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The Heart of The Problem

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September 20, 2020
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪This is the day whenthe lost are found♪
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  • ♪Can you hear all theangels are singing♪
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  • ♪This is the day
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  • ♪The day when life begins
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  • - Why did God give usthese 10 commandments?
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  • Well, for a lot of reasons.
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  • Number one, they're thefoundation of all morality.
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  • Here are the absoluteswe're looking for.
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  • So we know right from wrong,
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  • up from down.
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  • They are guard rails given tous so we can live happy lives.
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  • They're given to usfor our own protection.
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  • There are walls ofprotection to keep us safe.
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  • And one last thing I'llsay about the commandments.
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  • They're absolutely impossibleto keep on your own.
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  • The commandments are sortof like a moral mirror.
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  • Have you ever lookedin a magnifying mirror?
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  • You know, you lookin the regular mirror
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  • and you think I look good.
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  • And then you look inthat magnifying mirror
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  • with extra light,
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  • and you realize youdon't look nearly
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  • as good as youthought you looked
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  • because a magnifying mirrorputs your flaws on display.
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  • So let's go tocommandment number five.
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  • It's Exodus 20:12,
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  • "Honor your father and mother
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  • "that your days may be long
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  • "in the land which the Lordyour God has given you."
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  • Commandment number six,
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  • "You shall not murder."
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  • Commandment number seven,
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  • "You shall not commit adultery."
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  • Commandment number eight,
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  • "You shall not steal."
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  • Commandment number nine,
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  • "You shall not bear falsewitness against your neighbor
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  • "or don't lie."
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  • And finally thelast commandment,
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  • verse 17 of Exodus 20,
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  • "You shall not covetyour neighbor's house
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  • "nor covet your neighbor's wife
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  • "nor his male servant
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  • "nor his female servants
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  • "or anything that belongsto your neighbor."
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  • All right, let's dive in tocommandment number eight,
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  • "You shall not steal."
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  • Now we've seen how we all fallshort in these other areas.
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  • Who among us has not hadanother God before him?
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  • Who among us hasnot at some time
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  • taken the Lord's name in vain.
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  • We might say, well I'venever committed adultery
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  • or murdered anyone.
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  • But Jesus said in theSermon on the Mount,
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  • if you've lookedon a woman or a man
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  • with lust in your heart,
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  • it's the same ascommitting adultery.
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  • And if you've had hatred inyour heart towards someone
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  • it's the same as murdering them.
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  • So if you ever had hatredin your heart toward anyone,
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  • let me rephrase the question.
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  • Have you everdriven on a freeway,
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  • especially inSouthern California?
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  • So clearly we've brokenthese commandments
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  • but now when we come to,
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  • "You shall not steal"
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  • we might all breathe acollective sigh of relief
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  • because we'll think, well Iactually don't steal anything.
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  • In fact, a pollwas done by Barna
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  • that revealed that 86%of those who were polled
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  • said they werecompletely satisfied
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  • that they had neverbroken this commandment.
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  • We think stealing,
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  • well that's a problem forthieves and robbers but not us
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  • and we certainlysee this on display
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  • as we have peoplewho are rioting
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  • and looting in the streetsof our major cities.
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  • And I think thefthas become so common.
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  • We don't even notice signs.
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  • For instance, you read that acashier can't open their safe
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  • or a clerk at a gas station
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  • is working behindbulletproof glass
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  • and red lights blink onour dashboards of our cars
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  • telling people thatthe car alarm is on
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  • and security camerasmonitor our every mood
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  • when we go into a store,
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  • our every move rather,
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  • as we go into a store
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  • and they even monitor usout in the streets as well.
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  • An article in Newsweek pointedout that people shoplift,
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  • get ready for this figure,
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  • $13 billion worth ofmerchandise a year.
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  • And to all of thisGod says in his word,
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  • "You shall not steal."
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  • It's not only a crime,
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  • it is a sin.
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  • Here's what the Biblesays about stealing
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  • in Ephesians 4:28,
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  • "He who has been stealingmust steal no longer.
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  • "He must work and do somethinguseful with his own hands
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  • "that he may have somethingto share with those in need."
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  • That's a very important verse
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  • and it tells us three verypractical things about stealing.
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  • Number one, we shouldsteal no longer.
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  • Verse 28, he was been stealingshould no longer do it.
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  • So if you've taken somethingfrom someone give it back.
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  • It doesn't belong to you.
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  • That's very important.
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  • The story of Zacchaeus I thinkis the perfect illustration.
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  • Zacchaeus was a tax collector.
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  • So he didn't have many friends
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  • because back in thosedays the tax collector,
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  • it's not just like someonewho worked for the IRS.
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  • It was someone who workedwith the Roman Government.
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  • So Zacchaeus being a Jewish man,
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  • worked for the occupying force.
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  • So he was perceived by hisfellow Jews as a traitor
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  • or a turncoat.
