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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • LET ME BEGIN WITH A PERSONAL QUESTION.
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  • IN YOUR QUIET, PRIVATE MOMENTS,
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  • DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF THINKING,
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  • THERE MUST BE MORE TO LIFE THAN THIS?
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  • OH SURE, YOU'RE KEEPING BUSY,
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  • BUT DEEP IN YOUR SOUL,
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  • PERHAPS YOU FEEL A LONGING FOR SOMETHING MORE.
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  • TODAY, WE'RE BEGINNING A BRAND NEW SERIES
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  • BASED ON THE LIFE OF ELIJAH
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  • IN WHICH WE'LL DISCOVER GOD'S SEVEN SECRETS
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  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • (ALARM CLOCK BEEPING)
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  • [ANNOUNCER] DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF CAUGHT
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  • IN A MADDENING CYCLE OF MUNDANE ROUTINES?
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  • EVER FEEL LIKE THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMETHING MORE?
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  • YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A SPIRITUAL SUPERMAN
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  • TO BREAK FREE FROM THE DAILY GRIND.
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  • GOD WANTS TO TRANSFORM YOUR ORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE WITH ETERNAL IMPACT,
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  • AND IN HIS NEW BOOK, CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS SHARES GOD'S SEVEN SECRETS
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  • TO A LIFE OF SIGNIFICANCE, MEANING, AND SUCCESS.
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  • IN THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK,
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  • YOU'LL LEARN HOW TO DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,
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  • WAIT ON GOD'S TIMING, UNLEASH THE POWER OF PRAYER,
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  • HANDLE BAD DAYS AND MORE.
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  • IF YOU'VE EVER LONGED FOR SOMETHING MORE,
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  • THEN THESE SEVEN PRINCIPLES FROM THE LIFE OF ELIJAH
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  • HOLD THE KEY TO EXPERIENCING A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • WHOEVER YOU ARE, WHATEVER YOU DO,
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  • WHEREVER YOU GO, YOU CAN CHOOSE EXTRAORDINARY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • MY FRIEND, DR. JAMES DOBSON,
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  • HAS WRITTEN ABOUT THE ORDINARY EXISTENCE
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  • THAT MOST MEN EXPERIENCE,
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  • BUT YOU CAN TAKE HIS WORDS
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  • AND CERTAINLY APPLY THEM TO MOST WOMEN AS WELL.
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  • HE CALLS THE ORDINARY LIFE THE STRAIGHT LIFE.
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  • LISTEN TO HIS DESCRIPTION.
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  • HE SAID, "THE STRAIGHT LIFE FOR A WORKING MAN
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  • "IS PULLING OUR TIRED FRAME OUT OF BED
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  • "FIVE DAYS A WEEK, 50 WEEKS OUT OF THE YEAR.
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  • "IT'S EARNING A TWO WEEK VACATION IN AUGUST
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  • "AND CHOOSING A TRIP THAT WILL PLEASE THE KIDS.
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  • "THE STRAIGHT LIFE IS SPENDING YOUR MONEY WISELY
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  • "WHEN YOU'D RATHER INDULGE IN A NEW WHATEVER.
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  • "IT IS TAKING YOUR SON BIKE RIDING ON SATURDAY
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  • "WHEN YOU WANT SO BADLY TO WATCH THE BASEBALL GAME.
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  • "IT'S CLEANING OUT THE GARAGE ON YOUR DAY OFF
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  • "AFTER WORKING 60 HOURS THE PRIOR WEEK.
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  • "THE STRAIGHT LIFE IS COPING WITH HEAD COLDS
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  • "AND ENGINE TUNEUPS AND CRABGRASS
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  • "AND INCOME TAX FORMS."
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  • THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD DESCRIPTION OF THE STRAIGHT LIFE,
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  • THE ORDINARY EXISTENCE OF MOST MEN AND WOMEN.
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  • YET I BELIEVE PERHAPS THE REASON YOU'RE HERE TODAY
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  • OR YOU'VE TUNED IN TO THIS BROADCAST
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  • IS YOU'VE BEEN CAPTIVATED,
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  • PERHAPS BY THE SUBJECT MATTER, THE TITLE,
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • PERHAPS DEEP DOWN, YOU WANT A LIFE
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  • THAT IS TRULY EXTRAORDINARY,
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  • ONE THAT IS MAKING AN ETERNAL DIFFERENCE
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  • IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE.
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  • BUT DEEP DOWN YOU SAY,
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  • "AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE FOR ME PASTOR?
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  • "YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.
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  • "I'M RETIRED," OR, "I'M AN ACCOUNTANT,"
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  • OR, "I'M A HOMEMAKER," OR "I'M A STUDENT."
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  • "WHAT ETERNAL DIFFERENCE
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  • "CAN AN ORDINARY PERSON LIKE ME MAKE?"
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  • DON'T EVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF AN ORDINARY PERSON
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  • TO MAKE AN EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT.
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  • HE ALSO DID THAT WITH ANOTHER MAN
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  • WHO LIVED 3.000 YEARS AGO.
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  • HIS NAME WAS ELIJAH,
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  • AND HE IS THE SUBJECT OF OUR NEW STUDY,
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • OVER THESE NEXT WEEKS,
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  • WE'RE GOING TO DISCOVER ELIJAH'S SEVEN SECRETS
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  • FOR LIVING A SPIRITUALLY SUCCESSFUL AND SIGNIFICANT LIFE.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES,
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  • I WANT YOU TO TURN TO 1 KINGS CHAPTER 11,
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  • 1 KINGS CHAPTER 11.
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  • TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD IN WHICH ELIJAH LIVED,
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  • WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON
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  • MORALLY AND SPIRITUALLY IN THE COUNTRY.
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  • YOU KNOW, IT'S EASY TO SAY, IT'S EASY TO THINK,
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  • WELL, BACK IN BIBLICAL TIMES
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  • IT WAS A LOT EASIER TO LIVE FOR GOD THAN IT IS TODAY.
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  • TODAY IS FILLED SUCH SIN AND SECULARISM.
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  • IT'S JUST TOO HARD TO LIVE FOR GOD.
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  • THINGS WERE NOT AS BAD BACK THEN AS THEY ARE TODAY.
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  • AND THAT'S TRUE.
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  • THINGS ARE NOT AS BAD TODAY AS THEY WERE BACK THEN.
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  • THINGS BACK THEN WERE WORSE THAN THEY ARE TODAY.
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  • IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THAT,
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  • JUST LOOK AT THE SPIRITUAL DEBAUCHERY,
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  • THE IDOLATRY THAT CHARACTERIZED THE WORLD OF ELIJAH.
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  • NOW THE BOOK OF 1 KINGS BEGINS WITH A FUNERAL
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  • AND IT ENDS WITH A FUNERAL.
