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October 12, 2020
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Don Wilton presents a strong expository preaching from God's Word.

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  • Don Wilton: I'm going to askyou to open your Bibles to
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  • Revelation chapter2 and verse 18.
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  • Revelation, we're in thesecond chapter, and verse 18.
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  • So, here's Jesus writing to thepeople, to the church in a place
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  • called Thyatira.
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  • This is what Jesussaid, verse 18.
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  • "To the angel of the church inThyatira write, 'These are the
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  • words of the Son of God, whoseeyes are like blazing fire and
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  • whose feet are likeburnished bronze.
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  • I know your deeds, your love andyour faith, and your service and
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  • your perseverance, and that youare now doing more than you did
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  • at first.
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  • Nevertheless, I havethis against you.
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  • You tolerate that woman Jezebel,who calls herself a prophetess,
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  • who by her teaching misleads myservants into sexual immorality
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  • and the eating of foodsacrificed to idols.
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  • I have given her time to repentof her immorality, but she
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  • is unwilling.
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  • So I will cast her on a bed ofsuffering, and I will make those
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  • who commit adultery with hersuffer intensely, unless they
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  • repent of her ways.
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  • And I will strikeher children dead.
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  • Then all the churches will knowthat I am he who searches hearts
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  • and minds, and I will repay eachof you according to your deeds.'
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  • Now, I say to the rest of you inThyatira, to you who do not hold
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  • to her teaching and have notlearned Satan's so-called deep
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  • secrets, 'I will not impose anyother burden on you, only hold
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  • on to what you haveuntil I come back again.'
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  • And to the one who overcomes anddoes my will to the end, I will
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  • give authority over the nations.
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  • He will rule them with an ironscepter, he will dash them to
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  • pieces like pottery.
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  • Just as I have receivedauthority from my Father, I will
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  • also give that personthe morning star.
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  • He who has an ear, let him hearwhat the Spirit says to
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  • the churches."
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  • Couple of things herethat are incredible.
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  • This will enrich your life.
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  • You will notice in the firstverse there, these are the words
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  • of the Son of--whatdoes the Bible say?
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  • What does Jesuscall himself here?
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  • The Son of God.
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  • Well, when Jesus speaks in theNew Testament, he calls himself
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  • one of two titles all the time.
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  • First one, he refers tohimself as the Son of Man.
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  • You'll find thatconstantly, the Son of Man.
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  • You're going to see that phrase,the Son of Man, talking
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  • about Jesus.
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  • And as the Son of Man, Jesusis speaking in two essential
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  • capacities to us.
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  • Number one, he's speakingin full identity with us.
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  • When Jesus refers to himselfas the Son of Man, mankind,
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  • humanity, he's speaking infull identity with humankind.
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  • Why?
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  • Because Jesus, who is God,came to this earth and he
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  • became humankind.
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  • He took on flesh.
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  • He was born as a baby, he grewup, he hurt his finger in the
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  • carpenter shop.
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  • And the Bible tells us that inhis full identity with mankind
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  • as mankind, he identifies witheverything that we
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  • identify with.
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  • He understands pain.
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  • He's compassionateabout our suffering.
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  • He recognizes the predicaments.
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  • He hurts, he weeps.
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  • He knows what it's liketo suffer separation.
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  • He gets it because that's whathappened to Jesus, the Son
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  • of Man.
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  • The Bible tells us the one thingthat separated him out is that
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  • he was temptedin every way,
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  • all points exactly as we are,yet without sin.
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  • He never sinned.
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  • That's the dividing line.
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  • So, when Jesus presents himselfto us as Son of Man, he not only
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  • speaks in full identity withman, but he also speaks in full
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  • intercession to God.
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  • Because he became flesh and,through his sacrifice, God
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  • authorized Jesus as the onlybegotten of the Father to be the
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  • only means by which, in prayer,we can come directly into the
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  • presence of God.
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  • And we do it in prayer inJesus' name, through Jesus.
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  • And we can bring to God all thethings that affect us as human
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  • beings, the challenges and thetemptations and the joys and
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  • the sorrows.
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  • And when Jesus said, "I amspeaking to you as the Son of
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  • Man," he said, "I want you toknow you can come to me with
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  • everything and anything, andyou have direct access to God."
