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The Decisive Moment | Episode 2

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May 28, 2018
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Mark Batterson: Chase the Lion

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The Decisive Moment | Episode 2

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  • - [Male] Quit living as if the purpose of life
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  • is to arrive safely at death.
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  • Run to the roar.
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  • Go after a dream that's destined to fail
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  • without divine intervention.
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  • Stop weighing out problems.
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  • Become part of the solution.
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  • Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
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  • Face your fears.
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  • Fight for your dreams.
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  • Grab opportunity by the mane and don't let go.
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  • Live like today is the first day
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  • and last day of your life.
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  • Blaze new trails.
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  • Live for the applause of nail scarred hands.
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  • Dare to fail.
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  • Dare to be different.
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  • Quit holding out.
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  • Quit holding back.
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  • Quit running away.
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  • Chase the lion.
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  • - All of us love open doors.
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  • Closed doors, not so much.
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  • But some day,
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  • we may thank God as much for the closed doors
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  • as the open doors.
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  • God is in the business of
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  • strategically positioning us
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  • in the right place at the right time.
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  • Here's the catch.
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  • It often feels like the wrong place at the wrong time.
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  • Like in a pit with a lion on a snowy day.
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  • But God is like a chess grand master
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  • who positions his pawns and bishops,
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  • and kings and queens.
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  • Even when we experience a setback,
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  • we don't take a step back,
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  • because God is already preparing our comeback.
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  • So don't retreat when it looks like
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  • your dream has hit a dead end.
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  • There might be a resurrection right around the corner.
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  • (distant gunshots)
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  • - I only need a permission to enter the battle ground, sir.
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  • - The battlefield is no place for a lady.
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  • - You need as much medical assistance as you can get.
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  • - If you wanna help,
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  • why aren't you working at the nearest infirmary?
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  • - I've not attended nursing school,
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  • but I can provide more immediate assistance
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  • where it's needed,
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  • where there isn't a hospital nearby.
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  • - You're not even a nurse,
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  • what exactly do you do, miss?
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  • - I'm a school teacher.
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  • - The battlefield is no place for a school teacher now,
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  • is it?
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  • - It's no place for children either.
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  • Those are three of my students
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  • who have already died fighting.
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  • Now I put everything into teaching these children,
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  • but until this war is over,
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  • none of that's going to matter unless they survive it.
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  • All I'm asking is that you allow me to help tend to them
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  • until they can get proper treatment.
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  • - You're not allowed on the field of battle.
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  • You can set up camp outside the area,
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  • nothing more,
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  • and I will not guarantee your safety
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  • should a stray bullet or ball make it through the treeline.
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  • Miss?
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  • - Clara Barton.
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  • - Do not step foot on the battlefield.
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  • (gunshots)
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  • - [Male] Do not step foot on the battlefield.
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  • (sobbing)
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  • (grunting)
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  • - I'm shot.
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  • Help me.
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  • - His wounds are more serious,
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  • but I'll come back for you.
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  • - Wait, what are you doing?
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  • Hey!
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  • (coughing)
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  • Help me.
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  • - You've lost a lot of blood.
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  • We're gonna have to get you to a hospital.
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  • I have to go get your friend.
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  • (inspirational music)
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  • - We don't always see how
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  • decisions affect future generations,
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  • and it's tough for us to know
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  • what's behind the different doors we encounter,
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  • but here's what I do know.
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  • A closed door isn't always a bad thing.
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  • In fact,
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  • it often leads to an open door
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  • that we would have never knocked on otherwise.
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  • There's an old aphorism,
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  • opportunity knocks,
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  • and sometimes that's true.
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  • But more often than not,
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  • it's the opposite.
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  • We've gotta knock on opportunity.
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  • In the 1989 film Field of Dreams,
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  • Kevin Costner plays the role of
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  • a novice farmer and baseball lover named Ray Kinsella.
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  • While walking through a corn field,
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  • Ray hears a faint whisper.
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  • If you build it, he will come.
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  • Well Ray bets the farm,
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  • builds a baseball diamond in the middle of nowhere,
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  • and sure enough,
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  • the ghosts of baseball past mysteriously appear
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  • and play ball.
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  • I love that one liner,
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  • if you build it, he will come.
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  • It's one of my film favorites,
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  • and it's a pretty good metaphor for faith.
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  • Faith is being sure of what we hope for,
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  • and certain of what we do not see.
