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January 3, 2020
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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would you change in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash the miraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live in peace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join Leon Fontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, senior pastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO of Canada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: God wants you to have results in every area.
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  • He wants you to have results in your emotions, results in your
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  • physical body, results in how you look at life, how you handle
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  • life, how you know what decisions to make, results in -,
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  • In every area of your life, He want you to have results.
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  • But He says the only way you'll get results
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  • is if you abide in Jesus.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, it says that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly. So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblical promise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so many believers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharing Jesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is the answer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporary way. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in ways people can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporary is unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and it never makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeing yourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freely in God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her people are going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tell you how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrich your soul and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Winnipeg, Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: When you think about God, you have to understand that
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  • you can trust Him. You can trust God. One of the most horrible
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  • teachings in the world today is the off line teaching of
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  • sovereignty. And we know the word sovereign means God is all
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  • powerful. But one of the worst causes of Christianity not being
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  • able to go mainstream is because the world can't trust God based
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  • on the Christian's teaching. The world listens to Christians say
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  • God loves you but He might let cancer come in to teach you
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  • something. God loves you but He might take your mother away
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  • because He needs another flower in heaven. And then at the
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  • funeral, God's ways are higher than our ways. You wouldn't
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  • believe the amount of people that I speak with who can't come
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  • to church because some preacher told them, their mom died
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  • because God needed her in heaven. Or because their baby
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  • died but God's ways are higher than our ways. Meaning, God
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  • caused this death and on and on the list goes. That teaching
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  • comes from Greek mythology. And because so many of the new
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  • Christians in the New Testament as it went from the Jews to the
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  • Greeks, to all the other, to the whole Gentile nation many of
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  • them mixed their religions and their religious beliefs because
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  • the Greeks believed that the Gods were fickle. They could
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  • change their minds anytime they want. So, if you study Greek
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  • mythology, you'll know that you better please them. You better
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  • keep them happy because if you don't keep them happy, they're
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  • gonna cause hell in your life. And this thinking was
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  • transferred into the church. And so today, it just proliferates
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  • everywhere. That if something bad happens. Well, because God's
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  • in control. We just don't know why. God's not in control. Now,
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  • we know that God is in control of the overall timetable of this
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  • earth. This earth is on a certain timetable. And when the
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  • devil's time is over. Jesus is gonna return. He's gonna be
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  • thrown away. We're gonna have a new heaven. We're gonna have a
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  • new earth. So we know that He is in overall control of the
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  • timetable of the earth, of etcetera. But you, He's not
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  • gonna stop you from running a red light or slapping your wife
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  • or stabbing your husband. He's not gonna stop it. You have a
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  • will. And so your will is so completely powerful because you
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  • are sovereign. God is sovereign, all powerful. But He made you in
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  • His likeness and image. And you are completely sovereign over
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  • your own life. You get to choose what to believe. You get to
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  • choose what to do. What you believe in and what you do has
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  • consequences. So if you don't them right, you can go to jail.
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  • You can spend the rest of your life gone. You can destroy every
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  • relationship. You can destroy every business. Your world can
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  • be walked out the way you want to walk it out. And so, so many
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  • people think that God is in control. And if God is in
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  • control, He's the worst manager I've ever seen. He's letting 30
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  • million babies die of starvation, 66 million getting
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  • killed in abortions. And I mean, the list goes on and on and on
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  • and on. When we think that God is in control, we create all
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  • sorts of crazy doctrines. And so, yes, God is in ultimate
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  • control. Meaning, if you give your life to Jesus Christ,
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  • there's nothing the devil can do to stop that. He is, you know,
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  • so you're giving God control of so much of our lives as we
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  • become people of God. So today, I want to talk to you about
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  • producing an amazing life. Like, the Bible Jesus Himself does a
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  • teaching. And in this teaching, He shows us that the only way to
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  • produce great results in life is to be connected to Him. He calls
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  • it abiding in the vine. He calls it that He is the vine. We are
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  • the branches. And as long as you are connected to the trunk of
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  • that tree, the same sap that courses through the trunk goes
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  • into the branch and then you produce fruit. This fruit is
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  • called the results of your life. And God wants the results of
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  • your life to be good in every area. In John 10:10, Jesus said
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  • I am come that you might have life and that you might have it
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  • more abundantly, amazingly. And so, and then the verse or the
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  • line before that says Satan comes to steal, kill, and
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  • destroy. Jesus said but I am come that you might have life
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  • and that you might have it more abundantly. I'm gonna say
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  • something really controversial. Actually, I let Jesus say it.
