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December 16, 2019
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Robert Jeffress: Pathway to Victory

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  • [ANNOUNCER] FROM THE PULPIT
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  • OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF DALLAS, TEXAS,
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  • THIS IS "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • WITH DR. ROBERT JEFFRESS.
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  • HI, I'M ROBERT JEFFRESS,
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  • AND WELCOME AGAIN TO "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • IN JUST A LITTLE OVER A WEEK,
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  • CHRISTIANS AROUND THE WORLD WILL PAUSE
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  • TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
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  • BUT OFTEN THE BUSYNESS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
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  • CAN DISTRACT US FROM ITS TRUE MEANING.
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  • TODAY WE'LL PAUSE OUR HECTIC SCHEDULES
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  • TO REFLECT ON THE REMARKABLE STORY OF JESUS' BIRTH
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  • AND THE BEAUTY OF GOD'S PLAN TO REDEEM MANKIND.
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  • I ACTUALLY FIRST DELIVERED THIS MESSAGE IN APRIL,
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  • WHEN CHRISTMAS WAS MORE THAN EIGHT MONTHS AWAY.
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  • TODAY, I HOPE IT HELPS US TO REMEMBER
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  • TO KEEP OUR EYES ON JESUS
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  • IN THE MIDST OF THIS BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON.
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  • I'VE TITLED TODAY'S STUDY "BACK TO BETHLEHEM."
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  • ON TODAY'S EDITION OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
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  • MUSIC
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  • [ANNOUNCER] PEOPLE WHO INVEST THEIR LIVES
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  • IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD
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  • DON'T LOOK BACK WITH REGRET.
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  • IN FACT, THEIR IMPACT EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THEIR OWN LIFETIME.
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  • IN THIS SPIRIT, SOME FRIENDS OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
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  • HAVE BANDED TOGETHER AND SET ASIDE A GIFT OF $920.000
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  • WITH THE INTENTION OF MOTIVATING YOU
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  • TO GIVE FROM YOUR RESOURCES AS WELL.
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  • AS YOU DO, EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE WILL BE MATCHED
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  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED UNTIL DECEMBER 31ST.
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  • THANK YOU FOR GIVING GENEROUSLY
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  • TOWARD THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
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  • MUSIC
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  • I HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS FOR YOU.
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  • ONLY 258 SHOPPING DAYS LEFT UNTIL CHRISTMAS.
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  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
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  • NOW JUST SAYING THAT IN JEST
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  • I CAN TELL SENDS PANIC THROUGHOUT THE CONGREGATION.
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  • I MEAN, YOU CAN'T HELP BUT FAST FORWARD TO DECEMBER
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  • AND TRYING TO NAVIGATE THROUGH THE CROWDED MALLS
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  • AND THE UNENDING CHRISTMAS PARTIES
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  • AND BEING TOGETHER WITH THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS
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  • WITH WHOM THERE'S A STRAINED RELATIONSHIP.
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  • NO WONDER THAT BY THE TIME DECEMBER 25TH
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  • FINALLY ROLLS AROUND,
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  • WE'RE ALL FATIGUED AND TIRED OF CHRISTMAS.
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  • YOU KNOW, IT'S TRITE, BUT IT'S NEVERTHELESS TRUE.
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  • SO MANY TIMES THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
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  • CAUSE US TO LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT CHRISTMAS IS REALLY ABOUT.
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  • THE ENTRANCE OF THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD INTO THE WORLD.
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  • THAT THOUGHT GAVE ME A LITTLE BIT OF COMFORT
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  • WHEN I WAS PREPARING THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE.
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  • IN OUR STUDY OF LUKE WE'VE COME TO LUKE CHAPTER TWO,
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  • AND I HAVE TO ADMIT TO YOU
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  • I WASN'T THAT EXCITED ABOUT THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE.
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  • NOT BECAUSE OF THE CONTENT, BUT BECAUSE OF THE TIMING.
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  • I MEAN, HOW DO YOU PREACH THE CHRISTMAS STORY
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  • WHEN IT'S 78 DEGREES OUTSIDE?
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  • I MEAN, DON'T YOU KINDA NEED TO HAVE
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  • A LITTLE CHILL IN THE AIR?
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  • YOU NEED TO HAVE THE LIGHTS, THE DECORATIONS,
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  • THE HOLIDAY MUSIC TO GET IN THE CHRISTMAS MOOD
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  • TO REALLY APPRECIATE LUKE CHAPTER TWO.
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  • AND YET I WANNA SUGGEST TO YOU TODAY THAT PERHAPS
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  • THE BEST TIME TO LOOK AT THE STORY OF CHRIST'S BIRTH
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  • IS NOT AROUND THE HOLIDAY SEASON
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  • WHEN IT GETS LOST WITH EVERYTHING ELSE.
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  • BUT PERHAPS THE BEST TIME TO EXAMINE
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  • WHAT THIS STORY REALLY IS ABOUT IS A DAY LIKE TODAY.
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  • AND SO TODAY I'M GONNA INVITE YOU TO TAKE YOUR BIBLES
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  • AND TURN BACK TO LUKE CHAPTER TWO
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  • AS WE TAKE A JOURNEY BACK TO BETHLEHEM
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  • TO TALK ABOUT THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRTH IN HUMAN HISTORY.
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  • NOW I WANT YOU TO THINK OF LUKE'S ACCOUNT OF THIS BIRTH
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  • AS A PLAY IN THREE DIFFERENT ACTS.
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  • MICHAEL, THIS IS A THREE-ACT PLAY.
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  • AND IT BEGINS IN ACT ONE NOT IN BETHLEHEM
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  • BUT IT OCCURS HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY FROM BETHLEHEM
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  • IN THE SEAT OF WORLD POWER.
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  • THEN IT WASN'T NEW YORK CITY OR WASHINGTON, DC.
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  • THE SEAT OF WORLD POWER WAS ROME.
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  • THE STORY BEGINS, YOU KNOW IT WELL.
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  • "NOW IT CAME ABOUT IN THOSE DAYS
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  • "THAT A DECREE WENT OUT FROM CAESAR AUGUSTUS,
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  • "THAT A CENSUS BE TAKEN OF ALL THE INHABITED EARTH.
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  • "THIS WAS THE FIRST CENSUS TAKEN
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  • "WHILE QUIRINIUS WAS GOVERNOR OF SYRIA."
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  • NOW, WHY DOES LUKE GIVE US
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  • ALL OF THIS HISTORICAL BACKGROUND?
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  • REMEMBER HE WAS WRITING THIS AS A LETTER
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  • TO A MAN NAMED THEOPHILUS, A LOVER OF GOD,
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  • PROBABLY A RECENT CONVERT.
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  • AND HE WAS TRYING TO SHOW THEOPHILUS
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  • THAT THE STORY OF CHRISTIANITY
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  • IS NOT ROOTED IN FANTASY OR FABLE,
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  • IT IS ROOTED IN HISTORICAL FACT.
