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March 8, 2020
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Unless we're careful; our possessions can begin to possess us! Instead of focusing on what we possess; God wants us to be rich toward Him. Whether we have a little or a lot; when we handle our possessions properly; everything else in life falls into place.

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  • ♪ Theme Music ♪
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  • Dr. Ed Young: Proverbs 25:11-"A word fitly spoken is like
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  • apples of gold inbasketsof silver."
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  • Beautiful, flowing Verse,isn't it?
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  • A word fitly spoken is like
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  • apples of gold in basketsof silver.
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  • The picture here we receive inProverbs is one that
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  • King Solomon must havebeen familiar with.
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  • When a potentate or a wealthyking would have a celebration
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  • and invite all of his peers tocome-other kings,
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  • other leaders to sit aroundhis table, many times,
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  • they would take silver andthey would have
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  • their craftsmen to make theminto baskets of silver.
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  • And in those baskets ofsilver, they would take gold
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  • and melt it, and they wouldshape it in the form of apples,
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  • and they would put those basketsof silver-in those baskets,
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  • they would put golden apples,real gold.
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  • And the king, when they gotthrough the meal, would sort of
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  • say with the back of his hand,"If anyone would like to take an
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  • apple home with you,it's sort of a souvenir,
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  • a memento of this occasion."
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  • They never had any apples left!
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  • Hhm-hhm!
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  • And the writer of Proverbsis saying here a word rightly
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  • crafted at the right time, withthe right unction, with the
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  • right sincerity, properly spokenis like an apple of gold.
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  • We know the pen is mightierthan the sword.
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  • Words are powerful things, butsomeone has spoken a word in
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  • the life of I dare say, everyone of us here,
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  • and they affirm something.
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  • They encourage something.
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  • They applauded something.
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  • They spoke truth into you,encouragement into you, a belief
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  • into you, and a belief into me,and at that moment in your life,
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  • that was a life-changing moment.
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  • That was like an appleof gold, right?
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  • I can remember a coach I hadin junior high school, and they
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  • were giving out the lettermanawards, and I was the youngest
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  • person on the team in a classbelow all the other players, and
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  • when I got my reward, he said,"Edwin's going to be a
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  • player because he hustles."
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  • That's all I had was hustle.
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  • No talent, no athleticism;but I hustled.
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  • Do you realize what thatmeant to me?
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  • Just a little thing way back
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  • in junior high schoolhere I remembered.
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  • It was an apple of gold!
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  • An apple of gold...
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  • How we need to be individual whogive out those apples,
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  • do we not?
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  • Sincere, not just bombastically
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  • -"Oh, you're the greatest,
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  • finest in the whole wide world!
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  • You're my best friend..."
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  • Oh no, no, no, no, no!
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  • From the heart!
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  • When I first started speaking,I was absolutely petrified
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  • because all the waythrough school,
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  • I made my lowest grades whenI had to publicly respond.
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  • I did!
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  • And when I had to give a bookreport or something,
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  • my knees would knock together,but I'm grateful that they did,
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  • because had they missed, I wouldhave broken both legs.
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  • (Audience Laughter)
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  • But somewhere along the way,there was that word of
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  • encouragement; that word ofadmonition, that word of saying,
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  • "Hey, maybe you can do it..."
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  • and I learned somethingabout public communication.
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  • Let me share it withyou briefly.
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  • Keep it simple!
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  • Say it clearly, and let it sing.
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  • Want to communicate?
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  • Keep it simple!
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  • Don't try to impress anybody.
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  • It doesn't make anydifference-hey.
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  • Keep it simple.
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  • Say it clearly, as clearly asyou can communicate it, and just
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  • let it flow-let it sing!
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  • Boy, Jesus did that, didn't He?
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  • Did you read His words?
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  • Most of our little words,someone said, are like
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  • lightening bugs, you know-psht!
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  • Little-psht!
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  • Little-psht bit of light just...That's my words and your words,
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  • but the Words of Jesus are likelightening-shooom!
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  • Zig-zag lightening!
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  • And we encounter thoselightening words
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  • in our Scripture.
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  • I hope you listen to themcarefully because
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  • it's a word about materialism.
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  • Materialism...