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  • When Jesus says I am the way, He is not saying I am a way. I am
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  • the way. And that word way means I am the path. I am the road.
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  • And this path, this road is the only way you will find God and
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  • live a truly abundant life. See, we want to water it all down. We
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  • want to think that, well, there's many paths to God and
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  • you can have that path. You might want to find Hinduism. You
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  • might want to follow Islam. It's all the same God. And but you
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  • see, you can't go there because Jesus Himself didn't say I'm a
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  • way. He said I am the way. I am the path. I am the road. There
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  • is no other way. Why is it the world makes us feel bad when we
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  • say, "Well, we serve Jesus. I know there's probably other
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  • ways." No, there's not. There's one way. You say, "Well, we're
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  • just being arrogant." We're not being arrogant. We happen to
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  • find it and we just want to tell people we found it. There's lots
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  • of things in life that there's only one way and they're not
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  • called arrogant. You know, gravity does one thing. You go
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  • down. You can't tell gravity, "Well, you think you're special.
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  • It's just one thing." No! You can't play soccer on the ceiling
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  • of this, or the roof of this building. It's crazy. If you go
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  • off the edge, you will go down. I just don't know if I believe
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  • that. There's got to be another way. There is no other way.
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  • Gravity is a principle that works, and it works every time.
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  • It's not gonna make an exception with you. There are principles,
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  • spiritual principles. There are physical principles. There are
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  • mental principles. Break them at your own peril. Then if you
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  • still don't get this, He says no man comes to the Father but by
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  • Me. There is no other way. It's only Jesus. And so we can be
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  • loving and caring when we get to talking to people about this
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  • Jesus. But then they cannot say -, See, everyone loves to say,
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  • "Jesus was a good man." If you read this scripture right here,
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  • He's either the most crazy guy you ever meet in your life or
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  • He's the Son of God. He made it and some of the statements He
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  • made were so conclusive. They were not inclusive. They were,
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  • it was concluded. He is the way. He is the life. That He is the
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  • truth. And so Jesus is the manifestation of truth. The
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  • revelation of truth. And we have to understand because so many
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  • people they kind of try Jesus and then when they don't get
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  • Him, they're gonna try Oprah and Brené Brown and all this other
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  • people who actually find truths in the Bible that work. But they
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  • always leave Jesus out because that is the divisive topic. To
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  • say tell someone there's the only one way. You know, if
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  • there's only one way to get everybody off of a ship and on
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  • to the boat. There's just one way. Get into the lifeboat. I
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  • think there's another way. Ah no, it's cold in the Titanic.
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  • This ocean is so cold. You're gonna last 60 seconds in the
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  • water. There's only one way. The lifeboat. Well, I just think
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  • that you're a little bit arrogant in trying to tell me
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  • what to do. And you're trying to tell me there's only one way off
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  • this ship that I'm gonna survive. Well, you can call me
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  • arrogant or you can do whatever you want but it is the truth and
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  • you don't need to soften the truth. I talked to a pastor a
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  • little while ago and he said to me, he said, "You know, when you
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  • preach, like how do you preach?" I said, "I preach the Word."
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  • Yeah, I know. But man, the Word's got some harsh stuff in
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  • there. I don't think it's current when He says some of the
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  • things He says. Oh, so you're changing the Word? Well, I mean.
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  • Sure, you are. You're softening the Word. So that applies to
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  • everybody. So everyone just feels good about them self. I
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  • said, "Can you imagine if a guy got on the Titanic deck and just
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  • say, "Hey, everybody. You know, the ship is going down. And I
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  • know some people say the only way is a lifeboat but it's not
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  • the only way. And so you just think about it, see what you
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  • want to do. We're all gonna be okay either way. Everything's
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  • gonna be fine either way." Everything's not gonna be fine
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  • either way. It is sinking. It is going down. And then if you
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  • don't choose the right way, this got consequences. As Christians,
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  • let's stop soft pedaling. Let's stop softening it. No, I don't
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  • mean be arrogant. I don't mean grind someone down. I don't mean
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  • get an attitude. No, no, no, no. I just mean that this confidence
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  • be in you because you won't get a life if you don't understand
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  • how special this Jesus is. Someone said, "Oh, yeah. I don't
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  • know that many Christians Leon that really have it together."