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  • And if it wasn't bad enoughto collect the taxes for Rome,
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  • the tax collectorsoften added on more
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  • for their own benefit.
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  • So, no one liked Zacchaeus.
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  • So one day Jesuscame into the town
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  • that he lived in calledJericho for a visit.
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  • And as he's walkingthrough the town,
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  • Zacchaeus was kind of a littledude so he climbs up a tree
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  • to get a look at Jesus.
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  • And here's Christ movingthrough this crowd.
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  • Suddenly he stops andlooks up and says,
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  • "Zacchaeus, I'm comingover to your house today."
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  • And Zacchaeusscrambled down the tree
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  • and took Jesus to his home
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  • and they disappearedbehind the closed door.
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  • And a little bit of time passed
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  • and they emerged together.
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  • And Zacchaeus saidto all of the people
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  • that were there,
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  • "If I've taken anythingin a wrong way,
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  • "I'll give backfour times as much."
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  • And Jesus said,
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  • "Truly salvation has cometo this house today."
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  • So this is a man thatunderstood he stole from others.
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  • So he should returnwhat he had taken
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  • and compensate for it.
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  • This is called restitution.
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  • So if you stealsomething from someone
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  • you don't go to them and say,
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  • "Sorry, I stole thisfrom you, forgive me."
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  • No, give it back.
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  • And if you broke it or lostit or sold it to someone else,
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  • buy them a new one.
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  • So number one, don'tsteal any longer.
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  • Number two, do something useful.
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  • It says in Ephesians 4:28,
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  • "But then men must work."
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  • Like it or not the Bible teaches
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  • that we are to earn our bread
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  • by the sweat of our brow.
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  • And 2nd Thessalonians 3:10 says,
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  • "Whoever does notwork should not eat.
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  • "Yet we hear that some ofyou are living idle lives,
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  • "refusing to work.
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  • "Wasting time meddling inother people's business."
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  • Listen to what Paul says,
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  • "In the name of theLord Jesus Christ
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  • "we appeal to such people,
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  • "that we command them,
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  • "settle down and get to work
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  • "and earn your own living."
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  • Listen, the world doesnot owe you a living
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  • nor does the government.
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  • Your parents can'tsupport you forever.
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  • Learn a work ethic.
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  • Get out there andapply yourself.
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  • This is so important.
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  • And then thirdly, sharewhat you have with others.
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  • Again, what does he say?
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  • He says,
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  • "So you might have somethingto share with those in need."
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  • Sharing is theopposite of stealing.
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  • Socialism has become verypopular in our culture.
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  • More and more peopleespecially those who are young,
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  • Say they think it'sa new way of life
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  • we should adopt for America.
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  • The Bible does notadvocate socialism.
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  • You say, but wait Iheard that in the Bible
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  • they shared one with another,
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  • yes voluntarily.
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  • They weren't forced to do it.
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  • The redistribution ofwealth in the Bible.
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  • We have many parables wherethe person who takes a little
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  • and multiplies it is rewarded.
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  • And the person whohas given something
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  • and does not use itor invest it properly,
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  • has what they havetaken away from them.
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  • The point is simply this,
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  • we should share insteadof take from others.
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  • And by the way, if youthink the government
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  • is good at doing these things,
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  • I don't know when you wentto the DMV the last time
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  • or even the post office,
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  • but I think governmentefficiency may be something
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  • of an oxymoron.
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  • So we wanna give to others.
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  • Now, here's somethingto think about
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  • when we talk about stealing.
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  • Did you know it's possibleto steal from God himself?
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  • But here's what weneed to understand.
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  • Everything that wehave comes from God.
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  • Everything that youown comes from God
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  • because you belong to God.
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  • He has providedthat back to you.
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  • So we should giveback to the Lord.
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  • Of our finances now,
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  • when we talk aboutstealing from God,
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  • in the book of Malachi we readthis incredible statement.
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  • Malachi 3:8,
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  • "Will a man rob God?
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  • "Yet you are robbing me.
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  • "And then we say, buthow have you robbed you?"
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  • And the Lord says, "Inyour tithes and offerings."
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  • So, it should beunderstood by the Christian
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  • that it is a privilege togive of our finances to God.
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  • We should all want to do it
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  • and we all should do it
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  • because as I already saideverything that we have comes
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  • from the Lord
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  • and he makes specificpromises to us
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  • as we faithfullyinvest into his kingdom
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  • he will bless us as a result.
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  • And back Matthew6:33 Jesus says,
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  • "Seek first the kingdom of God
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  • "and his righteousness
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  • "and all these thingsshall be added to you."
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  • What things?
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  • The context of what hewas talking about is,
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  • don't be like nonbelieverswho just worry
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  • about what they're gonna wear,
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  • what they're gonna eat,
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  • what they're gonna drink.
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  • Jesus says, "Your fatherknows you have need
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  • "of these things."
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  • But instead put God first.
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  • Seek first the kingdom of God
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  • and all these thingsshall be added to you.
