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December 30, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
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  • OF DALLAS, TEXAS, THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
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  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • THERE HAVE BEEN THOUSANDS OF GREAT BOOKS WRITTEN
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  • OVER THE CENTURIES FROM PLATO AND ARISTOTLE
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  • TO SHAKESPEARE AND TOLSTOY.
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  • THESE TIMELESS WORKS HAVE BEEN THE SUBJECT
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  • OF COUNTLESS HOURS OF STUDY AND DISCUSSION.
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  • NONE, HOWEVER, CAN COMPARE
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  • TO THE GREATEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN, THE BIBLE.
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  • WE OUGHT TO BE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE
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  • TO FULLY EXPERIENCE THE PURPOSE AND THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD.
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  • MY MESSAGE IS TITLED, "THE TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMS"
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • [ANNOUNCER] PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES
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  • IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THEIR OWN LIFETIME.
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  • IN THIS SPIRIT, SOME FRIENDS OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • HAVE BANDED TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE A GIFT OF $920.000
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  • WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING YOU
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  • TO GIVE FROM YOUR RESOURCES AS WELL.
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  • AS YOU DO, EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED
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  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
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  • THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY
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  • TOWARD THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
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  • MUSIC
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  • ONE WAY YOU KNOW YOU'RE GETTING OLDER
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
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  • IS WHEN YOU READ THAT POP STAR MADONNA TURNED 60.
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  • (CONGREGATION APPLAUDS)
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  • DID Y'ALL SEE THAT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO?
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  • SHE TURNED 60.
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  • HOW COULD SHE GET SO OLD SO FAST?
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  • DOESN'T HAPPEN TO ANY OF THE REST OF US, DOES IT?
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  • BUT AS I READ THAT ABOUT MADONNA AND HER 60 YEARS OF LIFE,
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  • I WAS REMINDED OF SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED
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  • A FEW YEARS AGO.
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  • SHE MADE A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION I WILL NEVER FORGET.
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  • SHE SAID THAT SHE HAD A RESOLUTION
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  • FOR HER AND HER YOUNG DAUGHTER AT THE TIME.
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  • THEY WERE GONNA WATCH LESS TV.
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  • THAT'S A GOOD THING.
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  • AND SHE WAS ALSO GOING TO START READING THE BIBLE
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  • TO HER YOUNG DAUGHTER.
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  • ISN'T THAT INTERESTING, MADONNA READING THE BIBLE
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  • TO HER YOUNG DAUGHTER?
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  • BUT SHE WAS VERY QUICK TO EXPLAIN, SHE SAID,
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  • "I WANT MY DAUGHTER TO READ THE BIBLE,
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  • "BUT I WILL EXPLAIN TO HER THAT THESE ARE STORIES
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  • "THAT PEOPLE MADE UP TO TEACH PEOPLE,
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  • "AND THE BIBLE IS NOT THE RULE."
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  • WOULDN'T THAT BE A GREAT SERIES FOR CHILDREN?
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  • THE BIBLE ACCORDING TO MADONNA.
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  • IT COULD REALLY INSPIRE CHILDREN TO READ THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • YOU KNOW, WE READ THAT AND WE KIND OF CRINGE.
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  • THE BIBLE IS A BUNCH OF STORIES MADE UP.
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  • THEY'RE NO BETTER THAN AESOP'S FABLES.
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  • HOW COULD YOU SAY SUCH A THING, MADONNA?
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  • THAT'S HERESY.
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  • AND YET THE FACT IS MANY OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS TREAT
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  • THE BIBLE IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY MADONNA DOES.
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  • WE READ IT, WE ADMIRE IT, WE MAY EVEN TEACH IT TO OTHERS,
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  • BUT WE NEVER ALLOW IT TO PERFORM ITS REAL JOB
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  • OF PENETRATING AND RENOVATING OUR HEARTS.
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  • YOU KNOW, GOD GAVE US HIS WORD, NOT TO JUST READ,
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  • ADMIRE, OR EVEN DEFEND,
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  • HE GAVE US HIS WORD TO CONVICT US AND TO CHANGE US.
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  • AND THAT'S THE TRUTH OF THE PASSAGE
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  • WE'RE GOING TO SEE TODAY.
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  • IF YOU HAVE YOUR BIBLES, I WANT YOU TO TURN
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  • TO HEBREWS 4, HEBREWS 4,
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  • AS WE TALK ABOUT THE REAL PURPOSE
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  • AND THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD.
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  • WE'RE GOING TO JUST LOOK AT TWO VERSES TODAY,
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  • BUT THEY ARE PERHAPS THE TWO MOST FAMILIAR VERSES
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  • IN THE ENTIRE LETTER TO HEBREWS.
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  • IN FACT, I IMAGINE YOU'VE READ,
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  • AND MAYBE EVEN MEMORIZED THESE VERSES BEFORE.
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  • BUT TO UNDERSTAND THESE VERSES,
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  • YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT.
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  • LOOK AT HEBREWS 4:12, "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING
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  • AND ACTIVE AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD,
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  • AND PIERCING AS FAR AS THE DIVISION OF THE SOUL AND SPIRIT,
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  • OF BOTH JOINTS AND MARROW, AND IT'S ABLE TO JUDGE
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  • THE THOUGHTS AND THE INTENTIONS OF THE HEART.
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  • THERE WAS A TIME IN MY CHRISTIAN LIFE
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  • IN WHICH I JUST LOVED TO DEBATE ANYBODY ABOUT ANYTHING.
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  • AND I ESPECIALLY LIKED TO DEBATE BELIEVERS
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  • OR UNBELIEVERS OR PROFESSORS
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  • ABOUT THE TRUSTWORTHINESS OF THE SCRIPTURES.
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  • IN FACT, I WOULD GET SO ANGRY THAT MY EARS WOULD TURN RED,
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  • AND THE VEINS WOULD POP FROM MY NECK,
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  • BUT I WOULD LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT.
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  • BECAUSE AFTER ALL, I MEAN, THAT WAS THE PURPOSE
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  • OF GOD'S WORD, WASN'T IT, TO DEBATE WITH PEOPLE ABOUT?
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  • AND I REMEMBER SOME OF MY FAVORITE VERSES I WOULD USE
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  • LIKE 2 TIMOTHY 3:16.