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  • IT BEGINS WITH THE FUNERAL OF KING DAVID.
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  • REMEMBER DAVID WAS THE ULTIMATE KING OF ISRAEL.
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  • WHEN DAVID DIED, THE DOWNWARD SLIDE OF ISRAEL BEGAN,
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  • AND IT BEGAN WITH SON NAMED SOLOMON.
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  • NOW SOLOMON STARTED OUT STRONG FOR GOD.
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  • HE PRAYED FOR WISDOM AS A YOUNG 19-YEAR-OLD KING.
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  • HIS HEART WAS WHOLLY DEVOTED TO GOD.
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  • BUT THEN HE DISREGARDED THE COMMANDS OF GOD,
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  • AND THAT BEGAN THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL OF SOLOMON.
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  • LOOK AT 1 KINGS 11:1-4.
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  • "NOW KING SOLOMON LOVED MANY FOREIGN WOMEN
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  • "ALONG WITH THE DAUGHTER OF PHARAOH;
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  • "MOABITE, AMMONITE, EDOMITE, SIDONIAN, AND HITTITE WOMEN
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  • "FROM THE NATIONS CONCERNING WHICH THE LORD HAD SAID
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  • "TO THE SONS OF ISRAEL,
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  • "'YOU SHALL NOT ASSOCIATE WITH THEM,
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  • "'NEITHER SHALL THEY ASSOCIATE WITH YOU,
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  • "'OR THEY WILL SURELY TURN YOUR HEART AWAY
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  • "'AFTER OTHER GODS.'
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  • "BUT SOLOMON HELD FAST TO THESE IN LOVE."
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  • LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN VERSE FOUR.
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  • "FOR IT CAME ABOUT WHEN SOLOMON WAS OLD
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  • "THAT HIS WIVES TURNED HIS HEART AWAY AFTER OTHER GODS
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  • "AND HIS HEART WAS NOT WHOLLY DEVOTED TO THE LORD HIS GOD
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  • "AS THE HEART OF DAVID, HIS FATHER, HAD BEEN."
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  • AFTER SOLOMON DIED, SOLOMON'S SON, REHOBOAM, BECAME KING,
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  • AND THE DOWNWARD SLIDE CONTINUED.
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  • THERE WAS A CIVIL WAR THAT OCCURRED IN 922 B.C.
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  • NOW LET ME GIVE YOU THREE MINUTES OF ISRAELITE HISTORY
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  • THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE.
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  • IN 922 B.C., THERE WAS A CIVIL WAR
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  • THAT SPLIT ISRAEL INTO TWO PARTS.
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  • THERE WAS THE NORTHERN KINGDOM AND THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM.
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  • THE NORTHERN KINGDOM CONSISTED OF 10
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  • OF THE 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL,
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  • AND BECAUSE IT HAD THE MAJORITY OF THE TRIBES,
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  • IT RETAINED THE NAME OF ISRAEL.
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  • ANY TIME YOU READ IN THE BIBLE FROM 1 KINGS 12 ON,
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  • THE WORD ISRAEL, IT'S REFERRING TO THE NORTHERN KINGDOM.
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  • THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM HAD TWO TRIBES IN IT.
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  • ONE OF THOSE TRIBES WAS JUDAH,
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  • FROM WHICH WOULD COME JESUS CHRIST.
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  • THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM BECAME KNOWN AS JUDAH.
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  • SO YOU HAD ISRAEL IN THE NORTH,
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  • YOU HAD ISRAEL IN THE SOUTH.
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  • ISRAEL IN THE NORTH HAD 19 KINGS
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  • AND THEY WERE ALL ROTTEN TO THE CORE, EVERY ONE OF THEM.
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  • THEY WERE ALL EVIL.
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  • THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM, JUDAH, HAD 20 KINGS
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  • DURING ITS BRIEF HISTORY.
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  • 12 OF THEM WERE EVIL, EIGHT OF THEM WERE GOOD.
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  • ELIJAH LIVED IN NORTHERN ISRAEL.
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  • HE WAS IN THE KINGDOM OF ISRAEL.
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  • THAT'S WHERE HE MINISTERED.
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  • THE DOWNWARD SLIDE OF THE NORTHERN KINGDOM
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  • THAT BEGAN WITH SOLOMON
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  • INTENSIFIED UNDER A KING NAMED AHAB.
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  • AHAB WAS THE KING WHEN ELIJAH LIVED AND MINISTERED.
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  • AHAB, IT SAYS, DID MORE TO PROVOKE
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  • GOD TO ANGER, THAN ANY KING BEFORE HIM.
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  • WHY WAS HE SO UNGODLY?
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  • PART OF IT HAD TO DO WITH HIS HERITAGE.
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  • IF YOU DON'T THINK PARENTS
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  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR CHILDREN,
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  • LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED TO AHAB.
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  • 1 KINGS 16:25 SAYS, "OMRI, THAT IS AHAB'S FATHER,
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  • "DID EVIL IN THE SIGHT OF THE LORD,
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  • "AND HE ACTED MORE WICKEDLY
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  • "THAN ALL WHO WERE BEFORE HIM."
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  • BUT THEN CAME AHAB.
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  • IF YOU THOUGHT OMRI WAS BAD, LOOK AT WHAT AHAB DID.
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  • HE MULTIPLIED THE SINS OF HIS FATHER.
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  • NOW IT'S INTERESTING.
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  • OMRI'S REIGN WAS SEEN AS UNSUCCESSFUL.
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  • THE 60 PLUS YEARS HE WAS KING,
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  • THE NATION WAS FILLED THE BLOODSHED,
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  • THE ECONOMY WENT TO POT.
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  • WHEN AHAB BECAME KING, THINGS TURNED AROUND.
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  • BECAUSE OF TRADE DEALS WITH PHOENICIA,
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  • THE ECONOMY PICKED UP AND THE PEOPLE WERE HAPPY.
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  • EVERYBODY, IF YOU ASKED THE AVERAGE ISRAEL,
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  • THOUGHT THINGS WERE GOING SPLENDIDLY
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  • IN THE NATION OF ISRAEL.
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  • IT COULD WELL BE SAID IN ISRAEL,
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  • THERE WAS A CHICKEN IN EVERY POT
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  • AND A CHARIOT IN EVERY GARAGE.
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  • PEOPLE WERE HAPPY WITH WHAT WAS HAPPENING IN THE COUNTRY.
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  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?
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  • GOD DOES NOT JUDGE THE SUCCESS OF A NATION
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  • BY ITS GDP, IT'S GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT.
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  • GOD JUDGES A NATION BY ITS GBP,
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  • IT'S GODLY BEHAVIOR PRODUCT.
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  • BY THAT MEASUREMENT, THE NATION WAS IN A SERIOUS
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  • DEFICIT POSITION.
