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  • - female: Thank you for joining
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  • us.
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  • I hope today's message builds
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  • your faith and inspires you to
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  • change the way you think.
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  • Before we get started, I want
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  • you to know that we truly care
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  • about you and what's going on in
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  • your life.
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  • in prayer.
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  • Pastor Duane is starting a new
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  • series, "The Journey of the
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  • Follower."
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  • When we decide to give our lives
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  • to Christ, we don't instantly
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  • become a disciple knowing all
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  • the steps to following Jesus and
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  • living by the Bible.
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  • No, this takes time.
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  • It's a journey for all of us.
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  • Pastor's going to explain the
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  • difference between being a
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  • Christian versus a disciple in
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  • today's message, "Qualifying the
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  • Called."
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  • - Duane Vander Klok: But I want
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  • to talk to you about qualities
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  • that change a believer into a
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  • disciple, qualities that change
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  • a believer into a disciple.
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  • You know, when Jesus rose from
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  • the dead, he said, "All
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  • authority has been given to me
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  • in heaven and earth.
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  • Go therefore and make disciples
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  • of all the nations, baptizing
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  • them in the name of the Father,
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  • Son, and the Holy Spirit,
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  • teaching them to observe all
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  • things that I have commanded
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  • you; and lo, I am with you
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  • always, even unto the end of the
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  • age."
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  • Now notice, Jesus said to make
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  • disciples, in other words,
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  • there's a process.
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  • You don't receive Jesus, become
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  • a Christian, a believer, and
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  • instantly, you're a mature
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  • disciple.
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  • There is a disciple-making
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  • process.
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  • As I was thinking about this, I
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  • realized the only, really,
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  • things that we want to do here,
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  • we want to win souls and make
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  • disciples.
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  • That's what we--that's what
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  • we're about.
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  • We're about winning souls and
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  • making disciples.
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  • And when Jesus was about to go
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  • up to heaven, he told his
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  • disciples, "Look, you go into
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  • all the world, and what you need
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  • to do, you need to be preaching,
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  • and you need to be making
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  • disciples, not just a Christian,
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  • but a disciple."
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  • And John 3:16 is the best-known
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  • verse in the entire Bible.
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  • Probably almost everyone here
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  • could quote it.
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  • "For God so loved the world
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  • that he gave his only begotten
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  • Son, that whosoever believes on
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  • him should not perish but have
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  • everlasting life."
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  • Now, I want to talk to you from
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  • this verse for just a couple of
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  • minutes, and I want to talk to
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  • you about two different things
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  • in this verse that are good
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  • things as far as getting you
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  • saved and into the kingdom, but
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  • they're not where you should
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  • stay.
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  • In other words, there's two
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  • things in this verse that I
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  • would identify with a Christian,
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  • but not with a disciple,
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  • all right?
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  • Now, the first part is this,
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  • that they should not perish.
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  • They should not perish.
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  • I was brought up in church.
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  • I went to church every Sunday
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  • for 20 years.
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  • I was not a Christian.
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  • I went because my parents made
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  • me go, and it was the thing you
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  • were supposed to do.
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  • I intellectually recognized that
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  • the Bible was true.
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  • I believed Jesus had died, I
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  • believed that he'd rose again,
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  • all right?
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  • But it had not changed my life
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  • in any way, shape, form, or
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  • fashion.
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  • Whatever was being preached, it
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  • didn't--it did not change me at
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  • all.
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  • But the one thing I knew for
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  • sure is I did not want to go to
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  • hell.
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  • Now, this was my thought, if I
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  • give my life to the Lord and if
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  • I'm a Christian, I am never
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  • gonna have fun again a day in my
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  • life.
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  • So, I don't want to go to hell,
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  • but I want to have as much fun
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  • as I can.
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  • And I should get right with God
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  • when I'm old and I can't have
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  • fun anymore.
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  • This is why--this is what I'm
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  • thinking, all right?
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  • So, I want to, yeah, I want to
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  • be a Christian, but I don't want
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  • to be a Christian right away
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  • because I want to have fun.
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  • And Christians don't have fun.
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  • If you become a Christian,
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  • you'll be like baptized in
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  • pickle juice for the rest of
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  • your life.
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  • And I got saved, but here's what
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  • I figured, you never know when
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  • you're going to die, right?
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  • So, I better get saved because
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  • what if I'm in a wreck, what if
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  • something happens?
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  • I better get saved and just live
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  • a miserable life.
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  • Seriously, that's what I
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  • thought.
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  • And live a miserable life
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  • because I do not want to perish.
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  • I don't want to go to hell.
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  • And you might be here and you
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  • say, "I don't even know if there
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  • is one."
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  • Let me just tell you this, 90%
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  • of everything we know about hell
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  • we know from Jesus.
