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Surrounded by Lions Part 1

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December 8, 2020
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Study the well-loved story of Daniel in the lions' den and see Daniel's private prayer life up close and personal.

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  • Hey, everybody,we wanted to invite you
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  • into our homeat Living Proof Ministries,
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  • because you have invited usinto yours so many times.
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  • We live and breathe
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  • for one primary thingat Living Proof,
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  • and that is to see people cometo love the Lord Jesus Christ
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  • with everything in themthrough the study of his Word.
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  • To love God's Word,to live on God's Word,
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  • that is the greatest joyon earth to us.
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  • Every time I speak now,
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  • I know that ultimatelythat particular message
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  • is going to come aroundto our program,
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  • and I can help people like you
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  • on the other sideof that screen.
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  • And so, I want you to know
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  • I think about youevery single time I teach now,
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  • and you are so important to us.
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  • As we flip the calendarto a brand-new year,
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  • I wonder if you
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  • would consider comingalongside us at Living Proof
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  • and partnering with usthrough a year-end gift.
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  • We would pray to besuch good stewards of it,
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  • and it would gosuch a long way
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  • with eternal results,we pray,
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  • that God would bring forthfruitfulness from it
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  • in the lives of people
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  • as they seek to know himand to do his will.
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  • Listen,we could not possibly do it
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  • without donors like you,
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  • so we are so gratefulfor your help.
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  • Thank you so much.
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  • We have Daniel's persecutorswho are looking
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  • for his vulnerability.
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  • Don't you think it is a wild,wild notion
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  • that when they wentfor how they could trap him,
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  • the only way they could finda vulnerability in him
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  • was to do somethingthat would go against
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  • the law of his Godbecause they knew
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  • that is where he would failthe king.
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  • So that's exactlyhow they set him up.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • So we had hoped to be hereat Woodlands United Methodist.
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  • This is such a strong churchin our area
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  • and we're so fond of it and ithas such a wonderful reputation
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  • for loving Christ in our city.
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  • And we had hoped to be herewith a group
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  • but here we are inthis particular setting,
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  • in this timeof strange social distancing,
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  • and one of the thingsthat I'm hoping for,
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  • one of the thingsthat God is doing in my life
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  • and in friends that I getto do life with at work
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  • and in someof the family members
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  • as we go back and forthin ways that the Lord
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  • is showing his faithfulnessto us,
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  • just these small things,these small ways,
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  • these very personal waysof just somehow
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  • reminding us that he is with us.
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  • We have his Word.
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  • We know he is with us.
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  • We have his Spirit,but when he does
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  • something that is just so kind
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  • and so gracious,just a reminder
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  • that he is so attentiveto our strange estate
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  • in these days.
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  • Not only is this a timeof social distancing
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  • but it's a very big timeof transition
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  • in my own family life.
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  • Just recently,our beloved Jones,
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  • that's my oldest daughterand her husband
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  • and my three grandchildren,moved from Houston, Texas,
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  • and just about 20 minutesfrom me
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  • where we had done a whole lotof life together
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  • and where I'd had the joyof seeing those children
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  • grow up on a continual basis,
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  • that sweet family moved by callof God to Springfield, Missouri.
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  • And that is where they are nowplanted for the time being and,
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  • you know, I have laughedand laughed
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  • and saidit's a really good thing.
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  • I love Curt's parents becausethat's where they moved
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  • to be close to his parentsbecause it's their turn
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  • to have the grandchildren.
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  • I've had 'em all this time.
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  • They are--they're 14, 11, and 4,and it's their turn to have 'em,
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  • but oh my word, I can't beginto tell you what the pure vacuum
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  • has been like, that theirpresence has left behind,
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  • that feeling, that waiting forthem to walk through the door,
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  • the bicycles in the garage,their heights
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  • on the doorpostsof my utility room,
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  • all the things that just speakto their presence constantly
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  • in our home.
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  • And so, a couple of weeks agoGod did the strangest thing.
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  • If you know much about me on,say,
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  • Instagram where thereare pictures and videos
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  • and that kind of thing,you might know
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  • that I have a next-door donkeyand my next-door donkey
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  • is a very good friend of mine.
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  • And we've lived in our houseout in the country
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  • for about eight years
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  • and so that donkey has beenon the other side of that fence
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  • for almost all eightof those years.
