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Finishing Grace

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June 6, 2019
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Joel Osteen

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  • (APPLAUSE)
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  • WELL, GOD BLESS YOU. IT'S
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  • ALWAYS A JOY TO COME INTO YOUR
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  • HOMES. IF YOU'RE EVER IN OUR
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  • AREA PLEASE STOP BY AND BE A
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  • PART OF ONE OF OUR SERVICES.
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  • I PROMISE YOU WE'LL MAKE YOU
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  • FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. BUT THANKS
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  • SO MUCH FOR TUNING IN. THANK
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  • YOU AGAIN FOR COMING OUT TODAY.
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  • I LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING
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  • FUNNY. THIS WAS SENT TO ME
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  • FROM AN ATTORNEY. I HEARD ABOUT
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  • THESE TWO MEN - THE POPE AND A
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  • LAWYER. THEY DIED ON THE SAME
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  • DAY. SAINT PETER MET THEM AT
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  • THE PEARLY GATES AND SAID,
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  • "FOLLOW ME, MEN. I'LL TAKE YOU
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  • TO YOUR HOMES." PETER FIRST
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  • DROPPED THE POPE OFF AT THIS
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  • SMALL WOOD FRAMED HOUSE, JUST
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  • ONE BED AND ONE DESK. HE THEN
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  • TOOK THE LAWYER TO THIS
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  • MAGNIFICENT HOUSE. IT WAS HUGE.
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  • IT HAD A BIG SWIMMING POOL, A
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  • BEAUTIFUL VIEW OUT BACK.
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  • THE LAWYER WAS OVERWHELMED.
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  • HE SAID, "SAINT PETER, WHAT
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  • DID I DO TO MANAGE TO GET THIS
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  • MAGNIFICENT PLACE WHEN THE POPE
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  • ONLY GOT THAT SMALL PLACE?"
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  • PETER SAID, "WE HAVE DOZENS OF
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  • POPES. YOU'RE THE FIRST
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  • LAWYER." (LAUGHTER/APPLAUSE)
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  • HOLD UP YOUR BIBLE.
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  • THIS IS MY BIBLE.
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  • I AM WHAT IT SAYS I AM.
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  • I HAVE WHAT IT SAYS I HAVE.
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  • I CAN DO WHAT IT SAYS I CAN DO.
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  • TODAY I WILL BE TAUGHT
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  • THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • I BOLDLY CONFESS: MY MIND IS
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  • ALERT. MY HEART IS RECEPTIVE.
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  • I WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
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  • IN JESUS' NAME. GOD BLESS YOU.
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  • I WANT TO TALK TO YOU TODAY
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  • ABOUT FINISHING GRACE. IT
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  • DOESN'T TAKE A LOT OF EFFORT
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  • TO START THINGS: START A DIET,
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  • START SCHOOL, START A FAMILY.
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  • STARTING IS EASY. FINISHING IS
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  • WHAT CAN BE DIFFICULT.
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  • ANY YOUNG LADY CAN HAVE A
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  • BABY BUT IT TAKES A MOTHER TO
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  • REALLY RAISE THAT CHILD.
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  • ANY TWO PEOPLE CAN GET MARRIED
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  • BUT IT TAKES COMMITMENT TO
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  • STICK WITH IT FOR THE LONG
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  • HAUL. ANYONE CAN HAVE A DREAM
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  • BUT IT TAKES DETERMINATION,
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  • PERSEVERANCE, A MADE UP MIND,
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  • TO SEE IT COME TO PASS.
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  • THE QUESTION IS NOT, "WILL
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  • YOU START?" BUT "WILL YOU
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  • FINISH?" WILL YOU FINISH THE
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  • DIET? WILL YOU FINISH SCHOOL?
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  • WILL YOU FINISH RAISING YOUR
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  • CHILDREN? TOO MANY PEOPLE
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  • START OFF GOOD. THEY HAVE BIG
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  • DREAMS. THEY'RE EXCITED ABOUT
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  • THEIR FUTURE. BUT ALONG THE
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  • WAY THEY HAVE SOME SETBACKS.
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  • IT'S TAKING LONGER THAN THEY
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  • THOUGHT. SOMEBODY DIDN'T DO
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  • WHAT THEY SAID. OVER TIME THEY
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  • GET DISCOURAGED, THINK, "WELL,
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  • WHAT'S THE USE? IT'S NEVER
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  • GOING TO WORK OUT."
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  • BUT GOD IS CALLED THE AUTHOR
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  • AND THE FINISHER OF OUR FAITH.
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  • HE HAS NOT ONLY GIVEN YOU THE
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  • GRACE TO START. HE HAS GIVEN
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  • YOU THE GRACE TO FINISH. WHEN
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  • YOU ARE TEMPTED TO GET
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  • DISCOURAGED, GIVE UP ON A
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  • DREAM, GIVE UP ON A
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  • RELATIONSHIP, GIVE UP ON A
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  • PROJECT, YOU HAVE TO REMIND
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  • YOURSELF, "I WAS NOT CREATED
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  • TO GIVE UP. I WAS NOT CREATED
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  • TO QUIT. I WAS CREATED TO
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  • FINISH."
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  • YOU'VE GOT TO SHAKE OFF THE
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  • DISCOURAGEMENT. SHAKE OFF
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  • THE SELF-PITY. SHAKE OFF WHAT
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  • SOMEBODY SAID. IF YOU WILL
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  • KEEP MOVING FORWARD IN FAITH,
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  • HONORING GOD, YOU WILL COME
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  • INTO A STRENGTH THAT YOU DIDN'T
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  • HAVE BEFORE, A FORCE PUSHING
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  • YOU FORWARD. THAT'S FINISHING
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  • GRACE. THAT'S GOD BREATHING
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  • IN YOUR DIRECTION, HELPING YOU
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  • TO BECOME WHO HE CREATED YOU
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  • TO BE.
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  • THIS GRACE IS AVAILABLE BUT
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  • YOU HAVE TO TAP INTO IT. IT'S
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  • NOT GOING TO DO US ANY GOOD
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  • IF WE SIT AROUND IN SELF-PITY,
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  • THINKING ABOUT HOW DIFFICULT
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  • IT IS, WHAT DIDN'T WORK OUT.
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  • "WELL, JOEL. MY COLLEGE
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  • PROFESSOR, HE'S SO HARD. I'LL
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  • NEVER PASS HIS COURSE."
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  • NO, YOU HAVE THE GRACE TO
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  • FINISH. QUIT TALKING DEFEAT
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  • AND START TALKING VICTORY.
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  • "I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH
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  • CHRIST. I AM FULL OF WISDOM,
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  • TALENT, CREATIVITY. I WILL PASS
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  • THIS COURSE." WHEN YOU DO
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  • THAT, FINISHING GRACE WILL HELP
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  • YOU DO WHAT YOU COULD NOT
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  • DO ON YOUR OWN.
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  • EVEN IN SIMPLE THINGS. YOU
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  • START CLEANING YOUR HOUSE.
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  • FIVE MINUTES LATER, "AHHH, I
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  • DON'T FEEL LIKE DOING THIS.
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  • I AM SO TIRED. THIS IS SO
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  • BORING." NO, TURN IT AROUND.
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  • "I AM STRONG IN THE LORD.
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  • I AM FULL OF ENERGY. I AM
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  • HEALTHY. THIS IS NO MATCH FOR
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  • ME." IF YOU WILL TAP INTO THIS
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  • FINISHING GRACE YOU WILL
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  • VACUUM YOUR HOUSE LIKE YOU'RE
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  • ON A MISSION FROM GOD.
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  • (LAUGHTER) VACUUMING UP
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  • DIRT, COINS, SOCKS, CHILDREN,
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  • ANYTHING THAT GETS IN YOUR WAY.
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  • (LAUGHTER)
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  • MAYBE YOU'RE TEMPTED TO GIVE
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  • UP ON A DREAM. THINGS HAVEN'T
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  • TURNED OUT THE WAY YOU PLANNED.
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  • IT WAS GOING FINE AT FIRST BUT
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  • THEN YOU HAD SOME OBSTACLES
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  • AND YOU THINK, "HEY, MAN. IT
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  • JUST WASN'T MEANT TO BE."
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  • BUT HERE'S WHAT I'VE LEARNED.
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  • THE ENEMY DOESN'T TRY TO STOP
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  • YOU FROM STARTING. HE HAS SEEN
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  • A LOT OF PEOPLE START. THAT
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  • DOESN'T BOTHER HIM. BUT WHEN
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  • YOU HAVE A MADE UP MIND, YOU
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  • KEEP PUSHING FORWARD, DOING
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  • THE RIGHT THING, TAKING NEW
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  • GROUND, WHEN HE SEES YOU
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  • GETTING CLOSER HE WILL WORK
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  • OVERTIME TO TRY TO KEEP YOU
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  • FROM FINISHING. WHEN YOU HAVE
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  • SETBACKS, DISAPPOINTMENTS,
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  • PEOPLE COME AGAINST YOU, A
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  • NEGATIVE MEDICAL REPORT, DON'T
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  • GET DISCOURAGED. THAT'S A SIGN
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  • THAT YOU'RE MOVING TOWARD YOUR
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  • FINISH LINE. HE WAS FINE WHEN
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  • YOU GOT STARTED. HE WAS FINE
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  • WHEN YOU WERE WAY BACK.
