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December 8, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • IN JUST A FEW WEEKS,
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  • CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD WILL PAUSE
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  • TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
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  • BUT OFTEN THE BUSYNESS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
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  • CAN DISTRACT US FROM ITS TRUE MEANING.
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  • TODAY WE'LL PAUSE OUR HECTIC SCHEDULES
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  • TO REFLECT ON THE REMARKABLE STORY OF JESUS' BIRTH
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  • AND THE BEAUTY OF GOD'S PLAN TO REDEEM MANKIND.
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  • I DELIVERED THIS MESSAGE IN APRIL,
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  • WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS MORE THAN EIGHT MONTHS AWAY.
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  • TODAY, I HOPE IT HELPS US TO REMEMBER
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  • TO KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS
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  • IN THE MIDST OF THIS EVENTFUL HOLIDAY SEASON.
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  • I'VE TITLED TODAY'S STUDY "BACK TO BETHLEHEM."
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES
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  • IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
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  • DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THEIR OWN LIFETIME.
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  • IN THIS SPIRIT, SOME FRIENDS OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • HAVE BANDED TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE A GIFT OF $920.000
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  • WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING YOU
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  • TO GIVE FROM YOUR RESOURCES AS WELL.
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  • AS YOU DO, EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED
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  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
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  • THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY
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  • TOWARD THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
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  • MUSIC
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  • I HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS FOR YOU.
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  • ONLY 258 SHOPPING DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • NOW JUST SAYING THAT IN JEST
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  • I CAN TELL SENDS PANIC THROUGHOUT THE CONGREGATION.
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  • I MEAN, YOU CAN'T HELP BUT FAST FORWARD TO DECEMBER
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  • AND TRYING TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THE CROWDED MALLS
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  • AND THE UNENDING CHRISTMAS PARTIES
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  • AND BEING TOGETHER WITH THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS
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  • WITH WHOM THERE'S A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP.
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  • NO WONDER THAT BY THE TIME DECEMBER 25TH
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  • FINALLY ROLLS AROUND,
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  • WE'RE ALL FATIGUED AND TIRED OF CHRISTMAS.
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  • YOU KNOW, IT'S TRITE, BUT IT'S NEVERTHELESS TRUE.
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  • SO MANY TIMES THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
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  • CAUSE US TO LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT CHRISTMAS IS REALLY ABOUT.
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  • THE ENTRANCE OF THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD INTO THE WORLD.
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  • THAT THOUGHT GAVE ME A LITTLE BIT OF COMFORT
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  • WHEN I WAS PREPARING THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE.
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  • IN OUR STUDY OF LUKE WE'VE COME TO LUKE CHAPTER TWO,
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  • AND I HAVE TO ADMIT TO YOU
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  • I WASN'T THAT EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE.
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  • NOT BECAUSE OF THE CONTENT, BUT BECAUSE OF THE TIMING.
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  • I MEAN, HOW DO YOU PREACH THE CHRISTMAS STORY
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  • WHEN IT'S 78 DEGREES OUTSIDE?
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  • I MEAN, DON'T YOU KINDA NEED TO HAVE
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  • A LITTLE CHILL IN THE AIR?
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  • YOU NEED TO HAVE THE LIGHTS, THE DECORATIONS,
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  • THE HOLIDAY MUSIC TO GET IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD
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  • TO REALLY APPRECIATE LUKE CHAPTER TWO.
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  • AND YET I WANNA SUGGEST TO YOU TODAY THAT PERHAPS
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  • THE BEST TIME TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF CHRIST'S BIRTH
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  • IS NOT AROUND THE HOLIDAY SEASON
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  • WHEN IT GETS LOST WITH EVERYTHING ELSE.
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  • BUT PERHAPS THE BEST TIME TO EXAMINE
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  • WHAT THIS STORY REALLY IS ABOUT IS A DAY LIKE TODAY.
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  • AND SO TODAY I'M GONNA INVITE YOU TO TAKE YOUR BIBLES
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  • AND TURN BACK TO LUKE CHAPTER TWO
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  • AS WE TAKE A JOURNEY BACK TO BETHLEHEM
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  • TO TALK ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRTH IN HUMAN HISTORY.
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  • NOW I WANT YOU TO THINK OF LUKE'S ACCOUNT OF THIS BIRTH
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  • AS A PLAY IN THREE DIFFERENT ACTS.
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  • MICHAEL, THIS IS A THREE-ACT PLAY.
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  • AND IT BEGINS IN ACT ONE NOT IN BETHLEHEM
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  • BUT IT OCCURS HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY FROM BETHLEHEM
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  • IN THE SEAT OF WORLD POWER.
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  • THEN IT WASN'T NEW YORK CITY OR WASHINGTON, DC.
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  • THE SEAT OF WORLD POWER WAS ROME.
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  • THE STORY BEGINS, YOU KNOW IT WELL.
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  • "NOW IT CAME ABOUT IN THOSE DAYS
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  • "THAT A DECREE WENT OUT FROM CAESAR AUGUSTUS,
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  • "THAT A CENSUS BE TAKEN OF ALL THE INHABITED EARTH.
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  • "THIS WAS THE FIRST CENSUS TAKEN
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  • "WHILE QUIRINIUS WAS GOVERNOR OF SYRIA."
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  • NOW, WHY DOES LUKE GIVE US
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  • ALL OF THIS HISTORICAL BACKGROUND?
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  • REMEMBER HE WAS WRITING THIS AS A LETTER
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  • TO A MAN NAMED THEOPHILUS, A LOVER OF GOD,
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  • PROBABLY A RECENT CONVERT.
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  • AND HE WAS TRYING TO SHOW THEOPHILUS
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  • THAT THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY
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  • IS NOT ROOTED IN FANTASY OR FABLE,
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  • IT IS ROOTED IN HISTORICAL FACT.
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  • AND THE SETTING FOR THIS STORY
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  • IS SOMETHING EVERYONE WAS WELL AWARE OF
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  • WHEN LUKE WROTE THIS LETTER.
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  • 60 YEARS EARLIER, CAESAR AUGUSTUS, THE ROMAN EMPEROR,
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  • HAD ISSUED A DECREE
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  • THAT A CENSUS SHOULD BE TAKEN OF THE ENTIRE WORLD
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  • FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAXATION.
