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A Different Spirit

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December 8, 2019
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Live with Passion with Father Cedric

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  • Your challenges can make you a champion.
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  • (uplifting music)
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  • Hi, I'm Father Cedric Pisegna,
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  • the host of Live with Passion.
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  • So glad you found the program.
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  • Glad that you're here because I wanna talk about
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  • a different spirit.
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  • As believers, we have a different heart,
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  • a different attitude, a different spirit
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  • than the rest of the world.
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  • Let me share with you from the book of Numbers,
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  • chapter 14, and this is God speaking.
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  • He said, my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit
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  • and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land
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  • into which we went and his descendants shall possess it.
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  • I love that.
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  • Here's a story.
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  • The Hebrews had journeyed out of Egypt,
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  • and they're now crossing the Jordan
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  • and about to come into the promise land.
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  • So they sent spies into the promise land,
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  • and the spies came back.
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  • They only sent 12.
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  • And the spies came back and 10 of them
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  • had this very evil report.
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  • They said the land is great, and they came back with grapes
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  • and it looked beautiful.
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  • And they were saying the land is fruitful
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  • and it's a wonderful place.
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  • However, there are giants in the land and they are big.
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  • I don't think we can conquer them.
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  • We look like grasshoppers in their sight.
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  • But two of the 12, Joshua and Caleb,
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  • said we are well able to conquer the land.
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  • Joshua and Caleb were leaders.
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  • And the reason why they were leaders
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  • is because they believed in God.
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  • They trusted God.
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  • And as we just heard from the book of Numbers,
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  • Caleb had a different spirit.
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  • I love that.
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  • Because as I look at people in the world,
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  • there's a lot of people that are negative,
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  • and a lot of people that are down
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  • and a lot of unbelievers as we know.
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  • I love what it says in First Peter.
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  • It says that we've been called out,
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  • that's what the word church means.
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  • (speaks in foreign language)
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  • Those who are called out of darkness
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  • into God's marvelous light to proclaim the goodness of God.
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  • So the church, the believers, the body of Christ,
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  • we are different, we're not the same as,
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  • we're uncommon, we're not like the rest of the world.
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  • We are different.
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  • We've been called out.
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  • We don't have the same attitude.
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  • We're believers.
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  • We trust in God.
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  • And I love that attitude that Caleb had.
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  • Yeah, there's big people over there.
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  • Yeah, there's giants.
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  • Yeah, we don't have all the resources and everything,
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  • but what we do have is we have God on our side,
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  • and we are well able.
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  • We are well able when we face life because God is able.
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  • Paul when he writes to the Ephesians
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  • and he talks about prayer says,
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  • God is well able to do more than we can ever dare
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  • to ask, think, or imagine.
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  • That's the God I know and hopefully the God you know, too.
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  • All you have to do is look at creation.
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  • Look at the stars, look at the mountains.
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  • Look at the all the 7.500.000.000 people
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  • on the face of the earth.
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  • God has done amazing things.
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  • And so don't look at the way people are.
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  • Focus on your faith.
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  • Focus on believers.
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  • And by the way, Caleb, when he was 85 years old,
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  • and finally they did come into the promise land,
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  • they're parceling out the promise land
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  • to all the different people, you know what Caleb said?
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  • He said, when he was asked about what land he wanted,
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  • he said, give me a mountain.
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  • I love that.
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  • In other words, he was saying at age 85,
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  • he was saying, give me a challenge.
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  • Give me something that's gonna force me to grow.
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  • And that's exactly what the challenges the mountains,
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  • the hardships, the difficulties do in our life.
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  • The giants, if you will, ask David about that.
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  • The giants of our life, the difficulties of our life,
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  • they stretch us.
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  • Challenges make us grow.
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  • One thing happened to me.
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  • I ran into some problems with my knee.
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  • You know, I'm an avid golfer and I like to run.
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  • And I ended up having to have surgery.
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  • And it was devastating for me
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  • because I've always been athletic and very mobile
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  • and running around all the time.
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  • Well finally it caught up to me and a few years ago,
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  • about five years ago,
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  • I had to have a partial knee replacement.
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  • Devastated me.
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  • It was perhaps the hardest thing
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  • I ever had to do in my life.
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  • And I remember when I had that surgery
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  • and I started rehabbing after,
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  • they told me that there was some things I had to cut out,
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  • like running, it wouldn't be good for me anymore.
