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December 9, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT SEEMS TO CONTAIN
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  • A SEQUENCE OF PARADOXES, "BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT
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  • "FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN,
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  • "BLESSED ARE THE MEEK FOR THEY WILL INHERIT THE EARTH,"
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  • SOUNDS COMPLETELY BACKWARDS, DOESN'T IT?
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  • WELL, MAYBE FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW,
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  • BUT WHEN YOU VIEW THINGS FROM JESUS' PERSPECTIVE,
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  • THESE STATEMENTS START TO MAKE A LOT OF SENSE.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED "THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES
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  • IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THEIR OWN LIFETIME.
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  • IN THIS SPIRIT, SOME FRIENDS OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY
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  • HAVE BANDED TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE A GIFT OF $920.000
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  • WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING YOU
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  • TO GIVE FROM YOUR RESOURCES AS WELL.
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  • AS YOU DO, EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED
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  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
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  • THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY
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  • TOWARD THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
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  • MUSIC
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  • CHUCK SWINDOLL TELLS A GREAT STORY
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  • ABOUT A COUPLE THAT LIVED IN NEW ORLEANS.
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  • THE HUSBAND LOVED HIS WIFE DESPERATELY,
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  • -BUT HE HATED HIS WIFE'S CAT. -(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • SOME OF YOU CAN RELATE.
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  • EVERY NIGHT HE'D COME HOME FROM WORK
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  • AND THAT CAT WOULD CURL ITSELF AROUND HIS LEG,
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  • THE CAT WOULD JUMP UP IN HIS LAP
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  • WHILE WE WERE TRYING TO EAT DINNER,
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  • AT NIGHT, THE CAT WOULD INSIST ON SLEEPING
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  • AT THE END OF THE BED.
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  • ONE WEEKEND, HIS WIFE HAD TO LEAVE TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS
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  • TO GO VISIT HER MOTHER.
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  • AND THE HUSBAND THOUGHT THIS WAS HIS BIG CHANCE.
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  • SO WHILE HIS WIFE WAS GONE, HE TOOK A BURLAP SACK,
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  • LOADED IT WITH ROCKS, PUT THE CAT IN THERE,
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  • WENT DOWN TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
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  • AND THREW THE CAT AND BAG INTO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
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  • HE KNEW HIS PROBLEM WAS OVER.
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  • COMES BACK HOME, SUNDAY NIGHT HIS WIFE RETURNS
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  • FROM VISITING HER MOTHER, AND OF COURSE,
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  • THE FIRST THING SHE WANTED TO KNOW WAS WHERE WAS HER CAT?
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  • HE SAID, "WELL, I GUESS THE CAT RAN AWAY."
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  • SHE BURST INTO TEARS.
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  • AND SO TRYING TO CONSOLE HIS WIFE, HE SAID,
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  • "LOOK, I'LL TRY TO RETRIEVE YOUR CAT FOR YOU,"
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  • AND SO THE NEXT DAY, HE PUT AN AD IN THE NEWSPAPER,
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  • "$500 REWARD FOR MISSING CAT,"
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  • AND HE PUT HIS PHONE NUMBER IN THERE.
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  • OF COURSE, THERE WAS NO RESPONSE.
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  • THAT NIGHT, HIS WIFE AGAIN BEGAN TO SOB UNCONTROLLABLY.
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  • AND SO HE SAID, "WELL,
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  • "LET ME PUT ANOTHER AD IN THE NEWSPAPER."
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  • SO THE NEXT DAY HE TOOK OUT AN AD,
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  • "$1.000 FOR MISSING CAT," AND PUT HIS TELEPHONE NUMBER.
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  • LATER IN THE DAY, A CO-WORKER SAID,
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  • "HEY, I SAW THAT AD IN THE NEWSPAPER FOR THE MISSING CAT
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  • "AND I RECOGNIZED YOUR PHONE NUMBER."
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  • THAT SURE IS A LOT OF MONEY TO OFFER FOR A CAT.
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  • THE HUSBAND SMILED AND SAID,
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  • "WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT I KNOW, YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE GENEROUS."
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • SOME OF YOU CAN'T GET PAST THE CAT IN THE RIVER,
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  • -I KNOW THAT, -(CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • BUT JUST TRY FOR A MOMENT, OKAY?
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  • JESUS SAID SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR IN LUKE CHAPTER SIX,
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  • NOT ABOUT CATS, BUT THE MESSAGE OF LUKE CHAPTER 6
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  • IS VERY CLEAR, "WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS KNOWS,
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  • "YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE GENEROUS
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  • "IN YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES
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  • "AND DIFFICULT PEOPLE."
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  • AND THAT'S THE THEME OF THE MESSAGE
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  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT TODAY.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES, TURN TO LUKE CHAPTER 6.
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  • WE'VE COME, IN OUR STUDY OF LUKE,
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  • TO SOME OF JESUS' MOST FAMILIAR WORDS,
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  • WE CALL THEM THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
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  • AND THEY'RE ARE SOME OF JESUS MOST FAMILIAR TEACHINGS
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  • BUT ALSO SOME OF HIS MOST MISUNDERSTOOD WORDS.
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  • HE TALKS ABOUT LOVE YOUR ENEMIES, TURN THE OTHER CHEEK,
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  • AND IF SOMEBODY ASKS YOU FOR YOUR COAT,
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  • NOT ONLY GIVE THEM YOUR COAT, BUT YOUR SHIRT AS WELL.
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  • AND LOT OF PEOPLE REALIZE THESE WORDS
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  • SEEM IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP, HOW IN THE WORLD CAN THEY APPLY
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  • IN A WORLD LIKE OURS TODAY?
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  • AND SO I'VE NOTICED THROUGHOUT THE AGES,
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  • PEOPLE HAVE GONE TO ONE OF TWO EXTREMES,
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  • WHEN IT COMES TO THESE WORDS
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  • THAT WE CALL THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
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  • SOME PEOPLE SAY, THIS IS A LIST OF REQUIREMENTS
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  • OF WHAT YOU MUST DO TO GO TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE.
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  • NOW, IF THAT'S TRUE, IF JESUS WAS GIVING US
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  • A LIST OF IMPOSSIBLE REQUIREMENTS TO KEEP,
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  • THEN JESUS WAS NO BETTER THAN THE PHARISEES.
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  • REMEMBER WHAT HE SAID ABOUT THE PHARISEES,
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  • THEY TIE UP HEAVY LOADS ON THE BACKS OF MEN
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  • SO THAT THEY CANNOT ENTER INTO THE KINGDOM OF GOD,
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  • THE PHARISEES HAD ALL OF THESE DOS AND DON'TS
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  • THAT MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANYBODY TO KEEP.
