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Touching Jesus

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March 2, 2020
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Don Wilton presents a strong expository preaching from God's Word.

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  • male announcer: God has anencouraging word for you and me
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  • today through the Bible-basedpreaching of Dr. Don Wilton
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  • and about our part,reaching out to touch Jesus.
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  • Dr. Don Wilton: Goingto be in Luke chapter 8,
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  • and I'm going to begin readingright at the end of verse 42.
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  • "As Jesus went about, thecrowds pressed around him.
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  • And there was a woman who had adischarge of blood for 12 years,
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  • and though she had spent allher living on physicians,
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  • she could not behealed by anyone.
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  • So she came up behind Jesus, andshe touched the hem of Jesus'
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  • garment, and immediately herdischarge of blood ceased.
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  • And Jesus said, 'Whowas it that touched me?'
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  • And when all denied it,Peter said, 'Master,
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  • the crowds surround you andare pressing in on you.'
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  • But Jesus said,'Someone touched me,
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  • because I perceived that thepower has gone out from me.'
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  • And when the woman sawthat she was not hidden,
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  • she came trembling, and fallingdown before him and declared in
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  • the presence of all the peoplewhy she had touched him,
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  • and how she had beenimmediately healed.
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  • And Jesus said toher, 'Daughter,
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  • your faith has made you well.
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  • Go in peace.'"
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  • Who are you today?
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  • It's a big crowd.
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  • Lots of people.
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  • Our church is packed out.
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  • There are thousands worshipingwith us by way of television.
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  • Streets are filled.
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  • Shopping malls are busy.
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  • There's a game of football on.
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  • Jesus is here.
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  • We have to ask the question,"What did this lady have to do?"
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  • I think, first of all, she hadto realize that she had to.
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  • She had to realizethat she had to.
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  • We can line up allthe logical things.
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  • She had an illness.
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  • She had a physical circumstancethat was killing her.
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  • She ran out of options.
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  • She evidently,according to Scripture,
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  • was doing what normal people do.
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  • Jesus didn't falter with that.
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  • He didn't turn to herand say, "You know,
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  • you should never havegone to see a doctor."
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  • He didn't.
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  • He didn't even chastiseher and say, "Well,
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  • why didn't you cometo me six years ago?"
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  • But she had a serious problem,and she had to realize that she
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  • had to.
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  • This was her rock bottom.
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  • She had to get to rock bottom.
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  • I don't know, but one way or theother, Jesus loved her so much.
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  • I'm not questioningJesus, but in her life,
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  • she went throughthis for 12 years.
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  • I'd like to question Godon this, ask him why.
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  • All I know is that thislady hit rock bottom.
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  • You don't have to hit rockbottom to turn to Jesus,
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  • but if you don't, you might belooking at 12 years of
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  • awful living.
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  • God's gonna getyou to rock bottom.
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  • You'll travel a long way down.
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  • There'll be manyscars in your life.
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  • You'll hurt badly.
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  • I have no means to be ableto analyze this lady's life,
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  • but she had to realizethat she had to.
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  • She had to deal with the crowd.
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  • Well, she had todeal with the crowd.
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  • They were there.
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  • There were masses of them, andthere were two categories of
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  • people in the crowd, whichI think are worth noting.
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  • There were those who were tryingto get to Jesus just like
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  • she was.
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  • I guess there were some thatjust heard about him and wanted
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  • to be part of somethingthat they'd heard about.
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  • But there were also a group ofpeople around Jesus that really
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  • loved him.
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  • They were his disciples.
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  • Peter is mentioned by name.
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  • And the crowdwas preventing
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  • one person fromgetting to Jesus.
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  • He didn't chastise them, butit's even possible that, today,
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  • up until this point, the verychurch itself has prevented you
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  • from touchingJesus--another believer has.
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  • A disciple of Christ,maybe a pastor.
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  • Maybe I said something that youdidn't agree with 10 years ago,
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  • and it's preventing youfrom getting to Jesus.
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  • And I love him.
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  • Maybe there's someone in thischurch that's preventing you
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  • from getting to Jesus.