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  • And so I'd be driving in a car and I'd be watching people
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  • running along the side of the road, young people,
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  • and I'd start to feel self pity.
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  • I'd start to feel down and I'd start to feel awful
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  • about the whole thing.
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  • And then I heard a voice that said Cedric,
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  • and I believe it was the voice of God deep within me.
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  • And I heard a voice that said Cedric,
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  • don't focus on what you can't do,
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  • focus on what you can do.
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  • I say that to you right now.
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  • Maybe you're going through some self pity about your body,
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  • about some things in your life,
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  • about the way things used to be and it isn't anymore,
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  • could be even your memory.
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  • Don't focus on what you can't do,
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  • focus on what you can do.
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  • And that was such an inspiration for me
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  • because really, I can do pretty much everything.
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  • I walk great, work out on the elliptical,
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  • I do swimming, I bike.
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  • I do all kinds of different things,
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  • there's just a few things I can do, such as running,
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  • basketball, two things.
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  • I still play golf.
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  • I still do all kinds of other things.
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  • So you know, there's two people in life
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  • that are 100% right.
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  • Those who say they can and those who say they can't.
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  • Which one are you?
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  • I wanna be a can-do person.
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  • Because I believe that challenges
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  • can actually make you a champion.
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  • So what I've done is I've rehabbed
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  • and then I've rehabbed some more.
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  • And I've worked out, and then, you know what?
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  • I got to like working out.
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  • The elliptical, the treadmill, the bike,
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  • the weights, the swimming.
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  • And whenever I'm working out,
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  • sometimes I'll be the midst of a work out,
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  • and you're working on the elliptical and it's really hard,
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  • you know that voice will say,
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  • why don't you just relax and stop?
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  • Whenever that happens, I up the resistance.
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  • It's like, shut up, negativity.
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  • I like being made stronger.
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  • I like being made tougher.
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  • And that's exactly what has happened.
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  • By working out, all because of the affliction
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  • that happened with my knee, it's actually made me tough.
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  • And I call it the toughness of faith.
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  • You see, when you have challenges in life,
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  • if you face your challenges, you'll be surprised
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  • at what you can do.
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  • Like Caleb, you can face your giants.
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  • Like David, you can face your giants.
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  • Like Jesus, you can face the cross and be victorious,
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  • and you don't have to run.
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  • So actually now, I've developed a new toughness.
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  • I call it the toughness of faith.
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  • And when you have faith in God, you can be tough
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  • because the power that created the universe lives in you.
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  • If the spirit, this is right from the Bible.
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  • If the spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you,
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  • he will raise you from the dead, so you can experience
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  • resurrection through the holy spirit even now.
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  • You can face your tough challenges.
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  • You can face your hard situations.
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  • And you can be more than a conqueror
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  • through Christ who loves you.
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  • So, I've become tough.
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  • I'm willing to take on the TV challenge.
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  • To write books, and travel around the country preaching.
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  • I want you to develop your potential.
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  • So in the Bible, it's interesting.
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  • Paul said that he had a thorn in the flesh
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  • and he wanted it taken away, and he found out
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  • that God's grace, God's power,
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  • God's presence was sufficient for him.
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  • And it is.
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  • And so Paul faced his challenges, the shipwrecks,
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  • the stonings, the beatings, eventually his own martyrdom,
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  • and the fruit that he bore, what a life.
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  • He realized his potential.
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  • Moses was a stutterer.
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  • But yet, he lead the Hebrew people in the promise land
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  • or at least on the way to the promise land, out of slavery.
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  • Even though he stuttered, even though he had his inadequacy
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  • and his quote handicap, his disablement,
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  • he was able to do it.
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  • And then Jeremiah though he was too young,
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  • but he became one of the greatest prophets
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  • that ever lived.
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  • If you ever read any of the book of Jeremiah,
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  • I know the plans I have for you says the lord.
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  • That comes right from Jeremiah.
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  • Plans for your welfare, not for your woe.
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  • So God used people that were too young, who stuttered,
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  • who had a thorn in the flesh,
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  • and they faced their giants, their challenges.
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  • They overcame, and their challenges made them a champion.
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  • I remember when I was in high school.
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  • I ended up discovering in front of my classmates
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  • as we went around the room reading.
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  • I know English very well and I know how to read,
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  • but as I was reading in class, I started for the first time
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  • in my life having a panic attack.
