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  • ♪[dramatic theme music]♪
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  • -John Bradshaw:This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.Thanks for joining me.
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  • Now, I never did seethe television program,
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  • but I was told about it.
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  • A race of some kind,I think, around the world,
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  • people in pairs, sotwo people at a time,
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  • combining to progressthrough various stages.
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  • Now, at this stagein the TV program,
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  • the pairs were inthe Bahamas at a resort,
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  • and what they had to do therewas slide down a waterslide,
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  • one of those steep ones,
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  • the ones sort ofthrill-seekers like.
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  • Now, you know, they're over[snaps fingers] in a moment.
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  • It doesn't take long.It's not all that steep.
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  • You get butterfliesin your stomach.
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  • But people do it all day long.No one ever comes to harm.
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  • Except...the guy and hisgirlfriend were at the top
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  • of the waterslide,and she wouldn't slide.
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  • Even though it meant that theywould not be in the running
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  • to win a million dollars,she wouldn't slide.
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  • He pleaded with her.
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  • He cajoled her.He coaxed her.
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  • But she just wouldn't do it.
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  • If she slid down the slide,
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  • they'd still be in therunning for a million dollars.
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  • If she didn't, they'd beout of the race.
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  • They were out of the race,on their way home,
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  • no longer contendingfor the million dollars.
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  • [whoosh of wind]
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  • Now, I know there are timesyou come up against your fears,
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  • whatever they may be.
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  • But there are times when, inorder to get something done,
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  • you need to takea leap of faith,
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  • and that's what I'mgoing to do today.
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  • No, I'm not going to godown a waterslide.
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  • In fact, I've riddenthat same waterslide
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  • I told you about a moment ago.
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  • I've yet to meet a waterslidethat I wouldn't ride.
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  • This? Tougher. [laughs]
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  • I mean, much tougher.
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  • This is going to require meto make a leap of faith.
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  • An actual leap of faith.
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  • [wind noise andsnapping fabric sound]
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  • ♪[dramatic music]♪
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  • When you come to the Bible,
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  • you see exampleafter example of faith.
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  • In fact, the Bible says thatsalvation comes "by grace...
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  • through faith."
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  • So faith is a prerequisitefor everlasting life.
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  • The book of Hebrews says that
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  • "without faith it isimpossible to please [God]."
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  • Hebrews 11, verse 6.
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  • So faith is utterly essential.
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  • So we're going tofind out what faith is,
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  • and maybe what it isn't.
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  • Forty-five minutesfrom the It Is Written
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  • ministry headquarters, justoutside Chattanooga, Tennessee,
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  • there's a place called theLookout Mountain Flight Park.
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  • Now, first, let's consider someof the great stories of faith
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  • before we take a leap of faith.
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  • If you wanted toread about faith,
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  • you'd go to Hebrews 11, where weread about the heroes of faith.
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  • Hebrews 11 is like the Hallof Fame for people of faith.
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  • We could call it"the Hall of Faith."
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  • The chapter startswith these words:
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  • "Now faith is the substanceof things hoped for,
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  • the evidence ofthings not seen."
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  • Which tells us something.
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  • Faith is what allows youto have something
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  • you might currentlyonly hope for.
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  • It's what providesevidence for you
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  • of things that you cannot see.
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  • Let me say that again.
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  • Faith allows you to say,"I'm only hoping for it,
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  • but I believe I have it,"
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  • and, "I don't see it,but I believe I have it."
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  • In Hebrews 11,verse 2, we read that
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  • by faith "the eldersobtained a good testimony."
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  • The men of old wereattested to by faith.
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  • I'll give you anexample of that.
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  • You can have great faith,saving faith, strong faith.
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  • It's easier thanyou might think.
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  • Remember the story of Mosessending the 12 spies
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  • to see what thePromised Land was like?
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  • They were told to bring backa report of what they saw,
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  • which they did--and didn't.