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  • Then in Malachi thisamazing promise is made,
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  • in Malachi 3:10,
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  • "Bring all the tithesinto the storehouse
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  • "so there'll be enoughfood in my temple.
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  • "And if you do," says the Lord,
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  • "I'll open up thewindows of heaven for you
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  • "and pour you out ablessing so great.
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  • "You won't have roomenough to take it in."
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  • And then the Lord says, "Tryit, put me to the test."
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  • I challenge you.
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  • Put the Lord to the test,
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  • give faithfully to him.
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  • Don't steal from the Lord.
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  • Don't steal from other people.
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  • Commandment number nine,
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  • verse 16 of Exodus 20.
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  • "You shall not bear falsewitness against your neighbor."
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  • Or a simpler wayto understand it,
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  • you shall not lie.
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  • We know lying is wrong.
  • 00:10:49.972 --> 00:10:52.108
  • So why do we do it?
  • 00:10:52.108 --> 00:10:53.642
  • It's often because we've beencaught doing something wrong
  • 00:10:53.642 --> 00:10:57.313
  • and we wanna find away to explain it.
  • 00:10:57.313 --> 00:10:59.682
  • So a lie will come as a result.
  • 00:10:59.682 --> 00:11:02.351
  • I read an article from theWashington Post Magazine,
  • 00:11:02.351 --> 00:11:06.055
  • that said that lyinghappens 92% of the time
  • 00:11:06.055 --> 00:11:10.292
  • because people want to save face
  • 00:11:10.292 --> 00:11:13.162
  • and 98% of the time to keepfrom offending someone else.
  • 00:11:13.162 --> 00:11:18.167
  • So it can be challenging.
  • 00:11:19.068 --> 00:11:20.336
  • You know, maybe husbandsyour wife comes to you
  • 00:11:20.336 --> 00:11:21.937
  • with a new dress and she says,
  • 00:11:21.937 --> 00:11:23.706
  • "Do I look fat in this?"
  • 00:11:23.706 --> 00:11:25.875
  • By the way the answer is always,
  • 00:11:25.875 --> 00:11:27.443
  • no, you don't.
  • 00:11:27.443 --> 00:11:29.178
  • But you know, youdon't wanna say,
  • 00:11:29.178 --> 00:11:30.780
  • well, actually you do a little
  • 00:11:30.780 --> 00:11:33.082
  • because that will offend them.
  • 00:11:33.082 --> 00:11:34.483
  • So you don't wannatell them the truth.
  • 00:11:34.483 --> 00:11:36.685
  • And it's hard, maybeyou're invited over
  • 00:11:36.685 --> 00:11:38.420
  • to someone's house for a meal
  • 00:11:38.420 --> 00:11:39.889
  • and the meal is so bad,
  • 00:11:39.889 --> 00:11:42.558
  • you can't even finish it.
  • 00:11:42.558 --> 00:11:44.126
  • And you took it andfed it to the dog
  • 00:11:44.126 --> 00:11:46.695
  • and the dog just died.
  • 00:11:46.695 --> 00:11:48.197
  • And after the meal's over,
  • 00:11:48.197 --> 00:11:50.332
  • she says, "How did you likethe dinner I served you?"
  • 00:11:50.332 --> 00:11:53.869
  • And you say,
  • 00:11:53.869 --> 00:11:55.504
  • "I would say itwas one of the most
  • 00:11:55.504 --> 00:11:57.206
  • "unusual meals I've ever eaten.
  • 00:11:57.206 --> 00:11:59.475
  • "I've never eaten anything
  • 00:11:59.475 --> 00:12:01.477
  • "like it before.
  • 00:12:01.477 --> 00:12:02.478
  • "I have to go, excuse me."
  • 00:12:02.478 --> 00:12:03.712
  • And then you go throwup in the bathroom.
  • 00:12:03.712 --> 00:12:05.014
  • But the point is,it's hard to say,
  • 00:12:05.014 --> 00:12:07.216
  • "Actually that was horrible.
  • 00:12:07.216 --> 00:12:09.518
  • "Don't serve thatto anyone again."
  • 00:12:09.518 --> 00:12:10.719
  • Because we don'twant to offend them.
  • 00:12:10.719 --> 00:12:13.088
  • But we tell littlewhite lies too.
  • 00:12:13.088 --> 00:12:15.691
  • You know, someone calls youdon't wanna answer the phone.
  • 00:12:15.691 --> 00:12:17.860
  • So you tell the kids to say,
  • 00:12:17.860 --> 00:12:20.095
  • "Tell them mum's not home."
  • 00:12:20.095 --> 00:12:22.198
  • Sometimes we lie to the kids.
  • 00:12:22.198 --> 00:12:23.699
  • We're having a great ice cream.
  • 00:12:23.699 --> 00:12:25.501
  • They say, "Can I have some?"