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  • Jesus talked about it more than
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  • anyone else and he says, "Don't
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  • fear the one who is just able to
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  • kill the body, but fear the one
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  • who afterwards has the power to
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  • put you into eternal," everybody
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  • say, "eternal," you see, eternal
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  • punishment.
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  • So, I recognized there was a
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  • hell; and honestly, a large part
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  • of the reason that I got saved
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  • was because I did not want to go
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  • to hell.
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  • That is a good reason to get
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  • saved.
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  • Jesus said that's a good reason
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  • to get saved.
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  • But once you're saved, that
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  • should not be the only reason
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  • you stay saved.
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  • There is a process of you
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  • becoming a disciple.
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  • The other thing that's mentioned
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  • in this verse, "Shall not perish
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  • but have everlasting life."
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  • Other translations say, "eternal
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  • life."
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  • In the Greek, by the way,
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  • eternal life, everlasting life,
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  • it's one word.
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  • There's only three letters,
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  • Z-O-E, lots of kids are naming
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  • their little girls that
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  • nowadays.
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  • Zoe, something like that they
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  • may pronounce it, and it is
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  • actually a Greek word that means
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  • life, or absolute life; life as
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  • God has life, you know?
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  • Some take it from 1 John 10:10,
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  • "The thief comes only to steal,
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  • kill, and destroy, but I've come
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  • that you might have life and
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  • have it more abundantly."
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  • There's other people that they
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  • get saved, their Christian
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  • life really revolves around
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  • getting blessed, what God can do
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  • for me.
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  • "God, bless me.
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  • God, make me successful.
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  • God, make me rich.
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  • God, give me this car.
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  • Give me this house.
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  • Give me this wife.
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  • Give me these friends.
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  • Give me success.
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  • Give me health.
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  • Bless my plans.
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  • Bless me, bless me, bless me,
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  • me, me, me, me, me, me, me."
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  • Now, that's not a bad reason to
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  • get saved, but that better not
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  • be the only reason you stay
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  • saved or you live for God.
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  • We can start there, but
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  • discipleship is a journey.
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  • It's a process of making
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  • disciples.
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  • Jesus called some people to be
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  • his disciples and he said,
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  • "Follow me and I will make you,
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  • make you."
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  • A lot of people in the Christian
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  • world today look at God as some
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  • sort of a cosmic bellhop where
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  • you just kinda--he's just--God's
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  • just there to take care of all
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  • of your desires and needs and
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  • every thought that you might
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  • have.
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  • It's interesting that Jesus did
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  • not just call 12 disciples.
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  • Jesus called a man that the
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  • Bible refers to as the rich
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  • young ruler.
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  • And Jesus said to him, "Go sell
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  • what you have, give, and come
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  • follow me."
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  • Jesus called that man to be his
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  • disciple, and the Bible says he
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  • was very sorry because he had
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  • great wealth.
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  • The truth is, he didn't have
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  • great wealth, great wealth had
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  • him.
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  • It's not what you have that you
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  • can release that's the problem.
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  • It's what has you that you can't
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  • release, that's the problem.
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  • But there was stuff that kept
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  • that man from being a disciple
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  • of Jesus.
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  • Jesus said, "You cannot serve
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  • God and stuff," can't do it.
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  • There's another man that Jesus
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  • called and said, "Come and
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  • follow me."
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  • And he said, "First, let me go
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  • home, put everything in order.
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  • I want to make sure everything's
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  • good, and I want to do this, and
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  • I want to do that, and I want to
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  • do the next thing."
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  • And Jesus said to him, "Let the
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  • dead bury their own dead.
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  • You follow me."
  • 00:09:43.090 --> 00:09:45.260
  • But you know what?
  • 00:09:45.260 --> 00:09:46.130
  • He didn't follow Jesus.
  • 00:09:46.130 --> 00:09:48.040
  • Jesus called him to be a
  • 00:09:48.040 --> 00:09:48.280
  • disciple, but he did not follow
  • 00:09:48.280 --> 00:09:50.290
  • Jesus because of friendships and
  • 00:09:52.040 --> 00:09:55.040
  • relationships that he put in
  • 00:09:55.040 --> 00:09:58.010
  • front of following Jesus.
  • 00:09:58.010 --> 00:10:00.280
  • Jesus said, "If anyone will come
  • 00:10:00.280 --> 00:10:02.290
  • after me, let him deny himself,
  • 00:10:05.040 --> 00:10:08.040
  • take up his cross, and follow
  • 00:10:08.040 --> 00:10:10.090
  • me."
