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September 2, 2017
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  • Make a connection.
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  • Make a connection
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  • at the foot
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  • at the foot
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  • - male announcer: Jesus loves
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  • - male announcer: Jesus loves
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  • And Jesus loves you.
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  • If Jesus loves people,
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  • - Tamra Aragon: Hello, and
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  • welcome to this message from
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig of
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  • Calvary Albuquerque.
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  • Skip's teachings are shared
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  • globally, and we're excited
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  • to hear how they're helping
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  • to empower others to live
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  • for Christ.
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  • If this message brings you
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  • closer to Jesus,
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  • we'd like to know.
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  • E-mail us at
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  • mystory@calvaryabq.org.
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  • And if you'd like to support
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  • this ministry financially,
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  • at calvaryabq.org/giving.
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  • Jesus loves everyone and
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  • is compassionate towards
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  • all people, including those
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  • who struggle with addiction.
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  • As we continue the series "Jesus
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  • Loves People," we see that
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  • Jesus has a message for addicts
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  • and a plan to help them, and
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  • we can be a part of that plan.
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  • Mark your Bibles in Luke chapter
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  • 4 and Matthew chapter 11
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  • as Skip begins the message
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  • as Skip begins the message
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  • - Pastor Skip Heitzig: "My Name
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  • is Davey.
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  • I'm An Alcoholic."
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  • That's the title of a book that
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  • came out several years ago that
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  • dealt with teenage alcoholism.
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  • It featured a 15-year-old boy
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  • who was an alcoholic.
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  • He was addicted.
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  • He denied that he had a need
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  • until someone else in his life,
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  • another young girl named Maxine,
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  • was also an alcoholic and was
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  • experiencing convulsions because
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  • of her alcoholism.
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  • She wanted help.
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  • He did not want help.
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  • Again, these are kids who are
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  • dealing with the topic of
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  • teenage alcoholism.
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  • I wanna talk to you today
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  • about addictions.
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  • Now, some of you might be
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  • thinking, "Why on earth would
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  • you wanna talk about addictions
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  • from the pulpit in church?"
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  • Well, for two reasons.
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  • First reason is because it's not
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  • talked about in church.
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  • Churches usually don't deal with
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  • the topic.
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  • They don't deal with the issue.
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  • Oh, they're good at
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  • marginalizing it and condemning
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  • certain behaviors, but not
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  • dealing with it.
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  • And the second reason is because
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  • sin is never private.
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  • It always affects other people,
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  • emotionally, spiritually, and
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  • even physically.
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  • When David's sin against
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  • Bathsheba was known, and it
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  • could even be seen as a sexual
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  • addiction, it seemed that, in
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  • his life, it didn't just affect
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  • David and it didn't just affect
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  • Bathsheba.
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  • But the long tentacles of his
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  • sin reached further, into the
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  • life of her husband, Uriah, who
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  • lost his life because of it,
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  • into the life of Joab, David's
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  • general, who was jaded because
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  • of it, and even David's own
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  • children, who had that father
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  • doing that thing as a role model
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  • for them, which ruined a lot of
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  • their own future relationships.
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  • It's never ever done privately.
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  • Albert Einstein was the one who
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  • said: "Insanity is doing
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  • the same thing over and over
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  • again and expecting a different
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  • result."
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  • And though he was
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  • talking about science, what if
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  • we were to apply what he said to
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  • life, to our life?
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  • What do you repeat over and over
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  • and over again, but you are
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  • expecting a different result?
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  • For some people, it's just one
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  • more drink.
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  • "One more, just one more, then
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  • it's over, then I'm done."
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  • Or, "One more hit," or, "One
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  • more look at that stuff on
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  • the Internet, then I'm done."
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  • For others, it's, "Just a few
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  • more dollars, and no one will
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  • even know it's missing."
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  • For others, it's,
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  • "Just one more
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  • shopping trip."
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  • And for still others,
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  • it's, "Just
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  • one more binge meal."
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  • Addictions
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  • have different colors.
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  • They come in different flavors.
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  • But that repetitive,
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  • ongoing cycle doesn't stop.
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  • Now, you probably may already
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  • know this, but the word
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  • "addiction" is not found in your
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  • Bible, unless, of course,
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  • you have the King James Bible,
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  • the old King James Bible.
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  • I'm reading the New King James.
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  • It's not found in my version.
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  • It's not found in any modern
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  • version, but it does appear once
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  • in the old King James Bible.
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  • But it'll surprise you to know
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  • that it's not mentioned
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  • in a negative sense
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  • but in a positive sense.
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  • In 1 Corinthians 16, Paul
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  • writes about the household
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  • of Stephanas.
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  • "They are addicted to the
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  • ministry," he said.
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  • Simply put, here's a family that
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  • is devoted to serving people,
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  • and he uses the term "addicted."
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  • That's the only time you'll find
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  • it, in the old King James
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  • Version in a good sense,
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  • not a bad sense.
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  • Now, we know it today in
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  • a negative connotation,
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  • an addiction.
