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December 4, 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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  • FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, THE PROPHETS OF ISRAEL
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  • FORETOLD OF A MESSIAH,
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  • WHO WOULD ONE DAY BRING SALVATION TO THE WORLD.
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  • BUT WHEN HE FINALLY ARRIVED,
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  • MOST JEWS REFUSED TO BELIEVE IT.
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  • IN FACT, THEY CRUCIFIED JESUS FOR HIS BOLD CLAIMS,
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  • AND MANY JEWISH PEOPLE ARE STILL WAITING TO THIS VERY DAY
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  • FOR THE PROMISED MESSIAH.
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  • SO WHY DID SO MANY OF GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE REJECT JESUS?
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  • THAT'S THE QUESTION I'LL ANSWER
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  • IN MY MESSAGE TODAY, CALLED THE DAY JESUS CAME TO CHURCH,
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • MUSIC
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  • LORD, I WILL LIFT MINE EYES TO THE HILLS
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  • LORD, I WILL LIFT MINE EYES TO THE HILLS
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  • KNOWING MY HELP IS COMING FROM YOU
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  • KNOWING MY HELP IS COMING FROM YOU
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  • YOUR PEACE, YOU GIVE ME IN TIMES OF THE STORM
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  • YOUR PEACE, YOU GIVE ME IN TIMES OF THE STORM
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  • YOU ARE THE SOURCE OF MY STRENGTH
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  • YOU ARE THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE
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  • I LIFT MY HANDS IN TOTAL PRAISE TO YOU
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  • I LIFT MY HANDS IN TOTAL PRAISE TO YOU
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  • AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, AMEN
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  • AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, AMEN
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  • AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, A-MEN (CONGRETATION CLAPPING)
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  • AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, A-MEN (CONGRETATION CLAPPING)
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  • MUSIC
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  • PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
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  • DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THEIR
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  • 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
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  • GIFT OF $920.000 WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING
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  • YOU 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 TOWARD THE
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  • COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE!
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  • MUSIC
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  • YOU'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THE MESSIAH?
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  • YOUR WAIT IS OVER. "I AM HE."
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  • MAN, YOU CAN JUST FEEL PEOPLE CLUTCHING THEIR CHEST.
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  • "I CAN'T BELIEVE JESUS IS SAYING THAT.
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  • "HE'S CLAIMING TO BE THE MESSIAH."
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  • BY THE WAY, DON'T LET THIS FACT ESCAPE YOUR NOTICE.
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  • JESUS IS THE ONLY RELIGIOUS LEADER OF ANY MAJOR RELIGION
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  • WHO EVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD HIMSELF.
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  • DID YOU KNOW NO FOUNDER OF ANY OTHER WORLD RELIGION
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  • ACTUALLY CLAIMED TO BE GOD?
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  • MOHAMMED NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD.
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  • HE SIMPLY CLAIMED TO BE A PROPHET
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  • TO POINT PEOPLE TO THE FALSE, IMAGINARY GOD, ALLAH.
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  • THAT WAS MOHAMMED.
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  • HE WAS JUST A PROPHET POINTING PEOPLE THE WRONG WAY.
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  • OR TAKE BUDDHA. BUDDHA NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD.
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  • BUDDHA JUST SAID, WHEN HE WAS 35, HE SAT UNDER A TREE,
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  • AND SUDDENLY, GOD ENLIGHTENED HIS WAY.
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  • HIS PURPOSE WAS TO POINT PEOPLE TO A GOD.
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  • HE WASN'T GOD.
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  • BUT JESUS CLEARLY CLAIMED TO BE GOD HIMSELF.
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  • REMEMBER JOHN 10:30.
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  • HE SAID, "I AND THE FATHER ARE ONE."
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  • JOHN 14:9, "HE WHO HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER."
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  • YOU CAN'T GET MUCH MORE CLEAR THAN THAT.
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  • AND RIGHT HERE, HE'S SAYING TO THE ASSEMBLED GROUP,
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  • "TODAY, THIS PROPHECY ABOUT MESSIAH HAS BEEN FULFILLED."
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  • HOW DID THEY REACT?
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  • WELL, ON ONE HAND, THEY WERE IMPRESSED.
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  • THEY'VE NEVER HEARD SOMEBODY TEACH
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  • WITH THIS KIND OF AUTHORITY.
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  • VERSE 22 SAYS THEY WERE IMPRESSED BY THE GRACIOUS WORDS
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  • FALLING FROM HIS LIPS, WORDS ABOUT FORGIVENESS
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  • AND HEALING AND DELIVERANCE.
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  • BUT THEN THEY STARTED TO ASK THEMSELVES,
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  • "IS THIS GUY NOT JOSEPH'S SON?
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  • "I MEAN, ISN'T THIS THE SAME GUY WHO GREW UP
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  • "DOWN THE STREET FROM US?
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  • "HE'S CLAIMING TO BE THE MESSIAH?
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  • "THAT'S NOT WHAT WE PICTURED THE MESSIAH TO BE LIKE."
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  • WELL, JESUS COULD READ THEIR MINDS.
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  • SO LOOK AT VERSE 23.
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  • HE ANTICIPATED THEIR REJECTION, AND HE SAID TO THEM,
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  • "NO DOUBT YOU WILL QUOTE THIS PROVERB TO ME,
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  • "PHYSICIAN, HEAL YOURSELF!
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  • "WHATEVER WE'VE HEARD THAT WAS DONE AT CAPERNAUM,
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  • "DO HERE IN YOUR HOMETOWN AS WELL."
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  • THAT IS, "JESUS, IF YOU'RE REALLY THE MESSIAH,
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  • "WHY DON'T YOU CONJURE UP SOME MIRACLES FOR US,
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  • "LIKE YOU DID IN NEARBY CAPERNAUM.
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  • "WE HEARD THE GREAT THINGS YOU DID THERE.
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  • "WHY NOT CONVINCE US THAT YOU'RE MESSIAH?
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  • "PERFORM A SIGN FOR US."
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  • JESUS WASN'T INTERESTED IN DOING THAT.
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  • HE KNOWS HOW INEFFECTIVE SIGNS ARE
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  • TO BRING ABOUT GENUINE FAITH.
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  • I MEAN, JUST THINK ABOUT THE OLD TESTAMENT.
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  • GOD GAVE SIGN AFTER SIGN TO THE JEWS,
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  • PARTING THE RED SEA, THUNDERING VOICE FROM HEAVEN,
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  • MANNA 'TIL THEY CHOKED ON IT AND SO ON.
