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November 20, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [NARRATOR] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE
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  • FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • AND WELCOME, AGAIN, TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • EACH OF US IS GIVEN A FIXED AMOUNT OF TIME ON THIS EARTH.
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  • SOME PEOPLE WILL GET MORE TIME THAN OTHERS,
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  • BUT REGARDLESS OF HOW LONG WE LIVE,
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  • THE LEGACY WE LEAVE BEHIND HAS THE POTENTIAL
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  • TO INFLUENCE GENERATIONS TO COME.
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  • TODAY, AS WE CONCLUDE OUR SERIES CALLED
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TO LEVERAGE YOUR TIME
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  • AND RESOURCES TO MAKE AN ETERNAL IMPACT.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED LEAVING A LEGACY THAT LASTS
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] MANY OF US ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NAME ELIJAH,
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  • BUT FEW OF US KNOW THE BOLD STANCE HE TOOK FOR GOD,
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  • NOR THE DETAILS OF HIS EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
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  • NOW YOU CAN TRACE ELIJAH'S FOOTSTEPS
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  • WITH THE ELIJAH MAP, A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW
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  • OF THE KEY EVENTS IN ELIJAH'S LIFE.
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  • THIS COMPLIMENTARY RESOURCE WILL HELP YOU
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  • BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW GOD USES ORDINARY PEOPLE
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  • JUST LIKE YOU AND ME IN AN EXTRAORDINARY WAY.
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  • THE ELIJAH MAP IS OUR GIFT TO YOU
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  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • LAST TIME WE BEGAN LOOKING AT ELIJAH'S
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  • SEVENTH AND FINAL SECRET FOR LIVING A SIGNIFICANT
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  • AND SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
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  • AND THAT IS THIS, SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE LIVE THEIR LIVES
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  • WITH THE END IN VIEW.
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  • THAT IS, THEY REALIZE HOW SHORT THEIR TIME IS
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  • HERE ON EARTH AND THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT AND PREPARING
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  • FOR LEAVING A LEGACY THAT LASTS.
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  • THE BEST USE OF OUR LIFE IS TO SPEND IT
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  • ON SOMETHING THAT WILL OUTLAST IT.
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  • AND NOBODY ILLUSTRATES THAT BETTER
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  • THAN THE CENTRAL CHARACTER OF OUR STUDY,
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  • THE PROPHET ELIJAH.
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  • LAST TIME WE SAID THAT TO HAVE A LEGACY THAT LASTS
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  • INVOLVES THREE COMPONENTS.
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  • WE HAVE TO EMBRACE THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE OF LIFE,
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  • THE RIGHT PRINCIPLE OF LIFE, SECONDLY,
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  • AND THE RIGHT PRIORITY IN LIFE.
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  • LAST TIME WE BEGAN LOOKING AT THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE IN LIFE
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  • AND WE SIMPLY SAID PEOPLE WHO LEAVE A SIGNIFICANT LEGACY
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  • REALIZE THAT LEGACIES AREN'T BUILT ON A
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  • SINGLE EPISODE IN YOUR LIFE
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  • OR THROUGH THAT OF SUCCESS OR FAILURE.
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  • IT'S BUILT OVER THE LONG TERM.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY IT'S GOOD, EVERY NOW AND THEN,
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  • TO STOP AND LOOK BACK AT WHERE YOU'VE BEEN IN LIFE
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  • TO SEE WHERE YOU'RE GOING.
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  • ELIJAH DID THAT ON THE FINAL DAY OF HIS LIFE.
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  • HE TOOK HIS PROTEGE ELISHA AROUND WITH HIM
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  • AND POINTED OUT KEY PLACES IN HIS PAST
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  • WHERE GOD TAUGHT HIM IMPORTANT LESSONS.
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  • BUT SECONDLY, AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GONNA
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  • LOOK AT TODAY, BUILDING A LEGACY THAT LASTS
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  • MEANS THAT WE EMBRACE THE RIGHT PRINCIPLE FOR LIVING.
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  • AND THE PRINCIPLE IS THIS.
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  • GOD MEASURES SIGNIFICANCE BY FAITHFULNESS,
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  • NOT BY SUCCESS.
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  • LET ME SAY IT AGAIN.
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  • GOD MEASURES SIGNIFICANCE BY FAITHFULNESS,
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  • NOT BY SUCCESS.
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  • 1 CORINTHIANS 4:2 SAYS GOD REQUIRES OF A STEWARD
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  • THAT HE OR SHE BE FOUND WHAT?
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  • FAITHFUL.
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  • THAT'S WHAT GOD IS LOOKING FOR.
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  • NOT SUCCESS, HE'S LOOKING FOR FAITHFULNESS.
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  • NOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT FAITHFULNESS IS,
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  • LET'S CONTRAST IT TO SUCCESS.
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  • TODAY, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SUCCESS,
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  • SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE, WE'RE THINKING ABOUT RESULTS
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  • THAT ARE INSTANTANEOUS AND VISIBLE TO EVERYBODY.
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  • BY THAT MEASURE, ELIJAH WAS A TREMENDOUS FAILURE
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  • WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT.
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  • I MEAN, ELIJAH CERTAINLY WAS NO OVERNIGHT SENSATION.
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  • HE SPENT YEARS IN HIDING BEFORE PEOPLE EVEN KNEW WHO HE WAS.
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  • AND AS FAR AS VISIBLE RESULTS,
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  • YEAH, HE HAD THAT EPISODE ON MOUNT CARMEL,
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  • THE BATTLE AGAINST THE PROPHETS OF BAAL AND ASHERAH.
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  • AND FOR A FEW MOMENTS HE ENJOYED SUCCESS.
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  • IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WAS GONNA BE A GREAT NATIONAL REVIVAL
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  • AS A RESULT OF HIS EFFORTS.
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  • BUT QUICKLY, THE ISRAELITES, MOST OF THEM,
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  • TURNED BACK TO WORSHIPING BAAL.
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  • AND WITHIN JUST A FEW GENERATIONS AFTER ELIJAH DIED,
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  • WHAT HAPPENED?
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  • ISRAEL WAS OVERRUN BY THE ASSYRIANS
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  • BECAUSE OF THEIR UNGODLINESS.