  • 00:10:10.090 --> 00:10:12.050
  • Would it be about 70 years ago,
  • 00:10:12.250 --> 00:10:15.250
  • there was a theologian in
  • 00:10:15.250 --> 00:10:18.000
  • Germany.
  • 00:10:18.000 --> 00:10:18.180
  • And, in fact, it was during the
  • 00:10:18.180 --> 00:10:19.260
  • Second World War when Adolf
  • 00:10:19.260 --> 00:10:22.090
  • Hitler required all churches and
  • 00:10:22.090 --> 00:10:24.220
  • pastors to give a--to pledge
  • 00:10:24.220 --> 00:10:27.130
  • their allegiance to him.
  • 00:10:27.190 --> 00:10:30.190
  • And of the about 13.000 churches
  • 00:10:30.280 --> 00:10:33.280
  • that were in Germany, just over
  • 00:10:33.280 --> 00:10:36.120
  • 1.000 refused, and they kind of
  • 00:10:36.120 --> 00:10:39.060
  • came under the headship of a man
  • 00:10:39.060 --> 00:10:40.210
  • named Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
  • 00:10:40.210 --> 00:10:43.120
  • And they were called the
  • 00:10:43.120 --> 00:10:44.070
  • confessing church.
  • 00:10:44.070 --> 00:10:46.240
  • He ended up in a prisoner of war
  • 00:10:47.070 --> 00:10:50.070
  • camp and was hung shortly before
  • 00:10:51.080 --> 00:10:54.080
  • the end of the Second World War.
  • 00:10:54.080 --> 00:10:56.170
  • But he said this, "When Jesus
  • 00:10:56.170 --> 00:10:58.280
  • calls a man or a woman, he calls
  • 00:10:59.210 --> 00:11:02.230
  • them and bids them to come and
  • 00:11:02.230 --> 00:11:05.080
  • die.
  • 00:11:05.180 --> 00:11:08.180
  • He calls them in bids them, come
  • 00:11:08.180 --> 00:11:10.090
  • and die."
  • 00:11:10.090 --> 00:11:12.230
  • How many of you know that's
  • 00:11:12.230 --> 00:11:13.170
  • different than bless me, give
  • 00:11:13.170 --> 00:11:14.150
  • me?
  • 00:11:14.150 --> 00:11:16.160
  • Come and die.
  • 00:11:16.160 --> 00:11:17.040
  • "If anyone will come after me,"
  • 00:11:17.040 --> 00:11:19.190
  • Jesus said, "let him deny
  • 00:11:19.190 --> 00:11:21.140
  • himself, take up his cross
  • 00:11:21.140 --> 00:11:24.120
  • daily, and follow me."
  • 00:11:25.170 --> 00:11:28.170
  • See, the purpose of life is not
  • 00:11:30.030 --> 00:11:33.030
  • to make you happy.
  • 00:11:33.050 --> 00:11:36.050
  • That is not--you understand
  • 00:11:36.050 --> 00:11:37.080
  • that, don't you?
  • 00:11:37.080 --> 00:11:37.290
  • That's not the purpose of your
  • 00:11:37.290 --> 00:11:38.230
  • life, to be happy.
  • 00:11:38.230 --> 00:11:39.220
  • I know that's what a lot of
  • 00:11:39.220 --> 00:11:40.110
  • people think that's the purpose
  • 00:11:40.110 --> 00:11:41.040
  • of their--I remember years ago,
  • 00:11:41.040 --> 00:11:42.100
  • a man came to me and said, "God
  • 00:11:42.100 --> 00:11:44.020
  • wants me happy."
  • 00:11:44.020 --> 00:11:45.170
  • He said, "And I can't be happy
  • 00:11:45.170 --> 00:11:47.070
  • with my wife, but I can with my
  • 00:11:47.070 --> 00:11:48.140
  • secretary."
  • 00:11:48.240 --> 00:11:51.240
  • Serious.
  • 00:11:51.240 --> 00:11:53.010
  • I said to him, "God does not
  • 00:11:53.010 --> 00:11:55.090
  • want you happy, he wants you
  • 00:11:55.090 --> 00:11:56.260
  • holy."
  • 00:11:58.170 --> 00:12:01.190
  • It's true.
  • 00:12:01.190 --> 00:12:02.260
  • Now listen, if you will follow
  • 00:12:02.260 --> 00:12:05.170
  • God's plan for your life, you
  • 00:12:05.170 --> 00:12:06.270
  • will end up happy.
  • 00:12:07.040 --> 00:12:10.040
  • The kingdom of God is
  • 00:12:10.040 --> 00:12:10.270
  • righteousness, it's peace, and
  • 00:12:10.270 --> 00:12:12.090
  • it is joy in the Holy Ghost.