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  • Webster's Dictionary defines an
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  • "addiction" as: "a surrender of
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  • one's self to something
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  • obsessively and habitually."
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  • But the idea of addiction
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  • shows up all over the place
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  • in the Bible,
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  • in other words, different words
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  • than the word "addiction."
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  • One of those words is found in
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  • our text this morning.
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  • It's the word "captive" or
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  • "captives" in the plural.
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  • Those who are held as prisoner
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  • by repetitive, ongoing behavior,
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  • they're held captive.
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  • Also, in 1 Corinthians, Paul
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  • says: "All things are lawful for
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  • me, but I will not be mastered
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  • by any."
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  • That's another
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  • description of it,
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  • when something masters you
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  • and you keep doing it over
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  • and over and you seem to
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  • can't be able to stop.
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  • Addiction is always a present
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  • danger posed by our own nature.
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  • The Bible calls it, "The flesh."
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  • That's our old, our sinful
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  • nature, the Bible calls,
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  • "The flesh."
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  • So, in Ephesians chapter 2,
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  • verse 3, Paul says:
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  • "Formerly, we walked in
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  • the desires of our flesh,
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  • indulging those desires."
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  • 1 Peter chapter 2,
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  • verse 11: "Abstain from
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  • fleshly desires which wage war
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  • against the soul."
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  • And in the book of James,
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  • he speaks about,
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  • "Those who are carried away
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  • and seduced by the tempter,
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  • living under their desires."
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  • So, what special word
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  • would Jesus Christ
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  • have for such people?
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  • What words of hope would Christ
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  • have for those who find
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  • themselves in addictive
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  • behavior?
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  • Moreover, what kind of role
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  • model would he have for us,
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  • the followers of Christ,
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  • in how to treat addicts?
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  • I wanna begin with you
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  • in Luke chapter 4.
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  • I've asked you
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  • to turn to Luke chapter 4.
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  • And I first want you to notice
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  • that Jesus has good news
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  • for addicts.
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  • In Luke chapter 4, verse 16, we
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  • begin: "So he came to Nazareth,
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  • where he had been brought up.
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  • And as his custom was,
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  • he went into the synagogue
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  • on the Sabbath day,
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  • and he stood up to read.
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  • He was handed the book of
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  • the prophet Isaiah.
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  • And when he had opened the book,
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  • he found the place where it was
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  • written: 'The Spirit of the Lord
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  • is upon me, because he has
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  • anointed me to preach the gospel
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  • to the poor; he has sent me
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  • to heal the brokenhearted, to
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  • proclaim liberty to the captives
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  • and recovery of sight to the
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  • blind, to set at liberty those
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  • who are oppressed; to proclaim
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  • the acceptable year of
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  • the Lord.'
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  • Then he closed the book,
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  • gave it back to the attendant
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  • and he sat down.
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  • And the eyes of all who were in
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  • the synagogue were fixed on him.
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  • And he began to say to them,
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  • 'Today this Scripture is
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  • fulfilled in your hearing.'"
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  • This marks the beginning
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  • of Jesus' public ministry.
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  • He is 30 years of age.
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  • He walks into the synagogue,
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  • a little group gathering.
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  • He had gone to that synagogue
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  • growing up all his life.
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  • Now he's back and he is given a
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  • scroll.
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  • He opens the scroll to Isaiah,
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  • we know it as chapter 61, and he
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  • begins his ministry by reading
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  • this text.
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  • What fascinates me about that is
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  • somebody else began their
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  • ministry using the same exact
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  • portion of Scripture.
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  • His name was John Wesley.
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  • It was April 2, 1739 when Wesley
  • 00:10:08.150 --> 00:10:11.140
  • decided he's not just going to
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  • preach the gospel inside of a
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  • church where church people come,
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  • but he's gonna take it outside
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  • the walls, where the
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  • disenfranchised are, where the
  • 00:10:22.140 --> 00:10:24.230
  • street people, where the people
  • 00:10:24.230 --> 00:10:26.260
  • who had never come to church
  • 00:10:26.260 --> 00:10:28.070
  • hang out.
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  • And he writes in his diary after
  • 00:10:31.040 --> 00:10:33.130
  • his first message, he said,
  • 00:10:33.130 --> 00:10:34.260
  • "Three thousand people heard
  • 00:10:34.260 --> 00:10:37.170
  • the gospel outside the walls
  • 00:10:37.170 --> 00:10:40.120
  • of the church today."
  • 00:10:40.120 --> 00:10:42.130
  • And he said,
  • 00:10:42.130 --> 00:10:43.030
  • "I chose as my text,"
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  • the very text we are reading.
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  • So I find it fascinating that
  • 00:10:47.220 --> 00:10:49.040
  • he decided to begin his ministry
  • 00:10:49.040 --> 00:10:51.160
  • to the disenfranchised and
  • 00:10:51.160 --> 00:10:53.010
  • the captive much like Jesus
  • 00:10:53.010 --> 00:10:55.200
  • did with the same text.