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  • THEY WERE TAKEN CAPTIVE AND THE FEW THAT REMAINED
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  • ENDED UP INTERMARRYING WITH THE FOREIGNERS
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  • THAT WERE IN THE LAND AND BECAME THE SAMARITANS
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  • THAT THE JEWS HATED.
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  • SO BY WORLDLY STANDARDS, ELIJAH WASN'T A SUCCESS,
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  • BUT IN GOD'S EYES, HE WAS SIGNIFICANT
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  • BECAUSE HE WAS FAITHFUL.
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  • LET ME GIVE YOU THIS DEFINITION OF FAITHFULNESS
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  • BECAUSE IT'S WHAT GOD EVALUATES OUR LIVES BY.
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  • FAITHFULNESS MEANS CONSISTENTLY FOLLOWING
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  • GOD'S CALLING FOR YOUR LIFE AND LEAVING THE RESULTS TO HIM.
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  • BY THAT MEASURE, ELIJAH WAS FAITHFUL.
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  • YES, HE HAD THAT EPISODE IN THE CAVE
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  • WHEN HE WENT AND HID FROM GOD'S CALLING,
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  • BUT THAT WAS ONE EPISODE.
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  • HIS LIFE WAS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT EUGENE PETERSON
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  • CALLS A LONG OBEDIENCE IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
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  • THAT'S WHAT FAITHFULNESS IS.
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  • MOVING FORWARD IN GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
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  • IN SPITE OF THE HEADWINDS OF OPPOSITION
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  • OR LITTLE VISIBLE RESULTS.
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  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE FAITHFUL?
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  • WELL TO BE FAITHFUL MEANS BEING WILLING TO
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  • SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF IN LIFE.
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  • AND BY THAT, I MEAN DOING THE LITTLE THINGS WITH EXCELLENCE
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  • THAT GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO DO.
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  • JESUS SAID THE SAME THING IN LUKE 16 VERSES 10 AND 11.
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  • REMEMBER HIS WORDS?
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  • HE SAID HE WHO IS FAITHFUL IN A VERY LITTLE THING
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  • IS FAITHFUL ALSO IN MUCH.
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  • AND HE WHO IS UNRIGHTEOUS IN A VERY LITTLE THING
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  • IS UNRIGHTEOUS ALSO IN MUCH.
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  • IF THEREFORE YOU HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL IN THE USE
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  • OF UNRIGHTEOUS MONEY,
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  • WHO WILL ENTRUST TRUE RICHES TO YOU?
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  • WELL WHAT JESUS WAS SAYING IS THIS.
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  • HE WAS TALKING IN THE CONTEXT OF MONEY.
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  • HE SAID WHATEVER MONEY GOD HAS LENT TO YOU,
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  • BECAUSE ANY MONEY WE HAVE IS JUST ON LOAN TO US FROM GOD.
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  • HE SAID MONEY IS A TEST.
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  • GOD GIVES US MONEY AS A TEST TO SEE HOW FAITHFUL WE ARE.
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  • IF WE DON'T FAITHFULLY USE THAT LITTLE THING CALLED MONEY,
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  • DO YOU THINK GOD IS GONNA GIVE US TRUE RICHES TO OVERSEE
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  • ONE DAY IN HEAVEN?
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  • WHAT HE WAS SAYING IS THE LITTLE THINGS GOD GIVES US TO DO
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  • OR TO HANDLE ARE A TEST TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT
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  • WE CAN HANDLE THE BIGGER RESPONSIBILITIES IN LIFE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO BE FAITHFUL
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  • IN DOING THOSE SMALL THINGS.
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  • REALLY THERE ARE TWO REASONS WE OUGHTA DO THE SMALL THINGS
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  • IN LIFE WITH EXCELLENCE.
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  • REASON NUMBER ONE, SMALL THINGS, WHEN ADDED TOGETHER,
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  • BECOME BIG THINGS.
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  • YOU REALIZE THAT?
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  • SMALL THINGS, WHEN THEY ARE ADDED TOGETHER,
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  • BECOME BIG THINGS.
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  • DID YOU KNOW IF A 22 YEAR OLD BEGINS THE DISCIPLINE
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  • OF SAVING $100 A MONTH,
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  • JUST $100 A MONTH,
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  • BY THE TIME HE'S AGE 70, IF HE'S EARNED AN AVERAGE RATE
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  • OF RETURN, THAT $100 A MONTH WILL HAVE GROWN
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  • TO ALMOST TWO MILLION DOLLARS.
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  • AND IF HE'S PUT IT IN A ROTH IRA,
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  • HE WILL HAVE THAT MONEY TAX FREE.
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  • JUST $100 A MONTH.
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  • NO MORE THAN THAT, YOU'LL HAVE SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS.
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  • LITTLE THINGS, WHEN ADDED TOGETHER, BECOME BIG THINGS.
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  • THAT'S THE SAME WAY IN OTHER AREAS OF LIFE.
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  • JUST 10 MINUTES A DAY READING GOD'S WORD.
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  • 10 MINUTES A DAY TALKING TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.
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  • 10 MINUTES A DAY SITTING AND LISTENING TO YOUR MATE.
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  • THOSE SMALL ACTIVITIES WILL YIELD HUGE DIVIDENDS
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  • IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE, IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP,
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  • OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME.
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  • THAT'S ONE REASON TO BE FAITHFUL IN SMALL THINGS.
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  • SMALL THINGS, WHEN ADDED TOGETHER, BECOME BIG THINGS.
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  • BUT THERE'S A SECOND REASON FOR FAITHFULNESS IN SMALL THINGS
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  • AND THAT IS GOD USES SMALL ASSIGNMENTS
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  • AS TESTS FOR BIGGER ASSIGNMENTS.
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  • GOD WILL USE SMALLER ASSIGNMENTS
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  • AS TESTS FOR BIGGER ASSIGNMENTS.
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  • WE JUST SAW JESUS SAYING HOW WE HANDLE THE SMALL THINGS
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  • IN LIFE DETERMINES WHAT WE'RE GONNA DO IN ETERNITY.
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  • BUT SOMETIMES HOW WE HANDLE THE SMALL ASSIGNMENTS
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  • DETERMINE THE ASSIGNMENTS WE'RE GONNA
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  • GAIN IN THIS LIFE AS WELL.