  • 00:12:14.110 --> 00:12:17.110
  • But what your flesh wants and
  • 00:12:17.110 --> 00:12:19.210
  • what will truly bring joy in
  • 00:12:19.210 --> 00:12:21.230
  • your life are not the same
  • 00:12:21.230 --> 00:12:24.010
  • thing.
  • 00:12:24.010 --> 00:12:25.190
  • The Amplified translation says,
  • 00:12:25.190 --> 00:12:27.040
  • "Let him deny himself [disown
  • 00:12:27.040 --> 00:12:28.210
  • himself, forget, lose sight of
  • 00:12:28.210 --> 00:12:30.210
  • himself, his own interests,
  • 00:12:30.210 --> 00:12:33.120
  • and refuse and give up himself]
  • 00:12:33.220 --> 00:12:36.220
  • take up his cross daily and
  • 00:12:36.220 --> 00:12:38.210
  • follow me [cleave steadfastly to
  • 00:12:38.210 --> 00:12:40.260
  • me, conform wholly to my example
  • 00:12:40.260 --> 00:12:43.180
  • in living and, if need be, in
  • 00:12:43.260 --> 00:12:46.260
  • dying also]."
  • 00:12:47.020 --> 00:12:50.020
  • You know, are you a passionate
  • 00:12:50.020 --> 00:12:52.180
  • follower of Jesus, or are you
  • 00:12:53.100 --> 00:12:56.100
  • just in a bless-me club?
  • 00:12:56.100 --> 00:12:59.060
  • Are you just a consumer
  • 00:12:59.060 --> 00:13:00.220
  • Christian?
  • 00:13:00.220 --> 00:13:03.080
  • "Well, I'm a Christian because
  • 00:13:03.080 --> 00:13:04.220
  • of what I can get from God, and
  • 00:13:04.220 --> 00:13:07.210
  • I show up in church when it's
  • 00:13:07.210 --> 00:13:09.050
  • convenient, you know, when
  • 00:13:09.050 --> 00:13:11.100
  • there's not a game, it's not too
  • 00:13:11.100 --> 00:13:13.220
  • warm, there's not something else
  • 00:13:13.220 --> 00:13:15.240
  • I can do.
  • 00:13:15.240 --> 00:13:17.120
  • And I'm there to see what I can
  • 00:13:17.120 --> 00:13:19.190
  • get.
  • 00:13:19.190 --> 00:13:21.290
  • Serve me, help me, take care of
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:24.030
  • me, please me, and if I don't
  • 00:13:24.030 --> 00:13:25.270
  • like music, or I don't like the
  • 00:13:25.270 --> 00:13:27.160
  • volume, or I don't like this, or
  • 00:13:27.160 --> 00:13:29.090
  • I don't like that, man, I'm
  • 00:13:29.090 --> 00:13:31.030
  • outta here."
  • 00:13:31.060 --> 00:13:34.060
  • Consumer Christian.
  • 00:13:34.060 --> 00:13:36.160
  • That's not at all the one that
  • 00:13:36.160 --> 00:13:37.150
  • Jesus talked about.
  • 00:13:38.180 --> 00:13:41.180
  • But I want you to suppose with
  • 00:13:41.180 --> 00:13:42.240
  • me that through those back
  • 00:13:42.240 --> 00:13:44.190
  • doors, a man comes in and
  • 00:13:45.010 --> 00:13:48.010
  • immediately we notice he's very
  • 00:13:48.010 --> 00:13:49.190
  • anemic, seems to be in very poor
  • 00:13:49.200 --> 00:13:52.200
  • health.
  • 00:13:52.200 --> 00:13:54.000
  • And the ushers bring him up on
  • 00:13:54.000 --> 00:13:55.120
  • the platform, and there's a
  • 00:13:55.120 --> 00:13:56.220
  • doctor here in the house and he
  • 00:13:56.220 --> 00:13:57.270
  • examines the man.
  • 00:13:57.270 --> 00:13:59.180
  • And he says, "This man is
  • 00:13:59.180 --> 00:14:00.210
  • starving.
  • 00:14:00.210 --> 00:14:01.100
  • But even more than that, this
  • 00:14:01.100 --> 00:14:03.050
  • man is dying of thirst.
  • 00:14:03.100 --> 00:14:06.100
  • And all things being equal, if
  • 00:14:06.100 --> 00:14:08.220
  • he does not drink water in the
  • 00:14:08.220 --> 00:14:10.150
  • next 30 minutes, he will die."
  • 00:14:11.110 --> 00:14:14.110
  • So, I said to the--say to the
  • 00:14:14.110 --> 00:14:15.200
  • man, I said, "You've heard the
  • 00:14:15.200 --> 00:14:17.080
  • doctor, he says that if you
  • 00:14:17.080 --> 00:14:18.160
  • don't drink this water in the
  • 00:14:18.160 --> 00:14:20.040
  • next 30 minutes, you're gonna
  • 00:14:20.040 --> 00:14:21.060
  • die.