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  • He knows the strugglethat you're going through.
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  • He sees your temperament, youroutbursts, your sillinesses,
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  • your rank stupidity, the way youbehave, the way you blow your
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  • lid, the way you speak, the wayyou lose your temper, the way
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  • you act, the pull of your life.
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  • That he speaks in fullintercession to God.
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  • He takes all of thiswhen we come before him.
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  • So, it's very interesting whenhe speaks as the Son of Man in
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  • this passage to the church, hedoesn't speak as the Son of Man.
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  • He speaks as the Son of God,did you notice that in verse 18?
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  • "These are the words of theSon of God, whose eyes are like
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  • blazing fire and whose feetare like burnished bronze."
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  • When Jesus speaks as Son of God,he's speaking in two capacities.
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  • First of all in hisfull identity as God.
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  • He told his disciples, he said,"If you've seen me, you've seen
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  • the Father."
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  • And in his full identity as God,he's speaking in this instance
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  • out of the attribute and thedisposition of his holiness.
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  • How holy is God?
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  • How righteous is God?
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  • How almighty is God?
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  • He's speaking infull identity as God.
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  • But when he speaks as the Son ofGod, he's not only speaking in
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  • full identity as God, he'sspeaking in full authority
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  • as God.
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  • He's not speaking in hiscapacity of his humanity.
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  • He's speaking as God,the righteous judge.
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  • Because everything that comesfrom God emanates out of
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  • his holiness.
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  • So, our sinfulness is measuredagainst the absolute holiness of
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  • Almighty God.
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  • And Jesus, looking here at thechurch at Thyatira, is speaking
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  • in full authorityas God, the judge.
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  • And he lets us know, hetalks about his eyes.
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  • His eyes are everywhere.
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  • And he wants us to know don'tever get so comfortable at what
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  • you believe, that I the Lordyour God just simply look at you
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  • and smile.
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  • My eyes are like blazing firebecause I am righteous, and I'm
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  • holy, and my feet arelike burnished bronze.
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  • They shine with the veryshekinah glory of the
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  • untouchableness of theholy and a righteous God.
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  • And he turns to thischurch, these people.
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  • To boot, if you don't mind mesaying, he looks at me and he
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  • says, "Don Wilton,you are my church.
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  • You are my disciple.
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  • Let's check your temperature."
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  • And he commends them,commends them for their love.
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  • Wow, what a commendation.
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  • I understand that.
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  • I understand it becauseI see it, I'm part of it.
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  • I'm looking at you.
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  • The love of God in ChristJesus is just too wonderful, he
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  • commends them for their faith.
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  • Can you imagine beingcommended for that, faith?
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  • That's the bottom line ofwho we are as believers.
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  • Faith means we trust God, weseek God, we turn to God, we
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  • believe God.
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  • We know our God is able to doexceedingly, abundantly above
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  • all that we could ask or eventhink, even in the impossibility
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  • of our circumstances.
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  • I had someone just a week or soago call me and tell me about
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  • her diagnosis for cancerand how serious it is.
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  • And out of the confidence of theWord of God, I was able to say,
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  • because Jesus is the Son ofGod, that we can have faith.
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  • With God, nothing's impossible.
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  • He's the miracle maker.
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  • And a miracle is something thatonly God can do, that's faith.
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  • Trust him, he can turn waterinto wine, can make the
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  • impossible possible.
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  • He commends themfor their service.
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  • I look around today and I justsee so many serving people.
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  • I think of the incredible workgoing on at the bridge here in
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  • Spartanburg, South Carolina.
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  • I think about the scores ofvolunteers, people who
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  • serve others.
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  • I'm looking at you today.
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  • I think about how youjust serve the Lord.
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  • Nothing seems to betoo much trouble.
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  • You've got such precious hearts,that's what Jesus was saying to
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  • these people in Thyatira.
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  • He commended them fortheir perseverance.
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  • It's a marvelous word that.
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  • Hard to spell.
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  • I'll guarantee most of youstudents spell it wrong
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  • every time.
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  • I don't know how we ever did itwithout spell check back in
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  • the day.
