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Episode: “God’s Material Provisions”
Jesus challenges followers to serve either God or possessions (6:24). Blessings abound to those who serve Him (6:25–34). Considering how blessed we forgiven ones are, we must not rush to judge others (Matthew 7:1–6).
Series: “Sar Shalom”
Prince of Peace
Explore what it means to walk in the footsteps of Israel’s Messiah. Jeff’s passage-by-passage exposition of Jesus’ principal teachings comes to life through on-location production with real-world re-enactments, all performed by Israelis.

Caption transcript for Sar Shalom: “God’s Material Provisions” (6/8)

  • 01:01 HEARTY SHALOM TO ALL OF YOU.
  • 01:03 JEFFREY SEIF HERE WITH ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS.
  • 01:06 PRESENTING NOW THE 6TH OF AN 8 PART TREATMENT
  • 01:09 OF JESUS ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
  • 01:12 WE'RE GETTING INTO SOME INTERESTING STUFF NOW
  • 01:14 AS WE GO TO JESUS' TEACHING ON OUR RELATIONSHIP TO STUFF.
  • 01:19 WE'RE SPIRITUAL BEINGS IF WE KNOW THE LORD.
  • 01:22 WE'RE MATERIAL BEINGS AS WELL IF WE'RE HUMAN BEINGS.
  • 01:25 WHAT ABOUT THE TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO?
  • 01:27 HOW OUGHT WE TO LIVE?
  • 01:29 LET'S HEAR JESUS ON THAT NOW AND MORE.
  • 02:09 JESUS WAS ALL ABOUT GIVING WASN'T HE?
  • 02:12 DIDN'T JUST GIVE MONEY...
  • 02:15 DIDN'T JUST GIVE TIME...
  • 02:19 HE GAVE HIS LIFE.
  • 02:22 AND I'M SURE WHEN HE WAS BLEEDING OUT ON CALVARY'S CROSS
  • 02:28 THAT HE COULD HAVE USED EVERY DROP OF BLOOD IN HIS OWN BODY.
  • 02:35 I'M SURE THERE WERE TISSUES SCREAMING FOR OXYGENATED BLOOD
  • 02:41 BUT THAT BLOOD WAS SPENT FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOU.
  • 02:49 IN ADVANCE OF JESUS PAYING SUCH A HIGH PRICE HIMSELF
  • 02:54 HE WENT ON RECORD TALKING ABOUT MONEY IN DIFFERENT WAYS
  • 02:59 AND SOME OF THOSE WAYS ARE SUMMARIZED HERE
  • 03:02 IN WHAT'S CALLED "THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT"
  • 03:07 AND I WANT TO LOOK AT ONE SUCH EXAMPLE WITH YOU.
  • 03:11 JESUS SAID "NO ONE CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS"
  • 03:16 "FOR EITHER HE WILL HATE THE ONE AND LOVE THE OTHER"
  • 03:21 "OR ELSE HE WILL BE LOYAL TO THE ONE AND DESPISE THE OTHER."
  • 03:26 AND THEN VERY FORCEFULLY AND EMPHATICALLY HE SAID
  • 03:32 "YOU SIMPLY CANNOT SERVE GOD AND MAMMON".
  • 03:38 IT'S INTERESTING THAT JESUS WAS SO FORCEFUL ABOUT IT.
  • 03:44 NOT ONLY ARE HIS WORDS IGNORED
  • 03:48 BUT WHAT SOME PEOPLE TRY AND DO
  • 03:50 IS MANIPULATE HIM TO SERVE THEIR OWN INTERESTS IN MAMMON;
  • 03:57 AGAIN JUST GOING DIRECTLY AGAINST WHAT THE LORD IS SAYING.
  • 04:02 WELL WHAT'S HE SAYING?
  • 04:03 IT'S CLEAR ENOUGH.
  • 04:05 WHY IS HE SAYING IT?
  • 04:07 TO BEGIN TO TAKE A PEEK AT THAT
  • 04:10 LET ME SAY THAT WHAT HE'S SAYING,
  • 04:11 HE'S DRAWING FROM CONCEPTS THAT ARE NOT UNIQUELY HIS OWN.
  • 04:17 WHAT DO I MEAN BY THAT?
  • 04:19 IN THE JEWISH WORLD THERE'S A CONCEPT CALLED "TIKKUN OLAM"
  • 04:26 WHICH MEANS TO REPAIR THE WORLD.
