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Winning Walk with Ed Young

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  • Ed Young: God told Joshua to go and possess the land
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  • and to wipe out the Moabites, the Jebusites,
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  • the Amorites, all the Canaanites.
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  • Wipe out all the -ites in the land, so God's people
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  • could go and become his peculiar people, wholly separate to him
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  • because the purpose of Israel and God's blessing was they were
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  • to take the truth about God to all the rest of the world.
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  • And so Joshua went in the land and they possessed
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  • the land partially.
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  • They left some of those -ites scattered all over the land.
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  • To help us understand it, It would be like leaving ISIS.
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  • You follow me?
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  • These -ites were like modern day ISIS.
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  • They'd become animals.
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  • They had lost a sense in which they were created in the very
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  • image of God, and they had to be annihilated.
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  • But the Israelites left them scattered throughout the land.
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  • I'm sure they did business with them, they got to know
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  • them, they intermarried, and time goes by and suddenly
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  • you read in the Book of Judges, chapter number 2, a deadly
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  • little verse.
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  • There arose another generation.
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  • Joshua died, Caleb died, and all that generation died who knew
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  • what God had done in and through his people.
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  • And then that little phrase, there arose another generation
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  • that did not know the Lord or the things he had done
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  • for Israel.
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  • What happened?
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  • A later verse says, "The spoilers that spoil them."
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  • Deadly phrase.
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  • They forgot to teach.
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  • When mom and dad and this generation does not teach
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  • the next generation the truth about God in Christ,
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  • the essentialness of his church, the body of Christ.
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  • All of a sudden it generation comes up and we say, you know, I
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  • don't know what happened to our children.
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  • I don't know why my grandchildren are not interested
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  • in the church.
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  • They're not involved in the things of God, is because
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  • mom and dad back there did not teach, did not model, did not
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  • take the kids and introduce the kids to Christ and get them
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  • in the right kind of environment so they could grow up and love
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  • the Lord.
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  • That's what the Israelites did, and that's what's happening
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  • in our day and age today.
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  • We end up just like the Book of Judges.
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  • There were six major judges.
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  • What's a judge?
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  • By the way, don't think of a courtroom.
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  • It's sort of a tribal chieftain.
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  • It's someone who came as with military might and tried
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  • to protect the Israelis, the Jews from all of these -ites
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  • who were totally exploiting them.
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  • So we have six major judges, and as the Bible goes
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  • on in the story, you know, here's one judge, he's okay.
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  • Here's the next judge, he's fair.
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  • Here's the next judge, he's wicked.
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  • And here's the final judge, he is demonic.
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  • We see the slide.
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  • The slide downhill of those who would deliver God's people.
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  • The judge that I like is Gideon.
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  • His life didn't ended up where I would like to have, but Gideon
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  • teaches us something about how we live in a society that is
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  • broken, that has lost all sense of what is right, what is wrong,
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  • what is true, what is false, what is valid, what is invalid.
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  • Gideon helps us here, and I want you to look at the circumstances
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  • of Gideon.
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  • They're told there in the Book of Judges the 6th chapter.
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  • It says now, "The Angel of the Lord came and sat
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  • under what we would call the oak tree, which was in Ophrah, which
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  • belongs to the Joash of the Abiezrites, and while his
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  • son Gideon threshed wheat in the wine press in order
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  • to hide it from the Midianites."
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  • What's the circumstances of Gideon?
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  • He's afraid.
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  • He's a coward.
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  • The Midianites have come and they surrounded the valley
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  • that was there.
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  • And now, in order to harvest wheat, and it was barley he was
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  • harvesting.
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  • By the way, barley bread was the bread that the poor would
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  • eat in that day and age.
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  • Barley, the cheapest bread that would be made,
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  • that would be grown.
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  • Today, barley is expensive because it's gluten-free,
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  • ladies and gentlemen.
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  • And so he was there hiding in a wine press, threshing
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  • the wheat.
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  • Why was he underground?
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  • Because if he'd been thrashing wheat on top of the ground,
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  • the cloud would have gone up, and the Midianites would have
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  • seen him and know he was harvesting.
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  • They would've swept down and they would taken
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  • all of his crops.
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  • They had done this for seven years.
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  • The Israelites were impoverished.
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  • Their animals had been taken away.
