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Do The Next Right Thing Part 2

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August 28, 2020
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Today we are concluding our series COURAGEOUS by examining the final “survival” tip for thriving in a hostile world. It is a principle that is profoundly simple; but absolutely essential: doing the next right thing.

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Do The Next Right Thing Part 2

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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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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  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HAVE YOU EVER HAD ONE OFTHOSE DAYS WHERE EVERYONE
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  • SEEMS TO BE ASKINGYOU FOR FAVORS?
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  • YOU WONDER IF YOU'LLEVER GET A MOMENT
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  • TO ACTUALLY TAKECARE OF YOURSELF.
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  • WELL, WHETHER YOU'RE APARENT WORKING TIRELESSLY
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  • TO CARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN, ORAN UNDERAPPRECIATED EMPLOYEE,
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  • THE APOSTLE PAUL SAYS,"LET US NOT BECOME WEARY
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  • "IN DOING GOOD, FORAT THE PROPER TIME,
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  • "WE WILL REAP A HARVESTIF WE DO NOT GIVE UP."
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED"SURVIVAL TIP NUMBER 10:
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  • "DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING"AS WE CONTINUE OUR SERIES
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  • "COURAGEOUS" ON TODAY'S EDITIONOF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB
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  • ♪ SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION
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  • ♪ OF THE WORLD
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  • ♪ FOR SINNERS CRUCIFIED
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  • ♪ O HOLY SACRIFICE
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB
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  • ♪ CROWN HIM
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  • ♪ CROWN HIM
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  • ♪ CROWN HIM
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  • ♪ CROWN HIM
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  • ♪ WORTHY
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  • ♪ IS THE LAMB
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB
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  • ♪ SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION
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  • ♪ OF THE WORLD
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  • ♪ FOR SINNERS CRUCIFIED
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  • ♪ O HOLY SACRIFICE
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD
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  • ♪ BEHOLD
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  • ♪ THE LAMB
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  • ♪ BEHOLD THE LAMB
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  • ♪ BEHOLD
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  • ♪ THE LAMB
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDING)
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  • [ANNOUNCER] CHRISTIANS INAMERICA ARE UNDER SIEGE.
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  • LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATETHE TUMULTUOUS TERRAIN
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  • OF A GODLESS CULTUREWITH A BRAND-NEW BOOK
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  • FROM DR. JEFFRESSCALLED "COURAGEOUS:
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  • "10 STRATEGIES FOR THRIVINGIN A HOSTILE WORLD."
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  • IT'S DR. JEFFRESS'SBOLDEST BOOK YET.
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  • WHEN YOUR FAITH IS UNDERATTACK, WHEN YOU'RE TEMPTED
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  • TO JUST FOLLOW THE CROWD,THESE 10 STRATEGIES
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  • WILL IGNITE A FEARLESSFIRE, A BRIGHT HOPE
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  • FOR FACING LIFE WITH CONFIDENCE.
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  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF"COURAGEOUS" WHEN YOU GIVE
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  • A GENEROUS GIFT TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY TODAY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • TODAY WE ARE GOING TO LOOKAT THE TENTH AND THE FINAL
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  • PRINCIPLE FOR THRIVINGIN A HOSTILE WORLD,
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  • DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.
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  • IN ACTS 16 WEFIND THAT PAUL
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  • WAS ON HIS SECOND MISSIONARYJOURNEY, AND HE REALLY WANTED
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  • TO TAKE THE GOSPEL TOBITHYNIA, REMEMBER?
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  • THAT'S PRESENT-DAY TURKEY.
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  • AND SO HE WAS ON HIS WAY,HE THOUGHT, TO BITHYNIA.
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  • BUT IN VERSES 9 AND 10 OFACTS 16, LUKE SAYS,
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  • AND A VISION APPEAREDTO PAUL IN THE NIGHT.
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  • A CERTAIN MAN OFMACEDONIA WAS STANDING
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  • AND APPEALING TO PAULAND SAYING COME OVER
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  • TO MACEDONIA AND HELP US.
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  • AND WHEN WE HAD SEEN THEVISION, IMMEDIATELY WE SOUGHT
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  • TO GO INTO MACEDONIA,CONCLUDING THAT GOD
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  • HAD CALLED US TO PREACHTHE GOSPEL TO THEM.
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  • GOD CLOSED THE DOORTO GO INTO BITHYNIA.
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  • AS MUCH AS HE TRIED, PAULWASN'T ABLE TO GO THERE.
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  • HE OPENED A DOOR TOCOME TO MACEDONIA.
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  • DID BITHYNIA HAVE ANEED TO HEAR THE GOSPEL?
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  • YOU BET THEY DID, BUTPAUL WASN'T THE ONE
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  • TO MEET THAT NEED; HE HADANOTHER PLAN FOR PAUL.
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  • AND GOD WILL DOTHE SAME FOR YOU.
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  • HE'LL CREATE UNIQUEOPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO MEET.
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  • DECADES AGO WHEN IWAS YOUTH PASTOR HERE,
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  • I KNEW THAT SOMEDAY GOD WASGONNA HAVE ME BE A PASTOR,
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  • AND I WAS ANXIOUSTO BECOME A PASTOR.
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  • AND I NEVER WILL FORGETAFTER A PARTICULARLY
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  • CONTENTIOUS STAFF MEETINGHERE, I WENT BACK TO MY OFFICE
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  • AND I WAS PLEASED THAT I'DGOTTEN A TELEPHONE CALL.
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  • I RETURNED THE CALL,AND IT WAS A PASTOR
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  • OF A WELL-KNOWNCHURCH HERE IN TEXAS.
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  • AND HE SAID, "ROBERT, I'VEBEEN PRAYING ABOUT THIS,
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  • "AND I WANT YOU TO COMEAND BE THE EXECUTIVE PASTOR
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  • "AT OUR CHURCH."
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  • AND I'M TELLING YOU, I WAS SOEXCITED ABOUT THAT PHONE CALL.
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  • NO, IT WASN'T THECALL TO BE A PASTOR,
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  • BUT IT WAS AN EXECUTIVEPASTOR, AND I THOUGHT
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  • THAT WOULD GET ME CLOSER TOMY GOAL OF BEING A PASTOR.
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  • SO I WENT HOME AND TOLDAMY, AND WE GOT EXCITED,
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  • AND WE STARTED PACKING OUR BAGS,
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  • GETTING READY TOGO TO THIS CHURCH.
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  • THE PASTOR TOLD MEBEFORE HE HUNG UP,
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  • AND HE SAID, "I'M GONNA CALLYOU IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS
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  • "WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS."
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  • I SAID, "GREAT."