  • 04:30 IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THE RIGHTEOUS;
  • 04:33 IT'S INCUMBENT UPON THE "TZADDIK", THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON,
  • 04:37 TO BE ENGAGED IN "TIKKUN OLAM" IN REPAIRING THE WORLD.
  • 04:43 THERE'S AN UNDERSTANDING THAT EVERYBODY HAS THAT OBLIGATION,
  • 04:46 IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT "ME".
  • 04:50 BUT THE LORD SAYS IT'S ABOUT "WE".
  • 04:54 YESHUA, JESUS, OF COURSE IS THE BEST EXAMPLE OF THAT
  • 04:58 GIVING WHAT HE GAVE, THE WAY HE GAVE IT, BLEEDING OUT ENTIRELY,
  • 05:03 BUT ALL OF US ARE TO SHARE IN THE GIVING.
  • 05:07 THE LORD IS EMPHATIC, WE JUST CAN'T SERVE GOD AND MAMMON,
  • 05:12 WE JUST CAN'T PUT MONEY FIRST,
  • 05:15 THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE FIRST.
  • 05:18 JESUS WENT ON RECORD SAYING
  • 05:21 "THE HEAVENLY FATHER KNOWS THAT YOU NEED ALL OF THAT",
  • 05:25 "YOU NEED STUFF",
  • 05:26 WE DO AND WE EVEN WANT STUFF
  • 05:29 AND GOD'S NOT ABOUT DEPRIVING US OF THAT.
  • 05:32 BUT WE DON'T WANT TO JUST LIVE FOR OUR OWN BELLIES NOW DO WE?
  • 05:37 PAUL SPOKE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE BELIEVERS
  • 05:39 AT ONE POINT HE SAYS,
  • 05:40 "BUT NOW THEIR GOD IS THEIR BELLY"
  • 05:43 "AND THEIR END IS DESTRUCTION".
  • 05:46 LET IT NOT BE JUST ABOUT "ME"
  • 05:49 LET IT BE ABOUT "WE",
  • 05:51 LETS JUST NOT SERVE THE SELF
  • 05:53 BUT LETS SERVE THE CREATOR WHO GAVE US OUR LIVES
  • 05:57 AND BY VIRTUE OF OUR SO DOING WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER
  • 06:01 THAT THE CREATOR OF ALL CAN TAKE CARE OF US
  • 06:04 AS WE'RE BUSY ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF PUTTING HIM FIRST.
  • 06:30 LOOK AT THE BIRDS OF THE AIR
  • 06:32 FOR THEY NEITHER SOW NOR REAP,
  • 06:34 NOR GATHER INTO BARNS,
  • 06:36 YET YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER FEEDS THEM.
  • 06:39 ARE YOU NOT OF MORE VALUE THAN THEY?
  • 06:42 WHICH OF YOU BY WORRYING CAN ADD ONE CUBIT TO HIS STATURE?
  • 06:47 WHY WORRY ABOUT CLOTHING?
  • 06:50 CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD,
  • 06:52 THEY NEITHER TOIL NOR SPIN
  • 06:54 AND YET I SAY TO YOU
  • 06:56 THAT SOLOMON IN ALL HIS GLORY
  • 06:59 WAS NOT ARRAYED LIKE ONE OF THESE.
  • 07:01 IF GOD CLOTHES THE GRASS OF FIELD
  • 07:04 WILL HE NOT MUCH MORE CLOTH YOU,
  • 07:07 O YOU OF LITTLE FAITH?
  • 07:13 I'M A BIG CITY GUY PERSONALLY...
  • 07:16 LIVED IN NEW YORK CITY FOR YEARS...
  • 07:18 PHILADELPHIA, DETROIT, CHICAGO AND NOW DALLAS...
  • 07:22 ORIENTED TOWARDS THE FASTER LIFE AS I AM,
  • 07:26 ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF COMING TO ISRAEL, AND THERE ARE A NUMBER,
  • 07:29 ONE OF THEM IS THAT I GET TO GET A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO NATURE
  • 07:34 AND FRANKLY IT DOES ME GOOD.
  • 07:37 AND HERE WITH THE SEA OF GALILEE BEHIND ME
  • 07:40 AND THESE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND THE WIND BLOWING IN MY FACE
  • 07:44 AND THE WHOLE OPEN AIR,
  • 07:46 THERE'S A FEELING TO IT THAT HAS A WAY OF CALMING ME PERSONALLY.
