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Be Better Not Bitter

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November 24, 2019
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Live with Passion with Father Cedric

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  • - Don't just live
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  • Don't just live
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  • Don't just live
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  • Live, live with passion
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  • - Welcome to Live With Passion,
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  • my name is Father Cedric Pisegna.
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  • I'm so glad that you tuned in to the program.
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  • I'm going to talk today about being better, not bitter.
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  • The oldest reading of the New Testament,
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  • scholars tell us, is Paul's letter to the Thessalonians,
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  • the first letter to the Thessalonians,
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  • and I'm going to take chapter five, verses 16, 17, and 18.
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  • It goes like this, rejoice always.
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  • Pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances,
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  • for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
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  • The Word of the Lord, thanks be to God.
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  • I wanted to share with you about a book that I read
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  • years ago that influenced my life in a powerful way.
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  • The book was called You Gotta Keep Dancing,
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  • and it was by a man named Tim Hansel.
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  • Tim Hansel, very agile, mountain climber, very athletic.
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  • One day he's climbing on a glacier and he's walking
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  • on the glacier, but the day was wearing on
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  • and the sun was hitting the glacier,
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  • and the glacier began to melt.
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  • And as he came to a crevice, he slipped
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  • and he fell down into the crevice, and he broke his back.
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  • Well, he wasn't paralyzed, but the problem was
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  • he had significant, debilitating, severe pain
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  • everyday of his life.
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  • He'd wake up in the morning,
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  • the best doctors tried to help him,
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  • but he had to reconcile himself to the fact
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  • that for the rest of his life, Tim Hansel
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  • was going to be suffering pain, day in and day out,
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  • and it was terrible.
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  • Well, it forced him to make a decision.
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  • Tim had to decide what he was going to do.
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  • Was he going to focus on the pain?
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  • Or was he going to focus on the positive?
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  • And that's exactly
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  • what the scripture reading today was saying.
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  • Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks
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  • in all circumstances, for that's the will of God
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  • for you in Christ Jesus.
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  • Everybody is looking about how to do the will of God.
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  • What is the will of God for me?
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  • You know what the will of God for you?
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  • This is the oldest reading in the New Testament.
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  • This is the original document of the New Testament,
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  • Paul's letter to the Thessalonians.
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  • He said the will of God for you is to give thanks.
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  • Focus on the positive.
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  • Zero in on God.
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  • Concentrate on God.
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  • Not for your circumstances, in your circumstances,
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  • and that's the key.
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  • You see, Tim realized that, you know,
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  • I can get up day in and day out and just think about
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  • the pain, focus on the pain, concentrate on the pain.
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  • And some of you are going through some pain right now.
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  • Could be the pain of a divorce, could be the pain
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  • of a physical suffering of some sort,
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  • a relationship pain, financial pain.
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  • Maybe it's the pain of an addiction.
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  • Well, you can focus on that pain if you want.
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  • You can concentrate on that pain.
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  • Or you can concentrate on the positive.
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  • And this is what Tim Hansel found out.
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  • That as you focus on the positive, as you give God thanks,
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  • not for the pain, but in the pain,
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  • your life can change.
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  • And this is why that book so impacted me.
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  • It was all about attitude.
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  • And it was all about focusing on God,
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  • because what we tend to do in our life
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  • is any little pain that we get,
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  • relationship wise or financial, as I was saying,
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  • or physical or whatever it is, we tend to focus on it,
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  • and it brings us down.
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  • But Tim Hansel found out something.
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  • That as you focus on the positive,
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  • as you give thanks in your circumstances.
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  • Again, don't give thanks for the circumstance,
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  • because some of them are pretty deplorable.
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  • But you give thanks in the circumstances,
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  • it's amazing what can happen.
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  • In fact, he writes in his book, You Gotta Keep Dancing,
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  • he writes about the joy that can come
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  • in the midst of the pain.
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  • Wow, that's why Paul the Apostle said rejoice always.
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  • I love that.
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  • Rejoice always, it's a choice to rejoice.
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  • You can be happy as you focus on the positive, not the pain.
