Warm Bodies

Christian Community Provides Fellowship, Love, Joy, And The Presence of God.

Chuck Eastman
Jun 26, 2022    37m
Do you struggle with feeling lonely? If so, you are not alone; studies show that we are the loneliest generation that has ever existed. This message of hope reminds us that being a part of the Christian community provides us with fellowship, love, joy, patience, and the presence of God. Video recorded at Los Gatos, California.

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Chuck Eastman: [00:00:00] Good to see you guys, my name is Chuck Eastman if you don't know me yet. Pastor Tim is on vacation and so I get a chance to bring the word again.

Chuck Eastman: [00:00:10] You know, before I get into this, I just wanted to say, you know, years ago I was living in Arkansas, and I was working as a youth pastor. And there was this buzz in Little Rock, Arkansas, that this guy named Tim Lundy, who had been in California, but he was coming back to Arkansas. And there was this everybody knew who Tim Lundy was, and at my church, and our church staff was like, did you know Tim Lundy is coming back to Arkansas? And I was like, who is Tim Lundy? I didn't know, you know? And so I went and watched him online and I was like, man, this guy is such a good Bible teacher, and it was just kind of awesome to watch that. And then it happened to be a few weeks later that I was in a Starbucks, and I saw Tim Lundy and I walked up to him, I said, hey, man, I've watched you on video and everybody I know is talking about you and I'm just really thankful for the way you faithfully teach the Bible. And you guys, we have an awesome lead pastor who teaches the Bible faithfully. Can we just honor him this morning? We're so thankful for him.

Chuck Eastman: [00:01:22] Also, a lot of people don't know this, but, you know, I got married a year ago, and my wife grew up through her junior high and high school years, she grew up under the teaching ministry of Tim Lundy in Little Rock, Arkansas. And so at the time, years ago when she was doing that, I was a struggling single and I had no idea that God was going to bring me a wife and bring me to California, and that would link both of our stories up to this church and to our pastor. And so I'm just personally really thankful for the ministry of Pastor Tim.

Chuck Eastman: [00:01:53] This morning I want to talk about what's so compelling about Christian community. And to get into that a little bit, years ago, when I was in college, in 2003, some friends of mine said, hey, we need to go to Sherman, Texas. And I was like, what's in Sherman, Texas? And they said, hey, there's going to be this huge Christian, kind of Christian Woodstock, Christian concert called Passion. And so you need to come with us and we're going to go to that. And there are these speakers, they throw out these names that people like Beth Moore and John Piper and Louie Giglio, and they throw out names I didn't know. And then there's going to be all these like music people, all the who's who of the Christian music scene of like the the nineties and the early 2000. And I knew them, you know because I was homeschooled. And so, so I said, okay. I've just got to throw a homeschool joke in there once in a while.