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  • And there is a certain placewhere we meet up
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  • and we have the sweetesttime together.
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  • It's just been a gift.
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  • It's not my donkey.
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  • It's always on the other sideof the fence,
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  • but she sticks her nose rightthrough that fence
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  • and I kiss her every single timeI see her.
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  • And we just havethe sweetest time together.
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  • But a couple of weeks agowhen they'd just moved,
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  • the Jones have justmoved very recently,
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  • and so just here a coupleof weeks ago
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  • while it was still a very rawkind of absence
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  • where there were stilla lot of tears
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  • and you need to hear me saythat I could not
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  • be more supportiveof the decision they've made.
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  • It's not that.
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  • It's just missing them so badly.
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  • So I was still in that stageof a good bit of tears
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  • and I had gone upon a Saturday morning
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  • to do a little trimmingon my vines.
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  • I've got a tiny little vineyard.
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  • I am growing some vinesand I got so involved
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  • in John chapter 15,
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  • in the vine and the branches,that I just had to put my hands
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  • to it and see what it was like,so I was doing a little bit
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  • of pruning on thoseand it's right there
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  • at the fence where Donk is.
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  • So that's what I callmy next-door donkey.
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  • She really does have an officialname but her nickname to me
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  • is just plain Donk.
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  • So she came overlike she normally would
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  • and stood there at the fenceand visited with me.
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  • Not with her mouth open withwords, but I just--I have asked
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  • the Lord for that many timesand I still am not leaving
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  • that out of the possibilities.
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  • But the strange thingthat happened that day
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  • was that two others joined her.
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  • Two cows joined her that dayand I've always seen the cows
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  • in the pasture,
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  • but they've never cometo the fence before
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  • until that day.
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  • And I brought 'em a picture--Ibrought you a picture, rather,
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  • so that you could see them.
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  • You'll see in the picture,that's Donk in the back,
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  • obviously, and then whatyou're seeing right there,
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  • the one closest,
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  • the one with the bigger head,that's Number 9
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  • and the other one is Number 13.
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  • Now, I'm not exactly surewhat those numbers mean
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  • but I'm going with it.
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  • I'm going with it.
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  • It's 9 and 13 and those threestood right there
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  • the entire timethat I pruned those vines.
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  • To the point that Number 9 justlaid down right by the fence,
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  • about 3 feet from me,just lay there.
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  • The three of 'em stayedat that fence the entire time
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  • and I knew, oddly,
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  • 'cause I'd beenthere so many times
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  • and that's never happenedbefore,
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  • I knew that, oddly, God hadsent those little visitors
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  • to me and they were quite a bitof company
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  • and they did make me laughquite a lot.
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  • But I did have to sayto the Lord,
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  • "This is not quite the tradeI would have had in mind:
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  • three grandchildrenand a donkey and two cows.
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  • Not quite what I had in mind.
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  • But I'll take it for today.
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  • And I don't know, you know,it's a dangerous thing
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  • to get attached to a cow,
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  • especially when you eatin an area
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  • where it's very knownfor Farm to Table,
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  • you know, I don't want tobe eating Number 9 in a month.
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  • Does anybody knowwhat I'm talking about?
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  • Eating Number 9 on a bun withlettuce and tomato and pickles.
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  • I don't wanna do that.
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  • So I have trepidation aboutlosing Number 9 but this is life
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  • in social distancing and we haveto watch for the small ways
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  • that God is gonna remind us,
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  • I really am with you,I really do know this is hard,
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  • this is a time of testingfor the saints.
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  • It's a time of testingfor the world.
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  • And so you've got to persevere.
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  • You've got to endure.
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  • I FaceTimed with my youngestgranddaughter just yesterday.
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  • Her precious faceall over that screen
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  • and she had to askme--her name is Willow,
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  • and Willow had to ask mehow her toys were doing.
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  • And I had to get very specificabout how her toys
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  • were doing at my house.
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  • But here's one of the thingsI'd like to say to you.
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  • I don't think our toys aredoing all that well right now.
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  • Not really comingthrough for us, are they?
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  • It's just Jesus, justall comes down to Jesus.
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  • It's just gonna be Jesusthat gets us through
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  • because we don't know how long
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  • and what this looks likebut we do know
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  • who is enthronedand who is in charge
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  • and I want you to turn with meto Daniel chapter 6.