  • 07:51 AND I'M THE KIND OF PERSON BY NATURE
  • 07:53 THAT CAN GET RAMPED UP OR DOWN RATHER EASILY
  • 07:56 BUT HERE YOU CAN KIND OF OPEN UP, BREATHE A LITTLE...
  • 07:59 THE REASON WHY I SAY THAT IS
  • 08:01 WHEN JESUS WAS SPEAKING FROM HERE SOME 2000 YEARS AGO
  • 08:05 HE WAS TALKING ABOUT OPENING UP AND BREATHING A LITTLE.
  • 08:09 SO MANY OF US ARE ALL WRAPPED UP, WE'RE TIGHTENED UP WITH
  • 08:12 FEARS OF THIS LIFE,
  • 08:14 AND SURELY THERE ARE CHALLENGES OF THIS LIFE
  • 08:16 THAT GIVE RISE TO CONCERNS.
  • 08:19 STILL, IF I UNDERSTAND THE LORD CORRECTLY, HE SAYS
  • 08:23 "IF YOU'LL FOLLOW ME YOU NEEDN'T WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT YOUR LIFE,"
  • 08:28 "WHAT YOU SHALL PUT ON, WHAT YOU SHALL WEAR",
  • 08:32 HE SAYS THAT IN NATURE
  • 08:33 WE DISCOVER THAT WHETHER IT'S THE BIRDS OR THE FLOWERS
  • 08:36 GOD HAS A WAY OF CLOTHING AND FEEDING.
  • 08:39 I WAS THINKING OF THAT BY THE WAY THIS MORNING
  • 08:42 THERE OVERLOOKING THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 08:45 SEEING THE BIRDS FLY OVER
  • 08:46 AND I THOUGHT
  • 08:48 "YOU KNOW LIFE GETS TENSE SOMETIMES"
  • 08:50 "BUT GOD HAS A WAY OF TAKING CARE OF CREATION"
  • 08:52 "AND THAT MEANS THAT HE WILL IN FACT TAKE CARE OF ME."
  • 08:56 IF YOU'RE A LITTLE RESTLESS IN THE WORLD THAT WE LIVE
  • 08:58 I WANT YOU TO KNOW THERE'S REASONS TO BE RESTLESS.
  • 09:02 BUT LET ME SHOW YOU RIGHT NOW WHY THERE'S A REASON
  • 09:04 WHY I BELIEVE WE CAN BE AT REST.
  • 09:06 JESUS SAID,
  • 09:07 "THEREFORE I SAY TO YOU DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE,"
  • 09:10 "WHAT YOU SHALL EAT, WHAT YOU'LL DRINK,
  • 09:13 "ABOUT YOUR BODY, WHAT YOU'LL PUT ON."
  • 09:16 "IS NOT LIFE MORE THAN FOOD AND THE BODY MORE THAN CLOTHING?"
  • 09:20 GOD'S HONEST TRUTH IS
  • 09:23 THAT'S THE STUFF THAT WE REALLY WORRY ABOUT...
  • 09:26 OUR LIFE, OUR FUTURE...
  • 09:29 WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN JESUS SAYS "DON'T WORRY SO MUCH"?
  • 09:32 OR LIKE A FRIEND OF MINE, ZVI, SAYS "DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY".
  • 09:37 WHAT DOES JESUS MEAN BY THAT?
  • 09:39 MAYBE HE MEANS EXACTLY WHAT HE SAYS.
  • 09:42 PRIOR TO THIS HE'S SPOKEN ABOUT
  • 09:44 PEOPLE THAT DON'T LAY UP FOR THEMSELVES TREASURES IN HEAVEN,
  • 09:48 THEY COVET IT HERE ON EARTH,
  • 09:50 PEOPLE ARE STINGY,
  • 09:52 THEY'RE NOT LOVING,
  • 09:53 THEY'RE NOT GRACIOUS,
  • 09:54 THEY'RE NOT CHARITABLE.
  • 09:55 JESUS SAYS
  • 09:56 "CHILL...YOU NEEDN'T HOLD ON SO TIGHT".
  • 10:00 BECAUSE WHEN WE HOLD ON TO IT ALL SO TIGHT
  • 10:05 IT HAS A WAY OF TIGHTENING US UP.
  • 10:08 CONVERSELY, IF WE HAVE A WAY OF GIVING IT UP
  • 10:12 THE LORD HAS A WAY OF LOOSENING US UP.