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  • AND THE SETTING FOR THIS STORY
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  • IS SOMETHING EVERYONE WAS WELL AWARE OF
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  • WHEN LUKE WROTE THIS LETTER.
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  • 60 YEARS EARLIER, CAESAR AUGUSTUS, THE ROMAN EMPEROR,
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  • HAD ISSUED A DECREE
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  • THAT A CENSUS SHOULD BE TAKEN OF THE ENTIRE WORLD
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  • FOR THE PURPOSE OF TAXATION.
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  • NOW, THE ROMAN GOVERNMENT WAS VERY METHODICAL
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  • IN HOW THEY WERE GONNA CONDUCT THIS CENSUS.
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  • THE HEAD OF EACH HOUSEHOLD
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  • WOULD GO BACK TO THE PLACE OF HIS BIRTH
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  • WHERE THE FAMILY RECORDS WERE KEPT
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  • IN ORDER TO REGISTER FOR THE CENSUS.
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  • SO IF YOU WERE A HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD AND
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  • YOU LIVED IN NAZARETH, BUT WERE BORN IN JERUSALEM,
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  • YOU'D GO TO JERUSALEM.
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  • IF YOU LIVED IN JERUSALEM, BUT WERE BORN IN NAZARETH,
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  • YOU'D GO THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.
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  • AND THIS IS WHERE WE SEE JOSEPH AND MARY,
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  • THIS COUPLE WE MET LAST TIME.
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  • JOSEPH WAS THE HEAD OF THE HOUSEHOLD
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  • AND SO HE WAS COMMANDED TO GO TO THE PLACE OF HIS BIRTH.
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  • HE LIVED IN NAZARETH
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  • BUT HE WAS COMMANDED TO GO TO HIS BIRTH PLACE,
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  • WHICH WAS BETHLEHEM.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES FOUR AND FIVE.
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  • "AND JOSEPH ALSO WENT UP FROM GALILEE,
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  • "FROM THE CITY OF NAZARETH," THAT'S UP IN THE NORTH,
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  • DOWN TO THE SOUTH, "TO JUDEA,
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  • "TO THE CITY OF DAVID WHICH IS CALLED BETHLEHEM,
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  • "BECAUSE HE WAS OF THE HOUSE AND FAMILY OF DAVID,
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  • "IN ORDER TO REGISTER ALONG WITH MARY,
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  • "WHO WAS ENGAGED TO HIM, AND WAS WITH CHILD."
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  • REMEMBER LAST TIME, THE ANGEL HAD JUST COME,
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  • GABRIEL TO MARY AND SAID,
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  • "YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE BIRTH TO THE SAVIOR."
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  • NOW WE'VE SKIPPED ABOUT EIGHT OR NINE MONTHS
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  • AND NOW AT THIS POINT MARY IS PREGNANT, VERY PREGNANT,
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  • AND THEY'RE ON THEIR WAY TO BETHLEHEM.
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  • BETHLEHEM WAS SUCH A SMALL TOWN
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  • IT WASN'T EVEN LISTED IN THE REGISTRY OF TOWNS FOUND
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  • IN JOSHUA 15 OR NEHEMIAH 11.
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  • NOW WHAT I WANT YOU TO THINK ABOUT FOR A MOMENT
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  • IS HOW GOD USED NATURAL EVENTS
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  • TO BRING ABOUT HIS SUPERNATURAL PLAN.
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  • THINK ABOUT THIS.
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  • WITH ONE STROKE OF THE PEN,
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  • CAESAR AUGUSTUS, HUNDREDS OF MILES AWAY,
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  • THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE WORLD,
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  • WITH ONE STROKE OF HIS PEN HE SIGNED AN EDICT
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  • THAT WOULD HAVE RAMIFICATIONS HE COULD'VE NEVER IMAGINED.
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  • LITTLE DID CAESAR KNOW THAT WHEN HE SIGNED THAT ORDER,
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  • IT WOULD CAUSE A MAN NAMED JOSEPH WHOM HE HAD NEVER MET,
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  • TO TRAVEL TO A LITTLE VILLAGE CALLED BETHLEHEM
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  • AUGUSTUS HAD NEVER HEARD OF,
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  • IN ORDER THAT JOSEPH'S WIFE MIGHT GIVE BIRTH
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  • TO THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE.
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  • A KING WHOSE FOLLOWERS WITHIN JUST A FEW HUNDRED YEARS
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  • WOULD TOPPLE THE ENTIRE ROMAN EMPIRE.
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  • ACT ONE OF THIS PLAY BEGIN IN ROME.
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  • ACT TWO, WE GO TO A SMALL INN IN BETHLEHEM.
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  • LOOK AT VERSES SIX AND SEVEN.
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  • "AND IT CAME ABOUT THAT WHILE THEY WERE THERE,
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  • "THE DAYS WERE COMPLETED FOR MARY TO GIVE BIRTH.
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  • "AND SHE GAVE BIRTH TO HER FIRSTBORN SON,
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  • "AND SHE WRAPPED HIM IN CLOTHS, AND LAID HIM IN A MANGER,
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  • "BECAUSE THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR THEM IN THE INN."
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  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING ONLY TWO VERSES RECORD
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  • THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRTH IN HISTORY?
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  • C.S. LEWIS HAD IT RIGHT WHEN HE SAID,
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  • "THE GREATEST MIRACLE OF ALL TIME
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  • "IS NOT THE ATONEMENT OR EVEN THE RESURRECTION.
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  • "THE GREATEST MIRACLE IS THE INCARNATION.
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  • "GOD BECOMING FLESH."
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  • PAUL SAID IT THIS WAY IN PHILIPPIANS 2
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  • IN TALKING ABOUT JESUS CHRIST.
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  • "ALTHOUGH HE EXISTED IN THE FORM OF GOD,
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  • "HE DID NOT REGARD HIS EQUALITY WITH GOD
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  • "A THING TO BE GRASPED,
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  • "BUT HE EMPTIED HIMSELF, TAKING THE FORM OF A BOND-SERVANT,
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  • "AND BEING MADE IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN.
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  • "AND BEING FOUND IN THE APPEARANCE AS A MAN,
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  • "HE HUMBLED HIMSELF BY BECOMING OBEDIENT
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  • "TO THE POINT OF DEATH, EVEN DEATH ON A CROSS."
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  • THE FINAL ACT OF THIS PLAY
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  • OCCURS ON A HILL OUTSIDE OF BETHLEHEM.
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  • LOOK AT VERSE EIGHT.
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  • "AND IN THE SAME REGION THERE WERE SOME SHEPHERDS
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  • "STAYING OUT IN THE FIELDS
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  • "AND KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCK BY NIGHT."
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  • THEY WERE NOT AS SOME CHILDREN SAY WASHING
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  • THEIR SOCKS BY NIGHT.
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  • THEY WERE KEEPING WATCH OVER THEIR FLOCK BY NIGHT.
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  • THE SHEPHERDS WERE TENDING THEIR SHEEP.