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  • Moses said to them, "Seewhat the land is like:
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  • "[see] whether the people...are strong or weak,
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  • "[whether they are]few or many;
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  • "[see if] the land...is good or bad..." and so on.
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  • And he told them to bring back"some of the fruit of the land."
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  • Numbers 13:27 says,
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  • "Then they told him, and said:
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  • "'We went to the landwhere you sent us.
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  • "'It truly flowswith milk and honey,
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  • and this is [the] fruit.'"
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  • Now, that was, so far, faith.
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  • "Go and look," Moses said,
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  • "and come back and tell mewhat you saw."
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  • Up until this point,that's what they had done.
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  • But then, then they say,
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  • "Nevertheless the people whodwell in the land are strong;
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  • "the cities are fortifiedand very large;
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  • "moreover we sawthe descendants of Anak there.
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  • "The Amalekites dwell inthe land of the South;
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  • "the Hittites, the Jebusites,and the Amorites dwell
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  • "in the mountains; and theCanaanites dwell by the sea
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  • and along the banksof the Jordan."
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  • In other words, we've gone frominforming you of what we saw
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  • to interpreting what we saw.
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  • They already had God'spromise that He would drive
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  • the inhabitants ofthe land out of there.
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  • They didn't needto worry themselves
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  • with what seemed possibleor what seemed impossible
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  • from a human viewpoint.
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  • They just neededto tell the facts.
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  • Faith would have said,"This is what we saw,
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  • and God is goingto work it out,"
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  • for the simple factthat God had promised
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  • to work it out for them.
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  • Now Numbers 13, verse 30 and on:
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  • "Then Caleb quieted the peoplebefore Moses, and said,
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  • "'Let us go up at onceand take possession,
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  • "for we are well ableto overcome it.'
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  • "But the men who hadgone up with him said,
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  • "'We are not able to go upagainst the people,
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  • "for they are stronger than we.'
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  • "And they gave the children ofIsrael a bad report of the land
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  • which they had spied out."
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  • And so continued the downwardspiral that ultimately saw
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  • the children of Israel spend40 years in the wilderness,
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  • a year for every daythe spies were gone.
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  • So where do we seefaith in this story?
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  • Joshua and Caleb believed Godagainst the odds,
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  • against all appearances.
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  • Contrary to how things seemed,they simply believed God.
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  • They believed that God coulddeliver the Promised Land
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  • into their hands.
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  • Here they were onthe borders of Canaan,
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  • and Joshua and Caleb simplybelieved that God could do
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  • what He said He would do,and that was faith,
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  • believing that God would dowhat He said He would do,
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  • simply because He said it.
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  • In other words,taking God at His word
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  • and expecting Godto do what He says.
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  • Faith. That's faith.
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  • Now, I said I was going totake a leap of faith today.
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  • And this is no joke.
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  • It's not something I everthought I would do,
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  • but I'm going to do it.
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  • Wish me well.
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  • I'll be back in just a moment.
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  • ♪[music swells and ends]♪
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  • -John: Jesus said He cameinto the world
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  • to give us a more abundant life.
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  • And you can have thatby making simple changes
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  • that bring profound results.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • So, faith is taking Godat His word,
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  • expecting God to dowhat He says He can do,
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  • simply because He said it.
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  • And I want to give you an ideaof what faith looks like.
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  • When I wore a youngerman's clothes,
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  • I promised myself that I woulddo a parachute jump.
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  • I never did, and I don't knowif I ever would.
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  • But one thing I neverpromised myself I would do
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  • was to hang glide.
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  • Now, it looks like a ton of fun.
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  • You've seen people way upthere soaring like a bird,
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  • flying high abovethe countryside.
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  • The view has to be spectacular.
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  • Well, just outside Chattanoogais Lookout Mountain,
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  • and up on Lookout Mountain
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  • you'll find Lookout MountainFlight Park,
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  • where people hang glide.
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  • And someone suggested to me,
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  • "Maybe you'd liketo go hang gliding."