Chuck Eastman: [00:02:47] So we go down to Sherman, Texas, and we get on this grassy field, we're going to be outside. And we get on this field, and there are 50,000 college students on this grassy field in Sherman, Texas. And it's awesome, as far as you can see, there's college students and it's awesome and we're just super excited. And on the first day that we were there, we're kind of getting ready for the next day, we'd gotten there like a day early and all the students were getting there and setting up their tents and stuff. And around 4:00 I kind of was away from our group, I'd gone over to the whole island of porta-potties, where you had to go to the bathroom for 50,000 people. And I was over there, and while I was over there, I heard this screaming. Not screaming like, woo hoo, good music, I heard this like terrified screaming. And I was like, what is going on? And it wasn't one or two people, it was like thousands of people screaming. And I came out and I looked, and I saw from the from the sky to the ground a black wall moving across the field, and you couldn't see through it, and the temperature had changed instantly like that. And so I was like, man, if I don't find my crew, I'll never find them once this rain hits. And so I raced to where my group was, there was about 25 of us all together, and so I raced to where they had put their tents. And I got there just before the rain hit, and then from 4:00 until about 3:00 in the morning, nonstop, it rains like sideways, cold rain. I think the storm was like right on our field, and it blew our clothes everywhere and it was freezing cold and there was like lightning, like striking the ground. And we were, like, terrified, and we were wet, and we were cold, and we were trying to grab on to tarps, and fight back against the elements, but it was kind of hopeless. I mean, the rain literally felt like it was coming from every direction, you couldn't see your own hand. And finally, at one point, me and a couple of the guys, we'd, you know, we'd brought a tent that we were going to stay in a little three-person tent, and we were like, okay, let's just try to like get in our tent, and so I crawled into this. Now, it was kind of funny because the wind...I mean, there was no way the tent was going to stay up, so we're literally climbing into, you know, plastic stuff that's laying on top of our face and everything. And the two guys I was with were both over six feet tall, so five foot three, Chuck. One of the guys growing up in Arkansas in the sticks, his name was Bub, he was the hairiest person I think I've ever met to this day. And we crawled into that tent, and we got in there and we were trying to get warm, and the rain was beating us, like the tent didn't even stop the rain, we're just lying in water, we were so cold, and none of us were sleeping. And finally, we kind of all looked at each other, I mean, made eye contact, and all of a sudden, I realized there's only one way to get warm. And next thing I know, Bub put his arms around me, and the other guy reached on for the other side. I always put the short guy in the middle, why is the short guy always in the middle? And they put their arms around me, and they held me tight, and I got warm, and I got so warm that I put my head on Bubs chest and I fell asleep in the middle of that storm.

Chuck Eastman: [00:06:24] You know, I think that story is a great example of maybe how many of us feel in our culture. I think to say that we've been in a storm and are still in a storm culturally would maybe be an understatement. Whether it's the pandemic that never seems to go away, whether it's the way you look at the economy around us and you're wondering if you can make ends meet, whether you look at on the world stage and you see threats and talks of a third world war and all the things that are going on, and you can look at that and it just seems like an unending storm, like we just can't see our way through. And the idea that there's going to be something on the other end of that kind of doesn't seem real or possible. And maybe in the middle of all of that, you feel wet, and cold, and I think many people in the room probably feel alone.

Chuck Eastman: [00:07:23] In fact, I know that because the studies say that that we're the loneliest generation that they know of since we started studying that. Gen Z'ers, in particular, rate themselves as the most lonely group of people in our culture. Of course we see numbers, and men particularly rate themselves as lonely, particular if they hit 60 years old or over. Young moms with kids, this has been an incredibly difficult season for parents with kids, they feel incredibly lonely. Single moms have the loneliness of being a young mom on top of being alone and not having a partner. And just everywhere you look, people are struggling and they're alone.

Chuck Eastman: [00:08:08] And it's interesting because my undergrad was in psychology, and we used to talk about Maslow's hierarchy of needs all the time, and what's happening is that one of our core needs has been kind of struck at in these days. And, you know, Maslow says that your basic foundational need is physiological, like you need to eat, you need water, you need shelter. And then it moves up to being safe, you need safety, right? You can't really make good decisions if you don't feel safe. But then he said the very next layer is belonging and love. Belonging and love is one of our core needs. It's very difficult to make good decisions in the world around us if we don't have belonging and love. And of course, that's kind of what you see, the more isolated people are, the more they engage in risk-taking behavior, and they do things that aren't wise, and so we see all that around us.

Chuck Eastman: [00:09:02] And I think the question I want to ask this morning is, will, any kind of belonging do? Will any kind of community fix it? In other words, do you just need to find a better bowling league? Is it your, you know, I go to CrossFit, I'm not an athlete, by the way, but I go to CrossFit just to do something? And CrossFit is a community, and a lot of people kind of treat it like it's their church, and will that do? Will that cut it, and meet us in the need we have for belonging? Will your chess club work? I'm not saying any of these are bad, but will they meet the need that we have for belonging? And I think I want to suggest this morning, I don't think they will. I don't think they will. So I just kind of want to make three hopes, I think this morning, that I want to lay out for us.