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  • HE DID ALL OF THESE MIRACULOUS THINGS.
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  • THE PEOPLE DIDN'T BELIEVE.
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  • SOME OF YOU ARE THINKING RIGHT NOW,
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  • "IF GOD WOULD JUST GIVE ME A SIGN, IF HE'D PERFORM A MIRACLE
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  • "THEN I'D BELIEVE IN HIM FOREVER."
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  • JUST THINK BACK ON SOME OF THE MIRACLES
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  • GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • BRINGING YOU INTO THIS WORLD, TO BEGIN WITH.
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  • CREATING EVERYTHING AROUND THAT WE SEE.
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  • THINK OF SOME OF THE PERSONAL ANSWERS TO PRAYERS
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  • YOU'VE ALREADY EXPERIENCED.
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  • WHY DO YOU KEEP ON DOUBTING THE REALITY OF GOD?
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  • SIGNS IN AND OF THEMSELVES NEVER PRODUCE BELIEF.
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  • HE KNEW THAT, AND THEN IN VERSE 24, HE SAID TO THEM,
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  • "TRULY I SAY TO YOU, NO PROPHET IS WELCOME IN HIS HOMETOWN."
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  • NOW, THAT WAS A PROVERB OF THE DAY.
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  • IT WASN'T A PRINCIPLE, IT WASN'T A LAW.
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  • IT WAS JUST SAYING IT'S DIFFICULT
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  • FOR PEOPLE TO MINISTER IN THEIR HOMETOWN.
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  • PEOPLE HAVE A HARD TIME RECEIVING THEIR MESSAGE.
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  • NOW, COME ON, LET'S BE HONEST HERE FOR A MOMENT.
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  • WHEN I CAME NINE YEARS AGO AS YOUR PASTOR,
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  • THERE WERE A FEW OF YOU WHO HAD A LITTLE BIT OF
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  • A QUESTION MARK ABOUT IT, DIDN'T YOU?
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  • YOU CAN BE HONEST, THAT'S OKAY.
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  • YOU THOUGHT TO YOURSELF, "WAIT A MINUTE.
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  • "THIS GUY'S GONNA BE OUR PASTOR?
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  • "THE SAME GUY WHO USED TO RUN AROUND HERE AS A LITTLE KID,
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  • "SQUEEZING HIS ACCORDION, AND NOW HE'S GONNA BE OUR PASTOR?"
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  • (CONGREGANTS LAUGH)
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  • "I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THAT."
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  • BUT THAT'S OKAY, THAT'S OKAY.
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  • JESUS SAID IT'S JUST NORMAL FOR THAT TO OCCUR.
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  • IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU SHOULDN'T TRY TO MINISTER
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  • IN YOUR HOMETOWN.
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  • JESUS DID MINISTER IN HIS HOMETOWN.
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  • IT WAS JUST A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT FOR HIM.
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  • THAT'S WHAT HE'S SAYING HERE.
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  • HE'S SAYING, "NO PROPHET IS WELCOME IN HIS HOMETOWN."
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  • AND THEN IN VERSES 25 TO 27, HE GIVES TWO EXAMPLES
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  • OF THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT SEEM AT FIRST
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  • COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT TO WHAT HE'S SAYING.
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  • HE GIVES TWO STORIES, ONE ABOUT ELIJAH.
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  • REMEMBER ELIJAH? HOW GOD CARED FOR HIM.
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  • HE STAYED IN THE HOME OF THE WIDOW AT ZAREPHATH.
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  • JESUS SAID, REMEMBER, THIS WIDOW WAS NOT A JEWISH WIDOW,
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  • SHE WAS A GENTILE WIDOW, AND THEN HE SAID,
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  • AND REMEMBER THE STORY OF ELISHA.
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  • REMEMBER THE LEPERS.
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  • THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH LEPROSY,
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  • A LOT OF JEWS WITH LEPROSY,
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  • BUT IT WAS A GENTILE NAMED NAAMAN
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  • WHO RECEIVED THE HEALING FROM HIS LEPROSY.
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  • JESUS' POINT WAS, "LOOK, THOSE OF YOU WHO HERE IN NAZARETH,
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  • "IF YOU DON'T ACCEPT ME AND MY MESSAGE, THAT'S OKAY.
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  • "THAT'S YOUR CHOICE.
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  • "GOD HAS PLENTY OF NON-JEWS, GENTILES,
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  • "WHO ARE READY TO ACCEPT MY SALVATION."
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  • NOW, DO YOU THINK I'M READING TOO MUCH INTO THIS?
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  • (LAUGHS) LOOK AT HOW THEY TURNED ON JESUS
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  • IN AN INSTANT. VERSE 28.
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  • "AND ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE SYNAGOGUE WERE FILLED WITH RAGE
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  • "AS THEY HEARD THESE THINGS." WHAT THINGS?
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  • AS JESUS SAID, "GUESS WHAT?
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  • "JEWS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES WHO ARE GONNA BE SAVED.
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  • "YOUR REJECTION IS GONNA CAUSE GENTILES
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  • "TO BE A PART OF GOD'S FAMILY."
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  • NOW, TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY BECAME SO ENRAGED,
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  • YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND SOMETHING ABOUT JEWISH TRADITION.
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  • WILLIAM BARKLEY GIVES US THIS HELPFUL INSIGHT.
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  • HE SAID "JEWS WERE SO SURE THAT THEY WERE GOD'S PEOPLE
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  • "THAT THEY DESPISED ALL OTHERS.
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  • "THERE WAS A COMMON SAYING AMONG THE JEWS THAT
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  • "GOD HAD CREATED THE GENTILES TO BE FUEL
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  • "FOR THE FIRES OF HELL."
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  • AND NOW YOU'VE GOT THIS YOUNG PROPHET, ONE OF THEIR OWN,
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  • COMING AND SAYING, "GUESS WHAT?
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  • "GOD'S NOT OBLIGATED JUST TO BLESS YOU.
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  • "HE WILL BRING GENTILES TO BE FELLOW HEIRS WITH YOU
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  • "IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
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  • "IN FACT," JESUS WOULD SAY, "THEY'RE GONNA BE IN HEAVEN,
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  • "YOU'RE GONNA BE IN HELL, OUTSIDE, CLAMORING,
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  • "BEGGING TO COME IN."
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  • THEY COULDN'T HANDLE THAT.
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  • THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGED.