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  • NO BIG DEAL. BUT WHEN YOU BEGIN
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  • TO MAKE PROGRESS THAT GOT HIS
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  • ATTENTION. THAT'S WHEN HE
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  • THREW SOME OBSTACLES, SOME
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  • CHALLENGES. WHERE YOU CONFUSED
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  • HIM IS HE THOUGHT YOU WOULD
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  • GIVE UP AFTER THE FIRST FEW
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  • DIFFICULTIES. HE THOUGHT YOU
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  • WOULD GET DISCOURAGED WHEN
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  • THAT FRIEND TURNED ON YOU,
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  • WHEN YOU LOST THAT CLIENT, WHEN
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  • YOUR CHILD GOT IN TROUBLE, BUT
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  • INSTEAD YOU KEPT MOVING
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  • FORWARD, THANKING GOD THAT HE
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  • IS IN CONTROL, THANKING HIM
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  • THAT HE IS FIGHTING YOUR
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  • BATTLES, THANKING HIM THAT NO
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  • WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU
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  • WILL PROSPER. WHAT WERE YOU
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  • DOING? TAPPING INTO FINISHING
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  • GRACE. WHEN YOU SHOULD HAVE
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  • GOTTEN WEAKER YOU GOT
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  • STRONGER. WHEN YOU SHOULD
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  • HAVE BEEN DEPRESSED YOU HAD
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  • A SMILE ON YOUR FACE. WHEN YOU
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  • SHOULD HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING
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  • YOU HAD A SONG OF PRAISE.
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  • INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT HOW
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  • BIG THE PROBLEM WAS YOU WERE
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  • ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT HOW BIG
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  • YOUR GOD IS. WHEN YOU SHOULD
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  • HAVE GONE UNDER GOD CAUSED
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  • YOU TO GO OVER. (APPLAUSE)
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  • WHEN YOU DIDN'T SEE A WAY HE
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  • MADE A WAY. (APPLAUSE)
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  • WHEN PEOPLE CAME AGAINST YOU
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  • HE FOUGHT YOUR BATTLES AND YOU
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  • CAME OUT BETTER THAN YOU WERE
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  • BEFORE.
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  • NOW YOU MAY BE UP AGAINST
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  • CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW. IT'S
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  • BECAUSE YOU ARE MOVING FORWARD.
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  • YOU'RE MAKING PROGRESS. KEEP
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  • REMINDING YOURSELF HE IS THE
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  • AUTHOR AND THE FINISHER OF
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  • YOUR FAITH. GOD HELPED YOU TO
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  • GET STARTED. THAT'S GREAT BUT
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  • SOMETHING MORE IMPORTANT;
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  • HE IS GOING TO HELP YOU TO
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  • FINISH. HE DIDN'T BRING YOU
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  • THIS FAR TO LEAVE YOU.
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  • IT SAYS IN PHILIPPIANS, "GOD
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  • BEGAN A GOOD WORK IN YOU AND
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  • HE WILL CONTINUE TO PERFORM
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  • IT UNTIL IT IS COMPLETE."
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  • ONE TRANSLATION SAYS, "HE
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  • WILL BRING YOU TO A
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  • FLOURISHING FINISH." NOT A
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  • DEFEATED FINISH WHERE YOU
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  • BARELY MAKE IT, BEAT UP, BROKE.
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  • NO, YOU ARE COMING TO A
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  • FLOURISHING FINISH, A FINISH
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  • MORE REWARDING THAN YOU EVER
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  • IMAGINED.
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  • THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO A MAN
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  • IN THE SCRIPTURE NAMED JOSEPH.
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  • AS A TEENAGER GOD GAVE HIM A
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  • DREAM THAT ONE DAY HE WOULD
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  • RULE A NATION. HIS FATHER,
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  • JACOB, LOVED HIM VERY MUCH.
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  • EVERYTHING STARTED OFF GREAT
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  • FOR JOSEPH. HE HAD A BIG DREAM,
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  • A SUPPORTIVE FAMILY. LIFE WAS
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  • GOOD. BUT ALONG THE WAY THINGS
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  • STARTED TO GO WRONG. HIS
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  • BROTHERS, WHO LOVED HIM VERY
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  • MUCH AT ONE TIME, THIS WAS
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  • THEIR LITTLE BROTHER JOSEPH.
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  • THEY WERE ALWAYS TAKING UP
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  • FOR HIM, MAKING SURE NOBODY
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  • HARMED HIM. BUT THESE SAME
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  • BROTHERS TURNED ON HIM.
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  • THEY WERE JEALOUS. THEY THREW
  • 00:07:07.270 --> 00:07:09.060
  • JOSEPH INTO A PIT AND LEFT HIM
  • 00:07:09.060 --> 00:07:11.130
  • THERE TO DIE. THEY EVENTUALLY
  • 00:07:11.130 --> 00:07:13.030
  • CHANGED THEIR MIND AND SOLD
  • 00:07:13.030 --> 00:07:14.210
  • HIM INTO SLAVERY TO A MAN NAMED
  • 00:07:14.210 --> 00:07:17.210
  • POTIPHAR. AND HERE JOSEPH
  • 00:07:17.210 --> 00:07:19.150
  • HADN'T REALLY DONE ANYTHING
  • 00:07:19.150 --> 00:07:21.160
  • WRONG, YET HIS WHOLE WORLD
  • 00:07:21.160 --> 00:07:22.230
  • HAD BEEN TURNED UPSIDE-DOWN.
  • 00:07:22.230 --> 00:07:25.180
  • IT LOOKED LIKE HIS DREAM WAS
  • 00:07:25.180 --> 00:07:26.200
  • DONE, BETRAYED BY HIS FAMILY,
  • 00:07:26.200 --> 00:07:28.260
  • A SLAVE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY.
  • 00:07:28.260 --> 00:07:31.230
  • IF THAT WASN'T BAD ENOUGH THEY
  • 00:07:31.230 --> 00:07:32.240
  • PUT HIM IN PRISON FOR THIRTEEN
  • 00:07:32.240 --> 00:07:34.090
  • YEARS FOR SOMETHING THAT HE
  • 00:07:34.090 --> 00:07:36.060
  • DIDN'T DO. SURELY, JOSEPH WAS
  • 00:07:36.060 --> 00:07:38.160
  • DEPRESSED, ANGRY, BITTER,
  • 00:07:38.160 --> 00:07:40.180
  • UPSET. NOTHING HAD TURNED OUT
  • 00:07:40.180 --> 00:07:43.070
  • RIGHT. NO, JOSEPH UNDERSTOOD
  • 00:07:43.070 --> 00:07:45.050
  • THIS PRINCIPLE. HE KNEW HE HAD
  • 00:07:45.050 --> 00:07:46.220
  • THE GRACE NOT ONLY TO START
  • 00:07:46.220 --> 00:07:49.040
  • BUT TO FINISH WHAT GOD PUT IN
  • 00:07:49.040 --> 00:07:51.020
  • HIS HEART. HE KNEW THE ENEMY
  • 00:07:51.020 --> 00:07:53.000
  • WOULDN'T BE FIGHTING HIM IF
  • 00:07:53.000 --> 00:07:54.260
  • HE WASN'T HEADING TOWARD HIS
  • 00:07:54.260 --> 00:07:56.160
  • DESTINY. SO HE STAYED IN FAITH.
  • 00:07:56.160 --> 00:07:59.000
  • HE KEPT DOING THE RIGHT THING
  • 00:07:59.000 --> 00:08:00.270
  • WHEN THE WRONG THING WAS
  • 00:08:00.270 --> 00:08:01.270
  • HAPPENING. NOT WORKING UNTO
  • 00:08:01.270 --> 00:08:03.150
  • PEOPLE BUT WORKING UNTO GOD.
  • 00:08:03.150 --> 00:08:06.060
  • ONE DAY THE PHARAOH, THE
  • 00:08:06.060 --> 00:08:07.230
  • LEADER OF THE NATION, HAD A
  • 00:08:07.230 --> 00:08:09.260
  • DREAM THAT HE DIDN'T
  • 00:08:09.260 --> 00:08:10.240
  • UNDERSTAND. JOSEPH WAS ABLE
  • 00:08:10.240 --> 00:08:12.230
  • TO INTERPRET THE DREAM.
  • 00:08:12.230 --> 00:08:14.210
  • PHARAOH WAS SO IMPRESSED
  • 00:08:14.210 --> 00:08:16.040
  • WITH JOSEPH HE BROUGHT HIM
  • 00:08:16.040 --> 00:08:17.110
  • OUT OF PRISON AND PUT HIM IN
  • 00:08:17.110 --> 00:08:18.170
  • CHARGE OF THE WHOLE NATION.
  • 00:08:18.170 --> 00:08:20.060
  • JOSEPH'S DREAM CAME TO PASS.
  • 00:08:20.060 --> 00:08:23.030
  • GOD HAS PUT SOMETHING ON YOU
  • 00:08:23.030 --> 00:08:25.020
  • THAT WILL OVERRIDE PEOPLE
  • 00:08:25.020 --> 00:08:27.010
  • BEING AGAINST YOU. IT WILL
  • 00:08:27.010 --> 00:08:28.180
  • OVERRIDE BAD BREAKS, INJUSTICE.
