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Our Burning Bushes

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January 10, 2021
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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Our Burning Bushes

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Think
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Thinkabout those times
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  • about those timeswhen God has specifically said
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  • when God has specifically saidsomething to you.
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  • something to you.Maybe you ignored it; maybe you
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  • Maybe you ignored it; maybe yousaid, "Well, that couldn't
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  • said, "Well, that couldn'tpossibly be God."
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  • possibly be God."Or maybe you said, "Well, yes,
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  • Or maybe you said, "Well, yes,that is."
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  • that is."But if you've felt God
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  • But if you've felt Godhad spoken to you,
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  • had spoken to you,what did you say to Him?
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  • what did you say to Him?How did you respond?
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  • what did you say to Him?How did you respond?
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  • [music]
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decadesago, we started In Touch
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  • ago, we started In TouchMinistries to lead people
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  • Ministries to lead peopleworldwide into a growing
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  • worldwide into a growingrelationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • Throughout the years, we've seenGod's greatness, His love, and
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  • God's greatness, His love, andHis blessings in such awesome
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  • His blessings in such awesomeways that we just want everyone
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  • ways that we just want everyoneto know Him.
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  • to know Him.So, let's open God's Word and
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  • [music]
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  • - Ann White: We all carry
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  • - Ann White: We all carrywounds and baggage from
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  • wounds and baggage fromour past.
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  • our past.I learned very early in life to
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  • I learned very early in life tohide my fears and insecurities,
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  • hide my fears and insecurities,to lock them up where no one
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  • to lock them up where no onewould see.
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  • would see.As I grew in the Lord,
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  • As I grew in the Lord,I began to face these wounds and
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  • I began to face these wounds andI gave them to God.
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  • I gave them to God.Then it occurred to me
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  • Then it occurred to meI couldn't be the only woman
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  • I couldn't be the only womanpretending I have it all
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  • pretending I have it alltogether.
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  • together.There were many people who
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  • There were many people whocontributed to my healing, and
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  • contributed to my healing, andCharles Stanley was one of them.
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  • Charles Stanley was one of them.As I began to look outward,
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  • As I began to look outward,I was inspired by his passion
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  • I was inspired by his passionto reach the world for Christ.
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  • to reach the world for Christ.His teaching inspired me to
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  • His teaching inspired me tofollow God's leading and teach
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  • follow God's leading and teachother women.
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  • other women.In prison, these women risk
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  • In prison, these women riskbeing forgotten.
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  • being forgotten.And I am thrilled to be able
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  • And I am thrilled to be ableto give them an
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  • to give them anIn Touch Audio Bible
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  • In Touch Audio Biblemade specifically for prisons.
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  • made specifically for prisons.- Dr. Stanley: Where's God in
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Where's God inall of this?
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  • all of this?I want you to turn, if you will,
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  • I want you to turn, if you will,to Colossians--
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  • to Colossians--- Ann: I teach these women
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  • - Ann: I teach these womenwhat I've learned about
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  • what I've learned aboutunpacking my baggage.
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  • unpacking my baggage.- Dr. Stanley: I want us to
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  • - Dr. Stanley: I want us toread these first seven verses
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  • read these first seven versesof this chapter.
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  • of this chapter.- Ann: When we surrender
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  • - Ann: When we surrenderour hurts to God, He gives us
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  • our hurts to God, He gives ustrue freedom.
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  • [music]
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  • - male announcer: Next on "In
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  • - Dr. Stanley: When is the
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  • - Dr. Stanley: When is thelast time you've felt God
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  • last time you've felt Godspeak to your heart?
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  • speak to your heart?Very specifically about
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  • Very specifically aboutsomething you asked Him about?
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  • something you asked Him about?Maybe never, but maybe often?
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  • Maybe never, but maybe often?Our text is about how God spoke
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  • Our text is about how God spoketo Moses, and so, He spoke
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  • to Moses, and so, He spokethrough a burning bush.
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  • through a burning bush.And so, I titled this message
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  • And so, I titled this message"Our Burning Bushes," and here's
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  • "Our Burning Bushes," and here'sthe reason.
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  • the reason.I think about in my own life how
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  • I think about in my own life howGod has spoken to get my
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  • God has spoken to get myattention, oftentimes.
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  • attention, oftentimes.It has come in times
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  • It has come in timesunexpectedly and personally to
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  • unexpectedly and personally tome about something in my life.
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  • me about something in my life.Challenged me to trust Him in an
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  • Challenged me to trust Him in anarea, maybe, that was a little
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  • area, maybe, that was a littledifficult.
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  • difficult.Each has had a powerful and
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  • Each has had a powerful andlasting impact on my life.
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  • lasting impact on my life.So, I want you to turn to Exodus
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  • So, I want you to turn to Exoduschapter three and look at the
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  • chapter three and look at theburning bush and how God spoke
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  • burning bush and how God spoketo Moses in this third chapter
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  • to Moses in this third chapterof Exodus.
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  • of Exodus."Now, Moses was pasturing the
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  • "Now, Moses was pasturing theflock of Jethro his
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  • flock of Jethro hisfather-in-law, the priest of
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  • father-in-law, the priest ofMidian; and he'd led the flock
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  • Midian; and he'd led the flockto the west side of the
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  • to the west side of thewilderness and came to Horeb,
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  • wilderness and came to Horeb,the mountain of God," which we
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  • the mountain of God," which wecall Sinai.
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  • call Sinai."The angel of the Lord appeared
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  • "The angel of the Lord appearedto him in a blazing fire from
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  • to him in a blazing fire fromthe midst of a bush; and he
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  • the midst of a bush; and helooked, and behold, the bush was
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  • looked, and behold, the bush wasburning with fire, yet the bush
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  • burning with fire, yet the bushwas not consumed.
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  • was not consumed.So, Moses said, 'I must turn
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  • So, Moses said, 'I must turnaside now and see this marvelous
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  • aside now and see this marveloussight, why the bush is not
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  • sight, why the bush is notburned up.'
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  • burned up.'When the Lord saw that
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  • When the Lord saw thathe turned aside to look,
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  • he turned aside to look,God called to him from the midst
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  • God called to him from the midstof the bush and said,
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  • of the bush and said,'Moses, Moses!'
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  • 'Moses, Moses!'And he said, 'Here I am.'
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  • And he said, 'Here I am.'Then He said, 'Do not come
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  • Then He said, 'Do not comenear here; remove your sandals
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  • near here; remove your sandalsfrom your feet, for the place on
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  • from your feet, for the place onwhich you're standing
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  • which you're standingis holy ground.'
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  • is holy ground.'He said also, 'I am the God
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  • He said also, 'I am the Godof your father, the God of
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  • of your father, the God ofAbraham, the God of Isaac,
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  • Abraham, the God of Isaac,the God of Jacob.'
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  • the God of Jacob.'Then Moses hid his face, for he
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  • Then Moses hid his face, for hewas afraid to look at God."
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  • was afraid to look at God."Now, I want you to think
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  • Now, I want you to thinkabout something.
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  • about something.I want you to think about the
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  • I want you to think about thefact that God still speaks to us
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  • fact that God still speaks to ustoday.
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  • today.Now, He speaks primarily through
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  • Now, He speaks primarily throughHis Word, but that's not the
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  • His Word, but that's not theonly way.
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  • only way.And so, what I want to do is to
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  • And so, what I want to do is togive you a few examples of how
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  • give you a few examples of howGod has spoken in my own life,
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  • God has spoken in my own life,which I call burning bushes
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  • which I call burning bushesfor me.
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  • for me.Everybody's not the same.
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  • Everybody's not the same.He doesn't have the same
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  • He doesn't have the samemessage.
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  • message.But these are life-changing
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  • But these are life-changingsituations and circumstances and
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  • I call them burning bushes for
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  • I call them burning bushes forthe simple reason they came
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  • the simple reason they cameunexpectedly to me; I did not
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  • unexpectedly to me; I did notask for them.
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  • ask for them.Secondly, they challenged me to
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  • Secondly, they challenged me tofully trust the Lord and obey
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  • fully trust the Lord and obeyHim in a given situation.
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  • Him in a given situation.And thirdly, each has had
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  • And thirdly, each has hada powerful and lasting effect on
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  • a powerful and lasting effect onmy life, not only my life but
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  • my life, not only my life butalso people around the world.
