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November 21, 2016
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What Does God Have to Say About Marijuana and Plastic Surgery?

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  • - Bil Cornelius: Listen,
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  • there's a reason why they give
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  • the first stuff free.
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  • You know why?
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  • 'Cause they know they're gonna
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  • get addicted.
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  • Why would you give it free
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  • unless you knew you were
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  • creating a gravy train.
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  • Here you go.
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  • Yeah, here, it's free.
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  • Why?
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  • 'Cause I know your body's gonna
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  • get hooked, and then I'm gonna
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  • make all the money you make.
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  • God has too many great plans
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  • for your life for you to be
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  • addicted to any substance.
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  • [music]
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  • - Bil: You are the church
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  • - Bil: Welcome!
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  • Great to have you guys here
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  • today.
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  • I also wanna say hello
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  • to our television audience.
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  • Thanks for watching.
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  • All over the world we have
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  • people watching now.
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  • Thanks for being a part
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  • of our services as well.
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  • So we're in the middle
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  • of this series called,
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  • "Frequently Asked Questions."
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  • When I go to the mall,
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  • or out to eat, or wherever,
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  • people stop me and ask me
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  • pretty much the same questions.
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  • And so, I just know these are
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  • the questions I get
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  • all the time.
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  • So today we're
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  • talking specifically
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  • about two different questions.
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  • I get asked the question
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  • about plastic surgery
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  • all the time.
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  • I don't know why, but you know,
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  • I have no expertise in this,
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  • obviously, but I get asked
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  • that question.
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  • And I also get asked
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  • the question about, "Is it okay
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  • to smoke weed?"
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  • I get that question also.
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  • So, let's look at that.
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  • If you would, pull out
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  • your notes.
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  • We're gonna start with that one,
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  • then we'll jump
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  • into the whole weed conversation
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  • as well.
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  • But let's start off with saying
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  • our mission statement together.
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  • Our mission is to take
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  • as many people to heaven
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  • as we can before we die,
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  • period.
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  • That's what we're all about here
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  • at Church Unlimited,
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  • trying to reach more people
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  • for Christ.
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  • And so, that's what we do.
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  • And so, again, thanks
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  • for being here.
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  • Thanks for joining us
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  • for our services today.
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  • So, let's talk today
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  • about this question.
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  • Is it okay to get
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  • Let's dive into Scripture.
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  • It says
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  • in Genesis chapter 1, verse 27,
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  • it says, "So God created man
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  • in his own image,
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  • in the image of God he created
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  • him; male and female he
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  • created them."
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  • The first thing you need to know
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  • before you even go there is,
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  • number one, we are
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  • because we were made
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  • in the image of God.
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  • So, this is really important,
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  • because if you're considering
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  • something like this,
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  • but the reason you wanna do it
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  • is because you think you're
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  • gonna go from ugly to pretty,
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  • you're gonna go
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  • from unattractive to attractive,
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  • then you're gonna be
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  • sadly disappointed.
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  • Because I have met
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  • people who are
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  • actually beautiful people,
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  • good looking people, that have
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  • a low self-esteem, and there's
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  • no amount of attractiveness
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  • that can make up for that.
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  • In other words, there's
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  • no amount of surgery you can do
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  • to make up for a bad self image.
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  • You have to first just like
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  • yourself as you are.
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  • So, you don't need to go get
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  • something done before you become
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  • good looking.
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  • You're made in the image of God.
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  • You are already beautiful.
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  • You're already good looking.
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  • You're already worthy.
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  • You're already valuable
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  • according to God's Word.
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  • So, you just gotta keep in mind
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  • you're already attractive
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  • because you're made in the image
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  • of God.
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  • Number two, remember that beauty
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  • Beauty is fleeting.
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  • Proverbs 31:30 says, "Charm is
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  • deceitful, and beauty is vain,
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  • but a woman who fears the Lord
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  • is to be praised."
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  • And so, beauty really is
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  • deceitful, it's fleeting,
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  • it's just not--it doesn't last
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  • forever.
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  • And so, at the end of the day,
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  • we're all, as we get older,
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  • just short of trying to hold on.
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  • I mean, beauty really is
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  • fleeting.
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  • I don't know anyone who doesn't
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  • want something different
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  • on their body.
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  • You know, like, everyone I know,
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  • you know, wants to be skinnier,
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  • or more built, or have
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  • a different shaped bottom,
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  • or whatever, right?
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  • I mean, everyone has something
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  • they want to work over.
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  • I'd love to have more hair
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  • on my head.
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  • You know what I'm saying?
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  • I mean, all of us have something
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  • we wanna change
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  • about our bodies,
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  • so please don't think
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  • that, you know, there's
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  • ever gonna be a day that you're
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  • just perfectly happy
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  • with your body 'cause all of us
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  • have something we want
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  • to change, because beauty
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  • really is fleeting.
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  • One of my dearest friends
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  • in our church is
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  • a plastic surgeon.
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  • He's a good friend of mine,
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  • and he oftentimes
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  • turns people away
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  • because they're coming to him
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  • thinking that, you know,
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  • "If I'll get this done,
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  • then I'll be happy,"
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  • and he's like, "No, you're not.
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  • Your happiness is not based
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  • upon whether you get
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  • a certain procedure."
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  • So you need to have
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  • the right reasons in place,
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  • and so that's
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  • really important too.
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  • I also wanna mention this.
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  • I don't recommend this
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  • for young girls that you're
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  • not even of age yet.
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  • I don't--I know you can get
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  • parents to sign off on stuff,
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  • but that's really not
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  • a good idea.
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  • You're not
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  • even fully developed yet.
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  • And so, I encourage you to put
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  • this stuff off or something
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  • maybe you don't like
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  • about yourself, let's wait
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  • until you're an adult, you know,
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  • until you're a woman that can
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  • make a decision that's
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  • a little separated
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  • from some of the peer pressure
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  • you feel.
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  • And then, maybe you can consider
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  • something down the road.
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  • But I just think that's
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  • a big thing too, a lot of people
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  • going under the knife
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  • at a very young age,
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  • and I don't
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  • really recommend that.
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  • Proverbs--I'm sorry,
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  • 1 Samuel, excuse me, 16,
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  • verse 7, is an important verse
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  • to remember.
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  • It says, "People look
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  • at the outward appearance,
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  • but the Lord looks
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  • at the heart."
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  • So God looks at the heart,
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  • but it is true that people do
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  • look at the outward appearance.
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  • And so, what I've found,
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  • number three,
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  • is that outward appearance
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  • can give or take away
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  • So, a lot of times, people get
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  • something done
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  • for their confidence.
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  • I know of a true story of a girl
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  • who, she just didn't like
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  • her ears.
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  • They just--they poked out a lot,
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  • and so her dad and her had
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  • multiple discussions
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  • over several years about this,
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  • and so, finally one day she
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  • just went in and they
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  • just pinned those bad boys
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  • back a little bit.
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  • All they did was just take 'em
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  • and just attach 'em
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  • a little further in, and man,
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  • she felt so much more confident.
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  • Something simple and small,
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  • wasn't a big long procedure,
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  • wasn't a very dangerous
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  • procedure, and made
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  • a big difference for her.
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  • So, I can see a place for that.
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  • You know, I can see reason
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  • for that.
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  • So, confidence really does
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  • affect us, so I can see
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  • the reason for that.
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  • But also, I wanna recommend you
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  • that you can do
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  • just health-wise.
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  • Like, there's
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  • no amount of plastic surgery
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  • that's gonna make up
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  • for eating doughnuts
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  • all day, right?
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  • Okay, so think about that too.
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  • But it says
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  • in Luke chapter 22, verse 50--
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  • this is very interesting.
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  • It says, "And one of them struck
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  • at the high priest's slave,
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  • slashing off his right ear."
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  • That high priest's slave's name
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  • was Malchus, by the way.
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  • "But Jesus said,
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  • 'No more of this.'
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  • And he touched the man's ear
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  • and healed him."
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  • 'cause they came
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  • to arrest Jesus.
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  • He took out his knife,
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  • he took out his sword,
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  • and chopped off
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  • this guy's ear, okay?
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  • Now, scientists--I'm sorry,
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  • medical professionals tell us
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  • that you can actually lose
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  • your ear and still hear.
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  • Your hearing apparatus is
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  • actually inside your head, okay?
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  • So you can lose your ear
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  • and still hear.
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  • So, Jesus picked up
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  • this man's ear and put it
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  • back on his head.
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  • It did not heal his hearing.
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  • He still had hearing.
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  • It healed his appearance,
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  • which I think is
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  • very interesting.
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  • So, based upon this Scripture,
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  • I have to say, number four,
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  • Jesus actually performed
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  • corrective cosmetic surgery,
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  • which means you can
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  • if you want.
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  • And so, I'm not
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  • necessarily saying you should,
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  • but if it's something that's
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  • really bothering you,
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  • you've been struggling with it
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  • back and forth.
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  • Is God okay with it?
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  • Well, Jesus himself did it
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  • for this guy 'cause he wanted
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  • him to look normal apparently,
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  • and just, you know, wanted
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  • to help him out there a bit,
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  • 'cause who wants to walk around
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  • their whole life
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  • without an ear, right?
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  • And so, Jesus healed him.
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  • I'm not necessarily saying you
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  • should do that.
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  • I'm not trying to argue for it
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  • or against it.
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  • But anyone who argues hardline
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  • against it, actually there's
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  • Scripture that would say
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  • the opposite.
