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November 5, 2020
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There is only one sin that will keep you out of heaven and it’s probably not the one you are thinking about! Today; we are going to look at Jesus’ final and clearest parable about how a person can be welcomed into God’s presence.

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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] 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
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TOPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • 1 JOHN 1:9 SAYS, "IFWE CONFESS OUR SINS,
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  • GOD IS FAITHFUL AND RIGHTEOUSTO FORGIVE US OUR SINS
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  • AND TO CLEANSE US FROMALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS."
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  • AND WHILE WE TAKECOMFORT IN THAT PROMISE,
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  • THERE IS ONE SIN THATGOD WILL NEVER FORGIVE.
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  • TODAY I'M GOING TOEXPLAIN WHAT THAT SIN IS
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  • AND HOW WE CAN AVOIDIT AT ALL COST.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED SEVENWORDS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OFPATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • [NARRATOR] INSPIRE YOUR FAMILYWITH THE HOPE OF CHRISTMAS
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  • WITH "THE NATIVITY DEVOTIONAL"FROM DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • EACH DEVOTIONAL FOCUSES ON ACHARACTER IN THE NATIVITY SCENE
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  • AND HIGHLIGHTS ANDIMPORTANT SPIRITUAL LESSON
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  • FOR YOUR LIFE TODAY.
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  • THERE'S EVEN A CHILD-FRIENDLYVERSION AT THE END
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  • TO READ TO YOUR CHILDRENOR GRANDCHILDREN.
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  • IN THE MIDDLE OF YOURBUSY HOLIDAY SEASON,
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  • TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECTON THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
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  • REQUEST "THENATIVITY DEVOTIONAL"
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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  • AUTHOR MARK BATTERSON NOTESTHAT WHEN BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
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  • WAS A YOUNG MAN HE WROTE ANUMBER OF SCATHING EDITORIALS.
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  • AND ONE OF THE FREQUENTTARGETS OF HIS EDITORIALS
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  • WAS A PURITAN PREACHERNAMED COTTON MATHER.
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  • I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULDBE LIKE TO BE A PREACHER
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  • IN THE SUBJECT OFSCATHING EDITORIALS,
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  • BUT ANYWAY, COTTON MATHER WAS.
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  • AND FRANKLY, HE REACTED A LOTBETTER THAN I DO SOMETIMES.
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  • COTTON MATHER ACTUALLYDECIDED TO TRY TO MAKE PEACE
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  • WITH BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ANDHE INVITED HIM TO DINNER
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  • IN HIS HOME ONE EVENING.
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  • KNOWING THAT FRANKLINWAS A LOVER OF BOOKS,
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  • COTTON MATHER THOUGHT THATFRANKLIN WOULD ENJOY SEEING
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  • COTTON MATHER'S MASSIVE LIBRARYOF MORE THAN 4.000 VOLUMES.
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  • SO AFTER DINNER HE INVITEDHIM TO COME TO HIS LIBRARY
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  • AND THE ENTRANCE WAY FROM THEDINING ROOM TO THE LIBRARY
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  • WAS VERY, VERY NARROWAND THERE WAS A LONG
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  • OR A LOW HANGING BEAMAND SO COTTON MATHER
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  • NOT WANTING HISGUESTS TO HIT HIS HEAD
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  • ON THE LOW HANGING BEAMTURNED AROUND TO FRANKLIN
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  • AND YELLED OUT STOOP, STOOP.
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  • OH FRANKLIN DIDN'T UNDERSTANDWHAT HE WAS SAYING,
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  • HE DIDN'T STOOPAND HE HIT HIS HEAD
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  • ON THAT LOW HANGING BEAM.
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  • WELL, LIKE ANY GOOD PREACHERCOTTON MATHER DECIDED
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  • TO TURN THAT INTO ASERMON ILLUSTRATION.
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  • AND LATER ON HESAID IN A MESSAGE,
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  • "LET THIS BE A CAUTION TO YOU,
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  • NOT TO ALWAYS HOLDYOUR HEAD SO HIGH.
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  • STOOP YOUNG MAN, STOOP ASYOU GO THROUGH THIS WORLD
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  • AND YOU WILL MISSMANY HARD BUMPS."
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  • STOOPING, HUMBLING YOURSELFIS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT
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  • FOR EXPERIENCINGSUCCESS IN THIS LIFE,
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  • BUT HUMBLINGYOURSELF IS ESSENTIAL
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  • FOR INHERITING ETERNAL LIFE.
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  • DID YOU KNOWTHERE'S ONLY ONE SIN
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  • THAT WILL KEEPYOU OUT OF HEAVEN.
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  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE SIN IS?
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  • IT'S NOT ADULTERY, IT'S NOTMURDER, IT'S NOT HOMOSEXUALITY,
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  • THE ONE SIN THAT WILL KEEPYOU OUT OF HEAVEN IS PRIDE.
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  • REFUSING TO HUMBLE YOURSELF
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  • AND RECEIVE GOD'S FREEGIFT OF SALVATION.
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  • AND THAT IS THE POINT OF APARABLE JESUS TOLD IN LUKE 18,
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  • IT WAS THE LASTPARABLE HE TAUGHT
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  • ON THE SUBJECT OF SALVATION
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  • AND PERHAPS THECLEAREST PARABLE AT ALL.
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  • TODAY IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES
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  • AS WE CONTINUE OURSTUDY OF LUKE'S GOSPEL,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURNTO LUKE 18
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  • AS WE DISCOVER SEVEN WORDS
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  • THAT WILL CHANGE YOURLIFE AND YOUR ETERNITY.
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  • LUKE 18.
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  • NOW THE PURPOSE OF THISPARABLE IS ALREADY GIVEN TO US
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  • ON THE FRONT END BYLUKE, LOOK AT VERSE 9.
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  • "AND HE," THAT IS JESUS,"ALSO TOLD THIS PARABLE
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  • TO CERTAIN ONES WHOTRUSTED IN THEMSELVES
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  • THAT THEY WERE RIGHTEOUS
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  • AND THEY VIEWEDOTHERS WITH CONTEMPT."
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  • THIS PARABLE WAS DIRECTED TOA CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE,
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  • MOST PROBABLY THE PHARISEES
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  • AND NOTICE WHAT HE SAYSABOUT THE PHARISEES,
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  • THEY WERE ONES WHOTRUSTED IN THEMSELVES
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  • THAT THEY WERE RIGHTEOUS.
