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Breath: God Breathed

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April 26, 2020
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  • Ed Young: The church should bethe most creative entity
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  • in the world.
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  • The church is where it happens.
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  • The church is where we findpurpose, and meaning, and power.
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  • The church is the living,breathing body of Christ.
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  • Wisdom, though, is seeing lifethrough the perspective of God.
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  • You've never locked eyeswith someone that Jesus
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  • did not die for.
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  • Ed Young: Thanks for tuningin to "Ed Young Television."
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  • The next 27 minutes and 30seconds will change your life.
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  • We're going to open God's Wordand teach you some things
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  • about what it means to liveon the rugged plains of reality
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  • as we walk in concertwith Jesus.
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  • Hey, thanks for watching.
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  • Thanks for your generosity.
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  • Check this out because it willcause a seismic shift to take
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  • place in your life.
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  • Watch this.
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  • Ed Young: Well, I've beenin a series called "Breath,"
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  • and today I'm talkingabout breath that is recorded.
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  • I'm talking about the actualbreath of God.
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  • When I was 15 years old, I meta beautiful young lady
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  • at church.
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  • She's now my wife.
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  • And she sent me this loveletter, and this love letter
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  • was special.
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  • In fact, it was so special,I read the love letter and
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  • read it over and over.
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  • And let me just read to youan excerpt of this letter.
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  • It's--whoa, it's still hot.
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  • Whoo, it's still hot.
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  • And it said, "Dearest Edwin B.,
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  • You are super fantasticand I love you.
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  • All of my love, Lisa."
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  • [sniffing]
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  • And she sprayed some cologneon it, Charlie cologne.
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  • I read that and reread thatbecause it was a love letter.
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  • I grew up in the Dirty South,spent a lot of time in
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  • South Carolina.
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  • As a kid, we lived off thedirt road for awhile.
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  • I really loved the setting,the beautiful pine trees,
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  • and just--it was kindaoutdoorsy, you know?
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  • And across the road,there was a lake.
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  • And one evening, Dad tookmy brother and I
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  • down to the shores, and youknow, we were throwing rocks
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  • and stuff in the lake,and suddenly we saw a snake.
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  • And then we saw another one,and another one, and another
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  • one, and another one.
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  • For some reason, I don't know ifit was mating season or what,
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  • the bank was crawling withwater moccasins.
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  • We had a little flashlight,and I'll never forget what
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  • Dad told me.
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  • He said, "Son, jump on my back.
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  • Son, get on my back.
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  • I'll carry you out."
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  • He put the flashlight on.
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  • I can still see it flickering.
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  • And he would carefully stepwith my brother and I on
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  • his back.
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  • We made it through the woodsall the way home.
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  • Wow, that was scary.
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  • I spent a lot of time outdoors.
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  • I've never seen that many snakesin my life in one area.
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  • Lisa and I have had dobermansfor awhile.
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  • Now, we have one.
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  • The other one has passed on.
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  • I've had this Bible fora long time.
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  • In fact, my mother gave me thisBible when we opened the doors
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  • of this facility in 1998.
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  • I usually preach fromthis Bible.
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  • And anyway, the other day, ourdoberman was in my office
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  • at home and he ate partof the book of Jeremiah.
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  • I'm going to show you.
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  • I even saved it.
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  • Jeremiah, Jeremiah.
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  • There it is, Jeremiah.
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  • Oh yeah, look, look.
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  • He ate it.
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  • And I was upset at Dutch,but can you really get that
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  • upset at a doberman?
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  • I was in Africa a coupleof years ago in a place called
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  • Johannesburg, Pretoria,Bloemfontein, and between some
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  • speaking engagements, the pastorof the church took Lisa and I
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  • out to this zoo.
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  • Now, a zoo in Africa isthe real deal.
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  • I mean, there are all sortsof things, you know?
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  • They don't have the lawyersand all of the sometimes
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  • ridiculous laws we haveabout animals, and protection,
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  • and all that.
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  • I mean, they're fine, but someof it is over the top,
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  • as you know.
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  • You get up close and personal.
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  • I want to apologizeto the lawyers.