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  • So, that make sense?
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  • Everybody good?
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  • All right, let's keep moving.
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  • Let's talk about
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  • [inhaling]
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  • marijuana.
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  • All right, so, if you got
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  • your Bibles out--that was
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  • acting.
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  • There was no practicing that's
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  • gone on for that.
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  • Now, I was this last week skiing
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  • in Colorado, but I promise you
  • 00:07:05.280 --> 00:07:07.050
  • I was doing no research
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  • for this sermon
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  • while I was there.
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  • I just want you to know
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  • right now I was simply skiing,
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  • although I will tell you
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  • when I was on the lift
  • 00:07:13.140 --> 00:07:14.070
  • last week--me and a buddy were
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  • on a lift, and we did smell
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  • right in front of us a guy was
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  • affected my run after that.
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  • I don't know.
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  • I'm not sure.
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  • But we--I was like
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  • [sniffing],
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  • "Oh yeah, we're in Colorado.
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  • I can tell."
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  • I mean, we could literally smell
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  • it coming off the guy.
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  • It was pretty crazy.
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  • But anyways, so, let's talk
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  • a little bit about marijuana.
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  • If you can, pull out your notes
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  • and let's continue.
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  • If you turn your notes over,
  • 00:07:33.030 --> 00:07:33.280
  • actually, you have that
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  • on the other side of your notes.
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  • So, let me tell you why this is
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  • important we talk about this.
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  • First of all, did you know
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  • that in 8th grade,
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  • across America,
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  • 11.7% of all 8th graders have
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  • actually had marijuana
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  • in the last 12 months.
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  • That should scare most parents
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  • in here, right?
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  • By 10th grade, that number's
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  • jumped to 27%.
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  • Twenty-seven percent
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  • of tenth graders have taken
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  • a puff of marijuana.
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  • By 12th grade,
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  • 35% of all 12th graders
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  • in the last 12 months
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  • have tried marijuana.
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  • It's a big deal.
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  • In fact, in college,
  • 00:08:04.140 --> 00:08:05.130
  • have tried marijuana.
  • 00:08:07.280 --> 00:08:09.220
  • So this is a big deal that's
  • 00:08:09.220 --> 00:08:10.090
  • happening.
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  • In fact,
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  • the last three presidents
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  • we've had of the United States
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  • have all taken marijuana.
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  • President Barack Obama talked
  • 00:08:15.020 --> 00:08:16.080
  • about that in his book
  • 00:08:16.080 --> 00:08:17.030
  • that he wrote.
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  • President Bush, actually when he
  • 00:08:18.040 --> 00:08:20.020
  • was at Harvard, he likes to joke
  • 00:08:20.020 --> 00:08:22.000
  • around and say that, "I led
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  • some parties there too.
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  • Not the Republican party,
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  • but some other parties."
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  • And he smoked marijuana there.
  • 00:08:26.010 --> 00:08:28.040
  • And of course, Bill Clinton
  • 00:08:28.040 --> 00:08:29.090
  • famously said, "Well, I--"
  • 00:08:29.090 --> 00:08:30.290
  • you know, what did he say?
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  • He said, "Well, I took
  • 00:08:31.190 --> 00:08:32.180
  • some marijuana but I didn't
  • 00:08:32.180 --> 00:08:33.140
  • inhale it."
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  • He said, "I did not inhale."
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  • Marijuana is popular,
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  • it's trending, people are
  • 00:08:41.080 --> 00:08:42.160
  • talking about it, people are
  • 00:08:42.160 --> 00:08:43.160
  • arguing for it
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  • and arguing against it.
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  • In fact, there are
  • 00:08:45.030 --> 00:08:45.180
  • even Christians arguing for it,
  • 00:08:45.180 --> 00:08:47.030
  • as well as, of course,
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  • Christians arguing against it.
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  • So, let's look and see
  • 00:08:49.060 --> 00:08:50.060
  • what the Bible says about this.
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  • Look at Scripture,
  • 00:08:51.240 --> 00:08:52.170
  • Romans 13, verse 1.
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  • It says, "Let everyone
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  • be subject
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  • to the governing authorities,
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  • for there is no authority
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  • except that which God has
  • 00:08:57.010 --> 00:08:58.090
  • established.
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  • The authorities that exist
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  • have been established by God.
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  • Consequently, whoever rebels
  • 00:09:01.180 --> 00:09:02.240
  • against the authority is
  • 00:09:02.240 --> 00:09:03.260
  • rebelling against what God has
  • 00:09:03.260 --> 00:09:05.070
  • instituted, and those who do so
  • 00:09:05.070 --> 00:09:06.280
  • will bring judgment
  • 00:09:06.280 --> 00:09:08.180
  • on themselves."
  • 00:09:08.180 --> 00:09:10.070
  • So the law is an important part
  • 00:09:10.070 --> 00:09:11.230
  • of this.
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  • Titus 3:1 says, "Remind
  • 00:09:12.080 --> 00:09:13.130
  • the believers to submit
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  • to the government
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  • and its officers.
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  • They should be obedient,
  • 00:09:15.290 --> 00:09:16.280
  • always ready to do
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  • what is good."
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  • So the first thing you need
  • 00:09:18.120 --> 00:09:18.290
  • to know, number one, is it's
  • 00:09:18.290 --> 00:09:19.280
  • against the law.
  • 00:09:19.280 --> 00:09:21.130
  • And so, it is
  • 00:09:21.130 --> 00:09:21.280
  • still against the law.
  • 00:09:21.280 --> 00:09:22.260
  • This is a big deal.
  • 00:09:22.260 --> 00:09:23.140
  • And so,
  • 00:09:23.140 --> 00:09:24.150
  • according to our current laws,
  • 00:09:24.150 --> 00:09:25.220
  • it is not okay.
  • 00:09:25.220 --> 00:09:27.000
  • And so, you will get a record
  • 00:09:27.000 --> 00:09:27.270
  • if you are found
  • 00:09:27.270 --> 00:09:29.110
  • smoking marijuana
  • 00:09:29.110 --> 00:09:31.130
  • or any other substances
  • 00:09:31.130 --> 00:09:33.140
  • like that.
  • 00:09:33.140 --> 00:09:34.200
  • So that's a big deal.
  • 00:09:34.200 --> 00:09:35.090
  • 1 Peter 5:8 says this,
  • 00:09:35.090 --> 00:09:36.200
  • "Be sober-minded; be watchful.
  • 00:09:36.200 --> 00:09:38.100
  • Your adversary the devil prowls
  • 00:09:38.100 --> 00:09:39.260
  • around like a roaring lion,
  • 00:09:39.260 --> 00:09:41.110
  • seeking someone to devour."
  • 00:09:41.110 --> 00:09:43.050
  • And then Ephesians 5:18 says,
  • 00:09:43.050 --> 00:09:44.190
  • "Do not be drunk with wine,
  • 00:09:44.190 --> 00:09:45.210
  • which will ruin you,
  • 00:09:45.210 --> 00:09:46.150
  • but be filled with the Spirit."
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  • So, number two, it's addictive.
  • 00:09:47.280 --> 00:09:50.030
  • It just--it's addictive,
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  • and anyone who says it's
  • 00:09:51.160 --> 00:09:52.190
  • not addictive is
  • 00:09:52.190 --> 00:09:53.120
  • I'm just telling you the truth,
  • 00:09:55.260 --> 00:09:56.150
  • it is addictive.
  • 00:09:56.150 --> 00:09:57.060
  • And if it's not addictive,
  • 00:09:57.060 --> 00:09:58.260
  • then someone needs to call
  • 00:09:58.260 --> 00:09:59.210
  • all the rehabs
  • 00:09:59.210 --> 00:10:00.180
  • all across America
  • 00:10:00.180 --> 00:10:01.100
  • and let them know they need
  • 00:10:01.100 --> 00:10:02.030
  • to quit charging money
  • 00:10:02.030 --> 00:10:03.180
  • for people to come in for this.
  • 00:10:03.180 --> 00:10:06.020
  • It is addictive.
  • 00:10:06.020 --> 00:10:07.160
  • And so, there are people
  • 00:10:07.160 --> 00:10:08.070
  • that have already gone to rehab
  • 00:10:08.070 --> 00:10:09.070
  • and back, and still fall back
  • 00:10:09.070 --> 00:10:10.280
  • into it.
  • 00:10:10.280 --> 00:10:11.140
  • That's how addictive this is.
  • 00:10:11.140 --> 00:10:13.030
  • It is a very real deal.
  • 00:10:13.030 --> 00:10:14.040
  • And by the way, synthetic
  • 00:10:14.040 --> 00:10:15.290
  • is worse.
  • 00:10:15.290 --> 00:10:18.080
  • So I know it's sweeping
  • 00:10:18.080 --> 00:10:19.100
  • our cities right now is
  • 00:10:19.100 --> 00:10:20.120
  • this synthetic stuff.
  • 00:10:20.120 --> 00:10:21.190
  • It's actually more dangerous.
  • 00:10:21.240 --> 00:10:24.240
  • So please don't think,
  • 00:10:24.240 --> 00:10:25.110
  • "Oh, I'm not doing marijuana.
  • 00:10:25.110 --> 00:10:26.010
  • I'm just doing
  • 00:10:26.010 --> 00:10:26.160
  • this synthetic stuff."
  • 00:10:26.160 --> 00:10:27.060
  • That's worse!