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  • And we, to understandour Scripture,
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  • we have to see the setting.
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  • You have to see the context.
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  • When you're reading the Bible,you have to see what's going on
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  • around, what's the setting.
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  • For example, the Sermon on theMount, when you understand;
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  • it was delivered froma mountain.
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  • That helps, right?
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  • Or when Jesus was in the middleof a storm,
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  • it helps to know that He wasin a boat, right?
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  • That helps...
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  • And here we see the context ofthese words of our
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  • Scripture as we're going tolook back.
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  • Look at the first part ofChapter 12.
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  • We read, beginning withthe 13th Verse,
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  • but look at the context of this:"Under these circumstances,
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  • after so many thousands ofpeople had gathered together,
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  • that they were steppingon one another."
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  • This is the environmentJesus was in.
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  • This was the circumstances.
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  • He was teaching His disciples,those who were following Him.
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  • But thousands came to try toget close to hear
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  • what He was teachingHis disciples.
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  • Isn't that interesting?
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  • And they were stepping onone another.
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  • They were pushing and shoving.
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  • They wanted to hear His Wordsthat were directed to
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  • His disciples; but sometimes,look at the 41st Verse of the
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  • 12th Chapter: "...that thedisciples didn't know.
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  • Peter said, 'Are these words forus, or are they for all
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  • the other thousands who aregathered around?
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  • Are these exclusive wordsfor those who've already
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  • sold out, or are following You?
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  • Or, are these words for thethousands that are pushing in to
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  • hear what You're teaching us?'"
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  • See it?
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  • See, that's the context of it.
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  • And Jesus, if you read the firstpart of, of this Chapter,
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  • Chapter 12, Jesus wastalking about
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  • the Holy Spirit-profound doctrine.
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  • He was talking about "...if youconfess Me before men, that
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  • I will confess you before theangels in Heaven..."
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  • He was giving profound,
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  • doctrinal truths to primarilyHis followers, His disciples,
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  • when in the middle ofthat, He was interrupted.
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  • And, a man broken in andinterrupted Him,
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  • not from His disciples,but from the crowd.
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  • And then Jesus answered thatinterruption with a question,
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  • and then Jesus put up an SOSsign, a word of warning and
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  • said, "Beware..." I read theinterruption.
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  • Jesus was teaching, and a mansaid, "Master, teacher!
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  • Make my brother share the familyinheritance with me!
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  • He's cheating me out of money,and stuff,
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  • and property that belongsto me."
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  • Now I imagine that his brotherwas in the audience.
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  • Here's one brother over here;
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  • here's another brotherover here.
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  • Here's Jesus teaching Hisfollowers, and suddenly,
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  • the brother says, "Hey!
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  • Make my brother over there behonest with me!"
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  • Interesting, isn't it?
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  • We have to ask the question,"Why in the world did he
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  • interrupt Jesus' profoundteaching about the
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  • Holy Spirit-great doctrinaltruths with a
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  • pragmatic thing aboutembarrassing his brother?"
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  • "Hey, my brother over there-he,he, he's short-circuited me!
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  • He's a con-artist!
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  • He hadn't followed theinheritance of our family!
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  • Make him set that right."
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  • Why in the world did that manask Jesus-interrupt the whole
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  • audience of thousands of peopleto ask that question?
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  • Why do you think?
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  • It's because Jesus was alwaystalking about material things.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • He was always talkingabout money.
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  • Stuff.
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  • You say, "Well, why did He dealwith materialism like this?"
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  • Because that is the only way toreally check to determine where
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  • you and I are sincere about ourfollowing of Jesus Christ.
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  • We can check on ourselves.
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  • Others can check on us if weallow them to do that.
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  • That's a measure there.
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  • What are the threecardinal virtues?
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  • I think most people would sayit's faith, and hope
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  • -that's confidence we'vediscovered, right?
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  • And love!
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  • I can stand up here and say,
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  • "Boy, I've got a lot offaith in Jesus!"
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  • You know, "I am confident.
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  • I have hope for the future.
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  • I'm not worried about that.
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  • I have great confidence...and I love people.
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  • I love the body of Christ.
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  • I love what this church does inso many ways, and so many
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  • shapes, and forms; how it fixesthe automobiles;
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  • the single adults whocan't afford it.