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  • YOU SEE, THE PROBLEM WITH THESE JEWS WAS,
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  • THE PROBLEM WAS THEY HAD ELEVATED THEIR TRADITION
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  • ABOVE THE TEACHING OF SCRIPTURE.
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  • THE FACT IS, SCRIPTURE, FROM THE BEGINNING, IT ALWAYS SAID
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  • JEWS WERE NOT THE ONLY ONES WHO WERE GONNA BE SAVED.
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  • GOD SAID TO ABRAHAM IN GENESIS 12,
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  • "AND THROUGH YOU, ABRAHAM, ALL THE NATION OF THE WORLD
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  • "WILL BE BLESSED."
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  • GOD'S PLAN IS TO SAVE JEWS AND GENTILES AND MUSLIMS
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  • AND ATHEISTS AND BAPTISTS AND CATHOLICS.
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  • HE'LL SAVE ANYBODY WHO TRUSTS IN CHRIST FOR SALVATION.
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  • THERE IS A WIDENESS IN GOD'S MERCY.
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  • BUT THEY DIDN'T WANNA HEAR THAT.
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  • THEIR TRADITION TAUGHT THEM THAT,
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  • NO, ONLY JEWS COULD BE SAVED,
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  • SO THEY WEREN'T OPEN TO GENTILE BLESSING.
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  • YOU KNOW, THERE ARE MANY, MANY CHURCHES TODAY,
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  • UNFORTUNATELY, THAT HAVE THAT SAME NARROW VIEW
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  • ABOUT WHO'S GOING TO BE IN HEAVEN.
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  • NOW, LOOK, WE HAVE TO BE AS NARROW AS JESUS WAS.
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  • JESUS SAID, "I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE.
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  • "NO MAN COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME,"
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  • BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE NOT BEEN CONTENT
  • 00:12:03.090 --> 00:12:06.000
  • TO MAKE THAT THE ONLY REQUIREMENT.
  • 00:12:06.010 --> 00:12:08.060
  • THEY'VE SAID THAT TO BE A MEMBER OF GOD'S FAMILY,
  • 00:12:08.070 --> 00:12:10.230
  • AND CERTAINLY TO BE A MEMBER OF THIS CHURCH,
  • 00:12:10.240 --> 00:12:13.170
  • YOU HAVE TO NOT ONLY ACCEPT CHRIST AS SAVIOR,
  • 00:12:13.180 --> 00:12:16.280
  • YOU HAVE TO LOOK LIKE WE DO.
  • 00:12:16.290 --> 00:12:20.120
  • YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE LIKE WE DO.
  • 00:12:20.130 --> 00:12:24.060
  • YOU HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING WE DO
  • 00:12:24.070 --> 00:12:26.070
  • TO BE WELCOMED INTO GOD'S FAMILY.
  • 00:12:26.080 --> 00:12:29.130
  • AND THAT'S WHY SO MANY PEOPLE
  • 00:12:29.140 --> 00:12:30.250
  • ARE TURNED OFF TO THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:12:30.260 --> 00:12:33.110
  • PEOPLE WHO HAVE ELEVATED THEIR TRADITION
  • 00:12:33.120 --> 00:12:36.100
  • ABOVE THE CLEAR TEACHING OF SCRIPTURE.
  • 00:12:36.110 --> 00:12:39.190
  • THE JEWS DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT.
  • 00:12:39.200 --> 00:12:41.130
  • THEY WERE SEEING HOW TIGHTLY THEY COULD DRAW THE CIRCLE,
  • 00:12:41.140 --> 00:12:44.230
  • AND SO THEY WERE ENRAGED BY WHAT JESUS SAID.
  • 00:12:44.240 --> 00:12:47.240
  • VERSE 29 SAYS, AND THEY WERE SO ENRAGED THAT
  • 00:12:47.250 --> 00:12:51.030
  • THEY TOOK JESUS OUT OF THE SYNAGOGUE,
  • 00:12:51.040 --> 00:12:53.100
  • AND THEY LED HIM TO A CLIFF,
  • 00:12:53.110 --> 00:12:54.250
  • AND THEY WERE GONNA THROW HIM OVER THE CLIFF TO KILL HIM.
  • 00:12:54.260 --> 00:12:58.010
  • BUT LOOK AT VERSE 30.
  • 00:12:58.020 --> 00:12:59.160
  • "BUT PASSING THROUGH THEIR MIDST, HE WENT HIS WAY."
  • 00:12:59.170 --> 00:13:05.140
  • WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED HERE.
  • 00:13:05.150 --> 00:13:06.150
  • MAYBE IT WAS A MIRACLE.
  • 00:13:06.160 --> 00:13:07.290
  • GOD SUPERNATURALLY DELIVERED JESUS FROM THE CROWD.
  • 00:13:08.000 --> 00:13:11.060
  • IT MAY HAVE BEEN THAT SIMPLY BY HIS AUTHORITY
  • 00:13:11.070 --> 00:13:14.200
  • AND THEIR COWARDNESS, THEY BACKED DOWN AT THE LAST MINUTE,
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:19.040
  • AND JESUS JUST SIMPLY WALKED THROUGH THE CROWD.
  • 00:13:19.050 --> 00:13:22.180
  • WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED HERE,
  • 00:13:22.190 --> 00:13:24.290
  • BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS, IT WASN'T TIME FOR JESUS
  • 00:13:25.000 --> 00:13:28.050
  • TO DIE YET. GOD HAD A PLAN FOR HIS LIFE, AND BY THE WAY,
  • 00:13:28.060 --> 00:13:30.110
  • HE HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE AS WELL.
  • 00:13:30.120 --> 00:13:34.040
  • MAYBE SOME OF YOU RIGHT NOW ARE FEARING YOUR OWN DEATH.
  • 00:13:34.050 --> 00:13:37.240
  • MAYBE YOU'RE FACING AN ILLNESS
  • 00:13:37.250 --> 00:13:39.090
  • OR YOU'RE FEARING THE DEATH OF SOMEBODY VERY CLOSE TO YOU.
  • 00:13:39.100 --> 00:13:43.120
  • I CAME ACROSS SOME WORDS A FEW YEARS AGO THAT
  • 00:13:43.130 --> 00:13:46.100
  • HAVE BEEN A REAL HELP TO ME IN ENCOURAGING OTHER PEOPLE.
  • 00:13:46.110 --> 00:13:49.200
  • SOMEBODY HAS SAID, "EVERY PERSON IS IMMORTAL
  • 00:13:49.210 --> 00:13:54.130
  • "UNTIL HIS WORK ON EARTH IS DONE."
