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November 13, 2016
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The Pride of Earner-Ship and Ownership: Experience It and Enjoy It

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  • Bobby Schuller: With us today is Dr. Leslie Wickman,
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  • a woman of faith who just so happens to be a
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  • rocket scientist. She's the executive director of
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  • the American Scientific Affiliation, which endeavors to
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  • connect people of science and Christianity.
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  • Please welcome with me Dr. Wickman.
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  • Leslie Wickman: Thank you so much.
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  • Bobby: So nice to see you. Leslie: Thanks so much.
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  • Pleasure to be here. Bobby: And Dr. Wickman, I
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  • had a chance to interview you on "Praise the Lord"
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  • a few weeks ago on TBN. And we got to talk for
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  • 30 minutes. Today, we can only talk for six.
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  • But I just found your story so compelling.
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  • And in particular, first of all, you're
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  • a rocket scientist, so what does that mean?
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  • Because I always think it's almost a joke,
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  • like that means you're the smartest thing that you can do.
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  • Leslie: I do get that joke a lot, actually.
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  • But yeah, I worked on the NASA Hubble Space Telescope and the
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  • International Space Station programs, and a variety of
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  • other projects. So yeah, I mean, I've done all
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  • kinds of different things in the aerospace industry, including
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  • rocket science. Bobby: Well, that's astonishing.
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  • And of course, for you--for you, faith is--like,
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  • I feel like so many people feel as though faith and
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  • science, you can't, like, be into both.
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  • You have to kind of be into one or the other.
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  • Leslie: Yeah, and that's kind of an unfortunate
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  • misunderstanding. You know, I'd like to think
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  • that my life is proof of the fact that you can be
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  • both a faithful Christian as well as a good scientist.
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  • And actually, recent study of scientists in the United States
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  • indicated that a full 61% of practicing scientists and
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  • engineers in the US are Christians.
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  • Bobby: Wow. I met a number of scientists
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  • who said, "I became religious when I became a
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  • scientist, when I started studying space
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  • or started studying these other things.
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  • It really called into question a lot of the sort of
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  • narrow view that I had of the world."
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  • Like, even the Big Bang, I know that was originally proposed by
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  • a Belgian priest, who was originally rejected by being too
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  • creationistic until it was finally I think proved.
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  • Leslie: Well there's, yeah, growing body of evidence
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  • for the Big Bang. And you know, I refer to it as
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  • the Big Bang creation event, you know?
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  • And it is much more God friendly than the model that was
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  • widely accepted before that, which was the steady state
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  • model that said that everything always existed,
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  • therefore no need to explain a beginning.
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  • But when the Big Bang began getting more evidence,
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  • and was more and more accepted, a lot of people were very
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  • uncomfortable with it on the kind of secular atheist side
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  • because the fact that there was a beginning to the universe
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  • necessitates an explanation for how it began.
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  • Bobby: So, what do you think? There really are some pretty
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  • compelling evidences for the existence of a God or a
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  • creator, right? Leslie: Yeah, in fact, one of
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  • the most compelling besides the fact that there was a
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  • beginning is this principle called the anthropic principle.
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  • It's also known as the fine tuning argument or the
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  • goldilocks principle that says that everything has to
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  • be just exactly what it is.
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  • If you change any of the values, for example,
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  • for the strength of gravity, or the strength of the
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  • electromagnetic force, or the strength of the strong nuclear
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  • force, or the speed of light, any small change means that
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  • life cannot exist anywhere in the universe.
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  • And some people have actually calculated the probabilities of
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  • getting all those things just exactly right.
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  • And bear in mind that this list is, like, about 100
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  • parameters long. The probabilities of getting
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  • those things all exactly right are somewhere in the vicinity
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  • of one chance in 10 to the 280th power.
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  • Now, that's a big number. So, to bring that down
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  • to earth-- Bobby: It's a ton.
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  • Leslie: Yeah, sorry, I do that from time to time.
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  • But one of my colleagues has made an analogy of that.
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  • It's basically saying that it's like one person buying just one
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  • lottery ticket each time they play, and winning on that one
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  • ticket twice a week every week for 50 years in a row.
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  • Now, I'll talk about that with my students and say,
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  • "Well, if you read a story about somebody doing just exactly
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  • that, what would your first reaction be?"
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  • And inevitably, they'll say, "Well, it has to be rigged."
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  • And I say, "Yeah, bingo, that's exactly right.
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  • The universe is rigged for life."
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  • Bobby: Yeah, terrific, yeah. That's good.
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  • I mean, it is compelling. And the funny thing is,
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  • you know, I pastor--we have a lot of young people that
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  • we pastor. And very often, people go
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  • to college, and I find that junior colleges for some
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  • reason do this a lot, but it's just my own observation.
