Discovering The Truth
I want to talk about today, discovering the truth, because we need, in this day and age, we need to hear the truth. We need to know the truth. We need to experience truth, and we need to receive the truth so that we can live out the truth because when we need to be people that are discovering truth, here’s what I wanna say to you.
[00:00:22] I want you to. If there ever was a time, you know how sometimes I get, I have mentors like Dr. Rutland and different ones, whatever. And they go, you need to preach like, this is your last Sunday. I was like, well, I don’t want to preach like that. I mean, what I’m saying, it’s not my last Sunday, but I, he goes like, if they, what would you say to your people?
[00:00:40] If you knew you were never gonna see the meeting, what would you want them to know? What are the principles? What are the keys that you would want to give. So that they can have, and they could live this out. This thing that we call the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, because there’s so many things that are going on, there’s so much the Bible talks about.
[00:00:57] And even Meredith said it this morning, don’t wanna be like [00:01:00] those who are in the world tossed to and fro by every wind. Of doctrine. There’s so much doctrine and dogma out there that you can see that it looks like truth. It absolutely can look just exactly like truth, but it’s not truth. And so people are grabbing a hold of it and it running their, and, and they’re trying to live their lives by that truth.
[00:01:23] And I’m telling you, it’s not truth. If it’s not found in the word of God, that’s good. That’s good. It’s the reason why I have trust issues when somebody. Raisin cookies and chocolate chip cookies next to each other. Y’all know what I’m talking about. Nothing makes you matter. When you thinking you’ve been a bite into one of those tall house chocolate chip bless cookies only to have your mouth full of raisins.
[00:01:50] Can I get a witness this morning? I’m trying to tell you it is criminal. It’s criminal for you to sit there and be like, I bake you some cookies. [00:02:00] No you didn’t. You trying to get me healthy and I want the chocolate chip cookies in the name of Jesus.
[00:02:09] pray with me this morning as we get into the word, Lord, I thank you for your word. That is true. I thank you Lord for your goodness. And I thank you, Lord, that you are the one that’s telling us and helping us to step into the. It is not about us. It’s all about you. I’m asking Lord for the spirit of God, the very wisdom and revelation of God to help us to ascertain what it is that you’re wanting us to see, help us Lord, to have eyes, to see, help us to have ears, to hear and help us to have a heart that understands this warning.
[00:02:38] What you are saying to us, the word of God says your word says those that have ears to hear, let them hear what the spirit of God is saying to the church. Yes. I pray God that you would help us to do that today. And I thank you for it in Jesus name. Amen. When I was a kid, one of the favorite things that I used to [00:03:00] do is in the lazy dog days of summer because my parents worked both of them and I would go to my grandmother’s house.
[00:03:07] And what I loved to do after my grandmother got done, she finished watching her stories. She would watch, you know, these are the days of our lives or, or she, anybody know what I’m talking about, or she, you know, in general hospital, you know all those stories and she would be like, and you couldn’t talk to grandma while she was watching her stories.
[00:03:26] You know what I’m talking about? If you said something, you had to go get it yourself. If your arm fell off, you had to attach it yourself. Cuz grandma was about, wasn’t about to get away from general hospital because Luke was about to do something crazy and nobody and all this general hospital. So after her stories were done and after the love boat came on I would wait for my favorite show that would come on because I didn’t want to go outside necessarily all the time.
[00:03:50] Cause it was hot, but I love playing outside, but I would love to watch a show called Matt Locke. Anybody ever remember? I know I’m dating myself. When I talk about Mattlock, but Mattlock was one [00:04:00] of my favorite shows because in the middle of I, as a kid, I was like, how in the world did, did he go from, you know, the Andy Griffin show when he was young and then slip over into Mattlock and me old in the same, in the same TV show, I was like, how in the world did he do that?
[00:04:14] They dressed him up. He looks old. So that was a wonder to me. And I love Matt Locke because when it started, it would always be that some criminal, some act of, of, of crime would happen. And Matt Locke, who was the lawyer, his job was to look at all the clues that nobody would see. And he would look at all the suspects that everybody looked at.
