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Faith 101

Watch Faith 101
August 30, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • (Phil Wickham: This is the Day)♪ THIS IS THE DAY
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  • ♪ WHEN THE LOST ARE FOUND
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  • ♪ O CAN YOU HEAR ALLTHE ANGELS ARE SINGING ♪
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  • ♪ THIS IS THE DAY THE DAYWHEN LIFE BEGINS ♪
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  • ♪♪♪♪
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  • WHY IS IT THAT SOMEPEOPLE SEEM TO GROW
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  • MORE SPIRITUALLY THANOTHER PEOPLE DO?
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  • YOU MIGHT BE SURPRISEDBY MY ANSWER.
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  • IT'S REALLY UP TOTHE INDIVIDUAL.
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  • YOU DECIDE IF YOU'RE GOINGTO GROW SPIRITUALLY.
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  • YOU DECIDE IF YOU'RE NOTGOING TO GROW SPIRITUALLY.
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  • JESUS GAVE US THE PARABLETHAT WE SOMETIMES CALL
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  • THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER.
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  • I THINK YOU COULD ALSO CALL ITTHE PARABLE OF THE SOILS.
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  • IT'S A STORY ABOUT A SOWERTHAT WENT OUT TO SOW SEED,
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  • AND BACK IN THOSE DAYSTHEY JUST TOOK SEED
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  • AND RANDOMLY THREWIT TO THE WIND
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  • AND IT LANDEDWHERE IT LANDED.
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  • SO, JESUS SAID SOME SEEDFELL ON GROUND THAT WAS
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  • EMBEDDED WITH ROCKS AND ITSHOT UP QUICKLY AND HAD
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  • NO ROOT AND WITHEREDIN THE SUN.
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  • SOME SEED FELL AMONGTHORNS AND THE THORNS
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  • CHOKED OUT THE SEED.
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  • SOME SEED FELL ON THEROADSIDE AND THE BIRDS
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  • CAME AND ATE IT, AND SOMESEED FOUND RECEPTIVE SOIL
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  • AND TOOK ROOT ANDBECAME FRUITFUL.
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  • SO, HE SAID BASICALLYTHIS IS HOW WE REACT
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  • TO THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • YOU KNOW, YOU SHARE THEGOSPEL WITH SOME PEOPLE
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  • AND THEY'RE LIKE THE SEEDTHAT WENT ON THE ROADSIDE
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  • AND THE BIRDSCOME AND GET IT.
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  • YOU TELL THEM ABOUT JESUS,DOESN'T PENETRATE THEIR
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  • HEART OR THEIR MIND,THEY REJECT IT OUTRIGHT.
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  • YOU KNOW THE BIRDS, THEYHANG OUT AT PLACES LIKE
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  • MCDONALD'S OR IN-N-OUTBURGER AND BEFORE A FRY
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  • EVEN HITS THE GROUND,THEY SWOOP DOWN TO GET IT,
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  • OR THE SEAGULLS.
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  • BY THE WAY, IHATE SEAGULLS.
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  • THEY'RE THE WORST BIRD OFALL TIME, BUT ANYWAY THE
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  • SEAGULLS WILL STEAL YOURLUNCH, THEY'LL STEAL YOUR
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  • CHILDREN IF YOU ALLOWTHEM, THEY'LL STEAL YOUR
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  • DOGS EVEN - THOSELITTLE YAPPY DOGS.
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  • BUT HERE'S THE THING, THEBIRDS COME AND TAKE IT AWAY.
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  • SOME PEOPLE HEAR THE WORD OFGOD; IT DOESN'T IMPACT THEM.
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  • BUT THEN JESUS TALKEDABOUT SEED THAT WAS SOWN
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  • ON GROUND FILLED WITHTHORNS, OR WEEDS.
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  • HE SAID, "THESE ARE THEYTHAT HEAR THE WORD OF GOD,
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  • BUT THE CARES OF THISLIFE CHOKE IT OUT." THEN,
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  • "THERE ARE THOSE THATSHOOT UP QUICKLY IN THE
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  • SUN, BUT BECAUSE THEY HAVENOT ROOTED IN THE SOIL
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  • THEY WITHER QUICKLY."THESE ARE PEOPLE THAT HEAR
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  • THE WORD OF GOD, MAYBETHEY PROFESS TO BE
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  • BELIEVERS AND HAVEA BURST OF EXCITEMENT,
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  • THEN THEY FALL AWAY.
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  • BUT THEN HE SAID, "THESEED ON THE RECEPTIVE
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  • SOIL, THESE ARE THEY THATHEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND
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  • RECEIVE IT." LISTEN, YOUDETERMINE IF YOU'RE GOING
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  • TO BE RECEPTIVE SOIL.
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  • YOU DETERMINE IF YOU'REGOING TO GROW SPIRITUALLY.
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  • AND I BRING THIS UPBECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WILL
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  • SAY SOMETHING ALONG THELINES OF, "WELL, I TRIED
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  • THE WHOLE CHRISTIANITYTHING AND IT DIDN'T WORK
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  • FOR ME." GIVE ME A BREAK.
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  • JESUS CHRIST WILL CHANGEANY PERSON THAT COMES TO HIM.
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  • IF IT DIDN'T "WORK FORYOU" THAT'S NOT ON JESUS.
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  • SORRY FRIEND,THAT'S ON YOU.
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  • THAT WOULD BE LIKESOMEBODY SAYING,
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  • "OH YEAH, I TRIEDTHE WHOLE EATING THING.
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  • YOU KNOW, I ATE THREEMEALS A DAY EVEN SNACKS
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  • IN BETWEEN, BUTI'M OVER THAT.
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  • I'M NOT INTO EATINGANYMORE." WELL, IF YOU'RE
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  • NOT INTO EATING ANYMORE,YOU WON'T BE INTO LIVING EITHER.
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  • YOU NEED TO EAT TO LIVE,SO IF YOU DID NOT GROW
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  • SPIRITUALLY IT'S BECAUSEYOU DID NOT APPLY YOURSELF.
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  • LISTEN, GOD HAS GIVEN YOUEVERYTHING YOU NEED TO
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  • GROW AS A CHRISTIAN.
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  • WE'RE TOLD IN 2 PETER 1:3,"HIS DIVINE POWER HAS
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  • GIVEN US EVERYTHINGWE NEED FOR LIFE AND
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  • GODLINESS THROUGH THEKNOWLEDGE OF HIM WHO
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  • CALLED US BY HIS OWNGLORY AND GOODNESS."
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  • IF YOU WANT TOGROW SPIRITUALLY,
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  • YOU WILL GROW SPIRITUALLY.
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  • IN THE BOOK OF PHILIPPIANS2:12 IT SAYS, "WORK OUT
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  • YOUR OWN SALVATION WITHFEAR AND TREMBLING."
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  • IT DOESN'T SAY "WORK FORYOUR OWN SALVATION."