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  • And it's not just seeing the baseball diamond,
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  • it's building it.
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  • Remember the command that God gave to the Jewish priest
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  • when they came to the Jordan River?
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  • He said,
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  • go and stand in the river.
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  • Again, faith is taking the first step
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  • before God reveals the second step.
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  • I think that's where many of us get stuck.
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  • We're waiting for God to go first.
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  • But that's not faith.
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  • The last two words of Mark's gospel are signs following.
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  • We wish it was signs preceding,
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  • it'd be a lot easier.
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  • I also wish the Lord's prayer said,
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  • give us this year our yearly bread,
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  • but that would take faith out of the equation.
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  • What we want is for God to provide so much
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  • that we don't have to trust him anymore,
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  • but he loves us too much to spoil us that way.
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  • I have a little mantra.
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  • When God gives a vision,
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  • he makes provision.
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  • During our first year as a church,
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  • our income was $2.000 a month.
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  • We were barely making ends meet.
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  • It cost $1.600 to rent the DC public school where we met.
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  • That left $400 for our salary,
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  • and all other expenses.
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  • In August of that year, I felt like God said
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  • in that inaudible yet unmistakable voice
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  • that we needed to start giving to missions.
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  • Now to be honest,
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  • I was a little resistant,
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  • and I'll tell you why.
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  • We weren't even self supporting as a church.
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  • How can you give what you don't have?
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  • I don't know if
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  • you've ever gotten into an argument with God,
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  • but I have,
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  • and here's what I've learned.
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  • If you win that argument, you lose.
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  • And if you lose the argument, you win.
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  • I honestly felt like God should be tapping someone else
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  • to give to us,
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  • but I also felt like it was one of those moments where
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  • if you build it, he will come.
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  • I felt like we needed to stand on God's promise
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  • in Luke 6:38.
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  • It says,
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  • give, and it will be given unto you.
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  • Good measure,
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  • pressed down, shaken together, and running over,
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  • will be poured into your lap,
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  • for with the measure you use,
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  • it will be measured unto you.
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  • Long story short,
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  • I lost that argument,
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  • and we gave our first check to missions.
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  • Now it was only a $50 check,
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  • but it took all the faith we had to give it,
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  • and God blessed it.
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  • The next month,
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  • our giving tripled,
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  • and we've never looked back.
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  • This past year,
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  • our church took 34 mission trips,
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  • and we gave more than two million dollars to missions,
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  • and we opened a five million dollar dream center
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  • in a part of our city where
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  • we're trying to change some statistics,
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  • one child at a time.
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  • If you build it, he will come.
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  • Listen, when God gives a vision,
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  • he's gonna make provision.
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  • By definition, a God sized dream is
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  • beyond our ability and beyond our resources.
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  • That's how God gets the glory.
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  • The question is this.
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  • What $50 step of faith do you need to take?
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  • What argument do you need to lose?
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  • What lion do you need to chase?
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  • As I look back on our dream journey as a church,
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  • that $50 step of faith was a decisive moment,
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  • it was one small step,
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  • one giant leap,
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  • and I think that's true for each of us.
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  • In the plot line of our lives,
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  • there are decisive moments.
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  • For me, it was giving up
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  • a full ride scholarship to the University of Chicago,
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  • and transferring to Central Bible College
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  • to pursue ministry.
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  • It was Laura and I packing up a U-Haul truck
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  • and moving from Chicago to DC,
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  • even though we had no place to live
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  • and no guaranteed salary.
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  • It was opening a coffee house, even though we had
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  • no business going into the coffee business.
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  • We only make a few major decisions in life,
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  • then we spend the rest of our lives
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  • managing those major decisions.
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  • Those are the decisive moments,
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  • and they aren't just narratives,
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  • they're meta narratives.
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  • As far as we know,
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  • Benaiah only chased one lion.
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  • Granted that's one more than anybody I know,
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  • but it was more than just a one off,
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  • it was a storyline.
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  • That one decisive moment defined his life.
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  • That one decisive moment defined his approach to life.
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  • Chase the lion.
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  • Here's the good news.
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  • You're one decision away from a totally different life.
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  • Now it might be the toughest decision you ever make,
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  • but it you have the courage to make it,
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  • it can become a decisive moment
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  • and change the trajectory of your life.