[00:04:35] And there would be one clue. There would be one turn of the tide of the evidence that would bring out the true villain so that even on the stand, he could bring out the truth and that person would know, and all would know that this person was the one who actually did it. And the truth would come out of the middle of it.
[00:04:54] I love that because he was looking for clues. And I wanna tell you today that the world is looking for [00:05:00] clues and they’re looking for the truth today, more than ever. Common sense is not so common anymore. We was talking about trying to find out what is the truth. And I want you to understand that what I want for you.
[00:05:18] If I was gonna tell you this is gonna be my last semester is I wanna tell you. Be lovers of the truth. Love the truth. Love it. Hold on to it, grasp it, live it because when you finally get the truth and you have it and you grasp it, then absolutely you can live it out because you’re no longer living alive.
[00:05:39] Yeah. Yeah, it’s good. Good. And if it’s true that the truth will make you free and a lie will keep you in bondage. There’s nobody in here. I know that wants to live and walk in bondage for the rest of. Nobody wants to walk in bondage. Nobody wants to walk in a place where they’re, where they’re limited and there’s lids and there’s, there’s shackles and there’s chains.
[00:05:59] There’s [00:06:00] nobody in here that I know just wants to live in that place. But the enemy wants you to live in that place. Yeah. The enemy of your soul is trying to do everything he can to keep you in a place of bondage. Try to keep you in a place where you can’t live out the truth. And he’s telling you all of the lies that he can to see which lie you will bite on.
[00:06:19] So that you can live in that place and he has you. I am an avid bass fisherman. I got some friends here and there congregation that are fishermen and I love to want, can fish with, and one of the things that I can tell you as a bass fisherman is I love. Trying out different lures, because I want to know what they’re biting on.
[00:06:38] I wanna know what the bass are biting on, and I know what time of year it is. I know how hot it is. I know what they’re looking for. And so therefore I know where they’ll be. And so I’ll cast in cover, I’ll cast in a, in a, in a embankment I’ll cast under a dock I’ll cast because I know they’re there and I’m trying to get that fish to bite on that lure so that I can hook him and set the hook and bring him [00:07:00] in.
[00:07:00] And I’m telling you the enemy’s doing the same thing to you. It looks. It feels good. It must be good. It ain’t, it looks true. It feels true. It looks like I’m telling you it ain’t and I know that’s bad English, but I’m telling you it’s not. And the world wants you to stay at a place where you are looking and searching for the truth.
[00:07:28] And so there’s things that look like the. and there’s not. And he wants you to, to bite on that. So if you have your Bibles, I wanna show you that I want you to turn to John chapter 18 in your Bibles, your Bibles this morning, because I want you to see something. And while I’m sending it while you’re turning there, I’m saying yourself, this is in PI’s court.
[00:07:50] This is Jesus and pilot have conversion together. What happened, led up to his crucifixion and we’re gonna start at verse 20. Says then they led Jesus from [00:08:00] CAIF to the Prestor and it was early morning, but they themselves did not go into the Pretorian least. They should be defile, but they might eat the Passover pot, then went out to them and said, what accusation do you bring against this man?
[00:08:18] They answered and said to him, if he were not an evil doer, we would not have delivered him up to you. Then poll said to them, you take him and you judge him according to your law. Therefore, the Jews said to him, it is not lawful for us to put anyone to death, that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spoke significant signifying by what death he would die.
[00:08:42] Then poll entered the Pretor him again and called Jesus and said to him, are you the king of the Jews? And Jesus answered him. Are you speaking for yourself about this or did others tell you. Concerning me. I don’t you to stop here just for a second. Look up here. This is a question that piloted ask. It’s a discourse [00:09:00] between pilot and Jesus, and even in the middle of Jesus being accused.
