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December 6, 2020
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  • As we begin today, I want toshare with you how
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  • God is using this ministryduring this moment in history.
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  • We recently heard from Kenny,who found The Winning Walk
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  • on YouTube and he writes,
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  • “I thankfully and humbly pulledover for prayer as I listened.
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  • I'm sitting on the side of theroad right now
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  • with an open heart and a soulknowing all of God's works
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  • are for my betterment on my pathof life."
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  • He says, "Thank you Dr.Youngand every single supporter
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  • of this video and it'shome church.”
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  • I'm struck by the uniqueopportunity we have
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  • because of this pandemic toreach more people
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  • with the good news of JesusChrist right where they are.
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  • People like Kenny.Thousands of others.
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  • God is using this broadcasts ontelevision, radio and online,
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  • like never before.
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  • That's what the Winning Walkis all about.
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  • It's only possible thanks to thegenerosity of those who listen -
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  • people like you.
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  • So today, I want to ask for yourhelp to keep God's word
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  • going out into more and morelives like yours, like Kenny's.
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  • Right now, we've been presentedwith a $75.000 matching grant.
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  • In other words, every dollarthat is given is matched.
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  • Your gift and my gift will gotwice as far.
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  • Our end of the year goal is toreach $500.000,
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  • and we can do it if we all stepup to the line and say,
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  • "I want God's word to go out."
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  • $500.000 - a lot of money.
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  • We can do it if we do ittogether.
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  • People like Kenny, and countlessothers will be able to hear
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  • the truth about Jesus Christ.
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  • And that means more livesequipped for a
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  • Winning Walk with Him.
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  • So as we close out this year,please consider how you will
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  • give generously to thisministry,
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  • and thank you for standingwith us.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Ed Young: From NativeAmerican lore,
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  • there is a story thatI just can't forget.
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  • An Indian brave was walkingunder a large, high cliff,
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  • and he looked down andsaw an eagle's egg,
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  • and he picked up that eagle egg,
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  • and he couldn't climb the cliffto put it back in the nest,
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  • so he went and foundsome prairie chickens,
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  • some prairie chicken eggs,and the hen was hatching them,
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  • and he took that large eagle egg
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  • and put it among all thelittle prairie chicken eggs,
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  • and the mother prairie chickennever knew the difference.
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  • So all the prairie chickenshatched, and the eagle hatched,
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  • and the eagle just assumedhe was a prairie chicken!
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  • And he would cluck, andscratch, and grub for worms,
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  • and once in a while fly about,
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  • you know, a foot ortwo off the ground,
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  • about 10 or 12 yards, andhe lived his life an eagle,
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  • but yet thinking hewas a prairie chicken.
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  • And then about themiddle of his life,
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  • he looked up oneday in the heavens,
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  • and he saw this bird
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  • soaring through thesky with golden wings,
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  • catching a wind, and(exhales quickly) and boy,
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  • he looked at his buddy andthe eagle said, "Look at that!
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  • "What is that"?
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  • He said, "That's aneagle, a changeling eagle.
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  • "That's the king, thechief of all birds."
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  • Said, "Don't youpay any attention
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  • "you'll never be ableto fly like that!"
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  • So the eagle just lookedup and admired the power,
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  • the majesty, and themagnificence
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  • of that flying eagle,
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  • thinking all the time hewas just a prairie chicken,
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  • never realizing thathe had all the capacity
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  • to be the eagle thatGod had designed.
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  • He lived a long time and died.
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  • An eagle died.
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  • His whole life, he thoughthe was a prairie chicken.
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  • There's a lot of prairiechickens in here today!
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  • Lot of us!
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  • Prairie chickens.
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  • God had plans a design foryour life, for my life.
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  • And we can't do anythingabout our environment.
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  • We can't do anythingabout our DNA,
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  • but we can do a whole lotabout the choices we made,
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  • and a lot of times,we've made choices
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  • that lead us into a prairiechicken kind of lifestyle,
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  • rather than alifestyle of an eagle.
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  • And by an eagle, doesn'tmean that we're wealthy,
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  • or successful, or popular, orhave a whole lot of pleasure,
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  • a whole of toys,that's not success.
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  • That's not what Imean by an eagle.
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  • An eagle is someone who becomes
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  • everything God designedthat person to become.
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  • But still, a lotof us are content
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  • to being prairie chickens!
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  • And God must look down and say,
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  • "You know, when isshe going to wake up?
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  • "When is he going tocome to his senses
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  • "and begin to makewise choices"?
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  • Solomon is talkingabout the fool,
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  • and he's talking about the wise.