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  • All their food, all their harvest had been taken away year
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  • after year, and they were at the bottom of the barrel
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  • and here is Gideon hiding there, threshing the wheat, when
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  • suddenly he realizes a presence.
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  • There's someone else there.
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  • Verse 11, "Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat
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  • under the tree."
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  • And look at verse 12, "And the Angel of the Lord appeared
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  • to him, Gideon, and said, 'The Lord is with you,
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  • you mighty man of valor.'"
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  • Hello?
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  • Gideon must have thought, "The Lord is with me!
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  • Man, I can't even feed my family.
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  • Have to hide underground to thresh wheat.
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  • Everything has been taken away from us by the locusts called
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  • the Midianites for seven years, and the Lord is with me."
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  • Gideon must of said, "You could have fooled me.
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  • I haven't seen his side of the Lord."
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  • And then the Angel says, "Thou mighty man of valor."
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  • A man of valor?
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  • He's hiding, he's a coward, and then he says to Gideon,
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  • "Gideon I want you to go up, you mighty man."
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  • Gideon's saying, "Huh?"
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  • "I want you to go up and lead Israel into freedom
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  • and independence and throw off the yoke of the Midianites,
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  • these -ites."
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  • Know what Gideon said?
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  • Gideon says, "I'm of the tribe of Manasseh, and my family is
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  • the most unimportant family of the tribe, and I'm the least
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  • talented, the dumbest one, the ill-equipped person in my
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  • whole family.
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  • My tribe is at the bottom, my family's at the bottom
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  • of the tribe that's at the bottom, and at the bottom
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  • of the bottom, there I am, and you want me to go
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  • and to liberate these people?
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  • To be the leader?
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  • To be the general?"
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  • And the Angel says, "I think you got it right."
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  • And then we see a little phrase there, "The Lord is with you."
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  • Ladies and gentlemen, when the Lord is with you
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  • and the Lord is with me, it doesn't matter what the agenda
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  • is, what the challenge is.
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  • In the hospital, vocationally, in life, whatever, if the Lord
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  • is with us, that's all we need.
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  • You can't ask for anything else!
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  • And now Gideon begins to be converted.
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  • He's changing now.
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  • He sees he's a part of an oppressed people,
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  • and Gideon says, "You stick around.
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  • I want to give an offering to you."
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  • Gideon saw the need of worshiping, so he does
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  • an amazing thing, he goes and prepares a lavish meal.
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  • He must have gone back in the cave, he had a a goat
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  • hidden back there the Midianites hadn't stolen, and he takes that
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  • goat, he kills it, he prepares delicious meat.
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  • Then he goes and gets some of that bread, and he cooks it
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  • and he has gravy, and he prepares a meal, an offering,
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  • he would give to this visiting angel.
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  • And the angel takes that offering, put it on top
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  • of a rock, and shoo!
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  • It is taken away.
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  • The worship is accepted.
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  • And now Gideon is ready to do business for God Almighty.
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  • Notice something, we say, "Lord, everything I have is yours."
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  • "Oh, how many?"
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  • "Oh, Lord, I know whatever I am, it all belongs to you."
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  • And then God says, "Okay, I want to take some of it."
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  • "Oh, wait a minute now, Lord.
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  • I know it's all yours, but I haven't had a meal like this
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  • for my family in years and years.
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  • My children have never seen a meal like this."
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  • God saw in this offering that he gave that Gideon was serious
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  • about his worship and serious about following the Lord in his
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  • commission to go and be the general and lead his people,
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  • God's people out of bondage.
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  • And then he gives him an assignment, a little test raid.
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  • He said, "I want you to go and tear down the altar of Baal
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  • that your daddy built."
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  • Hello?
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  • Joash, his daddy had built an altar to Baal.
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  • That's how it is permeated paganism in all the society.
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  • And so he goes and takes some ox, he pulls down the altar
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  • to Baal.
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  • He pulled down all the totem poles, all they idolatrous
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  • places.
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  • And then the Lord said, "Now, you build another altar.
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  • Build it on that rock."
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  • And he got 12 stones and he built an altar
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  • and he worshipped there.
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  • Then he says, "I'm ready to go," and then Gideon sends
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  • out messengers with a ram's horn.
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  • Woo!
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  • All over the land, telling them to come and build an army, that
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  • he was ready to lead his people against the Midianites,
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  • the Midianites.
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  • And four tribes showed up, and he had an army of of 32.000
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  • Israelis ready to battle with the Midianites.
