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February 5, 2021
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Pathway to Victory offers a practical application of God’s Word to everyday life through the clear; biblical teaching of Pastor Jeffress.

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Determine To Influence Your Culture Part 1

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPITOF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THISIS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESSAND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • AS CHRISTIANS, IT'S NATURALTO WANT TO PROTECT YOURSELF
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  • AND YOUR FAMILY FROM THENEGATIVE INFLUENCES OF OUR
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  • CULTURE. BUT HISTORY SHOWS THATTHOSE WHO WANT TO EXPERIENCE
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  • A SIGNIFICANT LIFE, STRIVETO INFLUENCE THE WORLD
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  • RATHER THAN ISOLATETHEMSELVES FROM THE WORLD.
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  • THAT WAS CERTAINLY TRUEFOR THE PROPHET ELIJAH
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  • AND WE SHOULD HAVETHAT SAME PASSION
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  • FOR THE PEOPLE ANDNATIONS AROUND US.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED"SECRET NUMBER TWO:
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  • "DETERMINE TO INFLUENCEYOUR CULTURE,"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF"PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] LIFE ISRICH WHEN IT'S FILLED
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  • WITH PURPOSE AND MEANING.
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  • ALL OF US LONG FOR SUCCESS,SIGNIFICANCE, AND SATISFACTION,
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  • BUT THE REAL QUESTIONIS, HOW DO WE GET THERE?
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  • IN HIS BESTSELLING BOOK,"CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY
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  • LIFE," DR. ROBERT JEFFRESSOUTLINES SEVEN BIBLICAL
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  • PRINCIPLES FOR TRANSFORMING ANORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NO MATTER WHAT YOURAGE OR STAGE OF LIFE,
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  • GOD CAN USE YOU TODO GREAT THINGS.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • BILLY GRAHAM WAS ON THECUTTING EDGE OF THE CULTURE
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  • FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS.
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  • YES, HE WAS KNOWN FORPREACHING THE GOSPEL
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  • IN CRUSADES ALL ACROSS THE WORLD
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  • WHERE MILLIONS CAME TOKNOW CHRIST AS SAVIOR.
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  • BUT EVEN THOUGHPREACHING THE GOSPEL
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  • WAS HIS PRIMARY FUNCTION,IT WASN'T HIS ONLY FUNCTION.
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  • BILLY GRAHAM NEVER SHRINKED AWAY
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  • FROM ADDRESSING THESPIRITUAL AND MORAL DECAY
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  • OF OUR CULTURE.
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  • WAY BACK IN 1965, INHIS BOOK "WORLD AFLAME,"
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  • BILLY GRAHAM HIT UPONA PERSISTENT PROBLEM
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  • CONFRONTING OUR CULTURE.
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  • HE WROTE, "IN ADECLINING CULTURE,
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  • "ONE OF ITS CHARACTERISTICSIS THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • "ARE UNAWARE OFWHAT IS HAPPENING.
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  • "MODERN MAN HAS BECOME ASPECTATOR OF WORLD EVENTS,
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  • "OBSERVING ON HISTELEVISION SCREEN
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  • "WITHOUT BECOMING INVOLVED.
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  • "HE WATCHES THE OMINOUSEVENTS WHILE HE SIPS HIS BEER
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  • "IN A COMFORTABLE CHAIR.
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  • "HE DOES NOT UNDERSTANDTHAT HIS WORLD IS ON FIRE
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  • "AND THAT HE IS ABOUTTO BE BURNED WITH IT."
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  • THAT ORDINARY MAN WASME EARLY IN MY MINISTRY.
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  • NO, I WASN'T AT HOME SIPPINGBEER, I CAN ASSURE YOU OF THAT.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • BUT I WOULD COME HOME FROMWORKING AT THE CHURCH,
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  • SIT IN MY CHAIR, TURNON THE TELEVISION NEWS
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  • AND JUST CLUCK MY TONGUEOVER THE SAD SITUATION
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  • WE WERE LIVING IN.
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  • I ACTUALLY BELIEVED THAT ASLONG AS I PREACHED THE GOSPEL
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  • EVERY SUNDAY ANDDID THAT FAITHFULLY,
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  • THAT NEITHER ME NORMY CHURCH HAD TO WORRY
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  • ABOUT BEING ENGULFED INTHE FLAMES OF THE CULTURE.
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  • I SOON DISCOVERED HOWWRONG I WAS ABOUT THAT.
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  • MY AWAKENING OCCURRED IN 1998.
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  • I WAS PASTORING THE FIRSTBAPTIST CHURCH IN WICHITA FALLS
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  • AND ONE DAY ONE OF OURMEMBERS CAME INTO MY OFFICE.
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  • SHE HAPPENED TO WORKAT THE LOCAL LIBRARY
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  • AND SHE HAD TWO BOOKS WITH HER,
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  • TWO CHILDREN'S BOOKS THATHAD BEEN IN THE LIBRARY.
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  • THEY WERE CHILDREN'S BOOKSWRITTEN TO EXTOL THE VIRTUES
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  • OF HOMOSEXUALITY TO CHILDREN.
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  • THE BOOKS, WHICHARE INFAMOUS NOW,
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  • WERE TITLED "DADDY'S ROOMMATE"
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  • AND "HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES."
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  • THE BOOKS WERE WRITTEN FROMA CHILD'S POINT OF VIEW
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  • TRYING TO NORMALIZEHOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR.
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  • ONE BOOK, "DADDY'S ROOMMATE,"WAS TOLD BY A LITTLE BOY
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  • WHO EXPLAINS IN THE BOOK THATHIS FATHER LEFT HIS MOTHER
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  • IN ORDER TO BE WITHHIS FRIEND NAMED FRANK.
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  • AND IN THIS CHILDREN'S BOOKWERE CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATIONS
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  • WHERE THE LITTLE BOY ISTELLING WHAT HIS DADDY
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  • AND HIS NEW FRIENDFRANK DID TOGETHER.
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  • AND ON ONE PAGE, IT SAYS,"DADDY AND FRANK EAT TOGETHER."
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  • THEN THE NEXT PAGE, "DADDYAND FRANK PLAY TOGETHER."
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  • AND THEN THE NEXT PAGE,
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  • "AND DADDY AND FRANKSLEEP TOGETHER."
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  • AND THERE WAS A CHILDREN'SILLUSTRATION OF TWO MEN IN BED
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  • WITH ONE ANOTHER WHILETHE BOY IS TALKING ABOUT
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  • WHAT HIS DAD ANDHIS NEW FRIEND DO.