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  • And I said, "No."
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  • And they said, "Why not?"
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  • And I said, "Because...[laughs] no."
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  • But then I thought about it.People do it all the time.
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  • It's relatively safe.
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  • It'd have to be incredible.
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  • Now, it's hard to ignorethe danger aspect, that's true.
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  • But think about this with me.
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  • In the United States about 40people die every year skiing.
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  • About 100 people die everyyear in hunting accidents.
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  • And then, think aboutcycling and swimming,
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  • very significantfatalities every year,
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  • and yet people do themall the time.
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  • ♪[contemplative music]♪
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  • Now, I'm not doing thisbecause I think it's dangerous.
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  • I'm doing it becauseit'll be awesome,
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  • it'll be exhilarating,
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  • and because I genuinelybelieve I'm going to be okay.
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  • And why do I believeI'm going to be okay?
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  • So, how long have youbeen doing this?
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  • -Adrian Sanchez:Been flying for 11 years.
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  • -John: How many timeshave you flown?
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  • I mean, guess for me.
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  • How many, how many flightsdoes that equate to?
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  • -Adrian: Been doing threeto five hundred times per year.
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  • -John: That'sthousands of times.
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  • So, to a greateror lesser extent,
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  • you're going to teach meto hang glide?
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  • -Adrian: Absolutely. Yes.
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  • -John: Okay.I'm not going to die?
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  • -Adrian: No,you're not going to die.
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  • -John: Why should I, [laughs]why should I believe you?
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  • -Adrian: Because I wantto keep my reputation clean.
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  • -John: All right, that's good.That's a good reason, yeah.
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  • -Adrian: So, I want to makesure I always say,
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  • "You will be safe."
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  • -John: So, what is it that'sgoing to ensure that I'm safe?
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  • -Adrian: I'm not going tolet you go unless I know
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  • it's safe for you to, to go.
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  • And I explained youthe basics of the flight.
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  • -John: So, if I dowhat you tell me,
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  • listen to you,follow instructions--
  • 00:11:53.325 --> 00:11:55.694
  • -Adrian: Followinstructions, yes.
  • 00:11:55.728 --> 00:11:56.796
  • -John: ...I should be okay?
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  • -Adrian: You should be fine.
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  • Absolutely. Yes.
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  • -John: Which soundsa whole lot like faith.
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  • When it comes to faith,we listen to what God says
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  • and trust that He'll dowhat He says He can do.
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  • Now, I'm fully awarethat my friends
  • 00:12:12.511 --> 00:12:13.979
  • at Lookout MountainFlight Park aren't God,
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  • but the principleremains the same.
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  • I'm going to do whatthey say, and trust.
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  • ♪[music intensifies]♪
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  • Trust that it's allgoing to be okay.
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  • ♪[music increases]♪
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  • So, is this blind faith?
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  • No, because there's thistrack record they have
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  • of proven success.
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  • This is what they do.
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  • This works.
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  • They do this all the time.
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  • ♪[music]♪
  • 00:12:53.252 --> 00:12:56.789
  • There are lots and lots ofpeople who can say, "I did it.
  • 00:12:56.822 --> 00:13:00.826
  • "I followed the instructions.
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  • "I followed the proceduresand the protocols.
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  • I did all those things,and it worked out."
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  • ♪[music ends]♪
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  • Well, that was cool.
  • 00:13:08.601 --> 00:13:09.335
  • You know something,
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  • it's interesting how littleyou actually think
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  • when you're up there.
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  • ♪[music]♪
  • 00:13:13.606 --> 00:13:14.473
  • Uh, and maybe fromanother perspective,
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  • how much you think.
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  • Um, it's easy to get intothe air and then forget
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  • some of the most importantthings that you were told.
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  • And what I discovered is this:
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  • The more I remember what I wastold and think about that
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  • and do just what I was told,
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  • the better things work out.
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  • It's a little bit like faith.
