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The Most Powerful Words on Earth

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May 17, 2020
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Pastor Gregory Dickow teaches the life-changing principles of God’s Word.

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The Most Powerful Words on Earth

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  • Gregory Dickow: But it's-- I'mnot tryin' to come
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  • up with something that will makeyou happy
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  • you came to church today.
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  • I'm tryin' to come up with--show you what God has already
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  • come up with that will make youhappy for life, and it'll make
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  • you powerful, and you'll walkin the miraculous, and you'll
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  • live out your purpose when youlearn the beauty of thankfulness
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  • and gratitude that comesfrom remembering
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  • what God has done.
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  • Gregory Dickow: The mostpowerful words on earth.
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  • Do you remember when Lazarusdied?
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  • And Lazarus was the brotherof Mary and Martha, and so Jesus
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  • knew Mary and Martha.
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  • He knew Lazarus.
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  • He loved them.
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  • They loved him.
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  • And Lazarus dies suddenlyand they reach out and they send
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  • somebody.
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  • "Could you tell Jesus that ourbrother Lazarus has died?"
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  • And so word got to Jesus, but hewas delayed in coming.
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  • Either he delayed himself or heallowed himself to be delayed
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  • because he didn't need to comeat the exact time that they
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  • wanted him to come.
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  • God's timing is always the righttime and it's never too late
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  • with God.
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  • Say that, "It's never too late."
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  • I believe that about God, thathis timing is always perfect
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  • and it's never too late, nomatter how bad the situation is.
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  • You remember when that-- whenJairus, his daughter was sick
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  • and he sent for Jesus?
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  • And he said, "Send Jesusa message: 'Please come and heal
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  • my daughter.
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  • She's sick."' And Jesus says,"I'm gonna go and do it."
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  • And on his way back with Jairus,his daughter dies.
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  • Isn't it interesting that assoon as Jesus got involved
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  • with Jairus, the situation gotworse?
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  • How many have ever thought,"Man, as soon as I started
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  • following God, as soon as Istarted tithing, as soon as I
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  • started forgiving, and soon as Istarted goin' to church,
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  • especially that church, c'monhelp me now, as soon as I
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  • started doing what I thought Godsaid, things got worse"?
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  • But you know what?
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  • Sometimes it gets worsebefore it gets better,
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  • but that's okay because God'snot limited by the current
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  • condition of the situation.
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  • Because even though she wassick, and when Jesus started
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  • goin' with him, she died, Jesusstill came and raised her
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  • from the dead.
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  • "Talitha kumi.
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  • Little girl, I say to you,arise," and she was healed
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  • and she was miraculous-- shemiraculously recovered.
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  • He raised the dead.
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  • Well, it's never too latefor God.
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  • No matter what situation you'rein, it's never too late, amen?
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  • So Jesus waits four daysbefore coming to Lazarus's tomb.
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  • Lazarus is now dead for fourdays and Jesus gets there.
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  • And in verse 38, Jesus was movedwith compassion.
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  • Jesus said in verse 39, "'Removethe stone.'
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  • And Martha said to him,the sister of Lazarus, 'Lord,
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  • by this time there is a stench,for he's been dead four days.'
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  • But Jesus said to her, 'Did Inot say to you: if you believe
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  • you will see the glory of God?'"Now, that ought to teach us
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  • something right there, that ifyou believe, you will see.
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  • Now, this is what livingby faith is all about.
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  • It's believing God's Wordbefore you see it.
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  • It's believing God's promisesbefore you see them show
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  • up in your life.
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  • Well, if you have to see itto believe it, then it's not
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  • faith at all.
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  • But if you'll believe it, you'lleventually see it.
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  • Anybody believe that here today?
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  • He said, "Didn't I say: if youwould believe you would see
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  • the glory of God or you wouldsee God's power show up?"
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  • The word "glory" here isthe manifestation of God's
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  • power.
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  • If you believe, you will seethe glory of God.
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  • But here, verse 41, "And so theyremoved the stone, and Jesus
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  • lifted up his eyes."