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  • THE NATION WAS SLIDING DOWNWARD SPIRITUALLY.
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  • THAT INTENSIFIED UNDER AHAB.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, BECAUSE OF HIS UNGODLY FATHER,
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  • BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF HIS UNGODLY WIFE.
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  • THE REASON AHAB PROVOKED THE LORD TO ANGER
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  • MORE THAN ANYONE BEFORE HIM
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  • WAS BECAUSE OF HIS WIFE.
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  • NOW, I KNOW SOME OF YOU LADIES ARE THINKING,
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  • "THAT'S RIGHT PASTOR, BLAME IT ON THE WOMEN,
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  • "BLAME IT ON THE WOMEN."
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  • NO, IT WASN'T BECAUSE SHE WAS A WOMAN.
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  • IT WAS BECAUSE SHE WAS A PAGAN.
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  • SHE WAS A FOREIGN WIFE WHO WORSHIPED A FOREIGN GOD
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  • AND SHE BROUGHT THE WORSHIP
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  • OF THAT FOREIGN GOD, BAAL, INTO ISRAEL.
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  • JEZEBEL MADE A SPORT OF HUNTING DOWN THE PROPHETS
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  • OF JEHOVAH GOD
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  • AS WE'LL SEE IN THE WEEKS AHEAD.
  • 00:10:44.120 --> 00:10:46.280
  • BUT THE THING THAT ANGERED MOST ABOUT JEZEBEL
  • 00:10:46.290 --> 00:10:50.010
  • WAS THE WORSHIP OF BAAL,
  • 00:10:50.020 --> 00:10:52.040
  • AND THAT DOWNWARD SLIDE OF ISRAEL
  • 00:10:52.050 --> 00:10:54.090
  • THAT BEGAN WITH SOLOMON INTENSIFIED UNDER AHAB.
  • 00:10:54.100 --> 00:10:58.170
  • IT FINALLY CULTIVATED, CULMINATED,
  • 00:10:58.180 --> 00:11:01.050
  • IN THE WORSHIP OF BAAL.
  • 00:11:01.060 --> 00:11:03.170
  • WHO WAS BAAL?
  • 00:11:03.180 --> 00:11:05.170
  • IT'S INTERESTING, THE WORSHIPERS OF BAAL
  • 00:11:05.180 --> 00:11:07.250
  • DID NOT DENY THE EXISTENCE OF JEHOVAH GOD,
  • 00:11:07.260 --> 00:11:11.040
  • THEY SIMPLY SAID BAAL WAS GREATER THAN GOD.
  • 00:11:11.050 --> 00:11:13.210
  • IN FACT, HIS NAME MEANS LORD OR OWNER.
  • 00:11:13.220 --> 00:11:16.270
  • BAAL WAS THOUGHT TO BE THE GOD OF THE SON OF RAIN,
  • 00:11:16.280 --> 00:11:21.110
  • OF FERTILITY, AND CLIMATE CHANGE.
  • 00:11:21.120 --> 00:11:25.030
  • BUT WHAT WAS PARTICULARLY ODIOUS
  • 00:11:25.040 --> 00:11:27.150
  • IN THE NOSTRILS OF GOD
  • 00:11:27.160 --> 00:11:29.030
  • WAS THE WAY IN WHICH THEY WORSHIPED BAAL.
  • 00:11:29.040 --> 00:11:31.100
  • THEY WORSHIPED HIM THROUGH SEXUAL PERVERSION,
  • 00:11:31.110 --> 00:11:34.050
  • THROUGH SELF-MUTILATION, AND THROUGH CHILD SACRIFICE.
  • 00:11:34.060 --> 00:11:40.100
  • THE IDOLS TO BAAL WERE MADE OUT OF SHEET METAL,
  • 00:11:40.110 --> 00:11:42.290
  • AND IN THE BELLY OF THAT IDOL,
  • 00:11:43.000 --> 00:11:45.030
  • IT WAS CARVED OUT, IT WAS MADE HOLLOW,
  • 00:11:45.040 --> 00:11:48.290
  • SO THAT THEY COULD BUILD A FIRE IN THE BELLY OF BAAL.
  • 00:11:49.000 --> 00:11:52.210
  • ONCE THAT FIRE WAS LIT,
  • 00:11:52.220 --> 00:11:54.190
  • THEY WOULD TAKE BABIES WHO WERE ALIVE
  • 00:11:54.200 --> 00:11:57.030
  • AND THROW THEM INTO THE FIRE
  • 00:11:57.040 --> 00:11:59.070
  • AND BURN THOSE BABIES ALIVE.
  • 00:11:59.080 --> 00:12:01.270
  • THAT'S WHAT THEY BELIEVED THAT BAAL REQUIRED OF THEM.
  • 00:12:01.280 --> 00:12:05.190
  • EVIL WAS RUNNING RAMPANT
  • 00:12:05.200 --> 00:12:07.120
  • AND UNCHECKED THROUGHOUT THE NATION,
  • 00:12:07.130 --> 00:12:09.180
  • AND AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME, GOD RAISED UP
  • 00:12:09.190 --> 00:12:13.290
  • HIS REPRESENTATIVE, A MAN NAMED ELIJAH.
  • 00:12:14.000 --> 00:12:17.260
  • IT'S INTERESTING WHEN WE LOOK AT ELIJAH.
  • 00:12:17.270 --> 00:12:19.180
  • HE WAS NO SPIRITUAL SUPERMAN.
  • 00:12:19.190 --> 00:12:22.060
  • JAMES 5:17 SAYS THAT, "HE WAS A MAN
  • 00:12:22.070 --> 00:12:25.010
  • "WITH A LIKE NATURE AS OURS."
  • 00:12:25.020 --> 00:12:28.210
  • HE WAS AN ORDINARY PERSON.
  • 00:12:28.220 --> 00:12:30.080
  • HE HAD THE SAME BATTLES YOU AND I HAVE.
  • 00:12:30.090 --> 00:12:32.240
  • HE BATTLED WITH DEPRESSION, DESPAIR,
  • 00:12:32.250 --> 00:12:35.290
  • TEMPTATION, WITH DOUBTS ABOUT GOD.
  • 00:12:36.000 --> 00:12:39.110
  • NEVERTHELESS, GOD USED HIM IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY
  • 00:12:39.120 --> 00:12:42.280
  • TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HIS NATION.
  • 00:12:42.290 --> 00:12:45.220
  • WHY WAS THAT?
  • 00:12:45.230 --> 00:12:47.050
  • I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THREE QUALITIES OF ELIJAH.
  • 00:12:47.060 --> 00:12:50.080
  • FIRST OF ALL, ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF PASSION.
  • 00:12:50.090 --> 00:12:56.100
  • HE BURNED HOT, HE BURNED HOT FOR GOD.