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  • NOW, THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT WAS VERY METHODICAL
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  • IN HOW THEY WERE GONNA CONDUCT THIS CENSUS.
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  • THE HEAD OF EACH HOUSEHOLD
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  • WOULD GO BACK TO THE PLACE OF HIS BIRTH
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  • WHERE THE FAMILY RECORDS WERE KEPT
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  • IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR THE CENSUS.
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  • SO IF YOU WERE A HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD AND
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  • YOU LIVED IN NAZARETH, BUT WERE BORN IN JERUSALEM,
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  • YOU'D GO TO JERUSALEM.
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  • IF YOU LIVED IN JERUSALEM, BUT WERE BORN IN NAZARETH,
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  • YOU'D GO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
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  • AND THIS IS WHERE WE SEE JOSEPH AND MARY,
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  • THIS COUPLE WE MET LAST TIME.
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  • JOSEPH WAS THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD
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  • AND SO HE WAS COMMANDED TO GO TO THE PLACE OF HIS BIRTH.
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  • HE LIVED IN NAZARETH
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  • BUT HE WAS COMMANDED TO GO TO HIS BIRTH PLACE,
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  • WHICH WAS BETHLEHEM.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES FOUR AND FIVE.
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  • "AND JOSEPH ALSO WENT UP FROM GALILEE,
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  • "FROM THE CITY OF NAZARETH," THAT'S UP IN THE NORTH,
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  • DOWN TO THE SOUTH, "TO JUDEA,
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  • "TO THE CITY OF DAVID WHICH IS CALLED BETHLEHEM,
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  • "BECAUSE HE WAS OF THE HOUSE AND FAMILY OF DAVID,
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  • "IN ORDER TO REGISTER ALONG WITH MARY,
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  • "WHO WAS ENGAGED TO HIM, AND WAS WITH CHILD."
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  • REMEMBER LAST TIME, THE ANGEL HAD JUST COME,
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  • GABRIEL TO MARY AND SAID,
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  • "YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE BIRTH TO THE SAVIOR."
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  • NOW WE'VE SKIPPED ABOUT EIGHT OR NINE MONTHS
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  • AND NOW AT THIS POINT MARY IS PREGNANT, VERY PREGNANT,
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  • AND THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY TO BETHLEHEM.
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  • NOW WHAT I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT FOR A MOMENT
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  • IS HOW GOD USED NATURAL EVENTS
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  • TO BRING ABOUT HIS SUPERNATURAL PLAN.
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  • THINK ABOUT THIS.
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  • WITH ONE STROKE OF THE PEN,
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  • CAESAR AUGUSTUS, HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY,
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  • THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD,
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  • WITH ONE STROKE OF HIS PEN HE SIGNED AN EDICT
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  • THAT WOULD HAVE RAMIFICATIONS HE COULD'VE NEVER IMAGINED.
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  • LITTLE DID CAESAR KNOW THAT WHEN HE SIGNED THAT ORDER,
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  • IT WOULD CAUSE A MAN NAMED JOSEPH WHOM HE HAD NEVER MET,
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  • TO TRAVEL TO A LITTLE VILLAGE CALLED BETHLEHEM
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  • AUGUSTUS HAD NEVER HEARD OF,
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  • IN ORDER THAT JOSEPH'S WIFE MIGHT GIVE BIRTH
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  • TO THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE.
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  • A KING WHOSE FOLLOWERS WITHIN JUST A FEW HUNDRED YEARS
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  • WOULD TOPPLE THE ENTIRE ROMAN EMPIRE.
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  • ACT ONE OF THIS PLAY BEGIN IN ROME.
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  • ACT TWO, WE GO TO A SMALL INN IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES SIX AND SEVEN.
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  • "AND IT CAME ABOUT THAT WHILE THEY WERE THERE,
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  • "THE DAYS WERE COMPLETED FOR MARY TO GIVE BIRTH.
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  • "AND SHE GAVE BIRTH TO HER FIRSTBORN SON,
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  • "AND SHE WRAPPED HIM IN CLOTHS, AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER,
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  • "BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN."
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  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING ONLY TWO VERSES RECORD
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  • THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRTH IN HISTORY?
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  • C.S. LEWIS HAD IT RIGHT WHEN HE SAID,
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  • "THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL TIME
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  • "IS NOT THE ATONEMENT OR EVEN THE RESURRECTION.
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  • "THE GREATEST MIRACLE IS THE INCARNATION.
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  • "GOD BECOMING FLESH."
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  • PAUL SAID IT THIS WAY IN PHILIPPIANS 2
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  • IN TALKING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.
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  • "ALTHOUGH HE EXISTED IN THE FORM OF GOD,
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  • "HE DID NOT REGARD HIS EQUALITY WITH GOD
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  • "A THING TO BE GRASPED,
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  • "BUT HE EMPTIED HIMSELF, TAKING THE FORM OF A BOND-SERVANT,
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  • "AND BEING MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN.
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  • "AND BEING FOUND IN THE APPEARANCE AS A MAN,
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  • "HE HUMBLED HIMSELF BY BECOMING OBEDIENT
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  • "TO THE POINT OF DEATH, EVEN DEATH ON A CROSS."
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  • THE FINAL ACT OF THIS PLAY
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  • OCCURS ON A HILL OUTSIDE OF BETHLEHEM.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE EIGHT.
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  • "AND IN THE SAME REGION THERE WERE SOME SHEPHERDS
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  • "STAYING OUT IN THE FIELDS
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  • "AND KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCK BY NIGHT."
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  • THE SHEPHERDS WERE TENDING THEIR SHEEP.
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  • NOW MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE
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  • THIS STORY PROBABLY DID NOT TAKE PLACE IN DECEMBER.
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  • IT WAS PROBABLY MOST LIKELY
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  • IN A DAY RIGHT NOW IN THE SPRING, MARCH OR APRIL.
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  • IT WAS PROBABLY VERY CLOSE TO PASSOVER TIME.
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  • IT'S VERY PROBABLE THAT THESE SHEPHERDS
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  • WERE TAKING CARE OF SHEEP THAT WOULD SOON BECOME
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  • THE PASSOVER LAMBS THAT WOULD BE USED
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  • AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMING SAVIOR.