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  • WELL, THE LIBRARIAN, THE PERSONWHO WORKED AT THE LIBRARY,
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  • BROUGHT THOSE BOOKS TO ME,DROPPED THEM ON MY DESK AND
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  • SAID, "NOW PASTOR, WHAT ARE YOUGOING TO DO ABOUT THESE BOOKS?"
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  • I THOUGHT TO MYSELF,"WHAT DO YOU MEAN
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  • "WHAT AM I GOING TO DOWITH THESE BOOKS?
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  • "I'M BUSY PREPARINGMY SERMON FOR SUNDAY.
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  • "I DON'T HAVE TIME TOGET INVOLVED WITH THAT."
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  • BUT IT JUST HAPPENEDTHAT I WAS PREACHING
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  • THROUGH THE BOOK OF GENESISIN A YEAR-LONG SERIES
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  • AND THAT UPCOMINGSUNDAY, THAT NEXT SUNDAY,
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  • MY TEXT WAS GENESIS 19ABOUT GOD'S DESTRUCTION
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  • OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH.
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  • JUST HAPPENED, THAT HAPPENEDTO BE THE SERMON THAT WEEK.
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  • AND I'D ALREADY PREPAREDMOST OF MY MESSAGE
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  • AND ONE OF THEAPPLICATION POINTS WAS
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  • AS CHRISTIANS, WE CANNOTCONDONE WHAT GOD HAS CONDEMNED.
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  • AND I SAID TO MYSELF, "SELF,HOW AM I GOING TO STAND UP
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  • "AND PREACH THAT A STRAIGHT FACE
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  • "AND NOT DO SOMETHINGABOUT THIS?"
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  • NOW I DIDN'T WANT TO CAUSEANY KIND OF RUCKUS AT ALL.
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  • I THOUGHT I COULD JUSTHAVE AN AMICABLE DISCUSSION
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  • WITH THE LOCALLIBRARIAN ABOUT IT.
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  • SO I WAS DRIVING HOMEON THURSDAY AFTERNOON
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  • AND I CALLED HERON MY MOBILE PHONE
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  • AND I EXPLAINED TOHER THE SITUATION.
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  • I SAID, "NOW, I KNOWYOU'RE PROBABLY NOT AWARE
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  • "THAT THESE BOOKS ARE INTHE CHILDREN'S SECTION
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  • "OF YOUR LIBRARY.
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  • "BUT THIS ONE BOOK, ESPECIALLY,TWO MEN IN BED TOGETHER,
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  • "I MEAN, GIVEN THE FACT THATHOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR IS ILLEGAL
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  • "IN THE STATE OF TEXAS,"AND IT WAS AT THAT TIME,
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  • "GIVEN THE FACT THATHOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR
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  • "IS RESPONSIBLE, LARGELY, FORONE OF THE GREATEST EPIDEMICS
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  • "IN MANKIND, AIDS, AND GIVENTHE FACT THAT HOMOSEXUALITY
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  • "IS CONDEMNED BY ALL THREEMAJOR WORLD RELIGIONS,
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  • "CHRISTIANITY, JUDAISM, ISLAM,
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  • "I'M SURE YOU'D LIKETO REMOVE THESE BOOKS
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  • "NOW THAT YOU KNOWTHEY'RE THERE."
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  • AND SHE BASICALLY SAID,"NOT ON YOUR LIFE.
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  • "I'M NOT REMOVING THOSE BOOKS"
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  • AND ACCUSED ME OFEVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN.
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  • WELL, I KNEW WE HAD APROBLEM AT THAT POINT.
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  • SO I THOUGHT ABOUTWHAT I WAS GOING TO DO.
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  • SO THE NEXT SUNDAY MORNING,I TOOK THOSE BOOKS WITH ME
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  • IN THE PULPIT ANDI GAVE THAT POINT,
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  • "WE CANNOT CONDONE WHATGOD HAS CONDEMNED,"
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  • AND I EXPLAINED MY DILEMMA.
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  • AND I HADN'T PLANNED TO DO THIS,
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  • BUT THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUTIT, THE MORE WORKED UP I GOT.
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  • AND I HELD THOSELIBRARY BOOKS UP,
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  • AND WE WERE ON LIVE TVAT THE TIME, AND I SAID,
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  • "THEREFORE, I'M NOT RETURNINGTHESE BOOKS TO THE LIBRARY.
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  • "YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO COMEAND GET 'EM IF YOU WANT 'EM."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • WELL, THAT SET OFF A FIRESTORM YOU CANNOT IMAGINE.
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  • NOT JUST IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY,
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  • BUT IN THE NATION AS WELL.
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  • "THE PASTOR WHO STOLETHE LIBRARY BOOKS,"
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • THAT'S WHAT I BECAME KNOWN AS.
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  • AND SO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER,WHICH HATED ME ALREADY,
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  • THEY SAID, IN THEIRNEXT EDITORIAL,
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  • BECAUSE OF WHAT I HAD DONE, IOUGHT TO BE THROWN INTO JAIL
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  • IMMEDIATELY AND INCARCERATED.
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  • THERE WAS A LAWSUIT,A FEDERAL LAWSUIT,
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  • FILED AGAINST OUR CITY.
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  • FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS,NOTHING BUT SCATHING LETTERS
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  • DENOUNCING ME AND OUR CHURCHIN OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER.
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  • IN FACT, THE DEBATEGOT SO SERIOUS
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  • THAT PBS ACTUALLYCAME FROM NEW YORK
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  • AND FILMED A ONEHOUR DOCUMENTARY
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  • ABOUT THIS CONTROVERSYTHAT A PASTOR HAD CAUSED
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  • IN A SMALL WEST TEXAS TOWN.
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  • YOU KNOW, THAT WASMY BAPTISM WITH FIRE.
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  • I WAS AWARE OF WHATROMANS 12:18 SAYS,
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  • "AS FAR AS IS POSSIBLE WITH YOU,
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  • "LIVE AT PEACE WITH ALL MEN."
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  • BUT I DISCOVEREDTHROUGH THAT EXPERIENCE
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  • THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TOLIVE AT PEACE WITH A CULTURE
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  • THAT IS AT ODDS WITH GOD.
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  • AND CHRISTIANS WHO WANT TOMAKE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE
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  • IN THIS WORLD ARE GOINGTO LEARN THAT LESSON.
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  • AND THAT BRINGS US TOWHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
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  • IN THIS SERIES ON ELIJAH,"CHOOSING AN EXTRAORDINARY
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  • LIFE." WE'RE DISCOVERING FROMTHE LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • HIS SEVEN SECRETS FOR LIVINGA SPIRITUALLY SIGNIFICANT LIFE
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  • EVEN THOUGH HE WAS JUSTAN ORDINARY PERSON.
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  • LAST TIME WE LOOKEDAT THE SECRET,
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  • THE FOUNDATIONAL SECRET,DISCOVERING YOUR LIFE PURPOSE.