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  • IT SAYS "WORK OUTYOUR OWN SALVATION."
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  • THAT MEANS LIVE IT OUT.PLAY IT OUT.
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  • IT'S THE IDEA OF GOINGINTO A MINE AND FINDING
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  • THE GOLD THAT IS IN THERE.
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  • GOD'S GIVEN YOUEVERYTHING YOU NEED.
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  • YOU NEED TO WORK IT OUT.
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  • YOU DON'T WORKFOR YOUR SALVATION,
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  • BUT YOU DO WORK OUTYOUR SALVATION.
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  • AS ST. JOHN ANDST. PAUL ONCE SAID,
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  • "WE CAN WORK IT OUT."
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  • ACTUALLY, THAT'S JOHN LENNON ANDPAUL MCCARTNEY - THE BEATLES.
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  • THAT WAS A JOKE.FORGET IT.
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  • OKAY, SO LISTEN TO THIS -YOU NEED TO TAKE WHAT GOD
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  • HAS GIVEN YOU AND LET ITDEVELOP IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • COMMENTATOR FROM YEARS AGO
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  • ALEXANDER MACLARENMADE THIS STATEMENT:
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  • LET ME REPEAT THAT.
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  • SO HERE WE ARE.
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  • FAITH 101 - IT'S A CRASHCOURSE ON THE THINGS THAT
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  • MATTER IN THE CHRISTIANLIFE, THINGS THAT YOU
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  • NEVER OUTGROW, THINGSYOU NEVER MOVE BEYOND,
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  • DISCIPLINES WE MUSTMAINTAIN FROM THE
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  • BEGINNING TO THE END OFOUR LIFE AS A FOLLOWER OF
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  • JESUS ON THIS PLANET.
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  • HERE'S PRINCIPLE NUMBERONE, IF YOU'RE TAKING
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  • NOTES, AND I HOPE YOUARE: IF YOU WANT TO BE
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  • A GROWING CHRISTIAN,YOU MUST READ, STUDY,
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  • AND LOVE THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN.
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  • JOSHUA 1:8 SAYS THIS, "THEBOOK OF THE LAW [WHICH IS
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  • A REFERENCE REALLY TOSCRIPTURE] SHALL NOT
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  • DEPART FROM YOUR MOUTH.
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  • YOU SHALL MEDITATE IN ITDAY AND NIGHT, AND OBSERVE
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  • TO DO ALL THATIS WRITTEN IN IT.
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  • THEN YOU WILL HAVE YOURWAY PROSPEROUS, AND YOU
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  • WILL HAVE GOOD SUCCESS."A GROWING BELIEVER
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  • WILL BE A LOVER OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • IN PSALM 1:19 IT SAYS,
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  • "OH, HOW I LOVE YOUR WORD, LORD.YOUR WORDS ARE TRUE."
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  • BUT SOMETIMES WE LOSESIGHT OF THE BASICS.
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  • IT WAS JULY OF 1961 AND 38MEMBERS OF THE GREEN BAY
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  • PACKERS FOOTBALL TEAMWERE GATHERED TOGETHER
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  • FOR THE FIRST DAY OFTRAINING CAMP.
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  • THE PREVIOUS SEASON HADBEEN DEVASTATED BECAUSE
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  • THEY LOST TO THEPHILADELPHIA EAGLES,
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  • AND SO COACH VINCE LOMBARDISTOOD BEFORE THE TEAM
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  • AND HE PRODUCED THIS.HE HELD UP A FOOTBALL
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  • AND HE SAID, "GENTLEMEN,THIS IS A FOOTBALL."
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  • OBVIOUSLY, THEY ALLKNEW IT WAS A FOOTBALL.
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  • I'M GOING TO PASS MINE.THERE IT GOES.
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  • WHY WAS HE SAYING THAT?
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  • HE WAS SAYING "IT STARTS HERE."FROM THAT MOMENT ON,
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  • VINCE LOMBARDI TOOKTHESE PROFESSIONAL PLAYERS
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  • THROUGH THE BASICS OFTHE GAME OF FOOTBALL.
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  • HE TREATED THEM AS THOUGHTHEY WERE BLANK SLATES AND
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  • HAD NEVER HEARDTHESE THINGS BEFORE.
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  • HE TAUGHT THEM THE THINGSTHEY NEEDED TO KNOW.
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  • THINGS LIKE BLOCKING ANDTACKLING, PASSING AND
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  • CATCHING AND ALLTHE OTHER BASICS.
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  • SIX MONTHS LATER, THEGREEN BAY PACKERS BEAT THE
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  • NEW YORK GIANTS 37-0 ANDWON THE NFL CHAMPIONSHIP.
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  • OKAY, SO THAT CAN HAPPENTO US AS CHRISTIANS.
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  • WE CAN FIND OURSELVESBEING DEFEATED.
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  • WE CAN FIND OURSELVES LOSINGINSTEAD OF GAINING GROUND.
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  • WE FIND OURSELVES FALLINGBACK INTO OLD SINS THAT WE
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  • THOUGHT WERE A PART OF OURPAST AND THAT'S BECAUSE
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  • WE'VE LOST SIGHT OF THEBASICS, SO LET'S GO BACK
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  • TO THE VERY BEGINNING.
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  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,THIS IS A BIBLE.
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  • THIS IS A BIBLE, ANDEVERYTHING YOU NEED TO
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  • KNOW ABOUT GOD IS FOUND INTHE PAGES OF THE BIBLE.
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  • IF YOU WANT TO KNOW GOD,YOU NEED TO OPEN, READ,
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  • STUDY, AND APPLY WHATIS TAUGHT IN THE BIBLE.
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  • LISTEN TO THIS, SUCCESS ORFAILURE IN THE CHRISTIAN
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  • LIFE IS DETERMINED BY HOWMUCH OF THE WORD OF GOD
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  • YOU GET INTO YOUR LIFE ONA REGULAR BASIS AND HOW
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  • OBEDIENT YOU ARE TO IT.
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  • EARLIER, WE READ THATPASSAGE IN JOSHUA WHERE HE
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  • TALKED ABOUT MEDITATINGON THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • NOW, WHEN WE USE THEWORD "MEDITATION",
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  • DON'T THINK OF EASTERNMEDITATION.
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  • IN EASTERN MEDITATION, ONEEMPTIES THEIR MIND, BUT IN
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  • BIBLICAL MEDITATION ONEFILLS THEIR MIND WITH
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  • THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • THE IDEA OF MEDITATING ISCHEWING SOMETHING OVER.
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  • THINKING IT OVER.PONDERING IT OVER.
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  • YOU KNOW, SOMETIMESSOMEONE WILL SAY,
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  • "I READ 10 CHAPTERS OFTHE BIBLE TODAY?"
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  • THAT'S GREAT.WHAT WERE THEY ABOUT?
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  • "I HAVE NO IDEA, BUT IREAD 10 CHAPTERS."