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  • Now, at least we've gotcomputers that scream at us and
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  • do all kinds of crazy thingswhen we spell it wrong.
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  • Perseverance, howmany E's does it have?
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  • Well, I'm going totell you something.
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  • No matter how many E's or A'syou think it has, perseverance
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  • means that you've stuck tothe task, you've kept on.
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  • Doesn't matter how far you'vegone down, doesn't matter how
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  • much you've sinned against God,you understand repentance, you
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  • understand forgiveness, andyou've carried that out.
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  • And you've stuck to it, andyou've risen up, and you've
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  • stood tall, and you've kepton keeping on, and
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  • you're resilient.
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  • Jesus loved them for this.
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  • And as the Son of God, out ofhis holiness, he looked at these
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  • people and he said, "Well done."
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  • And he added really theultimate compliment.
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  • He said, "I'm not only going totell you that I'm so grateful
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  • for your deeds and for your loveand for your perseverance and
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  • your service andall of these things.
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  • But I think you'veintensified in that.
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  • I think as the years have goneby, you've become more faithful.
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  • You're serving more,you're loving more.
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  • You're out front despite thesetbacks and the challenges."
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  • So, what does itmean to compromise?
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  • Anybody like to tell us?
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  • What does it--what doesthat word compromise mean?
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  • If you were to compromise,all of us compromise.
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  • And so, what happened was thatthere were some believers in the
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  • church that became compromisers.
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  • They accommodated, theyaccepted lower standards
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  • than they knew were the standardset by the Lord Jesus.
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  • They said, "Look, we're goingto compromise our principles."
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  • People, how oftendo we not do that?
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  • You know, I'm just--I'm justgoing to do--it doesn't matter.
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  • I'm just going to--I'm justgoing to accept, I'm just going
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  • to allow this in my life.
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  • It doesn't matter, that's onThursday night, and nobody
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  • else know.
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  • But if I need to be a member ofthis, then I've got to do that.
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  • That's tough, itcarries a price.
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  • The hardest thing in the worldis to choose between popularity
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  • and conviction sometimes.
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  • Our favorite thing in Americatoday is, you know, God's not
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  • going to mind.
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  • Well, he does.
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  • It's what he's telling thechurch at Thyatira in the midst
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  • of his wonderfulcommendation of them.
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  • So, what exactly did Jesus say,"I've got this against you"?
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  • Now, he's just commended themfor their deeds and love
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  • and faithfulness.
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  • He says, "But I'vegot this against you."
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  • There were three things.
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  • Number one, for theirtolerance, tolerance.
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  • You ever heard that word?
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  • Are you a tolerant person whenit comes to the things of God?
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  • They tolerated false teaching.
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  • They tolerated it.
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  • They said, "You know what?
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  • Just let her come in hereand say whatever she wants.
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  • We're just goingto tolerate it."
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  • Toleration is just a smoothway of saying compromise
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  • God's standards.
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  • Parents, I'll guarantee you asparents, because we've all been
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  • there, how many times do yourteenagers come to you and say,
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  • "Mom, dad, I want to go and dothis, I want to be there, I want
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  • to engage in this"?
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  • And you've got to look at thatand you got to make a decision
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  • when it comes to tolerance.
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  • Tolerating thingsthat you know
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  • God does not accept.
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  • And many times, you say, "Ohlook, it's okay, just go, but
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  • don't be.
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  • Well, look, if you just do alittle bit of it, you know, a
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  • little bit of it's notgoing to harm anybody."
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  • Isn't that us?
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  • What did Jesushave against them?
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  • Their tolerance.
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  • Number two, theirpractice, their practice.
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  • What was their practice?
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  • Immorality.
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  • It translated itselfinto immoral behavior.
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  • Well, you know,it doesn't matter.
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  • You can just be a little loose.
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  • Yeah, what's wrong with--
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  • They began to embracesome of these things.
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  • In these guilds, you wanted tomake money, you wanted to be
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  • protected by the securitysystem, you want to be part of
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  • the money making system,they practiced immorality.
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  • I mean, they had someserious parties going on.
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  • I'm just not going into details,go and read it for yourself.
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  • And so, here comesthe little Christian.
