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Christlike Character

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October 9, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast,
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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer, we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns of this
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  • world doesn't have to put you on the path of discouragement
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  • and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide, where you'll
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  • discover the peace, the purpose, and the power
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  • you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing.
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  • And here is the amazing part.
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  • With God, you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey.
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  • Not half of what you need or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way through
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  • the course of each day, and certainly not journey
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  • unprepared into your future.
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  • So, where do you want to go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence because you, my friend,
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  • have everything you need.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • Do you ever feel limited in your faith, like your spiritual
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  • potential is being defined by your problems and circumstances?
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  • Though you aspire to live a Christian life,
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  • does it seem like life itself prevents you
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  • from being what you know you should be?
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  • We should all embark on the journey to be more like Christ.
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  • Does that feel like an endeavor with an impossible
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  • to reach destination?
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  • Well, don't let that deter you from the journey itself.
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  • God calls us to be more like him.
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  • And today on "Turning Point," we'll discover steps that will
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  • support you on your journey toward godliness in my messages
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  • entitled "Christlike Character."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States and join
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  • me in New York City, high above Central Park in the Appel Room
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  • at Jazz at Lincoln Center for my series "Everything You Need."
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  • male announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need,"
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  • he invites you to consider how would your life
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  • change if you had the energy to diligently fulfill God's purpose
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  • for you, or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word?
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination that
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  • could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you want to see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to know that God has already given you
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  • everything you need to do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need," learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your life, and cultivate a faith that will
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  • change you and everyone around you, yours for a gift of any
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  • amount in support of this program.
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  • Turning Point also offers three study packages, the Everything
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  • to stumble-proof living.
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  • To order or for more details, go online or call Turning Point
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  • today.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership, Dr. Jeremiah
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  • would like to send you these Everything You Need navigation
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  • Scripture cards absolutely free.
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message
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  • "Christlike Character."
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  • David: I remember reading a story about a man named
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  • Ken James, who was driving from Houston to where he lived
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  • in Gregory, Texas.
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  • And it was in the days back then when service stations had people
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  • that came out and actually helped you put your gas in the
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  • car and usually washed your windows.
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  • And so, he was in one of those particular stations,
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  • and the attendant started to wash his windshield.
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  • Ken asked him how he was doing.
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  • And the attendant said, "Well, I'm doing now pretty good.
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  • But there was a time when my life was as dirty as your
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  • bug-infested windshield."
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  • Ken asked him what he meant.
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  • He said, "My life was a dirty mess until Jesus Christ
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  • cleaned me up."
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  • That was many years ago, but he said he'd never forgotten
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  • this young man's simple statement.
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  • When we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior, we're cleansed
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  • and forgiven, and we're on our way to heaven.
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  • But we are aren't perfect yet, can I get a witness?
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  • We have to keep washing our windshields, as it were.
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  • Growing in godliness is a lifelong process.
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  • I've been at it for 50 years, and sometimes I feel like I
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  • haven't even started.
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  • And this is what Peter is telling us in the great passage
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  • we're studying today.
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  • Remember how the paragraph opens, "His divine power has
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  • given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness."
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  • Notice that word, God has already given you everything
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  • you need for a godly life.
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  • There's not anything we can do to get to heaven.
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  • We have no good works we can offer to God.
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  • The only way we get to heave is by faith, by grace.
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  • You can't go to heaven by doing good things, you know why?
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  • Because in order to qualify, you got to be perfect.
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  • You got to get a ten on everything.
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  • Nobody can do that.
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  • The Bible says there is none righteous, no, not one.
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  • You can't get to heaven by doing good works.
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  • Ephesians says it is not by your works that you get to heaven,
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  • but by faith in Jesus Christ.
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  • But the next verse says, "Therefore as Christians,
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  • develop good works.
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  • This is God's will for you."
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  • In other words, we don't do things so we can go to heaven.
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  • But once God gives us the gift of eternal life, and we're on
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  • our way to heaven, and we're saved, and we're believers, the
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  • Bible says we should devote our lives to good works.
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  • God cares about good works, we just got to get them
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  • in the right place.