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  • SO JESUS IS NO BETTER THEN
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  • IF HE GIVES US THIS LIST AND SAYS,
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  • "THIS IS HOW YOU GO TO HEAVEN."
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  • I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHAT THIS IS.
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  • BUT OTHER PEOPLE GO TO THE OPPOSITE EXTREME.
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  • IN FACT, IT'S THE EXTREME THAT MOST EVANGELICALS GO TO.
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  • AND THAT IS SAYING THAT THESE WORDS
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  • HAVE NO APPLICATION FOR OUR WORLD TODAY.
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  • IN FACT, I ATTENDED A SEMINARY,
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  • ONE SEMINARY, THAT TAUGHT THAT,
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  • WELL-KNOWN PROFESSOR USED TO SAY
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  • ABOUT THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT,
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  • THAT THIS HAS NO APPLICATION FOR TODAY,
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  • THIS IS THE CONSTITUTION FOR THE MILLENNIAL KINGDOM,
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  • AND THIS IS THE WAY WE'RE ALL GOING TO ACT
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  • WHEN WE GET INTO THE MILLENNIUM, BUT WE CAN'T DO THAT TODAY.
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  • IS THAT WHAT JESUS IS SAYING?
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  • BECAUSE I READ THESE WORDS, THERE'S NOTHING TO SUGGEST
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  • THAT THIS IS FOR SOME FUTURE GENERATION.
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  • JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT HOW WE ARE TO ACT AS CHRISTIANS,
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  • AND YES, IT'S DIFFICULT.
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  • IF YOU BELIEVE THIS WORLD IS ALL THAT THERE IS,
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  • THESE COMMANDS ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP,
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  • THERE'S NO MOTIVATION FOR KEEPING THEM,
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  • IF THIS IS ALL THAT THERE IS.
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  • BUT REMEMBER THE THEME,
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  • WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS KNOWS ABOUT THE FUTURE,
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  • YOU CAN BE GENEROUS IN YOUR ATTITUDE
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  • TOWARD DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES AND DIFFICULT PEOPLE.
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  • NOW, BEFORE WE GET INTO THE SUMMARY
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  • OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT, LET'S FIRST OF ALL,
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  • LOOK AT THE SETTING FOR THIS SERMON.
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  • THAT'S KEY TO UNDERSTANDING WHAT JESUS IS SAYING.
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  • LOOK AT LUKE 6:12, "AND IT WAS AT THIS TIME
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  • "THAT JESUS WENT OFF TO THE MOUNTAIN TO PRAY,
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  • "AND HE SPENT THE WHOLE NIGHT IN PRAYER TO GOD."
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  • IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT JESUS PRAYED UP ALL NIGHT.
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  • NOW, OF COURSE, THE QUESTION IS,
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  • WHAT TIME ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?
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  • WELL, THE ANSWER'S IN THE PRECEDING VERSE, VERSE 11,
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  • "BUT THEY THEMSELVES WERE FILLED WITH RAGE
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  • "AND DISGUST TOGETHER, WHAT THEY MIGHT DO TO JESUS."
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  • THE PHARISEES HAD BEEN ENRAGED BY JESUS,
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  • WHAT HE WAS TEACHING,
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  • THEY DECIDED WE'VE GOTTA GET RID OF THIS GUY,
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  • AND SO THEY WERE PLOTTING TO KILL JESUS,
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  • JESUS IS NOW AWARE THAT HIS TIME ON EARTH
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  • IS VERY, VERY LIMITED, AND AT THIS TIME,
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  • HE GOES OFF TO PRAY ALL NIGHT.
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  • THE BIBLE SAYS THERE ARE ONLY TWO THINGS
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  • THAT ARE GOING TO LAST FOR ETERNITY,
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  • PEOPLE, EVERYBODY'S GONNA LIVE FOREVER,
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  • SOME IN HEAVEN, SOME IN HELL, BUT PEOPLE ARE ETERNAL,
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  • AND GOD'S WORD IS ETERNAL.
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  • THY WORD HAS SETTLED IN HEAVEN FOREVER.
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  • AND IF YOU WANNA HAVE A LIFE THAT CONTINUES AFTER YOU DIE,
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  • YOU'RE GONNA SPEND YOUR LIFE INVESTING GOD'S WORD
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  • IN THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS DECIDED TO DO,
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  • HE DECIDED TO INSTILL HIS TEACHING IN OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • AND BY THE WAY, THAT'S WHAT DISCIPLESHIP IS ALL ABOUT.
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  • DISCIPLESHIP IS SPENDING YOUR LIMITED TIME ON EARTH,
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  • HELPING OTHER PEOPLE BE FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST,
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  • BY INSTILLING HIS WORD IN THEM.
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  • REMEMBER WHAT PAUL SAID TO TIMOTHY,
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  • PAUL KNEW HIS LIFE WAS LIMITED,
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  • AND SO HE SAID TO HIS YOUNG PROTEGE IN II TIMOTHY 2:2,
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  • "AND THE THINGS WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD FROM ME
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  • "IN THE PRESENCE OF MANY WITNESSES,
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  • "THESE ENTRUST TO FAITHFUL MEN
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  • "WHO WILL BE ABLE TO TEACH OTHERS ALSO."
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  • PAUL KNEW THAT THE CONTINUATION OF CHRISTIANITY
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  • DEPENDED UPON HIM HAVING SOMEONE
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  • TO CARRY ON HIS TEACHING AFTER HE DIED.
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  • MY FRIEND BILL SPEARS, WHO IS A MEMBER OF OUR CHURCH,
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  • HAS A GREAT SAYING I REPEAT IT ALL THE TIME,
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  • "SUCCESS WITHOUT SUCCESSION IS FAILURE."
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  • A WISE CEO IS ONE WHO REALIZES
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  • HIS TIME IN THE SEAT IS LIMITED,
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  • HE BETTER PREPARE FOR SOMEBODY WHO'S GOING TO SUCCEED HIM.
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  • AND THAT'S TRUE FOR US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS.
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  • DR. CRISWELL USED TO SAY, ALL THE TIME,
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  • I REMEMBER HIM SAYING THIS ALL THE TIME,
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  • "EVERY CIVILIZATION IS ONLY ONE GENERATION AWAY
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  • "FROM PAGANISM, EVERY CIVILIZATION,
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  • "ONLY ONE GENERATION AWAY FROM PAGANISM."
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  • IF WE FAIL TO PASS ON THE CHRISTIAN TRUTH
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  • TO THE NEXT GENERATION, WE BECOME A PAGAN PEOPLE.
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  • AND THAT'S WHAT DISCIPLESHIP IS, IT IS INVESTING OUR LIVES
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  • AND INSTILLING GOD'S WORD IN THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE.
