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September 7, 2019
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  • Looking for a ray of light
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  • Looking for something better than this
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  • Oh, so tired of the black and white
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  • longing for prism light
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  • Oh, the bliss
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  • Flowing at the speed of light
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  • Was a color in the night
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  • Moving at the speed of light
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  • Was a color in the night
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  • Joy unspeakable and full of colors
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  • Found a hope so bright and clear
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  • Living in the realm of grace so vivid
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  • Our Savior's radiance so very near to me
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  • male announcer: It's easy to have superficial friendships
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  • these days, especially in a social media culture.
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  • Connect with Skip Heitzig today as he shares from Paul's epistle
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  • what it really means to be a true friend.
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  • Skip Heitzig: So, Paul uses the word, notice, "like-minded."
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  • And the reason I'm having you notice the word is because the
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  • only single time that appears in the New Testament is here.
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  • It's never used anywhere else.
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  • The Greek word "esopsucos."
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  • Esopsucos literally means equal-souled or like-souled.
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  • We are a one soul, Paul is saying of Timothy.
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  • It's sort of like David and Jonathan.
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  • You remember in the Old Testament,
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  • 1 Samuel 18, we were told the soul of Jonathan was
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  • knit to the soul of David.
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  • They were like-souled, equal-souled.
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  • C.S. Lewis once wrote, "True friends don't spend time
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  • just gazing into each other's eyes,
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  • but they face the same direction toward common projects,
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  • interests, goals, and above all, toward a common Lord."
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  • So, get this, Timothy and Paul had the same goal.
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  • Their goal was to serve God and to serve God's people.
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  • But here's what's remarkable, there were hundreds
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  • of Christians at this time in the city of Rome,
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  • and Paul probably knew a bunch of them.
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  • In fact, at the end of his letter to the Romans,
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  • Romans 16, Paul lists personal friends,
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  • personal names, 27 personal names,
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  • so he must have not a lot of them.
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  • But what he's saying is, "Of all the ones that I know at Rome,
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  • there is only one person who shares the same soul that I do,
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  • we are soulmates, in that he has the same interests
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  • and the same goal for Christ that I do."
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  • 1 Corinthians 16:10, Paul describes Timothy,
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  • "He does the work of the Lord as I do also."
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  • Twice in the very last letter Paul ever wrote in his life,
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  • 2 Timothy, he writes to Timothy saying twice,
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  • "You have carefully followed my doctrine,
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  • my manner of life, purpose, faith,
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  • longsuffering love, and perseverance."
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  • Those guys are like-souled, like-minded.
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  • So, find someone who pursues Jesus Christ as much as you do,
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  • and walk into the future with that person.
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  • That's what I did with my wife.
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  • My wife, Lenny, and I, we're very similar
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  • in certain respects, but very, very different in others.
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  • But of all the differences that we have,
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  • and I remember at first in our marriage,
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  • there were things that we did that sort of irritated us,
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  • now we sort of laugh at them and we enjoy them.
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  • We've learned to accommodate.
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  • But one thing we agree on, one thing we are like-minded on,
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  • and that is our pursuit of Christ.
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  • We are like-souled.
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  • So, a mature friend is reliable, a mature friend is compatible.
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  • Here's the third, a good friend, a mature friend is thoughtful,
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  • thoughtful.
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  • In verse 20 he says, "I have no one like-minded
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  • who will sincerely care for your state,"
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  • verse 21, "for all seek their own, not the things
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  • which are of Christ Jesus."
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  • Now, we're back to that servant thing again,
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  • and Paul's been harping on that for several verses.
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  • And perhaps just when you thought it was over
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  • and you could move on, you were thinking,
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  • "Skip, I remember we had a couple weeks of telling us
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  • that we had to serve one another and love one another,
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  • and be humble with each other and all that stuff.
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  • And I'm just so glad we're done with that we can move on
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  • to real life."
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  • Well, evidently to Paul, you're not done 'cause
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  • he keeps bringing it up and use an example after example,
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  • and application after application.