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  • Daniel chapter 6.
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  • Now, I don't knowyour background.
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  • I don't know if you were raisedin church or not and,
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  • even if you were,
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  • if you are a lot youngerthan I am,
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  • it still would have lookedperhaps a whole lot different
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  • than it did when I wasa little kid growing up.
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  • Now, when I was a little kidgrowing up,
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  • we went like a minimumof three times a week to church.
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  • We went on the Sunday mornings,had an entirely different
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  • service Sunday night,different sermon, everything.
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  • Different songs fromthe hymnal, everything.
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  • Then another service onWednesday and that happened,
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  • that was prayer meeting thathappened after we'd go to choir,
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  • handbell practice,whatever it would be.
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  • Our whole liveswere lived there.
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  • And so I don't have any memoriesbefore sitting
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  • in Baby Bear chairswith our Sunday School teacher.
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  • I mean, tiny little chairs wherewe were given orange Hi-C
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  • in a Dixie Cupand little sugar cookies,
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  • the little butter cookiesthat had the holes in 'em,
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  • and we'd always put 'emon our fingers.
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  • Anybody remember thatwith me?
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  • And then you'd eat around itlike this
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  • and see if you could keep itfrom breaking off.
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  • This was Sunday Schoolin my childhood,
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  • and we would see pictures,these watercolor pictures.
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  • Every single Sunday School onthe planet had the same pictures
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  • if they were ordering them fromthe same Sunday School supply,
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  • the same watercolor picturesof Daniel in the lion's den.
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  • And in those days, as a kid,you could think of it
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  • in terms of a cartoon.
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  • You could think of it in termsof a storybook,
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  • because it was gonna turn outso well
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  • or surely they would notbe telling it
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  • to the children at church.
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  • But when you're a grown womanand when you're a grown man,
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  • suddenly you're old enoughto smell the lion manure
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  • and everything changes.
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  • Now, chapter 6 is rightat the halfway point
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  • of the book of Daniel.
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  • Daniel is 12 chapters long soyou get to the end of chapter 6
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  • and you are exactlyat the halfway point
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  • in the book of Daniel.
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  • But not only does it split itright in two,
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  • but it also is a major division
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  • because the book of Danielis going to go
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  • from the historical--from thehistorical to the apocalyptic,
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  • and so we've got the historic,we've got the apocalyptic
  • 00:11:19.804 --> 00:11:22.674
  • and by apocalyptic,when I use that word,
  • 00:11:22.707 --> 00:11:24.876
  • what I mean is not onlythe prophetic,
  • 00:11:24.909 --> 00:11:27.679
  • that where there is a differencebetween the two words,
  • 00:11:27.712 --> 00:11:31.182
  • the difference is thatwhen prophecy was given in the
  • 00:11:31.216 --> 00:11:34.719
  • Word of God, it could--it wasgiven in words,
  • 00:11:34.753 --> 00:11:37.622
  • "Thus saith the Lord,"and "The Lord said,"
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  • and there'll be "The declarationof the Lord,"
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  • "Prophecy given by the Lord,"but when it comes into
  • 00:11:42.093 --> 00:11:45.230
  • a revealing of whatwe would call apocalyptic,
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  • that is going to ordinarilyinvolve dreams
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  • or a vision or some kindof ecstatic experience,
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  • some kind of imagery,and that's exactly
  • 00:11:59.477 --> 00:12:01.946
  • what's going to pick up,starting in Daniel chapter 7.
  • 00:12:01.980 --> 00:12:05.483
  • So this is the last of thehistoric--of the chapters
  • 00:12:05.517 --> 00:12:09.888
  • of Daniel headinginto the apocalyptic.
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  • So stick with me here
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  • and I wanna giveyou a little bit of background
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  • and then I'm gonna readto you.
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  • Now pick up becausewe're a little bit later now
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  • when I'm gonna begin reading.
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  • That's how--would have beenthe timing of Daniel chapter 1,
  • 00:14:24.355 --> 00:14:28.293
  • right after the deportation,so that's right around 597 BC.
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  • Now we're moving intoabout 539 to 537 BC
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  • and we pick up with Daniel 6.
