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December 1, 2020
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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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  • Jesus already decided
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  • that you are completelyand wholly lovable.
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  • He who is all-knowledge,all-brilliance,
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  • he who is Creator, maker,potter to the clay,
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  • cleanser to the leper,
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  • redeemer to thosesold under slavery to sin,
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  • has pronounced you lovable,
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  • effectual, and beautiful.
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  • Now, I mean either you can dealwith that or you can't,
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  • but that is who you are in him.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • I want you to go with meto the book of James,
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  • first of all, James chapter 1.
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  • James chapter 1,I want you to go there,
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  • and I'm also gonna grab onto Proverbs 3.
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  • So, you head over to James 1
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  • and I'm gonna meet you therein just a sec,
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  • because I did memory workout of this book,
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  • and I have to--if Idon't keep up with it during--
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  • I can only go about ten daysbetween times
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  • without beginning to lose it
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  • and without beginningto really lose ground
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  • on my memory work.
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  • So, I have to say itreally, really often.
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  • So, when I gothrough this portion,
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  • it reminds me every single time
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  • the condition he is puttingon this prayer.
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  • Listen to thisin James chapter 1.
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  • It says--I think I wanna go ahead--
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  • I think I wanna start with 2.
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  • "Count it all joy, my brothers,
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  • "when you meettrials of various kinds,
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  • "for you knowthat the testing of your faith
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  • "produces steadfastness.
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  • "And let steadfastness haveits full effect,
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  • "so that you may beperfect and complete,
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  • lacking in nothing."
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  • Now, here's where we are, 5-8.
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  • "If any of you lacks wisdom,let him ask God,
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  • who gives generouslyto all without reproach,
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  • and it will be."
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  • If anybody lacks wisdom,
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  • ask the one who gives itwithout reproach,
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  • will never shame youfor asking,
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  • will never shame me for asking,
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  • "And it will be,"do you see that?
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  • Anytime you see--I mean, that is a promise,
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  • and it will be given to you.
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  • But watch thisin verses 6 and 7.
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  • "But let him ask in faith,with no doubting,
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  • "for the one who doubts islike a wave of the sea
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  • "that is drivenand tossed by the wind.
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  • "For that personmust not suppose
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  • "he will receive anythingfrom the Lord,
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  • "because he isa double-minded man,
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  • unstable in all his ways."
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  • Now, let that sink inin context,
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  • that God is sayingif you lack wisdom,
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  • and how often is that true?
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  • I mean, day to day,
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  • just decisions that weneed to make
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  • regarding our own path,our own work,
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  • our own relational choices,a matter that we're involved in,
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  • in the way we serve,in our families,
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  • whatever it may be.
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  • There's a host of choicesthat we need to make,
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  • and we need a lot of wisdom.
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  • We need wisdom,but did you notice with me
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  • that, for whatever reason,this is--I mean, think
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  • about all the things he tells uswe can ask him,
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  • but this time he tags on,
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  • "I don't wanna hearany doubt from you."
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  • This is major,
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  • because what it's taughtme to do,
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  • ever since I really gotinto this book,
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  • and I guess that would have beenabout seven years ago
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  • when I startedjust going through it
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  • verse by verseand phrase by phrase,
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  • and then ended up writing"Mercy Triumphs."
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  • It occurred to me
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  • that when I asked himfor wisdom,
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  • to go aheadand thank him in advance.
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  • That it means something to himthat when I say,
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  • Lord, I'mma tell yousomething.
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  • "I need a ton of wisdomwhere this is concerned.
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  • "I need to be smarterthan I am here.
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  • I need to know morethan I know.
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  • I'm asking you
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  • for what James goes on to saylater in the letter
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  • is wisdom from above,not from below.
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  • Not carnal wisdomand natural wisdom
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  • or demonic wisdom,
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  • but wisdom from above,wisdom from on high.
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  • And so, when I ask him,
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  • I try to always follow it upwith, I can expect it, Lord.
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  • I thank you in advance.I thank you.
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  • I'm not gonna bedouble-minded about it.