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  • But very often, science professors will draw this,
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  • like, line in the sand. You have to check your religion
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  • at the door. You can't have a faith and
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  • be a true scientist. What do you say to students
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  • who are going through that, or parents who have kids that
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  • are coming back that are kind of in this in between place?
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  • Leslie: Keep studying. Keep looking at this amazing
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  • universe that God put together for us.
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  • The more I study and the more research I do,
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  • the more I see connections between science and faith.
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  • And we need to let God out of the box that we've put him in.
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  • Bobby: If it's true, you can discover it.
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  • Leslie: And all truth is God's truth.
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  • Nothing that we learn through science is going to challenge
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  • who God is. Bobby: Yeah, that's great.
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  • What a great word. Well, thank you for all you're
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  • doing for--in your work with the AMA--or ASA rather.
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  • And we're just so grateful that you're here, Dr. Wickman.
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  • Leslie: My pleasure. Bobby: And thank you for
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  • this word. It's so encouraging.
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  • Leslie: Thank you so much. And please do check out
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  • our website. There's lots of resources for
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  • science and faith for students, and teachers, and pastors.
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  • The website is asa3.org, so please visit.
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  • Bobby: Well, let's thank her, Dr. Leslie Wickman.
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  • Thank you so much, we appreciate you.
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  • Bobby: Friends, will you hold your hands out like this as a
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  • sign of receiving? We're going to say this creed
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  • together as we do every week.
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  • I am not what I do. I am not what I have.
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  • I am not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry, I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus, and share his love with the world.
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  • Thanks, you can be seated.
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  • I want you to know that whoever you are,
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  • and no matter how old or young you are,
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  • no matter how healthy or sick you might be,
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  • no matter what your challenges are,
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  • I need you to know something today.
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  • If you are alive, you have a purpose.
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  • If you are here today and you have breath in your lungs,
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  • there is a reason. Very simply, whomever you are,
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  • you have something terrific to offer the world.
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  • And that's what I want to say to you this morning.
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  • No matter where you are in your life,
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  • you have something amazing to give this world.
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  • And the only thing that's holding you back is your fear
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  • and your doubt. Today, I'm going to encourage
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  • you to become a maker and not a taker.
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  • God makes makers, but the devil makes takers.
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  • The Bible says that the enemy comes to steal,
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  • and to kill, and destroy, and so do his disciples.
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  • Those who follow the ways of the enemy take,
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  • they break, they steal, they kill.
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  • But not you. You're a maker;
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  • you're a builder. I remember once, when somebody
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  • broke into my car and stole $20, it was the world's
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  • nicest thief. The door was open, and
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  • the glove box was open. And the things that were taken
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  • out of the glove box were neatly placed around,
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  • like this person was like a clean freak.
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  • Like the napkins, I keep napkins from McDonalds,
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  • and they're always--they were more together on the
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  • floor than they were in my glove box.
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  • Anyway, and there's like the center console, the center
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  • console was open, left open. And the middle tray was
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  • taken out gently, even with all the little things in
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  • it, set neatly on the seat.
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  • And of course my 20--I keep $20 emergency there, gone.
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  • And like, all they took was $20. I mean, it's a lot of money,
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  • but I was--I'm still angry about it.
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  • Like, oh, somebody opened my car and just took $20.
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  • They just took it. And I know they were polite
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  • about it, but still. So, there is a--there's a
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  • certain galling nature to thievery.
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  • And that's what we're talking about today.
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  • Today is the eighth commandment, you shall not steal.
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  • You shall not steal. The pride and joy that
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  • comes from earning, from making something wonderful with
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  • your hands, something you thought, "I could
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  • never build something like this, but I just stepped
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  • out on a risk, I tried.
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  • I went for my dream, and after failing and failing and failing
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  • and failing, and enduring and enduring,
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  • finally I've got this amazing thing that the world can see.
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  • And I am so proud that I earned this.
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  • I didn't have to steal, I didn't have to lie,
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  • I didn't have to cheat. I made something great.
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  • And you can do that. That's what I want for you
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  • today. I want for you to feel and know
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  • that all the reasons you think you can't do great
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  • things for God are lies from the enemy.
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  • They are challenges. They are challenges.
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  • That doesn't mean that you can't overcome them.
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  • So, very quickly, I'm going to give you seven things
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  • you can do to be a world changer.
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  • And the first thing is to change what's going on up in here.
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  • Number one, dump blaming others. Get rid of excuses.
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  • Get rid of all the ways that you think that you can't succeed or
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  • thrive. Everybody has lots of those
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  • things. You just don't see them.