  • 10:15 AND AS WE'RE LOOSER
  • 10:17 AND KINDER AND MORE OPENED TO OTHERS IN THE LORD
  • 10:19 THE LORD HAS A WAY OF POURING MORE BLESSINGS INTO US.
  • 10:24 IT'S PERHAPS FOR THAT REASON THAT HE FINISHES UP SAYING,
  • 10:27 AND YOU'VE PROBABLY HEARD THIS BEFORE,
  • 10:29 "SEEK FIRST GOD'S KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS"
  • 10:32 "AND ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE ADDED UNTO YOU".
  • 10:35 THE STUFF OF LIFE...THE LORD SAYS "SEEK ME FIRST".
  • 10:41 HE'S NOT ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF DEPRIVING US OF THE THINGS
  • 10:44 THAT WE NEED IN LIFE OR EVEN THINGS THAT WE DESIRE IN LIFE.
  • 10:48 HE'S NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF GETTING IN THE WAY OF OUR SUCCESS IN LIFE
  • 10:51 BUT RATHER JESUS IS AN ENHANCER,
  • 10:54 HE'S A LOVER OF PEOPLE
  • 10:56 AND HE LOVES YOU
  • 10:57 AND HE WANTS YOU TO BE A GIVER
  • 10:59 AND HE WANTS ME TO BE A GIVER,
  • 11:01 NOT TO DEPRIVE US OF SOMETHING
  • 11:03 BUT IN ORDER THAT WE CAN GET MORE FROM HIM,
  • 11:05 HIS BLESSINGS WHICH WILL COME TO US IN MANIFOLD WAYS.
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  • 11:48 AS JESUS WALKED BY THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 11:51 HE SAW SIMON AND ANDREW CASTING A NET INTO THE SEA
  • 11:54 FOR THEY WERE FISHERMEN.
  • 11:58 TODAY THE GALILEE STILL BECKONS
  • 12:00 AS DO THE FISHERMEN LIKE DANIEL CARMEL.
  • 12:04 SHALOM.
  • 12:06 I WANT TO INVITE YOU FOR A BOAT RIDE ON THE SEA OF GALILEE
  • 12:09 ON THE SEA OF GALILEE WORSHIP BOATS.
  • 12:11 JOIN US IN WORSHIP ON THE GALILEE.
  • 12:26 I HAVE BEEN TO ISRAEL MANY, MANY TIMES WITH MANY, MANY PEOPLE,
  • 12:32 THE BETTER PART OF WHOM REPORT
  • 12:35 THAT IT WAS THE TRIP TO THE SEA OF GALILEE PARTICULARLY
  • 12:39 THAT SEEMED TO MAKE THE TRIP WORTHWHILE.
  • 12:42 TO GO THERE AND GET THE AIR IN THE FACE,
  • 12:45 THE WATER, THE AMBIANCE, IT IS JUST ABSOLUTELY REFRESHING.
  • 12:51 THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF TIMES OF REFRESHING
  • 12:55 AND IT'S GREAT TO GO BACK
  • 12:57 TO THE WORLD WHERE THE GREATEST REFRESHMENT CAME.
  • 13:00 JESUS DESCRIBED HIMSELF AS LIVING WATERS.
  • 13:03 THE OFFER ON THIS SERIES THAT WILL BE COMING UP LATER
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  • 13:09 "SAR SHALOM - PRINCE OF PEACE".
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  • 13:52 AND NOW WE'RE GOING TO PICK UP ON JESUS AGAIN
  • 13:55 TEACHING ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
  • 14:04 FOR MANY OF THOSE WHO HAD GATHERED AT THE FEET OF JESUS
  • 14:07 THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT WAS A LESSON IN HUMILITY.
  • 14:11 "JUDGE NOT THAT YOU BE NOT JUDGED" HE SAID.
  • 14:14 "FOR WITH WHAT JUDGMENT YOU JUDGE...YOU WILL BE JUDGED"
  • 14:19 "AND WITH THE MEASURE YOU USE..."
  • 14:21 "IT WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO YOU"
  • 14:24 TWO WEARY FISHERMEN
  • 14:27 HAVE RETURNED FROM THEIR LONG DAYS' EFFORTS
  • 14:29 WITH EMPTY NETS,
  • 14:31 EXHAUSTED AND DISHEARTENED.
  • 14:33 THEY'VE TRIED THEIR BEST
  • 14:35 BUT TO NO AVAIL.
  • 14:37 THE OWNER OF THE BOAT RIPS INTO THEM...