  • 00:12:56.110 --> 00:13:00.210
  • WE FIND THAT IN THE OPENING WORDS
  • 00:13:00.220 --> 00:13:02.080
  • WHERE HE JUST APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE ON THE SCENE.
  • 00:13:02.090 --> 00:13:04.140
  • LOOK AT 1 KINGS 17:1, NOW ELIJAH THE TISHBITE,
  • 00:13:04.150 --> 00:13:08.140
  • "WHO WAS OF THE SETTLERS OF GILEAD, SAID TO AHAB,
  • 00:13:08.150 --> 00:13:12.020
  • "'AS THE LORD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL LIVES,
  • 00:13:12.030 --> 00:13:15.050
  • "'BEFORE WHOM I STAND,
  • 00:13:15.060 --> 00:13:16.170
  • "'SURELY THERE SHALL BE NEITHER DEW NOR RAIN THESE YEARS
  • 00:13:16.180 --> 00:13:20.020
  • "'EXCEPT BY MY WORD.'"
  • 00:13:20.030 --> 00:13:22.080
  • NOW THAT TOOK GUTS, TO COME BEFORE A PAGAN KING,
  • 00:13:22.090 --> 00:13:26.080
  • AND A PAGAN QUEEN WHO LOVED TO KILL JEHOVAH'S PROPHETS.
  • 00:13:26.090 --> 00:13:30.220
  • TO ELIJAH, GOD WAS MORE ALIVE AND MORE REAL
  • 00:13:30.230 --> 00:13:37.070
  • THAN EVEN AHAB AND JEZEBEL WERE.
  • 00:13:37.080 --> 00:13:39.150
  • TO ELIJAH, AHAB AND JEZEBEL WERE JUST LIKE BLADES OF GRASS
  • 00:13:39.160 --> 00:13:43.010
  • THAT BLOW A WHILE IN THE WIND AND THEN DIE.
  • 00:13:43.020 --> 00:13:47.260
  • BUT ELIJAH, HE WASN'T A SERVANT OF AHAB OR JEZEBEL,
  • 00:13:47.270 --> 00:13:51.050
  • HE WAS A SERVANT OF THE ETERNAL GOD.
  • 00:13:51.060 --> 00:13:54.130
  • HE WAS CONSUMED WITH THAT PASSION
  • 00:13:54.140 --> 00:13:56.280
  • TO MAKE THAT GOD KNOWN TO THE ENTIRE WORLD.
  • 00:13:56.290 --> 00:14:01.070
  • ELIJAH WAS EXTRAORDINARY
  • 00:14:01.080 --> 00:14:02.190
  • BECAUSE HE GOT OUT OF THE WORLD'S PARADE.
  • 00:14:02.200 --> 00:14:04.210
  • HE WASN'T GOING THE WAY
  • 00:14:04.220 --> 00:14:05.290
  • EVERY OTHER PERSON IN THE WORLD WAS.
  • 00:14:06.000 --> 00:14:08.220
  • HE WANTED TO BE DIFFERENT.
  • 00:14:08.230 --> 00:14:10.110
  • HE WANTED TO STAND FOR GOD,
  • 00:14:10.120 --> 00:14:11.130
  • AND IT WAS THAT PASSION FOR GOD
  • 00:14:11.140 --> 00:14:14.000
  • THAT CAUSED GOD TO USE HIM IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
  • 00:14:14.010 --> 00:14:17.180
  • ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF PASSION.
  • 00:14:17.190 --> 00:14:18.290
  • SECONDLY, HE WAS A MAN OF PURPOSE,
  • 00:14:19.000 --> 00:14:21.230
  • HE WAS A MAN OF PURPOSE.
  • 00:14:21.240 --> 00:14:23.270
  • ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD, HE HAD ONE REASON FOR LIVING,
  • 00:14:23.280 --> 00:14:27.000
  • AND THAT WAS TO MAKE GOD KNOWN
  • 00:14:27.010 --> 00:14:28.260
  • TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:14:28.270 --> 00:14:30.230
  • IN FACT, YOU FIND THAT IN HIS NAME, ELIJAH.
  • 00:14:30.240 --> 00:14:33.110
  • THE NAME ELIJAH THAT HIS PARENTS BESTOWED UPON HIM
  • 00:14:33.120 --> 00:14:36.170
  • LITERALLY MEANS YAHWEH IS GOD.
  • 00:14:36.180 --> 00:14:40.200
  • BECAUSE HE KNEW WHAT HIS PURPOSE WAS,
  • 00:14:40.210 --> 00:14:42.200
  • IT GAVE HIM GREAT COURAGE.
  • 00:14:42.210 --> 00:14:44.030
  • HE DIDN'T FEAR ANYONE.
  • 00:14:44.040 --> 00:14:45.280
  • NOT SOME WICKED KING OR HIS WIFE.
  • 00:14:45.290 --> 00:14:48.050
  • HE DIDN'T FEAR ANYONE,
  • 00:14:48.060 --> 00:14:50.020
  • BECAUSE HE KNEW HE SERVED THE LORD.
  • 00:14:50.030 --> 00:14:52.070
  • YOU KNOW, KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE
  • 00:14:52.080 --> 00:14:54.010
  • CAN GIVE YOU GREAT PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:54.020 --> 00:14:55.260
  • JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 10:28,
  • 00:14:55.270 --> 00:14:57.280
  • "DON'T FEAR THOSE WHO KILL THE BODY
  • 00:14:57.290 --> 00:15:00.170
  • "BUT ARE UNABLE TO KILL THE SOUL.
  • 00:15:00.180 --> 00:15:02.190
  • "BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DESTROY
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:05.100
  • "BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL."
  • 00:15:05.110 --> 00:15:09.190
  • ELIJAH LIVED HIS LIFE FOR AN AUDIENCE OF ONE.
  • 00:15:09.200 --> 00:15:13.110
  • HE WAS A MAN OF PURPOSE.
  • 00:15:13.120 --> 00:15:15.170
  • THIRDLY, ELIJAH WAS A MAN OF PRAYER.
  • 00:15:15.180 --> 00:15:19.060
  • THAT'S ONE OF THE GREAT SECRETS
  • 00:15:19.070 --> 00:15:20.280
  • OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:15:20.290 --> 00:15:23.070
  • IN JAMES FIVE, A HALF BROTHER OF JESUS SAID,
  • 00:15:23.080 --> 00:15:27.130
  • "THE EFFECTIVE PRAYER OF A RIGHTEOUS MAN
  • 00:15:27.140 --> 00:15:31.110
  • ACCOMPLISHES MUCH." THAT'S JAMES 5:16.