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  • He's talking about folly, andhe's talking about good sense,
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  • and that's what he's dealingwith in this chapter.
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  • Look at the laterpart of verse 18:
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  • But one sinnerdestroys much good.
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  • Anybody want todebate with that?
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  • You go to a group,
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  • and one idiot there canruin the whole party,
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  • the whole gathering, thewhole family reunion.
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  • A whole high school reunion.
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  • Man, and so my point is,
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  • one sin can destroysomebody's life.
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  • I had a friend in Atlanta.
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  • He was an outstanding youngman, great wife, kids.
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  • His wife one day told himthat she'd had a brief affair
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  • with someone that they knew,
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  • and he just got up out ofbed and got his shotgun.
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  • Said, "I'm gonna go kill him..."
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  • and his wife grabbedhim and said,
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  • "No, no, no, no, wecan work it out."
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  • and he put the shotgun down.
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  • But the next morning, hiswife called the police.
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  • Said she wasfrightened, and she was.
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  • Told the kids.
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  • Make a long story short, theywere divorced, totally ruined.
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  • His employer fired him.
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  • He could not get ajob, and years ago,
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  • his wife married the man she'dhad a little affair with,
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  • and now they're divorced,
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  • and the whole family ismessed up from top to bottom,
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  • and this guy hashad a tough time
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  • having any kind ofemployment, because of what?
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  • Five minutes of actinglike a prairie chicken
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  • in a crisis situation.
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  • It doesn't take longto mess up your life
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  • or to mess up my life, does it?
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  • Little things, a little sin.
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  • And then look what else
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  • a prairie chickendoesn't understand:
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  • Dead flies make aperfumer of oil stink,
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  • and a little foolishness isweightier than wisdom and honor.
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  • A fly in the ointment.
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  • Ever heard of that phrase?
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  • Boy, there's a flyin the ointment?
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  • Man, a little flycan make you question
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  • the whole thing you're eating.
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  • I remember the story ofthe guy who ordered soup,
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  • and there was a fly in his soup.
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  • He called the waiterover and says,
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  • "What is that flydoing in my soup"?
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  • And the waiterlooked in and says,
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  • "Well, I think he'sdoing the backstroke."
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  • The bottom line is, alittle fly in the ointment,
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  • one little sin, little thing.
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  • Prairie chickens,they don't get it!
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  • They don't realize theimportance of little things.
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  • And then, Solomon continueswith the same line of thinking.
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  • Look at it.
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  • He says, "A wise man's heartdirects him toward the right,
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  • "but the foolish heartdirects him toward the left."
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  • There you have the Democratic,Republican Party, right here!
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  • I didn't write it!
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  • It's right in the Bible!
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  • (congregation applauds)
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  • And he says, "Even when thefool walks along the road,
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  • "his sense is lacking andhe demonstrates to everyone
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  • "that he is a fool."
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  • What is he saying?
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  • He's saying a littlesin gets you in trouble!
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  • He said a little fly inanything destroys the whole,
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  • and he says one stepin the wrong direction,
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  • your destinationwill be a disaster.
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  • If you are standing here
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  • and you want to walk astraight line for 100 yards,
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  • and you start off one degree,
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  • just one degree offthat straight line,
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  • you will miss yourgoal by 5.2 feet.
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  • Okay?
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  • If you're standing right here
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  • and you decide togo to the moon,
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  • and you're just one degreeoff on your trip to the moon,
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  • you will miss themoon by 4.196 miles.
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  • If you're standing here
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  • and you decide youwant to go to the sun
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  • and you're one degree off,
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  • you'll miss the sunby 1.6 million miles.
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  • A little thing means a lot,
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  • and the whole purpose of Solomon
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  • is saying let's justlook at your life,
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  • and I would say, or you andI, we have some birds in us,
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  • some prairie chickenin us, and therefore,
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  • we've got to look atthese little things
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  • that we'd explained awayand realize as life goes on,
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  • as it pushes out,
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  • it can end a million milesfrom a way we wanted to end up.
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  • When you get whereyou're going right now,
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  • where will you be?
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  • You see, if God doesn'twork a change in our lives,
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  • if you're jealous now,
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  • you're 94 yearsold in a rest home,
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  • you're gonna be more jealousthen than you are now!
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  • The meanest people in theworld are in rest homes!
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  • And the sweetest people inthe world are in rest homes,
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  • because what we are now,we're becoming more,
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  • and more, and more of that.
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  • Unless we meet Christ,
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  • we're living likea prairie chicken,
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  • we're gonna end upmore prairie chicken
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  • than when we began becausewe started a wrong direction.