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  • In verse 41, Jesus lifted up hiseyes and he said, "Father, I
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  • thank you."
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • Notice how Jesus prayed,"Father, I thank you.
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  • Father."
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  • He didn't say, "Father, give methe power.
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  • Father, raise him from the dead.
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  • Father, help me."
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  • No, "Father, thank you."
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  • Not, "Father, will you?"
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  • Not, "Father, can you?"
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  • But "Father, thank you."
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  • Now, these are the most powerfulwords on earth.
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  • The most powerful words on earthare, "Father, thank you."
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  • Father, thank you.
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  • You know, this is how Jesusprayed.
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  • He didn't pray, "Father, willyou?"
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  • But how many times have weprayed that?
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  • "Father, can you?"
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  • How many times have we prayedthat?
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  • "Father, if you don't-- I needthis."
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  • No, that's not how Jesus prayed.
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  • He prayed, "Father, thank you.
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  • Father, thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you."
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  • And listen, this isn't the firsttime that he prayed this way.
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  • He prayed this way in Matthewchapter 11 when he said,
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  • "Father, I thank you that youhave not revealed these things
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  • to the wise and the intelligent,but to the babes,
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  • to the innocent, to the pure,to the humble."
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  • This is what Jesus-- this is howJesus prays.
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  • Father, thank you.
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  • Now remember, thankfulness isthe gateway to three things.
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  • Thankfulness is the gatewayto happiness.
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  • I think that we have to realizethat happiness is not some
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  • secular, worldly, unspiritualthing.
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  • Happiness was God's idea.
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  • The Bible says, "Happy isthe man who knows his sins are
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  • forgiven."
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  • The Bible says, "Happy isthe one that does not condemn
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  • himself."
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  • The Bible says, "Happy isthe man that finds wisdom
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  • and gets understanding."
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  • We can go through the Bibleand say-- and see Scripture
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  • after Scripture.
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  • In Jeremiah chapter 17, hesaid-- he said, "Happy is
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  • the man that trusts in the Lordand whose trust is the Lord."
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  • We can go and find itfrom Genesis to Revelation, how
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  • God's source-- God is the sourceand author of all happiness
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  • and all of the thingsin the Bible that tell us that
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  • these things will make us happy,that God says that when you know
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  • your sins are forgiven, you'llbe happy.
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  • When you trust God, you'll behappy.
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  • Happiness is not some worldlyfeeling.
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  • Happiness is God's idea.
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  • Happiness was God's idea.
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  • Happiness is God's idea.
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  • In fact, if you look at yourlife, everything you do today,
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  • everything you'll do tomorrow isin some way done to make you
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  • happy.
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  • Whether it's going to workso you can have money, so that
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  • you can give and pay your bills,why?
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  • So you'll be happy.
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  • Whether it's treating somebodyin a good way.
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  • Why would you do that?
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  • Because it will make them happy.
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  • It will make you happy.
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  • Whether it's leading somebodyto Jesus Christ and seeing
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  • somebody get born againby sharing your faith.
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  • Why are you doing it?
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  • Because it makes them happy, itmakes God happy, and it makes
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  • you happy.
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  • You might think this is sucha limited word about happiness
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  • and yet everything we do is doneto make us happy.
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  • Studies show that everythingpeople do in their lives, their
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  • actions, their behaviors, aredone to make them happy.
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  • But the fact is is that we dowhat we do in order to obtain
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  • happiness, and God wants usto obtain it his way.
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  • And I'm tellin' ya, thankfulnessis the gateway to happiness.
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  • It's the gateway to happiness.
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  • Thankfulness is the gatewayto the miraculous.
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  • We talked about that a littlebit and I'm going to show you
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  • here how it's the gatewayto the miraculous.
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  • And thirdly, it's the gatewayto your purpose.
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  • It's the gateway to yourpurpose.
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  • If you could get ahold of this,I think that every one of us
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  • could say today we're seekingtoday to be happy, we're seeking
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  • a miracle, or we're seekingto discover our purpose, and our
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  • destiny, and God's will for ourlives.