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  • And so he said, "Let this mind be in me
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  • which is also in Christ Jesus."
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  • But he said as his premise, "Let nothing be done
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  • through selfish ambition or conceit.
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  • But in humility, or loneliness of mind,
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  • let each of us esteem others better than himself."
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  • That's a wonderful passage. Trouble is, it's hard.
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  • That's difficult to actually esteem,
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  • prefer others, more than ourselves.
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  • Well, one who did that was Timothy.
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  • He will sincerely care for your state.
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  • In other words, he genuinely cares for your welfare.
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  • The word "sincerely" simply means he's the real deal.
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  • There's nothing fake about him.
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  • There's nothing phony about him. There's nothing hypocritical.
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  • He actually cares.
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  • Timothy didn't plaster a fake smile on him so that
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  • he could sell you something, or that he'd get a bigger tip.
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  • He actually genuinely cared.
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  • I think you can tell if somebody's sincere
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  • in their care.
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  • I mean, animals can.
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  • I found this funny little study on a scientific journal where
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  • they took dogs and put them in MRI scanners
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  • with something to read brainwaves.
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  • And they noted dogs care about what we say and how we say it.
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  • I found it fascinating that they can process word meaning
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  • and intonation.
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  • They don't have a big vocabulary, but they get
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  • basic rudimentary commands and things that you say.
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  • But they listen to the words they're familiar with,
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  • but also how you say them.
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  • Now, this has nothing at all to do with my study,
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  • I just thought it was fascinating.
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  • Except for this, I think if animals know and they can
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  • tell if we're sincere or not, certainly human beings can.
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  • And Paul knew that of Timothy that he esteems others
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  • better than himself.
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  • He's not self-centered.
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  • He's not thinking, what about me thinking?
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  • He's thinking, what about them?
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  • So, a friend of mine signed me up for this thing called
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  • 23 And Me.
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  • Have you heard of that?
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  • You know, that is 23 And Me?
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  • It was a gift that was given to me and you send
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  • a sample of saliva in and they test your DNA.
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  • They find out what your background is,
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  • what percentage of this ethnic group you are.
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  • And I thought, well, that'd be fascinating.
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  • But not only do they do genetic research,
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  • they want to find out behavior patterns so they ask you
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  • a series of questions.
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  • And they have sent me several emails,
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  • could you answer these questions?
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  • Thank you, you answer more than a large percentage.
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  • Could you answer more questions?
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  • Well, I got one yesterday that asked me a few questions.
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  • I just wanted you to hear the first two.
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  • Number one, they said, "How narcissistic
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  • do you think you are?"
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  • That was the question.
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  • And they give you different options.
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  • "I'm not at all narcissistic," which only a narcissist
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  • would say.
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  • "I'm very narcissistic," which I don't know who would say that.
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  • And then somewhere in the middle,
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  • "I'm somewhat narcissistic."
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  • So, I looked at that, who is gonna answer that honestly ever?
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  • How narcissistic do you think you are?
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  • So I thought, you know, most people will probably say,
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  • somewhat narcissistic, that's safe.
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  • That's how I answered, at least.
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  • Second question that they sent me was,
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  • "On a scale of one to five, how much do you like
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  • helping other people?"
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  • And again, I thought I wonder how many people
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  • are really gonna be honest with this?
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  • Okay, so now look at verse 21.
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  • He goes from saying, "I have nobody like-minded
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  • who will really care."
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  • Now he makes a contrast in verse 21,
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  • "For all seek their own, not the things which
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  • are of Christ Jesus."
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  • That is an amazing statement.
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  • For everybody seeks their own,
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  • not the things that are of Christ.
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  • The Moffat translation puts it this way,
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  • "Everybody is selfish."
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  • The New Living Translation renders it,
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  • "For all others care only for themselves."
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  • Now, we're not actually sure who Paul was referring to here.
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  • But a surface reading of this most of us would think,
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  • well, he's probably describing the unbelieving world,
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  • the unconverted world, people generally in the world
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  • are selfish in their living.