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  • ELIJAH SPENT THE LAST DAY OF HIS LIFE, SECOND KINGS SAYS,
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  • DOING WHAT HE'D ALWAYS BEEN DOING,
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  • FAITHFULLY FULFILLING THE ASSIGNMENT
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  • GOD HAD GIVEN HIM.
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  • POURING INTO THE LIFE OF HIS PROTEGE, ELISHA.
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  • GOING AROUND TO THE SIGNIFICANT SIDES AND POURING IN
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  • TO THE SONS OF THE PROPHETS THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT
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  • IN JUST A FEW MOMENTS.
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  • THOSE WHO WANNA LIVE A LIFE OF SIGNIFICANCE,
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  • VALUE FAITHFULNESS IN SMALL THINGS UNTIL THE MOMENT
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  • GOD CALLS THEM HOME.
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  • SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE, SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE,
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  • ARE PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPLE
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  • THAT GOD VALUES FAITHFULNESS MORE THAN HE DOES SUCCESS.
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  • THIRD AND FINALLY, SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE NOT ONLY EMBRACE
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  • THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE AND THE RIGHT PRINCIPLE,
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  • THEY ALSO EMBRACE THE RIGHT PRIORITY IN LIFE.
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  • AND THAT IS PEOPLE.
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  • SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE BUILD THEIR LIVES AROUND OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • THROUGHOUT THIS SERIES ON ELIJAH I'VE TALKED ABOUT
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  • ONE OF MY TWO MENTORS IN LIFE,
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  • DR. HOWARD HENDRICKS FROM DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY,
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  • HE'S NOW IN HEAVEN.
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  • I ASKED HIM ONE TIME, PROF, WHY DID YOU GIVE UP
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  • BEING A PASTOR?
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  • HE SAID IT'S SIMPLE.
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  • I GOT TIRED OF REFERRING WHO COULD
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  • AND COULDN'T HAVE A KEY TO THE CHURCH KITCHEN.
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  • AND LIFE'S TOO SHORT FOR THAT.
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  • I HAVE A FEELING THERE'S ANOTHER REASON.
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  • HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE BEST WAY TO HAVE A LEGACY
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  • THAT LASTS WOULD BE TO INFLUENCE THE INFLUENCERS.
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  • TO TEACH AND TRAIN PREACHERS AND WHEN YOU LOOK OVER HIS
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  • 40 PLUS YEARS OF TEACHING,
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  • SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COME THROUGH HIS CLASSES
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  • AND ALL CLAIMED HIM AS A MODEL OF MINISTRY,
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  • TONY EVANS, DAVID JEREMIAH, CHUCK SWINDOL,
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  • BRUCE WILKINSON, THERE'S NO TELLING HOW MANY
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  • MILLIONS OF LIVES WERE INFLUENCED
  • 00:11:07.010 --> 00:11:09.060
  • BECAUSE OF PROF HENDRICKS FAITHFULNESS
  • 00:11:09.070 --> 00:11:11.190
  • IN INVESTING IN PEOPLE.
  • 00:11:11.200 --> 00:11:13.180
  • I DON'T KNOW IF PROF EVER READ THESE WORDS
  • 00:11:13.190 --> 00:11:16.100
  • FROM THEODORE ROOSEVELT'S FATHER,
  • 00:11:16.110 --> 00:11:17.250
  • BUT THESE WORDS OF WISDOM ROOSEVELT GAVE HIS SON
  • 00:11:17.260 --> 00:11:21.120
  • ARE WORTH REMEMBERING.
  • 00:11:21.130 --> 00:11:22.290
  • HE SAID ALL THAT GIVES ME MOST PLEASURE IN RETROSPECT
  • 00:11:23.000 --> 00:11:27.200
  • IS BEING CONNECTED WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:11:27.210 --> 00:11:30.100
  • AND EVIDENCE THAT WE ARE NOT PLACED HERE TO LIVE
  • 00:11:30.110 --> 00:11:33.230
  • EXCLUSIVELY FOR OURSELVES.
  • 00:11:33.240 --> 00:11:36.230
  • ELIJAH UNDERSTOOD THAT.
  • 00:11:36.240 --> 00:11:38.150
  • AND THAT'S WHY IT'S SIGNIFICANT THAT THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE,
  • 00:11:38.160 --> 00:11:40.260
  • BUT ESPECIALLY ON THE LAST DAY OF HIS LIFE,
  • 00:11:40.270 --> 00:11:43.240
  • 2 KINGS 2 RECORDS IT,
  • 00:11:43.250 --> 00:11:46.090
  • THAT HE SPENT THOSE 24 HOURS INVESTING IN PEOPLE.
  • 00:11:46.100 --> 00:11:50.240
  • FIRST OF ALL, HE ENCOURAGED OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:11:50.250 --> 00:11:53.200
  • THAT'S ONE WAY HE POURED INTO THE LIVES OF OTHERS,
  • 00:11:53.210 --> 00:11:56.020
  • BY ENCOURAGING THEM.
  • 00:11:56.030 --> 00:11:57.220
  • TURN OVER TO 2 KINGS 2 FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:11:57.230 --> 00:12:02.290
  • REMEMBER WHEN ELIJAH WAS HAVING HIS PITY PARTY FOR HIMSELF
  • 00:12:03.000 --> 00:12:05.260
  • AND SAID I'M THE ONLY ONE LEFT WHO'S FAITHFUL,
  • 00:12:05.270 --> 00:12:09.070
  • AND GOD SAID BASICALLY GET OVER YOURSELF, ELIJAH,
  • 00:12:09.080 --> 00:12:12.140
  • YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE.
  • 00:12:12.150 --> 00:12:14.030
  • THERE ARE 7000 IN ISRAEL WHO HAVE NOT BENDED
  • 00:12:14.040 --> 00:12:16.190
  • THEIR KNEE TOWARD BAAL YET.
  • 00:12:16.200 --> 00:12:18.110
  • WELL AMONG THOSE 7000 WHO STILL HAD NOT
  • 00:12:18.120 --> 00:12:21.140
  • SUCCUMB TO IDOLATRY,
  • 00:12:21.150 --> 00:12:22.290
  • WAS A GROUP OF MEN KNOWN AS THE SONS OF THE PROPHETS.
  • 00:12:23.000 --> 00:12:27.190
  • THESE WERE PROPHETS IN TRAINING, IF YOU WOULD.