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  • They love the Lord.
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  • They're one of his disciples.
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  • This crowd.
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  • If you do an analysisof the crowd,
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  • they were all around Jesus, andthey were actually preventing
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  • this woman fromgetting to Jesus,
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  • or so they thought becauseshe realized that she had to.
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  • So what did she have to do?
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  • She had to recognize Jesus.
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  • She did.
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  • She evidently had heard of him.
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  • She saw him.
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  • She watched him, and shefixed her eyes on him.
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  • She saw Jesus.
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  • She recognized him as who he is.
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  • "That's Jesus.
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  • He's the one."
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  • It's not the preacher.
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  • It's not the discipleguarding Jesus.
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  • It's not the church.
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  • It's not the formality or "Theway they sing over there just
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  • upsets me."
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  • It's the crowd.
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  • You're not getting to Jesus.
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  • "Well, they stand too much."
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  • "They sit too much."
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  • "He shouts too much."
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  • He, she, they were all there.
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  • She recognized Jesus.
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  • All of a sudden, forthis lady, this woman,
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  • the crowd just didn't seemto stop her 'cause she
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  • recognized Jesus.
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  • And could we just add tothis--back in her day.
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  • Wasn't in our day.
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  • Back in her day,she was a woman.
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  • She was very disrespected.
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  • She was at the lower partof the echelon of society.
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  • She was not included.
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  • She couldn't have a driver'slicense 'cause they weren't
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  • allowed to drive.
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  • Besides, she was a woman.
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  • She wasn't allowed to geteducated 'cause you don't
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  • educate women.
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  • She was just a girl.
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  • She didn't matter.
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  • So it's not just the crowd, it'sall these men, this big bunch
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  • of bullies out therewho look down on her.
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  • This was not just ordinary.
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  • And she looked,and she saw Jesus.
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  • She had to recognize him.
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  • Then she had to come to him.
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  • She could've recognized Jesusfor the next six years and not
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  • been healed.
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  • You had to come to him.
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  • You can sit in church as longas you want to, sing about him,
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  • look at him, praisehim, join the club.
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  • give to him, but never betouched by him because you
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  • don't come to him.
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  • What'd she have to do?
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  • She had to reach out to him.
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  • This is an act of engagement.
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  • She had to reach out,and I can't imagine,
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  • with all the--everything pushingand all these men around her and
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  • everybody trying to stop her andher fighting her way through,
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  • so to speak.
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  • She had to reach out.
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  • She had to touch him.
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  • Just a touch is all of Jesus.
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  • And most of all, she had tohumble herself before him.
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  • When Jesus turned andsaid, "Who touched me?"
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  • like Jesus didn't know,it's like, "Hello,"
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  • like Jesus didn't know.
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  • So why did he asksuch a dumb question?
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  • What's the purpose ofsaying, "Who touched me?"
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  • when he's God?
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  • He knows.
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  • So why did he ask?
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  • Two reasons: Number one, becauseshe had to humble herself
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  • before him.
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  • He's King.
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  • He's Lord, Savior of the world.
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  • I read an article this week.
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  • Hesitate to even mention it, butthis particular person was just
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  • saying, "You know, it's amazingin our world how people go to
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  • every kind of length.
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  • They'll go to the White Houseand get decked out and be on
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  • time and buy plane tickets,or they'll go to a ball game,
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  • or they'll just put ontheir absolute best,
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  • won't miss an appointment,but when it comes to Jesus--
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  • People go to a restaurant,not even a issue, 15% tip.
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  • If you don't, you're thescourge of the country,
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  • even when the service is bad,but when it comes to Jesus,
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  • give him a few dollarsif I've got it on me.
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  • Jesus said, "Who touched me?"
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  • Number one, because he knew thatto follow the King means she had
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  • to humble herself before him,but he also knew that she had to
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  • humble herself beforeeverybody else.
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  • Maybe the one thing that'sstopping you from coming to
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  • Jesus is called pride.
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  • You won't humble yourself, mostimportantly, before him, but,
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  • secondly, you won't humbleyourself before others.