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  • also people around the world.So, when we think about burning
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  • So, when we think about burningbushes, think about those times
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  • bushes, think about those timeswhen God has specifically said
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  • when God has specifically saidsomething to you.
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  • something to you.Maybe you ignored it; maybe you
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  • Maybe you ignored it; maybe yousaid, "Well, that couldn't
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  • said, "Well, that couldn'tpossibly be God."
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  • possibly be God."Or maybe you said, "Well, yes,
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  • Or maybe you said, "Well, yes,that is."
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  • that is."But if you've felt God
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  • But if you've felt Godhad spoken to you,
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  • had spoken to you,what did you say to Him?
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  • How did you respond?
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  • How did you respond?So, remember this, I'm not
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  • So, remember this, I'm notexpecting everybody to have the
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  • expecting everybody to have thesame kind of experiences I've
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  • same kind of experiences I'vehad, but these are burning
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  • had, but these are burningbushes in my life because they
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  • bushes in my life because theywere moments that made a very
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  • were moments that made a verydistinct difference that has
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  • distinct difference that haslasted all these years.
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  • lasted all these years.And so, when I begin, I want to
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  • And so, when I begin, I want tobegin with this story.
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  • begin with this story.First of all, I--it was in my
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  • First of all, I--it was in mysecond year in seminary and
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  • second year in seminary andI was doing pretty good.
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  • I was doing pretty good.And so, I was thinking about the
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  • And so, I was thinking about thefuture and what God wanted,
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  • future and what God wanted,and so forth.
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  • and so forth.And I was down praying one
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  • And I was down praying onenight, and God spoke to my heart
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  • night, and God spoke to my heartvery clearly and here's what
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  • very clearly and here's whatHe said.
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  • He said."Whatever you accomplish in
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  • "Whatever you accomplish inlife, you'll have to accomplish
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  • life, you'll have to accomplishon your knees, not by your
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  • on your knees, not by yourpreaching; not by your
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  • preaching; not by yourpositions.
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  • positions.Everything you ever accomplish
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  • Everything you ever accomplishin the ministry you'll
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  • in the ministry you'llaccomplish on your knees.
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  • accomplish on your knees.That's My pattern for you."
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  • That's My pattern for you."And I can look back over these
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  • And I can look back over theseyears and realize time after
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  • years and realize time aftertime after time, when I faced
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  • time after time, when I facedvery, very difficult situations,
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  • very, very difficult situations,that's where I went, to my
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  • that's where I went, to myprayer mat, asking God to give
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  • prayer mat, asking God to giveme direction.
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  • me direction.And I could think of a lot of
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  • And I could think of a lot ofthings to tell you about, they
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  • things to tell you about, theywere very difficult situations
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  • were very difficult situationsin my life, very difficult, but
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  • in my life, very difficult, butI never forgot that.
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  • I never forgot that.Whatever you accomplish in life,
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  • Whatever you accomplish in life,you'll accomplish on your knees.
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  • you'll accomplish on your knees.That was just as telling to me
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  • That was just as telling to meas what God said to Moses.
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  • as what God said to Moses.God is still speaking today.
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  • God is still speaking today.Sometimes He speaks strictly
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  • Sometimes He speaks strictlythrough His Word.
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  • through His Word.Sometimes he speaks in other
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  • Sometimes he speaks in otherways.
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  • ways.I was in Bartow, Florida.
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  • I was in Bartow, Florida.I moved from Fruitland to Ohio
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  • I moved from Fruitland to Ohioto Miami, and then to a little
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  • to Miami, and then to a littletown of Bartow in Florida.
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  • town of Bartow in Florida.And I was just happy as a lark
  • 00:08:14.142 --> 00:08:15.010
  • And I was just happy as a larkthere.
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  • there.And it was just
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  • And it was justa fantastic place.
  • 00:08:19.648 --> 00:08:20.682
  • a fantastic place.I was up in Alexandria,
  • 00:08:21.116 --> 00:08:23.018
  • I was up in Alexandria,Virginia, preaching a revival
  • 00:08:24.286 --> 00:08:24.319
  • Virginia, preaching a revivaland I came home each night from
  • 00:08:26.421 --> 00:08:26.421
  • and I came home each night fromthe meeting.
  • 00:08:27.589 --> 00:08:28.523
  • the meeting.And we were having a good
  • 00:08:28.523 --> 00:08:28.723
  • And we were having a goodmeeting and people were being
  • 00:08:29.524 --> 00:08:30.559
  • meeting and people were beingsaved and lives are being
  • 00:08:31.626 --> 00:08:31.993
  • saved and lives are beingchanged.
  • 00:08:32.894 --> 00:08:33.895
  • changed.And I came home every night and
  • 00:08:34.162 --> 00:08:34.996
  • And I came home every night andI was troubled in my heart.
  • 00:08:36.464 --> 00:08:37.966
  • I was troubled in my heart.So, I said, "What's this all
  • 00:08:38.099 --> 00:08:39.334
  • So, I said, "What's this allabout, Lord?
  • 00:08:39.334 --> 00:08:39.901
  • about, Lord?I mean, You are blessing and
  • 00:08:40.735 --> 00:08:41.903
  • I mean, You are blessing andYou're doing what I've asked You
  • 00:08:42.203 --> 00:08:44.072
  • You're doing what I've asked Youto do and what's this all
  • 00:08:44.139 --> 00:08:45.507
  • to do and what's this allabout?"
  • 00:08:45.507 --> 00:08:46.141
  • about?"Well, three nights I went to
  • 00:08:48.944 --> 00:08:49.678
  • Well, three nights I went toprayer asking God, kneeling down
  • 00:08:51.146 --> 00:08:51.813
  • prayer asking God, kneeling downbefore the Word, by the bed and
  • 00:08:53.682 --> 00:08:53.782
  • before the Word, by the bed andsaying, "Lord, what are You
  • 00:08:54.616 --> 00:08:55.050
  • saying, "Lord, what are Yousaying to me?
  • 00:08:56.618 --> 00:08:57.085
  • saying to me?Why am I so troubled?
  • 00:08:57.852 --> 00:08:58.320
  • Why am I so troubled?What's going on that I don't
  • 00:08:58.720 --> 00:09:00.789
  • What's going on that I don'tknow about?"
  • 00:09:00.789 --> 00:09:01.256
  • know about?"The fourth night I came back,
  • 00:09:03.758 --> 00:09:05.026
  • The fourth night I came back,knelt down by the bed and began
  • 00:09:06.094 --> 00:09:07.028
  • knelt down by the bed and beganto pray.
  • 00:09:08.863 --> 00:09:10.065
  • to pray.And I said, "Lord, what are You
  • 00:09:10.465 --> 00:09:12.267
  • And I said, "Lord, what are Yousaying to me?"
  • 00:09:12.267 --> 00:09:12.801
  • saying to me?"It's like God said to me, "I'm
  • 00:09:13.301 --> 00:09:13.802
  • It's like God said to me, "I'mgoing to move you."
  • 00:09:15.470 --> 00:09:15.870
  • going to move you."I thought, "Well, I've only been
  • 00:09:16.504 --> 00:09:17.238
  • I thought, "Well, I've only beenin Bartow eleven months."
  • 00:09:19.274 --> 00:09:20.542
  • in Bartow eleven months."That--eleven months.
  • 00:09:21.977 --> 00:09:22.143
  • That--eleven months.And then I asked the question,
  • 00:09:23.612 --> 00:09:25.113
  • And then I asked the question,"When?"
  • 00:09:25.113 --> 00:09:25.513
  • "When?"I can see this as good as I can
  • 00:09:26.915 --> 00:09:27.282
  • I can see this as good as I cansee you.
  • 00:09:28.383 --> 00:09:28.883
  • see you.This big screen in front of me,
  • 00:09:31.653 --> 00:09:32.554
  • This big screen in front of me,lower left-hand corner to the
  • 00:09:33.421 --> 00:09:34.289
  • lower left-hand corner to thetop right corner in big, bold
  • 00:09:35.523 --> 00:09:36.224
  • top right corner in big, boldblack letters, "September."
  • 00:09:38.793 --> 00:09:39.294
  • black letters, "September."This was April.
  • 00:09:40.428 --> 00:09:41.663
  • This was April.I thought, "Well, what's that
  • 00:09:41.663 --> 00:09:42.297
  • I thought, "Well, what's thatall about?