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  • So, dump your excuses, and stop blaming others.
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  • Because one you do that, things start to change in
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  • your perception of how to succeed.
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  • You begin to see a new way forward in your life.
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  • Remember, the greatest scientist,
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  • Stephen Hawking, is a quadriplegic.
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  • Well, I don't know if he's quadriplegic,
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  • but he's in a wheelchair.
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  • The greatest entrepreneur of my lifetime,
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  • Steve Jobs, was an orphan.
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  • The greatest saint in my lifetime, Mother Teresa,
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  • was a poor Albanian woman.
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  • Whatever you're told are the things that are going to keep
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  • you from succeeding, it's only true if you believe it.
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  • I believe, regardless of whatever challenges,
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  • whatever disadvantages, whatever setbacks you have in life,
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  • you can and you will do great things for God.
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  • Believe it. Believe it here, and everything
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  • will change.
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  • I want to show you a picture of where Amazon and Google
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  • and Apple and Harley Davidson and Mattel and Disney started.
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  • Remember that image.
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  • I'll put it on my Instagram, how's that?
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  • And I'll put this list on my Instagram too.
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  • Excuses will always be there for you, but opportunity won't.
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  • Become a lifelong learner. Never stop learning.
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  • Almost every problem you have in your life is
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  • a knowledge problem. And we can discover the
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  • solutions to these problems together or individually.
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  • But many of the problems that you're faced, especially
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  • the common problems like poverty, those things have
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  • answers. Start learning.
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  • Learn more than anyone else.
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  • Be the hungriest person for knowledge you know.
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  • Even cancer, for example, has a cure.
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  • We just haven't discovered it yet.
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  • We need to learn it.
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  • There are many things about all the many problems that
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  • you have in your life.
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  • Many of those things other people have gone through,
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  • and they've found solutions. So, keep reading.
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  • Keep meeting people. Keep asking questions.
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  • Don't pretend that you're smarter than you actually are.
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  • Actually pretend, if anything, that you're dumb.
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  • You might learn something. That's what I do.
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  • Whatever adversity you have in your life, turn your adversity
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  • into your advantage. I see people do this constantly.
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  • You know, if you're in a certain type of group of people that
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  • says--everybody says is disadvantaged,
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  • I promise you can turn that disadvantage into an advantage.
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  • This happened last week, when we had Nick Vujicic.
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  • No arms and no legs, almost--tried to commit suicide.
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  • He has used that tremendous disadvantage,
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  • tremendous disadvantage to his advantage.
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  • The guy wants to preach the gospel to every person on earth,
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  • and I think he just might do it.
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  • He has millions of followers on Facebook,
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  • and millions have come to faith through his ministry.
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  • And he has not let not having arms and legs keep him back.
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  • In fact, he's used it to his advantage because when a guy
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  • with no arms and no legs is preaching,
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  • everybody has to pay attention, quite honestly.
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  • He's an amazing speaker, but he's turned his disadvantage
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  • into an advantage. You know, you don't have
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  • to make the world fair. It never will be.
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  • Simply turn your disadvantage to your advantage.
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  • You can overcome any adversity this world is going to throw at
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  • you. I believe in you, and so
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  • does God. Be resilient.
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  • Learn from your failure. You are going to fail a lot.
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  • You're going to fail more than you're going to succeed.
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  • But the one out of ten successes are going to make all the
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  • failures worth it because every time you fail,
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  • there will even be a victory in that.
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  • And the victory is this: I learned, I grew, I gained
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  • knowledge. And knowledge is all you
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  • need to succeed next time. So, be resilient.
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  • Don't quit, don't throw away your tomorrow.
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  • Take time to rest and to dream.
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  • This is something I learned this year big time.
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  • I found that so often, I am working so hard that I never
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  • take a break to see the bigger picture.
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  • I never take a break to see all the things I'm doing wrong.
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  • So often, we're working so hard that when we do get free time,
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  • all we do is we waste it on entertainment.
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  • Trust me, I love entertainment.
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  • But sometimes, we need to allocate some of that time to
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  • just sitting in a chair and staring into space, to just--I
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  • have a beach chair that I keep in the back of my trunk.
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  • And the reason I do that is if I see something beautiful in my
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  • car, I can pull over, pull my beach chair out right there,
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  • and just sit there and look at it, and allow God to speak
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  • to me. You'd be amazed how many
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  • times that has come in advantage, especially
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  • living in California. It's a beautiful state.
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  • I'm very glad to live here for that reason.
