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The Amazing Love of God

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July 26, 2020
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  • Ed Young: In 1878 somearchaeologists were digging
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  • around in the sands of Egypt,and they ran into an obelisk
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  • with hieroglyphics written onit, and they translated the
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  • hieroglyphics and theydiscovered a civilization,
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  • a culture, a nation, thatheretofore nobody knew
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  • anything about.
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  • And so, as they did in thosedays, the British took this
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  • artifact from Egypt andtransported it to London, they
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  • named it Cleopatra's Needle,and they erected it by
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  • the Thames River.
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  • At the same time, someEnglishman said, you know, there
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  • may come a day when London willbe flattened, the British Isles
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  • will no longer exists, andpeople may wonder what kind of
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  • life we had here.
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  • So they put together a timevault, buried it under
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  • Cleopatra's Needle there by theThames, and they put in it the
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  • London phone book, they put init pieces of clothing, they put
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  • it in accounts of how they rantheir government.
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  • And finally, they were thinkingof all the stuff they could put
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  • in, they put some toys in it,they said you know, we need to
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  • pick out one religious verse andput it in this time vault so
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  • they'll know something aboutwhat we believed.
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  • Now, can you imagine a debatethat followed?
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  • Which verse, which word,what religion?
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  • And they debated it for a longtime until they finally decided
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  • on one verse.
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  • You could probablyguess what it is.
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  • It's the only verse most of uscan quote outside of
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  • "Jesus wept."
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  • John 3:16.
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  • And John 3:16, ladies andgentlemen, is the pivotal verse
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  • in the Bible, the Old Testament,the New Testament comes together
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  • and in that brief, succinctverse, you have a magnificent
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  • summary of Christianity and whatit means to be a Christian.
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  • The problem with it is that weall know it, the problem with
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  • it, we've become jaded inquoting it, and we've never,
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  • most of us, perhaps sat down andlooked at that verse and say,
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  • "Lord, what are yousaying to me?
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  • What are you sayingto the world?"
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  • Every time you come to the wordlove, with few exceptions, the
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  • cross is not far away, as youread the Bible, look at it, in
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  • the New Testament, you see love,you see the cross, because there
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  • is no better demonstration oflove than God dying for us, in
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  • Christ, on that cross.
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  • And we see with John 3:16,there's a reference to, "If I be
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  • lifted up," one verse separatesthat, which John says
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  • you must be born againto have eternal life,
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  • and then he gives us John 3:16,let's look at it.
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  • For God so loved the world, God,omnipotent,
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  • omniscient, omnipresent.
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  • All the names of God, Adonai,Elohim, all the names of God,
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  • all the attributes of God, God.
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  • So, by the way, the word sothere is one of those
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  • pregnant words.
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  • You know what apregnant word is?
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  • It's a word that has deepmeaning that you might overlook,
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  • you find when you're reading theScripture, you look for a little
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  • pregnant words that will growand expand and they mean more
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  • than you think they mean,and that's that little word so.
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  • Houtos, it means God solavishly, God lavishly loved the
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  • world, and God loved the worldmore than anybody has ever loved
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  • the world and more than we canunderstand how much he loves
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  • the world.
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  • God lavishly loves.
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  • We say, "We love," it's the wordagape, it's a Greek word means
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  • sacrificial love, but let's tryto understand something of the
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  • extent of God's Love.
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  • Read the book of Hosea,great little book.
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  • God tells Hosea to go and marryGomer, she's a beautiful gal,
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  • but he said Gomer is going to beunfaithful to you, she's going
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  • to commit adultery, and she'sgoing to break your heart,
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  • but you go marry her anyway,and Hosea did.
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  • It was a study through Hosea'shome life, his marriage, of how
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  • the Israelites had fallen awayfrom being obedient to God
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  • though God had loved and blessedthem phenomenally.
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  • And so it's a pictureof the love of God.
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  • Gomer had an affair, Gomer leftHosea, moved in with one man,
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  • married him, another man,married him, another man, until
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  • finally, she was just livingwith a man of the streets who
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  • was just as immoral and decadentas she was, and this man the
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  • streets could not even supporther in clothes and food.