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  • Now, look at verse 18 a little
  • 00:10:57.220 --> 00:10:59.050
  • more carefully, and notice with
  • 00:10:59.050 --> 00:11:01.050
  • your own eyes the description
  • 00:11:01.170 --> 00:11:04.170
  • of the audience that Jesus
  • 00:11:04.170 --> 00:11:06.210
  • was sent to.
  • 00:11:06.210 --> 00:11:08.260
  • As you look at some of the words
  • 00:11:08.260 --> 00:11:10.120
  • in that verse, I think
  • 00:11:10.120 --> 00:11:11.180
  • you're gonna have to agree,
  • 00:11:11.180 --> 00:11:13.050
  • we're talkin' about the messiest
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  • bunch of folks that you
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  • could ever imagine.
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  • Look at 'em, look at
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  • the description: "Poor,
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  • brokenhearted, captive, blind,
  • 00:11:21.210 --> 00:11:24.210
  • oppressed."
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  • You know what?
  • 00:11:26.220 --> 00:11:27.170
  • That describes us,
  • 00:11:27.170 --> 00:11:29.260
  • the whole lot of us.
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  • None of us came out perfect.
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  • We were all born flawed.
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  • I know, your parents thought you
  • 00:11:39.030 --> 00:11:41.010
  • were greatest.
  • 00:11:41.010 --> 00:11:41.210
  • When you were born, they said,
  • 00:11:41.210 --> 00:11:42.160
  • "Look, she's perfect."
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  • All they had to do was wait,
  • 00:11:46.270 --> 00:11:49.270
  • am I right?
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:50.220
  • Soon, they would discover how
  • 00:11:50.220 --> 00:11:52.230
  • flawed you really were.
  • 00:11:53.000 --> 00:11:56.000
  • Soon, they would discover, as
  • 00:11:56.000 --> 00:11:57.110
  • your human nature began to
  • 00:11:57.110 --> 00:11:58.260
  • blossom, "Oh, man, she's got
  • 00:12:00.280 --> 00:12:03.280
  • that propensity."
  • 00:12:03.280 --> 00:12:05.040
  • "He has that bent,
  • 00:12:05.040 --> 00:12:07.290
  • that leaning."
  • 00:12:07.290 --> 00:12:09.100
  • And then,
  • 00:12:09.100 --> 00:12:10.070
  • as the years went on, even you
  • 00:12:10.070 --> 00:12:11.080
  • made that same discovery about
  • 00:12:11.080 --> 00:12:13.040
  • yourself.
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  • As societal pressure and inborn
  • 00:12:14.240 --> 00:12:16.240
  • tendencies worked together, you
  • 00:12:16.240 --> 00:12:19.210
  • saw how flawed you really were.
  • 00:12:20.010 --> 00:12:23.010
  • And for some people, that
  • 00:12:23.010 --> 00:12:25.210
  • fleshly pull is so profound, it
  • 00:12:27.250 --> 00:12:30.250
  • shows itself in what we would
  • 00:12:30.250 --> 00:12:33.000
  • call, "Life-dominating sins,"
  • 00:12:33.000 --> 00:12:34.150
  • addictions, life-dominating
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  • sins, what the writer of
  • 00:12:38.160 --> 00:12:41.160
  • Hebrews calls, "Besetting sins."
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  • Hebrews chapter 12 says:
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  • "The sin which so easily besets
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  • us," ensnares us, entangles us.
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  • That's an addiction.
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  • You know, Jesus has a special
  • 00:12:55.050 --> 00:12:58.050
  • message for such people.
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  • Notice, he has come to preach
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  • the gospel.
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  • You know what the word "gospel"
  • 00:13:03.060 --> 00:13:04.060
  • means, right?
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  • It means "good news."
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  • And we, as Christians, need to
  • 00:13:07.220 --> 00:13:09.190
  • remember that our message ought
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  • to be a message of good news.
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  • For the life of me, I don't know
  • 00:13:14.260 --> 00:13:16.060
  • how we manage to do it, but some
  • 00:13:16.060 --> 00:13:17.160
  • of us Christians manage to make
  • 00:13:17.160 --> 00:13:19.050
  • good news sound like bad news.
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  • "You oughtta become a Christian
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  • and have joy like me, and have
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  • peace and meaning and zip
  • 00:13:27.120 --> 00:13:29.080
  • and zing in your life."
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  • "No, thanks, next."
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  • It's good news, and we need
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  • to give the gospel, good news,
  • 00:13:37.190 --> 00:13:40.090
  • because, you see, the world
  • 00:13:40.090 --> 00:13:42.110
  • has messages of bad news for
  • 00:13:43.210 --> 00:13:46.210
  • these people: "You were born
  • 00:13:46.210 --> 00:13:48.220
  • this way."
  • 00:13:48.220 --> 00:13:49.130
  • "You'll never change."
  • 00:13:49.200 --> 00:13:52.200
  • "That identifies you
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  • and that defines you,
  • 00:13:53.250 --> 00:13:55.050
  • and your addiction will
  • 00:13:55.050 --> 00:13:56.130
  • always define you."