  • 00:10:27.060 --> 00:10:28.250
  • And so, I just wanna mention
  • 00:10:31.080 --> 00:10:32.000
  • too that prescription drugs--
  • 00:10:32.000 --> 00:10:33.020
  • I mean, marijuana's
  • 00:10:33.020 --> 00:10:33.270
  • what we're talking about today,
  • 00:10:33.270 --> 00:10:35.030
  • but the truth is
  • 00:10:35.030 --> 00:10:35.210
  • that prescription drugs,
  • 00:10:35.210 --> 00:10:36.270
  • Vicodin, Lortab, I mean, there's
  • 00:10:36.270 --> 00:10:39.070
  • all kinds of different ones,
  • 00:10:39.070 --> 00:10:40.090
  • even steroids.
  • 00:10:40.090 --> 00:10:41.060
  • You know, a lot of people are
  • 00:10:41.060 --> 00:10:42.040
  • trying to use steroids to look
  • 00:10:42.040 --> 00:10:42.260
  • a certain way.
  • 00:10:42.260 --> 00:10:43.170
  • All very addictive,
  • 00:10:43.170 --> 00:10:44.260
  • all very, very dangerous.
  • 00:10:44.260 --> 00:10:47.030
  • So I just wanna encourage you
  • 00:10:47.030 --> 00:10:47.210
  • that, you know, marijuana is
  • 00:10:47.210 --> 00:10:48.170
  • obviously subject of the day,
  • 00:10:48.170 --> 00:10:50.010
  • but the reality is anything
  • 00:10:50.010 --> 00:10:51.000
  • that's addictive is bad for you.
  • 00:10:51.000 --> 00:10:52.190
  • So I just wanna encourage you
  • 00:10:52.190 --> 00:10:53.150
  • to be very careful,
  • 00:10:53.150 --> 00:10:55.140
  • because marijuana really is
  • 00:10:55.140 --> 00:10:57.030
  • addictive, and so it
  • 00:10:57.030 --> 00:10:58.200
  • really can hurt you.
  • 00:10:58.200 --> 00:10:59.180
  • "Oh, but Pastor, come on,
  • 00:10:59.180 --> 00:11:00.280
  • God made it, it's natural."
  • 00:11:00.280 --> 00:11:02.010
  • So is opium, asbestos,
  • 00:11:02.010 --> 00:11:04.040
  • mushrooms, and arsenic.
  • 00:11:04.040 --> 00:11:06.260
  • Those are all natural too,
  • 00:11:06.260 --> 00:11:07.190
  • and they'll kill you.
  • 00:11:07.190 --> 00:11:09.060
  • So just because it's natural
  • 00:11:09.060 --> 00:11:09.260
  • does not mean it's okay.
  • 00:11:09.260 --> 00:11:11.210
  • It can still kill you.
  • 00:11:11.210 --> 00:11:12.190
  • So that's a really big deal.
  • 00:11:12.190 --> 00:11:13.120
  • So, I hope you're not smoking
  • 00:11:13.120 --> 00:11:14.220
  • asbestos.
  • 00:11:14.220 --> 00:11:15.110
  • That's a real problem.
  • 00:11:15.110 --> 00:11:17.090
  • So, yikes.
  • 00:11:17.090 --> 00:11:19.000
  • Okay, so, look at the Scripture.
  • 00:11:19.000 --> 00:11:21.010
  • It goes on to say this.
  • 00:11:21.010 --> 00:11:21.220
  • Ecclesiastes 10, verse 2,
  • 00:11:21.220 --> 00:11:22.280
  • "A wise person chooses
  • 00:11:22.280 --> 00:11:23.280
  • the right road; a fool takes
  • 00:11:23.280 --> 00:11:25.270
  • the wrong one."
  • 00:11:25.270 --> 00:11:27.070
  • There are roads that you
  • 00:11:27.070 --> 00:11:29.110
  • go down.
  • 00:11:29.110 --> 00:11:30.060
  • There's a path.
  • 00:11:30.060 --> 00:11:31.020
  • In fact, look at the Scripture.
  • 00:11:31.020 --> 00:11:32.000
  • In Proverbs 14:12, it says,
  • 00:11:32.000 --> 00:11:33.070
  • "There is a path
  • 00:11:33.070 --> 00:11:34.120
  • before each person that seems
  • 00:11:34.120 --> 00:11:36.010
  • right, but it ends in death."
  • 00:11:36.010 --> 00:11:38.230
  • And this is really--marijuana,
  • 00:11:38.230 --> 00:11:40.140
  • And so, number three is this.
  • 00:11:43.020 --> 00:11:44.180
  • It's often considered
  • 00:11:44.180 --> 00:11:45.130
  • a gateway drug, leading
  • 00:11:45.130 --> 00:11:47.020
  • to even more addictive
  • 00:11:47.020 --> 00:11:48.130
  • substances.
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:49.230
  • So marijuana is down the path.
  • 00:11:49.230 --> 00:11:52.070
  • In fact, here's what the path
  • 00:11:52.070 --> 00:11:53.000
  • looks like.
  • 00:11:53.000 --> 00:11:53.230
  • First of all, you go
  • 00:11:53.230 --> 00:11:54.160
  • to the parties.
  • 00:11:54.160 --> 00:11:55.220
  • Second of all, at the parties,
  • 00:11:55.220 --> 00:11:56.260
  • you're introduced
  • 00:11:56.260 --> 00:11:57.110
  • to alcohol, right,
  • 00:11:57.110 --> 00:11:58.260
  • because some 8th grade kid
  • 00:11:58.260 --> 00:12:00.040
  • or 9th grader,
  • 00:12:00.040 --> 00:12:01.080
  • whatever the first time you go
  • 00:12:01.080 --> 00:12:02.000
  • to a party is, breaks
  • 00:12:02.000 --> 00:12:03.080
  • into their mom
  • 00:12:03.080 --> 00:12:03.230
  • and dad's liquor cabinet,
  • 00:12:03.230 --> 00:12:04.260
  • and now you've got alcohol
  • 00:12:04.260 --> 00:12:05.210
  • going on.
  • 00:12:05.210 --> 00:12:06.180
  • Then you go from alcohol
  • 00:12:06.180 --> 00:12:07.200
  • to weed.
  • 00:12:07.200 --> 00:12:08.230
  • Then you go from weed to cocaine
  • 00:12:08.230 --> 00:12:11.000
  • or meth, right?
  • 00:12:11.000 --> 00:12:13.020
  • This is what happens, right?
  • 00:12:13.020 --> 00:12:14.020
  • Crystal meth, or whatever.
  • 00:12:14.020 --> 00:12:15.010
  • And so, now you find yourself
  • 00:12:15.010 --> 00:12:16.090
  • down this road.
  • 00:12:16.090 --> 00:12:17.010
  • And so--and people tell me,
  • 00:12:17.010 --> 00:12:18.020
  • "Oh, well I would never do
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  • cocaine, Pastor."
  • 00:12:19.100 --> 00:12:20.010
  • Really?
  • 00:12:20.010 --> 00:12:20.160
  • 'Cause you said you'd never do
  • 00:12:20.160 --> 00:12:21.080
  • marijuana.
  • 00:12:21.080 --> 00:12:23.080
  • And so, that's the problem is it
  • 00:12:23.080 --> 00:12:24.000
  • takes you down a road.
  • 00:12:24.000 --> 00:12:25.250
  • And then you end up
  • 00:12:25.250 --> 00:12:26.190
  • in someone's bed you don't know.
  • 00:12:26.190 --> 00:12:27.290
  • How'd that happen?
  • 00:12:27.290 --> 00:12:28.200
  • Because of what?
  • 00:12:28.200 --> 00:12:29.080
  • 'Cause of the drinking,
  • 00:12:29.080 --> 00:12:30.030
  • the marijuana, the meth,
  • 00:12:30.030 --> 00:12:31.110
  • and the cocaine.
  • 00:12:31.110 --> 00:12:32.000
  • And now you're like,
  • 00:12:32.000 --> 00:12:32.150
  • "What in the world's going on
  • 00:12:32.150 --> 00:12:33.050
  • with my life?"
  • 00:12:33.050 --> 00:12:33.260
  • Sin takes you further
  • 00:12:33.260 --> 00:12:34.260
  • than you ever thought it would
  • 00:12:34.260 --> 00:12:35.240
  • take you.
  • 00:12:35.240 --> 00:12:37.050
  • I promise you that the 8th
  • 00:12:37.050 --> 00:12:38.160
  • and 9th grader that just took
  • 00:12:38.160 --> 00:12:39.220
  • a small hit had no idea
  • 00:12:39.220 --> 00:12:41.200
  • one day that they'd be
  • 00:12:41.200 --> 00:12:42.110
  • 40 years old and thrown away
  • 00:12:42.110 --> 00:12:43.240
  • 2 decades of their lives
  • 00:12:43.240 --> 00:12:45.110
  • because they started something
  • 00:12:45.110 --> 00:12:46.090
  • they thought was gonna make them
  • 00:12:46.090 --> 00:12:47.110
  • cool in high school
  • 00:12:47.110 --> 00:12:48.190
  • or junior high.
  • 00:12:48.190 --> 00:12:50.210
  • And it throws away decades
  • 00:12:50.210 --> 00:12:52.020
  • of their life.
