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The Incomparable Christ: The Crux of Christianity Part 2

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December 10, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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The Incomparable Christ: The Crux of Christianity Part 2

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS AND WELCOME AGAIN
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  • TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • LIFE CAN BE OVERWHELMING, CAN'T IT?
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  • WHETHER YOU'RE DEALING WITH A FINANCIAL PROBLEM
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  • OR A HEALTH CRISIS, OR A RELATIONSHIP THAT'S GONE SOUTH,
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  • TROUBLES CAN WEIGH US DOWN AND ROB US OF HOPE.
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  • WELL IN HIS SERMON ON THE MOUNT, JESUS OFFERED
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  • AN UNCONVENTIONAL PERSPECTIVE ON LIFE'S DIFFICULTIES.
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  • AND WHILE JESUS' WORDS MAY NOT ERASE
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  • OUR DAY TO DAY PROBLEMS,
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  • THEY CAN REVOLUTIONIZE OUR PERSPECTIVE.
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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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  • AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND
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  • THAT SAVED A WRETCH LIKE ME
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  • I ONCE WAS LOST, BUT NOW AM FOUND
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  • WAS BLIND, BUT NOW I SEE
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  • 'TWAS GRACE THAT TAUGHT MY HEART TO FEAR
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  • AND GRACE MY FEARS RELIEVED
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  • HOW PRECIOUS DID THAT GRACE APPEAR
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  • THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED
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  • THROUGH MANY DANGERS, TOILS, AND SNARES
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  • I HAVE ALREADY COME
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  • 'TIS GRACE HATH BROUGHT ME SAFE THUS FAR
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  • AND GRACE WILL LEAD ME HOME
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  • LEAD ME HOME
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  • MUSIC
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  • WHEN WE'VE BEEN THERE TEN THOUSAND YEARS
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  • BRIGHT SHINING AS THE SUN
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  • WE'VE NO LESS DAYS TO SING GOD'S PRAISE
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  • THAN WHEN
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  • THAN WHEN
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  • WE FIRST
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  • WE FIRST
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  • BEGUN
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  • GOD'S AMAZING GRACE
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  • (APPLAUSE)
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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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  • STUDENTS, TEENAGERS, DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE
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  • YOU'RE OSTRACIZED FROM THE REST OF THE GROUP
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  • BECAUSE YOU WANNA LIVE FOR GOD?
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  • YOU EVER FEEL LIKE IN YOUR BUSINESS,
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  • YOU'VE BEEN PASSED OVER FOR A PROMOTION
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  • BECAUSE YOU WON'T BEND YOUR CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES?
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  • DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE THERE'S A DIVISION IN YOUR FAMILY
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  • BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR MATE OR YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN
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  • OR YOU AND YOUR PARENTS BECAUSE OF YOUR CHRISTIAN FAITH?
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  • THAT'S ALL PART OF THE PRICE FOR LIVING FOR CHRIST.
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  • BUT HE GOES ON TO SAY, "GREAT, ONE DAY,
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  • "WILL BE YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN."
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  • LET ME ILLUSTRATE THAT TRUTH THIS WAY.
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  • LET'S SAY LIKE MANY PEOPLE, MANY FAMILIES,
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  • YOU'RE JUST KEEPING YOUR HEAD ABOVE WATER FINANCIALLY.
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  • YOU'RE TRYIN' TO MEET MONTHLY EXPENSES,
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  • THINK ABOUT YOUR KIDS' EDUCATION,
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  • THINK ABOUT YOUR RETIREMENT,
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  • AND EVERY MONTH YOU'RE HOPING YOU RUN OUT OF MONTH
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  • BEFORE YOU RUN OUT OF MONEY.
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  • YOU'RE HAVIN' A STRUGGLE.
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  • IT'S TIGHT.
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  • THAT'S THE BAD NEWS.
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  • THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU HAVE AN UNCLE
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  • WHO HAS LEFT AN IRREVOCABLE TRUST FOR YOU OF $10 MILLION
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  • THAT WILL BE YOURS WHEN HE DIES.
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  • THE EVEN BETTER NEWS IS HE'S 99 YEARS OLD.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • NOW, WHAT DOES THAT KNOWLEDGE DO FOR YOU?
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  • DOES THE FACT THAT THAT TRUST HAS BEEN SET UP,
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  • DOES IT ALLEVIATE YOUR DAY TO DAY PROBLEMS?
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  • NO, IT DOESN'T ERADICATE YOUR PROBLEMS,
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  • BUT IT GIVES YOU A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
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  • ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS, DOESN'T IT?
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  • YOU KNOW YOUR PROBLEMS ARE TEMPORARY.
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  • THERE'S A GREAT REWARD COMING.
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  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS IS SAYING HERE.
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  • YES, YOUR DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES ARE REAL
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  • AND THEY'RE PAINFUL, BUT REMEMBER WHEN YOU KNOW
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  • WHAT JESUS KNOWS ABOUT THE FUTURE,
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  • YOU CAN BE GENEROUS IN YOUR ATTITUDE
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  • TOWARD THOSE DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.
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  • YOU CAN ALSO BE GENEROUS IN YOUR ATTITUDE
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  • TOWARD DIFFICULT PEOPLE.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE 27 THROUGH 30.
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  • "BUT I SAY TO YOU WHO HEAR, LOVE YOUR ENEMIES,
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  • "DO GOOD TO THOSE WHO HATE YOU,
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  • "BLESS THOSE WHO CURSE YOU,
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  • "PRAY FOR THOSE WHO MISTREAT YOU."
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  • NOW DON'T READ INTO THIS WHAT JESUS ISN'T SAYING
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  • ABOUT YOUR ENEMIES.
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  • HE'S NOT SAYING YOU HAVE TO HANG AROUND YOUR ENEMIES.
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  • HE DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO HAVE THEM AS YOUR BEST FRIENDS.
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  • HE SAYS LOVE THEM, PRAY FOR THEM, DO GOOD TO THEM.