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  • BUT TODAY WE'RE GOINGTO BEGIN LOOKING,
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  • THIS TIME AND NEXT TIME,
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  • AT THE SECOND SECRET OFSPIRITUAL SIGNIFICANCE
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  • AND THAT IS DETERMININGTO IMPACT YOUR CULTURE,
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  • DETERMINING TO INFLUENCEYOUR CULTURE FOR GOD.
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  • LET'S FIRST OF ALL,LOOK AT GOD'S MANDATE
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  • TO ACTUALLY EVENCARE FOR OUR CULTURE.
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  • YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLEACTUALLY BELIEVE
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  • THAT GOD HAS NO INTEREST INWHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD.
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  • AND YET FROM THE VERY BEGINNING,
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  • GOD GAVE MAN THE MANDATETO TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD
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  • IN WHICH HE PLACED HIM.
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  • IN GENESIS 2:15, THE BIBLESAYS, "THE LORD GOD TOOK THE MAN
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  • "AND PUT HIM INTO THE GARDENOF EDEN TO CULTIVATE IT
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  • "AND TO KEEP IT."
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  • GOD'S INTEREST, LISTEN TO THIS,
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  • GOD'S INTERESTS EXTEND BEYONDTHE FOUR WALLS OF THE CHURCH.
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  • GOD IS NOT ONLY INTERESTEDIN RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS,
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  • HE'S INTERESTED INTHE WHOLE WORLD.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY GOD SAID TO ADAM,
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  • "I WANT YOU TO CULTIVATETHE EARTH AND TO KEEP IT."
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  • AND THAT LEADS ME TO ADEFINITION OF CULTURE,
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  • WRITE THIS DOWN.
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  • CULTURE IS WHAT HUMANBEINGS MAKE OF THE WORLD.
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  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CULTURE,WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
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  • WHAT HUMAN BEINGSMAKE OF THE WORLD.
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  • NOW, TO BE HONEST, HUMAN BEINGSHAVE DONE SOME GOOD THINGS
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  • FOR THIS WORLD.
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  • THEY HAVE MADE SOMEIMPROVEMENTS IN THIS WORLD.
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  • FOR EXAMPLE, WALKING IS GOOD,BUT IF YOU'RE IN AN EMERGENCY
  • 00:10:45.935 --> 00:10:49.939
  • AND YOU NEED TO GET TO THEHOSPITAL, DRIVING IS BETTER,
  • 00:10:49.939 --> 00:10:52.274
  • ISN'T IT?
  • 00:10:52.274 --> 00:10:53.576
  • IT'S GOOD THAT WEHAVE AN AUTOMOBILE
  • 00:10:53.576 --> 00:10:56.679
  • RATHER THAN BEING CONFINEDTO WALKING ALL OF THE TIME.
  • 00:10:56.679 --> 00:11:00.249
  • WRITING A LETTER,THAT'S A GOOD THING,
  • 00:11:00.249 --> 00:11:02.685
  • BUT IF YOU HAVE A PRESSINGPROBLEM AT YOUR BUSINESS
  • 00:11:02.685 --> 00:11:04.854
  • THAT YOU NEED INPUT FROM OTHERSON, EMAIL IS EVEN BETTER,
  • 00:11:04.854 --> 00:11:08.057
  • ISN'T IT?
  • 00:11:08.057 --> 00:11:10.126
  • WHO TODAY WOULD WANTTO TRADE LASER SURGERY
  • 00:11:10.126 --> 00:11:14.563
  • FOR SURGERY 150 YEARS AGOTHAT BASICALLY CONSISTED
  • 00:11:14.563 --> 00:11:18.234
  • OF A SHARP KNIFEAND NO ANESTHETIC.
  • 00:11:18.234 --> 00:11:21.170
  • I MEAN WE HAVE IMPROVED THINGS.
  • 00:11:21.170 --> 00:11:23.472
  • WE HAVE CULTIVATED THE EARTHTHAT GOD HAS PLANTED US IN.
  • 00:11:23.472 --> 00:11:26.709
  • THAT IS A GOOD THING.
  • 00:11:26.709 --> 00:11:28.778
  • BUT IF WE ARE HONEST,WE WOULD ALSO SAY
  • 00:11:28.778 --> 00:11:31.413
  • THAT THERE HAS BEEN ADETERIORATION OF OUR WORLD
  • 00:11:31.413 --> 00:11:34.784
  • AS WELL. IN THE LAST HUNDREDYEARS, THE LAST 150 YEARS,
  • 00:11:34.784 --> 00:11:38.988
  • LOOK AT THE CHANGES YOU'VESEEN IN OUR OWN COUNTRY.
  • 00:11:38.988 --> 00:11:42.558
  • 150 YEARS AGO,THERE WAS NO DOUBT
  • 00:11:42.558 --> 00:11:45.027
  • THAT THIS WAS ANATION THAT WAS BUILT
  • 00:11:45.027 --> 00:11:46.896
  • ON THE JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHIC.
  • 00:11:46.896 --> 00:11:49.465
  • TODAY, OUR COUNTRY'S BEINGGUIDED BY MORAL RELATIVISM
  • 00:11:49.465 --> 00:11:54.236
  • AND BY POSTMODERNISM.
  • 00:11:54.236 --> 00:11:57.039
  • WHAT IS OUR PLACEIN THAT CULTURE
  • 00:11:57.039 --> 00:11:59.141
  • THAT SEEMS TO BE UNRAVELINGMORE DAY AFTER DAY?
  • 00:11:59.141 --> 00:12:03.245
  • WELL, IN EPHESIANS2:10, PAUL GIVES US
  • 00:12:03.245 --> 00:12:07.383
  • AN INTERESTING WORDPICTURE OF WHAT WE'RE TO BE
  • 00:12:07.383 --> 00:12:10.619
  • IN THIS DETERIORATING CULTURE.
  • 00:12:10.619 --> 00:12:12.788
  • HE SAID, "WE ARE GOD'SWORKMANSHIP CREATED IN
  • 00:12:12.788 --> 00:12:17.760
  • CHRIST JESUS "FOR GOOD WORKSWHICH GOD PREPARED BEFOREHAND
  • 00:12:17.760 --> 00:12:22.932
  • "THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM."
  • 00:12:22.932 --> 00:12:26.101
  • LAST TIME WE TALKED ABOUTTHE STORY THAT GOD IS WRITING
  • 00:12:26.101 --> 00:12:29.071
  • IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:12:29.071 --> 00:12:30.706
  • YOUR STORY IS LIKE A POEM GODIS WRITING THROUGH YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:12:30.706 --> 00:12:36.846
  • NOT TO BE PUT ONTHE SHELF SOMEWHERE,
  • 00:12:36.846 --> 00:12:39.048
  • BUT TO BE READ BYTHOSE AROUND YOU.