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:22.020
  • Do you believe if you drink this
  • 00:14:22.020 --> 00:14:23.140
  • water you'll live?"
  • 00:14:23.140 --> 00:14:25.040
  • And he says, "Absolutely.
  • 00:14:25.040 --> 00:14:26.220
  • I believe if I could just drink
  • 00:14:26.220 --> 00:14:28.010
  • that water, I'll live."
  • 00:14:28.010 --> 00:14:30.100
  • And I say to him, "Well, how did
  • 00:14:30.100 --> 00:14:31.160
  • you get in this condition?"
  • 00:14:31.160 --> 00:14:32.270
  • And he tells us this story.
  • 00:14:33.030 --> 00:14:36.030
  • And 20 minutes go by, and the
  • 00:14:36.030 --> 00:14:38.130
  • doctor re-examines him and says,
  • 00:14:38.130 --> 00:14:40.020
  • "Yup, all things being equal.
  • 00:14:40.020 --> 00:14:42.130
  • If he does not drink in 10
  • 00:14:42.130 --> 00:14:43.200
  • minutes, he's gonna die of
  • 00:14:43.200 --> 00:14:45.130
  • thirst."
  • 00:14:45.130 --> 00:14:46.130
  • And I say to him, "Do you
  • 00:14:46.130 --> 00:14:47.060
  • believe that if you drink this
  • 00:14:47.060 --> 00:14:48.090
  • water, this water will save your
  • 00:14:48.110 --> 00:14:51.110
  • life and you'll live?"
  • 00:14:51.110 --> 00:14:52.170
  • He says, "I absolutely believe
  • 00:14:52.170 --> 00:14:54.160
  • that if I drink that water, I am
  • 00:14:54.160 --> 00:14:56.250
  • going to live.
  • 00:14:56.250 --> 00:14:58.010
  • That water has everything
  • 00:14:58.010 --> 00:14:59.050
  • necessary to sustain my life.
  • 00:14:59.050 --> 00:15:01.000
  • All I need to do is drink it,
  • 00:15:01.000 --> 00:15:02.180
  • and I'm gonna live."
  • 00:15:02.180 --> 00:15:04.190
  • Nine minutes ago by, doctor
  • 00:15:04.190 --> 00:15:07.140
  • examines him again, says, "All
  • 00:15:07.140 --> 00:15:09.140
  • things being equal, if he does
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:11.150
  • not drink in the next 60
  • 00:15:11.150 --> 00:15:12.230
  • seconds, he's gonna die."
  • 00:15:12.230 --> 00:15:15.040
  • And I said, "Do you believe that
  • 00:15:15.040 --> 00:15:16.110
  • this water will save your life?"
  • 00:15:16.110 --> 00:15:18.090
  • He said, "If I drink that water,
  • 00:15:18.090 --> 00:15:21.070
  • I will live."
  • 00:15:21.070 --> 00:15:23.040
  • Ten, nine, eight, four, three,
  • 00:15:25.080 --> 00:15:28.080
  • two, one, falls over dead.
  • 00:15:29.180 --> 00:15:32.180
  • Now, did he believe?
  • 00:15:34.180 --> 00:15:37.180
  • According to the way we use the
  • 00:15:37.180 --> 00:15:39.260
  • word today, he believed.
  • 00:15:40.250 --> 00:15:43.250
  • But according to the way the
  • 00:15:43.250 --> 00:15:45.000
  • Bible uses the word "believe,"
  • 00:15:45.000 --> 00:15:47.190
  • he did not believe.
  • 00:15:47.190 --> 00:15:49.210
  • He had mental assent.
  • 00:15:49.210 --> 00:15:52.110
  • He believed the things were true
  • 00:15:52.110 --> 00:15:54.160
  • in his mind.
  • 00:15:54.160 --> 00:15:56.040
  • But biblically, it's not belief,
  • 00:15:56.040 --> 00:15:59.000
  • it's not faith, until you do it.
  • 00:16:00.130 --> 00:16:03.130
  • You can know it all, but what
  • 00:16:03.130 --> 00:16:06.120
  • are you doing with what you
  • 00:16:06.120 --> 00:16:07.260
  • know?
  • 00:16:07.260 --> 00:16:09.170
  • See biblically, believing is
  • 00:16:10.170 --> 00:16:13.170
  • knowing and then doing something
  • 00:16:14.040 --> 00:16:17.040
  • with the truth that you know.