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  • THAT WORD RIGHTEOUS SIMPLY MEANS
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  • TO BE IN A RIGHTSTANDING WITH GOD.
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  • WHAT WERE THEY TRUSTING IN?
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  • THAT ALL WAS RIGHT BETWEENGOD AND THEMSELVES,
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  • IT WAS THEIR OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS,THEY TRUSTED IN THEMSELVES.
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  • LITERALLY IN THE GREEK TEXT
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  • IT SAYS THEY BASEDON THEMSELVES.
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  • BASED ON THEMSELVES THEY THOUGHTTHAT THEY WERE RIGHTEOUS.
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  • THEY WERE TRUSTING INTHEIR INHERENT GOODNESS,
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  • RATHER THAN THE GRACE OF GOD.
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  • THAT WAS THE GROUP TO WHOM JESUSWAS DIRECTING THIS PARABLE.
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  • AND NOTICE WHAT IT SAYS THEYBASED THEIR RIGHTEOUSNESS
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  • ON THEMSELVES AND THEY LOOKEDDOWN ON OTHERS WITH CONTEMPT.
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  • I MEAN, WHAT GOOD IS IT TOFEEL SUPERIOR ABOUT YOURSELF
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  • IF YOU CAN'T LOOKDOWN ON PEOPLE?
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  • AIN'T THAT ONE OF THEBENEFITS OF FEELING SUPERIOR?
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  • THAT'S ALWAYS BY THEWAY COROLLARY OF PRIDE
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  • IS LOOKING DOWN AT OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • IF YOU HAVE ANINFLATED VIEW OF SELF
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  • YOU'LL AUTOMATICALLY HAVE ADEFLATED VIEW OF OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • YOU KNOW, SOME PEOPLEACTUALLY PRIDE THEMSELVES
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  • ON THEIR HUMILITY.
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE AREPROUD OF THEIR HUMILITY,
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  • THAT'S NOT THE POINTOF THIS PARABLE.
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  • THIS IS A PARABLEABOUT SALVATION
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  • AND JESUS IS TRYING TOTELL US THERE ARE TWO WAYS
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  • TO TRY TO APPROACH GOD.
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  • THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO TRY TO BE
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  • IN A RIGHTRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • ONE WAY IS BASED ON YOUROWN INHERENT GOODNESS,
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  • THE OTHER IS BASEDON GOD'S GRACE.
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  • NOW LET'S LOOK ATTHE STORY ITSELF.
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  • NOTICE THE TWO PLAYERSIN THE PARABLE VERSE 10,
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  • "TWO MEN WENT UP INTOTHE TEMPLE TO PRAY.
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  • ONE A PHARISEE AND THEOTHER A TAX GATHERER."
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  • YOU KNOW IN THE JEWISH MINDSET,
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  • ON THE JEWISH HOLINESS SPECTRUM,
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  • YOU COULDN'T FIND TWOMORE OPPOSITE PEOPLE.
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  • AT THE TOP OF THAT LADDER,THE JEWISH HOLINESS LADDER
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  • WAS THE PHARISEE, ON THE BOTTOMRUNG WAS THE TAX COLLECTOR.
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  • IF JESUS WERE TELLINGTHE STORY TODAY
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  • HE WOULD PROBABLYTELL IT THIS WAY.
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  • TWO PEOPLE WENT INTOTHE CHURCH TO PRAY,
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  • A PREACHER AND A PROSTITUTE.
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  • THAT'S HOW THESE PEOPLE WOULDTHINK OF THESE TWO PEOPLE,
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  • A PHARISEE AND A TAX COLLECTOR.
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  • LET'S LOOK AT THEPHARISEE FIRST OF ALL,
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  • LET'S TALK ABOUT HISCHARACTER FOR A MOMENT.
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  • NOW, 2000 YEARS LATER, WHENWE TALK ABOUT PHARISEES
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  • WE SEE THEM AS VILLAINS.
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  • IN FACT, WHEN I MENTIONEDTHE WORD PHARISEE
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  • I COULD HEAR SOME OFYOU ALMOST HISSING. (HISSING)
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  • HERE COMES THEPHARISEE. (HISSING)
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  • THAT'S HOW WE THINK OF THEM,
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  • WE THINK OF THEMAS THE BAD GUYS.
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  • THAT'S NOT HOW THE FIRSTCENTURY JEWS SAW THE PHARISEES.
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  • THEY WERE THE GOOD GUYS,THEY WERE THE HOLY PEOPLE,
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  • THEY WERE ONLY ABOUT 3000OF THEM AND THEY WERE NOTED
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  • BECAUSE OF THEIR DEVOTIONTO GOD AND HIS LAW.
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  • THEY METICULOUSLYTRIED TO KEEP THE LAW
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  • THE BEST THAT THEY COULDAND NOTICE HIS PRAYER.
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  • THE PHARISEE'S PRAYER, HECOMES TO THE TEMPLE VERSE 11,
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  • "THE PHARISEE STOODAND WAS PRAYING."
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  • NOW SOME PEOPLE TRY TO MAKEA BIG DEAL OUT OF THAT.
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  • SEE HOW PROUD HEIS, HE WAS STANDING.
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  • THERE WAS NOTHINGWRONG WITH STANDING.
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  • IN FACT, THAT'STHE WAY YOU PRAYED
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  • IF YOU WENT TO THE TEMPLE.
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  • MANY OF US WENT TO THEWAILING WALL A FEW MONTHS AGO,
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  • THE WESTERN WALL, YOUSTAND THERE AND YOU PRAY.
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  • THIS PHARISEE WAS PRAYING,BUT HE WAS PRAYING OUT LOUD
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  • SO THAT EVERYBODY COULD HEAR HIM
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  • AND I LOVE THIS NEXT PHRASE.
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  • "HE WAS PRAYINGTHUS TO HIMSELF."
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  • HIS PRAYER WAS REALLY TOHIMSELF, HE THOUGHT IT WAS
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  • TO GOD, BUT IT WAS TO HIMSELF.
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  • NOTICE WHAT HE SAID,"GOD I THANK THEE
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  • THAT I'M NOT LIKE OTHERPEOPLE, SWINDLERS, UNJUST,
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  • ADULTERERS OR EVEN LIKETHIS TAX GATHERER OVER HERE.