  • 00:08:28.180 --> 00:08:31.160
  • YOU HAVE THE GRACE NOT TO JUST
  • 00:08:31.160 --> 00:08:33.170
  • START. YOU HAVE SOMETHING
  • 00:08:33.170 --> 00:08:34.230
  • EVEN MORE POWERFUL; THE GRACE
  • 00:08:34.230 --> 00:08:36.160
  • TO FINISH. WHEN YOU HAVE AN
  • 00:08:36.160 --> 00:08:38.160
  • ATTITUDE LIKE JOSEPH YOU CANNOT
  • 00:08:38.160 --> 00:08:40.220
  • STAY DEFEATED. LIFE MAY PUSH
  • 00:08:40.220 --> 00:08:42.230
  • YOU DOWN BUT GOD WILL PUSH
  • 00:08:42.230 --> 00:08:44.080
  • YOU BACK UP. PEOPLE MAY DO
  • 00:08:44.080 --> 00:08:45.280
  • YOU WRONG BUT GOD WILL BE
  • 00:08:45.280 --> 00:08:47.230
  • YOUR VINDICATOR. SITUATIONS
  • 00:08:47.230 --> 00:08:49.210
  • MAY LOOK IMPOSSIBLE BUT GOD
  • 00:08:49.210 --> 00:08:51.160
  • CAN DO THE IMPOSSIBLE. WHEN
  • 00:08:51.160 --> 00:08:53.210
  • YOU HAVE FINISHING GRACE ALL
  • 00:08:53.210 --> 00:08:55.200
  • THE FORCES OF DARKNESS CANNOT
  • 00:08:55.200 --> 00:08:57.130
  • STOP YOU. SURE, YOU MAY HAVE
  • 00:08:57.130 --> 00:08:59.090
  • SOME SETBACKS, BAD BREAKS,
  • 00:08:59.090 --> 00:09:01.080
  • INJUSTICE. BUT DON'T WORRY.
  • 00:09:01.080 --> 00:09:03.040
  • IT'S ONLY TEMPORARY. IT'S JUST
  • 00:09:03.040 --> 00:09:05.080
  • A DETOUR ON THE WAY TO YOUR
  • 00:09:05.080 --> 00:09:07.080
  • DESTINY. THAT'S A SIGN THAT
  • 00:09:07.080 --> 00:09:09.200
  • YOU ARE MOVING TOWARD YOUR
  • 00:09:09.200 --> 00:09:10.190
  • FINISH LINE.
  • 00:09:10.190 --> 00:09:12.130
  • SEE, THE ENEMY DOESN'T FIGHT
  • 00:09:12.130 --> 00:09:13.280
  • PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING THE
  • 00:09:13.280 --> 00:09:15.020
  • WRONG WAY, PEOPLE THAT ARE
  • 00:09:15.020 --> 00:09:16.250
  • OFF COURSE, DISCOURAGED,
  • 00:09:16.250 --> 00:09:18.130
  • DISTRACTED, BITTER, ANGRY.
  • 00:09:18.130 --> 00:09:19.280
  • THAT'S WHERE HE WANTS YOU.
  • 00:09:19.280 --> 00:09:21.180
  • HE COMES AGAINST PEOPLE THAT
  • 00:09:21.180 --> 00:09:23.080
  • ARE HEADED TOWARD THE FULLNESS
  • 00:09:23.080 --> 00:09:24.210
  • OF THEIR DESTINIES, PEOPLE
  • 00:09:24.210 --> 00:09:26.010
  • THAT ARE TAKING NEW GROUND;
  • 00:09:26.010 --> 00:09:27.170
  • PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT ARE COMING
  • 00:09:27.170 --> 00:09:29.050
  • INTO A FLOURISHING FINISH.
  • 00:09:29.050 --> 00:09:31.220
  • OUR ATTITUDE SHOULD BE,
  • 00:09:31.220 --> 00:09:32.190
  • "I HAVE A MADE UP MIND. I'M
  • 00:09:32.190 --> 00:09:34.060
  • GOING TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD
  • 00:09:34.060 --> 00:09:35.280
  • IN SPITE OF THE BAD BREAK, IN
  • 00:09:35.280 --> 00:09:37.210
  • SPITE OF THE LOSS, IN SPITE OF
  • 00:09:37.210 --> 00:09:39.270
  • THE NEGATIVE REPORT, IN SPITE
  • 00:09:39.270 --> 00:09:41.170
  • OF THE CRITICS. MY DESTINY IS
  • 00:09:41.170 --> 00:09:44.010
  • TOO GREAT, MY ASSIGNMENT TOO
  • 00:09:44.010 --> 00:09:45.220
  • IMPORTANT, TO GET DISCOURAGED,
  • 00:09:45.220 --> 00:09:47.230
  • DISTRACTED, BITTER. I'M NOT
  • 00:09:47.230 --> 00:09:49.290
  • GOING TO BECOME HALF, NOT
  • 00:09:49.290 --> 00:09:51.070
  • THREE-FOURTHS, NOT 90%. I'M
  • 00:09:51.070 --> 00:09:53.120
  • GOING TO BECOME ALL GOD HAS
  • 00:09:53.120 --> 00:09:55.020
  • CREATED ME TO BE. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:09:55.020 --> 00:09:57.180
  • WHEN YOU'RE TEMPTED TO GET
  • 00:09:57.180 --> 00:09:58.180
  • DISCOURAGED AND SETTLE, IT'S
  • 00:09:58.180 --> 00:10:00.140
  • BECAUSE YOU'RE CLOSE TO YOUR
  • 00:10:00.140 --> 00:10:02.170
  • BREAKTHROUGH. YOU'RE CLOSE
  • 00:10:02.170 --> 00:10:04.090
  • TO SEEING THE PROBLEM TURN
  • 00:10:04.090 --> 00:10:05.230
  • AROUND. YOU'RE CLOSE TO
  • 00:10:05.230 --> 00:10:07.190
  • MEETING THE RIGHT PERSON.
  • 00:10:07.190 --> 00:10:09.120
  • PHARAOH IS ABOUT TO CALL YOU,
  • 00:10:09.120 --> 00:10:11.020
  • SO TO SPEAK. THE GOOD BREAK
  • 00:10:11.020 --> 00:10:12.190
  • IS ON THE WAY. THE HEALING IS
  • 00:10:12.190 --> 00:10:14.060
  • ON THE WAY. THE CONTRACT IS ON
  • 00:10:14.060 --> 00:10:16.040
  • THE WAY. NOW YOU'VE GOT TO TAP
  • 00:10:16.040 --> 00:10:18.090
  • IN TO THIS FINISHING GRACE.
  • 00:10:18.180 --> 00:10:21.180
  • FRIENDS, YOU'VE COME TOO FAR
  • 00:10:21.180 --> 00:10:22.210
  • TO STOP NOW. YOU'VE BELIEVED
  • 00:10:22.210 --> 00:10:24.230
  • TOO LONG. YOU'VE WORKED TOO
  • 00:10:24.230 --> 00:10:26.010
  • HARD. YOU'VE INVESTED TOO
  • 00:10:26.010 --> 00:10:27.180
  • MUCH. IT MAY BE DIFFICULT.
  • 00:10:27.180 --> 00:10:29.270
  • NEGATIVE VOICES MAY BE
  • 00:10:29.270 --> 00:10:31.220
  • TELLING YOU, "HEY, IT'S NEVER
  • 00:10:31.220 --> 00:10:32.280
  • GOING TO WORK OUT. FORGET IT.
  • 00:10:32.280 --> 00:10:35.050
  • JUST SETTLE WHERE YOU ARE."
  • 00:10:35.050 --> 00:10:36.200
  • NO, DON'T BELIEVE THOSE LIES.
  • 00:10:36.200 --> 00:10:38.130
  • YOU ARE CLOSE TO YOUR DESTINY.
  • 00:10:38.130 --> 00:10:41.070
  • WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH YOU
  • 00:10:41.070 --> 00:10:42.130
  • HAVE TO DIG YOUR HEELS IN AND
  • 00:10:42.130 --> 00:10:43.290
  • SAY, "I AM IN IT TO WIN IT.
  • 00:10:43.290 --> 00:10:46.220
  • I AM NOT MOVED BY THIS
  • 00:10:46.220 --> 00:10:47.260
  • OPPOSITION." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:10:47.260 --> 00:10:49.230
  • "I AM NOT MOVED BY WHAT I SEE,
  • 00:10:49.230 --> 00:10:51.060
  • BY WHAT I FEEL. I'M MOVED BY
  • 00:10:51.060 --> 00:10:53.120
  • WHAT I KNOW AND I KNOW THIS;
  • 00:10:53.120 --> 00:10:55.120
  • I HAVE THE GRACE TO FINISH.
  • 00:10:55.120 --> 00:10:57.220
  • I KNOW THIS; GOD BEGAN A GOOD
  • 00:10:57.220 --> 00:10:59.100
  • WORK IN ME AND HE IS GOING TO
  • 00:10:59.100 --> 00:11:00.190
  • COMPLETE IT. SO I'M GOING TO
  • 00:11:00.190 --> 00:11:02.010
  • KEEP HONORING GOD. I'M GOING
  • 00:11:02.010 --> 00:11:03.210
  • TO KEEP BEING GOOD TO PEOPLE.
  • 00:11:03.210 --> 00:11:05.230
  • I'M GOING TO KEEP ON BEING MY
  • 00:11:05.230 --> 00:11:07.080
  • BEST." EVERY DAY YOU DO THAT
  • 00:11:07.080 --> 00:11:10.050
  • YOU ARE PASSING THE TEST. YOU
  • 00:11:10.050 --> 00:11:12.140
  • ARE ONE DAY CLOSER TO COMING
  • 00:11:12.140 --> 00:11:13.270
  • IN TO YOUR FINISH LINE.
  • 00:11:13.270 --> 00:11:16.110
  • THE SCRIPTURE SAYS HERE IN
  • 00:11:16.110 --> 00:11:17.140
  • DEUTERONOMY, "AS YOUR DAYS ARE,
  • 00:11:17.140 --> 00:11:20.130
  • SO SHALL YOUR STRENGTH BE."