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  • How we give benevolentlyaround the world.
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  • How we spent twenty sixmillion dollars
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  • since 2003 to 2009 in missions.
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  • I love the fact we feed, weclothe, we house, we give to
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  • charities, we roll upour sleeves.
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  • We share our faith!
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  • I love-man, I could just goon, and on about this church!
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  • I really love this church!
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  • But how do you know that?
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  • How do you know thatI have faith?
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  • How do you know thatI have hope?
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  • How do you know thatI have love?
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  • It's how I handle stuff,and how you handle stuff.
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  • You can measure it.
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  • I've got faith that Godis doing great things
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  • and wants to accomplishgreat things
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  • in this world in His Name.
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  • I've got faith.
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  • How do you know?
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  • How I handle materialism;how I handle
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  • -how generous I am in thatarea of my life.
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  • Check my check stubs.
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  • That's how you can tell.
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  • What about hope and confidence?
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  • Check my check stubs...that's how you can tell if
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  • I'm the real deal;if you're the real deal.
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  • "Oh, I love people!
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  • I want to help people!
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  • I want to see people cometo Christ!
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  • I want to be a world changer.
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  • Check my check stubs to seewhether or not I love."
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  • You see, Jesus was talking aboutmaterial things because so many
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  • times, possessions endup possessing you and
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  • possessing me before we know it.
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  • And then, this man said, "Hey!
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  • Tell my brother to get rightabout the inheritance."
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  • And look how Jesus answeredthis, with a question.
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  • Isn't that interesting?
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  • He was interrupted.
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  • Here's his question thathe asked.
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  • He said, "Man, who appointedMe a judge,
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  • or an arbiter over you?"
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  • Jesus was saying, "I'm not, I'mnot to judge you."
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  • Does that surprise you Jesussaid He's not a judge?
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  • Why all the way throughthe Scripture,
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  • we talk about Jesusbeing a judge.
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  • We've already talked aboutthe final judgment,
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  • the sheep and the goats.
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  • He's going to be a judge, right?
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  • He's always drawing lines andseparating people.
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  • "If you're not for Me, you'reagainst Me..."
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  • He's been judging, judging,judging throughout His ministry,
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  • and this guy says, "Hey, tell mybrother to get right with me..."
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  • He said, "I'm not a judge or anarbiter over you."
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  • And in the same 12th Chapter,Jesus says He is a judge.
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  • I want you to look at this.
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  • Evidently He's contradictingHimself at first glance.
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  • Look at Verse 49, Chapter 12,Luke.
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  • "I've come to cast fire upon theEarth, and how I wish it were
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  • already kindled; but I have abaptism to undergo."
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  • (that was the Cross).
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  • "How distressed I am until it isaccomplished.
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  • Do you suppose that I came togrant peace?"
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  • Peace on Earth, good willtoward men?
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  • Did you-Jesus was saying Hedidn't come to grant peace?
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  • Boy, a lot of contradictorythings here...
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  • "I... Peace on Earth.
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  • I tell you no, but ratherdivision."
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  • Division.
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  • Meristo (Merismos).
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  • Same word up here.
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  • He said, "I didn't cometo Meristo."
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  • He said, "Here I came toprovide Meristo.
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  • I didn't come to divideor judge.
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  • Oh yes, I came to divideand judge."
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  • What does this mean?
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  • When the man asked for justicein the inheritance, Jesus said,
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  • "I didn't come here to judge orto be an arbiter with you."
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  • What was he saying to that man?
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  • What He is saying to all of us,ladies and gentlemen: God isn't
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  • interested in anybody givinganything to Him until first of
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  • all, you've given yourself.
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  • That's what the Lord isinterested in.
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  • God is not going to help youwith anything or me with
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  • anything until we've givenHim our everything.
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  • Relationship with God inChrist is primary.
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  • That's what Jesus cameto establish.
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  • And this man was saying, "Jesus,help me with my agenda.
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  • Man, I want the wealth and theproperty I was left."
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  • Jesus said, "I didn't come hereto judge, to be an arbiter
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  • between you and your brother, tohelp you with your agenda.
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  • I came here to take your agendaand make it My agenda."
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  • See the difference?