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  • They don't come before the cross,
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  • they come after the cross.
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  • And so, these things we're talking about right now, this is
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  • a part of the cooperative that we have with God.
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  • So, let's just begin here in the right place
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  • and ask ourselves the question, what is godliness?
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  • What is it?
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  • And I don't want to try to be too simple,
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  • but this is the best answer I know.
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  • Godliness is trying to become more like God every day.
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  • Which is to say it's to become more like Christ all the time
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  • because Christ is God in the flesh.
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  • I am told that there was once a portrait that hung near the main
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  • entrance to the Alamo in San Antonio, and it was said
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  • to be of James Butler Bonham, who died in the battle
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  • before his portrait could be finished.
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  • His nephew looked so much like him that they went and got him,
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  • and he sat in for the rest of the portrait so that future
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  • generations would have an idea what the man who died for their
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  • freedom looked like.
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  • And I want to tell you that Jesus Christ is the earthly
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  • portrait of God.
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  • The Bible says it this way, "No one has ever seen God,
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  • but the one and only Son, who is himself God
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  • and is in the closest relationship with the Father.
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  • He has made God known."
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  • How do I know God?
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  • The Bible says I can't see him.
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  • The Bible simply says no man has ever seen God and lived.
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  • But God has revealed himself to us by sending his own Son,
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  • Jesus Christ, who is the second person of the trinity,
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  • God in the flesh.
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  • And Jesus Christ came down here because of God's love for us not
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  • only to die on the cross, but to live on this earth for all those
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  • years he was here and show us how God would live if he were
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  • here, because Jesus was God and he was here.
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  • So, if you want to know what would God do in this situation,
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  • you got to ask yourself, what would Jesus Christ do?
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  • You study Christ and you find out how God works.
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  • Just as Jesus Christ reveals God to us, God has put the
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  • responsibility on us to reveal Jesus Christ to others.
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  • We're to be like Christ, that's what it means to be godly,
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  • so that others will see God in our lives, amen?
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  • Renee Zellweger has been working hard to become
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  • the famed actress and singer Judy Garland.
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  • If you've ever watched "The Wizard of Oz," you'll remember
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  • Garland's remarkable voice.
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  • And millions of people thought she was a wholesome as apple
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  • pie person because that was the image we were given,
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  • but behind the scenes, as you remember, Garland struggled
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  • with a lot of problems.
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  • The pressure of stardom, and depression, and spiraling
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  • addiction to alcohol and drugs, she suffered financial
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  • pressures, and she became suicidal.
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  • In 1969, she was found dead in the bathroom of a rented house
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  • in London at the age of 47.
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  • She was a marvelous entertainer, and Renee Zellweger was given
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  • the role of Judy Garland.
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  • I want to tell you what she did to do that.
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  • In preparation for this role, she had to pour all of her
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  • energy into transforming herself into the image of Judy Garland.
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  • She wrote, "I immersed myself in all things Judy."
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  • She read every book she could find about Garland.
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  • She took music lessons.
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  • She learned choreography.
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  • She studied Judy's voice so she could duplicate it.
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  • She studied Judy's gestures, her posture, her walk,
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  • her speech patterns.
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  • She used prosthetics, contact lenses, wigs, costumes.
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  • And I'm told that during filming, Zellweger sat in the
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  • makeup chair every day for two hours just to transform herself
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  • into Judy Garland.
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  • Now, I can appreciate a person's dedication
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  • to their chosen craft.
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  • I got to tell you there's only one person I really want to be
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  • like and that's Jesus Christ, amen?
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  • And here's the difference.
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  • She has to become Judy Garland from the outside in.
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  • The Bible tells me I can be Jesus Christ
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  • from the inside out.
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  • And--but here's what I want you to take from this.
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  • If an actor, an actress would be willing to go to that effort to
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  • learn how to portray somebody that they are really not,
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  • what did you think we'd be willing to say,
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  • "Listen, I want to be like Jesus.
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  • And if I'm going to be like Jesus, I'm not gonna just wake
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  • up one morning and I'm gonna be like Jesus."
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  • There's some things I can do to learn who Jesus was.