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  • NOW MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE
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  • THIS STORY PROBABLY DID NOT TAKE PLACE IN DECEMBER.
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  • IT WAS PROBABLY MOST LIKELY
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  • IN A DAY RIGHT NOW IN THE SPRING, MARCH OR APRIL.
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  • IT WAS PROBABLY VERY CLOSE TO PASSOVER TIME.
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  • IT'S VERY PROBABLE THAT THESE SHEPHERDS
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  • WERE TAKING CARE OF SHEEP THAT WOULD SOON BECOME
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  • THE PASSOVER LAMBS THAT WOULD BE USED
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  • AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE COMING SAVIOR.
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  • NOW YOU HAVE TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT SHEPHERDS
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  • TO APPRECIATE WHAT IS GOING HERE.
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  • SHEPHERDS REPRESENTED THE LOWEST RUNG IN THE JEWISH CULTURE.
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  • SHEPHERDS TOOK CARE OF DIRTY AND SMELLY SHEEP.
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  • AND BECAUSE THEY DID SO,
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  • THEY WERE DIRTY AND SMELLY THEMSELVES.
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  • THERE WAS NO SURE DEODORANT BACK THEN
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  • TO TAKE THE STENCH AWAY.
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  • SO IF YOU WERE GONNA HAVE A PARTY,
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  • GUESS WHO YOU WOULD NEVER INVITE TO YOUR PARTY.
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  • THEY NEVER MADE IT TO ANY A-LIST PARTIES, THE SHEPHERDS.
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  • THEY WERE THE OUTCAST OF JEWISH SOCIETY.
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  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING THAT GOD
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  • CHOSE TO MAKE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SAVIOR'S BIRTH
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  • NOT TO THE POLITICAL LEADERS IN ROME,
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  • NOT TO THE JEWISH LEADERS IN JERUSALEM.
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  • HE CHOSE TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT
  • 00:10:33.060 --> 00:10:35.120
  • TO THE SMELLY, DIRTY SHEPHERDS.
  • 00:10:35.130 --> 00:10:39.190
  • LOOK AT HOW IT CAME ABOUT, VERSE NINE.
  • 00:10:39.200 --> 00:10:41.220
  • "AND THE ANGEL OF THE LORD SUDDENLY STOOD BEFORE THEM,
  • 00:10:41.230 --> 00:10:45.250
  • "AND THE GLORY OF THE LORD SHONE AROUND THEM,
  • 00:10:45.260 --> 00:10:48.040
  • "AND THEY WERE TERRIBLY FRIGHTENED."
  • 00:10:48.050 --> 00:10:49.270
  • I WOULD THINK SO.
  • 00:10:49.280 --> 00:10:51.180
  • IMAGINE YOU'RE OUT THERE IN THE DARKNESS
  • 00:10:51.190 --> 00:10:53.040
  • WHEN SUDDENLY GABRIEL APPEARS.
  • 00:10:53.050 --> 00:10:55.290
  • AND GABRIEL SAID TO THEM, "DO NOT BE AFRAID."
  • 00:10:56.000 --> 00:10:59.240
  • NOTICE HOW THAT'S HIS ENTERING LINE
  • 00:10:59.250 --> 00:11:02.040
  • EVERY TIME HE RUNS INTO SOMEBODY?
  • 00:11:02.050 --> 00:11:03.250
  • "DON'T BE AFRAID," THEY HAD EVERY RIGHT TO BE AFRAID.
  • 00:11:03.260 --> 00:11:06.260
  • "FOR BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS
  • 00:11:06.270 --> 00:11:09.130
  • "OF A GREAT JOY WHICH WILL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE;
  • 00:11:09.140 --> 00:11:12.240
  • "FOR TODAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID
  • 00:11:12.250 --> 00:11:14.230
  • "THERE HAS BEEN BORN FOR YOU A SAVIOR,
  • 00:11:14.240 --> 00:11:17.220
  • "WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD."
  • 00:11:17.230 --> 00:11:20.030
  • WELL, THERE WERE MANY BABIES PROBABLY BORN THAT NIGHT
  • 00:11:20.040 --> 00:11:22.210
  • IN JERUSALEM, IN ALL OF ISRAEL.
  • 00:11:22.220 --> 00:11:25.290
  • SO TO BE MORE SPECIFIC, HE GAVE THE SIGN, VERSE 12.
  • 00:11:26.000 --> 00:11:29.000
  • "AND THIS WILL BE A SIGN FOR YOU:
  • 00:11:29.010 --> 00:11:31.000
  • "YOU WILL FIND A BABY WRAPPED IN CLOTHS
  • 00:11:31.010 --> 00:11:33.170
  • "AND LYING IN A MANGER."
  • 00:11:33.180 --> 00:11:36.080
  • AND SUDDENLY THE SINGLE VOICE OF GABRIEL
  • 00:11:36.090 --> 00:11:38.250
  • GAVE WAY TO A MULTITUDE, THOUSANDS PERHAPS,
  • 00:11:38.260 --> 00:11:41.230
  • TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ANGELS IN THE HEAVEN SAYING, VERSE 14,
  • 00:11:41.240 --> 00:11:46.050
  • "GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST, AND ON EARTH PEACE."
  • 00:11:46.060 --> 00:11:52.260
  • NOW, IF YOU HAVE THE KING JAMES VERSION IS SAYS,
  • 00:11:52.270 --> 00:11:55.040
  • "PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN."
  • 00:11:55.050 --> 00:11:59.010
  • THAT'S A VERY UNFORTUNATE TRANSLATION.
  • 00:11:59.020 --> 00:12:02.030
  • EVEN THOUGH IT'S THE TRANSLATION WE'RE USED TO
  • 00:12:02.040 --> 00:12:03.270
  • AND WE SEE PLASTERED ON CHRISTMAS CARDS EVERYWHERE.
  • 00:12:03.280 --> 00:12:06.150
  • "PEACE, GOODWILL TOWARD MEN."
  • 00:12:06.160 --> 00:12:09.130
  • THAT MAKES IT SOUND LIKE GOD IS SIMPLY GIVING
  • 00:12:09.140 --> 00:12:11.210
  • A GENERIC BLESSING TO EVERYBODY.
  • 00:12:11.220 --> 00:12:14.020
  • PEACE, Y'ALL.
  • 00:12:14.030 --> 00:12:15.250
  • GOODWILL TO EVERYBODY.
  • 00:12:15.260 --> 00:12:18.010
  • THAT'S NOT WHAT THE TEXT SAYS.
  • 00:12:18.020 --> 00:12:20.250
  • WHAT THE TEXT REALLY SAYS
  • 00:12:20.260 --> 00:12:22.130
  • IS WHAT THE NEW AMERICAN STANDARD TRANSLATES IT.
  • 00:12:22.140 --> 00:12:25.230
  • "PEACE AMONG MEN WITH WHOM GOD IS PLEASED."