  • 00:12:52.020 --> 00:12:52.210
  • In fact, by the way,
  • 00:12:52.210 --> 00:12:53.100
  • did you know, by the way,
  • 00:12:53.100 --> 00:12:54.050
  • when you finally get
  • 00:12:54.050 --> 00:12:54.270
  • off of the substance,
  • 00:12:54.270 --> 00:12:55.230
  • however old you are,
  • 00:12:55.230 --> 00:12:56.190
  • when you started
  • 00:12:56.190 --> 00:12:57.120
  • to when you finished,
  • 00:12:57.120 --> 00:12:58.040
  • you're still that age.
  • 00:12:58.040 --> 00:12:58.290
  • This is why 45-year-old men are
  • 00:12:58.290 --> 00:13:00.240
  • working the cash register
  • 00:13:00.240 --> 00:13:01.270
  • at a gas station,
  • 00:13:01.270 --> 00:13:04.030
  • which is a job for 18-year-olds,
  • 00:13:04.030 --> 00:13:07.010
  • because it stopped their growth.
  • 00:13:07.240 --> 00:13:10.240
  • Does that make sense?
  • 00:13:10.240 --> 00:13:12.140
  • Let's just be
  • 00:13:12.140 --> 00:13:12.290
  • a little more honest
  • 00:13:12.290 --> 00:13:13.260
  • about what's really going on
  • 00:13:13.260 --> 00:13:14.180
  • in our careers.
  • 00:13:14.180 --> 00:13:16.190
  • And so, that may really be
  • 00:13:16.190 --> 00:13:17.070
  • painful for you, but it's
  • 00:13:17.070 --> 00:13:19.170
  • the truth is that it stunts
  • 00:13:19.170 --> 00:13:22.120
  • your growth.
  • 00:13:22.120 --> 00:13:23.080
  • It stops you.
  • 00:13:23.080 --> 00:13:24.030
  • It's really a big deal
  • 00:13:24.030 --> 00:13:25.010
  • to understand it is
  • 00:13:25.010 --> 00:13:25.240
  • a powerful gateway drug
  • 00:13:25.240 --> 00:13:27.190
  • that can ultimately destroy
  • 00:13:27.190 --> 00:13:29.200
  • your life.
  • 00:13:29.200 --> 00:13:31.030
  • In fact, if you don't believe
  • 00:13:31.030 --> 00:13:31.230
  • me, I'll just tell you
  • 00:13:31.230 --> 00:13:32.230
  • one quick story.
  • 00:13:32.230 --> 00:13:33.130
  • There's a couple that was going
  • 00:13:33.130 --> 00:13:34.060
  • to our church
  • 00:13:34.060 --> 00:13:34.280
  • about a decade ago,
  • 00:13:34.280 --> 00:13:36.010
  • and he was a very sharp,
  • 00:13:36.010 --> 00:13:38.030
  • professional guy.
  • 00:13:38.030 --> 00:13:38.210
  • Graduated
  • 00:13:38.210 --> 00:13:39.060
  • from one of the top schools
  • 00:13:39.060 --> 00:13:40.040
  • in America as an engineer.
  • 00:13:40.040 --> 00:13:42.000
  • Very, very sharp guy.
  • 00:13:42.000 --> 00:13:42.240
  • Had a beautiful home out here
  • 00:13:42.240 --> 00:13:44.090
  • in the south area
  • 00:13:44.090 --> 00:13:45.270
  • of Corpus Christi, an area
  • 00:13:45.270 --> 00:13:47.020
  • called Kings Crossing.
  • 00:13:47.020 --> 00:13:47.290
  • Beautiful home,
  • 00:13:47.290 --> 00:13:49.050
  • had multiple children,
  • 00:13:49.050 --> 00:13:50.050
  • married, right?
  • 00:13:50.050 --> 00:13:51.060
  • I mean, good looking couple.
  • 00:13:51.060 --> 00:13:52.060
  • This is just, like, living
  • 00:13:52.060 --> 00:13:52.290
  • the American dream, right?
  • 00:13:52.290 --> 00:13:54.090
  • Well, when he was in college,
  • 00:13:54.090 --> 00:13:55.210
  • he started doing weed,
  • 00:13:55.210 --> 00:13:57.230
  • and eventually, that weed went
  • 00:13:57.230 --> 00:13:58.260
  • to more things.
  • 00:13:58.260 --> 00:14:00.020
  • But he still loved the weed,
  • 00:14:00.020 --> 00:14:01.000
  • but then he got into cocaine
  • 00:14:01.000 --> 00:14:02.000
  • and all kinds of other stuff.
  • 00:14:02.000 --> 00:14:03.000
  • And I remember one day,
  • 00:14:03.000 --> 00:14:04.230
  • I was called over to their house
  • 00:14:04.230 --> 00:14:05.210
  • to try to help him
  • 00:14:05.210 --> 00:14:06.110
  • and just encourage him,
  • 00:14:06.110 --> 00:14:07.090
  • and the guy just was addicted
  • 00:14:07.090 --> 00:14:08.090
  • as can be.
  • 00:14:08.090 --> 00:14:08.240
  • And he didn't believe he was
  • 00:14:08.240 --> 00:14:10.030
  • addicted.
  • 00:14:10.030 --> 00:14:10.180
  • He said, "I can quit anytime."
  • 00:14:10.180 --> 00:14:11.130
  • I said, "The problem is,
  • 00:14:11.130 --> 00:14:12.040
  • I hear you say it,
  • 00:14:12.040 --> 00:14:13.020
  • but your wife is wondering
  • 00:14:13.020 --> 00:14:13.220
  • what happens 3 or 4 times a year
  • 00:14:13.220 --> 00:14:14.230
  • when you're just gone
  • 00:14:14.230 --> 00:14:15.180
  • for 3 days at a time."
  • 00:14:15.180 --> 00:14:16.280
  • He just leaves.
  • 00:14:16.280 --> 00:14:18.140
  • Well, this particular time, he
  • 00:14:18.140 --> 00:14:19.260
  • had run out of money, and so he
  • 00:14:19.260 --> 00:14:21.090
  • gave his key to his dealer to go
  • 00:14:21.090 --> 00:14:23.240
  • into his home anytime he wanted
  • 00:14:23.240 --> 00:14:25.020
  • to get whatever he wanted so he
  • 00:14:25.020 --> 00:14:26.000
  • could get some weed and get
  • 00:14:26.000 --> 00:14:27.020
  • some cocaine.
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:29.020
  • So now he's got daughters
  • 00:14:29.020 --> 00:14:29.250
  • at home and his wife,
  • 00:14:29.250 --> 00:14:31.010
  • with someone that they
  • 00:14:31.010 --> 00:14:31.220
  • don't know has a key
  • 00:14:31.220 --> 00:14:32.160
  • to their house to come in
  • 00:14:32.160 --> 00:14:33.150
  • and take whatever flat screen
  • 00:14:33.150 --> 00:14:34.030
  • they want, whatever they want.
  • 00:14:34.030 --> 00:14:35.240
  • You realize how dangerous
  • 00:14:35.240 --> 00:14:36.130
  • this is?
  • 00:14:36.130 --> 00:14:37.030
  • Taking his ring,
  • 00:14:37.030 --> 00:14:37.240
  • "Here's my wedding ring.
  • 00:14:37.240 --> 00:14:38.170
  • You can hock that too.
  • 00:14:38.170 --> 00:14:39.090
  • And so, at this point,
  • 00:14:41.140 --> 00:14:42.030
  • I am begging this woman
  • 00:14:42.030 --> 00:14:43.090
  • in front of her husband
  • 00:14:43.090 --> 00:14:44.030
  • to leave him.
  • 00:14:44.030 --> 00:14:45.110
  • "Please, I beg you to leave him.
  • 00:14:45.110 --> 00:14:47.080
  • This is not safe."
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:48.060
  • "Oh no, I'm fine."
  • 00:14:48.060 --> 00:14:49.060
  • He's looking at me
  • 00:14:49.060 --> 00:14:49.230
  • like I'm crazy.
  • 00:14:49.230 --> 00:14:50.110
  • "What is wrong with you?
  • 00:14:50.110 --> 00:14:51.020
  • I can't believe you're
  • 00:14:51.020 --> 00:14:51.170
  • even suggesting this."
  • 00:14:51.170 --> 00:14:52.090
  • And so, I said,
  • 00:14:52.090 --> 00:14:52.240
  • "Well, if you won't leave him,"
  • 00:14:52.240 --> 00:14:53.230
  • after an hour of coaxing
  • 00:14:53.230 --> 00:14:54.230
  • and she doesn't come around,
  • 00:14:54.230 --> 00:14:55.220
  • I said, "Well, at least give me
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:56.240
  • the gun.
  • 00:14:56.240 --> 00:14:58.090
  • Let me get the gun
  • 00:14:58.090 --> 00:14:59.000
  • out of the house,
  • 00:14:59.000 --> 00:14:59.190
  • 'cause this guy is not safe."
  • 00:14:59.190 --> 00:15:01.190
  • "Oh, you're crazy, Pastor.
  • 00:15:01.190 --> 00:15:02.140
  • The only reason we have a gun is
  • 00:15:02.140 --> 00:15:03.080
  • to protect us from outsiders."
  • 00:15:03.080 --> 00:15:04.050
  • I said, "No, she needs
  • 00:15:04.050 --> 00:15:05.050
  • protection for you,
  • 00:15:05.050 --> 00:15:06.240
  • not outsiders."
  • 00:15:06.240 --> 00:15:07.150
  • You know what happened
  • 00:15:07.150 --> 00:15:08.020
  • about a year later?
  • 00:15:08.020 --> 00:15:08.270
  • He shot her in the head.