  • 00:11:20.130 --> 00:11:22.230
  • THIS MEANS YOUR STRENGTH WILL
  • 00:11:22.230 --> 00:11:24.160
  • ALWAYS BE EQUIVALENT TO WHAT
  • 00:11:24.160 --> 00:11:26.130
  • YOU NEED. IF YOU WERE TO GET A
  • 00:11:26.130 --> 00:11:28.230
  • NEGATIVE MEDICAL REPORT YOU'RE
  • 00:11:28.230 --> 00:11:30.130
  • GOING TO HAVE THE STRENGTH TO
  • 00:11:30.130 --> 00:11:31.250
  • DEAL WITH IT. YOU'RE NOT GOING
  • 00:11:31.250 --> 00:11:33.050
  • TO FALL APART. "OH, I CAN'T
  • 00:11:33.050 --> 00:11:34.200
  • BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING."
  • 00:11:34.200 --> 00:11:36.000
  • NO, YOUR STRENGTH WILL ALWAYS
  • 00:11:36.000 --> 00:11:37.200
  • MATCH WHAT YOU'RE UP AGAINST.
  • 00:11:37.200 --> 00:11:38.240
  • I REMEMBER WHEN MY FATHER
  • 00:11:38.240 --> 00:11:41.130
  • WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD.
  • 00:11:41.130 --> 00:11:42.210
  • MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS, "HOW AM
  • 00:11:42.210 --> 00:11:44.230
  • I GOING TO DEAL WITH THIS?"
  • 00:11:44.230 --> 00:11:46.160
  • MY DAD AND I WERE VERY CLOSE.
  • 00:11:46.160 --> 00:11:48.050
  • WE HAD TRAVELED THE WORLD
  • 00:11:48.050 --> 00:11:49.000
  • TOGETHER. ALL OF THE SUDDEN
  • 00:11:49.000 --> 00:11:50.110
  • HE WAS GONE. BUT WHAT I
  • 00:11:50.110 --> 00:11:52.110
  • THOUGHT WOULD BE VERY
  • 00:11:52.110 --> 00:11:53.190
  • DEVASTATING, KNOCK THE WIND
  • 00:11:53.190 --> 00:11:55.100
  • OUT OF ME, IT WASN'T ANYTHING
  • 00:11:55.100 --> 00:11:57.000
  • LIKE I HAD IMAGINED. I FELT A
  • 00:11:57.000 --> 00:11:59.070
  • PEACE LIKE I HAD NEVER FELT,
  • 00:11:59.070 --> 00:12:01.200
  • A STRENGTH, A RESOLVE, A
  • 00:12:01.200 --> 00:12:03.220
  • DETERMINATION. I SHOULD HAVE
  • 00:12:03.220 --> 00:12:05.130
  • BEEN UPSET, ANXIOUS, BUT THAT
  • 00:12:05.130 --> 00:12:07.130
  • WHOLE TIME I WAS AT PEACE.
  • 00:12:07.130 --> 00:12:10.070
  • DEEP DOWN I FELT A REST. SURE,
  • 00:12:10.070 --> 00:12:12.180
  • IN MY MIND THERE WERE THOUGHTS
  • 00:12:12.180 --> 00:12:13.200
  • OF WORRY, ANXIETY,
  • 00:12:13.200 --> 00:12:15.010
  • DISCOURAGEMENT, BUT IN MY
  • 00:12:15.010 --> 00:12:16.050
  • SPIRIT I COULD HEAR GOD
  • 00:12:16.050 --> 00:12:18.080
  • WHISPERING, "JOEL, I'M IN
  • 00:12:18.080 --> 00:12:19.190
  • CONTROL. IT'S ALL GOING TO
  • 00:12:19.190 --> 00:12:21.070
  • WORK OUT. I'VE GOT YOU IN THE
  • 00:12:21.070 --> 00:12:22.160
  • PALM OF MY HAND." THAT WAS
  • 00:12:22.160 --> 00:12:24.070
  • FINISHING GRACE PUSHING ME
  • 00:12:24.070 --> 00:12:26.110
  • FORWARD, PROPELLING ME INTO
  • 00:12:26.110 --> 00:12:27.250
  • MY DESTINY. THE PSALMIST SAID,
  • 00:12:27.250 --> 00:12:30.220
  • "GOD IS A VERY PRESENT HELP
  • 00:12:30.220 --> 00:12:33.220
  • IN TIMES OF NEED." IN THE
  • 00:12:33.220 --> 00:12:35.110
  • DIFFICULTIES OF LIFE, IF YOU
  • 00:12:35.110 --> 00:12:37.110
  • WILL GET QUIET, TURN OFF THE
  • 00:12:37.110 --> 00:12:39.190
  • NEGATIVE VOICES, YOU WILL
  • 00:12:39.190 --> 00:12:41.110
  • FEEL A PEACE THAT PASSES
  • 00:12:41.110 --> 00:12:42.240
  • UNDERSTANDING. YOU SHOULD BE
  • 00:12:42.240 --> 00:12:44.130
  • FALLING APART BUT THERE IS
  • 00:12:44.130 --> 00:12:46.020
  • GRACE FOR EVERY SEASON.
  • 00:12:46.020 --> 00:12:48.130
  • VICTORIA AND I WERE IN
  • 00:12:48.130 --> 00:12:49.040
  • COLORADO EARLIER THIS YEAR,
  • 00:12:49.040 --> 00:12:51.010
  • DRIVING THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS.
  • 00:12:51.010 --> 00:12:52.250
  • WE RENTED AN SUV, A LARGE
  • 00:12:52.250 --> 00:12:55.150
  • VEHICLE WITH AN 8-CYLINDER
  • 00:12:55.150 --> 00:12:56.160
  • ENGINE. AS LONG AS WE WERE
  • 00:12:56.160 --> 00:12:58.160
  • ON THE FLAT ROADS THE ENGINE
  • 00:12:58.160 --> 00:13:00.140
  • WAS AS QUIET AS CAN BE. BUT AS
  • 00:13:00.140 --> 00:13:02.120
  • WE STARTED GOING UP THE STEEP
  • 00:13:02.120 --> 00:13:04.090
  • WINDING MOUNTAIN ROADS, JUST
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:06.120
  • WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE VEHICLE
  • 00:13:06.120 --> 00:13:07.220
  • COULDN'T MAKE IT, JUST WHEN IT
  • 00:13:07.220 --> 00:13:09.120
  • LOOKED LIKE IT WAS GOING TO
  • 00:13:09.120 --> 00:13:10.150
  • STOP, YOU COULD HEAR THOSE
  • 00:13:10.150 --> 00:13:12.000
  • EXTRA TWO CYLINDERS KICK IN.
  • 00:13:12.000 --> 00:13:14.150
  • YOU COULD ACTUALLY FEEL THE
  • 00:13:14.150 --> 00:13:15.110
  • CAR, ALMOST LIKE IT LIFTED UP,
  • 00:13:15.110 --> 00:13:17.100
  • AND TOOK OFF WITH A NEW POWER.
  • 00:13:17.100 --> 00:13:19.020
  • HERE'S MY POINT. THOSE TWO
  • 00:13:19.020 --> 00:13:21.120
  • EXTRA CYLINDERS WERE THERE
  • 00:13:21.120 --> 00:13:22.290
  • ALL THE TIME. THE EXTRA POWER
  • 00:13:22.290 --> 00:13:25.060
  • WAS ALWAYS AVAILABLE. IT JUST
  • 00:13:25.060 --> 00:13:27.200
  • SHOWED UP WHEN WE NEEDED IT.
  • 00:13:27.200 --> 00:13:29.110
  • IT WAS STRENGTH IN RESERVE.
  • 00:13:29.110 --> 00:13:31.130
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:13:31.130 --> 00:13:32.280
  • SOMETIMES IN LIFE WE THINK,
  • 00:13:32.280 --> 00:13:34.060
  • "HOW AM I GOING TO MAKE IT
  • 00:13:34.060 --> 00:13:35.270
  • UP THAT STEEP HILL?" "I'VE
  • 00:13:35.270 --> 00:13:37.070
  • GOTTEN THIS FAR BUT HOW AM
  • 00:13:37.070 --> 00:13:38.100
  • I GOING TO DEAL WITH THIS
  • 00:13:38.100 --> 00:13:39.160
  • ILLNESS?" "HOW AM I GOING TO
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:40.290
  • RAISE THIS DIFFICULT CHILD?"
  • 00:13:40.290 --> 00:13:43.090
  • "I WENT THROUGH A LOSS, JOEL.
  • 00:13:43.090 --> 00:13:44.050
  • I DON'T THINK I CAN GO ON."
  • 00:13:44.050 --> 00:13:45.170
  • NO, GOD HAS SOME STRENGTH
  • 00:13:45.170 --> 00:13:47.000
  • IN RESERVE FOR YOU. WHEN YOU
  • 00:13:47.000 --> 00:13:49.120
  • HIT A TOUGH TIME DON'T WORRY.
  • 00:13:49.120 --> 00:13:50.290
  • THERE ARE TWO MORE CYLINDERS
  • 00:13:50.290 --> 00:13:52.080
  • ABOUT TO KICK IN, A STRENGTH
  • 00:13:52.080 --> 00:13:53.260
  • YOU HAVEN'T TAPPED INTO.