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  • But before they went out, Gideon says, "Lord, you know, I know
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  • you're with me, but I want a little more assurance."
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  • So, he put out two fleeces.
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  • By the way, this is not how you discover God's will.
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  • A lot of people, "Oh, I put out a fleece."
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  • Oh, no, no, no, no, no.
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  • This is for that time and that place, not for you and not
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  • from me.
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  • But Gideon put out a fleece with sweat on top, dry
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  • on the bottom today and dry tomorrow, and he did and it
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  • affirmed that he was called.
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  • And then we see the battle.
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  • Here we have 32.000 Jews who show up from four tribes,
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  • and there in the Valley of Jezreel, that's Armageddon.
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  • How many of you have ever been Armageddon?
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  • Been to the valley, that is?
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  • Lift your hand.
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  • We've got some Israelite.
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  • Yeah, yeah, it's some kinda valley, isn't it?
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  • They saw on the other side 135.000 Midianites.
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  • I can see them in their black tents, the bedouins of that day.
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  • And over here, here is General Gideon with his 32.000 ready
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  • to do battle with these who had totally raped the country
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  • for over seven years, and here he is with his army concerned
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  • about what to do, but he goes and God says, "Go
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  • in the Midianite camp and just listen to what they're saying."
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  • So he goes into the camp, and one of the Midianite
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  • soldiers had a dream and he had awakened and he was telling his
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  • buddy, he said, "You know, I had a horrible dream.
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  • I dreamed that a barley cake came rolling down the mountain
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  • and just flattened all of our tents."
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  • "Oh, really?"
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  • His friend said, "That means that that barley cake Gideon is
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  • going to defeat us."
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  • And so, sure enough, Gideon heard and he interpreted that
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  • and says, "I'm going to win the battle."
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  • So, he gets his 32.000.
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  • General Gideon is there ready to fight the 135.000 Midianites,
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  • and the Lord says, "Gideon!
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  • General Gideon!"
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  • "Yes, Lord?"
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  • "You have a problem in man-power."
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  • He says, "I'm glad you noticed."
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  • He said, "You have too many."
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  • "Too many?"
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  • "Yeah.
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  • So tell all of your troops, you're at 32.000, anybody who's
  • 00:13:40.060 --> 00:13:42.210
  • afraid, they can go home."
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  • I don't know if I'd been part of that crowd, and I'm looking
  • 00:13:46.280 --> 00:13:49.090
  • at 32.000 and 130.000.
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  • You know, I'm a little pssh.
  • 00:13:51.170 --> 00:13:53.250
  • So he ends up with 10.000.
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:57.020
  • And now he's standing over there with his 10.000, and the Lord
  • 00:13:57.030 --> 00:14:00.050
  • said, "Captain Gideon?"
  • 00:14:00.060 --> 00:14:03.220
  • "Yes?"
  • 00:14:03.230 --> 00:14:05.130
  • "You still have a man power problem."
  • 00:14:05.140 --> 00:14:07.150
  • "Lord, I'm glad you noticed.
  • 00:14:07.160 --> 00:14:09.030
  • I sure do.
  • 00:14:09.040 --> 00:14:10.170
  • It's not getting any better."
  • 00:14:10.180 --> 00:14:12.080
  • He said, "You've got too many."
  • 00:14:12.090 --> 00:14:14.000
  • "Too many?"
  • 00:14:14.010 --> 00:14:15.200
  • He said, "Yeah, I said take those 10.000, and you let them
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  • go and drink out of the river, and those who put their head
  • 00:14:18.240 --> 00:14:22.180
  • down and drink like most people do, you put them in one group,
  • 00:14:22.190 --> 00:14:26.220
  • and those who pull the water and lap like a dog, lap
  • 00:14:26.230 --> 00:14:31.130
  • with their head up, put them in another group."
  • 00:14:31.140 --> 00:14:34.030
  • And sure enough, 9.700 go in one group, and 300 who lapped
  • 00:14:34.040 --> 00:14:39.110
  • like a dog laps go in the other group.
  • 00:14:39.120 --> 00:14:42.050
  • And here is Gideon over there with a 9.700, saying, "I don't
  • 00:14:42.060 --> 00:14:47.230
  • need those who lap like a dog left in my army."