[00:09:03] And he’s he’s in the front of pilot. Jesus is still trying to go after pilot. He’s asking him pilot, ask a question. Jesus asked him a question. How many know that? Because Jesus asked a question. It’s not because he doesn’t know the. He’s trying to find out where pilot is. Even in that sense, he’s trying to get the pilot.
[00:09:19] He’s still going after pilot. I’m gonna tell you something. Jesus is still going after the loss today. No matter what situation you’re in, no matter what place you in, you’re in right now, I’m gonna tell you Jesus is going after you. I love it. When we seen that song, his. His his goodness is running after me, his goodness, and his mercy is running after me.
[00:09:37] I love, I love the fact that I can’t run that fast because his bur that means his mercy can catch up to me all the faster. His goodness can find me all the faster because I can’t run that fast. And when I turn around that his grace and his mercy is smack D in the middle, trying to tackle me. And I love that his grace is following after me and following and chasing after me.
[00:09:58] What I used to love about my [00:10:00] kids is that I would run after them and I would chase after them. And I know they wasn’t running full speed part because they knew daddy couldn’t run full speed and they would be like, daddy, I was like, I’m gonna get you. And they’d be like, ha ha, ha. And they’d be running.
[00:10:12] I’d be like, I’m gonna get you. And then all of a sudden I’d catch up to ’em and then not like they didn’t want me to catch up to ’em because I got ’em and I’d wrestle ’em and then they’d get up and they’d go do it again. do it again. Daddy, do it. Now you laughing, but I wanna tell you some of y’all need to tell the Lord to do it again this morning.
[00:10:30] You need to tell the Lord to do it again in your life. The same Jesus, the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead lives in your mortal body. And he needs to do it again in your life. And he will this morning. So he wants to do it again in your life. And even pilot is at the place where he he’s saying, did somebody else he Jesus saying, did somebody else tell you this?
[00:10:49] Or are you asking for yourself, how many of you are asking for yourself this morning? And you know, we used to say, we used to have a saying when I was growing up, it’s not my mama. It’s not my daddy. It’s not my sisters. It’s not my brother, [00:11:00] but it’s me. Oh, Lord. Standing in the need of praying. I remember that old anyway, I’m, I’m taking some of y’all back.
[00:11:09] And so he said, are you, are you asking this for yourself? Or did someone else tell you this concerning me? That’s 34 35 says pilot answers. Am I Jew your own nation? And, and the chief priest had delivered you to me. What have you done? And Jesus answered. My kingdom is not of this world. Aren’t you thankful for that?
[00:11:25] If my kingdom were of this world, my servant would fight so that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now my kingdom is not from here. And poll therefore said to him, are you a king then? Do you see poll still asking. Because he’s searching. He’s, he’s bowling it over. He’s trying to get Jesus to say something he’s trying to figure out.
[00:11:43] Are you a king then? And Jesus answered you say, rightly that I’m a king for this. Cause I was born and for this, cause I have come into the world that I should bear, witness to say with me the truth. Everyone who is of the truth, hears my voice. I’m [00:12:00] telling you what if you’re of the truth and you want to hear the truth and you’ll hear his voice because the Bible says that my sheep know my voice and a stranger, they will not follow he’s of the truth.
[00:12:09] He named, they know my voice, they hear my voice and poll ask a question. And that’s the crux of the message this morning. Paula said to him, what is truth? What is it? What is truth? You’re talking about truth. Bear witnessing up the truth. What is truth? Everybody else in the world is asking the same question.
[00:12:28] What is truth? The media’s not telling me the truth. All of the airwaves. And there’s so many things going on. They’re not telling me the truth. They’re not saying the truth, the stuff that they’re preaching and. And teaching in the schools is not even the truth, the stuff that, all the lies that are going out all in the airways.
[00:12:43] When every time you turn around, that’s a lie. Every time you turn around, you don’t know who to believe. You don’t know where to turn. You don’t necessarily know what the truth is. And I wanna say to you, it suggests to you this morning that pilot was asking a question, but he was asking it the wrong way.