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  • WELL, HE CALLED MEIN A COUPLE OF WEEKS,
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  • BUT NOT WITH THE INFORMATIONI WANTED TO HEAR.
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  • HE SAID, "YOU KNOW, ROBERT,I'VE GOTTA BE HONEST WITH YOU.
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  • "THERE'S SOME REAL UNRESTIN OUR CHURCH RIGHT NOW,
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  • "AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCHLONGER I'M GONNA BE HERE,
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  • "AND SOME THINGS HAVE HAPPENED,AND I JUST DON'T THINK
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  • "IT WOULD BE FAIR TO BRINGYOU INTO THAT SITUATION."
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  • WELL, I WAS JUST DEVASTATED.
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  • I THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,GOD, WERE YOU PLAYING
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  • SOME KIND OF CRUEL TRICK ON ME?
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  • IT SEEMED LIKE THIS ISWHERE I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO.
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  • WELL, IT TURNED OUT THATPASTOR DIDN'T STAY LONG.
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  • HE WAS GONE WITHINA COUPLE OF MONTHS.
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  • HAD I GONE THERE, ITWOULD'VE BEEN A DISASTER.
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  • BUT SHORTLY AFTER THAT, GODOPENED UP A DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY
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  • FOR ME TO GO TO A SMALLCOUNTY SEAT CHURCH
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  • IN EASTLAND, TEXAS,AND BEGIN A PROCESS
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  • THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY LEADUS TO BECOME THE PASTOR HERE.
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  • I THOUGHT GOD WAS LEADINGONE WAY, BUT GOD SAID NO,
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  • HERE'S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITYTHAT YOU'RE TO MEET.
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  • IF YOU'RE GONNA DO GOOD,SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITIES
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  • THAT GOD CREATES FOR YOU.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHEN I THINK OFDOING THE NEXT RIGHT THING,
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  • EVEN WHEN YOU CAN'TSEE THE WHOLE PICTURE,
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  • I THINK OF ONEWOMAN IN THE BIBLE
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  • WHO ILLUSTRATES THATPRINCIPLE THE BEST.
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  • IN FACT SHE HAS A WHOLE BOOKTHAT'S ATTRIBUTED TO HER NAME.
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  • HER NAME IS ESTHER.
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  • REMEMBER THE STORY OFESTHER IN THE OLD TESTAMENT?
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  • YOU KNOW, IN THE BOOK OFESTHER, ESTHER'S THE ONLY BOOK
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  • OF THE BIBLE INWHICH THE WORD GOD
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  • IS NOT MENTIONED ONE TIME.
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  • GOD'S NOT MENTIONED ATALL IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER.
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  • FOR THAT REASON, MARTINLUTHER AND OTHERS THOUGHT
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  • THE BOOK DIDN'T EVENBELONG IN THE BIBLE.
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  • BUT THAT'S WRONG, EVEN THOUGHGOD'S NAME DOESN'T APPEAR,
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  • YOU SEE HIS FINGERPRINTSALL OVER ESTHER'S STORY.
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  • IT'S A BOOK ABOUT THEPROVIDENCE OF GOD.
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  • FOR THOSE OF YOUUNFAMILIAR WITH THE STORY,
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  • LET ME GIVE YOU THE"READER'S DIGEST" SUMMARY.
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  • YOU REMEMBER THATESTHER LIVED IN PERSIA,
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  • WHICH IS MODERN-DAY IRAN.
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  • THAT'S WHERE SOME OF THEEXILES LIVED, THE JEWISH PEOPLE
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  • WHO'D BEEN EXILEDFROM THE NORTHERN
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  • AND LATER THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM.
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  • AND SHE WAS ORPHANEDAS A YOUNG GIRL,
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  • AND SHE WAS ADOPTED BY HEROLDER COUSIN NAMED MORDECAI.
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  • AND THROUGH A MIRACULOUSSET OF CIRCUMSTANCES,
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  • ESTHER ENDED UP BEINGCHOSEN BY THE KING,
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  • XERXES, TO BE THEQUEEN OF PERSIA.
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  • AND IN ESTHER 2:17,IT SAYS
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  • THE KING LOVED ESTHER MORETHAN ALL OF THE WOMEN,
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  • AND SHE FOUND FAVORAND KINDNESS WITH HIM
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  • MORE THAN ALL THE VIRGINS, SOTHAT HE SET THE ROYAL CROWN
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  • ON HER HEAD ANDMADE HER THE QUEEN.
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  • WELL, UPON A DAY, KINGXERXES' RIGHT-HAND MAN, HAMAN,
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  • ORDERED ALL OF THE PEOPLETO BOW DOWN BEFORE HIM.
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  • AND WHEN COUSIN MORDECAI REFUSEDTO BOW DOWN BEFORE HAMAN,
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  • HAMAN WAS INFURIATED,AND HE WENT TO THE KING
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  • AND PERSUADED THE KING TOSIGN AN EDICT THAT WOULD CALL
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  • FOR THE KILLING OF ALLOF THE JEWS IN THE LAND,
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  • NOT JUST MORDECAI,BUT ALL OF THE JEWS
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  • ON A CERTAIN DATE IN THE FUTURE.
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  • AND SO KING XERXES SIGNEDTHAT EDICT NOT KNOWING
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  • THAT HIS OWN WIFE, ESTHER,WAS JEWISH HERSELF.
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  • AND WHEN WORD CAME TOMORDECAI THAT THE KING
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  • HAD ISSUED THAT EDICT, HE SENTWORD TO ESTHER IN THE PALACE
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  • TO PLEASE INTERVENE ONNOT ONLY HIS BEHALF,
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  • BUT ON BEHALF OFTHE JEWISH PEOPLE.
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  • WHY, ESTHER WAS HESITANT TOGO AND ASK THE KING TO DO THAT
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  • BECAUSE THERE WAS APERSIAN LAW, A CUSTOM,
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  • THAT YOU NEVER WENT INTO THEKING'S PRESENCE UNINVITED.
  • 00:10:19.208 --> 00:10:23.079
  • BECAUSE IF YOU WENT UNINVITEDINTO THE KING'S PRESENCE,
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  • HE COULD DO ONE OF TWO THINGS.
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  • HE COULD HOLD OUT HIS SCEPTER,INDICATING THAT YOU WERE FREE
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  • TO SPEAK AND MAKE WHATEVERREQUEST YOU WANTED,
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  • BUT IF THE KINGWITHHELD HIS SCEPTER,
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  • IT MEANS YOU WERETO BE EXECUTED.
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  • YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHYESTHER WAS HESITANT
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  • TO GO INTO THE KING'S PRESENCE.
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  • SHE KNEW SHE HAD A50/50 CHANCE OF LIVING.