  • 00:14:47.240 --> 00:14:52.000
  • And God says, "Sergeant Gideon, that's your crew over there,
  • 00:14:52.010 --> 00:14:58.010
  • the 300.
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  • Send the rest of them home."
  • 00:15:02.050 --> 00:15:04.220
  • Gideon takes his 300 men, and he gives them a trumpet, he gives
  • 00:15:04.230 --> 00:15:09.100
  • them a ram's horn, he gives them a clay pitcher of some kind,
  • 00:15:09.110 --> 00:15:14.140
  • puts a light, a torch in the pitcher, and he has them
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  • to surround the camp of the Midianites in the middle
  • 00:15:17.180 --> 00:15:21.110
  • of the night.
  • 00:15:21.120 --> 00:15:23.140
  • And all of a sudden, surrounding the camp, at his signal, here is
  • 00:15:23.150 --> 00:15:25.240
  • 300 surrounding 135.000.
  • 00:15:25.250 --> 00:15:29.020
  • They blow the ram's horn together.
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  • Woo!
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  • Can you imagine?
  • 00:15:33.170 --> 00:15:35.110
  • All around, the Midianites awaken and all of a sudden they
  • 00:15:35.120 --> 00:15:37.170
  • hear, "Crack!"
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:39.290
  • as the pots are broken.
  • 00:15:40.000 --> 00:15:42.020
  • There is that torch of fire and they know that fire.
  • 00:15:42.030 --> 00:15:44.200
  • And their pots sound like armor that's clashing together.
  • 00:15:44.210 --> 00:15:48.050
  • And they see all those horns indicating charging.
  • 00:15:48.060 --> 00:15:51.110
  • And they see the light and they wake up and they can't see,
  • 00:15:51.120 --> 00:15:55.050
  • it's dark, they began to fight one another.
  • 00:15:55.060 --> 00:15:57.230
  • They began to kill one another.
  • 00:15:57.240 --> 00:15:59.260
  • Trying to run and get out of there, and they're
  • 00:15:59.270 --> 00:16:02.040
  • scattered all over Israel.
  • 00:16:02.050 --> 00:16:04.140
  • And now Gideon tells all of those who'd gone home,
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  • "Protect all the watering holes, because your enemy is coming,
  • 00:16:07.210 --> 00:16:12.130
  • and you go there and you take over them and defeat them
  • 00:16:12.140 --> 00:16:15.290
  • and slay them."
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:17.210
  • And they did.
  • 00:16:17.220 --> 00:16:19.110
  • Bam!
  • 00:16:19.120 --> 00:16:21.070
  • Victory!
  • 00:16:21.080 --> 00:16:23.020
  • Victory.
  • 00:16:23.030 --> 00:16:25.290
  • Well, what does that have to do with you and me?
  • 00:16:26.000 --> 00:16:31.150
  • What do we learn from this?
  • 00:16:31.160 --> 00:16:34.200
  • Just a basic principle.
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  • Use that which is in your hand.
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  • What do you have?
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  • You're a lawyer?
  • 00:16:43.140 --> 00:16:44.280
  • Use a courtroom.
  • 00:16:44.290 --> 00:16:46.120
  • You're a doctor?
  • 00:16:46.130 --> 00:16:48.020
  • Use a stethoscope.
  • 00:16:48.030 --> 00:16:49.190
  • You're a plumber?
  • 00:16:49.200 --> 00:16:51.020
  • Use a wrench.
  • 00:16:51.030 --> 00:16:52.180
  • You're a wife or a husband?
  • 00:16:52.190 --> 00:16:54.000
  • Use that platform.
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  • Whatever you have, wherever you are, whatever your situation
  • 00:16:55.110 --> 00:16:57.200
  • in life, God says, "Just use that, and I'll use you
  • 00:16:57.210 --> 00:17:02.070
  • in a powerful way!"
  • 00:17:02.080 --> 00:17:05.080
  • What is that in your hand?
  • 00:17:05.090 --> 00:17:09.080
  • Jean Thompson was a good teacher, fifth grade,
  • 00:17:09.090 --> 00:17:12.260
  • elementary, and it's beginning of the year and she gave
  • 00:17:12.270 --> 00:17:16.050
  • the lecture that most teachers give the beginning of every
  • 00:17:16.060 --> 00:17:18.290
  • school year.
