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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: As you aregetting to know God and His Word
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  • and His promises and Hisblessings. There's just so many
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  • beautiful things to know.You're being equipped
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  • to seek out the lost.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays 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 biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective at sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour 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: You know, there'ssomething about believers today
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  • that we have to be very carefulof, and that is the Bible says
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  • in Ephesians chapter 4 that thepurpose for the ministry, the
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  • five-fold ministry for church,for getting together like this
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  • is to equip the saints for thework of the ministry. Did you
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  • know that God wants you to beequipped? And the word equip
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  • means skill development. Skilldevelopment. Well, what is the
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  • skill God wants you developthen? Well, there's an
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  • incredible verse about Jesus.It's in Luke 19:10, and it says
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  • there, "Because the Son of Mancame to find, to seek out lost
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  • people and save them." Seek outwho? Lost people. I know that
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  • when you give your life toChrist, that you begin this
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  • relationship of getting to knowHim and experience Him and
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  • there's just nothing like it.But as you are getting to know
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  • God and His Word and Hispromises and His blessings.
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  • There's just so many beautifulthings to know. You're being
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  • equipped to seek out the lost.Oh, what's the lost? If you ask
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  • anybody, they'll tell youthey're not lost. I was on a
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  • plane flying into Melbourne,Australia a while ago and this
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  • lady a little older than me wassitting beside me. And I mean,
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  • she had impeccable manners. Shewas dressed super expensively.
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  • We got into conversations. We'recoming in for a landing. And I
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  • found out that her family is apremier family in the whole
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  • nation. That they are verywell-known, very responsible big
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  • purpose for this family. But aswe got ready to land and I could
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  • just sense this loneliness. Thislostness about her. And as we
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  • talked about life and itsmeaning, tears I could see just
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  • begin to well-up in her eyes andwe had quite a conversation. And
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  • I shared with her what I wasdoing. I was coming in, that I
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  • was here to train pastors. I'mgoing to be speaking at a
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  • conference where I wanted toshow people, and I've explained
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  • to her what Spirit Contemporarywas. It was being spiritually
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  • alive with the presence of Godand yet being cool and
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  • contemporary and relevant in away that the world is still
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  • attracted to. You know, whenJesus walked the planet people
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  • were attracted to Him. I've hadpastors tell me, "Well, not too
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  • many people come to our churchbecause we speak the truth." I
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  • said, "Jesus was the truth andeverywhere He went, they were
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  • attracted to Him." I want you tounderstand that we're surrounded
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  • by a world of lost people thatthey don't even know they're
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  • lost many times. But late atnight or especially when they
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  • begin to achieve their goals.Once people achieved their goals
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  • on the planet, it's when theyusually start getting depressed,
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  • unhappy. We see it all the timein music, movies. That as
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  • someone's star begins to rise.They're singing to stadiums of
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  • 80.000, a 100.000 people.They're snorting lines of coke
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  • just to stay happy. Or as theybegin to be an actor and the
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  • whole world knows their name.Somehow their lives just begin
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  • to get messed up because as theyachieve goals, they think that
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  • this goals are going to removethis sense of lack. This, I need
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  • a sense of significance, ofpurpose. This lady that I was
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  • talking to had incrediblepurpose. Her family for a couple
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  • of generations were doingthings, looking after this
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  • country, influencing a countrypolitically, financially. And
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  • yet deep inside of her was thislost orphan's heart. And I want
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  • you to know that it doesn'tmatter how successful someone
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  • is. You know, whatever area thatyou lack in, you think that if
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  • someone's got that, that they'rehappy. But a world pursuing
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  • happiness is a mess. Of all thedrugs that are made today, you
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  • ought to see what percentage ofthem especially when it comes to
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  • depression and emotionaldisorders. What percentage of
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  • them are that are used just inNorth America, Canada, and
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  • America. Because people thinkthat this orphan's heart feeling
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  • is going to be gone when theyachieve something, marry
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  • someone, have money. And it's ahorrifying feeling to achieve
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  • your goals and to feel evenworse than you felt before
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  • because at least the journeygave you something to do,
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  • something to work at. There's averse in the Bible in
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  • Ecclesiastes 3:11, it says, "Hehas made everything beautiful in
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  • its time. And God also hasplanted eternity in men's hearts
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  • and minds a divinely implantedsense of a purpose working
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  • through the ages which nothingunder the sun, but God alone can
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  • satisfy." You know, there'ssomething about the human race.