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  • And I mean my heart beat really quickly
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  • and I got out of breath and I couldn't go on.
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  • And it was terrible.
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  • For the rest of my high school years
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  • and even going into college, I didn't wanna read in public,
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  • didn't wanna speak in public.
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  • I didn't even wanna be in public.
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  • I had a social anxiety disorder,
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  • and it was called panic attacks.
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  • And then when I got into college,
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  • finally God touched my life and called me.
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  • Even though I had panic attacks, God called me to preach.
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  • So I've come to understand
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  • that I didn't have to run anymore.
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  • I had to face my challenges like Paul, like Jeremiah,
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  • like Moses, like David, like Caleb, like so many others.
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  • And you're called to do the same thing.
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  • Don't run from your challenges, face your challenges.
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  • The only way to overcome fear is to go through.
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  • You don't go around, you don't go above,
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  • you don't go underneath, go through.
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  • And as you go through the valley of the shadow of darkness,
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  • your shepherd is with you.
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  • That's what I've discovered,
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  • and that's part of the way that you can come
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  • to a personal relationship with God.
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  • As you go through, you develop.
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  • So, I'm still afraid.
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  • I still panic every once in a while, but I don't run.
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  • David didn't run from his giant,
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  • and he was able to conquer Goliath.
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  • Caleb didn't run from the challenge
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  • and he entered the promise land.
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  • Jeremiah didn't run from the fact that he was young,
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  • and he became a great prophet.
  • 00:11:53.070 --> 00:11:55.060
  • And Paul didn't run from his thorn in the flesh,
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  • and he became perhaps arguably the greatest apostle
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  • that ever lived.
  • 00:12:01.050 --> 00:12:02.230
  • So don't run from your challenges, face your challenges.
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  • They will stretch you.
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  • They will make you tough.
  • 00:12:06.090 --> 00:12:09.030
  • They will help you to become all that you can be.
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  • And we all have challenges.
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  • And when I say that challenges make champions,
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  • I mean that they make you in a champion
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  • in what you can accomplish.
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  • I would have never accomplished what I've accomplished
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  • in my life had I run from my fears.
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  • Same with Paul.
  • 00:12:25.050 --> 00:12:26.060
  • Same with Caleb.
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  • Same with David.
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  • Same with so many other people.
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  • And I believe that you have a great potential
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  • and a great destiny to fulfill.
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  • I know the plans that I have for you says the lord.
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  • So don't run from it.
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  • Some of you are being called to religious life.
  • 00:12:41.180 --> 00:12:44.120
  • Some of you are being called to ministry
  • 00:12:44.120 --> 00:12:46.180
  • but don't run from it.
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  • You will fulfill your potential in eternal destiny
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  • if you embrace it.
  • 00:12:51.180 --> 00:12:53.180
  • Don't run just because it's hard.
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  • Yeah, you'll be stretched,
  • 00:12:55.150 --> 00:12:57.090
  • but you'll become all that you can be.
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  • That's what it means to live with passion.
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  • So I invite you to understand that your challenges
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  • can make you accomplish things in life,
  • 00:13:05.220 --> 00:13:07.230
  • and then they can help you to have a good attitude.
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  • As I said, the challenge of my sickness with my knee,
  • 00:13:11.040 --> 00:13:16.040
  • that disease that happened and the knee replacement
  • 00:13:17.170 --> 00:13:19.170
  • actually made me tougher, made me fit, made me strong.
  • 00:13:19.170 --> 00:13:24.170
  • So that I don't run from the challenges in my life,
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  • I face them now.
  • 00:13:27.060 --> 00:13:28.240
  • And I don't just give in to self pity.
  • 00:13:28.240 --> 00:13:31.110
  • When I say the challenges make champions,
  • 00:13:31.110 --> 00:13:33.240
  • I mean you'll be a champion in your heart.
  • 00:13:33.240 --> 00:13:35.170
  • See, most of the world is just live in self pity.
  • 00:13:35.170 --> 00:13:39.280
  • They don't believe, they're in darkness,
  • 00:13:39.280 --> 00:13:42.060
  • they're not going anywhere.
  • 00:13:42.060 --> 00:13:44.040
  • They just say, woe is me.
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  • Life is a drudgery.
  • 00:13:45.280 --> 00:13:47.010
  • Life is hard.