  • 00:13:54.140 --> 00:13:58.110
  • DO YOU KNOW THAT? YOU'RE IMMORTAL.
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:14:01.140
  • NOTHING, NOTHING IS GONNA TAKE YOU FROM THIS PLANET
  • 00:14:01.150 --> 00:14:05.100
  • ONE SECOND EARLIER THAN GOD'S PLAN.
  • 00:14:05.110 --> 00:14:08.160
  • NOTHING IS GONNA TAKE THAT LOVED ONE OF YOURS AWAY FROM YOU
  • 00:14:08.170 --> 00:14:13.040
  • ONE SECOND BEFORE PART OF GOD'S LOVING,
  • 00:14:13.050 --> 00:14:15.270
  • ETERNAL, AND WISE PLAN. AND THAT WAS TRUE FOR JESUS.
  • 00:14:15.280 --> 00:14:18.290
  • GOD HAD A PLAN FOR JESUS. HE WASN'T TO DIE NOW.
  • 00:14:19.000 --> 00:14:22.230
  • HE WAS TO DIE ON CALVARY THREE YEARS LATER.
  • 00:14:22.240 --> 00:14:26.230
  • YOU KNOW, YOU MAY BE WONDERING,
  • 00:14:26.240 --> 00:14:29.000
  • WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT THIS TODAY?
  • 00:14:29.010 --> 00:14:31.190
  • WELL, WE'RE SPENDING A YEAR STUDYING
  • 00:14:31.200 --> 00:14:33.100
  • THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST, AND WE'RE DOING IT
  • 00:14:33.110 --> 00:14:35.070
  • NOT BECAUSE WE CAN'T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE TO DO,
  • 00:14:35.080 --> 00:14:37.230
  • BUT THIS CHURCH IS INTERESTED IN MAKING STRONG DISCIPLES,
  • 00:14:37.240 --> 00:14:41.030
  • FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:14:41.040 --> 00:14:43.100
  • REMEMBER THE DEFINITION I GAVE YOU
  • 00:14:43.110 --> 00:14:44.250
  • OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE A FEW WEEKS AGO?
  • 00:14:44.260 --> 00:14:47.070
  • TO BE A DISCIPLE MEANS FOR ME TO LIVE MY LIFE
  • 00:14:47.080 --> 00:14:50.270
  • AS JESUS WOULD LIVE MY LIFE IF HE WERE I.
  • 00:14:50.280 --> 00:14:55.230
  • BEING A DISCIPLE DOESN'T MEAN TRYING TO IMAGINE
  • 00:14:55.240 --> 00:14:58.250
  • THAT YOU LIVED 2000 YEARS AGO AND WERE WALKING AROUND
  • 00:14:58.260 --> 00:15:02.060
  • NAZARETH AND CAPERNAUM AND WONDERING,
  • 00:15:02.070 --> 00:15:03.230
  • "GEE, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?" NO, THAT'S NOT IT.
  • 00:15:03.240 --> 00:15:07.210
  • WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE IS,
  • 00:15:07.220 --> 00:15:09.070
  • IMAGINE JESUS WERE WALKING IN YOUR SANDALS RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:15:09.080 --> 00:15:13.040
  • HE HAD YOUR JOB, HE HAD YOUR FAMILY, HE HAD YOUR FRIENDS,
  • 00:15:13.050 --> 00:15:16.230
  • HE HAD YOUR AMOUNT OF MONEY,
  • 00:15:16.240 --> 00:15:18.200
  • AND WHAT WOULD HE DO IN THOSE AREAS OF HIS LIFE?
  • 00:15:18.210 --> 00:15:21.110
  • THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DISCIPLE.
  • 00:15:21.120 --> 00:15:22.290
  • TO LIVE MY LIFE AS JESUS WOULD LIVE MY LIFE IF HE WERE I.
  • 00:15:23.000 --> 00:15:27.140
  • BASED ON THAT DEFINITION, LET ME SUGGEST TO YOU IN CLOSING
  • 00:15:27.150 --> 00:15:30.120
  • THREE PRACTICAL PRINCIPLES FROM THIS PASSAGE
  • 00:15:30.130 --> 00:15:33.040
  • ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO BE CHRIST'S DISCIPLE.
  • 00:15:33.050 --> 00:15:35.290
  • NUMBER ONE, IF WE'RE GOING TO BE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS,
  • 00:15:36.000 --> 00:15:38.280
  • IT MEANS WE NEED TO IMITATE JESUS' DISCIPLINES.
  • 00:15:38.290 --> 00:15:43.090
  • WE NEED TO IMITATE JESUS' DISCIPLINES.
  • 00:15:43.100 --> 00:15:46.180
  • YOU KNOW, THE KEY TO AN ATHLETE PERFORMING WELL IN A CONTEST
  • 00:15:46.190 --> 00:15:50.110
  • IS THE TRAINING HE ENDURES BEFORE THE GAME.
  • 00:15:50.120 --> 00:15:55.200
  • YOU KNOW, IF HE WAITS TO START TRAINING
  • 00:15:55.210 --> 00:15:57.090
  • UNTIL THE GAME BEGINS, HE'S WAITED TOO LONG.
  • 00:15:57.100 --> 00:16:00.050
  • NO, IT'S ALL OF THOSE HOURS OF TRAINING AHEAD OF TIME
  • 00:16:00.060 --> 00:16:03.030
  • THAT MAKE HIM SUCCESSFUL OR UNSUCCESSFUL IN THE GAME,
  • 00:16:03.040 --> 00:16:06.040
  • AND THAT MEANS, WHEN HE STANDS UP TO SWING THE BAT,
  • 00:16:06.050 --> 00:16:09.200
  • HE DOES SO REFLEXIVELY. IT'S EASY.
  • 00:16:09.210 --> 00:16:13.090
  • HE'S BEEN PRACTICING THAT, OR WHEN HE THROWS THE PASS,
  • 00:16:13.100 --> 00:16:15.070
  • I MEAN, HE'S DONE IT SO MANY TIMES
  • 00:16:15.080 --> 00:16:16.270
  • THAT IT'S A REFLEX ACTION.
  • 00:16:16.280 --> 00:16:19.070
  • IT'S THE SAME WAY IN LIVING THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
  • 00:16:19.080 --> 00:16:21.030
  • IT WAS THE SAME WAY FOR JESUS.