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  • OF COURSE, FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE PARENTS,
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  • OUR MOST IMPORTANT DISCIPLESHIP PROJECT IS OUR OWN CHILDREN,
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  • TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN TO FOLLOW GOD AND TO IMITATE CHRIST.
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  • BUT OUR CHILDREN AREN'T OUR ONLY DISCIPLESHIP PROJECT,
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  • WE NEED TO BE ENTRUSTING OUR FAITH TO OTHER MEN AND WOMEN
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  • WHO WILL CARRY ON THE FAITH.
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  • AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT JESUS DID.
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  • JESUS KNEW HIS TIME WAS LIMITED,
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  • HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY NATURAL CHILDREN,
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  • BUT HE DECIDED TO PASS ALONG HIS FAITH TO 12 MEN
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  • WHO WOULD BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
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  • TO SPREAD IT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
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  • AND SO HE NEEDED GUIDANCE FROM HIS HEAVENLY FATHER,
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  • "WHICH 12 MEN SHOULD I CHOOSE?"
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  • AND SO HE GOES
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  • AND HAS AN ALL-NIGHT PRAYER MEETING
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  • FOR GOD'S WISDOM AND MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE.
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  • NOW, I COULD GET REAL SANCTIMONIOUS HERE IF I WANTED
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  • TO, AND I COULD SAY, "WHAT IS IT YOU'RE SO CONCERNED ABOUT,
  • 00:10:28.080 --> 00:10:32.050
  • "THAT YOU'VE EVER STAYED UP ALL NIGHT AND PRAYED ABOUT?"
  • 00:10:32.060 --> 00:10:35.110
  • I COULD DO THAT IF I WANTED TO, BUT I'D BE A HYPOCRITE,
  • 00:10:35.120 --> 00:10:38.160
  • BECAUSE THE FACT IS, I HAVE NEVER PURPOSEFULLY
  • 00:10:38.170 --> 00:10:42.030
  • STAYED UP ALL NIGHT TO PRAY ABOUT SOMETHING.
  • 00:10:42.040 --> 00:10:46.210
  • NOW, I HAVE HAD TIMES WHEN I COULDN'T GO TO SLEEP AT NIGHT,
  • 00:10:46.220 --> 00:10:50.090
  • AND WHAT I WAS SO CONCERNED ABOUT SOMETHING
  • 00:10:50.100 --> 00:10:52.060
  • THAT I WOULD PRAY
  • 00:10:52.070 --> 00:10:53.220
  • AND THEN I WOULD DRIFT OFF TO SLEEP FOR A LITTLE BIT,
  • 00:10:53.230 --> 00:10:55.070
  • AND THEN I WOULD WAKE UP AND START PRAYING ABOUT IT AGAIN,
  • 00:10:55.080 --> 00:10:57.110
  • AND DRIFT OFF TO SLEEP, MANY OF US HAVE HAD THAT EXPERIENCE,
  • 00:10:57.120 --> 00:11:00.080
  • BUT HONESTLY, I'VE NOT STAYED UP ALL NIGHT
  • 00:11:00.090 --> 00:11:03.000
  • PURPOSEFULLY TO PRAY.
  • 00:11:03.010 --> 00:11:05.140
  • SO I'M NOT GONNA ASK YOU THAT QUESTION,
  • 00:11:05.150 --> 00:11:07.130
  • HERE'S THE QUESTION I AM GOING TO ASK YOU,
  • 00:11:07.140 --> 00:11:10.060
  • WHAT ARE YOU SO CONCERNED ABOUT IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW
  • 00:11:10.070 --> 00:11:14.150
  • THAT YOU WOULD DEVOTE JUST FIVE MINUTES A DAY TO PRAY FOR?
  • 00:11:14.160 --> 00:11:20.270
  • IS THERE ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE, YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR WORK,
  • 00:11:20.280 --> 00:11:28.000
  • THE HEALTH CONCERN OF A FRIEND OR YOURSELF,
  • 00:11:28.010 --> 00:11:30.240
  • ANYTHING THAT YOU'RE WILLING
  • 00:11:30.250 --> 00:11:32.210
  • TO SPEND FIVE UNINTERRUPTED MINUTES A DAY PRAYING FOR?
  • 00:11:32.220 --> 00:11:37.020
  • JESUS KNEW HOW IMPORTANT PRAYER WAS,
  • 00:11:37.030 --> 00:11:40.020
  • AND SO HE PRAYED ALL NIGHT.
  • 00:11:40.030 --> 00:11:42.060
  • AND THE RESULT, VERSE 13, "AND WHEN DAY CAME,
  • 00:11:42.070 --> 00:11:45.140
  • "HE CALLED HIS DISCIPLES TO HIM, AND HE CHOSE 12 OF THEM,
  • 00:11:45.150 --> 00:11:51.170
  • "WHOM HE ALSO NAMED AS APOSTLES."
  • 00:11:51.180 --> 00:11:54.250
  • NOW, LET ME SAY A WORD, YOU MIGHT WANNA WRITE THIS DOWN,
  • 00:11:54.260 --> 00:11:57.050
  • ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DISCIPLE AND AN APOSTLE.
  • 00:11:57.060 --> 00:12:01.010
  • A DISCIPLE IS A FOLLOWER OF A RABBI,
  • 00:12:01.020 --> 00:12:04.240
  • A DISCIPLE IS SOMEBODY WHO IS SO ENTHRALLED WITH A RABBI
  • 00:12:04.250 --> 00:12:08.150
  • THAT HE SEEKS TO IMITATE, NOT JUST HIS WORDS,
  • 00:12:08.160 --> 00:12:11.080
  • BUT HIS EXAMPLE.
  • 00:12:11.090 --> 00:12:12.220
  • TO BE A DISCIPLE OF JESUS MEANS TO MODEL YOUR ATTITUDES,
  • 00:12:12.230 --> 00:12:17.120
  • ACTIONS AND AFFECTIONS AFTER JESUS,
  • 00:12:17.130 --> 00:12:20.170
  • IT MEANS TO LOVE WHAT JESUS LOVED, ACT LIKE JESUS ACTED,
  • 00:12:20.180 --> 00:12:24.120
  • THINK LIKE JESUS THOUGHT IN EVERY SITUATION.
  • 00:12:24.130 --> 00:12:28.160
  • THE SIMPLE DEFINITION I GET A FEW MONTHS AGO OF A DISCIPLE
  • 00:12:28.170 --> 00:12:31.130
  • IS THIS, TO BE A DISCIPLE MEANS FOR ME TO LIVE MY LIFE,
  • 00:12:31.140 --> 00:12:37.180
  • AS JESUS WOULD LIVE MY LIFE IF HE WERE I.