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  • Is there anybody here that couldagree with that with me today?
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  • Every one of us is seeking oneof those things or a combination
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  • of all of them?
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  • We're seeking happiness.
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  • We're seeking the miraculous.
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  • We're seeking purpose.
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  • And yet gratitudeand thankfulness is the gateway
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  • to all three of those things,so let's take the shortcut
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  • to those three things.
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  • Let's take the shortcut to ourpurpose by being grateful.
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  • Let's take the shortcutto the miraculous by being
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  • thankful.
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  • Let's take the shortcutto happiness by being thankful.
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  • It works every time.
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  • So let's look at this miraclein John 11, verse 41.
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  • So Jesus comes to this dead man.
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  • Four days he's been dead.
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  • And Jesus says, "Father, I thankyou.
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  • Father, I thank you."
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  • Now, let's talk about thisfor a minute.
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  • What is he thanking him for?
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  • The power is in the specificityof what you're thanking God for.
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  • And notice specifically whatJesus thanks the Father for.
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  • "Father, I thank you that youhave heard me.
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  • I thank you that you have heardme."
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  • Boy, when you come to realizethat God hears you, it will make
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  • you thankful.
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  • You see, it's in the realityof knowing that he hears you
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  • that causes Jesus to thankthe Father.
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  • He's not thanking himout of a ritual.
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  • He's thanking him because hebelieves the father has heard
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  • him.
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  • You know, something happens whenyou believe God has heard you.
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  • It affects you.
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  • It affects your emotions.
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  • It affects your attitude.
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  • It affects your perspective.
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  • I love this verse in Psalm 116,verse 1.
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  • He says, "I love the Lord,because he heard my voice and my
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  • prayer."
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  • I love the Lord, 'cause he heardmy voice and my prayer.
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  • Knowing that God hears himcaused David to love God.
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  • Knowing that God heard himcaused Jesus to thank
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  • the Father.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • See, it's not a ritual.
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  • It's not a religion.
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  • It's not a learned-- it's nota manner.
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  • Now, there's nothing wrongwith being-- with having
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  • thankful manners.
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  • That's way better than beingunthankful and having bad
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  • manners, right?
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  • It's better to have good mannersthan bad, but that's not what
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  • we're talking about, ourmanners.
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  • We're talking about the mostpowerful words on earth are,
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  • "Father, I thank you."
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  • Again, in John 11:41, Jesusprays, "Father, I thank you."
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  • Notice this, "I thank you thatyou have heard me."
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  • And then notice what he saysin verse 42, "I know that you
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  • always hear me, but becauseof the people who are standing
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  • here, that's why I said this,so that they will believe that
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  • you sent me."
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  • And then verse 43, he says, "Andso, when he had said these
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  • things, he cried with a loudvoice, 'Lazarus, come forth!'"
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  • And what happens in verse 44?
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  • Picture this, folks.
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  • Look at verse 44, "And he whohad died came out, bound hand
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  • and foot with graveclothes,around his face wrapped
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  • with a cloth.
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  • And Jesus said, 'Loose him,and let him go.'" And all
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  • of this happened.
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  • This miracle, the powerof the miraculous, comes
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  • from the power of gratitude.
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  • "Father, I thank you,"and a miracle takes place.
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  • "Father, I thank you that you'veheard me and you always hear
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  • me."
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  • You want to know how to be heardby God?
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  • It's found in 1 John chapter 5,verse 14, 'cause God hears you
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  • too.
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  • But here's how your prayers getanswered, "Ask anything
  • 00:11:55.927 --> 00:11:58.530
  • according to his will, and hehears you."
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  • And if you have confidence thathe hears you, you can have
  • 00:12:03.134 --> 00:12:06.271
  • confidence in whatever you'veasked, you receive from him.
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  • Boy, God knows how to-- howto tie this thing up and to make
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  • it plain and make it simple.
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  • It's really simple.
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  • He hears you when you pray.
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  • And you know how to know hiswill?