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  • Well, what do you mean by have it together? Well, they live,
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  • you know, like Jesus. I said, "I know a ton of people who live
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  • like Jesus. Now, they don't live perfectly like Jesus, but they
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  • live with love as their motive. They live honoring others. They
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  • live with the real relationship with Christ. They love. They
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  • have problem after problem like the whole world does. Problems
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  • in finances, someone's stabbing them in the back, a neighbor,
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  • you know, trying to sue them for this. The world's got stuff. But
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  • this Jesus is there. I know tons of people who have figured out
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  • how to stay connected to Jesus. And I want you to understand
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  • that, let me read a little bit of John 15 and I'm gonna give
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  • you some homework this week. Read John 15 chapters 1 to 17.
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  • I'm gonna read it to you from the Expanded Bible. Here's what
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  • it says, John 15 chapters 1 to 17. "I am the true vine, Jesus
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  • said. Here in the bracket it says contrast Israel, the
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  • unreliable vine. Then Jesus says my Father is the gardener, the
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  • farmer, the vinedresser. He cuts off or takes away every branch
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  • of mine,?in me that does not produce fruit." All right. And
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  • then He says whose lives bear no indication of a relationship
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  • with Christ. And He trims, cleans, prunes.?This verb
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  • implies both trimming and cleaning every branch that
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  • produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are
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  • -, See, Jesus is His Word and a relationship with Him
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  • continually helps you to prune. Put off and put on. Now, this is
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  • what renewing the mind is in Romans chapter 12 and Ephesians
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  • chapter 4. It talks renewing the mind is putting off old
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  • thinking, putting on the new thinking. Where does this new
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  • thinking come from? I hope it comes from Jesus the living
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  • Word. And because this is how you're gonna produce, to bear
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  • fruit means to have results. And it's saying here God want you to
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  • have results in every area. He wants you to have results in
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  • your emotions, results in your physical body, results in how
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  • you look at life, how you handle life, how you know what
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  • decisions to make, results in -, In every area of your life, He
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  • want you to have results. But He says the only way you'll get
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  • results is if you abide in Jesus. Now, this is kind of a
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  • really cool thing because here it says that a branch further on
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  • this verse. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself. So if I'm a
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  • tree, and there's a branch, cut it off.
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  • It falls off. You pick it up.
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  • Oh, we're gonna just put this in the house so I can
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  • protect the fruit. You have now cut it off from bearing fruit.
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  • Now, a lot of people think, well, when you're a Christian,
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  • you just automatically bear fruit. No. You can give your
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  • life to Christ and heaven can be your goal and heaven will be
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  • where you go when you die. But I know this from experience that
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  • there are many weeks and sometimes months to my chagrin
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  • that I have literally stop having a relationship with
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  • Jesus, stop having a relationship with His Word, and
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  • life got tough and I wasn't getting results in this area and
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  • fear began to push at me. I began to work in my own energy
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  • and try to get the results myself. Which is always
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  • manipulating people, manipulating situations, trying
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  • to control situations, trying to find my own peace not realizing
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  • that because I have not been in relationship with Jesus. I've
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  • not been abiding. And how do you have a relationship with Jesus?
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  • Well, John 1 says that He, in the beginning was the Word and
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  • the Word was with God and the Word was God. This is incredible
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  • thing in Christianity. When you give your life to Jesus and He
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  • comes into your heart, as you read God's Word. Okay? You're
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  • learning about Jesus. And it can be a simply theological exercise
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  • until you have your Doctorate of Divinity in Religiosity, and you
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  • know what the Bible says or as you read you can be opened to
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  • His Spirit. Say, "Jesus teach me. Let me learn about You." And
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  • if each day it's a relationship with Him, you are connecting to
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  • the vine, to the trunk, and His peace courses through you. His
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  • joy courses through you. Where is His peace and joy for
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  • Christians? It's in your Spirit. And what are we doing? We are
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  • renewing our mind. We're establishing our heart in peace.