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  • And then he came up with all these different sayings.
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  • And this is the name of this program.
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  • Tim Hansel said, you know in the midst of it all,
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  • you can bitter or you can be better.
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  • You can have a breakdown, or you can have a breakthrough.
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  • Life can be a prison or a prism,
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  • through which new light can come.
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  • Life can either make you be a victim or a victor.
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  • I know you've all heard that.
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  • You can, when it comes to life,
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  • life can be tombstone or a stepping stone.
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  • And you can turn your hurts into halos
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  • and your scars into stars.
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  • I've preached about that before.
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  • So that's what I want to impress upon you.
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  • You know, as you look at your circumstances right now,
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  • have you been negative and just focusing on the pain
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  • and all the hardships and all the difficulties?
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  • Or focus on the positive; that's the will of God for you
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  • in Christ Jesus.
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  • That you give thanks in all circumstances,
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  • and as you do, you can find joy and breakthrough.
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  • No matter what your pain is.
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  • That's exactly what Paul the Apostle did.
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  • Paul the Apostle who wrote 1 Thessalonians.
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  • He was preaching the gospel, touring through Europe,
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  • touring through Asia, traveling with a man,
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  • as a missionary, a named Silas,
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  • and because he was preaching the Gospel,
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  • because he was proclaiming the Good News
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  • all around the ancient world,
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  • he was thrown into prison.
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  • And I've been to Philippi.
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  • I led a pilgrimage up there.
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  • I studied in Greece and Egypt and Israel.
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  • And I've been to that Philippian jail.
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  • The Philippian jail that he was thrown into
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  • was a pit.
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  • It was cold, it was dark, it was dank,
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  • it was awful, it was stinky.
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  • So here is in jail, with Silas,
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  • for preaching the Gospel, for doing something right.
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  • And what happened to him?
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  • Oh, in the middle of the night, at the midnight hour,
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  • when most people are asleep,
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  • they were singing.
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  • (chuckling)
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  • Rejoice always, Paul said.
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  • Pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances.
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  • He was singing, he was giving thanks to God,
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  • he was focusing on the positive, not the pain.
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  • He was giving thanks to God, not for the circumstance
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  • of being put in prison, but in the circumstance
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  • of being put in prison.
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  • Now there's a difference there.
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  • You can always, in your circumstances, give thanks,
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  • and sing, and focus on the positive.
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  • That's exactly what the African American,
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  • that's what the African slaves, when they were taken over
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  • to the new country of American in deplorable situations,
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  • on board these ships, sandwiched like sardines in there,
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  • they would sing to God.
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  • And what that did is it took the focus
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  • off of the pain, and it put the focus on God,
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  • and they actually found joy in the midst
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  • of that deplorable stuff that they had to go through.
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  • So, here's Paul.
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  • He's in prison, but as he's singing,
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  • all of a sudden, the doors of the prison break open!
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  • Some of you are addicted, as I said.
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  • And you feel like you're in a prison.
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  • You feel like you can't get out.
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  • You feel like you're locked in,
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  • nothing is every going to change.
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  • I'll tell you what.
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  • Start giving God thanks in that circumstance.
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  • Say something like, God, I know I'm addicted right now.
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  • I admit it, but I know that one day,
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  • you're going to free me.
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  • That one day I'm going to come into recovery.
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  • I know that you're working in my life right now.
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  • See, as you give thanks in that circumstance,
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  • what will happen is eventually, there will be a miracle.
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  • There was an earthquake, the doors burst open,
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  • and they were free to go.
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  • And the same thing is going to happen in your life,
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  • whether you're addicted, whether you have physical pain,
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  • relationship problems, financial problems,
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  • whether you're depressed, lonely, whatever it is.
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  • Don't give thanks for the circumstance.
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  • Give thanks in the circumstance,
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  • because that's the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
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  • The oldest reading of the New Testament, as I said.
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  • And watch what happens.
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  • The doors burst open.
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  • The something else happened.
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  • The jailer, the one who put him in jail,
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  • the one who had the responsibility of watching over Paul,
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  • comes running up to Paul, and he says,
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  • sir, what do I have to do to be saved.