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  • A little sin, a littlemisstep destination.
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  • Now, then, then Solomon starts.
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  • He tells us and shows us
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  • what a prairiechicken's lifestyle is.
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  • And I'm gonna move sofast, you'd better hold on,
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  • because these are allsilly little things
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  • that prairie chickensdo, you and I,
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  • and it's the markof a prairie chicken
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  • and the mark of a fool.
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  • Look what he says:"If the ruler's temper
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  • rises against you,"do not abandon your position
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  • "because composureallays great offenses."
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  • Here's a prairiechicken who has a job,
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  • and the boss comes inand reprimands him.
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  • Maybe the boss is wrong;maybe the boss is right;
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  • the boss is violent.
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  • Then the prairiechicken resigns!
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  • "I've got my pride!"
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  • What did Solomon say?
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  • He said, you know, back up.
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  • Take a time out.
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  • Consider the whole situation,
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  • and it may be thebeginning of wisdom.
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  • If you are young, youmay not know this.
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  • If you're old, you know this:
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  • It's easier to get ajob when you have a job.
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  • When you don't have ajob and you had a job,
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  • it's real tough to get a job!
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  • Mark that down.
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  • That is not prairiechicken wisdom,
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  • that's intelligent wisdom.
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  • So he's saying, here's somebody,
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  • oh somebody te--- "Oh, I resign!
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  • "I'm out, I'm not gonna..."
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  • No, no.
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  • He says use somecomposure cool down.
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  • Good advice.
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  • Then he talks about leadership
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  • and it doesn't mean you'rea CEO or you're a foreman,
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  • or you're a captain.
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  • It may mean you're thehead of a home, a father.
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  • Maybe you have responsibilityfor children, a mother,
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  • and he says all of this isprairie chicken leadership.
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  • Boy, we got a lot of itaround, as we all know.
  • 00:13:14.173 --> 00:13:17.376
  • Look at it, verse 8: "Follyis set in many exalted places
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  • while rich men sitin humble places.
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  • I've seen slaves ridingon horses and princes
  • 00:13:27.152 --> 00:13:30.022
  • walking like slaves on land.
  • 00:13:30.055 --> 00:13:32.091
  • He's not talking aboutslaves or princes.
  • 00:13:32.124 --> 00:13:35.294
  • What he's really saying,he said I've seen people
  • 00:13:35.327 --> 00:13:38.297
  • who have great ability,
  • 00:13:38.330 --> 00:13:40.499
  • and they're working forpeople who have less ability,
  • 00:13:40.532 --> 00:13:44.036
  • and he says, that'sthings upside down.
  • 00:13:44.069 --> 00:13:48.007
  • He said that's what happensto prairie chickens.
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  • You get a prairie chickenin a place of authority,
  • 00:13:50.242 --> 00:13:53.045
  • you got a problem,ladies and gentleman.
  • 00:13:53.078 --> 00:13:55.447
  • I don't care what it is.
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  • A prairie chicken,man, they're exacting,
  • 00:13:57.082 --> 00:14:00.052
  • they, they're overbearing.
  • 00:14:00.085 --> 00:14:01.854
  • They don't understand anythingabout love, and graciousness,
  • 00:14:01.887 --> 00:14:05.024
  • and compatibility,or how to reprimand,
  • 00:14:05.057 --> 00:14:07.693
  • or deal with a situationthrough intelligence,
  • 00:14:07.726 --> 00:14:10.129
  • and love, and graciousness.
  • 00:14:10.162 --> 00:14:11.897
  • Boy, that will ruin anything.
  • 00:14:11.931 --> 00:14:13.666
  • A prairie chicken in leadership
  • 00:14:13.699 --> 00:14:15.567
  • is a disaster every single time,
  • 00:14:15.601 --> 00:14:19.605
  • and you see so many people
  • 00:14:19.638 --> 00:14:20.839
  • making crazy statementsin this world,
  • 00:14:20.873 --> 00:14:24.310
  • taking unbelievablepositions in this world.
  • 00:14:24.343 --> 00:14:27.313
  • Prairie chickensunfortunately have been
  • 00:14:27.346 --> 00:14:30.516
  • elected to high office andhold important positions
  • 00:14:30.549 --> 00:14:34.186
  • in almost everycorporation, company,
  • 00:14:34.219 --> 00:14:36.355
  • organization on the planet,
  • 00:14:36.388 --> 00:14:37.957
  • and boy, when theyshow themselves,
  • 00:14:37.990 --> 00:14:39.959
  • it is an ugly sightindeed to behold!