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  • I'm not gonna then stressabout it.
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  • I'm not gonna ask you for wisdom
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  • and then havea nervous breakdown
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  • because I'm afraidyou're not gonna give it to me.
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  • You have told meto ask for wisdom
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  • and do it without doubting.
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  • So, see what kind of impactit has on you
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  • when you are seeking wisdom,when you make that petition,
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  • "I desperately need you
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  • to give me wisdomin this matter,"
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  • and then you go, "I thank youin advance I'm gonna get it."
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  • You're gonna bring it.You're gonna bring it.
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  • Now, the companion Iwant you to see with it,
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  • I'm gonna read it to you.
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  • You have heard itmany, many times
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  • if you've been raisedin the faith,
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  • and if you haven't,you're gonna love it.
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  • It's Proverbs 3, I wantto read verses 5 and 6.
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  • It says this, "Trust in the Lordwith all your heart,
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  • "and do not leanon your own understanding.
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  • "In all your waysacknowledge him,
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  • and he will make straightyour paths."
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  • So, I'm telling you,put these two things together.
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  • So, we're standing at a decisionwe need desperately to make,
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  • we may not havea lot of time to make it,
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  • and we're just, like,not really hearing an answer.
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  • But when I look backover the course of my life
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  • and decisions I made,
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  • I see nowthat some of those decisions
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  • were absolutely critical
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  • to where hewas ultimately leading me,
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  • that, at the time, feltlike I was going...?
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  • Anybody knowwhat I'm talking about,
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  • where you think, "I have no ideawhat I'm supposed to do here?"
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  • I mean, sometimesit's, like, clear as a bell.
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  • Well, I mean I knowthat's not it.
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  • That's not even biblicallyin the will of God,
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  • so, okay, that one's out.
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  • Other times you just gottwo opportunities,
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  • and you're going, "I haveno idea what to do here.
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  • I have no idea."
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  • And I look back on, at the time,his will seemed imperceptible.
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  • Like, I wouldn't have known,
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  • but I had to come to a placeand I finally went.
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  • Anybody know what--somebody'sgot to be able to relate to me.
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  • Does anybody knowwhat I'm talking about?
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  • And I look back on that now,and I realize that even in that,
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  • when it came right down to it,
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  • and I said,"I need you to tell me.
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  • I don't know what to do,I don't know what to do,"
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  • but I'm not hearing any voice.
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  • There's not, "Beth, choose B."
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  • There's none,and I get down to it,
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  • I gotta make a decision,and then it's just like.
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  • "Oh, choose that one.
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  • Choose that one."
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  • And I look back now,and I think, "It was strategic."
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  • There are times that weknow God's going,
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  • "This is the one, this is--"
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  • There's this gorgeous verse,
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  • I know many of you love itthe same way that I do.
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  • If you haven't heard it,you're gonna love it,
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  • Isaiah 30:18-21.
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  • "Therefore the Lord waitsto be gracious to you,
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  • "and therefore he exalts himselfto show you mercy.
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  • "For the Lord isa God of justice,
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  • "blessed are all thosewho wait for him.
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  • "For a peopleshall dwell in Zion,
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  • "in Jerusalem youshall weep no more.
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  • "He shall surely be graciousto you at the sound of your cry.
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  • As soon as he hears it,he will answer you."
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  • Verse 20, "And though the Lordgive you the bread of adversity
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  • and the water of affliction,yet your Teacher,"
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  • I love that, that teacheras a capital T, and so to me,
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  • from a New Testamentperspective, that is Jesus,
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  • "Will not hide himself anymore."
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  • I think of thatbeing the incarnation,
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  • "But your eyesshall see your Teacher,
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  • "and your ears shall heara word behind you,
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  • "saying,'This is the way, walk in it,'
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  • when you turn to the rightor when you turn to the left."
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  • I'm just wonderingif those times,
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  • that somehow, some way,his voice behind me go,
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  • "This is the way, walk in it."