  • 00:17:19.000 --> 00:17:21.010
  • Mrs. Thompson said, "Boys and girls,
  • 00:17:21.020 --> 00:17:24.080
  • I'm going to treat all of you exactly alike.
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  • I have no favorites.
  • 00:17:27.120 --> 00:17:29.090
  • I'm gonna teach material, and all of you are
  • 00:17:29.100 --> 00:17:32.050
  • the same to me."
  • 00:17:32.060 --> 00:17:35.150
  • She lied.
  • 00:17:35.160 --> 00:17:38.020
  • You have favorites.
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  • You have those that you like.
  • 00:17:40.100 --> 00:17:42.110
  • You have those you're drawn to if you're a teacher.
  • 00:17:42.120 --> 00:17:45.120
  • And there was one student in the class
  • 00:17:45.130 --> 00:17:47.140
  • she particularly disliked.
  • 00:17:47.150 --> 00:17:50.250
  • Teddy Stoddard.
  • 00:17:50.260 --> 00:17:53.160
  • Teddy would come to school, seemed like he never did bathe.
  • 00:17:53.170 --> 00:17:57.230
  • He just was always crumpled up and kind of pouting looking,
  • 00:17:57.240 --> 00:18:02.230
  • and she'd call on him, he'd answer in mono-syllable.
  • 00:18:02.240 --> 00:18:06.090
  • Uhh.
  • 00:18:06.100 --> 00:18:10.040
  • The kids didn't like him.
  • 00:18:10.050 --> 00:18:12.020
  • He had no friends.
  • 00:18:12.030 --> 00:18:13.280
  • He's a terrible student, and she'd grade his paper
  • 00:18:13.290 --> 00:18:17.100
  • and she delighting in putting a X by those he missed
  • 00:18:17.110 --> 00:18:20.080
  • and putting a big F up there.
  • 00:18:20.090 --> 00:18:23.160
  • And Teddy was just a brat, he was a jerk, he was
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:27.050
  • a nonconformist, he was just angry, and he stayed to himself.
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:32.280
  • And she didn't like Teddy Stoddard;
  • 00:18:32.290 --> 00:18:34.260
  • nobody liked Teddy Stoddard.
  • 00:18:34.270 --> 00:18:37.100
  • But had Mrs. Thompson read his permanent record,
  • 00:18:37.110 --> 00:18:41.050
  • she would have known something about this student.
  • 00:18:41.060 --> 00:18:44.280
  • First grade it said something like: Teddy's a good boy.
  • 00:18:44.290 --> 00:18:49.000
  • He has some ability, but he doesn't seem to have the ability
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:53.080
  • to concentrate in class.
  • 00:18:53.090 --> 00:18:55.150
  • I understand there's trouble in his family.
  • 00:18:55.160 --> 00:18:58.210
  • Second grade: Teddy has fallen a little behind.
  • 00:18:58.220 --> 00:19:02.220
  • He doesn't participate.
  • 00:19:02.230 --> 00:19:04.280
  • The kids don't like him.
  • 00:19:04.290 --> 00:19:07.190
  • And I understand his mother has a terminally ill disease.
  • 00:19:07.200 --> 00:19:12.280
  • Third grade: Teddy doesn't participate in anything.
  • 00:19:12.290 --> 00:19:17.270
  • He doesn't try anymore.
  • 00:19:17.280 --> 00:19:20.040
  • I don't know why he's even at school.
  • 00:19:20.050 --> 00:19:23.110
  • His mother died this year.
  • 00:19:23.120 --> 00:19:26.050
  • Fourth grade: Teddy's behind everybody.
  • 00:19:26.060 --> 00:19:30.040
  • I don't see how he'll ever catch up as far as academics are
  • 00:19:30.050 --> 00:19:33.020
  • concerned.
  • 00:19:33.030 --> 00:19:35.020
  • He's angry.
  • 00:19:35.030 --> 00:19:36.260
  • He's bitter.
  • 00:19:36.270 --> 00:19:38.220
  • I think he needs extensive counseling in order to come
  • 00:19:38.230 --> 00:19:40.270
  • out of that position which he finds himself in life.
  • 00:19:40.280 --> 00:19:44.090
  • Now, had Mrs. Thompson read that,
  • 00:19:44.100 --> 00:19:46.270
  • she would've understood more about Teddy,
  • 00:19:46.280 --> 00:19:49.200
  • would she not?
