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July 18, 2020
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Michael Youssef passionately proclaims uncompromising truth from God’s Word. Learn more at LTW.org.

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  • between legalism and license.
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  • The legalist, on the one hand,
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  • thinks we'll not make itto heaven
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  • unless they keepcertain rules.
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  • On the other extremes,we have the blatant,
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  • flaunting of the freedominto promiscuousness
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  • and justify itunder cheap grace.
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  • Freedom in Christnever mean that we have
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  • an unbridled license to sin.
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  • announcer: Up next.
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  • announcer: Never before hasour nation been so divided,
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  • so distracted, so proneto seeking our own way.
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  • Yet for the believer,we are called to a hope
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  • that does not disappoint.
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  • Join Leading The Way's newestinitiative, Awake America,
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  • a call to God's people to prayfor a spiritual awakening
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  • like we have neverwitnessed before.
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  • We are asking Bible-believingChristians all over the country
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  • to join us as we prayin our neighborhoods,
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  • our cities, and on our campuses,pray that God
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  • will bring salvation and revivalto our land.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Bless youfor these brothers and sisters.
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  • I thank you--
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  • announcer: Will you partnerwith Leading the Way,
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  • by joining this growing movementto Awake America?
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  • Together, we will proclaim
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  • the uncompromisingtruth of Christ.
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  • To join with usin this critical mission,
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  • go to www.ltw.organd sign up today.
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  • Dr. Youssef: It's not a surpriseto any of us
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  • that we live in a time
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  • where we are bombardedby information.
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  • We are drowningin information,
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  • and yet we are starvedto death
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  • for knowledge.
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  • We are plugged
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  • into the informationsuperhighway online,
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  • and yet we're becomingtruly disconnected from reality.
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  • There are more books and papersand electronic research
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  • that are published every day,every day,
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  • than one can read in a lifetime.
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  • Here is a fact:knowledge without wisdom
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  • is dangerous as a carwithout a steering wheel
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  • or without brakes.
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  • So what is wisdom?
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  • Wisdom is applying knowledgeto the situation.
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  • If 1 Corinthians letterteaches us anything,
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  • it teaches us how to balanceknowledge with love,
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  • how to balance freedomwith responsibility,
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  • how to balance gracewith accountability,
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  • how to dealwith what is clearly forbidden
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  • in the Word of God,and what is not.
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  • That is why so many of youhave been saying to me,
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  • "This is the most relevantepistle," and it is.
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  • It's relevant for us todayin the 21st century,
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  • more than any other time,and in 1 Corinthians chapter 8,
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  • is a chapter about issues
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  • that are not plainly forbiddenin the Scripture.
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  • It's about issues that are leftup to the individual believer
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  • to deal with under the guidanceof the Holy Spirit with wisdom,
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  • things that we decidefor ourselves, for yourself.
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  • Beloved, here's the problem:
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  • in the 21st century churchin the West,
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  • in the West particularly,
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  • and it affects everyoneat the sound of my voice,
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  • most people fallinto one of the two extremes;
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  • sadly, there are fewwho are balanced.
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  • Legalism, on the one hand,that focuses on issues
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  • that are not necessaryfor salvation.
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  • The other hand,the other extreme, are those--
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  • and this is, by the way,
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  • the vast majorityof evangelicals today--
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  • is licenseunder the guise of grace.
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  • It's really cheap grace,license to immorality
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  • and justify itunder cheap grace.
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  • We have little balancebetween legalism and license.
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  • The legalist, on the one hand,
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  • thinks we'll not make itto heaven
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  • unless they keepcertain rules,
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  • unless they keepcertain regulations.
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  • On the other extremes,
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  • we have the blatant flauntingof the freedom
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  • into promiscuousness.
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  • Now, you must understandthat liberty and freedom
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  • are at the very coreof the Christian faith.
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  • Can I get an "amen"?
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  • In John chapter 8,verse 31 and 32,
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  • here's what Jesus said:
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  • "If you hold on to my teaching,you really are my disciples,
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  • and then youwill know the truth,
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  • and the truthshall set you," what?
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  • 2 Corinthians 3:17,
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  • Paul said that, "Wherethe Spirit of the Lord is,
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  • there is freedomand liberty."
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  • Galatians chapter 5, verse 1,
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  • "It is for freedom that Christhas set you free."
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  • But freedom and libertydoes not, does not,
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  • does not, does not,does not mean that we have
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  • an unbridled license to sin.