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  • NOW YOU HAVE TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT SHEPHERDS
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  • TO APPRECIATE WHAT IS GOING HERE.
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  • SHEPHERDS REPRESENTED THE LOWEST RUNG IN THE JEWISH CULTURE.
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  • SHEPHERDS TOOK CARE OF DIRTY AND SMELLY SHEEP.
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  • AND BECAUSE THEY DID SO,
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  • THEY WERE DIRTY AND SMELLY THEMSELVES.
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  • THERE WAS NO SURE DEODORANT BACK THEN
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  • TO TAKE THE STENCH AWAY.
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  • SO IF YOU WERE GONNA HAVE A PARTY,
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  • GUESS WHO YOU WOULD NEVER INVITE TO YOUR PARTY.
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  • THEY NEVER MADE IT TO ANY A-LIST PARTIES, THE SHEPHERDS.
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  • THEY WERE THE OUTCAST OF JEWISH SOCIETY.
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  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING THAT GOD
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  • CHOSE TO MAKE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SAVIOR'S BIRTH
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  • NOT TO THE POLITICAL LEADERS IN ROME,
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  • NOT TO THE JEWISH LEADERS IN JERUSALEM.
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  • HE CHOSE TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
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  • TO THE SMELLY, DIRTY SHEPHERDS.
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  • LOOK AT HOW IT CAME ABOUT, VERSE NINE.
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  • "AND THE ANGEL OF THE LORD SUDDENLY STOOD BEFORE THEM,
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  • "AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHONE AROUND THEM,
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  • "AND THEY WERE TERRIBLY FRIGHTENED."
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  • I WOULD THINK SO.
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  • IMAGINE YOU'RE OUT THERE IN THE DARKNESS
  • 00:10:35.210 --> 00:10:37.060
  • WHEN SUDDENLY GABRIEL APPEARS.
  • 00:10:37.070 --> 00:10:40.010
  • AND GABRIEL SAID TO THEM, "DO NOT BE AFRAID."
  • 00:10:40.020 --> 00:10:43.260
  • NOTICE HOW THAT'S HIS ENTERING LINE
  • 00:10:43.270 --> 00:10:46.040
  • EVERY TIME HE RUNS INTO SOMEBODY?
  • 00:10:46.050 --> 00:10:47.250
  • "DON'T BE AFRAID," THEY HAD EVERY RIGHT TO BE AFRAID.
  • 00:10:47.260 --> 00:10:50.260
  • "FOR BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS
  • 00:10:50.270 --> 00:10:53.130
  • "OF A GREAT JOY WHICH WILL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE;
  • 00:10:53.140 --> 00:10:56.240
  • "FOR TODAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID
  • 00:10:56.250 --> 00:10:58.230
  • "THERE HAS BEEN BORN FOR YOU A SAVIOR,
  • 00:10:58.240 --> 00:11:01.240
  • "WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD."
  • 00:11:01.250 --> 00:11:04.050
  • WELL, THERE WERE MANY BABIES PROBABLY BORN THAT NIGHT
  • 00:11:04.060 --> 00:11:06.230
  • IN JERUSALEM, IN ALL OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:11:06.240 --> 00:11:10.010
  • SO TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, HE GAVE THE SIGN, VERSE 12.
  • 00:11:10.020 --> 00:11:13.020
  • "AND THIS WILL BE A SIGN FOR YOU:
  • 00:11:13.030 --> 00:11:15.020
  • "YOU WILL FIND A BABY WRAPPED IN CLOTHS
  • 00:11:15.030 --> 00:11:17.190
  • "AND LYING IN A MANGER."
  • 00:11:17.200 --> 00:11:20.100
  • AND SUDDENLY THE SINGLE VOICE OF GABRIEL
  • 00:11:20.110 --> 00:11:22.270
  • GAVE WAY TO A MULTITUDE, THOUSANDS PERHAPS,
  • 00:11:22.280 --> 00:11:25.250
  • TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ANGELS IN THE HEAVEN SAYING, VERSE 14,
  • 00:11:25.260 --> 00:11:30.070
  • "GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE."
  • 00:11:30.080 --> 00:11:36.280
  • NOW, IF YOU HAVE THE KING JAMES VERSION IS SAYS,
  • 00:11:36.290 --> 00:11:39.060
  • "PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN."
  • 00:11:39.070 --> 00:11:43.030
  • THAT'S A VERY UNFORTUNATE TRANSLATION.
  • 00:11:43.040 --> 00:11:46.030
  • EVEN THOUGH IT'S THE TRANSLATION WE'RE USED TO
  • 00:11:46.040 --> 00:11:47.270
  • AND WE SEE PLASTERED ON CHRISTMAS CARDS EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:11:47.280 --> 00:11:50.150
  • "PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN."
  • 00:11:50.160 --> 00:11:53.130
  • THAT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE GOD IS SIMPLY GIVING
  • 00:11:53.140 --> 00:11:55.210
  • A GENERIC BLESSING TO EVERYBODY.
  • 00:11:55.220 --> 00:11:58.020
  • PEACE, Y'ALL.
  • 00:11:58.030 --> 00:11:59.250
  • GOODWILL TO EVERYBODY.
  • 00:11:59.260 --> 00:12:02.030
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT THE TEXT SAYS.
  • 00:12:02.040 --> 00:12:04.270
  • WHAT THE TEXT REALLY SAYS
  • 00:12:04.280 --> 00:12:06.150
  • IS WHAT THE NEW AMERICAN STANDARD TRANSLATES IT.
  • 00:12:06.160 --> 00:12:09.250
  • "PEACE AMONG MEN WITH WHOM GOD IS PLEASED."
  • 00:12:09.260 --> 00:12:15.170
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:12:15.180 --> 00:12:16.240
  • THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE AT PEACE WITH GOD
  • 00:12:16.250 --> 00:12:19.130
  • AND PEACE WITH THEMSELVES
  • 00:12:19.140 --> 00:12:21.150
  • ARE THOSE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED
  • 00:12:21.160 --> 00:12:23.070
  • THE FORGIVENESS THAT CHRIST COMES TO OFFER.