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:55.250
  • YOU'RE GOING TO FEEL A FORCE
  • 00:13:55.250 --> 00:13:57.020
  • PUSHING YOU FORWARD, TAKING
  • 00:13:57.020 --> 00:13:58.270
  • YOU WHERE YOU COULD NOT GO
  • 00:13:58.270 --> 00:14:00.070
  • ON YOUR OWN. THAT'S FINISHING
  • 00:14:00.070 --> 00:14:01.270
  • GRACE. I'VE LEARNED THE CLOSER
  • 00:14:02.080 --> 00:14:05.080
  • YOU GET TO YOUR DESTINY, THE
  • 00:14:05.080 --> 00:14:07.210
  • TOUGHER THE BATTLES BECOME.
  • 00:14:07.210 --> 00:14:10.030
  • THE HIGHER YOU GO UP THE
  • 00:14:10.030 --> 00:14:11.030
  • MOUNTAIN, THE MORE GOD
  • 00:14:11.030 --> 00:14:12.160
  • PROMOTES YOU, THE STEEPER THE
  • 00:14:12.160 --> 00:14:14.110
  • HILL IS. THE CRITICS WILL COME
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:16.210
  • OUT OF THE WOODWORK.
  • 00:14:16.210 --> 00:14:18.000
  • PEOPLE MAY NOT CELEBRATE YOU.
  • 00:14:18.000 --> 00:14:19.130
  • UNEXPECTED CHALLENGES.
  • 00:14:19.130 --> 00:14:21.170
  • A HEALTH ISSUE. A BUSINESS
  • 00:14:21.170 --> 00:14:22.140
  • SLOWS DOWN. YOU LOSE A LOVED
  • 00:14:22.140 --> 00:14:23.210
  • ONE. IT'S EASY TO THINK, "MAN,
  • 00:14:23.210 --> 00:14:26.010
  • I WAS DOING SO GOOD. IF I JUST
  • 00:14:26.010 --> 00:14:27.180
  • WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THIS BAD
  • 00:14:27.180 --> 00:14:28.270
  • BREAK. NOW I'VE GOT THIS STEEP
  • 00:14:28.270 --> 00:14:30.120
  • HILL TO GO UP."
  • 00:14:30.120 --> 00:14:32.170
  • NO, THAT CHALLENGE IS A SIGN
  • 00:14:32.170 --> 00:14:34.160
  • THAT YOU ARE CLOSE TO YOUR
  • 00:14:34.160 --> 00:14:35.220
  • DESTINY. THE SAME GOD THAT
  • 00:14:35.220 --> 00:14:38.010
  • GAVE YOU THE GRACE TO START
  • 00:14:38.010 --> 00:14:39.290
  • IS THE SAME GOD THAT IS GOING
  • 00:14:39.290 --> 00:14:42.000
  • TO HELP YOU FINISH. HE KNOWS
  • 00:14:42.000 --> 00:14:44.000
  • EXACTLY WHERE YOUR PATH IS
  • 00:14:44.000 --> 00:14:45.210
  • LEADING. NOTHING YOU'RE FACING
  • 00:14:45.210 --> 00:14:47.190
  • IS A SURPRISE TO HIM. HE KNOWS
  • 00:14:47.190 --> 00:14:49.170
  • EVERY HILL, EVERY
  • 00:14:49.170 --> 00:14:50.130
  • DISAPPOINTMENT, EVERY SETBACK.
  • 00:14:50.130 --> 00:14:53.030
  • HE SAID THAT HIS GRACE IS
  • 00:14:53.030 --> 00:14:55.130
  • SUFFICIENT. YOU WILL NEVER
  • 00:14:55.130 --> 00:14:57.240
  • COME TO A HILL WHERE YOU DON'T
  • 00:14:57.240 --> 00:15:00.020
  • HAVE THE STRENGTH TO CLIMB IT.
  • 00:15:00.020 --> 00:15:01.270
  • NOW, YOU MAY FACE SOME
  • 00:15:01.270 --> 00:15:02.290
  • CHALLENGES LIKE I DID WHEN MY
  • 00:15:02.290 --> 00:15:04.230
  • DAD WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD,
  • 00:15:04.230 --> 00:15:06.150
  • WHERE YOU THINK, "MAN, I DON'T
  • 00:15:06.150 --> 00:15:07.090
  • KNOW HOW I'M GOING TO MAKE
  • 00:15:07.090 --> 00:15:08.060
  • IT UP THIS." THE REASON YOU
  • 00:15:08.060 --> 00:15:09.050
  • THINK THAT WAY IS YOU HAVEN'T
  • 00:15:09.050 --> 00:15:12.050
  • NEEDED THOSE TWO EXTRA
  • 00:15:12.050 --> 00:15:13.230
  • CYLINDERS YET. YOU HAVE NOT
  • 00:15:13.230 --> 00:15:15.080
  • FELT THE FULL FORCE OF
  • 00:15:15.080 --> 00:15:16.260
  • FINISHING GRACE. WHEN IT KICKS
  • 00:15:16.260 --> 00:15:19.040
  • IN IT'S GOING TO PROPEL YOU
  • 00:15:19.040 --> 00:15:20.290
  • FORWARD. YOU'RE GOING TO
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:22.190
  • CLIMB MOUNTAINS THAT YOU
  • 00:15:22.190 --> 00:15:23.160
  • THOUGHT WERE WAY TOO STEEP.
  • 00:15:23.160 --> 00:15:25.130
  • YOU'RE GOING TO OVERCOME
  • 00:15:25.130 --> 00:15:26.210
  • OBSTACLES THAT LOOKED
  • 00:15:26.210 --> 00:15:27.280
  • INSURMOUNTABLE, ACCOMPLISH
  • 00:15:27.280 --> 00:15:29.110
  • DREAMS THAT YOU THOUGHT WERE
  • 00:15:29.110 --> 00:15:30.140
  • IMPOSSIBLE. HOW COULD YOU DO
  • 00:15:30.140 --> 00:15:32.150
  • THIS? FINISHING GRACE. YOU
  • 00:15:32.150 --> 00:15:34.280
  • TAPPED INTO STRENGTH IN
  • 00:15:34.280 --> 00:15:36.160
  • RESERVE. THIS IS WHAT THE
  • 00:15:36.160 --> 00:15:39.050
  • APOSTLE PAUL DID IN THE
  • 00:15:39.050 --> 00:15:40.050
  • SCRIPTURE. HE FACED SOME
  • 00:15:40.050 --> 00:15:41.180
  • HUGE HILLS. IT DIDN'T LOOK
  • 00:15:41.180 --> 00:15:43.210
  • LIKE HE COULD FULFILL HIS
  • 00:15:43.210 --> 00:15:44.210
  • DESTINY. HE WAS DOING THE
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:46.240
  • RIGHT THING, SHARING THE GOOD
  • 00:15:46.240 --> 00:15:48.170
  • NEWS, HELPING OTHER PEOPLE,
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:50.180
  • WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED AND PUT
  • 00:15:50.180 --> 00:15:52.010
  • IN PRISON. THE CLOSER HE GOT
  • 00:15:52.010 --> 00:15:54.100
  • TO HIS DESTINY THE MORE
  • 00:15:54.100 --> 00:15:56.070
  • OBSTACLES HE FACED. HE WAS
  • 00:15:56.070 --> 00:15:57.220
  • ALONE, IN A DUNGEON, ON DEATH
  • 00:15:57.220 --> 00:16:00.100
  • ROW. IT LOOKED LIKE GOD HAD
  • 00:16:00.100 --> 00:16:02.240
  • FORGOTTEN ABOUT HIM. BUT
  • 00:16:02.240 --> 00:16:04.070
  • PAUL WASN'T DEFEATED,
  • 00:16:04.070 --> 00:16:06.100
  • DEPRESSED, FEELING SORRY FOR
  • 00:16:06.100 --> 00:16:07.150
  • HIMSELF. EVEN THOUGH HE WAS
  • 00:16:07.150 --> 00:16:09.160
  • IN CHAINS THEY COULDN'T STOP
  • 00:16:09.160 --> 00:16:11.190
  • WHAT GOD WANTED HIM TO DO.
  • 00:16:11.190 --> 00:16:14.050
  • AND SINCE PAUL COULDN'T GO
  • 00:16:14.050 --> 00:16:14.270
  • OUT AND SPEAK PUBLICALLY HE
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:16.080
  • THOUGHT, "NO PROBLEM. I'LL
  • 00:16:16.080 --> 00:16:17.110
  • START WRITING." HE WROTE BOOK
  • 00:16:17.110 --> 00:16:19.100
  • AFTER BOOK. "HERE'S A LETTER
  • 00:16:19.100 --> 00:16:20.270
  • TO THE EPHESIANS. HERE'S A
  • 00:16:20.270 --> 00:16:22.150
  • LETTER TO THE COLOSSIANS,
  • 00:16:22.150 --> 00:16:23.240
  • TO THE ROMANS, TO THE
  • 00:16:23.240 --> 00:16:24.270
  • CORINTHIANS." HE WROTE OVER
  • 00:16:24.270 --> 00:16:26.170
  • HALF OF THE NEW TESTAMENT,
  • 00:16:26.170 --> 00:16:28.260
  • MUCH OF IT FROM A PRISON CELL.
