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  • male announcer: This presentation is brought to you
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  • by the friends of the Amazing Facts Ministry.
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  • Doug Batchelor: Ancient Scandinavian history tells of
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  • a fearsome class of Norse warriors called Berserkers.
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  • To appear more terrifying, these Berserkers would dress
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  • themselves up in the skins of bears, wolves,
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  • or other wild animals.
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  • Before entering battle, Berserkers whipped themselves
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  • into a crazed frenzy, biting their shields and howling like
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  • animals, possibly aided by mind-altering drugs.
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  • In this trance-like state, they were ferocious fighters
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  • impervious to pain.
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  • They attacked boulders and trees and sometimes even killed their
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  • own people during the rampage.
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  • Irrational and violent, they were totally out of control.
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  • Of course, these frenzied Scandinavian fighters gave rise
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  • to the English word berserk to describe somebody who's overcome
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  • with uncontrolled rage.
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  • Now, here's a question.
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  • If Christians lose their temper and fly off the handle,
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  • are they really Christians?
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  • When professed believers act berserk, are we really
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  • abiding in Christ?
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  • Remember, one of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control.
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  • Let's explore this subject together:
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  • "Is my Christianity Real?"
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  • Doug: And I saw online, they've got a test.
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  • I knew it was there, but the National Council on Alcoholism
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  • and Drug Dependency created a test after years of research and
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  • looking at some of the characteristics, if a person is
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  • drinking and they're wondering, "Am I an alcoholic?"
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  • They've got a test with 26 questions that you go through.
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  • I'll give you an example.
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  • I'm not going to read them all to you, and you can
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  • find this online.
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  • You can take the test and then click results and it'll tell you
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  • if you're an alcoholic or if you're a problem drinker, and
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  • they can be different levels.
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  • Do you avoid family or close friends while you're drinking?
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  • Do you drink heavily when you're disappointed, under pressure?
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  • Can you handle more alcohol than when you first started to drink?
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  • Do you sometimes feel uncomfortable?
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  • And each one of these has a yes or no next to it.
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  • And if you say yes to a certain percentage of them, it means
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  • that you've got problems with your drinking.
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  • If you say--I think it's like, you know, 12 or more.
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  • If you say yes, you are an alcoholic.
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  • And so there's a test.
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  • They've got the questions and you can look at this
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  • and you can evaluate.
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  • And you might be thinking, "Well, Pastor Doug, is that what
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  • it's like to test and see if you're a Christian?"
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  • Well, there are questions you can ask.
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  • I was really happy when I looked at this 'cause I could say
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  • no to all of them 'cause I don't drink.
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  • And so the test can be positive and the test can be negative.
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  • But the Bible tells us that there are guidelines that you
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  • can go through to evaluate, "Am I a Christian?
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  • Is my Christianity real?"
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  • We're supposed to use good judgment.
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  • Everyone says, "Don't judge."
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  • Well, Jesus actually said, "When you judge, judge
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  • a righteous judgment."
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  • Not only does it say you should examine yourself.
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  • Lamentations 3:40, "Let us search out
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  • and examine our ways."
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  • Again, Psalm 119, verse 59, "I thought about my ways,
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  • and I turned my feet to your testimonies."
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  • One of the things that often proceeds our turning back to God
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  • is doing a little self-evaluation.
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  • The Book of Haggai chapter 1, verse 5, "Now, therefore,
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  • thus says the Lord of hosts, 'Consider your ways.'"
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  • And so this is what we're doing in this two-part series.
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  • We're looking at some of the Bible tests you might go through
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  • to do a little healthy self-evaluation and say,
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  • "Am I a real Christian?"
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  • You know, this sermon bothers people who need it the most.
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  • People who say, "I don't want to think about that."
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  • "Why?"
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  • "I'm afraid I might find something or I might discover
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  • that maybe I'm not genuine."
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  • What did the disciples say to Jesus?
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  • "Lord, is it I? Lord, is it I?"
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  • And we need to sometimes ask that question.
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  • Luke chapter 13, "Then one said to him, 'Lord, are there
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  • few who are saved?'