  • 00:15:08.270 --> 00:15:11.080
  • He's in jail now, she's dead,
  • 00:15:11.190 --> 00:15:14.190
  • and their daughters don't have
  • 00:15:14.190 --> 00:15:15.110
  • a mother or a father.
  • 00:15:15.110 --> 00:15:18.040
  • So don't tell me this isn't
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:19.010
  • serious, 'cause I'm the guy
  • 00:15:19.010 --> 00:15:21.140
  • who sees the other side of it.
  • 00:15:21.140 --> 00:15:24.060
  • And it seems so cool
  • 00:15:24.060 --> 00:15:25.290
  • in high school and college,
  • 00:15:25.290 --> 00:15:27.220
  • but it is disastrous
  • 00:15:27.220 --> 00:15:29.220
  • what it does to your life.
  • 00:15:29.220 --> 00:15:32.010
  • Please heed the warning now.
  • 00:15:32.140 --> 00:15:35.140
  • It's not worth it.
  • 00:15:35.140 --> 00:15:37.190
  • Look at Luke chapter 15,
  • 00:15:40.150 --> 00:15:42.040
  • verse 13.
  • 00:15:42.040 --> 00:15:43.000
  • It says, "Then the younger son
  • 00:15:43.000 --> 00:15:44.210
  • gathered up all that was his
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:45.270
  • and traveled far away
  • 00:15:45.270 --> 00:15:46.260
  • to another country.
  • 00:15:46.260 --> 00:15:47.180
  • There he wasted his money
  • 00:15:47.180 --> 00:15:48.270
  • in foolish living."
  • 00:15:48.270 --> 00:15:50.090
  • Basically, this young man said,
  • 00:15:50.090 --> 00:15:51.130
  • "Dad, I want
  • 00:15:51.130 --> 00:15:51.280
  • my inheritance now."
  • 00:15:51.280 --> 00:15:53.050
  • And so, he got a boatload
  • 00:15:53.050 --> 00:15:54.070
  • of money, which is also why
  • 00:15:54.070 --> 00:15:55.060
  • when you see these NFL players
  • 00:15:55.060 --> 00:15:57.000
  • and these NBA players,
  • 00:15:57.000 --> 00:15:58.040
  • they get in a lot of trouble.
  • 00:15:58.040 --> 00:15:58.220
  • Why?
  • 00:15:58.220 --> 00:15:59.040
  • 'Cause they're 22 years old
  • 00:15:59.040 --> 00:16:00.020
  • and they have $5 million.
  • 00:16:00.020 --> 00:16:01.100
  • That is
  • 00:16:01.100 --> 00:16:01.250
  • typically a bad combination.
  • 00:16:01.250 --> 00:16:03.150
  • Not to mention,
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:04.000
  • a lot of these guys don't have
  • 00:16:04.000 --> 00:16:04.190
  • dads in their lives, which means
  • 00:16:04.190 --> 00:16:05.190
  • you don't have anyone that was
  • 00:16:05.190 --> 00:16:07.020
  • strict on them, that taught them
  • 00:16:07.020 --> 00:16:08.020
  • discipline, right?
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:09.010
  • 'Cause when you're
  • 00:16:09.010 --> 00:16:09.230
  • 17, 18 years old, you can
  • 00:16:09.230 --> 00:16:11.070
  • pretty much run your mom.
  • 00:16:11.070 --> 00:16:13.080
  • And so, that happens a lot.
  • 00:16:13.080 --> 00:16:14.110
  • This is where, dads,
  • 00:16:14.110 --> 00:16:14.270
  • we gotta step up
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:15.210
  • with high school aged students.
  • 00:16:15.210 --> 00:16:17.160
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:16:17.160 --> 00:16:18.080
  • We need to step in to be
  • 00:16:18.080 --> 00:16:19.000
  • the bad guy, 'cause mom
  • 00:16:19.000 --> 00:16:19.290
  • shouldn't have to do that role.
  • 00:16:19.290 --> 00:16:20.290
  • That's our role.
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:22.110
  • And so, I see this all the time.
  • 00:16:22.110 --> 00:16:24.120
  • And if you're a single mom,
  • 00:16:24.120 --> 00:16:25.080
  • by the way, you need
  • 00:16:25.080 --> 00:16:25.270
  • to find--you don't
  • 00:16:25.270 --> 00:16:26.270
  • necessarily need to marry him
  • 00:16:26.270 --> 00:16:27.250
  • or be dating him, but just find
  • 00:16:27.250 --> 00:16:29.120
  • a really sharp man that they can
  • 00:16:29.120 --> 00:16:30.100
  • pour into their life.
  • 00:16:30.100 --> 00:16:31.010
  • This is the power
  • 00:16:31.010 --> 00:16:31.160
  • of a youth minister, by the way.
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:33.140
  • This is the power
  • 00:16:33.140 --> 00:16:33.290
  • of a good coach.
  • 00:16:33.290 --> 00:16:35.010
  • This is why I love athletics,
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:36.060
  • for young men especially,
  • 00:16:36.060 --> 00:16:37.150
  • 'cause they get
  • 00:16:37.150 --> 00:16:38.000
  • a good coach that can get
  • 00:16:38.000 --> 00:16:38.270
  • in their face and say,
  • 00:16:38.270 --> 00:16:40.060
  • "No, you will be here on time.
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:41.030
  • You're not gonna talk that way.
  • 00:16:41.030 --> 00:16:41.280
  • Don't talk to your mom
  • 00:16:41.280 --> 00:16:42.130
  • that way."
  • 00:16:42.130 --> 00:16:43.010
  • I love that, 'cause we
  • 00:16:43.010 --> 00:16:43.260
  • need that.
  • 00:16:43.260 --> 00:16:44.200
  • Men, we need it.
  • 00:16:44.200 --> 00:16:45.110
  • I needed it when I was a kid.
  • 00:16:45.110 --> 00:16:47.060
  • It's a very good thing,
  • 00:16:47.060 --> 00:16:48.110
  • you know?
  • 00:16:48.110 --> 00:16:49.020
  • So, this young man takes
  • 00:16:52.200 --> 00:16:53.110
  • his inheritance, and what does
  • 00:16:53.110 --> 00:16:53.290
  • he do?
  • 00:16:53.290 --> 00:16:54.110
  • He goes and blows it.
  • 00:16:54.110 --> 00:16:54.260
  • He's probably blowing it
  • 00:16:54.260 --> 00:16:55.110
  • on weed, and drugs, and women.
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:56.170
  • That's what he does.
  • 00:16:56.170 --> 00:16:57.100
  • He just--he blows
  • 00:16:57.100 --> 00:16:57.270
  • his inheritance.
  • 00:16:57.270 --> 00:16:59.070
  • 1 Corinthians 5:11 says,
  • 00:16:59.070 --> 00:17:00.180
  • "But now I am writing to you
  • 00:17:00.180 --> 00:17:01.240
  • that you must not associate
  • 00:17:01.240 --> 00:17:02.160
  • with anyone who claims to be
  • 00:17:02.160 --> 00:17:04.010
  • a brother or sister but is
  • 00:17:04.010 --> 00:17:05.070
  • sexually immoral or greedy,
  • 00:17:05.070 --> 00:17:07.120
  • or an idolater or slanderer,
  • 00:17:07.120 --> 00:17:08.250
  • a drunkard or a swindler."
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:10.050
  • Would you underline the word
  • 00:17:10.050 --> 00:17:10.230
  • "swindler"?
  • 00:17:10.230 --> 00:17:11.200
  • This is a drug dealer.
  • 00:17:11.200 --> 00:17:13.250
  • They're a swindler.
  • 00:17:13.250 --> 00:17:14.260
  • They're giving you a bad deal.
  • 00:17:14.260 --> 00:17:16.100
  • This is--listen, there's
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:17.070
  • a reason why they give
  • 00:17:17.070 --> 00:17:17.260
  • the first stuff free.
  • 00:17:17.260 --> 00:17:18.290
  • You know why?
  • 00:17:18.290 --> 00:17:19.220
  • 'Cause they know they're gonna
  • 00:17:19.220 --> 00:17:20.100
  • get addicted.
  • 00:17:20.100 --> 00:17:21.150
  • Why would you give it free
  • 00:17:21.150 --> 00:17:22.100
  • unless you knew you were
  • 00:17:22.100 --> 00:17:23.020
  • creating a gravy train.
  • 00:17:23.020 --> 00:17:24.080
  • Here you go.
  • 00:17:24.080 --> 00:17:24.230
  • Yeah, here, it's free.
  • 00:17:24.230 --> 00:17:25.150
  • Why?
  • 00:17:25.150 --> 00:17:26.000
  • 'Cause I know your body's gonna
  • 00:17:26.000 --> 00:17:27.000
  • get hooked, and then I'm gonna
  • 00:17:27.000 --> 00:17:28.150
  • make all the money you make.
  • 00:17:28.150 --> 00:17:31.050
  • They're swindlers.
  • 00:17:31.050 --> 00:17:31.260
  • That's just the truth of it.
  • 00:17:31.260 --> 00:17:33.180
  • "Do not even eat
  • 00:17:33.180 --> 00:17:35.050
  • with such people."
  • 00:17:35.050 --> 00:17:35.250
  • Don't go near
  • 00:17:35.250 --> 00:17:36.100
  • these kinds of people.
  • 00:17:36.100 --> 00:17:38.140
  • It's a big deal.
  • 00:17:38.140 --> 00:17:39.120
  • Number four, it's expensive
  • 00:17:39.120 --> 00:17:41.160
  • and dangerous.