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  • See the difference?
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  • And, and that's what He's sayingto this man.
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  • Take your agenda-oh no!
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  • So if you go to God and say,"Lord, I did this for You,
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  • and I gave over here..."
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  • The worst thing anybody cando who is an unbeliever
  • 00:14:48.534 --> 00:14:51.537
  • is to give anything and anymoney to the body of Christ.
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  • You want to end up on a dead-endstreet, you give as an
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  • unbeliever saying, "Well, I gavethis to the church,
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  • and I arr, arrr, arr....."
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  • That's the worst thing...
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  • Man, God doesn't wantyour money!
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  • The church doesn't wantyour money!
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  • The only thing we're interestedin, we give ourselves!
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  • That's what it's all about.
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  • That's what Jesus was sayingto this guy.
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  • "Man, I'm here.
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  • You have to give yourself.
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  • You have to join these group ofdisciples over here before you
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  • get in the giving business."
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  • I'd say that to anybodyhere today.
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  • We're not interested,and I'm not here saying,
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  • "Oh, the church here justgets the money!"
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  • Absolutely not!
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  • Our Heavenly Father owns thecattle on a thousand hills.
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  • In fact, He even owns the hills.
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  • He's interested in you and megiving everything to Him, and
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  • then everything is open to youand me.
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  • So He answers this accusation,this challenge with a question,
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  • and then there's a big warningsign up here.
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  • Look at this.
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  • Uh, I wish I could soundoff some kind of foghorn
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  • now-"Aahoooooooo!
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  • Aahoooooooo!
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  • Aahoooooooo!"
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  • Everybody wake up!
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  • Wake up!
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  • Sheewww!
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  • Man!
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  • Jesus says, "Beware..."
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  • When Jesus said "beware,"
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  • I would advise you and me tobeware, wouldn't you?
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  • That's pretty big thing!
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  • He said to them, "Beware!
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  • Be on your guard againstevery..."
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  • (watch this) "...form of greed;
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  • for not even when onehas abundance does
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  • his life consist ofhis possessions."
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  • Every form-greed hasso many forms.
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  • You can be rich and be greedy;you can be poor and be greedy.
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  • And so, Jesus here then comesand tells us a story-(whistles).
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  • It is a devastating story.
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  • Let me read it to you: "The landof a rich man was very
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  • productive, and he beganreasoning to himself saying,
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  • 'What shall I do, since I haveno place to store my crops?'
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  • Then he said,'This is what I will do.
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  • I will tear down my barns andbuild bigger ones, and there
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  • I'll store all my grain, and allmy goods, and I will say to my
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  • soul, 'Soul, you have many goodslaid up for many years to come!
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  • Take your ease!
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  • Eat, drink, and be merry!'" Letme paraphrase that.
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  • Here's a man who's anentrepreneur.
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  • Everything he invests in just,he makes money.
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  • Anything he expands,it fills up.
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  • All of a sudden, he's just alittle over 40, and he's worth
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  • millions and millions andmillions of dollars.
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  • He's poured himself into theeconomic stream,
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  • and he's been successful,successful.
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  • He's built a giant companythat is expanding,
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  • and finally he says,"I've got enough!
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  • I'm gonna turn all of this overto all the employees, and, and
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  • assistants that I have trained,and I'm outta here.
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  • I'm gonna take the profits, andman!
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  • I've worked so hard, I don'teven know my wife.
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  • I've been married to her25 years.
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  • I'm leaving her.
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  • My kids-they didn't turn outtoo well,
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  • I don't care about my family.
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  • I am starting over!
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  • I am going to get a biggeryacht; I'm gonna get a faster
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  • and bigger plane, and I'm gonnatour this world, and I'm gonna
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  • bring all the beautiful womenthat'll go with me, and all
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  • those who are in the jet-setclimate to go with me, and I'll
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  • tell you-I'm gonna eat, anddrink, and be merry, and
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  • Hugh Hefner willhave nothing on me!
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  • Let the good times roll, baby!"
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  • That's it, isn't it?
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  • Let's, let's go on record beforewe lacerate this guy, that what
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  • he did was right.
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  • The bigger barns, the expansion,the vision, the success.
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  • Nothing wrong with that.
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  • Where did he mess up?