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  • But take time, and take an hour, take 2 hours to not be on your
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  • phone, to not be watching TV, to not be on the Internet,
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  • but to simply think. Don't read, don't write,
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  • just look. Just look at your life,
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  • look at the things around you, and you'll begin
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  • to get new dreams and a new vision for your life.
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  • Work hard. Work real hard.
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  • Thomas Edison said something like,
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  • "Most people don't succeed because succeeding
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  • comes in a pair of overalls."
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  • There was a study one when I was in college I think by the Wall
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  • Street Journal that really had a big impact on my life.
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  • And it was a study of the 10% poorest people in America versus
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  • the 10% wealthiest people in America who were self-made,
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  • meaning they didn't inherit it or anything like that.
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  • And they asked them one simple question.
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  • How do you succeed in America?
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  • The 10% of the poorest people, almost all had the same answer.
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  • You know what it was?
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  • Get an education, get a college degree.
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  • The ten--and that's a good thing.
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  • But the 10% wealthiest people said work hard.
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  • I think there really is something about the idea that
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  • working hard, working consistently on something you
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  • love, and not giving up is a key to succeeding.
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  • So, work hard.
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  • And I want to say, most importantly, take a risk.
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  • My brother-in-law, Chris, asked his dad,
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  • who--you know, Hannah and her family,
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  • Hannah is one girl, has five brothers in her family.
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  • And her dad was in ministry for awhile.
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  • And you know, they were poor, they were very poor.
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  • He was a gardener, and decided--after I think he had
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  • his fifth or sixth kid, he was like, "I got to pay for all
  • 00:20:29.270 --> 00:20:31.280
  • these mouth somehow, and this gardening
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  • thing is not doing it."
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  • So, he decided to go to optometry school.
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  • And they were on government housing,
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  • and government welfare, and ate government cheese.
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  • And one time, Hannah took this little--she had a food stamp,
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  • a $5 food stamp that had gone through the laundry.
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  • And it was all--it was just like shreds of paper.
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  • So, she taped the whole thing together.
  • 00:20:53.160 --> 00:20:55.080
  • Her mom said, "You can't use it, but you can try."
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  • And she got, like, $5 worth of candy.
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  • She was like six or seven, just cute little girl.
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  • And poor, poor, cute little girl in Tahlequah,
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  • Oklahoma, and put all this candy,
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  • and like handed this shriveled, like, food stamp to the cashier.
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:11.260
  • And of course he took it, you know?
  • 00:21:11.270 --> 00:21:14.090
  • And probably worse, paid for it himself.
  • 00:21:14.100 --> 00:21:17.040
  • But the great thing about that story is Dr. Pressley,
  • 00:21:17.050 --> 00:21:19.180
  • her dad, now is a very wealthy man.
  • 00:21:19.190 --> 00:21:22.090
  • He created a successful eye company.
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  • He didn't listen to the many people,
  • 00:21:24.130 --> 00:21:26.140
  • and there were a lot, who said, "You can't do it."
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:28.290
  • Instead, he just kept taking risks, kept working hard, and
  • 00:21:29.000 --> 00:21:33.030
  • gained a bigger vision for his life.
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  • You know what? Hannah's brother asked her dad,
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  • "If you could speak to a younger version of yourself, what advice
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  • would you give yourself?"
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  • And he said, "Take more risk." Take a risk.
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  • If you feel like you're in a rut in your life, take a risk.
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  • Do something that scares you, as Eleanor Roosevelt said.
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  • Do something every day that scares you.
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  • Even if that's, like, going on a rollercoaster,
  • 00:21:58.040 --> 00:22:00.220
  • or eating calamari, or whatever, just do it.
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  • Do something to get you out of the rut of
  • 00:22:05.090 --> 00:22:07.210
  • being comfortable and feeling safe.
  • 00:22:07.220 --> 00:22:12.100
  • If you hear anything I say today,
  • 00:22:12.110 --> 00:22:14.170
  • it is that all--I think the enemy's number one thing is
  • 00:22:14.180 --> 00:22:20.190
  • to get you to be an entitled taker, to blame everyone
  • 00:22:20.200 --> 00:22:24.280
  • and to make excuses for where you are.
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:27.060
  • But God's dream for you is to get a new picture of who you
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  • are, that you're his beloved son or daughter,
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  • that you have a big purpose in your life.
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  • And that regardless of whatever sickness it is that you have,
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  • or whatever setback it is you have,
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  • or whatever you think is your big disadvantage,
  • 00:22:40.180 --> 00:22:42.200
  • or you were born with all the wrong cards,
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  • he wants you to know victory is at hand.
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  • That if you get a bigger picture for your life, you can do
  • 00:22:47.250 --> 00:22:52.100
  • incredible things for God if you just believe it up here.