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  • Obviously you have something that nobody else has.
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  • You have joy in the midst of your afflictions.
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  • I want what you have.
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  • Wow, I love that.
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  • You see, a lot of people think to evangelize,
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  • you have to take a Bible and beat people over the head
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  • with it or be real harsh, or be real demanding.
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  • No, I mean smile, be happy, give thanks.
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  • That's what's attractive.
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  • Because the world is so lost,
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  • they don't know how to give thanks.
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  • The world is so lost, they don't know how to be joyful.
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  • The world is so lost, when anything bad or painful
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  • happens, they're stuck in the mud.
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  • That's why I love that book by Tim Hansel,
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  • You Gotta Keep Dancing.
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  • No matter what you are facing in your life,
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  • you got to keep dancing.
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  • Don't give up, don't give in, rise higher.
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  • Don't be bitter, be better.
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  • Don't have a breakdown.
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  • You can have a breakthrough.
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  • God will help you.
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  • It's His will.
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  • Simply give thanks, you can do it.
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  • That's exactly what Jesus did.
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  • You know Jesus, He was a person of thanksgiving.
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  • The last supper, what does he do?
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  • Right before he's about to be crucified,
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  • he's giving thanks.
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  • Do you know that the only miracle
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  • that was ever recorded in all four Gospels,
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  • is a miracle that you're aware of.
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  • I'm not sure if you know what it is though.
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  • It's the miracle of the loaves and the fishes.
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  • Jesus was preaching.
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  • People were attracted by His message, by His attitude.
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  • He had a lot of joy.
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  • He talked about hard circumstances,
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  • and how you can rise above them.
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  • And as He's preaching, all these people
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  • are attracted to it and everything,
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  • and everybody's getting hungry.
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  • So they come up to him, they go,
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  • what are going to do?
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  • How we going to feed all these people?
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  • You know, they're from everywhere.
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  • Jesus said, gather up what you have.
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  • And what did they have?
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  • They had five loaves from all those people.
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  • That's all they had.
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  • Five loaves of bread.
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  • And just a couple fish.
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  • And He gave thanks to God.
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  • Not for the lack, but in the lack.
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  • And you know what happened?
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  • As He gave thanks, it was multiplied.
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  • As you give thanks, blessings will occur.
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  • There will be a multiplication in your life.
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  • So in other words, what I'm saying
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  • is instead of complaining about your car,
  • 00:11:05.100 --> 00:11:08.040
  • why don't you give thanks to God for it, in it,
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  • and maybe God will give you a new one.
  • 00:11:11.220 --> 00:11:15.020
  • And instead of complaining about your job,
  • 00:11:15.020 --> 00:11:17.250
  • you know how many people want a job like yours?
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  • Why don't you give thanks to God for it and in it,
  • 00:11:20.240 --> 00:11:23.060
  • and maybe God will give you a new one.
  • 00:11:23.060 --> 00:11:25.140
  • And instead of complaining about your spouse,
  • 00:11:25.140 --> 00:11:28.180
  • why don't you give thanks to God for them,
  • 00:11:28.180 --> 00:11:30.020
  • and maybe God will give you a new one.
  • 00:11:30.020 --> 00:11:32.190
  • No, I'm just kidding.
  • 00:11:32.190 --> 00:11:34.030
  • But you see what I'm saying, what the principle is.
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  • Give thanks to God in your circumstances, and watch.
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  • There will be a multiplication.
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  • There will be a miracle in your life.
  • 00:11:42.030 --> 00:11:43.270
  • See, that's what it means to be positive.
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  • Instead of focusing on the pain, you focus on God.
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  • You concentrate, you zero in, you give thanks,
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  • you have a good attitude.
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  • You've got that in you.
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  • You can do it.
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  • You don't have to let the world drag you down.
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  • I think about my own ministry, for example.
  • 00:12:02.030 --> 00:12:04.170
  • You know, years ago, I started out.