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  • YOU KNOW THE BEST WAY TO PRAY FOR YOUR ENEMIES
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  • IS TO PRAY GOD'S BEST IN THEIR LIFE.
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  • IF THEY'RE YOUR ENEMIES AND THEY'RE NOT CHRISTIANS,
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  • PRAY FOR GOD'S BEST THAT THEY WOULD BE SAVED.
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  • TO LOVE YOUR ENEMIES MEANS TO WISH AND PRAY
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  • FOR GOD'S BEST IN THEIR LIVES.
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  • GOES ON IN VERSE 29 AND SAYS,
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  • "WHOEVER HITS YOU ON THE CHEEK, OFFER HIM THE OTHER ALSO."
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  • AGAIN, PEOPLE MISINTERPRET THIS.
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  • WHEN HE TALKS ABOUT PEOPLE HITTING YOU ON THE CHEEK,
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  • HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT SOMEBODY THREATENING YOUR LIFE.
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  • IN JESUS' DAY, PART OF THE MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURE WAS
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  • IF YOU WANTED TO INSULT SOMEBODY, YOU WOULD SLAP THEM
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  • ON THE FACE.
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  • IT WAS A WAY OF INSULTING SOMEBODY.
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  • HE SAYS, "WHOEVER TAKES YOUR COAT,
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  • "DO NOT WITHHOLD YOUR SHIRT FROM HIM EITHER.
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  • "GIVE TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS OF YOU,
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  • "AND WHOEVER TAKES AWAY WHAT IS YOURS,
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  • "DON'T DEMAND IT BACK."
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  • AGAIN, LET'S NOT GO TO EXTREMES OF WHAT JESUS IS SAYING
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  • OR NOT SAYING HERE.
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  • IF SOMEBODY CHEATS YOU OUT OF MONEY,
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  • IS IT EVER WRONG TO TRY TO GET THAT BACK
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  • AND GO TO COURT TO TRY SETTLE THE ISSUE?
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  • NO.
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  • IN LUKE 18, JESUS TOLD THE STORY ABOUT A WOMAN WHO
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  • WAS BEING MISTREATED, A WIDOW, AND SHE WENT TO A JUDGE
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  • TO SEEK RELIEF FOR THE MISTREATMENT,
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  • THE FINANCIAL MISTREATMENT SHE WAS EXPERIENCING.
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  • JESUS DIDN'T CONDEMN HER FOR GOING TO THE JUDGE,
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  • HE COMMENDED HER FOR GOING TO THE JUDGE.
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  • HERE'S WHAT I THINK JESUS IS SAYING IS,
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  • HE'S SAYING WHEN SOMEBODY WRONGS YOU,
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  • DON'T LET IT BE THE CONSUMING PASSION OF YOUR LIFE
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  • TO GET BACK WHAT WAS TAKEN FROM YOU.
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  • I CAN TELL YOU FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE,
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  • A NUMBER OF TIMES SOMEBODY HAS CHEATED ME OUT OF MONEY
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  • AND I'VE ALLOWED THAT TO CONSUME ME FOR A PERIOD
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  • OF DAYS, WEEKS, AND MONTHS, TRYIN' TO GET THAT MONEY BACK,
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  • TRYIN' TO RIGHT THE WRONG
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  • AND IT BECAME AN ALL-CONSUMING POSSESSION AND FEELING IN ME.
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  • IN NONE OF THOSE CASES DID I EVER GET BACK WHAT WAS TAKEN
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  • FROM ME.
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  • WHAT JESUS IS SAYING IS, "SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO
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  • "TAKE THE LOSS AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE."
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  • DON'T DEMAND EVERYTHING THAT IS YOURS
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  • WHEN IT'S BEEN TAKEN FROM YOU.
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  • LET GOD SETTLE THE SCORE.
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  • THAT'S WHAT HE'S SAYING HERE.
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  • BY THE WAY, LET ME ALSO REMIND YOU THAT THESE COMMANDS
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  • IN VERSES 27 THROUGH 30, THEY ARE GIVEN TO INDIVIDUALS,
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  • NOT TO NATIONS.
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  • NOWHERE IN THE BIBLE IS ANY NATION TOLD
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  • TO "TURN THE OTHER CHEEK" WHEN FACED WITH MISTREATMENT.
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  • CAN YOU IMAGINE AFTER THIS TRAGEDY IN NICE THURSDAY NIGHT,
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  • THAT TERRIBLE, WHAT APPEARS TO BE, TERRORIST ATTACK?
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  • CAN YOU IMAGINE THE FRENCH LEADER STANDING UP AND SAYING,
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  • "WELL, WE NEED TO INVOKE WHAT JESUS SAID AND WE JUST NEED
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  • "TO FORGIVE AND TURN THE OTHER CHEEK."
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  • NO, HE WOULD BE RUN OUT OFFICE FOR SAYING SUCH A THING.
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  • THAT IS NOT GOD'S PLAN FOR NATIONS TO FORGIVE,
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  • TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK.
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  • I WAS ON NPR RADIO A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO,
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  • DOIN' A DEBATE AND THE GUY I WAS DEBATING WITH
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  • WAS A CHRISTIAN EVANGELICAL PROFESSOR
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  • OF A WELL-KNOWN UNIVERSITY.
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  • THIS PROFESSOR SAID TO ME, "PASTOR JEFFRESS,
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  • "DON'T YOU WANT A LEADER FOR THIS NATION
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  • "WHO WILL GOVERN THIS NATION ACCORDING TO JESUS' WORDS
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  • "IN THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT?"
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  • I SAID, "HECK NO, I DON'T WANT THAT KIND OF LEADER."
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  • IN FACT, ANY LEADER WHO SAYS, "I'M GONNA RULE THIS NATION
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  • "ACCORDING TO THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT,"
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  • I'M GONNA RUN AS FAR AND AS FAST FROM THAT CANDIDATE
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  • AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE THAT IS A PERVERSION
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  • OF THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
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  • GOD NEVER GAVE THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
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  • AS A CONSTITUTION FOR HOW A NATION IS TO ORDER ITSELF.