  • 00:12:27.200 --> 00:12:30.240
  • AND THEY HAD SEMINARIES, LEARNING INSTITUTES,
  • 00:12:30.250 --> 00:12:34.120
  • WHERE THEY WERE BEING TRAINED AS PROPHETS OF JEHOVAH.
  • 00:12:34.130 --> 00:12:37.060
  • ONE WAS LOCATED AT BETHEL
  • 00:12:37.070 --> 00:12:39.030
  • AND THE OTHER WAS LOCATED AT JERICHO.
  • 00:12:39.040 --> 00:12:42.110
  • SO IT'S NO ACCIDENT THAT WHEN ELIJAH MADE HIS ROAD TRIP,
  • 00:12:42.120 --> 00:12:45.280
  • BEFORE HE WENT TO HEAVEN ON THAT LAST DAY,
  • 00:12:45.290 --> 00:12:48.100
  • TWO OF THE FOUR PLACES HE WENT WERE BETHEL AND JERICHO.
  • 00:12:48.110 --> 00:12:52.030
  • HE WENT TO THE SEMINARIES TO HAVE ONE FINAL WORD
  • 00:12:52.040 --> 00:12:55.290
  • WITH THESE WOULD BE AND UP AND COMING PROPHETS.
  • 00:12:56.000 --> 00:12:59.110
  • LOOK AT 2 KINGS 2:3
  • 00:12:59.120 --> 00:13:01.290
  • THEN THE SONS OF THE PROPHETS WHO WERE AT BETHEL
  • 00:13:02.000 --> 00:13:04.130
  • CAME OUT TO ELISHA AND SAID TO HIM,
  • 00:13:04.140 --> 00:13:06.240
  • "DO YOU KNOW THAT THE LORD WILL TAKE AWAY
  • 00:13:06.250 --> 00:13:08.270
  • "YOUR MASTER FROM YOU OVER TODAY?"
  • 00:13:08.280 --> 00:13:11.010
  • "YES, I KNOW."
  • 00:13:11.020 --> 00:13:12.190
  • AND THEN IN VERSE FIVE WHEN THEY CAME TO JERICHO,
  • 00:13:12.200 --> 00:13:15.080
  • THE SONS OF THE PROPHETS SAID THE SAME THING.
  • 00:13:15.090 --> 00:13:16.260
  • "HEY, ELISHA, DID YOU KNOW TODAY'S THE BIG DAY
  • 00:13:16.270 --> 00:13:19.150
  • "WHEN ELIJAH'S GONNA BE CALLED UP INTO HEAVEN?"
  • 00:13:19.160 --> 00:13:21.180
  • WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW THEY KNEW THAT,
  • 00:13:21.190 --> 00:13:24.040
  • BUT THEY KNEW IT.
  • 00:13:24.050 --> 00:13:25.190
  • AND ELIJAH WANTED TO COME AS A GUEST LECTURER FOR THAT DAY
  • 00:13:25.200 --> 00:13:29.090
  • AT BOTH SEMINARIES TO SHARE WITH THOSE STUDENTS.
  • 00:13:29.100 --> 00:13:33.050
  • WHEN I WAS YOUNGER IN MINISTRY,
  • 00:13:33.060 --> 00:13:34.260
  • I USED TO THINK THAT PEOPLE WERE A MEANS TO AN END.
  • 00:13:34.270 --> 00:13:39.220
  • GOD HAD PUT PEOPLE IN MY CHURCH TO HELP ME
  • 00:13:39.230 --> 00:13:43.140
  • ACHIEVE THE GOALS THAT WE HAD.
  • 00:13:43.150 --> 00:13:46.170
  • NO, PEOPLE ARE NOT THE MEANS TO AN END,
  • 00:13:46.180 --> 00:13:49.010
  • THEY ARE THE END.
  • 00:13:49.020 --> 00:13:50.260
  • AND THE LIFE THAT COUNTS FOR ETERNITY
  • 00:13:50.270 --> 00:13:53.080
  • IS ONE THAT IS SPENT INVESTING IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:53.090 --> 00:13:56.030
  • AND ONE WAY WE DO THAT IS BY ENCOURAGING
  • 00:13:56.040 --> 00:13:59.210
  • THE PEOPLE GOD HAS PUT IN OUR PATH.
  • 00:13:59.220 --> 00:14:02.000
  • YOU KNOW, THE LONGER I LIVE, THE MORE I REALIZE
  • 00:14:02.010 --> 00:14:04.050
  • EVERYBODY NEEDS ENCOURAGEMENT.
  • 00:14:04.060 --> 00:14:07.120
  • I REMEMBER OUR FRIEND JIMMY DRAPER,
  • 00:14:07.130 --> 00:14:09.110
  • I HEARD HIM SAY THIS YEARS AGO.
  • 00:14:09.120 --> 00:14:11.010
  • HE SAID BE NICE TO EVERYBODY
  • 00:14:11.020 --> 00:14:14.010
  • BECAUSE EVERYBODY'S HAVING A HARD TIME.
  • 00:14:14.020 --> 00:14:17.110
  • THOSE ARE GREAT WORDS.
  • 00:14:17.120 --> 00:14:18.180
  • EVERYBODY NEEDS TO BE ENCOURAGED.
  • 00:14:18.190 --> 00:14:20.150
  • AND ELIJAH ENCOURAGED THOSE SONS OF THE PROPHETS.
  • 00:14:20.160 --> 00:14:23.250
  • BUT HE NOT ONLY ENCOURAGED OTHER PEOPLE,
  • 00:14:23.260 --> 00:14:26.160
  • HE MENTORED OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:14:26.170 --> 00:14:29.060
  • AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HAVING THE RIGHT PRIORITY,
  • 00:14:29.070 --> 00:14:31.160
  • PEOPLE, WE MEAN MENTORING PEOPLE.
  • 00:14:31.170 --> 00:14:34.130
  • WHAT IS MENTORING?
  • 00:14:34.140 --> 00:14:35.280
  • IT IS POURING YOUR LIFE INTO THE LIFE OF SOMEBODY ELSE.