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  • We need to give them
  • 00:13:59.160 --> 00:14:00.110
  • the good news.
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  • The good news is the gospel.
  • 00:14:02.100 --> 00:14:04.120
  • And what is the gospel,
  • 00:14:04.120 --> 00:14:05.220
  • by the way?
  • 00:14:05.220 --> 00:14:07.060
  • Well, the gospel, according
  • 00:14:07.060 --> 00:14:08.080
  • to Paul in 1 Corinthians 15,
  • 00:14:08.080 --> 00:14:10.030
  • is very simple.
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  • It's that message that Jesus
  • 00:14:11.170 --> 00:14:13.110
  • came, that he died, that he was
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  • buried, and that he rose
  • 00:14:16.150 --> 00:14:18.020
  • again from the dead,
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  • and that he did it for you.
  • 00:14:19.130 --> 00:14:21.060
  • That's the gospel.
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  • Somebody asked Charles Spurgeon
  • 00:14:21.260 --> 00:14:23.020
  • one time, "Could you take
  • 00:14:23.020 --> 00:14:25.010
  • everything you believe in or
  • 00:14:25.010 --> 00:14:26.250
  • that Christians believe in and
  • 00:14:26.250 --> 00:14:28.120
  • sum it up in a few words?"
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  • He said, "I'll give you four
  • 00:14:29.220 --> 00:14:30.240
  • words: Christ died for me."
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  • That's the gospel,
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  • that's the good news.
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  • He loves you.
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  • He has a plan for you.
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  • So, notice, it says that
  • 00:14:43.290 --> 00:14:46.100
  • "the Lord sent him, the Father
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  • sent him to proclaim liberty
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  • to the captives."
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  • There's that word.
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  • I just wanna consider that word
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:57.260
  • when we talk about addictions,
  • 00:14:57.260 --> 00:14:59.000
  • "captive."
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  • Did you know the word literally
  • 00:15:00.270 --> 00:15:02.080
  • refers to prisoners of war,
  • 00:15:02.080 --> 00:15:03.290
  • POWs?
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  • "I have come to proclaim liberty
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  • to prisoners of war."
  • 00:15:08.180 --> 00:15:10.050
  • Jesus has a special message
  • 00:15:10.050 --> 00:15:12.070
  • to those who have been
  • 00:15:12.070 --> 00:15:13.010
  • barraged by the enemy.
  • 00:15:15.280 --> 00:15:18.280
  • Jesus has a special message
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  • for those who have been taken
  • 00:15:21.130 --> 00:15:22.210
  • captive by Satan, who are in
  • 00:15:22.210 --> 00:15:24.240
  • bondage of addiction.
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  • I was reading this week the
  • 00:15:26.200 --> 00:15:29.010
  • testimony of an ex-addict named
  • 00:15:29.010 --> 00:15:31.090
  • Gary.
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  • Here's his story in a nutshell.
  • 00:15:32.250 --> 00:15:35.040
  • When he grew up, he said he was
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  • abused by his maternal
  • 00:15:36.170 --> 00:15:39.110
  • grandmother.
  • 00:15:39.110 --> 00:15:42.090
  • That would tweak anybody.
  • 00:15:42.090 --> 00:15:44.060
  • By age 12, he was drinking
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  • alcohol, he became addicted to
  • 00:15:46.140 --> 00:15:48.200
  • it, 12 years of age.
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  • By 16, he was already on drugs
  • 00:15:50.280 --> 00:15:52.280
  • and became addicted.
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  • One day, as a teenager, as a
  • 00:15:55.180 --> 00:15:58.050
  • mid-to-late teenager, he was in
  • 00:15:58.050 --> 00:16:00.170
  • a car, and somebody in the car,
  • 00:16:00.170 --> 00:16:03.150
  • I don't know exactly who it was,
  • 00:16:03.150 --> 00:16:05.200
  • but spoke to him a message.
  • 00:16:05.200 --> 00:16:08.090
  • He said, "Gary, I don't know why
  • 00:16:08.090 --> 00:16:09.260
  • I'm telling you this, but I feel
  • 00:16:09.260 --> 00:16:11.060
  • like I need to tell you,
  • 00:16:11.060 --> 00:16:11.260
  • Jesus loves you."
  • 00:16:11.260 --> 00:16:14.110
  • He goes, "What?"
  • 00:16:14.110 --> 00:16:16.020
  • "Jesus Christ loves you."
  • 00:16:19.110 --> 00:16:22.110
  • Gary said, "You know, it
  • 00:16:22.110 --> 00:16:23.160
  • irritated me, but that simple
  • 00:16:23.260 --> 00:16:26.260
  • message was so profound.
  • 00:16:27.140 --> 00:16:30.140
  • Jesus loves an addict?"
  • 00:16:30.240 --> 00:16:33.240
  • He said, "Those words were
  • 00:16:33.240 --> 00:16:35.160
  • a seed that began to break down
  • 00:16:35.160 --> 00:16:37.270
  • my angry, hardened heart."