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  • BY CONTRAST TO HIM,I FAST TWICE A WEEK,
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  • I PAY TITHES OF ALL THAT I GET."
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  • YOU KNOW, TRUE WORSHIPIS ALWAYS GOD-CENTERED,
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  • IT IS NOT MAN-CENTERED.
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  • THIS PHARISEE WASPRAYING TO HIMSELF
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  • AND NOTICE WHAT WASLACKING IN THE PRAYER.
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  • NO CONFESSION OF SIN, NOADORATION OF GOD'S NAME,
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  • NO THANKSGIVING FOR WHATGOD HAS ALREADY DONE,
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  • NO PETITION TO GOD,IT WAS ALL ABOUT SELF.
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  • AND THEN HE GOESINTO THIS RECITATION
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  • OF ALL THE REASONS GODHAS SHOULD BE HONORED
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  • TO HAVE SUCH A HOLYMAN IN HIS PRESENCE.
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  • HE SAID, LORD, NOTICEWHAT I'VE DONE,
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  • I HAVE FASTED TWICE A WEEK.
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  • NOW THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW SAID
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  • YOU ONLY HAD TOFAST ONCE A YEAR,
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  • THIS GUY DID IT TWICE A WEEK.
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  • NOT ONLY THAT HE SAID I PAYTITHES OF ALL THAT I GET.
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  • THE OLD TESTAMENTLAW SAID YOU ONLY HAD
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  • TO TITHE YOUR INCOME, THEPHARISEE WENT BEYOND THAT,
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  • HE TITHED ALL OFHIS CAPITAL GAINS.
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  • IF HE SOLD SOMETHING,HE PAID A TITLE ON IT.
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  • AND NOT ONLY THAT HE SAID HEWASN'T LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.
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  • HE WASN'T A SWINDLER,UNJUST, ADULTERER
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  • AND THE FACT IS HE WASN'T,NOT AT LEAST OUTWARDLY.
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  • WHAT THIS MAN IS SAYINGABOUT HIMSELF IS TRUE
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  • AT LEAST ABOUT HISOUTWARD APPEARANCE
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  • BUT WHAT HE FAILED TO REALIZEWAS GOD IS AS INTERESTED
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  • OR MORE INTERESTED INWHAT IS IN OUR HEART
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  • THAN SIMPLY OUREXTERNAL APPEARANCES.
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  • HE COULDN'T COMPREHENDTHAT BY GOD'S STANDARD
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  • HE WAS JUST AS MUCHOF A VILE SINNER
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  • AS THIS GUY STANDING SOMEDISTANCE AWAY, THE
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  • TAX COLLECTOR. SO LET'S LOOKAT HIM FOR A MOMENT,
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  • THE SECOND CHARACTER IN THISSTORY, THE TAX COLLECTOR.
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  • NOW I SAID, ACCORDING TOTHE JEWISH HOLINESS LADDER,
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  • THE PHARISEE WAS AT TOP,BUT ON THE BOTTOM RUNG
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  • WAS THE TAX COLLECTOR.
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  • HE WAS RIGHT DOWN THEREALONG WITH THE TELEVANGELIST
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  • AND THE USED CHARIOT SALESMAN.
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  • I MEAN, THAT'S HOW PEOPLETHOUGHT ABOUT TAX COLLECTORS,
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  • THEY HATED THE TAX COLLECTORS.
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  • YOU KNOW, WE READ THE STORY ANDWE THINK, WELL MAYBE THOUGH,
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  • JUST MAYBE THIS TAXCOLLECTOR WAS DIFFERENT
  • 00:10:53.676 --> 00:10:56.579
  • AND THAT'S WHY HE'SGOING TO END UP
  • 00:10:56.612 --> 00:10:58.280
  • BEING THE HERO OF THE STORY.
  • 00:10:58.314 --> 00:11:00.216
  • WE THINK MAYBE THERE ISSOMETHING INHERENTLY GOOD
  • 00:11:00.249 --> 00:11:03.452
  • IN THIS TAX COLLECTORTHAT MAKES HIM DIFFERENT
  • 00:11:03.486 --> 00:11:06.088
  • AND EVEN MORE RIGHTEOUSTHAN THE PHARISEE.
  • 00:11:06.122 --> 00:11:08.090
  • NO, THAT WOULD BETRAY THEWHOLE POINT OF THE PARABLE.
  • 00:11:08.124 --> 00:11:12.728
  • WHAT JESUS IS SAYINGIS THIS TAX COLLECTOR
  • 00:11:12.762 --> 00:11:15.364
  • WAS JUST AS GUILTY,JUST AS VILE OF A SINNER
  • 00:11:15.397 --> 00:11:18.701
  • AS THE PHARISEE WAS.
  • 00:11:18.734 --> 00:11:21.337
  • WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
  • 00:11:21.370 --> 00:11:22.705
  • WE'LL NOTICE THE DIFFERENCEIN THEIR PRAYERS.
  • 00:11:22.738 --> 00:11:24.173
  • VERSE 13, "BUT THE TAX GATHERERSTANDING SOME DISTANCE AWAY
  • 00:11:24.206 --> 00:11:30.446
  • EVEN WAS UNWILLING TO LIFTUP HIS EYES TO HEAVEN,
  • 00:11:30.479 --> 00:11:33.182
  • BUT WAS BEATING HIS BREAST,
  • 00:11:33.215 --> 00:11:34.950
  • SAYING GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME THE SINNER."
  • 00:11:34.984 --> 00:11:41.323
  • THIS IS ONE OF THE SHORTESTPRAYERS IN THE BIBLE.
  • 00:11:41.357 --> 00:11:43.559
  • SIX WORDS IN THE GREEK TEXT,
  • 00:11:43.592 --> 00:11:45.661
  • SEVEN WORDS IN THE ENGLISH TEXT.
  • 00:11:45.694 --> 00:11:48.097
  • THAT'S WHY I CALLTHEM SEVEN WORDS
  • 00:11:48.130 --> 00:11:50.633
  • THAT CAN CHANGE YOURLIFE AND YOUR ETERNITY.
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  • GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME THE SINNER.
  • 00:11:53.769 --> 00:11:58.607
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICEIN THIS SHORT PRAYER
  • 00:11:58.641 --> 00:12:00.643
  • THAT THIS MAN EXPRESSESTWO CRUCIAL ELEMENTS
  • 00:12:00.676 --> 00:12:04.980
  • TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:12:05.014 --> 00:12:07.316
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE EXPRESSESSORROW FOR HIS SIN.