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  • You get up close and personalto all these animals and it was
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  • fascinating to see these things.
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  • In fact, one guy put usinto this acreage that was
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  • fenced off and there werecheetahs just lying around wild.
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  • And he would come up to themand he, "Okay, just stick your
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  • hand out and pet the cheetah,"and we actually patted
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  • the cheetah.
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  • And you'll see it on the sidescreen, that's Lisa and I
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  • petting this cheetah.
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  • And you could hear him purr.
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  • It was crazy.
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  • The zoo.The zoo.
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  • All the things I just describedto you, all of the stories
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  • I just told to you, have to dowith the subject matter that
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  • I'm talking about today.
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  • They have to do with the Bible.
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  • The Bible,
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  • 2 Timothy chapter 3, verse 16says the Bible is the very
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  • breath of God.
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  • Right now, you're hearingthe breath of Ed.
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  • My breath is moving overmy vocal cords.
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  • My vocal chords are vibrating.
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  • You hear the breath of Ed.
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  • We have the breath of Godin the Bible.
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  • We have the breath of God.
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  • We have a record of thebreath of God.
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  • People say, "Well, I wish Godcould speak to me audibly
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  • about my relationships.
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  • I wish God would speak to meabout about my
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  • economic condition.
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  • I wish God would really speakto me about my job, about
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  • how to parent.
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  • I wish God would speak to mebecause, should I forgive this
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  • person or not?"
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  • He already has!
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  • His Word is written down.
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  • The breath of God has beenrecorded.
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  • All we have to do isbreathe it in.
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  • The Bible is literally God'sbreath, because in 2 Timothy
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  • chapter 3, verse 16, the word"breathes," God breathed, is
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  • literally "theopneustos."
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  • Say it with me, "Theopneustos."
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  • It means God breathed.
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  • Here's what the Scripture says.
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  • "All Scripture is God breathed,"theopneustos, "and is used
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  • for teaching what we should doright, rebuking what is not
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  • right, correcting how to reallydo what's right in all
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  • situations, and trainingin righteousness."
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  • That is the Bible.
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  • What's so crazy about the Bibleis the Bible is the bestselling
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  • book of all time.
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  • No book comes closeto the Bible, not even close.
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  • When I read the Bible, it'sthe only book where the author
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  • is all around me and in mebecause I've inhaled the breath
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  • of God, and I'm breathingthe breath of God, and I'm
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  • reading and understandingthe Word of God.
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  • The Bible is the Word of God.
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  • You know the Bible says thatabout itself in the
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  • Old Testament 4.000 times?
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  • The Word of God.
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  • So it's the breath of God.
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  • The breath of God is the Wordof God, 4.000 times.
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  • It's the Word of God.
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  • In the New Testament, 44 timesit says, "The Word of God."
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  • So we have the Word of God.
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  • And when we started Fellowship25 years ago, we said, "Okay, we
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  • are going to bea Bible-teaching,
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  • Bible-believing church."
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  • It's that simple.
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  • That's who we are.
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  • That's what we are.
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  • We have no man-made creed, nogroup in Nashville or Paraguay
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  • telling us what to do.
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  • We're a Bible-teaching,Bible-believing church.
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  • So when anyone ever asks you,"Hey, what kind of church is
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  • Fellowship Church?"
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  • we're a Bible-teaching,Bible-believing church.
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  • The Bible is the Word of Godand it teaches us about God,
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  • and we worship the Godof the Word.
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  • Some people thoughover the years, because
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  • the Bible is by farthe bestselling book of all
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  • time, it is also the mostdissected and the most maligned
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  • book of all time.
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  • It has survivedburnings and bans.
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  • People right now, right now, aredying for the Word of God,
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  • for the breath of God.
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  • Evil people are taking the livesof Christians.
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  • And sadly, our government,so many leaders in our
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  • government, are just turningtheir head the other way.
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  • They're sticking their headsin the sands of denials.
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  • They will not call it what itis, a war between good and evil,
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  • a war against the Word of God,a war against Christianity.
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  • And it's time that we have someleaders, some men and women
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  • in Washington, to stand up,and to speak truth, and to say,
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  • "You know what?