  • 00:14:35.290 --> 00:14:39.080
  • SOMEBODY THAT YOU IDENTIFY,
  • 00:14:39.090 --> 00:14:41.150
  • WHO YOU THINK IS GONNA MAKE A SIGNIFICANT
  • 00:14:41.160 --> 00:14:43.160
  • IMPACT ON THE WORLD, TO SPEND TIME WITH THEM,
  • 00:14:43.170 --> 00:14:46.190
  • ENCOURAGING THEM BUT ALSO TRAINING THEM, TEACHING THEM,
  • 00:14:46.200 --> 00:14:50.160
  • THE LIFE LESSONS THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:14:50.170 --> 00:14:54.200
  • WE'RE ALL CALLED TO MENTOR,
  • 00:14:54.210 --> 00:14:56.080
  • TO POUR OUR LIVES INTO OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:14:56.090 --> 00:14:59.070
  • WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO DO THAT?
  • 00:14:59.080 --> 00:15:01.130
  • LET ME JUST GIVE YOU THREE KEYS FOR EFFECTIVE MENTORING.
  • 00:15:01.140 --> 00:15:05.270
  • BECAUSE I BELIEVE GOD HAS PLACED SOMEBODY IN YOUR PATH,
  • 00:15:05.280 --> 00:15:09.080
  • SOMEBODY WITH EXTRAORDINARY POTENTIAL
  • 00:15:09.090 --> 00:15:11.270
  • WHO IS WORTH THE INVESTMENT OF YOUR TIME.
  • 00:15:11.280 --> 00:15:14.270
  • FIRST OF ALL, THE MENTOR MUST TAKE THE INITIATIVE.
  • 00:15:14.280 --> 00:15:18.280
  • DON'T SIT AROUND WAITING FOR SOMEBODY
  • 00:15:18.290 --> 00:15:21.050
  • TO RING YOUR DOORBELL OR CALL YOU OR TEXT YOU
  • 00:15:21.060 --> 00:15:23.200
  • AND SAY HEY, WOULD YOU MENTOR ME?
  • 00:15:23.210 --> 00:15:25.260
  • NO, THE MENTOR TAKES THE INITIATIVE.
  • 00:15:25.270 --> 00:15:28.290
  • THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT ELIJAH DID.
  • 00:15:29.000 --> 00:15:31.040
  • AFTER FOLLOWING GOD'S DIRECTION,
  • 00:15:31.050 --> 00:15:32.240
  • FIRST KINGS 19:19 SAYS ELIJAH WENT OVER TO ELISHA
  • 00:15:32.250 --> 00:15:37.230
  • AND THREW HIS CLOAK ACROSS HIS SHOULDERS
  • 00:15:37.240 --> 00:15:40.080
  • AND WALKED AWAY.
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:43.220
  • WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEBODY TO MENTOR,
  • 00:15:43.230 --> 00:15:45.180
  • THINK ABOUT IT, WHO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO MAKE
  • 00:15:45.190 --> 00:15:48.020
  • A REAL SIGNIFICANT IMPACT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD
  • 00:15:48.030 --> 00:15:51.150
  • LONG AFTER I'M GONE?
  • 00:15:51.160 --> 00:15:52.210
  • IT MAY BE A CHILD, A GRANDCHILD.
  • 00:15:52.220 --> 00:15:56.010
  • IT MAY BE SOMEBODY YOU WORK WITH.
  • 00:15:56.020 --> 00:15:58.090
  • BUT GOD PLACES THOSE PEOPLE IN OUR PATHS,
  • 00:15:58.100 --> 00:16:00.200
  • WE NEED TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE WITH THEM.
  • 00:16:00.210 --> 00:16:02.220
  • SECONDLY, THE MENTOR MUST BE AVAILABLE.
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:07.070
  • AGAIN, 1 KINGS 19:21 SAYS THEN ELISHA WENT WITH ELIJAH
  • 00:16:07.080 --> 00:16:12.290
  • AS HIS ASSISTANT.
  • 00:16:13.000 --> 00:16:14.130
  • ELIJAH WAS WILLING TO SPEND TIME, TO MAKE TIME,
  • 00:16:14.140 --> 00:16:17.130
  • TO BE AVAILABLE WITH ELISHA.
  • 00:16:17.140 --> 00:16:20.100
  • NOW YOU MAY BE THINKING, WELL, YOU KNOW,
  • 00:16:20.110 --> 00:16:21.270
  • I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME TO DO THIS.
  • 00:16:21.280 --> 00:16:24.230
  • I'VE GOT TOO MUCH RESPONSIBILITY AT WORK
  • 00:16:24.240 --> 00:16:27.060
  • OR WITH MY FAMILY OR HERE AT THE CHURCH.
  • 00:16:27.070 --> 00:16:29.240
  • I DON'T HAVE SOME TIME TO SPEND WITH SOME MENTOREE.
  • 00:16:29.250 --> 00:16:34.130
  • HOW AM I GONNA DO THAT?
  • 00:16:34.140 --> 00:16:35.240
  • WELL JUST THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:16:35.250 --> 00:16:37.030
  • THERE ARE TIMES YOU CAN CARVE OUT
  • 00:16:37.040 --> 00:16:39.070
  • TO HAVE A CASUAL CONVERSATION WITH SOMEBODY
  • 00:16:39.080 --> 00:16:42.030
  • THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO POUR INTO.
  • 00:16:42.040 --> 00:16:44.090
  • TAKE TIME TO TAKE SOMEBODY ALONG WITH YOU.
  • 00:16:44.100 --> 00:16:47.180
  • MAYBE NOT GO ON A TRIP BUT YOU KNOW, TO RUN AN ERRAND,
  • 00:16:47.190 --> 00:16:50.150
  • AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT THE THINGS THAT MATTER.
  • 00:16:50.160 --> 00:16:52.260
  • YOU'LL MAKE AN IMPRESSION UPON THEM.
  • 00:16:52.270 --> 00:16:54.280
  • THE MENTOR MUST BE AVAILABLE.
  • 00:16:54.290 --> 00:16:57.100
  • AND THIRDLY, THE MENTOR MUST SERVE AS A MODEL OF GODLINESS.
  • 00:16:57.110 --> 00:17:03.230
  • NO, PEOPLE TEND TO FORGET WHAT THEY HEAR
  • 00:17:03.240 --> 00:17:05.260
  • BUT THEY RARELY FORGET WHAT THEY SEE.