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  • That's not what freedom means.
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  • Freedom in Christ never, never,never means freedom to sin.
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  • But here the apostle Paulis saying more than that.
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  • He is saying,even in the gray areas
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  • where we have freedom,we are not totally free.
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  • Even in the areas
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  • that are really upto the individual believer
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  • to handle,we're not totally free.
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  • Why?
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  • Because it may causeothers to stumble.
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  • It may cause others to sin.
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  • It may cause others to fall.
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  • This is not legalismwhere people say,
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  • "This is a listof dos and don'ts,
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  • and you must follow them,
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  • but if you don't followthis list, you're not saved."
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  • No, and a million nos.
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  • Your spiritual temperatureis not measured
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  • by keeping man-made rules.
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  • You are to livea Spirit-filled life,
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  • not a rule-bound life.
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  • Can I get an "amen"?
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  • The freedom that Christgives us is freedom not to sin.
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  • That's the freedomthat the Bible talks about
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  • because Christ set us free.
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  • Before we came to him,we were slaves to sin.
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  • Now he sets us free.
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  • In fact,in 1 Corinthians chapter 8,
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  • he gives us three reasonsas to why we are not free
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  • to act and behave as we want to.
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  • Three reasons.Look at them with me, please.
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  • He tells them first
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  • that knowledge aloneis not complete.
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  • Look at verses 1 to 3.
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  • Then he said, secondly,
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  • not everyone hasthe same knowledge.
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  • This is verses 4 to 7.
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  • And, finally, he says, woundingthe--listen to this one.
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  • Woundingthe conscience of another
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  • because of carelessnessis a sin.
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  • Let's look at these.
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  • I'm gonna focus so muchon the first one
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  • because the second two arereally self-explanatory.
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  • He is sayingknowledge is not enough.
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  • What's that mean?
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  • The principle is this:when it comes to issues
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  • that are not specificallyforbidden in the Word of God,
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  • how you are to exerciseyour freedom matters.
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  • But let me, first of all,give you a context
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  • because you won't understandthe principle
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  • until you understandthe context,
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  • the historic,the cultural context.
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  • Until you understandwhat is Paul saying to them,
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  • you won't understandhow to apply it to us.
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  • Let me tell you a story, okay?
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  • Just think with me.
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  • In a Greek or Roman culture
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  • where the Corinthianswere living,
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  • it was filled with polytheism.
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  • "Polytheism," "poly"means "many"--
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  • "theos," god, many gods.
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  • They were believingin many gods.
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  • But they're not onlypolytheistic.
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  • They were "polydemonic."
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  • What does that mean?They believed in many demons.
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  • Demons.
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  • And they believed that allof these demons
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  • are really working hardin order to possess them.
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  • But how are these demonspossess people?
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  • Here's what they believed,that these demons,
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  • first of all,they get into the meat.
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  • When you're eating meat,
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  • they're already possessedwith demons,
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  • and you eat it,and you become possessed.
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  • Isn't that amazing,the terror that they lived in?
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  • They think this isthe fastest way
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  • a demon spirit can possess you
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  • is when theyget in the food.
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  • What's man-made solution?
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  • Ah, you take this meat,you offer it
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  • to one of the godsor the goddesses first.
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  • That way, you really striketwo birds with one stone.
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  • You basically please the god,
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  • make them happywith this offering,
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  • and get them off your back,
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  • and, secondly,
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  • the gods to whom you're offeringthis meat ahead of time,
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  • they will cleanse the meatfrom the demonic forces.
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  • See how Satan had them bound?
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  • As a matter of fact,
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  • this kind of meatthat is offered to idols
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  • was the most highly preferred,highly valued meat.
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  • That's a good meat.
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  • Why?
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  • Because it's already beencleansed from evil spirits.
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  • This is how it worked.
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  • Listen carefully.
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  • The pagan worshiperdivides his offering three ways.
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  • One portion goesas a burnt offering.
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  • The second portiongoes to the priest
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  • in the pagan temple.
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  • The third part,the worshiper keeps.
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  • Here's a problem:
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  • what's the priest gonna dowith all that meat?
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  • So the priests,clever as they were--
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  • priests are always clever--
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  • they take it,and they will sell it for money.
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  • Where do they sell it?
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  • They sell it to the butcher shopthat's in the temple.
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  • Now, there areother butcher shops,
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  • but they sell itto the one in the temple.