  • 00:15:31.120 --> 00:15:35.280
  • BUT THEN IN THE NEXT VERSE,
  • 00:15:35.290 --> 00:15:37.030
  • TO ILLUSTRATE AN EFFECTIVE MAN,
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:39.150
  • A RIGHTEOUS MAN WHO ACCOMPLISHES MUCH THROUGH PRAYER,
  • 00:15:39.160 --> 00:15:42.160
  • HE USES ELIJAH AS THE EXAMPLE.
  • 00:15:42.170 --> 00:15:45.000
  • LOOK AT VERSES 17 AND 18 OF JAMES 5.
  • 00:15:45.010 --> 00:15:47.220
  • "ELIJAH WAS A MAN WITH A NATURE LIKE OURS,
  • 00:15:47.230 --> 00:15:50.090
  • "AND HE PRAYED EARNESTLY THAT IT MIGHT NOT RAIN,
  • 00:15:50.100 --> 00:15:53.060
  • "AND IT DIDN'T RAIN ON EARTH FOR THREE YEARS
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:55.120
  • "AND SIX MONTHS.
  • 00:15:55.130 --> 00:15:56.210
  • "AND HE PRAYED AGAIN, AND THE SKY POURED RAIN,
  • 00:15:56.220 --> 00:15:59.210
  • "AND THE EARTH PRODUCED ITS FRUIT."
  • 00:15:59.220 --> 00:16:03.120
  • THE KEY PHRASE IS, "HE PRAYED EARNESTLY."
  • 00:16:03.130 --> 00:16:08.100
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PRAY EARNESTLY?
  • 00:16:08.110 --> 00:16:09.250
  • IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU SQUEEZE YOUR FOLDED HANDS SO TIGHT
  • 00:16:09.260 --> 00:16:11.200
  • THAT THE BLOOD DRAINS OUT OF 'EM.
  • 00:16:11.210 --> 00:16:13.270
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT IT MEANS.
  • 00:16:13.280 --> 00:16:14.270
  • LITERALLY IN GREEK IT SAYS,
  • 00:16:14.280 --> 00:16:16.100
  • "HE PRAYED WITH PRAYER."
  • 00:16:16.110 --> 00:16:18.270
  • IN OTHER WORDS, PRAYER WAS A REGULAR PART OF ELIJAH'S LIFE.
  • 00:16:18.280 --> 00:16:23.210
  • YOU KNOW, 1 THESSALONIANS 5:17 SAYS,
  • 00:16:23.220 --> 00:16:26.000
  • "WE ARE TO PRAY WITHOUT CEASING."
  • 00:16:26.010 --> 00:16:29.050
  • LITERALLY THAT PHRASE WITHOUT CEASING MEANS
  • 00:16:29.060 --> 00:16:31.210
  • WITH THE FREQUENCY OF A HACKING COUGH.
  • 00:16:31.220 --> 00:16:35.000
  • THE BIBLE SAYS THAT'S HOW WE'RE TO PRAY.
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:37.160
  • WE'RE JUST TO KEEP ON PRAYING, JUST LIKE BREATHING.
  • 00:16:37.170 --> 00:16:40.280
  • NOBODY HAS TO TELL YOU TO BREATHE, DO THEY?
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:42.270
  • THAT COMES NATURALLY.
  • 00:16:42.280 --> 00:16:44.200
  • THAT WAS ELIJAH, PRAYING WAS AS NATURAL FOR HIM
  • 00:16:44.210 --> 00:16:47.290
  • AS BREATHING WAS,
  • 00:16:48.000 --> 00:16:49.050
  • AND THAT'S ONE REASON THAT GOD USED HIM
  • 00:16:49.060 --> 00:16:51.100
  • IN SUCH A POWERFUL WAY.
  • 00:16:51.110 --> 00:16:53.180
  • PASSION, PURPOSE, PRAYER,
  • 00:16:53.190 --> 00:16:55.260
  • THOSE WERE THE FOUNDATION STONES
  • 00:16:55.270 --> 00:16:58.140
  • OF ELIJAH'S LIFE AND MINISTRY.
  • 00:16:58.150 --> 00:17:00.280
  • YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY HAS SAID
  • 00:17:00.290 --> 00:17:03.000
  • THAT ONE PERSON,
  • 00:17:03.010 --> 00:17:06.020
  • ONE COURAGEOUS PERSON WITH PURPOSE
  • 00:17:06.030 --> 00:17:09.290
  • MAKES A MAJORITY.
  • 00:17:10.000 --> 00:17:11.270
  • ONE COURAGEOUS PERSON WITH PURPOSE MAKES A MAJORITY.
  • 00:17:11.280 --> 00:17:16.040
  • THAT WAS TRUE OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:17:16.050 --> 00:17:18.190
  • THAT'S TRUE IN OUR DAY AS WELL.
  • 00:17:18.200 --> 00:17:21.170
  • ONE COURAGEOUS PERSON WITH PURPOSE MAKES A MAJORITY.
  • 00:17:21.180 --> 00:17:27.080
  • SEPTEMBER THE 11TH, 2001.
  • 00:17:27.090 --> 00:17:33.150
  • BUT ON THAT DAY, THERE WAS ONE PERSON
  • 00:17:33.160 --> 00:17:35.240
  • WITH COURAGE AND PURPOSE WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:17:35.250 --> 00:17:40.190
  • PEGGY NOONAN WRITES ABOUT HIS STORY.
  • 00:17:40.200 --> 00:17:43.180
  • THIS MAN WAS KNOWN AS THE MAN WITH THE RED BANDANA.
  • 00:17:43.190 --> 00:17:48.180
  • HIS NAME WAS WELLES CROWTHER, WELLES CROWTHER.
  • 00:17:48.190 --> 00:17:52.140
  • WHEN WELLES WAS A LITTLE BOY,
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:54.160
  • HIS DAD BOUGHT HIM HIS FIRST SUIT,
  • 00:17:54.170 --> 00:17:57.250
  • AND HE GAVE HIM A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF
  • 00:17:57.260 --> 00:18:00.240
  • TO PUT IN THE BREAST POCKET OF THAT SUIT.
  • 00:18:00.250 --> 00:18:03.220
  • HE ALSO GAVE HIM A RED BANDANA
  • 00:18:03.230 --> 00:18:06.000
  • TO KEEP IN HIS BACK PANT'S POCKET.
  • 00:18:06.010 --> 00:18:09.030
  • HE SAID, "SON, ONE OF THESE IS FOR SHOW,
  • 00:18:09.040 --> 00:18:12.060
  • "THE OTHER IS FOR BLOW."
  • 00:18:12.070 --> 00:18:14.070
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:16.030
  • WELL, WELLES CROWTHER CARRIED THAT RED BANDANA
  • 00:18:16.040 --> 00:18:18.220
  • WITH HIM FOR YEARS.