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  • Look in the Bible.
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  • What has he left?
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  • Seven thousand promises, thatnot one of them are maybe
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  • and not one of them are no,but all of them are yes and amen
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  • in Christ.
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  • All the promises of God-- allthe promises of God are yes
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  • and amen in Christ.
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  • If you're born again, God saysyes to all of his promises.
  • 00:12:50.081 --> 00:12:55.687
  • All that you need to do is askhim.
  • 00:12:55.720 --> 00:12:58.289
  • And the way to ask him is not,"Father, will you?"
  • 00:12:58.323 --> 00:13:01.459
  • It's not, "Father, can you?"
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  • It's, "Father, thank you."
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  • Thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • It's not, "Father, I wonderabout you.
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  • Father, I wonder if you can doit."
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  • It's "Father, I thank you thatyou've heard me and you always
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  • hear me."
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  • He always hears the cry of hischildren and any promise that is
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  • uttered out of your mouth isa prayer that God says yes to,
  • 00:13:26.384 --> 00:13:30.455
  • and especially when it beginswith, "Thank you."
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • Father, I thank you.
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  • All the power of thankfulness,it produces the miraculous, it
  • 00:13:38.029 --> 00:13:41.065
  • produces happiness, and itproduces purpose.
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  • It is the gateway to yourhappiness, it is the gateway
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  • to your purpose, and it isthe gateway to the miraculous.
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  • Father, I thank you that nomatter what weapons are formed
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  • against me, none of them willprosper.
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  • No matter what, Father, I thankyou.
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  • See, these are the most powerfulwords on earth.
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  • Father, I thank you that nomatter who is for me, God, you
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  • are for me.
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  • No matter who's against me, God,you are for me.
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  • Death, life, angels,or principalities, none of them
  • 00:14:13.498 --> 00:14:15.800
  • can separate me from the loveof God.
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  • Father, I thank you that youlove me.
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  • I thank you that you're for me.
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  • I thank you that you're with me.
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  • It's all about gratitude for whoGod is and what he's already
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  • done.
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  • And that's where our focus needsto be.
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  • And I might sound-- I mightsound like a broken record, I
  • 00:14:28.980 --> 00:14:33.217
  • might sound like a brokenrecord, but that's how I
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  • memorized all the songs that Iknow by heart is when I used
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  • to play 'em on my littlephonograph.
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  • Anybody remember whata phonograph is?
  • 00:14:39.624 --> 00:14:41.693
  • Not photograph.
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  • Most people don't even know whatthat is, but a phonograph was
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  • a record player.
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  • Anybody ever heard of a record?
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  • Somebody said, "What record didyou break?"
  • 00:14:51.803 --> 00:14:53.604
  • I broke all of them.
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  • They all skipped first though.
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  • And all of my records, you knowthe grooves?
  • 00:14:57.108 --> 00:14:59.677
  • The grooves on the needle--the grooves in the vinyl,
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  • and then the needle.
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  • I think they're popular nowagain or they've made a comeback
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  • a little bit that people listento go buy these these vinyl
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  • records.
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  • But what would happen is I had--my favorite album was The
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  • Jackson 5 Greatest Hits.
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  • And ooh, that's controversialthese days too, sorry.
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  • You can't say anything in lifetoday without somebody taking
  • 00:15:21.833 --> 00:15:24.936
  • offense to it and reading itthe wrong way, reading into it
  • 00:15:24.969 --> 00:15:27.705
  • the wrong way, but I loved TheJackson 5 when I was a kid.
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  • And you know, I remember that--I remember the one song I used
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  • to play all the time, "Got to bethere.
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  • ♪ Got to be there. ♪
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  • ♪ Got to be there. ♪
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  • Got to--" it never would get to,"Be there!"
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  • That's bad.
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  • I used to be able to sing thathigh.
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  • "In the morning."