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  • AND SO SHE EXPRESSED HERRESERVATION TO HER
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  • COUSIN MORDECAI, BUT HE DIDN'TSTOP MAKING HIS PLEA.
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  • HE PLED WITH ESTHER ONTHE BASIS OF THREE FACTS.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, ON THEBASIS OF COMMON SENSE.
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  • REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID,CHAPTER 4:13,
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  • DON'T IMAGINE THAT YOUIN THE KING'S PALACE
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  • CAN ESCAPE ANY MORETHAN ALL THE JEWS.
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  • IN OTHER WORDS, COUSIN, DOYOU THINK IF HE EXTERMINATES
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  • ALL THE JEWS, HE'SGONNA SPARE YOU?
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  • NO, THE EDICT SAYS EVERYBODYIS TO BE EXTERMINATED.
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  • SECONDLY, HE APPEALED TO HERON THE BASIS OF CONSCIENCE.
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  • HE SAID IN ESSENCE, DOYOU THINK IT'S RIGHT
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  • FOR YOU TO BE LIVINGIN THE LAP OF LUXURY
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  • WHILE YOUR PEOPLE SUFFER?
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  • AND THEN HE SAID, IF YOUREMAIN SILENT AT THIS TIME,
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  • RELIEF ANDDELIVERANCE WILL ARISE
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  • FOR THE JEWS FROM ANOTHER PLACE.
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  • IN OTHER WORDS, GOD'SGONNA FULFILL HIS PROMISE
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  • TO PRESERVE HIS PEOPLE WHETHEROR NOT YOU DO IT OR NOT.
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  • WOULDN'T YOU RATHER BEA PART OF GOD'S PLAN
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  • AND BE USED BY HIM?
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  • AND FINALLY, MORDECAIAPPEALED TO HER CALLING.
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  • CHAPTER 4:14, HE SAID,WHO KNOWS WHETHER YOU
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  • HAVE NOT ATTAINED ROYALTYFOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
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  • WHEREAS THE KING JAMES SAYSWHO KNOWS THAT YOU HAVE COME
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  • INTO THE KINGDOM FORSUCH A TIME AS THIS.
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  • IN OTHER WORDS, ESTHER,YOU'RE NOT WHERE YOU ARE
  • 00:12:07.817 --> 00:12:09.718
  • BY ACCIDENT, GOD PUT YOUTHERE FOR A GREAT PURPOSE.
  • 00:12:09.752 --> 00:12:15.825
  • WELL, HE FINALLYPERSUADED ESTHER TO DO
  • 00:12:15.858 --> 00:12:17.560
  • THE RIGHT THING, THENEXT RIGHT THING.
  • 00:12:17.593 --> 00:12:20.029
  • BUT BEFORE SHE RUSHEDINTO THE KING'S PRESENCE,
  • 00:12:20.062 --> 00:12:22.198
  • SHE ASKED MORDECAI ANDTHE OTHER JEWS IN THE LAND
  • 00:12:22.231 --> 00:12:24.900
  • TO PRAY AND TO FAST FOR HER.
  • 00:12:24.934 --> 00:12:27.436
  • AND FINALLY, AT THE END OFTHREE DAYS, SHE DECIDED TO GO,
  • 00:12:27.469 --> 00:12:30.339
  • AND SHE UTTERED THOSE FAMOUSWORDS IN CHAPTER 4:16,
  • 00:12:30.372 --> 00:12:33.242
  • "IF I PERISH, I PERISH."
  • 00:12:33.275 --> 00:12:37.780
  • ESTHER WENT INTO THEPRESENCE OF THE KING,
  • 00:12:37.813 --> 00:12:39.715
  • TREMBLING I'M SURE.
  • 00:12:39.748 --> 00:12:41.717
  • SHE DIDN'T DIE THAT DAY.
  • 00:12:41.750 --> 00:12:43.886
  • INSTEAD, TO HER SURPRISE,THE KING WELCOMED HER
  • 00:12:43.919 --> 00:12:47.189
  • AND TOLD HER HE WOULD GRANTHER ANY REQUEST SHE MADE.
  • 00:12:47.223 --> 00:12:51.227
  • SHE HAD AN ELABORATE PLAN.
  • 00:12:51.260 --> 00:12:52.795
  • SHE DIDN'T UNVEILHER REQUEST THAT DAY.
  • 00:12:52.828 --> 00:12:56.232
  • BUT LATER ON AT ABANQUET, SHE REVEALED
  • 00:12:56.265 --> 00:12:58.767
  • THAT SHE WAS JEWISH HERSELF.
  • 00:12:58.801 --> 00:13:01.337
  • SHE TALKED ABOUT WHAT THEKING'S OFFICIAL HAMAN HAD DONE
  • 00:13:01.370 --> 00:13:05.474
  • AND HOW HE HAD PLOTTEDAGAINST MORDECAI.
  • 00:13:05.507 --> 00:13:08.677
  • SHE PERSUADED THEKING TO DO SOMETHING,
  • 00:13:08.711 --> 00:13:11.881
  • TO INTERVENE ON BEHALFOF THE JEWISH PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:11.914 --> 00:13:15.284
  • NOW AGAIN, ACCORDINGTO PERSIAN LAW,
  • 00:13:15.317 --> 00:13:17.152
  • A KING COULD NOTREVERSE AN EDICT.
  • 00:13:17.186 --> 00:13:19.421
  • HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE LAWS OFTHE MEDES AND THE PERSIANS?
  • 00:13:19.455 --> 00:13:22.958
  • IT MEANS SOMETHINGTHAT CANNOT BE CHANGED.
  • 00:13:22.992 --> 00:13:25.761
  • BUT WHAT THE KING COULD DOWAS TO ISSUE ANOTHER ORDER
  • 00:13:25.794 --> 00:13:29.431
  • THAT GAVE THE JEWISHPEOPLE A RIGHT
  • 00:13:29.465 --> 00:13:31.500
  • TO DEFEND THEMSELVESWHEN THEY WERE ATTACKED.
  • 00:13:31.533 --> 00:13:34.837
  • HE DID THAT, HAMAN WASEXECUTED, AND AS A RESULT,
  • 00:13:34.870 --> 00:13:38.440
  • THE ENTIRE JEWISHPEOPLE WERE SAVED.
  • 00:13:38.474 --> 00:13:41.844
  • ALL BECAUSE OF THECOURAGE OF ONE WOMAN
  • 00:13:41.877 --> 00:13:45.281
  • TO DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING.
  • 00:13:45.314 --> 00:13:49.084
  • UNDERSTAND AT EVERYSTAGE, ESTHER HAD NO IDEA
  • 00:13:49.118 --> 00:13:51.387
  • HOW THIS WAS GONNA TURN OUT.