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  • And he said to them, 'Strive to enter in through the
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  • narrow gate, for I say to you that many will seek to
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  • enter and not be able.
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  • When once the master of the house has risen up and shut
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  • the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock.
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  • You say, 'Lord, Lord--'" They know the Lord's name.
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  • They think they're his servants.
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  • "'Lord, Lord, open for us.'
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  • And he will answer and say, 'I do not
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  • know where you are from.' And then you'll begin to say,
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  • 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you
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  • taught in our streets.'
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  • But he'll say, 'I tell you, I don't know you,
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  • where you're from.
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  • Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity.'
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  • And there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
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  • Now, this is one of many parables that Jesus shares that
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  • illustrates there are some who think they are saved
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  • and they find out too late that they are not.
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  • You got the parable of the ten virgins.
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  • Five of them, they think they're going in.
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  • They are stopped at the door.
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  • "You got the sheep and the goats?"
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  • They said, "Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty
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  • or naked or stranger?"
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  • They don't know. You get the wedding phase.
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  • You get the parable of the talents.
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  • There is several parables where Jesus said, "There's a danger
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  • you need to be aware of.
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  • While you're alive, while there's mercy, while there's
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  • hope, the door is open.
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  • Examine yourself.
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  • Make sure that you have the real McCoy."
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  • Now, don't you want to know?
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  • Do you want to find out too late?
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  • Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way that seems right to a man,
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  • but in the end thereof they're the ways of death."
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  • You know who's especially at risk if you don't mind
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  • my saying so?
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  • Those who have grown up in the church.
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  • They think, "I've done this all my life.
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  • It's--I know that I know the Lord because my father, my
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  • mother, my grandparents, they just--yeah, of course.
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  • Of course, he's going to know me.
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  • He's going to let me in."
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  • And they've almost had just enough religion over their lives
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  • to inoculate them against catching the real thing.
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  • It's like we had in our study earlier today.
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  • The Apostle Paul, he was just so on fire for God and he didn't
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  • realize he was on fire against God and he was fighting God
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  • and he had that aha moment, but it was in time for him.
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  • We want to examine ourselves and know now.
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  • Let me give you one more verse, and Paul wrote this.
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  • Galatians 6, verse 3, "For if anyone thinks himself to be
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  • something, when he's nothing, he deceives himself.
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  • But let each one examine his own work."
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  • So if you've got a problem with this kind of message,
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  • your problem is with the Bible.
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  • The Bible is pretty clear that it is healthy for us
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  • to periodically do some self-evaluation, to take an
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  • inventory, take stock of ourselves and see,
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  • "Am I genuinely a Christian?"
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  • First of all, do I love the truth?
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  • First of all, Jesus is the truth.
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  • So I hope you love him.
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  • He is the truth embodied.
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  • 2 Thessalonians 2:10, "With all unrighteous deception
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  • among those who perish," why?
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  • "Because they did not receive a love of the truth
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  • that they might be saved.
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  • And for this cause, God sends them strong delusion
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  • that they should believe a lie."
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  • God wants us to love the truth.
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  • How many times have you met somebody, they grew up believing
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  • something, and even though you show them the evidence
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  • that is not true, they say, "I don't care.
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  • It's what I've always done."
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  • They don't love the truth.
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  • A person who loves the truth will make difficult decisions to
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  • bring their lives in harmony with the truth because
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  • it's the truth.
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  • You know, when I first discovered this message,
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  • I didn't know--I never met Seventh Day Adventists before.
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  • I was just saying, "I don't care.
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  • I just want to know what is the truth.
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  • What is the truth about life?
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  • What's God's purpose?"
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  • Because who are we going to answer to in the last days,
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  • people's opinions?
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  • We're going to answer to the truth, a love of truth.
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  • The truth will set you free.
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  • So if you're satisfied believing in lies, if you don't cherish
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  • truth, if you don't have a desire to share truth--
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  • 1 John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light
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  • as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
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  • and the blood of Jesus Christ his son
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  • cleanses us from all sin."