  • 00:16:21.040 --> 00:16:22.190
  • THE REASON HE WAS ABLE TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK,
  • 00:16:22.200 --> 00:16:24.220
  • FORGIVE OTHER PEOPLE, RESIST TEMPTATION,
  • 00:16:24.230 --> 00:16:29.030
  • CONTINUE COURAGEOUSLY IN SPITE OF CRITICISM,
  • 00:16:29.040 --> 00:16:31.150
  • HE DID THAT BECAUSE HE HAD TRAINED.
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:33.240
  • HE HAD SPENT YEARS TRAINING,
  • 00:16:33.250 --> 00:16:35.200
  • IMMERSING HIMSELF IN THE SCRIPTURES, PRAYING,
  • 00:16:35.210 --> 00:16:38.130
  • MAKING THAT A REGULAR PART OF HIS LIFE,
  • 00:16:38.140 --> 00:16:40.050
  • ATTENDING WORSHIP EVERY WEEK.
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:41.170
  • ALL THOSE THINGS WERE PART OF HIS TRAINING
  • 00:16:41.180 --> 00:16:44.100
  • THAT MADE HIM PLAY WELL IN THE GAME.
  • 00:16:44.110 --> 00:16:47.160
  • WE NEED TO IMITATE JESUS' DISCIPLINES.
  • 00:16:47.170 --> 00:16:50.120
  • DON'T WAIT UNTIL THE TEST COMES TO BEGIN TO TRAIN.
  • 00:16:50.130 --> 00:16:54.000
  • SECONDLY, WE NEED TO EMULATE JESUS' COURAGE.
  • 00:16:54.010 --> 00:16:58.150
  • YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY HAS SAID THE MEASURE OF OUR COURAGE
  • 00:16:58.160 --> 00:17:01.260
  • IS WHAT IT TAKES TO STOP US.
  • 00:17:01.270 --> 00:17:05.040
  • WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO STOP YOU
  • 00:17:05.050 --> 00:17:06.290
  • IN LIVING OUT YOUR CHRISTIAN CONVICTIONS?
  • 00:17:07.000 --> 00:17:09.210
  • FOR MOST PEOPLE, IT'S CRITICISM.
  • 00:17:09.220 --> 00:17:12.090
  • THEY'RE HAPPY TO FOLLOW GOD UNTIL
  • 00:17:12.100 --> 00:17:14.080
  • THEY START TO BE CRITICIZED.
  • 00:17:14.090 --> 00:17:16.080
  • THEN, THEY'RE NOT SO SURE.
  • 00:17:16.090 --> 00:17:18.240
  • BUT NOT JESUS.
  • 00:17:18.250 --> 00:17:20.020
  • HE FACED CRITICISM NOT JUST FROM HIS ENEMIES,
  • 00:17:20.030 --> 00:17:22.150
  • BUT FROM HIS FRIENDS AND HIS FAMILY MEMBERS,
  • 00:17:22.160 --> 00:17:24.250
  • EVEN HERE, HIS FELLOW CHURCH MEMBERS, SYNAGOGUE MEMBERS,
  • 00:17:24.260 --> 00:17:27.280
  • BUT HE KEPT MOVING FORWARD ANYWAY.
  • 00:17:27.290 --> 00:17:31.010
  • DAVID ROPER IN HIS BOOK, A BURDEN SHARED,
  • 00:17:31.020 --> 00:17:34.040
  • TALKED ABOUT FOUR ASPECTS, CHARACTERISTICS OF CRITICISM.
  • 00:17:34.050 --> 00:17:37.200
  • I BET YOU CAN RELATE TO THESE.
  • 00:17:37.210 --> 00:17:39.020
  • HE SAID, "CRITICISM COMES, NUMBER ONE,
  • 00:17:39.030 --> 00:17:41.130
  • "WHEN WE LEAST NEED IT.
  • 00:17:41.140 --> 00:17:44.140
  • "NUMBER TWO, WHEN WE LEAST DESERVE IT.
  • 00:17:44.150 --> 00:17:46.290
  • "NUMBER THREE, FROM PEOPLE
  • 00:17:47.000 --> 00:17:48.090
  • "WHO ARE LEAST QUALIFIED TO GIVE IT.
  • 00:17:48.100 --> 00:17:51.110
  • "AND NUMBER FOUR, IN A FORM THAT IS LEAST HELPFUL TO US."
  • 00:17:51.120 --> 00:17:54.280
  • HAVE YOU DISCOVERED THAT TO BE TRUE?
  • 00:17:54.290 --> 00:17:58.120
  • CRITICISM PARALYZES LOTS OF PEOPLE.
  • 00:17:58.130 --> 00:18:00.230
  • NOT JESUS.
  • 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:02.010
  • IT PROPELLED HIM TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD
  • 00:18:02.020 --> 00:18:04.030
  • IN HIS OBEDIENCE TO GOD.
  • 00:18:04.040 --> 00:18:05.190
  • WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE EMULATE JESUS' COURAGE,
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:09.180
  • AND FINALLY, TO BE A DISCIPLE MEANS
  • 00:18:09.190 --> 00:18:11.180
  • WE NEED TO ARTICULATE JESUS' MESSAGE.
  • 00:18:11.190 --> 00:18:15.040
  • JESUS SAID, "I HAVE COME TO ANNOUNCE
  • 00:18:15.050 --> 00:18:17.150
  • "THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD."
  • 00:18:17.160 --> 00:18:20.190
  • HIS MESSAGE WAS A MESSAGE OF GRACE.
  • 00:18:20.200 --> 00:18:23.220
  • "GOD IS WILLING TO FORGIVE ANYONE AND EVERYONE
  • 00:18:23.230 --> 00:18:26.290
  • "WHO TRUSTS IN ME FOR SALVATION."
  • 00:18:27.000 --> 00:18:29.160
  • AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, 2000 YEARS LATER,
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:32.110
  • WE ARE STILL IN THAT FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.
  • 00:18:32.120 --> 00:18:36.000
  • WE'RE IN THAT TIME THAT WE CAN ANNOUNCE GOD'S FORGIVENESS
  • 00:18:36.010 --> 00:18:39.040
  • OF ANYONE WHO WILL BELIEVE,
  • 00:18:39.050 --> 00:18:42.000
  • AND DO YOU REALIZE, THAT'S WHY GOD HAS LEFT US HERE?
  • 00:18:42.010 --> 00:18:45.200
  • JESUS SAID, "I CAME TO SEEK AND SAVE THOSE WHO ARE LOST."