  • 00:17:41.160 --> 00:17:42.260
  • It's expensive and dangerous.
  • 00:17:42.260 --> 00:17:45.120
  • I just asked
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:46.020
  • how much it typically costs,
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  • and basically it's
  • 00:17:47.110 --> 00:17:48.190
  • about $25 a gram,
  • 00:17:48.190 --> 00:17:51.140
  • which is probably 1 day's worth.
  • 00:17:51.140 --> 00:17:53.090
  • And for some people,
  • 00:17:53.090 --> 00:17:54.000
  • if they're really hooked,
  • 00:17:54.000 --> 00:17:54.180
  • it's not even that.
  • 00:17:54.180 --> 00:17:55.240
  • It's $50 to $75 a day.
  • 00:17:55.240 --> 00:17:57.290
  • You do the math on that.
  • 00:17:57.290 --> 00:17:59.230
  • In fact, some of you
  • 00:17:59.230 --> 00:18:00.160
  • right now that are thinking,
  • 00:18:00.160 --> 00:18:01.240
  • "Oh, this is no big deal.
  • 00:18:01.240 --> 00:18:02.120
  • It's not hurting my life,"
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:03.070
  • let me just ask you, have you
  • 00:18:03.070 --> 00:18:04.010
  • been doing pot for 5 years?
  • 00:18:04.010 --> 00:18:05.070
  • That's a down payment
  • 00:18:05.070 --> 00:18:06.020
  • on a house.
  • 00:18:06.020 --> 00:18:07.170
  • But instead, your dealer has
  • 00:18:07.170 --> 00:18:08.170
  • a nice house 'cause you paid
  • 00:18:08.170 --> 00:18:11.100
  • for it.
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:13.050
  • You realize that?
  • 00:18:13.050 --> 00:18:14.140
  • That's what's going on.
  • 00:18:14.140 --> 00:18:15.020
  • I'm telling you, it really will
  • 00:18:15.020 --> 00:18:16.090
  • destroy your life.
  • 00:18:16.090 --> 00:18:17.100
  • It's expensive and it is
  • 00:18:17.100 --> 00:18:19.110
  • dangerous.
  • 00:18:19.110 --> 00:18:20.040
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19 says this,
  • 00:18:20.040 --> 00:18:21.250
  • "Don't you realize
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:22.110
  • that your body is the temple
  • 00:18:22.110 --> 00:18:23.190
  • of the Holy Spirit, who lives
  • 00:18:23.190 --> 00:18:25.020
  • in you and was given to you
  • 00:18:25.020 --> 00:18:26.030
  • by God?
  • 00:18:26.030 --> 00:18:26.260
  • You do not belong to yourself,
  • 00:18:26.260 --> 00:18:27.250
  • for God bought you
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:28.240
  • with a high price.
  • 00:18:28.240 --> 00:18:29.150
  • So you must honor God
  • 00:18:29.150 --> 00:18:30.130
  • with your body."
  • 00:18:30.130 --> 00:18:32.180
  • And so, we need to be
  • 00:18:32.180 --> 00:18:33.120
  • taking care of our bodies,
  • 00:18:33.120 --> 00:18:34.080
  • and this clearly doesn't
  • 00:18:34.080 --> 00:18:34.290
  • help us.
  • 00:18:34.290 --> 00:18:35.170
  • Proverbs 14:12, "There is a path
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:36.190
  • before each person
  • 00:18:36.190 --> 00:18:37.190
  • that seems right, but it ends
  • 00:18:37.190 --> 00:18:38.120
  • in death."
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:39.190
  • Number five, it is bad
  • 00:18:39.190 --> 00:18:40.230
  • It really is just bad
  • 00:18:43.020 --> 00:18:44.030
  • for your brain and your body.
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:46.070
  • In fact, you know
  • 00:18:46.070 --> 00:18:46.220
  • what it also does?
  • 00:18:46.220 --> 00:18:47.110
  • It slows down your dab.
  • 00:18:47.110 --> 00:18:48.150
  • You're like...
  • 00:18:48.250 --> 00:18:51.250
  • This doesn't look the same.
  • 00:18:51.250 --> 00:18:54.210
  • In fact, can I tell you
  • 00:18:54.210 --> 00:18:55.100
  • right now, anyone who is arguing
  • 00:18:55.100 --> 00:18:56.250
  • for smoking weed has
  • 00:18:56.250 --> 00:18:59.070
  • this same problem.
  • 00:18:59.070 --> 00:19:00.170
  • They're actually just caught up
  • 00:19:00.170 --> 00:19:02.060
  • in the actual weed,
  • 00:19:02.060 --> 00:19:03.230
  • and so that's a problem.
  • 00:19:03.230 --> 00:19:05.200
  • Get out of here, man.
  • 00:19:05.280 --> 00:19:08.280
  • Hey, don't let him
  • 00:19:08.280 --> 00:19:09.210
  • near the snack table.
  • 00:19:09.210 --> 00:19:10.160
  • He's got the munchies.
  • 00:19:11.050 --> 00:19:14.050
  • The reality is this, is that
  • 00:19:14.050 --> 00:19:16.070
  • the only people arguing
  • 00:19:16.070 --> 00:19:18.070
  • are people who are
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:21.130
  • under the influence of it.
  • 00:19:21.260 --> 00:19:24.260
  • In fact, if you don't believe
  • 00:19:24.260 --> 00:19:25.210
  • me, then go 6 months
  • 00:19:25.210 --> 00:19:27.050
  • without smoking it and see
  • 00:19:27.050 --> 00:19:28.120
  • if you still feel the same way.
  • 00:19:28.120 --> 00:19:30.180
  • In fact, when I just mentioned
  • 00:19:30.180 --> 00:19:31.070
  • it, some of you went,
  • 00:19:31.070 --> 00:19:32.020
  • "Six months?"
  • 00:19:32.020 --> 00:19:33.090
  • Oh, I thought you weren't
  • 00:19:33.090 --> 00:19:33.250
  • addicted.
  • 00:19:33.250 --> 00:19:36.210
  • If that seems
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:37.060
  • like a real long time,
  • 00:19:37.060 --> 00:19:38.160
  • it probably means you're hooked.
  • 00:19:38.230 --> 00:19:41.230
  • God has too many great plans
  • 00:19:41.230 --> 00:19:43.040
  • for your life for you to be
  • 00:19:43.040 --> 00:19:44.090
  • addicted to any substance,
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:47.100
  • let alone weed.
  • 00:19:47.100 --> 00:19:50.000
  • God's got big plans for you.
  • 00:19:50.000 --> 00:19:51.240
  • So, real quickly, I wanna talk
  • 00:19:54.190 --> 00:19:55.160
  • about how to stop smoking weed.
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:57.010
  • You ready?
  • 00:19:57.010 --> 00:19:57.200
  • And by the way, this applies
  • 00:19:57.200 --> 00:19:58.100
  • to any other area of your life
  • 00:19:58.100 --> 00:19:59.110
  • that you find yourself
  • 00:19:59.110 --> 00:20:00.020
  • hooked on something, right?
  • 00:20:00.020 --> 00:20:01.040
  • And so, look
  • 00:20:01.040 --> 00:20:01.270
  • at Matthew chapter 5, verse 30.
  • 00:20:01.270 --> 00:20:03.050
  • It says, "If your hand--
  • 00:20:03.050 --> 00:20:04.070
  • even your stronger hand--causes
  • 00:20:04.070 --> 00:20:05.100
  • you to sin, cut it off
  • 00:20:05.100 --> 00:20:06.070
  • and throw it away.
  • 00:20:06.070 --> 00:20:07.020
  • It is better for you to lose
  • 00:20:07.020 --> 00:20:08.030
  • one part of your body
  • 00:20:08.030 --> 00:20:09.010
  • than for your whole body to be
  • 00:20:09.010 --> 00:20:10.190
  • thrown into hell."
  • 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:12.060
  • Wow.
  • 00:20:12.060 --> 00:20:12.230
  • Basically, it says, whatever is
  • 00:20:12.230 --> 00:20:14.240
  • a problem for you,
  • 00:20:14.240 --> 00:20:15.100
  • cut it off, right?
  • 00:20:15.100 --> 00:20:16.230
  • And so, what does that mean
  • 00:20:16.230 --> 00:20:18.070
  • for you and me?
  • 00:20:18.070 --> 00:20:19.140
  • It means, number one, throw out
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:20.290
  • your stash and cut off
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:22.050
  • the source.
  • 00:20:22.050 --> 00:20:23.070
  • This means you need to text
  • 00:20:23.070 --> 00:20:24.020
  • your dealer today and tell them
  • 00:20:24.020 --> 00:20:25.100
  • you're done.
  • 00:20:25.100 --> 00:20:27.080
  • And by the way, once you text
  • 00:20:27.080 --> 00:20:28.050
  • 'em, I would recommend going
  • 00:20:28.050 --> 00:20:29.080
  • by your service provider
  • 00:20:29.080 --> 00:20:31.030
  • for your phone and getting
  • 00:20:31.030 --> 00:20:31.280
  • your number changed.
  • 00:20:31.280 --> 00:20:33.170
  • Just change your number,
  • 00:20:33.170 --> 00:20:34.160
  • where they can't even get ahold
  • 00:20:34.160 --> 00:20:35.200
  • of you anymore.