  • 00:12:07.349 --> 00:12:11.453
  • GOD, HE CRIES OUT BEMERCIFUL TO ME THE SINNER.
  • 00:12:11.487 --> 00:12:16.392
  • IN THE ORIGINAL TEXT THATWORD SINNER IS NOT ANARTHERIS
  • 00:12:16.425 --> 00:12:20.396
  • THAT IS IT'S NOTWITHOUT AN ARTICLE.
  • 00:12:20.429 --> 00:12:23.265
  • IT'S NOT, GOD BEMERCIFUL TO ME A SINNER.
  • 00:12:23.299 --> 00:12:26.535
  • GOD I'M JUST LIKE EVERY SINNERWHO NEEDS YOUR FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:12:26.569 --> 00:12:29.471
  • NO, IT'S ARTICULAR,THERE'S AN ARTICLE,
  • 00:12:29.505 --> 00:12:31.841
  • GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME THE SINNER.
  • 00:12:31.874 --> 00:12:35.945
  • LIKE PAUL, HE WAS SAYING, IAM THE CHIEF AMONG SINNERS
  • 00:12:35.978 --> 00:12:39.748
  • AND I NEED YOUR FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:12:39.782 --> 00:12:42.418
  • WE DON'T KNOW WHATBROUGHT HIM TO THIS POINT,
  • 00:12:42.451 --> 00:12:44.186
  • WE DON'T KNOW WHAT MOTIVATED HIM
  • 00:12:44.220 --> 00:12:45.588
  • TO COME TO THE TEMPLE TO PRAY.
  • 00:12:45.621 --> 00:12:47.590
  • PERHAPS HE HAD JUST COMMITTEDA SIN THAT WAS SO HEINOUS
  • 00:12:47.623 --> 00:12:52.127
  • THAT EVEN HIMSELF, HE HIMSELFDIDN'T THINK HIMSELF CAPABLE
  • 00:12:52.161 --> 00:12:55.998
  • OF COMMITTING THIS SIN.
  • 00:12:56.031 --> 00:12:58.801
  • OR MAYBE HIS LIFE HAD SLOWLYUNRAVELED AND HE WAS AT THE END
  • 00:12:58.834 --> 00:13:02.004
  • AND HE HAD NO PLACE TO TURN,
  • 00:13:02.037 --> 00:13:05.474
  • BUT HE REALIZED HE WAS IN ADESPERATE POSITION BEFORE GOD.
  • 00:13:05.507 --> 00:13:10.246
  • BY THE WAY, SPEAKINGOF POSITION,
  • 00:13:10.279 --> 00:13:11.847
  • NOTICE WHERE HESTOOD IN JESUS STORY.
  • 00:13:11.881 --> 00:13:14.717
  • THE BIBLE SAYS, JESUS SAIDHE STOOD SOME DISTANCE AWAY.
  • 00:13:14.750 --> 00:13:19.588
  • DOES THAT MEAN HE STOODSOME DISTANCE AWAY
  • 00:13:19.622 --> 00:13:21.390
  • FROM THE PHARISEEOR SOMEPLACE ELSE?
  • 00:13:21.423 --> 00:13:25.227
  • PERHAPS THE HOLY OFHOLIES WHERE GOD DWELLED.
  • 00:13:25.261 --> 00:13:27.897
  • I THINK BOTH.
  • 00:13:27.930 --> 00:13:29.498
  • I THINK THIS PHARISEE CONFIDENTIN HIS OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS
  • 00:13:29.531 --> 00:13:32.668
  • CAME AS CLOSE TO THE PRESENCEOF GOD IN THE HOLY OF HOLIES
  • 00:13:32.701 --> 00:13:35.871
  • AS HE COULD GET WITHOUTBEING STRUCK DEAD.
  • 00:13:35.905 --> 00:13:38.474
  • AFTER ALL, HE WAS A HOLYMAN, HOLY OF HOLIES,
  • 00:13:38.507 --> 00:13:41.176
  • THAT MUST BE FOR ME.
  • 00:13:41.210 --> 00:13:43.045
  • ALTHOUGH HE WOULDN'T GO INTOTHE HOLY OF HOLIES HIMSELF,
  • 00:13:43.078 --> 00:13:46.015
  • HE WOULD GET AS CLOSE TOTHE HOLY PLACE AS HE COULD.
  • 00:13:46.048 --> 00:13:49.551
  • THE SINNER, NO.
  • 00:13:49.585 --> 00:13:51.754
  • HE DIDN'T WANT TO STAYIN CLOSE TO GOD,
  • 00:13:51.787 --> 00:13:54.089
  • HE FELT UNWORTHY TOBE IN GOD'S PRESENCE.
  • 00:13:54.123 --> 00:13:57.693
  • SO HE STOOD FAR AWAYFROM THE PRESENCE OF GOD
  • 00:13:57.726 --> 00:14:01.964
  • AND THEREFORE HE WASSTANDING FAR AWAY
  • 00:14:01.997 --> 00:14:03.933
  • FROM THE PHARISEES AS WELL.
  • 00:14:03.966 --> 00:14:06.001
  • BUT HERE'S THE IRONIC POINT,
  • 00:14:06.035 --> 00:14:09.238
  • BY STANDING FURTHER AWAY FROMGOD, HE WAS ACTUALLY SHOWING
  • 00:14:09.271 --> 00:14:12.942
  • THAT HE WAS CLOSER TOGOD THAN THE PHARISEE.
  • 00:14:12.975 --> 00:14:16.979
  • YOU SEE THE CLOSER YOUGET TO GOD'S PRESENCE,
  • 00:14:17.012 --> 00:14:19.782
  • THE MORE AWARE YOU AREOF YOUR OWN UNWORTHINESS.
  • 00:14:19.815 --> 00:14:24.253
  • REMEMBER ISAIAH, HE SAW THEVISION OF GOD ON THE THRONE,
  • 00:14:24.286 --> 00:14:26.789
  • THE ANGELS SWIRLING AROUNDSINGING, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.
  • 00:14:26.822 --> 00:14:31.427
  • WHEN HE SAW THAT VISION,WHAT WAS HIS RESPONSE?