  • 00:13:51.420 --> 00:13:53.188
  • BUT SHE DID THENEXT RIGHT THING.
  • 00:13:53.222 --> 00:13:56.725
  • YOU KNOW, AS I LOOKEDAT THAT STORY OF ESTHER,
  • 00:13:56.759 --> 00:13:58.727
  • I FIND FOUR PRINCIPLES ABOUTDOING THE NEXT RIGHT THING
  • 00:13:58.761 --> 00:14:02.564
  • THAT APPLY TO EVERYONE OF US TODAY.
  • 00:14:02.598 --> 00:14:05.401
  • JUST JOT THESE DOWN, WOULD YOU?
  • 00:14:05.434 --> 00:14:07.002
  • FIRST OF ALL, DETERMINETO TAKE ACTION
  • 00:14:07.036 --> 00:14:10.205
  • IN SPITE OF DANGER OR DOUBT.
  • 00:14:10.239 --> 00:14:14.677
  • DETERMINE THAT YOU'REGOING TO TAKE ACTION
  • 00:14:14.710 --> 00:14:16.378
  • IN SPITE OF DANGER OR DOUBT.
  • 00:14:16.412 --> 00:14:18.480
  • NOW, SOMEBODY HAS SAIDTHAT THE TWO GREATEST DAYS
  • 00:14:18.514 --> 00:14:20.983
  • OF A PERSON'S LIFE ARETHE DAY THEY WERE BORN,
  • 00:14:21.016 --> 00:14:24.453
  • AND SECOND, THE DAY THEYDISCOVER WHY THEY WERE BORN.
  • 00:14:24.486 --> 00:14:29.058
  • ESTHER DISCOVEREDWHY SHE WAS BORN
  • 00:14:29.091 --> 00:14:31.493
  • THROUGH HER COUSIN'S WORDS.
  • 00:14:31.527 --> 00:14:34.129
  • WHO KNOWS THAT YOUCOME TO THE KINGDOM
  • 00:14:34.163 --> 00:14:36.065
  • FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
  • 00:14:36.098 --> 00:14:38.367
  • ESTHER KNEW SHE HADTO TAKE A STAND.
  • 00:14:38.400 --> 00:14:41.070
  • AND SHE WAS WILLING TO DO SO
  • 00:14:41.103 --> 00:14:42.805
  • EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDN'TKNOW HOW IT WOULD TURN OUT.
  • 00:14:42.838 --> 00:14:47.409
  • WHEN I THINK ABOUT THAT COURAGETO DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING,
  • 00:14:47.443 --> 00:14:53.082
  • I THINK ABOUT YOUALL, THIS CHURCH,
  • 00:14:53.115 --> 00:14:55.884
  • THE FIRST BAPTISTCHURCH OF DALLAS.
  • 00:14:55.918 --> 00:14:58.620
  • IN OUR PRAYER TIME THIS MORNINGWITH THE PRAYER PARTNERS,
  • 00:14:58.654 --> 00:15:00.823
  • JIM LANGE IN HISPRAYER, JUST THANKED GOD
  • 00:15:00.856 --> 00:15:03.559
  • FOR THE MIRACLE THATLED TO THE CREATION
  • 00:15:03.592 --> 00:15:05.928
  • OF THIS DOWNTOWN CAMPUSTHAT HAS BECOME A LIGHTHOUSE
  • 00:15:05.961 --> 00:15:09.298
  • FOR THE GOSPELTHROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
  • 00:15:09.331 --> 00:15:12.267
  • IT'S ALL BECAUSE YOU HAD THECOURAGE TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP
  • 00:15:12.301 --> 00:15:15.237
  • IN DOING WHAT GOD WASLEADING YOU TO DO.
  • 00:15:15.270 --> 00:15:17.473
  • I MEAN TO THINK ABOUT, THOSEOF YOU WHO ARE GUESTS HERE
  • 00:15:17.506 --> 00:15:19.475
  • OR VISITORS, BACK IN2008, WHEN THIS COUNTRY
  • 00:15:19.508 --> 00:15:23.846
  • WAS PLUNGED INTOALMOST A DEPRESSION,
  • 00:15:23.879 --> 00:15:26.682
  • FINANCIALLY EVERYTHINGWAS BLOWING UP,
  • 00:15:26.715 --> 00:15:29.551
  • THIS CHURCH STARTED PLANNINGFOR A SPIRITUAL OASIS
  • 00:15:29.585 --> 00:15:33.722
  • IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN DALLAS.
  • 00:15:33.756 --> 00:15:35.958
  • AND THEN LATER YOUGAVE $135 MILLION
  • 00:15:35.991 --> 00:15:39.595
  • TO RECREATE THIS CAMPUS.
  • 00:15:39.628 --> 00:15:41.196
  • NO CHURCH IN HISTORY HAD EVERDONE ANYTHING LIKE YOU DID.
  • 00:15:41.230 --> 00:15:45.300
  • AND THEN CAME THE TIME, THATWAS THE FIRST RIGHT THING
  • 00:15:45.334 --> 00:15:48.003
  • TO DO, TO PLAN ANDRAISE THE MONEY.
  • 00:15:48.037 --> 00:15:49.705
  • AND THEN CAME THE DAY WHENWE BLEW UP ALL THE BUILDINGS.
  • 00:15:49.738 --> 00:15:53.475
  • THAT TOOK A LOT OFCOURAGE ON YOUR PART.
  • 00:15:53.509 --> 00:15:56.678
  • I MEAN, WE HADSOME OF THE MONEY,
  • 00:15:56.712 --> 00:15:57.980
  • BUT WE DIDN'T HAVEALL THE MONEY IN HAND.
  • 00:15:58.013 --> 00:15:59.748
  • WE HAD ABOUT HALF THEMONEY, AND HALF OF IT
  • 00:15:59.782 --> 00:16:01.817
  • WAS PROMISED TO COME, BUTWE JUST BLEW EVERYTHING UP.
  • 00:16:01.850 --> 00:16:04.453
  • WE BURNED THE SHIP BECAUSEWE KNEW THAT WAS THE NEXT
  • 00:16:04.486 --> 00:16:07.289
  • RIGHT THING, ANDON AND ON YOU WENT.
  • 00:16:07.322 --> 00:16:09.892
  • YOU DIDN'T DOUBT WHATGOD WAS LEADING US TO DO,
  • 00:16:09.925 --> 00:16:12.861
  • AND GOD HONORED YOU AND HONOREDTHIS CHURCH BECAUSE OF IT.
  • 00:16:12.895 --> 00:16:16.765
  • DETERMINED TO TAKE ACTIONIN SPITE OF DANGER OR DOUBT.