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  • - [Male] Far too often,
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  • we doubt our dreams and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand why
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  • life's greatest fulfillment comes from
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  • living in your divine purpose,
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  • and you'll discover what happens when
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  • you fearlessly chase after your God sized dream.
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  • With grit and gusto,
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  • New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson
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  • delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream.
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  • To thank you for your gift of $25 or more,
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  • in support of the worldwide outreaches of TBN,
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  • we'll send you your very own copy of the book,
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  • Chase the Lion.
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  • And for your gift of $75 or more,
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  • we'll also include two additional books by pastor Mark,
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  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day,
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  • and his latest book, Whisper,
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  • How to Hear the Voice of God,
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  • where pastor Mark will introduce you to
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  • the seven love languages of God,
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  • and how he speaks to us through them,
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  • each one unique and entirely divine.
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  • Right now,
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  • you can begin the journey that takes you from
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  • your God given dream into your God ordained destiny.
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  • Hear him, follow him,
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  • run to the roar.
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  • Call, or go online right now,
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  • from pastor Mark Batterson.
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  • - In every dream journey,
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  • there's a point of no return.
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  • It's a decision that can't be undone,
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  • like chasing a lion into a pit.
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  • Sometimes, it's a risk you take,
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  • or a sacrifice you make,
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  • and once you take it or make it,
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  • there's no turning back.
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  • Those decisive moments are dream markers,
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  • and scripture's full of them.
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  • In the old testament,
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  • its Moses saying to Pharaoh,
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  • let my people go.
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  • It's Rahab harboring Jewish spies.
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  • It's Esther entering the king's court uninvited.
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  • In the new testament,
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  • it's the wise men following the star.
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  • It's Andrew dropping his fishing nets.
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  • It's Peter getting out of the boat.
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  • In his book, Decisive Moments in History,
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  • author Stefan Zweig defines a decisive moment as
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  • a single moment that determines and decides everything.
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  • A single yes, a single no,
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  • a too early or too late,
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  • makes that hour irrevocable for 100 generations,
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  • and determines the life of an individual,
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  • a people,
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  • and even the destiny of all mankind.
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  • That may sound like an overstatement,
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  • but I actually think it's an understatement.
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  • Yes, decisive moments are few and far between,
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  • but the domino effect of those moments
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  • transcend time and space.
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  • When I was 19 years old,
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  • our family was vacationing at
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  • Lake Ida in Lake Alexandria, Minnesota.
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  • It was the summer between my freshman and sophomore year
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  • at the University of Chicago.
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  • On paper, it was perfect.
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  • I had a full ride scholarship to
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  • one of the top academic institutions in the country.
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  • I had a starting position on the basketball team,
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  • but God was stirring something in my spirit.
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  • So I got up extra early on the last morning of vacation,
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  • and decided to do a prayer walk down some dirt roads.
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  • At one point,
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  • I took a shortcut through a cow pasture
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  • filled with cow patties.
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  • It was in the middle of that cow pasture
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  • that I heard the inaudible yet unmistakable voice of God.
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  • I knew that God was calling me into full time ministry.
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  • I didn't know when, or where, or how,
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  • but that cow pasture became my field of dreams,
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  • and I had a difficult decision to make.
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  • A few months later,
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  • I walked into the admissions office at
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  • the University of Chicago,
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  • and told them they could have their scholarship back,
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  • I was transferring.
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  • Now honestly, I felt a little foolish.
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  • On paper,
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  • it was a net loss of about $100.000 in scholarship money.
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  • I didn't think about it in those terms at the time,
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  • but I can't even begin to calculate the net gain.
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  • There's no way I would have been ready to
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  • plan a church at 25 if it weren't for that decisive moment.
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  • More than a decade ago,
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  • I made a pilgrimage back to that cow pasture,
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  • and took a picture.
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  • Then I framed it,
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  • and I hung it in my office.
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  • There are days when I have to swivel my chair,
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  • and look at that picture,
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  • and remind myself of why I do what I do.
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  • Lion chasers don't run away from the battle.
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  • Like Clara Barton, they run to it.
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  • In fact, they live for it.
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  • When Sally Hazelgrove heard of the violence
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  • that plagued the streets of Chicago,
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  • she did what a lion chaser does,
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  • she ran to the roar.
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  • She moved into the neighborhood,
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  • determined to make a difference,
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  • and that one decisive moment is now
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  • turning drug dealers and gang bangers into dreamers.