  • 00:18:18.230 --> 00:18:20.020
  • AS A YOUNG MAN, HE BECAME JUNIOR ASSOCIATE
  • 00:18:20.030 --> 00:18:23.030
  • FOR SANDLER O'NEILL IN NEW YORK CITY,
  • 00:18:23.040 --> 00:18:26.000
  • THAT OFFICED ON THE 104TH FLOOR
  • 00:18:26.010 --> 00:18:28.150
  • OF THE SOUTH TOWER OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER.
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:33.020
  • ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER THE 11TH,
  • 00:18:33.030 --> 00:18:35.150
  • WELLES CROWTHER FELT THAT BUILDING SHAKE.
  • 00:18:35.160 --> 00:18:39.110
  • HE FELT THAT TERRIBLE EXPLOSION THIS OCCURRED
  • 00:18:39.120 --> 00:18:45.030
  • FLOORS BELOW HIM.
  • 00:18:45.040 --> 00:18:46.170
  • EARLIER IN HIS CAREER,
  • 00:18:46.180 --> 00:18:47.250
  • WHENEVER HE WOULD PULL OUT THAT RED BANDANA,
  • 00:18:47.260 --> 00:18:50.230
  • HIS ASSOCIATES WOULD KID HIM ABOUT THAT RED BANDANA.
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:54.130
  • HE SAID, "DON'T LAUGH.
  • 00:18:54.140 --> 00:18:55.290
  • "WITH THIS RED BANDANA, I'M GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD."
  • 00:18:56.000 --> 00:19:01.140
  • THAT MORNING, HE CHANGED THE WORLD WITH THAT RED BANDANA.
  • 00:19:01.150 --> 00:19:04.290
  • WHEN HE FELT THE IMPACT OF THAT JET
  • 00:19:05.000 --> 00:19:07.090
  • THAT RIPPED OUT FLOORS 78 THROUGH 86
  • 00:19:07.100 --> 00:19:10.270
  • IN THE SOUTH TOWER OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER,
  • 00:19:10.280 --> 00:19:13.120
  • WELLES TOOK THAT RED BANDANA FROM HIS BACK POCKET
  • 00:19:13.130 --> 00:19:16.070
  • AND PUT IT AROUND HIS FACE.
  • 00:19:16.080 --> 00:19:18.110
  • HE IMMEDIATELY WENT DOWN THE STAIRWELL,
  • 00:19:18.120 --> 00:19:21.070
  • WENT DOWN TO THE 76TH FLOOR,
  • 00:19:21.080 --> 00:19:24.130
  • WHERE HE FOUND A GROUP OF PEOPLE HUDDLED TOGETHER,
  • 00:19:24.140 --> 00:19:28.030
  • SOME OF THEM BADLY HURT AND BLEEDING.
  • 00:19:28.040 --> 00:19:30.220
  • ONE WOMAN WAS SO INJURED SHE COULDN'T WALK,
  • 00:19:30.230 --> 00:19:32.220
  • SO WELLS PICKED HER UP,
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:34.230
  • AND HE LED THE ENTIRE TEAM DOWN 18 MORE FLOORS
  • 00:19:34.240 --> 00:19:38.220
  • UNTIL THEY FOUND CLEAR AIR.
  • 00:19:38.230 --> 00:19:41.200
  • WELLES CROWTHER WITH THAT RED BANDANA AROUND HIS FACE
  • 00:19:41.210 --> 00:19:44.250
  • THEN WENT BACK UP TO THE 76TH FLOOR
  • 00:19:44.260 --> 00:19:49.000
  • AND HE LED ANOTHER GROUP ANOTHER,
  • 00:19:49.010 --> 00:19:51.030
  • AND THEN ANOTHER GROUP DOWN,
  • 00:19:51.040 --> 00:19:52.250
  • AND THEN ANOTHER GROUP TO SAFETY.
  • 00:19:52.260 --> 00:19:56.150
  • NOBODY KNOWS HOW MANY RESCUE MISSIONS
  • 00:19:56.160 --> 00:19:59.160
  • WELLES CROWTHER WENT TO THAT DAY,
  • 00:19:59.170 --> 00:20:03.090
  • BUT WHEN HIS BODY WAS FOUND SIX MONTHS LATER
  • 00:20:03.100 --> 00:20:06.170
  • IN THE LOBBY OF THE SOUTH TOWER OF THE WORLD TRADE CENTER,
  • 00:20:06.180 --> 00:20:10.280
  • HIS BODY WAS THERE WITH OTHER FIREMEN
  • 00:20:10.290 --> 00:20:13.010
  • WHO HAD GIVEN THEIR LIFE TO RESCUE PEOPLE.
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:16.110
  • THE ONLY WAY THEY WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY HIS BODY WAS
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:19.220
  • HE WAS WEARING THAT RED BANDANA.
  • 00:20:19.230 --> 00:20:23.120
  • HE MADE A DIFFERENCE.
  • 00:20:23.130 --> 00:20:25.200
  • YOU KNOW, WHEN THAT JET STRUCK THAT WORLD TRADE CENTER,
  • 00:20:25.210 --> 00:20:29.120
  • WELLES COULD HAVE VERY EASILY SAID,
  • 00:20:29.130 --> 00:20:31.130
  • "I'M GETTING OUT OF HERE.
  • 00:20:31.140 --> 00:20:33.060
  • "I'M GONNA SAVE MY LIFE FOR THE SAKE OF MY FAMILY."
  • 00:20:33.070 --> 00:20:37.040
  • BUT HE KNEW HE COULDN'T DO THAT.
  • 00:20:37.050 --> 00:20:38.270
  • HE HAD A PURPOSE, AND THAT PURPOSE WAS TO RESCUE
  • 00:20:38.280 --> 00:20:43.000
  • AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:47.130
  • GOD'S GIVEN US THE SAME MISSION.
  • 00:20:47.140 --> 00:20:50.280
  • YOU KNOW, WE ARE LIVING IN A WORLD
  • 00:20:50.290 --> 00:20:52.120
  • THAT IS DETERIORATING BEFORE OUR VERY EYES.
  • 00:20:52.130 --> 00:20:55.230
  • IT'S GETTING WORSE AND WORSE AND WORSE.
  • 00:20:55.240 --> 00:20:59.030
  • ONE DAY, THE BIBLE SAYS,
  • 00:20:59.040 --> 00:21:00.200
  • THIS ENTIRE WORLD IS GOING TO BE CONSUMED IN FIRE
  • 00:21:00.210 --> 00:21:04.080
  • AND DESTROYED.
  • 00:21:04.090 --> 00:21:05.290
  • THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY OF ESCAPE FROM THIS WORLD,
  • 00:21:06.000 --> 00:21:09.170
  • AND IT IS THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:21:09.180 --> 00:21:13.070
  • FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAVE FOUND THAT WAY OF ESCAPE
  • 00:21:13.080 --> 00:21:15.250
  • IN JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:21:15.260 --> 00:21:18.030
  • WE CAN JUST HUNKER DOWN, TRY TO PROTECT OURSELVES
  • 00:21:18.040 --> 00:21:22.010
  • AND OUR FAMILY AS WE WAIT FOR THE END TO COME,
  • 00:21:22.020 --> 00:21:24.220
  • BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT GOD'S TOLD US TO DO.