  • 00:16:16.799 --> 00:16:20.569
  • SECONDLY, ENLIST OTHERSIN YOUR ACTION PLAN.
  • 00:16:20.602 --> 00:16:24.373
  • YOU KNOW, ESTHER DIDN'TTRY TO DO THIS BY HERSELF.
  • 00:16:24.406 --> 00:16:26.809
  • SHE ASKED PEOPLETO PRAY FOR HER.
  • 00:16:26.842 --> 00:16:28.977
  • I THINK SHE PROBABLYASKED FOR ADVICE
  • 00:16:29.011 --> 00:16:30.979
  • ON HOW TO BEST APPROACHTHE KING WITH HER REQUEST.
  • 00:16:31.013 --> 00:16:34.650
  • PROVERBS 15:22 SAYSWITHOUT CONSULTATION
  • 00:16:34.683 --> 00:16:38.320
  • PLANS ARE FRUSTRATED, BUT WITHMANY COUNSELORS THEY SUCCEED.
  • 00:16:38.353 --> 00:16:44.193
  • THIRDLY, TAKE DELIBERATE ACTION.
  • 00:16:44.226 --> 00:16:48.230
  • ONCE YOU KNOW WHAT THE NEXTRIGHT THING TO DO IS, DO IT.
  • 00:16:48.263 --> 00:16:54.369
  • DON'T WAIT, DON'TASK FOR ANOTHER SIGN.
  • 00:16:54.403 --> 00:16:57.339
  • IF GOD HAS SPOKENTO YOU AND SHOWN YOU
  • 00:16:57.372 --> 00:16:59.608
  • WHAT THE NEXT RIGHTTHING TO DO IS, DO IT.
  • 00:16:59.641 --> 00:17:02.644
  • YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY HAS RIGHTLYSAID, THE AMOUNT OF TIME
  • 00:17:02.678 --> 00:17:07.216
  • YOU ALLOW BETWEENKNOWING WHAT TO DO
  • 00:17:07.249 --> 00:17:13.689
  • AND DOING WHAT YOU SHOULDDO, THAT INTERVAL OF TIME
  • 00:17:13.722 --> 00:17:16.091
  • IS THE TIME THATSATAN SPEAKS TO YOU.
  • 00:17:16.125 --> 00:17:19.828
  • AND THE LONGER THE TIME ISBETWEEN WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO
  • 00:17:19.862 --> 00:17:22.598
  • AND YOU DO IT, THE LONGER SATANHAS TO TALK YOU OUT OF IT.
  • 00:17:22.631 --> 00:17:27.002
  • THAT'S WHY IT'S IMPORTANTTO TAKE DELIBERATE ACTION
  • 00:17:27.035 --> 00:17:30.439
  • WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT THERIGHT THING TO DO IS.
  • 00:17:30.472 --> 00:17:33.242
  • THERE WAS A FAMOUSCHRISTIAN WRITER,
  • 00:17:33.275 --> 00:17:36.111
  • AND I DON'T WANT TO DISPARAGEHIM BECAUSE HE WROTE
  • 00:17:36.145 --> 00:17:37.913
  • A LOT OF GOOD THINGS, BUT ONEBAD THING HE USED TO SAY WAS,
  • 00:17:37.946 --> 00:17:41.750
  • HE SAID, YOU KNOW YOU'VEHEARD IT SAID BEFORE,
  • 00:17:41.783 --> 00:17:44.419
  • DON'T JUST STANDTHERE, DO SOMETHING.
  • 00:17:44.453 --> 00:17:46.255
  • WELL I SAY DON'T JUST DOSOMETHING, STAND THERE.
  • 00:17:46.288 --> 00:17:51.860
  • IN OTHER WORDS, JUST KEEPWAITING ON GOD, WAITING ON GOD,
  • 00:17:51.894 --> 00:17:55.264
  • WAITING ON GOD,AND WAITING ON GOD.
  • 00:17:55.297 --> 00:17:57.332
  • HE ALMOST MADE IT SOUNDLIKE THERE WAS SOMETHING
  • 00:17:57.366 --> 00:17:59.168
  • SPIRITUAL ABOUT BEINGPARALYZED WITH INACTION.
  • 00:17:59.201 --> 00:18:02.804
  • NOW, I AGREE, YOUSHOULDN'T RUN AHEAD OF GOD.
  • 00:18:02.838 --> 00:18:05.707
  • NOBODY SHOULD DO THAT.
  • 00:18:05.741 --> 00:18:07.509
  • BUT YOU DON'T WANNAFALL BEHIND GOD, EITHER.
  • 00:18:07.543 --> 00:18:10.445
  • WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT THERIGHT THING TO DO IS,
  • 00:18:10.479 --> 00:18:12.848
  • GO AHEAD AND DO IT.
  • 00:18:12.881 --> 00:18:14.883
  • SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW KNOWTHE RIGHT THING TO DO.
  • 00:18:14.917 --> 00:18:18.420
  • PERHAPS YOU'VE FELT LONELYAND YOU NEED OTHER CHRISTIANS
  • 00:18:18.453 --> 00:18:22.758
  • TO ENCOURAGE YOU, GOAHEAD AND JOIN THE CHURCH,
  • 00:18:22.791 --> 00:18:25.827
  • OR JOIN THAT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
  • 00:18:25.861 --> 00:18:27.396
  • WHERE YOU CAN BE ENCOURAGED.
  • 00:18:27.429 --> 00:18:29.631
  • SOME OF YOU KNOW THERE'SSOMEBODY YOU HAVE WRONGED
  • 00:18:29.665 --> 00:18:32.000
  • THAT YOU NEED TO ASKFORGIVENESS FROM.
  • 00:18:32.034 --> 00:18:34.169
  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO PRAYABOUT WHETHER TO DO THAT.
  • 00:18:34.203 --> 00:18:36.104
  • THE BIBLE SAYS GO AHEADAND TAKE THAT ACTION.
  • 00:18:36.138 --> 00:18:39.374
  • PERHAPS THERE'S A FRIEND OREVEN A CHILD OR GRANDCHILD
  • 00:18:39.408 --> 00:18:43.078
  • FROM WHOM YOU'VE BEEN ESTRANGED.
  • 00:18:43.111 --> 00:18:45.714
  • YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FORTHEM TO MAKE THE FIRST MOVE,
  • 00:18:45.747 --> 00:18:47.849
  • BUT YOU KNOW WHATTHE BIBLE SAYS,
  • 00:18:47.883 --> 00:18:49.384
  • YOU'RE SUPPOSED TOMAKE THAT FIRST MOVE.
  • 00:18:49.418 --> 00:18:51.920
  • PICK UP THE PHONE,SEND THAT EMAIL.