  • 00:12:25.501 --> 00:12:26.802
  • "Oh, I don't thinkyou would like it.
  • 00:12:26.802 --> 00:12:28.270
  • "It's a little too spicy."
  • 00:12:28.270 --> 00:12:30.472
  • You know, we do these littlewhite lies so to speak,
  • 00:12:30.472 --> 00:12:33.542
  • all the time.
  • 00:12:33.542 --> 00:12:34.743
  • For instance, we'll say this,
  • 00:12:34.743 --> 00:12:36.212
  • "Oh, sorry. I forgot."
  • 00:12:36.212 --> 00:12:37.913
  • When you didn't forget you justdidn't care enough to do it.
  • 00:12:37.913 --> 00:12:41.584
  • You say to someone,"It's good to see you."
  • 00:12:41.584 --> 00:12:43.752
  • When actually it isn'tgood to see them at all.
  • 00:12:43.752 --> 00:12:46.255
  • You say, "I love your outfit."
  • 00:12:46.255 --> 00:12:47.756
  • When actually you don'tlove their outfit.
  • 00:12:47.756 --> 00:12:50.059
  • You're late for anappointment you say,
  • 00:12:50.059 --> 00:12:51.560
  • "Oh, sorry I hit traffic."
  • 00:12:51.560 --> 00:12:53.062
  • When you didn't hit traffic,
  • 00:12:53.062 --> 00:12:54.630
  • you just left really late.
  • 00:12:54.630 --> 00:12:56.398
  • "Oh, I was just gettingready to call you."
  • 00:12:56.398 --> 00:12:58.734
  • When you weren't
  • 00:12:58.734 --> 00:13:00.069
  • or "The cheque's in the mail."
  • 00:13:00.069 --> 00:13:01.604
  • When it isn't.
  • 00:13:01.604 --> 00:13:03.072
  • Or how about this one,
  • 00:13:03.072 --> 00:13:04.206
  • "Well, I'll be praying for you."
  • 00:13:04.206 --> 00:13:06.075
  • Okay, that's nice to say
  • 00:13:06.075 --> 00:13:07.710
  • make sure you do it.
  • 00:13:07.710 --> 00:13:09.245
  • If you say to someoneI'll be praying for them,
  • 00:13:09.245 --> 00:13:11.480
  • make sure you pray for them.
  • 00:13:11.480 --> 00:13:13.349
  • Here's another waythat you can lie,
  • 00:13:13.349 --> 00:13:16.018
  • through gossipingand backbiting.
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  • Saying things like,have you heard,
  • 00:13:21.056 --> 00:13:23.125
  • hey I don't knowif this is true,
  • 00:13:23.125 --> 00:13:25.294
  • but I just heard that
  • 00:13:25.294 --> 00:13:27.596
  • or I wouldn't tell you this
  • 00:13:27.596 --> 00:13:28.964
  • but I know it won'tgo any further but.
  • 00:13:28.964 --> 00:13:32.134
  • How about this one?
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  • I'm telling you thisjust so you can pray.
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  • Hold on,
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  • if you don't know thatsomething is true,
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  • don't you dare repeat it.
  • 00:13:39.041 --> 00:13:41.510
  • That's gossip.
  • 00:13:41.510 --> 00:13:42.711
  • The very name hisses,
  • 00:13:42.711 --> 00:13:44.813
  • gossip.
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  • Remind yourself of the serpent,
  • 00:13:47.216 --> 00:13:49.285
  • tempting Eve in the garden
  • 00:13:49.285 --> 00:13:51.687
  • and the devil can reallyget into the details
  • 00:13:51.687 --> 00:13:54.356
  • of this sort of thing
  • 00:13:54.356 --> 00:13:55.624
  • 'cause we can end upslandering a person
  • 00:13:55.624 --> 00:13:57.826
  • or destroying their reputation.
  • 00:13:57.826 --> 00:13:59.795
  • And what we're sayingis not factually true.
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  • As I've said to you before
  • 00:14:02.364 --> 00:14:03.832
  • apply the acronymthink before you speak.
  • 00:14:03.832 --> 00:14:07.536
  • T-H-I-N-K.
  • 00:14:07.536 --> 00:14:10.406
  • T is it true?
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  • H is it helpful?
  • 00:14:13.042 --> 00:14:15.177
  • I is it inspiring?
  • 00:14:15.177 --> 00:14:17.313
  • N is it necessary?
  • 00:14:17.313 --> 00:14:18.681
  • K is it kind?
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  • If it does not pass muster
  • 00:14:21.517 --> 00:14:23.819
  • with the acronym of think
  • 00:14:23.819 --> 00:14:25.487
  • don't say it.
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  • You see Greg if I appliedthat principle in my life,
  • 00:14:27.022 --> 00:14:28.590
  • I'd hardly sayanything about anyone.