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  • So God says to Hosea you go andgive support of food and clothes
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  • and money to this sorry bum thatis now living with your wife,
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  • and don't let your wife knowthat you're the source of her
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  • basics that she needs to live.
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  • Isn't that something?
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  • And Hosea did that, Hosea didthat, but finally, he threw
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  • Gomer away, and Gomer ends up onthe slave block, and when they
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  • auctioned off slaves inJerusalem in that day, they
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  • stripped them naked.
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  • You can imagine the disease, thedirt, how she looked, emaciated.
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  • She stood there being auctionedoff, the auctioneer said, "What
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  • am I bid for this woman?"
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  • Somebody said,"Three shekels of gold."
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  • Is that all?
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  • "Oh, six shekels of gold,"yes, yes.
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  • "Seven shekels of gold,"I hear you over there.
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  • "Eight," "nine," until finally,Hosea, instructed by God to go
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  • and buy back his wife fromthe slave market, he says,
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  • "15 shekels of gold."
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  • All the other bidders got quiet,but then someone, old good old
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  • boy there said, "15 shekels ofgold and a bushel of barley,"
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  • and Hosea said, "I bid 15shekels of gold and a bushel and
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  • a half of barley," and theauctioneer said, "Sold."
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  • And so Hosea came up and coveredhis wife and took her out, and
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  • God instructed him to love her,to restore her, to honor her,
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  • and to bless her as his wife.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, that's alittle picture of how much God
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  • loves each and every one of us.
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  • God loves the world,did you get that?
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  • Did you know that God loved theAyatollah Khamenei just as much
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  • as he loved Mother Teresa?
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  • Did you know that?
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  • God loved Billy Graham just asmuch as he loved Adolf Hitler,
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  • did you know that?
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  • God is no respecter of persons,he loves the person drugged out,
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  • living on the street as much ashe loves a multizillionaire with
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  • 16 different houses and 200airplanes.
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  • Understand that God loves thewhole world with no partiality.
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • God so loved the world.
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  • Now, we got that much,staggering to some.
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  • What did he do?
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  • How do we know he loves theworld this much?
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  • Because he gave his onlybegotten son--and the word gave
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  • or give there isa different word.
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  • It's not like I give you a gift,here's your birthday,
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  • here's a tie.
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  • It's not like we give a gift,it's like in the Lord's prayer,
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  • "Give us this dayour daily bread."
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  • That give there says we haveto have bread in order
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  • to stay alive.
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  • That's the same wordfor give there.
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  • God gave, for God so lovedthe world he gave that which is
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  • an absolute necessity for usto live and that is his
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  • only begotten son.
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  • Now, only begotten is sort of aKing James type Biblical word.
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  • It means God gave that which isunique, that which is unlike any
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  • other gift.
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  • You know what God gave us?
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  • Follow me, one third of thetrinity, how about that?
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  • God the father, God the son, Godthe Holy Spirit, he gave
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  • his son.
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  • Who is his son?
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  • Not in a biological way.
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  • Jesus is God wrapped upin human flesh.
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  • God gave his unique,only begotten son.
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  • Demonstrating his love, he gavethat son, he offered that son,
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  • he allowed that son to enterinto time and space and history.
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  • That's magnificent love,supernatural love.
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  • "For God so loved the world thathe gave his only begotten son."
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  • And here's the one, "Whosoever."
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  • That's in the King James,whosoever.
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  • Modern translations say whoever,but I think they mess up.
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  • They leave off a little Greekword so, and the word so we read
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  • before, God so, remember it'slavish?
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  • But this word so means anytime,anywhere, anyplace, anytime,
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  • any situation, God is alwaysthe God of love.
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  • You can't escape God's love, youcan't earn God's love, but you
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  • can reject God's love.
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  • That's the free will that youand I have, freewill to choose.
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  • "He gave his only begotten sonthat whosoever--"
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  • anybody, anywhere, anytime--
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  • "believes in him will not perishbut have everlasting life."