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  • Here was the dilemma
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  • for the new believersin Jesus Christ.
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  • When they come to Christ
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  • and they've been set freefrom all this,
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  • those believerswho were living in Corinth,
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  • it's a dilemma for them.
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  • It was impossibleto avoid eating that meat.
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  • It's everywhere.
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  • If you wentto your neighbor's wedding,
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  • if you wentto your neighbor's dinner party,
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  • if you went--yeah, you're gonna be offered
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  • this meat offered to idols.
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  • Then shouldthe Christian believer
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  • go along to get along
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  • and just eatand don't worry about it?
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  • Or should theycut themselves off
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  • from the society altogether?
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  • This was a dilemma.
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  • It was genuine dilemmafor the believers in Corinth.
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  • So you understand now,when you read the Scripture,
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  • you understand these people
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  • were not just frivolousabout it.
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  • This was important issue.
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  • Some sensitive Christians
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  • refused to eat meatthat's offered idol.
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  • They wantednothing to do with it.
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  • Why?
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  • Because it brought back to themthat terrible memories
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  • of their former pagan lifebefore Christ.
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  • Above all,they did not want anyone
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  • to think that theyhave reverted back
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  • to their previous lifebefore Christ.
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  • On the other hand,there were some Christians
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  • who couldn't understandwhat the hoopla is all about.
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  • "Meat is meat," to them:"These gods are nothing.
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  • They're not really gods at all,and there's not evil spirits."
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  • They're the onesto whom Paul is writing,
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  • whom he called mature believers.
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  • What is he saying?
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  • "Do not let your libertyto be your focus.
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  • You should be more concerned
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  • about those who areless mature in the faith.
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  • Do not focus and flauntyour freedom
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  • at the price of woundingthe conscience of others.
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  • Let your lovefor the weaker Christian
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  • override your rights.
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  • If you truly lovethe weaker Christian,
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  • then you will not useyour liberty to crush them,
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  • even in these things
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  • that are not forbiddenin the Scripture,
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  • that are leftto the individual discretion."
  • 00:14:45.634 --> 00:14:50.105
  • But he's saying more than that.
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  • Listen carefully,he's saying, "Your knowledge
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  • of the truthregarding pagan gods is good,
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  • but it's incomplete.
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  • You might be maturein knowledge,
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  • but you also should bemature in love.
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  • Your doctrine is solid,
  • 00:15:06.655 --> 00:15:09.825
  • but there is a crackin your love.
  • 00:15:09.858 --> 00:15:12.494
  • Your mind is sound,
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  • but there is something wrongwith your heart.
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  • You get an "A" for knowledge,but you get a "D" for love."
  • 00:15:17.599 --> 00:15:23.639
  • He is saying that knowledgemust be tempered with love.
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  • Knowledge is vitally important,but do not use it negatively.
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  • In fact, the Lord himselfbemoans the fact
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  • that his people are dyingfor lack of knowledge,
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  • as he says,through the prophet Hosea.
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  • A balanced Christian believeris the one
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  • who balances knowledgewith love.
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  • Can I get an "amen"?
  • 00:15:51.367 --> 00:15:54.036
  • Paul said, "Knowledge puffs.
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  • Love humbles."
  • 00:15:56.205 --> 00:15:57.840
  • Verse 3, it is impossibleto know God and not love him,
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  • and God knows those who lovehim, and he knows them by name,
  • 00:16:03.045 --> 00:16:09.084
  • and he calls them by name.
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  • So knowledge aloneis incomplete.
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  • Secondly, he says,verses 4 to 7,
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  • not everyone hasthe same knowledge.
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  • I think this is a fact.You already know this.
  • 00:16:20.229 --> 00:16:22.297
  • Not everybody hasthe same knowledge.
  • 00:16:22.331 --> 00:16:24.466
  • Paul agreeswith the mature Christians,
  • 00:16:24.500 --> 00:16:28.604
  • with the mature believers.
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  • Verse 4, not all Christians havethe same knowledge, why?
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  • Because there areall different stages of walks.
  • 00:16:34.777 --> 00:16:38.180
  • There are a lotof different stages of walks.
  • 00:16:38.213 --> 00:16:39.748
  • Some people have been walkingwith Christ
  • 00:16:39.782 --> 00:16:41.517
  • for many, many years;others, just new ones.
  • 00:16:41.550 --> 00:16:43.719
  • So we all havedifferent knowledge.