[00:12:58] And there’s not [00:13:00] what is truth. It is who is. Truth. Who is the truth? I heard Jesus say that I am the way the, the truth and the lie. So if you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have truth. Somebody just like that’s narrow, that’s narrow minded. Narrow is the way narrow is the gate, but broad is the way that leads the destruction.
[00:13:24] Fewer be that find it. We call narrow minded. They goes call you that. And so that’s why it’s important for you to be lover. Of the truth to love the truth. What is the truth? You’re not gonna find the truth anymore or any other place than in the word of God, let every man let everybody else be a liar, but let God be truth.
[00:13:44] Yes. Truth of his word. You can trust this. Heaven and earth or pass away, but his word will remain forever. It’s forever settled in heaven. These are scriptures by the way, the Bible says that the grass Withers and the flower fades, but his word [00:14:00] will remain forever. The truth of the word of God, you can trust the word of God.
[00:14:03] You can trust it. You can trust his word. You know how you can trust Jesus because his name is the word of God. He is the word. You can trust the word because he is the. Yes. And if the truth will make you free, then the lie will keep you in bondage. Yes. The truth will make you free, but it’ll make you mad first.
[00:14:26] that’s true. Won’t it it’ll make you mad. Sometimes Vanessa and I were having one of our happy conversations that we have sometimes happy conversations and she’s not in here. She’s in children’s church right now. . Thank God. Anyway, so we have one of our happy conversations and I was coming in home one day and I was complaining about everything that was going on.
[00:14:49] I said, Vanessa, I can’t believe that this is going on. You know, they had the audacity to say to me, did you know? And then guess what. I went to another person and I was talking to them about some, something [00:15:00] totally different. And I was telling them, and they had the nerve, the audacity to sit there and tell me, and, and, and this, and this is what they said.
[00:15:08] And they were looking at me straight. I’m telling you what, and then guess what else happened in my day? And I’m complaining to her, she’s at the kitchen in the kitchen Whis and something. I never forget it. I never, I will never forget this. As long as I. I forget a lot of stuff, but I’ll never forget it.
[00:15:20] As long as I live, there are things that come and go the wind and all the different, but I remember what she was doing when she said these words to me, and I said, can you believe I ended my, my tirade? I ended, I thought it was pretty good. Cuz I was saying it. I thought it was pretty good that I put my pieces together of the puzzle of this complaint.
[00:15:38] And it was a good one too. I thought for sure she was gonna be like, I’m so sorry that that happened to you and you deserve better. And I was waiting for those words to roll off of her lip and all of a sudden, I said, can you now, what do you have to say about that? What do you think about that? And she’s whisking away at the, at the kitchen and at the sink.
[00:15:57] And she had on that black shirt that she has, and she had [00:16:00] those white pants on that she has. And those flip flops with the little diamonds, you know, cause I’m tell you, I remember where it happened. I remember Tom just stood still. waiting on the wisdom that was gonna come from her. She says, she asked me a question, just like Jesus asked that’s pilot a question.
[00:16:15] She said, do you really want to know the truth? yeah, I should have just walked away. I should have just, I should have just, if I’d known any better, I just walked away, but I didn’t. I go, yes. I wanna know the truth. Tell me, tell me what I need to do. Should I fought back? Should I have said some words? She said again, she goes, she Whis away.
[00:16:35] Then she turns around. She goes, do you really want to know the truth? I go, I do. And this is what she said. She said sounds like all those different people that you just talked about, that there’s a problem with all single one of those. I go, yes. And she goes, there’s one common denominator in all of those problems that are going on that you just talked about.
[00:16:55] And I go, I knew I was going to ask who and I, all of a sudden this [00:17:00] power and presence of the holy spirit came upon me. And all of a sudden I knew it was me. It was not my brother, not my father, not my mother. It was me. Oh, Lord. And it made me mad. I’m telling you I was so mad because I was thinking to myself, that is not what I wanted to hear.
[00:17:16] Yeah. I wanted to hear her accuse all them and tell them that they were wrong and she goes, you’re the problem. She goes, go and pray about that. Turn around and start whisking again.