  • 00:12:04.170 --> 00:12:06.170
  • I've been a priest now for 25 years,
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  • but churches, sometimes they would be kind of full
  • 00:12:08.140 --> 00:12:11.260
  • but a lot of times they were largely empty,
  • 00:12:11.260 --> 00:12:14.060
  • and people sitting everywhere.
  • 00:12:14.060 --> 00:12:16.030
  • Sometimes I would give a talk to young people,
  • 00:12:16.030 --> 00:12:18.120
  • and they would be fooling around and playing
  • 00:12:18.120 --> 00:12:20.130
  • on their cell phones and everything.
  • 00:12:20.130 --> 00:12:21.230
  • It was hard.
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  • Nobody knew who I was.
  • 00:12:23.080 --> 00:12:25.080
  • Churches weren't that full,
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  • or things weren't going all that well.
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  • But instead of concentrating on the pain
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  • and how hard it was, I kept giving God thanks.
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  • Call me naive.
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  • Whatever you want to say.
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  • I said thank you God for calling me.
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  • I worship you.
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  • Thank you that you're working in my life.
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  • Thank you that you are touching people,
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  • even though there's not a lot of people.
  • 00:12:46.130 --> 00:12:48.100
  • Well, as I continued to to give thanks,
  • 00:12:48.100 --> 00:12:50.050
  • things started to multiply.
  • 00:12:50.050 --> 00:12:53.000
  • Doors started to open.
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  • I got invited to other churches.
  • 00:12:54.140 --> 00:12:56.260
  • People started hearing about the message,
  • 00:12:56.260 --> 00:12:59.060
  • and they started coming in large numbers.
  • 00:12:59.060 --> 00:13:01.030
  • Then a door opened for me on television.
  • 00:13:01.030 --> 00:13:03.270
  • A wide open door of opportunity opened for me,
  • 00:13:03.270 --> 00:13:07.040
  • Paul the Apostle said.
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  • And now I have a platform
  • 00:13:09.000 --> 00:13:10.140
  • through TV and Catholic Affiliates, other networks.
  • 00:13:10.140 --> 00:13:13.110
  • I have a platform now to reach out
  • 00:13:13.110 --> 00:13:15.180
  • to the entire world with the Gospel.
  • 00:13:15.180 --> 00:13:18.060
  • See that's the power of being positive.
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  • That's the power of thanksgiving.
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  • That's the power of giving praise.
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  • It opens doors.
  • 00:13:26.130 --> 00:13:29.030
  • Miraculous things happen.
  • 00:13:29.030 --> 00:13:31.020
  • Multiplied blessings come to you.
  • 00:13:31.020 --> 00:13:34.040
  • That's what the scriptures are telling us.
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  • That's why it's the will of God.
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  • The will of God for us to give thanks
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  • in all circumstances.
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  • In all circumstances!
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  • Even the tough ones, even the painful ones,
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  • and I know from my own life, it's hard to give thanks.
  • 00:13:48.020 --> 00:13:50.140
  • That's why the Bible says give God the sacrifice of praise.
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  • Sometimes it's a sacrifice to give God thanks.
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  • And you don't feel like it and it's really hard,
  • 00:13:58.150 --> 00:14:00.290
  • but when you do, it takes your mind off the pain,
  • 00:14:00.290 --> 00:14:03.280
  • you focus on the positive, you can have joy.
  • 00:14:03.280 --> 00:14:08.280
  • You can be better, not bitter.
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  • Miraculous things happen.
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  • Doors open, multiplied blessings.
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  • I think you get the point.
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  • Give God thanks.
  • 00:14:18.140 --> 00:14:19.280
  • You know, I went through a revolution in my prayer life.
  • 00:14:19.280 --> 00:14:21.210
  • As I studied the scriptures,
  • 00:14:21.210 --> 00:14:22.290
  • I realized something about Jesus.
  • 00:14:22.290 --> 00:14:25.140
  • For example, here He is, before the tomb of Lazarus,
  • 00:14:25.140 --> 00:14:28.090
  • his friend Lazarus had just died,
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  • and He's just about to pray,
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  • and this is how Jesus prayed.
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  • He said, Father I give you thanks that you hear me.