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  • And over time,the Word and the Holy Spirit
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  • just kept drawing meand drawing me
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  • and drawing meand drawing me,
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  • and Jesus just won me over.
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  • Travis has a son,he has the cutest kids.
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  • Travis is like a--he's my flesh and blood.
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  • I've said so many times,
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  • in the beginning, 20 years ago,they named this Living Proof--
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  • Living Proof is the nameof my ministry,
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  • and they named itLiving Proof Seminar.
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  • I've said so many timesI signed up for a seminar
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  • and I got a sonbecause he's been in my life.
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  • His family,they're like blood to us.
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  • He's like a brotherto my daughters
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  • and a son to me,
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  • and I love his wifeand kids so much.
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  • And his youngest kidis just about to turn 15,
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  • and he is just--whatever you're picturing
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  • as just the consummatehigh-school athlete,
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  • that is Levi Cottrell,
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  • and everything about him,and he just talks like a jock.
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  • You know what I'm talking about?
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  • And so, I looked at a text
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  • that he senthis daddy yesterday,
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  • and I wrote it downbecause I'd never heard
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  • anything of this languagein my life.
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  • It said, he just textedhis daddy,
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  • "UNC and that thick dub."
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  • I'm like...
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  • I said,"Buddy, what is a thick dub?"
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  • Well, does anybody know?
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  • It's a big win,you know, dub is W,
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  • so it's like that thick dub.
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  • And I thought,you know, that, Lord,
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  • it's the first time in my life
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  • I've ever prayed that Godwould come to LPL
  • 00:10:29.811 --> 00:10:32.514
  • and bring that thick dub.
  • 00:10:32.547 --> 00:10:38.019
  • But somewhere along the way,that thick dub,
  • 00:10:38.053 --> 00:10:42.290
  • and he just won me,he just won me.
  • 00:10:42.323 --> 00:10:45.393
  • So, here's what we're gonna do.
  • 00:10:45.427 --> 00:10:46.728
  • We're gonna ask for wisdom,and we're gonna expect it,
  • 00:10:46.761 --> 00:10:49.097
  • and we're gonna acknowledgehim as Lord over all our paths.
  • 00:10:49.130 --> 00:10:52.467
  • Those are the two thingswe can do.
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  • If we wanna boil it down,we're gonna be in the Word,
  • 00:10:54.069 --> 00:10:56.271
  • so we even knowwhat our direction would be,
  • 00:10:56.304 --> 00:10:58.339
  • but we're gonna cometo a decision,
  • 00:10:58.373 --> 00:11:00.241
  • and we're gonna think,"What choice should I make here?
  • 00:11:00.275 --> 00:11:02.343
  • "I don't know what to do.
  • 00:11:02.377 --> 00:11:03.978
  • "I'm not really gettingclear leadership.
  • 00:11:04.012 --> 00:11:05.880
  • "I'm asking you, Lord,for wisdom,
  • 00:11:05.914 --> 00:11:07.782
  • "and I'm acknowledging you.
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  • You're Lord over my path,take it, take it."
  • 00:11:09.250 --> 00:11:13.188
  • But say we stilldon't really know clearly
  • 00:11:13.221 --> 00:11:15.256
  • what to do, then you knowwhat we're gonna do?
  • 00:11:15.290 --> 00:11:16.758
  • We're just gonna pick one.
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  • Pick one--I mean, like,what are you leaning toward?
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  • Go, go, and we're gonna haveto believe.
  • 00:11:21.496 --> 00:11:23.998
  • And listen, if we're wrong,welcome to the human race.
  • 00:11:24.032 --> 00:11:29.404
  • You know what I'm saying?
  • 00:11:29.437 --> 00:11:30.739
  • If you did due diligence,if I did due diligence,
  • 00:11:30.772 --> 00:11:35.276
  • and still later I think back,
  • 00:11:35.310 --> 00:11:36.845
  • "You know, really that wasn'tthe right choice,"
  • 00:11:36.878 --> 00:11:39.514
  • okay, so, God can still use it,
  • 00:11:39.547 --> 00:11:45.019
  • and we're still calledaccording to his purpose,
  • 00:11:45.053 --> 00:11:47.055
  • and he can still work itfor good.