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  • You know how longeverlasting life is?
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  • I can tell you.
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  • Maybe a few of us have seenthe rock of Gibraltar.
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  • I've seen it, gigantic rock,man, people live there,
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  • it's something.
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  • As long as it would take pigeonto land on Gibraltar--and they
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  • got a lot of them there, by theway--and take his beak and
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  • begin to rub on that giant,giant rock, as long as it would
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  • take him to rub so long thatthat rock became just sand--how
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  • much time that would take onenanosecond would've gone by
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  • in eternity.
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  • That's how long eternity is,it's like forever.
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  • "For God so loved the world thathe gave his only unique begotten
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  • son that whosoever believes inhim will not perish, but they'll
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  • live forever."
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  • Quite a verse.
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  • Now, that's John 3:16, but youknow Jesus keeps on speaking in
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  • verse 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21,five more verses.
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  • You know what hashappened to us?
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  • We stopped at John 3:16 and wesaid, "Boy, it is the Everest,
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  • it is the top," we've forgottento look at those following five
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  • verses, and they are a part ofone of the greatest chapters in
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  • the Bible, which isJohn chapter 3.
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  • And those five verses,you know what they do?
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  • They explain John 3:16.
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  • So we won't just go over thewords, we'll know exactly
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  • what is being taught by the sonof God.
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  • So let's look at those verses,they are very, very important,
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  • and we're gonna just take a lookat four words, four key words
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  • you find in John 3:16.
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  • And the first word is world,it's mentioned twice in John 17,
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  • and then believe is mentionedthree times in the next verse,
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  • and then from there to 21, it'stalking about judgment, it's
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  • talking about perishing.
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  • Look what we learn from the wordworld, look at John 3:17, "For
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  • God did not send the son intothe world to judge the world but
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  • that the world might be savedthrough him."
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  • What does that say?
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  • It says that Jesus came to theworld not to judge us--there
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  • will be a day for that in hissecond coming--but he came into
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  • the world not to judge us butthat the world through him might
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  • be salvaged, restored for thepurpose for which it was made.
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  • Each one of us, we're salvagedin this life, and we're saved
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  • in eternity.
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  • He came so that through him wemight be okay, salvaged.
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  • Now, have you heard somebodysay, "How can a God of love send
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  • anybody to hell?"
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  • Let me remind you biblically,theologically, God never sends
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  • anybody to hell.
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  • He never does that.
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  • Jesus has died for all yourtrash and all of my trash so
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  • that if we choose to go to hell,God doesn't send us, we've got
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  • to go over the body that he hasprovided, he has died for us so
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  • we will never condemn ourselvesto eternal separation from God.
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  • Isn't that beautiful?
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  • He came into the world toredeem, to save.
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  • We know there's creation,there's the fall, and
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  • there's redemption.
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  • He came in the redemption motifto salvage us now and to save us
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  • in eternity.
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  • So we looked at the word worldthat helps us understand the
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  • word world in John 3:16, andthen we see the word believe,
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  • look at it.
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  • John 3:18, "He that believes inhim is not judged, he who does
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  • not believe has been judgedalready because he has not
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  • believed in the name of the onlybegotten of the father."
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  • What is that about?It's about to believe.
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  • People are going believeon the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • What does believe mean?
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  • Well, I'd have to knowall the facts.
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  • A lot of us know the facts,is that enough?
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  • To believe, three times in oneverse Jesus said believe, what
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  • in the world does believe mean?
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  • I believe, what do you believe?
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  • What does it mean to believe?
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  • In the New Hebrides Islandsway down in the South Pacific,
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  • a missionary went thereby name of John Paton.
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  • Now, for 2.000 years, virtuallyno one visited the New Hebrides,
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  • and it was an isolated place inthe world, but Paton went there
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  • as a missionary, and he wastrying to introduce the natives
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  • to God and to Christ, which theyknew nothing about.
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  • So he realized he'd have to havea bible and translate a bible
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  • and take their language and findthe words and write a Bible so
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  • they'd have a writtenunderstanding of what it meant
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  • to be a son anda daughter of God.