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  • This is what it means to walk in the truth.
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  • The truth will set you free.
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  • You can't just call something the truth.
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  • There is absolute truth.
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  • It's like these reporters were giving Lincoln a hard time,
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  • arguing and parsing his words, and there's lot of dishonesty
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  • in politics.
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  • And so Lincoln, he used to love to tell stories.
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  • And he said, "How many legs does a dog have?"
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  • And they said, "Four."
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  • And Lincoln said, "Now, suppose you call the tail a leg,
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  • then how many legs would the dog have?"
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  • They said, "Five."
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  • He said," No, the dog still is only got four legs."
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  • He said, "Just 'cause you call the tail a leg,
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  • he can't walk on it."
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  • And sometimes we think we can just believe something,
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  • and because we believe it we'll just make our own truth.
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  • And you've got your truth and I've got my truth.
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  • Now, there is a truth and we need to know what that truth is.
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  • So one of the characteristics of Christianity--a real Christian
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  • is you love the truth and you want to know what it is
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  • and you dig for it in his Word.
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  • Do I have regular devotions?
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  • Are you spending time in Bible study and prayer?
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  • That I think is a good question to ask.
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  • If you love the Lord and you want to please him, you should
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  • have a hunger, Jesus said, and a thirst for righteousness.
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  • Who's going to be filled?
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  • The ones who do search, the ones who do hunger and thirst
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  • for righteousness.
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  • They will be filled.
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  • You know, a doctor, when you go for a test, one of the things
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  • he might ask you is he'll say, "How is your appetite?
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  • You say, "You know, I've got no appetite."
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  • Isn't that sometimes a sign there's something wrong?
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  • If you have no appetite for the Word of God, if you have no
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  • appetite for the presence of God in prayer, if you don't have any
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  • hunger for his righteousness, if you're not seeking for his Word,
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  • that's not a good sign of spiritual health.
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  • Job 23, verse 12, "I have not departed from
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  • the commandment of his lips.
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  • I have treasured the words of his mouth more than
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  • my necessary food."
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  • Bible calls it a hunger.
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  • Do you have a hunger for the Word of God?
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  • Jesus said, "I'm that bread that came down from heaven."
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  • Are you hungry for that bread?
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  • Jeremiah 15:16.
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  • "Thy words were found, and I did eat them.
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  • And thy word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart."
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  • You know, the Bible tells us that Martha who was a good
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  • believer, a follower of Jesus, she was a servant.
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  • And there was a supper in Jesus's honor.
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  • It's a good purpose.
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  • And she was just busy cooking and storming
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  • through the kitchen.
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  • And, you know, every church wants to have Marthas
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  • in the church because, boy, they make things happen.
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  • And if you want something done, give it to Martha.
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  • And one day she was preparing for a dinner.
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  • She had to keep stepping over Mary, her sister,
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  • who was sitting at Jesus's feet listening to Jesus as he was
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  • teaching there.
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  • Maybe some of the disciples and apostles were in
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  • the room with them.
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  • And she's looking wistfully into his face and listening to
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  • every word, and Martha became a little perturbed.
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  • And every time she went through the room, she kind of glare at
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  • her sister and Mary ignored her and she kept listening to Jesus.
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  • Finally, Martha had all she could stand and she stopped
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  • and she folded her arms and tapped her foot and said,
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  • "Lord, don't you see I'm doing all of this serving?
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  • I'm making your dinner.
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  • Can you tell my sister, younger sister, come and help me."
  • 00:12:12.070 --> 00:12:17.060
  • And what did Jesus say?
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  • "Martha, Martha, you are weary, worried, and troubled about many
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  • things, and one thing is needful and Mary has chosen
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  • that better part."
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  • That one thing is to seek first God's kingdom.
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  • She was sitting at Jesus's feet.
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  • We need to spend time at Jesus's feet every day--several times a
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  • day in prayer, but at least once a day we should sit down
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  • and open the Word.
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  • Am I regular in my church attendance and fellowship
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  • with others?