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  • NO, LISTEN, IT'S NOTENOUGH TO JUST READ.
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  • YOU NEED TO COMPREHENDWHAT IT IS SAYING.
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  • WE NEED TO BE HUNGRYFOR THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • CHEW YOUR FOOD.
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  • I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU,BUT I AM A PERSON WHO EATS
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  • THREE MEALS A DAY AND IUSUALLY WANT BREAKFAST
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  • AROUND 5:30 TO 6:00.I GET UP PRETTY EARLY.
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  • THEN I HAVE LUNCH ATAROUND 11:00,
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  • AND THEN I HAVEDINNER AROUND 5:00.
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  • WHEN I SAY "AROUND", IMEAN PRETTY MUCH AT 5:00
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  • AT 11:00 AND AT 5:30TO 6:00 AND IT'S LIKE
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  • CLOCKWORK EVERYSINGLE DAY.
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  • NOW, MY WIFE, IN CONTRAST,WILL NOT EAT BREAKFAST AND
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  • SHE WON'T EVEN BEAWARE IT'S LUNCHTIME.
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  • I'LL SAY "CATHE, IT'SALMOST LUNCH TIME."
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  • "IT IS?" I'M LIKE I'VEBEEN THINKING ABOUT
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  • LUNCH FOR LIKE AN HOUR.
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  • I'VE BEEN THINKING ABOUTLUNCH SINCE 10:00 AND SHE
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  • IS LIKE AMAZED THAT LUNCHTIME JUST HAPPENED.
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  • I DON'T THINK THAT WAY.MY STOMACH REMINDS ME.
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  • I THINK IF YOU'RE HUNGRY, IT'S ASIGN THAT YOU'RE HEALTHY, RIGHT.
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  • SO, IN THE SAME WAY AHEALTHY SPIRITUAL PERSON
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  • WILL BE A HUNGRYSPIRITUAL PERSON.
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  • THEY'LL BE A PERSONTHAT LONGS FOR
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  • AND LOVES THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • 1 PETER 3:2 SAYS, "LIKENEWBORN BABES, CRAVE PURE
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  • SPIRITUAL MILK THAT YOUMAY GROW UP IN YOUR SALVATION."
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  • I KNOW Y'ALLTHINK I HATE CATS.
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  • I'VE ALREADY TOLDYOU I HATE SEAGULLS.
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  • I'M GOING TO STANDBY THAT STATEMENT.
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  • I REALLY DON'T HATE CATS;I JUST DON'T LOVE THEM,
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  • BUT THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS.
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  • THERE'S A CAT INMY NEIGHBORHOOD.
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  • HIS NAME IS HOPKINS.IT'S A COOL CAT.
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  • HE GOES FROMHOUSE TO HOUSE.
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  • EVERYBODY FEEDS HIM, SOTHIS MORNING I GOT UP AND
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  • HOPKINS IS WALKINGAROUND IN OUR HOUSE.
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  • MY WIFE CATHE SAYS, "GREG,GIVE HOPKINS SOME MILK."
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  • SO, I GO OVER AND I PULLOUT A LITTLE BOWL AND I
  • 00:10:42.059 --> 00:10:44.729
  • POUR SOME MILK INTO THEBOWL AND I SET IT DOWN
  • 00:10:44.829 --> 00:10:47.965
  • IN FRONT OF HOPKINS.
  • 00:10:48.065 --> 00:10:49.100
  • HE TOOK LIKE TWO LICKS ANDTHEN WALKED OFF PROBABLY
  • 00:10:49.200 --> 00:10:52.203
  • TO GET FOOD FROMSOME OTHER NEIGHBOR.
  • 00:10:52.303 --> 00:10:53.938
  • I'M THINKING, "WAIT, IJUST POURED ALL THAT MILK
  • 00:10:54.038 --> 00:10:56.574
  • IN A BOWL FOR YOU ANDTHAT'S HOW SOME OF US ARE.
  • 00:10:56.674 --> 00:10:59.243
  • YEAH, WE DESIRE THESINCERE MILK OF THE WORD,
  • 00:10:59.343 --> 00:11:01.812
  • BUT A COUPLE OF LICKS ANDWE'RE GOOD AND OFF WE GO.
  • 00:11:01.912 --> 00:11:04.148
  • NO, FINISH THE SERVING.DIG IN DEEPER.
  • 00:11:04.248 --> 00:11:09.019
  • CONTINUE IN THEWORD OF GOD.
  • 00:11:09.120 --> 00:11:11.822
  • AND I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU,BUT WHEN I DON'T EAT
  • 00:11:11.922 --> 00:11:15.159
  • I GET HANGRY.
  • 00:11:15.259 --> 00:11:17.795
  • YOU KNOW, I GET IRRITABLE,BUT I FIND THAT A MEAL
  • 00:11:17.895 --> 00:11:20.498
  • CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING,JUST ONE GOOD MEAL.
  • 00:11:20.598 --> 00:11:24.435
  • AND TAKE A CHILD FORINSTANCE, WHEN A LITTLE
  • 00:11:24.535 --> 00:11:27.805
  • BABY IS CRYING THERE'SUSUALLY TWO REASONS:
  • 00:11:27.905 --> 00:11:30.541
  • (1) THEY'RE HUNGRY,(2) MAYBE THEY NEED A NAP.
  • 00:11:30.641 --> 00:11:34.211
  • BY THE WAY, I FOUNDTHAT WORKS FOR ME TOO.
  • 00:11:34.311 --> 00:11:36.547
  • I'M HUNGRY OR MAYBE I NEEDA NAP, BUT THE SAME IS
  • 00:11:36.647 --> 00:11:41.018
  • TRUE OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:11:41.118 --> 00:11:42.319
  • IT SAYS OVER IN JEREMIAH 15:16,
  • 00:11:42.419 --> 00:11:44.722
  • SEE, IT'S "OH, I LOVE YOUR WORDAND I CONSUME YOUR WORD."
  • 00:11:51.595 --> 00:11:55.399
  • MARTIN LUTHER MADE THISSTATEMENT ABOUT THE BIBLE:
  • 00:11:55.499 --> 00:11:58.369
  • AND THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS TOHAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:12:05.509 --> 00:12:08.679
  • AS YOU OPEN THE WORD, ITWILL SPEAK TO YOUR HEART.
  • 00:12:08.779 --> 00:12:12.149
  • AS I MENTIONED, THIS ISA NEW SERIES THAT WE'RE
  • 00:12:12.249 --> 00:12:15.186
  • DOING CALLED FAITH 101 - ACRASH COURSE ON THE BASICS
  • 00:12:15.286 --> 00:12:19.156
  • OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE,THINGS THAT SOMETIMES
  • 00:12:19.256 --> 00:12:23.027
  • WE LOSE SIGHT OF.