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  • I love animals. I love, youknow, what they add to the
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  • planet. But a dog as it sits bythe fireplace and stares out the
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  • window. They look almost human.You know, because they've got a
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  • soul but not a spirit. And asthey look out, you think, "I
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  • wonder if he's thinking aboutthe purpose of his life. I
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  • wonder if he's trying toconsider where he's going in
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  • life." He's not. He's a dog witha nature of a dog. I love dogs.
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  • Grew up with dogs. But theydon't take the place of the
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  • human race. And we need tounderstand, you are made in the
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  • likeness and the image of God.And the people,
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  • once you've given your life toChrist. You need to understand
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  • that you are anointed. You areempowered to share this good
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  • news with others. Acts 1:8 saysthat when the Holy Spirit came
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  • upon you, that you areempowered. You have an ability
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  • to be witnesses. Which meansthat you have witnessed a change
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  • on the inside of you. It doesn'tsay that you being perfect can
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  • now share your faith. No. You'rea witness. Maybe you are a
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  • witness to what God's donealready in your life and you
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  • still got a lot of things towork on like the rest of us. But
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  • you still need to share yourfaith. The Bible says in Romans
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  • 1:16, "For I am not ashamed."I'm not ashamed. And I stopped
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  • being ashamed of Jesus. Therewas a time where I was. I
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  • thought, "Well, gosh, golly,gee. You know, like I mean, like
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  • I'm just want to be aChristian." And I recognize that
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  • the things people believe outthere are so crazy, so weird.
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  • But I've met the King of kingsand the Lord of lords and I am
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  • not ashamed of the Jesus that Iknow. And I find that everywhere
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  • I go, I can either be on memood. Me, me, me, me, me, me,
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  • me, me, me. Or I can be in Godmood. God is there something you
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  • want me to do? Jesus it says wasseeking. What is He seeking for?
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  • Lost people. Well, we keepthinking the lost ones are just
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  • the people living on thestreets. Well, they could be
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  • lost. But it's the people livingin governments who are Premiers
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  • and Prime Ministers andPresidents. This lostness has
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  • nothing to do with giftedness.This lostness has nothing to do
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  • with how much money you have orhow gifted you are at working
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  • with other people. You are goingto find everywhere this lost
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  • orphan's heart. And you and Iare called to go out and to seek
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  • and to save that which was lost.One guy said to me the other
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  • day, "Well, I'd share my faithmore, but I just don't know. I
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  • mean, like what if I sharedJesus but then He let's them
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  • down." He didn't say that way,but that was pretty much the
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  • whole speech was about. I say,"What do you mean let's them
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  • down?" Well, I mean, if I talkto them about peace, and they
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  • don't get peace. And I talk -,"Listen to me. You're not
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  • responsible to convince people.That creates debates. It's a
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  • wonderful day when I juststarted sharing with people what
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  • I'm a witness to. You know, Ishared this a lot. But if I get
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  • called and subpoenaed to courtand I'm sitting there and all of
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  • a sudden it's my turn and thejudge says, "Leon Fontaine
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  • please take the witness stand."So I get up there and sit down
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  • and he says, "Did you witnessthis accident?" I say, "No, your
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  • honor. I wasn't even in thecity" What? Well then, why are
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  • you on this list of witnesses? Ihave no idea. Oh, get out of my
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  • court. Out, out, out, out. I'mnot even a witness to it. When
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  • the Bible says that the presenceof God, He has made you a
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  • witness. It doesn't say perfectwitness. You don't have
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  • everything together, youremotions, your marriage. No.