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  • Well, I'm probably preaching to the choir right now because
  • 00:12:49.030 --> 00:12:51.160
  • you're here, but are you here faithfully?
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  • And does that matter?
  • 00:12:55.190 --> 00:12:57.250
  • If a person is sporadic and erratic in their regular
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  • attendance in worship, these times that God's appointed we
  • 00:13:04.090 --> 00:13:07.080
  • should come before him and worship, that is not
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  • a good indicator of our spiritual health.
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  • The Bible says in Acts chapter 2:46 when God poured out the
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  • spirit, "So continuing daily with one accord in the temple,
  • 00:13:15.110 --> 00:13:20.190
  • and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their
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  • food with gladness."
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  • They came together house to house.
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  • They were meeting together all the time to worship God,
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  • to study his Word.
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  • If you don't have enough faith to get you to church once a
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  • week, you probably don't have enough to get you to heaven.
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  • That's a pretty safe guess.
  • 00:13:37.210 --> 00:13:39.250
  • And, you know, I've heard some just very spiritual
  • 00:13:39.260 --> 00:13:43.070
  • sophisticated excuses, it's what they are,
  • 00:13:43.080 --> 00:13:46.080
  • for not going to church.
  • 00:13:46.090 --> 00:13:48.270
  • They say, "Well, I keep the Sabbath at home.
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  • I've had a rough week."
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  • Tell your boss you had a rough week and you're
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  • just not coming in.
  • 00:13:54.120 --> 00:13:55.280
  • Say, "I had a rough week at church.
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  • I'm not coming to work."
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  • Reverse that.
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  • See if you put God ahead of your boss, how that's going to work?
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  • I suspect it won't work very well.
  • 00:14:05.260 --> 00:14:08.090
  • Or they say, "Well, it's the Sabbath and God's the creator
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  • so I just--I kept the Sabbath in nature."
  • 00:14:10.200 --> 00:14:13.190
  • Well, that's lovely after church, but, you know,
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  • the Bible calls the Sabbath a holy convocation.
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  • That's Leviticus chapter 23.
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  • And what does convocation mean?
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  • A convening, a coming together.
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  • "Six days you shall work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath
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  • of solemn rest, a holy convocation."
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  • The word convocation means assembly.
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  • The Sabbath is called a holy solemn assembly.
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  • We are to come together.
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  • There's something that happens when we corporately worship God,
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  • and this is not a suggestion.
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  • Doug: Don't go anywhere, friends.
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  • In just a moment, we'll continue with the rest
  • 00:14:52.050 --> 00:14:54.130
  • of today's presentation.
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  • Have you ever thought that life sometimes seems to be
  • 00:14:57.020 --> 00:14:59.190
  • a relentless battle just to stay ahead?
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  • You wash the car and then it rains.
  • 00:15:03.050 --> 00:15:05.100
  • You have to wash it again.
  • 00:15:05.110 --> 00:15:07.030
  • You weed the garden and 2 weeks later, there's a whole new
  • 00:15:07.040 --> 00:15:10.160
  • crop of weeds.
  • 00:15:10.170 --> 00:15:12.100
  • Well, it's the same way in a Christian's life.
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  • Sometimes it seems like when you successfully resist one
  • 00:15:15.090 --> 00:15:18.110
  • temptation then another one surprises you from left field.
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  • So you might be wondering, how do you stay ahead in the battle
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  • with temptation?
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  • Does God really expect us to experience consistent victory?
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  • Absolutely yes.
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  • The Lord wants you to experience a life of joyful victory
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  • and triumph.
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  • Well, now let's get back to the rest of today's presentation and
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  • learn some more amazing facts from the Word of God.
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  • Doug: Not only where are we to be doing this on earth,
  • 00:16:15.160 --> 00:16:18.010
  • the Bible says we're going to do it in heaven.
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  • "From one Sabbath to another will all flesh come
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  • and worship before me."
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  • Those are coming together to worship before God--how many of
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:29.220
  • you want to be in heaven to come together and worship
  • 00:16:29.230 --> 00:16:31.270
  • before him there?