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  • I'm gonna read verses 1through 18:
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  • "Darius decided to appoint120 satraps over the kingdom,
  • 00:14:44.008 --> 00:14:48.212
  • "stationed throughout the realm,
  • 00:14:48.246 --> 00:14:49.647
  • "and over them 3 administrators,including Daniel.
  • 00:14:49.681 --> 00:14:53.284
  • "These satraps would beaccountable to them
  • 00:14:53.318 --> 00:14:55.386
  • "so that the king wouldnot be defrauded.
  • 00:14:55.420 --> 00:14:58.056
  • "Daniel distinguished himselfabove the administrators
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  • and satraps because he had,"what the Word of God calls,
  • 00:15:00.591 --> 00:15:03.995
  • "an extraordinary spirit, sothe king planned to set him
  • 00:15:04.028 --> 00:15:06.965
  • "over the whole realm.
  • 00:15:06.998 --> 00:15:08.533
  • "The administrators and satraps,therefore, kept trying to find
  • 00:15:08.566 --> 00:15:11.502
  • "a charge against Danielregarding the kingdom.
  • 00:15:11.536 --> 00:15:15.106
  • "But they could find no chargeor corruption,
  • 00:15:15.139 --> 00:15:18.977
  • "for he was trustworthy,and no negligence
  • 00:15:19.010 --> 00:15:21.446
  • "or corruption was found in him.
  • 00:15:21.479 --> 00:15:24.148
  • "Then these men said,
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  • "'Well, we'll never findany charge against this Daniel
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  • "'unless we find somethingagainst him
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  • "concerning the law of his God.'
  • 00:15:30.455 --> 00:15:32.223
  • "So the administratorsand satraps went together
  • 00:15:32.256 --> 00:15:34.325
  • "to the king and said to him,'May King Darius live forever.
  • 00:15:34.359 --> 00:15:38.496
  • "'All the administrators of thekingdom--the prefects, satraps,
  • 00:15:38.529 --> 00:15:41.532
  • "'advisers, and governors--haveagreed that the king
  • 00:15:41.566 --> 00:15:44.135
  • "'should establish an ordinanceand enforce an edict that,
  • 00:15:44.168 --> 00:15:47.638
  • "'for 30 days,anyone who petitions any god
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  • "'or man except you,the king,
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  • will be thrown intothe lions' den.'"
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  • Verse 8:"'Therefore, Your Majesty,
  • 00:15:56.347 --> 00:15:58.049
  • "'establish the edict and signthe document so that,
  • 00:15:58.082 --> 00:16:01.252
  • "'as a law of the Medesand Persians,
  • 00:16:01.285 --> 00:16:03.321
  • "it is irrevocableand cannot be changed.'
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  • So King Darius signedthe written edict."
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  • Verse 10: "When Daniel learnedthat the document
  • 00:16:09.660 --> 00:16:11.796
  • "had been signed,he went into his house.
  • 00:16:11.829 --> 00:16:14.132
  • "The windows in its upstairsroom opened toward Jerusalem,
  • 00:16:14.165 --> 00:16:17.168
  • "and three times a dayhe got down on his knees,
  • 00:16:17.201 --> 00:16:20.338
  • "prayed, and gave thanks to God,just as he had done before.
  • 00:16:20.371 --> 00:16:24.409
  • "Then these men went as a groupand found Daniel petitioning
  • 00:16:24.442 --> 00:16:28.513
  • "and imploring his God.
  • 00:16:28.546 --> 00:16:30.314
  • "So they approached the kingand asked about his edict:
  • 00:16:30.348 --> 00:16:32.483
  • "'Didn't you sign an edictthat for 30 days
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  • "'any person who petitionsany god or man except you,
  • 00:16:35.253 --> 00:16:38.790
  • "the king, will be throwninto the lions' den?'
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  • "The king answered,'As a law of the Medes
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  • and Persians, the order standsand is irrevocable.'"
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  • Verse 13: "Then they repliedto the king,
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  • "'Daniel, one of the Judeanexiles, has ignored you,
  • 00:16:50.068 --> 00:16:53.571
  • "'the king, and the edictyou signed,
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  • "for he prays three timesa day.'
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  • "And as soon as the kingheard this,
  • 00:16:57.975 --> 00:16:59.277
  • "he was very displeased;and he set his mind
  • 00:16:59.310 --> 00:17:01.179
  • "on rescuing Danieland made every effort
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  • "until sundown to deliver him.