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  • It's just means He's come in.And that there's a new life, a
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  • new peace, a new joy. There'sthis journey that you're now on
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  • with Jesus that you've got toshare. And if you do not share,
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  • you're missing out on thegreatest adventure this world
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  • ever seen. I've done a lot ofcool things with my life, been
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  • places, done things, and nothingcompares to sharing what I have
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  • been a witness to about whatJesus has done in my life. Jesus
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  • is teaching one day, and Hesays, "There was a man that he
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  • had a hundred sheep and one waslost. So he left the ninety-nine
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  • and he went out and found theone that was lost. And when he
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  • found it, it says, he told hisfriends, "Hey, come rejoice with
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  • me for this sheep that is, waslost is now found." This issue
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  • of lost and found, lost andfound is through a lot of Jesus'
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  • teachings. That He came to aworld that was lost, who did not
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  • know Him. He died on the crossfor all of mankind. Not just for
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  • the ones who have said yessitting in this room. But you
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  • and I, we have a purpose. It'sto know Jesus and then to share
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  • this Jesus and what we havewitnessed so far with Him to
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  • those who are around us. Thiswoman sitting beside me on a
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  • plane flying into Melbourne,Australia. I'll never forget
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  • because she was working so hardto have it all together. Man,
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  • she looked together. She hadeverything figured out. Except,
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  • she couldn't turn off thisemptiness that she felt deep
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  • inside. I want you to know.Don't look at people's faces and
  • 00:13:29.124 --> 00:13:34.196
  • think for a minute that they'reso confident, so well-spoken, so
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  • financially prosperous, sosuccessful. They're so
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  • well-known. That they wouldnever want this Jesus. And I
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  • don't even know how to start.You would always start by
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  • sharing what Jesus has done foryou. As Jesus is teaching about
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  • this man who had a hundredsheep. He talks about this woman
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  • who has ten coins, drachmas. Onecoin is worth an entire day's
  • 00:13:57.519 --> 00:14:02.491
  • salary and she loses one. Andshe starts cleaning her house
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  • and looking for this coin andshe finally finds it. Now, it's
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  • interesting in this chapter thatJesus is teaching. He doesn't
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  • say she tried. He doesn't sayshe tried. He doesn't say that
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  • the man who lost one sheep triedto find it. This word try is a
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  • word for weaklings. The word tryis a word for cowards. It's a
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  • way to tell you, "Well, I'lltry." No. It says she looked
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  • till she found. Then with theman who lost that sheep. It says
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  • he looked till he found. I wantyou to know the assignment that
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  • is given to the church of JesusChrist. The assignment isn't to
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  • live beautiful and happy andwonderful while the whole world
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  • goes to hell. We are to seekfirst the kingdom of God. And
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  • the Bible says when you seek Himfirst, all these things you
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  • worry about from clothes, tohealth, to food, to homes, to
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  • careers. They're all going to beadded to you. But so many
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  • Christians, they get focused ontheir health and they get
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  • focused on their clothes. Theyget focused on the goodness of
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  • God. The prosperity of God. Thehealing of God. And that's all
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  • they pursue. You don't have topursue it if you'll seek first
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  • Jesus and do what He's calledyou to do. Did you know that the
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  • blessing will chaste you down.But you're here to seek and to
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  • save that which was lost. But Igot news for you. The enemy's
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  • job is to try to get you to besilent. They say silence is
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  • golden and sometimes it is. Buta lot of times it's just yellow.
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  • It's just yellow and we don'tspeak up. I've found that Holy
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  • Spirit can guide me. That whenI'm on a situation and I sense
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  • that I need to speak with thatperson. I want to make sure that
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  • -, You'll be amazed how all of asudden as you're listening and
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  • talking and getting to know themand engaging in conversation
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  • from hockey to shopping orwhatever it is. That something
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  • touches your heart on a certaintopic. And as you begin to talk
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  • about it, this person begins toopen up their life. Everyone
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  • thinks that everybody is againstbeing shared Christ with. But
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  • that's a lie. You know, back tothe Bible. One of our oldest
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  • radio shows, they had amultimillion dollar study done
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  • on people who don't go to churchand don't believe in Christ. And
  • 00:16:36.278 --> 00:16:39.515
  • they can ask them certainquestions. One of the questions
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  • they asked them is, "If somebodythat you respected, that you
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  • knew, asked you to come tochurch with them. Would you go?"
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  • You know, over ninety percentsaid yes. Yeah, we all feel like
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  • if we share our faith withsomebody or invite them out to
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  • church that they're going to sayno. Or that if we start talking
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  • about Jesus, that we're going tooffend people and turn them off.
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  • Listen, when the light in a roomis off, its off. How do you get
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  • more off than off? If they don'tknow Christ, we may as well
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  • speak. And by the way, have younoticed how much people are
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  • talking today? I mean, you sitbeside a person on a plane,
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  • they'll tell you stuff theyhaven't told their mom. They'll
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  • tell you stuff they haven't toldtheir spouse. You're just the
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  • safe per -, You ever go to theFacebook? And you're shocked as
  • 00:17:29.331 --> 00:17:32.901
  • your mouth hits your chest andyou kind of go, "Why are they
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  • telling this on Facebook? Whyare they saying this on
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  • Instagram. Are they crazytwittering that? Like don't they
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  • know the whole world is seeingyour confessions and all these
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  • things. The world wants to talk.The world wants to get engaged
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  • in meaningful conversations andthe church is silent. We're
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  • trying to be, "Well, we justdon't want to offend them."