  • 00:13:47.010 --> 00:13:48.190
  • And that's easy to do, but we have as the scriptures say,
  • 00:13:48.190 --> 00:13:53.070
  • a different spirit.
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  • We're not like the rest of the world.
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  • We're not the same.
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  • We're not like them.
  • 00:13:59.180 --> 00:14:01.070
  • One time we were in darkness, but we were called out of that
  • 00:14:01.070 --> 00:14:05.000
  • so that we could proclaim the light of God.
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  • That's what the word church means.
  • 00:14:09.020 --> 00:14:10.170
  • You are church.
  • 00:14:10.170 --> 00:14:12.050
  • A people called out of darkness into God's wonderful light.
  • 00:14:12.050 --> 00:14:15.150
  • (speaks in foreign language)
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  • You've been called out to proclaim the goodness of God.
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:20.240
  • So I think about something else that happened to me.
  • 00:14:20.240 --> 00:14:23.270
  • This challenge has helped make me a champion, too.
  • 00:14:23.270 --> 00:14:26.180
  • My eyes.
  • 00:14:27.140 --> 00:14:29.040
  • Some time ago, I developed this disease in my eyes.
  • 00:14:30.170 --> 00:14:33.240
  • It's called posterior vitreous detachment.
  • 00:14:33.240 --> 00:14:38.000
  • What happens is this vitreous on the back of your eyeball
  • 00:14:38.000 --> 00:14:41.220
  • towards your retina detaches as you grow older,
  • 00:14:41.220 --> 00:14:45.060
  • and it causes floaters.
  • 00:14:45.060 --> 00:14:46.270
  • And they all just float around in there.
  • 00:14:46.270 --> 00:14:48.210
  • I don't know if you've ever seen
  • 00:14:48.210 --> 00:14:49.250
  • one of these snowball things.
  • 00:14:49.250 --> 00:14:51.190
  • You got a Christmas scene, you shake it up,
  • 00:14:51.190 --> 00:14:53.020
  • and the snow starts falling.
  • 00:14:53.020 --> 00:14:54.240
  • It's kind of like that with your eyes.
  • 00:14:54.240 --> 00:14:56.010
  • When you move your eyes,
  • 00:14:56.010 --> 00:14:57.050
  • stuff just kinda floats around in there.
  • 00:14:57.050 --> 00:14:58.270
  • They're floaters.
  • 00:14:58.270 --> 00:15:00.120
  • Now I have good eyesight, but it's hard to see
  • 00:15:00.120 --> 00:15:03.060
  • everything exactly the way you want to see it
  • 00:15:03.060 --> 00:15:05.260
  • when you've got these floaters floating around.
  • 00:15:05.260 --> 00:15:07.080
  • So I found a doctor who lasers them.
  • 00:15:07.080 --> 00:15:10.110
  • I went to that doctor and I was having them lasered.
  • 00:15:10.110 --> 00:15:12.220
  • And the doctor said something I'll never forget.
  • 00:15:12.220 --> 00:15:15.260
  • He actually kinda yelled at me.
  • 00:15:15.260 --> 00:15:17.090
  • He said, instead of focusing on the floaters,
  • 00:15:17.090 --> 00:15:20.130
  • why don't you just focus on what you can see?
  • 00:15:20.130 --> 00:15:23.020
  • And I thought to myself, well, wait a minute,
  • 00:15:23.020 --> 00:15:24.210
  • I've come here to have him help me
  • 00:15:24.210 --> 00:15:26.030
  • and now he's yelling at me.
  • 00:15:26.030 --> 00:15:27.270
  • But you know what?
  • 00:15:27.270 --> 00:15:29.030
  • What he said was absolutely correct.
  • 00:15:29.030 --> 00:15:31.150
  • I was kind of in self pity because of all these floaters.
  • 00:15:31.150 --> 00:15:36.100
  • He wasn't able to take them all away.
  • 00:15:36.100 --> 00:15:38.100
  • I still have them even today.
  • 00:15:38.100 --> 00:15:41.030
  • But now, my challenges are making me a champion
  • 00:15:41.030 --> 00:15:45.060
  • in terms of my attitude.
  • 00:15:45.060 --> 00:15:47.020
  • Instead of just being in self pity
  • 00:15:47.020 --> 00:15:48.200
  • and focusing on my sickness, I look at the world.