  • 00:16:17.040 --> 00:16:19.120
  • That's why the Bible says, "By
  • 00:16:19.120 --> 00:16:20.290
  • faith, Abel gave a more
  • 00:16:21.210 --> 00:16:24.210
  • excellent sacrifice."
  • 00:16:24.210 --> 00:16:27.080
  • That's why the Bible says, "By
  • 00:16:27.080 --> 00:16:28.080
  • faith, Enoch walked with God."
  • 00:16:29.060 --> 00:16:32.060
  • It says, "By faith, Noah built
  • 00:16:32.060 --> 00:16:35.010
  • an ark to the saving of his
  • 00:16:35.010 --> 00:16:36.290
  • family."
  • 00:16:36.290 --> 00:16:37.290
  • That by faith, Abraham obeyed
  • 00:16:38.130 --> 00:16:41.130
  • and left Ur not knowing where he
  • 00:16:41.150 --> 00:16:44.150
  • was going.
  • 00:16:44.150 --> 00:16:45.150
  • That by faith, Isaac blessed his
  • 00:16:46.160 --> 00:16:49.160
  • children; and that by faith,
  • 00:16:49.160 --> 00:16:51.140
  • Moses's mother did not let him
  • 00:16:52.000 --> 00:16:55.000
  • die in that river, but prepared
  • 00:16:55.000 --> 00:16:58.000
  • that little ark to put her
  • 00:16:58.000 --> 00:16:59.160
  • son in.
  • 00:16:59.160 --> 00:17:00.230
  • The Bible says, "By faith, Rahab
  • 00:17:00.230 --> 00:17:03.100
  • did not perish with the rest of
  • 00:17:03.100 --> 00:17:05.070
  • the Canaanites because she
  • 00:17:05.070 --> 00:17:06.240
  • received the spies and
  • 00:17:06.240 --> 00:17:09.120
  • hid them."
  • 00:17:09.120 --> 00:17:11.040
  • How many recognize every one of
  • 00:17:11.040 --> 00:17:12.080
  • those are something that they
  • 00:17:12.080 --> 00:17:14.100
  • did?
  • 00:17:14.100 --> 00:17:15.280
  • Because they believed something,
  • 00:17:15.280 --> 00:17:17.170
  • they did something.
  • 00:17:17.240 --> 00:17:20.240
  • And Bible faith is not simply
  • 00:17:21.050 --> 00:17:24.050
  • acknowledging that information
  • 00:17:24.050 --> 00:17:26.080
  • is true.
  • 00:17:26.080 --> 00:17:27.280
  • Bible faith is acknowledging the
  • 00:17:27.280 --> 00:17:30.000
  • information is true and then
  • 00:17:30.000 --> 00:17:31.220
  • acting on the information.
  • 00:17:31.240 --> 00:17:34.240
  • Christians try to impress God by
  • 00:17:34.240 --> 00:17:36.080
  • being religious.
  • 00:17:36.080 --> 00:17:38.200
  • Now listen, they'll do the same
  • 00:17:38.200 --> 00:17:40.100
  • thing as a disciple, but they
  • 00:17:40.230 --> 00:17:43.230
  • want to do it their way, and
  • 00:17:43.230 --> 00:17:46.200
  • they want to do it when it's
  • 00:17:46.200 --> 00:17:47.160
  • convenient, right?
  • 00:17:47.160 --> 00:17:50.090
  • But a disciple seeks to know God
  • 00:17:50.250 --> 00:17:53.250
  • in a personal relationship, and
  • 00:17:54.160 --> 00:17:57.160
  • they want to please him, they
  • 00:17:57.160 --> 00:17:59.220
  • want to know him, and they are
  • 00:17:59.220 --> 00:18:02.060
  • thankful.
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:04.110
  • A Christian can do things to be
  • 00:18:04.110 --> 00:18:05.210
  • seen, where a disciple is ready
  • 00:18:05.210 --> 00:18:08.210
  • to do things when they're not
  • 00:18:08.210 --> 00:18:09.190
  • seen.
  • 00:18:10.020 --> 00:18:13.020
  • Jesus talked about giving, he
  • 00:18:13.020 --> 00:18:15.140
  • talked about praying, he talked
  • 00:18:15.140 --> 00:18:17.020
  • about fasting.
  • 00:18:17.020 --> 00:18:18.220
  • And he says, "You know, if you
  • 00:18:18.220 --> 00:18:19.230
  • do it so people see you," he
  • 00:18:19.230 --> 00:18:21.250
  • says, "You've already received
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:22.230
  • your reward."
  • 00:18:22.230 --> 00:18:24.250
  • The Apostle Paul made this
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:25.240
  • observation, he says, "Woe is me
  • 00:18:25.240 --> 00:18:28.060
  • if I don't preach the gospel."