  • 00:14:31.460 --> 00:14:34.096
  • REMEMBER IN ISAIAH 6:5 HE SAID,
  • 00:14:34.129 --> 00:14:35.831
  • "WOE TO ME FOR I AM RUINED FORI'M A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS."
  • 00:14:35.864 --> 00:14:41.704
  • REMEMBER WHEN THE APOSTLE PETER
  • 00:14:41.737 --> 00:14:43.339
  • AFTER ONE OF JESUS' MIRACLES,
  • 00:14:43.372 --> 00:14:45.107
  • WHEN IT DAWNED ON PETERWHO JESUS REALLY WAS,
  • 00:14:45.140 --> 00:14:48.310
  • HE KNELT DOWN BEFORETHE LORD AND SAID,
  • 00:14:48.344 --> 00:14:50.612
  • "DEPART FROM ME, LORDFOR, I AM A SINFUL MAN."
  • 00:14:50.646 --> 00:14:54.683
  • REMEMBER IN REVELATION 1WHEN JOHN
  • 00:14:54.717 --> 00:14:57.119
  • WAS ON THE ISLAND OFPATMOS EXILED THERE
  • 00:14:57.152 --> 00:15:00.022
  • AND HE SAW THE VISIONOF THE GLORIFIED CHRIST,
  • 00:15:00.055 --> 00:15:02.691
  • THE BIBLE SAYS HE FELL DOWNBEFORE JESUS LIKE A DEAD MAN.
  • 00:15:02.725 --> 00:15:09.164
  • THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WEREALIZE THE HOLINESS OF GOD
  • 00:15:09.198 --> 00:15:11.567
  • AND OUR OWN SINFULNESS.
  • 00:15:11.600 --> 00:15:14.670
  • HE CRIED OUT FORMERCY, FOR REPENTANCE,
  • 00:15:14.703 --> 00:15:19.408
  • HE EXPRESSED SORROW FOR HIS SIN.
  • 00:15:19.441 --> 00:15:22.611
  • WELL, LISTEN TO ME TODAY.
  • 00:15:22.644 --> 00:15:23.946
  • YOU CAN BE SORRY FOR YOUR SIN
  • 00:15:23.979 --> 00:15:26.515
  • WITHOUT EVER BEINGSAVED FROM YOUR SIN.
  • 00:15:26.548 --> 00:15:29.918
  • REPENTANCE IS CRUCIAL, BUTIT'S ONLY THE FIRST ELEMENT
  • 00:15:29.952 --> 00:15:33.989
  • OF A PRAYER THATLEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE
  • 00:15:34.023 --> 00:15:36.458
  • BECAUSE IN ADDITION OFEXPRESSING SORROW FOR HIS SIN,
  • 00:15:36.492 --> 00:15:39.028
  • NOTICE SECONDLY, HE REQUESTEDGOD'S MERCY TO COVER HIS SIN.
  • 00:15:39.061 --> 00:15:45.134
  • HE SAID, GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME THE SINNER.
  • 00:15:45.167 --> 00:15:51.006
  • NOW FOLKS STAY WITH ME ONTHIS, THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.
  • 00:15:51.040 --> 00:15:53.575
  • WHEN HE CRIED OUT, WHENHE REQUESTED GOD'S MERCY,
  • 00:15:53.609 --> 00:15:57.980
  • THE WORD HE USED FOR MERCY WASNOT JUST SOME GENERAL TERM,
  • 00:15:58.013 --> 00:16:01.417
  • IT WAS A VERY SPECIFIC TERM.
  • 00:16:01.450 --> 00:16:03.852
  • IN FACT THIS WORD IS ONLY USEDTWICE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
  • 00:16:03.886 --> 00:16:06.822
  • HERE AND IN HEBREWS 2,WHEN HE SAID,
  • 00:16:06.855 --> 00:16:09.792
  • LORD, BE MERCIFULTO ME THE SINNER,
  • 00:16:09.825 --> 00:16:13.495
  • HE'S SAYING, LORD COVER MY SIN.
  • 00:16:13.529 --> 00:16:17.766
  • JUST AS THE MERCY SEATWAS COVERED, COVER MY SIN
  • 00:16:17.800 --> 00:16:21.503
  • I CAN'T COVER IT,ONLY YOU CAN COVER IT.
  • 00:16:21.537 --> 00:16:26.408
  • JAMES MONTGOMERY BOICE NOTESTHAT IN THIS SIMPLE PRAYER,
  • 00:16:26.442 --> 00:16:29.578
  • NOTICE THE PATTERN, IT STARTSWITH GOD, IT ENDS WITH MAN
  • 00:16:29.611 --> 00:16:35.751
  • AND IN THE MIDDLEIS THE MERCY OF GOD.
  • 00:16:35.784 --> 00:16:39.154
  • GOD BE MERCIFULTO ME THE SINNER.
  • 00:16:39.188 --> 00:16:43.892
  • THE ONLY THING THAT CAN BRIDGEA HOLY GOD WITH SINFUL MAN
  • 00:16:43.926 --> 00:16:50.232
  • IS THE MERCY, THECOVERING THAT JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:16:50.265 --> 00:16:53.335
  • OFFERS FOR OUR SIN.
  • 00:16:53.368 --> 00:16:56.472
  • NOW HAD JESUS STOPPED RIGHTHERE AND SAID, OKAY POP QUIZ
  • 00:16:56.505 --> 00:17:04.813
  • WHICH OF THESE TWO MEN LEFTTHE TEMPLE FORGIVEN BY GOD?
  • 00:17:04.847 --> 00:17:10.986
  • OH, THE CROWD WOULD HAVEANSWERED UNANIMOUSLY,
  • 00:17:11.019 --> 00:17:14.289
  • WELL THE PHARISEE OF COURSE.
  • 00:17:14.323 --> 00:17:16.758
  • MAN DIDN'T YOU JUSTHEAR HIM TALK ABOUT
  • 00:17:16.792 --> 00:17:18.460
  • WHAT A RIGHTEOUS PERSON HE WASAND THAT VILE TAX COLLECTOR
  • 00:17:18.494 --> 00:17:22.231
  • DOES HE THINKS SAYINGTHE LITTLE SIMPLE PRAYER
  • 00:17:22.264 --> 00:17:24.466
  • IS GOING TO MAKE HIMRIGHT WITH GOD?