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  • Good, shut up and dous all a huge favor
  • 00:14:30.459 --> 00:14:34.163
  • because if you've beenthe victim of gossip
  • 00:14:34.163 --> 00:14:36.865
  • or a lie told about you,
  • 00:14:36.865 --> 00:14:38.400
  • you know how hurtful it can be.
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  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:14:40.602 --> 00:14:41.870
  • God hates it whenhis people lie.
  • 00:14:41.870 --> 00:14:45.541
  • Over in Proverbs sixit says there are
  • 00:14:45.541 --> 00:14:47.943
  • seven things the Lord hates.
  • 00:14:47.943 --> 00:14:50.079
  • Haughty eyes which meanssort of a look of arrogance,
  • 00:14:51.480 --> 00:14:54.149
  • a lying tongue,
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  • hands that kill the innocent,
  • 00:14:55.551 --> 00:14:56.618
  • a heart the plots evil,
  • 00:14:56.618 --> 00:14:58.287
  • feet that raise to do wrong,
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  • a false witnessthat pours out lies
  • 00:15:00.189 --> 00:15:03.192
  • and a person whosaw sows discord
  • 00:15:03.192 --> 00:15:06.362
  • in the family.
  • 00:15:06.362 --> 00:15:07.563
  • It's interesting out
  • 00:15:07.563 --> 00:15:08.764
  • of the seven thingsthat God hates,
  • 00:15:08.764 --> 00:15:10.299
  • two of them have to dowith lying and deceit.
  • 00:15:10.299 --> 00:15:13.936
  • I'll tell you whyGod hates lying,
  • 00:15:13.936 --> 00:15:15.771
  • because he is the source of,
  • 00:15:15.771 --> 00:15:18.507
  • and the verypersonification of truth.
  • 00:15:18.507 --> 00:15:22.177
  • Jesus said, "I am the waythe truth and the life."
  • 00:15:22.177 --> 00:15:27.049
  • In contrast toJesus who is truth,
  • 00:15:27.049 --> 00:15:30.652
  • we have the devil who'sdescribed in the Bible
  • 00:15:30.652 --> 00:15:33.622
  • as the father of lies.
  • 00:15:33.622 --> 00:15:35.891
  • So when we lie, we'rebehaving more like children
  • 00:15:35.891 --> 00:15:39.161
  • of the devil thanchildren of God.
  • 00:15:39.161 --> 00:15:42.898
  • Why do we do it?
  • 00:15:42.898 --> 00:15:43.732
  • To cover stuff up.
  • 00:15:43.732 --> 00:15:45.367
  • One of the biggestwhoppers of all time
  • 00:15:45.367 --> 00:15:47.536
  • is the story of Aaronand the golden calf.
  • 00:15:47.536 --> 00:15:50.606
  • So after Moses receivesthe 10 commandments
  • 00:15:50.606 --> 00:15:53.876
  • he descends from Mount Sinai.
  • 00:15:53.876 --> 00:15:56.111
  • And what does he find?
  • 00:15:56.111 --> 00:15:57.446
  • He hears noise in the camp and,
  • 00:15:57.446 --> 00:15:59.681
  • and he thought theywere having a war
  • 00:15:59.681 --> 00:16:01.550
  • and it turns out they werehaving a big old party
  • 00:16:01.550 --> 00:16:04.720
  • and here's good Mosessees, picture it.
  • 00:16:04.720 --> 00:16:06.855
  • He's holding the commandments.
  • 00:16:06.855 --> 00:16:08.824
  • In each hand, he comesdown from the mountain
  • 00:16:08.824 --> 00:16:11.326
  • having been withthe Lord himself.
  • 00:16:11.326 --> 00:16:13.228
  • And then people are dancingnaked around a golden calf
  • 00:16:13.228 --> 00:16:16.865
  • and they're singing,
  • 00:16:16.865 --> 00:16:17.833
  • ♪Celebrate good times, come on
  • 00:16:17.833 --> 00:16:20.903
  • (mimics guitar riff)
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  • I don't know if therewere singing that,
  • 00:16:22.104 --> 00:16:23.372
  • but they're celebrating
  • 00:16:23.372 --> 00:16:25.374
  • and he demands an explanation.
  • 00:16:25.374 --> 00:16:27.376
  • And Aaron who he left in charge,
  • 00:16:27.376 --> 00:16:29.311
  • by the way Aaronthe worst babysitter
  • 00:16:29.311 --> 00:16:31.647
  • of all time,
  • 00:16:31.647 --> 00:16:32.748
  • offered this explanation.
  • 00:16:34.216 --> 00:16:35.584
  • Well, Moses I knowthis looks bad
  • 00:16:35.584 --> 00:16:38.720
  • standing in frontof a golden image
  • 00:16:38.720 --> 00:16:41.256
  • and worshiping it
  • 00:16:41.256 --> 00:16:42.458
  • or it looks likewe're worshiping it
  • 00:16:42.458 --> 00:16:43.725
  • but here's what happened.