[00:17:28] and I talk to myself. Now you are proud of the problem too, because I came to you and you didn’t listen to me and you didn’t hear what I had to say. And I, and so now you added to the list too. She, and she ain’t even care. I wanted to say that, but you know, wisdom, you know what I’m saying? I want to live, you know what I’m saying?
[00:17:44] She’s whisking something. So she’s probably be cooking something. So I want to eat that. And so therefore I just walked away like a, I should have in the first. Now you laugh about that, but some of you have been faced with some truth in your own life that you didn’t want to hear exactly what the truth was because what is it [00:18:00] about us that wants to hold on the lies?
[00:18:04] What is it about us that wants to, was it put our hand the truth about us as a church to put our head in the sand about issues that are going on even right now? Cuz we don’t wanna hear the. That’s the truth. I’m I’m, I’m looking at everybody. I’m looking at myself. There’s sometimes where we don’t want to hear the truth because it hurts the truth hurts, but this is what I want to tell you, beloved is that no matter how bad the truth hurts, you gotta embrace the truth and love the truth.
[00:18:34] Yeah, because that truth is what’s gonna make you free. Yeah. And create freedom in your. And this is another question you have to ask, where have you rejected the truth? Where are there places in your life where you’ve rejected the truth? Somebody says something to you. How many parents or teenagers do we have in here?
[00:18:58] Let me ask you a question. Have you ever [00:19:00] in your life, not you guys, anybody, those, your online, anybody have you ever in your life been sitting down with your teenager and you are explaining something to them and you say, if you do this. Something good is not going to happen. This is the truth. Don’t do that.
[00:19:17] Yeah. And they go, okay. And then they do it anyway. Anybody, anybody know what I’m talking about? You bring ’em back and you go look at daddy, look at daddy. I wanna tell you something. If you do that, if you go this way, it’s not gonna go good for you. Do you understand? And then they go do it again. You know what I’m saying?
[00:19:34] What I’m saying? Don’t do that. And so you, you, and then you find out that you want truth for them more than they. And for some reason, it, it, by the time it comes outta your mouth and into their head, it has turned into you hate me. You know what I mean? I just have twisted and you laughing, but the enemy has done that yeah.
[00:19:52] To the body of Christ, where we, don’t, where we become a church that’s selfish and we don’t wanna receive truth. And the truth has to come so that we [00:20:00] can be liberated to live out the life that God has called us to live. That’s good. That’s good. And it’s the truth. And. God wants us to live out the truth.
[00:20:10] I’m gonna, I’m gonna share something with you. Here’s what the Bible says. And, and I didn’t read this first service, but second Timothy chapter four, it says, I charge you. Therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead and his appearing in his kingdom preach the word.
[00:20:28] That’s my job. Preach the word. Be ready in season and outta season. Convince rebuke exhort with all long suffering and teaching for the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. They won’t endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because their own desires, because their own desires, according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.
[00:20:59] But [00:21:00] you be watchful in all things and diction do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. I’m gonna read the same version in the, in the amplified. Listen at. You don’t have to turn there, but I want you to listen to this. I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead and by his appearing and his kingdom preach the word as an official messenger.
[00:21:22] That’s my job be ready when the time is right. And even when it’s not keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favorable or unfavorable, whether a convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome, correct. Those. Air in the doctrine or behavior warn those who sin, exhort and encourage those who are growing towards spiritual maturity and with exhaustible patients, faithful teaching for the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instructions, that the challenge that challenges them to the, to God’s truth, but wanting to have their ears [00:22:00] tickled with something pleasing.
[00:22:04] they will accumulate for themselves many teachers, one after another to satisfy their own desires and support their own errors. They hold and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and manmade fictions that will accept the UN unacceptable. But as for you, be clearheaded in every situation, stay calm and cool and steady and endure every hard.