  • 00:16:28.260 --> 00:16:31.260
  • THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE
  • 00:16:31.260 --> 00:16:33.010
  • STOPPING HIM BUT THEY WERE
  • 00:16:33.010 --> 00:16:34.070
  • DOING JUST THE OPPOSITE,
  • 00:16:34.070 --> 00:16:35.190
  • CAUSING HIS VOICE TO BECOME
  • 00:16:35.190 --> 00:16:37.140
  • AMPLIFIED. HERE WE ARE SOME
  • 00:16:37.140 --> 00:16:39.090
  • 2000 YEARS LATER STILL FEELING
  • 00:16:39.090 --> 00:16:41.150
  • PAUL'S INFLUENCE. WHAT THEY
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:43.000
  • MEANT FOR HARM, GOD USED FOR
  • 00:16:43.000 --> 00:16:45.030
  • GOOD. PEOPLE MAY TRY TO STOP
  • 00:16:45.030 --> 00:16:46.270
  • YOU BUT FINISHING GRACE WILL
  • 00:16:46.270 --> 00:16:49.080
  • GET YOU TO WHERE YOU'RE
  • 00:16:49.080 --> 00:16:50.180
  • SUPPOSED TO BE. THEY MAY PUSH
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:52.060
  • YOU DOWN BUT FINISHING GRACE
  • 00:16:52.060 --> 00:16:53.210
  • WILL LIFT YOU BACK UP. THEY
  • 00:16:53.210 --> 00:16:55.120
  • MAY TRY TO DISCREDIT, BELITTLE,
  • 00:16:55.120 --> 00:16:57.280
  • LEAVE YOU OUT. DON'T GET UPSET.
  • 00:16:57.280 --> 00:17:00.200
  • THEY ARE A PART OF THE PLAN TO
  • 00:17:00.200 --> 00:17:02.050
  • GET YOU TO YOUR DESTINY. GOD
  • 00:17:02.050 --> 00:17:04.110
  • WILL USE THEM TO PROPEL YOU
  • 00:17:04.110 --> 00:17:06.010
  • FORWARD. AS LONG AS YOU STAY
  • 00:17:06.010 --> 00:17:08.120
  • IN FAITH AND KEEP HONORING
  • 00:17:08.120 --> 00:17:09.260
  • GOD YOU WILL ACCOMPLISH YOUR
  • 00:17:09.260 --> 00:17:11.180
  • ASSIGNMENT. HE IS THE AUTHOR
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:13.250
  • AND THE FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH.
  • 00:17:14.000 --> 00:17:17.000
  • NOW QUIT FOCUSING ON WHO IS
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:18.190
  • AGAINST YOU, ON HOW STEEP THE
  • 00:17:18.190 --> 00:17:20.090
  • HILL IS, ON HOW IMPOSSIBLE IT
  • 00:17:20.090 --> 00:17:21.250
  • LOOKS. GOD HAS THE FINAL SAY.
  • 00:17:22.020 --> 00:17:25.020
  • HE BROUGHT JOSEPH OUT OF
  • 00:17:25.020 --> 00:17:26.230
  • PRISON. PAUL STAYED IN PRISON
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:29.160
  • BUT THEY BOTH FULFILLED THEIR
  • 00:17:29.160 --> 00:17:30.280
  • DESTINIES. IF GOD DOESN'T TURN
  • 00:17:30.280 --> 00:17:33.070
  • IT AROUND THE WAY YOU THOUGHT
  • 00:17:33.070 --> 00:17:35.150
  • HE MAY DO LIKE PAUL AND CAUSE
  • 00:17:35.150 --> 00:17:37.150
  • YOU TO HAVE GREAT INFLUENCE
  • 00:17:37.150 --> 00:17:39.040
  • RIGHT IN THE MIDST OF YOUR
  • 00:17:39.040 --> 00:17:40.130
  • ENEMIES. IN THE MIDST OF THOSE
  • 00:17:40.130 --> 00:17:42.090
  • DIFFICULTIES, YOU CAN SHINE,
  • 00:17:42.090 --> 00:17:44.020
  • BE A BRIGHT LIGHT, HAVE GOD'S
  • 00:17:44.020 --> 00:17:45.270
  • FAVOR. BOTTOM LINE IS THIS; NO
  • 00:17:45.270 --> 00:17:47.240
  • PERSON CAN STAND AGAINST OUR
  • 00:17:47.240 --> 00:17:49.190
  • GOD. NO BAD BREAK CAN KEEP YOU
  • 00:17:49.190 --> 00:17:51.240
  • FROM YOUR DESTINY. GOD HAS
  • 00:17:51.240 --> 00:17:53.250
  • GIVEN YOU FINISHING GRACE.
  • 00:17:53.250 --> 00:17:55.250
  • HE IS GOING TO GET YOU TO
  • 00:17:55.250 --> 00:17:56.290
  • WHERE YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE.
  • 00:17:56.290 --> 00:17:59.040
  • WHEN PAUL CAME TO THE END
  • 00:17:59.040 --> 00:18:00.070
  • OF HIS LIFE HE SAID, "I HAVE
  • 00:18:00.070 --> 00:18:01.170
  • FINISHED MY COURSE."
  • 00:18:01.170 --> 00:18:04.130
  • ONE PLACE SAYS, "I FINISHED
  • 00:18:04.130 --> 00:18:05.280
  • MY COURSE WITH JOY."
  • 00:18:05.280 --> 00:18:08.120
  • NOTICE, HE DIDN'T FINISH
  • 00:18:08.120 --> 00:18:09.160
  • DEFEATED, DEPRESSED, SOUR.
  • 00:18:09.160 --> 00:18:12.080
  • HE FINISHED WITH A SMILE ON HIS
  • 00:18:12.080 --> 00:18:13.190
  • FACE. HE FINISHED WITH A SPRING
  • 00:18:13.190 --> 00:18:15.200
  • IN HIS STEP. HE FINISHED WITH A
  • 00:18:15.200 --> 00:18:17.170
  • SONG IN HIS HEART. THAT'S WHAT
  • 00:18:17.170 --> 00:18:19.200
  • IT MEANS TO HAVE A FLOURISHING
  • 00:18:19.200 --> 00:18:21.210
  • FINISH. WE ALL HAVE THINGS COME
  • 00:18:21.210 --> 00:18:23.290
  • AGAINST US. IT'S EASY TO LOSE
  • 00:18:23.290 --> 00:18:25.270
  • OUR PASSION AND DRAG THROUGH
  • 00:18:25.270 --> 00:18:27.090
  • LIFE DISCOURAGED, NEGATIVE,
  • 00:18:27.090 --> 00:18:30.010
  • BITTER, BUT THERE IS NO VICTORY
  • 00:18:30.010 --> 00:18:31.210
  • IF YOU FINISH YOUR COURSE THAT
  • 00:18:31.210 --> 00:18:33.030
  • WAY. YOU HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR
  • 00:18:33.030 --> 00:18:35.010
  • MIND, "I'M NOT ONLY GOING TO
  • 00:18:35.010 --> 00:18:37.040
  • FINISH MY COURSE, I'M GOING TO
  • 00:18:37.040 --> 00:18:38.100
  • FINISH IT WITH JOY, WITH A
  • 00:18:38.100 --> 00:18:40.150
  • GOOD ATTITUDE. NOT COMPLAINING
  • 00:18:40.150 --> 00:18:43.000
  • BUT WITH A SONG OF PRAISE.
  • 00:18:43.000 --> 00:18:45.050
  • NOT THINKING ABOUT WHAT I
  • 00:18:45.050 --> 00:18:46.010
  • DON'T HAVE BUT THANKING GOD
  • 00:18:46.010 --> 00:18:47.130
  • FOR WHAT I DO HAVE. NOT LOOKING
  • 00:18:47.130 --> 00:18:49.100
  • AT WHAT'S WRONG IN MY LIFE BUT
  • 00:18:49.100 --> 00:18:50.270
  • THANKING GOD FOR WHAT'S RIGHT
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:51.260
  • IN MY LIFE." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:18:51.260 --> 00:18:53.190
  • WHEN YOU TAP INTO FINISHING
  • 00:18:53.190 --> 00:18:54.190
  • GRACE, YOU WON'T DRAG
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:56.070
  • THROUGH THE DAY. YOU WILL
  • 00:18:56.070 --> 00:18:57.180
  • ENJOY THE DAY. THOUSANDS OF
  • 00:18:57.180 --> 00:18:59.240
  • YEARS AGO IN GREECE THERE WAS
  • 00:18:59.240 --> 00:19:01.260
  • A FAMOUS RACE CALLED THE TORCH
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:03.180
  • RACE. ALL OF THE RUNNERS GOT
  • 00:19:03.180 --> 00:19:05.210
  • A TORCH. AT THE START OF THE
  • 00:19:05.210 --> 00:19:07.250
  • RACE THEY WOULD LIGHT THE
  • 00:19:07.250 --> 00:19:09.020
  • FIRE. THOSE RUNNERS WOULD
  • 00:19:09.020 --> 00:19:10.240
  • TAKE OFF RUNNING WITH THEIR
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:12.070
  • TORCH LIT. THE ONLY WAY YOU
  • 00:19:12.070 --> 00:19:13.250
  • COULD WIN THE RACE WAS TO
  • 00:19:13.250 --> 00:19:15.250
  • CROSS THE FINISH LINE WITH
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:17.170
  • YOUR TORCH STILL LIT. EVEN IF
  • 00:19:17.170 --> 00:19:20.130
  • YOU FINISHED FIRST IF YOUR FIRE
  • 00:19:20.130 --> 00:19:22.060
  • WENT OUT YOU WERE DISQUALIFIED.
  • 00:19:22.060 --> 00:19:24.250
  • SO THE WHOLE TIME THEY WERE
  • 00:19:24.250 --> 00:19:26.020
  • RUNNING ON THE FOREFRONT OF
  • 00:19:26.020 --> 00:19:27.160
  • THEIR MIND WAS PROTECTING
  • 00:19:27.160 --> 00:19:30.060
  • THEIR FIRE, KEEPING IT FROM
  • 00:19:30.060 --> 00:19:31.260
  • WIND OR RAIN OR ANYTHING THAT
  • 00:19:31.260 --> 00:19:33.220
  • MIGHT PUT IT OUT. THEY WERE
  • 00:19:33.220 --> 00:19:35.190
  • CONSTANTLY CHECKING THEIR
  • 00:19:35.190 --> 00:19:36.230
  • TORCH TO MAKE SURE THAT IT WAS
  • 00:19:36.230 --> 00:19:38.060
  • STILL LIT. IT'S THE SAME
  • 00:19:38.060 --> 00:19:40.240
  • PRINCIPLE IN THE RACE OF LIFE.