  • 00:09:42.397 --> 00:09:43.498
  • all about?I've only been here, Lord, You
  • 00:09:44.699 --> 00:09:45.433
  • I've only been here, Lord, Youwouldn't bring me all the way
  • 00:09:45.967 --> 00:09:47.068
  • wouldn't bring me all the wayfrom Miami to Bartow and tell me
  • 00:09:48.670 --> 00:09:49.671
  • from Miami to Bartow and tell meto leave in September."
  • 00:09:51.039 --> 00:09:52.340
  • to leave in September."So, I just tried to pray my way
  • 00:09:53.908 --> 00:09:54.509
  • So, I just tried to pray my waythrough that.
  • 00:09:55.243 --> 00:09:55.977
  • through that.Next night I came home; came
  • 00:09:57.012 --> 00:09:57.579
  • Next night I came home; cameback to the hotel.
  • 00:09:58.580 --> 00:10:00.949
  • back to the hotel.Got down to pray, and it was
  • 00:10:00.949 --> 00:10:01.783
  • Got down to pray, and it waslike God was a thousand miles
  • 00:10:02.517 --> 00:10:03.251
  • like God was a thousand milesaway.
  • 00:10:03.852 --> 00:10:05.053
  • away.I couldn't pray.
  • 00:10:05.186 --> 00:10:06.154
  • I couldn't pray.I tried to pray and there's
  • 00:10:06.154 --> 00:10:06.154
  • I tried to pray and there'snothing.
  • 00:10:07.288 --> 00:10:07.789
  • nothing.Where was God?
  • 00:10:09.357 --> 00:10:09.991
  • Where was God?Monday morning at nine o'clock,
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  • Monday morning at nine o'clock,Felix Snipes, who was a member
  • 00:10:15.697 --> 00:10:15.897
  • Felix Snipes, who was a memberof First Baptist, this church.
  • 00:10:17.265 --> 00:10:19.200
  • of First Baptist, this church.He passed away few, two or three
  • 00:10:19.200 --> 00:10:19.200
  • He passed away few, two or threeyears ago.
  • 00:10:20.902 --> 00:10:21.536
  • years ago.He was on the phone, he said,
  • 00:10:22.704 --> 00:10:23.004
  • He was on the phone, he said,"Charles, this is Felix."
  • 00:10:23.872 --> 00:10:24.739
  • "Charles, this is Felix."And we talked because I'd been
  • 00:10:25.173 --> 00:10:25.974
  • And we talked because I'd beenin revivals with him when he led
  • 00:10:27.409 --> 00:10:27.509
  • in revivals with him when he ledthe music and so forth, he was
  • 00:10:28.810 --> 00:10:29.310
  • the music and so forth, he wasgreat at that.
  • 00:10:30.612 --> 00:10:31.279
  • great at that.And in the course of our
  • 00:10:31.413 --> 00:10:32.447
  • And in the course of ourconversation, he said, "I want
  • 00:10:32.647 --> 00:10:33.815
  • conversation, he said, "I wantto talk to you about something
  • 00:10:33.815 --> 00:10:33.815
  • to talk to you about somethingyou never thought about."
  • 00:10:35.150 --> 00:10:35.650
  • you never thought about."I said, "Well, what's that,
  • 00:10:35.950 --> 00:10:36.785
  • I said, "Well, what's that,Felix?"
  • 00:10:36.885 --> 00:10:37.786
  • Felix?"He said, "We need an associate
  • 00:10:40.255 --> 00:10:40.455
  • He said, "We need an associatepastor at First Baptist
  • 00:10:42.023 --> 00:10:42.123
  • pastor at First BaptistAtlanta."
  • 00:10:42.691 --> 00:10:43.191
  • Atlanta."I said, "Forget it.
  • 00:10:44.726 --> 00:10:45.226
  • I said, "Forget it.I have no interest in going to
  • 00:10:46.027 --> 00:10:46.628
  • I have no interest in going toAtlanta, and especially do I not
  • 00:10:48.763 --> 00:10:48.997
  • Atlanta, and especially do I nothave any interest in going to
  • 00:10:50.265 --> 00:10:51.132
  • have any interest in going tothe First Baptist Church."
  • 00:10:53.034 --> 00:10:53.401
  • the First Baptist Church.""Well, would you pray about it?"
  • 00:10:54.069 --> 00:10:54.135
  • "Well, would you pray about it?"And I said, "Yes, I'll pray
  • 00:10:55.036 --> 00:10:55.570
  • And I said, "Yes, I'll prayabout it."
  • 00:10:56.438 --> 00:10:57.005
  • about it."So, finally, we hung up the
  • 00:10:57.472 --> 00:10:58.039
  • So, finally, we hung up thephone.
  • 00:10:58.239 --> 00:10:58.773
  • phone.When I hung up the phone,
  • 00:10:59.140 --> 00:10:59.607
  • When I hung up the phone,I broke out crying.
  • 00:11:00.675 --> 00:11:01.176
  • I broke out crying.And to make a long story short,
  • 00:11:02.610 --> 00:11:03.511
  • And to make a long story short,September the 30th, I moved
  • 00:11:04.713 --> 00:11:05.747
  • Now, does God speak to everybody
  • 00:11:15.023 --> 00:11:15.824
  • Now, does God speak to everybodythe same way?
  • 00:11:15.857 --> 00:11:17.058
  • the same way?No, He doesn't.
  • 00:11:17.125 --> 00:11:18.126
  • No, He doesn't.And I, certainly, I understand
  • 00:11:18.460 --> 00:11:20.795
  • And I, certainly, I understandthat and no question in my mind
  • 00:11:20.795 --> 00:11:20.862
  • that and no question in my mindabout that.
  • 00:11:23.932 --> 00:11:24.599
  • about that.And then, for example, probably
  • 00:11:28.503 --> 00:11:29.337
  • And then, for example, probablyone of the biggest challenges in
  • 00:11:29.604 --> 00:11:30.739
  • one of the biggest challenges inmy life.
  • 00:11:31.206 --> 00:11:32.507
  • my life.I had come to Atlanta to be the
  • 00:11:33.908 --> 00:11:34.609
  • I had come to Atlanta to be theassociate pastor.
  • 00:11:35.610 --> 00:11:36.611
  • associate pastor.And I began to preach the only
  • 00:11:37.946 --> 00:11:38.613
  • And I began to preach the onlyway I knew to preach, and God
  • 00:11:40.548 --> 00:11:41.116
  • way I knew to preach, and Godbegan to bless, and He blessed
  • 00:11:42.250 --> 00:11:42.884
  • began to bless, and He blessedand He blessed.
  • 00:11:43.785 --> 00:11:44.886
  • and He blessed.My only responsibility was to
  • 00:11:45.353 --> 00:11:45.987
  • My only responsibility was topreach on Sunday night, that was
  • 00:11:47.455 --> 00:11:47.489
  • preach on Sunday night, that wasmy responsibility.
  • 00:11:49.090 --> 00:11:49.557
  • my responsibility.Well, the pastor was gone most
  • 00:11:50.692 --> 00:11:51.259
  • Well, the pastor was gone mostof the time on Sunday morning.
  • 00:11:52.827 --> 00:11:54.229
  • of the time on Sunday morning.So, I ended up preaching Sunday
  • 00:11:54.229 --> 00:11:54.562
  • So, I ended up preaching Sundaymorning and Sunday night.
  • 00:11:56.998 --> 00:11:57.599
  • morning and Sunday night.So, these seven men ran
  • 00:11:58.433 --> 00:11:59.601
  • So, these seven men raneverything, and they had
  • 00:11:59.634 --> 00:12:01.770
  • everything, and they hada meeting and I was sitting
  • 00:12:01.770 --> 00:12:02.203
  • a meeting and I was sittingwith them and had no say.
  • 00:12:03.638 --> 00:12:04.339
  • with them and had no say.In one of those meetings, this
  • 00:12:05.140 --> 00:12:05.807
  • In one of those meetings, thisis what they said.
  • 00:12:06.775 --> 00:12:07.275
  • is what they said.They were trying to figure out
  • 00:12:07.909 --> 00:12:08.777
  • They were trying to figure outsomething and couldn't decide
  • 00:12:09.310 --> 00:12:10.145
  • something and couldn't decidewhat to do.
  • 00:12:11.045 --> 00:12:11.679
  • what to do.Finally, I said, "Well, why
  • 00:12:12.814 --> 00:12:13.581
  • Finally, I said, "Well, whydon't we pray about it?"