  • 00:12:39.048 --> 00:12:43.652
  • GOD WANTS OTHERS YOUCOME IN CONTACT WITH
  • 00:12:43.652 --> 00:12:47.223
  • TO SEE YOUR LIFE STORY,TO SEE YOUR STAND FOR GOD.
  • 00:12:47.223 --> 00:12:51.527
  • OF COURSE, THE KEY WORDIS "COME IN CONTACT WITH."
  • 00:12:51.527 --> 00:12:55.130
  • TO INFLUENCE OURCULTURE, WE HAVE TO COME
  • 00:12:55.130 --> 00:12:58.234
  • IN CONTACT WITH OUR CULTURE.
  • 00:12:58.234 --> 00:13:00.069
  • MORE ABOUT THATIN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:13:00.069 --> 00:13:02.504
  • BUT LET'S EXPANDTHIS IDEA OF CULTURE
  • 00:13:02.504 --> 00:13:04.907
  • AND TALK ABOUT WHAT ITMEANS FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE
  • 00:13:04.907 --> 00:13:07.776
  • TO CULTIVATE THEIR CULTURE.
  • 00:13:07.776 --> 00:13:09.511
  • PERHAPS YOU'RE LIKE THIS,PERHAPS YOU'RE THINKING
  • 00:13:09.511 --> 00:13:12.281
  • TO YOURSELF, I CAN'T HAVEANY INFLUENCE ON THE CULTURE.
  • 00:13:12.281 --> 00:13:16.218
  • WHEN YOU THINKABOUT THE CULTURE,
  • 00:13:16.218 --> 00:13:17.620
  • YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT'SHAPPENING IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
  • 00:13:17.620 --> 00:13:20.422
  • OR IN HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA,
  • 00:13:20.422 --> 00:13:22.291
  • AND YOU THINK,"THAT'S THE CULTURE,
  • 00:13:22.291 --> 00:13:24.093
  • "I'M POWERLESS TO HAVEANY INFLUENCE OVER IT."
  • 00:13:24.093 --> 00:13:28.264
  • BUT REMEMBER, CULTURE ISWHAT YOU MAKE OF THE WORLD,
  • 00:13:28.264 --> 00:13:32.101
  • SPECIFICALLY, THE WORLDGOD HAS PLACED YOU IN.
  • 00:13:32.101 --> 00:13:36.538
  • YOU ARE IN A PARTICULARCULTURE IN YOUR HOME,
  • 00:13:36.538 --> 00:13:40.876
  • IN YOUR WORKPLACE,IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD,
  • 00:13:40.876 --> 00:13:44.580
  • AND YOUR JOB IS TOINFLUENCE THAT CULTURE.
  • 00:13:44.580 --> 00:13:47.249
  • PERHAPS YOU'RE A STAY-AT-HOMEMOM AND YOU THINK,
  • 00:13:47.249 --> 00:13:50.219
  • "I COULDN'T HAVE ANYINFLUENCE ON THE CULTURE
  • 00:13:50.219 --> 00:13:52.688
  • "OF OUR NATION."
  • 00:13:52.688 --> 00:13:54.356
  • BUT LOOK, GOD HAS GIVENYOU A GREAT INFLUENCE
  • 00:13:54.356 --> 00:13:56.926
  • OVER THOSE CHILDRENIN YOUR HOME.
  • 00:13:56.926 --> 00:13:58.327
  • THINK ABOUT HANNAHIN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
  • 00:13:58.327 --> 00:14:00.763
  • FOR YEARS SHE PRAYED THATGOD WOULD GIVE HER A CHILD,
  • 00:14:00.763 --> 00:14:03.933
  • AND FINALLY HE ANSWERED HERPRAYER AND GAVE HER SAMUEL.
  • 00:14:03.933 --> 00:14:07.136
  • SHE FAITHFULLY TAUGHTSAMUEL THE FEAR OF THE LORD,
  • 00:14:07.136 --> 00:14:10.572
  • THE WORD OF GOD, AND THENSHE DELIVERED HIM TO ELI
  • 00:14:10.572 --> 00:14:13.575
  • WHO TRAINED HIM FURTHER ANDSAMUEL BECAME A MIGHTY PROPHET
  • 00:14:13.575 --> 00:14:17.146
  • OF GOD WHO GREATLY INFLUENCEDTHE NATION FOR GOOD.
  • 00:14:17.146 --> 00:14:21.150
  • DID HANNAH INFLUENCEHER CULTURE?
  • 00:14:21.150 --> 00:14:23.152
  • OF COURSE SHE DID.
  • 00:14:23.152 --> 00:14:24.720
  • MAYBE YOU'RE A STUDENTRIGHT NOW IN JUNIOR HIGH,
  • 00:14:24.720 --> 00:14:27.289
  • HIGH SCHOOL, OR COLLEGE.
  • 00:14:27.289 --> 00:14:29.058
  • FOR YOU, YOUR CULTUREIS THAT SCHOOL
  • 00:14:29.058 --> 00:14:31.727
  • WHERE GOD HAS PLACED YOU.
  • 00:14:31.727 --> 00:14:33.462
  • TEENAGERS LISTENING, DON'TUNDERESTIMATE THE IMPACT
  • 00:14:33.462 --> 00:14:37.566
  • YOU CAN MAKE RIGHT WHERE YOUARE, YOUR CULTURE, YOUR SCHOOL.
  • 00:14:37.566 --> 00:14:41.937
  • WHEN I WAS IN THE NINTHGRADE, I ATTENDED THIS CHURCH,
  • 00:14:41.937 --> 00:14:46.275
  • HAD BEEN HERE ALL OF MY LIFE,
  • 00:14:46.275 --> 00:14:48.143
  • I WASN'T A PARTICULARLYSPIRITUAL PERSON AT ALL.
  • 00:14:48.143 --> 00:14:51.547
  • I JUST KINDA CAME TO CHURCHLIKE EVERYBODY ELSE DID.
  • 00:14:51.547 --> 00:14:54.783
  • BUT ONE DAY WHEN I WAS ATTHE WEST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
  • 00:14:54.783 --> 00:14:58.253
  • IN RICHARDSON, TEXAS, ONEOF MY TEACHERS ASKED ME
  • 00:14:58.253 --> 00:15:00.956
  • IF I WOULD STAY BEHINDSCHOOL AND VISIT WITH HER.
  • 00:15:00.956 --> 00:15:05.160
  • I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I HADANY CHOICE, SO I SAID,
  • 00:15:05.160 --> 00:15:07.296
  • "YES, I'D BE HAPPYTO MEET WITH YOU."