  • 00:19:40.240 --> 00:19:43.090
  • IF YOU'RE GOING TO FINISH YOUR
  • 00:19:43.090 --> 00:19:44.070
  • COURSE WITH JOY YOU'VE GOT TO
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:45.290
  • GUARD YOUR FIRE. YOU CAN'T LET
  • 00:19:45.290 --> 00:19:47.230
  • YOUR FLAME GO OUT. TOO MANY
  • 00:19:47.230 --> 00:19:50.130
  • PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR PASSION.
  • 00:19:50.130 --> 00:19:52.160
  • THEY'RE STILL RUNNING BUT THEIR
  • 00:19:52.160 --> 00:19:53.290
  • TORCH IS NO LONGER LIT. AT ONE
  • 00:19:53.290 --> 00:19:56.130
  • TIME THEY WERE PASSIONATE ABOUT
  • 00:19:56.130 --> 00:19:58.100
  • THEIR DREAMS. THEY HAD SOME
  • 00:19:58.100 --> 00:19:59.290
  • SETBACKS. NOW THEY'RE RUNNING.
  • 00:19:59.290 --> 00:20:02.070
  • THAT'S GOOD BUT THEY LET THEIR
  • 00:20:02.070 --> 00:20:03.150
  • FIRE GO OUT. THEY LOST THEIR
  • 00:20:03.150 --> 00:20:05.070
  • ZEAL. IF THAT'S YOU I'VE COME
  • 00:20:05.070 --> 00:20:07.210
  • TO RELIGHT YOUR FIRE. GOD IS
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:10.160
  • NOT DONE WITH YOU. YOU HAVE
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.040
  • NOT SEEN YOUR BEST DAYS.
  • 00:20:12.040 --> 00:20:13.210
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:20:13.210 --> 00:20:14.130
  • YOU'VE GOT TO SHAKE OFF THE
  • 00:20:14.130 --> 00:20:15.040
  • BLAHS. SHAKE OFF THE
  • 00:20:15.040 --> 00:20:16.160
  • DISCOURAGEMENT. THERE IS A
  • 00:20:16.160 --> 00:20:18.250
  • FLAME THAT IS STILL ALIVE ON
  • 00:20:18.250 --> 00:20:20.270
  • THE INSIDE OF YOU.
  • 00:20:20.270 --> 00:20:22.250
  • THE SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT HOW
  • 00:20:22.250 --> 00:20:23.250
  • WE HAVE TO FAN THE FLAME,
  • 00:20:23.250 --> 00:20:25.190
  • STIR UP THE GIFTS. IT'S NOT
  • 00:20:25.190 --> 00:20:27.040
  • ENOUGH TO JUST FINISH. YOU'VE
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:28.170
  • GOT TO FINISH YOUR COURSE WITH
  • 00:20:28.170 --> 00:20:30.240
  • YOUR FIRE STILL BURNING. FOR AS
  • 00:20:30.240 --> 00:20:32.110
  • LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER MY
  • 00:20:32.110 --> 00:20:35.010
  • FATHER STRUGGLED WITH HIGH
  • 00:20:35.010 --> 00:20:36.080
  • BLOOD PRESSURE. TOWARD THE
  • 00:20:36.080 --> 00:20:37.200
  • END OF HIS LIFE HE DIDN'T FEEL
  • 00:20:37.200 --> 00:20:39.020
  • WELL. THE MEDICINES MADE HIM
  • 00:20:39.020 --> 00:20:41.010
  • DIZZY. HIS KIDNEYS QUIT WORKING
  • 00:20:41.010 --> 00:20:42.250
  • PROPERLY AND HE HAD TO GO ON
  • 00:20:42.250 --> 00:20:44.080
  • DIALYSIS. WE USED TO TRAVEL
  • 00:20:44.080 --> 00:20:46.080
  • OVERSEAS A COUPLE OF TIMES
  • 00:20:46.080 --> 00:20:47.160
  • A YEAR. HE REALLY LOOKED
  • 00:20:47.160 --> 00:20:49.100
  • FORWARD TO IT. BUT WHEN HIS
  • 00:20:49.100 --> 00:20:50.160
  • HEALTH WENT DOWNHILL HE HAD
  • 00:20:50.160 --> 00:20:52.110
  • TO STAY AT HOME AND TAKE
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:53.040
  • DIALYSIS THREE TIMES A WEEK.
  • 00:20:53.040 --> 00:20:55.230
  • HE NEVER WANTED TO LIVE IF HE
  • 00:20:55.230 --> 00:20:57.040
  • COULDN'T PREACH. EVEN THOUGH
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:20:58.200
  • HE DIDN'T FEEL WELL HE NEVER
  • 00:20:58.200 --> 00:21:00.130
  • MISSED A SUNDAY. VICTORIA USED
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:02.120
  • TO GO PICK HIM UP AND BRING
  • 00:21:02.120 --> 00:21:03.190
  • HIM TO CHURCH A LITTLE BIT
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:04.290
  • LATE. SOMETIMES SHE WOULD
  • 00:21:04.290 --> 00:21:06.110
  • CALL AND SAY, "JOEL, I'M NOT
  • 00:21:06.110 --> 00:21:07.100
  • SURE YOUR DAD CAN MINISTER
  • 00:21:07.100 --> 00:21:08.190
  • TODAY. IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE
  • 00:21:08.190 --> 00:21:10.000
  • HE FEELS WELL."
  • 00:21:10.000 --> 00:21:11.200
  • I WOULD RUN DOWN FROM THE TV
  • 00:21:11.200 --> 00:21:12.130
  • DEPARTMENT DURING THE SERVICE.
  • 00:21:12.130 --> 00:21:14.010
  • WHEN HE ARRIVED, "DADDY, ARE
  • 00:21:14.010 --> 00:21:15.000
  • YOU SURE YOU'RE UP TO THIS?"
  • 00:21:15.000 --> 00:21:16.040
  • HE WOULD SMILE AND SAY,
  • 00:21:16.040 --> 00:21:17.030
  • "YEAH, JOEL. I'M READY TO GO."
  • 00:21:17.030 --> 00:21:18.130
  • WHEN HE WALKED OUT ON THE
  • 00:21:18.130 --> 00:21:19.080
  • PLATFORM NOBODY KNEW HE WASN'T
  • 00:21:19.080 --> 00:21:20.180
  • UP TO PAR. HE STILL HAD A
  • 00:21:20.180 --> 00:21:22.090
  • SPRING IN HIS STEP, A SMILE ON
  • 00:21:22.090 --> 00:21:24.090
  • HIS FACE. HE COULD HAVE BEEN
  • 00:21:24.090 --> 00:21:26.070
  • AT HOME, NEGATIVE, COMPLAINING.
  • 00:21:26.070 --> 00:21:27.250
  • "GOD, I'VE SERVED YOU ALL
  • 00:21:27.250 --> 00:21:29.160
  • THESE YEARS. LOOKS WHAT IT
  • 00:21:29.160 --> 00:21:30.290
  • COMES DOWN TO. I CAN HARDLY
  • 00:21:30.290 --> 00:21:32.090
  • EVEN MINISTER." NO, HE KEPT
  • 00:21:32.090 --> 00:21:34.020
  • HIS FIRE BURNING. HE GUARDED
  • 00:21:34.020 --> 00:21:36.030
  • THAT FLAME. HE WAS DETERMINED
  • 00:21:36.030 --> 00:21:38.030
  • TO NOT JUST FINISH HIS COURSE
  • 00:21:38.030 --> 00:21:40.080
  • BUT TO FINISH IT WITH JOY.
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:42.180
  • (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:21:42.180 --> 00:21:43.160
  • SEVENTY-SEVEN YEARS OLD, ONE
  • 00:21:43.160 --> 00:21:45.000
  • NIGHT HE WASN'T FEELING WELL.
  • 00:21:45.000 --> 00:21:47.040
  • HE ASKED MY BROTHER-IN-LAW
  • 00:21:47.040 --> 00:21:47.260
  • GARY TO COME OVER AND VISIT
  • 00:21:47.260 --> 00:21:49.010
  • WITH HIM. THEY WERE TALKING
  • 00:21:49.010 --> 00:21:51.020
  • ABOUT TWO O'CLOCK IN THE
  • 00:21:51.020 --> 00:21:51.230
  • MORNING. GARY ASKED HIM WHAT
  • 00:21:51.230 --> 00:21:54.000
  • HE THOUGHT ABOUT THE
  • 00:21:54.000 --> 00:21:55.140
  • DIFFICULTIES HE WAS HAVING.