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  • Wow, did you hear that?
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  • He's giving God thanks in all circumstances.
  • 00:14:38.130 --> 00:14:41.290
  • And it was a stinky circumstance.
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  • I mean, Lazarus was dead,
  • 00:14:44.110 --> 00:14:45.200
  • they said there's going to be a stink,
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  • there's going to be as smell.
  • 00:14:47.020 --> 00:14:48.080
  • Some of you have some hard situations.
  • 00:14:48.080 --> 00:14:50.150
  • It's not as hard as Lazarus being dead,
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  • but it's stinky, it's hard, it's difficult.
  • 00:14:52.240 --> 00:14:55.190
  • And Jesus gave God thanks in all circumstances.
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  • I love that.
  • 00:15:01.090 --> 00:15:02.150
  • And as He gave thanks, miracles happened.
  • 00:15:02.150 --> 00:15:04.090
  • So as I studied the prayer life of Jesus
  • 00:15:04.090 --> 00:15:06.290
  • and as I studied the scriptures,
  • 00:15:06.290 --> 00:15:09.180
  • I went through a revolution in my own prayer life.
  • 00:15:09.180 --> 00:15:12.230
  • I remember one time I was reading,
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:14.080
  • your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
  • 00:15:14.080 --> 00:15:19.060
  • So therefore, pray like this,
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  • our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
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  • What was Jesus saying?
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  • Your Father knows what you need.
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  • Quit telling God what do.
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  • Praise him, thank him.
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  • Hallowed be Thy name.
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  • He gave us the Our Father.
  • 00:15:32.230 --> 00:15:34.040
  • And I came to realize something about my prayer life.
  • 00:15:34.040 --> 00:15:36.110
  • My prayer life, in my prayer life,
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:38.290
  • I was asking God to do this.
  • 00:15:38.290 --> 00:15:41.000
  • Asking God to do that.
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  • I'm trying to tell the Creator of the universe,
  • 00:15:42.210 --> 00:15:44.280
  • the Lord of the universe, what to do.
  • 00:15:44.280 --> 00:15:47.210
  • And I came to realize,
  • 00:15:47.210 --> 00:15:48.280
  • instead of telling God what to do,
  • 00:15:48.280 --> 00:15:49.260
  • why don't you give thanks?
  • 00:15:49.260 --> 00:15:51.290
  • Why don't you continue to praise?
  • 00:15:51.290 --> 00:15:53.130
  • And as I praise God and give thanks to God,
  • 00:15:53.130 --> 00:15:55.210
  • and focused on the positive in all my circumstances,
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  • I sense that I know that God is working behind the scenes
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  • to give me what I need.
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  • He already knows what I need.
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  • What I need to do is simply thank him in all circumstances.
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  • And continue to praise him, and then He'll do the rest.
  • 00:16:11.270 --> 00:16:15.120
  • And I counsel you to do the same thing.
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  • Behind the scenes in your life,
  • 00:16:17.280 --> 00:16:19.150
  • He will be at work.
  • 00:16:19.150 --> 00:16:21.280
  • Give God thanks in all circumstances.
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  • That's the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
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  • I don't know about you, but I'm hoping
  • 00:16:27.210 --> 00:16:29.220
  • that as soon as this program is over,
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:31.060
  • or maybe even during this program,
  • 00:16:31.060 --> 00:16:33.050
  • you're just going to stand up and give God thanks
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  • in the midst of your pain,
  • 00:16:35.270 --> 00:16:38.000
  • in the midst of your deplorable stuff,
  • 00:16:38.000 --> 00:16:39.290
  • in the midst of your suffering.
  • 00:16:39.290 --> 00:16:41.270
  • And watch God work.
  • 00:16:41.270 --> 00:16:43.060
  • Don't just do it one time, and say,
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  • okay, where's the miracle?
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  • Keep it up; it's a lifestyle of thanksgiving.
  • 00:16:46.130 --> 00:16:49.210
  • I'm from Massachusets,
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  • and you know we celebrate Thanksgiving
  • 00:16:53.270 --> 00:16:55.250
  • every year in November.