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  • And we'll talk aboutthat a little more.
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  • What a great experience.
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  • You're up there in the airsoaring and think to yourself,
  • 00:13:37.363 --> 00:13:39.398
  • "Wow, I'm actually flying."
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  • Not that I was flying flying.
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  • It's when you get up therethat you're flying,
  • 00:13:42.034 --> 00:13:43.769
  • but you get up off the ground,
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  • there's a little wind beneaththe wing, and it was great.
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  • You listen to the teacher;things go really well.
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  • Kind of think you knowhow to do it yourself
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  • and do your own thing?
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  • Not so well.
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  • -Megan Friesen: Yeah, the firsttime running off the hillside
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  • to hang glide, it wasfar more frightening
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  • than I actually thoughtit was going to be,
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  • and, I, um, I didn't putmy trust in the equipment,
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  • and, um, clung justway too tight,
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  • and I felt it wasan unsuccessful takeoff,
  • 00:14:16.135 --> 00:14:20.239
  • but it was because I was,yeah, I got nervous,
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  • and I didn't trustmy equipment or myself.
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  • I think it says that, uh, it'simportant to put your trust,
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  • you know, where yourtrust needs to be in,
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  • and to believe in what'scarrying you forward.
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  • -John: Well, is thisa reckless faith?
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  • No, it isn't that, but it'simportant to remember
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  • that there are plentyof people in the Bible
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  • who stepped out in faith
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  • and walked right intothe eye of a storm.
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  • So, I'm going hang gliding.
  • 00:14:47.633 --> 00:14:49.468
  • Back to Hebrews, chapter 11:
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  • "By faith Abel offered to Goda more excellent sacrifice
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  • than Cain."
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  • That's verse 4.
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  • Abel had faith.
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  • And we know how that turned out.
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  • Verse 7 mentions Noah.
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  • Faith in God led Noah to goon the ride of his life.
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  • There had to have beenmoments when Noah wondered
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  • if he would get offthat ark alive,
  • 00:15:11.023 --> 00:15:13.492
  • moments when his familycame to him and said,
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  • "What were you thinking?"
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  • You see, faith can bea messy business.
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  • Don't make the mistake ofthinking that because faith
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  • in God led you intosome difficult situations
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  • that faith was the wrong option.
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  • Faith doesn't equal Easy Street.
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  • Hebrews 11 talksabout Abraham who,
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  • when he was called to go out
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  • "to the place which he wouldreceive "as an inheritance,
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  • and he went out not knowingwhere he was going."
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  • Hebrews 11, verse 8.
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  • Which wasn't pleasantand wasn't easy.
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  • Later, Abraham was askedto sacrifice his own son.
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  • "By faith Moses chose to sufferaffliction with the people
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  • of God, rather than to enjoythe passing pleasures of sin."
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  • Faith led him tosuffer affliction.
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  • You get the picture.
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  • Faith can be challenging.
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  • Faith doesn'ttake away the heat.
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  • It doesn't remove the stress.
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  • Faith doesn'tcancel uncertainty.
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  • What it does, though, is itstates that you're trusting God
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  • to be true to His word,regardless of the circumstances.
  • 00:16:19.158 --> 00:16:23.262
  • And what is faith?
  • 00:16:23.295 --> 00:16:24.763
  • Trusting that the Word of Godwill do what it says it will do
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  • because it says so.
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  • Now, about that leap of faith.
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  • I'm ready to go.
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  • You don't want to miss this.
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  • I'll be right back.
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  • ♪[music swells and ends]♪
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  • -John: Jesus said He cameinto the world
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  • to give us a more abundant life.
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  • And you can have thatby making simple changes
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  • that bring profound results.
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  • And with that in mind, I'd liketo offer you a special book.
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  • It's called"Confidence in Chaos."
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  • If you want to get yourheart right with God,
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  • this is the book that's goingto set you on the path
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  • to that place.
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  • In order to get this book,call right now.