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  • PAUL SAID, ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD,
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  • INSPIRED, THEOPNEUSTOS.
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  • EVERY WORD OF SCRIPTURE IS GOD-BREATHED.
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  • IT'S WHAT PAUL SAID.
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  • AND NOT JUST SOME OF IT, ALL OF IT IS INSPIRED.
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  • YOU REMEMBER DR. CRISWELL ABOUT WHAT HE USED TO TALK ABOUT?
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  • HE CALLED IT THE LEOPARD THEORY OF BIBLICAL INSPIRATION.
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  • YOU KNOW WHAT THE LEOPARD THEORY OF BIBLICAL INSPIRATION IS?
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  • IT'S THAT THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED IN SPOTS
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  • AND I'M INSPIRED TO SPOT THE SPOTS.
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  • THAT'S THE LEOPARD THEORY OF INSPIRATION.
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  • NO, PAUL SAID NOT JUST SOME SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED,
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  • ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD.
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  • OR 2 PETER 1:21,
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  • KNOW THIS FIRST OF ALL THAT NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE CAME
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  • BY ACT OF THE HUMAN WILL, BUT MEN MOVED, CARRIED ALONG
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  • BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, SPOKE FROM GOD.
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  • SOMEBODY DIDN'T JUST SIT DOWN ONE DAY AND THOUGHT,
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  • "I'LL WRITE SOME SCRIPTURE TODAY."
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  • NO, IT WAS ALL, IT WAS ALL STARTED, INITIATED
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  • BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.
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  • BUT THEN MY FAVORITE VERSE WAS THIS ONE, HEBREWS 4:12,
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  • FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE
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  • AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.
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  • AND I LOVED TO USE GOD'S WORD LIKE A SWORD.
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  • I MEAN, AFTER ALL, ISN'T THAT WHAT YOU USE A SWORD FOR,
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  • TO ATTACK PEOPLE, TO SLICE THEM IN TWO?
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  • ISN'T THAT WHAT GOD'S WORD IS ALL ABOUT?
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  • AND YET, AS WE'RE GONNA SEE TODAY,
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  • THE FACT IS WE DON'T REALLY HAVE TO DEFEND GOD'S WORD.
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  • GOD'S WORD STANDS ON ITS OWN.
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  • IN FACT, TRYING TO DEFEND OR TO DESTROY GOD'S WORD
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  • IS KIND OF LIKE TWO PEOPLE I READ ABOUT
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  • WHO WERE STANDING ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR.
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  • EACH MAN WAS HOLDING A TOOTHPICK.
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  • ONE MAN WAS TRYING TO PUSH THE ROCK OF GIBRALTAR
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  • OVER THE CLIFF, THE OTHER MAN WITH HIS TOOTHPICK
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  • WAS TRYING TO HOLD IT IN PLACE.
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  • BUT GUESS WHAT, IT REALLY DIDN'T MATTER
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  • WHAT EITHER MAN DID WITH HIS TOOTHPICK,
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  • THAT ROCK WAS GOING TO STAY RIGHT WHERE IT IS.
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  • AND SO IT IS WITH GOD'S WORD.
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  • IT'S REALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DEFEND,
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  • AND IT'S CERTAINLY IMPOSSIBLE TO DESTROY.
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  • WELL THEN, WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE WORD OF GOD,
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  • IF IT'S NOT TO ATTACK PEOPLE OR NOT TO DEFEND ITSELF?
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  • WELL, YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO HEBREWS 4:1,
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  • THE CONTEXT OF THIS PASSAGE TO UNDERSTAND
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  • WHAT THE WRITER IS REALLY SAYING.
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  • IN FACT, VERSE 1 AND VERSE 11 OF HEBREWS 4
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  • ARE LIKE BOOKENDS THAT HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THIS PASSAGE,
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  • HEBREWS 4:12 AND 13.
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  • LOOK AT CHAPTER 4:1,
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  • LET US THEREFORE FEAR LEST, WHILE A PROMISE REMAINS
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  • OF ENTERING GOD'S REST, ANY ONE OF YOU MAY SEEM
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  • TO HAVE COME SHORT OF IT.
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  • REMEMBER THIS IS PART OF THOSE WARNING PASSAGES,
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  • WHERE THE WRITER STOPS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT,
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  • THE SUPERIORITY OF JESUS CHRIST,
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  • AND ISSUES A WORD OF WARNING TO HIS LISTENERS.
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  • LISTENERS WHO WERE PRIMARILY JEWISH.
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  • HE'S STOPPING HERE AND SAYING, BY THE WAY,
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  • YOU'VE BEEN LISTENING TO A LOT OF THEOLOGY,
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  • YOU BETTER PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU'RE READING
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  • OR LISTENING TO, SO THAT YOU DON'T MAKE
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  • THE SAME MISTAKE THAT YOUR JEWISH FOREFATHERS MADE
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  • WHEN THEY FELL SHORT OF ENTERING
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  • INTO THE PROMISED LAND BECAUSE OF SIN.
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  • NOW REMEMBER THE WRITER USES THE TERM REST HERE
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  • IN THREE DISTINCT WAYS.
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  • WE TALKED ABOUT THAT LAST TIME.
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  • SOMETIMES THE WORD REST IN THIS PASSAGE IS USED
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  • TO REFER TO OUR FUTURE REST, THAT IS HEAVEN.
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  • HE SAYS IN VERSES EIGHT AND NINE,
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  • FOR IF JOSHUA HAD GIVEN THEM REST,
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  • HE WOULD NOT HAVE SPOKEN OF ANOTHER DAY AFTER THAT.
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  • THERE REMAINS, THEREFORE,
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  • A SABBATH REST FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD.
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  • THERE IS A FUTURE REST, A FUTURE PLACE OF BLESSING
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  • WE WILL ALL ENJOY HERE ARE BELIEVERS,
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  • AND THAT IS IN HEAVEN, A FUTURE REST.
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  • THERE'S ALSO SECONDLY, OUR PAST REST.
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  • VERSE 10, FOR THE ONE WHO HAS ENTERED HIS REST
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  • HAS HIMSELF ALSO RESTED FROM HIS WORKS, AS GOD DID FROM HIS.
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  • THE WAY YOU BECOME A CHRISTIAN IS BY QUIT WORKING
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  • AND START RESTING IN WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE FOR YOU.