  • 00:11:47.088 --> 00:11:49.591
  • I have to rememberover and over again
  • 00:11:49.624 --> 00:11:52.026
  • God's job where I'm concernedis not to make me look good.
  • 00:11:52.060 --> 00:11:57.332
  • It's not so everybodycan know how victorious she is.
  • 00:11:59.367 --> 00:12:02.470
  • That's not it.It's for us to do some good.
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  • Anybody got this with me?
  • 00:12:05.740 --> 00:12:07.275
  • It's not our happinessthat is this huge goal,
  • 00:12:07.308 --> 00:12:11.112
  • it's our usefulness.
  • 00:12:11.146 --> 00:12:13.047
  • But in the usefulness,we find this peculiar happiness.
  • 00:12:13.081 --> 00:12:16.518
  • Can anybody go with me there?
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  • That's what has been fulfillingto me,
  • 00:12:18.319 --> 00:12:19.988
  • he said in that usefulness,that he--that that usefulness,
  • 00:12:20.021 --> 00:12:24.893
  • over and over again,he was after doing some good.
  • 00:12:24.926 --> 00:12:28.797
  • That's what he's afterin your life.
  • 00:12:28.830 --> 00:12:30.298
  • He's got good works preparedin advance for you.
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  • Good works that do some good,that do people good.
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  • Hi, I'm Natalieand this is Selena.
  • 00:12:40.441 --> 00:12:42.544
  • I know we all need something newto look forward to.
  • 00:12:42.577 --> 00:12:45.446
  • Beth and her daughter, Melissa,have written a dynamic study
  • 00:12:45.480 --> 00:12:49.050
  • called "Now that Faith Has Come,A study of Galatians."
  • 00:12:49.083 --> 00:12:52.954
  • (Selena)This seven-week study
  • 00:12:52.987 --> 00:12:54.289
  • will walk youthrough Paul's letter
  • 00:12:54.322 --> 00:12:55.790
  • to the New Testament church.
  • 00:12:55.824 --> 00:12:57.625
  • The material iswildly interesting
  • 00:12:57.659 --> 00:12:59.727
  • in its original context,
  • 00:12:59.761 --> 00:13:01.062
  • and relevantto our present world.
  • 00:13:01.095 --> 00:13:03.498
  • We need our minds stayedon Christ like no other time.
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  • Living Proof Ministriesis so excited
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  • to present this study
  • 00:13:10.738 --> 00:13:12.373
  • that we hopewill fully engage you
  • 00:13:12.407 --> 00:13:14.609
  • in every word Paul wroteto the Galatians.
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  • (Selena)Visit BethMoore.org
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  • to pre-order your copy today.
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  • The workbook will releaseJanuary 2021.
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  • 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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  • ♪♪♪
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  • (Beth Moore)I gotta tell you,
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  • we have all been through a lotin the last years,
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  • and I have never in my life,I say to you,
  • 00:13:50.144 --> 00:13:53.915
  • I have never had more confidence
  • 00:13:53.948 --> 00:13:56.918
  • in the pure gospelof our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:13:56.951 --> 00:14:01.789
  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ Lift up the nameof the one who saves ♪
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  • ♪ He reigns forever ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
  • 00:14:08.029 --> 00:14:09.464
  • ♪ Lift up your praise ♪
  • 00:14:09.497 --> 00:14:11.199
  • ♪ I will riseand bless the Lord ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪
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  • ♪ O my soul ♪♪
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  • Let me tell you something.
  • 00:14:28.349 --> 00:14:29.651
  • He's come to speak in powerto us this weekend,
  • 00:14:29.684 --> 00:14:32.186
  • because his Wordis fresh and alive.
  • 00:14:32.220 --> 00:14:35.290
  • That's the miracleof the Scriptures.
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  • (announcer)Come join us in a city near you.
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  • He was after doing some good.
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  • That's what he's afterin your life.