  • 00:12:23.127 --> 00:12:24.495
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN WE STARTED OURCHURCH ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO,
  • 00:12:24.595 --> 00:12:28.065
  • I STARTED BYTEACHING THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:12:28.165 --> 00:12:30.534
  • IN FACT, THIS ISMY ORIGINAL BIBLE.
  • 00:12:30.634 --> 00:12:33.504
  • MY FIRST BIBLETHAT I BOUGHT.
  • 00:12:33.604 --> 00:12:35.906
  • LOOK IT, A WHOLEPAGE IS MISSING.
  • 00:12:36.006 --> 00:12:37.942
  • I DIDN'T RIP IT OUT.IT JUST CAME OUT.
  • 00:12:38.042 --> 00:12:40.144
  • IN FACT, A NUMBER OFPAGES IN HERE ARE LOOSE.
  • 00:12:40.244 --> 00:12:42.713
  • I'VE WRITTEN IN THECOLUMNS YOU CAN SEE, AND
  • 00:12:42.813 --> 00:12:46.450
  • SO THIS IS A BIBLE I'VEHAD FOR MANY, MANY YEARS
  • 00:12:46.550 --> 00:12:49.687
  • BUT I STARTED OUR CHURCHBY TEACHING THROUGH THE
  • 00:12:49.787 --> 00:12:54.091
  • BIBLE AND WE'RE STILLDOING THAT TODAY BECAUSE
  • 00:12:54.191 --> 00:12:57.228
  • WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THEWORD OF GOD IS IN THE
  • 00:12:57.328 --> 00:13:00.664
  • LIVES OF PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:00.764 --> 00:13:01.932
  • AND WE FOUNDED OUR CHURCHON THE PRINCIPLES OF
  • 00:13:02.032 --> 00:13:06.003
  • ACTS 2:42-47, SO I'D LIKEYOU TO READ THOSE WITH ME,
  • 00:13:06.103 --> 00:13:13.544
  • IF YOU WOULD, RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:13:13.644 --> 00:13:16.080
  • BY THE WAY, BEFORE I READTHEM, THIS HAPPENED ON THE
  • 00:13:16.180 --> 00:13:20.184
  • HEELS OF THE BIRTHOF THE CHURCH.
  • 00:13:20.284 --> 00:13:22.419
  • THIS IS WHAT HAPPENEDAFTER THE DAY OF PENTECOST
  • 00:13:22.519 --> 00:13:25.556
  • WHEN THE CHURCH WAS BORN.
  • 00:13:25.656 --> 00:13:27.491
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS POUREDOUT ON BELIEVERS THE BIBLE
  • 00:13:27.591 --> 00:13:31.495
  • TELLS US, AND NOW THIS ISWHAT THE CHURCH DID IN THE
  • 00:13:31.595 --> 00:13:35.132
  • AFTERMATH OF THAT AND THISIS WHAT THE CHURCH SHOULD
  • 00:13:35.232 --> 00:13:38.302
  • BE DOING TODAY TO STAYSTRONG SPIRITUALLY.
  • 00:13:38.402 --> 00:13:42.539
  • ACTS 2:42
  • 00:13:42.640 --> 00:13:44.308
  • NOW DROP DOWNTO VERSE 46,
  • 00:13:59.490 --> 00:14:01.425
  • SO, I'VE SUMMED THIS UP
  • 00:14:18.809 --> 00:14:19.576
  • IN AN ACRONYM - W.E.L.L.
  • 00:14:19.677 --> 00:14:24.348
  • W - FOR THEY WERE AWORSHIPING CHURCH.
  • 00:14:24.448 --> 00:14:27.918
  • E - THEY WERE ANDEVANGELIZING CHURCH.
  • 00:14:28.018 --> 00:14:31.288
  • L - NUMBER ONE, THEYWERE A LEARNING CHURCH.
  • 00:14:31.388 --> 00:14:34.191
  • L - NUMBER TWO, THEYWERE A LOVING CHURCH.
  • 00:14:34.291 --> 00:14:37.294
  • I'LL DEAL WITH THOSEOTHER PRINCIPLES LATER.
  • 00:14:37.394 --> 00:14:39.363
  • LET ME JUST FOCUSON THIS ONE.
  • 00:14:39.463 --> 00:14:41.398
  • THEY WERE ALEARNING CHURCH.
  • 00:14:41.498 --> 00:14:43.834
  • VERSE 42, "THEY CONTINUEDSTEADFASTLY IN THE
  • 00:14:43.934 --> 00:14:46.570
  • APOSTLE'S DOCTRINE ANDFELLOWSHIP, IN THE
  • 00:14:46.670 --> 00:14:50.574
  • BREAKING OF BREAD ANDPRAYERS." THIS PHRASE
  • 00:14:50.674 --> 00:14:52.910
  • "CONTINUED STEADFASTLY"SPEAKS OF PASSION.
  • 00:14:53.010 --> 00:14:57.481
  • IT SPEAKS OF PEOPLE THATWERE REALLY ENGAGED.
  • 00:14:57.581 --> 00:15:00.818
  • YOU KNOW, WE NEED ANOINTEDPREACHING TODAY FOR SURE,
  • 00:15:00.918 --> 00:15:04.388
  • BUT I THINK WE ALSO NEEDANOINTED LISTENING.
  • 00:15:04.488 --> 00:15:08.459
  • GIVING YOUR ATTENTION WITHINTENTION, PAYING ATTENTION.
  • 00:15:08.559 --> 00:15:14.231
  • JESUS WOULD OFTEN SAY, "HETHAT HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET
  • 00:15:14.331 --> 00:15:18.068
  • THEM HEAR." IF WE WERE TOUPDATE THAT, IT MIGHT GO
  • 00:15:18.168 --> 00:15:22.306
  • ALONG THESE LINES, "LISTENUP, PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT
  • 00:15:22.406 --> 00:15:26.243
  • I AM SAYING TO YOU RIGHTNOW." DON'T JUST WATCH
  • 00:15:26.343 --> 00:15:28.946
  • WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE ATHARVEST AT HOME PASSIVELY.
  • 00:15:29.046 --> 00:15:31.982
  • PAY ATTENTION BECAUSEWE'RE SHARING WITH YOU
  • 00:15:32.082 --> 00:15:34.752
  • THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:15:34.852 --> 00:15:37.021
  • SO, IF YOU WANT TO BE AGROWING CHRISTIAN, NUMBER
  • 00:15:37.121 --> 00:15:39.990
  • ONE, YOU MUST READ, LOVE,STUDY, MEMORIZE THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:45.863
  • PRINCIPLE NUMBER TWO: IFYOU WANT TO BE A GROWING
  • 00:15:45.963 --> 00:15:48.832
  • CHRISTIAN, YOU NEED TOREAD THE BIBLE AS IF YOUR
  • 00:15:48.932 --> 00:15:51.935
  • LIFE DEPENDED ON ITBECAUSE IT DOES.