  • 00:12:25.240 --> 00:12:31.150
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:12:31.160 --> 00:12:32.220
  • THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE AT PEACE WITH GOD
  • 00:12:32.230 --> 00:12:35.110
  • AND PEACE WITH THEMSELVES
  • 00:12:35.120 --> 00:12:37.130
  • ARE THOSE WHO HAVE ACCEPTED
  • 00:12:37.140 --> 00:12:39.050
  • THE FORGIVENESS THAT CHRIST COMES TO OFFER.
  • 00:12:39.060 --> 00:12:41.250
  • ROMANS 5:1 SAYS, "THEREFORE, HAVING BEEN JUSTIFIED BY FAITH,
  • 00:12:41.260 --> 00:12:48.050
  • "WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST."
  • 00:12:48.060 --> 00:12:53.120
  • THE ONLY ONE WHO ENJOYS PEACE WITH HIMSELF
  • 00:12:53.130 --> 00:12:56.010
  • AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, PEACE WITH GOD
  • 00:12:56.020 --> 00:12:58.150
  • ARE THOSE WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN BY CHRIST JESUS.
  • 00:12:58.160 --> 00:13:03.080
  • VERSE 15 SAYS, "AND IT CAME ABOUT
  • 00:13:03.090 --> 00:13:05.060
  • "WHEN THE ANGELS HAD GONE AWAY FROM THEM INTO HEAVEN
  • 00:13:05.070 --> 00:13:08.010
  • "THAT THE SHEPHERDS BEGAN SAYING TO ONE ANOTHER,
  • 00:13:08.020 --> 00:13:10.080
  • "'LET US GO STRAIGHT TO BETHLEHEM THEN,
  • 00:13:10.090 --> 00:13:13.160
  • "'AND SEE THIS THING WHICH HAD HAPPENED
  • 00:13:13.170 --> 00:13:15.200
  • "'WHICH THE LORD HAS MADE KNOWN TO US.'"
  • 00:13:15.210 --> 00:13:19.150
  • ISN'T IT IRONIC TO YOU
  • 00:13:19.160 --> 00:13:20.290
  • THAT WHEN THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN JERUSALEM HEARD THE NEWS,
  • 00:13:21.000 --> 00:13:24.280
  • HOW DID THEY RESPOND?
  • 00:13:24.290 --> 00:13:27.090
  • (YAWNING)
  • 00:13:27.100 --> 00:13:29.140
  • "TELL ME SOMETHING EXCITING."
  • 00:13:29.150 --> 00:13:32.080
  • THEY STAYED RIGHT WHERE THEY WERE.
  • 00:13:32.090 --> 00:13:34.030
  • BUT WHEN THE SHEPHERDS,
  • 00:13:34.040 --> 00:13:35.160
  • THE LOWEST RUNG OF SOCIETY, HEARD IT,
  • 00:13:35.170 --> 00:13:38.030
  • THEY WENT WITH HASTE.
  • 00:13:38.040 --> 00:13:40.260
  • THIS IS THE FIRST INSTANCE
  • 00:13:40.270 --> 00:13:42.110
  • OF A CHRISTMAS RUSH IN HISTORY.
  • 00:13:42.120 --> 00:13:44.090
  • (CONGREGATION LAUGHS)
  • 00:13:44.100 --> 00:13:45.170
  • THEY WENT QUICKLY TO SEE THIS THING.
  • 00:13:45.180 --> 00:13:48.220
  • VERSE 16, "THEY CAME IN HASTE
  • 00:13:48.230 --> 00:13:50.110
  • "AND THEY FOUND THEIR WAY TO MARY AND JOSEPH,
  • 00:13:50.120 --> 00:13:53.010
  • "AND THE BABY AS HE LAY IN THE MANGER."
  • 00:13:53.020 --> 00:13:55.220
  • LOOK AT VERSE 17.
  • 00:13:55.230 --> 00:13:56.250
  • "AND WHEN THEY HAD SEEN THIS,
  • 00:13:56.260 --> 00:13:58.110
  • "THEY MADE KNOWN THE STATEMENT
  • 00:13:58.120 --> 00:14:00.180
  • "WHICH HAD BEEN TOLD TO THEM ABOUT THE CHILD."
  • 00:14:00.190 --> 00:14:03.040
  • VERSE 20, "AND THE SHEPHERDS WENT BACK,
  • 00:14:03.050 --> 00:14:05.080
  • "GLORIFYING AND PRAISING GOD
  • 00:14:05.090 --> 00:14:07.150
  • "FOR ALL THAT THEY HAD SEEN AND HEARD,
  • 00:14:07.160 --> 00:14:09.290
  • "JUST AS HAD BEEN TOLD THEM."
  • 00:14:10.000 --> 00:14:12.230
  • YOU KNOW, THERE IS SO MUCH I COULD SAY ABOUT THIS.
  • 00:14:12.240 --> 00:14:16.260
  • BUT I WANT YOU TO GO BACK TO VERSES 10 AND 11
  • 00:14:16.270 --> 00:14:20.010
  • FOR JUST A MOMENT.
  • 00:14:20.020 --> 00:14:21.030
  • LOOK AT THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF GABRIEL.
  • 00:14:21.040 --> 00:14:23.110
  • "AND THE ANGEL SAID TO THEM, 'DO NOT BE AFRAID,
  • 00:14:23.120 --> 00:14:27.150
  • "'FOR BEHOLD, I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS
  • 00:14:27.160 --> 00:14:30.060
  • "'OF A GREAT JOY WHICH WILL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE;
  • 00:14:30.070 --> 00:14:33.130
  • "'FOR TODAY IN THE CITY OF DAVID
  • 00:14:33.140 --> 00:14:35.040
  • "'THERE HAS BEEN BORN FOR YOU A SAVIOR,'"
  • 00:14:35.050 --> 00:14:38.240
  • UNDERLINE THAT, A SAVIOR,
  • 00:14:38.250 --> 00:14:40.240
  • "WHO IS CHRIST THE LORD."
  • 00:14:40.250 --> 00:14:44.050
  • SOMEONE HAS SAID IF MAN'S GREATEST NEED
  • 00:14:44.060 --> 00:14:47.210
  • HAD BEEN INSTRUCTION,
  • 00:14:47.220 --> 00:14:49.080
  • GOD WOULD HAVE SENT A TEACHER.
  • 00:14:49.090 --> 00:14:51.290
  • IF OUR GREATEST NEED HAD BEEN FOR A LAW,
  • 00:14:52.000 --> 00:14:54.250
  • GOD WOULD HAVE SENT A LEGISLATOR.
  • 00:14:54.260 --> 00:14:57.190
  • IF OUR GREATEST NEED HAD BEEN FOR MONEY,
  • 00:14:57.200 --> 00:14:59.120
  • GOD WOULD HAVE SENT AN ECONOMIST.
  • 00:14:59.130 --> 00:15:03.100
  • BUT OUR GREATEST NEED IS FOR FORGIVENESS,
  • 00:15:03.110 --> 00:15:07.090
  • AND THAT'S WHY GOD SENT A SAVIOR.