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  • And the more you learn who Jesus was and the more you study who
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  • Jesus is, the more you watch what he does, the more you have
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  • this hunger in your heart to be like that, and the more you
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  • begin to realize that something of Jesus is starting to rub off
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  • on your life and make you a different person.
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  • Christ suffered for us, now watch this,
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  • leaving us an example.
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  • How do we know about Christ?
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  • He suffered and died for us, and he left us an example.
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  • And it says he did that so that we should follow his steps.
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  • How do I become like God?
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  • Well, I can't become like God the Father in the sense that I
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  • don't know how to do that, but God the Father has given me
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  • this wonderful picture of himself in Jesus Christ.
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  • So, if I want to become like God, I have to study
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  • how I can become like Christ.
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  • So, godliness literally becomes Christlikeness.
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  • There's one paragraph in particular in 1 Peter that has
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  • three things I want to share with you about what it means to
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  • be like Christ and what it means to follow him, and what it means
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  • to develop this desire for godliness in your life.
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  • I want to read this to you.
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  • Don't get lost, I'll come back and we'll unpack it.
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  • 1 Peter 2:9 through 12, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal
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  • priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people, that you may
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  • proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness
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  • and into his marvelous light; who once were not a people
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  • but are not the people of God, who had not obtained mercy
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  • but now have obtained mercy.
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  • Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from
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  • fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, having your conduct
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  • honorable among Gentiles, that when they speak against you
  • 00:13:04.250 --> 00:13:07.260
  • as evildoers, they may, by your good works that they're able
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  • to observe, glorify God in the day of visitation."
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  • Now, as we unpack this paragraph, I want to first of
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  • all talk about how we examine our own identify before God,
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  • and that's where it starts.
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  • In 1 Peter 2:9, God tells us something about ourselves that
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  • I think needs to be repeated often in this culture in which
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  • there isn't a whole lot of self-confidence on
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  • the part of a lot of people. Listen to this.
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  • If you're a Christian today, don't ever forget this,
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  • God tells you that you are his possession.
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  • He says you are his own special person.
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  • God created you as his own special person.
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  • The Bible says you are not your own,
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  • you were bought with a price.
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  • If you're a Christian, you are a Christian because you are
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  • God's special person.
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  • He created you.
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  • You're unique from everybody else.
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  • You have a special purpose.
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  • God put you here for this reason.
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  • And when you find out what that purpose is, then you can start
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  • to really live.
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  • But you can't go along as a Christian and have what some
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  • people call worm theology.
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  • You know, I'm just a worm.
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  • No, you're not, you're the creature of God, and you
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  • are his special person.
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  • So, I just can't get over the power behind Peter's phrase.
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  • Peter calls us as Christians God's own special people.
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  • And let me tell you, Peter wasn't writing to a group
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  • of elite people.
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  • These letters from Peter were written to scattered believers,
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  • many of whom had come out of Judaism and they were
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  • suffering greatly for their faith.
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  • Some of them were slaves, many of them were illiterate,
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  • some of them were sick and elderly.
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  • But Peter said to them, "No, you are special.
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  • You are the most special people on the earth.
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  • It isn't the imperial and the elite who are special, it's you.
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  • You are God's special people, that you may proclaim the
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  • praises of him who called you out of darkness."
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  • You are God's possession.
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  • He created you for a purpose.
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  • You belong to him.
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  • You are very important.
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  • Number two, not only are you God's possession,
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  • but you're God's pilgrim.
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  • Here's what it says in 1 Peter 2:11, "Beloved, I beg you as
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  • sojourners and pilgrims."
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  • One of Peter's greatest concepts was this idea of being a
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  • traveler down here.
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  • This wasn't original to him.
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  • I mean, this is in the Old Testament several times, where
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  • people are called pilgrims.
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  • It's not a John Wayne expression.
  • 00:15:52.090 --> 00:15:54.030
  • You know, John had that pilgrim thing he did.
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  • But this means that you and I, we don't really belong here.
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  • This is not our home.
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  • Our home is in heaven.
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  • We're sojourners, that's what it says, we're strangers.
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  • And there's something really special about that.