  • 00:15:52.036 --> 00:15:54.805
  • AGAIN, YOU NEED TO READTHE BIBLE AS IF YOUR LIFE
  • 00:15:54.905 --> 00:15:58.709
  • DEPENDED UPON ITBECAUSE IT DOES.
  • 00:15:58.809 --> 00:16:02.446
  • YEARS AGO, CATHE AND IWERE BACK IN FLORIDA
  • 00:16:02.546 --> 00:16:05.482
  • SPEAKING AND WE FLEW BACKTO L.A., SO WE GOT ON THE
  • 00:16:05.582 --> 00:16:09.686
  • PLANE AND YOU KNOW HOWTHEY GO THROUGH THE SAFETY
  • 00:16:09.787 --> 00:16:11.588
  • PROTOCOLS. IN CASE OF ANEMERGENCY LANDING, THERE'S
  • 00:16:11.688 --> 00:16:14.992
  • A SEAT CUSHION UNDER YOURSEAT AND HERE'S YOUR
  • 00:16:15.092 --> 00:16:18.529
  • LITTLE WHISTLE THAT YOUBLOW, WHICH NEVER GAVE ME
  • 00:16:18.629 --> 00:16:20.497
  • A LOT OF COMFORT, ANDHERE'S THE EXIT DOORS,
  • 00:16:20.597 --> 00:16:23.500
  • AND THEY'LL KIND OFGESTURE LIKE THAT.
  • 00:16:23.600 --> 00:16:25.069
  • THEY'RE HERE ANDTHEY'RE HERE.
  • 00:16:25.169 --> 00:16:26.770
  • SO, I DIDN'T REALLYPAY ATTENTION.
  • 00:16:26.870 --> 00:16:28.505
  • I WAS READING AMAGAZINE I THINK,
  • 00:16:28.605 --> 00:16:30.707
  • AND SO THE FLIGHT TOOK OFF.
  • 00:16:30.808 --> 00:16:32.076
  • WE'RE ABOUT 45MINUTES OUT OF LAX.
  • 00:16:32.176 --> 00:16:35.012
  • BY THE WAY, PROBABLY THEWORST AIRPORT ON EARTH.
  • 00:16:35.112 --> 00:16:37.581
  • WE'RE 45 MINUTES OUT OFLAX AND SUDDENLY THE VOICE
  • 00:16:37.681 --> 00:16:41.118
  • OF THE PILOT COMES ON THEINTERCOM AND I COULDN'T
  • 00:16:41.218 --> 00:16:44.354
  • BELIEVE WHATHE WAS SAYING.
  • 00:16:44.455 --> 00:16:46.156
  • HE SAID, "LADIES ANDGENTLEMEN, WE'RE GOING TO
  • 00:16:46.256 --> 00:16:48.292
  • HAVE TO MAKE AN EMERGENCYLANDING AND THE FLIGHT
  • 00:16:48.392 --> 00:16:51.728
  • ATTENDANTS ARE GOING TOCOME BACK AND GO THROUGH
  • 00:16:51.829 --> 00:16:53.997
  • THE SAFETY DRILLAGAIN." TRUST ME.
  • 00:16:54.098 --> 00:16:56.100
  • THIS TIME I LISTENED.
  • 00:16:56.200 --> 00:16:58.202
  • AS IT TURNED OUT, OURLANDING GEAR WASN'T
  • 00:16:58.302 --> 00:17:00.270
  • WORKING, BUT THANKFULLYEVERYTHING WORKED IN THE END
  • 00:17:00.370 --> 00:17:03.040
  • AND WE LANDED SAFELY.
  • 00:17:03.140 --> 00:17:04.208
  • BUT THE POINT WAS, WHENTHEY WENT OVER THE
  • 00:17:04.308 --> 00:17:05.642
  • PROTOCOLS AGAIN - WHEREOUR CUSHION WAS, EVEN OUR
  • 00:17:05.742 --> 00:17:09.146
  • LITTLE WHISTLE, ANDCERTAINLY WHERE THE EXIT
  • 00:17:09.246 --> 00:17:11.615
  • DOORS WERE - IWAS LISTENING. WHY?
  • 00:17:11.715 --> 00:17:13.817
  • MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.
  • 00:17:13.917 --> 00:17:15.252
  • WHEN WE HEAR THE WORD OFGOD, LISTEN AS THOUGH YOUR
  • 00:17:15.352 --> 00:17:17.988
  • LIFE DEPENDS UPON ITBECAUSE IT DOES,
  • 00:17:18.088 --> 00:17:20.324
  • YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE.
  • 00:17:20.424 --> 00:17:22.793
  • JESUS IN HIS CONCLUSION TOTHE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
  • 00:17:22.893 --> 00:17:25.729
  • MADE THIS STATEMENT INMATTHEW 7:24,
  • 00:17:25.829 --> 00:17:28.932
  • THEN JESUS WENT ON TO SAY,
  • 00:17:36.540 --> 00:17:37.908
  • AND THEN JESUS SAID,
  • 00:17:49.186 --> 00:17:50.721
  • REALLY BRINGINGAN APPLICATION,
  • 00:17:50.821 --> 00:17:53.290
  • SO, I DETERMINE WHAT MANI'M GOING TO BE,
  • 00:18:11.375 --> 00:18:14.378
  • WHAT WOMAN YOU'RE GOING TOBE BECAUSE IN EVERY LIFE,
  • 00:18:14.478 --> 00:18:17.881
  • TRUST ME, THE RAINWILL COME DOWN
  • 00:18:17.981 --> 00:18:19.750
  • AND THE STREAMS WILL RISE.
  • 00:18:19.850 --> 00:18:22.419
  • IN FACT, ONE OF THE THINGSTHAT HAPPENS TO A NEW
  • 00:18:22.519 --> 00:18:24.955
  • BELIEVER IS THEY'REHIT WITH DOUBT.
  • 00:18:25.055 --> 00:18:27.491
  • REMEMBER ADAM AND EVE INTHE GARDEN AFTER THE LORD
  • 00:18:27.591 --> 00:18:31.995
  • HAD PLACED THEM IN THISPARADISE, THE DEVIL COMES
  • 00:18:32.095 --> 00:18:35.132
  • TO THEM AND SAYS, "DIDGOD REALLY SAY WHAT YOU
  • 00:18:35.232 --> 00:18:37.768
  • THOUGHT YOU HEARD HIM SAY?
  • 00:18:37.868 --> 00:18:40.170
  • IS IT REALLY TRUE YOUCAN'T EAT OF THIS TREE,
  • 00:18:40.270 --> 00:18:44.408
  • IF YOU WANT TO?"AND HE LIED TO THEM.
  • 00:18:44.508 --> 00:18:46.076
  • WHEN YOU'RE A NEWBELIEVER, YOU SOMETIMES
  • 00:18:46.176 --> 00:18:49.580
  • ARE HIT WITH DOUBT.
  • 00:18:49.680 --> 00:18:50.948
  • WOW, WHAT IFTHIS IS NOT TRUE?