  • 00:21:24.230 --> 00:21:27.040
  • HE SAID, "I WANT YOU TO RESCUE
  • 00:21:27.050 --> 00:21:29.140
  • "AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE BEFORE I COME BACK."
  • 00:21:29.150 --> 00:21:33.100
  • GOD HAS GIVEN US A RESCUE MISSION,
  • 00:21:33.110 --> 00:21:37.010
  • AND ONLY WHEN WE UNDERSTAND
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  • THAT ETERNAL PURPOSE GOD HAS FOR US,
  • 00:21:39.250 --> 00:21:42.190
  • AND BUILD OUR LIVES AROUND THAT PURPOSE,
  • 00:21:42.200 --> 00:21:45.100
  • ONLY THEN WILL WE TRANSFORM AN ORDINARY EXISTENCE
  • 00:21:45.110 --> 00:21:51.160
  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:21:51.170 --> 00:21:54.010
  • MUSIC
  • 00:21:54.020 --> 00:22:00.270
  • THOSE OF US WHO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:03.040
  • ARE ON A MISSION TO RESCUE THE LOST
  • 00:22:03.050 --> 00:22:05.200
  • AND TO BRING THEM TO FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST,
  • 00:22:05.210 --> 00:22:08.230
  • AND I HOPE THIS NEW SERIES WILL HELP YOU
  • 00:22:08.240 --> 00:22:10.240
  • EMBRACE YOUR PURPOSE
  • 00:22:10.250 --> 00:22:12.210
  • AND TRANSFORM YOUR ORDINARY EXISTENCE
  • 00:22:12.220 --> 00:22:15.180
  • INTO AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:22:15.190 --> 00:22:18.030
  • BEFORE WE WRAP UP TODAY'S PROGRAM,
  • 00:22:18.040 --> 00:22:20.130
  • I WANT TO SHARE A NOTE I RECEIVED RECENTLY.
  • 00:22:20.140 --> 00:22:23.110
  • THE PERSON WRITES, "MY MOTHER DIED RECENTLY,
  • 00:22:23.120 --> 00:22:26.090
  • "AND THAT EXPERIENCE HAS AFFECTED ME GREATLY.
  • 00:22:26.100 --> 00:22:29.130
  • "YOUR TRUTHFUL TEACHING HELPED MY MOM AND ME
  • 00:22:29.140 --> 00:22:32.080
  • "FACE HER DEATH THIS PAST YEAR WITH PEACE
  • 00:22:32.090 --> 00:22:35.140
  • "REGARDING HER SALVATION
  • 00:22:35.150 --> 00:22:37.080
  • "AND HER GRADUATION TO BE WITH THE LORD."
  • 00:22:37.090 --> 00:22:41.030
  • IT'S SO ENCOURAGING TO RECEIVE THIS LETTER.
  • 00:22:41.040 --> 00:22:44.000
  • THAT IS TRULY WHAT PATHWAY TO VICTORY IS ALL ABOUT,
  • 00:22:44.010 --> 00:22:47.050
  • AND WHEN YOU GIVE TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:22:47.060 --> 00:22:49.270
  • THIS PERSON'S THANK YOU NOTE TO ME
  • 00:22:49.280 --> 00:22:52.110
  • REALLY BELONGS TO YOU.
  • 00:22:52.120 --> 00:22:54.110
  • GOD IS USING YOUR GENEROSITY
  • 00:22:54.120 --> 00:22:56.250
  • TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:22:56.260 --> 00:23:00.230
  • STAY RIGHT THERE, I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:00.240 --> 00:23:07.030
  • MOST OF US DON'T WAKE UP IN THE MORNING
  • 00:23:07.040 --> 00:23:09.040
  • FEELING LIKE SUPERHEROES READY TO SLAY GIANTS
  • 00:23:09.050 --> 00:23:13.050
  • OR TO SOLVE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS.
  • 00:23:13.060 --> 00:23:15.140
  • IN FACT, MOST PEOPLE ARE SIMPLY TRYING
  • 00:23:15.150 --> 00:23:17.190
  • TO SURVIVE THEIR DAY.
  • 00:23:17.200 --> 00:23:19.130
  • BUT BENEATH THE SURFACE,
  • 00:23:19.140 --> 00:23:21.010
  • ALL OF US HAVE THREE THINGS IN COMMON.
  • 00:23:21.020 --> 00:23:23.220
  • WE QUIETLY LONG FOR A GENUINE SENSE OF PURPOSE,
  • 00:23:23.230 --> 00:23:27.090
  • POWER AND PASSION.
  • 00:23:27.100 --> 00:23:30.010
  • [ANNOUNCER] BASED ON THE INSPIRATIONAL LIFE OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:23:30.020 --> 00:23:32.160
  • DR. JEFFRESS' BRAND NEW BOOK IS AVAILABLE
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  • RIGHT NOW FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:23:34.260 --> 00:23:37.040
  • [DR. JEFFRESS] LET ME HELP YOU IDENTIFY SEVEN SECRETS
  • 00:23:37.050 --> 00:23:40.000
  • FOR SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:23:40.010 --> 00:23:42.100
  • NO MATTER YOUR AGE OR SEASON OF LIFE,
  • 00:23:42.110 --> 00:23:45.020
  • GOD WANTS TO UNLEASH HIS POWER IN YOU,
  • 00:23:45.030 --> 00:23:48.140
  • TO FILL YOUR HEART WITH PASSION
  • 00:23:48.150 --> 00:23:50.260
  • AND YOUR LIFE WITH PURPOSE.
  • 00:23:50.270 --> 00:23:53.120
  • [ANNOUNCER] CALL THE NUMBER ON YOUR SCREEN,
  • 00:23:53.130 --> 00:23:54.280
  • WRITE A LETTER OR GO ONLINE.
  • 00:23:54.290 --> 00:23:57.030
  • YOU DON'T NEED TO SUPPRESS THOSE PRIVATE DESIRES
  • 00:23:57.040 --> 00:24:00.030
  • FOR SOMETHING MORE.
  • 00:24:00.040 --> 00:24:02.120
  • LET TODAY BE THE DAY YOU CHOOSE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:24:02.130 --> 00:24:07.230
  • [ANNOUNCER] A HARDBOUND COPY IS YOURS
  • 00:24:07.240 --> 00:24:09.070
  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:09.080 --> 00:24:13.080
  • IN TODAY'S MESSAGE, I BRIEFLY TOUCHED ON SEVEN TOPICS,
  • 00:24:16.150 --> 00:24:20.030
  • SEVEN BIBLICAL SECRETS AS I LIKE TO CALL THEM,
  • 00:24:20.040 --> 00:24:23.180
  • THAT LEAD TO A LIFE OF MEANING AND SIGNIFICANCE.