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  • Believe it or not,within the Christian community,
  • 00:16:45.888 --> 00:16:48.857
  • there are such thingas late bloomers.
  • 00:16:48.891 --> 00:16:53.429
  • Even though the act of eating
  • 00:16:53.462 --> 00:16:55.197
  • is neither morallynor spiritually wrong,
  • 00:16:55.230 --> 00:17:00.569
  • yet it becomes wrong
  • 00:17:00.602 --> 00:17:04.106
  • when I deliberatelyand carelessly let it violate
  • 00:17:04.139 --> 00:17:08.577
  • the weaker conscienceof another believer.
  • 00:17:08.610 --> 00:17:11.480
  • Thirdly, finally,
  • 00:17:11.513 --> 00:17:14.249
  • wounding the conscienceof another believer,
  • 00:17:14.283 --> 00:17:16.718
  • weak believer, is a sin.
  • 00:17:16.752 --> 00:17:19.855
  • It's a sin.
  • 00:17:19.888 --> 00:17:21.190
  • Verse 8,
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  • "Neither eating or not eating
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  • these types of meatwill commend us to God."
  • 00:17:25.928 --> 00:17:29.098
  • It's not gonna affectmy relationship with God
  • 00:17:29.131 --> 00:17:30.732
  • if you eat or you don't eat.
  • 00:17:30.766 --> 00:17:32.668
  • Doing things that are notforbidden in the Word of God
  • 00:17:32.701 --> 00:17:36.805
  • is not significant,has no significance
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  • in our relationshipwith the Lord.
  • 00:17:38.774 --> 00:17:41.143
  • Mark chapter 7, verse 15,Jesus said,
  • 00:17:41.176 --> 00:17:43.979
  • "It is not what you eatthat defiles you.
  • 00:17:44.012 --> 00:17:46.982
  • It's what comes outof your mind."
  • 00:17:47.015 --> 00:17:50.385
  • Acts chapter 10,
  • 00:17:50.419 --> 00:17:51.720
  • when the Lord showed Petera vision of unclean food,
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  • and by Jewish standards,it's just unclean,
  • 00:17:55.057 --> 00:17:57.459
  • and God said, "Eat it."
  • 00:17:57.493 --> 00:17:59.595
  • Don't forbid what God allowed.
  • 00:17:59.628 --> 00:18:02.231
  • If an immature Christianor a weak Christian sees
  • 00:18:02.264 --> 00:18:07.803
  • a mature Christiandoing something that they,
  • 00:18:07.836 --> 00:18:11.340
  • not the Bible,but they, the weaker ones,
  • 00:18:11.373 --> 00:18:14.510
  • think is wrong,it could wound their conscience.
  • 00:18:14.543 --> 00:18:20.482
  • If the believer's conscienceis weak,
  • 00:18:20.516 --> 00:18:23.886
  • it's because that brotheror sister
  • 00:18:23.919 --> 00:18:26.688
  • is just weak in the faith,and, therefore,
  • 00:18:26.722 --> 00:18:29.825
  • the mature Christianis mature
  • 00:18:29.858 --> 00:18:31.293
  • because he or sheis strong in the faith,
  • 00:18:31.326 --> 00:18:35.631
  • and therefore, theyshould have better judgment.
  • 00:18:35.664 --> 00:18:39.401
  • And that is why the strong
  • 00:18:39.434 --> 00:18:42.337
  • has the responsibilitynot to offend the weak,
  • 00:18:42.371 --> 00:18:45.774
  • not the other way around.
  • 00:18:45.807 --> 00:18:47.276
  • Let me repeat this: the stronghas the responsibility
  • 00:18:47.309 --> 00:18:50.879
  • not to offend the weak.
  • 00:18:50.913 --> 00:18:53.882
  • And that, my beloved friends,requires sacrifice.
  • 00:18:53.916 --> 00:18:59.988
  • Sacrifice.
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  • I'm gonna tell you thisas I conclude.
  • 00:19:02.758 --> 00:19:05.727
  • True story.
  • 00:19:05.761 --> 00:19:08.797
  • There was a familywho loved hiking.
  • 00:19:08.830 --> 00:19:15.537
  • The father particularlywould take the family
  • 00:19:15.571 --> 00:19:19.107
  • to hiking trips.
  • 00:19:19.141 --> 00:19:21.944
  • And one day, they arrivedinto the picnic place,
  • 00:19:21.977 --> 00:19:26.882
  • and he said to the family,he said, "You wait here,
  • 00:19:26.915 --> 00:19:30.352
  • unpack the lunch,get it ready.