  • 00:12:37.190 --> 00:12:42.080
  • HOW WOULD JESUS OPERATE IF HE HAD YOUR JOB,
  • 00:12:42.090 --> 00:12:45.240
  • THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE.
  • 00:12:45.250 --> 00:12:48.260
  • BUT OUT OF THE DISCIPLES CAME 12 APOSTLES,
  • 00:12:48.270 --> 00:12:53.020
  • THESE ARE THE ONES WHO WOULD BE SENT FORTH, A UNIQUE GROUP,
  • 00:12:53.030 --> 00:12:57.030
  • TO PROCLAIM THE MESSAGE OF JESUS
  • 00:12:57.040 --> 00:12:59.030
  • TO THE JEWS AND THE GENTILES.
  • 00:12:59.040 --> 00:13:01.240
  • NOW, I COULD SPEND SERMON AFTER SERMON
  • 00:13:01.250 --> 00:13:04.090
  • TALKING ABOUT THESE APOSTLES, I'M NOT GOING TO DO THAT,
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:07.150
  • LET ME JUST GIVE YOU THREE OBSERVATION
  • 00:13:07.160 --> 00:13:10.080
  • ABOUT THE LIST YOU FIND IN VERSES 12 TO 14,
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:14.000
  • AND YOU FIND THE SIMILAR LIST IN MATTHEW AND MARK.
  • 00:13:14.010 --> 00:13:17.140
  • NUMBER ONE, THE LISTS BEGIN WITH SIMON PETER,
  • 00:13:17.150 --> 00:13:21.140
  • ALL THREE LIST OF THE APOSTLES BEGIN WITH PETER.
  • 00:13:21.150 --> 00:13:24.200
  • HE WAS THE LEADER, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, WHAT'S INTERESTING,
  • 00:13:24.210 --> 00:13:27.150
  • HE WAS THE GREATEST FAILURE OF ALL OF THE APOSTLES.
  • 00:13:27.160 --> 00:13:30.080
  • HERE'S A GUY WHO DENIED JESUS, NOT ONCE OR TWICE,
  • 00:13:30.090 --> 00:13:33.070
  • BUT THREE DIFFERENT TIMES,
  • 00:13:33.080 --> 00:13:35.000
  • HE WAS A MAJOR SCREW UP AS AN APOSTLE,
  • 00:13:35.010 --> 00:13:39.040
  • AND YET JESUS CHOSE HIM TO BE THE LEADER,
  • 00:13:39.050 --> 00:13:42.160
  • DOESN'T THAT GIVES YOU HOPE?
  • 00:13:42.170 --> 00:13:44.000
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH YOU FAILED,
  • 00:13:44.010 --> 00:13:45.290
  • WHAT IS IN YOUR PAST, GOD CAN TAKE YOUR MISTAKES,
  • 00:13:46.000 --> 00:13:49.120
  • FORGIVE THEM AND REDEEM THEM.
  • 00:13:49.130 --> 00:13:51.250
  • PETER IS AT THE BEGINNING OF EVERY LIST.
  • 00:13:51.260 --> 00:13:54.110
  • SECONDLY, THE LIST ENDS WITH JUDAS ISCARIOT.
  • 00:13:54.120 --> 00:13:59.140
  • ISCARIOT, IS COMES FROM THE HEBREW WORD
  • 00:13:59.150 --> 00:14:03.130
  • (SPEAKS IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE),
  • 00:14:03.140 --> 00:14:04.270
  • CARIOT IS PROBABLY A DERIVATION OF KERIOTH, A TOWN OF JUDEA,
  • 00:14:04.280 --> 00:14:09.060
  • JUDAS, THE MAN OF KERIOTH.
  • 00:14:09.070 --> 00:14:11.280
  • WE ALL KNOW ABOUT JUDAS, HE'S THE ONE WHO BETRAYED JESUS
  • 00:14:11.290 --> 00:14:16.010
  • FOR 30 PIECES OF SILVER AND LED TO HIS CRUCIFIXION.
  • 00:14:16.020 --> 00:14:19.160
  • NOW, FIRST READING, WE HAVE TO THINK,
  • 00:14:19.170 --> 00:14:21.010
  • "WELL, WHY DID JESUS CHOOSE JUDAS, DID HE MAKE A MISTAKE?
  • 00:14:21.020 --> 00:14:27.010
  • "MAYBE JESUS SHOULD HAVE SPENT EVEN LONGER
  • 00:14:27.020 --> 00:14:27.290
  • "PRAYING ABOUT THE SELECTION
  • 00:14:28.000 --> 00:14:29.070
  • "SO HE DIDN'T MAKE A MISTAKE LIKE JUDAS."
  • 00:14:29.080 --> 00:14:32.010
  • NOW, ALL OF THIS WAS A PART OF GOD'S PLAN,
  • 00:14:32.020 --> 00:14:36.050
  • JESUS CHOSE JUDAS FOR A REASON
  • 00:14:36.060 --> 00:14:38.110
  • BECAUSE JESUS KNEW GOD COULD USE THE EVIL
  • 00:14:38.120 --> 00:14:42.020
  • IN JUDAS' OWN HEART TO ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSE.
  • 00:14:42.030 --> 00:14:44.240
  • I'M GONNA SAY MORE ABOUT THAT IN A MOMENT.
  • 00:14:44.250 --> 00:14:46.290
  • BUT GOD CAN TAKE EVIL PEOPLE,
  • 00:14:47.000 --> 00:14:49.130
  • HE CAN TAKE EVIL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT ARE USED AGAINST YOU,
  • 00:14:49.140 --> 00:14:53.090
  • AND HE CAN STILL USE THOSE FOR YOUR GOOD
  • 00:14:53.100 --> 00:14:56.000
  • AND HIS ETERNAL PURPOSE.
  • 00:14:56.010 --> 00:14:57.270
  • THE FINAL THING I NOTICED ABOUT THESE LISTS IS,
  • 00:14:57.280 --> 00:15:00.140
  • THEY ARE COMPRISED OF YOUNG MEN.
  • 00:15:00.150 --> 00:15:03.010
  • WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE APOSTLES,
  • 00:15:03.020 --> 00:15:04.100
  • WE THINK ABOUT THESE OLD WHITE GUYS WITH BEARDS,
  • 00:15:04.110 --> 00:15:07.220
  • AND THINKING THE 60, 70-YEAR-OLDS, NO,
  • 00:15:07.230 --> 00:15:11.290
  • MOST BIBLE SCHOLARS BELIEVE THESE MEN
  • 00:15:12.000 --> 00:15:13.290
  • WERE PROBABLY IN THEIR LATE TEENAGE YEARS,
  • 00:15:14.000 --> 00:15:16.160
  • EARLY 20S AT THE MOST, WHEN THEY WERE CHOSEN TO BE APOSTLES.