  • 00:14:39.992 --> 00:14:42.695
  • We're talking about prairiechicken leadership here!
  • 00:14:42.728 --> 00:14:45.931
  • And look at all the thingsthat happen, quickly!
  • 00:14:45.965 --> 00:14:48.901
  • He digs a pit, may fall into it.
  • 00:14:48.934 --> 00:14:50.970
  • You dig a pit tocapture somebody else;
  • 00:14:51.003 --> 00:14:52.938
  • you fall in your own trap!
  • 00:14:52.972 --> 00:14:56.008
  • And a serpent may bite himwho breaks through a wall.
  • 00:14:56.041 --> 00:14:59.244
  • Here is somebody
  • 00:14:59.278 --> 00:15:00.279
  • breaking through a wallto steal something,
  • 00:15:00.312 --> 00:15:02.414
  • and they get bitten by a serpent
  • 00:15:02.448 --> 00:15:04.216
  • as they're trying to breakin and steal something.
  • 00:15:04.249 --> 00:15:06.452
  • I thought about the guy
  • 00:15:06.485 --> 00:15:07.920
  • who was holding upthe convenience store,
  • 00:15:07.953 --> 00:15:10.055
  • and he went in thereand he told the guy,
  • 00:15:10.089 --> 00:15:11.924
  • he said, "You havechange for a 50?"
  • 00:15:11.957 --> 00:15:13.759
  • And he put a 50 dollarbill on the counter,
  • 00:15:13.792 --> 00:15:15.661
  • and the man went over there
  • 00:15:15.694 --> 00:15:17.262
  • and opened the cashregister to get him change,
  • 00:15:17.296 --> 00:15:19.198
  • and the robber went over thereand pulled a gun and said,
  • 00:15:19.231 --> 00:15:21.934
  • "Give me all the money in thecash register, all of it."
  • 00:15:21.967 --> 00:15:24.903
  • So he dumped out all themoney in the cash register,
  • 00:15:24.937 --> 00:15:26.572
  • put it in a bag, and ran out.
  • 00:15:26.605 --> 00:15:28.907
  • And the police came andsaid, "Well, what happened"?
  • 00:15:28.941 --> 00:15:31.643
  • He said, "Well, heleft his 50 bill here."
  • 00:15:31.677 --> 00:15:33.912
  • He said, "How much wasin the cash register"?
  • 00:15:33.946 --> 00:15:35.447
  • Oh, said, "A little over $30."
  • 00:15:35.481 --> 00:15:37.249
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:15:37.282 --> 00:15:40.219
  • If I'd run theconvenience store,
  • 00:15:40.252 --> 00:15:41.653
  • I'd say, I hope hecomes back tomorrow!
  • 00:15:41.687 --> 00:15:44.957
  • So we have herestupidity involved.
  • 00:15:44.990 --> 00:15:49.061
  • And then he talks about
  • 00:15:49.094 --> 00:15:50.896
  • he who quarries stonemay be hurt by them.
  • 00:15:50.929 --> 00:15:54.700
  • You're mining stone and rock,
  • 00:15:54.733 --> 00:15:57.169
  • you better be careful.
  • 00:15:57.202 --> 00:15:58.337
  • You can hurt by it...
  • 00:15:58.370 --> 00:15:59.938
  • Then he says, who splitslogs may be in danger by them
  • 00:15:59.972 --> 00:16:03.876
  • How many here haveever split logs?
  • 00:16:03.909 --> 00:16:05.277
  • You split logs?
  • 00:16:05.310 --> 00:16:06.879
  • If you're not careful, bang!
  • 00:16:06.912 --> 00:16:08.313
  • You'll hit your foot,cut your toe off.
  • 00:16:08.347 --> 00:16:10.382
  • Man, prairie chickens do thatall the time, don't they?
  • 00:16:10.416 --> 00:16:13.819
  • He's giving us a warningof simple, silly things.
  • 00:16:13.852 --> 00:16:17.056
  • And then he says,if the ax is dull,
  • 00:16:17.089 --> 00:16:19.224
  • it does not sharpen the edge,
  • 00:16:19.258 --> 00:16:21.060
  • then he must exertmore strength.
  • 00:16:21.093 --> 00:16:23.095
  • Hello!
  • 00:16:23.128 --> 00:16:25.697
  • You're just hammeringaway, trying to cut a log,
  • 00:16:25.731 --> 00:16:28.267
  • or cut a tree withan ax that's dull.
  • 00:16:28.300 --> 00:16:30.536
  • Wouldn't it be good advice tosharpen the ax a little bit?