  • 00:17:03.114 --> 00:17:05.249
  • "Then these men went togetherto the king and said to him,
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  • "'You know, Your Majesty,that it is a law
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  • "'of the Medes and Persians
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  • "that no edict or ordinancethat the king established
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  • can be changed.'"
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  • Verse 16: "So the kinggave the order,
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  • "and they brought Daniel
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  • "and threw himinto the lions' den.
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  • "And the king said to Daniel,'May your God,
  • 00:17:20.698 --> 00:17:22.633
  • "whom you continually serve,rescue you!'
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  • "A stone was brought and placedover the mouth of the den.
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  • "The king sealed itwith his own signet ring
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  • "and with the signet ringsof his nobles,
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  • "so that nothing in regardto Daniel
  • 00:17:33.010 --> 00:17:35.713
  • "could be changed.
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  • "Then the kingwent to his palace
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  • "and spent the night fasting.
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  • "No diversions werebrought to him,
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  • and he could not sleep."
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  • So we have Daniel's persecutorswho are looking
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  • for his vulnerability.
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  • Don't you think it is a wild,wild notion
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  • that when they wentfor how they could trap him,
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  • the only way they couldfind a vulnerability in him
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  • was to do something that wouldgo against the law of his God
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  • because they knew that is wherehe would fail the king,
  • 00:18:10.681 --> 00:18:15.720
  • so that's exactly howthey set him up,
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  • that he would not obey manwhen it came into direct
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  • and flagrant oppositionto his obedience to God.
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  • That's how they had to makethe plan stick.
  • 00:18:28.266 --> 00:18:31.536
  • Now, the next thing they hadto do is they had to convince
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  • Darius that it was a good idea.
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  • Well, how do you convincesomeone in a high seat of power
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  • that something is a great idea?
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  • You bet on their ego,that's how.
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  • And you make the edictabout them.
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  • That is a very successful wayto get someone in power
  • 00:18:54.759 --> 00:19:00.131
  • to do what you want them to do,
  • 00:19:00.164 --> 00:19:01.933
  • make a bet ontheir very big ego.
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  • I want you to look with meat the matter of prayer
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  • because obviously you can seewhat a place it has
  • 00:19:08.172 --> 00:19:10.374
  • in the narrativeof Daniel chapter 6
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  • because this iswhere they get him.
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  • They know he's going to pray.
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  • Wouldn't it be something--whoknows around your life
  • 00:19:16.347 --> 00:19:18.783
  • that you're going to pray?
  • 00:19:18.816 --> 00:19:20.218
  • Who knows--wouldn't it besomething if one of the things
  • 00:19:20.251 --> 00:19:23.187
  • that people knew most about youis that no one can stop you
  • 00:19:23.221 --> 00:19:27.725
  • from praying?
  • 00:19:27.758 --> 00:19:29.093
  • What kind of lifedoes it look like
  • 00:19:29.126 --> 00:19:31.229
  • when no one can stop youfrom praying?
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  • And I don't think we can assumethat means that those
  • 00:19:34.999 --> 00:19:38.903
  • are the peopledoing all the getting,
  • 00:19:38.936 --> 00:19:40.771
  • although Jesus was explicitwhen he said,
  • 00:19:40.805 --> 00:19:43.374
  • "I want you to seek and find.
  • 00:19:43.407 --> 00:19:48.613
  • "I want you to ask and receive.
  • 00:19:48.646 --> 00:19:50.615
  • "I want you to knock
  • 00:19:50.648 --> 00:19:51.949
  • and the door will be openedto you."
  • 00:19:51.983 --> 00:19:53.751
  • But I'm a believer to my bonesthat the biggest aspect
  • 00:19:53.784 --> 00:19:59.090
  • of prayer is about access to Godand not about answers from God.
  • 00:19:59.123 --> 00:20:05.096
  • But what would it be likeif people knew
  • 00:20:05.129 --> 00:20:09.533
  • there was no way to stop usfrom praying?
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  • Daniel is a man of resolve.
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  • We realize that.
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  • I think it's in the NIV wordingin Daniel chapter 1
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  • as it says that Daniel resolvednot to eat the food of the king
  • 00:20:20.611 --> 00:20:24.782
  • and not to drinkthe wine of the king.