  • 00:12:14.849 --> 00:12:15.216
  • don't we pray about it?"I can still see this man.
  • 00:12:16.184 --> 00:12:16.351
  • I can still see this man.He was an attorney.
  • 00:12:17.185 --> 00:12:18.153
  • He was an attorney.He was sitting to my right.
  • 00:12:19.220 --> 00:12:19.854
  • He was sitting to my right.He said, "This is business,
  • 00:12:21.756 --> 00:12:21.990
  • He said, "This is business,leave God out of this."
  • 00:12:24.793 --> 00:12:25.627
  • leave God out of this."When he said that, the hammer
  • 00:12:26.661 --> 00:12:27.328
  • When he said that, the hammercame down for me.
  • 00:12:28.997 --> 00:12:29.631
  • came down for me.I didn't say a word.
  • 00:12:30.465 --> 00:12:31.366
  • I didn't say a word.I just started praying, "Well,
  • 00:12:31.633 --> 00:12:34.035
  • I just started praying, "Well,Lord, I know why You sent me."
  • 00:12:35.703 --> 00:12:36.304
  • Lord, I know why You sent me."For the next year, people began
  • 00:12:39.607 --> 00:12:39.974
  • For the next year, people beganto join the church and the
  • 00:12:40.809 --> 00:12:41.743
  • to join the church and thechurch began to grow and then
  • 00:12:43.344 --> 00:12:43.845
  • church began to grow and thenafter a little while the war
  • 00:12:44.746 --> 00:12:45.947
  • after a little while the warstarted.
  • 00:12:45.947 --> 00:12:46.447
  • started.They decided they had to get rid
  • 00:12:47.115 --> 00:12:47.949
  • They decided they had to get ridof me because I did not adhere
  • 00:12:50.785 --> 00:12:52.320
  • of me because I did not adhereto what these seven men who ran
  • 00:12:52.320 --> 00:12:52.353
  • to what these seven men who raneverything did.
  • 00:12:53.822 --> 00:12:54.055
  • everything did.They controlled everything.
  • 00:12:55.390 --> 00:12:56.090
  • They controlled everything.Then we were going to have
  • 00:12:56.558 --> 00:12:57.826
  • Then we were going to havea business meeting to vote
  • 00:12:59.394 --> 00:12:59.861
  • a business meeting to voteto fire me.
  • 00:13:00.995 --> 00:13:02.096
  • to fire me.And that Sunday morning was
  • 00:13:02.864 --> 00:13:03.498
  • And that Sunday morning wasprobably one of those bushes
  • 00:13:04.899 --> 00:13:05.667
  • probably one of those bushesthat I'm talking about, because
  • 00:13:06.901 --> 00:13:08.036
  • that I'm talking about, becausethey were going to vote on
  • 00:13:08.036 --> 00:13:08.169
  • they were going to vote onWednesday, and so, I had to
  • 00:13:11.573 --> 00:13:11.773
  • Wednesday, and so, I had topreach on that Sunday morning.
  • 00:13:13.474 --> 00:13:14.008
  • preach on that Sunday morning.That Sunday morning, I had no
  • 00:13:14.442 --> 00:13:15.043
  • That Sunday morning, I had nosermon.
  • 00:13:16.978 --> 00:13:17.912
  • sermon.And it's probably the most
  • 00:13:18.713 --> 00:13:19.647
  • And it's probably the mosttrying moment in my life.
  • 00:13:21.049 --> 00:13:21.516
  • trying moment in my life.Here sat a whole bunch of people
  • 00:13:22.317 --> 00:13:23.051
  • Here sat a whole bunch of peoplewho were getting ready to vote
  • 00:13:23.218 --> 00:13:24.752
  • who were getting ready to voteagainst me on Wednesday and I
  • 00:13:26.855 --> 00:13:27.989
  • against me on Wednesday and Ihad to preach on Sunday morning,
  • 00:13:29.424 --> 00:13:30.325
  • had to preach on Sunday morning,but I didn't have a message.
  • 00:13:33.294 --> 00:13:33.862
  • but I didn't have a message.And I'm sitting there thinking,
  • 00:13:35.129 --> 00:13:36.064
  • And I'm sitting there thinking,"The choir's getting ready to
  • 00:13:36.064 --> 00:13:36.397
  • "The choir's getting ready tosing and I don't have a sermon."
  • 00:13:38.499 --> 00:13:39.200
  • sing and I don't have a sermon."And here sitting all my enemies,
  • 00:13:40.602 --> 00:13:41.302
  • And here sitting all my enemies,and I don't have a sermon, so
  • 00:13:42.036 --> 00:13:42.637
  • and I don't have a sermon, sothey're going to say, "See,
  • 00:13:43.872 --> 00:13:44.873
  • they're going to say, "See,he can't preach."
  • 00:13:45.640 --> 00:13:47.175
  • he can't preach."And so, the choir sang.
  • 00:13:50.044 --> 00:13:50.945
  • And so, the choir sang.They sat down.
  • 00:13:51.646 --> 00:13:53.081
  • They sat down.I opened up, walked up and
  • 00:13:53.514 --> 00:13:55.183
  • I opened up, walked up andopened up the Bible and it
  • 00:13:55.183 --> 00:13:56.017
  • opened up the Bible and itflipped open to this verse,
  • 00:13:57.252 --> 00:13:57.785
  • flipped open to this verse,"Trust in the Lord with all your
  • 00:13:58.486 --> 00:13:59.387
  • "Trust in the Lord with all yourheart, lean not to your own
  • 00:14:00.521 --> 00:14:01.155
  • heart, lean not to your ownunderstanding; in all your ways
  • 00:14:02.457 --> 00:14:02.857
  • understanding; in all your waysacknowledge Him and He'll make
  • 00:14:03.791 --> 00:14:04.158
  • acknowledge Him and He'll makeyour path straight."
  • 00:14:04.926 --> 00:14:05.727
  • your path straight."And then I just exploded with
  • 00:14:07.462 --> 00:14:08.363
  • And then I just exploded withthe Word of God for about
  • 00:14:08.496 --> 00:14:10.064
  • the Word of God for aboutthirty-five minutes.
  • 00:14:10.064 --> 00:14:10.865
  • thirty-five minutes.People started getting up,
  • 00:14:11.666 --> 00:14:12.667
  • People started getting up,coming down the aisle, want to
  • 00:14:12.800 --> 00:14:13.801
  • coming down the aisle, want tojoin the church.
  • 00:14:13.935 --> 00:14:14.736
  • join the church.People getting up, leaving
  • 00:14:14.969 --> 00:14:16.137
  • People getting up, leavingbecause they didn't like what
  • 00:14:16.170 --> 00:14:17.205
  • because they didn't like whatI said.
  • 00:14:17.205 --> 00:14:17.639
  • I said.And there was just all of this
  • 00:14:18.273 --> 00:14:20.575
  • And there was just all of thisgoing on and on and on.
  • 00:14:20.575 --> 00:14:21.142
  • going on and on and on.Well, they were very upset.
  • 00:14:22.477 --> 00:14:23.111
  • Well, they were very upset.And so, they had the meeting.
  • 00:14:24.879 --> 00:14:25.780
  • And so, they had the meeting.And so, I slipped in the side,
  • 00:14:26.948 --> 00:14:27.815
  • And so, I slipped in the side,oh, under the balcony in the
  • 00:14:28.082 --> 00:14:28.683
  • oh, under the balcony in thedark, where nobody knew I was
  • 00:14:29.984 --> 00:14:30.218
  • dark, where nobody knew I wasthere.
  • 00:14:30.952 --> 00:14:32.220
  • there.And so, I sat over there and
  • 00:14:32.287 --> 00:14:33.388
  • And so, I sat over there andlistened to them.
  • 00:14:33.388 --> 00:14:34.389
  • listened to them.Over and over and over they got
  • 00:14:35.056 --> 00:14:37.525
  • Over and over and over they gotup and told why they needed
  • 00:14:37.825 --> 00:14:39.427
  • up and told why they neededto have a new pastor.
  • 00:14:40.194 --> 00:14:41.062
  • to have a new pastor.But here's the interesting
  • 00:14:41.062 --> 00:14:41.129
  • But here's the interestingthing.
  • 00:14:42.563 --> 00:14:43.064
  • thing.Not one person who stood up said
  • 00:14:45.633 --> 00:14:47.669
  • Not one person who stood up saidone negative thing about me.