  • 00:18:51.954 --> 00:18:54.990
  • MAYBE THERE'S SOMEBODYIN YOUR OFFICE
  • 00:18:55.023 --> 00:18:57.092
  • WHO NEEDS TO KNOWJESUS AS SAVIOR.
  • 00:18:57.125 --> 00:19:00.162
  • DON'T WAIT FOR THE PERFECTTIME TO SHARE WITH THEM.
  • 00:19:00.195 --> 00:19:04.032
  • SHARE RIGHT NOW,GOD HAS PROMISED
  • 00:19:04.066 --> 00:19:06.168
  • HIS WORD WILL NOT RETURN VOID.
  • 00:19:06.201 --> 00:19:09.137
  • TAKE DELIBERATE ACTION NOW.
  • 00:19:09.171 --> 00:19:10.872
  • DANIEL 11:32 SAYS THEPEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR GOD
  • 00:19:10.906 --> 00:19:14.943
  • SHALL STAND FIRMAND TAKE ACTION.
  • 00:19:14.977 --> 00:19:19.081
  • TAKE DELIBERATEACTION, AND FOURTH,
  • 00:19:19.114 --> 00:19:22.451
  • LEAVE THE RESULTS OFYOUR ACTION TO GOD.
  • 00:19:22.484 --> 00:19:26.355
  • LEAVE THE RESULTS OFYOUR ACTION TO GOD.
  • 00:19:26.388 --> 00:19:29.057
  • YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT THEOUTCOME OF YOUR OBEDIENCE IS.
  • 00:19:29.091 --> 00:19:32.928
  • LEAVE THAT UP TO GOD,THAT'S WHAT ESTHER DID.
  • 00:19:32.961 --> 00:19:35.897
  • WHEN SHE SAID, "I'MGOING IN THERE, MORDECAI,
  • 00:19:35.931 --> 00:19:38.267
  • "TO SEE THE KING, IFI PERISH, I PERISH,"
  • 00:19:38.300 --> 00:19:42.404
  • SHE WASN'T BEINGMORBID OR FATALISTIC.
  • 00:19:42.437 --> 00:19:46.008
  • I THINK SHE SAID THAT WITHHAPPINESS IN HER VOICE.
  • 00:19:46.041 --> 00:19:48.777
  • YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M GONNADO THE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:19:48.810 --> 00:19:50.712
  • IF I DIE, HE KILLSME, THAT JUST MEANS
  • 00:19:50.746 --> 00:19:53.015
  • I GET TO SEE GODTHAT MUCH SOONER.
  • 00:19:53.048 --> 00:19:56.618
  • IF I DON'T DIE, I DON'T DIE,AND I GET TO, I WIN EITHER WAY.
  • 00:19:56.652 --> 00:20:00.555
  • AND THE SAME IS TRUE FOR YOU.
  • 00:20:00.589 --> 00:20:01.990
  • JUST ASK YOURSELF, IFYOU'RE FEARFUL ABOUT TAKING
  • 00:20:02.024 --> 00:20:04.026
  • THAT NEXT STEP, ASK YOURSELF,WHAT'S THE WORST THING
  • 00:20:04.059 --> 00:20:06.862
  • THAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU?
  • 00:20:06.895 --> 00:20:08.730
  • WELL, I GUESS THE WORST THINGTHAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU
  • 00:20:08.764 --> 00:20:10.399
  • IS YOU DIE DOINGTHE RIGHT THING.
  • 00:20:10.432 --> 00:20:13.035
  • THAT'S PROBABLY NOT GONNAHAPPEN, WHATEVER YOU'RE BEING
  • 00:20:13.068 --> 00:20:15.537
  • CALLED TO, IT'S NOTGONNA COST YOU YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:20:15.570 --> 00:20:18.273
  • THERE'S NO REASON TO BE AFRAID.
  • 00:20:18.307 --> 00:20:21.376
  • WHEN I THINK ABOUT SOMEBODYWHO DID THE RIGHT THING
  • 00:20:21.410 --> 00:20:23.912
  • WITHOUT KNOWING THE OUTCOME,I THINK ABOUT ANOTHER WOMAN.
  • 00:20:23.945 --> 00:20:29.718
  • AND SHE DECIDED THAT FORHER, THE NEXT RIGHT THING
  • 00:20:29.751 --> 00:20:33.488
  • WAS TO TEACH ASUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS
  • 00:20:33.522 --> 00:20:35.957
  • FOR UNDERPRIVILEGEDBOYS IN HER CHURCH.
  • 00:20:35.991 --> 00:20:40.295
  • AND SO SHE TOLD THE SUNDAYSCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
  • 00:20:40.329 --> 00:20:42.664
  • GOD WAS TELLING HERTO TEACH THIS CLASS,
  • 00:20:42.698 --> 00:20:44.566
  • AND SO SHE TAUGHT THE CLASS.
  • 00:20:44.599 --> 00:20:46.101
  • AND THE CHURCH HAD A POLICY OFBUYING A NEW SUIT OF CLOTHES
  • 00:20:46.134 --> 00:20:49.671
  • FOR EVERY ONE OFTHOSE LITTLE BOYS
  • 00:20:49.705 --> 00:20:51.606
  • IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSTO ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME.
  • 00:20:51.640 --> 00:20:54.576
  • THERE WAS A PARTICULARBOY IN THE CLASS, BOB,
  • 00:20:54.609 --> 00:20:57.112
  • ROWDY, ALWAYS INTERRUPTING.
  • 00:20:57.145 --> 00:21:00.816
  • AFTER A COUPLE OFWEEKS HE QUIT COMING,
  • 00:21:00.849 --> 00:21:02.517
  • SO THE TEACHER WENTTO SEE HIM AND FOUND
  • 00:21:02.551 --> 00:21:05.287
  • THAT HE HAD RUINED THAT SUITOF CLOTHES, TORN THE SUIT.
  • 00:21:05.320 --> 00:21:09.024
  • SO SHE ARRANGED FOR HIMTO HAVE A SECOND SUIT.
  • 00:21:09.057 --> 00:21:11.293
  • HE CAME BACK, KEPTDISRUPTING THE CLASS,
  • 00:21:11.326 --> 00:21:14.162
  • DROPPED OFF THE RADAR.
  • 00:21:14.196 --> 00:21:15.697
  • AND SHE WENT BY TO SEE HIM,AND HE RUINED A SECOND SUIT.
  • 00:21:15.731 --> 00:21:22.003
  • SHE INVITES HIM BACK,ARRANGES FOR ANOTHER SUIT.