  • 00:16:43.725 --> 00:16:45.194
  • We threw our gold into the fire
  • 00:16:45.194 --> 00:16:47.663
  • and this calf just came out.
  • 00:16:47.663 --> 00:16:49.898
  • So what else could we do
  • 00:16:49.898 --> 00:16:51.366
  • but strip off our clothesand worship it, right?
  • 00:16:51.366 --> 00:16:54.236
  • Well, Moses was nothappy needless to say
  • 00:16:54.236 --> 00:16:56.705
  • but that was a lie.
  • 00:16:56.705 --> 00:16:58.040
  • What actually happenedwas Aaron said,
  • 00:16:58.040 --> 00:17:00.809
  • "Bring all of your gold,
  • 00:17:00.809 --> 00:17:02.344
  • "bring all of your bling,
  • 00:17:02.344 --> 00:17:03.812
  • "bring your earrings
  • 00:17:03.812 --> 00:17:05.314
  • "and your rings
  • 00:17:05.314 --> 00:17:06.148
  • "and your necklaces."
  • 00:17:06.148 --> 00:17:07.449
  • And he melted it.
  • 00:17:07.449 --> 00:17:08.750
  • And he made it in theshape of a golden calf
  • 00:17:08.750 --> 00:17:11.720
  • that the people werebowing before it.
  • 00:17:11.720 --> 00:17:13.789
  • But that was a lie.
  • 00:17:13.789 --> 00:17:16.258
  • And we live in a culture,
  • 00:17:16.258 --> 00:17:18.260
  • where especiallyon social media,
  • 00:17:18.260 --> 00:17:19.995
  • it's literally built on lies.
  • 00:17:19.995 --> 00:17:22.264
  • You have click bait.
  • 00:17:22.264 --> 00:17:23.765
  • You ever see one of those images
  • 00:17:23.765 --> 00:17:25.868
  • and it'll have alittle headline.
  • 00:17:25.868 --> 00:17:27.369
  • "Oh, they left us too soon."
  • 00:17:27.369 --> 00:17:29.338
  • And it's some wellknown movie star.
  • 00:17:29.338 --> 00:17:31.573
  • What they died?
  • 00:17:31.573 --> 00:17:32.407
  • You click it
  • 00:17:32.407 --> 00:17:33.642
  • and it has nothingto do with that.
  • 00:17:33.642 --> 00:17:35.611
  • There are lies thatare told about people.
  • 00:17:35.611 --> 00:17:38.247
  • Side said dealprimarily in gossip.
  • 00:17:38.247 --> 00:17:41.717
  • Let that not be somethingthat's a part of our lives.
  • 00:17:41.717 --> 00:17:45.654
  • Another form oflying is flattery.
  • 00:17:45.654 --> 00:17:49.925
  • One definition offlattery is quote,
  • 00:17:49.925 --> 00:17:52.194
  • "Flattery is saying thingsto a certain person's face
  • 00:17:52.194 --> 00:17:55.531
  • "you would never saybehind their back."
  • 00:17:55.531 --> 00:17:58.467
  • So you say, "Oh,you're so wonderful.
  • 00:17:58.467 --> 00:18:00.335
  • "Oh, you're so smart."
  • 00:18:00.335 --> 00:18:01.837
  • Then you turn around and say,"I can't stand that person.
  • 00:18:01.837 --> 00:18:04.306
  • :There're such a loser."
  • 00:18:04.306 --> 00:18:05.841
  • You're lying when you saythese things to a person.
  • 00:18:05.841 --> 00:18:10.078
  • Another form of lyingis exaggeration.
  • 00:18:10.078 --> 00:18:13.482
  • Now let's be honest,
  • 00:18:13.482 --> 00:18:14.850
  • sometimes preachers areguilty of exaggeration,
  • 00:18:14.850 --> 00:18:19.021
  • especially when itcomes to numbers.
  • 00:18:19.021 --> 00:18:21.023
  • How many people cometo their church,
  • 00:18:21.023 --> 00:18:23.158
  • how many peopleattended this event.
  • 00:18:23.158 --> 00:18:25.761
  • It's sort of likeevangelastically speaking
  • 00:18:25.761 --> 00:18:29.565
  • than evangelistically speaking.
  • 00:18:29.565 --> 00:18:31.867
  • That's why we try to keepvery accurate numbers
  • 00:18:31.867 --> 00:18:34.903
  • and when we give you a number,
  • 00:18:34.903 --> 00:18:36.638
  • it is really factual.
  • 00:18:36.638 --> 00:18:39.107
  • But we might exaggerateour skills to get
  • 00:18:39.107 --> 00:18:42.744
  • that promotion at work
  • 00:18:42.744 --> 00:18:44.546
  • or whatever it is,
  • 00:18:44.546 --> 00:18:45.647
  • stretching the facts
  • 00:18:45.647 --> 00:18:46.782
  • that's a form of lying.