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  • ♪ Got to be there. ♪
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  • ♪ Got to be there. ♪
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  • ♪ Got to be there. ♪
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  • ♪ Got to be there. ♪
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  • ♪ Got to be there. ♪♪
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  • So you'd have to put-- you'dhave to press down on the needle
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  • so it would go-- it would getinto the groove and it would
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  • keep playing.
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  • That's how we listened to musicback in the day.
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  • You know what I'm talkin' about?
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  • But if I sound like a brokenrecord, it's so you can get it.
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  • Got to-- got to-- got to-- gotto be there.
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  • It's so you will truly get aholdof this.
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  • This is not some fancy sermon.
  • 00:16:21.759 --> 00:16:24.195
  • It's not fancy at all.
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  • It's not a sermon at all.
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  • But it's-- I'm not tryin'to come up with something that
  • 00:16:26.931 --> 00:16:29.233
  • will make you happy you cameto church today.
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  • I'm tryin' to come up with--show you what God has already
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  • come up with that will make youhappy for life, and it'll make
  • 00:16:34.338 --> 00:16:37.108
  • you powerful, and you'll walkin the miraculous, and you'll
  • 00:16:37.141 --> 00:16:39.644
  • live out your purpose when youlearn the beauty of thankfulness
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  • and gratitude that comesfrom remembering what God has
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  • done.
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  • It comes from-- it comesfrom remembering.
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  • The cure to being offended isnot protecting your life
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  • so nobody offends you.
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  • The cure to being offended isnot by getting rid of all your
  • 00:16:56.527 --> 00:16:59.163
  • friends and not having anyrelationships.
  • 00:16:59.197 --> 00:17:00.665
  • The cure to being offended isnot to jump from this church
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  • to another church 'causesomething somebody did offended
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  • you.
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  • The cure to being offended isto be grateful.
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  • The cure to being offended isnot to jump from one
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  • relationship to the next.
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  • It's not to leave people.
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  • It's not to abandon people.
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  • The cure to being offended isnot to be a holy person and be
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  • perfect all the time.
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  • The cure to being offended issimply to be grateful, to be
  • 00:17:18.015 --> 00:17:21.185
  • thankful for what God has done,to be thankful that God's power
  • 00:17:21.219 --> 00:17:24.155
  • is greater, what God has donefor you is greater than what
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  • people have done to you.
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  • Just get ahold of thatfor a minute, that what God has
  • 00:17:28.960 --> 00:17:31.562
  • done for you is greater thanwhat people have done to you.
  • 00:17:31.596 --> 00:17:36.868
  • You can only be offended if youbelieve that what people have
  • 00:17:36.901 --> 00:17:41.639
  • done to you is greater than whatGod has done for you.
  • 00:17:41.672 --> 00:17:47.078
  • Romans 1, verse 21, notice whathe says here, "For although they
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  • knew God, they did not glorifyhim as God."
  • 00:17:51.315 --> 00:17:55.553
  • In other words, they didn'tmagnify the Lord.
  • 00:17:55.586 --> 00:17:57.555
  • They put the magnifying glasson themselves rather than
  • 00:17:57.588 --> 00:18:00.525
  • on God.
  • 00:18:00.558 --> 00:18:01.926
  • "Nor did they give him thanks,but their thinking became
  • 00:18:01.959 --> 00:18:05.997
  • futile, and their foolish heartswere darkened."
  • 00:18:06.030 --> 00:18:09.700
  • How did their thinking becomefutile?
  • 00:18:09.734 --> 00:18:12.403
  • Because they did not give himthanks.
  • 00:18:12.436 --> 00:18:14.939
  • And what does it mean to befutile in your thinking?
  • 00:18:14.972 --> 00:18:17.041
  • The word "futile" meanswithout purpose.
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  • Without purpose.
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  • You miss your purpose whenyou're not thankful.
  • 00:18:22.146 --> 00:18:27.652
  • But when you're thankful, itbrings you into purposeful life
  • 00:18:27.685 --> 00:18:33.691
  • and purposeful direction.
  • 00:18:34.659 --> 00:18:37.395
  • And when you're ungratefuland unthankful, it makes your
  • 00:18:37.428 --> 00:18:41.165
  • thoughts futile.