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  • YOU KNOW IN ROMANS 12, GOD SAYS,
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  • "DO NOT REPAY EVIL FOR EVIL.
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  • "LEAVE ROOM FOR THE WRATH OF GOD.
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  • "'FOR VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,' SAITH THE LORD."
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  • HE'S TALKIN' ABOUT HOW WE DEAL INDIVIDUALLY
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  • WITH INJUSTICE.
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  • LEAVE ROOM FOR THE VENGEANCE OF GOD.
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  • LET GOD TAKE CARE OF IT.
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  • THEN IN THE VERY NEXT CHAPTER, ROMANS 13,
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  • HE SAYS, "FOR GOVERNMENT IS AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD,
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  • "DESIGNED BY GOD TO SEEK VENGEANCE ON EVIL DOERS."
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  • GOD'S GONNA TAKE CARE OF EVIL DOERS,
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  • THE INSTRUMENT HE DOES IT THROUGH,
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  • MANY TIMES, IS GOVERNMENT.
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  • DON'T CONFUSE INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY
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  • WITH GOVERNMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY.
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  • THIS IS FOR INDIVIDUALS.
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  • JESUS NOT ONLY GAVE US AN EXHORTATION
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  • OF HOW TO TREAT EVIL DOERS, HE GAVE US A GREAT EXAMPLE
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  • IN HIS OWN LIFE.
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  • REMEMBER AS HE HUNG ON THE CROSS?
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  • 1 PETER 2:23 SAYS, "WHILE BEING REVILED,
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  • "HE DID NOT REVILE IN RETURN.
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  • "WHILE SUFFERING, HE UTTERED NO THREATS,
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  • "BUT HE KEPT ENTRUSTING HIMSELF TO THE ONE
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  • "WHO JUDGES RIGHTEOUSLY."
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  • JESUS COULD HAVE CALLED 12 LEGIONS OF ANGELS,
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  • 36.000 ANGELS, AS HE WANTED TO
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  • TO GET THOSE GUYS WHO WERE DOING HIM SUCH EVIL.
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  • BUT INSTEAD HE SAID, "FATHER," WHAT?
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  • "FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO."
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  • HE COULD'VE ADDED, "BUT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING
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  • "THROUGH THEM."
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  • YOU SEE THAT'S HOW JESUS WAS ABLE TO FORGIVE.
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  • FIRST OF ALL, HE KNEW ONE DAY GOD WOULD SETTLE THE SCORE,
  • 00:12:33.120 --> 00:12:36.020
  • HE WOULD JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY THOSE WHO HAD DONE EVIL TO HIM.
  • 00:12:36.030 --> 00:12:42.150
  • BUT HE ALSO KNEW THAT GOD WAS WORKING OUT HIS PERFECT PLAN
  • 00:12:42.160 --> 00:12:46.110
  • IN JESUS' LIFE AND USING EVIL DOERS TO DO THAT.
  • 00:12:46.120 --> 00:12:50.230
  • THERE'S SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW
  • 00:12:50.240 --> 00:12:54.090
  • WHO ARE JUST EATEN UP WITH BITTERNESS
  • 00:12:54.100 --> 00:12:57.040
  • OVER WHAT SOMEBODY HAS DONE TO YOU.
  • 00:12:57.050 --> 00:13:00.030
  • YOU KNOW THE GREATEST KEY TO FORGIVENESS, I BELIEVE,
  • 00:13:00.040 --> 00:13:03.210
  • IT'S REALIZING THAT NOTHING EVER HAPPENS
  • 00:13:03.220 --> 00:13:06.280
  • TO A CHILD OF GOD THAT HAS NOT, FIRST OF ALL,
  • 00:13:06.290 --> 00:13:10.090
  • PASSED THROUGH THE PERFECT, LOVING WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:13:10.100 --> 00:13:15.020
  • NOBODY IS FREE TO DO TO YOU WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO.
  • 00:13:15.030 --> 00:13:19.110
  • GOD IS SOVEREIGN.
  • 00:13:19.120 --> 00:13:20.250
  • HE'S IN CONTROL EVEN IF THAT PERSON WHO HAS HURT YOU
  • 00:13:20.260 --> 00:13:23.250
  • AND WRONGED YOU SO DEEPLY.
  • 00:13:23.260 --> 00:13:25.170
  • AND HE IS ABLE TO TAKE WHAT WAS ABSOLUTE EVIL
  • 00:13:25.180 --> 00:13:28.130
  • THAT'S BEEN DONE TO YOU AND USE IT FOR YOUR GOOD
  • 00:13:28.140 --> 00:13:31.240
  • AND FOR HIS GLORY.
  • 00:13:31.250 --> 00:13:33.180
  • THAT'S WHY JESUS WAS ABLE TO SAY, "FATHER, FORGIVE THEM.
  • 00:13:33.190 --> 00:13:36.130
  • "THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY ARE DOING,
  • 00:13:36.140 --> 00:13:38.170
  • "BUT YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING.
  • 00:13:38.180 --> 00:13:39.250
  • "YOU'RE WORKING OUT YOUR PLAN FOR THE REDEMPTION
  • 00:13:39.260 --> 00:13:42.200
  • "OF THE WORLD."
  • 00:13:42.210 --> 00:13:44.060
  • WHEN YOU KNOW WHAT JESUS KNOWS,
  • 00:13:44.070 --> 00:13:46.070
  • YOU CAN AFFORD TO BE GENEROUS IN YOUR ATTITUDE
  • 00:13:46.080 --> 00:13:48.140
  • TOWARD DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES AND DIFFICULT PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:48.150 --> 00:13:52.110
  • NOW, JESUS CLOSES WITH THREE, QUICK PARABLES
  • 00:13:52.120 --> 00:13:56.190
  • ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING AND
  • 00:13:56.200 --> 00:14:01.060
  • ACTING UPON HIS WORDS IN THIS MESSAGE.