  • 00:18:28.060 --> 00:18:30.090
  • He says, "If I do it because I
  • 00:18:30.090 --> 00:18:32.040
  • have to, I get no reward.
  • 00:18:32.230 --> 00:18:35.230
  • But if I do it because I want
  • 00:18:35.230 --> 00:18:38.040
  • to," he said, "I will receive my
  • 00:18:38.130 --> 00:18:41.130
  • reward."
  • 00:18:41.130 --> 00:18:42.200
  • In other words, in the kingdom
  • 00:18:42.200 --> 00:18:44.140
  • of God, your motive is more
  • 00:18:44.140 --> 00:18:47.010
  • important than what you do.
  • 00:18:47.200 --> 00:18:50.200
  • How many remember man looks at
  • 00:18:50.200 --> 00:18:52.040
  • the outside, but God looks at
  • 00:18:52.040 --> 00:18:53.190
  • the heart, right, and a
  • 00:18:53.210 --> 00:18:56.210
  • disciple's heart is to please
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:59.020
  • God.
  • 00:18:59.020 --> 00:19:01.080
  • It's not about me, it's about
  • 00:19:01.080 --> 00:19:03.060
  • him.
  • 00:19:03.060 --> 00:19:03.270
  • Seek first the kingdom of God.
  • 00:19:03.270 --> 00:19:06.220
  • A Christian, they'll follow God
  • 00:19:06.220 --> 00:19:09.010
  • as long as everything's going
  • 00:19:09.010 --> 00:19:10.050
  • well.
  • 00:19:10.050 --> 00:19:11.270
  • In fact, Jesus said it like this
  • 00:19:11.270 --> 00:19:12.280
  • in Mark chapter 4.
  • 00:19:12.280 --> 00:19:15.270
  • He said, "They have no root in
  • 00:19:15.270 --> 00:19:16.260
  • themselves.
  • 00:19:16.260 --> 00:19:18.080
  • They endure only for a while;
  • 00:19:18.080 --> 00:19:20.080
  • and afterwards, when
  • 00:19:20.080 --> 00:19:21.060
  • tribulation--"
  • 00:19:21.060 --> 00:19:22.290
  • And by the way, tribulation
  • 00:19:22.290 --> 00:19:24.070
  • simply means the problems of
  • 00:19:24.070 --> 00:19:25.240
  • this life.
  • 00:19:25.240 --> 00:19:27.190
  • Transmission goes out on the
  • 00:19:27.190 --> 00:19:28.210
  • car, you lose your job,
  • 00:19:29.170 --> 00:19:32.170
  • problems, or persecution.
  • 00:19:33.100 --> 00:19:36.100
  • You're put aside because you're
  • 00:19:36.100 --> 00:19:37.220
  • a Christian.
  • 00:19:37.220 --> 00:19:39.130
  • "Tribulation or persecution
  • 00:19:39.130 --> 00:19:40.240
  • arises for the word's sake,
  • 00:19:40.240 --> 00:19:42.130
  • immediately they stumble."
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  • They serve God as long as it's
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  • convenient, as long as
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  • everything's going well.
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  • But a disciple follows God when
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  • their world's falling apart.
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  • They follow God when they have
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  • to give up friends, possessions,
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  • worldly pleasures.
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  • In fact, they expect to
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  • sacrifice, expect it to be hard,
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  • and expect to suffer.
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  • It's interesting, Paul said, "As
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  • a good soldier of Jesus Christ,
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  • endure hardship."
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  • Whoever said being a Christian
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  • would cost you nothing and be
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  • easy, did not read their Bible.
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  • Because it says to endure
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  • hardship, as a good soldier of
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  • Jesus Christ.
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  • Christian, they choose their own
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  • path, and they asked God to
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  • bless it.
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  • They're self-focused,
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  • self-absorbed, self-promoting.
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  • It's, "My goals, my ambitions,
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  • and my dreams."
  • 00:20:44.110 --> 00:20:46.000
  • But a disciple is different.
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  • A disciple seeks God and finds
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  • out what his will is, and his
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  • direction, and then follow it.
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  • "Your kingdom come, your will be
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  • done on earth, as it is in
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  • heaven."
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  • A lot of people make their own
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  • plans and then say, "God, bless
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  • my plans."
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  • It would be so much better to
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  • find out what God's plan is and
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  • follow his plan, it's already
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  • blessed.
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  • It's already blessed.
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  • Christians can be full of pride
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  • if they're doing well and
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  • self-pity if they're not.
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  • It's based on their performance.
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  • And so, their spiritual life
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  • goes like this...right?
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  • But a disciple is full of
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  • gratitude because of redemption,
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  • and God's unfailing love.