  • 00:12:23.080 --> 00:12:25.270
  • ROMANS 5:1 SAYS, "THEREFORE, HAVING BEEN JUSTIFIED BY FAITH,
  • 00:12:25.280 --> 00:12:32.070
  • "WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
  • 00:12:32.080 --> 00:12:37.140
  • THE ONLY ONE WHO ENJOYS PEACE WITH HIMSELF
  • 00:12:37.150 --> 00:12:40.030
  • AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, PEACE WITH GOD
  • 00:12:40.040 --> 00:12:42.170
  • ARE THOSE WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN BY CHRIST JESUS.
  • 00:12:42.180 --> 00:12:47.080
  • VERSE 15 SAYS, "AND IT CAME ABOUT
  • 00:12:47.090 --> 00:12:49.060
  • "WHEN THE ANGELS HAD GONE AWAY FROM THEM INTO HEAVEN
  • 00:12:49.070 --> 00:12:52.010
  • "THAT THE SHEPHERDS BEGAN SAYING TO ONE ANOTHER,
  • 00:12:52.020 --> 00:12:54.080
  • "'LET US GO STRAIGHT TO BETHLEHEM THEN,
  • 00:12:54.090 --> 00:12:57.160
  • "'AND SEE THIS THING WHICH HAD HAPPENED
  • 00:12:57.170 --> 00:12:59.200
  • "'WHICH THE LORD HAS MADE KNOWN TO US.'"
  • 00:12:59.210 --> 00:13:03.170
  • ISN'T IT IRONIC TO YOU
  • 00:13:03.180 --> 00:13:05.010
  • THAT WHEN THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN JERUSALEM HEARD THE NEWS,
  • 00:13:05.020 --> 00:13:09.000
  • HOW DID THEY RESPOND?
  • 00:13:09.010 --> 00:13:11.110
  • (YAWNING)
  • 00:13:11.120 --> 00:13:13.160
  • "TELL ME SOMETHING EXCITING."
  • 00:13:13.170 --> 00:13:16.100
  • THEY STAYED RIGHT WHERE THEY WERE.
  • 00:13:16.110 --> 00:13:18.050
  • BUT WHEN THE SHEPHERDS,
  • 00:13:18.060 --> 00:13:19.180
  • THE LOWEST RUNG OF SOCIETY, HEARD IT,
  • 00:13:19.190 --> 00:13:22.050
  • THEY WENT WITH HASTE.
  • 00:13:22.060 --> 00:13:24.280
  • THIS IS THE FIRST INSTANCE
  • 00:13:24.290 --> 00:13:26.130
  • OF A CHRISTMAS RUSH IN HISTORY.
  • 00:13:26.140 --> 00:13:28.110
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:13:28.120 --> 00:13:29.190
  • THEY WENT QUICKLY TO SEE THIS THING.
  • 00:13:29.200 --> 00:13:32.240
  • VERSE 16, "THEY CAME IN HASTE
  • 00:13:32.250 --> 00:13:34.130
  • "AND THEY FOUND THEIR WAY TO MARY AND JOSEPH,
  • 00:13:34.140 --> 00:13:37.030
  • "AND THE BABY AS HE LAY IN THE MANGER."
  • 00:13:37.040 --> 00:13:39.240
  • LOOK AT VERSE 17.
  • 00:13:39.250 --> 00:13:40.270
  • "AND WHEN THEY HAD SEEN THIS,
  • 00:13:40.280 --> 00:13:42.130
  • "THEY MADE KNOWN THE STATEMENT
  • 00:13:42.140 --> 00:13:44.180
  • "WHICH HAD BEEN TOLD TO THEM ABOUT THE CHILD."
  • 00:13:44.190 --> 00:13:47.040
  • VERSE 20, "AND THE SHEPHERDS WENT BACK,
  • 00:13:47.050 --> 00:13:49.080
  • "GLORIFYING AND PRAISING GOD
  • 00:13:49.090 --> 00:13:51.150
  • "FOR ALL THAT THEY HAD SEEN AND HEARD,
  • 00:13:51.160 --> 00:13:53.290
  • "JUST AS HAD BEEN TOLD THEM."
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:56.230
  • YOU KNOW, THERE IS SO MUCH I COULD SAY ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:13:56.240 --> 00:14:00.280
  • BUT I WANT YOU TO GO BACK TO VERSES 10 AND 11
  • 00:14:00.290 --> 00:14:04.030
  • FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:14:04.040 --> 00:14:05.050
  • LOOK AT THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF GABRIEL.
  • 00:14:05.060 --> 00:14:07.130
  • "AND THE ANGEL SAID TO THEM, 'DO NOT BE AFRAID,
  • 00:14:07.140 --> 00:14:11.170
  • "'FOR BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS
  • 00:14:11.180 --> 00:14:14.080
  • "'OF A GREAT JOY WHICH WILL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE;
  • 00:14:14.090 --> 00:14:17.150
  • "'FOR TODAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID
  • 00:14:17.160 --> 00:14:19.060
  • "'THERE HAS BEEN BORN FOR YOU A SAVIOR,'"
  • 00:14:19.070 --> 00:14:22.260
  • UNDERLINE THAT, A SAVIOR,
  • 00:14:22.270 --> 00:14:24.260
  • "WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD."
  • 00:14:24.270 --> 00:14:28.070
  • SOMEONE HAS SAID IF MAN'S GREATEST NEED
  • 00:14:28.080 --> 00:14:31.230
  • HAD BEEN INSTRUCTION,
  • 00:14:31.240 --> 00:14:33.100
  • GOD WOULD HAVE SENT A TEACHER.
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:36.010
  • IF OUR GREATEST NEED HAD BEEN FOR A LAW,
  • 00:14:36.020 --> 00:14:38.270
  • GOD WOULD HAVE SENT A LEGISLATOR.
  • 00:14:38.280 --> 00:14:41.210
  • IF OUR GREATEST NEED HAD BEEN FOR MONEY,
  • 00:14:41.220 --> 00:14:43.140
  • GOD WOULD HAVE SENT AN ECONOMIST.
  • 00:14:43.150 --> 00:14:47.100
  • BUT OUR GREATEST NEED IS FOR FORGIVENESS,
  • 00:14:47.110 --> 00:14:51.090
  • AND THAT'S WHY GOD SENT A SAVIOR.