  • 00:14:01.070 --> 00:14:03.150
  • FIRST OF ALL, A PARABLE ABOUT SIGHT.
  • 00:14:03.160 --> 00:14:06.000
  • IT'S SO EASY TO HEAR MESSAGE LIKE THIS TODAY
  • 00:14:06.010 --> 00:14:08.080
  • AND SAY, "I KNOW SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS TO HEAR THIS MESSAGE.
  • 00:14:08.090 --> 00:14:12.000
  • "I'M GONNA BUY A CD FOR THEM.
  • 00:14:12.010 --> 00:14:13.160
  • "I'M GONNA GIVE 'EM OUT 'CAUSE I KNOW PEOPLE WHO..."
  • 00:14:13.170 --> 00:14:15.150
  • NO, THIS IS A MESSAGE FOR US, FIRST OF ALL.
  • 00:14:15.160 --> 00:14:19.000
  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS SAYS IN VERSE 41.
  • 00:14:19.010 --> 00:14:20.220
  • "WHY DO YOU LOOK AT THE SPECK THAT IS IN YOUR BROTHER'S EYE,
  • 00:14:20.230 --> 00:14:24.110
  • "BUT DO YOU NOT NOTICE THE LOG THAT IS IN YOUR OWN EYE?
  • 00:14:24.120 --> 00:14:27.220
  • "OR HOW CAN YOU SAY TO YOUR BROTHER,
  • 00:14:27.230 --> 00:14:29.120
  • "'BROTHER, LET ME TAKE OUT THE SPECK THAT IS IN YOUR EYE,'
  • 00:14:29.130 --> 00:14:32.060
  • "WHEN YOU YOURSELF DO NOT SEE THE LOG
  • 00:14:32.070 --> 00:14:33.270
  • "THAT IS IN YOUR OWN EYE?
  • 00:14:33.280 --> 00:14:35.120
  • "YOU HYPOCRITE, FIRST TAKE THE LOG OUT OF YOUR OWN EYE,
  • 00:14:35.130 --> 00:14:39.270
  • "AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CLEARLY TO TAKE OUT THE SPECK
  • 00:14:39.280 --> 00:14:42.190
  • "THAT IS IN YOUR BROTHER'S EYE."
  • 00:14:42.200 --> 00:14:44.210
  • AGAIN, DON'T MISINTERPRET THIS VERSE LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE DO.
  • 00:14:44.220 --> 00:14:48.190
  • THEY SAY, "OH, WELL JESUS SAYS WE SHOULD NEVER TRY
  • 00:14:48.200 --> 00:14:50.270
  • "TO CORRECT ANYBODY INVOLVED IN SIN.
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:53.020
  • "THAT'S JUDGING, WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO JUDGE."
  • 00:14:53.030 --> 00:14:55.180
  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER HAD SOMETHING IN YOUR EYE,
  • 00:14:55.190 --> 00:14:57.170
  • VERY UNCOMFORTABLE?
  • 00:14:57.180 --> 00:14:58.180
  • YOU KNOW THAT FEELING?
  • 00:14:58.190 --> 00:14:59.160
  • A SPECK, A LITTLE...
  • 00:14:59.170 --> 00:15:01.110
  • IT'S TERRIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE.
  • 00:15:01.120 --> 00:15:03.290
  • THE MOST LOVING THING SOMEBODY COULD DO WOULD BE
  • 00:15:04.000 --> 00:15:06.090
  • TO HELP YOU GET THAT OUT OF YOUR EYE.
  • 00:15:06.100 --> 00:15:09.050
  • THEY WOULD HAVE TO PERFORM A JUDGMENT, FIRST OF ALL,
  • 00:15:09.060 --> 00:15:11.210
  • TO SAY WHAT'S IN YOUR EYE IS BAD AND IT SHOULDN'T BE THERE.
  • 00:15:11.220 --> 00:15:15.150
  • THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.
  • 00:15:15.160 --> 00:15:18.210
  • GALATIANS 6:1 SAYS IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY
  • 00:15:18.220 --> 00:15:22.170
  • WHO HAS BEEN OVERTAKEN BY SIN,
  • 00:15:22.180 --> 00:15:24.210
  • LET THOSE OF YOU "WHO ARE SPIRITUAL, RESTORE SUCH A ONE
  • 00:15:24.220 --> 00:15:28.060
  • "IN A SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS."
  • 00:15:28.070 --> 00:15:29.180
  • THE MOST LOVING THING YOU CAN DO
  • 00:15:29.190 --> 00:15:31.250
  • FOR SOMEBODY WHO'S CAUGHT UP IN SIN IS
  • 00:15:31.260 --> 00:15:33.200
  • TO HELP THEM RID THEMSELVES OF THAT SIN
  • 00:15:33.210 --> 00:15:36.100
  • AND RESTORE THEM TO A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
  • 00:15:36.110 --> 00:15:39.170
  • JUST IMAGINE, YOU'VE GOT THIS SPECK IN YOUR EYE.
  • 00:15:39.180 --> 00:15:42.100
  • YOU GO TO THE OPHTHALMOLOGIST, "DOC, CAN YOU HELP ME?
  • 00:15:42.110 --> 00:15:45.060
  • "I'VE GOT SOMETHIN' IN MY EYE AND IT'S JUST KILLIN' ME."
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:47.290
  • THE DOCTOR SAYS, "I'M SORRY, I DON'T DO THAT.
  • 00:15:48.000 --> 00:15:50.160
  • "I DON'T DO THAT.
  • 00:15:50.170 --> 00:15:51.220
  • "I DON'T REMOVE SPECKS FROM PEOPLE'S EYES
  • 00:15:51.230 --> 00:15:53.110
  • "BECAUSE THAT WOULD REQUIRE ME TO MAKE A JUDGMENT
  • 00:15:53.120 --> 00:15:55.110
  • "AND I DON'T JUDGE ANYBODY OR ANYTHING."