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  • I don't believe he's referring to that.
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  • I believe that my strong conviction is he's referring
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  • to Christian people.
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  • You know how I believe that?
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  • Because he has just written in chapter 1.
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  • He said that some in Rome who are Christian people
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  • were preaching through envy, and strife,
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  • and selfish ambition.
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  • He noted that.
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  • He said, "They're making it worse for me while I'm in jail."
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  • You see, Paul had been around people.
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  • He knew people and he knew that sometimes people,
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  • church people, just want you to think they're church people,
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  • they speak Christianese, they got it down pat.
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  • "God bless you, brother, sister. Praise the Lord.
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  • Hallelujah.
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  • Thank you, Jesus. I'm reading my Bible."
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  • They just say all the right stuff,
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  • but they have their own agenda.
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  • And Paul knew from personal experience,
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  • "I got a group of people here in Rome who are preaching from
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  • envy, strife, selfish ambition, for all seek their own,
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  • not the things are of Jesus."
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  • Timothy, however, really cares.
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  • announcer: Recently, Skip was able to sit down
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  • with best selling author Joel Rosenberg, where they discussed
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  • current events in the light of biblical truth.
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  • Skip: You have a premise in this book where it's based
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  • on an alliance between Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
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  • First of all, how plausible is that,
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  • and what concerns do you have about that idea with the West?
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  • Joel Rosenberg: Yeah, well, as you know,
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  • Skip, I've written so many political thrillers about,
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  • just about the Middle East, which is dangerous enough
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  • with radical Islamism and all.
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  • I needed to take a break.
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  • On the last book, which was called "The Kremlin Conspiracy,"
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  • I didn't want to get too far afield from my focus,
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  • but I wrote a novel called, "The Kremlin Conspiracy,"
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  • which is about a dictator rising the power in Russia
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  • and plotting an attack on NATO, on the Baltic states.
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  • But in doing that I, of course, not, of course,
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  • but I mean, I found myself weaving in elements of a--
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  • of this alliance, where Russia in real life really is building
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  • an alliance with Iran and North Korea.
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  • So, I laid some groundwork in there,
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  • and then "The Persian Gamble" picks that theme up.
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  • Look, I think that, I think it's a very real threat that Russia
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  • under Vladimir Putin believes that they are forming
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  • an anti-Western, anti-American alliance that Putin is leading.
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  • But I don't think that the dear leader of North Korea,
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  • Kim Jong-un feels led by Putin.
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  • I don't think the Ayatollah Khomeini feels led,
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  • morally bound, by what Vladimir Putin wants.
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  • I think they let him feel like they are leading them because
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  • they want things from him.
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  • They want nuclear technology.
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  • They want advanced weapons.
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  • They want political cover at the United Nations,
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  • and all the other assets that Russia can bring to the table.
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  • But ultimately, these three leaders are very,
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  • very different people.
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  • They have different upbringings.
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  • They have different world views, political views,
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  • religious views.
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  • And I don't think that either of the rogue regimes,
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  • Iran and North Korea, I don't think they're containable.
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  • I don't think they're-- I don't think if they decide
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  • they're gonna do something in their own interest
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  • that Russia can stop them.
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  • They may get dragged into something which could,
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  • in fact, end up leading to Bible prophecy.
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  • We'll get to that later.
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  • But I think that Putin is playing with fire.
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  • And that's sort of, I didn't really deal with prophecy
  • 00:13:52.220 --> 00:13:55.200
  • in this new series, I have in some of the books in the past,
  • 00:13:55.210 --> 00:13:59.140
  • but I didn't want to overtly look at prophecy in this.
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  • I want to look at geopolitics.
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  • But yeah, I think these are the three most dangerous man on the
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  • planet, and I can't really think of political thrillers that
  • 00:14:08.040 --> 00:14:13.070
  • deal with that relationship so I thought I would give it a shot.