  • 00:18:41.199 --> 00:18:42.967
  • You live a life without purpose,without focus, without aim.
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  • I choose thankfulness for whatGod has done.
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  • How 'bout you?
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  • Boy, if we could get aholdof this.
  • 00:18:55.680 --> 00:18:59.717
  • If we get ahold of this, thathow do you express thankfulness?
  • 00:18:59.750 --> 00:19:02.954
  • To be thankful, it requires youto be humble and it requires you
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  • to use your memory.
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  • We gotta remember that it is hethat gives.
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  • It is he that gives.
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  • It is he that gives.
  • 00:19:13.497 --> 00:19:14.799
  • And we need to be humble,meaning-- what does it mean
  • 00:19:14.832 --> 00:19:17.501
  • to be humble?
  • 00:19:17.535 --> 00:19:18.836
  • The word "humble," the word"humility" comes from the Latin
  • 00:19:18.869 --> 00:19:21.872
  • word "humus," which means-- itmeans the earth.
  • 00:19:21.906 --> 00:19:28.246
  • It means the earth, verses"hubris," which is arrogance.
  • 00:19:28.279 --> 00:19:34.986
  • It means to see yourselfabove the earth and to see
  • 00:19:35.019 --> 00:19:38.289
  • yourself better than others.
  • 00:19:38.322 --> 00:19:40.424
  • But humility is to be the earththat other people can walk
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  • on the path of your life to getto God's destiny for their
  • 00:19:45.763 --> 00:19:50.034
  • lives.
  • 00:19:50.067 --> 00:19:51.369
  • It's to become a pathfor others.
  • 00:19:51.402 --> 00:19:53.471
  • Humility is to be thankfuland to be-- and to remember what
  • 00:19:53.504 --> 00:19:58.676
  • God has done, and to becomea path for others.
  • 00:19:58.709 --> 00:20:01.612
  • We become the earth for others.
  • 00:20:01.646 --> 00:20:04.282
  • We're low to the ground, meaningwe don't think more highly
  • 00:20:04.315 --> 00:20:07.752
  • of ourselves, but it doesn'tmean we think bad of ourselves.
  • 00:20:07.785 --> 00:20:11.088
  • It means that we don't thinkthat we're better than other
  • 00:20:11.122 --> 00:20:13.624
  • people.
  • 00:20:13.658 --> 00:20:14.959
  • And the goal is not to be betterthan somebody else, it's to be
  • 00:20:14.992 --> 00:20:16.994
  • the best version of yourself.
  • 00:20:17.028 --> 00:20:20.131
  • To be humble is to be madeof earth, to realize that your
  • 00:20:20.164 --> 00:20:24.168
  • down to earth, to bea down-to-earth person, a person
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  • who you let God use youfor other people to find
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  • the path, to find a pathto Jesus, to find a path
  • 00:20:30.508 --> 00:20:34.211
  • to kindness, to find a pathto God's will for their lives.
  • 00:20:34.245 --> 00:20:39.383
  • Don't you want that?
  • 00:20:39.417 --> 00:20:40.785
  • Don't you wanna be a pathfor somebody else?
  • 00:20:40.818 --> 00:20:43.654
  • That's humility, and too--and you using that humility
  • 00:20:43.688 --> 00:20:48.326
  • and that memory to remember itis he that gives.
  • 00:20:48.359 --> 00:20:53.297
  • It is he that gives.
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  • Everything good that you havecame from God.
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  • That'll make you thankful.
  • 00:20:58.402 --> 00:20:59.937
  • That'll keep you humble.
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  • Gregory Dickow: Well, it'sso true.
  • 00:21:05.676 --> 00:21:06.977
  • The most powerful wordson earth, "Father, I thank you."
  • 00:21:07.011 --> 00:21:10.581
  • Father, I thank you.