  • 00:15:55.120 --> 00:15:58.090
  • WHAT KIND OF DOCTOR WOULD THAT BE?
  • 00:15:58.100 --> 00:16:00.040
  • I MEAN THAT'S WHY HE EXISTS, TO HELP PEOPLE LIKE YOU.
  • 00:16:00.050 --> 00:16:03.090
  • BUT IMAGINE YOU'RE SITTING THERE AND YOU'RE WAITING
  • 00:16:03.100 --> 00:16:05.030
  • FOR THE OPHTHALMOLOGIST TO COME IN AND HE WALKS IN
  • 00:16:05.040 --> 00:16:07.260
  • AND HE'S GOT A TWO BY FOUR COMING OUT OF HIS EYE.
  • 00:16:07.270 --> 00:16:10.200
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:16:10.210 --> 00:16:12.060
  • HE SAYS, "LET ME SEE IF I CAN HELP YA GET THIS THING HERE,"
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:15.200
  • AND YOU'RE DUCKING TRYING TO MISS THE TWO BY FOUR,
  • 00:16:15.210 --> 00:16:18.150
  • YOU'D WANT THAT DOCTOR TO TAKE THE PLANK OUT
  • 00:16:18.160 --> 00:16:20.180
  • OF HIS OWN EYE FIRST BEFORE HE TRIED
  • 00:16:20.190 --> 00:16:23.020
  • TO PERFORM A DELICATE OPERATION ON YOU.
  • 00:16:23.030 --> 00:16:25.170
  • THAT'S WHAT JESUS IS SAYING.
  • 00:16:25.180 --> 00:16:27.180
  • IF YOU SEE SOMEBODY OVERTAKEN IN SIN, YOU NEED TO HELP THEM.
  • 00:16:27.190 --> 00:16:31.070
  • BUT BEFORE YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY TO HELP THEM,
  • 00:16:31.080 --> 00:16:34.070
  • MAKE SURE YOU'VE DEALT WITH UNCONFESSED SIN IN YOUR LIFE,
  • 00:16:34.080 --> 00:16:37.150
  • AS WELL.
  • 00:16:37.160 --> 00:16:38.220
  • SECOND PARABLE IS ONE ABOUT FRUIT.
  • 00:16:38.230 --> 00:16:40.280
  • VERSES 43 TO 45.
  • 00:16:40.290 --> 00:16:42.140
  • "FOR THERE IS NO GOOD TREE WHICH PRODUCES BAD FRUIT,
  • 00:16:42.150 --> 00:16:46.030
  • "NOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, A BAD TREE WHICH PRODUCES
  • 00:16:46.040 --> 00:16:49.090
  • "GOOD FRUIT.
  • 00:16:49.100 --> 00:16:50.140
  • "FOR EACH TREE IS KNOWN BY ITS OWN FRUIT."
  • 00:16:50.150 --> 00:16:56.260
  • IMAGINE YOU HAVE AN APPLE TREE IN YOUR BACK YARD
  • 00:16:56.270 --> 00:17:01.100
  • AND IT'S PRODUCING DELICIOUS, RED APPLES.
  • 00:17:01.110 --> 00:17:04.250
  • WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THAT APPLE TREE?
  • 00:17:04.260 --> 00:17:07.160
  • YOU KNOW IT'S ALIVE BECAUSE IT'S PRODUCING FRUIT.
  • 00:17:07.170 --> 00:17:11.060
  • HOWEVER, IF YOU GO OUT DURING FRUIT-BEARING SEASON
  • 00:17:11.070 --> 00:17:15.030
  • AND THERE'S NO FRUIT, JUST DRIED UP, WITHERED LIMBS
  • 00:17:15.040 --> 00:17:19.010
  • ON THAT TREE, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE TREE?
  • 00:17:19.020 --> 00:17:22.110
  • THE TREE'S DEAD.
  • 00:17:22.120 --> 00:17:24.180
  • WHERE THERE IS NO FRUIT, THERE'S NO LIFE.
  • 00:17:24.190 --> 00:17:30.040
  • NOW ALL OF THESE THINGS JESUS HAS SAID
  • 00:17:30.050 --> 00:17:32.010
  • ABOUT LOVING YOUR ENEMIES,
  • 00:17:32.020 --> 00:17:33.080
  • PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO DO WRONG,
  • 00:17:33.090 --> 00:17:34.250
  • STANDING FIRM IN TIMES OF TRIAL,
  • 00:17:34.260 --> 00:17:37.240
  • THESE ARE NOT THE MEANS BY WHICH WE BECOME A CHRISTIAN
  • 00:17:37.250 --> 00:17:41.000
  • DOING THESE THINGS, BUT THEY ARE THE PROOF
  • 00:17:41.010 --> 00:17:44.190
  • THAT WE ARE A CHRISTIAN.
  • 00:17:44.200 --> 00:17:46.200
  • IF WE ARE TRULY SAVED AND BORN AGAIN,
  • 00:17:46.210 --> 00:17:49.050
  • OUR LIFE WILL BE PRODUCING THE FRUIT THAT JESUS DESCRIBES
  • 00:17:49.060 --> 00:17:53.200
  • IN LUKE CHAPTER 6.
  • 00:17:53.210 --> 00:17:56.070
  • IF THERE IS NO FRUIT IN OUR LIFE,
  • 00:17:56.080 --> 00:17:59.140
  • IT MEANS THERE IS NO FAITH.
  • 00:17:59.150 --> 00:18:01.250
  • THAT'S WHY JAMES SAID, "FAITH WITHOUT WORKS
  • 00:18:01.260 --> 00:18:05.100
  • "IS A DEAD, NON-EXISTENT FAITH."
  • 00:18:05.110 --> 00:18:10.260
  • THE THIRD PARABLE IS A PARABLE ABOUT CONSTRUCTION.
  • 00:18:10.270 --> 00:18:14.030
  • VERSE 46, LUKE 6.