  • 00:17:24.500 --> 00:17:26.101
  • NO, NO, NO, IT WAS THEPHARISEE WHO WAS RIGHTEOUS
  • 00:17:26.135 --> 00:17:31.006
  • IN A RIGHT STANDING WITH GOD.
  • 00:17:31.039 --> 00:17:33.742
  • IN FACT, IF YOU'D ASKEACH OF THESE MEN,
  • 00:17:33.775 --> 00:17:37.713
  • WHO DO YOU THINK WAS IN ARIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
  • 00:17:37.746 --> 00:17:40.816
  • I THINK BOTH THE TAXCOLLECTOR AND THE PHARISEE
  • 00:17:40.849 --> 00:17:42.784
  • PROBABLY FELT LIKEIT'S THE PHARISEE.
  • 00:17:42.818 --> 00:17:47.956
  • YOU SEE I A FEELINGTHAT WHEN THAT PHARISEE
  • 00:17:47.990 --> 00:17:51.126
  • FINISHED HIS PRAYER AND STARTEDWALKING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN
  • 00:17:51.160 --> 00:17:54.863
  • HE THOUGHT TO HIMSELF, MAN,
  • 00:17:54.897 --> 00:17:56.865
  • THAT'S LIKE A LITTLEGOOD AND PRAYER TIME,
  • 00:17:56.899 --> 00:17:58.634
  • FELLOWSHIP TIME WITHTHE LORD, I FEEL GREAT.
  • 00:17:58.667 --> 00:18:02.804
  • IMAGINE THAT TAX COLLECTORSSTILL FELT SHAME OVER HIS LIFE.
  • 00:18:02.838 --> 00:18:08.577
  • BUT YOU SEE IT DOESN'TMATTER HOW THEY FELT,
  • 00:18:08.610 --> 00:18:12.047
  • LOOK AT VERSE 14, CHAPTER 18.
  • 00:18:12.080 --> 00:18:14.650
  • "I TELL YOU THIS MANTHE TAX COLLECTOR
  • 00:18:14.683 --> 00:18:18.053
  • WENT DOWN TO HIS HOUSEJUSTIFIED RATHER THAN THE OTHER,
  • 00:18:18.086 --> 00:18:22.558
  • RATHER THAN THE PHARISEE."
  • 00:18:22.591 --> 00:18:24.793
  • YOU SEE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW YOU FEEL
  • 00:18:24.826 --> 00:18:28.597
  • ABOUT YOURRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:18:28.630 --> 00:18:30.199
  • DID YOU KNOW YOURFEELINGS DON'T MATTER?
  • 00:18:30.232 --> 00:18:32.401
  • PEOPLE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT
  • 00:18:32.434 --> 00:18:33.869
  • WELL I FEEL I HAVE A GOODRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
  • 00:18:33.902 --> 00:18:35.571
  • AND I FEEL THIS AND THAT,LOOK IT DOESN'T MATTER
  • 00:18:35.604 --> 00:18:38.407
  • HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT YOURRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:18:38.440 --> 00:18:41.443
  • WHAT MATTERS ISHOW DOES GOD FEEL
  • 00:18:41.476 --> 00:18:43.712
  • ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU?
  • 00:18:43.745 --> 00:18:46.648
  • AND WHAT JESUS IS SAYINGIS THERE'S ONE MAN
  • 00:18:46.682 --> 00:18:49.585
  • WHO LEFT THAT TEMPLE MOUNTJUSTIFIED, DECLARED NOT GUILTY
  • 00:18:49.618 --> 00:18:55.857
  • AND IT WAS THE TAX COLLECTOR
  • 00:18:55.891 --> 00:18:57.826
  • BECAUSE HE CALLEDON THE MERCY OF GOD.
  • 00:18:57.859 --> 00:19:01.730
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THEMOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS,
  • 00:19:01.763 --> 00:19:04.132
  • HAVE YOU BEEN JUSTIFIED?
  • 00:19:04.166 --> 00:19:05.567
  • THAT'S A LEGAL TERMTO DECLARE NOT GUILTY.
  • 00:19:05.601 --> 00:19:08.537
  • HAVE YOU BEENDECLARED NOT GUILTY?
  • 00:19:08.570 --> 00:19:10.706
  • THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TOBE DECLARED NOT GUILTY
  • 00:19:10.739 --> 00:19:13.141
  • AND THAT'S BY APPEALING TOTHE MERCY, THE COVERING,
  • 00:19:13.175 --> 00:19:15.911
  • THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:19:15.944 --> 00:19:18.647
  • ROMANS 5:1 SAYS, "THEREFOREHAVING BEEN JUSTIFIED,"
  • 00:19:18.680 --> 00:19:23.185
  • BY WORKS NO, "THEREFORE HAVINGBEEN JUSTIFIED BY FAITH,
  • 00:19:23.218 --> 00:19:27.856
  • WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGHOUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
  • 00:19:27.889 --> 00:19:33.528
  • NOTICE HOW JESUSCLOSES THIS PARABLE.
  • 00:19:33.562 --> 00:19:37.566
  • IT'S THIS IDIOM WE'VE HEARDAND QUOTED OFTEN VERSE 14,
  • 00:19:37.599 --> 00:19:41.003
  • "FOR EVERYONE WHO EXALTSHIMSELF SHALL BE HUMBLED,
  • 00:19:41.036 --> 00:19:45.774
  • BUT HE WHO HUMBLESHIMSELF SHALL BE EXALTED."
  • 00:19:45.807 --> 00:19:50.479
  • THE PROUD PERSON WHO REFUSES
  • 00:19:50.512 --> 00:19:52.981
  • TO BOW HIS KNEE BEFORE JESUSCHRIST AND BEG FOR THE COVERING
  • 00:19:53.015 --> 00:19:56.985
  • HIS COVERING FOR HIS OWN SIN,
  • 00:19:57.019 --> 00:19:59.154
  • ONE DAY THAT PERSONWILL BE HUMBLED.
  • 00:19:59.187 --> 00:20:02.824
  • THE BIBLE SAYS ONE DAY,"EVERY KNEE WILL BOW
  • 00:20:02.858 --> 00:20:05.127
  • AND EVERY TONGUE WILL CONFESSTHAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD
  • 00:20:05.160 --> 00:20:08.063
  • TO THE GLORY OF GOD."
  • 00:20:08.096 --> 00:20:09.564
  • IF YOU WAIT TILL THAT DAY,YOU'VE WAITED TOO LONG.