  • 00:14:48.670 --> 00:14:48.903
  • one negative thing about me.And I'm sitting out there
  • 00:14:49.771 --> 00:14:50.672
  • And I'm sitting out therethinking, "Well, Lord, if I was
  • 00:14:51.306 --> 00:14:52.106
  • thinking, "Well, Lord, if I wastrying to get rid of me, here's
  • 00:14:52.340 --> 00:14:53.207
  • trying to get rid of me, here'swhat I'd say."
  • 00:14:53.942 --> 00:14:54.575
  • what I'd say."Ha, ha, ha!
  • 00:14:55.843 --> 00:14:56.177
  • Ha, ha, ha!Not a one of them, what did God
  • 00:14:57.211 --> 00:14:57.445
  • Not a one of them, what did Godsay?
  • 00:14:57.812 --> 00:14:58.212
  • say?"No weapon formed against you
  • 00:14:58.947 --> 00:14:59.280
  • "No weapon formed against youwill prosper."
  • 00:15:00.915 --> 00:15:01.616
  • will prosper."So, we voted and of course, God
  • 00:15:03.518 --> 00:15:04.185
  • So, we voted and of course, Godgave me the position which I'm
  • 00:15:05.286 --> 00:15:06.087
  • gave me the position which I'mgrateful for, for all these
  • 00:15:06.454 --> 00:15:07.422
  • So, the question: does God
  • 00:15:16.664 --> 00:15:17.699
  • So, the question: does Godspeak?
  • 00:15:17.699 --> 00:15:17.932
  • speak?He speaks in His own ways.
  • 00:15:21.035 --> 00:15:21.703
  • He speaks in His own ways.And He doesn't speak to us all
  • 00:15:22.470 --> 00:15:24.238
  • And He doesn't speak to us allthe same way.
  • 00:15:24.238 --> 00:15:24.272
  • the same way.But listen, He's willing to
  • 00:15:25.873 --> 00:15:26.774
  • But listen, He's willing tospeak to you if you're willing
  • 00:15:27.275 --> 00:15:28.343
  • speak to you if you're willingto listen.
  • 00:15:28.876 --> 00:15:30.511
  • to listen.And if you're willing to be,
  • 00:15:30.511 --> 00:15:30.545
  • And if you're willing to be,listen, He'll give you a little
  • 00:15:32.046 --> 00:15:32.647
  • listen, He'll give you a littlebit and give you the opportunity
  • 00:15:34.415 --> 00:15:34.749
  • bit and give you the opportunityto obey Him.
  • 00:15:35.917 --> 00:15:36.317
  • to obey Him.Or He'll give you the full story
  • 00:15:37.885 --> 00:15:38.519
  • Or He'll give you the full storyif you're willing to obey Him.
  • 00:15:39.787 --> 00:15:40.555
  • if you're willing to obey Him.And have I always been willing
  • 00:15:41.122 --> 00:15:41.823
  • And have I always been willingto obey Him?
  • 00:15:41.923 --> 00:15:43.057
  • to obey Him?Not at first.
  • 00:15:44.025 --> 00:15:44.692
  • Not at first.Then I would mention one other
  • 00:15:46.227 --> 00:15:46.995
  • Then I would mention one otherSunday.
  • 00:15:46.995 --> 00:15:47.295
  • Sunday.God knows how to get my
  • 00:15:47.795 --> 00:15:48.529
  • God knows how to get myattention.
  • 00:15:48.963 --> 00:15:49.497
  • attention.One other Sunday, no sermon.
  • 00:15:51.432 --> 00:15:52.066
  • One other Sunday, no sermon.Monday, worked Tuesday,
  • 00:15:53.768 --> 00:15:54.535
  • Monday, worked Tuesday,Wednesday, by Thursday I sort of
  • 00:15:55.303 --> 00:15:56.304
  • Wednesday, by Thursday I sort ofknow where I'm going and I'm
  • 00:15:56.437 --> 00:15:57.338
  • know where I'm going and I'mpretty well into it.
  • 00:15:58.272 --> 00:15:58.673
  • pretty well into it.And I thought, and I'm the
  • 00:16:00.074 --> 00:16:00.675
  • And I thought, and I'm thepastor now.
  • 00:16:01.609 --> 00:16:03.611
  • pastor now.And no sermon.
  • 00:16:06.147 --> 00:16:07.348
  • And no sermon.So, Saturday morning, no sermon.
  • 00:16:09.617 --> 00:16:09.717
  • So, Saturday morning, no sermon.At noon, no sermon.
  • 00:16:10.918 --> 00:16:11.519
  • At noon, no sermon.Two o'clock, no sermon.
  • 00:16:12.420 --> 00:16:13.254
  • Two o'clock, no sermon.Now, I'm praying and asking, I'm
  • 00:16:13.821 --> 00:16:14.655
  • Now, I'm praying and asking, I'mnot doing something else.
  • 00:16:14.956 --> 00:16:16.124
  • not doing something else.I'm in the study praying and
  • 00:16:16.591 --> 00:16:17.291
  • I'm in the study praying andasking God to show me what this
  • 00:16:18.226 --> 00:16:18.726
  • asking God to show me what thisis all about.
  • 00:16:19.460 --> 00:16:19.761
  • is all about.Six o'clock in the evening,
  • 00:16:20.695 --> 00:16:20.795
  • Six o'clock in the evening,no message.
  • 00:16:23.498 --> 00:16:23.898
  • no message.And so, I said, "God, what in
  • 00:16:26.667 --> 00:16:27.368
  • And so, I said, "God, what inthe world are You doing?
  • 00:16:28.336 --> 00:16:28.703
  • the world are You doing?Tomorrow, I don't have anything.
  • 00:16:29.937 --> 00:16:30.538
  • Tomorrow, I don't have anything.You've shut my mouth."
  • 00:16:32.306 --> 00:16:32.673
  • You've shut my mouth."I fell on the floor and I
  • 00:16:33.408 --> 00:16:34.542
  • I fell on the floor and Istretched out and I thought,
  • 00:16:34.542 --> 00:16:35.143
  • stretched out and I thought,"God, whatever it is, please
  • 00:16:35.810 --> 00:16:36.677
  • "God, whatever it is, pleasetell me."
  • 00:16:36.978 --> 00:16:37.745
  • tell me."Here's what He said to me.
  • 00:16:39.380 --> 00:16:40.748
  • Here's what He said to me.And we were just beginning at
  • 00:16:40.748 --> 00:16:40.882
  • And we were just beginning atthat time.
  • 00:16:42.483 --> 00:16:43.484
  • that time."You must never ask for one
  • 00:16:44.552 --> 00:16:46.120
  • "You must never ask for onepenny on television or radio.
  • 00:16:47.388 --> 00:16:48.189
  • penny on television or radio.You must trust Me to decide how
  • 00:16:49.457 --> 00:16:49.857
  • You must trust Me to decide howfar and wide this ministry goes.
  • 00:16:51.459 --> 00:16:52.260
  • far and wide this ministry goes.You're never to ask for money."
  • 00:16:54.128 --> 00:16:54.962
  • You're never to ask for money."I said, "Okay, God, You have my
  • 00:16:56.564 --> 00:16:56.998
  • I said, "Okay, God, You have mycommitment.
  • 00:16:57.331 --> 00:16:57.999
  • commitment.I never will."
  • 00:16:58.800 --> 00:16:59.167
  • I never will."I never have.
  • 00:17:00.334 --> 00:17:00.768
  • I never have.We're all over the world,
  • 00:17:03.037 --> 00:17:03.237
  • Then I'll give you one other
  • 00:17:11.879 --> 00:17:14.148
  • Then I'll give you one otherillustration.
  • 00:17:14.148 --> 00:17:16.684
  • illustration.I was--the Southern Baptist
  • 00:17:17.251 --> 00:17:18.686
  • I was--the Southern BaptistConvention was in great turmoil.
  • 00:17:19.520 --> 00:17:20.021
  • Convention was in great turmoil.And so, they wanted to put me up
  • 00:17:21.522 --> 00:17:21.689
  • And so, they wanted to put me upas president, I said no.
  • 00:17:23.624 --> 00:17:24.992
  • as president, I said no.Absolutely not.
  • 00:17:24.992 --> 00:17:25.393
  • Absolutely not.Had no interest in it.