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  • And the Bible says further on in John 15, a branch cannot produce
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  • fruit alone by itself but must remain in the vine, must remain
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  • attach to the vine. And Jesus says, I am the vine. You are the
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  • branches. And He goes on to say, if you do this, this is where
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  • you're gonna have the greatest joy. As you go down to verse 17,
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  • He's gonna say do what I tell you to do. Abide in me. You see,
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  • we just think that reading the Word is all we have to do. No.
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  • When He's talked, when the Bible says continuing my Word. It
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  • means to read, to understand, and to obey. We don't like the
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  • word obedience because we live in democracy. We don't obey. We
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  • vote. And if we vote, we can decide what we want to do. But
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  • it's not saying here if you love Me, just go do what I say. He's
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  • actually, He's not making a statement. Those who love Me,
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  • obey Me. Because they love Me, they want to please Me. The
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  • enjoy being with Me. And they began to realize that His
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  • brilliance, His Word, His revelation is the key to this
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  • amazing life. But the problem for many of us is, is that we
  • 00:17:09.030 --> 00:17:14.030
  • begin to try as Christians on our, with Him. And for the first
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  • little while things go great. But if something doesn't happen
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  • fast enough, we go back to the way we were. We go back to what
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  • we trusted in before. If we follow Christ, we get results.
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  • When we disconnect from Christ and we go back in to our own
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  • energy, our own thinking, our own emotions. And we start try
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  • to manipulate situations, try to make people do what we want, try
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  • to get our relationships to where they are, try to make the
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  • money come in but we do it without Him. We are literally
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  • disconnecting our results from Him. It doesn't mean you're
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  • disconnecting and you're not gonna go to heaven. It just
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  • means you're disconnecting from His Word. You're disconnecting
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  • from this relationship with Him. And so this peace starts to
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  • leave. This joy starts to go. The results you used to get
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  • begins to move away and now you're on your own. And so now
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  • you think, "Well, I'd tried Christian." No, you didn't.
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  • You're disconnected. Don't disconnect yourself. And He goes
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  • on to say that when you stay connected to Jesus, His Word,
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  • that you just can't wait to spend some time in His Word or
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  • listening to a teaching or reading a great person who write
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  • great books. I love listening to preaching every day. I find that
  • 00:18:26.100 --> 00:18:29.280
  • the voice inflection and the presence of God just seems to
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  • come off of preaching. And so I listen to messages every day.
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  • And as I listen to them, it does something to me. I do it just to
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  • feed myself, to stay connected, just feel energized and then I
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  • love reading the Word. Let's close with this thought. When
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  • you decide to follow Jesus, you can go ahead and just do what
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  • you can for yourself and try to find every promise for you and
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  • try to get yourself your needs meet for you and break the
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  • strongholds on your life whether they are beliefs or emotional
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  • problems or addictions or whatever is going on in your
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  • life. You can just follow Jesus trying so hard to change your
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  • whole life. And there's nothing basically wrong with that. But
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  • the Bible says God loves you. And the reason that we can love
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  • Him is because He first loved us. And so you need to get up
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  • each morning and declare God loves me. God is in love with
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  • me. I am so special to God. There's something about
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  • confessing it out loud that is so powerful. Just, I'm loved.
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  • God loves me. And then He gives you this command. You go out and
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  • start loving others. Now, this sounds so nothing. Let me say
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  • something. You will never experience the love of God like
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  • you want to until you try loving others. Now, the word love means
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  • to value. It means to value. When you value someone, then you
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  • want to help them. When you value that person, who's sitting
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  • on the side of the road with a flat tire and you're late, but
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  • you just feel a nudge. Even if you don't, I want you to give
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  • that man a quick hand. But if you don't value him, then you
  • 00:20:03.000 --> 00:20:05.220
  • value your time. You value yourself more than him. But when
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  • the Christian world begins to love others, it simply means
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  • they begin to value others. Why do you think people volunteer at
  • 00:20:13.230 --> 00:20:18.280
  • church? Because they value the people that come. They value
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  • your kids. There's people out there, you know, they've been
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  • working whole week. But they're in there teaching four-year
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  • old's and 12-year old's. Why is that? Are they trying to earn a
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  • brownie points with God or a new star on their chart? No, they
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  • value children. There're others back there you'll see a man with
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  • the radio in, security. Just taught to walk these hallways
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  • and keep everything safe and make sure everyone gets help.