  • 00:16:38.260 --> 00:16:41.260
  • So, Jesus has good news
  • 00:16:41.260 --> 00:16:43.100
  • for addicts, "I've come
  • 00:16:43.100 --> 00:16:44.110
  • to preach the good news."
  • 00:16:46.040 --> 00:16:49.040
  • There's something else.
  • 00:16:49.040 --> 00:16:50.270
  • Not only does he have good news
  • 00:16:50.270 --> 00:16:52.070
  • for addicts, Jesus has a good
  • 00:16:52.070 --> 00:16:53.270
  • plan for addicts.
  • 00:16:53.270 --> 00:16:55.290
  • I draw you back to verse 18 of
  • 00:16:55.290 --> 00:16:57.220
  • Luke chapter 4.
  • 00:16:57.220 --> 00:16:58.270
  • I want you to notice, as you
  • 00:16:58.270 --> 00:17:01.050
  • look at the text, the
  • 00:17:01.050 --> 00:17:02.180
  • relationship between two phrases
  • 00:17:02.180 --> 00:17:04.240
  • because it's an important
  • 00:17:04.240 --> 00:17:05.280
  • relationship.
  • 00:17:05.280 --> 00:17:07.130
  • Notice he says that "he has been
  • 00:17:07.130 --> 00:17:10.000
  • anointed, he has been sent,
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:12.180
  • to proclaim liberty to the
  • 00:17:12.180 --> 00:17:14.150
  • captives," see that phrase?
  • 00:17:14.230 --> 00:17:17.230
  • But then, notice a few phrases
  • 00:17:17.230 --> 00:17:19.190
  • after that, "To set at liberty
  • 00:17:21.100 --> 00:17:24.100
  • those who are oppressed."
  • 00:17:24.100 --> 00:17:25.220
  • "To proclaim liberty."
  • 00:17:25.220 --> 00:17:27.220
  • "To set at liberty."
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  • "To proclaim liberty,"
  • 00:17:29.090 --> 00:17:30.100
  • is to preach, to herald,
  • 00:17:30.100 --> 00:17:31.230
  • to make an announcement, to
  • 00:17:31.230 --> 00:17:32.220
  • say something with your mouth.
  • 00:17:32.220 --> 00:17:35.130
  • But, "To set at liberty,"
  • 00:17:35.130 --> 00:17:37.210
  • is something vastly different.
  • 00:17:37.210 --> 00:17:40.030
  • In other words, "I'm gonna
  • 00:17:40.030 --> 00:17:41.170
  • do for you what I proclaimed."
  • 00:17:41.290 --> 00:17:44.290
  • In other words, Jesus is saying,
  • 00:17:46.000 --> 00:17:49.000
  • "I don't just have a nice sermon
  • 00:17:49.220 --> 00:17:52.220
  • for addicts.
  • 00:17:52.220 --> 00:17:53.260
  • I have a great strategy
  • 00:17:53.260 --> 00:17:56.000
  • for them.
  • 00:17:56.000 --> 00:17:56.200
  • I have a plan, and my plan is
  • 00:17:56.200 --> 00:17:58.210
  • to release them, to give them
  • 00:17:58.210 --> 00:18:00.100
  • freedom from their addictions,
  • 00:18:00.100 --> 00:18:02.090
  • to break the cycle
  • 00:18:02.090 --> 00:18:04.170
  • that they're caught in."
  • 00:18:04.170 --> 00:18:06.230
  • Now, how does he do that?
  • 00:18:06.230 --> 00:18:07.190
  • How can he do that?
  • 00:18:07.190 --> 00:18:09.230
  • How can God do that?
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:13.020
  • Well, I think you will
  • 00:18:13.020 --> 00:18:13.270
  • agree with this statement.
  • 00:18:13.270 --> 00:18:15.250
  • First of all,
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:16.150
  • he can do anything, right?
  • 00:18:16.150 --> 00:18:18.170
  • He can do anything.
  • 00:18:18.170 --> 00:18:19.260
  • So, how does he do it?
  • 00:18:19.260 --> 00:18:21.080
  • Well, I have seen him--
  • 00:18:21.080 --> 00:18:22.260
  • but again, this is rare.
  • 00:18:22.260 --> 00:18:23.280
  • I'll just say that.
  • 00:18:23.280 --> 00:18:25.170
  • He can take away
  • 00:18:25.170 --> 00:18:27.260
  • a desire instantly.
  • 00:18:27.260 --> 00:18:28.290
  • And a lot of us would just love
  • 00:18:28.290 --> 00:18:30.210
  • it if he would do that with
  • 00:18:30.210 --> 00:18:31.120
  • all of our bad desires, just
  • 00:18:31.120 --> 00:18:32.230
  • take it away, just remove it.
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:35.170
  • I have heard the testimony of
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:37.100
  • those who have been addicted to
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:38.120
  • a variety of things tell me they
  • 00:18:38.120 --> 00:18:40.210
  • no longer have any trouble
  • 00:18:40.210 --> 00:18:43.020
  • with that issue anymore.