  • 00:17:26.327 --> 00:17:26.961
  • Had no interest in it.To begin with, don't know how,
  • 00:17:28.029 --> 00:17:28.863
  • To begin with, don't know how,don't even know how to be
  • 00:17:28.963 --> 00:17:29.964
  • don't even know how to bea president at convention.
  • 00:17:30.965 --> 00:17:31.566
  • a president at convention.So, a group of us met, and we
  • 00:17:33.601 --> 00:17:34.235
  • So, a group of us met, and weprayed and prayed and prayed,
  • 00:17:35.369 --> 00:17:36.504
  • prayed and prayed and prayed,and there was a little lady
  • 00:17:38.573 --> 00:17:39.874
  • and there was a little ladythere who was a missionary.
  • 00:17:40.475 --> 00:17:41.576
  • there who was a missionary.She was eighty-three years of
  • 00:17:41.576 --> 00:17:42.043
  • She was eighty-three years ofage, so we met together and she
  • 00:17:43.744 --> 00:17:44.312
  • age, so we met together and sheand the rest of us were pastors,
  • 00:17:45.313 --> 00:17:45.813
  • and the rest of us were pastors,there were about seven or eight
  • 00:17:46.147 --> 00:17:47.748
  • there were about seven or eightof us, and she was sitting right
  • 00:17:47.748 --> 00:17:47.882
  • of us, and she was sitting rightbeside me.
  • 00:17:49.283 --> 00:17:49.817
  • beside me.And so, we were going to pray,
  • 00:17:50.418 --> 00:17:52.453
  • And so, we were going to pray,and she said, ha-ha-ha, she
  • 00:17:52.887 --> 00:17:54.155
  • and she said, ha-ha-ha, shesaid, "Charles Stanley, get on
  • 00:17:54.155 --> 00:17:54.455
  • said, "Charles Stanley, get onyour knees and repent of your
  • 00:17:55.256 --> 00:17:55.523
  • your knees and repent of yoursins."
  • 00:17:57.125 --> 00:17:57.992
  • sins."Ha-ha-ha!
  • 00:17:58.926 --> 00:17:59.627
  • Ha-ha-ha!I can still remember that.
  • 00:18:01.662 --> 00:18:02.063
  • I can still remember that.It wasn't funny then because
  • 00:18:05.566 --> 00:18:05.900
  • It wasn't funny then becausewe all got down to pray.
  • 00:18:07.869 --> 00:18:10.271
  • we all got down to pray.And we prayed and she prayed
  • 00:18:10.338 --> 00:18:11.005
  • And we prayed and she prayedfor me.
  • 00:18:11.005 --> 00:18:11.372
  • for me.I still remember her calling me
  • 00:18:14.375 --> 00:18:15.977
  • I still remember her calling meCharles Stanley.
  • 00:18:15.977 --> 00:18:16.477
  • Charles Stanley.And so, we all left and went
  • 00:18:18.346 --> 00:18:19.013
  • And so, we all left and wentback to our hotel room.
  • 00:18:20.448 --> 00:18:21.649
  • back to our hotel room.And I was just thinking about
  • 00:18:24.685 --> 00:18:25.653
  • And I was just thinking aboutall and saying, "Thank You,
  • 00:18:25.653 --> 00:18:25.920
  • all and saying, "Thank You,Lord, that's over, praise God.
  • 00:18:27.755 --> 00:18:27.788
  • Lord, that's over, praise God.I don't have to do this no
  • 00:18:28.890 --> 00:18:28.923
  • I don't have to do this nomatter what they think."
  • 00:18:31.592 --> 00:18:31.959
  • matter what they think."The next morning, I got up.
  • 00:18:34.295 --> 00:18:34.795
  • The next morning, I got up.I can still see this in my mind.
  • 00:18:36.797 --> 00:18:37.064
  • I can still see this in my mind.I got dressed, walked toward the
  • 00:18:39.200 --> 00:18:39.667
  • I got dressed, walked toward thedoor, reached for the doorknob,
  • 00:18:41.936 --> 00:18:42.203
  • door, reached for the doorknob,it's like God said, "Do not
  • 00:18:43.004 --> 00:18:43.604
  • it's like God said, "Do nottouch that doorknob until you're
  • 00:18:44.672 --> 00:18:45.072
  • touch that doorknob until you'rewilling to obey Me."
  • 00:18:47.475 --> 00:18:48.176
  • willing to obey Me."I knelt at the end of the bed
  • 00:18:48.543 --> 00:18:49.310
  • I knelt at the end of the bedand began to weep.
  • 00:18:51.445 --> 00:18:51.846
  • and began to weep.I wept a while because number
  • 00:18:52.813 --> 00:18:53.548
  • I wept a while because numberone, I was afraid.
  • 00:18:54.882 --> 00:18:55.249
  • one, I was afraid.I didn't know how to be the
  • 00:18:55.950 --> 00:18:56.751
  • I didn't know how to be thepresident of the convention.
  • 00:18:57.451 --> 00:18:59.687
  • president of the convention.I didn't want to be, and I had
  • 00:18:59.687 --> 00:19:00.021
  • I didn't want to be, and I hadmany, many, many, many people
  • 00:19:01.355 --> 00:19:02.223
  • many, many, many, many peoplewho were absolutely against me.
  • 00:19:03.624 --> 00:19:04.025
  • who were absolutely against me.And so, I had legitimate reasons
  • 00:19:07.695 --> 00:19:07.862
  • And so, I had legitimate reasonsfor saying no.
  • 00:19:09.397 --> 00:19:09.830
  • for saying no.But in God's eyes, He didn't
  • 00:19:12.266 --> 00:19:13.601
  • But in God's eyes, He didn'taccept that.
  • 00:19:13.668 --> 00:19:14.669
  • accept that.I went back to that same group
  • 00:19:15.403 --> 00:19:15.736
  • I went back to that same groupand finally they said,
  • 00:19:16.070 --> 00:19:17.905
  • and finally they said,"Stanley, are you going to be
  • 00:19:17.905 --> 00:19:18.206
  • "Stanley, are you going to beobedient or not?"
  • 00:19:20.174 --> 00:19:20.875
  • obedient or not?"I said, "Yes, I am."
  • 00:19:21.676 --> 00:19:22.410
  • I said, "Yes, I am."And I told them why.
  • 00:19:24.345 --> 00:19:24.545
  • And I told them why.I won the election.
  • 00:19:26.681 --> 00:19:27.615
  • I won the election.And so, I was simply being
  • 00:19:28.683 --> 00:19:29.450
  • And so, I was simply beingobedient to God.
  • 00:19:29.917 --> 00:19:30.551
  • obedient to God.Was I still afraid?
  • 00:19:31.219 --> 00:19:31.586
  • Was I still afraid?Yes, I was.
  • 00:19:32.687 --> 00:19:33.187
  • Yes, I was.I'm simply saying this.
  • 00:19:34.522 --> 00:19:35.289
  • I'm simply saying this.If you listen to God, He will do
  • 00:19:37.458 --> 00:19:39.727
  • If you listen to God, He will dothings that you don't expect.
  • 00:19:40.595 --> 00:19:40.895
  • things that you don't expect.And He'll do things you don't
  • 00:19:41.596 --> 00:19:42.396
  • And He'll do things you don'twant Him to do.
  • 00:19:43.464 --> 00:19:43.831
  • want Him to do.But you have to decide whether
  • 00:19:44.532 --> 00:19:45.032
  • But you have to decide whetheryou're going to be obedient
  • 00:19:45.433 --> 00:19:47.134
  • you're going to be obedientor not.
  • 00:19:47.134 --> 00:19:47.602
  • or not.So, I could give you
  • 00:19:48.135 --> 00:19:49.070
  • So, I could give youillustration after illustration
  • 00:19:49.537 --> 00:19:51.505
  • illustration after illustrationof things, but what I wanted you
  • 00:19:51.505 --> 00:19:51.505
  • of things, but what I wanted youto see, is each time I got
  • 00:19:53.674 --> 00:19:55.209
  • to see, is each time I gotdirection, I'm listening to God.
  • 00:19:58.246 --> 00:19:58.746
  • direction, I'm listening to God.Now, here's what I want you
  • 00:19:59.046 --> 00:20:00.448
  • Now, here's what I want youto understand.