  • 00:15:16.170 --> 00:15:21.150
  • NOW, HAVING SAID ALL THAT, LET'S LOOK AT VERSE 17,
  • 00:15:21.160 --> 00:15:27.290
  • VERSE 17 TELLS US THAT WHEN JESUS DESCENDED TO A PLAIN,
  • 00:15:28.000 --> 00:15:31.040
  • THERE WAS A GREAT MULTITUDE OF HIS FOLLOWERS THERE.
  • 00:15:31.050 --> 00:15:34.030
  • AND VERSE 20 SAYS, "TURNING HIS GAZE ON HIS DISCIPLES."
  • 00:15:34.040 --> 00:15:39.290
  • WHAT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE IS,
  • 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:41.130
  • THIS MESSAGE WE'RE GONNA LOOK AT FOR JUST A FEW MOMENTS
  • 00:15:41.140 --> 00:15:43.290
  • IS NOT A MESSAGE FOR THE UNSAVED,
  • 00:15:44.000 --> 00:15:46.210
  • THERE IS NOTHING IN THIS PASSAGE
  • 00:15:46.220 --> 00:15:48.070
  • THAT WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GO TO HEAVEN WHEN YOU DIE,
  • 00:15:48.080 --> 00:15:50.130
  • THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT GOD'S FORGIVENESS THROUGH JESUS,
  • 00:15:50.140 --> 00:15:53.050
  • OR THE CROSS, OR THE BLOOD OF CHRIST,
  • 00:15:53.060 --> 00:15:55.040
  • THIS WAS A MESSAGE FOR HIS DISCIPLES, HIS FOLLOWERS.
  • 00:15:55.050 --> 00:16:01.170
  • YOU KNOW WHAT'S INTERESTING, JESUS WAS IN THE MIDST
  • 00:16:01.180 --> 00:16:02.240
  • OF RELENTLESS CRITICISM FROM THE PHARISEES,
  • 00:16:02.250 --> 00:16:05.280
  • BUT JESUS DID NOT SPEND HIS TIME
  • 00:16:05.290 --> 00:16:08.060
  • ANSWERING THE CRITICISM OF THE PHARISEES.
  • 00:16:08.070 --> 00:16:11.130
  • IN FACT, IN THIS PASSAGE,
  • 00:16:11.140 --> 00:16:12.220
  • JESUS DOESN'T TRY TO ANSWER THE PHARISEES,
  • 00:16:12.230 --> 00:16:15.110
  • INSTEAD, HE INVEST HIS TIME
  • 00:16:15.120 --> 00:16:18.170
  • WITH HIS DISCIPLES, HIS FOLLOWERS.
  • 00:16:18.180 --> 00:16:20.280
  • AND HERE'S A GREAT LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE
  • 00:16:20.290 --> 00:16:22.250
  • THAT WON'T COST YOU ANYTHING EXTRA,
  • 00:16:22.260 --> 00:16:24.290
  • BUT I WANT YOU TO WRITE IT DOWN,
  • 00:16:25.000 --> 00:16:26.250
  • HERE'S A MARK OF A TRUE LEADER,
  • 00:16:26.260 --> 00:16:28.240
  • A TRUE LEADER DOESN'T INVEST HIS TIME WITH PROBLEM PEOPLE,
  • 00:16:28.250 --> 00:16:35.110
  • HE INVEST HIS TIME WITH PEOPLE WITH POTENTIAL.
  • 00:16:35.120 --> 00:16:39.050
  • LET ME SAY IT AGAIN, A REAL EFFECTIVE LEADER
  • 00:16:39.060 --> 00:16:42.160
  • INVEST HIS TIME NOT WITH PEOPLE WITH PROBLEMS,
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:46.010
  • BUT PEOPLE WITH POTENTIAL.
  • 00:16:46.020 --> 00:16:48.150
  • HE DOESN'T INVEST HIS TIME
  • 00:16:48.160 --> 00:16:49.250
  • WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE CAUSING TROUBLE
  • 00:16:49.260 --> 00:16:51.180
  • AND ARE UPSET ALL THE TIME,
  • 00:16:51.190 --> 00:16:53.050
  • HE INVEST HIS TIME WITH THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE POTENTIAL.
  • 00:16:53.060 --> 00:16:56.250
  • YOU SEE THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN,
  • 00:16:56.260 --> 00:16:58.060
  • THE MISTAKE OF FOCUSING YOUR ATTENTION
  • 00:16:58.070 --> 00:17:00.230
  • ON PEOPLE WHO JUST HAVE PROBLEMS.
  • 00:17:00.240 --> 00:17:04.130
  • WE SEE THIS IN FAMILIES,
  • 00:17:04.140 --> 00:17:05.200
  • THERE'S A PROBLEM CHILD IN THE FAMILY,
  • 00:17:05.210 --> 00:17:07.250
  • THE PARENT DEVOTES ALL THE ATTENTION AND EMOTIONAL ISSUE
  • 00:17:07.260 --> 00:17:11.090
  • TO THIS CHILD WITH THE PROBLEMS
  • 00:17:11.100 --> 00:17:13.020
  • AND NEGLECTS THE REST OF THE CHILDREN IN THE FAMILY
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:15.130
  • WHO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL.
  • 00:17:15.140 --> 00:17:17.050
  • OR YOU SEE THIS IN BUSINESSES, A BUSINESS IS ALL HUNG UP
  • 00:17:17.060 --> 00:17:20.180
  • ON THIS ONE OR TWO PROBLEM DISGRUNTLED CUSTOMER THEY HAVE
  • 00:17:20.190 --> 00:17:24.170
  • AND THEY FORGET ALL THE POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS
  • 00:17:24.180 --> 00:17:27.230
  • THEY COULD BE DEVOTING THEIR RESOURCES TOWARD.
  • 00:17:27.240 --> 00:17:30.140
  • YOU SEE THIS IN A CHURCH,
  • 00:17:30.150 --> 00:17:31.180
  • I SEE THIS TIME AND TIME AGAIN IN CHURCHES,
  • 00:17:31.190 --> 00:17:34.130
  • A CHURCH HAS A LITTLE HANDFUL OF DISGRUNTLED MEMBERS,
  • 00:17:34.140 --> 00:17:37.230
  • AND THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH
  • 00:17:37.240 --> 00:17:39.060
  • ARE FOCUSED ON THESE DISGRUNTLED MEMBERS.
  • 00:17:39.070 --> 00:17:41.070
  • "OH, WHAT DID WE DO TO OFFEND YOU,
  • 00:17:41.080 --> 00:17:43.050
  • "OR WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE YOU HAPPY?"