  • 00:18:43.020 --> 00:18:44.030
  • They're not even struggling
  • 00:18:44.030 --> 00:18:45.000
  • with it.
  • 00:18:45.000 --> 00:18:45.200
  • They don't have a desire.
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:46.100
  • I applaud that.
  • 00:18:46.100 --> 00:18:47.060
  • I think it's wonderful,
  • 00:18:47.060 --> 00:18:48.030
  • it's miraculous.
  • 00:18:48.030 --> 00:18:49.140
  • It's not the norm.
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:53.060
  • Usually, the way he does that
  • 00:18:53.060 --> 00:18:55.020
  • is supernaturally naturally.
  • 00:18:55.170 --> 00:18:58.170
  • That is, supernatural power that
  • 00:18:58.170 --> 00:19:01.130
  • comes through natural processes.
  • 00:19:01.180 --> 00:19:04.180
  • It's the principle
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:05.130
  • of cooperation.
  • 00:19:05.150 --> 00:19:08.150
  • If you're familiar with
  • 00:19:08.150 --> 00:19:09.110
  • your Old Testament,
  • 00:19:09.110 --> 00:19:10.140
  • you know this principle.
  • 00:19:10.140 --> 00:19:12.140
  • God tells the children
  • 00:19:12.140 --> 00:19:13.130
  • of Israel,
  • 00:19:13.130 --> 00:19:14.030
  • "Go in and conquer the land.
  • 00:19:14.030 --> 00:19:15.290
  • Take it over.
  • 00:19:15.290 --> 00:19:16.230
  • I'm gonna give the land to you.
  • 00:19:16.230 --> 00:19:18.110
  • I'm gonna deliver your
  • 00:19:18.110 --> 00:19:19.170
  • enemies into your hand."
  • 00:19:19.170 --> 00:19:20.160
  • Sounds easy, right?
  • 00:19:20.160 --> 00:19:22.160
  • "I'm gonna do this.
  • 00:19:22.160 --> 00:19:23.060
  • I'm gonna do that.
  • 00:19:23.060 --> 00:19:23.270
  • I'm gonna deliver.
  • 00:19:23.270 --> 00:19:24.170
  • I'm gonna give."
  • 00:19:24.170 --> 00:19:25.230
  • But he also says,
  • 00:19:25.230 --> 00:19:27.010
  • "You need boots on the ground.
  • 00:19:27.010 --> 00:19:29.020
  • You need to take your sword out.
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  • You need to engage in battle.
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  • You need to march through
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  • the land.
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  • And as you cooperate with me,
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  • my power will give it to you
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  • and do it for you through
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  • a natural process."
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  • So, I wanna give you
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  • what I think is a healthy
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  • process that God empowers.
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  • From everything I've read, and
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  • from those that I have spoken
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  • with who have, in the past,
  • 00:19:51.260 --> 00:19:53.150
  • been addicted to a variety of
  • 00:19:53.150 --> 00:19:55.130
  • substances, we need to take
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  • and isolate that addiction.
  • 00:19:58.280 --> 00:20:01.280
  • So, picture an addiction in
  • 00:20:01.280 --> 00:20:04.080
  • front of you, however you wanna
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  • picture it, whatever it is, and
  • 00:20:05.120 --> 00:20:07.130
  • we need now to quarantine it.
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  • We need to isolate it.
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  • We need to draw a box around it.
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  • The box has four sides.
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  • The first side we're gonna call,
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  • "Accurate assessment."
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  • You need to make an accurate
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  • assessment of your addiction.
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  • In other words, don't
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  • underestimate your addiction.
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  • It's a big deal.
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  • This is where many people fail,
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  • "Ah, it's not a big deal.
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  • I can stop any time I want."
  • 00:20:33.200 --> 00:20:36.200
  • They never do.
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  • It keeps going.
  • 00:20:37.100 --> 00:20:39.270
  • The cycle continues, but they
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  • keep telling themselves,
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  • "Not a big deal."
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  • No, accurate assessment.
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  • Don't underestimate
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  • your addiction.
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  • An addiction is not a typical
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  • challenge that everybody
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  • goes through.
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  • It is the struggle of
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  • a lifetime.
  • 00:20:57.090 --> 00:20:59.170
  • In fact, there will probably
  • 00:20:59.170 --> 00:21:01.220
  • never be a greater challenge in
  • 00:21:01.220 --> 00:21:04.170
  • your entire life than that
  • 00:21:04.170 --> 00:21:06.250
  • particular challenge.
  • 00:21:06.250 --> 00:21:07.230
  • All other problems will pale in
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  • comparison, accurate assessment.
  • 00:21:12.090 --> 00:21:15.090
  • One author who was once addicted
  • 00:21:16.250 --> 00:21:19.250
  • wrote these words: "Early
  • 00:21:19.250 --> 00:21:21.000
  • recovery is one big dramatic
  • 00:21:21.000 --> 00:21:23.170
  • event, and your emotional core
  • 00:21:23.250 --> 00:21:26.250
  • is bouncing down the side of a
  • 00:21:26.250 --> 00:21:28.170
  • mountain.