  • 00:15:07.296 --> 00:15:09.865
  • AND SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN,EVEN THOUGH WE WERE
  • 00:15:09.865 --> 00:15:12.568
  • IN A SECULAR HIGH SCHOOL,AND I'LL NEVER FORGET
  • 00:15:12.568 --> 00:15:15.104
  • WHERE WE WERE SEATEDIN THAT CLASSROOM
  • 00:15:15.104 --> 00:15:17.106
  • AND SHE SAID, "ROBERT, HAVEYOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE FACT
  • 00:15:17.106 --> 00:15:19.842
  • "THAT GOD HAS PLACED YOU INTHIS SCHOOL WITH 3.000 PEOPLE
  • 00:15:19.842 --> 00:15:23.846
  • "FOR A REASON AND THAT REASONIS TO LEAD OTHER STUDENTS
  • 00:15:23.846 --> 00:15:27.950
  • "TO CHRIST?"
  • 00:15:27.950 --> 00:15:29.418
  • HONESTLY, THAT THOUGHTHAD NEVER CROSSED MY MIND.
  • 00:15:29.418 --> 00:15:33.655
  • AND SHE SAID, "I WANTTO GIVE YOU A CHALLENGE
  • 00:15:33.655 --> 00:15:35.557
  • "AND THAT IS TO MAKE A LISTOF FIVE OF YOUR CLASSMATES
  • 00:15:35.557 --> 00:15:39.561
  • "WHO AREN'T CHRISTIANSAND TO COMMIT TO PRAY
  • 00:15:39.561 --> 00:15:42.798
  • "FOR THEIR SALVATIONAND COMMIT THAT SOMETIME
  • 00:15:42.798 --> 00:15:46.535
  • "DURING THIS YEAR, YOU'RE GOINGTO SHARE YOUR FAITH WITH THEM."
  • 00:15:46.535 --> 00:15:51.006
  • AND HONESTLY, I DON'T KNOWWHY I AGREED TO DO THAT,
  • 00:15:51.006 --> 00:15:53.776
  • BUT THERE ISSOMETHING ABOUT THAT
  • 00:15:53.776 --> 00:15:55.010
  • THAT KIND OFCAPTIVATED MY INTEREST,
  • 00:15:55.010 --> 00:15:58.847
  • THE IDEA THAT MAYBE GOD HADA BIGGER PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE
  • 00:15:58.847 --> 00:16:02.117
  • THAN SIMPLY GOINGTO SCHOOL EVERY DAY.
  • 00:16:02.117 --> 00:16:04.486
  • AND SO I WENT HOME THATNIGHT AND I MADE A LIST
  • 00:16:04.486 --> 00:16:07.456
  • OF FIVE PEOPLE I KNEWWHO WEREN'T CHRISTIANS
  • 00:16:07.456 --> 00:16:10.459
  • AND I MADE ACOMMITMENT TO THE LORD
  • 00:16:10.459 --> 00:16:12.394
  • THAT I WOULD PRAY FORTHEM AND WITNESS TO THEM.
  • 00:16:12.394 --> 00:16:15.831
  • THE FIRST GUY ON MY LISTWAS A STUDENT NAMED NICK.
  • 00:16:15.831 --> 00:16:22.004
  • NICK IS WHAT WE USED TOCALL BACK THEN A HOOD.
  • 00:16:22.004 --> 00:16:24.840
  • HE WORE THE BLACKLEATHER JACKET.
  • 00:16:24.840 --> 00:16:27.176
  • HE WOULD HANG OUT DURING THEBREAKS IN THE SMOKING AREA
  • 00:16:27.176 --> 00:16:30.479
  • OF THE SCHOOL.
  • 00:16:30.479 --> 00:16:31.747
  • CAN YOU BELIEVE WEHAD SMOKING AREAS
  • 00:16:31.747 --> 00:16:33.415
  • WHERE STUDENTSACTUALLY WENT TO SMOKE?
  • 00:16:33.415 --> 00:16:35.384
  • BUT WE DID AND THAT'SWHERE NICK HUNG OUT.
  • 00:16:35.384 --> 00:16:37.286
  • I MEAN, HE LOOKED LIKE HEWAS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE CAST
  • 00:16:37.286 --> 00:16:39.721
  • OF "WEST SIDE STORY."
  • 00:16:39.721 --> 00:16:42.624
  • EVERYBODY WAS AFRAID OF NICKBECAUSE OF HIS REPUTATION.
  • 00:16:42.624 --> 00:16:47.129
  • ONE DAY I SCREWED UPTHE COURAGE AND I SAID,
  • 00:16:47.129 --> 00:16:49.798
  • "NICK, COULD I MEET WITHYOU AFTER SCHOOL TODAY?"
  • 00:16:49.798 --> 00:16:53.068
  • "WHAT FOR? WHAT DO YOUWANT TO MEET WITH ME FOR?"
  • 00:16:53.068 --> 00:16:55.370
  • I SAID, "WELL, I JUST WANT TOTALK TO YOU ABOUT SOMETHING."
  • 00:16:55.370 --> 00:16:57.473
  • AND HE AGREED.
  • 00:16:57.473 --> 00:16:58.907
  • SO WE SAT IN OUR HISTORYCLASS, VACANT CLASSROOM,
  • 00:16:58.907 --> 00:17:02.678
  • AND I SHARED WITH HIMTHE FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS.
  • 00:17:02.678 --> 00:17:05.781
  • AND I REMEMBERCLOSING BY SAYING,
  • 00:17:05.781 --> 00:17:07.616
  • "NICK, IS THERE ANYREASON YOU WOULDN'T WANT
  • 00:17:07.616 --> 00:17:09.718
  • "TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN TODAY?"
  • 00:17:09.718 --> 00:17:11.887
  • HE SAID, "NO, THERE'S NO REASON.
  • 00:17:11.887 --> 00:17:13.322
  • "IN FACT, I THINK THAT'SSOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO DO."
  • 00:17:13.322 --> 00:17:16.158
  • AND HE PRAYED WITH ME TOTRUST IN CHRIST AS HIS SAVIOR.
  • 00:17:16.158 --> 00:17:20.896
  • LITTLE DID I KNOW,LITTLE DID HE KNOW,
  • 00:17:20.896 --> 00:17:23.999
  • THAT HE HAD A BRAIN TUMORGROWING IN HIS BRAIN
  • 00:17:23.999 --> 00:17:28.170
  • AND WITHIN NINEMONTHS, HE WAS DEAD.
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:32.474
  • THAT WAS THE FIRST PERSON.