  • 00:16:55.250 --> 00:16:58.200
  • And I remember I was walking through a mall,
  • 00:16:58.200 --> 00:17:00.090
  • and it was right before Thanksgiving.
  • 00:17:00.090 --> 00:17:02.270
  • As I'm walking through the mall,
  • 00:17:02.270 --> 00:17:04.030
  • all they're doing is advertising Black Friday
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  • and shopping and Christmas is coming.
  • 00:17:07.290 --> 00:17:11.080
  • And turkeys; you know they show these turkeys everywhere
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:13.220
  • because Thanksgiving is coming.
  • 00:17:13.220 --> 00:17:15.150
  • And I can guarantee you this.
  • 00:17:15.150 --> 00:17:17.010
  • When the Pilgrims came to Plymouth in Massachusets,
  • 00:17:17.010 --> 00:17:19.260
  • Thanksgiving wasn't about turkeys.
  • 00:17:19.260 --> 00:17:22.250
  • Historians tell us they probably
  • 00:17:22.250 --> 00:17:24.040
  • didn't even have turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • 00:17:24.040 --> 00:17:26.150
  • And Thanksgiving wasn't about shopping.
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  • There was no Black Friday back then.
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  • Thanksgiving was about giving thanks to God
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  • for safe passage,
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  • for a beautiful harvest,
  • 00:17:37.110 --> 00:17:39.110
  • for protection from the storms.
  • 00:17:39.110 --> 00:17:41.200
  • So Thanksgiving, our national holiday,
  • 00:17:41.200 --> 00:17:44.140
  • really is a religious holiday.
  • 00:17:44.140 --> 00:17:46.170
  • It's all about thanking God for his greatness.
  • 00:17:46.170 --> 00:17:49.140
  • And that's what we need to focus on.
  • 00:17:49.140 --> 00:17:51.100
  • You see, when we give thanks, God is so worthy.
  • 00:17:51.100 --> 00:17:56.100
  • He created you from nothing.
  • 00:17:57.270 --> 00:18:00.210
  • The only universe that we know about
  • 00:18:01.270 --> 00:18:03.090
  • wouldn't have been complete without you and me.
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  • He called you into existence.
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  • He has protected you and sustained you like the pilgrims.
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  • He has brought you to this very moment.
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  • He has redeemed you on the cross.
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  • Jesus, He sent his own son to die for you on the cross,
  • 00:18:20.030 --> 00:18:23.080
  • to give you eternal life.
  • 00:18:23.080 --> 00:18:24.220
  • And God has a glorious future for you in heaven.
  • 00:18:24.220 --> 00:18:29.080
  • If that's not a reason to give thanks,
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  • He created you, He sustained you,
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  • He redeemed you, and He has a glorious future for you.
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  • Give God thanks.
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  • Wow, meditate on the goodness, the goodness of God.
  • 00:18:38.290 --> 00:18:43.160
  • What I'm trying to say is that God is so worthy
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  • of our praise, of our thanks.
  • 00:18:48.020 --> 00:18:51.080
  • And I know there's pain in your life.
  • 00:18:51.080 --> 00:18:52.230
  • I know there's suffering.
  • 00:18:52.230 --> 00:18:53.230
  • I know there's hardships.
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  • But you see what I'm saying?
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  • Focus on the good.
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  • Focus on the positive.
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  • It is the will of God for you to give thanks
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  • in all circumstances in Christ Jesus.
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  • Do you understand that?
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  • Oh, that's so good.
  • 00:19:09.270 --> 00:19:11.280
  • Recently I took a trip out west.
  • 00:19:11.280 --> 00:19:15.040
  • I live in Houston, Texas and took the car
  • 00:19:15.040 --> 00:19:18.140
  • and drove all the way through Colorado, and Utah, Nevada.
  • 00:19:18.140 --> 00:19:23.140
  • All the way out to Big Sur, California.
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:27.010
  • Then, it was a big round trip, headed back a different way,
  • 00:19:27.010 --> 00:19:29.250
  • through Arizona, to New Mexico,
  • 00:19:29.250 --> 00:19:32.170
  • all the way back through Texas.