  • 00:17:43.060 --> 00:17:45.090
  • AND THE PASTOR STANDS UP,
  • 00:17:45.100 --> 00:17:46.240
  • AND HE FOCUSES ON THAT LITTLE GROUP,
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:48.190
  • AND HE'S JUST LAMBASTING THEM WEEK, AFTER WEEK, AFTER WEEK,
  • 00:17:48.200 --> 00:17:51.290
  • FORGETTING THAT 99% OF THE PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH
  • 00:17:52.000 --> 00:17:54.110
  • ARE HAPPY WITH THE CHURCH,
  • 00:17:54.120 --> 00:17:56.040
  • THEY'RE EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON,
  • 00:17:56.050 --> 00:17:57.220
  • BUT HE FOCUSES ON THE FEW WITH PROBLEMS.
  • 00:17:57.230 --> 00:18:00.230
  • AGAIN, A REAL LEADER IS SOMEBODY
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:03.270
  • WHO DOESN'T FOCUS HIS ATTENTION
  • 00:18:03.280 --> 00:18:05.200
  • ON PEOPLE WHO ARE CAUSING PROBLEMS,
  • 00:18:05.210 --> 00:18:07.220
  • BUT PEOPLE WITH POTENTIAL, AND THAT'S WHAT JESUS DID.
  • 00:18:07.230 --> 00:18:10.050
  • HE FOCUSED THIS MESSAGE ON THE ONES
  • 00:18:10.060 --> 00:18:12.190
  • WHO WOULD CARRY ON HIS FAITH,
  • 00:18:12.200 --> 00:18:14.230
  • LONG AFTER HE HAD ASCENDED BACK INTO HEAVEN.
  • 00:18:14.240 --> 00:18:17.060
  • AND THAT BRINGS US TO THE SUBSTANCE OF THE SERMON,
  • 00:18:17.070 --> 00:18:20.170
  • BEGINNING IN VERSE 20.
  • 00:18:20.180 --> 00:18:22.250
  • LET ME REMIND YOU,
  • 00:18:22.260 --> 00:18:24.100
  • THIS IS JUST A SUMMARY OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
  • 00:18:24.110 --> 00:18:27.270
  • YOU FIND A LONGER VERSION IN MATTHEW 5-7
  • 00:18:27.280 --> 00:18:32.020
  • THIS IS A SHORT VERSION OF IT.
  • 00:18:32.030 --> 00:18:34.000
  • SOME PEOPLE GET HUNG UP ON THAT,
  • 00:18:34.010 --> 00:18:35.160
  • "WAIT A MINUTE, PASTOR, WHY ARE THE ACCOUNTS DIFFERENT?"
  • 00:18:35.170 --> 00:18:39.210
  • IT'S JUST A SUMMARY.
  • 00:18:39.220 --> 00:18:41.100
  • IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, WE HAVE QUOTATION MARKS,
  • 00:18:41.110 --> 00:18:45.000
  • AND IN YOUR TEXT, IT PROBABLY SHOWS QUOTATION MARKS.
  • 00:18:45.010 --> 00:18:48.000
  • IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, QUOTATION MARKS MEANS
  • 00:18:48.010 --> 00:18:51.080
  • THIS IS A WORD-FOR-WORD EXACT QUOTATION
  • 00:18:51.090 --> 00:18:54.090
  • OF WHAT SOMEBODY SAID.
  • 00:18:54.100 --> 00:18:56.010
  • IN THE GREEK LANGUAGE, THERE WERE NO QUOTATION MARKS.
  • 00:18:56.020 --> 00:18:59.070
  • THIS IS AN INDIRECT PARAPHRASE OF WHAT JESUS SAID.
  • 00:18:59.080 --> 00:19:03.130
  • AND THAT'S WHY LUKE EMPHASIZES SOME THINGS
  • 00:19:03.140 --> 00:19:06.170
  • THAT MATTHEW DOESN'T, MATTHEW EMPHASIZES SOMETHING
  • 00:19:06.180 --> 00:19:09.030
  • THAT JESUS DOESN'T, SO DON'T GET HUNG UP ON THAT,
  • 00:19:09.040 --> 00:19:12.040
  • THIS IS A PARAPHRASE OF WHAT JESUS SAID.
  • 00:19:12.050 --> 00:19:15.080
  • NOW, HAVING SAID THAT, REMEMBER THE THEME,
  • 00:19:15.090 --> 00:19:17.160
  • WHEN WE KNOW WHAT JESUS KNOWS,
  • 00:19:17.170 --> 00:19:19.130
  • WE CAN BE GENEROUS, FIRST OF ALL,
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:21.080
  • IN OUR ATTITUDE TOWARD DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 00:19:21.090 --> 00:19:24.150
  • LET'S JUST LOOK AT SOME OF THESE, VERSE 20,
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:26.200
  • "AND TURNING HIS GAZE ON HIS DISCIPLES,
  • 00:19:26.210 --> 00:19:29.090
  • "HE BEGAN TO SAY, 'BLESSED,'" LITERALLY,
  • 00:19:29.100 --> 00:19:32.020
  • "'HAPPY ARE YOU WHO ARE POOR,
  • 00:19:32.030 --> 00:19:35.150
  • "'FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD.'"
  • 00:19:35.160 --> 00:19:38.000
  • NOW, HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT MATERIAL POVERTY,
  • 00:19:38.010 --> 00:19:40.190
  • THERE'S NOTHING BLESSED ABOUT BEING POOR FINANCIALLY,
  • 00:19:40.200 --> 00:19:44.060
  • AUTOMATICALLY, MATTHEW ADDS THE WORDS,
  • 00:19:44.070 --> 00:19:46.280
  • "BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT,"
  • 00:19:46.290 --> 00:19:51.090
  • THAT IS BLESSED, HAPPY, ARE THOSE OF YOU
  • 00:19:51.100 --> 00:19:54.020
  • WHO RECOGNIZE YOUR SPIRITUAL POVERTY.
  • 00:19:54.030 --> 00:19:56.200
  • I LIKE THE WAY ONE COMMENTATOR SAYS IT,
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.220
  • "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO REALIZE
  • 00:19:58.230 --> 00:20:00.140
  • "THEY ARE SPIRITUAL ZEROS, (CHUCKLES)
  • 00:20:00.150 --> 00:20:04.000
  • "FOR ONE DAY, YOURS WILL BE THE KINGDOM OF GOD."
  • 00:20:04.010 --> 00:20:06.070
  • DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE A SPIRITUAL ZERO,
  • 00:20:06.080 --> 00:20:08.270
  • YOU JUST FEEL LIKE YOU'RE NOT SUCCEEDING
  • 00:20:08.280 --> 00:20:10.150
  • IN YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE,
  • 00:20:10.160 --> 00:20:12.000
  • YOU KNOW YOU OUGHT TO PRAY MORE AND READ THE BIBLE MORE,
  • 00:20:12.010 --> 00:20:14.100
  • BUT YOU JUST CAN'T DO IT,
  • 00:20:14.110 --> 00:20:15.190
  • AND YOU DON'T REACT LIKE YOU SHOULD,
  • 00:20:15.200 --> 00:20:17.090
  • AND YOU WISH YOU COULD BE BETTER THAN YOU ARE?