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  • The number is1-800-253-3000,
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  • and simply ask for"Confidence in Chaos,"
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  • or visit us online atiiwoffer.com.
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  • ♪[gentle piano music]♪
  • 00:17:15.681 --> 00:17:17.349
  • [mug clinks on table]
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  • -Man 1: What does the Bible sayabout astrology?
  • 00:17:21.653 --> 00:17:23.856
  • -Man 2: Why do bad thingshappen to good people?
  • 00:17:28.527 --> 00:17:31.463
  • [crayons rattle together]
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  • -Girl: What color is Jesus?
  • 00:17:37.035 --> 00:17:39.471
  • -John Bradshaw: If youhave a question,
  • 00:17:39.505 --> 00:17:40.572
  • we'd love to find an answerfor you from the Bible.
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  • Line Upon Line
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  • from It Is Written TV.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • So, here I am getting readyto go hang gliding.
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  • And it seems to methat this exercise
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  • would be a very good objectlesson of what faith is.
  • 00:17:54.653 --> 00:17:58.490
  • ♪[music]♪
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  • In life, a believer learnsto listen to the voice of God
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  • and follow what God says,because God is God.
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  • God knows best.
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  • God is full of wisdom.
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  • God has your bestinterests in mind.
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  • Faith is hearing the wordof God and following that,
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  • rather than following doubtor fear or the crowd.
  • 00:18:17.009 --> 00:18:20.546
  • I'll give you a for-instance, asimple one and an obvious one.
  • 00:18:20.579 --> 00:18:24.183
  • The Bible says that "inthe beginning God created."
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  • The prophetsreferenced Creation.
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  • Jesus talked about Creation.
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  • The book of Revelation,the last book in the Bible,
  • 00:18:32.057 --> 00:18:35.394
  • like the first book in theBible, talks about Creation.
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  • According to the Bibleit's a done deal:
  • 00:18:39.097 --> 00:18:41.667
  • God created the world.
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  • But some people say humansevolved and that the world
  • 00:18:45.237 --> 00:18:48.907
  • came into existence asthe result of the Big Bang.
  • 00:18:48.941 --> 00:18:52.044
  • [explosion]
  • 00:18:52.077 --> 00:18:53.278
  • And then you'll have people whoask the very logical question,
  • 00:18:53.312 --> 00:18:56.181
  • "How could God createthe world out of nothing?"
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  • Now, is my faith in theCreation account of the Bible
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  • just blind faith?
  • 00:19:03.989 --> 00:19:05.257
  • No, it's not.
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  • Because the Bible demonstratesto me again and again
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  • that I can trust it.
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  • Prophecy suggests I can.
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  • The biblical recordsuggests I can,
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  • as do history and archaeology.
  • 00:19:17.102 --> 00:19:19.605
  • They all make it clearthat my faith in the Bible
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  • is well-founded.
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  • For me to believe somethingthat isn't in the Bible?
  • 00:19:24.610 --> 00:19:27.713
  • Now, that would bea lack of faith,
  • 00:19:27.746 --> 00:19:29.147
  • because in order to do that,
  • 00:19:29.181 --> 00:19:30.816
  • I would have to reject what Godsays and believe something
  • 00:19:30.849 --> 00:19:34.486
  • that is outside the Bible, overthat which is in the Bible.
  • 00:19:34.519 --> 00:19:39.758
  • And that's not faith.
  • 00:19:39.791 --> 00:19:41.727
  • So you can believe evolution.
  • 00:19:41.760 --> 00:19:43.362
  • You can believe the Floodnever happened,
  • 00:19:43.395 --> 00:19:44.930
  • you can believe therewas no virgin birth,
  • 00:19:44.963 --> 00:19:46.832
  • you can believe Jesusdid not die on the cross,
  • 00:19:46.865 --> 00:19:50.335
  • but you cannot then claimto have faith.