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  • Little Christian says, "Well,you know, God says this
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  • is wrong."
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  • And they say, "Hey, this iswhat we do, it's in our club.
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  • You need to be doing this too."
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  • "Well, okay, maybejust a little.
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  • God knows I need tosend my kids to school.
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  • God knows I've gotto eat, right?"
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  • And God didn't say that.
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  • America, the church.
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  • Who are we?
  • 00:20:09.992 --> 00:20:13.829
  • God set before us, whatdoes he require of us?
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  • What did he have against them?
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  • Their tolerance of falseteaching, their practice,
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  • their behavior.
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  • And the third thing he hadagainst them was their witness.
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  • They weren't being witnessesbecause the guild said, "Listen,
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  • the best food is sacrificedto idols," because they were
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  • surrounded by paganism.
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  • Bring it on.
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  • And what that did was itimpacted their witness.
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  • We turn around and say, "Man,I'm going to do everything to
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  • aggravate those pagans."
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  • Jesus said, "You're notaggravating them, you're
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  • impacting yourwitness for Christ."
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  • "Well, I'm just going to get intheir face, and I'm going to go
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  • there and pick up all thatquality food they're sacrificing
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  • to--I don't sacrifice to idols.
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  • I'm a Christian, but I'm goingto go and eat their food, which
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  • they strictly prohibitin their paganism.
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  • Well, I'm going to go and eatit," and it immediately ruins
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  • their witness.
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  • So, what did Jesustell them to do?
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  • What was it?
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  • He told them three things.
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  • Number one, "I will extendyou grace to repent."
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  • Can you imagine even concerningthe spirit of Jezebel?
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  • He said, "I gave her time.
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  • I gave her time to repent."
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  • You know that Jesus does thatbecause he loves us, looks at
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  • us, and he says, "I know you.
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  • I too was tempted in all pointsjust as you are, yet
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  • without sin.
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  • And I love you, repent."
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  • He extends grace.
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  • Second thing he says, "Let therebe no uncertain terms, I will
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  • carry out judgment.
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  • Let this be said," Jesus said.
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  • You're not going to get up toheaven one day and say, "Man,
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  • I'm shocked, God.
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  • I thought you wouldn't mind."
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  • We're living in a day andage where you have to be
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  • politically correct.
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  • There's no such thingwhen it comes to God.
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  • God's standards areGod's standards.
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  • There's one Lord, onefaith, one baptism.
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  • He's creator, he's magnificent,almighty, and he loves us.
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  • And God so loved the world thathe gave us his only begotten
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  • Son, that whosoever believesin him will never die, but will
  • 00:23:01.797 --> 00:23:06.635
  • have eternal life.
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  • "I will extend grace.
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  • I will carry out judgement."
  • 00:23:11.606 --> 00:23:13.809
  • Right there in verse--in verse27, he says, "Just as I have
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  • received authorityfrom my Father," why?
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  • Because God, Jesus is God.
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  • He is authorized to do so.
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  • And the third thing he says is,"I will reward you eternally.
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  • I will extend gracefor you to repent."
  • 00:23:31.660 --> 00:23:35.096
  • And by the way, he says, "If youdon't, there is a consequence,
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  • and it's even going toaffect your followers."
  • 00:23:41.269 --> 00:23:44.072
  • By the way, the word "yourchildren" in the text there
  • 00:23:44.105 --> 00:23:47.209
  • means those who look up to youand follow, that come under your
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  • influence, become affected byyour false teaching, by your
  • 00:23:51.813 --> 00:23:56.952
  • immorality, by yourruined witness.
  • 00:23:56.985 --> 00:24:00.188
  • They become affected by it.
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  • Says, "I will carry out judgmentbecause I'm God, because I'm
  • 00:24:05.160 --> 00:24:09.831
  • holy and I'm righteous."
  • 00:24:09.865 --> 00:24:13.201
  • And he says, "I willreward you eternally."
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  • You will have authorityover the nations, why?
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  • Because the Bible says that weare going to rule and reign with
  • 00:24:20.041 --> 00:24:24.312
  • Christ forever, that'swhy he said that.
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  • And the second thing hesays, "I'll give you the
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  • morning star."