  • 00:15:48.200 --> 00:15:53.200
  • Yeah they're still there, but I don't pay attention to them.
  • 00:15:55.040 --> 00:15:56.250
  • I see the ocean and the stars and the flowers and people.
  • 00:15:58.080 --> 00:16:02.290
  • I don't let the afflictions and the challenges
  • 00:16:04.080 --> 00:16:06.090
  • obscure my vision.
  • 00:16:06.090 --> 00:16:08.060
  • I grew up in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.
  • 00:16:08.060 --> 00:16:10.260
  • Anne Sullivan, she was born in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts.
  • 00:16:10.260 --> 00:16:15.100
  • You've probably heard of her
  • 00:16:15.100 --> 00:16:16.260
  • because she taught Helen Keller.
  • 00:16:16.260 --> 00:16:19.140
  • Helen Keller was blind and deaf,
  • 00:16:19.140 --> 00:16:23.000
  • and Anne Sullivan was her teacher who taught her language.
  • 00:16:23.000 --> 00:16:27.000
  • How do you teach a blind and deaf person how to speak?
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  • How to communicate?
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  • So she did it.
  • 00:16:33.210 --> 00:16:35.030
  • It was a breakthrough using water.
  • 00:16:35.030 --> 00:16:38.000
  • She finally broke through with the language.
  • 00:16:38.000 --> 00:16:40.100
  • And Helen Keller, talk about facing her challenge.
  • 00:16:40.100 --> 00:16:43.270
  • Helen Keller, even though she was blind and deaf,
  • 00:16:43.270 --> 00:16:47.030
  • she wrote and published 12 books and many articles.
  • 00:16:47.030 --> 00:16:52.030
  • Her challenges made her a champion.
  • 00:16:53.070 --> 00:16:57.170
  • She didn't let her disablement and her quote handicap,
  • 00:16:57.170 --> 00:17:02.190
  • her affliction of her eyes or her ears stop here.
  • 00:17:04.010 --> 00:17:08.060
  • God had put a gift in her, and she used that gift.
  • 00:17:08.060 --> 00:17:13.030
  • In one of her articles, it was called Three Days To See,
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:17.000
  • she said this, Helen Keller did.
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:19.040
  • I who am blind can give one hint
  • 00:17:19.040 --> 00:17:23.180
  • to those of you who can see.
  • 00:17:23.180 --> 00:17:26.040
  • Use your eyes as if tomorrow, you would be stricken blind.
  • 00:17:26.040 --> 00:17:31.010
  • In other words, what was Helen Keller saying?
  • 00:17:31.010 --> 00:17:33.050
  • She was saying appreciate the fact that you can see.
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  • Look at life.
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  • Touch a rose.
  • 00:17:42.080 --> 00:17:43.170
  • Smell the scent.
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:47.050
  • Savor your life.
  • 00:17:47.050 --> 00:17:49.060
  • And see, these are people with a different spirit.
  • 00:17:49.060 --> 00:17:53.270
  • They don't just let their afflictions
  • 00:17:53.270 --> 00:17:55.280
  • and their quote handicaps bring them down.
  • 00:17:55.280 --> 00:17:58.270
  • They rise above.
  • 00:17:58.270 --> 00:18:01.130
  • They face their challenges.
  • 00:18:01.130 --> 00:18:03.020
  • They let their challenges stretch them
  • 00:18:03.020 --> 00:18:04.260
  • and even make them better.
  • 00:18:04.260 --> 00:18:06.170
  • Now even though I've had panic attacks,
  • 00:18:06.170 --> 00:18:10.030
  • I don't let it stop me.
  • 00:18:10.030 --> 00:18:12.090
  • I haven't become a minister because of the panic attacks,
  • 00:18:12.090 --> 00:18:15.040
  • but in spite of them, I still continue on.
  • 00:18:15.040 --> 00:18:18.100
  • Yes, I get nervous when I'm in front of hundreds
  • 00:18:18.100 --> 00:18:20.150
  • and thousands of people, but I don't let it stop me.
  • 00:18:20.150 --> 00:18:23.140
  • And don't let your disablement stop you either.
  • 00:18:23.140 --> 00:18:26.130
  • You can do it.
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  • You can go forward.
  • 00:18:27.290 --> 00:18:29.130
  • I remember the story about my dad.
  • 00:18:29.130 --> 00:18:32.040
  • My dad was in the Seabees in the Second World War.