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:10.160
  • FOR UNTO YOU IS BORN THIS DAY A SAVIOR, A SAVIOR.
  • 00:15:10.170 --> 00:15:16.180
  • REMEMBER WHAT THE ANGEL SAID?
  • 00:15:16.190 --> 00:15:18.030
  • "YOU SHOULD CALL HIS NAME JESUS, FOR HE SHALL," WHAT?
  • 00:15:18.040 --> 00:15:20.100
  • "SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS."
  • 00:15:20.110 --> 00:15:24.130
  • JESUS CAME TO BE OUR SAVIOR.
  • 00:15:24.140 --> 00:15:26.030
  • HE DIDN'T COME TO SAVE US FROM OURSELVES
  • 00:15:26.040 --> 00:15:29.160
  • OR SAVE US FROM THE HOSTILITY OF THIS WORLD.
  • 00:15:29.170 --> 00:15:31.220
  • HE CAME TO SAVE US FROM OUR SIN
  • 00:15:31.230 --> 00:15:36.030
  • AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR SIN,
  • 00:15:36.040 --> 00:15:37.290
  • THE ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD.
  • 00:15:38.000 --> 00:15:40.110
  • THAT'S WHY CHRIST CAME.
  • 00:15:40.120 --> 00:15:43.150
  • AND NOTICE WHAT GABRIEL SAID ABOUT THESE NEWS.
  • 00:15:43.160 --> 00:15:46.200
  • HE SAID, "THIS IS GOOD NEWS."
  • 00:15:46.210 --> 00:15:49.120
  • DON'T LET ANYBODY FOOL YOU.
  • 00:15:49.130 --> 00:15:51.070
  • THE GOSPEL IS NOT BAD NEWS, IT'S NOT A MESSAGE OF HATE,
  • 00:15:51.080 --> 00:15:54.110
  • IT'S A MESSAGE OF HOPE.
  • 00:15:54.120 --> 00:15:56.020
  • THIS IS GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY, AND GUESS WHO IT'S FOR?
  • 00:15:56.030 --> 00:15:59.270
  • IT'S FOR ALL THE PEOPLE.
  • 00:15:59.280 --> 00:16:02.130
  • THE GOOD NEWS DIDN'T COME JUST TO THE JEWS OR GENTILES.
  • 00:16:02.140 --> 00:16:05.250
  • IT'S NOT JUST FOR BAPTISTS OR CATHOLICS.
  • 00:16:05.260 --> 00:16:08.120
  • IT IS FOR EVERYONE.
  • 00:16:08.130 --> 00:16:09.200
  • HINDUS, BUDDHISTS, MUSLIMS, ATHEISTS.
  • 00:16:09.210 --> 00:16:12.030
  • ANYONE AND EVERYONE WHO TRUSTS IN CHRIST
  • 00:16:12.040 --> 00:16:15.020
  • CAN BE FORGIVEN OF HIS SINS.
  • 00:16:15.030 --> 00:16:17.200
  • "I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY
  • 00:16:17.210 --> 00:16:20.080
  • "WHICH SHALL BE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE."
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:23.060
  • YOU KNOW, JUST AS GABRIEL'S GOOD NEWS
  • 00:16:23.070 --> 00:16:26.140
  • BROKE THE DARKNESS OF THAT NIGHT,
  • 00:16:26.150 --> 00:16:30.040
  • THE GOSPEL DOES THE SAME FOR YOU AND ME.
  • 00:16:30.050 --> 00:16:32.040
  • IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW DARK YOUR SITUATION IS RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:16:32.050 --> 00:16:35.020
  • SOME OF YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN A HOPELESS SITUATION,
  • 00:16:35.030 --> 00:16:37.240
  • YOU FEEL LIKE THERE IS NO WAY OUT.
  • 00:16:37.250 --> 00:16:40.050
  • NO MATTER HOW DARK AND BLEAK YOUR SITUATION IS,
  • 00:16:40.060 --> 00:16:43.060
  • THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS' FORGIVENESS
  • 00:16:43.070 --> 00:16:46.000
  • BURSTS THROUGH LIKE LIGHT AND DISPELS THE DARKNESS FOREVER.
  • 00:16:46.010 --> 00:16:50.070
  • PAUL SAID WHEN WE WERE LOST WITHOUT HOPE
  • 00:16:50.080 --> 00:16:52.200
  • IN THIS WORLD OR THE NEXT WORLD,
  • 00:16:52.210 --> 00:16:54.090
  • THAT'S WHEN GOD SENT CHRIST FOR US.
  • 00:16:54.100 --> 00:16:57.030
  • GOD DEMONSTRATED HIS LOVE TOWARD US
  • 00:16:57.040 --> 00:16:59.090
  • IN THAT WHILE WHEN WE WERE YET SINNERS,
  • 00:16:59.100 --> 00:17:01.140
  • HE SENT CHRIST TO DIE FOR US.
  • 00:17:01.150 --> 00:17:04.060
  • YOU KNOW, PAUL HAD THAT EXPERIENCE HIMSELF.
  • 00:17:04.070 --> 00:17:06.220
  • REMEMBER, HE WAS A MURDERER, A BLASPHEMER OF GOD.
  • 00:17:06.230 --> 00:17:10.210
  • BUT WHEN HE WAS ON THAT ROAD TO DAMASCUS,
  • 00:17:10.220 --> 00:17:13.210
  • THE LIGHT OF JESUS CHRIST BURST INTO HIS LIFE
  • 00:17:13.220 --> 00:17:17.180
  • AND HE WAS NEVER THE SAME AGAIN.
  • 00:17:17.190 --> 00:17:20.040
  • AND WHEN HE TALKED ABOUT THAT EXPERIENCE
  • 00:17:20.050 --> 00:17:22.030
  • UNTIL THE DAY HE DIED,
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:23.100
  • HE SAID IT THIS WAY IN 2 CORINTHIANS 9:15.
  • 00:17:23.110 --> 00:17:26.180
  • "THANKS BE TO GOD FOR HIS INDESCRIBABLE GIFT."
  • 00:17:26.190 --> 00:17:33.210
  • PAUL ACTUALLY MADE UP THAT GREEK WORD,
  • 00:17:33.220 --> 00:17:35.200
  • INDESCRIBABLE IS HOW IT'S TRANSLATED.
  • 00:17:35.210 --> 00:17:37.230
  • HE JUST MADE UP HIS OWN SUPERLATIVE.
  • 00:17:37.240 --> 00:17:39.260
  • THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THAT INCOMPARABLE,
  • 00:17:39.270 --> 00:17:42.200
  • INDESCRIBABLE, BEYOND DESCRIPTION,
  • 00:17:42.210 --> 00:17:45.210
  • THAT GIFT OF JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:17:45.220 --> 00:17:49.000
  • WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THE GIFT OF JESUS INDESCRIBABLE,
  • 00:17:49.010 --> 00:17:53.010
  • OR AS ONE TRANSLATION SAYS,
  • 00:17:53.020 --> 00:17:54.130
  • "FAR TOO WONDERFUL FOR WORDS"?