  • 00:16:30.569 --> 00:16:33.972
  • It'd be a lot easierand quicker and better?
  • 00:16:34.006 --> 00:16:35.774
  • No, no, no!
  • 00:16:35.808 --> 00:16:36.875
  • Prairie chickens don't get that!
  • 00:16:36.909 --> 00:16:38.210
  • We just hammer on through!
  • 00:16:38.243 --> 00:16:40.379
  • Oh me.
  • 00:16:40.412 --> 00:16:42.714
  • Sounds like things I've done.
  • 00:16:42.748 --> 00:16:45.317
  • If a serpent bitesbefore being charmed,
  • 00:16:45.350 --> 00:16:47.453
  • there is no profitto the charmer.
  • 00:16:47.486 --> 00:16:50.155
  • Here's somebody who, whocharmed snakes in that day.
  • 00:16:50.189 --> 00:16:53.225
  • By the way, snakesdo not have ears.
  • 00:16:53.258 --> 00:16:55.194
  • They have little slits.
  • 00:16:55.227 --> 00:16:56.728
  • They respond only to vibrations.
  • 00:16:56.762 --> 00:16:59.231
  • If the charmer hasa snake in a bag
  • 00:16:59.264 --> 00:17:01.366
  • and he forgets about him,
  • 00:17:01.400 --> 00:17:02.868
  • the snake comes out andbites him, prairie chicken.
  • 00:17:02.901 --> 00:17:06.872
  • I mean, a prairie chicken,every single time.
  • 00:17:06.905 --> 00:17:09.541
  • Words from the mouth ofa wise man are gracious,
  • 00:17:09.575 --> 00:17:13.712
  • while the lips of a prairiechicken consume him.
  • 00:17:13.745 --> 00:17:17.149
  • At the beginning ofhis talking is folly,
  • 00:17:17.182 --> 00:17:19.451
  • and the end of itis wicked madness;
  • 00:17:19.485 --> 00:17:21.720
  • yet, the fool multiplies words.
  • 00:17:21.753 --> 00:17:24.690
  • No man knows what will happen,
  • 00:17:24.723 --> 00:17:26.358
  • and who can tell himwhat will come after him?
  • 00:17:26.391 --> 00:17:28.527
  • Words, words, words, words!
  • 00:17:28.560 --> 00:17:32.664
  • Like the wife who said,"All my husband do
  • 00:17:32.698 --> 00:17:35.033
  • "is he talks, talks,talks, talks."
  • 00:17:35.067 --> 00:17:37.202
  • I said, What ishe talking about?
  • 00:17:37.236 --> 00:17:39.138
  • And she said, "Henever does say."
  • 00:17:39.171 --> 00:17:43.775
  • Ladies and gentlemen,when I am talking,
  • 00:17:43.809 --> 00:17:46.145
  • or when you are talking,we're not learning a thing!
  • 00:17:46.178 --> 00:17:50.516
  • We've got two ears, one mouth.
  • 00:17:50.549 --> 00:17:52.117
  • Does that tell you anything?
  • 00:17:52.151 --> 00:17:54.853
  • The prairie chicken talks,talks, talks, talks, talks.
  • 00:17:54.887 --> 00:17:59.525
  • The toil of a fool,verse 15, so wearies him
  • 00:17:59.558 --> 00:18:02.794
  • that he does not evenknow how to go to a city.
  • 00:18:02.828 --> 00:18:05.797
  • You just work, work, work, why?
  • 00:18:05.831 --> 00:18:07.499
  • I don't know, I justwork, work, work.
  • 00:18:07.533 --> 00:18:09.635
  • How foolish can it be?
  • 00:18:09.668 --> 00:18:11.570
  • Blessed are you, O' land,
  • 00:18:11.603 --> 00:18:12.938
  • whose king, whoseleader is of nobility
  • 00:18:12.971 --> 00:18:15.941
  • and princes who sit atthe appropriate time,
  • 00:18:15.974 --> 00:18:18.443
  • who eat at the appropriate time
  • 00:18:18.477 --> 00:18:19.845
  • for strength andnot for drunkenness.
  • 00:18:19.878 --> 00:18:22.281
  • Here is someonewho's incompetent
  • 00:18:22.314 --> 00:18:23.882
  • because they're livinga dissipated life.
  • 00:18:23.916 --> 00:18:26.285
  • That happens all thetime in the world.
  • 00:18:26.318 --> 00:18:29.021
  • Prairie chicken.
  • 00:18:29.054 --> 00:18:30.455
  • And then look at verse 18.