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  • Where did he mess up his life?
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  • Where did he fail?
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  • Let's look at that.
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  • The first place he failed was,he thought life
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  • was primarily about the body.
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  • Ah!
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  • Hedonism!
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  • Pleasure!
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  • Satisfy the flesh!
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  • Boy, that's what life is allabout!
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  • If I could get more flesh, I'min my early 40's...
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  • I got another 30 or 40 years tolive, and man, I'm gonna
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  • enjoy it and enjoy it, and I'mgonna drink all the pleasure
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  • I can find in everyactivity on the planet;
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  • every athletic event; everySuper Bowl; every fair
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  • -I'm going to go out thereand enjoy
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  • all the cotton-candyof the world!
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  • The body-he thought this was allthere is.
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  • That was primary with him.
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  • The other problem he had was, hedidn't think about anybody else.
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  • It was all about me.
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  • He really had an "I" problem.
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  • Look at this passage here.
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  • There are 11 personalpronouns there
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  • -"I, me, myself, mine,my soul..."
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  • By the way, do youthink your soul belongs to you?
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  • Where did you get it?
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  • Where did it come from?
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  • That eternal spark of life when
  • 00:20:16.895 --> 00:20:19.298
  • we were created in theimage of God.
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  • You think your soul is your..."My soul!
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  • I'll tell my soul..."No thought of others...
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  • Finally, he had no thoughtof God.
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  • That's for sure!
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  • I wonder who gave the sunshinefor his crops that were bount...
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  • I wonder, you know,where the rain came?
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  • I wonder how the market wastimed perfectly.
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  • I wonder, you know, where'd allthat come from?
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  • "Oh, oh, just uh..."
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  • No concept of divineintervention,
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  • divine leadership,divine blessing, see?
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  • That was his problem.
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  • That was his problem...
  • 00:20:58.437 --> 00:21:00.038
  • And then in the middleof this life of celebration;
  • 00:21:00.072 --> 00:21:05.210
  • a life of moving out,moving away, drinking all
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  • of life in, you've got twolittle words here in Scripture.
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  • Look at them.
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  • They're just dynamite.
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  • It says, Verse 20: "But God saidto him, 'You fool!'"
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  • Not an intellectual fool, but amoral and spiritual fool.
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  • He had the idea that life wasjust all stuff.
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  • He did know that when you leavethis life,
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  • what do you have over there?
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  • If you just died right now-bang!
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  • How much would you be worth?
  • 00:21:40.312 --> 00:21:41.880
  • "Well, I don't know, uh..."
  • 00:21:41.913 --> 00:21:43.315
  • No, no, no...in that other place,
  • 00:21:43.348 --> 00:21:46.785
  • in that spiritual, permanent,supernatural dimension.
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  • How much would you be worth?
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  • But God, tonight--"Your soulrequired of you!"
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  • "But I'm a young man!"
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  • Have you noticed God
  • 00:22:02.401 --> 00:22:03.835
  • -we just don't die inchronological order?
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  • Anybody notice that?
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  • I'm amazed how many peopleyounger and younger are being
  • 00:22:09.975 --> 00:22:12.544
  • taken out of this life for somany reasons.
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  • I'm amazed at that...It staggers me.
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  • Unexpected-oh!
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  • But it's becoming commonplace.
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  • But God-tonight, your soulrequired of you.
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  • He died tonight.
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  • And then look what happened:"...so is the man who stores up
  • 00:22:29.761 --> 00:22:35.267
  • treasure in, for himself and isnot rich toward God.
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  • This night your soul is requiredof you and now,
  • 00:22:43.141 --> 00:22:45.544
  • who will own what youhave possessed?"
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  • The question here that Jesus isasking you and me is,
  • 00:22:50.749 --> 00:22:56.221
  • we're rich with ourselvesas we can be, right?
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  • Are we rich with God?
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  • How can you determinewhether you,
  • 00:23:04.863 --> 00:23:06.998
  • and whether I am rich with God?
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  • You're rich with God if you makemuch and you give much.
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  • You make some, you give some.
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  • Very fair.
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  • You plan forever.
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  • You invest in this life, andthings that are going to be
  • 00:23:18.543 --> 00:23:20.579
  • there after you take your last"ah!"