  • 00:20:17.100 --> 00:20:19.290
  • HE SAID, "RELAX, BE HAPPY,
  • 00:20:20.000 --> 00:20:23.100
  • "BECAUSE ONE DAY THAT STRUGGLE YOU HAVE
  • 00:20:23.110 --> 00:20:25.210
  • "IN YOUR CHRISTIAN LIFE IS GONNA BE SATISFIED,
  • 00:20:25.220 --> 00:20:28.090
  • "YOURS IS GOING TO BE THE KINGDOM OF GOD."
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:30.250
  • IN VERSE 21, "BLESSED, HAPPY, "ARE YOU HUNGRY NOW,
  • 00:20:30.260 --> 00:20:33.290
  • "FOR YOU SHALL BE SATISFIED."
  • 00:20:34.000 --> 00:20:36.280
  • AGAIN, ANOTHER VERSION SAYS,
  • 00:20:36.290 --> 00:20:38.230
  • "BLESSED ARE YOU WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS,"
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:42.270
  • HE'S TALKING ABOUT A SPIRITUAL HUNGER
  • 00:20:42.280 --> 00:20:44.260
  • AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
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  • DO YOU EVER WISH WE LIVED IN A WORLD WHERE JUSTICE REIGNED,
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  • DO YOU WISH WE HAD A WORLD WHERE THERE WAS NO DALLAS,
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  • OR BATON ROUGE, OR TERRORIST ATTACKS,
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  • DO YOU WISH THERE WAS A WORLD
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  • IN WHICH EVIL WOULD BE OVERCOME BY GOOD EVERY TIME?
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  • THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT,
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  • "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER
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  • "AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS,
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  • "FOR ONE DAY, YOU WILL BE SATISFIED,"
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  • ONE DAY THE TABLES ARE GOING TO BE TURNED
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  • AND GOD IS GOING TO RIGHT THE WRONGS OF THIS WORLD.
  • 00:21:15.290 --> 00:21:19.080
  • HE GOES ON TO SAY, "BLESSED, HAPPY, ARE THOSE OF YOU
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  • "WHO WEEP NOW, FOR YOU SHALL LAUGH."
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  • THERE'S NOTHING MORE PAINFUL THAN LOSING A LOVED ONE.
  • 00:21:27.010 --> 00:21:31.050
  • LOSING A LOVED ONE THROUGH DEATH IS PAINFUL,
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  • I'VE COME TO BELIEVE EVEN MORE PAINFUL
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  • IS LOSING A LOVED ONE THROUGH DEFECTION,
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  • THEIR HEART TURNS COLD TOWARDS YOU,
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  • THEY DESERT YOU, THEY LEAVE YOU.
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  • MANY OF YOU HAVE SUFFERED A LOSS OF A LOVED ONE,
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  • EITHER THROUGH DEATH OR DEFECTION.
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  • HE SAID, "BLESSED ARE THOSE OF YOU WHO WEEP RIGHT NOW
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  • "FOR ONE DAY, EVENTUALLY, YOU WILL LAUGH."
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  • REMEMBER WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS KNOWS ABOUT THE FUTURE,
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  • YOU CAN BE GENEROUS EVEN ABOUT LOSS.
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  • VERSE 22, "HAPPY ARE YOU WHEN MEN HATE YOU AND OSTRACIZE YOU
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  • "AND CAST INSULTS AT YOU AND SPURN YOUR NAME AS EVIL
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  • "FOR THE SAKE OF THE SON OF MAN,"
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  • VERSE 23, "FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN."
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  • MUSIC
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  • AT FIRST, THESE WORDS FROM JESUS MAY SOUND CONTRADICTORY,
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  • BUT THOSE WHO SUFFER HERE ON EARTH
  • 00:22:26.150 --> 00:22:28.250
  • WILL BE BLESSED ETERNALLY IN HEAVEN.
  • 00:22:28.260 --> 00:22:32.030
  • RECENTLY, I RECEIVED AN ENCOURAGING LETTER FROM TED
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  • WHO LIVES IN CHICAGO.
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  • TED WROTE, "PASTOR JEFFRESS,
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  • "I WAS CAUGHT UP IN A VERY UNGODLY LIFESTYLE,
  • 00:22:38.260 --> 00:22:42.080
  • "BUT HEARING PATHWAY TO VICTORY AND READING GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:22:42.090 --> 00:22:45.240
  • "CAUSED ME TO TAKE A U-TURN IN MY LIFE
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  • "AND ACCEPT SALVATION IN JESUS CHRIST."
  • 00:22:48.210 --> 00:22:52.040
  • AND WELL, THAT'S WONDERFUL NEWS, TED.
  • 00:22:52.050 --> 00:22:55.040
  • AND FRIENDS, LET ME REMIND YOU
  • 00:22:55.050 --> 00:22:56.170
  • THAT WHEN YOU GIVE TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:22:59.010
  • GOD IS USING YOUR GENEROSITY TO REACH PEOPLE JUST LIKE TED
  • 00:22:59.020 --> 00:23:03.290
  • WHO DESPERATELY NEED HOPE.
  • 00:23:04.000 --> 00:23:06.040
  • YOU SEE, THIS PROGRAM BECOMES A SPIRITUAL COMPASS
  • 00:23:06.050 --> 00:23:08.270
  • FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR WAY.
  • 00:23:08.280 --> 00:23:11.190
  • AND TODAY, BECAUSE OF OUR ACTIVE
  • 00:23:11.200 --> 00:23:13.200
  • COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE,
  • 00:23:13.210 --> 00:23:16.240
  • YOUR INVESTMENT IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:23:16.250 --> 00:23:19.050
  • WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DOUBLED IN SIZE.