Chuck Eastman: [00:10:02] The first hope I have this morning is I want to describe the radical goodness that can be found in a community of Jesus' followers, that would cause those exploring questions of faith to be curious and courageous enough to lean in. And I just want to hang out there for a second, if you're processing questions of faith, if you're not sure what you think about Jesus, but someone dragged you here, or if someone's been pestering you...My wife says I'm pestering a lot, and Christians, we can be kind of pestering, I apologize ahead of time. And if you're not sure that you know Jesus and you're questioning and you're wondering, I just want to say enough, I want to explain the radical goodness of Christian community that would make you may be curious to try to lean in a little bit. And the reason I say courageous is because I know how terrifying it is. I know how terrifying it is if you don't know the inside talk, if you aren't quite sure what the lingo is.

Chuck Eastman: [00:11:04] I was talking to a student a few weeks ago that was curious and maybe was interested in trying one of our Bible studies and basically just said honestly, like, you know, I don't know, I don't know the Bible answers. And there's a real terror to walk into a community where you feel like you're going to be the outsider and you don't know what to say or do or how to fit in. And I just want to describe this radical goodness in such a way that maybe something inside of you would be courageous enough to lean in and to give it a try.

Chuck Eastman: [00:11:33] My second goal this morning is to challenge those of us who know the goodness of a Jesus-centered community, to be energized with a vision to help those on the outside find belonging. You know, Andy Stanley is famous for saying, maybe famous to some, for saying that often as a Christian community we go to people, and we're the gatekeepers we feel like. And so we say, hey, you've got to believe these things, and these are the right things to believe, and right belief is incredibly important, But we basically say, once you believe these things come and belong. But then if we look at the Ministry of Jesus, Andy points out, that Jesus comes to a group of people, and he says, come belong and let's process what you believe. And I just want to encourage us to be these kinds of people that have a vision to create more space at our table for those that are on the outside.

Chuck Eastman: [00:12:30] And I think my last hope or goal this morning is for all of us to grow in our desire and in our ability to cultivate human connections that lead to belonging, healing, and transformation.

Chuck Eastman: [00:12:45] That's kind of my hope, so the burning question below all of that is, what's so compelling about Christian community? In other words, maybe if you've been at Venture for a while and you know that we're doing block parties, and you know that we're talking about trying to create some space in your community where you would invite neighbors to that, you may be asking the question, but what's so compelling about that, what's so real and rich about that, that people can't find it anywhere else? I want to hopefully lean into that question a little bit this morning.

Chuck Eastman: [00:13:20] To start, you know, we get some hints from the Old Testament. So in the Old Testament, you see that God gathered a group of people called the Jews, Abraham, and then his whole family, and he gathered them together, and then they went into slavery in Egypt, and then he rescued them out of Egypt. And when he rescued them out of Egypt, it says that he took them on a journey and he led them with a fire at night, so the Lord was with them, he led them with a fire at night and a cloud during the day, and that's how they knew where to go, he just led them.

Chuck Eastman: [00:13:55] But there comes this part of the story in Exodus that's this radical kind of turning place, and what happens there is that Moses gets the law, the ways, and the word of God. And he gets the law, and while he's getting the law straight from God himself, the people rebel and they make a golden calf, a false god, and they begin to worship and sing songs and dance and celebrate a false God in the middle of their community, this is the community that just was drawn out of slavery. And Moses comes down and he sees it, and he begins to have a conversation with God. And God looks at the people that he just rescued, and he begins to have this conversation with Moses, and he says, you know, I don't know if this is going to work. How about we do this, Moses, how about you guys just go on your own way, and, you know, maybe I'll send an angel, but I'm not going to go. I can't be with this group that wants to worship this false God, I can't do that.

