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When Peope Get In The Way

Watch When Peope Get In The Way
October 7, 2019
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Don Wilton

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When Peope Get In The Way

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  • male: God has an encouraging Word for you and me today
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  • through the Bible-based preaching of Dr. Don Wilton and
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  • a message about "When People Get in the Way."
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  • Don Wilton: I'm going to ask you to open your Bibles this
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  • morning to the book of Acts and chapter 19.
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  • I'm very deeply anxious to share this Word with you today.
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  • God spoke to me personally so much through what I read and
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  • began to understand by the Holy Spirit as he began to speak to
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  • my own heart and my own life.
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  • I just want you to know that today.
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  • It's an incredible account.
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  • We're in Acts chapter 19, and I'm going to begin at verse 23.
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  • "About that time, there arose no little disturbance concerning
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  • the way for a man named Demetrius,
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  • a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis brought no
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  • little business to the craftsmen.
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  • These he gathered together with the workmen in similar trades
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  • and he said, 'Men, you know that from this business
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  • we have our wealth.
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  • And you see in here that not only in Ephesus,
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  • but in almost all of Asia that this Paul has persuaded and
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  • turned away a great many people saying that gods made with hands
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  • are not gods.
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  • And there is danger not only to this trade of ours that may come
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  • into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess
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  • Artemis may be counted as nothing and she may even be
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  • deposed from her magnificence, she whom
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  • all Asia and the world worship.'
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  • Now, when they heard this, they were enraged
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  • and were crying out, 'Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.'
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  • So the city was filled with confusion and they
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  • rushed together in the theater,
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  • dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus,
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  • Macedonians who were Paul's companions in travel.
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  • But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd,
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  • the disciples would not let him and even some of the Asiarchs,"
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  • who were the high ranking officers of the province of
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  • Asia, "who were friends of his sent to him and were urging him
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  • not to venture into the theater.
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  • Now, some cried out one thing and some another,
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  • for the assembly was in confusion and most of them did
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  • not know why they had come together.
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  • Some of the crowd prompted Alexander,
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  • whom the Jews with his hand wanted to make
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  • a defense of the crowd.
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  • But when they recognized that he was a Jew,
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  • for about two hours they all cried out with one voice,
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  • 'Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.'
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  • Now, when the town clerk had quieted the crowd,
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  • he said, 'People of Ephesus, who is there that does not know that
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  • the city of the Ephesians is the temple keeper of the great
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  • Artemis and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky?
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  • Seeing then that these things cannot be denied,
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  • you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash for you have
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  • brought these men here who are neither sacrilegious nor
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  • blasphemous of our goddess.
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  • If, therefore, Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have
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  • a complaint against anyone, go to the law courts
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  • and there are proconsuls.
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  • Let them bring charges against one another.
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  • But if you seek anything further,
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  • it shall be settled in the regular assembly for we are
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  • really in danger of being charged with rioting today since
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  • there's no cause that we can give to justify the commotion.'
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  • And when he had said this, he dismissed the assembly.
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  • Now, after the uproar had ceased,
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  • Paul sent for the believers.
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  • And after he encouraged them, he went on his way,
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  • departing for Macedonia."
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  • May the Lord write this Word in our hearts today.
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  • An amazing story, isn't it, right here in the Bible.
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  • Why would God want us to have to deal with a reaction like this
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  • by a group of people when it would seem that the message
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  • of the gospel was so designed to make people whole?
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  • Why such antagonism?
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  • We're encountering this, it would seem to me,
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  • from one city to the next.
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  • Don't you think? And we know that it's not over.
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  • We know that the same opposition followed Paul and all the
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  • believers, even to Paul's death and beyond and even today.
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  • The Bible is very clear that when Paul shared the love of
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  • Christ, that they rose a great disturbance right there in the
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  • heart of Ephesus concerning the way.
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  • When people get in the way of the way,
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  • what do you and I to do about that?
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  • How do you deal with your distress?
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  • How do we behave? Where do we go to?
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  • What is our response?
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  • What can God say to us today?
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  • This is what the Lord has put in my heart.
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  • When people get in the way, ask the Lord Jesus;
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  • and I just want to pause there.
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  • I cannot emphasize to each one of us enough that this is
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  • something that you need to present to the Lord Jesus.
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  • You remember even when Paul arrived in Ephesus,
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  • what was the first question he asked the followers there?