  • 00:19:49.210 --> 00:19:52.000
  • But she didn't, and that school year proceeds on and right
  • 00:19:52.010 --> 00:19:55.200
  • before Christmas, all the kids bring brightly wrapped presents,
  • 00:19:55.210 --> 00:20:00.130
  • and they exchange presents with one another, and they give
  • 00:20:00.140 --> 00:20:03.050
  • presents to the teacher.
  • 00:20:03.060 --> 00:20:05.160
  • Oh, they're beautifully wrapped with ribbons and notes to their
  • 00:20:05.170 --> 00:20:08.070
  • teacher.
  • 00:20:08.080 --> 00:20:10.180
  • And sure enough, there was a present that was in a piece
  • 00:20:10.190 --> 00:20:13.100
  • of brown paper put together by Scotch tape.
  • 00:20:13.110 --> 00:20:17.040
  • To her surprise, it was from Teddy Stoddard.
  • 00:20:17.050 --> 00:20:22.070
  • And it said, "To my teacher, Teddy Stoddard."
  • 00:20:22.080 --> 00:20:28.080
  • And so, Jean Thompson opened it up, and she saw in there
  • 00:20:30.070 --> 00:20:34.280
  • a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing.
  • 00:20:34.290 --> 00:20:39.020
  • And she saw a bottle of perfume half used, and all the children
  • 00:20:39.030 --> 00:20:42.280
  • laughed at Teddy's gift.
  • 00:20:42.290 --> 00:20:45.130
  • But she rose to the occasion, she put on the bracelet.
  • 00:20:45.140 --> 00:20:47.250
  • She said, "Oh, isn't it lovely?"
  • 00:20:47.260 --> 00:20:50.060
  • And she put some perfume on her wrist and said,
  • 00:20:50.070 --> 00:20:52.280
  • "Oh, isn't it nice?"
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:54.290
  • And all the students smiled.
  • 00:20:55.000 --> 00:20:57.140
  • End of class, Teddy came back to her desk after everybody left
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:21:02.120
  • for the first time, and he said, Mrs. Thompson,
  • 00:21:02.130 --> 00:21:08.100
  • I'm glad you liked my presents.
  • 00:21:08.110 --> 00:21:11.160
  • I'm glad that bracelet looks good on you.
  • 00:21:11.170 --> 00:21:16.020
  • And there's times and you smell like my mother used to smell.
  • 00:21:16.030 --> 00:21:21.230
  • So, thank you for liking my presents.
  • 00:21:21.240 --> 00:21:25.290
  • He went out of the room.
  • 00:21:26.000 --> 00:21:28.050
  • Jean Thompson said she fell to her knees, and she said,
  • 00:21:28.060 --> 00:21:31.220
  • "God forgive me.
  • 00:21:31.230 --> 00:21:34.070
  • I have taught information, and I haven't taught
  • 00:21:34.080 --> 00:21:38.170
  • and loved these kids."
  • 00:21:38.180 --> 00:21:41.120
  • She became a new teacher that next day.
  • 00:21:41.130 --> 00:21:43.240
  • She took an interest in all the kids, found out about them,
  • 00:21:43.250 --> 00:21:46.230
  • particularly in Teddy Stoddard.
  • 00:21:46.240 --> 00:21:49.280
  • She tutored him, she coached him.
  • 00:21:49.290 --> 00:21:52.080
  • Anytime he'd do something good, she just applauded and bragged
  • 00:21:52.090 --> 00:21:55.110
  • on him and affirmed him.
  • 00:21:55.120 --> 00:21:57.170
  • Affirmation he never had in his entire life, and he began
  • 00:21:57.180 --> 00:22:01.080
  • to grow, he began to study, and by the end of the year, he'd
  • 00:22:01.090 --> 00:22:04.130
  • almost caught up with the rest of the class.
  • 00:22:04.140 --> 00:22:08.250
  • Mrs. Thompson felt like she'd had somewhat
  • 00:22:08.260 --> 00:22:11.080
  • of success in Teddy.
  • 00:22:11.090 --> 00:22:13.150
  • She lost track of him.
  • 00:22:13.160 --> 00:22:15.080
  • Some years went by, and then she got a little note in the mail,
  • 00:22:15.090 --> 00:22:19.030
  • and she opened it and it was from Teddy.
  • 00:22:19.040 --> 00:22:21.040
  • It said, "Dear Mrs. Thompson,
  • 00:22:21.050 --> 00:22:23.240
  • I graduated from high school today.