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  • He knew that they needed to beseparate from it
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  • because what had happenedthere in the deportation
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  • many, many years before,when he was taken
  • 00:20:30.388 --> 00:20:32.290
  • in that first deportation withShadrach, Meshach, and Abednego,
  • 00:20:32.323 --> 00:20:35.826
  • these four youths,when they were taken,
  • 00:20:35.860 --> 00:20:38.629
  • they were taken withthe group that would have been
  • 00:20:38.663 --> 00:20:41.065
  • the young, they would have beenthe bright, the beautiful,
  • 00:20:41.098 --> 00:20:44.302
  • and the brilliantbecause the poor
  • 00:20:44.335 --> 00:20:47.772
  • and the insignificant,many of those were left there
  • 00:20:47.805 --> 00:20:50.841
  • in and around Jerusalem so thatthey could farm the land,
  • 00:20:50.875 --> 00:20:54.779
  • so that they could bring produceinto the Babylonian empire,
  • 00:20:54.812 --> 00:20:58.549
  • so that they could keep it insome kind of productive manner
  • 00:20:58.582 --> 00:21:02.386
  • so that they could havethe crops of the land.
  • 00:21:02.420 --> 00:21:04.789
  • But now the bright,the young,
  • 00:21:04.822 --> 00:21:06.190
  • and the beautifuland the brilliant,
  • 00:21:06.223 --> 00:21:08.125
  • they were taken inthat deportation,
  • 00:21:08.159 --> 00:21:09.794
  • and they were takenfor one primary purpose.
  • 00:21:09.827 --> 00:21:11.762
  • And that was for the Babyloniansto indoctrinate them
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  • in the ways of Babylon.
  • 00:21:15.366 --> 00:21:17.835
  • Now, if you're not gonna gettaken in to the ways of Babylon,
  • 00:21:17.868 --> 00:21:22.073
  • you have to have resolvenot to do it.
  • 00:21:22.106 --> 00:21:25.609
  • And we're told that Danielhad resolve.
  • 00:21:25.643 --> 00:21:28.646
  • He had resolve not to.
  • 00:21:28.679 --> 00:21:30.214
  • Now, I try to think,
  • 00:21:30.247 --> 00:21:31.949
  • then how mightwe define resolve?
  • 00:21:31.982 --> 00:21:36.020
  • I think that resolve meansa decision that is made
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  • in advance, thatyou've already--you've
  • 00:21:40.524 --> 00:21:43.327
  • already answered it,
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  • that you don't makethat decision,
  • 00:21:45.529 --> 00:21:47.098
  • I don't make that particulardecision
  • 00:21:47.131 --> 00:21:49.500
  • at the moment of decision.
  • 00:21:49.533 --> 00:21:51.035
  • That decision was already made.
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  • That's resolved.
  • 00:21:52.937 --> 00:21:54.238
  • I already know in advanceI'm not going to do it.
  • 00:21:54.271 --> 00:21:56.073
  • The answer is no.The answer is no.
  • 00:21:56.107 --> 00:21:58.676
  • There are so many things,so many temptations,
  • 00:21:58.709 --> 00:22:00.411
  • that come to usthat are in the heat
  • 00:22:00.444 --> 00:22:02.480
  • of that moment andas we cry out to God
  • 00:22:02.513 --> 00:22:05.750
  • and he says he's promised toalways give us a way of escape,
  • 00:22:05.783 --> 00:22:11.789
  • but resolve is when we go,"There are certain things,
  • 00:22:11.822 --> 00:22:14.258
  • I've just already mademy mind up in advance."
  • 00:22:14.291 --> 00:22:17.828
  • And Daniel had made his mindup in advance
  • 00:22:17.862 --> 00:22:19.463
  • about a number of things.
  • 00:22:19.497 --> 00:22:20.898
  • And one of 'em was prayer, thatabsolutely no one--I ask you
  • 00:22:20.931 --> 00:22:24.001
  • today, I ask you today, who isit in your life that can keep
  • 00:22:24.034 --> 00:22:28.172
  • you from praying?
  • 00:22:28.205 --> 00:22:31.909
  • Who is such a distractionto you
  • 00:22:31.942 --> 00:22:37.548
  • that they can keep youfrom praying?