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  • Our nation was foundedon the Word of God and we're
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  • going to protect people who arepersecuted and killed by evil."
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  • Somebody help me preach.
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  • So we've tried to deny thatthe Bible is the Word of God.
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  • I talked to someone a coupleof months ago and this person
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  • was telling me, "I've gotproblems with the Bible."
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  • Well, very, very quickly, Iasked him some basic questions
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  • about the Bible.
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  • He didn't know jackabout the Bible.
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  • And I'm thinkin' to myself,"Hmm, so you deny Scripture?"
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  • He's like, "Yeah, yeah.
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  • I just think the Bible's beentweaked over time.
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  • It's been changed, you know,blah, blah, blah," what everyone
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  • says who has a vested interestin keeping God out of
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  • their grill.
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  • The more I talked to him,though, I discovered he'd been
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  • messing around on his wife.
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  • And I'm like, "Oh, I got it now.
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  • I got it now.
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  • See, you've got a vestedinterest in keeping God
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  • out of your business."
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  • So we deny it.
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  • We watch one little show or hearone little Dr. Fuzzy Face
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  • give us a lectureat the local university and say,
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  • "Oh, the Bible--" hey, the Bibleis the most accurate ancient
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  • piece of literature ever.
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  • For example, take take the wordsof Plato or Aristotle.
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  • Take their works.
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  • You got barely 10 copies.
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  • Of the New Testament alone, wehave over 14.000 copies.
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  • So if you just takethe classical historical method
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  • and put it to the test and putScripture to the test, it passes
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  • with flying colors.
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  • Archaeology is behind the Bible.
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  • Geography is behind the Bible.
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  • Science is behind the Bible.
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  • Well, the Bible, though,speaks for itself.
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  • It's like that lion thatI saw in Africa.
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  • I mean, you just let the lionroar, brother.
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  • I mean, the lion is a lionis a lion.
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  • That's the Bible, yet we'vetried to deny it.
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  • People try to distort it.
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  • They take different versesout of context and build weird
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  • and wacky theologiesaround verses out of context.
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  • Because whenever you takea verse out of context, you can
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  • make the Bible sayanything you want.
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  • Well, you've gotta take itin context.
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  • You gotta look at itfrom history, from the setting,
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  • the author, and takethe totality of it.
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  • Here are just some things thatyou might find interesting
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  • about the Bible.
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  • Nelson Glueck, renowned Jewisharchaeologist, says, "It may be
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  • stated categorically that noarcheological discovery has ever
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  • controverted a biblicalreference."
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  • William F. Albright,archaeologist,
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  • quote, "There can beno doubt that
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  • archaeology has confirmedthe substantial historicity
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  • of Old Testament tradition."
  • 00:14:03.389 --> 00:14:05.958
  • Josh McDowell, "Evidence thatDemands a Verdict," quote,
  • 00:14:05.991 --> 00:14:09.895
  • "The Bible compared with anyother ancient writings has more
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  • manuscript evidence than any tenpieces of classical literature
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  • combined," unquote.
  • 00:14:18.604 --> 00:14:23.108
  • McDowell also writes,"After trying to shatter
  • 00:14:23.142 --> 00:14:26.478
  • the historicity and validityof Scriptures, I came
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  • to the conclusion that it ishistorically trustworthy.
  • 00:14:29.682 --> 00:14:33.319
  • If one discards the Bible asbeing unreliable, then he must
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  • discard almost all literatureof antiquity."
  • 00:14:37.256 --> 00:14:42.661
  • So don't you see how peoplekinda have a vested interest
  • 00:14:42.695 --> 00:14:48.200
  • in denying and distortingthe Bible.
  • 00:14:48.233 --> 00:14:52.504
  • People say, "Well, I wantto have a Bible study.
  • 00:14:52.538 --> 00:14:55.174
  • I just want to havea Bible study."
  • 00:14:55.207 --> 00:14:57.042
  • No, you don't need anotherBible study.
  • 00:14:57.076 --> 00:14:59.311
  • You need to allow the Bibleto study you.