  • 00:14:46.534 --> 00:14:47.902
  • He's got good works preparedin advance for you.
  • 00:14:47.936 --> 00:14:50.972
  • Good works that do some good,that do people good.
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  • That's his priority.
  • 00:14:58.046 --> 00:14:59.580
  • But in that usefulness,
  • 00:14:59.614 --> 00:15:01.816
  • we so often findthis strange kind of happiness.
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  • Number six, soit's not gonna make any sense.
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  • Number sixis not gonna make sense
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  • to anybodywho is not here with us,
  • 00:15:09.023 --> 00:15:10.992
  • but with what we've just said,
  • 00:15:11.025 --> 00:15:12.460
  • we're lookingat James chapter 1,
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  • so that we can ask himfor wisdom.
  • 00:15:15.296 --> 00:15:16.965
  • We're lookingto Proverbs chapter 3,
  • 00:15:16.998 --> 00:15:19.000
  • acknowledge himin all our paths,
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  • and so we come to number six,
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  • think high, bow low
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  • and choose to trustGod's sovereignty.
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  • That at some point,you've got to surrender
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  • your chronic second guessing,anybody?
  • 00:15:28.643 --> 00:15:32.046
  • Just all the second guessing--
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  • I bet I should have done thatinstead.
  • 00:15:34.315 --> 00:15:36.417
  • A little differentthan chronic regret.
  • 00:15:36.451 --> 00:15:38.653
  • There's chronic regret,
  • 00:15:38.686 --> 00:15:39.988
  • no, I'm talkingabout just second guessing,
  • 00:15:40.021 --> 00:15:41.589
  • second guessing,second guessing,
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  • second guessing.
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  • Listen,our compulsive second guessing
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  • is getting in the wayof our first love.
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  • At some point, we gotta go,okay, I'm not positive
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  • if that was the right moveor not,
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  • but I did the bestI knew how to do.
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  • I sought wisdom,I said I bow to you,
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  • this is yours,your authority over it,
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  • and so what I'm gonna do is,
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  • I'm just gonna bowto your sovereignty,
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  • that's what I'm gonna choose,that's what I'm gonna choose,
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  • 'cause you--what I know for sureis you can work it for good.
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  • Would you repeatnumber six with me?
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  • We're gonna do what?We're gonna think--
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  • (audience)High, bow low
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  • and choose to trustGod's sovereignty.
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  • Hallelujah,you are right there in James,
  • 00:16:20.828 --> 00:16:23.097
  • what have you gotright across from you,
  • 00:16:23.131 --> 00:16:24.632
  • the book before it?
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  • What do you see?
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  • Hebrews, would you go with meto Hebrews chapter 11?
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  • Remember, our whole themethis weekend
  • 00:16:30.972 --> 00:16:34.342
  • is about making choices,
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  • and we're gonna hear Godchoosing something right here.
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  • And so, it saysin Isaiah 58,
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  • ah, let's seewhere I should start.
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  • It says in verse 5,because it's talking about in 3
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  • that the people of Israelhave said,
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  • "Have not we fastedand you saw it not?
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  • "And we humble ourselvesbefore you,
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  • and it's like you haveno knowledge of it."
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  • And they're saying all this,
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  • and he's sayingthat they've said this to him,
  • 00:16:57.732 --> 00:16:59.233
  • and in verse 5,God says this.
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  • "Is such the fast that I choose,
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  • "a day for a personto humble himself?
  • 00:17:05.773 --> 00:17:07.542
  • "Is it to bow downhis head like a reed,
  • 00:17:07.575 --> 00:17:09.410
  • "and to spread sackclothand ashes under him?
  • 00:17:09.444 --> 00:17:12.246
  • "Will you call this a fast,
  • 00:17:12.280 --> 00:17:13.981
  • "and a day acceptableto the Lord?
  • 00:17:14.015 --> 00:17:15.750
  • "Is not this the fastthat I choose,
  • 00:17:15.783 --> 00:17:19.320
  • "to loose the bondsof wickedness,
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  • to undo the straps of the yoke,to let the oppressed go free?"