Chuck Eastman: [00:14:55] And Moses leans into the heart of God and he has a conversation with God, and I want to show you toward the end of the conversation what he says to God. This is in Exodus 33, verse 13, this is the end of his conversation where he's pleading with God that God would be with his people. He says this in verse 13 in Exodus 33, "Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight..." Another way to say it is, if I found grace in your sight, please show me your ways. In other words, Moses says, he's changing the conversation, he's having a conversation with God about whether God's going to walk with the people. And then he shifts the conversation, and he says, hey, let's just not worry about them right now, if I found grace in your sight, then please show me your way, show me your thoughts, show me your words, show me your plan, and your actions on planet Earth, show me your ways, he says, "That I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.", Moses says. And then God responds, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” That's a huge phrase, my presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. "And Moses said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” See what Moses is getting at He's going, if you're not with us, if your presence isn't here, then we're just another club, we're just another crew of people. And that's not going to work, that's not going to work when we get into the land and there are giants in the land, it's not going to work when we have obstacles, it's not going to work when we're hurting and we're broken, we need you, Moses seems to be saying. Maybe I would say it like this, the very real, tangible, and noticeable presence of God marks the community of those who follow Jesus. The very real, tangible, and noticeable presence of God marks the community of those who follow Jesus.

Chuck Eastman: [00:17:36] Now, if you've been in church for a while, you may see that and your immediate response is to push back and go, okay, wait, I know in my head, theologically, God is here. I've been taught that he's always here, but I've also been kind of taught that I may not notice it, I may not feel it, and it may not be seen, but I just have to believe it's true. I don't think that would have cut it for Moses, imagine if God said to Moses, hey, Moses, here's the deal, you're not going to really notice I'm here, you're not going to feel I'm here, it's not going to be very obvious that I'm here, but I am here. I think Moses would have been like, that's not going to work, we need you to be here in a real and a tangible and in a noticeable way. And so then we ask, then how? What does that look like? What does that feel like? If that's what makes us a distinct people, and if you're asking questions of faith, what is it you should be looking for that would show you that the living God is in this space and in the community that you're curious about?

Chuck Eastman: [00:18:47] Now we get hints about that from the ministry of Jesus. In other words, Jesus, God became flesh, became a man. 2000 years ago, walked the planet for 30 years, and we can see from his life some hints about what it looks like to have the real, tangible presence of Jesus. In other words, we see that he gathers a family when he calls his disciples, and these are disciples that come from all different kinds of walks of life, some are tax collectors and cheats and traders. Some are angry young men like James and Peter, the sons of thunder. I relate to them a little bit, they seem to have some under the current frustration with the world around them. And you've got prostitutes, you've got recovering legalistic Pharisees, and Jesus gathers them into a family.

Chuck Eastman: [00:19:39] Then you see his first miracle, his first act on the ministry, is that he shows up to a wedding. And a wedding back then was a week-long party, and they're celebrating and they're drinking wine. And all of a sudden, the wine runs out. And the party, the wedding celebration is about to end, and Jesus comes onto the scene and he gives them new wine so that the celebration can continue.

Chuck Eastman: [00:20:04] We see that he meets a woman with sexual shame, five husbands and a reputation in her town of sexual shame. And Jesus shows up and he meets her, and he talks to her and he offers her living water.

Chuck Eastman: [00:20:20] We see that when Jesus talks about the core way to obey the law of God, which is to love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and all your strength, and then love your neighbor of yourself. And, of course, there's a lawyer in the audience, is anybody a lawyer in the house this morning, you know, the person who wants their terms just right. And the lawyer says, but who's my neighbor? In other words, who doesn't count? Who do I not have to include at my table? And he says, let's take the person, the Samaritan, who's as far away from you as you can imagine, believes different than you, acts different than you, persecutes you, has no common ground with you, that's your neighbor.

Chuck Eastman: [00:21:05] And then we see on the night that Jesus is going to give his life on the cross. He gets his guys together and he shares a meal with them, and then he gets down in the dirt and he washes their feet. And he says, hey, listen in the world, leaders are in charge, and they tell you what to do, but in this family, in this community, we serve one another. And if you want to be like me, wash each other's feet. My wife won't even touch my feet, so that's a big deal.