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  • Well, I love when you get to thelast book of Revelation, Jesus
  • 00:24:33.388 --> 00:24:35.757
  • tells us exactlywhat that means.
  • 00:24:35.790 --> 00:24:37.826
  • In chapter 22 and verse 16, hesays, "I, Jesus, have sent my
  • 00:24:37.859 --> 00:24:42.564
  • angel to give you this testimonyfor the churches, because I am
  • 00:24:42.597 --> 00:24:47.068
  • the root and offspring of David.
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  • I am the brightand morning star.
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  • I will reward you eternally.
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  • You will shine like thebrightness of the heavens.
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  • And I the Lord Jesuswill light up your life."
  • 00:25:03.018 --> 00:25:06.655
  • male: There's no doubt thatthis world needs more light.
  • 00:25:06.688 --> 00:25:09.824
  • The light of Jesus Christchanged my life, it changed
  • 00:25:09.858 --> 00:25:12.227
  • Dr. Don's life, it can changeyour life with a simple decision
  • 00:25:12.260 --> 00:25:15.630
  • to say yes, to say yes to Jesus.
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  • If you're ready to do that, ifyou're ready to give your life
  • 00:25:18.433 --> 00:25:20.902
  • to Jesus Christ today, I wouldlove to lead you in a
  • 00:25:20.936 --> 00:25:23.071
  • simple prayer.
  • 00:25:23.104 --> 00:25:25.173
  • You can just repeat after me,"Lord God, I realize that my way
  • 00:25:25.206 --> 00:25:28.143
  • is not working.
  • 00:25:28.176 --> 00:25:30.078
  • And so, I turn my back on mypast, and I ask you to lead me.
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  • Jesus, I believe you diedon the cross for my sins.
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  • I believe you arethe Son of God.
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  • And I ask you as best asI know how to save me.
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  • In Jesus' name I pray, amen."
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  • You know, if your lifeis ready to be
  • 00:25:42.824 --> 00:25:44.793
  • changed, God'sready to change it.
  • 00:25:44.826 --> 00:25:46.127
  • He has a perfect plan for you.
  • 00:25:46.161 --> 00:25:47.462
  • He has built you uniquely, hehas a purpose for you, and we'd
  • 00:25:47.495 --> 00:25:50.465
  • love to put some resources inyour hands, help you discover
  • 00:25:50.498 --> 00:25:52.667
  • that purpose, and praywith you and for you.
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  • That phone number on yourscreen, I pray you would jot it
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  • down, put it in yourcell, let us be a contact.
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  • Anytime day or night, wewould love to pray
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  • with you and for you.
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  • Just know as you begin thisnew journey, you're
  • 00:26:02.777 --> 00:26:04.879
  • not doing this alone.
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  • You're built for community, andwe'd love to be some of your
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  • 2 a.m. friends.
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  • As a matter of fact, before weget away, a closing thought from
  • 00:26:09.985 --> 00:26:12.354
  • our pastor and chiefencourager, Dr. Don.
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  • Don: Okay, just before you gotoday, I just want you to know
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  • how much I love you.
  • 00:26:19.461 --> 00:26:21.496
  • You mean so much to me.
  • 00:26:21.529 --> 00:26:23.264
  • And I just want you to knowthat with all of the things that
  • 00:26:23.298 --> 00:26:26.601
  • we've talked about and the wayin which God is speaking to your
  • 00:26:26.635 --> 00:26:30.238
  • heart right now, I've placedthat phone number that you're
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  • looking at on the televisionscreen just for you.
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  • We are "The Encouraging Word,"and we are available to
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  • you 24/7.
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  • Write that number down, put itin your diary, and put it in
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  • your cell phone.
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  • Make a record of it, 24/7,morning, noon, night, or day,
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  • you can call a friend, oneof my friends, right now.
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  • And they will encourage you,pray with you, listen to you.
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  • Isn't it great to have peoplearound us who really care
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  • about us?
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  • You are not alone.
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  • God bless you and be encouraged.
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  • Britt: What a powerful broadcastof encouragement, but we
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  • continue to encourage oneanother online at TEWONLINE.ORG
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  • or the phone numberon your screen.
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