  • 14:43 HE WRONGLY ASSUMES HIS WORKERS HAVE BEEN SLACK IN THEIR EFFORTS
  • 14:46 AND BLAMES THEM FOR NOT RETURNING WITH BASKETS FULL OF FISH.
  • 14:53 "FOR WHAT JUDGMENT YOU JUDGE..."
  • 14:56 "YOU WILL BE JUDGED" SAYS THE LORD.
  • 14:58 "AND WITH THE MEASURE YOU USE..."
  • 15:01 "IT WILL BE MEASURED BACK TO YOU."
  • 15:09 SOME PEOPLE TALK WAY TOO MUCH.
  • 15:13 AND THEY TALK ABOUT THINGS THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS TALKING ABOUT.
  • 15:17 THERE IS A HEBREW EXPRESSION CALLED "LASHON HARA"
  • 15:23 WHICH MEANS "AN EVIL TONGUE"
  • 15:26 AND SPEAKS TO THE HABIT OF PEOPLE UTTERING BAD SPEECH.
  • 15:29 THERE IS ONE TYPE OF SPEECH THAT'S PARTICULARLY EGREGIOUS
  • 15:34 AND THAT'S BLAME,
  • 15:38 WHEN PEOPLE POINT THE FINGER.
  • 15:42 AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED
  • 15:45 THERE'S ROOM IN THE WORLD FOR TWO TYPES TO POINT THE FINGER.
  • 15:49 I MAKE ROOM FOR CHILDREN TO BLAME OTHERS BECAUSE THEY'RE KIDS, THEY DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER
  • 15:55 AND ON THE OTHER HAND I MAKE ROOM FOR GOD TO BLAME BECAUSE HE DOES KNOW BETTER,
  • 16:01 HE KNOWS ALL THE FACTS,
  • 16:03 SO HE CAN SPELL IT OUT
  • 16:04 AND PUT PEOPLE WHERE THEY NEED TO BE PUT.
  • 16:06 BUT FOR THOSE OF US THAT ARE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
  • 16:09 BEING CHILDREN ON THE ONE HAND AND GOD ON THE OTHER,
  • 16:12 WE DO WELL IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE A TAD BIT MORE DISCRIMINATE IN THE USE OF SPEECH
  • 16:19 LEST WE GO AROUND HURTING PEOPLE
  • 16:22 TALKING ABOUT THINGS THAT WE JUST SIMPLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND.
  • 16:27 NEVER MIND MY OPINION, HOWEVER,
  • 16:29 IF I UNDERSTAND JESUS CORRECTLY
  • 16:32 IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 7, VERSE 1, HE SAYS,
  • 16:34 "DON'T JUDGE LEST YOU BE JUDGED",
  • 16:39 "DON'T BE SO QUICK TO POINT THE FINGER"
  • 16:42 "AND MAKE ASSERTIONS ABOUT THINGS"
  • 16:44 "WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT"
  • 16:46 "LEST IT COME BACK TO BITE YOU."
  • 16:49 AND TALK ABOUT COMING BACK AND BITING,
  • 16:52 LATER ON JESUS WEIGHS IN EVEN STRONGER YET.
  • 16:56 HE SAYS,
  • 16:58 "DON'T BE TAKING THE SPECK OUT OF EVERYONE ELSE'S EYE,"
  • 17:01 "GOING AROUND CORRECTING EVERYBODY"
  • 17:03 "AND NOT SEEING HOW YOU YOURSELF HAVE THIS ENORMOUS PLANK IN YOUR OWN EYE."
  • 17:07 FUNNY HOW YOU CAN'T SEE THAT.
  • 17:09 WELL AFTER JESUS MAKING A POINT ABOUT NOT DOING THAT HE SAYS,
  • 17:13 "YOU HYPOCRITE".
  • 17:16 IN THE HEBREW VERSION OF MATTHEW
  • 17:20 THE WORD "HYPOCRITE" HARKS TO THE WORD "HYENA",
  • 17:24 SOMETHING OF A RAVENOUS BEAST.
  • 17:26 AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT PEOPLE ARE LIKE THAT WITH THE BAD TONGUE,
  • 17:31 THEY JUST GO AND NITPICK AND HARANGUE
  • 17:35 AND GET IN THE WAY OF DESCENT PEOPLE.
  • 17:38 IF I UNDERSTAND THE LORD CORRECTLY, HE SAYS,
  • 17:42 "DON'T JUDGE LEST YOU BE JUDGED".