  • 00:21:28.170 --> 00:21:29.070
  • It's an emotional rollercoaster.
  • 00:21:29.070 --> 00:21:31.230
  • The same phenomenon can be
  • 00:21:31.230 --> 00:21:33.230
  • observed when someone tries to
  • 00:21:33.230 --> 00:21:35.160
  • quit smoking.
  • 00:21:35.160 --> 00:21:37.180
  • The smoker will notice that
  • 00:21:37.180 --> 00:21:38.240
  • every time they try to quit
  • 00:21:38.240 --> 00:21:39.250
  • smoking, all this drama pops up
  • 00:21:39.250 --> 00:21:42.150
  • in their life.
  • 00:21:42.150 --> 00:21:43.240
  • 'Why is this happening?'
  • 00:21:43.240 --> 00:21:44.230
  • they wonder.
  • 00:21:44.230 --> 00:21:45.130
  • Why does all this drama suddenly
  • 00:21:45.130 --> 00:21:47.010
  • show up every time they try to
  • 00:21:47.010 --> 00:21:48.190
  • quit?"
  • 00:21:48.190 --> 00:21:49.090
  • He answers it: "You have been
  • 00:21:49.090 --> 00:21:51.130
  • fooled by your addiction."
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:55.110
  • "You have been fooled
  • 00:21:55.110 --> 00:21:56.060
  • by your addiction.
  • 00:21:56.060 --> 00:21:57.080
  • Withdrawal from nicotine, or
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:59.110
  • drugs, or pornography, or food
  • 00:21:59.280 --> 00:22:03.000
  • turn up the intensity," he says,
  • 00:22:03.000 --> 00:22:05.260
  • "on your life, turns up
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:07.160
  • the emotional intensity."
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:09.080
  • So, an accurate assessment is
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:11.130
  • the first side of that box.
  • 00:22:11.130 --> 00:22:14.050
  • Let's draw a second side
  • 00:22:14.050 --> 00:22:16.020
  • to quarantine addiction.
  • 00:22:16.020 --> 00:22:17.290
  • We'll call this,
  • 00:22:17.290 --> 00:22:18.250
  • "Overwhelming force."
  • 00:22:18.250 --> 00:22:20.140
  • Use overwhelming force.
  • 00:22:21.280 --> 00:22:24.280
  • If you wanna capture a base of
  • 00:22:24.280 --> 00:22:27.180
  • your enemies, the best way to do
  • 00:22:28.020 --> 00:22:31.020
  • it is by using overwhelming
  • 00:22:31.020 --> 00:22:33.130
  • force.
  • 00:22:33.130 --> 00:22:34.030
  • So, if it takes 200 soldiers to
  • 00:22:34.030 --> 00:22:36.000
  • take over an enemy base, bring
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:37.160
  • 800 so there is no chance for
  • 00:22:37.260 --> 00:22:40.260
  • failure.
  • 00:22:40.260 --> 00:22:41.270
  • You will overwhelm the enemy
  • 00:22:41.270 --> 00:22:43.120
  • with your force.
  • 00:22:43.120 --> 00:22:44.110
  • You'll make sure that the job
  • 00:22:44.110 --> 00:22:45.270
  • gets done.
  • 00:22:46.290 --> 00:22:49.290
  • One alcoholic said that early
  • 00:22:52.170 --> 00:22:55.170
  • on, he struggled with the idea
  • 00:22:55.170 --> 00:22:57.120
  • that he was smarter than
  • 00:22:57.120 --> 00:22:58.100
  • everybody else.
  • 00:22:58.100 --> 00:22:59.000
  • He goes, "Yeah, I know there's
  • 00:22:59.000 --> 00:22:59.200
  • people who are alcoholics,
  • 00:22:59.200 --> 00:23:00.280
  • but I'm the smart one.
  • 00:23:00.280 --> 00:23:03.130
  • You know, I don't need the same
  • 00:23:03.130 --> 00:23:05.190
  • kind of help they do."
  • 00:23:05.190 --> 00:23:07.260
  • Now, I've found this
  • 00:23:07.260 --> 00:23:08.160
  • to be typical.
  • 00:23:08.160 --> 00:23:09.060
  • So, he was tellin' himself
  • 00:23:09.060 --> 00:23:10.010
  • things like this: "I don't need
  • 00:23:10.010 --> 00:23:11.160
  • a real long rehab, and I don't
  • 00:23:11.170 --> 00:23:14.170
  • need to go to meetings that
  • 00:23:14.170 --> 00:23:16.120
  • many times a week
  • 00:23:16.120 --> 00:23:18.060
  • like other people do."
