,
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    "My name is Evangelist Kanchele,"
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    now, that's significant as I read on,
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    "from Zambia, in the western part
    that is Mongu.
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    Hope Sabbath School has changed my life
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    in so many ways,
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    and Hope Sabbath School is one
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    that made me to be an evangelist!"
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    (Team) Praise God.
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    (Derek) "I love the way
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    the Bible is presented.
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    God bless you, Hope Sabbath School,"
    and we say...?
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    (Team) Amen.
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    (Derek) Isn't that amazing?
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    You've got an evangelist
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    in Western Zambia who was encouraged
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    to serve the Lord
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    through Hope Sabbath School.
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    Thank you for writing to us, Kanchele.
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    Here is another note.
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    This one is from Mozambique,
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    and the person writes and says,
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    Joaquim from Mazambique,
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    "Hello, Pastor Derek
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    and all the Hope Sabbath School team!
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    First, I want to make it clear
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    that I'm not good in English.
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    I'm from Mozambique, so the main thing
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    that I appreciate in the program
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    is how you make the Word of God
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    so easy to understand.
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    May God bless you all, Joaquim." Amen?
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    (Team) Amen.
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    (Derek) Well, we're glad.
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    We just launched
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    a Hope Channel in Mozambique,
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    and actually our Portuguese-speaking
    channel
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    in Brazil, Novo Tempo, helped launch
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    the channel in Mozambique. Amen?
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    We're all working together,
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    so really exciting to hear
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    what God is doing.
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    Well, here's a hand-written note
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    from a donor couple in California
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    in the United States, and they write
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    and say, "We always enjoy listening
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    to Hope Sabbath School
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    and seeing your faces.
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    All these years we feel like
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    we know you all.
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    You all make Hope Sabbath School
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    flow easily, and we share your thoughts
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    with our own Bible class
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    here in California," and a donation
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    of 400 dollars to bless the ministry
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    of Hope Sabbath School. Amen?
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    I want to say thank you, donor couple,
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    you know who you are.
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    And thanks to each one of you,
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    because we're all part
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    of this miracle of God
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    called Hope Sabbath School.
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    It's a donor-supported ministry.
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    Thank you to this couple,
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    but thank you to you, too.
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    You can go to our website,
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    hopetv.org/hopess.
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    Maybe someone just left you
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    an inheritance, or you see
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    that you have 30 dollars a month
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    that you could set aside
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    for laying up some treasure in Heaven.
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    Go to the website, click on Donate,
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    and say, "Thank You, Lord,
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    for what You're doing
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    through Hope Sabbath School."
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    Well, one last note,
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    from Rosemary in Arkansas
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    in the United States of America.
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    Rosemary says, "I love Hope Sabbath School
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    because of the...," what do you think?
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    Diversity, "...diversity of the group.
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    I learn a great deal, every program,
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    and I love the Scripture songs, too.
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    I've been watching so long,"
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    writes Rosemary, "I feel like
    you're family.
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    Thanks for all you do."
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    Well, Rosemary, thanks for writing to us,
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    and actually, you said you like the songs,
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    we need you to help us sing
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    the theme song today.
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    Could you do that?
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    But before we start the music,
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    I just want to give you another reminder
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    about a wonderful collection
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    of Trilogy Scripture Songs
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    from the Psalms; there are six songs
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    including our theme song from Psalm 105.
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    And you can just go to our website,
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    hopetv.org/hopess,
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    click on the Free Gift tab.
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    If you don't know how to do that,
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    ask a youngster in your family to do that,
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    and they'll find it there and download
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    that collection of six songs.
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    You can share those with friends.
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    Hide God's Word in your heart,
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    including our theme song, and God will
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    bring that to your remembrance.
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    The Holy Spirit will help you
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    when you need to remember those words.
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    Right now, we're going to sing
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    one of those six songs, from Psalm 105,
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    "Oh, give thanks to the Lord."
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    Let's sing together.
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    ♪ music ♪
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    (Derek) I just love that song, don't you?
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    Three thousand years old
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    but a new melody, and what a beautiful way
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    to begin our study.
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    John, thanks for leading us in prayer.
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    (John) Thank you, Pastor Derek.
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    Let's pray as we begin.
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    Loving heavenly Father, thank You so much
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    for this time You have given us as we are
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    coming to the tail end of our study
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    in the book of Psalms.
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    I pray, dear God, that we
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    will go away praising You
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    and singing praises to You, even now.
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    I pray these things
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    in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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    (Derek, Team) Amen.
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    (John) In the book of Psalms,
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    we have been looking at how these psalms
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    have been used in worship services
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    of the sanctuary back then.
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    And even here at Hope Sabbath School
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    we put new tunes to these psalms
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    and we sing them.
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    And in our study, we're going
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    to look at worship itself.
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    While psalms are being used
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    in worship services, today we're going
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    to be looking at worship itself.
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    And here at Hope Sabbath School,
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    we consult the Bible for what worship is,
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    and not culture in general,
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    and we praise God for that.
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    So before we begin, we want
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    to define what worship is,
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    and so the question to you:
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    What is worship?
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    What do you think worship is? Jason?
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    (Jason) When I think about it,
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    it really just comes
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    to how we conduct ourselves.
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    In the way we conduct ourselves,
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    whether through thought, actions or words,
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    we're basically honoring God
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    in all those aspects
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    and giving honor to His name.
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    (John) Giving honor to God's name. Yes.
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    (Scott) Ultimately worship is God-focused
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    and not self-focused.
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    (John) God-focused, not self-focused.
    Pedro.
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    (Pedro) It's the way that we can
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    respond to God and His love.
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    There is nothing I can give to God
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    other than to worship Him.