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  • And don't let the world tell you that you have to be a victim,
  • 00:22:57.050 --> 00:23:00.040
  • or that you're entitled, that you got to blame everyone else.
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  • The world is going to hit you, it's going to hurt you.
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  • You're going to face suffering, but you will endure.
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  • I believe it with all my heart. And that is God's message
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  • for you today. You have great things ahead
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  • for you. I believe it with all my heart.
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  • We love you, and God loves you.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • As you are celebrating a Sabbath this weekend if you're watching
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  • on the weekend, as you're going into your work week,
  • 00:23:26.260 --> 00:23:29.170
  • go with passion into everything you do.
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  • Do things that make you a creator, a maker, somebody
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  • who has something generous to give to the world.
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  • Father, we thank you that you have called us here.
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  • Lord, we love you so much.
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  • You are the most creative, joy-filled,
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  • imaginative being in the universe.
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  • We trust our lives to you, and we thank you that you believe
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  • in us. You're a good Father,
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  • and we love you. In Christ's name we pray, amen.
  • 00:23:54.010 --> 00:23:57.250
  • Raf Imara: I was born in Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 00:23:58.280 --> 00:24:01.160
  • In 1991, my life and many others changed dramatically when the
  • 00:24:01.170 --> 00:24:08.020
  • Gulf War started, and we all had to be soldiers.
  • 00:24:08.030 --> 00:24:12.150
  • What I saw and experienced there was horrible and inhumane.
  • 00:24:12.160 --> 00:24:17.280
  • I'm the only one of my barracks who survived.
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  • I was angry with God, and disappointed because
  • 00:24:21.050 --> 00:24:24.290
  • he allowed this to happen.
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  • Though I tried to move on, anger and sadness stood by
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  • me as a shadow. Then one day, I saw "Hour
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  • of Power." A young man said, "God loves
  • 00:24:35.220 --> 00:24:39.000
  • you no matter what you are." I still question things, but now
  • 00:24:39.010 --> 00:24:43.180
  • I leave it to God because he is the one who
  • 00:24:43.190 --> 00:24:46.200
  • answers, and I have to trust him.
  • 00:24:46.210 --> 00:24:49.020
  • For now, he says to me, "You are my beloved son.
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  • I gave you life, and I will lead each day."
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  • This has changed my life forever.
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  • I am now more positive and happy with my life.
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  • I want to thank you for your message, and for giving
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  • me a different perspective and purpose in my life.
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  • I know now that God is here, and he loves me.
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  • Thank you. Sincerely, Raf Imara.
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  • Bobby: Raf, thank you so much,
  • 00:25:18.190 --> 00:25:19.280
  • and we're so thrilled about your new positive attitude,
  • 00:25:19.290 --> 00:25:22.240
  • and your understanding of God's love for you.
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  • I mean, that is why we get up in the morning is
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  • for people like you. And one of the reason's we're
  • 00:25:27.290 --> 00:25:29.260
  • sharing these stories with the whole world is because we
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  • have to raise money to continue to reach these types of people.
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  • When we ask for money, we're not asking for us,
  • 00:25:35.260 --> 00:25:37.270
  • we're asking for people like Raf.
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  • We're asking for those people in the world that are going through
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  • just a rough time, that are looking for hope.
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  • They don't know where to look, and then on the TV,
  • 00:25:45.250 --> 00:25:47.230
  • we're there. Recently, we prayed about it,
  • 00:25:47.240 --> 00:25:51.110
  • and we took a huge leap to go on a nationwide network.
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  • And the price tag was $16.000 a month, and we just said,
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  • "Let's do it. Let's step out in faith,
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  • let's go." So, we did.
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  • We made this move, and we're asking people to get behind it.
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  • And if the millions of people that watch,
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  • if everybody plays just a small part in this,
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  • it'll be a piece of cake, we can totally do it.
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  • And we're asking you to help us because that $16.000 is going to
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  • reach hundreds of thousands of people,
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  • millions every year if you get behind us and make our dream a
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  • reality. We believe in you.
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  • It's not for us, it's for people that are hurting,
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  • people that need hope, and you're doing it.
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  • I'm so thankful for you.
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  • male announcer: We receive thousands of letters each week
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  • filled with testimonies of what God is doing in the lives of
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  • "Hour of Power" viewers. It's a blessing for us, and now
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  • we want to share it with you.
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  • So, for every donation of $20 or more, we're going to
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  • Every page is filled with a short but beautiful
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  • quote from these testimonies.
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  • Let each month be a reminder of God's faithfulness,
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  • and how your support is changing lives.
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  • Call, write, or go online now.
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