  • 00:21:22.037 --> 00:21:24.873
  • FINALLY, A THIRD TIME, HE'S INTHE CLASS FOR A COUPLE WEEKS,
  • 00:21:24.906 --> 00:21:29.511
  • SHE DOESN'T SEE HIM AGAIN.
  • 00:21:29.544 --> 00:21:30.846
  • SHE GOES TO THE SUNDAYSCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT,
  • 00:21:30.879 --> 00:21:32.614
  • SHE SAID, "I'M READY TO GIVE UP,
  • 00:21:32.647 --> 00:21:34.282
  • "I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO."
  • 00:21:34.316 --> 00:21:37.018
  • THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID, "LET'SGIVE HIM ONE MORE CHANCE.
  • 00:21:37.052 --> 00:21:40.522
  • "I'LL GIVE YOU ASUIT TO TAKE TO HIM."
  • 00:21:40.555 --> 00:21:42.657
  • SO SHE DID THAT.
  • 00:21:42.691 --> 00:21:44.192
  • HE CAME BACK TO THE CLASS,AND THIS TIME HE STAYED.
  • 00:21:44.226 --> 00:21:47.796
  • AND AFTER A FEWWEEKS, HE WAS SAVED
  • 00:21:47.829 --> 00:21:52.067
  • IN THAT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS.
  • 00:21:52.100 --> 00:21:54.603
  • AFTER THAT, HE BEGAN TEACHINGTHE CLASS AS A YOUNG MAN.
  • 00:21:54.636 --> 00:21:59.408
  • AND THAT BOY NAMED BOB, HISACTUAL NAME WAS ROBERT MORRISON.
  • 00:21:59.441 --> 00:22:05.614
  • HE BECAME THE FIRST PROTESTANTMISSIONARY TO CHINA.
  • 00:22:05.647 --> 00:22:10.118
  • HE'S THE FIRST ONE TO TRANSLATETHE BIBLE INTO CHINESE.
  • 00:22:10.152 --> 00:22:16.425
  • AND TODAY, THERE ARELITERALLY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS
  • 00:22:16.458 --> 00:22:19.694
  • OF CHRISTIANS IN CHINABECAUSE OF THAT ONE WOMAN,
  • 00:22:19.728 --> 00:22:26.067
  • THAT SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERWHO WAS READY TO DO
  • 00:22:26.101 --> 00:22:28.336
  • THE NEXT RIGHT THING, EVEN WHENSHE DIDN'T KNOW THE OUTCOME.
  • 00:22:28.370 --> 00:22:34.743
  • THAT'S WHY THE APOSTLEPAUL SAYS DON'T LOSE HEART
  • 00:22:34.776 --> 00:22:39.147
  • IN DOING GOOD, FOR INGOOD SEASON, WE SHALL REAP
  • 00:22:39.181 --> 00:22:43.652
  • IF WE DO NOT GROW WEARY.
  • 00:22:43.685 --> 00:22:45.720
  • ♪ MUSIC
  • 00:22:45.754 --> 00:22:52.861
  • AN ENTIRE NATION WAS SAVEDALL BECAUSE OF THE COURAGE
  • 00:22:52.894 --> 00:22:56.631
  • OF ONE GODLY WOMAN.
  • 00:22:56.665 --> 00:22:58.633
  • THAT'S THE POWER OF DOINGTHE NEXT RIGHT THING.
  • 00:22:58.667 --> 00:23:02.270
  • AND I HOPE YOU'LL TAKETHESE FOUR PRINCIPLES
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  • FROM ESTHER'S STORYAND BEGIN TO APPLY THEM
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  • TO YOUR LIFE TODAY.
  • 00:23:07.642 --> 00:23:10.912
  • WELL, LIKE ESTHER, I BELIEVETHAT GOD HAS APPOINTED
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS.
  • 00:23:12.948 --> 00:23:17.018
  • THIS YEAR, WE'RE POSITIONEDTO ENGAGE OUR CULTURE
  • 00:23:17.052 --> 00:23:19.788
  • IN WAYS I NEVERDREAMED POSSIBLE,
  • 00:23:19.821 --> 00:23:22.257
  • AND MAKE AN EVEN GREATERIMPACT ACROSS OUR NATION
  • 00:23:22.290 --> 00:23:25.193
  • AND AROUND OUR WORLD.
  • 00:23:25.227 --> 00:23:26.962
  • AND IT'S ALL BECAUSE OFFINANCIAL PARTNERS JUST
  • 00:23:26.995 --> 00:23:30.699
  • LIKE YOU. IN FACT, YOUR GIFTTODAY WILL GIVE SOMEONE
  • 00:23:30.732 --> 00:23:33.802
  • THE OPPORTUNITY TO BECOMEBOLD AND COURAGEOUS
  • 00:23:33.835 --> 00:23:36.972
  • IN THEIR WALK WITHGOD, JUST AS YOU HAVE.
  • 00:23:37.005 --> 00:23:40.008
  • SO THANK YOU FOR SHARING INTHIS IMPORTANT WORK OF GOD
  • 00:23:40.041 --> 00:23:43.945
  • AS ONE OF OUR PARTNERS.
  • 00:23:43.979 --> 00:23:45.614
  • WE COULDN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU.
  • 00:23:45.647 --> 00:23:48.183
  • NOW, PLEASE STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:48.216 --> 00:23:49.651
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE"PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:23:49.684 --> 00:23:52.287
  • IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:52.320 --> 00:23:55.557
  • [ANNOUNCER] CHRISTIANSARE UNDER ATTACK.
  • 00:23:55.590 --> 00:23:57.425
  • OUR ENEMY, SATAN,PROWLS IN THE DARKNESS,
  • 00:23:57.459 --> 00:23:59.895
  • PLOTTING TO DESTROY US.
  • 00:23:59.928 --> 00:24:01.329
  • OUR OWN SINFUL NATUREIS FIGHTING AGAINST US,
  • 00:24:01.363 --> 00:24:04.132
  • AND WE ARE OPENLY MOCKEDAND RIDICULED BY A CULTURE
  • 00:24:04.165 --> 00:24:07.335
  • THAT BELIEVES THE BIBLE ISFILLED WITH FAIRY TALES.
  • 00:24:07.369 --> 00:24:10.672
  • TO HELP YOU PREPARE FORBATTLE, DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
  • 00:24:10.705 --> 00:24:13.441
  • HAS WRITTEN A BEST-SELLINGBOOK CALLED "COURAGEOUS:
  • 00:24:13.475 --> 00:24:15.977
  • "10 STRATEGIES FOR THRIVINGIN A HOSTILE WORLD."
  • 00:24:16.011 --> 00:24:19.047
  • IN MY BOLD NEW BOOK"COURAGEOUS," I'LL SHOW YOU
  • 00:24:19.080 --> 00:24:22.183
  • 10 BIBLICAL STRATEGIESFOR WINNING THE BATTLE.