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    (John) A response to God's love.
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    (Derek) So, we're all talking about God,
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    but people worship all kinds of things.
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    Some people worship idols,
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    some people worship movie stars,
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    some people worship themselves,
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    so I think at the very fundamental level
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    worship is ascribing worth,
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    value, to something.
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    And supreme worship, of course,
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    only one Person deserves that,
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    and that is God Himself.
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    We ascribe worth to Him
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    when we worship Him.
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    And I certainly agree
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    that can be in our words,
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    in our actions, in our thoughts.
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    But we need to, like you said, focus
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    on worship of God, because people
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    can worship other things.
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    (John) And just to follow your thought,
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    Pastor Derek, there is someone
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    who said that worship is
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    to see what God is worth
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    and to give Him what He's worth.
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    (Derek) Beautiful.
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    (John) To see the worth of God
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    and to give all that is worthy to Him.
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    So, at the University of Denver,
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    they released a study about communication,
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    and this is what they said.
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    They said, "Communication consists
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    of 55 percent body language,
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    38 percent paralanguage,
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    and 7 percent verbal content."
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    So, there is a lot
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    of nonverbal communication
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    that happens when we speak,
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    and so with worship, gestures and posture
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    also play a role in worship
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    because they communicate to God
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    what we want to express.
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    And so, we're going to look
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    at one of the gestures
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    that the Bible talks about
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    which is lifting up our hands in worship.
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    Now, we're going to see what the Bible
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    has to say about it.
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    If I can have Lilica please read to us
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    from Psalm 134 and verse 2,
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    Psalm 134 and verse 2.
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    What does the Bible mean when it talks
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    about lifting up our hands to God?
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    (Lilica) I'll be reading
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    from the New King James Version,
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    Psalm 134, verse 2:
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    (John) Okay, thank you, Lilica.
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    So, here in this text, what does
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    lifting up the hands mean. Yes, Pedro.
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    (Pedro) To worship God, to bless Him.
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    (John) Okay, to worship God,
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    to bless Him. Scott?
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    (Scott) I was going to say the same thing.
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    Verse 1 says, "Come, bless the Lord,"
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    and that gives us the context of verse 2.
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    (John) That's right, to bless the Lord.
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    And in talking about context, Scott,
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    here the context is those who are
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    ministering in the temple are called
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    to lift up their hands and bless God.
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    Now, this gesture expresses adoration,
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    and this gesture indicates the object
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    of praise is God and not ourselves,
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    and that the entire person is involved
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    in worshiping God
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    or giving praises to God.
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    Let's look at another text,
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    Lamentations, chapter 2 and verse 19,
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    Lamentations, chapter 2 and verse 19.
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    And if I can have Jason please read that
    for us.
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    (Jason) It will be my pleasure.
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    Lamentations, chapter 2, verse 19, says:
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    (John) Okay, thank you.
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    So, here what is the meaning
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    of lifting ones hands toward the heavens,
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    in Lamentations? Yes, Jason?
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    (Jason) It seems like a cry out,
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    like desperation, like, "Lord," you know,
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    giving up yourself, surrendering
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    in a sense, I'm taking from that text.
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    (John) Okay, so in Psalms we're seeing
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    that lifting up our hands means
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    to praise God, to give Him glory,
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    but here in Lamentations we're seeing
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    out of desperation
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    we're crying out to God,
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    and we want to receive help from Him.
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    And so, what we are beginning to see
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    is that lifting up hands
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    means different things
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    in different contexts, but all of that
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    is focused toward God.
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    To Him we praise, and He is
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    the object of worship, and He is
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    the giver of all blessings
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    and the answer to our prayers.
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    Let's look at one more verse,
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    in the New Testament, 1 Timothy,
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    chapter 2 and verse 8, if I can have
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    Scott please read that for us,
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    1 Timothy, chapter 2 and verse 8.
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    Paul is instructing his, if I can use
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    the term, young intern Timothy
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    how one ought to conduct himself
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    in the house of God.
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    (Scott) Yes, it says:
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    (John) Okay, so we see,
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    not only in the Old Testament
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    but also the New Testament, in the church
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    we find that lifting up of hands
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    is being allowed.
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    Lifting up of hands is being allowed.
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    So, question, is it fine for us
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    to lift our hands in worship? Yes, Scott.
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    (Scott) I was raised in a setting
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    where people were rather skeptical
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    of lifting hands.
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    They associate it
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    with Pentecostalism or other things,
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    but when I read the Bible,
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    I don't find that there.
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    Lifting hands is biblical,
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    and so it's not a habit I was raised with,
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    but it's something that's biblical.
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    (John) Yes, Tendi.
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    (Tendi) Like you said,
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    lifting up your hand
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    depends on the context.
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    If you're in church, and the pastor
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    is preaching, for example,
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    you cannot lift your hands;
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    you need to be reverent.
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    But if there is worship, if there is
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    a song that compels your spirit
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    to lift your hands, then you can.
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    (John) Okay, you used
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    a very important word.
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    Here actually in Timothy, Paul talks
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    to Timothy about the importance
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    of reverence in God's house.
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    And so, lifting up hands
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    is not supposed to be irreverent.
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    It should not be irreverent;
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    there should be reverence
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    that should be entailed
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    along with that. Pastor Derek?
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    (Derek) And also in the Sermon
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    on the Mount, Jesus says in anything
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    to do with worship, whether it's
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    prayer or fasting or whatever,
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    don't do something
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    to draw attention to yourself.
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    I'm thinking of the my wife's grandmother
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    who was from China, and she would
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    kowtow when she prayed.
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    You know what kowtowing is, right?
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    But she wouldn't do that on a platform
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    or in front of everybody.