  • 00:20:09.598 --> 00:20:12.167
  • BUT SECONDLY, THE PERSON WHO'SWILLING TO HUMBLE HIMSELF
  • 00:20:12.200 --> 00:20:16.638
  • IN THIS LIFE, TO NOT ONLYEXPRESS SORROW FOR HIS SIN,
  • 00:20:16.672 --> 00:20:20.309
  • BUT TO TRUST COMPLETELYIN GOD'S COVERING
  • 00:20:20.342 --> 00:20:23.211
  • OF HIS SIN THROUGH CHRIST,
  • 00:20:23.245 --> 00:20:24.746
  • THAT PERSON WILLBE EXALTED ONE DAY,
  • 00:20:24.780 --> 00:20:26.515
  • WILL SIT AT THE RIGHTHAND OF GOD THE FATHER.
  • 00:20:26.548 --> 00:20:31.053
  • TWO APPROACHES TO GOD,ONE BASED ON WORKS,
  • 00:20:31.086 --> 00:20:34.556
  • ONE BASED ON GRACE.
  • 00:20:34.589 --> 00:20:38.727
  • ALL WEEK I HAVE BEENTHINKING ABOUT HOW DIFFERENT
  • 00:20:38.760 --> 00:20:41.296
  • THESE TWO MEN WERE,BUT DID YOU KNOW
  • 00:20:41.330 --> 00:20:45.334
  • THEY WERE ALSO VERY MUCH ALIKE.
  • 00:20:45.367 --> 00:20:48.337
  • THAT'S WHAT I MISSED ALLWEEK, HOW ALIKE THEY WERE.
  • 00:20:48.370 --> 00:20:53.375
  • THEY WERE BOTH JEWS, THEYBOTH HAD GONE TO THE TEMPLE,
  • 00:20:53.408 --> 00:20:57.112
  • THEY WERE REGULARWORSHIPERS IN THE TEMPLE,
  • 00:20:57.145 --> 00:21:00.982
  • THEY BOTH BELIEVED IN THEAUTHORITY OF GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:21:01.016 --> 00:21:04.886
  • THE OLD TESTAMENT, THEYBOTH WERE BELIEVERS
  • 00:21:04.920 --> 00:21:08.657
  • IN THE ONE TRUE GOD,THE GOD OF ISRAEL,
  • 00:21:08.690 --> 00:21:12.561
  • THEY BOTH WANTED TO PLEASE GOD.
  • 00:21:12.594 --> 00:21:17.632
  • THERE WAS ONLY ONE TINYDIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO MEN
  • 00:21:17.666 --> 00:21:21.670
  • AND THAT'S HOW THEY WENTABOUT TRYING TO PLEASE GOD.
  • 00:21:21.703 --> 00:21:26.007
  • ONE TRIED TO PLEASE GOD ONTHE BASIS OF HIS OWN WORKS,
  • 00:21:26.041 --> 00:21:29.678
  • ONE TRIED TO PLEASE GOD ON THEBASIS OF CHRIST'S SACRIFICE.
  • 00:21:29.711 --> 00:21:36.084
  • YOU SEE IN TODAY'S WORLD,
  • 00:21:36.118 --> 00:21:38.153
  • PEOPLE THINK THAT'S A TINYTHEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:21:38.186 --> 00:21:41.022
  • AS LONG AS YOU BELIEVEIN THE RIGHT GOD,
  • 00:21:41.056 --> 00:21:42.958
  • AS LONG AS YOU WANT TOTRY TO PLEASE GOD,
  • 00:21:42.991 --> 00:21:45.494
  • AS LONG AS YOU'REDOING THE BEST YOU CAN,
  • 00:21:45.527 --> 00:21:47.295
  • YOU KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE
  • 00:21:47.329 --> 00:21:48.563
  • ABOUT THIS MINORPOINT OF SALVATION
  • 00:21:48.597 --> 00:21:50.432
  • AND HOW YOU APPROACH GOD,WHETHER IT'S FAITH OR WORKS,
  • 00:21:50.465 --> 00:21:52.834
  • THAT'S A MINORTHEOLOGICAL DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:21:52.868 --> 00:21:56.104
  • NOT ACCORDING TO JESUS.
  • 00:21:56.138 --> 00:21:58.306
  • TWO MEN WHO WERE VERY MUCHALIKE, LEFT THAT MOUNTAIN.
  • 00:21:58.340 --> 00:22:05.147
  • AS THEY LEFT THE TEMPLE MOUNT,
  • 00:22:05.180 --> 00:22:07.282
  • ONE LEFT ON THE ROADTO ETERNAL LIFE,
  • 00:22:07.315 --> 00:22:10.886
  • THE OTHER LEFT ON THEROAD TO ETERNAL DEATH.
  • 00:22:10.919 --> 00:22:16.324
  • JOB ASKED THE QUESTION,
  • 00:22:16.358 --> 00:22:17.926
  • HOW CAN A PERSON BEMADE RIGHT WITH GOD?
  • 00:22:17.959 --> 00:22:23.932
  • IS IT BY FAITH ORIS IT BY WORKS?
  • 00:22:23.965 --> 00:22:28.603
  • HOW YOU ANSWER THAT QUESTIONSPELLS THE DIFFERENCE
  • 00:22:28.637 --> 00:22:32.841
  • BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL.
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  • WHEN IN HIS PRESENCE, WHENLISTENING TO HIS PARABLES,
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  • YOU COULDN'T POSSIBLY ACTPASSIVE OR AMBIVALENT.
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  • WHEN JESUS SPOKE HIS WELLCHOSEN WORDS DROVE PEOPLE
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  • INTO A MOMENT OFDECISION AND RIGHTLY SO
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  • BECAUSE JESUS UNDERSTOODTHAT LIFE AND DEATH
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  • WERE HANGING IN THE BALANCE.
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  • AND THIS IS OUR MISSIONAT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • WHEN YOU WATCH THIS TELEVISIONPROGRAM, YOU CAN BE SURE
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  • THAT YOU WILL HEAR THEUNFILTERED TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • AND IT'S ALL MADE POSSIBLEBECAUSE OF FRIENDS LIKE YOU
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  • WHO GIVE SO GENEROUSLY.