  • 00:23:19.060 --> 00:23:22.060
  • PLEASE, HELP US REACH
  • 00:23:22.070 --> 00:23:23.140
  • THE LARGEST GOAL IN OUR HISTORY, $920.000,
  • 00:23:23.150 --> 00:23:28.030
  • SO THAT OTHERS WILL HEAR THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:32.060
  • NOW, STAY WITH US,
  • 00:23:32.070 --> 00:23:33.150
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:38.220 --> 00:23:41.100
  • (FIREWOOD CRACKLING)
  • 00:23:41.110 --> 00:23:43.150
  • (DRINK POURING)
  • 00:23:43.160 --> 00:23:44.290
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM ALL OVER
  • 00:23:45.000 --> 00:23:47.200
  • TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR
  • 00:23:47.210 --> 00:23:49.130
  • AND BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS
  • 00:23:49.140 --> 00:23:52.100
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:52.110 --> 00:23:56.230
  • FOR OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:23:56.240 --> 00:23:58.130
  • IT'S THE MOST SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR,
  • 00:23:58.140 --> 00:24:00.160
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP,
  • 00:24:00.170 --> 00:24:03.020
  • FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES,
  • 00:24:03.030 --> 00:24:06.150
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD
  • 00:24:06.160 --> 00:24:07.220
  • FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:24:07.230 --> 00:24:11.130
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH
  • 00:24:11.140 --> 00:24:13.100
  • OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR,
  • 00:24:13.110 --> 00:24:14.290
  • IT'S A TRADITION THAT WE WANNA CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY.
  • 00:24:15.000 --> 00:24:17.120
  • SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:24:17.130 --> 00:24:20.120
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE, BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:20.130 --> 00:24:25.010
  • THE "DAILY DEVOTIONAL" IS A GIFT
  • 00:24:25.020 --> 00:24:26.150
  • THAT INVITES THE LORD INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:26.160 --> 00:24:29.220
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:29.230 --> 00:24:31.190
  • TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME,
  • 00:24:31.200 --> 00:24:33.210
  • WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL STILL BE
  • 00:24:33.220 --> 00:24:35.060
  • THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:35.070 --> 00:24:38.040
  • LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:38.050 --> 00:24:41.060
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS
  • 00:24:41.070 --> 00:24:42.160
  • AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:42.170 --> 00:24:45.180
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS, YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:45.190 --> 00:24:48.100
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR WITH THE BRAND NEW
  • 00:24:48.110 --> 00:24:51.270
  • LEATHER-BOUND "PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:24:51.280 --> 00:24:53.270
  • DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR 2020".
  • 00:24:53.280 --> 00:24:56.250
  • THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH ME THIS CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:56.260 --> 00:24:59.110
  • TO GET THE GREATEST GIFT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE,
  • 00:24:59.120 --> 00:25:02.150
  • THE TRANSFORMING WORD OF GOD TO OUR FAMILIES,
  • 00:25:02.160 --> 00:25:05.230
  • OUR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.
  • 00:25:05.240 --> 00:25:10.080
  • IF YOU BELIEVE THIS WORLD IS ALL THAT THERE IS,
  • 00:25:10.090 --> 00:25:13.180
  • THEN JESUS' SERMON ON THE MOUNT MAKES NO SENSE.
  • 00:25:13.190 --> 00:25:16.220
  • BUT WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS KNOWS ABOUT THE FUTURE,
  • 00:25:16.230 --> 00:25:20.030
  • YOU CAN BE GENEROUS IN YOUR ATTITUDE
  • 00:25:20.040 --> 00:25:22.040
  • TOWARD DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.
  • 00:25:22.050 --> 00:25:24.260
  • WELL, CIRCUMSTANCES AREN'T THE ONLY THING
  • 00:25:24.270 --> 00:25:27.140
  • THAT CAN BE DIFFICULT, PEOPLE CAN TEST OUR PATIENCE AS WELL.
  • 00:25:27.150 --> 00:25:31.240
  • AND NEXT TIME WE'LL LOOK AT SEVERAL PRACTICAL WAYS
  • 00:25:31.250 --> 00:25:34.250
  • FOR DEALING WITH PROBLEMATIC PEOPLE,
  • 00:25:34.260 --> 00:25:37.130
  • STEMMING FROM OUR STUDY ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
  • 00:25:37.140 --> 00:25:40.280
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT.
  • 00:25:40.290 --> 00:25:43.260
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:43.270 --> 00:25:45.290
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:46.000 --> 00:25:47.240
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:47.250 --> 00:25:50.100
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU THE BRAND NEW
  • 00:25:50.110 --> 00:25:52.200
  • "2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL",
  • 00:25:52.210 --> 00:25:55.220
  • PLUS, "JESUS, THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES"
  • 00:25:55.230 --> 00:25:58.240
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU,
  • 00:25:58.250 --> 00:26:00.100
  • SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:00.110 --> 00:26:03.090
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE, WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
  • 00:26:03.100 --> 00:26:06.260
  • THE COMPLETE "INCOMPARABLE CHRIST" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:06.270 --> 00:26:09.230
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:09.240 --> 00:26:11.240
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:26:11.250 --> 00:26:13.230
  • WILL BE DOUBLED IN IMPACT,
  • 00:26:13.240 --> 00:26:15.040
  • THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:15.050 --> 00:26:17.070
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:17.080 --> 00:26:20.130
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:20.140 --> 00:26:23.260
  • EVERY ONE OF US HERE TODAY IS BUILDING SOME KIND OF LIFE.
  • 00:26:23.270 --> 00:26:28.010
  • WE HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT TIME, ENERGY, RESOURCES.
  • 00:26:28.020 --> 00:26:32.200
  • YOU CAN BUILD A LIFE BUILT AROUND PLEASURE,
  • 00:26:32.210 --> 00:26:36.220
  • RECOGNITION, MATERIAL ACCUMULATION,
  • 00:26:36.230 --> 00:26:40.220
  • OR YOU CAN BUILD YOUR LIFE
  • 00:26:40.230 --> 00:26:43.090
  • AROUND NOT JUST HEARING, BUT APPLYING JESUS' WORDS.
  • 00:26:43.100 --> 00:26:47.150
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:47.160 --> 00:26:49.190
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE, "THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY",
  • 00:26:49.200 --> 00:26:52.290
  • HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:53.000 --> 00:26:54.260
  • MUSIC
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  • EXPERIENCE ALASKA'S TOWERING MOUNTAINS AND MIGHTY GLACIERS,
  • 00:26:59.170 --> 00:27:03.060
  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE.
  • 00:27:04.250 --> 00:27:07.130
  • EXPLORE CHARMING ALASKAN PORTS LIKE JUNEAU AND KETCHIKAN,
  • 00:27:07.140 --> 00:27:11.030
  • THEN ENJOY ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
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  • WITH WORSHIP LEADER MICHAEL O'BRIEN,
  • 00:27:12.270 --> 00:27:14.170
  • AMERICA'S FAVORITE GOSPEL MUSIC FAMILY, THE HOPPERS,
  • 00:27:14.180 --> 00:27:17.130
  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG.
  • 00:27:17.140 --> 00:27:19.190
  • TO BOOK YOUR RESERVATION
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  • FOR THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE, VISIT PTV.ORG.
  • 00:27:21.040 --> 00:27:24.280
  • MUSIC
  • 00:27:24.290 --> 00:27:30.010