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  • There's people out who are parking cars in the coldest
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  • weather with their beards frozen stiff. Why do they do that? Are
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  • they trying to look -, See, people say, "Well, they're just
  • 00:20:56.180 --> 00:20:58.180
  • trying to look good. They're trying to get accolades. They're
  • 00:20:58.190 --> 00:21:00.250
  • trying -," Well, maybe that's your own heart because usually,
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  • you know, to the pure all things are pure. And to the impure, all
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  • things are impure. But that's, he's valuing the people coming
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  • to church. He's valuing what's going on. When you begin to
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  • reach out and value others and love others as a believer. You
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  • begin to experience the love of God in a level that you've never
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  • experienced before. Keep confessing He loves you and see
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  • His love in the Word. But the practice of loving others is a
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  • command from Jesus. He says if you love me, then love one
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  • another. But we've got to gossip about one another. Find fault
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  • with one another. Did you see what the guy did over there? You
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  • know, I remember one time judging this great big guy and
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  • he was just being a jerk around me and just being condescending
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  • and all that's going on. I'm ready to rise up and give him my
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  • face right back. I'm gonna, you want to belittle me right now in
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  • the situation. I'm an expert of this. I've got my degree. I can
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  • belittle you in no problem. And so I'm ready to give a piece of
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  • my unrenewed mind that morning. Then all of sudden, boom, I
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  • valued him. And instead I said, "Dude, are you doing okay?
  • 00:22:07.030 --> 00:22:11.250
  • You're okay, man?" And he's just fighting for control because
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  • something had messed with his life that day. And he just
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  • opened up and started to talk about the hell that he had
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  • walked through that morning. And you see, if I'm just gonna be in
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  • my flesh, we call it or just, but if I can value him and try
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  • to love him, bring meaning and purpose, and I had a phenomenal
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  • conversation with him. If you want to sense and know this joy
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  • and this love as a believer, start valuing people, start
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  • loving. Every day think of just a kindness you can do wherever
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  • you are. Get on the phone and phone someone that comes up to
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  • your mind and just tell him, I'm thinking about you right now so
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  • I'm phoning you. When I hang up, I'm gonna pray for you. You know
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  • what, when someone does that to you, it touches you. If you'll
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  • do that to me, it goes, "Wow, they're thinking about me and
  • 00:23:00.290 --> 00:23:04.120
  • they're gonna pray for me when they hang up this phone." How
  • 00:23:04.130 --> 00:23:06.120
  • hard is that? But it's a, and a way of loving and appreciating
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  • and valuing the people around us. Your life will move from
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  • whatever level of depression you're in, because when you
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  • begin to serve God's people, when you begin to love the world
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  • that's out there as unlovable as some of them are, something
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  • changes in you. And the joy that you had goes to another level.
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  • And the more you do this, the more this, you will learn to, as
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  • you give this joy, it just rises up greater and greater until
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  • everywhere you go, you're just acting like Jesus. Being kind,
  • 00:23:32.130 --> 00:23:35.030
  • being loving, being caring. Trying to defuse that situation
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  • rather than your flesh rise up. It is an amazing life because
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  • then you stay connected to the vine. You're acting like Jesus.
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  • You're knowing Jesus. And everywhere you go,
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  • you're serving, you're giving, you're valuing others.
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  • and can walk in a confident faith. Accessing what's been
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  • freely given to you on the cross. You can unleash the
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  • -LEON: The Bible has a verse that says ask and you shall
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  • receive, that your joy maybe full. Now, it's interesting to
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  • me when we use the words in our English language joy and
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  • happiness. Happiness tends to come from happenings, and I like
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  • that. You know, when I get out with my kids and as a family. We
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  • might play a game, go to a movie, have a-, These things
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  • that we do that bring such happiness and I love having a
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  • life filled with great things to do, fun things to do. But a lot
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  • of people happiness is all they have, and so they have always
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  • looking for new things, new happenings because when some
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  • things happening, I'm happy. Something far deeper and greater
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  • than happiness and it's joy. The Bible says the joy of the Lord
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  • is our strength. And when nothing's happening in my life,
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  • I don't get depressed. I don't go down into worse areas. In
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  • fact, this joy is such an amazing sense of fulfillment in
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  • life that when things, I'm not doing things that are really
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  • happening. I am still enjoying life. This joy, do you have it?
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  • Make sure that you know Jesus. And the second thing is,
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  • get your self-worth from how much God loves you,
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  • not what's going on in your life.
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