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  • He said, "Have you received the Holy Spirit?"
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  • They said, "Well, we haven't even heard of the Holy Spirit."
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  • And he said, "Well, who have you received?"
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  • He said--they said, "In all honesty,
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  • well, we are following John the Baptist and his teaching."
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  • And so, Paul laid his hands on them and he shared the truth
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  • of the gospel concerning Jesus, God the Father,
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  • God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit and they received not
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  • John, but they received the one that John was pointing to,
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  • the one who is far greater that would become behind John,
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  • the one who was the only one who could grant salvation and
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  • forgive sin and give hope.
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  • And Paul said, "You need to give your life to Jesus."
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  • And they did and they received the Holy Spirit.
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  • And if you've given your heart to Jesus,
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  • you have the Holy Spirit living in you.
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  • Ask the Lord Jesus.
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  • Ask the Lord Jesus how to respond when people
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  • get in the way.
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  • What ought we to ask the Lord Jesus to do?
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  • Here are four things that I want to share with you straight
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  • from the stakes.
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  • First of all, ask the Lord to help you to really understand
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  • what's going on.
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  • That's what happened here in Ephesus.
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  • I've tried to explain this to you.
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  • What was going on in Ephesus?
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  • Well, I present to you a smorgasbord of every society,
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  • every community.
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  • Their world was essentially no different to ours.
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  • We live in an incredible world, you know?
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  • Just drive around today in our motor cars,
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  • it seems like there are motor cars everywhere,
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  • especially in our community.
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  • Hard to get anywhere. People are busy.
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  • We've got restaurants.
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  • We've got ball games going on.
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  • We've got businesses.
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  • We've got people being diagnosed with diseases.
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  • We've got great hospitals.
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  • We've got young people going to school and students going to
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  • college and university.
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  • We've got people retiring.
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  • We've got nursing homes.
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  • You got the activity of the human race and all of us
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  • individually, and out here in this big world there are people
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  • who claim and who cling to things,
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  • to unknown gods.
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  • Ask God to help you really understand where you live.
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  • Understand the environment that you're in.
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  • As a believer,
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  • you really know who you're living amongst.
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  • The impact, the vibe, the things that are important,
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  • the way people think, the issues that are there.
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  • Ask God to give you a sensitivity to the person next
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  • to you, to have a deep spiritual understanding.
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  • When it came to the Apostle Paul and Ephesus,
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  • he was unapologetic.
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  • The issue that was going on there was summarized in
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  • verse 26 and verse 27.
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  • Paul could not in any way condone man-made gods,
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  • and that's exactly what was going on.
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  • Ask the Lord to help you to understand what's going on.
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  • Ask the Lord to help you to know who these people are that are
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  • getting in the way.
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  • Ask the Lord to help you because when you ask the Lord to help
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  • you to understand who Demetrius is,
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  • God will give to you a spiritual ability to be able to love even
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  • the most unlovely people you've ever met in your life.
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  • Ask the Lord Jesus by his Spirit to help you to know
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  • who these people are.
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  • They're in every community. They're everywhere.
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  • They're all over the place.
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  • Ask God to help you to identify the Demetriuses that are seated
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  • next to you and who go to the same shops you go to and who
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  • play ball on the same teams with you and who work in the same
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  • office with you.
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  • This Demetrius, he was a citizen of Ephesus,
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  • but unequivocably Demetrius had seen an
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  • opportunity he capitalized.
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  • He was a silversmith.
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  • He got together a group of people.
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  • He said, "Men, we got an opportunity to trade on the
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  • pagan religious--religiosity of our people."
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  • And they began to make these relics and began to sell them.
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  • They began to tap into the heart of the paganism of the local
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  • people and eventually they began to build a wonderful business
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  • for themselves.
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  • Ask God to help you to understand that.
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  • And in came Paul; "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
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  • with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and only him.
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  • Thou shalt have no other gods before you.
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  • Jesus Christ is the king. Worship him.
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  • No, Artemis can give you nothing, but Jesus can
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  • give you everything."
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  • And when you ask the Spirit of God to help you to identify
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  • in a spiritual way those who oppose the way,
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  • God will give to you a spiritual understanding on how to
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  • spiritually ultimately reach out to them with the purpose that
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  • they too would take a drink of the living water.
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  • Ask the Lord to help you to understand what's going on.
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  • Ask the Lord to help you to know who these people are.