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  • YOU DON'T GET SAVED BY WORKING FOR GOD,
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  • IT'S WHEN YOU QUIT YOUR WORKS AND INSTEAD TRUST
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  • IN WHAT JESUS DID ON THE CROSS FOR YOU.
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  • THAT IS THE PAST REST THAT HE REFERS TO.
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  • BUT THERE'S A THIRD KIND OF REST, IT IS OUR PRESENT REST.
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  • THEREFORE, VERSE 11, LET US BE DILIGENT TO ENTER THAT REST,
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  • LEST ANYONE FALL THROUGH FOLLOWING
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  • THE SAME EXAMPLE OF DISOBEDIENCE.
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  • THINK ABOUT THE ISRAELITES FOR A MOMENT.
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  • THEY FAILED TO ENTER THE REST GOD HAD PREPARED FOR THEM
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  • IN THE PROMISED LAND.
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  • WHAT IS OUR PRESENT REST?
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  • IT IS OUR PLACE OF GOD'S BLESSING RIGHT NOW IN YOUR LIFE.
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  • WHEN THE ISRAELITES FAILED TO BELIEVE GOD,
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  • WHEN THEY REFUSED TO TRUST IN GOD,
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  • THEY DIDN'T MISS HEAVEN, THEIR FUTURE REST,
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  • THEY WERE SAVED, BUT THEY FAILED TO ENTER
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  • THE PROMISED LAND GOD HAD FOR THEM.
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  • AND WHY DID THEY FAIL TO ENTER INTO IT?
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  • WELL REMEMBER AT MERIBAH AND MASSA?
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  • THEY FAILED TO TRUST GOD WHEN THEY WERE BEING TESTED.
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  • WHEN THERE WAS NO WATER SUDDENLY FOR THEM,
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  • AND THEY SAID, "LORD, DID YOU LEAVE US HERE
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  • "TO DIE OF THIRST?"
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  • AND THEN A LITTLE BIT LATER THEY WENT TO KADESH BARNEA,
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  • THE ENTRY POINT INTO THE PROMISED LAND.
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  • GOD SAID, "GO INTO THE LAND AND TAKE IT."
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  • THEY SAID, "NO, LORD, DIDN'T YOU HEAR
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  • "THE REPORT OF THE SPIES?
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  • "THERE ARE GIANTS IN THE LAND,
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  • "AND THEY ARE TOO POWERFUL FOR US TO OVERTAKE."
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  • THEY REFUSED TO OBEY GOD WHEN ORDERED.
  • 00:11:00.210 --> 00:11:03.290
  • THE SAME THING IS TRUE FOR YOU AND FOR ME.
  • 00:11:04.000 --> 00:11:06.230
  • GOD HAS A PRESENT REST THAT HE WANTS US TO EXPERIENCE.
  • 00:11:06.240 --> 00:11:12.280
  • NOW BY REST, I DON'T MEAN TAKING A NAP.
  • 00:11:12.290 --> 00:11:14.180
  • WHEN WE TALK ABOUT HIS PRESENT REST,
  • 00:11:14.190 --> 00:11:18.050
  • WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT PLACE OF BLESSING
  • 00:11:18.060 --> 00:11:20.170
  • GOD WANTS US TO EXPERIENCE IN OUR MARRIAGES,
  • 00:11:20.180 --> 00:11:23.170
  • IN OUR SCHOOLWORK, IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS IN OUR FINANCES,
  • 00:11:23.180 --> 00:11:29.220
  • THAT NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON AROUND US,
  • 00:11:29.230 --> 00:11:31.070
  • WE CAN HAVE PEACE OF MIND, WE CAN EXPERIENCE GOD'S BEST
  • 00:11:31.080 --> 00:11:35.160
  • IN EVERY ONE OF THOSE AREAS.
  • 00:11:35.170 --> 00:11:37.250
  • THAT'S WHAT GOD WANTS FOR US,
  • 00:11:37.260 --> 00:11:39.170
  • AND THE WRITER IS SAYING, MAKE CERTAIN
  • 00:11:39.180 --> 00:11:41.130
  • YOU DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE THAT YOUR FOREFATHERS MADE,
  • 00:11:41.140 --> 00:11:44.130
  • WHO BY SIN FAILED TO EXPERIENCE
  • 00:11:44.140 --> 00:11:46.270
  • WHAT GOD HAD PLANNED FOR THEM.
  • 00:11:46.280 --> 00:11:49.260
  • WELL YOU SAY, "WHAT'S THE KEY, THEN,
  • 00:11:49.270 --> 00:11:52.030
  • "TO EXPERIENCING GOD'S REST?"
  • 00:11:52.040 --> 00:11:54.230
  • WELL, THAT'S THE CONTEXT OF VERSES 12 AND 13.
  • 00:11:54.240 --> 00:11:57.250
  • NOTICE RIGHT AFTER THAT WARNING IN VERSE 11,
  • 00:11:57.260 --> 00:12:00.060
  • NOT TO MENTION THE REST, HE SAYS,
  • 00:12:00.070 --> 00:12:02.090
  • "FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE,
  • 00:12:02.100 --> 00:12:05.080
  • "AND IT'S SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD,
  • 00:12:05.090 --> 00:12:08.120
  • "AND PIERCING AS FAR AS THE DIVISION OF SOUL AND SPIRIT,
  • 00:12:08.130 --> 00:12:11.260
  • "OF BOTH JOINTS AND MARROW, AND ABLE TO JUDGE
  • 00:12:11.270 --> 00:12:14.190
  • "THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTIONS OF THE HEART.
  • 00:12:14.200 --> 00:12:16.220
  • "AND THERE IS NO CREATURE HIDDEN FROM HIS SIGHT,
  • 00:12:16.230 --> 00:12:19.250
  • "BUT ALL THINGS ARE OPEN AND LAID BARE
  • 00:12:19.260 --> 00:12:23.030
  • "TO THE EYES OF HIM WITH WHOM WE HAVE TO DO."
  • 00:12:23.040 --> 00:12:26.150
  • I WANT YOU TO WRITE DOWN THIS STATEMENT ON YOUR NOTES,
  • 00:12:26.160 --> 00:12:28.200
  • BECAUSE THIS IS THE THEME
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:30.210
  • OF WHAT THESE TWO VERSES IS ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:12:30.220 --> 00:12:33.060
  • GOD'S WORD FREES US
  • 00:12:33.070 --> 00:12:36.290
  • TO EXPERIENCE GOD'S REST.