  • 00:18:14.040 --> 00:18:16.050
  • "WHY DO YOU CALL ME, 'LORD, LORD,'
  • 00:18:16.060 --> 00:18:18.010
  • "AND DO NOT DO WHAT I SAY?"
  • 00:18:18.020 --> 00:18:20.200
  • JESUS IS NOT JUST INTERESTED IN PROFESSIONS OF FAITH,
  • 00:18:20.210 --> 00:18:24.200
  • HE'S INTERESTED IN THE PRACTICE OF FAITH.
  • 00:18:24.210 --> 00:18:27.050
  • THAT'S THE THING YOU SEE OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:29.240
  • TO ILLUSTRATE THAT HE GIVES THIS PARABLE.
  • 00:18:29.250 --> 00:18:31.100
  • LOOK AT VERSE 47.
  • 00:18:31.110 --> 00:18:33.130
  • "EVERYONE WHO COMES TO ME AND HEARS MY WORDS
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:36.100
  • "AND ACTS UPON THEM, I WILL SHOW YOU WHOM HE IS LIKE.
  • 00:18:36.110 --> 00:18:39.210
  • "HE IS LIKE A MAN BUILDING A HOUSE, WHO DUG DEEP
  • 00:18:39.220 --> 00:18:42.280
  • "AND LAID A FOUNDATION UPON A ROCK;
  • 00:18:42.290 --> 00:18:45.060
  • "AND WHEN THE FLOOD ROSE,
  • 00:18:45.070 --> 00:18:46.190
  • THE TORRENT BURST AGAINST THAT HOUSE
  • 00:18:46.200 --> 00:18:48.160
  • "AND HE COULD NOT SHAKE IT, BECAUSE IT HAD BEEN WELL BUILT.
  • 00:18:48.170 --> 00:18:51.290
  • "BUT THE ONE WHO HAS HEARD MY WORDS
  • 00:18:52.000 --> 00:18:54.000
  • "AND NOT ACTED ACCORDINGLY,
  • 00:18:54.010 --> 00:18:57.110
  • "HE IS LIKE A MAN WHO BUILT A HOUSE UPON THE GROUND
  • 00:18:57.120 --> 00:19:00.180
  • "WITHOUT ANY FOUNDATION; AND THE TORRENT BURST AGAINST IT
  • 00:19:00.190 --> 00:19:04.270
  • "AND IMMEDIATELY IT COLLAPSED,
  • 00:19:04.280 --> 00:19:06.240
  • "AND THE RUIN OF THAT HOUSE WAS GREAT."
  • 00:19:06.250 --> 00:19:10.220
  • TWO MEN, BOTH BUILDING A HOUSE,
  • 00:19:10.230 --> 00:19:15.080
  • BOTH EXPERIENCING STORMS, THAT'S WHAT THEY HAD IN COMMON.
  • 00:19:15.090 --> 00:19:19.130
  • BUT ONE HOUSE STOOD, THE OTHER HOUSE FELL.
  • 00:19:19.140 --> 00:19:24.210
  • WHAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE?
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:26.150
  • IT ALL HAD TO DO WITH THE FOUNDATION.
  • 00:19:26.160 --> 00:19:29.290
  • JESUS SAID, "THE ONE WHO LISTENS TO MY WORDS
  • 00:19:30.000 --> 00:19:33.280
  • "AND BUILDS UPON IT IS LIKE THE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE
  • 00:19:33.290 --> 00:19:37.290
  • "UPON THE ROCK."
  • 00:19:38.000 --> 00:19:40.000
  • EVERYONE OF US HERE TODAY IS BUILDING SOME KIND OF LIFE.
  • 00:19:40.010 --> 00:19:44.050
  • WE HAVE A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME, ENERGY, RESOURCES.
  • 00:19:44.060 --> 00:19:48.290
  • YOU CAN BUILD A LIFE BUILT AROUND PLEASURE, RECOGNITION,
  • 00:19:49.000 --> 00:19:54.210
  • MATERIAL ACCUMULATION.
  • 00:19:54.220 --> 00:19:57.060
  • THAT'S A LIFE BUILT UPON THE SAND AND WHEN THE STORM COMES
  • 00:19:57.070 --> 00:20:01.290
  • INTO YOUR LIFE, ESPECIALLY THE STORM OF DEATH
  • 00:20:02.000 --> 00:20:05.130
  • THAT WE'RE ALL GOING TO FACE, NOTHING WILL REMAIN.
  • 00:20:05.140 --> 00:20:10.020
  • OR YOU CAN BUILD YOUR LIFE AROUND NOT JUST HEARING,
  • 00:20:10.030 --> 00:20:14.140
  • BUT APPLYING JESUS' WORDS.
  • 00:20:14.150 --> 00:20:18.140
  • YOU KNOW I HEARD AN ILLUSTRATION FROM CHUCK SWINDOLL
  • 00:20:18.150 --> 00:20:22.260
  • AND THEN I LATER READ IT IN A BOOK BY JOHN ORTBERG
  • 00:20:22.270 --> 00:20:27.110
  • AND I CAN'T TELL WHO STOLE FROM WHOM.
  • 00:20:27.120 --> 00:20:30.280
  • I SPENT ALL WEEK TRYING TO TELL WHO STOLE THIS FROM WHOM,
  • 00:20:30.290 --> 00:20:34.120
  • I COULDN'T FIGURE IT OUT SO I JUST DECIDED TO STEAL IT
  • 00:20:34.130 --> 00:20:36.280
  • FROM BOTH OF THEM.
  • 00:20:36.290 --> 00:20:38.000
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:40.130
  • HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED MONOPOLY BEFORE?
  • 00:20:40.140 --> 00:20:43.210
  • IT WAS MY FAVORITE GAME AS A CHILD, MONOPOLY.
  • 00:20:43.220 --> 00:20:47.050
  • I USED TO PLAY IT WITH JULIA AND DOROTHY TOO.
  • 00:20:47.060 --> 00:20:50.020
  • YOU KNOW MONOPOLY, YOU GET THE BOARD OUT.