  • 00:18:51.048 --> 00:18:52.449
  • WHAT IF THISIS ALL MADE UP?
  • 00:18:52.549 --> 00:18:54.484
  • WHAT IF I JUST PSYCHEDMYSELF INTO IT?
  • 00:18:54.585 --> 00:18:56.954
  • SO, WHAT DO YOU DOWHEN DOUBT HITS?
  • 00:18:57.054 --> 00:18:59.489
  • WELL, LISTEN TO THIS.
  • 00:18:59.590 --> 00:19:00.657
  • YOU BELIEVE YOUR BELIEFS,AND YOU DOUBT YOUR DOUBTS,
  • 00:19:00.757 --> 00:19:04.194
  • AND YOU COME BACKTO THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:19:04.294 --> 00:19:06.763
  • TAKE JESUS AS THE EXAMPLE.YOU REMEMBER CHRIST WAS IN
  • 00:19:06.863 --> 00:19:10.968
  • THE WILDERNESS BEINGTESTED BY THE DEVIL FOR
  • 00:19:11.068 --> 00:19:14.238
  • 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS ANDTHE DEVIL CAME TO HIM AND
  • 00:19:14.338 --> 00:19:17.407
  • SHOWED HIM A ROCK ANDSAID, "TAKE THIS ROCK AND
  • 00:19:17.507 --> 00:19:20.644
  • TURN IT INTO A PIECE OFBREAD." OF COURSE, JESUS
  • 00:19:20.744 --> 00:19:25.716
  • WAS HUNGRY BECAUSEHE HAD BEEN FASTING.
  • 00:19:25.816 --> 00:19:27.551
  • JESUS SAID, "IT ISWRITTEN, MAN SHOULD NOT
  • 00:19:27.651 --> 00:19:32.623
  • LIVE BY BREAD ALONE, BUTBY EVERY WORD OF GOD."
  • 00:19:32.723 --> 00:19:36.793
  • KNOW THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:19:36.893 --> 00:19:39.062
  • YEARS AGO, A YOUNG MANNAMED BILLY SUNDAY
  • 00:19:39.162 --> 00:19:42.799
  • RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:19:42.899 --> 00:19:44.501
  • HE WENT TO AN OLDERCHRISTIAN AND ASKED FOR
  • 00:19:44.601 --> 00:19:47.571
  • SOME ADVICE ON HOW TO GROWSPIRITUALLY AND THIS OLDER
  • 00:19:47.671 --> 00:19:51.008
  • GENTLEMAN SAID TO YOUNGBILLY SUNDAY, HE SAID,
  • 00:19:51.108 --> 00:19:55.112
  • "WILLIAM, THERE ARE THREESIMPLE RULES I HOPE THAT
  • 00:19:55.212 --> 00:19:58.482
  • YOU WILL PRACTICE, AND IFYOU DO, NO ONE WILL EVER
  • 00:19:58.582 --> 00:20:01.418
  • WRITE THE WORD BACKSLIDERAFTER YOUR NAME.
  • 00:20:01.518 --> 00:20:05.622
  • NUMBER ONE: TAKE 15MINUTES EACH DAY
  • 00:20:05.722 --> 00:20:08.458
  • TO LET GOD TALK TO YOU.
  • 00:20:08.558 --> 00:20:11.762
  • TAKE 15 MINUTES EVERY DAYTO TALK TO GOD, AND THEN
  • 00:20:11.862 --> 00:20:16.600
  • SPEND 15 MINUTES EVERY DAYTALKING TO OTHERS ABOUT GOD."
  • 00:20:16.700 --> 00:20:21.738
  • PRETTY GOOD ADVICE.
  • 00:20:21.838 --> 00:20:22.973
  • 15 MINUTES TO LETGOD SPEAK TO YOU.
  • 00:20:23.073 --> 00:20:25.375
  • 15 MINUTES TO TALK TOGOD THROUGH PRAYER.
  • 00:20:25.475 --> 00:20:27.544
  • 15 MINUTES TO TELLOTHERS ABOUT GOD.
  • 00:20:27.644 --> 00:20:30.747
  • HOW DOES GOD SPEAK TO US?
  • 00:20:30.847 --> 00:20:33.050
  • HE SPEAKS TO US PRIMARILYTHROUGH THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:20:33.150 --> 00:20:36.787
  • SO, A SUCCESSFUL CHRISTIANWILL BE A BIBLE STUDYING
  • 00:20:36.887 --> 00:20:40.824
  • CHRISTIAN AND A FAILINGCHRISTIAN WILL BE ONE THAT
  • 00:20:40.924 --> 00:20:43.894
  • DOES NOT OPEN THE WORD OF GOD,AND THIS IS THE PROBLEM -
  • 00:20:43.994 --> 00:20:47.731
  • A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NOTOPENING THEIR BIBLES TODAY.
  • 00:20:47.831 --> 00:20:51.668
  • INSTEAD, WE'RE LOOKINGAT SOCIAL MEDIA.
  • 00:20:51.768 --> 00:20:54.838
  • FOR INSTANCE, EVERYDAY, 66% OF EVANGELICAL
  • 00:20:54.938 --> 00:20:58.642
  • BELIEVERS ARE LOOKING ATFACEBOOK, 39% ARE LOOKING
  • 00:20:58.742 --> 00:21:02.646
  • AT YOUTUBE AND 32% AREOPENING THEIR BIBLE.
  • 00:21:02.746 --> 00:21:06.883
  • HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.
  • 00:21:06.983 --> 00:21:10.354
  • WE'VE GOT TO OPENTHE BOOK UP AND HEAR
  • 00:21:10.454 --> 00:21:13.357
  • WHAT THE BOOK HAS TO SAY.
  • 00:21:13.457 --> 00:21:15.258
  • I REMEMBER THE FIRST TIMEI STARTED TO READ THE BIBLE.
  • 00:21:15.359 --> 00:21:18.962
  • I COULD NOT BELIEVE THATI HAD FINALLY FOUND THE
  • 00:21:19.062 --> 00:21:21.665
  • USER'S MANUAL OF LIFE.
  • 00:21:21.765 --> 00:21:23.633
  • I COULD NOT BELIEVE THATTHESE WORDS WERE SO
  • 00:21:23.734 --> 00:21:26.737
  • RELEVANT TO WHAT I WASFACING AS A 17-YEAR-OLD
  • 00:21:26.837 --> 00:21:30.207
  • KID, AND NOW WHAT I'MFACING AS A 67-YEAR-OLD KID.
  • 00:21:30.307 --> 00:21:35.746
  • I FOUND THE WORD OF GOD ISRELEVANT FOR EVERY PHASE
  • 00:21:35.846 --> 00:21:38.615
  • OF MY LIFE AND YOUWILL FIND THE SAME.
  • 00:21:38.715 --> 00:21:41.518
  • THE BIBLE IS THE MOSTAMAZING BOOK EVER WRITTEN.