  • 00:18:45.210 --> 00:18:48.130
  • IF WE'RE GOING TO BE DISCIPLES OF CHRIST,
  • 00:18:48.140 --> 00:18:50.110
  • IT MEANS THAT IS OUR PURPOSE IN LIFE AS WELL.
  • 00:18:50.120 --> 00:18:54.050
  • NOW, I KNOW I'VE SAID THIS A LOT,
  • 00:18:54.060 --> 00:18:57.050
  • AND YOU PROBABLY THINK I SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD.
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:18:59.120
  • "IF THE PASTOR SAYS THAT ONE MORE TIME, I'M GONNA THROW UP."
  • 00:18:59.130 --> 00:19:01.270
  • I'M GONNA KEEP SAYING IT,
  • 00:19:01.280 --> 00:19:03.190
  • BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT WE UNDERSTAND THIS.
  • 00:19:03.200 --> 00:19:06.170
  • THERE IS ONE REASON GOD LEFT YOU HERE ON EARTH.
  • 00:19:06.180 --> 00:19:10.040
  • HE DIDN'T LEAVE YOU HERE TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.
  • 00:19:10.050 --> 00:19:14.100
  • HE DIDN'T LEAVE YOU HERE TO ACCUMULATE
  • 00:19:14.110 --> 00:19:15.240
  • THE BIGGEST PILE OF MONEY YOU CAN ACCUMULATE.
  • 00:19:15.250 --> 00:19:18.160
  • YOU'RE GONNA LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND ANYWAY.
  • 00:19:18.170 --> 00:19:22.060
  • HE DIDN'T EVEN LEAVE YOU HERE TO HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY LIFE.
  • 00:19:22.070 --> 00:19:27.250
  • (GASPS) YOU'RE SAYING THAT ON MOTHER'S DAY?
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:29.260
  • -I MEAN-- -(CONGREGANTS LAUGH)
  • 00:19:29.270 --> 00:19:32.110
  • THAT'S NOT MY PURPOSE, TO HAVE A HAPPY FAMILY LIFE?
  • 00:19:32.120 --> 00:19:34.210
  • MY OLD PROFESSOR HOWARD HEINDRICHS, WHO'S IN HEAVEN,
  • 00:19:34.220 --> 00:19:37.140
  • NOBODY TAUGHT MORE ABOUT THE FAMILY THAN HE DID,
  • 00:19:37.150 --> 00:19:39.170
  • BUT YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID ONE TIME?
  • 00:19:39.180 --> 00:19:41.020
  • HE SAID, "CHRISTIANS HAVE MADE A FETISH OUT OF THE FAMILY.
  • 00:19:41.030 --> 00:19:45.160
  • "THEY THINK THE HIGHEST IDEAL IS FOR ME TO BE
  • 00:19:45.170 --> 00:19:47.250
  • "HAPPY IN MY MARRIAGE, OR WITH MY KIDS."
  • 00:19:47.260 --> 00:19:50.000
  • NO, THAT'S NOT HIS ULTIMATE PURPOSE FOR YOU.
  • 00:19:50.010 --> 00:19:53.200
  • JESUS HAD A LOUSY FAMILY LIFE.
  • 00:19:53.210 --> 00:19:55.220
  • I MEAN, HE WAS ALWAYS AT ODDS WITH HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
  • 00:19:55.230 --> 00:19:59.140
  • SOMETIMES, EVEN WITH HIS MOM, YOU KNOW.
  • 00:19:59.150 --> 00:20:02.090
  • HE UNDERSTOOD HIS PURPOSE WAS TO DO THE WILL OF GOD.
  • 00:20:02.100 --> 00:20:05.290
  • GOD HAS LEFT YOU AND ME HERE FOR ONE REASON,
  • 00:20:06.000 --> 00:20:07.290
  • AND THAT IS TO SHARE CHRIST WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:20:08.000 --> 00:20:12.090
  • THAT'S WHY WE'RE ORGANIZED AS A CHURCH,
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:14.040
  • TO HELP CHRISTIANS BECOME STRONGER DISCIPLES
  • 00:20:14.050 --> 00:20:16.170
  • AND FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST,
  • 00:20:16.180 --> 00:20:17.250
  • BUT TO TAKE THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST
  • 00:20:17.260 --> 00:20:19.050
  • TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:20:19.060 --> 00:20:20.210
  • DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT'S WHY GOD HAS LEFT YOU HERE,
  • 00:20:20.220 --> 00:20:23.050
  • INSTEAD OF TAKING YOU TO HEAVEN IMMEDIATELY?
  • 00:20:23.060 --> 00:20:27.000
  • THURSDAY, I HAD TO MAKE A DAY TRIP TO CALIFORNIA
  • 00:20:27.010 --> 00:20:31.040
  • TO PREACH TO 700 PASTORS ON THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.
  • 00:20:31.050 --> 00:20:34.230
  • I WAS SITTING IN THE DEPARTURE LOUNGE,
  • 00:20:34.240 --> 00:20:36.220
  • GETTING READY TO BOARD THE PLANE.
  • 00:20:36.230 --> 00:20:38.150
  • THE CAPTAIN WAS UP AT THE DESK, GETTING HIS PAPERWORK.
  • 00:20:38.160 --> 00:20:41.140
  • HE LOOKED OVER, HE RECOGNIZED ME, AND HE CAME OVER,
  • 00:20:41.150 --> 00:20:44.070
  • SAID HE WAS A FAITHFUL LISTENER TO PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:20:44.080 --> 00:20:46.220
  • AND HE SAID, "WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME ON BOARD EARLY?
  • 00:20:46.230 --> 00:20:49.240
  • "I'D LIKE TO SHOW YOU THE COCKPIT
  • 00:20:49.250 --> 00:20:51.090
  • "BEFORE THE PASSENGERS COME ON. "THIS IS A BRAND NEW AIRPLANE."
  • 00:20:51.100 --> 00:20:54.240
  • SO I SAID, "WELL, SURE."
  • 00:20:54.250 --> 00:20:56.100
  • SO WE WENT IN, HE GAVE ME A LITTLE TOUR OF THE COCKPIT.
  • 00:20:56.110 --> 00:20:58.120
  • WE WERE STANDING THERE IN THE DOORWAY.
  • 00:20:58.130 --> 00:21:00.260
  • HE SAID, "YOU KNOW, PASTOR, MY VOCATION
  • 00:21:00.270 --> 00:21:05.150
  • "IS BEING AN AIRLINE CAPTAIN. "I'VE DONE IT FOR 30 YEARS."