  • 00:17:54.140 --> 00:17:57.220
  • AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW ARE YOU AND I
  • 00:17:57.230 --> 00:17:59.290
  • TO RESPOND TO THAT STORY?
  • 00:18:00.020 --> 00:18:02.150
  • I WANNA SUGGEST IN CLOSING TODAY TWO PRINCIPLES
  • 00:18:02.160 --> 00:18:06.050
  • THAT I THINK 2.000 YEARS LATER
  • 00:18:06.060 --> 00:18:08.140
  • INFORM US OF WHAT OUR RESPONSE
  • 00:18:08.150 --> 00:18:10.190
  • TO GOD'S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT OF CHRIST SHOULD BE.
  • 00:18:10.200 --> 00:18:14.010
  • FIRST OF ALL, GOD'S GIFT IS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED, NOT IGNORED.
  • 00:18:14.020 --> 00:18:20.260
  • GOD'S GIFT IS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND NOT IGNORED.
  • 00:18:20.270 --> 00:18:26.100
  • JUST IMAGINE THESE SHEPHERDS OUT THERE
  • 00:18:26.110 --> 00:18:28.140
  • IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT,
  • 00:18:28.150 --> 00:18:29.160
  • THEY SEE THIS SPECTACULAR SIGHT,
  • 00:18:29.170 --> 00:18:31.120
  • THOUSANDS OF ANGELS PRAISING GOD,
  • 00:18:31.130 --> 00:18:33.210
  • ANNOUNCING THE BIRTH OF THE SAVIOR.
  • 00:18:33.220 --> 00:18:35.100
  • THE ANGELS GO BACK TO HEAVEN, THE DAY TURNS BACK TO NIGHT.
  • 00:18:35.110 --> 00:18:40.020
  • THE SHEPHERDS LOOK AT ONE ANOTHER AND SAY,
  • 00:18:40.030 --> 00:18:41.270
  • "BOY, THAT WAS REALLY SOMETHING.
  • 00:18:41.280 --> 00:18:44.040
  • "LET'S GET BACK TO OUR SHEEP NOW."
  • 00:18:44.050 --> 00:18:47.040
  • YOU WOULDN'T HAVE IMAGINED SUCH A THING.
  • 00:18:47.050 --> 00:18:49.130
  • SUCH AN ANNOUNCEMENT DEMANDED A RESPONSE FROM THE SHEPHERDS,
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:55.220
  • AND IT DEMANDS A RESPONSE FROM US AS WELL.
  • 00:18:55.230 --> 00:18:58.110
  • YOU CAN'T IGNORE WHAT HAPPENED 2.000 YEARS IN BETHLEHEM.
  • 00:18:58.120 --> 00:19:02.190
  • YOU JUST CAN'T IGNORE IT.
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:04.170
  • GOD'S INDESCRIBABLE GIFT HAS TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED
  • 00:19:04.180 --> 00:19:08.210
  • RATHER THAN BEING IGNORED.
  • 00:19:08.220 --> 00:19:10.290
  • AND THAT LEADS TO A SECOND TRUTH.
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:12.290
  • GOD'S GIFT IS TO BE SHARED AND NOT KEPT.
  • 00:19:13.000 --> 00:19:17.120
  • LOOK AT VERSE 17 FOR A MOMENT.
  • 00:19:17.130 --> 00:19:19.280
  • "AND WHEN THEY HAD SEEN THIS,
  • 00:19:19.290 --> 00:19:22.080
  • "THEY MADE KNOWN THE STATEMENT
  • 00:19:22.090 --> 00:19:24.210
  • "WHICH HAD BEEN TOLD THEM ABOUT THIS CHILD.
  • 00:19:24.220 --> 00:19:27.210
  • "AND ALL WHO HEARD IT WONDERED
  • 00:19:27.220 --> 00:19:29.090
  • "AT THE THINGS WHICH WERE TOLD THEM BY THE SHEPHERDS."
  • 00:19:29.100 --> 00:19:33.170
  • IN VERSE 30, "AND THE SHEPHERDS WENT BACK,
  • 00:19:33.180 --> 00:19:35.170
  • "GLORIFYING AND PRAISING GOD
  • 00:19:35.180 --> 00:19:37.070
  • "FOR ALL THAT THEY HAD HEARD AND SEEN,
  • 00:19:37.080 --> 00:19:39.140
  • "JUST AS BEEN TOLD THEM."
  • 00:19:39.150 --> 00:19:41.290
  • ISN'T IT INTERESTING THAT THE VERY FIRST EVANGELISTS
  • 00:19:42.000 --> 00:19:47.110
  • IN THE ENTIRE BIBLE
  • 00:19:47.120 --> 00:19:49.080
  • WERE NOT PROPHETS, THEY WEREN'T PRIESTS,
  • 00:19:49.090 --> 00:19:51.280
  • THEY WEREN'T PASTORS,
  • 00:19:51.290 --> 00:19:53.110
  • BUT THEY WERE SMELLY, DIRTY SHEPHERDS.
  • 00:19:53.120 --> 00:19:57.100
  • THEY WERE THE FIRST ONES.
  • 00:19:57.110 --> 00:19:59.170
  • AS SOON AS THEY HEARD ABOUT THE BIRTH OF JESUS
  • 00:19:59.180 --> 00:20:02.020
  • WENT AWAY AS QUICKLY AS THEY COULD TO TELL OTHERS
  • 00:20:02.030 --> 00:20:05.200
  • WHAT THEY HAD HEARD.
  • 00:20:05.210 --> 00:20:07.220
  • THAT'S WHAT AN EVANGELIST DOES, HE SHARES THE GOOD NEWS.
  • 00:20:07.230 --> 00:20:12.180
  • I MEAN, THINK ABOUT IT.
  • 00:20:12.190 --> 00:20:14.100
  • IF YOU HAVE DISCOVERED THE CURE FOR CANCER,
  • 00:20:14.110 --> 00:20:16.110
  • IF SOMEBODY DISCOVERED THE CURE FOR CANCER,
  • 00:20:16.120 --> 00:20:18.230
  • WOULD YOU JUST KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF?
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:20.280
  • OF COURSE NOT, YOU WOULD SHARE THAT
  • 00:20:20.290 --> 00:20:22.160
  • WITH ANYONE AND EVERYONE.
  • 00:20:22.170 --> 00:20:25.110
  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:20:25.120 --> 00:20:26.190
  • DO YOU REALIZE YOU AND I HAVE DISCOVERED THE CURE
  • 00:20:26.200 --> 00:20:29.050
  • TO SOMETHING FAR MORE SERIOUS THAN CANCER?
  • 00:20:29.060 --> 00:20:32.030
  • WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE CURE TO MAN'S GREATEST PROBLEM.
  • 00:20:32.040 --> 00:20:36.060
  • HIS SIN SICKNESS, HIS ALIENATION FROM GOD.