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  • You wouldn't be caughtdead doing that.
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  • Now, you'll humbleyourself at a ball game.
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  • You'll get up there and wavea pom-pom, and you're a man,
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  • for crying in a bucket.
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  • I will too, I've done it,I'm here.
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  • Some of you got a picture of me.
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  • You put it ontelevision, you're dead.
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  • Nothing wrong with it,but how come we will--
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  • Somehow, pride is not anissue when we're with the boys,
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  • but when it comes toJesus, are you kidding me?
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  • And he's King.
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  • And something soprecious happened here.
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  • I can't--I just--I'veoften said to myself,
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  • I would just love to bein, like, you know--so,
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  • I've asked myself thequestion, "Well, then,
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  • what do I need to do?
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  • What do we need to do ifwe know this to be true?"
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  • Let me give you acouple of things.
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  • Number one, admit your need.
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  • Get to the point.
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  • Just--yours is an issue ofblood, then admit your need.
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  • The greatest need we have is toknow Jesus as personal Savior.
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  • You will never come to knowChrist until you admit that
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  • you're a sinner before him.
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  • Not gonna happen.
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  • Admit your need.
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  • Two, consider your options.
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  • You've only got one.
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  • And while I absolutely insistyou join this church--you know
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  • why I insist youjoin this church?
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  • It's not about me,any one of us.
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  • It's because I've been here longenough to know this church tries
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  • jolly hard to be about Jesus,but we're also a crowd,
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  • by the way.
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  • We're a crowd.
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  • We do everything we can to liftup Jesus, but we're a crowd.
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  • We get in the way.
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  • I get in the way.
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  • I want to say I'm sorryto somebody here that,
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  • maybe 20 years ago, I saidsomething that made you storm
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  • out and say, "Well,if that's the case--"
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  • I'm so sorry.
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  • I didn't mean it tocome out like that.
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  • I talk all the time.
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  • I gotta ask God, "Please,Lord, in our world today,
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  • please control my mouth."
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  • If I say just onesounding-wrong thing,
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  • somebody out there is gonnago ballistic--just one,
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  • and I've said it.
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  • We're a crowd.
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  • I want you to bepart of the church,
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  • but your only option is Jesus.
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  • It's not about this church.
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  • It's not about abuilding or a people.
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  • It's about Jesus.
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  • Number three, you'vegotta get in position.
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  • I congratulate you who arelistening today 'cause this is
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  • God's encouraging word.
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  • You're in position.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • Can I say this very lovingly?
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  • You know anybody today--youknow anybody today who made a
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  • decision not to putthemselves in position?
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  • Just made that decision.
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  • Maybe the baby cried allnight and kept them up.
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  • That happens.
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  • Most beautiful soundin the world, right?
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  • Life.
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  • You gotta get in position.
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  • You are in position.
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  • She was in position.
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  • She was in the right place.
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  • I wonder what elseshe had to do?
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  • She made a decisionto get in position.
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  • She put herself inthe right place.
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  • Number four, you gotta focuson Jesus, despite the crowd.
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  • You can't avoid the crowdbecause they--we are around.
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  • It's all over the place.
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  • But you gotta focus on Jesus.
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  • You gotta--next, you'vegonna actually take steps.
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  • She actually took steps.
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  • Can I make a couple ofsuggestions to you about
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  • actually taking steps?
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  • You wanna touch Jesus?
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  • Here are some steps.
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  • Number one, pray.
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  • Jesus said, "You canask anything in my name,
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  • and I'll do it."
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  • I'm asking you to fillout prayer requests,
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  • hand them in so we canjoin together--pray.
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  • Number two, fast.
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  • I wrote about it toour church people.
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  • You can read about it--fast.
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  • This next Wednesday, I'm callingour entire congregation to fast
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  • on Wednesday, and I'velaid it out there.
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  • Maybe it's one meal.
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  • Maybe you're just gonnaskip having breakfast,
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  • wait for lunch.
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  • Use that time to pray.
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  • Maybe for 24 hours or maybefrom sunrise to sunset,
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  • but on Wednesday, do something.