  • 00:17:32.474 --> 00:17:33.742
  • THAT YEAR, I SAW EVERYONE OF THOSE STUDENTS
  • 00:17:33.742 --> 00:17:38.013
  • I HAD COMMITTED TOPRAY FOR AND SHARE WITH
  • 00:17:38.013 --> 00:17:41.316
  • COME TO FAITH IN CHRIST.
  • 00:17:41.316 --> 00:17:43.519
  • NOW, I'LL BE THE FIRST TOADMIT, MY FIVE CONVERTS
  • 00:17:43.519 --> 00:17:47.656
  • DID NOT MATCH BILLY GRAHAM'SHUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
  • 00:17:47.656 --> 00:17:50.592
  • OF CONVERTS.
  • 00:17:50.592 --> 00:17:52.361
  • HE PREACHED INFOOTBALL STADIUMS.
  • 00:17:52.361 --> 00:17:55.097
  • HE INFLUENCED HOLLYWOODLUMINARIES AND PRESIDENTS.
  • 00:17:55.097 --> 00:17:59.468
  • HE HAD A WORLDWIDE IMPACT,BUT THAT WAS THE CULTURE
  • 00:17:59.468 --> 00:18:03.572
  • GOD HAD PLACED HIM.
  • 00:18:03.572 --> 00:18:05.474
  • MY CULTURE WAS THAT LITTLECORNER OF THE WORLD,
  • 00:18:05.474 --> 00:18:09.077
  • WEST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLIN RICHARDSON, TEXAS.
  • 00:18:09.077 --> 00:18:12.614
  • WHAT I'M SAYING TO YOU IS,
  • 00:18:12.614 --> 00:18:13.749
  • DON'T EVER UNDERESTIMATEYOUR ABILITY
  • 00:18:13.749 --> 00:18:16.451
  • TO CHANGE YOUR CULTURE,WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU.
  • 00:18:16.451 --> 00:18:20.155
  • YOUR HOME, YOUR WORKPLACE,YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:18:20.155 --> 00:18:26.328
  • GOD HAS PLACED YOUTHERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:18:26.328 --> 00:18:29.364
  • AND YOU KNOW WHAT?
  • 00:18:29.364 --> 00:18:30.832
  • WHEN YOU'RE FAITHFUL TO BETHAT REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHRIST
  • 00:18:30.832 --> 00:18:34.069
  • WHEREVER YOU ARE,DON'T BE SURPRISED
  • 00:18:34.069 --> 00:18:36.338
  • IF GOD DOESN'T EXPAND YOURTERRITORY AND YOUR INFLUENCE
  • 00:18:36.338 --> 00:18:40.108
  • BEYOND THAT.
  • 00:18:40.108 --> 00:18:41.777
  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHATHAPPENED WITH ELIJAH.
  • 00:18:41.777 --> 00:18:46.515
  • YOU KNOW, GOD LEFT US HERENOT TO ISOLATE OURSELVES
  • 00:18:46.515 --> 00:18:50.586
  • FROM THE CULTURE, NOT TOIDENTIFY WITH THE CULTURE,
  • 00:18:50.586 --> 00:18:53.388
  • BUT TO INFLUENCE THE CULTURE.
  • 00:18:53.388 --> 00:18:56.291
  • AND YET I THINK YOU'D HAVE TOAGREE WITH ME ON THE WHOLE,
  • 00:18:56.291 --> 00:18:59.695
  • CHRISTIANS AREN'T DOINGTHAT GREAT OF A JOB
  • 00:18:59.695 --> 00:19:01.797
  • OF INFLUENCING THECULTURE, ARE WE?
  • 00:19:01.797 --> 00:19:04.066
  • I MEAN LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING.
  • 00:19:04.066 --> 00:19:05.901
  • AND THAT'S AMAZING WHEN YOUSEE OUR CULTURE UNRAVELING
  • 00:19:05.901 --> 00:19:08.870
  • WITH AS MANYCHRISTIANS AS THERE ARE
  • 00:19:08.870 --> 00:19:10.939
  • IN THIS COUNTRY SUPPOSEDLY.
  • 00:19:10.939 --> 00:19:12.708
  • YOU KNOW, ONE SURVEYSAYS THAT ONE FOURTH
  • 00:19:12.708 --> 00:19:15.544
  • OF THE U.S. POPULATION CLAIMSTO BE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:19:15.544 --> 00:19:20.148
  • ONE FOURTH OF 300 MILLIONWOULD BE 75 MILLION PEOPLE
  • 00:19:20.148 --> 00:19:25.887
  • CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:19:25.887 --> 00:19:28.857
  • SOMEBODY PUT THAT INPERSPECTIVE PRETTY WELL.
  • 00:19:28.857 --> 00:19:31.627
  • YOU KNOW, A POUND OF MEATWOULD PROBABLY BE INFLUENCED
  • 00:19:31.627 --> 00:19:35.564
  • BY A QUARTER POUND OFSALT, DON'T YOU THINK?
  • 00:19:35.564 --> 00:19:40.135
  • DOESN'T TAKE MUCHSALT TO IMPACT MEAT.
  • 00:19:40.135 --> 00:19:44.773
  • IF YOU HAD A QUARTERPOUND OF SALT,
  • 00:19:44.773 --> 00:19:46.441
  • YOU COULD REALLYFLAVOR A POUND OF MEAT.
  • 00:19:46.441 --> 00:19:49.344
  • IF A QUARTER OF OURPOPULATION ARE CHRISTIANS,
  • 00:19:49.344 --> 00:19:52.214
  • WHY ARE WE HAVING ZEROINFLUENCE ON THIS CULTURE?
  • 00:19:52.214 --> 00:19:57.085
  • I THINK THERE ARE TWO REASONS
  • 00:19:57.085 --> 00:19:58.553
  • THAT I WANT TOMENTION TO YOU TODAY.
  • 00:19:58.553 --> 00:20:00.122
  • ONE REASON IS SOMECHRISTIANS HAVE BECOME
  • 00:20:00.122 --> 00:20:02.557
  • WHAT I CALL SILO SAINTS.
  • 00:20:02.557 --> 00:20:05.594
  • INSTEAD OF BEING SALTTHAT PENETRATES THE MEAT,
  • 00:20:05.594 --> 00:20:08.997
  • FLAVORS THE MEAT,PRESERVES THE MEAT,
  • 00:20:08.997 --> 00:20:12.067
  • THESE CHRISTIANS REMAININ THE SALT SHAKER,
  • 00:20:12.067 --> 00:20:14.803
  • TOTALLY ISOLATED FROM THE MEAT.