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  • It's the prophet Habakkuk, I
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  • believe, who wrote and said,
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  • "Though the fig tree doesn't
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  • blossom and there's no fruit on
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  • the vine, and though the stall's
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  • empty," and he just keeps on
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  • making his list, and then this
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  • is what he says, "Yet, I will
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  • rejoice in the Lord my God,"
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  • all right?
  • 00:22:00.250 --> 00:22:01.100
  • And then he says, "And he's
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  • gonna take my feet and put me on
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  • my high places.
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  • He's saying, "It doesn't matter
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  • if the world's falling apart,
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  • I'm gonna love God, I'm gonna
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  • serve God, no matter what it
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  • costs."
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  • Christians, they tend to be
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  • temporally minded, just focused
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  • on earthly things.
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  • But disciples are heavenly and
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  • eternally minded.
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  • The Bible says to set your
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  • affections on things above, and
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  • not on things beneath.
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  • Let me just close with this
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  • Scripture out of Hebrews 11.
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  • "By faith Moses, when he became
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  • of age, refused to be called the
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  • son of Pharaoh's daughter,
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  • choosing rather to suffer
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  • affliction with the people of
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  • God than to enjoy the passing
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  • pleasures of sin, esteeming the
  • 00:22:57.210 --> 00:22:59.260
  • reproach of Christ greater
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  • riches than the treasures of
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  • Egypt; because he looked to his
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  • reward."
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  • So, Moses is in the family of
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  • Pharaoh, the most influential,
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  • the wealthiest family on the
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  • planet.
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  • Anything that money or position
  • 00:23:23.220 --> 00:23:26.220
  • could obtain, he had, but he
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  • left it all, and he said, "I
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  • would rather suffer with the
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  • people of God, than enjoy
  • 00:23:35.150 --> 00:23:37.250
  • everything this world has to
  • 00:23:37.250 --> 00:23:39.030
  • offer."
  • 00:23:39.030 --> 00:23:40.180
  • And this what it says, "Because
  • 00:23:40.180 --> 00:23:41.270
  • he looked beyond this life, to
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  • an eternal reward."
  • 00:23:46.060 --> 00:23:49.060
  • Christians tend to be
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  • earthly-minded, not looking past
  • 00:23:51.120 --> 00:23:54.120
  • 25, 30 years from now.
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  • But disciples are
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  • eternally-minded, and they're
  • 00:23:58.170 --> 00:24:01.100
  • thinking about an eternal
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  • reward, and thinking about the
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  • kingdom of God, and not their
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  • own kingdom.
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  • - Duane: The Bible says this in
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  • Romans 10:13, it says,
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  • "Whosoever," that means you,
  • 00:24:11.210 --> 00:24:14.090
  • "will call on the Lord," that's
  • 00:24:14.090 --> 00:24:15.230
  • what I want to do with you right
  • 00:24:15.230 --> 00:24:16.250
  • now, "will be saved."
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  • So, if you're away from God,
  • 00:24:19.120 --> 00:24:20.220
  • you're not right with God, you
  • 00:24:20.220 --> 00:24:21.290
  • don't know you're forgiven, you
  • 00:24:21.290 --> 00:24:23.080
  • don't know you're on your way to
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  • heaven, I want to pray this
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  • prayer with you.
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  • And if you will pray this from
  • 00:24:27.140 --> 00:24:28.250
  • your heart, you will be that
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  • whosoever will call on the name
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  • of the Lord, and the Bible says,
  • 00:24:32.280 --> 00:24:34.150
  • you'll be saved, you'll be
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  • forgiven, you're gonna be right
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  • with God.
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  • So, I want you to make these
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  • words your own.
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  • Simply say, "Oh, God, I believe
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  • Jesus died on the cross.
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  • I believe that his blood paid
  • 00:24:44.090 --> 00:24:45.270
  • for my sins.
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  • I believe he rose again.
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  • I believe he's coming again.
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  • I receive the forgiveness that
  • 00:24:52.080 --> 00:24:54.180
  • Jesus purchased for me, and I
  • 00:24:54.180 --> 00:24:56.240
  • give him all of my heart and all
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  • of my life.
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  • I hold nothing back.
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  • I thank you you've heard my
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  • prayer.
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  • I thank you I am forgiven, a
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  • part of your family, today and
  • 00:25:07.120 --> 00:25:10.070
  • forever.
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  • In Jesus's name, amen."
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  • You know, God heard that prayer
  • 00:25:13.290 --> 00:25:15.200
  • if you prayed that prayer from
  • 00:25:15.200 --> 00:25:16.210
  • your heart, and you really have,
  • 00:25:16.210 --> 00:25:17.260
  • you've received the forgiveness
  • 00:25:17.260 --> 00:25:19.040
  • Jesus purchased for you.
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