  • 00:22:23.250 --> 00:22:27.020
  • I thought you'd wanna know.
  • 00:22:27.030 --> 00:22:29.080
  • I finished second in my class.
  • 00:22:29.090 --> 00:22:33.100
  • Love, Teddy Stoddard."
  • 00:22:33.110 --> 00:22:36.180
  • She was so thrilled.
  • 00:22:36.190 --> 00:22:38.140
  • Some three or four years went by,
  • 00:22:38.150 --> 00:22:40.080
  • she got another note and she opened it.
  • 00:22:40.090 --> 00:22:42.040
  • It was from Teddy Stoddard and it said,
  • 00:22:42.050 --> 00:22:43.260
  • "Dear Mrs. Thompson.
  • 00:22:43.270 --> 00:22:45.220
  • I graduated from the university this year."
  • 00:22:45.230 --> 00:22:49.280
  • He said, "It was hard.
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:51.200
  • I worked my way through, but I finished valedictorian
  • 00:22:51.210 --> 00:22:55.140
  • of my class.
  • 00:22:55.150 --> 00:22:57.290
  • Thank you.
  • 00:22:58.000 --> 00:23:00.050
  • Teddy Stoddard."
  • 00:23:00.060 --> 00:23:02.110
  • Years went by, she didn't know what happened to Teddy.
  • 00:23:02.120 --> 00:23:05.040
  • She wondered and then she finally got another note that
  • 00:23:05.050 --> 00:23:08.040
  • said, "Dear Mrs. Thompson.
  • 00:23:08.050 --> 00:23:13.060
  • You can now call me Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D."
  • 00:23:13.070 --> 00:23:19.070
  • He said, "I'm also getting married July the 26, and I want
  • 00:23:23.020 --> 00:23:27.230
  • you to come if you can and sit where my mother would have sat,
  • 00:23:27.240 --> 00:23:32.020
  • in that place of honor.
  • 00:23:32.030 --> 00:23:34.220
  • You're all the family I have.
  • 00:23:34.230 --> 00:23:37.190
  • My dad died this year.
  • 00:23:37.200 --> 00:23:40.240
  • Love, Teddy Stoddard."
  • 00:23:40.250 --> 00:23:43.160
  • Mrs. Thompson said she went to that graduation.
  • 00:23:43.170 --> 00:23:48.200
  • She sat where Teddy's mother would've sat.
  • 00:23:48.210 --> 00:23:53.040
  • And she said, "That little boy became a man that God greatly
  • 00:23:53.050 --> 00:23:58.050
  • used, who feared God and served people."
  • 00:23:58.060 --> 00:24:01.250
  • And she said, "I saw that what saved him was not
  • 00:24:01.260 --> 00:24:05.100
  • the institution, or not education, it was the love
  • 00:24:05.110 --> 00:24:09.190
  • and the attention I gave at a strategic time in his life."
  • 00:24:09.200 --> 00:24:14.240
  • [congregation applauding]
  • 00:24:14.250 --> 00:24:20.250
  • What is that you have in your hand?
  • 00:24:21.220 --> 00:24:25.110
  • Where are you in life?
  • 00:24:25.120 --> 00:24:28.200
  • All we have to do is just say, "Lord, use me.
  • 00:24:28.210 --> 00:24:32.240
  • I give myself to you," and you'll be amazed how God can
  • 00:24:32.250 --> 00:24:37.240
  • use just a plain, ordinary teacher like Jean Thompson,
  • 00:24:37.250 --> 00:24:42.290
  • and how he could use barley cake sergeant and 300 soldiers that
  • 00:24:43.000 --> 00:24:49.000
  • lap the way a dog laps.
  • 00:24:49.190 --> 00:24:53.210
  • When God's on your side and God's on my side, it will be
  • 00:24:53.220 --> 00:24:58.210
  • amazing what he can do with you and with me.
  • 00:24:58.220 --> 00:25:04.240
  • What is that in your hand?
  • 00:25:05.270 --> 00:25:09.110
  • Ed Young: What's the one thing you could do today that would
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  • with the Almighty.
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  • And you will be amazed at what God can do with
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  • I guarantee you one thing, he changes everything.
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  • Let me personally thank you for watching today, and please
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  • join us again next time on "The Winning Walk with Jesus Christ."
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