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    She would do that when she
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    went to her closet to pray,
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    because it was part of her culture.
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    It was her way, actually,
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    of showing reverence to God
    in her culture.
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    But I think the principle
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    in the Sermon on the Mount is that we
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    are sensitive that we're not just becoming
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    the center of attention,
    drawing attention.
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    Jesus talks about praying
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    on street corners so that you
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    can be seen by people.
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    (John) That's right, and we'll go
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    to that verse, Pastor Derek,
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    but I want to take a few comments.
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    Pedro and then Travis.
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    (Pedro) I see the importance here
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    of giving blessing and receiving blessing.
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    Obviously, God is inviting us,
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    I found it fascinating, inviting us
    to bless Him.
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    It's a practice we might not partake of
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    with our hands and our actions.
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    I see our hands as surrendering,
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    and when I look at Timothy here, there is
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    the aspect of lifting up your hands
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    in a negative way,
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    There is a positive way
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    of lifting up our hands
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    and a negative way.
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    And we should say,
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    "My works are of the Lord," as I think
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    that's what we're seeing here.
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    [Paul] is saying, "I'm worshiping You
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    by saying my actions are Your actions."
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    And that is important for us to understand
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    the context that we're in,
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    like drawing attention to God
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    and not to ourselves.
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    (John) Exactly, something
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    that Pastor Derek said,
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    and you are repeating, Pedro,
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    which is important, is context.
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    We need to know where we are
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    and what we're doing,
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    and why we are doing it.
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    And not just because everyone is doing it,
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    but the reason why it's
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    being done. Travis.
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    (Travis) I was just going to say
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    what Pastor Derek said.
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    If we're praising God and not trying
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    to draw attention to ourselves,
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    I don't think there is anything wrong
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    with lifting your hands to heaven
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    in adoration to God.
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    (John) Okay, so the Scripture is clear
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    that lifting up our hands
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    to God in prayer is fine.
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    And one Bible scholar writes
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    that it's not a prescription,
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    but the Bible is describing
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    that it is allowed.
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    But if a person doesn't do that,
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    that doesn't mean that God
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    is not being praised or that God
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    is not answering their prayers either.
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    And so, there is room for both.
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    Now, there are times
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    when lifting up our hands to God
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    is inappropriate, or other ways
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    of doing it, and, Pastor Derek,
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    you alluded to it.
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    Let's go to Matthew, chapter 6,
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    verses 5 and 6; if I can ask Puia
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    to please read that for us.
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    (Puia) Sure, and I'll be reading
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    from the New King James Version,
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    Matthew 6, verses 5 and 6:
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    (John) Thank you, Puia.
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    So, question: Are there times
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    when lifting up our hands
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    is not appropriate?
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    What do you think? Yes, Scott.
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    (Scott) Worship is one of those things
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    that has a significant cultural element
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    to it, and with a worldwide audience,
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    there are different people
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    who feel different ways about it.
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    And I think, as Derek mentioned,
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    sometimes if we insist on expressing
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    worship the way we're comfortable with
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    in a setting where the people
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    around us aren't comfortable
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    with that same expression, it can cause
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    distraction, even if it's not intentional.
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    And it can cause trouble
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    that doesn't need to be caused.
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    (John) Okay, a distraction, a distraction
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    where the focus is not so much on God
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    but more about what I am doing.
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    And that's what these Pharisees
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    were doing; they would stand
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    on street corners, and they
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    would pray aloud because they wanted
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    others to know, "See how righteous I am."
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    And if those kinds of attitudes are
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    what we have when lifting up our hands,
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    that is to be avoided. Yes, Pedro.
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    (Pedro) And I see the importance
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    for us to care for others; Jesus told us
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    to love others as ourselves.
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    And drawing attention to ourselves
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    in a room and saying, "Well, I'm
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    doing this for God,"
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    is not about the people around me.
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    And God says to care for those around us.
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    We are our brother's keeper.
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    In the same way, if we're
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    seeing someone doing it,
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    remember it's your brother, your sister.
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    Don't rebuke people for no reason.
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    If they are adoring God, allow them
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    to worship God with their hearts.
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    (John) Exactly. Yes, Stephanie,
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    you seem to have something to say?
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    (Stephanie) I was just thinking that it's
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    really a principle; it's a matter
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    of principle that whatever we do,
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    we do it to honor God in worship.
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    That's the principle.
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    (John) Exactly. And Leeah.
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    (Leeah) I think it's very true
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    that sometimes how we conduct ourselves
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    physically in worship can be
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    a distraction to others.
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    But I've also found that sometimes
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    it can be an encouragement to others.
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    Sometimes people are ashamed
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    that, you know, maybe they want
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    to lift their hands,
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    but they're uncomfortable doing so.
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    So maybe sometimes our expression
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    can give other people the freedom
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    to express themselves
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    before the Lord as well.
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    (John) Amen. Yes, Nancy?
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    (Nancy) It has to do with our attitude.
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    If we have an attitude of worship,
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    then yes, I think it will be noticed
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    by those who are around us.
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    But the most important thing is for us
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    to truly be honoring God in our worship.
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    (John) Amen. Travis, I saw your hand.
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    (Travis) I was just going to comment
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    on what was mentioned earlier
  • 21:51 - 21:54
    about principle, and I think John
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    the Baptist clearly held this principle
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    in high regard, and it's John,
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    chapter 3:30, and he says, "Jesus
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    must increase, and I must decrease."
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    So understanding who God is
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    is really essential
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    and I think is the principle.
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    It's not about us; it's about Jesus.
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    (John) Right. Pastor.
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    (Derek) I just want to affirm
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    what Leeah said, because if a person
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    is leading worship and they're frowning -
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    you talked about body language -
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    and it's like, "Let's rejoice
    in the Lord."