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  • To Christians who are scattered by persecution and were
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  • traveling to heaven, Peter in verse 11 says, "Beloved, I beg
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  • you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which
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  • war against the soul."
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  • In other words, don't take on the characteristics of the
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  • environment where you are.
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  • We don't belong here.
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  • Here's the third thing that will help you as you journey toward
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  • godliness, you are God's platform.
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  • It says here that God gives us--what he gives us so that we
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  • may proclaim the praises of him who called us out of darkness
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  • into marvelous light.
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  • While we're going through this world as we are, while we're
  • 00:16:53.050 --> 00:16:57.000
  • pilgrimaging our way to heaven, our purpose is that we're to be
  • 00:16:57.010 --> 00:17:02.060
  • testimonies to God.
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  • We're to be witnesses to him.
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  • That doesn't mean we have to know the four spiritual laws of
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  • the Roman road or any of the other methods of presenting
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  • the gospel.
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  • It means that our whole life, who we are as pilgrims,
  • 00:17:11.090 --> 00:17:15.050
  • is to be a testimony to who the Lord Jesus Christ is.
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  • I started praying a little prayer some years ago that I
  • 00:17:20.080 --> 00:17:23.030
  • don't know where this came from, but as I would face the day and
  • 00:17:23.040 --> 00:17:26.110
  • realize what my routines would be, I just started to pray,
  • 00:17:26.120 --> 00:17:29.070
  • "Lord Jesus, help me to bring your influence into
  • 00:17:29.080 --> 00:17:32.040
  • every situation where I go today.
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  • May there be something of Jesus in this situation."
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  • And you know, I get into some pretty interesting places where
  • 00:17:37.260 --> 00:17:41.100
  • Jesus doesn't seem like he fits.
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  • But when you have Jesus in your heart, wherever you go if you're
  • 00:17:45.040 --> 00:17:48.040
  • living for him, you bring the presence of Jesus into
  • 00:17:48.050 --> 00:17:51.020
  • that situation.
  • 00:17:51.030 --> 00:17:52.050
  • Isn't that true?
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  • Well, that's our goal, to remind others of Jesus.
  • 00:17:57.060 --> 00:18:01.280
  • And here in this passage in 1 Peter, he says, "Have your
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  • conduct honorable among the Gentiles, so that when
  • 00:18:05.080 --> 00:18:09.210
  • they speak against you as evildoers, they may,
  • 00:18:09.220 --> 00:18:13.290
  • by your good works which they observe, glorify God."
  • 00:18:14.000 --> 00:18:18.200
  • Our hands and our feet become the platform or the pulpit by
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  • which God is able to speak to our world.
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  • When we grow in godliness, people begin to see Jesus in us.
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  • And that's the purpose of this character building
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  • quality that we're given in 2 Peter chapter 1.
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  • "Add to your faith virtue.
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  • Add to your virtue knowledge.
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  • Add to your knowledge self-control.
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  • Add to your self-control perseverance.
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  • And add to your perseverance godliness, Christlikeness."
  • 00:18:48.280 --> 00:18:54.100
  • Now, that's who we are, that's why we should be this way.
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  • So, let's take the final step in this little package.
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  • Let's go from examining our identity to expressing it.
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  • Here's what I want to say to you,
  • 00:19:06.200 --> 00:19:07.290
  • once again three things quickly.
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  • First of all, godliness is about ownership.
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:14.170
  • Live like you belong.
  • 00:19:14.180 --> 00:19:18.120
  • You belong to Jesus, you belong to God.
  • 00:19:18.130 --> 00:19:21.090
  • It makes you think twice about things you do
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  • when you recognize that.
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  • Have you ever as a child remember your parents saying,
  • 00:19:25.090 --> 00:19:28.230
  • "Now remember when you go out whose children you are,"
  • 00:19:28.240 --> 00:19:31.270
  • you know?
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  • My dad was the president of the college where I--and
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  • I grew up in Cedarville, Ohio.
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  • And he never quite said it this way, but my mom had
  • 00:19:38.120 --> 00:19:41.040
  • no problem saying it.