  • 00:18:46.782 --> 00:18:48.850
  • Here's another oneyou can also lie
  • 00:18:48.850 --> 00:18:50.986
  • when you remain silent,
  • 00:18:50.986 --> 00:18:52.521
  • when you should speak.
  • 00:18:52.521 --> 00:18:54.289
  • You can lie by remainingsilent when you should speak.
  • 00:18:54.289 --> 00:18:58.460
  • Maybe you're in a setting where
  • 00:18:58.460 --> 00:19:00.462
  • something is said aboutsomeone that you know
  • 00:19:00.462 --> 00:19:02.764
  • that is not true.
  • 00:19:02.764 --> 00:19:04.833
  • And you don't refute it.
  • 00:19:04.833 --> 00:19:06.802
  • You say nothingeven though you know
  • 00:19:06.802 --> 00:19:08.437
  • what they're saying is not true
  • 00:19:08.437 --> 00:19:09.938
  • about this person you know.
  • 00:19:09.938 --> 00:19:12.174
  • That's called slander by silence
  • 00:19:12.174 --> 00:19:15.477
  • or complicity by passivity.
  • 00:19:15.477 --> 00:19:19.348
  • Christians need tobe telling the truth
  • 00:19:19.348 --> 00:19:23.185
  • and not be telling lies.
  • 00:19:23.185 --> 00:19:26.455
  • This is a reflection
  • 00:19:26.455 --> 00:19:28.290
  • of the Lord
  • 00:19:28.290 --> 00:19:29.124
  • and his will for us.
  • 00:19:29.124 --> 00:19:30.459
  • All right, one last commandment.
  • 00:19:30.459 --> 00:19:32.594
  • Commandment number 10.
  • 00:19:32.594 --> 00:19:34.296
  • And by the way,
  • 00:19:34.296 --> 00:19:35.731
  • I think this is thehardest of all 10 to keep.
  • 00:19:35.731 --> 00:19:39.001
  • I think it's harder to keep
  • 00:19:39.001 --> 00:19:40.269
  • than you should notcommit adultery,
  • 00:19:40.269 --> 00:19:42.037
  • you shall not steal,
  • 00:19:42.037 --> 00:19:43.305
  • you shall not take theLord's name in vain.
  • 00:19:43.305 --> 00:19:45.941
  • It's harder than all of them
  • 00:19:45.941 --> 00:19:48.010
  • because it's amatter of the heart.
  • 00:19:48.010 --> 00:19:49.978
  • The title of this messageis The Heart of The Problem.
  • 00:19:49.978 --> 00:19:53.615
  • Listen to this,
  • 00:19:53.615 --> 00:19:55.117
  • the heart of the problem isthe problem of the heart.
  • 00:19:55.117 --> 00:19:58.754
  • What is the final commandment?
  • 00:19:58.754 --> 00:20:00.589
  • Here it is,
  • 00:20:00.589 --> 00:20:01.790
  • "You shall not covet."
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  • Exodus 20:17, "Don't covetyour neighbor's house
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  • "or his wife
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  • "or his men servantand maid servant
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  • "or ox or donkey
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  • "or anything that belongsto your neighbor."
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  • Coveting is in simplydesiring something
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  • that someone else has.
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  • Coveting is beingdevoured by desire
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  • for something that is not yours.
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  • It actually meansto eagerly desire
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  • that which belongs to another
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  • or to set yourheart on something.
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  • The New Testament translatesthe Hebrew word for coveting
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  • with the word lust.
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  • And it can be translatedto pant after something.
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  • Pant after something.
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  • So you think of a dog,
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  • you know, pantingafter it's food.
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  • You know, you putfood in a dog's dish
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  • the dog wants to eat that food.
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  • You better not touch that food.
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  • That's a dog soup.
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  • It's like panting after.
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  • I must have this thing.
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  • That thing must be mine.
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  • Remember The Lord ofThe Rings, a film series
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  • and there was a littlecreature called Gollum
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  • and he was obsessed withgetting the ring from Frodo.
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  • And he called thering, "My precious."
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  • You know, he hadto have the ring.
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  • He was obsessed with the ring.
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  • And that's whatcoveting is like.
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  • You become obsessedwith something,
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  • you feel that youmust have this thing.
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  • I heard about a RomanCatholic Priest who
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  • heard the confessionsof some 2000 people.
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  • He said every imaginablesin was confessed
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  • including adulteryand even murder.
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  • But this Priest said,
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  • "I never heard one person admit
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  • "to committing thesin of coveting."
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  • And I think that's because wedon't really know what it is
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  • and we don't understandhow bad it can be.
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  • How does coveting work?
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  • Well, basically theeyes look at an object,
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  • the mind admires it,
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  • the will goes over to it
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  • and the body moves in topossess it, that's coveting.
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  • For instance, you mightadmire your neighbor's new car
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  • and go and buy oneexactly like it.
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  • That's not coveting,
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  • that's actually copying.
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  • It may irritate him.
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  • But I don't think that's a sin
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  • though might bughim a little bit.