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  • So he listened to them as theywould speak and he would pick up
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  • words from their language and hewould realize that matches the
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  • word in the Bible, but hecouldn't find a word for faith
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  • or word for believe.
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  • Now, if you're translating theBible and you don't find a word
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  • for faith and believe, I don'tknow how you'll get along.
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  • So he kept listening andlistening, couldn't find a word
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  • for believe.
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  • Finally, one day, he and anotherIndian man, they went out
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  • hunting, they went way up in themountains, they shot a big deer,
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  • and he took that deer and theyput it on a pole and they made
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  • their way laboriously, four orfive hours down those mountain
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  • trails carrying that big deer.
  • 00:18:36.104 --> 00:18:39.074
  • And finally, they moved to thebeach home where the missionary
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  • lived and they went there andthey dropped the pole and the
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  • deer, and the native went overand just fell into a chair on
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  • the porch, and he said, "It isso good to be stretched out here
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  • and rest."
  • 00:18:59.027 --> 00:19:01.730
  • It is so good to be stretchedout here and rest.
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  • And the missionary, John Paton,says, "I've got my word."
  • 00:19:07.102 --> 00:19:10.739
  • He said that in the language ofNew Hebrides, it is so good to
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  • be stretched out here and rest,he said that's my word
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  • for believe.
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  • For God so loved the world thathe gave his only begotten son
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  • that whoever stretches out onJesus and rests shall be saved.
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  • It's to put our full trust inhim, to believe his atoning
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  • death for us, to understand he'sgiven to us the genius of life,
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  • it's a stretch-out fully on him.
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  • That's to believe,that's to believe.
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  • Whoever believes in him.
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  • Oh, that's a big word.
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  • And then the last word, we havethe last three verses here, is
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  • the word perish, or we'd say theword judgment.
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  • Look at it, verse 19, "This isthe judgment that the light has
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  • come into the world."
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  • What is the light of the world?
  • 00:20:00.422 --> 00:20:02.324
  • It's Jesus, Jesus came and helighted up the world.
  • 00:20:02.357 --> 00:20:07.629
  • "Has come into the world, andmen loved the darkness rather
  • 00:20:07.663 --> 00:20:10.732
  • than the light, for their deedswere evil.
  • 00:20:10.766 --> 00:20:14.670
  • So everyone who does evil hatesthe light and does not come to
  • 00:20:14.703 --> 00:20:19.574
  • the light for fear that hisdeeds will be exposed.
  • 00:20:19.608 --> 00:20:23.812
  • But he who practices the truthcomes to the light so that his
  • 00:20:23.845 --> 00:20:27.482
  • deeds may be manifested ashaving been wrought in God."
  • 00:20:27.516 --> 00:20:31.420
  • What is that about?
  • 00:20:31.453 --> 00:20:33.889
  • It says that Jesus came and gavelight in the world, but the
  • 00:20:33.922 --> 00:20:37.726
  • world enjoys darkness.
  • 00:20:37.759 --> 00:20:41.997
  • What is darkness?
  • 00:20:42.030 --> 00:20:43.665
  • The absence of light.
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  • "As long as Jesus was not in theworld, the light in the world
  • 00:20:45.667 --> 00:20:49.237
  • was dim, but Jesus cameand gave light."
  • 00:20:49.271 --> 00:20:53.809
  • And what happens when you putlight down in a hole?
  • 00:20:53.842 --> 00:20:56.078
  • Watch all the roaches run.
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  • Jesus is the light of the world.
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  • He came to cast out darknessindividually in your life and in
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  • my life, and wherever we go andwherever he goes, he casts
  • 00:21:04.519 --> 00:21:08.323
  • out darkness.
  • 00:21:08.357 --> 00:21:10.559
  • Darkness is the absence oflight, and God came and
  • 00:21:10.592 --> 00:21:13.595
  • gave light.
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  • And therefore where light comes,he came not to judge or condemn,
  • 00:21:16.031 --> 00:21:20.402
  • he came to turn on the lights.
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  • And he's biddingfor every one of us.