  • 00:20:14.803 --> 00:20:17.639
  • THEY BECOME SILO SAINTS ANDTHEY ACTUALLY PRIDE THEMSELVES
  • 00:20:17.639 --> 00:20:20.642
  • ON THAT AND SAY, "OH, IDON'T WANT TO GET INVOLVED
  • 00:20:20.642 --> 00:20:22.611
  • "IN THE CULTURE.
  • 00:20:22.611 --> 00:20:24.146
  • "I COULD POLLUTE MYSELF ORI COULD POLLUTE MY FAMILY
  • 00:20:24.146 --> 00:20:26.214
  • "IF I DO THAT."
  • 00:20:26.214 --> 00:20:27.649
  • IN FACT, SOME CHRISTIANSHAVE EVEN COME UP
  • 00:20:27.649 --> 00:20:29.484
  • WITH A THEOLOGICAL JUSTIFICATIONFOR WHAT THEY'RE DOING.
  • 00:20:29.484 --> 00:20:32.688
  • A POPULAR BOOK RIGHT NOW ISCALLED "THE BENEDICT OPTION."
  • 00:20:32.688 --> 00:20:35.924
  • I HATE EVEN GIVINGTHE BOOK A PLUG
  • 00:20:35.924 --> 00:20:38.060
  • 'CAUSE IT IS SO INSIDIOUS.
  • 00:20:38.060 --> 00:20:39.461
  • BUT IT'S WRITTEN BY ACHRISTIAN AND HE CLAIMS
  • 00:20:39.461 --> 00:20:41.930
  • THAT CHRISTIANS OUGHTTO FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE
  • 00:20:41.930 --> 00:20:43.732
  • OF THAT MONASTIC CHURCHLEADER, ST. BENEDICT,
  • 00:20:43.732 --> 00:20:46.468
  • WHO BASICALLY SAIDTO HIS FOLLOWERS,
  • 00:20:46.468 --> 00:20:48.704
  • "LET'S JUST GETIN OUR HOLY HUDDLE
  • 00:20:48.704 --> 00:20:50.706
  • "AND TRY TO ENCOURAGE ONEANOTHER IN THESE DARK DAYS
  • 00:20:50.706 --> 00:20:53.642
  • "AND PRAY THAT BAD PEOPLEDON'T DO ANYTHING EVIL TO US."
  • 00:20:53.642 --> 00:20:57.346
  • IS THAT WHAT GODHAS CALLED US TO DO?
  • 00:20:57.346 --> 00:20:59.548
  • NO, BUT THERE ARE MANYCHRISTIANS WHO FALL FOR THAT
  • 00:20:59.548 --> 00:21:02.284
  • AND EVEN JUSTIFY THAT.
  • 00:21:02.284 --> 00:21:05.187
  • NOT LONG AGO, I WASON A PANEL DISCUSSION
  • 00:21:05.187 --> 00:21:07.155
  • AT A SEMINARY ANDDURING THE Q&A TIME,
  • 00:21:07.155 --> 00:21:10.025
  • ONE OF THE STUDENTSASKED ME THIS QUESTION.
  • 00:21:10.025 --> 00:21:11.960
  • "DR. JEFFRESS, WHY DO YOU FEELTHAT CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIANS
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  • "HAVE THE RIGHT TOIMPOSE THEIR VALUES
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  • "ON A SECULARPLURALISTIC SOCIETY?
  • 00:21:20.902 --> 00:21:25.140
  • "WHY DO CONSERVATIVECHRISTIANS HAVE THE RIGHT
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  • "TO IMPOSE THEIR VALUESON A SECULAR SOCIETY?"
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  • AND MY ANSWER TO HIM WAS,"LOOK, SOCIETY IS ALWAYS
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  • "GOING TO BE INFLUENCED BYSOMEBODY'S SET OF VALUES.
  • 00:21:36.151 --> 00:21:39.488
  • "THE ONLY QUESTION ISWHOSE VALUES ARE GOING
  • 00:21:39.488 --> 00:21:41.857
  • "TO IMPACT A SOCIETY?"
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  • SOME SET OF VALUESIMPACT ANY CULTURE.
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  • "FOR THE FIRST," AND IGAVE HIM AN ILLUSTRATION.
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  • I SAID, "FOR EXAMPLE,FOR THE FIRST 160 YEARS
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  • "OF OUR NATION'S HISTORY,WE SAID THAT MARRIAGE
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  • "SHOULD BE BETWEENONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN.
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  • "THAT WAS THE BIBLICALPRINCIPLE, ONE MAN AND ONE
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  • WOMAN." IN 1885, THE SUPREMECOURT, MURPHY VERSUS RAMSEY,
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  • SAID, "MARRIAGE ISA HOLY STATE OF GOD
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  • "CONSISTING OF THE UNIONOF ONE MAN AND ONE WOMAN."
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  • THAT WAS OUR VALUE THATWAS IMPOSED, IF YOU WILL,
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  • BY OUR ADHERENCE TO THEJUDEO-CHRISTIAN BELIEF.
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  • BUT THEN SUDDENLY IN 2015,THE SUPREME COURT DECIDED
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  • TO CHANGE THAT INOBERGEFELL VERSUS HODGES.
  • 00:22:21.396 --> 00:22:24.232
  • THEY SAID, "WE'RE GOING TOHAVE A NEW SET OF VALUES
  • 00:22:24.232 --> 00:22:26.568
  • "THAT INFLUENCE OUR POLICY."
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  • "THE NEW VALUE IS MARRIAGE ISWHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO BE."
  • 00:22:28.370 --> 00:22:32.841
  • AND THE SUPREME COURT IMPOSEDTHAT VALUE ON OUR NATION,
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  • AND BELIEVE ME, ITIS IMPOSED ON US.
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  • HAVING HEARD THE FIRST PARTOF MY MESSAGE, I WONDER,
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  • IS GOD STIRRING IN YOUR HEART
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  • TO BEGIN MAKING A DIFFERENCEIN OUR CULTURE FOR HIM?
  • 00:22:53.128 --> 00:22:56.364
  • HAVE YOU BEGUN TO FEEL THENUDGE FROM HIS HOLY SPIRIT?
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  • THIS IS NO TIME TO HUNKERDOWN INTO A HOLY HUDDLE.
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  • I BELIEVE GOD IS CALLING US TOSTEP OUTSIDE OUR COMFORT ZONE
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  • IN ORDER TO BECOME SALTAND LIGHT FOR JESUS CHRIST.
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  • AS WE CONCLUDE TODAY'S MESSAGE,
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  • I'D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENTTO AFFIRM YOUR PARTNERSHIP
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  • WITH THIS DAILY BIBLETEACHING PROGRAM.
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  • IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, "PATHWAYTO VICTORY" HAS EXPERIENCED
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  • UNPRECEDENTED GROWTHALL ACROSS AMERICA
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  • AND AROUND THE WORLD.