  • 00:23:18.200 --> 00:23:21.200
  • And so he kept failing and
  • 00:23:21.200 --> 00:23:22.230
  • failing and failing, and that
  • 00:23:22.230 --> 00:23:24.110
  • cycle continued, till somebody
  • 00:23:24.110 --> 00:23:25.270
  • told him, a friend of his said,
  • 00:23:25.270 --> 00:23:27.120
  • "You don't need 3 weeks
  • 00:23:27.120 --> 00:23:28.160
  • or 3 months.
  • 00:23:28.160 --> 00:23:29.110
  • You need a year rehab."
  • 00:23:29.110 --> 00:23:32.030
  • And he was so beat up by
  • 00:23:32.030 --> 00:23:33.080
  • failure, he said,
  • 00:23:33.080 --> 00:23:34.080
  • "You're right," and he went,
  • 00:23:34.080 --> 00:23:35.120
  • and he did it, and he said,
  • 00:23:35.120 --> 00:23:36.100
  • "It was the best thing I
  • 00:23:36.100 --> 00:23:37.060
  • ever did," overwhelming force.
  • 00:23:38.190 --> 00:23:41.190
  • I talked to a friend this week,
  • 00:23:41.190 --> 00:23:43.120
  • a friend of mine who struggled
  • 00:23:43.120 --> 00:23:45.020
  • for years with addictions to
  • 00:23:45.020 --> 00:23:46.240
  • heroin and other substances.
  • 00:23:46.240 --> 00:23:48.250
  • And as I was tellin' him, you
  • 00:23:48.250 --> 00:23:50.230
  • know, what I have found and what
  • 00:23:50.230 --> 00:23:52.030
  • I was gonna say, he goes, "Yep,
  • 00:23:52.030 --> 00:23:53.030
  • yep, yep," he goes, "Skip, this
  • 00:23:53.030 --> 00:23:54.120
  • is what I learned.
  • 00:23:54.120 --> 00:23:55.170
  • You gotta change your playground
  • 00:23:55.170 --> 00:23:57.280
  • and your playmates.
  • 00:23:57.280 --> 00:24:01.000
  • You need to get as many people
  • 00:24:01.000 --> 00:24:02.140
  • around as you can on a new
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:05.050
  • playground that are the right
  • 00:24:05.050 --> 00:24:07.050
  • kind of people to hold you
  • 00:24:07.050 --> 00:24:08.110
  • accountable and to help you
  • 00:24:08.110 --> 00:24:09.140
  • through this," overwhelming
  • 00:24:09.140 --> 00:24:10.240
  • force.
  • 00:24:10.240 --> 00:24:12.240
  • Now, let's draw a third line on
  • 00:24:12.240 --> 00:24:14.050
  • this box, "Zero tolerance," zero
  • 00:24:17.120 --> 00:24:20.120
  • tolerance.
  • 00:24:20.120 --> 00:24:21.020
  • You see, recovery is pass or
  • 00:24:21.050 --> 00:24:24.050
  • fail.
  • 00:24:24.050 --> 00:24:24.250
  • Everything else in life will
  • 00:24:24.250 --> 00:24:27.130
  • depend on your sobriety.
  • 00:24:27.130 --> 00:24:30.100
  • Relationships will depend on it.
  • 00:24:31.090 --> 00:24:34.090
  • Your viability will depend on
  • 00:24:34.090 --> 00:24:36.040
  • it.
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:36.240
  • Your effectiveness will depend
  • 00:24:36.240 --> 00:24:37.250
  • on it.
  • 00:24:37.250 --> 00:24:39.180
  • And so, if this is an issue, you
  • 00:24:40.260 --> 00:24:43.260
  • need to make an agreement within
  • 00:24:43.260 --> 00:24:45.070
  • yourself that says, "I can never
  • 00:24:45.270 --> 00:24:48.270
  • use again.
  • 00:24:48.270 --> 00:24:50.030
  • I can never take another drink.
  • 00:24:50.030 --> 00:24:52.150
  • I can never watch that stuff
  • 00:24:52.150 --> 00:24:54.140
  • ever again, no matter what,"
  • 00:24:54.140 --> 00:24:57.100
  • zero tolerance.
  • 00:24:57.100 --> 00:24:59.090
  • The problem with that is, if you
  • 00:24:59.090 --> 00:25:01.140
  • have an addictive personality,
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:02.220
  • you've said that a thousand
  • 00:25:02.220 --> 00:25:03.230
  • times already, and gone back and
  • 00:25:03.230 --> 00:25:06.210
  • back and back and back and back.
  • 00:25:06.210 --> 00:25:09.090
  • But that principle, along with
  • 00:25:09.090 --> 00:25:11.180
  • the first two principles all
  • 00:25:11.180 --> 00:25:13.060
  • working together, will be of
  • 00:25:13.060 --> 00:25:14.240
  • great strength and value and
  • 00:25:14.240 --> 00:25:15.280
  • help.
  • 00:25:15.280 --> 00:25:17.220
  • And now let's close this box in
  • 00:25:17.220 --> 00:25:19.100
  • and quarantine it completely.
  • 00:25:19.280 --> 00:25:22.280
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