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  • And I saw aspens on fire, fluorescent yellows and oranges.
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  • The aspens in the mountains of Colorado.
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  • I had the privilege of hiking the Grand Canyon.
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  • That is something I will never forget.
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  • Went to Arches National Park in Utah.
  • 00:19:50.140 --> 00:19:55.070
  • And then I climbed a mountain in Nevada
  • 00:19:56.120 --> 00:19:59.090
  • at the Great Basin National Park.
  • 00:19:59.090 --> 00:20:02.260
  • Saw Lake Tahoe, saw rainbows, saw sunsets.
  • 00:20:02.260 --> 00:20:07.260
  • And the awe that it inspired wasn't so much creation,
  • 00:20:09.190 --> 00:20:13.240
  • but creation is God's handy work.
  • 00:20:13.240 --> 00:20:16.160
  • Creation gives us a vision of who God is.
  • 00:20:16.160 --> 00:20:20.040
  • And it inspired praise and thanksgiving.
  • 00:20:20.040 --> 00:20:22.140
  • See, there's so many reasons to give God thanks.
  • 00:20:22.140 --> 00:20:25.290
  • Created us, redeemed us, glorious future,
  • 00:20:25.290 --> 00:20:29.190
  • the environment that we live in.
  • 00:20:29.190 --> 00:20:31.290
  • See this is some of the good things.
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  • Give God thanks in your painful situations,
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:37.240
  • but give God thanks in positive situations also.
  • 00:20:37.240 --> 00:20:42.040
  • For your financial blessings.
  • 00:20:42.040 --> 00:20:44.060
  • For your husband or wife.
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  • For your children.
  • 00:20:45.100 --> 00:20:46.120
  • For your job.
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  • For the car, your house.
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:50.000
  • There's a multitude of blessings that we have.
  • 00:20:50.000 --> 00:20:52.210
  • And count your blessings.
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  • It's really important to do so.
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:56.250
  • I remember one time I was on an airplane,
  • 00:20:56.250 --> 00:20:58.240
  • and I'm flying on the airplane,
  • 00:20:58.240 --> 00:21:01.020
  • and the girl sitting next to me,
  • 00:21:01.020 --> 00:21:02.190
  • she wasn't that old, probably about 25.
  • 00:21:02.190 --> 00:21:04.190
  • She goes, what do you do for a living?
  • 00:21:04.190 --> 00:21:06.230
  • I said, well I'm a Catholic priest.
  • 00:21:06.230 --> 00:21:09.040
  • And she said, you know, I have a theory about that.
  • 00:21:09.040 --> 00:21:11.080
  • She said, I think people are born to do what they do.
  • 00:21:11.080 --> 00:21:14.160
  • For example, a fireman is born to do that,
  • 00:21:14.160 --> 00:21:17.240
  • or a policeman is born to do that,
  • 00:21:17.240 --> 00:21:19.100
  • or a lawyer is born to be a lawyer,
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  • and I believe that you were born to be a priest.
  • 00:21:21.110 --> 00:21:25.200
  • And I said, well, that's not quite the way I see it.
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  • The way I see it is this.
  • 00:21:29.140 --> 00:21:30.210
  • I have to tell you, when I was young,
  • 00:21:30.210 --> 00:21:33.160
  • I was born and brought up Catholic,
  • 00:21:33.160 --> 00:21:35.110
  • but I was never really all that religious.
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  • Never an alter boy.
  • 00:21:38.290 --> 00:21:41.090
  • Never had a real propensity.
  • 00:21:41.090 --> 00:21:43.030
  • I believed in God, but it was when I was 19 years old,
  • 00:21:43.030 --> 00:21:47.110
  • I received a touch from Jesus.
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:50.010
  • And I received that touch, there was a call
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  • to priesthood in that.
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  • And what happened was priesthood for me
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  • isn't so much I was born to do it
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  • and I grew up to do it, and I was trained in religion,
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  • and I became a priest, no.
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  • Priesthood for me was if you ever heard about that story
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  • of the 10 lepers and the Gospel.