  • 00:12:37.000 --> 00:12:40.260
  • GOD'S WORD IS WHAT FREES US
  • 00:12:40.270 --> 00:12:44.000
  • TO EXPERIENCE GOD'S REST.
  • 00:12:44.010 --> 00:12:46.260
  • YOU SAY, "WAIT A MINUTE, I THOUGHT THE BIBLE WAS
  • 00:12:46.270 --> 00:12:48.230
  • "A BUNCH OF RULES LIKE MADONNA THOUGHT,
  • 00:12:48.240 --> 00:12:50.210
  • "AND THE BIBLE ENSLAVES US.
  • 00:12:50.220 --> 00:12:53.110
  • "IT KEEPS US FROM EXPERIENCING
  • 00:12:53.120 --> 00:12:55.050
  • "REAL HAPPINESS AND JOY IN LIFE."
  • 00:12:55.060 --> 00:12:57.150
  • NO, NO, THAT'S NOT WHAT KEEPS US
  • 00:12:57.160 --> 00:13:00.160
  • FROM EXPERIENCING GOD'S BLESSING,
  • 00:13:00.170 --> 00:13:02.140
  • IT IS SIN THAT KEEPS US FROM EXPERIENCING GOD'S BLESSINGS.
  • 00:13:02.150 --> 00:13:05.180
  • REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN 8:34?
  • 00:13:05.190 --> 00:13:08.280
  • TRULY, TRULY, I SAY TO YOU,
  • 00:13:08.290 --> 00:13:10.260
  • EVERYONE WHO COMMITS SIN IS THE SLAVE OF SIN.
  • 00:13:10.270 --> 00:13:16.220
  • IT'S FAILING TO TRUST GOD,
  • 00:13:16.230 --> 00:13:18.240
  • IT'S FAILING TO OBEY GOD IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE,
  • 00:13:18.250 --> 00:13:22.140
  • THAT IS WHAT KEEPS YOU FROM THE PLACE OF JOY,
  • 00:13:22.150 --> 00:13:26.280
  • THAT PLACE OF REST GOD WANTS YOU TO EXPERIENCE RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:13:26.290 --> 00:13:31.160
  • THAT WAS WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE ISRAELITES.
  • 00:13:31.170 --> 00:13:34.040
  • YOU SEE, THEY HAD WRONG THINKING
  • 00:13:34.050 --> 00:13:37.110
  • THAT LED TO WRONG ACTIONS.
  • 00:13:37.120 --> 00:13:40.280
  • AND BECAUSE OF THAT, THEY MISSED GOD'S PLACE OF BLESSING.
  • 00:13:40.290 --> 00:13:44.060
  • FOR EXAMPLE, THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE
  • 00:13:44.070 --> 00:13:46.250
  • FOR THEIR OWN WELFARE.
  • 00:13:46.260 --> 00:13:48.170
  • AND SO WHEN THEY HAD NO WATER, THEY BEGAN TO PANIC,
  • 00:13:48.180 --> 00:13:51.170
  • BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT GOD HAD FAILED THEM,
  • 00:13:51.180 --> 00:13:54.260
  • THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND GOD WAS GONNA BE FAITHFUL
  • 00:13:54.270 --> 00:13:57.170
  • TO DO WHAT HE HAD PROMISED TO DO.
  • 00:13:57.180 --> 00:13:59.160
  • WHEN THEY GOT TO KADESH BARNEA, IT WAS WRONG THINKING
  • 00:13:59.170 --> 00:14:03.200
  • THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO OVERCOME THE GIANTS
  • 00:14:03.210 --> 00:14:06.000
  • IN THEIR OWN STRENGTH.
  • 00:14:06.010 --> 00:14:07.070
  • THAT WRONG THINKING LED TO WRONG ACTIONS,
  • 00:14:07.080 --> 00:14:09.190
  • IT CAUSED THEM TO MISS THE PROMISE OF THE GOD'S REST.
  • 00:14:09.200 --> 00:14:13.100
  • AND THE SAME THING IS TRUE FOR EVERY ONE OF US,
  • 00:14:13.110 --> 00:14:16.000
  • IT IS WRONG THINKING THAT LEADS TO WRONG ACTIONS.
  • 00:14:16.010 --> 00:14:19.290
  • FOR EXAMPLE, ADULTERY DOESN'T BEGIN IN THE BEDROOM,
  • 00:14:20.000 --> 00:14:24.080
  • ADULTERY BEGINS IN THE MIND WITH A THOUGHT.
  • 00:14:24.090 --> 00:14:28.040
  • MURDER DOESN'T BEGIN WITH PICKING UP A HANDGUN,
  • 00:14:28.050 --> 00:14:31.180
  • IT BEGINS WITH HATRED IN THE HEART, IN THE MIND,
  • 00:14:31.190 --> 00:14:35.260
  • AND THAT'S WHY THE WRITER SAYS IN PROVERBS 4:23,
  • 00:14:35.270 --> 00:14:39.130
  • ABOVE ALL ELSE, GUARD YOUR HEART,
  • 00:14:39.140 --> 00:14:42.170
  • FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FLOWS FROM IT.
  • 00:14:42.180 --> 00:14:45.130
  • OR PROVERBS 23:7,
  • 00:14:45.140 --> 00:14:47.020
  • FOR AS A MAN THINKS IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE.
  • 00:14:47.030 --> 00:14:51.270
  • ALL SIN BEGINS IN OUR MIND.
  • 00:14:51.280 --> 00:14:56.000
  • AND HERE'S THE PROBLEM, EVERY ONE OF US
  • 00:14:56.010 --> 00:14:58.090
  • WHEN WE WERE BORN INTO THIS WORLD,
  • 00:14:58.100 --> 00:14:59.270
  • WE ARE BORN WITH A DEFECTIVE OPERATING SYSTEM.
  • 00:14:59.280 --> 00:15:04.270
  • WE HAVE A MIND THAT NORMALLY, AUTOMATICALLY THINKS WRONGLY.
  • 00:15:04.280 --> 00:15:10.160
  • WE DEFAULT INTO A WRONG WAY OF THINKING.
  • 00:15:10.170 --> 00:15:12.250
  • THAT'S HOW WE'RE BORN.