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  • SO THANK YOU FOR YOURFINANCIAL SUPPORT
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  • OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • TOGETHER WE'RE TRULYPIERCING THE DARKNESS
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  • WITH THE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE,
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE PATHWAYTO VICTORY IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [NARRATOR] EVERYYEAR, THE CHARACTERS
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  • OF THE NATIVITYSCENE STAY THE SAME,
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  • SO HOW CAN WE GET SOMETHINGNEW OUT OF CHRISTMAS?
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  • TAKE A FRESH LOOKAT A FAMILIAR STORY
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  • WITH DR. ROBERTJEFFERESS' BRAND NEW BOOK,
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  • "THE NATIVITY DEVOTIONAL".
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  • EACH CHAPTER OF "THENATIVITY DEVOTIONAL"
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  • FOCUSES ON A CHARACTERIN THE NATIVITY SCENE
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  • AND HIGHLIGHTS ANIMPORTANT SPIRITUAL LESSON
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  • WE CAN APPLY TO OUR LIVES TODAY.
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  • I'VE EVEN INCLUDED ACHILD-FRIENDLY VERSION
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  • FOR YOU TO READ WITH YOURCHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.
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  • [NARRATOR] A COPY OF "THENATIVITY DEVOTIONAL" IS YOURS
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUSGIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE,
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  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVEA CD AND DVD COPY
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  • PLUS AS AN ADDED BONUS,WE'LL ALSO INCLUDE,
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  • "THE GIFT, THEGOSPEL FOR CHILDREN".
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  • MY ILLUSTRATED CHILDREN'SBOOK, "THE GIFT"
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  • PROVIDES A CLEAR CUTPRESENTATION OF THE GOSPEL
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  • IN LANGUAGE THATCHILDREN CAN UNDERSTAND.
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  • AT THE END, I'VE WRITTENA PRAYER OF SALVATION,
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  • YOU CAN PRAY WITH YOURCHILD OR GRANDCHILD
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  • TO LEAD THEM TO TRUST INCHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR.
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  • MY BOOK EVEN COMES WITHAN INSTRUCTIONAL DVD
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  • FEATURING A SPECIALGOSPEL PRESENTATION
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  • FOR YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.
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  • [NARRATOR] THANK YOU FORREQUESTING THESE RESOURCES
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  • AND FAITHFULLY SUPPORTINGPATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • AS WE BRING THE LIFE SAVINGMESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL TO YOU
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  • AND YOUR FAMILY.
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  • TOGETHER WE ARE SHININGTHE LIGHT OF GOD'S WORD
  • 00:24:58.453 --> 00:25:01.156
  • IN THE DARKNESS OF OUR DAY.
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  • THERE IS ONLY ONE SIN THATWILL KEEP YOU OUT OF HEAVEN.
  • 00:25:05.527 --> 00:25:08.697
  • IT'S NOT ADULTERY ORMURDER OR HOMOSEXUALITY,
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  • THE ONE SIN THAT WILL KEEPYOU OUT OF HEAVEN IS PRIDE
  • 00:25:13.168 --> 00:25:17.205
  • AND MORE SPECIFICALLYREFUSING TO HUMBLE YOURSELF
  • 00:25:17.238 --> 00:25:21.109
  • TO SAY THESE WORDS, GOD BEMERCIFUL TO ME THE SINNER.
  • 00:25:21.142 --> 00:25:27.816
  • WELL, GOD IS IN THE BUSINESSOF LIFE TRANSFORMATION
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  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL SEEHOW JESUS TRANSFORMED
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  • ONE OF THE MOST HATEDMEN IN ALL OF JERICHO,
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  • INTO THE CITY'SGREATEST PHILANTHROPIST,
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OFWHAT'S COMING UP NEXT TIME
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  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • [NARRATOR] TODAY WHENYOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
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  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRYOF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
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  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BYSENDING YOU A COPY
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  • OF DR. JEFFRESS BRANDNEW "NATIVITY DEVOTIONAL"
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  • PLUS ONE FREE ISSUE OF PATHWAYMAGAZINE IS YOURS TODAY
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING USAT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFTIS $75 OR MORE,
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  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU A COPY
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  • OF DR. JEFFRESS ILLUSTRATEDCHILDREN'S BOOK, "THE GIFT"
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  • COMPLETE WITH ANINSTRUCTIONAL DVD
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  • PLUS VOLUME THREE OFDR. JEFFRESS TEACHING SERIES,
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  • REIGNITING YOUR PASSION FORCHRIST ON BOTH CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:16.431 --> 00:26:21.169
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
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  • BECAUSE OF YOURGENEROUS SUPPORT.
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  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING,WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
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  • TO GIVE TODAY.
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  • NOW COMING UP NEXT TIMEON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:28.677 --> 00:26:32.013
  • INTERESTINGLY, SOME PEOPLE
  • 00:26:32.047 --> 00:26:34.049
  • ARE ACTUALLY TRYINGTO HIDE FROM GOD.
  • 00:26:34.082 --> 00:26:38.486
  • THEY AVOID READING THE BIBLEOR GOING TO CHURCH OR PRAYING,
  • 00:26:38.520 --> 00:26:42.791
  • HOPING THAT THEY CAN STAVE OFF
  • 00:26:42.824 --> 00:26:44.693
  • THAT INEVITABLE CONFRONTATIONWITH THEIR CREATOR.
  • 00:26:44.726 --> 00:26:48.129
  • WHAT IS IT THAT MOTIVATESPEOPLE TO TRY TO HIDE FROM GOD?
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  • ONE WORD, GUILT.
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  • WHENEVER WE FEELGUILTY, WHENEVER WE KNOW
  • 00:26:56.137 --> 00:26:58.339
  • WE HAVE FALLEN SHORT OFGOD'S PLAN FOR OUR LIFE,
  • 00:26:58.373 --> 00:27:01.276
  • OUR FIRST INSTINCT IS TO HIDE.
  • 00:27:01.309 --> 00:27:05.213
  • THAT INSTINCT COMESNATURALLY, IT'S INHERITED.
  • 00:27:05.246 --> 00:27:07.816
  • REMEMBER THE FIRSTCOUPLE ADAM AND EVE,
  • 00:27:07.849 --> 00:27:09.684
  • THEY HAD A GREATRELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
  • 00:27:09.718 --> 00:27:11.486
  • UNTIL SIN BECAME A BARRIER WITHTHEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
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  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVRAND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE, A SHORTSTORY ABOUT A BIG GOD
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • ♪ MUSIC
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