  • 00:18:30.489 --> 00:18:32.057
  • Through, indolence,laziness, the rafters sag,
  • 00:18:32.090 --> 00:18:38.096
  • and through slackness,the house leaks.
  • 00:18:38.130 --> 00:18:40.432
  • Men prepare a mealfor enjoyment and wine
  • 00:18:40.465 --> 00:18:43.202
  • and make them merry,and money's the answer.
  • 00:18:43.235 --> 00:18:45.604
  • The house is falling in,
  • 00:18:45.637 --> 00:18:48.140
  • but we're gonna eat, drink,and be merry, you know.
  • 00:18:48.173 --> 00:18:50.709
  • Wouldn't bet on a hurricane!
  • 00:18:50.742 --> 00:18:51.910
  • Let's have a hurricaneparty, and I'll get drunk
  • 00:18:51.944 --> 00:18:54.446
  • and hope it comes and kills us.
  • 00:18:54.479 --> 00:18:56.248
  • Happens all thetime, doesn't it?
  • 00:18:56.281 --> 00:18:58.383
  • Prairie chicken thinking.
  • 00:18:58.417 --> 00:19:01.153
  • Then verse 22.
  • 00:19:01.186 --> 00:19:02.254
  • Furthermore, in your bedchamber,do not curse the king,
  • 00:19:02.287 --> 00:19:05.123
  • somebody in leadership.
  • 00:19:05.157 --> 00:19:06.625
  • In your sleeping rooms,do not curse a rich man,
  • 00:19:06.658 --> 00:19:10.295
  • somebody who is in authority
  • 00:19:10.329 --> 00:19:12.331
  • for a bird of heavenmay carry the sound
  • 00:19:12.364 --> 00:19:15.634
  • and the winged creaturewill make the matter known.
  • 00:19:15.667 --> 00:19:18.537
  • This is we get our expression,a little bird told me.
  • 00:19:18.570 --> 00:19:22.341
  • That's where it comes from,right there that verse.
  • 00:19:22.374 --> 00:19:24.776
  • How does that happen?
  • 00:19:24.810 --> 00:19:26.445
  • I've got a friend.
  • 00:19:26.478 --> 00:19:28.413
  • He had a three year old, andhe had a boss, and he said,
  • 00:19:28.447 --> 00:19:32.017
  • his boss came and, and thethree year old, he said,
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:35.587
  • "Mikey, this is" he gavethe name of his boss,
  • 00:19:35.621 --> 00:19:39.057
  • and three year old said,
  • 00:19:39.091 --> 00:19:40.459
  • "Oh yes, you're theone they call stupid!"
  • 00:19:40.492 --> 00:19:43.562
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:19:43.595 --> 00:19:46.365
  • A little bird told me!
  • 00:19:46.398 --> 00:19:48.900
  • You know, when we'renegative in our family
  • 00:19:48.934 --> 00:19:51.903
  • and our kids hear uscastigate this person,
  • 00:19:51.937 --> 00:19:54.806
  • talk about this, be upset aboutthis, complain about this,
  • 00:19:54.840 --> 00:19:59.411
  • and you wonder why they grow up
  • 00:19:59.444 --> 00:20:02.114
  • to be complainers and negatives?
  • 00:20:02.147 --> 00:20:04.516
  • You go to church, you say,
  • 00:20:04.549 --> 00:20:05.817
  • Boy, in church today, didyou hear what was said?
  • 00:20:05.851 --> 00:20:08.720
  • I didn't like that.
  • 00:20:08.754 --> 00:20:10.088
  • Boy, in church, what they did
  • 00:20:10.122 --> 00:20:12.891
  • and they grow up not wantingto worship the house of
  • 00:20:12.924 --> 00:20:15.560
  • I wonder how thathappened, dad, mom?
  • 00:20:15.594 --> 00:20:20.232
  • You see, there's a lot of.
  • 00:20:20.265 --> 00:20:22.200
  • (phone rings)
  • 00:20:22.234 --> 00:20:23.602
  • Let me answer that phone.
  • 00:20:23.635 --> 00:20:25.137
  • (congregation laughs)
  • 00:20:25.170 --> 00:20:26.638
  • (chuckles)
  • 00:20:26.672 --> 00:20:27.906
  • Other day, I was in ameeting, and my phone rang!
  • 00:20:27.939 --> 00:20:30.642
  • It's the most embarrassingthing I've ever seen in my life!
  • 00:20:30.676 --> 00:20:33.445
  • Prairie chickens,prairie chickens.
  • 00:20:33.478 --> 00:20:36.014
  • (congregationlaughs and applauds)
  • 00:20:36.048 --> 00:20:41.086
  • Now!