  • 00:20:01.015 --> 00:20:02.416
  • to understand.I want you to understand this:
  • 00:20:02.416 --> 00:20:03.084
  • I want you to understand this:God is just as willing to speak
  • 00:20:03.985 --> 00:20:04.185
  • God is just as willing to speakto you as He is me.
  • 00:20:07.521 --> 00:20:10.324
  • to you as He is me.You, listen, you--God has a plan
  • 00:20:10.791 --> 00:20:11.692
  • You, listen, you--God has a planfor you just He does for me.
  • 00:20:13.828 --> 00:20:14.161
  • for you just He does for me.And sometimes we think, "Well,
  • 00:20:15.396 --> 00:20:16.197
  • And sometimes we think, "Well,God wouldn't speak to me."
  • 00:20:16.664 --> 00:20:18.566
  • God wouldn't speak to me."Yes, He will.
  • 00:20:18.566 --> 00:20:18.933
  • Yes, He will.He will if you'll listen to Him.
  • 00:20:20.301 --> 00:20:20.768
  • He will if you'll listen to Him.And probably most of the people
  • 00:20:21.802 --> 00:20:22.370
  • And probably most of the peoplein here have something they're
  • 00:20:22.870 --> 00:20:24.005
  • in here have something they'retalking to God about, some
  • 00:20:24.438 --> 00:20:25.706
  • talking to God about, somedecision you're willing to talk
  • 00:20:25.706 --> 00:20:25.773
  • decision you're willing to talkto God about.
  • 00:20:26.674 --> 00:20:26.907
  • to God about.Watch this carefully: You have
  • 00:20:28.643 --> 00:20:30.077
  • Watch this carefully: You havethe Holy Spirit living inside of
  • 00:20:31.012 --> 00:20:31.679
  • the Holy Spirit living inside ofyou who is just as willing to
  • 00:20:33.014 --> 00:20:33.547
  • you who is just as willing tospeak and make clear to you His
  • 00:20:35.249 --> 00:20:35.650
  • A burning bush does not have to
  • 00:20:42.390 --> 00:20:43.024
  • A burning bush does not have tobe something with literal fire.
  • 00:20:46.260 --> 00:20:46.460
  • be something with literal fire.The burning bush is a crucial,
  • 00:20:48.429 --> 00:20:48.496
  • The burning bush is a crucial,critical decision you're trying
  • 00:20:50.464 --> 00:20:50.564
  • critical decision you're tryingto make in your life.
  • 00:20:53.367 --> 00:20:55.102
  • to make in your life.You want to make the right one,
  • 00:20:56.504 --> 00:20:58.105
  • You want to make the right one,and so, you ask God until He
  • 00:20:58.372 --> 00:20:59.674
  • and so, you ask God until Hegives you clear direction.
  • 00:21:00.675 --> 00:21:01.075
  • gives you clear direction.You said, "Well," watch this
  • 00:21:01.742 --> 00:21:02.643
  • You said, "Well," watch thisnow.
  • 00:21:02.643 --> 00:21:03.010
  • now.You say, "Well, I've prayed and
  • 00:21:03.544 --> 00:21:04.779
  • You say, "Well, I've prayed andprayed, and prayed."
  • 00:21:04.779 --> 00:21:05.046
  • prayed, and prayed."Here's what I've discovered.
  • 00:21:06.247 --> 00:21:07.381
  • Here's what I've discovered.If I pray and pray and pray
  • 00:21:07.615 --> 00:21:10.017
  • If I pray and pray and prayabout something either I'm not
  • 00:21:10.017 --> 00:21:10.151
  • about something either I'm notlistening.
  • 00:21:11.352 --> 00:21:13.220
  • listening.Secondly, either I'm hearing
  • 00:21:13.220 --> 00:21:13.421
  • Secondly, either I'm hearingsomething I do not want to hear,
  • 00:21:16.757 --> 00:21:17.858
  • something I do not want to hear,and so, I don't want to hear
  • 00:21:17.858 --> 00:21:17.958
  • and so, I don't want to hearwhat He says do.
  • 00:21:20.961 --> 00:21:21.529
  • what He says do.And when I think about the fact
  • 00:21:22.096 --> 00:21:23.130
  • And when I think about the factthat the God who created this
  • 00:21:23.931 --> 00:21:26.267
  • that the God who created thisuniverse is willing to make
  • 00:21:27.768 --> 00:21:30.271
  • universe is willing to makeHimself known to you and to me
  • 00:21:30.871 --> 00:21:31.872
  • Himself known to you and to meas individuals no matter where
  • 00:21:32.440 --> 00:21:33.774
  • as individuals no matter wherewe come from.
  • 00:21:33.774 --> 00:21:34.175
  • we come from.He's willing to make clear to us
  • 00:21:36.110 --> 00:21:36.477
  • He's willing to make clear to usthe next decision we need
  • 00:21:38.079 --> 00:21:38.179
  • the next decision we needto make.
  • 00:21:40.247 --> 00:21:40.815
  • to make.So, the reason I call it a
  • 00:21:41.816 --> 00:21:42.717
  • So, the reason I call it aburning bush is because it was a
  • 00:21:43.217 --> 00:21:45.052
  • burning bush is because it was alife-changer for Moses, and most
  • 00:21:45.619 --> 00:21:46.887
  • life-changer for Moses, and mostof these were life-changers
  • 00:21:46.887 --> 00:21:47.088
  • of these were life-changersfor me.
  • 00:21:49.323 --> 00:21:49.490
  • for me.And there may be life changes
  • 00:21:50.858 --> 00:21:51.125
  • And there may be life changesfor you, if you will ask Him,
  • 00:21:53.427 --> 00:21:54.195
  • for you, if you will ask Him,watch this carefully, if you ask
  • 00:21:54.729 --> 00:21:55.363
  • watch this carefully, if you askHim, and don't just back off and
  • 00:21:58.165 --> 00:21:59.500
  • Him, and don't just back off andlet Him do the speaking.
  • 00:22:00.368 --> 00:22:00.868
  • let Him do the speaking.You may not hear anything for a
  • 00:22:02.269 --> 00:22:02.570
  • You may not hear anything for afew days or a few weeks, but as
  • 00:22:05.272 --> 00:22:05.373
  • few days or a few weeks, but aslong as you're praying, you're
  • 00:22:06.607 --> 00:22:07.241
  • long as you're praying, you'relinked up with, listen, you're
  • 00:22:08.376 --> 00:22:10.044
  • linked up with, listen, you'relinked up with omniscience.
  • 00:22:10.511 --> 00:22:12.346
  • linked up with omniscience.The God who knows everything and
  • 00:22:12.346 --> 00:22:12.580
  • The God who knows everything andwho knows the best.
  • 00:22:13.781 --> 00:22:14.415
  • who knows the best.And every single one of us would
  • 00:22:15.015 --> 00:22:15.783
  • And every single one of us wouldhave to admit if we were honest,
  • 00:22:16.851 --> 00:22:17.618
  • have to admit if we were honest,God always chooses the best,
  • 00:22:19.353 --> 00:22:20.855
  • God always chooses the best,amen?
  • 00:22:20.855 --> 00:22:21.122
  • amen?That's pretty weak.
  • 00:22:22.656 --> 00:22:23.224
  • That's pretty weak.God always chooses
  • 00:22:24.091 --> 00:22:24.825
  • God always choosesthe best, amen?
  • 00:22:25.226 --> 00:22:26.727
  • the best, amen?- congregation: Amen!
  • 00:22:26.727 --> 00:22:26.927
  • - congregation: Amen!- Dr. Stanley: Now, remember
  • 00:22:27.395 --> 00:22:29.397
  • - Dr. Stanley: Now, rememberthis, when He's talking,
  • 00:22:29.397 --> 00:22:29.430
  • this, when He's talking,He sees the beginning
  • 00:22:30.498 --> 00:22:31.298
  • He sees the beginningto the end.
  • 00:22:31.799 --> 00:22:32.666
  • to the end.When we're praying, we just see
  • 00:22:33.267 --> 00:22:34.402
  • When we're praying, we just seeright here.
  • 00:22:34.402 --> 00:22:34.568
  • right here.But remember this: The reason we
  • 00:22:36.003 --> 00:22:36.370
  • But remember this: The reason wecan trust Him is because we know
  • 00:22:38.072 --> 00:22:38.272
  • can trust Him is because we knowthat Who's doing the talking
  • 00:22:40.141 --> 00:22:40.474
  • that Who's doing the talkingsees the end result already.