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  • Do you think it'd be a good idea to practice coming together and
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  • worship before him here first?
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  • Yeah.
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  • You read in Hebrews chapter 10, "Let us consider one another in
  • 00:16:39.260 --> 00:16:43.090
  • order to stir up love and good works," that's what I'm trying
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  • to do, friends, "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:50.170
  • together, as is the manner of some is--"
  • 00:16:50.180 --> 00:16:52.260
  • they had that problem way back in Paul's day.
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  • "But exhorting one another."
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  • This is called exhortation, what's happening right now.
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  • To encourage you, to admonish you, we need to come together.
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  • Why?
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  • "All the more as you see the day approaching."
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  • If you want to look that one up, that's
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  • Hebrews chapter 10:24 and 25.
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  • And you know what it says in the next verse?
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  • "If we continue to sin willfully after we've received the
  • 00:17:13.290 --> 00:17:18.250
  • knowledge of the truth--" it calls it willful sin after it
  • 00:17:18.260 --> 00:17:22.070
  • talks about coming together to worship him.
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  • Says, "If we continue to sin willfully after we've received
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:27.170
  • the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice
  • 00:17:27.180 --> 00:17:30.080
  • for sin but a certain fearful looking forward to have judgment
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  • and fiery indignation."
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  • So you think, you know, Christianity 101
  • 00:17:36.250 --> 00:17:39.010
  • is we go to church.
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  • But we're living in the age of American independence and
  • 00:17:41.150 --> 00:17:44.040
  • spirituality and they go, "But I'm spiritual.
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:47.050
  • I just going to be spiritual at home."
  • 00:17:47.060 --> 00:17:48.260
  • It's often a cop out.
  • 00:17:48.270 --> 00:17:50.070
  • People are doing what they want to do.
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  • We need to go to church, whether we feel like it or not.
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  • Not, I mean, if you're sick, and some people are shut in.
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  • Don't misunderstand.
  • 00:17:58.020 --> 00:17:59.150
  • A lot of people watch this program at home.
  • 00:17:59.160 --> 00:18:01.050
  • They can't go. We understand that.
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  • God understands that.
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  • But it's when you can and you just don't feel like it or you
  • 00:18:04.100 --> 00:18:07.210
  • say, "It looks like it might rain."
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  • That never stops people from going to a football game, right?
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  • Is your speech Christ-like?
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  • What about your words?
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  • That's a gauge where the heart is.
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  • Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart
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  • the mouth speaks."
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  • Let me read this to you.
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  • Matthew 12:34, he said, "Brood of vipers.
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  • How can you, being evil, speak good things?"
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  • He's basically saying there needs to be change in our heart.
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  • "For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
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  • A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings
  • 00:18:36.220 --> 00:18:39.090
  • forth good things, an evil man out of the evil treasure of his
  • 00:18:39.100 --> 00:18:42.280
  • heart brings forth evil things.
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  • But I say to you, for every idle word men may speak, they will
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  • give an account thereof in the day of judgment--"
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  • Does that make you shutter like it does me?
  • 00:18:53.200 --> 00:18:56.060
  • "For by your words, you will be justified and by your words
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  • you will be condemned."
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  • One of the chief editors of Christianity Today shared a
  • 00:19:02.000 --> 00:19:04.240
  • story that they were traveling with a friend from San Francisco
  • 00:19:04.250 --> 00:19:08.160
  • to Chicago, and his friend got pulled out of line for one of
  • 00:19:08.170 --> 00:19:13.040
  • these random security checks and he ended up getting
  • 00:19:13.050 --> 00:19:15.290
  • on the plane last.
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  • As he's getting on the plane, he's sitting down
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  • next to the editor.
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  • The editor says to him, just loud enough for others to hear,
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:22.280
  • "So why did they pull you out of line?
  • 00:19:22.290 --> 00:19:25.030
  • Was it your beady eyes or the explosives?"
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  • He's just kidding.
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  • One of the other passengers heard that.
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  • They said something to the flight attendant.
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  • The flight attendant put him off the plane.