  • 00:20:41.119 --> 00:20:43.955
  • Let's land this plane briefly!
  • 00:20:43.989 --> 00:20:46.892
  • Let's find a prairie chicken
  • 00:20:46.925 --> 00:20:48.960
  • and just stretch himout and look at him.
  • 00:20:48.994 --> 00:20:54.099
  • You know one of thebiggest prairie chickens
  • 00:20:54.132 --> 00:20:55.934
  • in the Bible was Jacob?
  • 00:20:55.967 --> 00:20:59.304
  • Oh yeah, Abraham man,he was a slick arter.
  • 00:20:59.338 --> 00:21:03.375
  • He passed his wife off as hissister twice to save his hide.
  • 00:21:03.408 --> 00:21:07.045
  • Isaac means laughter,and he was a joke.
  • 00:21:07.079 --> 00:21:09.915
  • He was a passive father,and nothing is more deadly
  • 00:21:09.948 --> 00:21:12.684
  • to a family than a passive dad.
  • 00:21:12.718 --> 00:21:16.188
  • Write that down.
  • 00:21:16.221 --> 00:21:18.990
  • And then you have Jacob.
  • 00:21:19.024 --> 00:21:20.559
  • His name means flim-flamman, con-artist, slick.
  • 00:21:20.592 --> 00:21:24.863
  • Exactly what his name means.
  • 00:21:24.896 --> 00:21:26.798
  • He lived up to it just likehis grandfather and his father.
  • 00:21:26.832 --> 00:21:30.802
  • And then Jacob connedhis brother, Esau,
  • 00:21:30.836 --> 00:21:34.272
  • out of the maininheritance in the family
  • 00:21:34.306 --> 00:21:37.709
  • in conjunction with his mother,
  • 00:21:37.743 --> 00:21:39.745
  • who was a slick operatorin and of herself.
  • 00:21:39.778 --> 00:21:43.715
  • And then Esau comes andsays, "I'm going to kill ya"
  • 00:21:43.749 --> 00:21:47.419
  • and Jacob runs to the otherside of the fertile crescent,
  • 00:21:47.452 --> 00:21:50.489
  • the Tigris and Euphrates River,
  • 00:21:50.522 --> 00:21:52.524
  • and he's in hiding inorder to save his hide
  • 00:21:52.557 --> 00:21:55.660
  • from his brother, Esau,who was gonna kill him
  • 00:21:55.694 --> 00:21:58.430
  • because he stole allof his inheritance.
  • 00:21:58.463 --> 00:22:01.666
  • Man, some kind of guy, isn't he?
  • 00:22:01.700 --> 00:22:03.969
  • And he gets there, and hegoes up to his Uncle Laban
  • 00:22:04.002 --> 00:22:07.572
  • in his mother'sside of the family,
  • 00:22:07.606 --> 00:22:09.674
  • and he hires him tolook after the flocks.
  • 00:22:09.708 --> 00:22:12.344
  • He is a very successfulshepherd, and finally, Laban,
  • 00:22:12.377 --> 00:22:16.481
  • Laban comes to him and says,
  • 00:22:16.515 --> 00:22:18.083
  • "Look, we want you to stay here
  • 00:22:18.116 --> 00:22:19.618
  • "and be in charge of my flocks.
  • 00:22:19.651 --> 00:22:21.253
  • "What will I have to pay you?"
  • 00:22:21.286 --> 00:22:23.455
  • You know what his answer was?
  • 00:22:23.488 --> 00:22:25.090
  • Rachel.
  • 00:22:25.123 --> 00:22:27.292
  • Oh yeah!
  • 00:22:27.325 --> 00:22:29.361
  • Rachel, the younger,beautiful daughter of Laban.
  • 00:22:29.394 --> 00:22:32.631
  • "I want Rachel."
  • 00:22:32.664 --> 00:22:35.233
  • Laban says, "Okay,we'll cut a deal
  • 00:22:35.267 --> 00:22:38.103
  • "where you can have Rachel."
  • 00:22:38.136 --> 00:22:40.305
  • And I want you tolisten to these verses.
  • 00:22:40.338 --> 00:22:42.741
  • They are so descriptive.
  • 00:22:42.774 --> 00:22:44.976
  • Stay with me!
  • 00:22:45.010 --> 00:22:46.912
  • We see a prairie chickenin action in Jacob.
  • 00:22:46.945 --> 00:22:52.951
  • Genesis 29:16 following.
  • 00:22:52.984 --> 00:22:56.688
  • Now Laban had two daughters.