  • 00:14:59.345 --> 00:15:04.483
  • See, the Bible is nota textbook.
  • 00:15:04.516 --> 00:15:07.286
  • The Bible is not something weworship.
  • 00:15:07.319 --> 00:15:10.289
  • The Bible is the Word of God,yet people still, "Oh man,
  • 00:15:10.322 --> 00:15:14.526
  • I wanna keep my distancefrom that."
  • 00:15:14.560 --> 00:15:16.562
  • And then we distort stuff.
  • 00:15:16.595 --> 00:15:19.598
  • We dissect stuff in the Bible.
  • 00:15:19.631 --> 00:15:23.268
  • And then some people do this...
  • 00:15:23.302 --> 00:15:26.305
  • "Hmm, wow. I don't like that.
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  • I don't like that verseabout bringing the whole tithe
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  • into the storehouse.
  • 00:15:40.452 --> 00:15:42.855
  • I'm just gonna take that partout of the Bible.
  • 00:15:42.888 --> 00:15:44.289
  • I don't like--tithing, what?
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  • I mean, the first portion of myincome should go to the
  • 00:15:47.026 --> 00:15:51.296
  • local church?
  • 00:15:51.330 --> 00:15:52.664
  • Oh man, there it is againin Malachi.
  • 00:15:52.698 --> 00:15:54.933
  • No, I don't like that.
  • 00:15:54.967 --> 00:15:57.436
  • I don't like that.
  • 00:15:57.469 --> 00:15:59.138
  • Oh, okay, envy?
  • 00:15:59.171 --> 00:16:04.143
  • Envy?
  • 00:16:04.176 --> 00:16:08.047
  • I don't like that.
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  • I don't like that.Envy.
  • 00:16:09.415 --> 00:16:12.818
  • Well, see, my God isa forgiving God.
  • 00:16:12.851 --> 00:16:17.523
  • And even though I'm having sexoutside of marriage, everything
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  • is cool.
  • 00:16:20.793 --> 00:16:22.094
  • I mean, God just wants to--I don't like that.
  • 00:16:22.127 --> 00:16:24.129
  • Sex outside of marriage, no."
  • 00:16:24.163 --> 00:16:30.169
  • Isn't it fascinating how we tearapart the Bible, how we edit
  • 00:16:30.302 --> 00:16:37.743
  • the Bible ourselves, how somany people do that?
  • 00:16:37.776 --> 00:16:41.947
  • Why?
  • 00:16:41.980 --> 00:16:43.315
  • Because the Bible is the onlybook that when we read it,
  • 00:16:43.348 --> 00:16:50.889
  • it reads us.
  • 00:16:50.923 --> 00:16:53.392
  • The Bible, the breath of God.
  • 00:16:53.425 --> 00:16:59.431
  • The Bible is a love letter.
  • 00:17:00.399 --> 00:17:02.868
  • I mean, it's a love letter.
  • 00:17:02.901 --> 00:17:05.037
  • Lisa wrote that loveletter to me.
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  • I read it over and over.
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  • That's what the Scripture is.
  • 00:17:08.707 --> 00:17:10.342
  • Jeremiah 31 says, "I've lovedyou with an everlasting love.
  • 00:17:10.375 --> 00:17:15.781
  • I've drawn youwith loving-kindness."
  • 00:17:15.814 --> 00:17:19.718
  • It's God's irresistible,one-of-a-kind love that draws us
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  • to him.
  • 00:17:25.557 --> 00:17:26.959
  • This Bible is a love letterand it's packed with different
  • 00:17:26.992 --> 00:17:34.166
  • aspects of who I am, of whoseI am, of what kind of God that
  • 00:17:34.199 --> 00:17:40.873
  • made me, of what kind of GodI serve.
  • 00:17:40.906 --> 00:17:43.976
  • It tells me how to live my lifein every single area.
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  • There's no book like it.
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  • It's a love letter.
  • 00:17:51.183 --> 00:17:53.185
  • The Bible is also a light.
  • 00:17:53.218 --> 00:17:55.487
  • Maybe you're like, "Okay, man,I'm surrounded by water
  • 00:17:55.521 --> 00:17:57.189
  • moccasins right now.