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  • Ask the Lord to help you realize why they are creating such a
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  • disturbance against the gospel and against the church
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  • and against Christianity.
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  • Ask him.
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  • There's only one reason and that's right there in
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  • that opening verse.
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  • Verse 23, the Bible says they began to become disturbed
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  • because of the way, the truth, and the life.
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  • This, my friend, is about Jesus.
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  • It's about Jesus.
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  • I want to know how to respond.
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  • So let me give to you four or five things that
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  • God will show you.
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  • When the Lord Jesus shows you how to respond,
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  • a number of things is going to happen.
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  • This is what's going to happen.
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  • First of all, you're going to recognize the reality
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  • of spiritual warfare.
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  • Spiritual warfare is very real, my friends.
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  • Some of you are growing weary in well doing.
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  • I talked to one of my best friends recently about
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  • this very subject.
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  • Bible says, "Don't grow weary in well doing."
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  • I look every day like this at a sea of well doers.
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  • You're serving the Lord.
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  • You're loving the Lord. You're living for him.
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  • The reality of spiritual warfare,
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  • that old devil will weigh you down slap sorry.
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  • He'll get into your bone marrow if he can.
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  • He'll throw everything at you, and he'll
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  • look for your Achilles heel.
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  • He'll put up every obstacle.
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  • He'll get everybody he possibly can to come and share a little
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  • word of criticism with you.
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  • He'll try and trip you up in every conceivable
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  • way that he can.
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  • He'll even send looks your way.
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  • He'll leave you out of the popular group.
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  • He'll ostracize you.
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  • He'll cause you to seemingly suffer loss.
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  • He'll make you feel sometimes so wretched you can't even begin
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  • to understand it.
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  • He'll get right here into your solar plexus.
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  • And just when you are serving the Lord so much,
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  • he'll come and give you such a shot in the stomach you'll think
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  • you'll never breathe again.
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  • Be encouraged, my friend.
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  • When you ask the Lord to help you how to respond,
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  • he will help you to recognize the reality
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  • of spiritual warfare.
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  • He will help you to check knee-jerk reactions.
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  • By the way, Paul was no exception.
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  • If you study this passage of Scripture in verse 30,
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  • for example, when this all happened and there was a great
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  • response, Paul's knee-jerk reaction was,
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  • "Well, I'm just going to go right into the middle of them
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  • and I'm just going to stand up there and I'm going to be one
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  • tough guy and I'm going to be--put it down the line."
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  • That's a knee-jerk reaction.
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  • And who doesn't have knee-jerk reactions?
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  • We all do.
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  • You know what the Spirit of God does for us?
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  • He tempers our reactions.
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  • When you ask God to help you to know how to respond,
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  • he'll not only help you to recognize the reality of
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  • spiritual warfare, he'll not only help you to check your own
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  • knee-jerk reactions, but he will help you to thank God for your
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  • spiritual friends.
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  • You know, when you look here Paul in Ephesus,
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  • did you notice how his friends suddenly jumped up?
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  • Paul said, "Up. Up.
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  • Just going to go over there.
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  • I'm going to show them a thing or two.
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  • They not know they're dealing with a dude who was on the road
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  • to Damascus?
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  • I know what it's like.
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  • I'm going to go there and I'm--"
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  • Friends jumped in, said, "Hold on.
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  • No, you don't need to go down there."
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  • And guess what? He listened to them.
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  • And then all lot of high ranking officials who were believers in
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  • Asia and other parts got to hear about this and they started
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  • sending word, I guess FedEx was pretty busy back in those days,
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  • saying, "Listen, hold it.
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  • Paul, just wait a minute. Just listen."
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  • Man, what a blessing, what a blessing.
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  • I thank God for you, spiritual friends.
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  • I look out today and, man, I just see them by the dozens.
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  • I look into your faces, men and women,
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  • and I just thank God for you, spiritual friends,
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  • for advisors, for confidants, for spiritual leaders,
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  • for people that pour into one another,
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  • listen to one another.
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  • Listen to your parents, young people.
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  • Listen to your teachers.
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  • Listen to your discipleship leaders.
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  • Listen to those godly people.
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  • Those grandparents that God has given to you,
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  • go and sit at their feet and drink from that fountain of
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  • wisdom that God has given to them and you,
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  • my friend, will do well when people get in the way.
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  • Listen.