  • 00:21:25.440 --> 00:21:27.809
  • We're all on the auction block,have you noticed?
  • 00:21:27.843 --> 00:21:30.312
  • And God in Jesus Christis bidding for us.
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  • He says, "I bid my son, I puthim there, I love him and he
  • 00:21:33.248 --> 00:21:39.254
  • loves you."
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  • He's providing for your life tobe alive and to be a light to
  • 00:21:41.256 --> 00:21:48.663
  • the world.
  • 00:21:48.697 --> 00:21:51.166
  • Twas battered and scarred andthe auctioneer thought it
  • 00:21:51.199 --> 00:21:55.137
  • scarcely worth his while towaste much time on the old
  • 00:21:55.170 --> 00:21:57.973
  • violin, but he held it up with asmile, "What am I bidding,
  • 00:21:58.006 --> 00:22:02.644
  • good folk?"
  • 00:22:02.677 --> 00:22:04.813
  • He cried, "Who will startthe bidding for me?
  • 00:22:04.846 --> 00:22:07.215
  • A dollar, only two?Who'll make it three?
  • 00:22:07.249 --> 00:22:10.152
  • Oh, $3 once, $3 twice,going for only 3."
  • 00:22:10.185 --> 00:22:16.324
  • But no, from the room far back,a gray-haired man came forward
  • 00:22:16.358 --> 00:22:20.896
  • and picked up the bowand tightened the strings
  • 00:22:20.929 --> 00:22:23.298
  • on the old violin.
  • 00:22:23.331 --> 00:22:25.500
  • He played a melody pure andsweet, as sweet as the
  • 00:22:25.534 --> 00:22:29.971
  • angel sings.
  • 00:22:30.005 --> 00:22:32.274
  • The music ceased and theauctioneer, with a voice that
  • 00:22:32.307 --> 00:22:35.477
  • was quiet and low, said, "Now,what am I bid for the
  • 00:22:35.510 --> 00:22:40.582
  • old violin?"
  • 00:22:40.615 --> 00:22:43.051
  • And he held it up with a bow,"A thousand dollars, $2.000?
  • 00:22:43.084 --> 00:22:47.823
  • Who'll make it three?
  • 00:22:47.856 --> 00:22:49.891
  • $3.000 once, $3.000 twice,going and gone," cried he.
  • 00:22:49.925 --> 00:22:55.096
  • The people cheered,but some of them cried.
  • 00:22:55.130 --> 00:23:00.635
  • We do not quite understandwhat changed its worth.
  • 00:23:00.669 --> 00:23:06.575
  • Quick came the reply, "The touchof the master's hand."
  • 00:23:06.608 --> 00:23:12.981
  • And many a man with life out oftune is battered and torn with
  • 00:23:13.014 --> 00:23:16.384
  • sin is auctioned cheap to thethoughtless crowd much like that
  • 00:23:16.418 --> 00:23:21.056
  • old violin.
  • 00:23:21.089 --> 00:23:23.525
  • A bowl of pottage, a glass ofwine, a game, and he travels on,
  • 00:23:23.558 --> 00:23:26.761
  • he's going once, he's goingtwice, he's almost gone, but the
  • 00:23:26.795 --> 00:23:31.666
  • master comes and the foolishcrowd can never quite understand
  • 00:23:31.700 --> 00:23:38.640
  • the worth of a soul, and thechange that's wrought by the
  • 00:23:38.673 --> 00:23:45.180
  • touch of the master's hand.
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  • male announcer: Pain, loss,hardship, why does God allow bad
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  • things to happen to good people?
  • 00:23:55.524 --> 00:23:58.059
  • In his series, "Overcoming ToughTimes," Dr. Ed Young helps us
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  • understand the purposeof suffering in our lives.
  • 00:24:01.229 --> 00:24:03.965
  • Ed Young: Suffering isabsolutely inevitable,
  • 00:24:03.999 --> 00:24:06.334
  • it's a part of everyone's life.
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  • We see it all around us inillness, betrayal, abuse,
  • 00:24:08.436 --> 00:24:11.640
  • and even death.