  • 00:19:50.369 --> 00:19:54.373
  • Faith is believing theWord of God and acting on it.
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  • ♪[new music]♪
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  • Now, before you say, "Well,he, he's not hang gliding.
  • 00:20:11.556 --> 00:20:14.960
  • "He's going with somebody else.
  • 00:20:14.993 --> 00:20:16.695
  • I thought he was goingto fly on his own."
  • 00:20:16.728 --> 00:20:18.297
  • Now, hold on a minute.
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  • Here's what I'm doing.
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  • I'm connecting myselfto someone else
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  • and I'm trusting someone elseto get me through this
  • 00:20:24.403 --> 00:20:27.639
  • in one piece andget me down safely.
  • 00:20:27.673 --> 00:20:30.108
  • And that is what faith is.
  • 00:20:30.142 --> 00:20:33.612
  • It's connecting yourselfto somebody else
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  • and trusting that somebody elseto get you through.
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  • That's how it works.
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  • ♪[music]♪
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  • -Adrian:How do you feel?
  • 00:20:45.090 --> 00:20:46.058
  • -John: Okay.
  • 00:20:46.091 --> 00:20:47.225
  • -Adrian: Are you ready?
  • 00:20:47.259 --> 00:20:47.893
  • -John: Yeah, I'm ready.
  • 00:20:47.926 --> 00:20:48.960
  • -Adrian: Okay. We goingto count, one, two, three.
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  • Is that okay?
  • 00:20:50.529 --> 00:20:51.330
  • -John: Yup.
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  • -Adrian: All right, uh. Check.
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  • One, two, three! [Click sound]
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  • Go, go, go, go, go, go!
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  • [Whoosh]
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  • -Adrian: Woo-hoo!
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  • -John: Wow! [John laughing]
  • 00:21:05.610 --> 00:21:07.813
  • -Adrian:[Unintelligible]
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  • -John: Oh yeah, man!
  • 00:21:10.182 --> 00:21:12.184
  • And off we went.
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  • It was exhilarating.
  • 00:21:14.453 --> 00:21:17.289
  • There was this moment of,
  • 00:21:17.322 --> 00:21:18.590
  • man, are we actuallygoing to stay up here?
  • 00:21:18.623 --> 00:21:21.493
  • And then you realize that, yes,
  • 00:21:21.526 --> 00:21:23.562
  • you're actually goingto stay up here.
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  • And you settle inand enjoy the scenery.
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  • Oh, man. Awesome.
  • 00:21:30.202 --> 00:21:33.739
  • And that's what faith is like.
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  • I heard someone once say
  • 00:21:36.842 --> 00:21:37.843
  • that faith grows byconflict with doubt.
  • 00:21:37.876 --> 00:21:42.314
  • Doubt would suggestyou pull back.
  • 00:21:42.347 --> 00:21:47.986
  • But faith sees that doubt,recognizes that doubt,
  • 00:21:48.019 --> 00:21:52.724
  • and forges on because there'ssomething greater than doubt.
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  • [Whoosh]
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  • That's the Word of God.
  • 00:22:02.200 --> 00:22:06.238
  • [Wind noises]
  • 00:22:06.271 --> 00:22:14.146
  • So what are you wrestling with?
  • 00:22:16.848 --> 00:22:18.917
  • Where is God asking youto take a leap of faith?
  • 00:22:18.950 --> 00:22:23.855
  • Now, it might be that God iscalling you to, let's say,
  • 00:22:23.889 --> 00:22:27.192
  • serve as a missionary insome far-flung country
  • 00:22:27.225 --> 00:22:31.863
  • and you think about that, yousay, "I'd kind of love to,
  • 00:22:31.897 --> 00:22:34.633
  • "except that, I don't knowwhere my support is coming from.
  • 00:22:34.666 --> 00:22:40.539
  • "How could I bear to beaway from home so long?
  • 00:22:40.572 --> 00:22:43.809
  • There are so many details that Idon't know how to figure out."