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  • Offend them! Well, then learn tospeak in a way that's caring and
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  • loving. Don't be condescendingor judgmental. Care about them.
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  • Love them. But share what Godhas done for you. Don't debate
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  • their life. You don't know theirlife. You are a witness of your
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  • life. So give them an example ofwhat He has done for you.
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  • Someone say, "Well, Leon, I gotto get it together first." Get
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  • what together? It. Oh, what'sit? Well, you know, just get it
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  • together. Oh, what do you gettogether? You're not sharing
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  • your faith because you got ittogether. If you say that
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  • they're going to just swat youuntil they can find something
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  • you don't get together. The onlyhope you've got of sharing is
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  • that Jesus saved you when youdidn't have it together.
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  • Churches tried so hard for yearsto get it together and be a
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  • shining light, a city on a hill.And they'd take that verse and
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  • go, "So we want to have ittogether. So we don't want
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  • people who don't have ittogether in church. We have to
  • 00:18:57.853 --> 00:19:00.656
  • have it together. So we can haveit together, then people going
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  • to see that if you know Jesus,you can have it all together."
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  • No. The Bible teaches us thatwhere the stalls and the barn
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  • are dirty, the oxen are working.Meaning I want the most mess up
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  • church I can find. What? Yeah! Iwanna more problems and people
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  • with issues and addictions andpeople struggling and crying and
  • 00:19:21.343 --> 00:19:25.314
  • weeping and depressed, unhappy,sick. I want them all. Why?
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  • Because I can't stand those whothink they're perfect. And as we
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  • share and lay down our lives,you wouldn't believe I've been
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  • with a lot of people when theydie. When they're old and wise,
  • 00:19:37.459 --> 00:19:43.265
  • they looked back at their lifeand they have so many regrets.
  • 00:19:43.298 --> 00:19:47.936
  • Except for those who've been apart of reaching people with the
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  • Gospel. Then they know theirwhole life has been about
  • 00:19:52.174 --> 00:19:56.278
  • populating heaven. It even saysin Luke that when you pass away
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  • and go to heaven that there'sgoing to be a line formed in
  • 00:20:00.215 --> 00:20:03.518
  • heaven of people that you'veinfluenced with your life, your
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  • wealth, your giftedness. Andthat they're going to welcome
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  • you into everlastinghabitations. You know, some
  • 00:20:11.860 --> 00:20:16.732
  • people going to go up andthey're going to say, "Oh, so
  • 00:20:16.765 --> 00:20:20.869
  • and so is here." And the placeis going to erupt because you
  • 00:20:20.902 --> 00:20:25.674
  • gave to reach souls, because youvolunteered to help a church
  • 00:20:25.707 --> 00:20:29.878
  • rise up and touch people.Because you shared wherever you
  • 00:20:29.911 --> 00:20:33.382
  • went the faith that you do. Andthis heaven is populated with
  • 00:20:33.415 --> 00:20:37.286
  • people you had no idea. Andothers are going to there
  • 00:20:37.319 --> 00:20:40.022
  • thinking that they're prettycool because they got a $4.000
  • 00:20:40.055 --> 00:20:43.191
  • suit and $2.000 shoes which arefine. But they think it mean
  • 00:20:43.225 --> 00:20:47.396
  • something in heaven. And itmeans nothing, absolutely
  • 00:20:47.429 --> 00:20:52.701
  • nothing. There's a joke toldabout a guy who was so in love
  • 00:20:52.734 --> 00:20:58.607
  • with money that he made hislawyers agree that they would
  • 00:20:58.640 --> 00:21:03.812
  • put all of his gold, in goldcoin. They would put it into his
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  • coffin. And so after the funeralwas done and they're about to
  • 00:21:08.784 --> 00:21:13.588
  • fasten the top of the coffindown. These lawyers and he had
  • 00:21:13.622 --> 00:21:17.793
  • figured out so no one couldcheat the other. They start
  • 00:21:17.826 --> 00:21:19.795
  • dumping all this gold into thecoffin sitting over the hole
  • 00:21:19.828 --> 00:21:23.065
  • till they filled his coffin upwith gold coins. They lowered
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  • into the ground and they filledit in. And St. Peter's up in
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  • heaven and he says, "What in theworld is that dummy doing?"
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  • Well, he's trying to take hisgold with him. Well, in this one
  • 00:21:36.144 --> 00:21:40.082
  • case let him bring it with him.So this guy appears at the gates
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  • of heaven with his great bigmound of gold coins around him.