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  • They called airport security and in the process of interrogating
  • 00:19:35.260 --> 00:19:39.280
  • him, doing all this research on him, the plane left without him,
  • 00:19:39.290 --> 00:19:44.200
  • and finally they realized he was joking, even though it's a real
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  • bad idea these days to joke about that.
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  • Had to wait in the airport. He said, "It was just a few--"
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  • This is a Christian.
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  • A few idle words, but the airport's--the airline
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:20:01.030
  • companies, they don't take any risk with who they let through
  • 00:20:01.040 --> 00:20:05.070
  • the gates of a plane because it could endanger everybody else.
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  • Is God less careful about what happens in heaven and getting
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  • through his gates?
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  • And so you've got to be careful what we say.
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  • Bible has a lot to share about this.
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  • Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt word proceed from your mouth,
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  • but what is good and necessary for edification that you might
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  • impart grace to your hearers."
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  • Is our speech imparting grace?
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  • Or do we say a lot of negative critical things?
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  • Someone said, "Be careful with what you do with the tongue.
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  • It's a slippery place."
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  • James chapter 3, verse 2, "For we all stumble in many things."
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  • So don't get discouraged when you go through the tests and you
  • 00:20:45.220 --> 00:20:48.060
  • find there's areas where you stumble.
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  • Even James said we all stumble in many things.
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  • But he said, "If anyone does not stumble in Word,
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  • he is a perfect man."
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  • So I probably should have put this further up
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  • on the list, huh?
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  • If you can control what you say, if you don't engage in gossip or
  • 00:21:00.030 --> 00:21:08.100
  • exaggeration--that sometimes is another way of saying lying.
  • 00:21:08.110 --> 00:21:12.160
  • If you're honest, if your speech is always calculated to bring
  • 00:21:12.170 --> 00:21:18.070
  • glory to God.
  • 00:21:18.080 --> 00:21:20.020
  • Colossians 4, verse 6.
  • 00:21:20.030 --> 00:21:21.290
  • "Let your speech always be seasoned with grace, seasoned
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  • with salt, that you might know how you ought to
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  • answer each one."
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  • And so Bible says one of the ways that we can decide,
  • 00:21:31.280 --> 00:21:35.010
  • one of the criteria if you're doing your list of evaluating
  • 00:21:35.020 --> 00:21:39.030
  • yourself, how do I talk?
  • 00:21:39.040 --> 00:21:41.030
  • Now, let's suppose you got a problem with
  • 00:21:41.040 --> 00:21:42.140
  • what you talk about.
  • 00:21:42.150 --> 00:21:44.260
  • Where do the words come from?
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  • Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
  • 00:21:47.050 --> 00:21:50.030
  • So what do you do, muzzle yourself or do you pray that God
  • 00:21:50.040 --> 00:21:55.000
  • will give you his spirit and change your heart?
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  • And the change of heart will change the words, but words
  • 00:21:57.150 --> 00:21:59.140
  • are pretty good criteria.
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  • Do I have peace and joy?
  • 00:22:01.260 --> 00:22:04.040
  • Is a Christian supposed to be happy?
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  • Shouldn't it be--it doesn't mean you're giddy and joking all
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  • the time, but it means that there is an abiding peace.
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  • There's a depth.
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:13.270
  • This is one of the most sublime evidences of the spirit
  • 00:22:13.280 --> 00:22:16.230
  • is peace.
  • 00:22:16.240 --> 00:22:18.090
  • Psalm 119, verse 165, "Great peace have they who love thy
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:23.090
  • law, and nothing will offend them."
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  • John chapter 14, Jesus said, "My peace I give you, not as the
  • 00:22:26.170 --> 00:22:30.170
  • world gives do I give to you.
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  • Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
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  • If you're living in constant fear--and I know some people
  • 00:22:36.000 --> 00:22:38.210
  • struggle with anxiety, and there might be medical
  • 00:22:38.220 --> 00:22:41.000
  • reasons for that.