  • 00:22:43.842 --> 00:22:46.745
  • But then you remember thatit's God who is calling you,
  • 00:22:46.778 --> 00:22:52.517
  • and you realize that ifGod is calling you,
  • 00:22:52.551 --> 00:22:55.120
  • then He's able towork it out for you.
  • 00:22:55.153 --> 00:22:59.825
  • Now, not too many people arebeing called to be missionaries
  • 00:22:59.858 --> 00:23:03.161
  • in a foreign country,but it makes my point.
  • 00:23:03.195 --> 00:23:06.298
  • So maybe it's different for you.
  • 00:23:06.331 --> 00:23:07.632
  • Maybe God is speaking to youabout your finances.
  • 00:23:07.666 --> 00:23:09.868
  • Maybe God is asking youto tithe, and you're saying,
  • 00:23:09.901 --> 00:23:13.872
  • "I don't knowif I can afford to do that."
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  • But you read in the Biblewhere God says
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  • that if you're faithful to Himwith your finances,
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  • He will "open up thewindows of heaven
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  • "and pour out [so much] blessing
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  • that you won't have roomenough to receive it [all]."
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  • Faith says, "I don't see,but I'll trust God."
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  • And you'll see thatGod is true to His word.
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  • Faith is the evidenceof things not seen.
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  • Or, it might be thatGod is asking you
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  • to give Him your heart.
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  • And you're wondering whatyour family or friends will say.
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  • Or what life will look like ifyou give your life over to God.
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  • And then you read the Bible,and you see that God promises
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  • to bless you and guide youand uphold you
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  • and fill your lifewith His presence.
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  • And faith says, faith says,"I'll trust God.
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  • I'll follow His leading.I'll stand on His Word."
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  • And that's faith.
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  • And your life changes, and youwon't ever be the same again.
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  • You'll be redeemed,saved, transformed,
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  • on a new path,living a new life,
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  • a life with an eternal future.
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  • God offers you so much.
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  • He offers youforgiveness of your sins.
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  • He offers you therighteousness of Jesus,
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  • adoption into heaven's family.
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  • God offers you so much,and you can have it.
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  • You can have it all by faith.
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  • Take that leap of faith.
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  • It's the most reasonablething that you could ever do.
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  • -John: Thank you forremembering that It Is Written
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  • exists because of the kindnessof people just like you.
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  • To support this internationallife-changing ministry,
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  • please call us now at800-253-3000.
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  • You can send yourtax-deductible gift
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  • to the addresson your screen,
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  • or you can visit us online atitiswritten.com.
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  • Thank you for your prayersand for your financial support.
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  • Our number again is800-253-3000,
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  • or you can visit us online atitiswritten.com.
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  • -John Bradshaw:Let me pray for you now.
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  • ♪[soft music]♪
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  • Our Father in heaven,
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  • we are thankful todayfor the gift of faith.
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  • I pray You'll grow our faith.
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  • And right now there'ssomeone who needs to make
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  • a leap of faith.
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  • Perhaps they'rewrestling with relocating,
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  • something to do with health
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  • or finance or service,
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  • a career change,
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  • a relationship.
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  • Whatever it is, dear Lord,I'm encouraging You
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  • to place within us thatfaithfulness to follow You
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  • and trust in You.
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  • Someone right now is teeteringon the brink of trusting You.
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  • Or there's someone teeteringon the brink of walking away
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  • from You because they'rewondering how they can be
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  • a person of faith right now.
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  • Father in heaven,direct us to You.
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  • Remind us again thatfaith is trusting You
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  • and believing that You will dowhat only You can do,
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  • even for me.
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  • Thank You for faith,
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  • and thank You, Lord,
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  • for being so faithful.
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  • In Jesus' name we pray,
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  • Amen.
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  • Thanks so much for joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward toseeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shallnot live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceedsfrom the mouth of God.'"
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  • ♪[dramatic theme music swells]♪
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