  • 00:17:57.222 --> 00:17:58.524
  • This addiction is messing me up.
  • 00:17:58.557 --> 00:18:01.460
  • This depression is gettingthe best of me.
  • 00:18:01.493 --> 00:18:06.465
  • Man, this person has betrayedme and I'm waiting
  • 00:18:06.498 --> 00:18:09.935
  • to get them back.
  • 00:18:09.968 --> 00:18:11.703
  • Or I don't know what stepto take next.
  • 00:18:11.737 --> 00:18:13.071
  • I mean, where do I go as Inegotiate the maze of life?"
  • 00:18:13.105 --> 00:18:15.507
  • Well, Psalm 119:105, "Your Wordis a lamp," it illuminates,
  • 00:18:15.541 --> 00:18:23.348
  • right, "to my feet."
  • 00:18:23.382 --> 00:18:25.050
  • Think about water moccasins.
  • 00:18:25.083 --> 00:18:26.451
  • I'm back with Dad.
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  • "And a light for my path."
  • 00:18:27.986 --> 00:18:31.423
  • So it illuminates, the Worddoes, and it penetrates.
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  • We read the Bible, we digestthe Bible, and man,
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  • we see how to live.
  • 00:18:44.603 --> 00:18:47.439
  • The Bible is a love letter.
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  • It's a light.
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  • It's also a lunch.
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  • It's a lunch.
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  • Jeremiah 15:16: "When your Wordscame, I ate them."
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  • You know what I loveabout Fellowship?
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  • We're a diet and exercisechurch, as you've heard me say
  • 00:19:00.586 --> 00:19:04.423
  • a squillion times, and that'swhat the Bible says.
  • 00:19:04.456 --> 00:19:06.825
  • The Bible says we eatthe Word of God.
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  • We feed on the Word of God.
  • 00:19:10.295 --> 00:19:12.331
  • The calories give us the energyto push away from the table
  • 00:19:12.364 --> 00:19:17.703
  • and to do the stuff.
  • 00:19:17.736 --> 00:19:20.372
  • And in the belt buckleof the Bible belt, as we all
  • 00:19:20.405 --> 00:19:23.475
  • know, there's so many obeseChristians.
  • 00:19:23.508 --> 00:19:27.613
  • So many people have their Biblebelt on the last hole and it's
  • 00:19:27.646 --> 00:19:32.985
  • just straining to hold that bigol' belly in, because we've gone
  • 00:19:33.018 --> 00:19:37.422
  • to a Bible study, and this,and another concert, and a Bible
  • 00:19:37.456 --> 00:19:40.692
  • study, and we dissected thisor that, and we've gone to this
  • 00:19:40.726 --> 00:19:43.328
  • or that, and that or this,or this and that.
  • 00:19:43.362 --> 00:19:45.564
  • Use and apply what you havelearned and what you've known.
  • 00:19:45.597 --> 00:19:51.036
  • So, "When your Words came,I ate them."
  • 00:19:51.069 --> 00:19:53.171
  • Think about my dog.
  • 00:19:53.205 --> 00:19:55.040
  • The doberman ate the Word.
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  • We need to feed on the Word.
  • 00:19:57.376 --> 00:19:59.778
  • If this is your only feeding,you're in trouble.
  • 00:19:59.811 --> 00:20:02.581
  • As you grow, you learn howto feed yourself.
  • 00:20:02.614 --> 00:20:05.150
  • Little babies, we don't wantthem to stay little babies
  • 00:20:05.183 --> 00:20:07.886
  • for the rest of their lives.
  • 00:20:07.919 --> 00:20:09.254
  • We want them to learn howto feed themselves.
  • 00:20:09.288 --> 00:20:12.724
  • And that's one of the amazingthings too about
  • 00:20:12.758 --> 00:20:14.693
  • Fellowship Church.
  • 00:20:14.726 --> 00:20:16.061
  • We have a bunch of self-feeders.
  • 00:20:16.094 --> 00:20:18.063
  • "He who trusts in himself isa fool, but he who walks
  • 00:20:18.096 --> 00:20:20.999
  • in wisdom is kept safe."