  • 00:21:41.618 --> 00:21:45.756
  • IT'S LITERALLY GOD'SMESSAGE TO YOU.
  • 00:21:45.856 --> 00:21:48.525
  • NOW, TECHNICALLY SPEAKINGIT'S NOT ONE BOOK.
  • 00:21:48.625 --> 00:21:50.927
  • IT'S ACTUALLY 66 BOOKSWRITTEN OVER A 1.500-YEAR SPAN.
  • 00:21:51.027 --> 00:21:57.067
  • THE WORDS OF SCRIPTUREWERE WRITTEN BY 40 AUTHORS
  • 00:21:57.167 --> 00:22:01.271
  • FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE,RANGING FROM KINGS TO
  • 00:22:01.371 --> 00:22:04.908
  • PEASANTS, TO PHILOSOPHERS,FISHERMEN, POETS,
  • 00:22:05.008 --> 00:22:08.378
  • STATESMEN, AND SCHOLARS;YET ALL OF THE AUTHORS OF
  • 00:22:08.478 --> 00:22:12.249
  • THE BIBLE WRITE ABOUTONE THEME WHICH IS GOD'S
  • 00:22:12.349 --> 00:22:15.685
  • REDEMPTION OF MANKIND,AND EVERY ONE OF THESE
  • 00:22:15.786 --> 00:22:18.655
  • INDIVIDUALS THAT WROTESCRIPTURE WERE INSPIRED BY GOD.
  • 00:22:18.755 --> 00:22:23.593
  • 2 PETER 1:20 SAYS,
  • 00:22:23.693 --> 00:22:26.263
  • POINT NUMBER THREE:THE WORD OF GOD IS PERFECT,
  • 00:22:37.874 --> 00:22:41.378
  • AND COMPLETELY TRUSTWORTHY.
  • 00:22:41.478 --> 00:22:44.147
  • KNOW THAT WHEN YOU OPENTHIS BOOK UP, PSALM 19:7
  • 00:22:48.385 --> 00:22:52.155
  • SAYS, "THE LAW OF THE LORDIS PERFECT CONVERTING THE
  • 00:22:52.255 --> 00:22:57.060
  • SOUL." AND WHEN THATPHRASE "THE LAW OF THE
  • 00:22:57.160 --> 00:22:59.963
  • LORD" IS USE IT'SINTERCHANGEABLE WITH THE
  • 00:23:00.063 --> 00:23:01.998
  • "WORD OF THE LORD."GOD'S WORD IS PERFECT.
  • 00:23:02.098 --> 00:23:05.135
  • IT NEVER GOESOUT OF STYLE.
  • 00:23:05.235 --> 00:23:07.037
  • YOU EVER LOOK AT AYEARBOOK, MAYBE YOUR
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  • YEARBOOK FROM HIGH SCHOOLAND THEN WE'RE ALWAYS
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  • AMAZED AT WHAT OURHAIRSTYLES WERE.
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  • A LOT OF STRANGEHAIRSTYLES COME AND GO.
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  • YOU KNOW, WHAT WERE WETHINKING WHEN WE ARE ALL
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  • WEARING MULLETS, ANDBY THE WAY, I SEE THAT
  • 00:23:20.550 --> 00:23:22.953
  • MULLETS ARECOMING BACK AGAIN.
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  • I SAW A GUY THE OTHER DAY.
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  • YOUNG KID AT SOME HIPSTERCOFFEE SHOP WITH A MULLET,
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  • AND I HAVE TO SAY, ITLOOKED AS BAD AS THEY USED
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  • TO LOOK BACK WHEN WE HADTHEM, SO I DON'T KNOW IF WE
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  • SHOULD BRING THAT BACK.
  • 00:23:36.099 --> 00:23:37.300
  • BUT THE POINT IS THINGSCOME AND GO, TRENDS COME
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  • AND GO, MUSICALSTYLES COME AND GO.
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  • SO MANY THINGS COME ANDGO, BUT THE WORD OF GOD IS
  • 00:23:42.072 --> 00:23:44.975
  • ALWAYS THE SAME AND JESUSCHRIST IS ALWAYS THE SAME
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  • YESTERDAY, TODAY,AND FOREVER.
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  • TO ME, IT'S AMAZING THATEVEN THOUGH THE NEWSPAPER
  • 00:23:52.249 --> 00:23:54.784
  • IS OUTDATED IN A DAY ORSO, THE WORD OF GOD IS
  • 00:23:54.885 --> 00:23:59.122
  • ALWAYS FRESH AND RELEVANTTO WHAT WE'RE FACING.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS HIS MERCIESARE NEW EVERY MORNING.
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  • LISTEN TO THIS, THE BIBLESAYS IN 2 TIMOTHY 3,
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  • OR LITERALLY BREATHED BY GOD.
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  • THAT MEANS THAT THE BIBLEIS GOD'S INFALLIBLE WORD.
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  • THE ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPHS -THAT IS THE FIRST COPIES -
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  • ARE WITHOUT AIR.
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  • THERE ARE NO MISTAKESIN THE BIBLE. IT'S PERFECT.
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  • YOU CAN TRUST IT EVEN WITHA RECENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL
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  • DISCOVERY LIKE THEDEAD SEA SCROLLS.
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  • IT ONLY CONFIRMS WHAT THEBIBLE HAS SAID ALL ALONG.
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  • POINT NUMBER FOUR: THEWORD OF GOD TRANSFORMS US.
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  • SO IF YOU WANT TO BEA GROWING CHRISTIAN,
  • 00:24:44.401 --> 00:24:46.336
  • YOU NEED TO SPEND TIME INTHE WORD OF GOD. WHY?
  • 00:24:46.436 --> 00:24:49.739
  • BECAUSE IT WILLTRANSFORM YOU.
  • 00:24:49.839 --> 00:24:52.042
  • GOING BACK TO PSALM 19AGAIN, IT SAYS, "THE WORD
  • 00:24:52.142 --> 00:24:55.078
  • OF THE LORD IS PERFECT,CONVERTING THE SOUL THE
  • 00:24:55.178 --> 00:24:57.847
  • TESTIMONY OF THE LORD ISSURE, MAKING WISE THE
  • 00:24:57.948 --> 00:25:01.284
  • SIMPLE." THIS PHRASETHAT IS USED HERE FOR
  • 00:25:01.384 --> 00:25:04.220
  • CONVERTING MEANS REVIVING,RESTORING, AND TRANSFORMING.
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  • SO, LISTEN, WHEN YOU READGOD'S WORD YOU'RE REVIVED.
  • 00:25:08.792 --> 00:25:12.562
  • WHEN YOU READ GOD'SWORD, YOU'RE RESTORED.
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  • WHEN YOU READ GOD'S WORD,YOU'RE TRANSFORMED.