  • 00:22:41.010 --> 00:22:43.010
  • And I've got some friends that they want to have this biblical
  • 00:22:43.020 --> 00:22:45.020
  • peace but they just--they are anxious.
  • 00:22:45.030 --> 00:22:47.150
  • They are panicking.
  • 00:22:47.160 --> 00:22:48.270
  • But I'll tell you what the Bible says.
  • 00:22:48.280 --> 00:22:50.200
  • "Perfect love casts out fear."
  • 00:22:50.210 --> 00:22:53.180
  • The Bible says, "The fearful and unbelieving are cast
  • 00:22:53.190 --> 00:22:56.020
  • into the lake of fire."
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  • Christians ought to have a peace and a joy.
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  • The gospel is not sad news, it's not bad news.
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  • It's good news.
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  • And if we always go around looking like we've been baptized
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  • in lemon juice, then nobody's going to want your religion.
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  • Someone said, "If your religions made you happy, then you
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  • should notify your face."
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  • F.B. Meyer said, "Joy is peace dancing, and peace
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  • is joy at rest."
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  • "The things which you have learned and received and heard
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  • and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
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  • You know, one of the things that's beautiful about the peace
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  • of God is that, it's not--the joy of God and the peace of God
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  • is not dictated by circumstances.
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  • In other words, your circumstances and even your
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  • level of, you know, contentment or happiness in that respect may
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  • go up and down, but when you know the Lord, you've got an
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  • abiding peace and a joy.
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  • The circumstances don't change it.
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  • The only thing that changes it is when you take your
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  • eyes off the Lord.
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  • You start to sink.
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  • And so we can have that peace.
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  • It's God's desire for us to have that peace.
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  • Matthew chapter 13:44, "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like
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  • a treasure hidden in the field, when a man finds it and he hides
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  • it, and for joy over it he goes and he sells all that he has."
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  • Why? 'Cause he got that inner joy.
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  • He knows, "Man, I've got a treasure.
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  • Nobody knows about the treasure I've got.
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  • I've found something that is so valuable."
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  • That you're just excited about it.
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  • Jesus--John 15:11, "These things I've spoken to you that your joy
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  • might remain in you and that your joy might be full."
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  • Billy Sunday said, "If you've got no joy, there's a leak in
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  • your Christianity."
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  • We need to have that happiness.
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  • So Bible says let everyone examine himself whether
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  • he's in the faith.
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  • How did you do?
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  • If you found that there were some areas where there's room
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  • for improvement, don't let that trouble you.
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  • That is the biggest room in the world, the room for improvement.
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  • God wants us to do that because, as I mentioned earlier, being
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  • a Christian it's not a sprint.
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  • It's a marathon and it's like running a farm.
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  • You need to start over every day.
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  • Have you ever driven by a house of somebody and they got just a
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  • beautiful garden and their house and the yard
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  • is always beautiful?
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  • And you think, "How do they keep their house
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  • and the yard so beautiful?"
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  • It's because they are constantly weeding.
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  • They're constantly out there. They are pruning.
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  • They are weeding. They're investigating.
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  • They're evaluating.
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  • This is what it's like to be a Christian.
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  • There is maintenance involved.
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  • The Bible says, on a regular basis, you need to evaluate,
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  • you need to examine yourself.
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  • It doesn't say examine your beliefs 'cause you say,
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  • "I got good beliefs."
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  • No, he said examine yourself.
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  • That means, are you walking the walk of a Christian?
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  • Because the worst thing that could happen is for you
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  • to neglect that healthy self-examination and come to the
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  • great judgment day, Jesus has given us so many parables to
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  • warn us against waiting until it's too late, and to hear
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  • him say, "I don't know you."
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  • I want to hear him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant.
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  • Enter into the joy of the Lord."
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  • Christians can have assurance about the relationship with the
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  • Lord if they do the regular maintenance, if they will take
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  • stock, if they will do inventory with the Holy Spirit and then
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  • make the adjustments as God shows it to them.
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  • They can have peace.
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  • They can have assurance based on the promise of God and the power
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  • of God, but we also need to be faithful with ourselves.
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