Chuck Eastman: [00:21:41] Then he lays down his life. Then he rises again. And you know what's interesting about all of that? Is that when we look at that, we see the tangible, noticeable, work of God in his community. And we kind of see the things, the ripple effects coming out of that life in ministry. But very similar to Exodus 33, Jesus looks his guys in the eyes, and he says, I may not go with you. And now this time he's not saying he's not going to go with them because they've rebelled and worshiped a false God, this time he died on the cross, he rose again, and now he's about to ascend. And he tells them, listen, I'm leaving, but he's got a loaded promise for the community of faith, a loaded promise for those who follow Jesus. Look at what he says in Acts 1:8, he says. "But you..." This is a collective, to 120 people, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (That's where they were at.) and in all Judea (That is the surrounding area.) and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” You will be my witnesses. Loaded in that idea is, you're going to create more family around the message of Jesus, he says.

Chuck Eastman: [00:23:05] But you're not going to go alone, the God of the universe isn't just going to be a cloud in the sky and a fire by night, but he's going to crawl into your skin and he's going to live inside of you, and then the Holy Spirit does fall. And then Peter gets up and preaches the first sermon post the resurrection of Jesus and 3000 people hear about Jesus being crucified on a cross for their sin, they're called to turn and give their life to him, and 3000 say, I want to be a part of that family. And look at what this family does. look at how this family operates. Acts 2:42, "And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awed came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles." Do you see that? Jesus is on planet Earth, he gathers his family, he dies for the sins of the world, and he's risen again, he says I'm always going to be with you in the power of the Holy Spirit. People decide they want to put their faith in Jesus, they become part of the family, and what does this family do immediately? They fellowship, they're devoted, we would say it like this, they were captivated by the message of Jesus, they were captivated by the things that Jesus had done and said. So the apostles were teaching it and they were in awe of it. When's the last time you found yourself in awe of the words, the thoughts, and the life of Jesus, and let that shape the way you did life with other people? They were captivated by the message of Jesus.

Chuck Eastman: [00:25:07] They were captivated by the redemptive work of Jesus, this breaking of bread. Most scholars believe that when they got together, they just weren't eating, but they were actually breaking the bread and celebrating the work of the cross, it's something they did together again and again and again, as often as you think of me and remember me, Jesus had said. And so there they're breaking the bread, celebrating the Christ came and he was crushed on the cross and his body was ripped apart, and they were in awe of the work of Christ in their midst.

Chuck Eastman: [00:25:40] And then, they were captivated by the activity of the Holy Spirit among them, they were in awe that the Holy Spirit was at work, that he was doing things through people in their midst. This is what makes us so distinct, this is how we know the presence of God is involved, his words, his thoughts, his ways are shaping our language. We are blown away; we can't go a second without being captivated by the fact that his ripped body means my righteousness. You know that, right? We sit in this place lifting a voice to God because a God was ripped apart on our behalf so that we could stand in his righteousness, and they were blown away by that and captivated by that, and then they saw it in awe of the way the Holy Spirit was at work among them.

Chuck Eastman: [00:26:34] And then look at what happens next, "And all who believed were together." Someone say, together. "And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need." They had a radical togetherness and belonging, a radical togetherness and belonging. I don't know about you, but when I look out into the culture and when I look out into the world around me, I hear a lot of talk about doing good, and I hear a lot of talk about justice in the community, and I'm all down for all of that, we need to care about those things. But do you know what I don't see? I don't see communities meeting the needs of others at great risk to themselves, I don't see that. I don't see people saying, hey, there are vulnerable people here, there are vulnerable children, so we're going to open up our home and we're going to make sure that the most vulnerable kids have a seat at my table. You know, where I do see that? I see it in the church. I see it in the community faith, again, and again, and again where people give of themselves at great risk to themselves to meet the needs of others, there is a radical togetherness.

Chuck Eastman: [00:27:54] Paul presses that togetherness out. If you look at Colossians chapter 3, he takes this idea of togetherness and he presses it and includes some other things. Look at this in Colossians 3 verse 11, he says, "Here (In this family is what he means.) there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free." These are all demographic groups, they're all identity groups in Paul's time. He says there are not any of these identity groups, "But Christ is all, and in all." Not here, and what he means is in our community, at our table, this identity group thing is going to go. At our table, the rich and the poor, we're not going to talk like that anymore. At our table, we're not going to talk about the circumcised, those are the in-crowd, and the uncircumcised, those are the out crowd, we're not going to talk like that anymore. I'm so tired of identity politics that says find your group, and then you're pitted against other groups, that's ripping our culture apart. Jesus says in this community, there's a togetherness that's rooted in the identity of Christ.