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  • Jesus touches 10 lepers and one of them comes back
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  • after they were healed to give thanks.
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  • That's what priesthood is for me.
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  • There's a verse in the Bible that talks about,
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  • it's one of the Psalms, and it talks about
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  • how you lift up the cup of thanksgiving.
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  • You life up the cup.
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  • And how could I make a return to the Lord?
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  • It's Psalm 116.
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  • How can I make a return to the Lord
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  • for all the good God has done for me?
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  • The cup of thanksgiving, I will raise.
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  • And that's exactly what a priest does at Mass.
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  • He raises the cup of blessing.
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  • How can I make a return for the Lord
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  • for touching me, for saving me, for healing me?
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  • I became a Catholic priest.
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  • I gave it all to Jesus.
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  • Professed the vow of poverty so that I could reach out
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  • and serve people.
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  • And that's exactly what thanksgiving is.
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  • I need to tell you that thanksgiving is more than words.
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  • I call it thanks living.
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  • In other words, if you really want to give thanks
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  • to God in all circumstances, then be the best husband
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  • or wife that you can be.
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  • Raise your children well.
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  • Live ethically with virtue.
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  • Live morally, be obedient to God.
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  • See, that's thanks living.
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  • Live your vocation to the full.
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  • As Tim Hensel said in his book,
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  • he talked about being the best version of yourself
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  • that you can be.
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  • Don't live a sloppy, sinful life.
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  • Thanksgiving means thanks living.
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  • It's words, yes.
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  • But more than words, it's actions.
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  • I know you have pain in your life.
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  • I know that there's trials and sufferings and hardships.
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  • But I want you to be better, not bitter.
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  • The will of God for you in Christ Jesus
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  • is to give thanks in all circumstances.
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  • How do you give thanks?
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  • With your words, by giving, but most of all by your actions.
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  • Remember thanksgiving is thanks living.
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  • So be better, not bitter.
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  • And as you give thanks, you're going to find out something.
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  • There will be a joy, unspeakable and full of glory,
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  • that you've never known before.
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  • You will be better, not bitter,
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  • as you concentrate on the positive
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  • and not focus on the pain.
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  • Miracles will happen like Jesus,
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  • the multiplication of the loaves.
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  • Open doors like Paul in prison.
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  • And you will do the will of God.
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  • And that's what we pray every time we pray
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  • the Our Father.
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  • Father, your will be done.
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  • So, don't just live.
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  • Live with passion by giving thanks in all circumstances.
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  • Give God thanks in all circumstances.
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  • That's the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
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  • Think about this for a moment.
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  • Every breath, every heartbeat, every moment
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  • is a gift from God to you and me.
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  • So give God thanks.
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  • And one of the reasons why I give God thanks
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  • is because of my partners, my benefactors,
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  • those who support me with their prayers.
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  • Those who support me financially.
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  • Many are Catholic, but many are not Catholic.
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  • I just got this letter, actually it was an email,
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  • and this is what the man said.
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  • I'm a Pentecostal pastor, and I've pastored
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  • three Pentecostal churches.
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  • And I found your ministry and the Holy Spirit
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  • has led me to listen to you,
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  • and I learn so much as I watch you on TV.
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  • He says, I hear you every Sunday before I minister.
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  • You always give me a word to help me.
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  • That's exactly what I'm trying to do.
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  • I'm trying to encourage people, inspire people,
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  • and I have a saying about my ministry.
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  • Touching lives, saving souls.
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  • Would you consider supporting me financially?
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  • That's one of the ways that you can give thanks to God
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  • is by giving.
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  • That's always been a perennial way to give God thanks
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  • is by giving of your resources.
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  • And I guarantee you, you're sowing seed into good soil.
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  • You will help me touch lives, to save souls
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  • all around the world.
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  • So, if you would just stay tuned, listen to my announcer.
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  • All you have to do is you can contact me
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  • through the website or through the phone number.
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  • Or just simply write me, and we'll send you an envelope.
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  • No obligation, thank you, thank you, thank you
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  • in advance for your generosity.
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