  • 00:21:55.140 --> 00:21:57.160
  • MY FATHER SAID, "GARY, I DON'T
  • 00:21:57.160 --> 00:21:59.010
  • UNDERSTAND IT ALL BUT I KNOW
  • 00:21:59.010 --> 00:22:01.000
  • THIS; HIS MERCY ENDURES
  • 00:22:01.000 --> 00:22:02.050
  • FOREVER." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:22:02.050 --> 00:22:04.190
  • THOSE WERE THE LAST WORDS
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  • MY FATHER EVER SPOKE. RIGHT
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:07.200
  • THEN HE BREATHED HIS FINAL
  • 00:22:07.200 --> 00:22:09.100
  • BREATH AND WENT TO BE WITH
  • 00:22:09.100 --> 00:22:10.250
  • THE LORD. BUT THINK ABOUT
  • 00:22:10.250 --> 00:22:12.160
  • THOSE LAST WORDS. HE WASN'T
  • 00:22:12.160 --> 00:22:14.010
  • COMPLAINING. HE WAS BRAGGING
  • 00:22:14.010 --> 00:22:15.200
  • ON GOD'S GOODNESS. NOT
  • 00:22:15.200 --> 00:22:17.040
  • MAGNIFYING HIS PROBLEM BUT
  • 00:22:17.040 --> 00:22:18.220
  • MAGNIFYING HIS GOD. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:22:18.220 --> 00:22:21.010
  • HE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE
  • 00:22:21.010 --> 00:22:22.090
  • WITH HIS FIRE STILL BURNING,
  • 00:22:22.090 --> 00:22:24.120
  • WITH HIS TORCH STILL LIT.
  • 00:22:24.120 --> 00:22:26.020
  • THE SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT HOW
  • 00:22:26.020 --> 00:22:27.240
  • THE SAINTS OF OLD DIED IN
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:29.160
  • FAITH. THE TRUTH IS ONE DAY,
  • 00:22:29.160 --> 00:22:32.130
  • OF COURSE, WE'RE ALL GOING TO
  • 00:22:32.130 --> 00:22:33.090
  • DIE. YOU HAVE TO MAKE A
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  • DECISION. ARE YOU GOING TO
  • 00:22:34.130 --> 00:22:36.000
  • DIE IN FAITH? OR ARE YOU GOING
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:38.130
  • TO DIE NEGATIVE, BITTER,
  • 00:22:38.130 --> 00:22:39.210
  • COMPLAINING. "I CAN'T BELIEVE
  • 00:22:39.210 --> 00:22:40.260
  • THIS HAPPENED." NO, MAKE UP
  • 00:22:40.260 --> 00:22:42.140
  • YOUR MIND THAT YOU'RE GOING
  • 00:22:42.140 --> 00:22:43.220
  • TO DIE FULL OF JOY, WITH YOUR
  • 00:22:43.220 --> 00:22:45.180
  • FIRE STILL BURNING, WITH YOUR
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:47.010
  • TORCH STILL LIT. (APPLAUSE)
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  • IN 1968 THE OLYMPIC GAMES WERE
  • 00:22:50.000 --> 00:22:51.100
  • HELD IN MEXICO CITY. DURING
  • 00:22:51.100 --> 00:22:53.200
  • THE MARATHON A YOUNG RUNNER
  • 00:22:53.200 --> 00:22:55.230
  • FROM TANZANIA FELL AND BROKE
  • 00:22:55.230 --> 00:22:57.170
  • HIS LEG. HE WAS BLOODIED AND
  • 00:22:57.170 --> 00:22:59.270
  • BRUISED BUT SOMEHOW MANAGED
  • 00:22:59.270 --> 00:23:01.270
  • TO GET UP AND CONTINUE RUNNING.
  • 00:23:01.270 --> 00:23:04.100
  • LONG AFTER EVERYONE ELSE HAD
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:05.190
  • FINISHED HE ENTERED THE STADIUM
  • 00:23:05.190 --> 00:23:07.280
  • FOR HIS FINAL LAP. OVER 100.000
  • 00:23:07.280 --> 00:23:10.190
  • PEOPLE WERE THERE EARLIER BUT
  • 00:23:10.190 --> 00:23:12.180
  • NOW AN HOUR OR TWO LATER ONLY
  • 00:23:12.180 --> 00:23:14.220
  • A FEW THOUSAND PEOPLE REMAINED.
  • 00:23:14.220 --> 00:23:17.110
  • THE MAIN LIGHTS WERE OFF,
  • 00:23:17.110 --> 00:23:18.190
  • TELEVISION CAMERAS GONE. THE
  • 00:23:18.190 --> 00:23:20.120
  • EVENT WAS OFFICIALLY OVER. AS
  • 00:23:20.120 --> 00:23:22.060
  • HE STRUGGLED INTO THE STADIUM
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:24.110
  • HEADED TOWARD THAT FINAL LAP,
  • 00:23:24.110 --> 00:23:26.250
  • WHEN THE FEW THOUSAND PEOPLE
  • 00:23:26.250 --> 00:23:29.110
  • SAW HIM, THEY STOOD UP AND
  • 00:23:29.110 --> 00:23:30.080
  • BEGAN TO CHEER HIM ON. THEY
  • 00:23:30.080 --> 00:23:31.270
  • CHEERED LOUDER AND LOUDER AS
  • 00:23:31.270 --> 00:23:33.180
  • IF HE WAS IN FIRST PLACE.
  • 00:23:33.180 --> 00:23:35.240
  • DRAWING STRENGTH FROM THE
  • 00:23:35.240 --> 00:23:36.230
  • CROWD HE BEGAN TO SMILE AND
  • 00:23:36.230 --> 00:23:38.200
  • WAVE AS IF HE WAS GOING TO WIN
  • 00:23:38.200 --> 00:23:40.170
  • THE GOLD MEDAL. IT WAS A
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  • MOVING MOMENT LATER SEEN
  • 00:23:42.170 --> 00:23:43.240
  • AROUND THE WORLD. A REPORTER
  • 00:23:43.240 --> 00:23:45.230
  • ASKED HIM AFTERWARDS, "WHY
  • 00:23:45.230 --> 00:23:47.170
  • DIDN'T YOU DROP OUT OF THE
  • 00:23:47.170 --> 00:23:49.000
  • RACE WHEN YOU BROKE YOUR LEG?
  • 00:23:49.000 --> 00:23:51.180
  • NOBODY WOULD HAVE FAULTED
  • 00:23:51.180 --> 00:23:52.070
  • YOU FOR IT." THE YOUNG MAN FROM
  • 00:23:52.070 --> 00:23:54.060
  • TANZANIA SAID, "MY COUNTRY
  • 00:23:54.060 --> 00:23:56.050
  • DIDN'T SEND ME 7.000 MILES TO
  • 00:23:56.050 --> 00:23:58.210
  • START THE RACE BUT TO FINISH
  • 00:23:58.210 --> 00:24:00.150
  • IT." (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:24:00.150 --> 00:24:02.140
  • IN THE SAME WAY, GOD DIDN'T
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:04.170
  • BREATHE HIS LIFE INTO YOU,
  • 00:24:04.170 --> 00:24:06.090
  • CROWN YOU WITH FAVOR, PUT
  • 00:24:06.090 --> 00:24:08.050
  • SEEDS OF GREATNESS ON THE
  • 00:24:08.050 --> 00:24:09.130
  • INSIDE TO START THE RACE. HE
  • 00:24:09.130 --> 00:24:12.070
  • SENT YOU TO FINISH IT. THE
  • 00:24:12.070 --> 00:24:14.070
  • SCRIPTURE TALKS ABOUT HOW THE
  • 00:24:14.070 --> 00:24:15.170
  • RACE IS NOT FOR THE SWIFT NOR
  • 00:24:15.170 --> 00:24:17.030
  • FOR THE STRONG BUT FOR THOSE
  • 00:24:17.030 --> 00:24:18.270
  • WHO ENDURE TILL THE END. YOU
  • 00:24:18.270 --> 00:24:21.050
  • DON'T HAVE TO FINISH FIRST.
  • 00:24:21.050 --> 00:24:22.280
  • YOU'RE NOT COMPETING WITH
  • 00:24:22.280 --> 00:24:23.210
  • ANYBODY ELSE. JUST FINISH YOUR
  • 00:24:23.210 --> 00:24:25.040
  • COURSE. KEEP YOUR FIRE BURNING.
  • 00:24:25.040 --> 00:24:27.290
  • YOU WEREN'T CREATED TO GIVE UP,
  • 00:24:27.290 --> 00:24:29.070
  • TO QUIT. (APPLAUSE)
  • 00:24:29.070 --> 00:24:31.010
  • WE CAN ALL FIND A REASON TO
  • 00:24:31.010 --> 00:24:31.260
  • DROP OUT OF THE RACE. WE CAN
  • 00:24:31.260 --> 00:24:33.260
  • ALL FIND SOME KIND OF EXCUSE.
  • 00:24:33.260 --> 00:24:35.200
  • BUT YOU HAVE TO DIG YOUR HEELS
  • 00:24:35.200 --> 00:24:36.160
  • IN AND SAY, "I AM DETERMINED
  • 00:24:36.160 --> 00:24:38.160
  • TO FINISH MY COURSE." IF YOU
  • 00:24:38.160 --> 00:24:40.110
  • WILL TAP INTO THIS FINISHING
  • 00:24:40.110 --> 00:24:41.230
  • GRACE, THOSE TWO EXTRA
  • 00:24:41.230 --> 00:24:43.100
  • CYLINDERS WILL KICK IN WHEN
  • 00:24:43.100 --> 00:24:44.190
  • YOU NEED IT. YOU'LL HAVE A
  • 00:24:44.190 --> 00:24:45.180
  • STRENGTH THAT YOU DIDN'T HAVE.
  • 00:24:45.180 --> 00:24:47.000
  • I BELIEVE AND DECLARE, LIKE
  • 00:24:47.000 --> 00:24:48.080
  • THE APOSTLE PAUL, YOU WILL
  • 00:24:48.080 --> 00:24:49.220
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  • 00:24:55.260 --> 00:24:57.170
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  • 00:24:57.170 --> 00:24:59.200
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