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  • Breath.
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  • That's how you do it.
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  • That's how it works...
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  • What else happens when we'rerich with God?
  • 00:23:28.820 --> 00:23:31.990
  • We hold this stuff loosely,you know?
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  • It doesn't take much for yourpossessions to possess you.
  • 00:23:39.598 --> 00:23:44.169
  • For your possession,your position to say,
  • 00:23:44.202 --> 00:23:46.137
  • "Well, I'm secure, you know,I've got plans.
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  • I have worked this out..."
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  • We get life out of balance.
  • 00:23:51.877 --> 00:23:53.812
  • There's another factorto giving.
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  • Remember I said Jesus teachesthat generosity is the basic
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  • determining factor of whata Christian is,
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  • and what a Christian does?
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  • It really does.
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  • So we breathe in-whoow!
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  • We take in stuff-Whoooooow!
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  • I'm taking in stuff.
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  • Whoooooow!
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  • I'm expanding.
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  • I'm having more and more...
  • 00:24:14.733 --> 00:24:17.736
  • but then you have tobreathe out.
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  • We receive-Whoooooow!
  • 00:24:20.405 --> 00:24:22.107
  • We take in; but you can't justkeep receiving.
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  • Huh, huh, huh!
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  • You'll explode!
  • 00:24:25.010 --> 00:24:26.912
  • There's a whole balanceof nature.
  • 00:24:26.945 --> 00:24:28.246
  • We breathe in oxygen;we breathe out carbon dioxide.
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  • The animals, the plants breatheout carbon dio-bre,
  • 00:24:31.550 --> 00:24:34.452
  • they breathe in what?
  • 00:24:34.486 --> 00:24:35.687
  • Carbon dioxide.
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  • They breathe out oxygen.
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  • If you only breathe in-huh, huh,huh-BOOM!
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  • That's the way a lot of peoplelive their lives-whooow!
  • 00:24:46.064 --> 00:24:49.701
  • I just...
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  • Like John D. Rockefeller
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  • was asked, remember-"How much money does it
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  • take to satisfy somebody,John D.?"
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  • He said, "Just a little more..."
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  • Whooow, whooow, whooow!
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  • You see, we empty ourbarns-Whooooo!
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  • God fills ém; we have to buildbigger barns.
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  • We empty them-whooooo.
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  • God fills ém with bigger barns.
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  • That's the genius of divine,Biblical stewardship.
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  • What, ladies and gentlemen, doesit profit a man or a woman who
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  • gains the whole world and losestheir soul?
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  • Ed: This year marks the 40thanniversary of The Winning Walk.
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  • All those years ago Inever dreamed
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  • of the countless lives that havebeen reached with the
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  • good news of Jesus Christthrough this ministry.
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  • From it's humble beginning on alocal TV station -
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  • I'd get up every mondaymorning
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  • and go down to the station andjust speak into a camera.
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  • and now, we have a worldwideministry seen around the globe.
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  • I want to say a sincere thankyou to the many men and women
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  • that have partnered with usthrough the years
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  • to support this outreach.
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  • Your faithful prayers
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  • and regular financial gifts makethis possible.
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  • This month marks the end ofour fiscal year.
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  • Your gifts at this time arecritical to help us
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  • as we plan ahead and how we cancontinue to reach people
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  • with the proven truth ofGod's Word.
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  • Now remember this, every dollar,every penny that is given to
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  • The Winning Walk goesexclusively to buy airtime
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  • on radio and television.
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  • No other expenses, no salaries,nothing else.
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  • All the money given we buyairtime
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  • to get this word out to thewatching world.
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  • As The Winning Walk continuesto make a difference
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  • for the kingdom you can be apart of that work when you give.
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  • Maybe you never have - it wouldbe a wonderful time to say,
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  • 'I want to be a part of whatthey're doing
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  • through that particularministry.
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  • It speaks God's Truth to me.'
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  • If that's you, thank you forbeing with us
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  • and thank you for beginningright now to say,
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  • 'I'm going to invest in what Godis doing
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  • in this particular Winning Walkoutreach.'
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  • As God has blessed you, let metell you,
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  • you can be a blessing to others.
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  • ♪♪♪
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