  • 00:15:12.260 --> 00:15:14.120
  • FOR EXAMPLE, WE ARE BORN, OUR NATURAL THOUGHT IS
  • 00:15:14.130 --> 00:15:18.070
  • WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR FUTURE,
  • 00:15:18.080 --> 00:15:21.070
  • THEREFORE WE ARE ENSLAVED, WE ARE BOUND UP WITH WORRY.
  • 00:15:21.080 --> 00:15:25.250
  • WE THINK THAT MONEY IS THE ANSWER TO EVERY NEED WE HAVE,
  • 00:15:25.260 --> 00:15:31.290
  • SO WE ARE ENSLAVED, WE ARE BOUND UP IN GREED.
  • 00:15:32.000 --> 00:15:34.170
  • WE NATURALLY THINK THAT IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY
  • 00:15:34.180 --> 00:15:38.170
  • TO AVENGE ANY WRONG COMMITTED AGAINST US,
  • 00:15:38.180 --> 00:15:41.130
  • SO WE ARE BOUND UP IN BITTERNESS.
  • 00:15:41.140 --> 00:15:45.020
  • BUT IT IS THE WORD OF GOD THAT SLICES THROUGH
  • 00:15:45.030 --> 00:15:47.270
  • THAT WRONG WAY OF THINKING AND ALLOWS US
  • 00:15:47.280 --> 00:15:50.120
  • TO EXPERIENCE GOD'S FREEDOM AND GOD'S REST IN OUR LIFE.
  • 00:15:50.130 --> 00:15:54.240
  • THAT'S WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT HERE.
  • 00:15:54.250 --> 00:15:56.280
  • THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE
  • 00:15:56.290 --> 00:15:59.270
  • AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.
  • 00:15:59.280 --> 00:16:02.220
  • ISN'T THAT WHAT JESUS SAID IN JOHN 8:32,
  • 00:16:02.230 --> 00:16:05.140
  • WHEN HE SAID, "YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH
  • 00:16:05.150 --> 00:16:09.040
  • "AND THE TRUTH SHALL" WHAT?
  • 00:16:09.050 --> 00:16:11.110
  • SET YOU FREE.
  • 00:16:11.120 --> 00:16:13.140
  • YOU KNOW, I'VE SEEN THOSE WORDS BEFORE,
  • 00:16:13.150 --> 00:16:16.210
  • PERHAPS YOU HAVE, ETCHED ON SOME BUILDING
  • 00:16:16.220 --> 00:16:19.260
  • AT SOME PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY,
  • 00:16:19.270 --> 00:16:22.090
  • AND THE WORDS YOU SEE, YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH,
  • 00:16:22.100 --> 00:16:26.160
  • AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.
  • 00:16:26.170 --> 00:16:28.070
  • IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU ENROLL IN THIS COLLEGE
  • 00:16:28.080 --> 00:16:30.210
  • FOR FOUR YEARS, AND GIVE US $250.000,
  • 00:16:30.220 --> 00:16:34.080
  • WE'RE GONNA SET YOU FREE.
  • 00:16:34.090 --> 00:16:38.110
  • NO, YOU WON'T BE SET FREE, YOU'LL BE IN PRISON BY DEBT
  • 00:16:38.120 --> 00:16:41.000
  • FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, BUT YOU WON'T BE SET FREE.
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:44.050
  • IT'S NOT ACADEMIC TRUTH THAT A UNIVERSITY TEACHES YOU
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:48.050
  • THAT SETS YOU FREE, THAT'S NOT WHAT JESUS IS TALKING ABOUT.
  • 00:16:48.060 --> 00:16:51.110
  • THE TRUTH HE'S TALKING ABOUT IS GOD'S TRUTH.
  • 00:16:51.120 --> 00:16:55.090
  • GOD'S TRUTH IS WHAT SETS YOU FREE.
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:16:58.160
  • IT FREES YOU FROM THAT PATTERN OF WRONG THINKING
  • 00:16:58.170 --> 00:17:01.050
  • AND WRONG ACTING THAT CAUSES YOU TO MISS GOD'S REST.
  • 00:17:01.060 --> 00:17:06.010
  • YOU REMEMBER THE STORY OF GORDIUS AND GORDIAN KNOT?
  • 00:17:06.020 --> 00:17:11.170
  • GORDIUS MADE THIS INTRICATE KNOT THAT NOBODY COULD UNRAVEL.
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:18.010
  • AND THEY PLACED IT IN THE CENTER OF THE TOWN SQUARE,
  • 00:17:18.020 --> 00:17:20.040
  • AND PEOPLE WOULD COME FROM ALL AROUND
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:22.050
  • TRYING TO UNTIE THE GORDIAN KNOT.
  • 00:17:22.060 --> 00:17:25.050
  • AND ONE DAY ALEXANDER THE GREAT CAME TO THE VILLAGE
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:28.060
  • AND THEY TOLD HIM ABOUT THE CHALLENGE,
  • 00:17:28.070 --> 00:17:30.230
  • AND HOW NO ONE HAD BEEN ABLE TO UNTIE THE KNOT.
  • 00:17:30.240 --> 00:17:33.120
  • SO HE APPROACHED IT, LOOKED AT IT,
  • 00:17:33.130 --> 00:17:35.160
  • TRIED TO FIND SOME LOOSE STRANDS, COULDN'T DO THAT.
  • 00:17:35.170 --> 00:17:38.060
  • HE LOST HIS PATIENCE, GOT HIS SWORD OUT
  • 00:17:38.070 --> 00:17:40.220
  • AND JUST SLICED RIGHT THROUGH THE KNOT.
  • 00:17:40.230 --> 00:17:43.050
  • THAT'S ONE WAY TO UNTIE A KNOT.
  • 00:17:43.060 --> 00:17:45.240
  • AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT GOD'S WORD DOES.
  • 00:17:45.250 --> 00:17:48.030
  • GOD'S WORD IS LIKE THAT SWORD THAT SLICES THROUGH
  • 00:17:48.040 --> 00:17:51.140
  • OUR WRONG THINKING AND FREES US TO EXPERIENCE HIS BEST.
  • 00:17:51.150 --> 00:17:56.100
  • WELL YOU NOTICE HERE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GOD'S WORD
  • 00:17:56.110 --> 00:17:59.170
  • THAT MAKE IT SO EFFECTIVE.