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  • You ask the Lord how to respond,
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  • you'll find yourself on your face saying,
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  • "Lord Jesus, thank you for my precious friends."
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  • What you will find when you ask the Lord how to respond,
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  • you will expect the unexpected.
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  • You'll just expect the expected, which means you don't know it's
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  • coming, but you'll expect it when it arrives because the
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  • Spirit of God is already there.
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  • If I may say, that he provides in your heart and your soul
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  • spirit like a spiritual shock absorber.
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  • You find yourself in your heart saying,
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  • "Well, I'm not surprised that he said this or she said this
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  • or this happened or that happened."
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  • God will have already prepared your heart.
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  • But finally and I think most importantly,
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  • when you ask the Lord Jesus how you should respond to these
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  • disturbances that come your way, he will remind you to just trust
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  • the Lord Jesus all the way.
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  • You know, I just love the way this all ended.
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  • I mean, it's amazing.
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  • Here comes the chief clerk of the city.
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  • He plays a role. He wasn't even a believer.
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  • Then he began--there was such confusion and he began to speak
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  • legally, and then he began this and then he said,
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  • "Now wait a minute.
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  • How does this figure out? And be careful."
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  • I mean, God's using somebody that's not even a believer.
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  • You don't suppose God can do anything he wants to?
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  • And in the final analysis, they all disperse,
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  • they go home, and I had to read the next chapter and verse 1
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  • because I just love the way Paul closes this all out.
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  • He just gathered all the believers together and
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  • he--what did he do?
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  • He just encouraged them.
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  • He just gathered them all together.
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  • He said, "Be blessed, my friends.
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  • Hold fast to the truth of God.
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  • Love Jesus with all your heart.
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  • Make sure you know him.
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  • Keep yourself where you need to be before Christ.
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  • Understand that he loves you.
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  • Take hold of the Spirit who indwells you.
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  • Trust him. Trust him."
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  • There's a real sense in which when you and I face all kinds of
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  • circumstances and we go to the Lord,
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  • there's a way in which God says, "It's okay.
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  • I got it. I got it."
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  • male: You know, I just can't get past that final point of the
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  • pastor about trusting Jesus all the way.
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  • To be honest there been times in my life I've been half baked in
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  • my commitment to Jesus, but I know that when I became all into
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  • him, he changed my life forever.
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  • Are you ready to watch God change your life forever?
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  • Are you ready to be all in? Let us pray with you.
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  • You can call the number on your screen and let us pray with you
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  • right now individually about what you're going through,
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  • or maybe let me just pray for you.
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  • Maybe you need to repeat this prayer after me: "Lord God,
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  • I realize that you need all of me.
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  • You gave me everything in the cross of Calvary and so,
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  • Jesus, I give myself to you.
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  • I trust you completely.
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  • In your precious name I pray, amen."
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  • If that's the call of your heart, we'll help you with the
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  • right words as you open your heart to Jesus.
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  • Give us a call.
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  • Let us put some resources in your hands that will help you
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  • grow, help you take the next step.
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  • Man, we're excited that tonight could be the time or today could
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  • be the time that you are saved from hell's flames.
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  • But, you know, God wants you to live a beautiful and a
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  • fulfilled life right here long before heaven.
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  • Let us talk with you.
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  • Let us put resources in your hand that will help you grow.
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  • That phone number, jot it down, store it in your cell.
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  • It connects you to one of us 24 hours a day,
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  • have you to listen, to talk, to pray.
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  • Just know that we are here for you.
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  • Before we get away, some closing thoughts from our pastor and
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  • chief encourager, Dr. Don Wilton.
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  • Don: Hello, my friends.
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  • I want to speak to you personally today from
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  • my heart to yours.
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  • I don't think there's ever a better or more important time
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  • for us to respond to our world by standing up
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  • for righteousness.
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  • Now with this in mind, I would like to invite you to become an
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  • Encourager ministry partner.
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  • You see, together we can impact lives both now and for all time
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  • and all eternity.
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  • "The Encouraging Word" is a viewer and listener-supported
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  • ministry, and to know that you are standing with me financially
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  • enables me to move forward with confidence to do the work God
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  • has called me to do.
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  • So please call the number on your screen and just simply say,
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  • "I want to become an Encourager."
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  • Thank you so much for helping me.
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  • male: Before we get away, jot that number down: 866-899-WORD.
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  • Will connect with one of us 24 hours a day.
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  • We'd love to pray for you.
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