  • 00:24:23.190 --> 00:24:27.080
  • THEY ARE DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,
  • 00:24:27.090 --> 00:24:30.150
  • DETERMINE TO INFLUENCE YOUR CULTURE,
  • 00:24:30.160 --> 00:24:32.280
  • WAIT ON GOD'S TIMING,
  • 00:24:32.290 --> 00:24:34.260
  • DECIDE TO BURN THE SHIPS,
  • 00:24:34.270 --> 00:24:37.050
  • PRACTICE THE PRINCIPLES OF POWERFUL PRAYING,
  • 00:24:37.060 --> 00:24:40.150
  • LEARN HOW TO HANDLE BAD DAYS,
  • 00:24:40.160 --> 00:24:43.020
  • AND LIVE WITH THE END IN MIND.
  • 00:24:43.030 --> 00:24:46.230
  • THERE'S SO MUCH WISDOM TO DISCOVER FROM GOD'S WORD
  • 00:24:46.240 --> 00:24:50.010
  • ON EACH OF THESE IMPORTANT TOPICS,
  • 00:24:50.020 --> 00:24:52.110
  • AND WE'LL DIG DEEPLY INTO THE FIRST SECRET,
  • 00:24:52.120 --> 00:24:55.100
  • DISCOVERING YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE,
  • 00:24:55.110 --> 00:24:57.280
  • NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:57.290 --> 00:25:01.130
  • GOD HAS A STORY HE WANTS TO TELL THROUGH YOU,
  • 00:25:01.140 --> 00:25:04.210
  • AND I'LL WALK THROUGH FIVE HELPFUL TIPS
  • 00:25:04.220 --> 00:25:07.090
  • FOR DISCOVERING YOUR UNIQUE STORY
  • 00:25:07.100 --> 00:25:09.260
  • GOD IS TELLING THROUGH YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:09.270 --> 00:25:12.130
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE
  • 00:25:12.140 --> 00:25:15.150
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:15.160 --> 00:25:18.240
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:18.250 --> 00:25:20.210
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:20.220 --> 00:25:23.060
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:23.070 --> 00:25:25.070
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS' BESTSELLING BOOK
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:25:27.060 --> 00:25:29.100
  • PLUS THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:25:29.110 --> 00:25:31.260
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:31.270 --> 00:25:35.150
  • WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:35.160 --> 00:25:38.090
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:25:40.030 --> 00:25:42.290
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:25:43.000 --> 00:25:45.010
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:25:45.020 --> 00:25:46.210
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:25:46.220 --> 00:25:48.180
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING,
  • 00:25:48.190 --> 00:25:50.020
  • OR GOING ONLINE TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:25:50.030 --> 00:25:52.030
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:52.040 --> 00:25:56.100
  • ONE CHICAGO SEWER WORKER DESCRIBED HIS LIFE.
  • 00:25:56.110 --> 00:26:00.160
  • HE SAID, "I DIG THE DITCH TO EARN THE MONEY
  • 00:26:00.170 --> 00:26:04.040
  • "TO BUY THE FOOD TO GET THE STRENGTH TO DIG THE DITCH."
  • 00:26:04.050 --> 00:26:09.040
  • UNFORTUNATELY, THAT'S THE CYCLE
  • 00:26:09.050 --> 00:26:11.110
  • MOST PEOPLE ARE TRAPPED IN IN THEIR DAILY LIVES.
  • 00:26:11.120 --> 00:26:15.250
  • BUT GOD MEANS MORE FOR US
  • 00:26:15.260 --> 00:26:18.030
  • THAN SIMPLY THAT KIND OF MEANINGLESS EXISTENCE.
  • 00:26:18.040 --> 00:26:21.130
  • YOU KNOW THE FACT IS, YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE
  • 00:26:21.140 --> 00:26:24.130
  • CAN BE DESCRIBED AS THE STORY GOD CREATED YOU
  • 00:26:24.140 --> 00:26:30.050
  • TO TELL THE WORLD.
  • 00:26:30.060 --> 00:26:31.120
  • THAT'S WHAT YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE IS.
  • 00:26:31.130 --> 00:26:32.170
  • IT IS THAT SPECIAL STORY
  • 00:26:32.180 --> 00:26:34.060
  • GOD HAS UNIQUELY CREATED FOR YOU TO TELL THE WORLD.
  • 00:26:34.070 --> 00:26:38.000
  • BUT YOUR SPECIFIC STORY IS CONNECTED TO A BIGGER STORY
  • 00:26:38.010 --> 00:26:42.270
  • THAT GOD IS TELLING THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSE.
  • 00:26:42.280 --> 00:26:46.200
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:46.210 --> 00:26:48.180
  • FOR THE MESSAGE SECRET NUMBER ONE:
  • 00:26:48.190 --> 00:26:50.250
  • DISCOVER YOUR UNIQUE PURPOSE HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:50.260 --> 00:26:54.150
  • MUSIC
  • 00:26:54.160 --> 00:26:57.090
  • PICTURE YOURSELF WAKING UP
  • 00:26:59.190 --> 00:27:01.280
  • TO SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS OR SPOTTING WILDLIFE
  • 00:27:01.290 --> 00:27:03.230
  • FROM A LUXURIOUS CRUISE SHIP.
  • 00:27:03.240 --> 00:27:05.110
  • JOIN DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS,
  • 00:27:05.120 --> 00:27:07.040
  • CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN MICHAEL O'BRIEN,
  • 00:27:07.050 --> 00:27:08.280
  • GOSPEL FAMILY THE HOPPERS,
  • 00:27:08.290 --> 00:27:10.160
  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG
  • 00:27:10.170 --> 00:27:12.070
  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY CRUISE TO ALASKA,
  • 00:27:12.080 --> 00:27:14.170
  • JULY 11 THROUGH 18 2020.
  • 00:27:14.180 --> 00:27:16.250
  • LEAVE THE STRESS BEHIND
  • 00:27:16.260 --> 00:27:18.110
  • AS YOU TAKE IN GOD'S MAGNIFICENT CREATION,
  • 00:27:18.120 --> 00:27:21.150
  • AND REFRESH YOUR SPIRIT WITH TIME SPEND IN GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:27:21.160 --> 00:27:25.020
  • [ANNOUNCER] TO BOOK YOUR SPOT
  • 00:27:25.030 --> 00:27:26.000
  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:27:26.010 --> 00:27:27.050
  • CRUISE TO ALASKA, GO TO PTV.ORG.
  • 00:27:27.060 --> 00:27:30.000