  • 00:25:15.599 --> 00:25:18.602
  • NOW LISTEN, IF YOU DON'TWANT TO BE TRANSFORMED,
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  • IF YOU DON'T WANTTO BE RESTORED,
  • 00:25:21.237 --> 00:25:23.707
  • THEN DON'T READ THE BIBLE.
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  • THE BIBLE IS FOR PEOPLETHAT HAVE A SENSE OF
  • 00:25:25.775 --> 00:25:29.813
  • DESPERATION ABOUT WHERETHEY ARE IN LIFE.
  • 00:25:29.913 --> 00:25:32.515
  • IT'S FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'TKNOW THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
  • 00:25:32.616 --> 00:25:35.785
  • AND THEY WANT TO KNOW WHATTHAT PURPOSE SHOULD BE.
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  • THE BIBLE IS FOR PEOPLEWHO ARE NOT REALLY SURE
  • 00:25:39.322 --> 00:25:43.026
  • WHERE THEY CAME FROM ANDTHEY'RE NOT REALLY SURE
  • 00:25:43.126 --> 00:25:44.794
  • WHERE THEY ARE GOING.
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  • THE BIBLE IS FOR PEOPLETHAT WANT TO CHANGE.
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  • LISTEN, JESUS DIED FOR YOUBECAUSE HE LOVES YOU AND
  • 00:25:48.565 --> 00:25:53.370
  • HE WANTS TO FORGIVE YOUAND HE WANTS TO ENTER INTO
  • 00:25:53.470 --> 00:25:56.873
  • A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.
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  • YOU SAY, "WELL GREG,HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?"
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  • YOU NEED TO ADMIT YOU'RE ASINNER, NOT MAKE EXCUSES
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  • FOR YOUR SIN, NOT BLAMEOTHER PEOPLE FOR YOUR SINS.
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  • OWN IT, ADMIT IT, AND ASKGOD TO FORGIVE YOU AND HE
  • 00:26:07.484 --> 00:26:11.955
  • WILL RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW.
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  • ♪♪♪♪
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  • HEY, THANKS FOR WATCHINGOUR TV PROGRAM, AND I
  • 00:26:16.893 --> 00:26:19.496
  • WONDER IF YOU YOURSELFHAVE ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST.
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  • YOU KNOW, A LOT OF TIMESPEOPLE TUNE INTO PROGRAMS
  • 00:26:23.299 --> 00:26:25.602
  • LIKE THIS WHO AREN'TBELIEVERS AND THEY'RE
  • 00:26:25.702 --> 00:26:27.504
  • KIND OF CHECKING IT OUT.
  • 00:26:27.604 --> 00:26:28.571
  • MAYBE YOU'RE LAUGHING ATIT AT FIRST, MAYBE YOU
  • 00:26:28.672 --> 00:26:31.574
  • THINK IT'S NOT REAL, BUTSOMETHING HAS HAPPENED AND
  • 00:26:31.675 --> 00:26:34.878
  • MAYBE SOMETHING THAT'SBEEN SAID YOU'VE SUDDENLY
  • 00:26:34.978 --> 00:26:38.248
  • DISCOVERED YOUNEED JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:26:38.348 --> 00:26:39.983
  • YOU KNOW, THE DAY IACCEPTED JESUS, LET ME
  • 00:26:40.083 --> 00:26:42.419
  • TELL YOU, IT WAS THE LASTTHING I PLANNED ON DOING.
  • 00:26:42.519 --> 00:26:45.321
  • I DIDN'T PLAN ON BECOMINGA CHRISTIAN THAT DAY BUT
  • 00:26:45.422 --> 00:26:48.158
  • THAT WAS THE DAY THAT WASAPPOINTED IN ETERNITY FOR
  • 00:26:48.258 --> 00:26:51.995
  • ME TO BELIEVE IN JESUS.
  • 00:26:52.095 --> 00:26:53.396
  • I WONDER IF THIS ISNOT THAT DAY FOR YOU.
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  • YOU'VE BEEN EAVESDROPPINGYOU'VE BEEN CHECKING IT OUT,
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  • BUT NOW GOD ISSPEAKING RIGHT TO YOUR
  • 00:26:59.202 --> 00:27:00.837
  • HEART AND YOU REALIZEDYOU NEED JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:27:00.937 --> 00:27:03.339
  • WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVEYOUR SIN FORGIVEN?
  • 00:27:03.440 --> 00:27:05.775
  • WOULD YOU LIKE ASECOND CHANCE IN LIFE?
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  • WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TOHEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE?
  • 00:27:08.311 --> 00:27:10.613
  • WOULD YOU LIKEYOUR GUILT REMOVED?
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  • LISTEN, IT CAN ALL HAPPENBECAUSE JESUS CHRIST WENT
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  • TO A CROSS AND DIED FORYOUR SIN AND THEN ROSE
  • 00:27:16.052 --> 00:27:19.389
  • AGAIN THREE DAYS LATER ANDHE'LL COME INTO YOUR LIFE
  • 00:27:19.489 --> 00:27:21.958
  • RIGHT NOW AND BE YOURSAVIOR AND YOUR LORD AND
  • 00:27:22.058 --> 00:27:24.861
  • THE BEST FRIENDYOU'VE EVER HAD.
  • 00:27:24.961 --> 00:27:26.930
  • LET'S PRAY TOGETHER.PRAY THIS AFTER ME.
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  • LORD JESUS, I KNOW THATI'M A SINNER, BUT I
  • 00:27:29.365 --> 00:27:34.037
  • BELIEVE YOU DIED ON THECROSS FOR MY SIN AND I'M
  • 00:27:34.137 --> 00:27:36.940
  • SORRY FOR THAT SIN AND ITURN FROM IT NOW AND I ASK
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  • YOU TO COME INTO MY LIFEAND BE MY SAVIOR AND BE MY
  • 00:27:40.677 --> 00:27:44.481
  • LORD AND BE MY GODAND BE MY FRIEND.
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  • I CHOOSE TO FOLLOW YOUFROM THIS MOMENT FORWARD.
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  • IN JESUS NAME I PRAY. AMEN.
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  • IF YOU JUST PRAYED THATPRAYER, I WANT YOU TO KNOW
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  • ON THE AUTHORITY OF GOD'SWORD THAT CHRIST HIMSELF
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  • HAS COME TO LIVEINSIDE OF YOU.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS THESETHINGS WE WRITE TO YOU
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  • THAT BELIEVE IN THE NAMEOF THE SON OF GOD THAT YOU
  • 00:28:04.300 --> 00:28:06.836
  • MAY KNOW THAT YOUHAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
  • 00:28:06.936 --> 00:28:09.773
  • BUT LET ME SAY, GOD BLESSYOU AND WELCOME TO GOD'S FAMILY.
  • 00:28:09.873 --> 00:28:13.743
  • (Phil Wickham: This is the Day)♪ THIS IS THE DAY
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  • ♪ THE DAY WHEN LIFE BEGINS
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