  • 00:18:32.040 --> 00:18:36.040
  • He was in the US Navy.
  • 00:18:36.040 --> 00:18:37.270
  • The Seabees are a building group.
  • 00:18:37.270 --> 00:18:40.160
  • They are into construction.
  • 00:18:40.160 --> 00:18:42.260
  • And they have a motto and their motto is this, I love this.
  • 00:18:42.260 --> 00:18:47.010
  • Can do.
  • 00:18:47.010 --> 00:18:48.070
  • That's what I'm talking about here.
  • 00:18:48.070 --> 00:18:50.000
  • Have a different spirit.
  • 00:18:50.000 --> 00:18:51.160
  • Not I can't do it, but I can do it.
  • 00:18:51.160 --> 00:18:55.120
  • I can face my challenges.
  • 00:18:55.120 --> 00:18:57.120
  • I can overcome the adversities.
  • 00:18:57.120 --> 00:19:00.060
  • And the rest of the motto goes like this, I love this.
  • 00:19:00.060 --> 00:19:02.250
  • The difficult we do now,
  • 00:19:02.250 --> 00:19:05.090
  • the impossible takes a little while longer.
  • 00:19:05.090 --> 00:19:07.260
  • I think that's great.
  • 00:19:07.260 --> 00:19:09.080
  • So, talk about vision.
  • 00:19:09.080 --> 00:19:11.060
  • My dad had problems with his eyes, too.
  • 00:19:11.060 --> 00:19:13.090
  • And the problem that he had was this.
  • 00:19:13.090 --> 00:19:14.230
  • He was probably 20 years old, 19, 20.
  • 00:19:14.230 --> 00:19:18.260
  • He's in the Second World War.
  • 00:19:18.260 --> 00:19:20.140
  • He's onboard one of these big ships.
  • 00:19:20.140 --> 00:19:22.230
  • And they're working on some molten metal,
  • 00:19:22.230 --> 00:19:24.200
  • and as they're working on it, my dad's passing by
  • 00:19:24.200 --> 00:19:27.220
  • and a piece flies out, flies right in his eye.
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:30.080
  • Totally healthy eye until that thing hit his eye.
  • 00:19:30.080 --> 00:19:34.110
  • Seared his pupil shut.
  • 00:19:34.110 --> 00:19:36.060
  • He was honorably discharged from the Navy.
  • 00:19:36.060 --> 00:19:40.050
  • Best laser surgeons tried to open up the eye.
  • 00:19:40.050 --> 00:19:44.050
  • They couldn't do it.
  • 00:19:44.050 --> 00:19:45.220
  • So what's my dad gonna do?
  • 00:19:45.220 --> 00:19:46.270
  • Go into self pity?
  • 00:19:46.270 --> 00:19:48.100
  • No.
  • 00:19:48.100 --> 00:19:49.100
  • He had a different spirit.
  • 00:19:50.100 --> 00:19:52.230
  • Remember, he was a Seabee, can do.
  • 00:19:52.230 --> 00:19:55.140
  • The hard things we do now,
  • 00:19:55.140 --> 00:19:58.090
  • the impossible takes a little longer.
  • 00:19:58.090 --> 00:20:00.290
  • Well dad ended up continuing to use his talent
  • 00:20:00.290 --> 00:20:04.260
  • as a carpenter.
  • 00:20:04.260 --> 00:20:06.130
  • He continued as a carpenter when he got out of the military.
  • 00:20:06.130 --> 00:20:09.210
  • And he raised a family, got married, raised three children.
  • 00:20:09.210 --> 00:20:13.080
  • I'm the only boy, the third, the youngest.
  • 00:20:13.080 --> 00:20:16.030
  • And I used to work with him.
  • 00:20:16.030 --> 00:20:17.260
  • And I remember working with dad.
  • 00:20:17.260 --> 00:20:19.140
  • He would build these beautiful houses,
  • 00:20:19.140 --> 00:20:21.100
  • and would build room additions.
  • 00:20:21.100 --> 00:20:24.160
  • He was a master craftsman.
  • 00:20:24.160 --> 00:20:26.060
  • I've seen build him tabernacles and lecterns
  • 00:20:26.060 --> 00:20:30.010
  • and altars with his hands.
  • 00:20:30.010 --> 00:20:32.280
  • And I know because I used to work with him.