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  • But coveting is different.
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  • It's when you admireyour neighbor's car
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  • and then you say, "canI Cake it for a spin
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  • "around the block?"
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  • And you never come back again.
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  • That's coveting.
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  • Well actually that'salso grand theft auto.
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  • But the point of it is,
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  • you've taken somethingthat belongs to another.
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  • I saw what somebody else had.
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  • I decided I wantedthat thing for my self
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  • no matter what it costsme or anybody else.
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  • That's how coveting works
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  • and it can destroy your life.
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  • We read of Judas whobetrayed the Lord
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  • for three 30 pieces of silver.
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  • 1st Timothy 6:10 says,
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  • "The love of money is theroot of all kinds of evil.
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  • "While some have coveted after,"
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  • there's that word,
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  • "while some have coveted after,
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  • "they've erred from the faith
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  • "and pierced themselvesthrough with many sorrows."
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  • It's not a sin to wanna besuccessful in your business
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  • and make a good living.
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  • But when you becomeobsessed with it,
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  • when you're willing to dowhatever it takes to get there,
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  • when the most important thingto you in life is that thing
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  • instead of wanting toseek after the Lord
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  • coveting has turnedinto idolatry.
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  • Colossians 3:5warns us and says,
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  • "Covetousness is idolatry."
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  • Maybe one of the best examplesof this is King David.
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  • He's just a man whois very successful.
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  • He was the King over Israel.
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  • He was loved by his people
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  • and he was on the groundsof his beautiful palace.
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  • Back in those days onthe top of their palace
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  • they would have a littlegarden to walk around on
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  • and I've actually been to Israel
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  • and they have the city of David
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  • that they've unearthedand excavated.
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  • And you can see the generalarea where David's palace was.
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  • And so there atthat elevated spot
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  • David's looking over his kingdom
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  • and he happens to see abeautiful woman named Bathsheba,
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  • ironically taking a bath.
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  • So, you know, he saw awoman bathing herself
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  • and that was something thatobviously had an effect on him
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  • and he began to lust after her.
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  • So he should have just repented,
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  • taken a cold shower
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  • and call it a day
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  • but instead he says,
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  • "I want that woman broughtup to my chambers."
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  • They have sexualrelations together,
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  • she gets pregnant.
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  • And then instead of admittingthis sin to the Lord
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  • he tries to cover it up bybringing her husband back
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  • from battle to haverelations with his wife
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  • and her husband named Uriah
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  • doesn't do what Davidwants him to do.
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  • So David effectivelyhas him killed.
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  • And then he marries Bathsheba.
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  • So look at all of thesethings that happened.
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  • It started with coveting,
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  • seen something thatbelonged to someone else
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  • or I should say someone thatwas the wife of another,
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  • it started there.
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  • Then that gave way to adultery
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  • and that gave way to murder.
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  • And then he lied to cover it up.
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  • He broke four commandments
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  • but it started with coveting.
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  • It starts withcontrolling our mind
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  • and channeling ourthoughts toward the Lord.
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  • So in conclusion,
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  • have you broken anyof these commandments?
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  • Have you committed adultery?
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  • Have you lusted aftera man or a woman?
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  • Have you hated someone?
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  • Have you stolen?
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  • Have you lied?
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  • Have you covered it?
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  • The answer is, ofcourse you have.
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  • Let me restate it,of course we have.
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  • We've all brokenthese commandments.
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  • So sometimes we havepain in our life
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  • and we say, "Why doI have this pain?"
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  • It's the pain ofsin in your life.
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  • You're experiencing theimplications of sin.
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  • You don't wanna justget rid of the pain.
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  • You wanna get rid of the problem
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  • that causes the pain, right?
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  • Here's the problem, it's sin.
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  • Again as I said earlier,
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  • the heart of the problem isthe problem of the heart.
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  • You can control your heart.
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  • The Bible says the heartis deceitfully wicked
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  • above all thingswho can know it.
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  • It was the last thingI planned on doing.
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  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day
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  • but that was the day
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  • that was appointed in eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
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  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happen
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  • because Jesus Christwent to a cross
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  • and died for your sin
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  • and then rose againthree days later
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  • and he'll come intoyour life right now
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  • and be your savior and your Lord
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  • and the best friendyou've ever had.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me.
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  • Lord Jesus,
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  • I know that I'm a sinner
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  • but I believe you diedon the cross for my sin
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  • and I'm sorry for that sin.
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  • And I turn from it now
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  • and I ask you tocome into my life
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  • and be my savior
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  • and be my Lord
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  • and be my God
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  • and be my friend.
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  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward.
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  • In Jesus name I pray.
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  • Amen.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer
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  • I want you to know on theauthority of God's word,
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  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
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  • The Bible says thesethings we write to you
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  • that believe in thename of the son of God,
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  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life.
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  • But let me say,
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  • God bless you
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  • and welcome to God's family.
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