  • 00:20:35.200 --> 00:20:36.150
  • And they're gonna show up,
  • 00:20:36.150 --> 00:20:37.110
  • by the way, at your house,
  • 00:20:37.110 --> 00:20:38.140
  • and try to give you
  • 00:20:38.140 --> 00:20:38.290
  • some stuff for free again.
  • 00:20:38.290 --> 00:20:40.220
  • That's how they got you
  • 00:20:40.220 --> 00:20:41.070
  • the first time, so you need
  • 00:20:41.070 --> 00:20:42.050
  • to just anticipate that's
  • 00:20:42.050 --> 00:20:43.080
  • gonna happen.
  • 00:20:43.080 --> 00:20:44.110
  • And that's when you say,
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:45.010
  • "Get away from me now."
  • 00:20:45.010 --> 00:20:46.170
  • In fact, I have been the guy
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:47.180
  • who's taken someone's phone,
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:49.030
  • and called them, and said,
  • 00:20:49.030 --> 00:20:49.190
  • "Hi, this is
  • 00:20:49.190 --> 00:20:50.060
  • Pastor Bil Cornelius,
  • 00:20:50.060 --> 00:20:51.170
  • and I have your number now,
  • 00:20:51.170 --> 00:20:52.220
  • and if you show up
  • 00:20:52.220 --> 00:20:53.200
  • at someone's house again,
  • 00:20:53.200 --> 00:20:54.160
  • I will personally deliver
  • 00:20:54.160 --> 00:20:55.180
  • your number
  • 00:20:55.180 --> 00:20:56.030
  • to my police officer friend
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:57.100
  • and they will be stopping
  • 00:20:57.100 --> 00:20:58.020
  • by your house this week."
  • 00:20:58.020 --> 00:20:59.060
  • You'd be amazed how they'll quit
  • 00:20:59.060 --> 00:21:00.050
  • calling.
  • 00:21:00.050 --> 00:21:02.080
  • I have no problem doing that.
  • 00:21:02.080 --> 00:21:03.100
  • I've done that many times.
  • 00:21:03.100 --> 00:21:04.230
  • Well, Bil, are you scared
  • 00:21:04.230 --> 00:21:05.120
  • for your life?
  • 00:21:05.120 --> 00:21:05.270
  • Not at all.
  • 00:21:05.270 --> 00:21:06.210
  • The Lord is my Protector.
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:08.010
  • They should be scared, not me.
  • 00:21:08.090 --> 00:21:11.090
  • Ridiculous.
  • 00:21:11.090 --> 00:21:12.190
  • So ridiculous.
  • 00:21:12.190 --> 00:21:14.200
  • Change friends, by joining,
  • 00:21:17.120 --> 00:21:18.160
  • by the way, a life group
  • 00:21:18.160 --> 00:21:19.150
  • as an adult, but for students,
  • 00:21:19.150 --> 00:21:21.060
  • I recommend getting
  • 00:21:21.060 --> 00:21:21.240
  • into our youth group.
  • 00:21:21.240 --> 00:21:22.270
  • It's a great way
  • 00:21:22.270 --> 00:21:23.140
  • to change friends.
  • 00:21:23.140 --> 00:21:24.060
  • 1 Corinthians 15:33 says, "Don't
  • 00:21:24.060 --> 00:21:25.110
  • be fooled by those who say
  • 00:21:25.110 --> 00:21:26.240
  • such things, for 'bad company
  • 00:21:26.240 --> 00:21:28.080
  • corrupts good character.'"
  • 00:21:28.080 --> 00:21:30.120
  • You show me who your friends are
  • 00:21:30.120 --> 00:21:32.000
  • and I'll show you your future.
  • 00:21:32.000 --> 00:21:34.070
  • And if your friends have
  • 00:21:34.070 --> 00:21:34.290
  • no future, then neither do you.
  • 00:21:35.010 --> 00:21:38.010
  • Who you hang out with determines
  • 00:21:38.010 --> 00:21:39.120
  • who you become.
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:40.260
  • So hang out with winners
  • 00:21:40.260 --> 00:21:42.130
  • who are going somewhere.
  • 00:21:42.130 --> 00:21:44.040
  • It's a big deal, I'm telling you
  • 00:21:44.040 --> 00:21:45.050
  • right now.
  • 00:21:45.050 --> 00:21:45.220
  • If all your friends are partying
  • 00:21:45.220 --> 00:21:47.070
  • and doing drugs, my question is,
  • 00:21:47.070 --> 00:21:48.270
  • when are you gonna start?
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:51.130
  • It's just a matter of time.
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:52.260
  • So I'm not trying to say
  • 00:21:52.260 --> 00:21:53.110
  • become boring.
  • 00:21:53.110 --> 00:21:54.170
  • There's all kinds of things you
  • 00:21:54.170 --> 00:21:55.060
  • can do that don't involve
  • 00:21:55.060 --> 00:21:55.230
  • damaging your body or messing up
  • 00:21:55.230 --> 00:21:57.060
  • your future.
  • 00:21:57.060 --> 00:21:58.040
  • And so, just focus
  • 00:21:58.040 --> 00:21:58.190
  • on those things instead.
  • 00:21:58.190 --> 00:22:00.250
  • So you gotta get
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:01.100
  • around the right people.
  • 00:22:01.100 --> 00:22:02.200
  • My own boys, they hang out
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:03.200
  • with a bunch of other students
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:04.160
  • and I love their friends.
  • 00:22:04.160 --> 00:22:05.260
  • In fact, my house is like--looks
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:07.030
  • like a fraternity half the time.
  • 00:22:07.030 --> 00:22:07.270
  • I've got all these dudes walking
  • 00:22:07.270 --> 00:22:08.210
  • around my house.
  • 00:22:08.210 --> 00:22:09.110
  • They're all muscle-bound
  • 00:22:09.110 --> 00:22:10.130
  • 'cause they're all working out
  • 00:22:10.130 --> 00:22:11.090
  • like crazy, and that's
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:12.120
  • what they do with their time.
  • 00:22:12.120 --> 00:22:13.130
  • Rather than partying, they're
  • 00:22:13.130 --> 00:22:14.140
  • working out all the time.
  • 00:22:14.140 --> 00:22:15.160
  • In fact, I asked
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:16.060
  • one of my son's friends, I said,
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:17.140
  • "Why are you
  • 00:22:17.140 --> 00:22:17.290
  • always working out?"
  • 00:22:17.290 --> 00:22:18.200
  • He said, "You know, I figured,
  • 00:22:18.200 --> 00:22:19.110
  • I can't party,
  • 00:22:19.110 --> 00:22:20.070
  • so I might as well just get
  • 00:22:20.070 --> 00:22:21.050
  • in really, really great shape."
  • 00:22:21.050 --> 00:22:22.100
  • And they are in great shape.
  • 00:22:22.100 --> 00:22:23.180
  • They're hanging out, but they're
  • 00:22:23.180 --> 00:22:24.240
  • not doing the wrong things.
  • 00:22:24.240 --> 00:22:26.020
  • So, I wanna encourage you
  • 00:22:26.020 --> 00:22:26.200
  • to find some good alternatives.
  • 00:22:26.200 --> 00:22:28.170
  • Romans 6:7 says, "We are
  • 00:22:28.170 --> 00:22:29.240
  • no longer slaves to sin.
  • 00:22:29.240 --> 00:22:31.050
  • For when we died with Christ we
  • 00:22:31.050 --> 00:22:33.250
  • were set free from the power
  • 00:22:33.250 --> 00:22:34.230
  • of sin.
  • 00:22:34.230 --> 00:22:35.170
  • And since we died with Christ,
  • 00:22:35.170 --> 00:22:36.190
  • we know we will also live
  • 00:22:36.190 --> 00:22:37.270
  • with him."
  • 00:22:37.270 --> 00:22:38.230
  • I've got some great news
  • 00:22:38.230 --> 00:22:39.140
  • for you.
  • 00:22:39.140 --> 00:22:40.030
  • The power of God is available
  • 00:22:40.030 --> 00:22:42.060
  • to you to help you
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:44.130
  • overcome this.
  • 00:22:44.130 --> 00:22:45.040
  • So don't believe the lie
  • 00:22:45.040 --> 00:22:47.040
  • anymore that says,
  • 00:22:47.040 --> 00:22:47.210
  • "I can't quit."
  • 00:22:47.210 --> 00:22:49.220
  • That's just not true.
  • 00:22:49.220 --> 00:22:50.250
  • In fact, I wanted to add
  • 00:22:50.250 --> 00:22:51.250
  • a Scripture here
  • 00:22:51.250 --> 00:22:52.200
  • for those of you who feel
  • 00:22:52.200 --> 00:22:53.180
  • like you've lost a lot of time,
  • 00:22:53.180 --> 00:22:55.020
  • that you've given
  • 00:22:55.020 --> 00:22:55.170
  • a lot of your life to a drug.
  • 00:22:55.170 --> 00:22:57.150
  • I wanted to add this Scripture,
  • 00:22:57.150 --> 00:22:58.070
  • so just write this in,
  • 00:22:58.070 --> 00:22:59.010
  • would you?
  • 00:22:59.010 --> 00:22:59.160
  • Joel 2:25, it says, "I will
  • 00:22:59.160 --> 00:23:01.000
  • restore," God says,
  • 00:23:01.000 --> 00:23:02.100
  • "I will restore the years
  • 00:23:02.100 --> 00:23:03.200
  • that the swarming locust
  • 00:23:03.200 --> 00:23:04.190
  • has eaten."