  • 00:20:32.280 --> 00:20:35.010
  • And I remember one time asking dad,
  • 00:20:35.010 --> 00:20:37.170
  • dad, what happened to your eye?
  • 00:20:37.170 --> 00:20:39.000
  • And he told me the story about how that piece of metal
  • 00:20:39.000 --> 00:20:41.030
  • flew in there.
  • 00:20:41.030 --> 00:20:42.170
  • And I had to ask him because he never ever complained
  • 00:20:42.170 --> 00:20:45.290
  • about his eye.
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:47.180
  • And I'm so proud of him because he became a carpenter
  • 00:20:47.180 --> 00:20:52.090
  • with one eye.
  • 00:20:52.090 --> 00:20:54.150
  • And not just a carpenter, as I said, a master craftsman.
  • 00:20:54.150 --> 00:20:58.100
  • Did amazing work.
  • 00:20:59.070 --> 00:21:01.120
  • I was so proud of him.
  • 00:21:01.120 --> 00:21:02.200
  • He taught me so much about challenges.
  • 00:21:02.200 --> 00:21:05.000
  • He taught me so much about adversity.
  • 00:21:05.000 --> 00:21:08.100
  • He taught me so much about attitude in the midst of it all.
  • 00:21:08.100 --> 00:21:13.060
  • So I think about a woman one time I was at a church
  • 00:21:13.060 --> 00:21:17.050
  • and I was preaching, and I noticed a woman in wheelchair
  • 00:21:17.050 --> 00:21:20.140
  • sitting in the front pew.
  • 00:21:20.140 --> 00:21:22.180
  • And I'd seen her earlier in the parish office.
  • 00:21:22.180 --> 00:21:25.170
  • She worked in the parish office, she was very involved.
  • 00:21:25.170 --> 00:21:28.270
  • So I went over to her and I thanked her for coming
  • 00:21:28.270 --> 00:21:31.040
  • to the mission, to hear me speak.
  • 00:21:31.040 --> 00:21:33.170
  • And I said, you know, you're in a wheelchair,
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:35.080
  • what happened to you?
  • 00:21:35.080 --> 00:21:36.240
  • And she said, well, when my mother was pregnant with me,
  • 00:21:36.240 --> 00:21:40.110
  • she had some type of a disease, and I caught that disease,
  • 00:21:40.110 --> 00:21:44.140
  • and I was born disabled.
  • 00:21:44.140 --> 00:21:47.210
  • But my mother taught me something,
  • 00:21:47.210 --> 00:21:49.120
  • and she said, don't ever get into self pity,
  • 00:21:49.120 --> 00:21:52.060
  • always be positive.
  • 00:21:52.060 --> 00:21:54.140
  • And she said, I'm very involved.
  • 00:21:54.140 --> 00:21:56.160
  • And I said, well thank you so much for sharing that story
  • 00:21:56.160 --> 00:21:58.260
  • because you can see how active you are is how happy you are.
  • 00:21:58.260 --> 00:22:03.130
  • It's the same in everybody's life.
  • 00:22:03.130 --> 00:22:05.040
  • For whatever reason, we all have adversity,
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:07.200
  • whether it be a physical ailment, as I've been talking about
  • 00:22:07.200 --> 00:22:10.140
  • whether it be relationship problems
  • 00:22:10.140 --> 00:22:12.210
  • or challenges of many different varied types.
  • 00:22:12.210 --> 00:22:16.280
  • And you can't let them overcome you.
  • 00:22:16.280 --> 00:22:18.210
  • You have to be positive.
  • 00:22:18.210 --> 00:22:20.270
  • Have that different spirit.
  • 00:22:20.270 --> 00:22:23.210
  • Be strong in the lord and the power of his might,
  • 00:22:23.210 --> 00:22:27.240
  • and you can face your adversities.
  • 00:22:27.240 --> 00:22:30.100
  • One time, I was preaching in New York,
  • 00:22:30.100 --> 00:22:34.210
  • and I was giving a parish mission there,
  • 00:22:34.210 --> 00:22:36.270
  • and I preached the best I could and the mission ended
  • 00:22:36.270 --> 00:22:40.210
  • and the service ended, and I'm in the back
  • 00:22:40.210 --> 00:22:42.120
  • shaking hands with people.
  • 00:22:42.120 --> 00:22:44.090
  • This young man came up to me, and I'll never forget it.