  • 00:17:59.180 --> 00:18:01.180
  • FIRST OF ALL, GOD'S WORD IS LIVING.
  • 00:18:01.190 --> 00:18:05.100
  • THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING.
  • 00:18:05.110 --> 00:18:08.250
  • IT IS ALIVE.
  • 00:18:08.260 --> 00:18:10.070
  • IT'S NOT SOME DEAD PIECE OF LITERATURE,
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:13.140
  • IT IS A LIVING PIECE OF LITERATURE.
  • 00:18:13.150 --> 00:18:15.170
  • I WANNA ASK YOU A QUESTION.
  • 00:18:15.180 --> 00:18:16.250
  • HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THIS?
  • 00:18:16.260 --> 00:18:19.150
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE DID YOU THINK
  • 00:18:19.160 --> 00:18:22.110
  • IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY OR AROUND THE WORLD,
  • 00:18:22.120 --> 00:18:24.250
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU IMAGINE THIS MORNING
  • 00:18:24.260 --> 00:18:26.230
  • GOT UP AT 7:30, GOT DRESSED,
  • 00:18:26.240 --> 00:18:29.190
  • GOT THEIR CHILDREN UP AND WENT TO A CENTRAL LOCATION
  • 00:18:29.200 --> 00:18:33.110
  • TO LISTEN TO A LECTURE ON THE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE?
  • 00:18:33.120 --> 00:18:38.260
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU THINK DID THAT?
  • 00:18:38.270 --> 00:18:40.050
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE GATHERED TOGETHER THIS MORNING
  • 00:18:40.060 --> 00:18:42.020
  • TO LISTEN TO A LECTURE ABOUT THE WORKS OF ARISTOTLE?
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:46.280
  • HOW MANY PEOPLE USED THEIR ONLY DAY OFF
  • 00:18:46.290 --> 00:18:48.270
  • TO GET UP AND GATHER AROUND AND TALK ABOUT
  • 00:18:48.280 --> 00:18:51.200
  • AND DISCUSS THE WRITINGS OF PLATO?
  • 00:18:51.210 --> 00:18:54.180
  • AND EVEN IF SOME HAPPENED TO DO IT THIS MORNING,
  • 00:18:54.190 --> 00:18:57.070
  • DO YOU THINK THEY'LL DO IT THE NEXT SUNDAY MORNING,
  • 00:18:57.080 --> 00:18:59.290
  • AND THE NEXT SUNDAY MORNING, AND THE NEXT SUNDAY MORNING?
  • 00:19:00.020 --> 00:19:02.260
  • AND YET TODAY THERE ARE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
  • 00:19:02.270 --> 00:19:06.140
  • ALL AROUND THE WORLD WHO GOT UP AND WENT TO A CHURCH.
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:10.130
  • MANY OF THEM IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES AT THE RISK
  • 00:19:10.140 --> 00:19:13.180
  • OF THEIR OWN LIVES, AND THEY SAT DOWN TO LISTEN
  • 00:19:13.190 --> 00:19:16.100
  • TO THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:19:16.110 --> 00:19:18.110
  • WHY IS IT?
  • 00:19:18.120 --> 00:19:19.190
  • BECAUSE THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE, IT IS ALIVE.
  • 00:19:19.200 --> 00:19:23.250
  • AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT DIFFERENT
  • 00:19:23.260 --> 00:19:25.050
  • FROM ANY OTHER BOOK THAT IS WRITTEN.
  • 00:19:25.060 --> 00:19:27.250
  • JESUS SAID IN 6:63, FOR THE WORDS
  • 00:19:27.260 --> 00:19:30.270
  • I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU ARE LIFE.
  • 00:19:30.280 --> 00:19:34.130
  • NOT ONLY IS THE WORD OF GOD LIVING,
  • 00:19:34.140 --> 00:19:37.130
  • THE WRITER SAYS IT IS ALSO ACTIVE.
  • 00:19:37.140 --> 00:19:40.170
  • THAT WORD ACTIVE MEANS IT IS FULL OF ENERGY.
  • 00:19:40.180 --> 00:19:44.270
  • I REMEMBER WHEN OUR GIRLS WERE LITTLE,
  • 00:19:44.280 --> 00:19:47.180
  • WHEN WE WENT SEVERAL TIMES, ACTUALLY,
  • 00:19:47.190 --> 00:19:49.070
  • TO THE SAN DIEGO ZOO.
  • 00:19:49.080 --> 00:19:51.170
  • AND I REMEMBER ONE OF OUR VISITS TO THE ZOO,
  • 00:19:51.180 --> 00:19:53.220
  • I LOOKED OVER AND SAW THESE TWO GIANT TURTLES,
  • 00:19:53.230 --> 00:19:58.200
  • AND THEY WERE ABSOLUTELY MOTIONLESS.
  • 00:19:58.210 --> 00:20:02.200
  • NOW THEIR EYES BLINKED OCCASIONALLY,
  • 00:20:02.210 --> 00:20:05.120
  • BUT THEY DIDN'T MOVE, THEY WERE MOTIONLESS,
  • 00:20:05.130 --> 00:20:08.180
  • JUST ABOUT AS MOTIONLESS AS I AM IN THE EVENING
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:10.260
  • WHEN I COME HOME AND PLOP DOWN IN MY CHAIR
  • 00:20:10.270 --> 00:20:13.010
  • IN FRONT OF THE TELEVISION SET.
  • 00:20:13.020 --> 00:20:15.010
  • AND AMY COMES OVER OCCASIONALLY TO CHECK MY PULSE
  • 00:20:15.020 --> 00:20:17.190
  • TO BE SURE I'M ALIVE.
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:19.040
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:20:19.050 --> 00:20:20.120
  • I'M ALIVE, BUT I'M NOT VERY ACTIVE.
  • 00:20:20.130 --> 00:20:22.190
  • BUT THAT'S NOT TRUE ABOUT THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:24.260
  • THE WORD OF GOD IS BOTH LIVING AND IT IS ACTIVE.
  • 00:20:24.270 --> 00:20:28.200
  • I LIKE THE WAY SOMEBODY SAID IT,
  • 00:20:28.210 --> 00:20:30.140
  • "THE BIBLE IS ALIVE, IT IS ALWAYS DOING SOMETHING
  • 00:20:30.150 --> 00:20:33.200
  • "TO ANYONE WHO READS IT OR HEARS IT."