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  • AND IT'S BECAUSEOF PEOPLE LIKE YOU
  • 00:23:29.130 --> 00:23:31.166
  • WHO HAVE SHARED OUR PASSIONFOR PIERCING THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:23:35.270 --> 00:23:37.172
  • SO THANKS FOR DOING YOUR PARTSO THAT MORE AND MORE PEOPLE
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  • CAN BEGIN TO DISCOVERTHEIR SWEET SPOT,
  • 00:23:40.642 --> 00:23:43.812
  • THAT SPECIAL PURPOSEGOD HAS FOR THEIR LIFE,
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  • AND MAKE AN IMPACT IN OURCULTURE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
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  • NOW STAY RIGHTTHERE, I'LL BE BACK
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  • WITH MORE "PATHWAY TOVICTORY" IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THEINSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:23:59.127 --> 00:24:02.030
  • DR. JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE,"
  • 00:24:03.698 --> 00:24:05.834
  • IDENTIFIES SEVENBIBLICAL SECRETS
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:24:07.903 --> 00:24:09.971
  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKEUP IN THE MORNING
  • 00:24:09.971 --> 00:24:11.907
  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROESREADY TO SLAY GIANTS
  • 00:24:11.907 --> 00:24:15.477
  • OR SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
  • 00:24:15.477 --> 00:24:17.579
  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLYTRYING TO SURVIVE THE DAY.
  • 00:24:17.579 --> 00:24:21.449
  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE, WEALL LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE
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  • OF PURPOSE, POWER, AND PASSION.
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  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU,YOUR HOME, YOUR WORKPLACE,
  • 00:24:28.256 --> 00:24:34.663
  • YOUR FAMILY, GOD HAS PLACEDYOU THERE FOR A REASON.
  • 00:24:34.663 --> 00:24:37.399
  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSEIN LIFE CAN BE DESCRIBED
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  • AS THE STORY GOD CREATEDFOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] REQUEST DR.JEFFRESS' BEST-SELLING BOOK,
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • NO MATTER YOUR AGEOR SEASON OF LIFE,
  • 00:24:51.513 --> 00:24:54.149
  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASHHIS POWER IN YOU
  • 00:24:54.149 --> 00:24:57.252
  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSIONAND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
  • 00:24:57.252 --> 00:25:01.656
  • [ANNOUNCER] AND WHENYOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
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  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVETHE COMPLETE UNEDITED,
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  • GOD HAS A GENERALPURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
  • 00:25:12.033 --> 00:25:15.670
  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFICPURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:15.670 --> 00:25:18.640
  • LET TODAY BE THE DAY YOUCHOOSE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:25:18.640 --> 00:25:22.344
  • WHEN YOU REQUEST "CHOOSINGTHE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE"
  • 00:25:22.344 --> 00:25:25.347
  • FROM "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:25:27.215 --> 00:25:30.418
  • WITHOUT A DOUBT, ELIJAH CAREDABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING
  • 00:25:30.418 --> 00:25:33.722
  • IN HIS WORLD.
  • 00:25:33.722 --> 00:25:35.156
  • AND THAT SAME PRINCIPLE SHOULDDRIVE OUR LIVES AS WELL.
  • 00:25:35.156 --> 00:25:38.560
  • BECAUSE GOD'S MANDATETO CARE FOR THE CULTURE
  • 00:25:38.560 --> 00:25:41.396
  • DIDN'T APPLY TO ELIJAH ALONE,
  • 00:25:41.396 --> 00:25:43.665
  • IT APPLIES TO YOUAND ME AS WELL.
  • 00:25:43.665 --> 00:25:46.301
  • TODAY WE BEGAN BY UNDERSTANDINGTHE BIBLICAL RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:25:46.301 --> 00:25:50.238
  • BETWEEN GOD, CHRISTIANS,AND OUR CULTURE.
  • 00:25:50.238 --> 00:25:53.475
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL LOOKAT THE DIRE CONSEQUENCES
  • 00:25:53.475 --> 00:25:56.378
  • THAT OCCUR WHEN CHRISTIANS FAILTO INFLUENCE THEIR CULTURE.
  • 00:25:56.378 --> 00:26:00.682
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:00.682 --> 00:26:03.718
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:03.718 --> 00:26:07.355
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:07.355 --> 00:26:09.524
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:26:09.524 --> 00:26:12.193
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:12.193 --> 00:26:14.496
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'BESTSELLING BOOK,
  • 00:26:14.496 --> 00:26:16.464
  • "CHOOSING THEEXTRAORDINARY LIFE."
  • 00:26:16.464 --> 00:26:18.667
  • PLUS "THE ELIJAH MAP"IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:26:18.667 --> 00:26:21.536
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USTODAY AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:21.536 --> 00:26:24.839
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:24.839 --> 00:26:27.642
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARYLIFE" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:29.511 --> 00:26:32.313
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:32.313 --> 00:26:34.749
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:34.749 --> 00:26:36.518
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT
  • 00:26:36.518 --> 00:26:38.586
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING, OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:38.586 --> 00:26:41.189
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:41.189 --> 00:26:42.457
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:42.457 --> 00:26:46.261
  • AS MY OLD PROFESSOR,HOWARD HENDRICK, SAID,
  • 00:26:46.261 --> 00:26:48.430
  • "WHEN ELIJAH BURST ON THE SCENE,
  • 00:26:48.430 --> 00:26:50.999
  • "HE CAME TO A NATIONTHAT WAS ON THE SKIDS."
  • 00:26:50.999 --> 00:26:55.203
  • HE WRITES, "THERE WASA MANIA OF MEDIOCRITY.
  • 00:26:55.203 --> 00:26:59.107
  • "7.000 BELIEVERS WERE HUDDLEDIN A CAVE IN SILENT PROTEST.
  • 00:26:59.107 --> 00:27:02.811
  • "'WE DON'T WANT TO GETINVOLVED,' THEY CRIED.
  • 00:27:02.811 --> 00:27:05.613
  • "BUT THIS MAN, ELIJAH, STANDSOUT LIKE A SPIRITUAL COLOSSUS
  • 00:27:05.613 --> 00:27:11.753
  • "IN THE MIDST OF AGENERATION OF PERVERTS
  • 00:27:11.753 --> 00:27:14.322
  • "AND SPIRITUAL PYGMIES."
  • 00:27:14.322 --> 00:27:15.790
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:15.790 --> 00:27:18.026
  • FOR PART TWO OF THEMESSAGE, "SECRET NUMBER TWO:
  • 00:27:18.026 --> 00:27:20.895
  • "DETERMINE TO INFLUENCEYOUR CULTURE,"
  • 00:27:20.895 --> 00:27:23.398
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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