  • 00:22:44.090 --> 00:22:46.210
  • And he said, Father Cedric, he said,
  • 00:22:46.210 --> 00:22:48.100
  • I've been watching you on TV.
  • 00:22:48.100 --> 00:22:50.120
  • He said, I just got out of prison.
  • 00:22:50.120 --> 00:22:52.290
  • And if you don't know this,
  • 00:22:52.290 --> 00:22:54.150
  • my programs through TBN, Trinity Broadcasting Network,
  • 00:22:54.150 --> 00:22:58.040
  • have been going into the prisons for many years now.
  • 00:22:58.040 --> 00:23:01.200
  • And many people watch and it's wonderful
  • 00:23:01.200 --> 00:23:04.020
  • to be reaching out into the walls of the prison.
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  • So he said, I just got out of prison, and he said,
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  • you sent me a book called Challenges Make Champions.
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  • That's a book that I wrote talking about
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  • facing your adversities, facing your challenges,
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  • facing your hardships, and how you can do it.
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  • You can overcome,
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  • and your challenges can make you a champion.
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  • So he said I've read that book and he said father,
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  • it really touched my life.
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  • Then he rolled up his sleeve, and I'll never forget this.
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  • There tattooed on his arm was the title of that book,
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  • Challenges Make Champions.
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  • And you know what that tells me about that young man?
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  • In prison, facing those hardships, facing that adversity,
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  • he made a decision, just like Joshua made a decision
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  • when he came into the promise land.
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  • As for me and my house, we will serve the lord.
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  • Joshua and Caleb, a different spirit.
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  • Well he made a decision that his challenges
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  • weren't gonna defeat him.
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  • His challenges were gonna make him a champion.
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  • And I want that to be tattooed not on your arm
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  • but in your heart.
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  • That your challenges can make you a champion
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  • in terms of your attitude, in terms of your accomplishments,
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  • and that you can do it.
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  • Be strong.
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  • God lives within you.
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  • You're not the way the rest of the world is.
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  • You have a different spirit.
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  • So I wanted to leave you with a few sayings
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  • that I really love.
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  • Life isn't about waiting for the storms to stop,
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  • it's about learning to dance in the rain.
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  • A ship in a harbor is safe,
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  • but we were made for the wide open ocean.
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  • We can't direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
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  • We can't control the waves, but we can learn how to surf.
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  • Don't just live, live with passion.
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  • (gentle music)
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  • I hope you liked the preaching about becoming a champion,
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  • that you challenges can actually stretch you.
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  • I got a letter from a woman.
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  • She said, I've been away from the church for 35 years.
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  • Now returned to church after watching your program
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  • because what you preach is so positive and encouraging.
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  • I love that, that's what I'm trying to do.
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  • Not just bring people back to church, I'm trying
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  • to give them a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • I want them to be filled with the holy spirit.
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  • And I can do this.
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  • I can reach out on television because it is expensive.
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  • I can do it because of my partners,
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  • because of my benefactors, because of those of you
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  • who donate, you write me.
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  • So please check out my website, you'll really like it,
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  • and write me if you would.
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  • And if you make a donation, I will send you for any donation
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  • if you become a partner, I'll send you my book,
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  • Challenges Make Champions.
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  • You'll love this book.
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  • It'll help you to face your challenges.
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  • It'll stretch you.
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  • You'll be more than a conqueror through Christ.
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  • So again, visit my website.
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  • You'll find all kinds of fun things to do on the website.
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  • And also, if you would write me.
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  • Many of you write me by mail, I really appreciate that.
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  • And then you can also call that number.
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  • Please make a donation.
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  • Please support me so that I can continue
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  • to preach the gospel everywhere.
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  • Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance.
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  • If you're already a partner, know that I'm praying for you
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  • and I really appreciate you.
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  • Don't just live, live with passion.
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  • - [Announcer] Don't just live, live passionately.
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  • Jesus came to bring us abundant life.
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  • A life filled with joy, hope, and purpose.
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  • For over a decade, Father Cedric Pisegna has been sharing
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  • the life-changing message of hope with people
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  • around the world has a priest with a vow of poverty.
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  • Father Cedric's programs and resources are created
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  • with one purpose in mind, change lives.
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  • It's only because of generous people like you who give
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  • We hear life-changing testimonies from people
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  • who watch us on television.
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  • Write us at Father Cedric Ministries,
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