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:05.250
  • God says, "I will restore
  • 00:23:05.250 --> 00:23:07.060
  • the years that you've lost."
  • 00:23:07.060 --> 00:23:08.280
  • Some of you say, "Man, I'm
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:09.230
  • that guy, Pastor.
  • 00:23:09.230 --> 00:23:10.130
  • I'm that 40-year-old running
  • 00:23:10.130 --> 00:23:11.120
  • the cash register."
  • 00:23:11.120 --> 00:23:12.280
  • Can I just encourage you
  • 00:23:12.280 --> 00:23:13.200
  • that if you will get clear
  • 00:23:13.200 --> 00:23:15.210
  • of the drugs, God can speed up
  • 00:23:15.210 --> 00:23:17.110
  • your career
  • 00:23:17.110 --> 00:23:18.010
  • from where you left off.
  • 00:23:18.010 --> 00:23:19.240
  • Isn't that good to know that?
  • 00:23:19.240 --> 00:23:21.010
  • I've seen God do this time
  • 00:23:21.010 --> 00:23:21.260
  • and again in people's lives.
  • 00:23:21.260 --> 00:23:23.120
  • And so, the years
  • 00:23:23.120 --> 00:23:24.120
  • that you've lost,
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  • God will give you back.
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  • In fact, maybe you've spent
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  • your--maybe you've lost
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  • a lot of years
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  • on enabling someone,
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  • which you thought was
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  • loving them, that has
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  • a drug problem, and now it's
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  • time to get away from them
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  • and God'll restore your years.
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  • You know, maybe that's
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  • where you're at is that you're
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  • addicted to the person who's
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  • addicted.
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  • And God's saying,
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  • "It's time to walk from this."
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  • I wanna encourage you, that's
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  • probably a really good idea.
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  • And so, God has a better plan
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  • for you.
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  • Number 3, if you continue
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  • to relapse, go
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  • to a 12-step program.
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  • And then, the last one here,
  • 00:23:54.170 --> 00:23:56.020
  • Romans chapter 12, verse 2 says,
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  • "Do not conform to the pattern
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  • of this world, but be
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  • transformed by the renewing
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  • of your mind."
  • 00:24:01.000 --> 00:24:02.050
  • Would you underline,
  • 00:24:02.050 --> 00:24:02.210
  • "Renewing of your mind"?
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  • That's what
  • 00:24:03.060 --> 00:24:03.210
  • really has to change here.
  • 00:24:03.210 --> 00:24:04.190
  • "Then you will be able to test
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  • and approve what God's will
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  • is--his good, pleasing
  • 00:24:06.230 --> 00:24:08.100
  • and perfect will."
  • 00:24:08.100 --> 00:24:09.010
  • If you're addicted
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  • to a substance, you should not
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  • make any major decisions
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  • in your life
  • 00:24:11.210 --> 00:24:12.070
  • until you're off the substance,
  • 00:24:12.070 --> 00:24:13.090
  • because it will be
  • 00:24:13.090 --> 00:24:13.250
  • the wrong decision.
  • 00:24:13.250 --> 00:24:15.260
  • This is how you end up marrying
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  • the wrong person, dating
  • 00:24:16.150 --> 00:24:17.280
  • the wrong person, doing
  • 00:24:17.280 --> 00:24:19.180
  • horrible things in your career.
  • 00:24:19.180 --> 00:24:21.020
  • You just make bad choices
  • 00:24:21.020 --> 00:24:22.090
  • when you're addicted
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  • to substances.
  • 00:24:22.240 --> 00:24:24.040
  • It's really dangerous.
  • 00:24:24.040 --> 00:24:24.250
  • Especially, parents, if you've
  • 00:24:24.250 --> 00:24:25.250
  • got kids, do you understand
  • 00:24:25.250 --> 00:24:27.100
  • how dangerous it is that you're
  • 00:24:27.100 --> 00:24:28.130
  • doing drugs and you've got
  • 00:24:28.130 --> 00:24:29.120
  • children?
  • 00:24:29.120 --> 00:24:30.170
  • I mean, that is a huge risk.
  • 00:24:30.170 --> 00:24:32.030
  • In fact, if the authorities knew
  • 00:24:32.030 --> 00:24:32.250
  • that, they would take your kids
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  • from you.
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:35.000
  • You're risking your children
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  • by doing this.
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  • God has a better way for you.
  • 00:24:38.260 --> 00:24:39.280
  • Number four, if necessary,
  • 00:24:39.280 --> 00:24:41.050
  • check into a rehab.
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  • Charlie's Place is a great one
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  • locally, but there's other ones
  • 00:24:44.140 --> 00:24:45.290
  • as well.
  • 00:24:45.290 --> 00:24:46.280
  • If you're really addicted
  • 00:24:46.280 --> 00:24:47.230
  • and need to get off
  • 00:24:47.230 --> 00:24:48.080
  • the substance, go check yourself
  • 00:24:48.080 --> 00:24:49.260
  • into your friend's
  • 00:24:49.260 --> 00:24:50.200
  • or family's home
  • 00:24:50.200 --> 00:24:51.180
  • for a couple days
  • 00:24:51.180 --> 00:24:52.070
  • and get off of it, and then
  • 00:24:52.070 --> 00:24:53.110
  • have them go take you
  • 00:24:53.110 --> 00:24:54.090
  • over to Padre Behavioral.
  • 00:24:54.090 --> 00:24:56.020
  • I wanna encourage you to get
  • 00:24:56.020 --> 00:24:56.210
  • some help and get some help now.
  • 00:24:56.210 --> 00:24:59.010
  • God has a better way.
  • 00:24:59.010 --> 00:25:00.050
  • Can I just close with this?
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  • You are not alone.
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:06.250
  • Look around you.
  • 00:25:06.250 --> 00:25:07.210
  • You're in a church
  • 00:25:07.210 --> 00:25:08.100
  • full of people who love you,
  • 00:25:08.100 --> 00:25:10.120
  • who will help you,
  • 00:25:10.120 --> 00:25:11.210
  • who will not judge you.
  • 00:25:11.210 --> 00:25:13.020
  • One thing I can tell you
  • 00:25:13.020 --> 00:25:13.240
  • about Church Unlimited,
  • 00:25:13.240 --> 00:25:14.260
  • this is a judgment-free
  • 00:25:14.260 --> 00:25:16.080
  • environment where we
  • 00:25:16.080 --> 00:25:17.050
  • truly just care for you.
  • 00:25:17.050 --> 00:25:20.000
  • Jesus accepts you
  • 00:25:20.000 --> 00:25:21.010
  • just like you are.
  • 00:25:21.010 --> 00:25:21.280
  • We accept you
  • 00:25:21.280 --> 00:25:23.070
  • just like you are, too.
  • 00:25:23.070 --> 00:25:24.120
  • But Jesus also loves you
  • 00:25:24.120 --> 00:25:25.130
  • enough not to leave you
  • 00:25:25.130 --> 00:25:27.050
  • where you are, but to help you
  • 00:25:27.050 --> 00:25:29.060
  • be free of the things
  • 00:25:29.060 --> 00:25:30.150
  • controlling your life.
  • 00:25:30.150 --> 00:25:31.240
  • God has a phenomenal plan
  • 00:25:31.240 --> 00:25:34.230
  • for your life, and it begins
  • 00:25:34.230 --> 00:25:36.020
  • today by setting you free
  • 00:25:36.020 --> 00:25:38.280
  • - Bil: Hey, thanks so much for
  • 00:25:46.220 --> 00:25:47.150
  • watching the program today.
  • 00:25:47.150 --> 00:25:49.040
  • I got a question for you.
  • 00:25:49.040 --> 00:25:50.150
  • Have you asked Jesus Christ
  • 00:25:50.150 --> 00:25:51.200
  • to be your Lord and Savior?
  • 00:25:51.200 --> 00:25:53.180
  • Have you prayed a simple prayer
  • 00:25:53.180 --> 00:25:55.050
  • that guarantees that you will
  • 00:25:55.050 --> 00:25:56.260
  • go to heaven because you know
  • 00:25:56.260 --> 00:25:58.070
  • Jesus?
  • 00:25:58.070 --> 00:25:59.190
  • Would you pray this prayer with
  • 00:25:59.190 --> 00:26:00.140
  • me right now?
  • 00:26:00.140 --> 00:26:01.160
  • You can just say this out loud.
  • 00:26:01.160 --> 00:26:02.100
  • You can say,
  • 00:26:02.100 --> 00:26:02.290
  • "Dear Jesus, I realize I need
  • 00:26:02.290 --> 00:26:05.040
  • you.
  • 00:26:05.040 --> 00:26:06.050
  • I believe you died on the cross
  • 00:26:06.050 --> 00:26:07.070
  • for me to pray the price
  • 00:26:07.070 --> 00:26:08.150
  • for my sins and I believe
  • 00:26:08.150 --> 00:26:10.060
  • you rose again.
  • 00:26:10.060 --> 00:26:11.130
  • Please come into my heart,
  • 00:26:11.130 --> 00:26:12.250
  • be my Lord and be my Savior.
  • 00:26:12.250 --> 00:26:15.090
  • Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.
  • 00:26:15.090 --> 00:26:17.230
  • - female announcer: Have you
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  • ever wondered what God says
  • 00:26:21.180 --> 00:26:22.190
  • about today's most
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  • controversial subjects?
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  • - Bil: God has too many great
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  • plans for your life for you to
  • 00:26:25.280 --> 00:26:27.000
  • be addicted to any substance.
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