  • 00:17:21.489 --> 00:17:25.426
  • Do you hear the powerof the gospel?
  • 00:17:25.460 --> 00:17:28.029
  • "To break every yoke?
  • 00:17:28.062 --> 00:17:30.498
  • "Is it not to share your breadwith the hungry
  • 00:17:30.531 --> 00:17:32.767
  • "and bring the homelessand poor into your house;
  • 00:17:32.800 --> 00:17:35.570
  • "and when you see the naked,to cover him,
  • 00:17:35.603 --> 00:17:38.406
  • "and not to hide yourselffrom your own flesh?
  • 00:17:38.439 --> 00:17:40.908
  • "Then shall your lightbreak forth like the dawn,
  • 00:17:40.942 --> 00:17:44.312
  • "and your healingshall spring up speedily,
  • 00:17:44.345 --> 00:17:46.547
  • "and your righteousnessshall go before you,
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  • and the glory of the Lordshall be your rear guard."
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  • Do you hear what he's saying?
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  • I'll tell you the fastI've chosen.
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  • I've chosen for you to fastfrom yourself and help somebody.
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  • And so, our next point,which number are we on?
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  • Number seven is choose others,choose others.
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  • When you and Iare making choices,
  • 00:18:11.072 --> 00:18:14.976
  • there just comes a timewhen what will be our healing,
  • 00:18:15.009 --> 00:18:19.480
  • and what will be our joy,
  • 00:18:19.514 --> 00:18:21.048
  • and what will beour fruitfulness,
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  • is that I'm just gonna fastfrom my own selfishness
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  • and I'm gonna get in there
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  • and I'm gonna seeif I can be a benefit to others.
  • 00:18:32.727 --> 00:18:35.530
  • Hebrews 11:24, "By faith Moses,when he was grown up,
  • 00:18:35.563 --> 00:18:39.233
  • refused to be calledthe son of Pharaoh's daughter."
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  • Verse 25, "Choosingrather to be mistreated
  • 00:18:42.103 --> 00:18:44.672
  • "with the people of God
  • 00:18:44.705 --> 00:18:46.007
  • "than to enjoythe fleeing pleasures of sin.
  • 00:18:46.040 --> 00:18:48.943
  • He considered," verse 26,"The reproach of Christ
  • 00:18:48.976 --> 00:18:52.280
  • "greater wealththan the treasures of Egypt,
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  • and he was lookingfor the reward."
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  • Our world is mass producingnarcissists,
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  • just mass production.
  • 00:19:03.691 --> 00:19:07.295
  • 2 Timothy 3said it would be so.
  • 00:19:07.328 --> 00:19:10.831
  • "In the last days,difficult times will come.
  • 00:19:10.865 --> 00:19:12.466
  • "For people will belovers of themselves,
  • 00:19:12.500 --> 00:19:15.236
  • "lovers of money,boastful, arrogant, blasphemers,
  • 00:19:15.269 --> 00:19:17.505
  • "disobedient to parents,
  • 00:19:17.538 --> 00:19:19.774
  • "ungrateful, unholy,irreconcilable,
  • 00:19:19.807 --> 00:19:21.876
  • "slanderers,without self-control,
  • 00:19:21.909 --> 00:19:24.212
  • "savage,opposed to what is good,
  • 00:19:24.245 --> 00:19:25.546
  • "treacherous,reckless, conceited,
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  • loving pleasurerather than loving God."
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  • Does that soundlike any world you live in?
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  • And if you and I
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  • are not gonna get suckedinto that,
  • 00:19:36.290 --> 00:19:39.093
  • which will be our misery,
  • 00:19:39.126 --> 00:19:42.697
  • to live our lives as narcissistswill make us miserable.
  • 00:19:42.730 --> 00:19:49.003
  • We were createdin the image of a God
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  • who is a giver,
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  • and it is in our livesbeing filled up
  • 00:19:53.674 --> 00:19:56.210
  • with what he came to give us,and poured out for others.