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  • Wow, I love it.
  • 00:20:24.503 --> 00:20:25.804
  • I've spent a lot of timein the Bahamas.
  • 00:20:25.837 --> 00:20:28.140
  • One of my favorite expressionsdown there is, "Good morning
  • 00:20:28.173 --> 00:20:32.177
  • this morning."
  • 00:20:32.210 --> 00:20:33.512
  • I love that one.
  • 00:20:33.545 --> 00:20:34.880
  • And another one they say is,"Man, you doin' fool."
  • 00:20:34.913 --> 00:20:37.249
  • You doin' fool.
  • 00:20:37.282 --> 00:20:38.717
  • So if I trust in myself,Proverbs 28:26 says
  • 00:20:38.750 --> 00:20:43.989
  • I'm doin' fool.
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  • Doin' fool.
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  • So the Bible is a love letter.
  • 00:20:46.925 --> 00:20:49.428
  • It's a light.It's a lunch.
  • 00:20:49.461 --> 00:20:52.130
  • It's also a life.It's a life.
  • 00:20:52.164 --> 00:20:54.800
  • It's a zoo, because this word"living" I'm gonna read to you
  • 00:20:54.833 --> 00:20:57.836
  • in Hebrews chapter 4, verse 12,is the Greek word "zoo."
  • 00:20:57.869 --> 00:21:01.573
  • "For the Word of God is livingand active.
  • 00:21:01.606 --> 00:21:03.308
  • Sharper than any double-edgedsword, it penetrates even
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  • to dividing soul and spirit,joints and marrow.
  • 00:21:06.211 --> 00:21:08.814
  • It judges the thoughtsand attitudes of the heart."
  • 00:21:08.847 --> 00:21:13.518
  • No wonder people distort it,and deny it, and diss it.
  • 00:21:13.552 --> 00:21:17.222
  • You see this everywhere we turn.
  • 00:21:17.255 --> 00:21:22.060
  • And then of course, 2 Timothy3:16, it talks
  • 00:21:22.094 --> 00:21:25.097
  • about the Scripture beingGod-breathed.
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  • God-breathed.
  • 00:21:28.834 --> 00:21:31.169
  • So when we receive the breathof God, we have the life,
  • 00:21:31.203 --> 00:21:41.113
  • the resurrection and the life.
  • 00:21:41.146 --> 00:21:43.482
  • Jesus exhales on us and we havean opportunity to inhale his
  • 00:21:43.515 --> 00:21:50.555
  • forgiveness, and grace,and his mercy.
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  • And once I do that,I'm born again.
  • 00:21:54.025 --> 00:21:58.797
  • I was born March 16, 1961.
  • 00:21:58.830 --> 00:22:02.000
  • Then I was born again when I wasa kid in church.
  • 00:22:02.033 --> 00:22:07.973
  • So if I'm born twice,I die once.
  • 00:22:08.006 --> 00:22:13.979
  • However, if I'm born once,I die twice.
  • 00:22:14.446 --> 00:22:20.452
  • I die, and then I spend eternityseparate from Jesus.
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  • Have you been born again?
  • 00:22:30.395 --> 00:22:32.931
  • Have you receivedthe breath of God?
  • 00:22:32.964 --> 00:22:35.867
  • Because this book, the Wordof God, tells me how to breathe.
  • 00:22:35.901 --> 00:22:41.907
  • I breathe in.
  • 00:22:42.441 --> 00:22:44.543
  • I'm a Christian.
  • 00:22:44.576 --> 00:22:46.211
  • I'm born again.
  • 00:22:46.244 --> 00:22:47.913
  • Yet in this world, the Biblesays we're in the world, but not
  • 00:22:47.946 --> 00:22:51.316
  • of the world.
  • 00:22:51.349 --> 00:22:52.684
  • This is my oxygen tank.
  • 00:22:52.717 --> 00:22:56.755
  • You know, I've swamwith sharks before.
  • 00:22:56.788 --> 00:23:01.159
  • And I had to go down 50 feetto swim and I'm not
  • 00:23:01.193 --> 00:23:05.897
  • even certified.