  • 00:19:30.385 --> 00:19:32.654
  • I'm gonna get up that steep one.
  • 00:19:32.688 --> 00:19:34.356
  • I'm gonna go on my own.
  • 00:19:34.389 --> 00:19:35.691
  • I'm gonna check it out,
  • 00:19:35.724 --> 00:19:37.759
  • and I'm gonna come backvery soon."
  • 00:19:37.793 --> 00:19:40.729
  • And so he goes up,and halfway through his climb,
  • 00:19:40.762 --> 00:19:45.634
  • he heard a voicethat literally--
  • 00:19:45.667 --> 00:19:49.071
  • I mean, this terrified him,paralyzed him,
  • 00:19:49.104 --> 00:19:54.610
  • and the voice said,"Daddy, take the safe path.
  • 00:19:54.643 --> 00:20:00.949
  • I'm following you."
  • 00:20:00.983 --> 00:20:04.853
  • It was his little boy.
  • 00:20:04.886 --> 00:20:07.990
  • What do you thinkthe father would do?
  • 00:20:08.023 --> 00:20:12.594
  • "Oh, keep on coming, son.
  • 00:20:12.628 --> 00:20:14.997
  • You're free to do that.Well, do whatever.
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:16.698
  • You're free, you're free.Come on, come on.
  • 00:20:16.732 --> 00:20:20.636
  • Come up, if you want."No, not on your life.
  • 00:20:20.669 --> 00:20:25.941
  • Why?
  • 00:20:25.974 --> 00:20:27.809
  • Because the knowledgeable fatheris also a loving father.
  • 00:20:27.843 --> 00:20:37.419
  • Don't split those two.
  • 00:20:37.452 --> 00:20:45.694
  • Don't split them.
  • 00:20:45.727 --> 00:20:49.931
  • A knowledgeable fatheris also a loving father.
  • 00:20:49.965 --> 00:20:56.405
  • He turned around and immediatelypicked up his boy and went back.
  • 00:20:56.438 --> 00:21:03.111
  • Beloved, being free in Christis not sufficient
  • 00:21:03.145 --> 00:21:08.016
  • to allow you to do thingsthat may be harmless to you,
  • 00:21:08.050 --> 00:21:12.154
  • but devastating to others.
  • 00:21:12.187 --> 00:21:15.757
  • Think about this with me.
  • 00:21:15.791 --> 00:21:17.092
  • Think about this with me,everyone.
  • 00:21:17.125 --> 00:21:20.295
  • "Daddy, I'm following you."
  • 00:21:20.329 --> 00:21:24.966
  • "Mommy, I'm following you."
  • 00:21:25.000 --> 00:21:30.305
  • "Bible teacher,I'm following you."
  • 00:21:30.339 --> 00:21:35.744
  • "Church leader,I'm following you."
  • 00:21:35.777 --> 00:21:39.114
  • "Pastor, I'm following you."
  • 00:21:39.147 --> 00:21:42.784
  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Ash Kotecha: "I make youmy Lord and my Savior."
  • 00:22:04.039 --> 00:22:05.841
  • Such a simple prayer,just accepting Jesus.
  • 00:22:05.874 --> 00:22:08.543
  • So when you hear the voiceof the Holy Spirit--
  • 00:22:08.577 --> 00:22:11.446
  • Ash: My name is Ash Kotecha,
  • 00:22:11.480 --> 00:22:12.781
  • and I'm a full-time evangelistin the U.K.
  • 00:22:12.814 --> 00:22:15.717
  • I've been connectedto Leading the Way,
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef's ministry,
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  • who's been providing mewith Navigators
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  • in different languages.
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  • I met a lady who doesn't speakvery good English,
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  • but she speaks Bengali,
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  • and I managed to geta Navigator in Bengali,
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  • and she was lookingfor Jesus.
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  • There are peoplelooking for Jesus.
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef's ministry
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  • has a vision to reacha million souls
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  • and to providea hundred thousand Navigators
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  • to peoplein different languages.
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  • He preaches the uncompromisedWord of God with passion,
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  • and he has a heartfor the Middle East.
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  • You see,we gotta understand that,
  • 00:22:56.591 --> 00:22:58.593
  • for a Muslim to give their lifeto Jesus,
  • 00:22:58.627 --> 00:23:00.896
  • they are signingtheir death sentence.