  • 00:21:44.419 --> 00:21:49.091
  • St. Peter looks at him and says,"Why in the world did you bring
  • 00:21:49.124 --> 00:21:54.863
  • paving stones to heaven?"Because heaven streets are paved
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  • with gold. The things thatpeople value down here to be
  • 00:21:58.533 --> 00:22:02.871
  • known to have a millionfollowers, to have everyone sing
  • 00:22:02.904 --> 00:22:08.043
  • your name, to have lots ofmoney, means nothing to the God
  • 00:22:08.076 --> 00:22:14.216
  • of the universe. But yourability to reach out and share
  • 00:22:14.249 --> 00:22:18.587
  • your faith with others so theycan know that Jesus had died for
  • 00:22:18.620 --> 00:22:22.557
  • them is of the highest,importance in eternity. So let's
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  • make sure that all that we do,from the volunteers that are
  • 00:22:27.596 --> 00:22:31.666
  • working with our kids, to theguys that are parking cars. So
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  • this morning the earliest Idrove by 7:25 and somebody was
  • 00:22:34.636 --> 00:22:38.073
  • out there setting up the conesfor the parents who dropped off
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  • their children. To the guy who'smixing this in a backroom
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  • somewhere or the band that washere for an hour or two early
  • 00:22:43.578 --> 00:22:47.416
  • just to work and lead you inworship and praise. God's
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  • keeping track. And don't besurprised, even a cup of water
  • 00:22:50.752 --> 00:22:55.457
  • that's given away an angel'srecording. Let's make sure that
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  • our lives have eternal meaning.So Leon, but are you saying all
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  • of us should be preachers? No.If you're going to be a
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  • multimillionaire, go do it. Butfinance the kingdom. If you're
  • 00:23:07.269 --> 00:23:11.339
  • going to be a politician, go doit. Be honorable and integrous
  • 00:23:11.373 --> 00:23:14.976
  • and make a great place forChristianity to blossom and
  • 00:23:15.010 --> 00:23:17.979
  • bloom. If you're going to be anurse, great! But look for
  • 00:23:18.013 --> 00:23:20.615
  • opportunities to share yourfaith to the hurting and the
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  • dying. Like, yes. We all havedifferent gifts and abilities.
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  • But even in all of the gifts andabilities that we have, we must
  • 00:23:26.822 --> 00:23:30.759
  • seek first the kingdom of God.If you do, not only are you
  • 00:23:30.792 --> 00:23:35.897
  • literally populating heaven. Buteven the life you have down here
  • 00:23:35.931 --> 00:23:40.035
  • is so filled with purpose. Sofilled with significance. So
  • 00:23:40.068 --> 00:23:44.506
  • filled with the sense of joy andpeace that it changes everything
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  • and everyone around you.
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  • today's message be powerfullyeffective in your life, but it
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  • -LEON: How should we pray whenwe're discouraged? You know,
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  • when I'm discouraged and it'snot very often, okay? Because
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  • I've learned something here. Theword courage is something that
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  • you do even when you feelafraid. Like I've taught on
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  • courage to leaders and told themthat everybody feels fear push
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  • at them, but you have to usecourage. Courage is not the
  • 00:25:33.415 --> 00:25:37.752
  • absence of fear. Courage isfeeling the fear and doing the
  • 00:25:37.786 --> 00:25:42.791
  • right things anyway, going tothat next level anyway, and it's
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  • amazing how fear justdissipates. There can be a lot
  • 00:25:47.095 --> 00:25:51.366
  • of reasons for feelingdiscourage. But the Bible says
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  • that David encourage himself inthe Lord. Something you can do
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  • is this, if you are looking atthe results of your life and
  • 00:26:01.242 --> 00:26:05.513
  • discouraged because ofrelationships, finances, or some
  • 00:26:05.547 --> 00:26:09.751
  • measurement that you're makingto your external life. I think
  • 00:26:09.784 --> 00:26:12.954
  • you've got your eyes off ofJesus. Your self-identity and
  • 00:26:12.988 --> 00:26:17.826
  • your self-worth must be focusedon Him and what He thinks about
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  • you. And as you begin to turnyour eyes on Jesus, you're going
  • 00:26:22.530 --> 00:26:26.401
  • to find a sense of courage thatsays it's not over. You are
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  • going to win. Keep going. And Ifind courage rises up in me when
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  • I get my eyes back on Jesus andwhat He thinks about me.
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