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  • Skip: You say it's not based on prophecy,
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  • but or you're not using it as a kind of a prophetic tag,
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  • but at the same time, there is, in the Scriptures,
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  • an alliance that is predicted, right?
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  • Joel: That's true, right, right.
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  • So, in my first novel series, "The Last Jihad,"
  • 00:14:30.240 --> 00:14:33.180
  • "The Last Days," "The Ezekiel Option,"
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  • "The Copper Scroll," and "Dead Heat,"
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  • that series of five, that was very explicitly about
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  • what happens if, what would it look like if the prophecies
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  • of Ezekiel 38 and 39, widely known
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  • by Bible scholars as the War of Gog and Magog.
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  • What if it came true in our lifetime,
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  • what might it look like?
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  • That's a lot of what if's, right, but it hadn't happened
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  • in 2500 years.
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  • And so, so I have dealt with Russia, Iran, Turkey, Sudan,
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  • other nations forming alliance and coming against Israel
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  • in the last days.
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  • But there are a limited number of prophecies that take place
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  • either before the rapture and the tribulation,
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  • or possibly before the rapture and the tribulation.
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  • So, you know, you start to run out of them.
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  • I didn't want my entire writing career to be only about
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  • Bible prophecy, though I love prophecy.
  • 00:15:34.240 --> 00:15:37.240
  • I want to--but for a believer who knows about prophecy,
  • 00:15:37.250 --> 00:15:43.030
  • it's hard not to look at this new series and not say,
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  • "Oh, I see what he's doing," which there's an element to
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  • that, but I'm not being as explicit as building it
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  • on what the prophets say.
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  • Skip: Remember in the Gospel of John,
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  • Jesus was gaining a large crowd and we are told this,
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  • "Many believed in his name when they saw the signs that
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  • he performed, but Jesus did not commit himself to them
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  • because he knew all men, and he had no need
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  • that anybody testify of man."
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  • I think Paul knew men too, but he knew that Timothy was
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  • a breath of fresh air.
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  • Some of you may be familiar with the person
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  • I'm about to announce.
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  • He was a French cleric over a thousand years ago,
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  • his name was Bernard, Bernard of Clairvaux,
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  • and he made some very interesting observations
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  • about us as human beings.
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  • He said, "There are four stages of Christian maturity."
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  • See if you can relate to this stage number one,
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  • love of self for self's sake.
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  • That's about as basic as you can get.
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  • "It's all about me. I love myself.
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  • How do I look? How do I feel?
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  • How do you make me feel?"
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  • It's love of self for self sake, that stage number one.
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  • Stage number two, love of God for self's sake.
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  • Stage number three, love of God for God's sake.
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  • And stage number four, love of self for God's sake.
  • 00:17:19.050 --> 00:17:22.180
  • Now, without going through all those stages,
  • 00:17:22.190 --> 00:17:24.050
  • let me just say that my observation is that many of us
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  • Christians are still at stage number two.
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  • We love God for ourselves sake.
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  • We love God 'cause, "God makes me feel good and as long as
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  • God keeps giving me what I think he had to be giving me
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  • and blessing me like he ought to be blessing me,
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  • well, I'm gonna love him.
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  • But if he doesn't, that may go away."
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  • It's love of God for the sake of myself, not for him,
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  • not for his glory.
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  • It's all about me.
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  • Think of it this way, all of us, all of us live in
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  • one of two places.
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  • We either live in Philippians 1:21,
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  • Philippians 2:21.
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  • Philippians 1:21 reads, "For me to live is Christ
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  • and to die is gain."
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  • Philippians 2:21, you just read it.
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  • "All seek their own, not the things
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  • which are of Christ Jesus."
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  • You either live in 1:21 or 2:21.
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  • Think of it this way, you're turning 21,
  • 00:18:20.010 --> 00:18:26.050
  • which 21 are you turning, 1:21 or 2:21?
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  • Seeking your own, not Jesus, or for me to live is Christ
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  • and to die is gain?
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  • We all live in one of two camps.
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  • A gal by the name of Ruth Kalkan wrote
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  • a piece that has stuck with me for years.