  • 00:22:37.581 --> 00:22:41.252
  • Who gets you outof your prayer groove?
  • 00:22:41.285 --> 00:22:46.791
  • Who is it that can throw offall of that
  • 00:22:46.824 --> 00:22:51.929
  • and get you out of focus?
  • 00:22:51.962 --> 00:22:56.901
  • They were hoping it would bethem for Daniel
  • 00:22:56.934 --> 00:23:00.638
  • that would show that he wouldnot be obedient to the edict.
  • 00:23:00.671 --> 00:23:07.077
  • Now, somethingthat's interesting here is,
  • 00:23:07.111 --> 00:23:08.879
  • of course, several chaptersearlier in Daniel chapter 3,
  • 00:23:08.913 --> 00:23:13.083
  • we see the other three,
  • 00:23:13.117 --> 00:23:14.685
  • Shadrach, Meshach,and Abednego,
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  • they have also been testedand tried
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  • because King Nebuchadnezzar,the king at that time,
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  • at the time that we openin Daniel chapter 6,
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  • the Persians have taken over.
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  • It's--Daniel isin the same city.
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  • He's still in Babylon,he's still in the same place
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  • but it's a differentempire entirely.
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  • The Babylonian empire has beenovertaken now by Cyrus of Persia
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  • and now Darius is in ruleand is in charge,
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  • and so we're now years laterand we're in
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  • this particular timeframe.
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  • But in that time,when they had first come,
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  • Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
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  • had refused to bow downto the golden image
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  • that King Nebuchadnezzar,king of the empire of Babylon,
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  • had built for himself.
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  • And so in public when everyonebowed, they remained standing.
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  • Very, very public oppositionto an edict
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  • to praise anybody but God.
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  • But here,Daniel shows it in private.
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  • And I thought how importantboth of those are
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  • and how all of us can expectto be tested in both ways:
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  • in how we're willing to stand
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  • when others bow to the idolsof this world, publicly,
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  • and then for the testingof our mettle privately.
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  • I was so intrigued
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  • by an excerpt out of oneof the commentaries
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  • I studied for tonight's lesson.
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  • This is Dr. G.E. Goldingay
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  • out of "Word Biblical"on Daniel and he says this:
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  • "When prayer is fashionable,it is time to pray in secret."
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  • And he draws that fromMatthew 6:5-6 when it says:
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  • "Go into your closet and pray.
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  • Don't let your prayers beknown for their many words."
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  • "But when prayeris under pressure,
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  • "to pray in secret is to givethe appearance
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  • of fearing the kingmore than God."
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  • Then Dr. Goldingay goes onto quote another scholar
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  • by the name of Dr. Walter Wink
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  • out of his book,"Naming the Powers":
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  • "In fact, Daniel's 'seeminglyinnocuous act,'"
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  • stay with me here,
  • 00:25:36.360 --> 00:25:37.895
  • "was 'more revolutionarythan outright rebellion
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  • "'would have been.
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  • "'Rebellion simply acknowledgesthe absoluteness and ultimacy
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  • "'of the emperor's power,and attempts to seize it.
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  • "'Prayer denies that ultimacyaltogether by acknowledging
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  • the higher power.'"
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  • I wanna say that again.
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  • He said,"Rebellion is simply saying,
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  • "'Yes, that is the supremecommander
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  • and we are going to try to seizethat power.'"
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  • But what the commentatoris pointing out
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  • is this is much morerevolutionary than that.
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  • This is saying, "You haveno power over me at all.
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  • "You have no powerto command me not to pray.
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  • "You're completely strippedof all authority
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  • "when it comes to whatmy God has commanded of me
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  • and what you insist uponfor me."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • When we are in danger,there's nothing that is any more
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  • important to rememberthan that God will fulfill
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  • his purpose for us.
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  • Anybody need to know thaton the other side
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  • of the screen tonight?
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  • Because there's somethingvery powerful in our praying.
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  • When we cry outfor God's protection,
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  • we cry out for his deliverance,we cry to be in the--in
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  • under his wingin the refuge of our God,
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  • and we are remindedto God Most High
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  • who fulfills his purpose for me.
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  • (Selena)If you don't already have plans
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  • for getting into the Scripturesthis new year,
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  • join us as we diveinto the study of Galatians.
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  • (Natalie)And we look forward
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  • to seeing you next week.
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