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    And people are like, "I don't believe you.
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    You don't look like you're rejoicing."
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    So, I don't want to be the focus
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    of attention, but I do want,
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    as Jason said earlier, my whole body
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    to communicate how great God is.
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    And I think that's where we're just asking
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    the Holy Spirit to guide us
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    as to what is an appropriate way
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    with our words, with our body language,
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    with the way that we say those words
  • 22:56 - 22:58
    to really honor God.
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    (John) Exactly. What's amazing
  • 22:59 - 23:03
    is that the Bible is very balanced.
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    It's giving room for...If you want
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    to express your praise to God,
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    your prayers to God,
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    using your hands is absolutely fine.
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    But on the other hand, it is
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    important that we don't have
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    a self-centered attitude
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    or even at times borrow from culture
  • 23:17 - 23:19
    the practicing of waving hands
  • 23:19 - 23:21
    and lifting up our hands
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    and saying that we're praising God,
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    but it's really coming out from culture.
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    But it ought to come
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    from the sole purpose of praising God
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    and offering to God our praise.
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    Puia and then we'll go to the next point.
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    (Puia) Yes, I just wanted to highlight
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    also the point from Matthew 6
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    where we read, Jesus, I believe,
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    differentiated the way
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    you worship God individually
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    versus in a group, right?
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    So, I think it's important to be mindful
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    about how we worship God
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    when we come as a group.
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    But when you go into the closet,
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    and you pray before God,
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    lift up your hands, and maybe you want
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    to move around as you pray.
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    Sometimes I pray while walking,
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    so I think you can differentiate
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    between individual worship
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    versus group worship as well.
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    (John) Thank you, Puia.
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    So we're having a lively discussion here
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    about lifting up our hands. Stephanie?
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    (Stephanie) Something else
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    that came to my mind is, really, we're
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    the only ones that know
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    if our relationship with God
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    is allowing us to truly honor Him
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    when we're doing anything in worship.
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    So, it's very difficult to be able
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    to judge someone's motives.
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    And that's hard, right?
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    But really we need to pray that God
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    will use that person,
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    wherever they're at, and trust
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    that God will lead them.
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    (John) Sure. Thank you all
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    for your comments.
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    And maybe those of you who are watching
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    either on YouTube or on TV, you know,
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    write down what you think
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    about this topic on our YouTube channel
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    or Facebook page, or email to us
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    what you think about this topic,
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    because you are also part
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    of this discussion.
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    Let's go to our next topic here,
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    praising the Lord with our whole hearts.
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    If I can ask Nancy to please read to us
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    from Psalm, chapter 9, verses 1 and 2,
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    Psalm, chapter 9, verses 1 and 2.
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    (Nancy) I'm reading
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    from the New American Standard Bible:
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    (John) Okay, thank you.
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    So, here the psalmist is saying
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    that he will give thanks to the Lord
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    with his whole heart.
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    So in contrast, is it possible
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    to give thanks to God half-heartedly?
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    (Team Member) Sure.
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    (John) For sure, right?
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    What does it mean, actually, to praise God
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    with our whole heart?
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    What does that look like practically?
    Stephanie?
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    (Stephanie) I feel like it means
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    a full surrender to Jesus.
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    We're fully surrendered to Him,
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    and so we're giving Him praise
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    with all of our heart.
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    He has everything of us.
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    (John) Okay. Heide?
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    (Heide) I think that he's answering it
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    right here in this verse
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    because he's telling you, "I will tell
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    of Your marvelous works."
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    In other words, share what God
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    has actually literally done in your life.
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    And he's also telling you,
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    being glad, that's a way that we are
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    praising the Lord with our whole hearts,
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    just by continuing to be full of joy
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    amidst the trials of life.
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    We're also praising the Lord by singing;
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    he's telling us this is another way
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    that you can praise Him and worship Him.
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    So he's telling us right here
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    what we need to do.
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    (John) Okay, thank you, Heide. Puia.
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    (Puia) I just wanted to comment
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    that sometimes life can be difficult,
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    and we may not be able to give praise
  • 27:07 - 27:08
    to God with all our hearts
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    and with joy and gladness all the time.
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    But I think the key point is
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    to just come to God.
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    Just come to God and come to Him
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    with your trouble, and as Stephanie
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    pointed out, surrender
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    your troubles to Him.
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    And I believe that's the key point
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    about praising God with our whole heart.
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    (John) I want to focus on something
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    that you said, Puia, "Just come to God."
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    You know, sometimes when we recognize
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    that we are not wholehearted
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    in wanting to worship God
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    or wanting to follow His truth,
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    the amazing thing about God
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    is that you can be honest to Him about it.
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    And we can say, "God, I don't feel
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    like I'm doing this wholeheartedly,
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    but please help me do it,"
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    and God will help you do it.
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    And those moments when you are
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    vulnerable with God are when you
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    can get closer to Him. Pedro.
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    (Pedro) It is important
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    to also look at the context here.
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    David is praising God
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    amidst the death of his son.
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    I'm not sure if it was Bathsheba's child
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    or Absalom; I believe it was
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    Bathsheba's, her son.
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    And look at ourselves.
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    Imagine, I'm willing to say,
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    "God, You are worthy,
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    even in my most tragic moment,"
    wholeheartedly.
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    There are people today
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    who have sentiments, "Why did God
  • 28:21 - 28:23
    allow my child to go through this,
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    or someone that I love, or the pain
  • 28:26 - 28:27
    that I'm suffering right now?"
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    And God says, "Come to Me."
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    (Derek) Wow, that's so powerful,
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    because my whole heart
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    could be a broken heart,
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    but I come to Him in total surrender.