  • 17:47 IF I UNDERSTAND,
  • 17:49 WE DO WELL TO REIN IN THE TENDENCY TO MAKE JUDGMENTS
  • 17:52 WITHOUT HAVING THE FACTS,
  • 17:54 TO MAKE "SNAP" JUDGMENTS.
  • 17:56 WE THINK WE'RE DESCRIBING THE WORLD AROUND US
  • 18:00 BUT WHEN WE DO THAT
  • 18:02 WHAT WE WIND UP DOING IS DESCRIBING THE WORLD THAT'S INTERIOR TO US.
  • 18:07 WE'RE NOT DESCRIBING THE WORLD AROUND US,
  • 18:09 RATHER WE'RE TELEGRAPHING TO THOSE ROUND ABOUT US
  • 18:12 THAT WE HAVE A MEAN SPIRITED DISPOSITION,
  • 18:16 THAT WE'RE PUSHY,
  • 18:17 THAT WE TALKED ABOUT THINGS THAT WE DON'T KNOW,
  • 18:20 WE'RE PUSHING EVERYONE ELSE AROUND,
  • 18:23 WHEN THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER,
  • 18:24 WE'RE NOT DESCRIBING THE WORLD AS IT IS,
  • 18:26 WE'RE DESCRIBING THE WORLD AS "WE" IS,
  • 18:30 INTENTIONAL THE GRAMMAR THERE FOR EFFECT,
  • 18:33 AS WE ARE.
  • 18:34 WE DESCRIBE THE WORLD...
  • 18:35 IT SAYS MORE ABOUT US THAN THE WORLD.
  • 18:37 LET'S BE PATIENT WITH OTHERS.
  • 18:40 LET'S HEAR JESUS ON THIS AND BE MORE GRACIOUS,
  • 18:43 MORE DISPOSED TO MONITOR OUR OWN INTERIOR WORLDS
  • 18:48 AND LESS INCLINED TO GO AROUND AND CORRECT THE WORLD AROUND US
  • 18:52 AND PROVE TO THE WORLD AROUND US
  • 18:53 THAT THE PROBLEM ISN'T THE WORLD AROUND US
  • 18:56 AS MUCH AS THE PROBLEM IS THE WORLD THAT'S INTERIOR TO US.
  • 19:00 THIS IS AN IMPORTANT TEACHING OF JESUS.
  • 19:05 AND HERE'S TED PEARCE SINGING "GLORIOUS OH GOD"
  • 19:10 ♪YOU ARE GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 19:14 ♪GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 19:17 ♪AWESOME IN YOUR POWER AND PRAISE♪
  • 19:23 ♪YOU ARE GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 19:28 ♪GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 19:31 ♪GLORIOUS IN ALL OF YOUR WAYS♪
  • 19:37 ♪OH YOU ARE GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 19:41 ♪GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 19:45 ♪GLORIOUS IN ALL OF YOUR WAYS♪
  • 19:51 ♪AND YOU ARE HOLY♪
  • 19:55 ♪THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU♪
  • 19:58 ♪YOU ARE WORTHY♪
  • 20:01 ♪OF MORE THAN I COULD EVER DO♪
  • 20:04 ♪AND YOUR GLORY♪
  • 20:09 ♪FILLS THE UNIVERSE♪
  • 20:12 ♪AND YET YOU HAVE CONSIDERED ME♪
  • 20:33 ♪AND YOU ARE HOLY♪
  • 20:37 ♪OH THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU♪
  • 20:40 ♪YOU ARE WORTHY♪
  • 20:44 ♪OF MORE THAN I COULD EVER DO♪
  • 20:47 ♪AND YOUR GLORY♪
  • 20:51 ♪OH IT FILLS THE UNIVERSE♪
  • 20:55 ♪AND YET YOU HAVE CONSIDERED ME♪
  • 21:03 ♪HOW I LOVE TO BE WITH YOU♪
  • 21:06 ♪I LOVE TO BE WITH YOU♪
  • 21:15 ♪YOU SHOW ME LOVE IN SO MANY WAYS♪ ♪THAT'S WHY I LOVE TO BE WITH YOU♪
  • 21:20 ♪OH I NEED TO BE WITH YOU♪
  • 21:24 ♪YOU FILL ME WITH THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE♪
  • 21:30 ♪OH YOU ARE GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 21:34 ♪GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 21:38 ♪AND GLORIOUS YOU SHALL EVER BE♪
  • 21:43 ♪FOR YOU ARE GLORIOUS OH GOD♪
  • 21:53 SOMETIMES I NEED TO GET MY MIND OFF MY MIND
  • 21:57 AND MUSIC HAS A WAY OF TAMING THE SAVAGE BEAST NOW DOESN'T IT?