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  • Nobody knows
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  • All the troubles I've seen
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  • Nobody knows
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  • - I've been living in Englewood for 19 years.
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  • I lost my big brother on the streets,
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  • so it really tore me down when I was little.
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  • It made me start making bad choices
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  • and getting into the wrong things.
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  • In the neighborhood I live in in Englewood,
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  • it's a lot of hatred.
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  • People be with somebody today,
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  • and tomorrow they'll be dead.
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  • That's how it is in Chicago.
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  • You don't even gotta be in no gang to die,
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  • it just,
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  • anybody could die.
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  • - Englewood police are investigating a shooting.
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  • - [Male] Someone in a small compact car drove by.
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  • - [Female] Two separate shootings, one deadly.
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  • - I had seen Englewood on the TV quite a bit,
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  • on the news,
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  • and I felt that God wanted me to come here to be honest.
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  • I started volunteering at
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  • a court mandated program for boys on probation.
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  • I was appalled at the amount of young men
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  • that were going into the system.
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  • I started to realize I had found my life calling
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  • out here in Englewood.
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  • (upbeat music)
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  • I started taking boys,
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  • the boys that were having a lot of trouble in school,
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  • and I started taking them boxing,
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  • and I was getting trained along with them.
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  • My dream was to build something that would be
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  • so effective that law enforcement and juvenile probation
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  • would start to look at me,
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  • and would want to partner with me.
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  • A year later,
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  • juvenile probation deputy chiefs came in,
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  • and I started a partnership with them.
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  • - It teaches you discipline and confidence.
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  • (hip hop music)
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  • A lot of the kids,
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  • like they grew up just like me.
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  • A lot of the kids homeless,
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  • a lot of the kids been picked on,
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  • stuff like that.
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  • They been through the same thing I've been though,
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  • and I be just trying to help them find a way out
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  • like I'm trying to find a way out.
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  • I'm in the same situation as them.
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  • When I'm training them,
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  • nothing else matters.
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  • It's like,
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  • I could be having a bad day,
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  • and when I come to the Crushers Club and see all the kids,
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  • and they be happy to see me,
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  • it's like it makes my day.
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  • (hip hop music)
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  • it's like we're a big family,
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  • a family I never had,
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  • 'cause as I was growing up,
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  • I didn't really have nobody to push me and motivate me.
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  • I have Sally that will motivate me through it all,
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  • so that's what I be trying to do with the younger kids.
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  • - I started coming with my friend Ivory.
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  • He brung me here the first day,
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  • and then I liked what they was doing in the ring,
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  • and I like boxing because I just like doing it.
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  • We learn friendship,
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  • we learn how to stay out of trouble,
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  • we learn how to communicate to others,
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  • and then another thing I like
  • 00:21:26.080 --> 00:21:28.060
  • is the way Sally actually give us a moment to like
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  • learn stuff every day,
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  • learn something new,
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  • other than just being on the streets,
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  • doing nothing in our life.
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  • Like we can grow up to be what we want.
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  • - Crushers club, it changed my whole mass
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  • and what I was at first.
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  • I wanted to be in the streets like everybody else.
  • 00:21:50.190 --> 00:21:53.180
  • When I got into Crushers Club,
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  • the discipline helped me find myself.
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  • Now I'm a golden glove champion,
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  • and a junior olympic champion.
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  • I see myself pro.
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  • I see myself getting a bigger Crusher Club.
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  • (hip hop gospel music)
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  • - Your dream is more than a dream,
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  • it's a calling.
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  • Sure, someone may have hired you,
  • 00:22:33.140 --> 00:22:36.000
  • and maybe someone can fire you,
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  • but they didn't call you, God did,
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  • and if you forget that fact,
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  • you forget why you do what you do,
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  • and who you do it for.
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  • And for the record,
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  • God doesn't just call the qualified,
  • 00:22:48.250 --> 00:22:51.050
  • he qualifies the called.
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  • Scripture doesn't give much context,
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  • but one of David's mighty men was named Shammah.
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  • One day, he found himself in a field full of lentils.
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  • In other words,
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  • It was a farmers field,
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  • but for Shammah,
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  • it was his field of dreams.
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  • When the rest of the army retreated,
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  • that's where Shammah took his stand.
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  • It was a decisive moment,
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  • it was a point of no return.
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  • Let me go back to the beginning of this series.