  • 00:14:51.100 --> 00:14:54.160
  • FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY A SAVIOR, A SAVIOR.
  • 00:14:54.170 --> 00:15:00.200
  • REMEMBER WHAT THE ANGEL SAID?
  • 00:15:00.210 --> 00:15:02.050
  • "YOU SHOULD CALL HIS NAME JESUS, FOR HE SHALL," WHAT?
  • 00:15:02.060 --> 00:15:04.120
  • "SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS."
  • 00:15:04.130 --> 00:15:08.150
  • JESUS CAME TO BE OUR SAVIOR.
  • 00:15:08.160 --> 00:15:10.050
  • HE DIDN'T COME TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES
  • 00:15:10.060 --> 00:15:13.180
  • OR SAVE US FROM THE HOSTILITY OF THIS WORLD.
  • 00:15:13.190 --> 00:15:15.240
  • HE CAME TO SAVE US FROM OUR SIN
  • 00:15:15.250 --> 00:15:20.050
  • AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR SIN,
  • 00:15:20.060 --> 00:15:22.010
  • THE ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD.
  • 00:15:22.020 --> 00:15:24.130
  • THAT'S WHY CHRIST CAME.
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:27.170
  • AND NOTICE WHAT GABRIEL SAID ABOUT THESE NEWS.
  • 00:15:27.180 --> 00:15:30.220
  • HE SAID, "THIS IS GOOD NEWS."
  • 00:15:30.230 --> 00:15:33.140
  • DON'T LET ANYBODY FOOL YOU.
  • 00:15:33.150 --> 00:15:35.090
  • THE GOSPEL IS NOT BAD NEWS, IT'S NOT A MESSAGE OF HATE,
  • 00:15:35.100 --> 00:15:38.130
  • IT'S A MESSAGE OF HOPE.
  • 00:15:38.140 --> 00:15:40.040
  • THIS IS GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY, AND GUESS WHO IT'S FOR?
  • 00:15:40.050 --> 00:15:43.290
  • IT'S FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:46.130
  • THE GOOD NEWS DIDN'T COME JUST TO THE JEWS OR GENTILES.
  • 00:15:46.140 --> 00:15:49.250
  • IT'S NOT JUST FOR BAPTISTS OR CATHOLICS.
  • 00:15:49.260 --> 00:15:52.120
  • IT IS FOR EVERYONE.
  • 00:15:52.130 --> 00:15:53.200
  • HINDUS, BUDDHISTS, MUSLIMS, ATHEISTS.
  • 00:15:53.210 --> 00:15:56.030
  • ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO TRUSTS IN CHRIST
  • 00:15:56.040 --> 00:15:59.020
  • CAN BE FORGIVEN OF HIS SINS.
  • 00:15:59.030 --> 00:16:01.220
  • "I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY
  • 00:16:01.230 --> 00:16:04.100
  • "WHICH SHALL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE."
  • 00:16:04.110 --> 00:16:07.080
  • YOU KNOW, JUST AS GABRIEL'S GOOD NEWS
  • 00:16:07.090 --> 00:16:10.160
  • BROKE THE DARKNESS OF THAT NIGHT,
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:14.060
  • THE GOSPEL DOES THE SAME FOR YOU AND ME.
  • 00:16:14.070 --> 00:16:16.060
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW DARK YOUR SITUATION IS RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:16:16.070 --> 00:16:19.040
  • SOME OF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN A HOPELESS SITUATION,
  • 00:16:19.050 --> 00:16:21.260
  • YOU FEEL LIKE THERE IS NO WAY OUT.
  • 00:16:21.270 --> 00:16:24.070
  • NO MATTER HOW DARK AND BLEAK YOUR SITUATION IS,
  • 00:16:24.080 --> 00:16:27.080
  • THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS' FORGIVENESS
  • 00:16:27.090 --> 00:16:30.020
  • BURSTS THROUGH LIKE LIGHT AND DISPELS THE DARKNESS FOREVER.
  • 00:16:30.030 --> 00:16:34.090
  • PAUL SAID WHEN WE WERE LOST WITHOUT HOPE
  • 00:16:34.100 --> 00:16:36.220
  • IN THIS WORLD OR THE NEXT WORLD,
  • 00:16:36.230 --> 00:16:38.110
  • THAT'S WHEN GOD SENT CHRIST FOR US.
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:41.050
  • GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE TOWARD US
  • 00:16:41.060 --> 00:16:43.110
  • IN THAT WHILE WHEN WE WERE YET SINNERS,
  • 00:16:43.120 --> 00:16:45.140
  • HE SENT CHRIST TO DIE FOR US.
  • 00:16:45.150 --> 00:16:48.060
  • YOU KNOW, PAUL HAD THAT EXPERIENCE HIMSELF.
  • 00:16:48.070 --> 00:16:50.220
  • REMEMBER, HE WAS A MURDERER, A BLASPHEMER OF GOD.
  • 00:16:50.230 --> 00:16:54.210
  • BUT WHEN HE WAS ON THAT ROAD TO DAMASCUS,
  • 00:16:54.220 --> 00:16:57.210
  • THE LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST BURST INTO HIS LIFE
  • 00:16:57.220 --> 00:17:01.200
  • AND HE WAS NEVER THE SAME AGAIN.
  • 00:17:01.210 --> 00:17:04.060
  • AND WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE
  • 00:17:04.070 --> 00:17:06.050
  • UNTIL THE DAY HE DIED,
  • 00:17:06.060 --> 00:17:07.120
  • HE SAID IT THIS WAY IN 2 CORINTHIANS 9:15.
  • 00:17:07.130 --> 00:17:10.200
  • "THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS INDESCRIBABLE GIFT."
  • 00:17:10.210 --> 00:17:17.230
  • PAUL ACTUALLY MADE UP THAT GREEK WORD,
  • 00:17:17.240 --> 00:17:19.220
  • INDESCRIBABLE IS HOW IT'S TRANSLATED.
  • 00:17:19.230 --> 00:17:21.250
  • HE JUST MADE UP HIS OWN SUPERLATIVE.