  • 00:22:56.721 --> 00:22:59.224
  • The name of the older was Leah.
  • 00:22:59.257 --> 00:23:01.393
  • The name of theyounger was Rachel,
  • 00:23:01.426 --> 00:23:03.762
  • and Leah's eyes were weak.
  • 00:23:03.795 --> 00:23:06.198
  • Don't know exactlywhat that means,
  • 00:23:06.231 --> 00:23:07.599
  • but Rachel was beautifulof form and face.
  • 00:23:07.632 --> 00:23:10.769
  • She was a knock-out,Miss America.
  • 00:23:10.802 --> 00:23:13.705
  • Now Jacob lovedRachel, so he said,
  • 00:23:13.738 --> 00:23:17.175
  • "I will serve you seven years
  • 00:23:17.209 --> 00:23:18.777
  • "for your youngerdaughter, Rachel"
  • 00:23:18.810 --> 00:23:20.545
  • Laban said, "It is betterthat I give her to you
  • 00:23:20.579 --> 00:23:22.781
  • "than to just another man.
  • 00:23:22.814 --> 00:23:24.082
  • Stay with me.
  • 00:23:24.115 --> 00:23:25.484
  • "So Jacob servedseven years for Rachel
  • 00:23:25.517 --> 00:23:28.687
  • and they seemed tohim but for a few days
  • 00:23:28.720 --> 00:23:31.022
  • because of his love for her.
  • 00:23:31.056 --> 00:23:34.626
  • And then we see, verse 21,then Jacob said to Laban,
  • 00:23:34.659 --> 00:23:40.232
  • "Give me my wife, formy time is completed"
  • 00:23:40.265 --> 00:23:44.035
  • and literally it sayshere in the translation,
  • 00:23:44.069 --> 00:23:46.204
  • "that I may gointo her" it says,
  • 00:23:46.238 --> 00:23:48.173
  • "that I might havesex with her."
  • 00:23:48.206 --> 00:23:50.008
  • That's literally in the Hebrew.
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  • Now what happened?
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  • The Bible story, it'stwo con art artists.
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  • Laban was slick,Jacob was slick.
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  • Who was the slickest?
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  • And so, what Laban did,they had a big wedding.
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  • Everybody got drunk, and soit came time for the father,
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  • as was tradition, to take thedaughter out to her husband,
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  • who was waiting in the tent.
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  • He took Leah and covered her up
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  • in all kinds of beautiful gowns,
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  • and took her andgave her to Jacob.
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  • He thought it was Rachel.
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  • He was so drunk, he didn't know.
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  • It was dark; and so themarriage was consummated there.
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  • And then you have thisterrific little verse here
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  • that you might overlookin verse 25, Genesis 29.
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  • It says, so it came aboutin the morning that behold,
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  • it was Leah!
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  • "Well, I thoughtI married Rachel.
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  • "I went to bed, oh,and it is Leah."
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  • What's the point?
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  • Jacob was neverloved by his dad.
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  • Jacob lost thelove of his mother.
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  • Jacob was hated by his brother,who put a contract on him.
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  • He knew nothing aboutthe love of God,
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  • but when he saw beautifulRachel, he said,
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  • "Ah!
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  • "If I could have that love,
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  • "I would have everythingworked out in my life.
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  • "If I could have her,I would be complete.
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  • "I would be whole.
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  • "I would be somebody.
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  • "I would have purpose."
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  • Follow me, ladies and gentlemen!
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  • Nobody and nothing under the sun
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  • will satisfy any human being.
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  • You say, oh, if Icould have that Rachel,
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  • for some would bethat particular job.
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  • The Rachel for some would be,'If I could have that house.
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  • If I could have thosekind of children.
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  • If I could take that trip.
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  • If I could have thosekind of resources.
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  • If I could have this, this.
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  • There are a lot ofthings in this world
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  • we think are Rachels,and they'd satisfy us.
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  • But if we ever get them, you'lldiscover every single time
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  • that you thought you wentto bed with a Rachel,
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  • and you had Rachel,and every time,
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  • you'll wake up with a Leahthat will not satisfy.
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  • There's only onething that'll satisfy.
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  • Nothing under thesun will satisfy,
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  • but him who camefrom above the sun,
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  • who is our bridegroom, andall of us are his bride.
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  • He alone in this life
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  • will begin for us to findsatisfaction in this life,
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  • and in the life to come, andwhen he comes into a life,
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  • he wants to come and giveus that which we most need
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  • as Christians, godly wisdom.
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  • Because we're sick, most of us,
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  • of acting and livinglike prairie chickens!
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ...
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