  • 22:02 WITH ME...WITH YOU
  • 22:04 WORSHIP MUSIC HAS A WAY OF HELPING US TAKE LEAVE
  • 22:07 OF OUR TROUBLES, OUR TRIALS, OUR CIRCUMSTANCE
  • 22:10 AND HELPING US TO ENTER INTO GOD'S PRESENCE
  • 22:14 WHERE WE CAN RECEIVE GOD'S PRESENTS.
  • 22:18 OH THERE ARE ANSWERS, WOULD THAT WE WOULD SEEK HIM.
  • 22:21 AND SPEAKING ABOUT SEEKING HIM
  • 22:24 AND TAKING LEAVE OF THE MOMENT TO ENTER INTO GOD'S WORLD,
  • 22:28 PRAYER IS HELPFUL TOO NOW ISN'T IT?
  • 22:31 AND JESUS TAUGHT US HOW TO PRAY
  • 22:34 AND THE LATE ZOLA LEVITT IS POINTING US TO JESUS.
  • 22:38 YOU KNOW, WE'RE STUBBORN PEOPLE,
  • 22:40 I KNOW I AM,
  • 22:41 AND SOMETIMES MY OWN WILL AND WAY AND MIND
  • 22:43 GETS IN THE WAY OF GOD'S GOOD PURPOSES.
  • 22:46 BETTER THAT WE LEARN TO SEEK HIS KINGDOM
  • 22:48 AND PUT THAT FIRST INSTEAD OF OUR OWN.
  • 22:50 HERE'S ZOLA...
  • 22:52 REMINDS US OF WHAT JESUS SAID ON THAT AND MORE.
  • 22:57 AS FOR NOW WE SHOULD BE PRAYING THE WAY THAT JESUS TAUGHT US,
  • 23:01 "THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE".
  • 23:03 HE TAUGHT US TO PRAY "OUR FATHER", "AVINU",
  • 23:07 NOT "MY FATHER", "AVI",
  • 23:09 BUT "OUR FATHER".
  • 23:11 AFTER ALL JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD.
  • 23:14 HOW DO WE BECOME CHILDREN OF GOD?
  • 23:16 JOHN CHAPTER 1, VERSE 12 AND 13,
  • 23:18 "TO ALL THOSE WHO RECEIVED HIM"
  • 23:19 "HE GAVE THE POWER TO BE CHILDREN OF GOD".
  • 23:22 CHRISTIANS ARE SAID TO BE BORN AGAIN AS JESUS TOLD NICODEMUS IN JOHN CHAPTER 3, VERSE 3,
  • 23:27 "WE BECOME LITTLE CHILDREN AGAIN" AND TRULY GOD'S CHILDREN.
  • 23:31 JESUS SAID IN JOHN CHAPTER 20, VERSE 17,
  • 23:34 "I ASCEND TO MY FATHER AND YOUR FATHER, MY GOD AND YOUR GOD".
  • 23:38 AND AS PAUL EXALTED IN ROMANS, CHAPTER 8, VERSE 15,
  • 23:42 CONCERNING THE FACT THAT WE'RE JUST ADOPTED INTO THIS FAMILY,
  • 23:45 "BUT YE HAVE RECEIVED THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION"
  • 23:48 "WHEREBY WE CRY 'ABBA FATHER'."
  • 23:52 "HALLOWED BE THY NAME" THE PRAYER GOES ON.
  • 23:54 HOW DO WE HALLOW JEHOVAH'S NAME AND MAKE IT HOLY?
  • 23:57 JEHOVAH TOLD MOSES HIS NAME WAS "I AM".
  • 24:01 IN THE WILDERNESS CHILDREN OF ISRAEL STARTED TO THINK HIS NAME WAS "I WAS".
  • 24:05 THEY SAID,
  • 24:07 "DID YOU BRING US OUT HERE BECAUSE THERE WEREN'T GRAVES ENOUGH IN EGYPT?"
  • 24:09 WE CAN SYMPATHIZE; WE'RE ALL MAKING AN EXODUS JOURNEY.