[00:22:30] Without flinching, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill the duties of your ministry. I wanna tell you this morning that if you came into this church, thinking that there were gonna be tickled ears, you came to the wrong place. That’s right. The word of God, when it is preached is not about tickling ears, but when you hear it, it should liberate you and cause you to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
[00:22:53] And after you hear the word of God and the word of God is preached. Not only should, I’m not talking about condemnation, but there should be a conviction of the [00:23:00] holy spirit that comes upon you. That said, this is right, this is wrong. I wanna live in the place of righteousness because we are the righteousness of God through Christ.
[00:23:07] Jesus. Good. And the reason why people don’t want to hear the truth is because they wanna stay in the same place. You want you, there should be something on the inside of you that wants to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ and not stay in the same place that you’ve been in. There’s gotta be something in you.
[00:23:21] That’s why Paul says I press on. I go forward. I move toward the goal of a higher calling the mark of a higher calling because I cannot stay in this place. There’s something that’s calling me beyond where I’ve been and to forward motion to where God is taking me. That’s good. And the word of God is what’s going to cause that to happen.
[00:23:40] Anybody ever had an ear that itched, sometimes I’m talking about any natural anybody ever had an ear. Yeah. You know what, the, the, the key to that. You get a QIP and you get it in there. It’ll make you cross side because it feels so good. You know, you be sitting up there with, you know, you lose all your motor skills, you know, get a QIP in there, you know, y’all know what I’m talking [00:24:00] about.
[00:24:00] Y’all, y’all be in the mirror by yourself watching it. And all of a sudden you go cross side, you like, oh Lord, it’s a y’all know what I’m talking about. Itching ears, the itching ears of the, and so I’m just tell you right now, I’ve done that myself. It just have been itching so bad, you know, and I don’t know what’s in there.
[00:24:16] You know, my mother’s still asking that question. And so I don’t know what’s in there, but I be in that QIP in there and I’m telling you what I mean, I mean, just all of a sudden I don’t talk to itch. Did you hear what I said? No. You know what I’m saying? Cause I got I’m I got the itch. I got, I got, I got it.
[00:24:31] Take I’m taking care of it. And here’s what I wanna tell you. And the spirit is that if you have itching ears in the spirit, and you’re trying to hear a doctrine, that’s going to make you feel good and you are missing out on what the true definition of the of God’s word is actually for is not to make you feel good.
[00:24:51] It’s to cause you to grow up in the things of Christ. You hear what I’m telling you? Yes. Oh, itching ears in here. [00:25:00] You will here will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ being preached here and the word of God being preached here so that you can grow and has able, they Ingra a word of God. That’s able to save your souls
[00:25:14] in closing. I’m gonna tell you a story about a man whose name is CEAL. Lowell had heard at an Italian astronomer who had seen lines criscrossing on the surface of Mars. Lowell spent the rest of his years, squinting into the eye. Of his giant telescope in Arizona mapping the channels and canals. He saw, he was convinced that the canals were proof of intelligent life on Mars, about the turn of the century Lowell Lowell’s theories had gained wide acceptance space.
[00:25:42] Probes have orbited, Mars and landed on its surface. The planet has been mapped and no one has seen a channel or a canal. How could Lowell have seen so much that wasn’t there, there are two possibilities. either. He wanted to see canals so badly that he deceived himself into thinking [00:26:00] there were, or we know that he suffered from a rare eye disease that made him see blood vessels in his own eyes.
[00:26:09] This, the Martian canals he saw were nothing more than the bulging veins in his eyeballs. That syndrome is known as today as low syndrome. Mr law simply illustrates how strong delusion can affect those who do not love the truth. Mr. Lord was looking for something. He thought he saw something and he was looking at his eyeballs and it somehow to walk in deception as another way to walk in your own.
[00:26:35] Self-deception deceiving yourself. The Bible talks about those that deceive themselves beloved it. I don’t want the church to walk in deception. I don’t want any of us to walk in deception. I want you to walk and live and love the.
[00:26:51] And I’m gonna say some things to you right now. And I want you to hear ’em.