  • 00:17:05.270 --> 00:17:09.180
  • WE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH TIME ELISHA AND ELIJAH SPENT TOGETHER
  • 00:17:09.190 --> 00:17:12.230
  • BUT APPARENTLY IT WAS ENOUGH TIME THAT ELISHA
  • 00:17:12.240 --> 00:17:15.260
  • LEARNED A LOT BY WATCHING ELIJAH
  • 00:17:15.270 --> 00:17:18.160
  • IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 00:17:18.170 --> 00:17:21.240
  • YOU KNOW, TALKING ABOUT DR. HENDRICKS,
  • 00:17:21.250 --> 00:17:23.190
  • PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON HE TAUGHT ME
  • 00:17:23.200 --> 00:17:27.240
  • WAS ONE HE HAD NO IDEA HE WAS TEACHING ME.
  • 00:17:27.250 --> 00:17:30.000
  • IN FACT, HE WAS ASLEEP IN ANOTHER ROOM
  • 00:17:30.010 --> 00:17:31.240
  • WHEN HE WAS TEACHING ME THIS LESSON.
  • 00:17:31.250 --> 00:17:35.080
  • AMY AND I HAD GONE WITH HIM AND HIS WIFE JEAN
  • 00:17:35.090 --> 00:17:37.260
  • TO A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT IN NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS.
  • 00:17:37.270 --> 00:17:42.210
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, I COULDN'T SLEEP,
  • 00:17:42.220 --> 00:17:44.170
  • AND SO I GOT UP AND I GOT DRESSED
  • 00:17:44.180 --> 00:17:47.270
  • AND I WENT BACK DOWN TO THE CONFERENCE ROOM
  • 00:17:47.280 --> 00:17:50.030
  • WHERE WE HAD BEEN EARLIER THAT EVENING.
  • 00:17:50.040 --> 00:17:52.190
  • OF COURSE IT WAS EMPTY.
  • 00:17:52.200 --> 00:17:54.090
  • THERE WAS THE LECTERN WHERE DR. HENDRICKS HAD BEEN
  • 00:17:54.100 --> 00:17:56.120
  • SPEAKING FROM AND ODDLY, HIS BIBLE WAS STILL ON THAT LECTERN
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:18:02.110
  • AND HE HAD LEFT IT THERE ACCIDENTALLY.
  • 00:18:02.120 --> 00:18:05.090
  • AND I THOUGHT MAYBE I'D FIND A VERSE OR TWO
  • 00:18:05.100 --> 00:18:07.290
  • THAT HE HAD UNDERLINED OR HIGHLIGHTED
  • 00:18:08.000 --> 00:18:10.140
  • THAT MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY TO ME.
  • 00:18:10.150 --> 00:18:13.070
  • AND WHEN I OPENED THAT BIBLE,
  • 00:18:13.080 --> 00:18:15.250
  • I'M TELLING YOU JUST ABOUT EVERY VERSE
  • 00:18:15.260 --> 00:18:18.290
  • OF EVERY PAGE WAS UNDERLINED.
  • 00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:21.250
  • EVERY MARGIN ON EVERY PAGE OF THE BIBLE
  • 00:18:21.260 --> 00:18:24.250
  • HAD NOTES, HANDWRITTEN NOTES ON IT.
  • 00:18:24.260 --> 00:18:27.180
  • PASSAGES HAD BEEN COLOR CODED, DIFFERENT COLORS OF INK.
  • 00:18:27.190 --> 00:18:33.120
  • AND AT THAT MOMENT, I UNDERSTOOD THE POWER BEHIND HIS LIFE.
  • 00:18:33.130 --> 00:18:39.160
  • HE WAS A MAN OF ONE BOOK, THE BIBLE.
  • 00:18:39.170 --> 00:18:43.030
  • AND THAT WAS THE SECRET FOR HIS POWER, HIS EFFECTIVENESS,
  • 00:18:43.040 --> 00:18:46.280
  • IN MINISTRY.
  • 00:18:46.290 --> 00:18:50.050
  • IF SOMEBODY WERE TO OPEN YOUR BIBLE,
  • 00:18:50.060 --> 00:18:53.150
  • IF SOMEBODY WERE JUST TO SPEND A DAY GOING AROUND WITH YOU,
  • 00:18:53.160 --> 00:18:59.070
  • WHAT WOULD THEY LEARN ABOUT YOUR LIFE?
  • 00:18:59.080 --> 00:19:02.270
  • PEOPLE LONG FORGET WHAT WE SAY,
  • 00:19:02.280 --> 00:19:04.200
  • BUT THEY NEVER FORGET WHAT THEY SEE.
  • 00:19:04.210 --> 00:19:08.180
  • YOU KNOW, IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM,
  • 00:19:08.190 --> 00:19:11.020
  • MENTORING MEANS POURING YOUR LIFE INTO SOMEBODY
  • 00:19:11.030 --> 00:19:17.130
  • WHO WILL CARRY THAT BATON OF FAITH AND IN TURN
  • 00:19:17.140 --> 00:19:19.250
  • POUR THEIR LIFE INTO SOMEBODY ELSE
  • 00:19:19.260 --> 00:19:21.240
  • WHO WILL IN TURN POUR THEIR LIVES INTO SOMEONE ELSE.
  • 00:19:21.250 --> 00:19:25.210
  • AND THAT'S WHAT PAUL HAD IN MIND IN 2 TIMOTHY 2:2
  • 00:19:25.220 --> 00:19:30.010
  • THIS IS HOW THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE IS TO SPREAD.
  • 00:19:30.020 --> 00:19:33.020
  • HE SAID THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ME
  • 00:19:33.030 --> 00:19:36.160
  • IN THE PRESENCE OF MANY WITNESSES,
  • 00:19:36.170 --> 00:19:40.070
  • ENTRUST THESE THINGS TO FAITHFUL,
  • 00:19:40.080 --> 00:19:43.110
  • DON'T GET HUNG UP ON THE WORD MEN, IT MEANS PEOPLE.
  • 00:19:43.120 --> 00:19:46.070
  • ENTRUST THESE THINGS TO FAITHFUL PEOPLE
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:49.200
  • WHO WILL BE ABLE TO TEACH OTHERS AS WELL.