  • 00:20:50.030 --> 00:20:52.100
  • YOU HAVE THE LITTLE PIECES YOU MOVE AROUND THE BOARD.
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:54.220
  • YOU HAVE ALL OF THIS PRETEND MONEY,
  • 00:20:54.230 --> 00:20:56.130
  • THE IDEA IS TO GAIN AS MUCH PROPERTY AS YOU CAN,
  • 00:20:56.140 --> 00:20:59.070
  • BUILD AS MANY HOUSES AND HOTELS AS YOU CAN,
  • 00:20:59.080 --> 00:21:02.110
  • AND EXTRACT AS MUCH MONEY FROM YOUR CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE
  • 00:21:02.120 --> 00:21:05.210
  • -(CONGREGATION LAUGHS) -IN THE GAME
  • 00:21:05.220 --> 00:21:07.000
  • AND LEAVE THEM FRUSTRATED.
  • 00:21:07.010 --> 00:21:08.140
  • IT'S LOT OF FUN AND AT THE END,
  • 00:21:08.150 --> 00:21:10.090
  • WHOEVER ENDS UP WITH THE MOST MONEY WINS.
  • 00:21:10.100 --> 00:21:14.090
  • THE PROBLEM IS IT'S ALL A FANTASY.
  • 00:21:14.100 --> 00:21:17.030
  • NONE OF IT'S REAL AND EVENTUALLY,
  • 00:21:17.040 --> 00:21:20.000
  • EVERYTHING HAS TO BE FOLDED UP AND PUT BACK IN THE BOX.
  • 00:21:20.010 --> 00:21:25.190
  • YOU KNOW LIFE IS LIKE THAT.
  • 00:21:25.200 --> 00:21:27.220
  • WE SPEND OUR TIME TRYING TO ACCUMULATE RECOGNITION,
  • 00:21:27.230 --> 00:21:31.040
  • PLEASURE, MATERIAL ASSETS.
  • 00:21:31.050 --> 00:21:33.040
  • IT'S ALL A FANTASY, FOLKS.
  • 00:21:33.050 --> 00:21:35.090
  • IT'S ALL A FANTASY.
  • 00:21:35.100 --> 00:21:37.060
  • EVERYTHING YOU'VE EXPERIENCED, ACHIEVED, OR ACCUMULATED
  • 00:21:37.070 --> 00:21:41.050
  • IS EITHER GONNA BE BURNED UP ONE DAY OR LEFT BEHIND
  • 00:21:41.060 --> 00:21:45.210
  • AND YOU ARE GOIN' IN THE BOX
  • 00:21:45.220 --> 00:21:49.120
  • AND THE ONLY THING THAT REMAINS IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP
  • 00:21:49.130 --> 00:21:53.250
  • WITH GOD.
  • 00:21:53.260 --> 00:21:55.230
  • ISN'T THAT WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS?
  • 00:21:55.240 --> 00:21:57.050
  • "IT'S APPOINTED UNTO EVERYONE OF US, ONCE TO DIE
  • 00:21:57.060 --> 00:22:00.270
  • "AND THEN THE JUDGMENT."
  • 00:22:00.280 --> 00:22:02.290
  • THE WISE PERSON IS THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT,
  • 00:22:03.000 --> 00:22:08.150
  • HEARS JESUS' WORDS, AND BUILDS HIS LIFE UPON IT.
  • 00:22:08.160 --> 00:22:13.210
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:13.220 --> 00:22:19.060
  • LIFE IS LIKE THE FICTIONAL GAME OF MONOPOLY.
  • 00:22:19.070 --> 00:22:22.200
  • WHEN OUR TIME COMES, FAME AND FORTUNE WILL EVAPORATE
  • 00:22:22.210 --> 00:22:26.140
  • AND ONLY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WILL STAND.
  • 00:22:26.150 --> 00:22:30.140
  • THIS IS THE CRUX OF CHRISTIANITY
  • 00:22:30.150 --> 00:22:33.060
  • AND IT'S THE VERY REASON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" EXISTS.
  • 00:22:33.070 --> 00:22:37.200
  • TODAY, I'M INVITING YOU TO JOIN US IN THIS WORTHY EFFORT
  • 00:22:37.210 --> 00:22:41.010
  • TO REACH MORE PEOPLE WITH THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD.
  • 00:22:41.020 --> 00:22:44.270
  • WITH SO MANY PEOPLE FEELING HOPELESS THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON,
  • 00:22:44.280 --> 00:22:48.180
  • OUR NATION IS AT A MORAL CROSSROADS
  • 00:22:48.190 --> 00:22:51.220
  • AND I'M ASKING YOU TO TAKE A STAND WITH "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:22:51.230 --> 00:22:55.180
  • AND SHARE THE BRIGHT LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:55.190 --> 00:22:59.010
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" IS IN THE MIDST
  • 00:22:59.020 --> 00:23:00.260
  • OF OUR MATCHING CHALLENGE MEANING THAT WHATEVER YOU GIVE
  • 00:23:00.270 --> 00:23:04.170
  • THIS MONTH WILL HAVE TWICE THE IMPACT.
  • 00:23:04.180 --> 00:23:07.190
  • YOUR GIFT WILL BE MATCHED AUTOMATICALLY BY SOME FRIENDS
  • 00:23:07.200 --> 00:23:11.000
  • OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" UNTIL WE REACH
  • 00:23:11.010 --> 00:23:13.130
  • THE STAGGERING POTENTIAL OF $920.000.
  • 00:23:13.140 --> 00:23:18.060
  • WE'RE ASKING GOD TO LEAD PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU
  • 00:23:18.070 --> 00:23:21.080
  • TO GIVE GENEROUSLY THIS MONTH.
  • 00:23:21.090 --> 00:23:23.220
  • TOGETHER, LET'S SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DOUBLE OUR IMPACT
  • 00:23:23.230 --> 00:23:28.060
  • AND TOUCH MORE LIVES FOR GOD'S GLORY.
  • 00:23:28.070 --> 00:23:31.050
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT HERE.