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  • Just do without food.
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  • "Fasting" means"doing without food."
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  • When you get thoselittle hunger pangs,
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  • turn your thoughts to him.
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  • Hunger for the things of God.
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  • Watch, he'll fill you.
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  • That's what he does.
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  • Prayer walk.
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  • This past week, our entirestaff prayer walked everywhere,
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  • this church, we were all over.
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  • I was at--do you know that I satin your seat in the balcony
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  • this week?
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  • I just went up there.
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  • Forgive me, Ididn't actually sit.
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  • I stood.
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  • I stood there over there, stoodin the middle, stood over there.
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  • I stood in the middle here andwalked all the way up here.
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  • I walked down hereand stood here.
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  • I prayed for the choir.
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  • I prayed for you.
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  • Touch, touch Jesus.
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  • Here's another one.
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  • Trust his power.
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  • When you touch Jesus,just trust his power.
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  • Here's another one: numberseven, receive in faith.
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  • This is such abeautiful picture.
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  • She just receivedwhat Jesus did.
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  • You know I lost my mothersome-six weeks ago,
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  • and we just gothundreds--overwhelming.
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  • I just can't respond.
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  • We got so many cards.
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  • The pastor's class in thischurch just came and ministered
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  • and served, andpeople--we just received.
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  • This word "receive,"it's just--it's,
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  • in a spiritual sense, Biblesays, "As many as received him,
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  • to them gave he the powerto become the sons of God,
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  • even to them thatbelieve on his name."
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  • Just receive it.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • male: You know, the womanin the Scripture Dr. Don was
  • 00:25:22.793 --> 00:25:24.395
  • talking about, she just hadto reach out and touch Jesus.
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  • You just have to reach outand open your heart to Him.
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  • God's ready to change you today.
  • 00:25:29.867 --> 00:25:31.402
  • Maybe you're alreadya follower of Christ,
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  • but you know you needa course correction.
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  • God's ready to do it.
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  • Maybe you don't know whatit's like to belong to Jesus.
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  • You can start todaywith a simple prayer.
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  • Just repeat after me: "LordGod, I realize I'm a sinner.
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  • I've messed up,we've all messed up.
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  • But, Lord, I turn my back on mysin, and I turn to you, Jesus,
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  • asking you to save me.
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  • I believe you are the Son ofGod, and you died for my sins.
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  • Thank you, Jesus.
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  • In your preciousname I pray, amen."
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  • That's where it starts.
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  • Oh, we'd love to takeyou to the next step.
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  • You can call thenumber on your screen.
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  • Meet us online at tewonline.org,and know that you'll find one of
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  • us happy to talk,to listen, to pray,
  • 00:26:08.872 --> 00:26:11.041
  • and connect you with resourcesthat will help you grow.
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  • Again, I pray you'll just putthe number in your cell phone
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  • and store it, we'd love to praywith you anytime, day or night.
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  • We're here for you,here to encourage you.
  • 00:26:18.649 --> 00:26:20.951
  • That's our calling to encourageyou with God's encouraging Word,
  • 00:26:20.985 --> 00:26:24.555
  • the Bible itself.
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  • Dr. Wilton: You know, myfriends, I don't say this
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  • enough, so I just wanna sayto you with all of my heart,
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  • thank you.
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  • Thank you for tuning in.
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  • Thank you forwatching, listening,
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  • worshiping with us togetherthrough "The Encouraging
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  • Word" broadcast.
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  • This ministry is about theGospel of Jesus Christ,
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  • and you make a difference.
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  • I know that you're there.
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  • I know that you're praying.
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  • I know that you're giving.
  • 00:26:55.252 --> 00:26:56.920
  • I know that yourheart is engaged,
  • 00:26:56.954 --> 00:26:59.690
  • and God is answering our prayer.
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  • This is today'sworld, my friend.
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  • Nothing is more important thanthe Gospel of the good news.
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  • People need Jesus, and Ithank you for listening today.
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  • God bless you, andyou be encouraged.
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  • ♪♪♪
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