  • 00:22:42.643 --> 00:22:43.277
  • sees the end result already.He would never tell you to do
  • 00:22:43.978 --> 00:22:44.812
  • He would never tell you to dosomething that is not best
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  • something that is not bestfor you.
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  • for you.That's the way God operates.
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  • That's the way God operates.And when I think about how
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  • And when I think about howblessed we are, now we have
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  • blessed we are, now we haveJesus, now we have the
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  • Jesus, now we have theHoly Spirit.
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  • Holy Spirit.I don't know what you're facing
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  • I don't know what you're facingin life, but this I know, you
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  • in life, but this I know, youhave a God who loves you, has
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  • have a God who loves you, hasa plan for your life.
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  • a plan for your life.You're not, listen, you're not
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  • You're not, listen, you're notone of a bunch, you're not one
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  • one of a bunch, you're not oneof a group, you're not a nobody,
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  • of a group, you're not a nobody,you're somebody.
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  • you're somebody.You're somebody for whom God
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  • You're somebody for whom Godhas a plan.
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  • has a plan.A God who is willing to show you
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  • A God who is willing to show youthe plan, willing to guide you
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  • the plan, willing to guide youstep-by-step.
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  • step-by-step.He's not going to give you the
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  • He's not going to give you thefull story.
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  • full story.He's going to lead you
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  • He's going to lead youstep-by-step because watch this,
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  • step-by-step because watch this,that's the way He operates.
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  • that's the way He operates.We obey Him today, we obey Him
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  • We obey Him today, we obey Himtoday and today, and today, and
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  • today and today, and today, andtoday, and today, and you know
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  • today, and today, and you knowwhat?
  • 00:23:34.595 --> 00:23:34.929
  • what?Little by little, He'll get us
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  • Little by little, He'll get usto exactly where He wants us.
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  • to exactly where He wants us.Sometimes quickly, sometimes not
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  • Sometimes quickly, sometimes notso quickly.
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  • so quickly.Listen, if you will do
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  • Listen, if you will dowhat you've heard this
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  • what you've heard thismorning, maybe in a few weeks,
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  • morning, maybe in a few weeks,a few months, it may be a year
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  • a few months, it may be a yearor so, whatever it might be.
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  • or so, whatever it might be.You've got some question.
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  • You've got some question.You're going to see how God's
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  • You're going to see how God'sgoing to work in your life.
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  • going to work in your life.He doesn't work in everybody's
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  • He doesn't work in everybody'slife the same, but He'll work
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  • life the same, but He'll workin your life.
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  • in your life.He's God, you're one of His
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  • He's God, you're one of Hischildren, He created you, He has
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  • children, He created you, He hasa plan for your life, He wants
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  • a plan for your life, He wantsto direct your life because when
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  • to direct your life because whenHe directs your life and you
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  • He directs your life and youobey Him, you'll bring Him glory
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  • obey Him, you'll bring Him gloryand honor.
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  • and honor.You become a testimony to people
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  • You become a testimony to peoplewho need to know that God is
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  • who need to know that God isa personal God and willing to
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  • a personal God and willing toanswer the petition of their
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  • answer the petition of theirheart.
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  • heart.You say, "Well, I'm not even
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  • You say, "Well, I'm not evena Christian."
  • 00:24:19.306 --> 00:24:19.940
  • a Christian."I can tell you the next thing He
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  • I can tell you the next thing Hewants you to do.
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  • wants you to do.He wants you to confess your
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  • He wants you to confess yoursins to Him, ask Him to forgive
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  • sins to Him, ask Him to forgiveyou of your sin.
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  • you of your sin.Surrender your life to Him and
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  • Surrender your life to Him andwatch Him work.
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  • watch Him work.Wait for Him to speak to your
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  • Wait for Him to speak to yourheart, which He will certainly
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  • heart, which He will certainlydo.
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  • do.Because the moment you receive
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  • Because the moment you receiveChrist as your Savior, the
  • 00:24:37.424 --> 00:24:38.459
  • Christ as your Savior, theHoly Spirit comes into your life
  • 00:24:39.293 --> 00:24:40.528
  • Holy Spirit comes into your lifeto dwell, and to live, and to
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  • to dwell, and to live, and togive guidance and direction for
  • 00:24:42.496 --> 00:24:42.696
  • give guidance and direction foryour life.
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  • your life.You'll never be the same again.
  • 00:24:45.165 --> 00:24:45.399
  • You'll never be the same again.He's willing, you ought to do
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  • He's willing, you ought to doit.
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  • it.I challenge you, surrender your
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  • I challenge you, surrender yourlife to Him, and watch Him work.
  • 00:24:53.274 --> 00:24:54.842
  • life to Him, and watch Him work.Amen?
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  • Amen?Father, we love You and praise
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  • Father, we love You and praiseYou, and thank You that You're
  • 00:24:57.945 --> 00:24:58.946
  • You, and thank You that You'reso ready to be a blessing
  • 00:24:59.547 --> 00:25:00.648
  • so ready to be a blessingto Your children.
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  • to Your children.Willing to give us instruction
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  • Willing to give us instructionand divine guidance.
  • 00:25:04.718 --> 00:25:04.718
  • and divine guidance.Willing to meet our need.
  • 00:25:06.654 --> 00:25:07.121
  • Willing to meet our need.I pray that any person who hears
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  • I pray that any person who hearsthis message, and every person
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  • this message, and every personwho hears it who is not
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  • who hears it who is nota follower of Jesus will
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  • a follower of Jesus willimmediately, right now, confess
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  • immediately, right now, confesstheir sinfulness, surrender
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  • their sinfulness, surrendertheir life to You, and watch
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  • their life to You, and watchYou work.
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  • You work.Thank You for loving us with
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  • Thank You for loving us witha love we'll never fully
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  • a love we'll never fullyunderstand till we get
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  • understand till we getto heaven.
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  • to heaven.And we pray this in Jesus's
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • - announcer: If you've beenblessed by today's program,
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  • - female: Some people think the
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  • - female: Some people think theBible is so boring.
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  • Bible is so boring.- female: That it's no longer
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  • - female: That it's no longerrelevant.
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  • relevant.- male: That it teaches us we
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  • - male: That it teaches us wecan't have any fun.
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  • can't have any fun.- female: Yeah!
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  • - female: Yeah!- male: But the Bible is a book
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  • - male: But the Bible is a bookfor my life.
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  • for my life.- all: Your life.
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  • - all: Your life.- all: Our lives.
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  • - all: Our lives.- female: It gives me
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  • - female: It gives meperspective.
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  • perspective.- male: It's fulfilling.
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  • - male: It's fulfilling.- female: It's historical.
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  • - female: It's historical.- male: God's Word for us.
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  • - male: God's Word for us.- male: He's not just in here.
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  • - male: He's not just in here.- female: He's in here.
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  • - female: He's in here.- female: So read the book
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  • - female: So read the bookthat's written to you.
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  • that's written to you.- both: To us.
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  • - both: To us.- male: To us.
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  • - male: To us.- male: To us.
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  • - male: To us.- Dr. Stanley: From God.
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  • - Dr. Stanley: From God.- female announcer: The Life
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  • - female announcer: The LifePrinciples Bible from
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  • - all: Wow.
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  • - all: Wow.- male: Wow, wow.
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  • - male: Wow, wow.- male: Surprise.
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  • - male: Surprise.- female: Thank you, guys.
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  • - female: Thank you, guys.- female: The flowers are
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  • - female: The flowers arebeautiful.
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  • beautiful.- female: Yes, looking forward
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  • - female: Yes, looking forwardto it.
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  • to it.- female announcer: Even though
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  • - female announcer: Even thoughlife might take turns you
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.
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  • - male: Hey, Briscoe, let's go.- announcer: God created you
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  • - announcer: God created youwith a plan to fulfill an
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  • You may not realize how
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  • You may not realize howprofoundly God desires to
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  • profoundly God desires towork in you and impact others
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  • Just imagine what your life
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  • Just imagine what your lifemight look like a year from now
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  • might look like a year from nowafter connecting daily with your
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  • after connecting daily with yourheavenly Father.
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  • heavenly Father."God's Purpose for Your Life,"
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  • "God's Purpose for Your Life,"a new year-long devotional
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  • - male announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into
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  • a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored
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  • by In Touch Ministries and
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  • is made possible by the grace
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  • of God and your faithful
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