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  • Let me read it to you. It's a prayer.
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  • She says, "You know, Lord, how I serve you
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  • with great emotional fervor in the limelight.
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  • You know how eagerly I speak for you at a woman's club.
  • 00:18:52.190 --> 00:18:57.110
  • You know how I effervesce when I promote fellowship group.
  • 00:18:57.120 --> 00:19:03.000
  • You know my genuine enthusiasm at a Bible study.
  • 00:19:03.010 --> 00:19:08.110
  • But how would I react, I wonder, if you pointed to a basin
  • 00:19:08.120 --> 00:19:12.100
  • of water and asked me to wash the callous feet of a bent
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  • and wrinkled old woman day after day, and month
  • 00:19:16.010 --> 00:19:19.270
  • after month in a room where nobody saw and nobody knew."
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  • I was deeply convicted when I first read that and I still am
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:28.240
  • when I read it now 'cause only the Lord knows
  • 00:19:28.250 --> 00:19:32.040
  • if I'm in 1:21 or 2:21.
  • 00:19:32.050 --> 00:19:35.110
  • But I think we could all say, "I want to be in 2:21.
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  • I hope that we're going from level two all the way up
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  • to three and four.
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  • Well, I'm a mature friend is reliable,
  • 00:19:44.210 --> 00:19:46.260
  • a mature friend is compatible, a mature friend is thoughtful.
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  • Let me give you a fourth and we'll close out.
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  • A mature friend is loyal.
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  • I'm gonna have you look at verse 22.
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  • Speaking of Timothy he says, "But you know his proven
  • 00:19:58.050 --> 00:20:03.070
  • character that as a son with his father,
  • 00:20:03.080 --> 00:20:10.070
  • he served with me in the gospel."
  • 00:20:10.080 --> 00:20:14.060
  • His point is this, Timothy was not a novice,
  • 00:20:14.070 --> 00:20:17.150
  • he was seasoned.
  • 00:20:17.160 --> 00:20:19.000
  • He had maturity, he had mileage, spiritual mileage,
  • 00:20:19.010 --> 00:20:23.250
  • under his spiritual belt.
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  • He said he had proven character.
  • 00:20:26.130 --> 00:20:29.170
  • Now, that word "proven character,"
  • 00:20:29.180 --> 00:20:31.060
  • it's just a single word in Greek, "dokime."
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  • It means to prove something or make something known
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  • as valuable after it has gone through a testing.
  • 00:20:38.240 --> 00:20:42.210
  • And so, they would test metals or they would test horses.
  • 00:20:42.220 --> 00:20:47.080
  • And once it was tested, then it was proven to be
  • 00:20:47.090 --> 00:20:50.160
  • valuable because it's gone through the test.
  • 00:20:50.170 --> 00:20:53.000
  • And today, everything's tested.
  • 00:20:53.010 --> 00:20:55.070
  • Your car, they just didn't sell you your car and cross
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  • their fingers and say, "Man, I hope it runs."
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  • They took it to a factory, they put a dummy,
  • 00:21:02.240 --> 00:21:05.220
  • not one of us, a crash dummy in it and they rammed it up into
  • 00:21:05.230 --> 00:21:11.020
  • a wall and they wanted to make sure the airbags deployed,
  • 00:21:11.030 --> 00:21:13.250
  • the electronics work, et cetera.
  • 00:21:13.260 --> 00:21:16.030
  • It was tested.
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  • Everything from toasters to toilets are tested,
  • 00:21:17.170 --> 00:21:21.010
  • and it's the testing that proves the worth or proves the value.
  • 00:21:21.020 --> 00:21:27.080
  • So Paul, didn't just add Timothy to his evangelistic team
  • 00:21:27.090 --> 00:21:33.030
  • day one after his conversion.
  • 00:21:33.040 --> 00:21:35.250
  • He waited a couple of years until he came back through
  • 00:21:35.260 --> 00:21:40.070
  • Lystra and Derbe and and saw him a second time.