  • 00:20:36.070 --> 00:20:39.060
  • AND YOU AND I HAVE BEEN ENTRUSTED WITH THAT GOOD NEWS
  • 00:20:39.070 --> 00:20:43.000
  • TO SHARE WITH OTHER PEOPLE
  • 00:20:43.010 --> 00:20:44.170
  • ABOUT NOT ONE WAY BUT THE ONLY WAY
  • 00:20:44.180 --> 00:20:47.010
  • TO FIND GOD'S FORGIVENESS.
  • 00:20:47.020 --> 00:20:49.130
  • REMEMBER WHAT JESUS SAID IN LUKE 19:10 ABOUT HIMSELF?
  • 00:20:49.140 --> 00:20:52.100
  • HE SAID, "FOR THE SON OF MAN HAS COME," TO DO WHAT?
  • 00:20:52.110 --> 00:20:56.020
  • "TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THOSE WHO ARE LOST."
  • 00:20:56.030 --> 00:21:02.150
  • HE CAME ON A SEARCH AND SAVE MISSION.
  • 00:21:02.160 --> 00:21:07.160
  • AND IF WE ARE JESUS' DISCIPLES, LISTEN TO THIS,
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  • IF WE REALLY CLAIM TO BE HIS FOLLOWERS,
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  • WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME HEART,
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  • TO SHARE THESE NEWS JUST LIKE THE SHEPHERDS DID
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  • WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE.
  • 00:21:18.010 --> 00:21:20.220
  • ONE WRITER SAID IT THIS WAY.
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  • "JESUS NOT ONLY CALLS US TO COME TO HIM, BUT TO GO FOR HIM."
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  • GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND MAKE DISCIPLES.
  • 00:21:31.020 --> 00:21:34.290
  • DID YOU KNOW JESUS ISSUED THAT IMPERATIVE
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  • FIVE DIFFERENT TIMES?
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:38.190
  • "GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES.
  • 00:21:38.200 --> 00:21:40.240
  • "GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES."
  • 00:21:40.250 --> 00:21:43.220
  • WE CALL THAT, THE WHAT?
  • 00:21:43.230 --> 00:21:46.010
  • THE GREAT COMMISSION.
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  • IT'S NOT THE GREAT SUGGESTION.
  • 00:21:49.090 --> 00:21:53.260
  • AND LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
  • 00:21:53.270 --> 00:21:56.050
  • THE ONE THING, THE ONLY THING
  • 00:21:56.060 --> 00:21:58.260
  • YOU AND I WERE LEFT ON EARTH TO DO,
  • 00:21:58.270 --> 00:22:01.020
  • AND THAT IS TO SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST
  • 00:22:01.030 --> 00:22:04.210
  • WITH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE BEFORE HE RETURNS.
  • 00:22:04.220 --> 00:22:09.160
  • GOD'S MESSAGE IS TO BE SHARED AND NOT KEPT.
  • 00:22:09.170 --> 00:22:15.080
  • MUSIC
  • 00:22:15.090 --> 00:22:19.220
  • THIS CHALLENGE I BROUGHT TO THE CONGREGATION
  • 00:22:19.230 --> 00:22:22.040
  • OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN DALLAS
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  • APPLIES TO EVERY FOLLOWER OF JESUS,
  • 00:22:24.100 --> 00:22:27.060
  • INCLUDING THOSE WHO ARE WATCHING "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:22:27.070 --> 00:22:30.010
  • RIGHT NOW.
  • 00:22:30.020 --> 00:22:31.160
  • THE GREAT COMMISSION IS NOT THE GREAT SUGGESTION.
  • 00:22:31.170 --> 00:22:35.230
  • AND YOU CAN INVEST IN THE GREAT COMMISSION
  • 00:22:35.240 --> 00:22:38.160
  • BY GIVING TOWARD THE COURAGEOUS 2020 MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:22:38.170 --> 00:22:42.150
  • THIS POOL OF FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $920.000
  • 00:22:42.160 --> 00:22:46.170
  • HAS BEEN SET ASIDE BY FRIENDS OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY"
  • 00:22:46.180 --> 00:22:50.020
  • TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR TELEVISION AUDIENCE
  • 00:22:50.030 --> 00:22:53.110
  • TO GIVE AS WELL. THAT MEANS EVERY DOLLAR YOU GIVE
  • 00:22:53.120 --> 00:22:58.030
  • BETWEEN NOW AND DECEMBER 31ST
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  • WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY MATCHED
  • 00:23:00.140 --> 00:23:02.210
  • AND THEREFORE DOUBLED
  • 00:23:02.220 --> 00:23:04.110
  • UNTIL WE REACH THE TOTAL GOAL.
  • 00:23:04.120 --> 00:23:06.180
  • NOW HERE'S THE CATCH.
  • 00:23:06.190 --> 00:23:08.080
  • THIS OPPORTUNITY DOESN'T LAST FOREVER.
  • 00:23:08.090 --> 00:23:11.060
  • IN FACT, THE DEADLINE IS CLOSE, IT'S MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 31ST.
  • 00:23:11.070 --> 00:23:16.190
  • SO PLEASE DON'T ALLOW TIME TO SLIP BY
  • 00:23:16.200 --> 00:23:19.010
  • WITHOUT DOING YOUR PART.
  • 00:23:19.020 --> 00:23:21.280
  • I KNOW THAT GOD WILL USE YOUR GENEROSITY
  • 00:23:21.290 --> 00:23:25.020
  • TO PIERCE THE DARKNESS WITH THE LIGHT OF HIS WORD.
  • 00:23:25.030 --> 00:23:28.230
  • NOW STAY RIGHT THERE.
  • 00:23:28.240 --> 00:23:30.070
  • I'LL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT.
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  • [ANNOUNCER] CHRISTMAS, IT'S MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:35.050 --> 00:23:42.010
  • OUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN COME FROM ALL OVER
  • 00:23:42.020 --> 00:23:44.100
  • TO SHARE THE JOYS OF THE PAST YEAR,
  • 00:23:44.110 --> 00:23:47.070
  • BLESS EACH OTHER WITH GIFTS,
  • 00:23:47.080 --> 00:23:49.000
  • AND REMEMBER THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.
  • 00:23:49.010 --> 00:23:53.110
  • FOR OUR FAMILY, CHRISTMAS,
  • 00:23:53.120 --> 00:23:55.030
  • IT'S THE MOST SPECIAL DAY OF THE YEAR.
  • 00:23:55.040 --> 00:23:57.030
  • WE GET TOGETHER FOR SOME GREAT FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP,
  • 00:23:57.040 --> 00:23:59.200
  • FOR SOME GREAT LAUGHS AND MEMORIES,
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:03.040
  • AND TO THANK THE LORD FOR THE BIRTH OF HIS SON JESUS CHRIST.