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  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • MUSIC
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  • CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:36.260 --> 00:23:42.290
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM ALL OVER
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  • TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
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  • BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
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  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
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  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS, IT'S THE MOST SPECIAL DAY
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  • OF THE YEAR.
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  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP,
  • 00:23:59.010 --> 00:24:01.020
  • FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES,
  • 00:24:01.030 --> 00:24:04.150
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON,
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  • JESUS CHRIST.
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  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH
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  • OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, IT'S A TRADITION
  • 00:24:11.020 --> 00:24:13.230
  • THAT WE WANNA CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:13.240 --> 00:24:15.090
  • SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:24:15.100 --> 00:24:18.120
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE, BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:18.130 --> 00:24:23.050
  • THE "DAILY DEVOTIONAL" IS A GIFT THAT INVITES THE LORD
  • 00:24:23.060 --> 00:24:25.170
  • INTO THEIR LIFE EVERYDAY.
  • 00:24:25.180 --> 00:24:27.230
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:27.240 --> 00:24:29.220
  • TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME, WE KNOW THAT JESUS
  • 00:24:29.230 --> 00:24:32.160
  • WILL STILL BE THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:32.170 --> 00:24:36.030
  • [PASTOR JEFFRESS] LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME DAILY
  • 00:24:36.040 --> 00:24:38.060
  • WITH GOD.
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  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH FOR US TO FOLLOW
  • 00:24:39.230 --> 00:24:43.170
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY BOLDLY FACE
  • 00:24:43.180 --> 00:24:47.080
  • THE COMING YEAR WITH THE BRAND-NEW, LEATHER BOUND
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL" FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:50.230 --> 00:24:54.250
  • THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH ME THIS CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:54.260 --> 00:24:57.110
  • TO GIVE THE GREATEST GIFT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE,
  • 00:24:57.120 --> 00:25:00.160
  • THE TRANSFORMING WORD OF GOD TO OUR FAMILIES,
  • 00:25:00.170 --> 00:25:03.240
  • OUR COUNTRY, AND THE WORLD.
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:06.270
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:06.280 --> 00:25:08.250
  • EVERYONE OF US IS BUILDING SOME KIND OF LIFE.
  • 00:25:08.260 --> 00:25:11.280
  • IS YOUR LIFE BUILT AROUND HEARING THE WORDS OF JESUS
  • 00:25:11.290 --> 00:25:15.200
  • OR APPLYING THE WORDS OF JESUS?
  • 00:25:15.210 --> 00:25:18.100
  • THOSE WHO HEAR, BUT DON'T APPLY ARE BUILDING THEIR LIFE
  • 00:25:18.110 --> 00:25:22.030
  • ON SAND.
  • 00:25:22.040 --> 00:25:23.200
  • BUT THOSE WHO HEAR GOD'S WORD AND APPLY IT,
  • 00:25:23.210 --> 00:25:26.220
  • ARE BUILDING THEIR LIFE ON THE ROCK OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:25:26.230 --> 00:25:30.220
  • WELL WITH CHRISTMAS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY,
  • 00:25:30.230 --> 00:25:33.150
  • IT'S APPROPRIATE TO FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON THE LIFE
  • 00:25:33.160 --> 00:25:36.230
  • OF OUR SAVIOR.
  • 00:25:36.240 --> 00:25:38.090
  • BUT WE'D HAVE NO REASON TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
  • 00:25:38.100 --> 00:25:41.050
  • IF EASTER DIDN'T TAKE PLACE AS WELL.
  • 00:25:41.060 --> 00:25:44.080
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF OUR NEXT MESSAGE
  • 00:25:44.090 --> 00:25:47.080
  • ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:47.090 --> 00:25:48.280
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:48.290 --> 00:25:51.060
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:51.070 --> 00:25:53.010
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:53.020 --> 00:25:55.170
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU THE BRAND-NEW,
  • 00:25:55.180 --> 00:25:58.180
  • "2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL"
  • 00:25:58.190 --> 00:26:01.010
  • PLUS "JESUS, THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES"
  • 00:26:01.020 --> 00:26:04.030
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:06.260
  • AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:06.270 --> 00:26:08.160
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE, WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU
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  • THE COMPLETE "INCOMPARABLE CHRIST" TEACHING SERIES
  • 00:26:12.050 --> 00:26:14.210
  • ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:14.220 --> 00:26:17.010
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW WILL BE DOUBLED
  • 00:26:17.020 --> 00:26:19.230
  • IN IMPACT THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE
  • 00:26:19.240 --> 00:26:22.140
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE, OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:22.150 --> 00:26:25.210
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:25.220 --> 00:26:29.220
  • [PASTOR JEFFRESS] SOMETIMES WE RACE RIGHT PAST THE DEATH
  • 00:26:29.230 --> 00:26:31.290
  • OF JESUS TO TALK ABOUT THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS.
  • 00:26:32.000 --> 00:26:34.130
  • THERE ARE OTHER FAITH TRADITIONS THAT EMPHASIZE
  • 00:26:34.140 --> 00:26:36.280
  • THE DEATH OF JESUS AND DON'T TALK THAT MUCH
  • 00:26:36.290 --> 00:26:39.180
  • ABOUT THE RESURRECTION.
  • 00:26:39.190 --> 00:26:41.180
  • THE FACT IS THAT'S AN EQUALLY LETHAL MISTAKE.
  • 00:26:41.190 --> 00:26:45.020
  • THE DEATH OF JESUS MEANS NOTHING APART
  • 00:26:45.030 --> 00:26:47.000
  • FROM THE RESURRECTION.
  • 00:26:47.010 --> 00:26:49.150
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:49.160 --> 00:26:50.260
  • FOR THE MESSAGE, "JESUS, THE PASSION AND THE PROMISE"
  • 00:26:50.270 --> 00:26:54.080
  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • ALASKA CRUISE.
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  • WITH WORSHIP LEADER, MICHAEL O'BRIEN,
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