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  • You know, if you're joining metoday and you haven't believed
  • 00:21:12.383 --> 00:21:15.286
  • the promise of salvation yet, ifyou have not received Jesus as
  • 00:21:15.319 --> 00:21:18.556
  • your Savior and Lord, before Igo any further, let me pray
  • 00:21:18.589 --> 00:21:22.360
  • with you right where you are.
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  • And you know what, it doesn'tmatter what you've been through.
  • 00:21:23.728 --> 00:21:25.830
  • It doesn't matter what you'regoin' through.
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  • It doesn't matter what you'reabout to do.
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  • It's all about to change.
  • 00:21:29.133 --> 00:21:30.968
  • Would you just pray this with meif you're not sure you're goin'
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  • to heaven?
  • 00:21:33.304 --> 00:21:34.605
  • You can be sure right now justby saying this, "Jesus, I
  • 00:21:34.638 --> 00:21:38.175
  • believe you died for my sinsand you rose from the dead.
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  • Heavenly Father, I receivethe grace, the gift of salvation
  • 00:21:43.414 --> 00:21:49.420
  • through the blood of Jesus.
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  • My faith and my trust is in youfrom this moment forward, amen."
  • 00:21:52.957 --> 00:21:58.929
  • You know, it really is thatsimple.
  • 00:22:00.398 --> 00:22:02.500
  • Jesus did the hard part.
  • 00:22:02.533 --> 00:22:03.868
  • All we simply do is receivethe free gift of salvation.
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  • If you prayed along with me, youare now a child of God.
  • 00:22:07.271 --> 00:22:09.507
  • Welcome home and welcometo the family.
  • 00:22:09.540 --> 00:22:11.976
  • And I really want to invite youto email me at the address
  • 00:22:12.009 --> 00:22:14.178
  • on your screen and I'll send youmy free book called, "The Power
  • 00:22:14.211 --> 00:22:16.647
  • of a New Life," to take youthrough the next steps of your
  • 00:22:16.680 --> 00:22:19.383
  • victorious walk with God.
  • 00:22:19.417 --> 00:22:21.218
  • And today, I've been talkingabout how gratitude changes it
  • 00:22:21.252 --> 00:22:24.522
  • all and how thankfulness isthe gateway to the most
  • 00:22:24.555 --> 00:22:27.925
  • important things we all needin our lives: our happiness,
  • 00:22:27.958 --> 00:22:30.995
  • the miraculous, and our purpose.
  • 00:22:31.028 --> 00:22:33.597
  • You see, when we remember whatGod has done for us, it causes
  • 00:22:33.631 --> 00:22:36.167
  • us to be thankful.
  • 00:22:36.200 --> 00:22:37.501
  • David said, "Forget none of hisbenefits," and then he says, "He
  • 00:22:37.535 --> 00:22:40.938
  • satisfies us with good things."
  • 00:22:40.971 --> 00:22:42.840
  • In other words, when we realizeall the good things he has done
  • 00:22:42.873 --> 00:22:45.876
  • for us, we are satisfied.
  • 00:22:45.910 --> 00:22:48.446
  • Jeremiah went on to say, "Happyis the man who trusts
  • 00:22:48.479 --> 00:22:51.248
  • in the Lord and whose trust isthe Lord."
  • 00:22:51.282 --> 00:22:53.384
  • You see, happiness is God'sidea.
  • 00:22:53.417 --> 00:22:55.586
  • And thankfulness is alsothe gateway to happiness
  • 00:22:55.619 --> 00:22:58.322
  • and it's a gatewayto the miraculous.
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  • When Jesus took the loaves, hegave thanks.
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  • And what's the next thing thathappened?
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  • There was a miraculousmultiplication.
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  • That's the power of thanks.
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  • And then of course thankfulnessis a gateway to our purpose.
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  • This is the will of God.
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  • In everything, give thanks.
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  • Thanks launches us into ourGod-given purpose and his will
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  • for our lives.
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  • Now, before I finish today, Iwant you to know something and I
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  • want you to be a partof something really special.
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  • I'm on a mission to see 30million souls saved and lives
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  • transformed, and I need yourhelp today.