  • 00:17:21.260 --> 00:17:23.280
  • THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THAT INCOMPARABLE,
  • 00:17:23.290 --> 00:17:26.220
  • INDESCRIBABLE, BEYOND DESCRIPTION,
  • 00:17:26.230 --> 00:17:29.230
  • THAT GIFT OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:17:29.240 --> 00:17:33.020
  • WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THE GIFT OF JESUS INDESCRIBABLE,
  • 00:17:33.030 --> 00:17:37.030
  • OR AS ONE TRANSLATION SAYS,
  • 00:17:37.040 --> 00:17:38.150
  • "FAR TOO WONDERFUL FOR WORDS"?
  • 00:17:38.160 --> 00:17:41.240
  • AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW ARE YOU AND I
  • 00:17:41.250 --> 00:17:44.010
  • TO RESPOND TO THAT STORY?
  • 00:17:44.020 --> 00:17:46.150
  • I WANNA SUGGEST IN CLOSING TODAY TWO PRINCIPLES
  • 00:17:46.160 --> 00:17:50.050
  • THAT I THINK 2.000 YEARS LATER
  • 00:17:50.060 --> 00:17:52.140
  • INFORM US OF WHAT OUR RESPONSE
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:54.190
  • TO GOD'S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT OF CHRIST SHOULD BE.
  • 00:17:54.200 --> 00:17:58.010
  • FIRST OF ALL, GOD'S GIFT IS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED, NOT IGNORED.
  • 00:17:58.020 --> 00:18:04.280
  • GOD'S GIFT IS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND NOT IGNORED.
  • 00:18:04.290 --> 00:18:10.120
  • JUST IMAGINE THESE SHEPHERDS OUT THERE
  • 00:18:10.130 --> 00:18:12.160
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
  • 00:18:12.170 --> 00:18:13.180
  • THEY SEE THIS SPECTACULAR SIGHT,
  • 00:18:13.190 --> 00:18:15.140
  • THOUSANDS OF ANGELS PRAISING GOD,
  • 00:18:15.150 --> 00:18:17.230
  • ANNOUNCING THE BIRTH OF THE SAVIOR.
  • 00:18:17.240 --> 00:18:19.120
  • THE ANGELS GO BACK TO HEAVEN, THE DAY TURNS BACK TO NIGHT.
  • 00:18:19.130 --> 00:18:24.040
  • THE SHEPHERDS LOOK AT ONE ANOTHER AND SAY,
  • 00:18:24.050 --> 00:18:25.290
  • "BOY, THAT WAS REALLY SOMETHING.
  • 00:18:26.000 --> 00:18:28.060
  • "LET'S GET BACK TO OUR SHEEP NOW."
  • 00:18:28.070 --> 00:18:31.060
  • YOU WOULDN'T HAVE IMAGINED SUCH A THING.
  • 00:18:31.070 --> 00:18:33.150
  • SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT DEMANDED A RESPONSE FROM THE SHEPHERDS,
  • 00:18:33.160 --> 00:18:39.240
  • AND IT DEMANDS A RESPONSE FROM US AS WELL.
  • 00:18:39.250 --> 00:18:42.130
  • YOU CAN'T IGNORE WHAT HAPPENED 2.000 YEARS IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:18:42.140 --> 00:18:46.190
  • YOU JUST CAN'T IGNORE IT.
  • 00:18:46.200 --> 00:18:48.170
  • GOD'S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT HAS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED
  • 00:18:48.180 --> 00:18:52.210
  • RATHER THAN BEING IGNORED.
  • 00:18:52.220 --> 00:18:54.290
  • AND THAT LEADS TO A SECOND TRUTH.
  • 00:18:55.000 --> 00:18:56.290
  • GOD'S GIFT IS TO BE SHARED AND NOT KEPT.
  • 00:18:57.000 --> 00:19:01.140
  • LOOK AT VERSE 17 FOR A MOMENT.
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:04.000
  • "AND WHEN THEY HAD SEEN THIS,
  • 00:19:04.010 --> 00:19:06.100
  • "THEY MADE KNOWN THE STATEMENT
  • 00:19:06.110 --> 00:19:08.230
  • "WHICH HAD BEEN TOLD THEM ABOUT THIS CHILD.
  • 00:19:08.240 --> 00:19:11.230
  • "AND ALL WHO HEARD IT WONDERED
  • 00:19:11.240 --> 00:19:13.110
  • "AT THE THINGS WHICH WERE TOLD THEM BY THE SHEPHERDS."
  • 00:19:13.120 --> 00:19:17.190
  • IN VERSE 30, "AND THE SHEPHERDS WENT BACK,
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:19.190
  • "GLORIFYING AND PRAISING GOD
  • 00:19:19.200 --> 00:19:21.090
  • "FOR ALL THAT THEY HAD HEARD AND SEEN,
  • 00:19:21.100 --> 00:19:23.160
  • "JUST AS BEEN TOLD THEM."
  • 00:19:23.170 --> 00:19:26.010
  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING THAT THE VERY FIRST EVANGELISTS
  • 00:19:26.020 --> 00:19:31.130
  • IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE
  • 00:19:31.140 --> 00:19:33.100
  • WERE NOT PROPHETS, THEY WEREN'T PRIESTS,
  • 00:19:33.110 --> 00:19:36.000
  • THEY WEREN'T PASTORS,
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:37.130
  • BUT THEY WERE SMELLY, DIRTY SHEPHERDS.
  • 00:19:37.140 --> 00:19:41.120
  • THEY WERE THE FIRST ONES.
  • 00:19:41.130 --> 00:19:43.190
  • AS SOON AS THEY HEARD ABOUT THE BIRTH OF JESUS
  • 00:19:43.200 --> 00:19:46.040
  • WENT AWAY AS QUICKLY AS THEY COULD TO TELL OTHERS
  • 00:19:46.050 --> 00:19:49.220
  • WHAT THEY HAD HEARD.
  • 00:19:49.230 --> 00:19:51.240
  • THAT'S WHAT AN EVANGELIST DOES, HE SHARES THE GOOD NEWS.