  • 00:19:41.050 --> 00:19:43.000
  • "You are the president's son.
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  • You know, don't embarrass us."
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  • When you realize that you're God's special possession,
  • 00:19:48.210 --> 00:19:51.210
  • you want to do the right thing.
  • 00:19:51.220 --> 00:19:53.230
  • You want to be the right person.
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  • It's a great motivation to Christlikeness.
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  • I belong to God.
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  • I want to live in such a way that brings honor to his name.
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  • I don't want to soil the name of God because I'm one of his
  • 00:20:03.070 --> 00:20:06.240
  • children and I'm acting like I don't know who is.
  • 00:20:06.250 --> 00:20:10.180
  • So, the Bible constantly reminds us of that.
  • 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:14.030
  • In 1 Corinthians, for instance, we read, "You are not your own.
  • 00:20:14.040 --> 00:20:18.070
  • Therefore honor God with your body."
  • 00:20:18.080 --> 00:20:21.210
  • Romans 1 says, "You are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
  • 00:20:21.220 --> 00:20:25.220
  • called to be holy people."
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  • Romans 14:8 says, "If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we
  • 00:20:27.200 --> 00:20:31.000
  • die, we die for the Lord.
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  • So, whether we live or die, we're the Lord's."
  • 00:20:32.080 --> 00:20:35.090
  • We belong to him.
  • 00:20:35.100 --> 00:20:37.020
  • When the writer of Psalm 73 endured a confused time of
  • 00:20:37.030 --> 00:20:41.050
  • discouragement and depression, the reality that pulled him
  • 00:20:41.060 --> 00:20:44.120
  • through this was this.
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  • Psalm 73:23, "Yet I still belong to you, and you hold my right
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:51.140
  • hand."
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  • Isn't that a great truth from God?
  • 00:20:52.170 --> 00:20:56.020
  • Romans 8:1 says it this way, "There is therefore now no
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:20:59.200
  • condemnation to those who belong to Christ Jesus."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, we belong to Christ Jesus.
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  • And let's live like we belong.
  • 00:21:06.030 --> 00:21:08.260
  • He's our owner, he's our father.
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  • He's the giver of life.
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  • He's the one to whom we will one day report.
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  • Number two, godliness is about citizenship.
  • 00:21:16.130 --> 00:21:19.110
  • Keep your eyes on heaven.
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  • Keep your watch on heave's time.
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  • Keep your eyes on heaven.
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  • Don't always be looking at the things of the earth.
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  • As you diligently add godliness to your life by remembering who
  • 00:21:29.210 --> 00:21:33.210
  • you are, you have to keep heaven in mind, God's special place.
  • 00:21:33.220 --> 00:21:39.250
  • The closer we get to heaven, the more we should reflect its
  • 00:21:39.260 --> 00:21:43.180
  • character.
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  • Here's the essence of the principle again.
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  • You become like the place you most want to go, and you became
  • 00:21:47.020 --> 00:21:52.100
  • like the person you most want to see.
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:55.290
  • And here's the third one, godliness is about ownership,
  • 00:21:56.000 --> 00:21:59.060
  • so act like you belong.
  • 00:21:59.070 --> 00:22:02.090
  • Godliness is about citizenship; keep your eyes on heaven.
  • 00:22:02.100 --> 00:22:06.020
  • And godliness is about stewardship.
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  • That's not money, it means carry out your assignment.
  • 00:22:07.270 --> 00:22:11.170
  • Peter said again, "Have your conduct honorable among the
  • 00:22:11.180 --> 00:22:14.160
  • Gentiles, so that when they speak against you, they may,
  • 00:22:14.170 --> 00:22:18.220
  • by your good works which they observe,
  • 00:22:18.230 --> 00:22:21.120
  • glorify God in the day of visitation."
  • 00:22:21.130 --> 00:22:24.280
  • So, what I'm saying to you is this.