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    That's a beautiful thought,
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    and it's something I long for, John.
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    I long to just let go of all of my fears,
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    not worry about what people think,
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    and just worship God with my whole heart.
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    (John) Powerful. Lilica?
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    (Lilica) The very thought
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    of being vulnerable before God
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    is worship Him with your whole heart,
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    because you open your heart.
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    You're being naked before Him.
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    David is the one that is called
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    a man after God's own heart.
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    Every single time you see
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    in the Old Testament...
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    I have in the back of my Bible, written,
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    the times where David is mentioned
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    during the kings of Judah,
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    and it says that, "This one followed God
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    as David did follow God
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    with all his heart,"
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    something like that; I'm paraphrasing.
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    But it mentions that the king
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    followed God as David followed God
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    with all his heart.
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    It's being open; tell God,
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    the One who only can see.
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    I love what John Bunyan,
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    if I'm pronouncing it right, who wrote
  • 29:50 - 29:53
    the book The Pilgrim's Progress, said,
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    "It's better to have heart without words
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    than words without heart."
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    When we come before God, speak it,
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    whatever it is, say it.
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    And that is what He is concerned about.
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    (Derek) Praise God.
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    (John) Amen. Tendi and then we'll
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    go to the next verse.
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    (Tendi) I learned today
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    that when you trust,
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    a hormone called oxytocin is released
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    into your system, and it's
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    the same hormone that's released
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    when you're in love
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    or when you do something with a purpose.
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    And I believe worship, when you worship
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    God with your whole heart,
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    that hormone is released in your body,
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    and it shows in your countenance
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    that you're worshiping God.
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    So, that's what worshiping
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    with your whole heart means to me.
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    (John) Okay, so there is
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    a deep connection with our spirituality
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    and even our own bodies, right?
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    And there are studies which say
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    that people that attend religious services
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    are actually much more happy,
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    and they are able
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    to overcome negative thoughts.
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    And so maybe there is someone
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    who is watching, and you don't care
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    about God or the Bible, but you are
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    in a quandary in your own life.
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    I want to assure you that if you
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    begin praising God,
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    attend church services, that your life
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    will completely turn around.
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    (Team) Amen.
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    (John) Let's go to another verse,
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    Psalm 113, verses 1, 2 and 3.
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    If I can have Heide please read that
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    to us, Psalm 113, verses 1, 2 and 3.
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    (Heide) I'll be reading
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    from the New King James Version,
    and it says:
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    (John) Okay, there is a lot of praising
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    going on in these verses,
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    and in verse 3 the psalmist says,
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    "From the rising of the sun
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    to its setting," that's
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    pretty much our whole day, right?
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    And, I mean, you're at work,
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    you're at school, maybe you're
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    a homemaker, you're just doing
    different things.
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    How are we, twenty-first century
    busy people,
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    supposed to praise God
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    from the morning until the evening?
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    How does that practically happen? Lilica.
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    (Lilica) As a Pathfinder, we have one
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    of the laws that says
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    to have always a song in your heart.
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    You may be singing, even if you
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    are not expressing it aloud.
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    (John) Okay. Yes, Nancy.
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    (Nancy) It reminds me of my grandmother
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    who used to always be singing hymns
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    as she was cooking.
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    I have that memory of her, as a child,
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    and, yes, she was a very positive
    and gentle person.
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    And I think when we fill
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    our hearts and our minds
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    with the words of God, it helps us.
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    It helps us through anything.
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    (John) Singing, singing whether you
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    are working, doing schoolwork
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    or humming a song.
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    You can probably memorize
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    the Scripture songs that we play here.
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    What do you think, Pastor Derek?
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    (Derek) Well, I think so, and God
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    has given us the ability to do
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    more than one thing at the same time.
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    Nancy gave an example,
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    while her grandmother was cooking.
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    You can be driving to the office
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    or driving to school, and you can
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    be praising God at the same time.
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    You're still watching the road,
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    but God has given us that ability.
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    And I think when the psalmist says
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    in Psalm 16, "I've set the Lord
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    always before me.
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    When He is at my right hand,
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    I will not be moved," will not be shaken,
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    that tells me I can praise God
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    at all times, like the text says,
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    while I'm going about my regular day.
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    (John) Okay, and song plays a huge role,
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    singing and music play a huge role,
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    which we will come to in a bit. Puia.
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    (Puia) You asked, John,
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    about the practical application
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    in the twenty-first century.
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    For me, in the morning
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    when I get up, what helps me is
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    listening to gospel music,
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    and before I go to bed I read a Bible text
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    or listen to a podcast,
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    and I fall asleep with it.
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    And I believe that sets the tone
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    for my morning and evening.
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    (John) Okay, so you begin the morning
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    praising God, focusing your mind on God.
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    You think through what you read
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    in the Bible or what you listen to
    in a sermon,
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    and you go to bed, falling asleep
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    thinking about God, you know,
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    that constant communication
    with God. Pedro.
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    (Pedro) I see the importance here
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    as well for actions.
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    God says in the fourth commandment
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    "In six days you shall labor
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    and do all your work," but the labor
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    is continuing to be reflecting
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    the character of God.
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    Everything I do; I drive on the road;
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    am I reflecting Jesus?
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    It's worship, my actions.
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    We talked about hands earlier;
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    my actions can be put into worship,
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    how I treat others;
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    that's an act of worship.
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    "If you have done it others, you have done
    it to Me," is an act of worship that God
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    is inviting us to do, so actions
    play a huge role in that.
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    (John) ...In whatever we do,
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    we can worship God.
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    You know, if there is a job given,
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    and you do that job well,
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    you do that job with integrity,
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    that is worship to God.
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    That is praising God.