  • 00:19:56.244 --> 00:20:01.949
  • That, that is where meaningcomes to us.
  • 00:20:01.983 --> 00:20:07.955
  • That is where our joy breaks in.
  • 00:20:07.989 --> 00:20:10.992
  • That is where our healingcomes from, choose others.
  • 00:20:11.025 --> 00:20:17.164
  • I felt like, about a year ago,that God just brought
  • 00:20:18.599 --> 00:20:22.870
  • such a revelation to my mindabout something.
  • 00:20:22.903 --> 00:20:27.742
  • Because I thought,you know one reason
  • 00:20:27.775 --> 00:20:30.077
  • why so many of us servants
  • 00:20:30.111 --> 00:20:32.647
  • are so terriblyand completely exhausted
  • 00:20:32.680 --> 00:20:36.450
  • and depleted?
  • 00:20:36.484 --> 00:20:38.085
  • Can anybodyjust stay with me a sec?
  • 00:20:38.119 --> 00:20:40.821
  • Because we are pouring outevery drop of energy we have
  • 00:20:40.855 --> 00:20:47.495
  • to empower the powerful.
  • 00:20:47.528 --> 00:20:53.668
  • I'll just wait.
  • 00:20:53.701 --> 00:20:58.072
  • People, so many peoplehurting out there,
  • 00:20:58.105 --> 00:21:01.208
  • and we just keep--listen,I'm all for serving whoever,
  • 00:21:01.242 --> 00:21:04.512
  • but my belief isthat what we're doing here
  • 00:21:04.545 --> 00:21:09.417
  • is that we go outfrom here and we
  • 00:21:09.450 --> 00:21:11.319
  • are just, like, multiplied
  • 00:21:11.352 --> 00:21:12.720
  • into the thousands of peopledoing the ministry,
  • 00:21:12.753 --> 00:21:16.023
  • serving people the way Godhas called them to.
  • 00:21:16.057 --> 00:21:18.492
  • Be the voice for the voiceless.
  • 00:21:18.526 --> 00:21:20.361
  • Anybody knowwhat I'm talking about?
  • 00:21:20.394 --> 00:21:21.862
  • And listen, we thinkwe're gonna be there,
  • 00:21:21.896 --> 00:21:24.098
  • so that we can help themfind healing.
  • 00:21:24.131 --> 00:21:26.300
  • He said then your healingshall come forth.
  • 00:21:26.334 --> 00:21:31.939
  • What a marvel,what a marvel,
  • 00:21:31.972 --> 00:21:35.309
  • that we've just gotthis long on this earth,
  • 00:21:35.343 --> 00:21:37.511
  • this long on this earth,
  • 00:21:37.545 --> 00:21:40.281
  • and to Moses,
  • 00:21:40.314 --> 00:21:42.583
  • it was not worth livingin his high privilege,
  • 00:21:42.616 --> 00:21:46.387
  • there was somethingworth more than that,
  • 00:21:46.420 --> 00:21:48.756
  • that was getting down in therewith those people
  • 00:21:48.789 --> 00:21:50.891
  • that were oppressedand treated unjustly,
  • 00:21:50.925 --> 00:21:55.296
  • coming alongside themand doing the thing with them,
  • 00:21:55.329 --> 00:21:59.633
  • and great, greatwould be his reward.
  • 00:21:59.667 --> 00:22:05.406
  • You ready to go to the last one?
  • 00:22:05.439 --> 00:22:08.175
  • You're right in it,you're in Hebrews,
  • 00:22:08.209 --> 00:22:09.677
  • I want you to stay there,
  • 00:22:09.710 --> 00:22:12.313
  • but I wanna show you--every timeI come to the last point,
  • 00:22:12.346 --> 00:22:19.286
  • I get a lump in my throat,almost every time.
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  • You know, we lookso forward to y'all,
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  • and then it's just, like, over.
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  • And it's like, so webonded in the Spirit,
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  • and it's like, "Bye."
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  • I don't know,it's just like, what?