  • 00:21:05.160 --> 00:21:09.130
  • BUT HE SAID, "MY REAL CALLING IS BEING A WITNESS
  • 00:21:09.140 --> 00:21:13.030
  • "FOR JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:21:13.040 --> 00:21:15.030
  • "MY VOCATION IS BEING AN AIRLINE CAPTAIN,
  • 00:21:15.040 --> 00:21:17.160
  • "BUT MY REAL CALLING IS BEING A WITNESS FOR CHRIST."
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:22.040
  • THAT GUY GOT IT. THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE,
  • 00:21:22.050 --> 00:21:26.140
  • TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.
  • 00:21:26.150 --> 00:21:29.290
  • BUT THAT FAVORABLE DAY OF THE YEAR WON'T ALWAYS LAST,
  • 00:21:30.000 --> 00:21:32.150
  • BECAUSE THERE IS A DAY OF VENGEANCE COMING
  • 00:21:32.160 --> 00:21:36.010
  • WHEN IT WILL BE TOO LATE TO RECEIVE GOD'S GRACE,
  • 00:21:36.020 --> 00:21:39.110
  • AND INSTEAD, WE'LL BE DESTINED TO RECEIVE HIS JUDGMENT.
  • 00:21:39.120 --> 00:21:43.090
  • WHEN IS THAT DAY OF VENGEANCE COMING?
  • 00:21:43.100 --> 00:21:44.290
  • WHEN IS THE LORD RETURNING TO PUT AN END TO EVERYTHING?
  • 00:21:45.000 --> 00:21:48.040
  • I HAVE NO IDEA WHEN THAT DAY IS, BUT I THINK PAUL WAS RIGHT
  • 00:21:48.050 --> 00:21:51.270
  • WHEN HE SAID IN ROMANS 13:11,
  • 00:21:51.280 --> 00:21:53.260
  • "THAT DAY IS CLOSER TODAY THAN IT'S EVER BEEN BEFORE."
  • 00:21:53.270 --> 00:22:00.040
  • THAT WAS TRUE 2000 YEARS AGO WHEN PAUL WROTE IT.
  • 00:22:00.050 --> 00:22:03.000
  • THINK HOW MUCH MORE TRUE THAT IS TODAY.
  • 00:22:03.010 --> 00:22:05.230
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:05.240 --> 00:22:11.180
  • AS I STOOD IN THE COCKPIT OF THAT JET LINER
  • 00:22:11.190 --> 00:22:14.170
  • AND LISTENED TO THIS DEVOTED AIRLINE CAPTAIN,
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  • I WAS OVERCOME WITH GRATITUDE. ISN'T IT REMARKABLE
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  • THAT GOD WOULD USE PATHWAY TO VICTORY
  • 00:22:21.260 --> 00:22:24.090
  • TO MOTIVATE MEN AND WOMEN IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE
  • 00:22:24.100 --> 00:22:27.070
  • TO BECOME AMBASSADORS FOR HIM?
  • 00:22:27.080 --> 00:22:29.140
  • AND WHEN YOU PARTNER WITH US FINANCIALLY,
  • 00:22:29.150 --> 00:22:32.010
  • YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S REACHING AIRLINE PILOTS
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  • AND MANY OTHERS AS WELL.
  • 00:22:35.030 --> 00:22:37.070
  • TODAY, I'M URGING YOU TO GET IN TOUCH
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:39.150
  • WITH PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:22:39.160 --> 00:22:41.020
  • TO JOIN US IN THIS GROWING MOVEMENT
  • 00:22:41.030 --> 00:22:43.120
  • TO REACH PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD
  • 00:22:43.130 --> 00:22:45.260
  • WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:22:45.270 --> 00:22:48.120
  • BY NOW, I HOPE YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT
  • 00:22:48.130 --> 00:22:49.260
  • OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:22:49.270 --> 00:22:52.070
  • FOR EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE THIS MONTH,
  • 00:22:52.080 --> 00:22:54.160
  • IT WILL BE MATCHED BY ANOTHER GENEROUS DONOR
  • 00:22:54.170 --> 00:22:57.110
  • THROUGH THE MATCHING CHALLENGE
  • 00:22:57.120 --> 00:22:59.000
  • UNTIL WE REACH THE GOAL OF $920.000.
  • 00:22:59.010 --> 00:23:03.120
  • I LOVE PREACHING THE GOSPEL WITH BOLDNESS,
  • 00:23:03.130 --> 00:23:06.200
  • BUT I CAN'T DO IT ALONE,
  • 00:23:06.210 --> 00:23:08.080
  • SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR RESPONDING TODAY
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:11.100
  • AND BEING A PARTNER IN THIS MINISTRY.
  • 00:23:11.110 --> 00:23:14.010
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:14.020 --> 00:23:15.190
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:23:15.200 --> 00:23:18.130
  • CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR.
  • 00:23:19.090 --> 00:23:25.110
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM
  • 00:23:25.120 --> 00:23:28.060
  • ALL OVER TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:28.070 --> 00:23:30.240
  • AND BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:30.250 --> 00:23:33.010
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:33.020 --> 00:23:37.050
  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:23:37.060 --> 00:23:39.160
  • IT'S THE MOST SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:39.170 --> 00:23:41.160
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD,
  • 00:23:41.170 --> 00:23:43.140
  • AND FELLOWSHIP, FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES;
  • 00:23:43.150 --> 00:23:47.080
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR
  • 00:23:47.090 --> 00:23:49.010
  • THE BIRTH OF HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:49.020 --> 00:23:51.190
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF OUR
  • 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:54.200
  • LORD AND SAVIOR, IT'S A TRADITION THAT
  • 00:23:54.210 --> 00:23:56.280
  • WE WANT TO CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY.
  • 00:23:56.290 --> 00:23:58.090
  • SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:23:58.100 --> 00:24:01.070
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE,
  • 00:24:01.080 --> 00:24:02.280
  • BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:02.290 --> 00:24:05.240
  • THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL IS A GIFT THAT INVITES THE LORD
  • 00:24:05.250 --> 00:24:08.210
  • INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:08.220 --> 00:24:10.170
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS TO
  • 00:24:10.180 --> 00:24:12.290
  • TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME, WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL
  • 00:24:13.000 --> 00:24:15.280
  • STILL BE THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:15.290 --> 00:24:18.120
  • DR. JEFFERSS: LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME
  • 00:24:18.130 --> 00:24:21.010
  • DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:21.020 --> 00:24:22.150
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:22.160 --> 00:24:25.050
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:25.060 --> 00:24:26.200
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS, YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:26.210 --> 00:24:29.140
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR WITH THE BRAND-NEW,
  • 00:24:29.150 --> 00:24:33.020
  • LEATHER-BOUND PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:33.030 --> 00:24:37.260
  • THANK YOU FOR JOINING WITH ME THIS CHRISTMAS TO GIVE
  • 00:24:37.270 --> 00:24:40.260
  • THE GREATEST GIFT YOU COULD POSSIBLY GIVE -
  • 00:24:40.270 --> 00:24:43.210
  • THE TRANSFORMING WORD OF GOD - TO OUR FAMILIES,
  • 00:24:43.220 --> 00:24:46.220
  • OUR COUNTRY, AND THE WORLD!