  • 00:23:05.931 --> 00:23:07.265
  • That was stupid, but I did it.
  • 00:23:07.299 --> 00:23:10.068
  • This aerator in the oxygen tankkept me alive underwater.
  • 00:23:10.101 --> 00:23:16.107
  • I breathed in.
  • 00:23:16.908 --> 00:23:18.210
  • [inhaling]
  • 00:23:18.243 --> 00:23:20.378
  • [exhaling]
  • 00:23:20.412 --> 00:23:21.880
  • Breathed out.
  • 00:23:21.913 --> 00:23:23.615
  • This Word teaches me.
  • 00:23:23.648 --> 00:23:26.051
  • It shows me.
  • 00:23:26.084 --> 00:23:27.385
  • It gives me life.
  • 00:23:27.419 --> 00:23:28.753
  • It's like an oxygen tank as I'mswimming in this world.
  • 00:23:28.787 --> 00:23:32.891
  • Without it, I'm shark food.
  • 00:23:32.924 --> 00:23:35.861
  • I'm shark bait.
  • 00:23:35.894 --> 00:23:38.530
  • So every single day, we've gotto take in the breath of God.
  • 00:23:38.563 --> 00:23:44.569
  • We've got to readthe Word of God.
  • 00:23:45.604 --> 00:23:48.540
  • Now and then, I'll hear someonesay, "Yeah, God told me."
  • 00:23:48.573 --> 00:23:50.942
  • Really?
  • 00:23:50.976 --> 00:23:53.144
  • Really, God told you?
  • 00:23:53.178 --> 00:23:55.247
  • Well, God's never gonna tell youanything that is contrary
  • 00:23:55.280 --> 00:23:59.050
  • to his Word.
  • 00:23:59.084 --> 00:24:01.086
  • And so often, we're gonna prayabout stuff that we shouldn't
  • 00:24:01.119 --> 00:24:03.989
  • even pray about.
  • 00:24:04.022 --> 00:24:05.357
  • It's already writtenin God's Word.
  • 00:24:05.390 --> 00:24:07.158
  • God has told us how to live, howto deal with the opposite sex,
  • 00:24:07.192 --> 00:24:13.198
  • how to have the best friendsthe right way, how to get
  • 00:24:13.431 --> 00:24:16.902
  • married, how to parent, howto handle our finances, how
  • 00:24:16.935 --> 00:24:21.006
  • to deal with stress and anxiety.
  • 00:24:21.039 --> 00:24:22.440
  • The Bible is the breath of God.
  • 00:24:22.474 --> 00:24:25.577
  • The Word of God,it's the oxygen.
  • 00:24:25.610 --> 00:24:31.583
  • When I was in high school, myparents gave me a Bible.
  • 00:24:32.551 --> 00:24:41.359
  • And when they gave me thisBible, I'll never forget it,
  • 00:24:41.393 --> 00:24:48.900
  • Dad came in and he said,"I want to write something
  • 00:24:48.934 --> 00:24:51.169
  • down in the front ofyour Bible."
  • 00:24:51.202 --> 00:24:54.739
  • And Dad has horrible penmanship.
  • 00:24:54.773 --> 00:24:58.476
  • I mean, he doesn't write.
  • 00:24:58.510 --> 00:24:59.811
  • You can't even read anything.
  • 00:24:59.844 --> 00:25:02.514
  • Yet he printed it, and here'swhat he said, and I'm gonna read
  • 00:25:02.547 --> 00:25:06.084
  • it from my Bible.
  • 00:25:06.117 --> 00:25:08.219
  • He said, "When you read God'sWord, study it through,
  • 00:25:08.253 --> 00:25:15.193
  • pray it in, live it out, andpass it on."
  • 00:25:15.226 --> 00:25:24.235
  • We're under the authorityof God's Word.
  • 00:25:26.504 --> 00:25:29.908
  • Get under it, meditate on it,read it, get to know it,
  • 00:25:29.941 --> 00:25:37.983
  • study it through, pray it in,live it out, and pass it on.
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