  • 00:24:03.050 --> 00:24:08.030
  • GATHERING TOGETHER TO HONOR THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR
  • 00:24:08.040 --> 00:24:11.250
  • IS A TRADITION THAT WE WANNA CONTINUE IN OUR FAMILY,
  • 00:24:11.260 --> 00:24:13.290
  • SO THIS YEAR WE'RE GIVING OUR LOVED ONES A GIFT
  • 00:24:14.000 --> 00:24:17.010
  • THAT WILL NOT ONLY BRING A SMILE BUT LEAVE A LEGACY.
  • 00:24:17.020 --> 00:24:21.170
  • "THE DAILY DEVOTIONAL" IS A GIFT
  • 00:24:21.180 --> 00:24:23.050
  • THAT INVITES THE LORD INTO THEIR LIFE EVERY DAY.
  • 00:24:23.060 --> 00:24:26.120
  • SO WHEN THE DAY COMES FOR THE FAMILY CHRISTMAS
  • 00:24:26.130 --> 00:24:28.120
  • TO TAKE PLACE IN THEIR HOME,
  • 00:24:28.130 --> 00:24:30.130
  • WE KNOW THAT JESUS WILL STILL BE
  • 00:24:30.140 --> 00:24:31.290
  • THE CENTER OF THE CELEBRATION.
  • 00:24:32.000 --> 00:24:34.270
  • LIFE IS BETTER WHEN YOU SPEND TIME DAILY WITH GOD.
  • 00:24:34.280 --> 00:24:37.280
  • HE GUIDES OUR STEPS AND LIGHTS A CLEAR PATH
  • 00:24:37.290 --> 00:24:40.240
  • FOR US TO FOLLOW.
  • 00:24:40.250 --> 00:24:42.100
  • AND THIS CHRISTMAS YOU CAN HELP YOUR FAMILY
  • 00:24:42.110 --> 00:24:44.290
  • BOLDLY FACE THE COMING YEAR
  • 00:24:45.000 --> 00:24:47.040
  • WITH THE BRAND NEW LEATHER-BOUND
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  • "PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL" FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:49.120 --> 00:24:53.080
  • THIS 52 WEEK DEVOTIONAL CONTAINS 500 PAGES
  • 00:24:53.090 --> 00:24:57.000
  • OF PRACTICAL INSIGHT FOR 2020.
  • 00:24:57.010 --> 00:25:00.160
  • IT'S PERFECT FOR YOUR OWN WALK WITH GOD
  • 00:25:00.170 --> 00:25:03.100
  • OR TO GIVE A LOVED ONE THIS CHRISTMAS!
  • 00:25:03.110 --> 00:25:05.140
  • MUSIC
  • 00:25:05.150 --> 00:25:07.010
  • SO OFTEN THE DISTRACTIONS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON
  • 00:25:07.020 --> 00:25:10.150
  • CAUSE US TO LOSE SIGHT
  • 00:25:10.160 --> 00:25:11.270
  • OF WHAT CHRISTMAS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT.
  • 00:25:11.280 --> 00:25:14.240
  • THE ENTRANCE OF THE SAVIOR INTO THE WORLD.
  • 00:25:14.250 --> 00:25:17.280
  • AND I HOPE TODAY'S JOURNEY BACK TO BETHLEHEM
  • 00:25:17.290 --> 00:25:21.020
  • HAS GIVEN YOU A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
  • 00:25:21.030 --> 00:25:23.260
  • ON THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRTH IN HUMAN HISTORY.
  • 00:25:23.270 --> 00:25:26.130
  • WELL, THIS PROBABLY ISN'T THE ONLY TIME
  • 00:25:26.140 --> 00:25:30.030
  • YOU'LL REVISIT THE NARRATIVE OF CHRIST'S BIRTH
  • 00:25:30.040 --> 00:25:32.290
  • THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON. BUT REMEMBER THE CHRISTMAS
  • 00:25:33.000 --> 00:25:36.190
  • STORY DIDN'T BEGIN IN BETHLEHEM. IT BEGAN
  • 00:25:36.200 --> 00:25:40.020
  • THOUSANDS OF YEARS BEFORE JESUS WAS EVEN BORN.
  • 00:25:40.030 --> 00:25:43.220
  • STAY TUNED FOR A PREVIEW OF THE NEXT MESSAGE.
  • 00:25:43.230 --> 00:25:48.210
  • [ANNOUNCER] TODAY, WHEN YOU GIVE A GENEROUS GIFT
  • 00:25:48.220 --> 00:25:50.270
  • TO SUPPORT THE MINISTRY OF "PATHWAY TO VICTORY,"
  • 00:25:50.280 --> 00:25:53.130
  • WE'LL SAY THANKS BY SENDING YOU
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  • THE BRAND NEW "2020 PATHWAY TO VICTORY DAILY DEVOTIONAL."
  • 00:25:55.020 --> 00:25:58.250
  • PLUS, "JESUS: THE FULFILLMENT OF GOD'S PROPHECIES"
  • 00:25:58.260 --> 00:26:01.290
  • IS OUR GIFT TO YOU SIMPLY FOR CONTACTING US TODAY
  • 00:26:02.000 --> 00:26:04.220
  • AT "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:04.230 --> 00:26:06.110
  • AND WHEN YOUR GIFT IS $100 OR MORE,
  • 00:26:06.120 --> 00:26:08.290
  • WE'LL ALSO SEND YOU THE COMPLETE
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  • "INCOMPARABLE CHRIST" TEACHING SERIES ON CD AND DVD.
  • 00:26:10.160 --> 00:26:14.270
  • REMEMBER, YOUR MINISTRY GIFT RIGHT NOW
  • 00:26:14.280 --> 00:26:16.250
  • WILL BE DOUBLED IN IMPACT
  • 00:26:16.260 --> 00:26:18.060
  • THANKS TO OUR ACTIVE MATCHING CHALLENGE.
  • 00:26:18.070 --> 00:26:20.100
  • SO BE SURE TO CALL, WRITE, OR GO ONLINE TODAY.
  • 00:26:20.110 --> 00:26:23.160
  • NOW, COMING UP NEXT TIME ON "PATHWAY TO VICTORY."
  • 00:26:23.170 --> 00:26:26.070
  • DID THE ARRIVAL OF THE KING OF KINGS TAKE PLACE
  • 00:26:26.080 --> 00:26:29.220
  • IN SOME REMOTE PART OF THE WORLD WITHOUT ANY PRIOR
  • 00:26:29.230 --> 00:26:33.010
  • WARNING? IF SO, HOW COULD THE JEWS OR EVEN THE ROMANS
  • 00:26:33.020 --> 00:26:36.230
  • BE BLAMED FOR MISSING HIS ARRIVAL?
  • 00:26:36.240 --> 00:26:39.200
  • WELL THE TRUTH IS, THE GIFT OF JESUS CHRIST CAME
  • 00:26:39.210 --> 00:26:44.220
  • WRAPPED IN HUNDREDS OF YEARS OF PROPHECY.
  • 00:26:44.230 --> 00:26:49.030
  • [ANNOUNCER] SET YOUR DVR AND JOIN US NEXT TIME
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  • FOR THE MESSAGE "CHRISTMAS ON THE ROAD"
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