  • 00:19:49.210 --> 00:19:55.020
  • GO BACK TO 2 KINGS 2:11.
  • 00:19:55.030 --> 00:19:59.020
  • THESE FINAL MOMENTS BETWEEN ELIJAH, THE MENTOR,
  • 00:19:59.030 --> 00:20:03.080
  • AND ELISHA, VERSE 11, THIS IS SO THRILLING.
  • 00:20:03.090 --> 00:20:07.000
  • THEN IT CAME ABOUT, AS THEY, ELISHA AND ELIJAH
  • 00:20:07.010 --> 00:20:10.030
  • WERE GOING ALONG AND TALKING THAT BEHOLD,
  • 00:20:10.040 --> 00:20:12.190
  • THERE APPEARED A CHARIOT OF FIRE
  • 00:20:12.200 --> 00:20:15.020
  • AND HORSES OF FIRE WHICH SEPARATED THE TWO OF THEM
  • 00:20:15.030 --> 00:20:18.080
  • AND ELIJAH WENT UP BY A WHIRLWIND TO HEAVEN.
  • 00:20:18.090 --> 00:20:22.170
  • AND ELISHA SAW IT AND CRIED OUT, "MY FATHER, MY FATHER,
  • 00:20:22.180 --> 00:20:25.220
  • "THE CHARIOTS OF ISRAEL AND ITS HORSEMEN!"
  • 00:20:25.230 --> 00:20:28.260
  • AND HE SAW ELIJAH NO MORE.
  • 00:20:28.270 --> 00:20:31.240
  • THEN ELISHA TOOK HOLD OF HIS OWN CLOTHES
  • 00:20:31.250 --> 00:20:34.050
  • AND TORE THEM INTO PIECES AND THEN HE ALSO
  • 00:20:34.060 --> 00:20:36.290
  • TOOK UP THE MANTLE, THE CLOAK OF ELIJAH,
  • 00:20:37.000 --> 00:20:39.290
  • THAT FELL FROM ELIJAH AND HE RETURNED
  • 00:20:40.000 --> 00:20:42.290
  • AND HE STOOD BY THE BANK OF THE JORDAN.
  • 00:20:43.000 --> 00:20:47.090
  • I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT ELIJAH FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:20:47.100 --> 00:20:49.210
  • CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT EXPERIENCE
  • 00:20:49.220 --> 00:20:51.090
  • OF BEING CAUGHT UP IN THE WHIRLWIND INTO HEAVEN?
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:57.100
  • I IMAGINE ELIJAH, AS HE WAS CAUGHT UP INTO HEAVEN,
  • 00:20:57.110 --> 00:21:01.070
  • HAD HIS EYES FIXED ON THE GLORIES THAT AWAITED HIM.
  • 00:21:01.080 --> 00:21:06.180
  • BUT DON'T YOU THINK FOR JUST A MOMENT
  • 00:21:06.190 --> 00:21:09.160
  • HE LOOKED BACK DOWN AT THE GROUND HE WAS LEAVING?
  • 00:21:09.170 --> 00:21:13.100
  • I THINK HE DID.
  • 00:21:13.110 --> 00:21:14.250
  • AND I IMAGINE AS HE LOOKED BACK DOWN TO THE GROUND,
  • 00:21:14.260 --> 00:21:17.140
  • HE THOUGHT BY GOD'S GRACE, I HAVE LIVED
  • 00:21:17.150 --> 00:21:21.100
  • AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:21:21.110 --> 00:21:24.000
  • AND BY GOD'S GRACE, I HAVE LEFT A LEGACY OF FAITH
  • 00:21:24.010 --> 00:21:28.280
  • AND HE'S STANDING THERE, THERE HE IS RIGHT THERE,
  • 00:21:28.290 --> 00:21:32.060
  • ON THE BANKS OF THE JORDAN RIVER.
  • 00:21:32.070 --> 00:21:35.100
  • IF YOU COME TO THE END OF YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:21:35.110 --> 00:21:38.260
  • AND YOU FIND YOURSELF BEING CALLED UP TO MEET
  • 00:21:38.270 --> 00:21:41.160
  • THE LORD IN HEAVEN AND YOU'RE ABLE TO LOOK BACK
  • 00:21:41.170 --> 00:21:45.010
  • AND SAY BY GOD'S GRACE I'VE LIVED A TRULY
  • 00:21:45.020 --> 00:21:48.260
  • EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
  • 00:21:48.270 --> 00:21:51.120
  • AND BY HIS GRACE I'VE LEFT A LEGACY OF FAITH,
  • 00:21:51.130 --> 00:21:55.270
  • AND THERE HE IS, THERE SHE IS,
  • 00:21:55.280 --> 00:21:58.250
  • THERE THEY ARE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE UNLOCKED THE SECRET
  • 00:21:58.260 --> 00:22:03.080
  • FOR A SUCCESSFUL, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY,
  • 00:22:03.090 --> 00:22:06.050
  • A SIGNIFICANT LIFE.
  • 00:22:06.060 --> 00:22:08.120
  • MUSIC
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  • LET ME CONCLUDE THIS SERIES WITH A QUESTION.
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  • ARE YOU READY TO CHOOSE AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE?
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  • THAT'S WHAT PATHWAY TO VICTORY IS ALL ABOUT,
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  • LEADING PEOPLE INTO A LIFE CHANGING ENCOUNTER
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  • WITH GOD'S WORD IN ORDER TO IMPACT OUR CULTURE FOR HIM.
  • 00:22:26.280 --> 00:22:33.060
  • AND WHEN YOU COME ALONGSIDE US WITH A GENEROUS GIFT,
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  • YOU'RE THE ONE WHO GOD USES TO REACH PEOPLE
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  • WITH HIS GOOD NEWS.
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  • NOT LONG AGO, I RECEIVED A NOTE FROM DERRICK
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  • THAT GREATLY ENCOURAGED ME.
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  • DERRICK WROTE:
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  • WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING
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  • THE TIME TO WRITE, DERRICK.
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  • YOUR NOTE IS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO ALL OF US,
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  • ESPECIALLY THOSE OF US WHO ARE INVESTING FINANCIALLY
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  • IN THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • IT'S SO GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOUR GIFTS
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  • ARE TRULY MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
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  • NOW, PLEASE STAY RIGHT THERE.