  • 00:19:51.250 --> 00:19:56.200
  • I MEAN, THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.120
  • IF YOU HAVE DISCOVERED THE CURE FOR CANCER,
  • 00:19:58.130 --> 00:20:00.130
  • IF SOMEBODY DISCOVERED THE CURE FOR CANCER,
  • 00:20:00.140 --> 00:20:02.250
  • WOULD YOU JUST KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF?
  • 00:20:02.260 --> 00:20:05.000
  • OF COURSE NOT, YOU WOULD SHARE THAT
  • 00:20:05.010 --> 00:20:06.180
  • WITH ANYONE AND EVERYONE.
  • 00:20:06.190 --> 00:20:09.130
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:20:09.140 --> 00:20:10.210
  • DO YOU REALIZE YOU AND I HAVE DISCOVERED THE CURE
  • 00:20:10.220 --> 00:20:13.070
  • TO SOMETHING FAR MORE SERIOUS THAN CANCER?
  • 00:20:13.080 --> 00:20:16.050
  • WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE CURE TO MAN'S GREATEST PROBLEM.
  • 00:20:16.060 --> 00:20:20.080
  • HIS SIN SICKNESS, HIS ALIENATION FROM GOD.
  • 00:20:20.090 --> 00:20:23.080
  • AND YOU AND I HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THAT GOOD NEWS
  • 00:20:23.090 --> 00:20:27.020
  • TO SHARE WITH OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:20:27.030 --> 00:20:28.190
  • ABOUT NOT ONE WAY BUT THE ONLY WAY
  • 00:20:28.200 --> 00:20:31.030
  • TO FIND GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:20:31.040 --> 00:20:33.150
  • REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID IN LUKE 19:10 ABOUT HIMSELF?
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:36.120
  • HE SAID, "FOR THE SON OF MAN HAS COME," TO DO WHAT?
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:40.040
  • "TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THOSE WHO ARE LOST."
  • 00:20:40.050 --> 00:20:46.150
  • HE CAME ON A SEARCH AND SAVE MISSION.
  • 00:20:46.160 --> 00:20:51.160
  • AND IF WE ARE JESUS' DISCIPLES, LISTEN TO THIS,
  • 00:20:51.170 --> 00:20:54.100
  • IF WE REALLY CLAIM TO BE HIS FOLLOWERS,
  • 00:20:54.110 --> 00:20:56.150
  • WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME HEART,
  • 00:20:56.160 --> 00:20:58.160
  • TO SHARE THESE NEWS JUST LIKE THE SHEPHERDS DID
  • 00:20:58.170 --> 00:21:02.020
  • WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:21:02.030 --> 00:21:04.240
  • ONE WRITER SAID IT THIS WAY.
  • 00:21:04.250 --> 00:21:07.020
  • "JESUS NOT ONLY CALLS US TO COME TO HIM, BUT TO GO FOR HIM."
  • 00:21:07.030 --> 00:21:15.030
  • GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES.
  • 00:21:15.040 --> 00:21:19.010
  • DID YOU KNOW JESUS ISSUED THAT IMPERATIVE
  • 00:21:19.020 --> 00:21:21.030
  • FIVE DIFFERENT TIMES?
  • 00:21:21.040 --> 00:21:22.210
  • "GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES.
  • 00:21:22.220 --> 00:21:24.260
  • "GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES."
  • 00:21:24.270 --> 00:21:27.240
  • WE CALL THAT, THE WHAT?
  • 00:21:27.250 --> 00:21:30.030
  • THE GREAT COMMISSION.
  • 00:21:30.040 --> 00:21:33.100
  • IT'S NOT THE GREAT SUGGESTION.
  • 00:21:33.110 --> 00:21:37.280
  • AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:21:37.290 --> 00:21:40.070
  • THE ONE THING, THE ONLY THING
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:42.280
  • YOU AND I WERE LEFT ON EARTH TO DO,
  • 00:21:42.290 --> 00:21:45.020
  • AND THAT IS TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:21:45.030 --> 00:21:48.210
  • WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE BEFORE HE RETURNS.
  • 00:21:48.220 --> 00:21:53.160
  • GOD'S MESSAGE IS TO BE SHARED AND NOT KEPT.
  • 00:21:53.170 --> 00:21:59.080
  • MUSIC
  • 00:21:59.090 --> 00:22:05.070
  • THIS CHALLENGE I BROUGHT TO THE CONGREGATION
  • 00:22:05.080 --> 00:22:07.190
  • OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN DALLAS
  • 00:22:07.200 --> 00:22:09.240
  • APPLIES TO EVERY FOLLOWER OF JESUS,
  • 00:22:09.250 --> 00:22:12.210
  • INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:22:12.220 --> 00:22:15.160
  • RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:22:15.170 --> 00:22:17.010
  • THE GREAT COMMISSION IS NOT THE GREAT SUGGESTION.
  • 00:22:17.020 --> 00:22:21.080
  • AND YOU CAN INVEST IN THE GREAT COMMISSION
  • 00:22:21.090 --> 00:22:24.010
  • BY GIVING TOWARD THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:22:24.020 --> 00:22:28.000
  • THIS POOL OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $920.000
  • 00:22:28.010 --> 00:22:32.020
  • HAS BEEN SET ASIDE BY FRIENDS OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:22:32.030 --> 00:22:35.170
  • TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR TELEVISION AUDIENCE
  • 00:22:35.180 --> 00:22:38.260
  • TO GIVE AS WELL. THAT MEANS EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE
  • 00:22:38.270 --> 00:22:42.020
  • BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 31ST
  • 00:22:42.030 --> 00:22:44.290
  • WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY MATCHED
  • 00:22:45.000 --> 00:22:47.010
  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED BY OUR FRIENDS
  • 00:22:47.020 --> 00:22:49.240
  • UNTIL WE REACH THE TOTAL GOAL.
  • 00:22:49.250 --> 00:22:52.010
  • NOW HERE'S THE CATCH.
  • 00:22:52.020 --> 00:22:53.210
  • THIS OPPORTUNITY DOESN'T LAST FOREVER.
  • 00:22:53.220 --> 00:22:56.190
  • IN FACT, THE DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 31ST.
  • 00:22:56.200 --> 00:23:01.080
  • SO PLEASE DON'T ALLOW TIME TO SLIP BY
  • 00:23:01.090 --> 00:23:03.200
  • WITHOUT DOING YOUR PART.