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  • Really, it's pretty urgentbecause we want to reach 30.000
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  • people in Haiti.
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  • It'll take us $50.000 becausewe're gonna be sending several
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  • thousand solar-powered audioBibles to people that can't
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  • read.
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  • And I'm believing God for manyof you right now to recognize
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  • the urgency of this need.
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  • I'm believing God that you and Ican stand together and I want
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  • to ask you to stand with mein this project today
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  • with a special gift todayof $250 or more.
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  • If that's you, if that's on yourheart, if the Holy Spirit puts
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  • it on your heart, or if yourheart moves you generously to do
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  • that, I want you to nothesitate.
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  • Pick up the phone right now.
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  • Call the number on your screenor go to gregorydickow.tv.
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  • The blessings of God's goodnesswill always meet you
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  • at the place of faith.
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  • Step out with me and let's reachthis world with the gospel
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  • of Jesus Christ.
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  • And when you support this cause,I want to personally thank you
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  • by sending you a few powerfulmessages along the lines of what
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  • I taught you today to build yourfaith, to see the goodness
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  • of God explode in your life,including today's teaching
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  • in its entirety.
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  • Here's my announcer to tell youmore and I'll be right back.
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  • announcer: There are morethan 1 billion people
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  • in the world who either cannotread or are blind, and many
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  • of these precious people aredeeply impoverished and they
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  • will never hear the good newswithout your generosity.
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  • Right now, we are workingto send 2.000 solar-powered
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  • audio Bibles to the peopleof Haiti in their native
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  • language, Creole, but we can'tdo it without your help.
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  • Your gift today will help usreach 30.000 people.
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  • With your gift of $25 or more,we will send you Pastor's
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  • teaching, "The Most PowerfulWords on Earth," which includes
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  • today's teaching in itsentirety.
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  • Ask for offer 804A.
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  • With your gift of $50 or moreto help provide solar-powered
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  • audio Bibles to reach 75 people,we will also include Gregory
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  • Dickow's "The Heartof Thankfulness."
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  • Ask for offer 804B.
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  • With an extraordinary giftof $250 or more to help provide
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  • solar-powered audio Biblesto 120 people, we want to send
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  • you your very own solar-poweredaudio Bible as a reminder
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  • of your support of helping usreach 30 million people
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  • over the next five years.
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  • Plus if you call today for offer804C, Gregory Dickow will
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  • personally sign and includea copy of his hardback book,
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  • "The Power to Change Today."
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  • Please don't wait.
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  • Gregory Dickow needs to hearfrom you today.
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  • Live operators are standingby to take your call, or you can
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  • go online right nowto gregorydickow.tv.
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  • Gregory Dickow: Well, I wantto encourage you and ask
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  • for the Holy Spirit to inspireyou to do something the next few
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  • moments that will matterfor eternity.
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  • You see, our Christianity isexpressed as we share the gospel
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  • of Jesus Christ with peoplearound the world, but especially
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  • with those who have beenpersecuted, those that are
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  • helpless, forgotten, minimized.
  • 00:26:34.171 --> 00:26:36.340
  • Jesus said, "Whatever you'vedone to the least of these,
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  • you've done it unto me."
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  • That's why I need your urgenthelp today.
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  • Your gift makes it possiblefor me to get these powerful
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  • audio Bibles, thesesolar-powered Bibles,
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  • into the hands of preciouspeople who have been forgotten,
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  • people that are blind, peoplethat can't read, people in third
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  • world countries.
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  • By getting this into theirhands, they can hear the whole
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  • Bible.
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  • They can hear the planof salvation and our greatest
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  • teachings that we do in thisministry that I know will change
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  • people's lives, so I encourageyou to do that.
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  • And don't forget to connectwith me on Facebook,
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  • or Instagram, or Twitter.
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  • I'm there.
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  • I'll do my very bestto personally respond to each
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  • and every one of you thatreaches out.
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  • So listen, don't miss our nextbroadcast.
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  • Remember to set your DVR so younever have to miss one of 'em.
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  • I can't wait to see you then.God bless.
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