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] BASED ON THE INSPIRATIONAL
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  • LIFE OF ELIJAH,
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  • DR. JEFFRESS'S BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • IDENTIFIES SEVEN BIBLICAL SECRETS FOR SUCCESS
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  • AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF USING
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  • ORDINARY PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU AND I
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  • TO DO HIS EXTRAORDINARY WORK.
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  • IN MY BOOK, CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
  • 00:23:46.020 --> 00:23:49.070
  • I REVEAL SEVEN SECRETS THAT RESULT IN A LIFE
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  • MARKED BY SIGNIFICANCE, SATISFACTION AND SUCCESS.
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  • WHEREVER GOD HAS PLACED YOU, YOUR HOME,
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  • YOUR WORKPLACE, YOUR FAMILY,
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  • GOD HAS PLACED YOU THERE FOR A REASON.
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  • YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE IN LIFE
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  • CAN BE DESCRIBED AS THE STORY GOD CREATED FOR YOU
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  • TO TELL THE WORLD.
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  • [NARRATOR] REQUEST DR. JEFFRESS'S BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE,
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  • WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:24:17.200 --> 00:24:20.200
  • THEN, SHARE A COPY WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
  • 00:24:20.210 --> 00:24:23.080
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:24:23.090 --> 00:24:26.200
  • YOU'LL ALSO RECEIVE THE COMPLETE UNEDITED
  • 00:24:26.210 --> 00:24:29.030
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:24:29.040 --> 00:24:31.270
  • ON CD AND DVD.
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  • GOD HAS A GENERAL PURPOSE FOR EVERYONE,
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  • BUT HE HAS A SPECIFIC PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE.
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  • [NARRATOR] LET TODAY BE THE DAY
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  • YOU CHOOSE THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
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  • WHEN YOU REQUEST CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
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  • FROM PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • TODAY MARKS THE END OF OUR SERIES
  • 00:24:52.050 --> 00:24:54.080
  • CALLED CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE.
  • 00:24:54.090 --> 00:24:57.260
  • OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS,
  • 00:24:57.270 --> 00:24:59.070
  • WE'VE LOOKED AT SEVEN BIBLICAL KEYS
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  • TO LIVING A LIFE OF SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE.
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  • AND THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THIS STUDY,
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  • I HOPE YOU'VE BEEN INSPIRED
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  • TO CHOOSE GOD'S VERY BEST FOR YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:09.070 --> 00:25:13.060
  • WELL, LIKE ME, I SUSPECT YOU'RE CONCERNED
  • 00:25:13.070 --> 00:25:15.170
  • ABOUT THE STATE OF OUR WORLD TODAY.
  • 00:25:15.180 --> 00:25:17.290
  • OUR SOCIETY IS RAMPANT WITH PERVERSION,
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  • DISORDER AND IMMORALITY.
  • 00:25:20.260 --> 00:25:23.010
  • SO ARE THESE THINGS HARBINGERS
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  • THAT SIGNAL THE END OF THE WORLD?
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  • AND IF THEY ARE, WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE END TO COME?
  • 00:25:27.150 --> 00:25:30.270
  • THAT'S WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NEXT TIME
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  • IN THE START OF MY SERIES TITLED
  • 00:25:33.090 --> 00:25:35.220
  • COUNTDOWN TO THE APOCALYPSE.
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  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:38.210 --> 00:25:41.210
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [NARRATOR] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:45.100 --> 00:25:47.050
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:47.060 --> 00:25:49.200
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU A COPY
  • 00:25:49.210 --> 00:25:51.220
  • OF DR. JEFFRESS'S BESTSELLING BOOK,
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  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
  • 00:25:53.240 --> 00:25:55.280
  • PLUS, THE ELIJAH MAP AS OUR GIFT TO YOU
  • 00:25:55.290 --> 00:25:58.180
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:26:02.030
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $75 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:02.040 --> 00:26:05.030
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
  • 00:26:05.040 --> 00:26:06.250
  • CHOOSING THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:06.260 --> 00:26:09.230
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:09.240 --> 00:26:11.250
  • THESE PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE
  • 00:26:11.260 --> 00:26:13.160
  • BECAUSE OF YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT.
  • 00:26:13.170 --> 00:26:15.120
  • SO THANKS FOR CALLING, WRITING OR GOING ONLINE
  • 00:26:15.130 --> 00:26:17.230
  • TO GIVE TODAY.
  • 00:26:17.240 --> 00:26:19.000
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:19.010 --> 00:26:21.290
  • WE ALL SEE PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD.
  • 00:26:23.020 --> 00:26:25.160
  • WE ALL SENSE THAT SOMETHING HAS GONE BADLY WRONG.
  • 00:26:25.170 --> 00:26:29.180
  • WE ALL WAIT TO SEE WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.
  • 00:26:29.190 --> 00:26:33.080
  • IN MY LIFETIME, I HAVE NEVER SENSED
  • 00:26:33.090 --> 00:26:35.270
  • SO MUCH UNREST IN THE AIR.
  • 00:26:35.280 --> 00:26:38.150
  • IT SEEMS THAT EVERYDAY BRINGS A NEW SET
  • 00:26:38.160 --> 00:26:41.030
  • OF TERRIFYING HEADLINES.
  • 00:26:41.040 --> 00:26:43.020
  • EVERYWHERE I GO PEOPLE ARE SENSING
  • 00:26:43.030 --> 00:26:45.180
  • THAT SOMETHING BIG IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN.
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  • [NARRATOR] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:49.010 --> 00:26:51.050
  • FOR THE START OF A NEW SERIES CALLED
  • 00:26:51.060 --> 00:26:53.020
  • COUNTDOWN TO THE APOCALYPSE
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  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • EXPERIENCE ALASKA'S TOWERING MOUNTAINS
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  • AND MIGHTY GLACIERS WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE.
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  • EXPLORE CHARMING ALASKAN PORTS LIKE JUNEAU AND KETCHIKAN.
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  • THEN ENJOY ON BOARD ENTERTAINMENT
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  • WITH WORSHIP LEADER MICHAEL O'BRIAN,
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  • AMERICA'S FAVORITE GOSPEL MUSIC FAMILY, THE HOPPERS,
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  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG.
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  • TO BOOK YOUR RESERVATION FOR THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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