  • 00:24:11.673 --> 00:24:13.708
  • It affects the young, the old,the Christian and
  • 00:24:13.742 --> 00:24:15.810
  • the non-Christian.
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  • We simply cannot escape it,but we can overcome it.
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  • In the book of Job, we seea man who was an expert,
  • 00:24:20.949 --> 00:24:24.386
  • Phi Beta Kappa, on suffering.
  • 00:24:24.419 --> 00:24:27.022
  • He suffered the loss of hischildren, his health, and his
  • 00:24:27.055 --> 00:24:30.191
  • wealth, and in studying Job'slife, you and I can find God's
  • 00:24:30.225 --> 00:24:34.896
  • answers to how to overcome toughtimes in our own lives.
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  • male announcer: To get thisseries, call the number on your
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  • screen or go online atWinningWalk.org.
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  • Ed Young: What isour greatest need?
  • 00:24:49.978 --> 00:24:52.814
  • It is to know God and to beconfident that he also knows us.
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  • We're not truly ready to live orready to die until we know for
  • 00:24:58.186 --> 00:25:01.823
  • sure that we are officially inGod's family.
  • 00:25:01.856 --> 00:25:06.194
  • Well, how do you do that?
  • 00:25:06.227 --> 00:25:09.164
  • By recognizing and realizingthat you and I are sinners and
  • 00:25:09.197 --> 00:25:13.735
  • that we have missed the markand by turning from that sin
  • 00:25:13.768 --> 00:25:18.239
  • and asking Jesus tocome into our lives.
  • 00:25:18.273 --> 00:25:22.077
  • He doesn't just straighten us upand straighten us out, he cleans
  • 00:25:22.110 --> 00:25:26.982
  • us up and keeps on cleaning usup day after day after day.
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  • Then he gives you the assurancethat you are a child of God in
  • 00:25:33.355 --> 00:25:38.059
  • the family of God, a member ofhis supernatural family.
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  • Listen, if the Holy Spirit isleading you to take a moment
  • 00:25:42.631 --> 00:25:46.434
  • and pray this simple prayerafter me.
  • 00:25:46.468 --> 00:25:50.171
  • Now, it's not my prayer,it's your prayer directly to
  • 00:25:50.205 --> 00:25:54.142
  • the Father.
  • 00:25:54.175 --> 00:25:56.645
  • It will be the first stepto becoming brand new
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  • inside and out.
  • 00:26:01.216 --> 00:26:03.585
  • As he leads, would you pray thisprayer after me?
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  • Dear heavenly Father, I've beenaway from you, and now I want to
  • 00:26:07.689 --> 00:26:15.463
  • come home to you.
  • 00:26:15.497 --> 00:26:17.832
  • I want a new life, I want aclean life, I wanna be forgiven.
  • 00:26:17.866 --> 00:26:22.671
  • And Lord, right now I confess toyou all of that stuff that is
  • 00:26:22.704 --> 00:26:28.476
  • fouled up my life, sin.
  • 00:26:28.510 --> 00:26:31.579
  • And right now, heavenly Father,I turn away from all that sin,"
  • 00:26:31.613 --> 00:26:36.685
  • that's right, just pray it.
  • 00:26:36.718 --> 00:26:39.254
  • "And right now I ask JesusChrist to come and fill up my
  • 00:26:39.287 --> 00:26:42.524
  • life with himself and give me anew life inside that will be
  • 00:26:42.557 --> 00:26:48.263
  • expressed outside, that's right.
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  • In Jesus's name.
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  • Listen, if you prayed thatsimple prayer sincerely, call
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  • the number on your screen, andwe'd be delighted to hear from
  • 00:27:00.775 --> 00:27:04.479
  • you and to rejoice with youabout the decision you just
  • 00:27:04.512 --> 00:27:07.916
  • made, and we will begin toexplain it, and it'll come alive
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  • and you'll see how eternallyvaluable it is.
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  • And let me personally, also,thank you for watching today,
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  • and please join us next weekright here on "The Winning Walk"
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