  • 00:24:22.217 --> 00:24:25.487
  • AND YOU'LL DISCOVER HOW TOTHRIVE IN A GODLESS CULTURE.
  • 00:24:25.520 --> 00:24:29.257
  • [ANNOUNCER] ERIC METAXASSAYS, "IN 'COURAGEOUS,'
  • 00:24:29.291 --> 00:24:31.159
  • "ROBERT JEFFRESS BEAUTIFULLYHELPS US UNDERSTAND
  • 00:24:31.192 --> 00:24:33.695
  • "HOW TO PUT OUR FAITH INTOREAL ACTION IN OUR LIVES."
  • 00:24:33.728 --> 00:24:36.998
  • REQUEST YOUR HARDCOVERCOPY OF "COURAGEOUS"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:39.634 --> 00:24:42.404
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE ANESPECIALLY GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:24:42.437 --> 00:24:44.673
  • OF $125 OR MORE, YOU'LLRECEIVE THE BRAND-NEW
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  • COURAGEOUS LEADERKIT, CONTAINING A COPY
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  • OF THE "COURAGEOUS" BOOK,A SET OF 10 COURAGEOUS
  • 00:24:50.579 --> 00:24:53.214
  • ENCOURAGEMENT CARDS,A GUIDEBOOK DESIGNED
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  • ESPECIALLY FOR PERSONALAND GROUP STUDY,
  • 00:24:55.650 --> 00:24:58.086
  • AND THE COMPLETE COURAGEOUSTEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
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  • YOU FACE A CULTURETHAT IS OPPOSED
  • 00:25:02.457 --> 00:25:04.492
  • TO EVERYTHING THAT GOD VALUES.
  • 00:25:04.526 --> 00:25:07.295
  • WHEN YOUR FAITH IS UNDERATTACK, EITHER FROM THE DEVIL,
  • 00:25:07.329 --> 00:25:10.565
  • FROM A HOSTILE CULTURE,DON'T PANIC, BE COURAGEOUS.
  • 00:25:10.599 --> 00:25:15.503
  • [ANNOUNCER] THIS IS NOTIME FOR WIMPY CHRISTIANS.
  • 00:25:15.537 --> 00:25:17.839
  • REQUEST YOUR COPY OF THECOURAGEOUS RESOURCES TODAY
  • 00:25:17.872 --> 00:25:20.942
  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:20.976 --> 00:25:23.612
  • DOING THE NEXT RIGHTTHING IS RARELY EASY,
  • 00:25:23.645 --> 00:25:26.548
  • BUT THE APOSTLE PAUL WARNSTHAT IF WE GROW WEARY
  • 00:25:26.581 --> 00:25:29.818
  • TO THE POINT OF GIVING UP, WEARE NO LONGER USEFUL TO GOD.
  • 00:25:29.851 --> 00:25:34.122
  • IT IS ONLY BY DOING GOODTHAT WE DO NOT GIVE UP.
  • 00:25:34.155 --> 00:25:38.326
  • WELL, THIS CONCLUDESOUR MONTH-LONG STUDY
  • 00:25:38.360 --> 00:25:40.729
  • CALLED "COURAGEOUS," ANDYOU'LL BE GLAD TO KNOW
  • 00:25:40.762 --> 00:25:43.531
  • THAT NEXT TIME, WE'RE GOINGTO START A BRAND-NEW SERIES
  • 00:25:43.565 --> 00:25:46.534
  • NEVER AIRED ON PATHWAY TOVICTORY CALLED "FINAL CONQUEST."
  • 00:25:46.568 --> 00:25:50.939
  • IT'S A VERSE BY VERSE STUDY OFTHE BOOK OF REVELATION.
  • 00:25:50.972 --> 00:25:55.443
  • EVERY SINGLE DAY BRINGS USCLOSER TO THE EPIC FINALE
  • 00:25:55.477 --> 00:25:59.180
  • OF THE UNIVERSE. BUT FOR THOSEWHO KNOW CHRIST,
  • 00:25:59.214 --> 00:26:02.450
  • THE ENDING IS REALLYONLY THE BEGINNING.
  • 00:26:02.484 --> 00:26:05.053
  • SO HOW WILL YOU LIVE IN LIGHT OFTHIS FINAL CONQUEST BY
  • 00:26:05.086 --> 00:26:08.857
  • JESUS CHRIST? STAY TUNED FOR APREVIEW OF THE FIRST MESSAGE
  • 00:26:08.890 --> 00:26:12.594
  • IN MY NEW SERIES, "FINALCONQUEST."
  • 00:26:12.627 --> 00:26:17.399
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:26:17.432 --> 00:26:19.267
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:19.300 --> 00:26:21.770
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:26:21.803 --> 00:26:23.872
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'S BRAND-NEWBOOK, "COURAGEOUS:
  • 00:26:23.905 --> 00:26:26.675
  • "10 STRATEGIES FOR THRIVINGIN A HOSTILE WORLD,"
  • 00:26:26.708 --> 00:26:29.577
  • PLUS THE COURAGEOUSENCOURAGEMENT CARDS
  • 00:26:29.611 --> 00:26:31.780
  • ARE OUR GIFT TO YOUSIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US
  • 00:26:31.813 --> 00:26:34.282
  • TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:34.315 --> 00:26:36.418
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:36.451 --> 00:26:39.254
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETECOURAGEOUS TEACHING SERIES
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  • ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:42.424 --> 00:26:44.959
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:44.993 --> 00:26:46.695
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUSSUPPORT, SO THANKS FOR CALLING,
  • 00:26:46.728 --> 00:26:49.831
  • WRITING, OR GOINGONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:49.864 --> 00:26:52.467
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIMEON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:52.500 --> 00:26:56.371
  • WE THINK, HOW COULD THINGS EVERGO BACK TO THE WAY GOD
  • 00:26:56.404 --> 00:27:00.008
  • ORIGINALLY INTENDED? BUT THISDARKNESS IS ONLY A PASSING
  • 00:27:00.041 --> 00:27:05.547
  • SHADOW. A NEW DAY WILL SHINECLEARER AND OUR LONG AWAITED
  • 00:27:05.580 --> 00:27:10.652
  • KING OF KINGS AND LORDOF LORDS WILL RETURN
  • 00:27:10.685 --> 00:27:13.855
  • AND MARK HIS FINAL CONQUEST.
  • 00:27:13.888 --> 00:27:17.826
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:27:17.859 --> 00:27:19.961
  • FOR THE MESSAGE"BACK TO THE FUTURE"
  • 00:27:19.994 --> 00:27:21.696
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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