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  • I have to really learnthe strategy
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  • to take care of Muslims.
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  • It's difficult to give thema Bible,
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  • but a Navigator lookslike a mobile phone.
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  • Nobody's gonna pay attentionto a Navigator,
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  • and they can listento the Bible.
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  • Young Muslims are so fed upwith the fighting
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  • and the wars and everything.
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  • They want answers,
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  • and so they areso open to the Bible,
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  • and they are getting born again,but they are in secret.
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  • Ash: This would bea great project to support.
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  • Please, do consider prayerfullyyour support for
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef's ministry,Leading the Way.
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  • God bless you.
  • 00:23:43.472 --> 00:23:44.806
  • announcer: When you think aboutthe state of the world today,
  • 00:23:52.347 --> 00:23:54.549
  • what fears or concernsdo you have for the future?
  • 00:23:54.583 --> 00:23:57.652
  • male: Acts of terror,suicide bombings
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  • are one of the thingsthat I fear the most.
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  • male: I would say maybe
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  • the present stateof society as a whole.
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  • male: The headlines of todayor the news today
  • 00:24:07.095 --> 00:24:09.164
  • gives me not much hope.
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  • male: I really don't knowwhat's gonna happen tomorrow.
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  • announcer: How can youlive out your faith
  • 00:24:14.135 --> 00:24:15.837
  • in an age of crisisand instability,
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  • with constant headlinesof global disasters,
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  • persecution,and economic turmoil?
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  • In his book, "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times,"
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  • Dr. Michael Youssef guides youthrough 1 and 2 Thessalonians
  • 00:24:27.449 --> 00:24:31.453
  • and shares how you toocan live fearlessly
  • 00:24:31.486 --> 00:24:34.623
  • in today's world.
  • 00:24:34.656 --> 00:24:36.258
  • Dr. Youssef: Fear is natural.
  • 00:24:36.291 --> 00:24:37.726
  • Even some of the great menand women in the Bible
  • 00:24:37.759 --> 00:24:40.128
  • experienced fear.
  • 00:24:40.161 --> 00:24:41.963
  • It's what you do with that fear,
  • 00:24:41.997 --> 00:24:43.665
  • and that's reallythe theme of my book,
  • 00:24:43.698 --> 00:24:45.700
  • "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times."
  • 00:24:45.734 --> 00:24:47.769
  • I even caught myself saying,"You know, I'm fine.
  • 00:24:47.802 --> 00:24:50.238
  • I'm going to heaven.
  • 00:24:50.272 --> 00:24:51.606
  • It's children that I worryabout their future."
  • 00:24:51.640 --> 00:24:54.075
  • That's the fleshtalking in me, not faith.
  • 00:24:54.109 --> 00:24:56.678
  • That whole concept of saying,"I fear for my grandchildren,"
  • 00:24:56.711 --> 00:24:59.748
  • should be eliminatedfrom our vocabulary,
  • 00:24:59.781 --> 00:25:02.284
  • and I'm starting,myself, doing that.
  • 00:25:02.317 --> 00:25:05.020
  • announcer: In this book,you'll find encouraging answers
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  • to life's greatest challenges
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  • and find an overwhelming hopein Christ's return.
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  • Dr. Youssef: Faith is believingin God's Word,
  • 00:25:13.128 --> 00:25:15.730
  • even when the worldis falling apart.
  • 00:25:15.764 --> 00:25:18.733
  • Faith says, "No matterwhat happens around me,
  • 00:25:18.767 --> 00:25:21.603
  • God will keep his Word."
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  • Dr. Youssef: I thinkthe most important message
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  • You are a victor,
  • 00:25:34.049 --> 00:25:35.483
  • and it is the will of Godfor you to live victorious,
  • 00:25:35.517 --> 00:25:38.820
  • and therefore, when this bookcomes into your hands
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  • and you read it,you will be lifted up
  • 00:25:41.990 --> 00:25:44.259
  • regardless of what circumstancesyou might be facing.
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  • So I hope you're gonna get it.
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  • announcer: "Fearless Livingin Troubled Times"
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  • Dr. Youssef: He isthe same Holy Spirit,
  • 00:26:08.383 --> 00:26:10.385
  • who is our tutorand our teacher,
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  • and our instructor.
  • 00:26:13.588 --> 00:26:15.490
  • He is the same Holy Spirit,
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  • who's willing to giveyou discernment,
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  • to give you wisdom,to give you understanding,
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