  • 00:23:03.210 --> 00:23:05.210
  • I KNOW THAT GOD WILL USE YOUR GENEROSITY
  • 00:23:05.220 --> 00:23:08.250
  • TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:23:08.260 --> 00:23:12.160
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:12.170 --> 00:23:14.000
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:14.010 --> 00:23:18.270
  • [ANNOUNCER] CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:18.280 --> 00:23:25.240
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM ALL OVER
  • 00:23:25.250 --> 00:23:28.030
  • TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:31.000
  • BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:31.010 --> 00:23:32.230
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:32.240 --> 00:23:37.040
  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:23:37.050 --> 00:23:38.260
  • IT'S THE MOST SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:38.270 --> 00:23:40.260
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP,
  • 00:23:40.270 --> 00:23:43.130
  • FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES,
  • 00:23:43.140 --> 00:23:46.250
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:46.260 --> 00:23:51.240
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
  • 00:23:51.250 --> 00:23:55.160
  • IS A TRADITION THAT WE WANNA CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY,
  • 00:23:55.170 --> 00:23:57.200
  • SO THIS YEAR WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:23:57.210 --> 00:24:00.240
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:00.250 --> 00:24:05.100
  • "THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL" IS A GIFT
  • 00:24:05.110 --> 00:24:06.280
  • THAT INVITES THE LORD INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:06.290 --> 00:24:10.050
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:10.060 --> 00:24:12.050
  • TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME,
  • 00:24:12.060 --> 00:24:14.060
  • WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL STILL BE
  • 00:24:14.070 --> 00:24:15.220
  • THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:18.200
  • LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:18.210 --> 00:24:21.210
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:21.220 --> 00:24:24.170
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:24.180 --> 00:24:26.030
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:26.040 --> 00:24:28.220
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR
  • 00:24:28.230 --> 00:24:30.270
  • WITH THE BRAND NEW LEATHER-BOUND
  • 00:24:30.280 --> 00:24:33.040
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL" FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:33.050 --> 00:24:37.080
  • THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH ME THIS CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:37.090 --> 00:24:39.230
  • TO GIVE THE GREATEST GIFT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE,
  • 00:24:39.240 --> 00:24:42.260
  • THE TRANSFORMING WORD OF GOD,
  • 00:24:42.270 --> 00:24:44.260
  • TO OUR FAMILIES, OUR COUNTRY, AND THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:44.270 --> 00:24:49.050
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:49.060 --> 00:24:52.010
  • SO OFTEN THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
  • 00:24:52.020 --> 00:24:55.150
  • CAUSE US TO LOSE SIGHT
  • 00:24:55.160 --> 00:24:56.270
  • OF WHAT CHRISTMAS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:24:56.280 --> 00:24:59.240
  • THE ENTRANCE OF JESUS INTO THE WORLD.
  • 00:24:59.250 --> 00:25:03.000
  • AND I HOPE TODAY'S JOURNEY BACK TO BETHLEHEM
  • 00:25:03.010 --> 00:25:06.040
  • HAS GIVEN YOU A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
  • 00:25:06.050 --> 00:25:08.280
  • ON THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRTH IN HUMAN HISTORY.
  • 00:25:08.290 --> 00:25:12.250
  • WELL, IT'S EASY TO TALK ABOUT THE JOYS OF FOLLOWING CHRIST
  • 00:25:12.260 --> 00:25:16.130
  • WHEN THINGS ARE GOING SMOOTHLY.
  • 00:25:16.140 --> 00:25:18.160
  • BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN THE WALLS OF YOUR LIFE
  • 00:25:18.170 --> 00:25:20.220
  • COME CRUMBLING DOWN,
  • 00:25:20.230 --> 00:25:22.220
  • WHEN THERE'S A CRISIS WITH YOUR HEALTH, YOUR FAMILY,
  • 00:25:22.230 --> 00:25:26.060
  • OR PERHAPS YOUR FINANCES?
  • 00:25:26.070 --> 00:25:28.060
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:28.070 --> 00:25:31.000
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:31.010 --> 00:25:34.140
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:34.150 --> 00:25:36.200
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:36.210 --> 00:25:39.060
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU
  • 00:25:39.070 --> 00:25:40.240
  • THE BRAND NEW "2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL."
  • 00:25:40.250 --> 00:25:44.180
  • PLUS, "JESUS: THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES"
  • 00:25:44.190 --> 00:25:47.200
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:25:47.210 --> 00:25:50.130
  • AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:50.140 --> 00:25:52.020
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:52.030 --> 00:25:54.200
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "INCOMPARABLE CHRIST" TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:25:56.070 --> 00:26:00.200
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:26:00.210 --> 00:26:02.180
  • WILL BE DOUBLED IN IMPACT
  • 00:26:02.190 --> 00:26:03.290
  • THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:04.000 --> 00:26:06.030
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE, OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:06.040 --> 00:26:09.090
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:09.100 --> 00:26:12.240
  • LIFE CAN CHANGE FOR ANY OF US VERY QUICKLY.
  • 00:26:12.250 --> 00:26:18.020
  • YOU KNOW, IT'S ONE THING TO TALK ABOUT
  • 00:26:18.030 --> 00:26:21.090
  • HOW GREAT OUR CHRISTIAN FAITH IS
  • 00:26:21.100 --> 00:26:23.270
  • WHEN EVERYTHING IS GOING WELL.
  • 00:26:23.280 --> 00:26:27.110
  • BUT HOW DOES YOUR FAITH DO FOR YOU
  • 00:26:27.120 --> 00:26:29.210
  • WHEN THE BOTTOM FALLS OUT OF YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:26:29.220 --> 00:26:32.250
  • WE NEED TO HOLD ON TO OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:26:32.260 --> 00:26:36.040
  • NOT JUST IN THE SEASONS OF SUCCESS,
  • 00:26:36.050 --> 00:26:40.170
  • BUT ALSO IN THE SEASONS OF SUFFERING.
  • 00:26:40.180 --> 00:26:45.270
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:45.280 --> 00:26:48.030
  • FOR THE MESSAGE "A SAVIOR FOR ALL SEASONS"
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