[00:26:58] Yes, we [00:27:00] did win a victory with Roe versus Wade, but what are you gonna do when somebody has a baby and they, and they, they don’t have an abortion and they don’t want to keep the child. Are you willing to step in and adopt that child? are you with, what are you gonna do when someone turns around in the clinic?
[00:27:20] Are you gonna love that child? Are you, if anybody you thought about receiving a child in adoption. Yeah. Here’s another, what are you gonna do if LGBTQ comes into this church and they come in and sit right next to you and they have all the, all the stuff, all the stuff that, that, that we, that look nothing like us.
[00:27:42] Yeah. What are you gonna. You gonna move over? Yeah. Are you gonna show the love of Jesus? Oh, I’m not done yet. Come on. What are you gonna do when somebody comes off the street and they got all the black and all the other stuff on and they don’t look right. They don’t smell right. They don’t have all the [00:28:00] stuff.
[00:28:00] And you can tell that they’ve been in a nightclub. You can tell that they’ve been somewhere that doesn’t speak the name of Jesus and they walk in. And they stand next to you doing worship and they don’t lift their hands and they’re looking for a place to vent and they got all kind of problems, all kind of troubles.
[00:28:13] They got all kind of things going on in their life. And they come in there sitting next to you and you lifting your hands and worshiping the Lord. Are you gonna show them the love of Jesus? Come on. That’s good. Are you going to shun them, shutting them? And I want to tell you that if you think for one moment that we’re gonna be a church that is not gonna accept people who don’t look like us.
[00:28:35] You need to go find you a new church we’re gonna receive and we’re gonna receive and love everybody who comes into this place. No matter what color, creed, tongue, whatever. I don’t care if they can’t, even if they can’t even pronounce a name of Jesus, we want them to know it. But by the time they leave, because they have felt the presence of God in this place.
[00:28:56] And they’ve heard the word of God in this place. [00:29:00] That’s the truth of God’s word. Are you gonna love. The people that God bring into this place. I’m telling you, you look around, it’s not gonna look like this any too much longer. God’s bringing people all I’m telling you. He’s gonna bring him from the I’ve been praying, bring him from the north, south, east, and west so that they can come to know the truth of God’s word.
[00:29:21] They can come out of the kingdom of darkness and into his marvelous life. Yes. I left you with some stuff that is heavy, but I want you to think about it because they’re gonna be coming here. I believe they’ll be coming here into this place. No, we’re gonna love them. That’s not a political state. I know some of y’all get mad at my political statement.
[00:29:38] They’re not a political statement. That’s a word statement. That’s in that’s. Jesus said that I, I, I didn’t, I didn’t make it up. It’s in there. You know what I’m saying? I ain’t got nothing in there to shake it and bring it out. Ain’t know ain’t no. Hey. No oatmeal raising cookies in here. This is the real deal.
[00:29:53] This is the real chocolate chip deal. There’s no Keer Elms coming outta here, trying to make something. We are going to [00:30:00] preach the word of God in this church and believe that God is going to send a revival and the renewal that’s gonna cause everything like Meredith had to be shaken. So that those things that cannot be shaken will remain.
[00:30:15] And God is shaking up and the right now he’s shaking it up. And will you be a part of this shaking? That’s why black people learn how to dance. Cuz we just start off shaking stuff, you know, white people be like, what are you doing? You know, what are you doing? I’m just like, I’m shaking, shaking, something, shaking something.
[00:30:30] We got something to shake with. Your mama gave, if you don’t know, there’s something that is being shaken right now. So that the things that are not of God can fall off to the waist. Thank you for watching this message with us. We truly hope that it was a blessing to you. And if it was, would you hit that like button and also subscribe so you can see our content in the future.
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Chris is a graduate of Christ for the Nations and The King’s University. Chris first joined staff at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, Texas in 1996, and has served as Pastor of Children’s Ministry, Youth and Families. In January 2020, Chris began serving as Lead Pastor. Chris and Vanessa have been married since 1998 and have four children.