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  • Benaiah had a decision to make when he spotted that lion.
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  • It was fight or flight,
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  • and he could have run away from what he was afraid of,
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  • and no one would have blamed him,
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  • but I think he would have been forfeiting his future.
  • 00:23:33.190 --> 00:23:36.270
  • Instead, he chases the lion,
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  • and ends up landing a position as king David's bodyguard.
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  • He goes on to become commander in chief under king Solomon,
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  • but it traces back to this decisive moment.
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  • I'm not sure where you are in your dream journey,
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  • but before you go forward,
  • 00:23:54.210 --> 00:23:56.150
  • sometimes you have to go back to the field of dreams,
  • 00:23:56.150 --> 00:24:00.080
  • the place where God called you,
  • 00:24:00.080 --> 00:24:02.140
  • the place where God gave you a dream.
  • 00:24:02.140 --> 00:24:05.080
  • One last observation.
  • 00:24:05.080 --> 00:24:07.020
  • Dreams aren't just born,
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  • sometimes they're born again.
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  • After our first attempt at church planning failed,
  • 00:24:12.120 --> 00:24:15.220
  • I thought the dream of planning a church was dead.
  • 00:24:15.220 --> 00:24:19.270
  • I've since discovered that God ordained dreams
  • 00:24:19.270 --> 00:24:23.210
  • often go through a death and resurrection.
  • 00:24:23.210 --> 00:24:27.090
  • Only when the dream is dead and buried
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  • can it be resurrected for God's glory.
  • 00:24:29.180 --> 00:24:32.260
  • Most dreams die,
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  • not because they're the wrong dream,
  • 00:24:34.150 --> 00:24:36.150
  • but because it's the wrong time.
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  • We're not ready for it,
  • 00:24:39.050 --> 00:24:40.270
  • or it isn't ready for us.
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  • But what seems like a waiting period,
  • 00:24:43.010 --> 00:24:46.010
  • I think is a grace period.
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  • Don't put a period where God puts a comma.
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  • When the time is right,
  • 00:24:51.290 --> 00:24:53.170
  • dust off that dream,
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  • and rededicate it to God.
  • 00:24:55.110 --> 00:24:58.010
  • Church planning isn't the only dream that
  • 00:24:58.010 --> 00:25:00.150
  • took me two attempts,
  • 00:25:00.150 --> 00:25:02.020
  • so did my first book,
  • 00:25:02.020 --> 00:25:03.230
  • In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.
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  • I didn't write that book once,
  • 00:25:06.050 --> 00:25:08.010
  • I wrote it twice.
  • 00:25:08.010 --> 00:25:09.230
  • It also took two attempts to get a contract on
  • 00:25:09.230 --> 00:25:12.270
  • the property that is now Ebenezer's Coffeehouse.
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  • The first contract fell through,
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  • and I'm glad it did.
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  • God knew that we needed another year of
  • 00:25:19.260 --> 00:25:22.090
  • financial and numerical growth under our belt
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  • before undertaking that project.
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  • It felt like a waste of time when it happened,
  • 00:25:28.070 --> 00:25:31.070
  • but God's timing is perfect.
  • 00:25:31.070 --> 00:25:34.000
  • Sometimes what we perceive as a no,
  • 00:25:34.000 --> 00:25:37.080
  • is really a not yet.
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  • At the end of the day,
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  • it's not your dream,
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  • it's God's dream,
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  • it's from him,
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  • it's for him,
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  • and he who began a good work
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  • is the one who's gonna carry it to completion.
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  • The question is this.
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  • What decision do you need to make?
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  • The longer you wait,
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  • the harder it will get.
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  • If you build it, he will come.
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  • Chase the Lion is more than a book,
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  • more than a series,
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  • it's a call to action.
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  • Here's the good news.
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  • You're one decision away from a totally different life.
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  • But here's the challenge.
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  • You've gotta quit running away from what you're afraid of,
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  • and run to the roar.
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  • - [Male] Far too often,
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  • we doubt our dreams and delay our destinies.
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  • Chase the Lion helps you understand why
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  • life's greatest fulfillment comes from
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  • living in your diving purpose,
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  • and you'll discover what happens when
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  • you fearlessly chase after your God sized dream.
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  • With grit and gusto,
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  • New York Times bestselling author Mark Batterson
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  • delivers a bold message to everyone with a big dream.
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