  • 24:11 WE'RE IN A WILDERNESS
  • 24:13 PROGRESSING SLOWLY TOWARD JERICHO, HEAVEN ON EARTH, AND THE PROMISED LAND.
  • 24:17 WE'RE COUNTING ON "I AM" TO PULL US THROUGH.
  • 24:19 HIS NAME IS VERY SPECIAL.
  • 24:21 THE JEWS DON'T WRITE IT OR SPEAK IT.
  • 24:23 WHEN THEY WANT TO PRAISE THE LORD THEY SAY, "BARUCH HASHEM",
  • 24:25 "BLESSED IS THE NAME",
  • 24:27 "HASHEM", "THE NAME".
  • 24:29 THEY DON'T WRITE IT DOWN "G..O..D",
  • 24:32 THEY WRITE "G-D"
  • 24:34 SO THAT THEY DON'T PROFANE HIS NAME BY WRITING IT.
  • 24:36 BUT WHAT REALLY HALLOWS HIS NAME IS BY LIVING HIS WAY
  • 24:42 AND SHOWING THAT "I AM" REALLY MEANS "HE IS",
  • 24:46 HE'S EFFECTIVE,
  • 24:47 HE'S IN A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH US.
  • 24:50 AND HE IS EVER WITH US IN TIMES OF TROUBLE.
  • 24:56 AND HE SAID THAT IF WE SEEK HIM WITH ALL OF OUR HEART
  • 25:00 WE'LL FIND HIM.
  • 25:02 THAT IF WE KNOCK
  • 25:03 IT WILL OPEN TO US.
  • 25:06 OH, GOODNESS, THE BIBLICAL TESTIMONY IS JUST FULL OF GOOD NEWS FOR MODERN MAN.
  • 25:13 ZOLA REMINDED US THAT HIS NAME IS "I AM".
  • 25:18 AND FOR ME THAT'S PROFOUND.
  • 25:20 THE NAME ISN'T "I WAS" OR "I WILL BE".
  • 25:23 THERE'S A KIND OF PRESENCE NOW FOR THOSE WHO SEEK HIM.
  • 25:30 WOULD THAT WE WOULD DO SO THE MORE SO.
  • 25:34 ME AND YOU.
  • 25:36 I KNOW MY MIND CLUTTERS UP MY WORLD SOMETIME.
  • 25:40 THE MIND IS A GOOD THING,
  • 25:42 IT HELPS US TO PROBLEM SOLVE.
  • 25:44 BUT SOMETIMES MY CREATIVE IMAGINATION GETS IN MY WAY.
  • 25:48 AND IT COULD BE THAT SOMETIMES YOUR THINKING BECOMES STINKING
  • 25:52 AND IT GETS IN YOUR WAY AS WELL.
  • 25:54 AND SO IN THIS PROGRAM
  • 25:56 WE LOOKED AT WORSHIP
  • 25:57 AND DISCUSSED THAT AND PRAYER AND SEEKING GOD.
  • 26:01 IF JESUS IS TRUE TO HIS WORD, AND I BELIEVE THAT HE IS,
  • 26:05 THEN THERE ARE ANSWERS FOR VEXING HUMAN DILEMMAS.
  • 26:13 IN THIS PROGRAM WE'RE ALL ABOUT PRESENTING THE PRINCE OF PEACE.
  • 26:18 AND THE WAY HE BRINGS PEACE
  • 26:20 IS BY SOLVING THAT WHICH WARS AGAINST US.
  • 26:24 IF YOU NEED TO, PLEASE GET ON HIS SIDE OF THE STRUGGLE.
  • 26:29 SOMETIMES OUR BASE PASSIONS AND TENDENCIES WORK AGAINST WHAT HE WANTS TO ACCOMPLISH IN US.
  • 26:37 IT'S TRUE FOR ME,
  • 26:38 IT'S TRUE FOR YOU,
  • 26:39 BUT FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF THE FAITH.
  • 26:42 I HOPE ZOLA LEVITT PRESENTS IS HELPING YOU
  • 26:45 AND THAT YOU'LL JOIN US NEXT WEEK.
  • 26:46 AND AS YOU GO NOW,
  • 26:48 SHA'ALU SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM
  • 26:50 PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM

Episodes in this series

  1. Sermon on the Mount
  2. Crimes of the Heart
  3. The Law Brought to Life
  4. Models of Behavior
  5. Eternal Investments
  6. God’s Material Provisions
  7. God’s Spiritual Provisions
  8. Yeshua — Foundation Sufficient for Salvation

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