  • 00:21:40.080 --> 00:21:43.140
  • And we are told in Acts 16, Timothy was well spoken
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  • of by the brethren.
  • 00:21:47.250 --> 00:21:50.190
  • It was that endorsement that caused Paul to say,
  • 00:21:50.200 --> 00:21:53.200
  • "Tim, I want you to join my team."
  • 00:21:53.210 --> 00:21:57.020
  • And so, young Tim joined Paul's team and followed him throughout
  • 00:21:57.030 --> 00:22:01.070
  • Macedonia and Corinth, and then to Jerusalem
  • 00:22:01.080 --> 00:22:04.200
  • when Paul brought a special offering of money
  • 00:22:04.210 --> 00:22:08.030
  • for the suffering church in Jerusalem.
  • 00:22:08.040 --> 00:22:11.240
  • The point is this, there must be waiting before there's working.
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:16.250
  • There must be a testing period before there's a teaming up
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  • with another person, especially in ministry because rapid
  • 00:22:20.230 --> 00:22:25.030
  • advancement in ministry can cause someone to become proud.
  • 00:22:25.040 --> 00:22:31.060
  • This is why Paul said, "Timothy," he wrote to Timothy,
  • 00:22:31.070 --> 00:22:35.070
  • 1 and 2 Timothy he said, "When you choose up leaders,
  • 00:22:35.080 --> 00:22:38.120
  • make sure they're seasoned," his words, "not a novice,
  • 00:22:38.130 --> 00:22:42.150
  • lest being puffed up with pride he falls into the same
  • 00:22:42.160 --> 00:22:45.140
  • condemnation as the devil."
  • 00:22:45.150 --> 00:22:50.230
  • You know, I have noticed over the years that whenever
  • 00:22:50.240 --> 00:22:52.220
  • somebody famous, some rock star, some singer,
  • 00:22:52.230 --> 00:22:55.230
  • some actor makes any overture of belief in Jesus Christ,
  • 00:22:55.240 --> 00:23:01.200
  • the church wants to immediately platform them.
  • 00:23:01.210 --> 00:23:05.170
  • "Bring them in, have them stand up and share his testimony."
  • 00:23:05.180 --> 00:23:09.040
  • No, don't have him do that.
  • 00:23:09.050 --> 00:23:12.070
  • Have them get rooted and grounded first and grow,
  • 00:23:12.080 --> 00:23:15.190
  • otherwise he'll become a tree whose branches go out further
  • 00:23:15.200 --> 00:23:20.020
  • than his roots go down, and that tree will topple.
  • 00:23:20.030 --> 00:23:23.050
  • And when that tree topples, the world is gonna look and go,
  • 00:23:23.060 --> 00:23:26.220
  • "Ah-ha, another fake one."
  • 00:23:26.230 --> 00:23:30.110
  • So, Paul made sure Timothy was loyal and that loyalty turned
  • 00:23:30.120 --> 00:23:35.280
  • into a longterm reliability.
  • 00:23:35.290 --> 00:23:38.150
  • And so, he mentions in 24 times, Paul does,
  • 00:23:38.160 --> 00:23:41.040
  • in all of his writings.
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  • And I love this relationship how it's said,
  • 00:23:43.060 --> 00:23:45.040
  • "As a son is with his father."
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  • Paul thought of Timothy as his son in the faith,
  • 00:23:49.130 --> 00:23:54.070
  • and he writes about that here, "As his son is with his father."
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  • I'll close with this.
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  • I don't know if you know who Henry Luce is L-U-C-E.
  • 00:23:59.200 --> 00:24:04.240
  • Henry Luce was the founder of Time Life Incorporated,
  • 00:24:04.250 --> 00:24:09.150
  • so that great communication enterprise.
  • 00:24:09.160 --> 00:24:13.290
  • Henry Luce probably influenced world opinion more than
  • 00:24:14.000 --> 00:24:18.000
  • any single publisher in recent history.