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:26.090
  • The Bible says if we live our lives in the culture where God
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:29.030
  • has called us, if we live our lives in such a way that we are
  • 00:22:29.040 --> 00:22:32.210
  • uniquely different than anybody around us because we love
  • 00:22:32.220 --> 00:22:35.220
  • people, we care about them, we reach out to them, we call them
  • 00:22:35.230 --> 00:22:38.280
  • by their name when they're hurting, we go when nobody else
  • 00:22:38.290 --> 00:22:42.050
  • will, when we do those kind of things, when we live our lives
  • 00:22:42.060 --> 00:22:45.170
  • like that with that kind of conduct, the Bible says when
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:48.130
  • they come after us or they want to say bad things about us,
  • 00:22:48.140 --> 00:22:50.270
  • they can't really do it because you've done so many good things
  • 00:22:50.280 --> 00:22:54.130
  • to help them that they just--there's no way
  • 00:22:54.140 --> 00:22:56.270
  • they can climb over it.
  • 00:22:56.280 --> 00:22:58.130
  • If people are going to criticize us, men and women, let them
  • 00:22:58.140 --> 00:23:02.040
  • climb over our love for them,
  • 00:23:02.050 --> 00:23:04.140
  • and our love and good works for them.
  • 00:23:04.150 --> 00:23:09.130
  • Well, there you go.
  • 00:23:13.030 --> 00:23:14.130
  • What does it mean to be godly?
  • 00:23:14.140 --> 00:23:16.270
  • Means first of all to know who you are.
  • 00:23:16.280 --> 00:23:19.130
  • You belong to God.
  • 00:23:19.140 --> 00:23:20.150
  • You are his special person.
  • 00:23:20.160 --> 00:23:23.090
  • Number two, it means that you're a pilgrim.
  • 00:23:23.100 --> 00:23:26.080
  • You're not here forever.
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  • You're here only for the short time
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  • God has let you be on this planet.
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  • While you're here as a pilgrim, honor him and be his platform to
  • 00:23:32.190 --> 00:23:37.230
  • sing praises to his name, and by your good works to honor him
  • 00:23:37.240 --> 00:23:41.200
  • in your life.
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  • If you don't think there's something to work on there,
  • 00:23:43.070 --> 00:23:45.090
  • I haven't done my job.
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  • All of us are in the midst of this, and all of us take notes
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  • in our own hearts.
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  • This is going to make me a better person as I
  • 00:23:51.070 --> 00:23:53.290
  • walk with the Lord, amen?
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • David: The journey of being more like Christ will never end
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  • on this side of eternity.
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  • We can always draw closer to him by bringing our actions
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  • in line with his.
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  • Don't be discouraged.
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  • He has provided the tools you need to become more Christlike.
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  • And I hope you are experiencing the joy that comes from pursuing
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  • Christlike character.
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  • But perhaps you're watching today and want to know more
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  • about what it means to believe in Jesus Christ.
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  • Please allow me to send you two free resources that will help
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  • lead you to a better understanding of God's Word
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  • and his plan for eternity.
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  • One is a booklet called "Your Greatest Turning Point,"
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  • and the other is our monthly devotional magazine,
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  • announcer: In addition to these free study resources,
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  • nothing is as profound as the Word of God.
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  • And now, Dr. Jeremiah has a Bible for every member
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  • of the family.
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  • perfect for adults and teens, and the Airship Genesis Kids
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  • announcer: Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • David: Let us always be people who are known for our
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  • kindness, who stand up against the ugliness and evil that's so
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  • much a part of our discourse today and our evil today.
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  • I don't have to agree with you.
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  • I don't have to believe anything you believe.
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  • But I do have to treat you with dignity and kindness, and listen
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  • to you as I expect you to listen to me.
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message
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  • "Radical Kindness" here on "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Join David Jeremiah for "Make the Season
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  • Bright Christmas on Broadway" in New York City, December 12
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  • at the historic Beacon Theatre.
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  • Spend an inspirational evening with Dr. David Jeremiah and
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  • his guests, Jordan Smith, winner of "The Voice" season nine,
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  • the hilarious holiday comedy of John Crist, the Voices of Lee,
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  • Michael Sanchez, and Sheila Walsh.
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  • Tickets are on sale now.
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  • Don't miss "Make the Season
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  • Bright Christmas on Broadway"
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  • with David Jeremiah,
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  • December 12 in New York City.
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