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    I mean, the Bible says
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    that whatever you do,
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    do it all for the glory of God, right?
    Yes, Tendi.
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    (Tendi) You could also worship Him
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    with your personality.
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    Be a loving and lovable Christian
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    to be around; that is worship.
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    (John) Okay, being a loving
    and a lovable Christian.
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    Now, some of you talked about singing
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    through the day or using music
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    through the day, humming a song,
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    singing a song, listening to songs.
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    And let's see what the Bible
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    has to say about the role of music
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    and singing in worship.
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    If I can have Tendi please read to us
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    from Psalm 33, verses 1, 2 and 3,
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    Psalm 33, verses 1, 2 and 3.
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    (Tendi) And I'll be reading
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    in the English Standard Version,
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    Psalm 33, verses 1, 2 and 3:
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    (John) Okay, we see that when the psalmist
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    is writing, there is a lot of happiness
  • 36:27 - 36:29
    surrounding him, right?
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    And it says that musical instruments
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    are being used in worship.
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    There are lyrics being used in worship.
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    You know, music plays an important role
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    in worship, and specifically the types
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    of music we listen to enhance
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    our frontal lobes, and it has
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    biological implications, too, right?
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    It has both negative and positive effects.
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    Songs that are based on Scripture
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    and music that is based
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    on the principles of Scripture
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    truly help us to worship God
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    in the right way, right?
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    And, Stephanie, you seem like
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    you have something to say.
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    (Stephanie) I just saw in verse 3,
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    it says, "Play skillfully
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    with a shout of joy."
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    There's this sense of peace,
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    of contentment and satisfaction in Jesus,
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    so again, pointing to Him.
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    (Derek) John, you know my wife
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    likes to write Scripture songs
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    and put them to a melody so we can sing.
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    Sometimes she'll see maybe a CD
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    of Scripture songs, but they
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    plug in the harp, and they crank
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    the decibels up so loud that you
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    can't hear the words,
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    and it's hurting your ears.
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    I think the principle there again
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    is the instrument and the volume of it
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    and maybe how it's played
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    also pointing to God,
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    or is it a distraction.
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    A person says, "Well, no instruments;
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    we just sing a cappella."
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    Well, like you said earlier,
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    we certainly have permission
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    to use the 10-stringed instrument, right,
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    but we always make sure that the product
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    of that is glorifying God.
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    (John) Exactly. Yes, Pedro.
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    (Pedro) And I see in the text here, Derek,
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    it says, "Play skillfully,"
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    even, "with a shout."
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    You know, I'm not just going to yell.
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    It's skillfully use your shout, and I see
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    choruses from different parts of the world
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    that give that emphasis
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    on that beautiful voice tune
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    that God has given us.
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    (John) Puia?
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    (Puia) A few years ago, I had
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    the privilege of doing evangelism
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    in India, and I was invited to preach
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    in a prison, and I was a bit unsure
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    about what I was going to face.
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    And so the guards escorted us
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    inside the prison, and they
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    seated us in the chapel.
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    And then the prisoners started coming in,
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    and as we started singing I was surprised.
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    These prisoners had given their hearts
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    to Jesus, and they praised God
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    with all their hearts.
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    We sang songs that we
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    normally sing in our churches,
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    but the level of commitment
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    or the level of joy that they expressed
  • 39:10 - 39:12
    as they were praising God with the songs
  • 39:12 - 39:14
    just moved my heart.
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    It tells me that when we
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    talked about freedom, it's not
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    really where you are at, is it?
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    It's where your heart is.
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    (John) Powerful. Yes, Pedro.
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    (Pedro) I just mentioned
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    wholeheartedly singing, right,
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    that they are praising God, and I had
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    a similar experience as well going
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    to visit a very high facility
    near my house.
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    And I saw men singing with their hearts,
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    hugging each other, praising God
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    because God has changed their hearts,
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    and a heart change, praise God.
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    (Team) Amen.
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    (John) Let's look at two more verses
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    in the book of Psalms,
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    and I want you to observe,
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    there is a phrase that is repeated,
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    and I want you to observe that phrase.
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    If I can have Stephanie please read to us
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    Psalm 40 and verse 3,
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    and after which if Leah can please read
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    Psalm 98, verse 1.
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    Psalm 40, verse 3,
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    and then Leeah Psalm 98, verse 1.
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    (Stephanie) And I'll be reading
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    from the New King James Version:
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    (John) Okay, a new song. Leeah?
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    (Leeah) I'm reading
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    from the English Standard Version,
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    Psalm 98, verse 1:
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    (John) Okay, what is the phrase
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    that is being repeated?
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    (Team) A new song.
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    (John) A new song, a new song.
  • 40:51 - 40:53
    And so, while it is good that we use
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    the book of Psalms to make new songs
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    or give new tunes to them
  • 40:59 - 41:01
    with the same old lyrics,
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    but the Bible also tells us
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    that we can write new songs.
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    And in the last study,
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    we talked about journaling.
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    Pastor Derek, you talked about how you
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    were inspired to journal.
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    And maybe God is calling some of us
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    to write of our experiences
  • 41:16 - 41:18
    with Him in songs. Yes, Pedro.
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    (Pedro) I find it fascinating,
  • 41:20 - 41:21
    I'm originally from Brazil,
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    and recently in Brazi,l in our church,
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    changed the hymnal.
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    They updated the hymnal
  • 41:25 - 41:27
    with new songs, and it was
  • 41:27 - 41:30
    a very exciting experience
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    because now we have different songs
  • 41:31 - 41:33
    that people have been singing
  • 41:33 - 41:35
    that now have been added to the hymnal.
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    So it's easy access to people,
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    and they have added
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    a little section just for the kids,
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    and my daughter sings them.