Chuck Eastman: [00:29:16] In verse 12 he says, "Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience." Why do you have to be patient? Because unlike any community we will find outside of the community of faith, you have to fit in, and you don't get to bring your brokenness. But the family Jesus is developing in us is one where brokenness is brought to the table, and guess what you and I have to do with each other's brokenness, we have to be patient. He says, "Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you." In other words, rooted in the work of Christ, you must forgive others, "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Radical togetherness around the work of Jesus.

Chuck Eastman: [00:30:19] You know, there's a lot of talk in the culture of I want to bring my full self? I don't know anywhere where you can bring your full self outside of the family of Jesus, I don't. Because there's no other place that I know of that allows you to come with your brokenness, be seen, heard, and healed. That's important because if there's not healing and transformation, then we're going to find ourselves just as stuck as we were before we found the community. In other words, bringing our brokenness to this community that's marked by God's presence and his grace, it generates transformed lives.

Chuck Eastman: [00:31:13] If you flip back to Acts 2, there's one last part of this first church that I think is helpful to lean into. It says in verse 46, "Day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved." They created a culture of celebration that was contagious. They created a culture of good news that was attractive to people. You know, we can say the good news of a God who rescues broken people, but if our communities, if our backyard parties and block parties, if those don't look like good news to other people, then the message we have to give is going to fall. The celebration was contagious, and more seats were created at the table again and again and again. So we ask, what's so compelling about Christian community? The real, tangible, noticeable presence of Jesus, fleshed out by the work of Jesus and a group of people obsessed with his words, obsessed with his thoughts, and all of his broken body that made them whole.

Chuck Eastman: [00:32:58] The Apostle John, who is the oldest living apostle, by the way. He's the only one who didn't die a martyr's death, he lived into his old age. Most of the apostles were persecuted and then killed, but the apostle John grows into old age, and at the end of his life he writes kind of a love letter to his people to kind of say what his heartbeat is for them. And I think he gets at, in this last verse we're going to read, he gets at the heartbeat of what's so compelling about our community and about the spaces we create together when we do life together outside of these walls. Look at what John says, "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life." In other words, we heard with our physical ears, we saw with our physical eyes, and we touched with our hands, Jesus, that's what he's saying. "The life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." John says, I touched him, and I saw him, and I am telling you about him, not just so that you have some information about a God who loves you, but that you would, with us, touch, see, and hear Jesus. And the big promise that's loaded in that experience is verse 4, "I'm writing these things so that our joy, my joy, your joy, our joy, would be complete." God cares about our joy, he's passionate about our joy, and He has loaded it into our community. And when we create space at our table, we're inviting people to have a complete, full joy, when they bring their full self and find the healing and transformation that only Jesus can provide.

Chuck Eastman: [00:35:45] So we're going to respond in worship in a second, but I don't want us to move too quickly right now. Because I think there are many of us who have more seats at our table, and we have people that need to be there, and we need to pray and ask God to figure out a way to get them to sit at our table and enjoy the gift that is our community with Jesus. And then I think there are some of us, we have a good community, but we're kind of cool that we're all in the right chair and we're good, like, hey, this is nice, and I'm kind of a little worried someone's going to mess that up. Has anybody thought like that? You know, if you create more space at your table, they will mess it up, and that'll be the most beautiful thing that ever happened is that someone brought their brokenness at your table, and they got to see Jesus there.

Chuck Eastman: [00:36:46] So we're going to respond in this, and it's all about Jesus. You already know this song, but we're going to press in and say, Jesus, we want to have a tangible, noticeable experience with you, and we want to invite others to be at this table with us. Would you do that in Jesus' name? Amen.

Recorded in Los Gatos, California.
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