  • 00:20:33.210 --> 00:20:37.120
  • IT IS ALIVE, IT IS ACTIVE.
  • 00:20:37.130 --> 00:20:39.290
  • AND THIRD, IT IS SHARP.
  • 00:20:40.000 --> 00:20:42.210
  • IN FACT, IT IS SO SHARP, IT IS SHARPER
  • 00:20:42.220 --> 00:20:45.050
  • THAN ANY TWO-EDGED ROMAN SWORD.
  • 00:20:45.060 --> 00:20:49.010
  • NOW THIS MORNING WHEN I GOT UP,
  • 00:20:49.020 --> 00:20:50.290
  • I HAD A GILLETTE RAZOR AND I SHAVED MY FACE.
  • 00:20:51.000 --> 00:20:54.240
  • MY GILLETTE RAZOR ACTUALLY HAS
  • 00:20:54.250 --> 00:20:56.140
  • ABOUT THREE OR FOUR BLADES ON ONE SIDE.
  • 00:20:56.150 --> 00:21:00.250
  • THAT'S A ONE-SIDED RAZOR.
  • 00:21:00.260 --> 00:21:03.180
  • BUT THE ROMAN TWO-EDGED SWORD
  • 00:21:03.190 --> 00:21:05.210
  • WAS ONE CLEAN, MEAN, KILLING MACHINE.
  • 00:21:05.220 --> 00:21:09.040
  • IT WAS SHARP ON BOTH EDGES.
  • 00:21:09.050 --> 00:21:11.060
  • AND SO WHEN A ROMAN SOLDIER WOULD SLICE THROUGH SOMEBODY
  • 00:21:11.070 --> 00:21:14.280
  • IN ONE DIRECTION, HE WOULD THEN GO
  • 00:21:14.290 --> 00:21:17.160
  • IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION AND FINISH THE JOB.
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:21.160
  • THAT IS THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD,
  • 00:21:21.170 --> 00:21:24.020
  • TO PENETRATE THE WRONG THINKING THAT LEADS TO WRONG ACTIONS
  • 00:21:24.030 --> 00:21:28.200
  • AND CAUSES US TO MISS GOD'S REST.
  • 00:21:28.210 --> 00:21:32.190
  • THAT IS THE POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD.
  • 00:21:32.200 --> 00:21:36.010
  • FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE, IT IS ACTIVE,
  • 00:21:36.020 --> 00:21:39.180
  • IT IS SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORDS.
  • 00:21:39.190 --> 00:21:43.020
  • MUSIC
  • 00:21:43.030 --> 00:21:49.120
  • THE WORD OF GOD IS LIVING AND ACTIVE
  • 00:21:49.130 --> 00:21:51.290
  • AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWO-EDGED SWORD.
  • 00:21:52.000 --> 00:21:54.250
  • AND THERE'S MUCH MORE TO LEARN ABOUT THE PURPOSE
  • 00:21:54.260 --> 00:21:57.160
  • AND THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD FROM HEBREWS 4:12.
  • 00:21:57.170 --> 00:22:02.060
  • WELL, AS WE CONCLUDE ANOTHER HALF HOUR
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  • OF BIBLE STUDY TOGETHER, I'M EAGER TO REMIND YOU
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  • THAT TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
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  • OF THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:22:10.200 --> 00:22:14.030
  • DEDICATED FRIENDS HAVE JOINED TOGETHER TO OFFER $920.000,
  • 00:22:14.040 --> 00:22:19.030
  • THE LARGEST MATCH IN PATHWAY TO VICTORY'S HISTORY.
  • 00:22:19.040 --> 00:22:22.210
  • EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 31ST
  • 00:22:22.220 --> 00:22:27.010
  • WILL BE MATCHED THROUGH THIS MATCHING FUND CHALLENGING,
  • 00:22:27.020 --> 00:22:30.290
  • UNTIL WE REACH A TOTAL GOAL OF OVER $1.8 MILLION.
  • 00:22:31.000 --> 00:22:35.130
  • NOW HERE'S WHAT THAT MEANS.
  • 00:22:35.140 --> 00:22:37.070
  • IT MEANS YOUR GENEROUS $100 GIFT TODAY WILL BE MATCHED
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:40.290
  • BY OUR FRIENDS, MAKING A TOTAL OF $200.
  • 00:22:41.000 --> 00:22:44.190
  • A $5.000 GIFT WILL BE MATCHED UNTIL IT BECOMES $10.000.
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:50.030
  • YOU SEE HOW IT WORKS.
  • 00:22:50.040 --> 00:22:51.250
  • BUT THIS MATCHING CHALLENGE ENDS TUESDAY NIGHT,
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  • NEW YEAR'S EVE AT MIDNIGHT.
  • 00:22:54.220 --> 00:22:57.040
  • SO PLEASE, CAREFULLY CONSIDER WHAT YOU WILL GIVE
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  • THAT WILL HAVE TWICE THE IMPACT IN REACHING PEOPLE
  • 00:23:00.130 --> 00:23:03.220
  • AROUND THE WORLD AND THROUGHOUT OUR NATION
  • 00:23:03.230 --> 00:23:06.130
  • WITH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:06.140 --> 00:23:08.180
  • NOW, STAY RIGHT THERE, I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE
  • 00:23:08.190 --> 00:23:11.050
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY" IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:16.070 --> 00:23:18.220
  • (RELAXING MUSIC)
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  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM ALL OVER
  • 00:23:22.260 --> 00:23:25.160
  • TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:25.170 --> 00:23:28.030
  • BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:28.040 --> 00:23:30.060
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:30.070 --> 00:23:34.150
  • FOR OUR FAMILY CHRISTMAS,
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  • IT'S THE MOST SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:36.090 --> 00:23:38.080
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP,
  • 00:23:38.090 --> 00:23:40.250
  • FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES,
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  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:23:44.090 --> 00:23:49.050
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH
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  • OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, IT'S A TRADITION
  • 00:23:51.020 --> 00:23:53.140
  • THAT WE WANT TO CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY.