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  • I mean, it just seemslike we ought to have,
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  • like, Bible schoolfor the next week or something.
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  • That we just wanna seethe fruit, you know,
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  • we wanna see the fruitof what God's doing.
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  • I think I'm gonna have you--would you just flip,
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  • you're right close to it,Revelation 17:14.
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  • I wanna show you a verse,17:14,
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  • and remember,don't lose Hebrews 11.
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  • When I study--
  • 00:22:54.588 --> 00:22:56.323
  • the last time I studiedRevelation with any depth,
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  • one of my commentaries,
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  • I wish I would have been readyto say this,
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  • because what I owe himis to quote him by name,
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  • but I wasn't prepared to say it,so I'm not able to do it.
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  • But his feeling wasthat this one verse,
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  • Revelation 17:14,
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  • capsulizesthe entire book of Revelation.
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  • So, you might star it,because it's
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  • a really, really powerful verse,and it says this.
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  • "They will make waron the Lamb,"
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  • of course, the Lamb is Christ.
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  • "They will make war on the Lamb,and the Lamb will conquer them,
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  • "for he is Lord of lordsand King of kings,
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  • and those with him are calledand chosen and faithful."
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  • "Called andchosen and faithful."
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  • Let me say it again.
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  • "He who is the Lamb,who is King of all kings
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  • "and Lord of all lords,and those who are with him,
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  • who are called,chosen, and faithful."
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  • Now listen, he's already done
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  • all the callingand the choosing,
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  • so I bet you knowwhat number eight is,
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  • because it just, like,it brings it all to a finish.
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  • Just choose faithfulness,choose faithfulness.
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  • Sisters, let's committo this with one another.
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  • There are so many times wecannot change our circumstances.
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  • We can't necessarilyjust catapult ourselves
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  • out of our present season
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  • and get ourselvesinto another.
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  • So many times, we would changewhat we were going through.
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  • So many times,we would run for our lives
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  • from whateverour present surroundings are,
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  • but do you know what wecan always choose?
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  • Never think to yourself,"I have absolutely no choices.
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  • I am out of choices."
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  • Nothing feels worse than that.
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  • I have no choices, I--
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  • We always have a choice.
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  • I can choose to be faithful.
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  • What I'd really chooseis to get out,
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  • but I can always chooseto be faithful.
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  • I'm gonna be faithful to my God,
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  • knowing that he says,Romans 8:18,
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  • "For the sufferingsof this present time
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  • "aren't even readyto be compared
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  • with the glory that heshall reveal in us."
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  • Choose faithfulness.
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  • Last verse, Hebrews chapter 11,verses 32 through 34.
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  • "And what more shall I say?
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  • "For time would fail meto tell you of Gideon,
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  • "Barak, Samson, Jephthah,
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  • of David and Samueland the prophets,"
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  • verse 33, "Who through faithconquered kingdoms,
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  • "enforced justice,obtained promises,
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  • stopped the mouths of lions."
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  • Verse 34, "Quenchedthe power of fire,
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  • "escaped the edge of the sword,
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  • "were made strongout of weakness,
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  • "became mighty in war,put foreign armies to flight.
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  • "Women received backtheir dead by resurrection.
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  • "Some were tortured,refusing to accept release,
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  • so that they might rise againto a better life."
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  • Would you noticewhat he's describing here?
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  • Did you see it where it said
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  • that they were made strongout of weakness?
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  • Do you know the one thing,
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  • the one thing that put themin that chapter,
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  • everyone he just mentioned?
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  • Is that in their situation,in their weakness,
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  • they chose faith.
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  • They just chose faith.They just chose faith.
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  • They chose to believe God.
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  • They chose to go with him.
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  • And because they did,he strengthened them
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  • and they became someone
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  • they could not possiblyhave become
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  • had their lives depended on it.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Who gets you outof your prayer groove?
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  • Who is it that can throw offall of that
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  • and get you out of focus?
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  • They were hoping itwould be them,
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  • for Daniel that would show
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  • that he would not be obedientto the edict.
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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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