  • 00:24:46.230 --> 00:24:49.240
  • MUSIC
  • 00:24:49.250 --> 00:24:52.170
  • THE WORDS THAT JESUS SPOKE IN HIS HOMETOWN SYNAGOGUE
  • 00:24:52.180 --> 00:24:55.250
  • SHOCKED THE JEWS.
  • 00:24:55.260 --> 00:24:57.170
  • NOT ONLY WAS JESUS CLAIMING TO BE THE MESSIAH,
  • 00:24:57.180 --> 00:25:00.260
  • THAT IS, GOD HIMSELF,
  • 00:25:00.270 --> 00:25:02.230
  • BUT NOW, HE WAS SAYING THAT EVEN GENTILES WOULD BE SAVED.
  • 00:25:02.240 --> 00:25:07.040
  • AND THE JEWS WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM RIGHT THEN AND THERE
  • 00:25:07.050 --> 00:25:09.110
  • IF THEY COULD HAVE, BUT JESUS STILL HAD MORE WORK TO DO.
  • 00:25:09.120 --> 00:25:13.240
  • IT'S LIKELY YOU'RE WEARING A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT HATS TODAY.
  • 00:25:13.250 --> 00:25:16.200
  • MAYBE YOU'RE A PARENT, AN EMPLOYEE, A STUDENT, A BOSS,
  • 00:25:16.210 --> 00:25:21.020
  • OR ANY COMBINATION OF THOSE RESPONSIBILITIES.
  • 00:25:21.030 --> 00:25:24.060
  • WELL, KNOWING YOUR JOB IS NOT THE SAME THING
  • 00:25:24.070 --> 00:25:27.090
  • AS KNOWING YOUR PURPOSE, AND NEXT TIME,
  • 00:25:27.100 --> 00:25:30.020
  • WE'RE GOING TO LOOK AT A 24-HOUR PERIOD
  • 00:25:30.030 --> 00:25:33.050
  • IN THE LIFE OF OUR SAVIOR
  • 00:25:33.060 --> 00:25:35.010
  • IN ORDER TO DISCOVER OUR OWN GOD-GIVEN MISSION.
  • 00:25:35.020 --> 00:25:38.210
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT
  • 00:25:38.220 --> 00:25:41.160
  • ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:41.170 --> 00:25:45.070
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:45.080 --> 00:25:47.020
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:47.030 --> 00:25:49.190
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU
  • 00:25:49.200 --> 00:25:51.070
  • THE BRAND NEW 2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL,
  • 00:25:51.080 --> 00:25:55.000
  • PLUS JESUS: THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES
  • 00:25:55.010 --> 00:25:58.020
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:25:58.030 --> 00:26:00.270
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:00.280 --> 00:26:02.170
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:02.180 --> 00:26:05.040
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE INCOMPARABLE CHRIST
  • 00:26:05.050 --> 00:26:08.000
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:08.010 --> 00:26:11.030
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:26:11.040 --> 00:26:13.000
  • WILL BE DOUBLED IN IMPACT
  • 00:26:13.010 --> 00:26:14.110
  • THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:14.120 --> 00:26:16.150
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE, OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:16.160 --> 00:26:19.210
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:26:19.220 --> 00:26:23.030
  • BUT I ALSO REALIZE THERE ARE MANY OF YOU HERE,
  • 00:26:23.040 --> 00:26:24.240
  • MANY OF YOU WATCHING ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:26:24.250 --> 00:26:26.240
  • AND YOU UNDERSTANDING THAT CALLING.
  • 00:26:26.250 --> 00:26:29.020
  • YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE A PURPOSE-FILLED LIFE.
  • 00:26:29.030 --> 00:26:32.150
  • YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE GOD'S SUPERNATURAL POWER
  • 00:26:32.160 --> 00:26:35.140
  • AND KNOW THAT YOU'RE BEING USED FOR A PURPOSE
  • 00:26:35.150 --> 00:26:37.180
  • GREATER THAN YOURSELF.
  • 00:26:37.190 --> 00:26:38.250
  • THE QUESTION IS, YOU MAY BE SAYING,
  • 00:26:38.260 --> 00:26:40.100
  • "HOW CAN I DO THAT MORE EFFECTIVELY?
  • 00:26:40.110 --> 00:26:42.130
  • "HOW CAN I MAKE MY LIFE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
  • 00:26:42.140 --> 00:26:45.130
  • "IN OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES?"
  • 00:26:45.140 --> 00:26:48.210
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DV-R AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:48.220 --> 00:26:50.260
  • FOR THE MESSAGE 24, HERE ON PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
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  • MUSIC
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  • EXPERIENCE ALASKA'S TOWERING MOUNTAINS AND MIGHTY GLACIERS
  • 00:27:00.020 --> 00:27:03.190
  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
  • 00:27:03.200 --> 00:27:05.070
  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE.
  • 00:27:05.080 --> 00:27:07.260
  • EXPLORE CHARMING ALASKAN PORTS LIKE JUNO AND KETCHIKAN,
  • 00:27:07.270 --> 00:27:11.040
  • THEN ENJOY ON-BOARD ENTERTAINMENT
  • 00:27:11.050 --> 00:27:13.090
  • WITH WORSHIP LEADER MICHAEL O'BRIEN,
  • 00:27:13.100 --> 00:27:15.000
  • AMERICA'S FAVORITE GOSPEL MUSIC FAMILY, THE HOPPERS,
  • 00:27:15.010 --> 00:27:17.250
  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG.
  • 00:27:17.260 --> 00:27:20.020
  • TO BOOK YOUR RESERVATION
  • 00:27:20.030 --> 00:27:21.160
  • FOR THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE, VISIT PTV.ORG.
  • 00:27:21.170 --> 00:27:30.010