  • 00:23:53.150 --> 00:23:55.010
  • SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:23:55.020 --> 00:23:57.100
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE, BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:23:57.110 --> 00:24:02.240
  • THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL IS A GIFT
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  • THAT INVITES THE LORD INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:04.100 --> 00:24:07.260
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:07.270 --> 00:24:09.160
  • TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME, WE KNOW
  • 00:24:09.170 --> 00:24:11.230
  • THAT JESUS WILL STILL BE THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:11.240 --> 00:24:15.290
  • LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:16.000 --> 00:24:19.040
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:19.050 --> 00:24:22.000
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:22.010 --> 00:24:23.160
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY BOLDLY FACE
  • 00:24:23.170 --> 00:24:27.060
  • THE COMING YEAR WITH A BRAND NEW, LEATHER-BOUND,
  • 00:24:27.070 --> 00:24:30.230
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL" FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:30.240 --> 00:24:34.240
  • THIS 52-WEEK DEVOTIONAL CONTAINS 500 PAGES
  • 00:24:34.250 --> 00:24:38.290
  • OF PRACTICAL INSIGHTS FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:39.000 --> 00:24:42.090
  • IT'S PERFECT FOR YOUR OWN WALK WITH GOD,
  • 00:24:42.100 --> 00:24:45.010
  • OR TO GIVE A LOVED ONE THIS CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:24:45.020 --> 00:24:48.180
  • THE WORD OF GOD IS TRULY SET APART.
  • 00:24:48.190 --> 00:24:51.160
  • WITH 66 BOOKS WRITTEN BY MORE THAN 40 DIFFERENT AUTHORS,
  • 00:24:51.170 --> 00:24:55.290
  • IN THREE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES,
  • 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:57.230
  • OVER A PERIOD OF ROUGHLY 1.500 YEARS,
  • 00:24:57.240 --> 00:25:01.010
  • THE BIBLE NEVER CONTRADICTS ITSELF
  • 00:25:01.020 --> 00:25:03.270
  • OR STRAYS FROM ITS SINGULAR MESSAGE,
  • 00:25:03.280 --> 00:25:06.250
  • LIKE SO MANY SKEPTICS WOULD LIKE TO ARGUE IT DOES.
  • 00:25:06.260 --> 00:25:10.130
  • NO, THE BIBLE IS THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD,
  • 00:25:10.140 --> 00:25:13.280
  • IT'S GOD'S REVELATION TO MANKIND,
  • 00:25:13.290 --> 00:25:16.190
  • THE STORY OF GOD'S LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE
  • 00:25:16.200 --> 00:25:19.180
  • AND HIS PLAN TO SAVE US.
  • 00:25:19.190 --> 00:25:21.280
  • AND AS WE CONTINUE THIS MESSAGE,
  • 00:25:21.290 --> 00:25:24.070
  • I HOPE YOU WILL ALLOW THE ALIVE AND ACTIVE WORD OF GOD
  • 00:25:24.080 --> 00:25:28.100
  • TO PIERCE YOUR HEART AND TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE.
  • 00:25:28.110 --> 00:25:33.000
  • NOW, STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW
  • 00:25:33.010 --> 00:25:34.230
  • OF WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:25:34.240 --> 00:25:39.200
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:39.210 --> 00:25:41.140
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF PATHWAY TO VICTORY,
  • 00:25:41.150 --> 00:25:44.020
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU THE BRAND NEW 2020
  • 00:25:44.030 --> 00:25:46.230
  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL,"
  • 00:25:46.240 --> 00:25:49.120
  • PLUS "JESUS: THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES"
  • 00:25:49.130 --> 00:25:52.160
  • AS OUR GIFT TO YOU, SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:25:52.170 --> 00:25:55.080
  • AT PATHWAY TO VICTORY.
  • 00:25:55.090 --> 00:25:56.200
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:25:56.210 --> 00:25:59.060
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE "INCOMPARABLE CHRIST"
  • 00:25:59.070 --> 00:26:02.110
  • TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:02.120 --> 00:26:05.170
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW WILL BE DOUBLED
  • 00:26:05.180 --> 00:26:08.050
  • IN IMPACT THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:08.060 --> 00:26:10.290
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE, OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:11.000 --> 00:26:14.050
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:14.060 --> 00:26:17.010
  • IT'S INTERESTING HOW THE WRITER GOES
  • 00:26:17.020 --> 00:26:18.290
  • FROM TALKING ABOUT GOD'S WORD TO TALKING ABOUT GOD HIMSELF.
  • 00:26:19.000 --> 00:26:23.210
  • YOU KNOW WHY?
  • 00:26:23.220 --> 00:26:24.260
  • THERE'S NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO.
  • 00:26:24.270 --> 00:26:26.200
  • GOD'S WORD AND GOD ARE INSEPARABLE.
  • 00:26:26.210 --> 00:26:30.250
  • YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM GOD'S WORD,
  • 00:26:30.260 --> 00:26:33.020
  • BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HIDE FROM GOD, EVEN THOUGH WE TRY TO.
  • 00:26:33.030 --> 00:26:38.120
  • OUT OF GUILT MANY PEOPLE TRY TO HIDE FROM GOD.
  • 00:26:38.130 --> 00:26:40.280
  • THEY QUIT GOING TO CHURCH THINKING
  • 00:26:40.290 --> 00:26:42.130
  • MAYBE I WON'T HAVE TO FACE GOD IF I'M NOT IN HIS HOUSE.
  • 00:26:42.140 --> 00:26:46.200
  • ADAM AND EVE THOUGHT THAT.
  • 00:26:46.210 --> 00:26:48.260
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
  • 00:26:48.270 --> 00:26:50.290
  • FOR PART TWO OF THE MESSAGE "THE TRUTH THAT TRANSFORMS"
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  • HERE ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:54.170 --> 00:27:01.160
  • [ANNOUNCER] EXPERIENCE ALASKA'S TOWERING MOUNTAINS
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  • AND MIGHTY GLACIERS WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS
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  • ON THE PATHWAY TO VICTORY ALASKA CRUISE.
  • 00:27:06.100 --> 00:27:09.120
  • EXPLORE CHARMING ALASKAN PORTS LIKE JUNEAU AND KETCHIKAN.
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  • THEN ENJOY ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT
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  • WITH WORSHIP LEADER MICHAEL O'BRIEN,
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  • AMERICA'S FAVORITE GOSPEL MUSIC FAMILY, THE HOPPERS,
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  • AND COMEDIAN DENNIS SWANBERG.
  • 00:27:19.120 --> 00:27:21.050
  • TO BOOK YOUR RESERVATION
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