  • 00:24:18.010 --> 00:24:22.180
  • In fact, when he was alive, he was called
  • 00:24:22.190 --> 00:24:24.100
  • the most influential private citizen in America.
  • 00:24:24.110 --> 00:24:29.020
  • Well, he talks about his early life.
  • 00:24:29.030 --> 00:24:30.190
  • He said he was raised the son of a missionary in China.
  • 00:24:30.200 --> 00:24:35.050
  • Raised in China, his father had enormous responsibility running
  • 00:24:35.060 --> 00:24:38.130
  • a school, running his mission.
  • 00:24:38.140 --> 00:24:41.230
  • And he said, "Every evening, my dad would take me for a walk."
  • 00:24:41.240 --> 00:24:45.130
  • But he said, "What was interesting is my father spoke
  • 00:24:45.140 --> 00:24:48.200
  • to me as though I were an adult."
  • 00:24:48.210 --> 00:24:52.070
  • Said, "I was just a kid walking next to my dad and my dad
  • 00:24:52.080 --> 00:24:54.270
  • would talk about the philosophy of education and things that
  • 00:24:54.280 --> 00:24:59.070
  • I didn't quite know, but it just elevated me and I felt like,
  • 00:24:59.080 --> 00:25:02.250
  • man, I'm not just a kid, I'm not just a son.
  • 00:25:02.260 --> 00:25:06.040
  • I'm his friend."
  • 00:25:06.050 --> 00:25:09.110
  • He felt so honored that his father made him a friend.
  • 00:25:09.120 --> 00:25:15.070
  • What an honor to be called a friend of Paul the apostle.
  • 00:25:15.080 --> 00:25:20.050
  • It's an honorable title, just a friend of anyone,
  • 00:25:20.060 --> 00:25:22.240
  • but a friend of Paul the apostle.
  • 00:25:22.250 --> 00:25:25.070
  • And do you know who was called a friend of God?
  • 00:25:25.080 --> 00:25:30.150
  • Can you think of his name in the Bible, anybody?
  • 00:25:30.160 --> 00:25:34.060
  • If you know it, shout it out.
  • 00:25:34.070 --> 00:25:36.070
  • Abraham was called the friend of God,
  • 00:25:36.080 --> 00:25:39.020
  • only one who had that title.
  • 00:25:39.030 --> 00:25:41.270
  • What an honor, huh, for God to say,
  • 00:25:41.280 --> 00:25:43.290
  • "Hey, do you know my buddy, Abraham?
  • 00:25:44.000 --> 00:25:47.250
  • My friend, my good friend?
  • 00:25:47.260 --> 00:25:50.030
  • And here's the truth, when Jesus Christ becomes your Savior,
  • 00:25:50.040 --> 00:25:54.130
  • he brings you into relationship with his Father so
  • 00:25:54.140 --> 00:25:57.290
  • you become a child of God, but more than that, a friend.
  • 00:25:58.000 --> 00:26:04.030
  • Jesus said to his followers, "From this day on,
  • 00:26:04.040 --> 00:26:07.160
  • I don't call you just my servants.
  • 00:26:07.170 --> 00:26:10.040
  • You're my friends."
  • 00:26:10.050 --> 00:26:12.160
  • So, I'm looking at friends of God, children of God.
  • 00:26:12.170 --> 00:26:15.290
  • And if you don't know Jesus Christ, this would be
  • 00:26:16.000 --> 00:26:18.110
  • a good day to enter into a relationship with him.
  • 00:26:18.120 --> 00:26:21.070
  • announcer: It brings God delight to call you his friend.
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  • Be sure to join us next time as Skip gives us some
  • 00:26:26.250 --> 00:26:29.240
  • practical tips to help us love imperfect people well.
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  • This journey through Scripture traces the DNA of redemption,
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  • and it's our thanks to you when you give to this ministry.
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  • announcer: "Connect With Skip Heitzig,"
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  • is a presentation of Connection Communications,
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  • connecting you to God's never-changing truth
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  • in ever-changing times.
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