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    So, she loves to go through that section
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    of the kids songs inside the hymnal,
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    and she feels part of that book as well.
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    It's not just, "Oh, the old hymnal,"
  • 41:50 - 41:52
    it's now, "It's my hymnal."
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    (John) One thing that I love
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    to do with hymns
  • 41:57 - 42:00
    is to see the story of the hymns,
  • 42:00 - 42:03
    as to why this hymn came about.
  • 42:03 - 42:06
    And the famous song Amazing Grace,
  • 42:06 - 42:09
    the back story is really powerful
  • 42:09 - 42:11
    of John Newton as to why he wrote
  • 42:11 - 42:14
    the story and what is his experience.
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    And the Bible also talks about singing
  • 42:16 - 42:19
    a new song because of a new experience,
  • 42:19 - 42:21
    and let's read about that
  • 42:21 - 42:22
    in Isaiah, chapter 42.
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    If I can have Scott please read to us
  • 42:25 - 42:32
    from Isaiah, chapter 42, verses 10 and 12.
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    Isaiah, chapter 42, verses 10 and 12,
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    talks about singing a new song.
  • 42:38 - 42:40
    (Scott) And I'll be reading from the ESV:
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    And verse 12:
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    (John) Okay, and if I can have Lilica
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    please read to us from Revelation,
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    chapter 14, verses 1, 2 and 3,
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    Revelation 14, verses 1, 2 and 3.
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    And we find that not only here
  • 43:12 - 43:14
    on this earth are we to write
  • 43:14 - 43:16
    new songs of experience,
  • 43:16 - 43:18
    but in the end, when everything
  • 43:18 - 43:20
    is said and done, there is going to be
  • 43:20 - 43:23
    a new song that is going to be sung.
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    (Lilica) I'll be reading
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    from the New King James Version,
  • 43:26 - 43:30
    Revelation 14, verses 1, 2 and 3:
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    (John) Okay, now why is it that no one
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    was able to learn the song
  • 44:18 - 44:21
    but the 144,000? Yes, Pedro.
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    (Pedro) I think when we sing songs,
  • 44:23 - 44:24
    we want to sing songs
  • 44:24 - 44:26
    that relate to our experiences, right?
  • 44:26 - 44:28
    And we see in the world today
  • 44:28 - 44:29
    people are attached to the songs
  • 44:29 - 44:31
    that relate to their own experience.
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    And there in Heaven, we are singing
  • 44:33 - 44:35
    a song that relates to our redemption
  • 44:35 - 44:37
    and how God saved us from our sins.
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    And we're celebrating
  • 44:38 - 44:40
    that beautiful victory, that God
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    has conquered for us.
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    And the angels have never
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    experienced that, so they will be silent.
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    They're not going to sing something
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    that they have not experienced.
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    So, it's important for us to also learn
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    that as we go on our journey,
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    seek songs that elevate God and bring us
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    closer to Him into our journey.
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    (John) Okay, so music and songs help us
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    express our experience in words
  • 45:02 - 45:04
    and also our emotions.
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    And here the 144,000 are expressing
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    their emotions and their experience
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    through the music and the lyrics
    of that song.
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    And the text actually kind of hints
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    as to what the theme of that song will be.
  • 45:18 - 45:21
    If you see towards the end of verse 3
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    it says, "No one could learn that song
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    except the 144,000
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    who had been redeemed from the earth."
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    So, it's going to be a song of redemption
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    that the 144,000 will sing.
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    Lilica and then we'll move on.
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    (Lilica) As we speak about the new songs,
  • 45:38 - 45:40
    like, what is wrong with the old songs?
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    People ask us, "What is
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    your favorite song?"
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    And you say, "It's this, but it was
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    the other one before,"
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    depending on the context.
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    In the Pathfinder Law, when you study
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    about having a new song in your heart,
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    we learned that singing, as praying,
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    is an act of worship.
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    So, a new song, why?
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    Because of the new experience
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    I'm living with God.
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    I'm expressing it into words as I pray,
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    I don't go praying and repeating
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    the same prayer every single day,
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    right, as with singing.
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    A new song is a new experience.
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    (John) A new song and a new experience.
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    Alright, let's move on,
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    but before we move on, maybe you are
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    looking for good quality Christian music.
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    And as Pastor Derek said, you can claim
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    our free offer with this study,
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    but also check Hope TV where there is
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    going to be singing
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    and good quality Christian music
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    that can enhance your worship towards God.
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    Let's go to the next part of our study,
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    declaring God's glory among the nations.
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    And if I can have Leeah please read to us
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    from Psalm, chapter 96, verses 1 to 13,
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    Psalm 96, verses 1 to 13.
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    It has some very interesting phrases
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    which parallel with the book of Revelation
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    which we will see.
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    (Leeah) And I'll be reading
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    from the English Standard Version,
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    Psalm 96, verses 1 through 13:
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    (John) Alright, powerful.
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    There is a lot going on in this passage,
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    but I want to ask, what message
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    is the psalmist calling us to proclaim
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    to all nations here? Scott.
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    (Scott) Yeah, he's telling us to tell
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    the other people about God,
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    who God is, what He's about,
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    His righteousness, His justice,
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    His judgment, His glory,
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    all these different things.
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    Tell people about God.
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    (John) Okay, tell people about God,
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    and he is inviting the entire nations,
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    he is inviting the entire earth
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    to do so. Travis.
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    (Travis) I'm thinking of Revelation,
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    chapter 18, and it says
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    that the whole earth
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    was filled with His glory.
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    The glory is the goodness of God.
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    In the psalm that was just read,
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    we see that, in all its attributes,
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    whether it's His creative power,
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    His redemptive power, His mercy,
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    His grace, that is what God wants us
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    to proclaim to the world.
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    And that story will be told
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    in its fullness before Jesus comes.
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    (Team) Amen.
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    (John) Heide.
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    (Heide) Oh, when I was looking
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    at this psalm, it just really reminded me
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    of Revelation, chapter 14,
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    the three angels' messages where I see
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    that he is proclaiming to everyone
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    centuries before the Apostle John,
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    John the Revelator, ever wrote,
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    that we have a Creator
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    and He is worthy of our worship,
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    and that He is going to come,
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    and that He is going to judge the earth.
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    And I see him calling us to worship
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    this mighty powerful Being.
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    (John) Amen. Stephanie.
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    (Stephanie) I was thinking
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    that this psalmist, when they
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    were writing it, understood
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    the character of God.
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    They had experienced it.
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    It's that new song.
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    They knew Him, and therefore they were
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    able to tell of His glory.
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    It wasn't an old song.
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    (John) And talking about glory,
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    we want to just see what this glory means.
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    If I can have Lilica please read to us
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    Exodus, chapter 33, verses 18 to 23.
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    You know, this glory that God wants us
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    to proclaim to all the earth,
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    what is the glory of God that we are
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    called to share as an act of worship?
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    (Lilica) Exodus 33?
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    (John) Verses 18 to 23.
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    (Lilica) 18 to 23, I'll be reading
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    from the New King James Version:
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    I will add chapter 34, verse 6.
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    (John) Alright, so chapter 34 and verse 6.
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    In the next chapter, Moses continues
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    to expand on what this glory means.
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    Alright, Lilica, chapter 34 and verse 6.
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    (Lilica) Verses 6 and 7
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    from the New King James Version:
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    (John) Okay, to glorify God
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    is to glorify His character, right?
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    So, through our singing, we ought to let
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    the world know about the character of God.
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    But moving on, Jesus talked
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    to the woman at the well,
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    and He told something really powerful.
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    And if I can ask Scott to please read
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    to us in John, chapter 4, verses 23 to 24.
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    And Jesus is talking to this woman
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    at the well about worship
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    and what worship should entail.
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    (Scott) Okay:
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    (John) Okay, so if a person says
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    that "I'm worshiping God," or if a church
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    claims that they are worshiping God,
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    they ought to worship God
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    in spirit and in truth,
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    but what does that mean, to worship God
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    in spirit and in truth? Puia?
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    (Puia) I believe it's important
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    to make sure that our reasons
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    for worshiping God is in line
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    with the way the Holy Spirit works.
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    It's not just an outward performance
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    or vain repetition,
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    but it's an inward alignment
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    with the Holy Spirit, allowing
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    the Holy Spirit to come into our hearts
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    and worshiping Him according to the Word.
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    Because, according to Jesus,
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    the Word of God is the truth,
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    so worshiping in spirit and in truth.
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    (John) Okay, so if a person says,
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    "I'm worshiping God," they go
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    to a worship experience,
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    but they are not moved by the Holy Spirit
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    to make changes in their life,
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    if they are not prompted to obey
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    the Word of God, then that is something
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    to be doubted, right?
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    And so, our worship experience
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    should always be in alignment
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    with the truths of the Word of God
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    and also in following the promptings
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    of the Holy Spirit.
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    We're not only going
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    to be singing songs now, but also forever,
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    and let's read about that.
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    Let's go to Isaiah, chapter 66,
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    verses 22 and 23.
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    Stephanie, if you can please read to us
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    in Isaiah 66, verses 22 to 23.
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    (Stephanie) And I'll be reading
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    from the New King James Version:
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    (John) Wow. I have experienced
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    one of the most amazing experiences
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    of listening to Handel's Messiah music.
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    I once went for a sing-along;
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    it was glorious, you know,
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    so many instruments, so much singing.
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    But imagine going to Heaven,
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    it's your first Sabbath there,
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    the angels are singing, and they are
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    playing musical instruments.
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    And voices from around the world,
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    different languages - there is nothing
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    to compare to what is going to happen.
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    You know, God is calling us
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    to worship Him and Him alone, where we
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    take our focus from ourselves
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    toward God, now and forever.
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    (Team) Amen.
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    (Derek) Thank you so much, John.
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    That's a powerful study,
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    Worship That Never Ends.
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    And I appreciate the fact that we realize
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    that in different cultures
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    people may worship in different ways.
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    They may sing different songs,
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    but the common thread is it's all
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    pointing to God, glorifying God,
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    praising God, and telling other people
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    about the awesome character of God.
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    That kind of worship is worshiping God
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    in spirit and truth.
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    Let's pray together.
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    Father in Heaven, we know the psalms,
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    down through the centuries,
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    were used in worship,
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    both before the coming of Messiah
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    and since the coming of Messiah,
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    reminding us that worship
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    is something that You deserve.
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    You are worthy of all of our worship.
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    And I pray that in all of our worship,
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    we would be guided by Your Spirit
  • 57:08 - 57:12
    and guided by Your Word and set free
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    from all of those traditions
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    and past experiences that hold us back
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    from worshiping You in spirit and truth,
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    is my prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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    (Team) Amen.
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    (Derek) Thanks for joining us
    for Hope Sabbath School.
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    You say, "Derek, that's challenging,
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    to look and say, 'What of my past
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    is just tradition or habit,
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    and what truly honors God
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    and glorifies His name and shows
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    His glory to those around?'"
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    Let's worship like that
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    and go out and be a blessing
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    to those around you.
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    ♪ theme music ♪
Title:
HSS2401012
Video Language:
English
Team:
Team Adventist
Project:
Hope Channel
Duration:
58:29
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